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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 116962 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Culture, Nostalgia, Insidious, Legacy, Feminism, Je ne sais quoi, Innovation, Surreptitious, Autonomy and Morbidity
by LouiseSilk
Dec 16, 2014 | 126 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

What do the ten words above have in common? They are Merriam-Webster's top ten words for 2014 compiled from year-over-year increases in look-ups on the dictionary's website.

Maybe culture was #1 because of all of the ways it is used: consumer culture, rape culture, culture of transparency, and coffee culture to name a few but #6 je ne sais quoi made the list simply because of its use in a fast-food drive-in chain commercial.

Here is the list in its entirety.

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INTRODUCING MARSALA: PANTONE 18-1438
by LouiseSilk
Dec 10, 2014 | 392 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Every year since 1990, after an exhaustive process, the Pantone Color Institute has announced its pick for the Color of the Year: Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy reddish-brown hue that promises to enrich our minds, bodies and souls.

            Marsala represents the growing movement to step out and create quiet zones that disconnect us from technology and help us unwind, giving ourselves a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle and instead time to stop and be still.

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We Are All Yogis
by LouiseSilk
Dec 09, 2014 | 216 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Love this video: This is What a Yogi Looks Like. By the Yoga & Body Image Coalition

With its Core Values:

We believe in the transformative power of yoga.

We believe yoga is for every body and that every body is worthy of love.

We believe in eradicating negative self-talk and body snarking.

We believe the slogan, “love your body,” is a fully dimensional mantra promoting body acceptance in ourselves and each other.

We believe body positivity is more than a #hashtag, marketing slogan, or commodity – it’s conscious action and lived practice.

We believe in critical thinking as a core component in raising consciousness.

We believe in conscious marketing and messaging as related to body positive media content in language and imagery.

We believe media literacy education is key in deconstructing and creating new media imagery.

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Notable Books 2014
by LouiseSilk
Dec 04, 2014 | 401 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Our Home Library
Our Home Library
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Who doesn’t love a good novel? The New York Times came out with their list of 100 Notable Books of 2014. It’s nice to see some of my favorites like The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories. By Hilary Mantel, Lila By Marilynne Robinson and The Paying Guests By Sarah Waters.

And a few of my other favorites from 2014: Tinkers by Paul Harding, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Wanting by Michael Lavigne, Perfect by Rachel Joyce and  A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

Enjoy!

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Funny And Right On
by LouiseSilk
Dec 02, 2014 | 277 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I don’t know a whole lot about Chris Rock but through twitter, I got to this interview and was deeply impressed. Here are a couple of quotes:

I’ve always said, ‘okay, what’s the angle no one’s talking about? And what if the thing that everybody’s talking about is wrong?’

I follow a couple people on In­stagram. You’ve got to follow all that stuff. You have to understand it, because if you don’t, then you’re going to sound like an old guy. You got to have the ability to use it as a reference. A lot of the time, the difference between hip and unhip is just reference. We did some sketch the other night on SNL, and in it I tell my wife—actually, we messed it up, but it was better in the dress—anyway, I tell my wife, “Hey, honey, the cab’s here.” Then I look at it again. I go, “You know what? We got to rewrite this.” “Hey, honey, the Uber’s here.” That little difference, it’s a big, big deal. I remember seeing Robin Williams at Town Hall. He did some Elmer Fudd bit, and I was like, dude, if you change that to SpongeBob—

Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice shit, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.

There’s an advantage that Bush had that Obama doesn’t have. People thinking you’re dumb is an advantage. Obama started as a genius. It’s like, What? I’ve got to keep doing that? That’s hard to do! So it’s not that Obama’s disappointing. It’s just his best album might have been his first album.

I always call Ellen DeGeneres the gay Rosa Parks. If Rosa Parks had one of the most popular daytime TV shows, I’m sure the civil-rights movement would’ve moved a little bit faster too.

When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

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Affirmations To Help Increase Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2014
by LouiseSilk
Nov 27, 2014 | 530 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Little things add up to something big.

One door closes, another opens.

The past has no power over your future.

Happiness is a choice. Acceptance is the key.

Nothing is static; everything will change.

There is an endless supply of light and love.

Trust yourself in the creation of your own reality.

Everything, yes everything, is a gift.

Appreciate your family as it is without feeling any need to change it.

Count the memories, not the calories.

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The House Hunt
by LouiseSilk
Nov 25, 2014 | 641 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Last week, the PG reported that although real estate prices are on the rise and wage growth is weak, Pittsburgh is the fifth most affordable U.S. metro area for housing following Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Detroit.

69.8% of residents in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area are homeowners as opposed to the national homeownership rate of 65.3%. The least affordable metro area is San Francisco where 55.1% of its residents are homeowners.

Home sales in the Pittsburgh region were up 10.6 percent this year through September. A total of 21,547 homes changed hands during that time frame compared to 19,475 homes sold during the first nine months of 2012.

Statistics don’t mean much when people like my daughter are actually trying to find something to buy. We combed every area of the city and found workable starter houses few and far between. The condition of most of these houses was appalling, requiring thousands of dollars to get them livable and up to code. When we did find a real workable possibility, it became the immediate subject of a bidding frenzy taking a toll on the nerves as well as the pocket book.

One way to find something affordable is to look at foreclosures. About 5 million homes have gone through foreclosure in the half-decade since the housing collapse. That era has ended with only 2.39% of our homes, the lowest since 2007, in foreclosure. We did try for one owned by Fannie May in Morningside but were immediately taken out by multiple higher-than-asking-price bidders with deeper renovation pockets.

I could go on and on about the poor condition of the housing in our affordable city but since Sarah did find a workable alternative to her liking, I’ll be happier spending my energy with multiple visits to IKEA and Home Depot.

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More Than The Eye Can See
by LouiseSilk
Nov 20, 2014 | 441 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

One of my fellow yogis introduced me to Lauren Walker’s Energy Medicine Yoga. Being a long time yogi and also a student of energy worker Donna Eden, Laura does something quite innovative by integrating all of the essential energy balancing techniques in to the yoga context.

It is a struggle to absorb all of Lauren’s information in the book form, so I started googling the different ideas and came up with several great videos that demonstrate her ideas.

Even if you are not interested in yoga you will learn so much about your body if you simply start with this short routine that balances energies and increases vitality.  Then when you are as impressed with how good this feels as I was, go on to view any of Donna Eden’s videos- particularly the ones that relate to your individual body issues.

Next for those who are interested in yoga, move onto these restorative yoga videos, then these chakra-opening poses and these added mudras. I know it’s hard to absorb and integrate everything into your practice, but whatever sticks will make a world of difference- I am living proof.

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Update on A Work In Progress
by LouiseSilk
Nov 18, 2014 | 557 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Working in the Gallery
Working in the Gallery
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Coaster gifts for the participants
Coaster gifts for the participants
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Stitching in the studio
Stitching in the studio
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Children's tent
Children's tent
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As reported earlier, I will be having the exhibit BubbeWisdom: Faith, Belief, Practice from January 19-April 17, 2015 at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center in January.

I have been busy creating work in the studio and gathering materials for members of the community. It's quite a learning experience all the way around. I thought you might enjoy some in process photos to spark your interest.
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Once A Year-Like Clock Work
by LouiseSilk
Nov 13, 2014 | 614 views | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Being a breast cancer survivor means enduring a regular diagnostic mammogram every year. That’s what I did on Tuesday marking our last beautiful day of the fall of 2014. 

The best part of the day was the walk up and back. Walking over the Birmingham Bridge to Oakland always makes me feel like I am on top of the world. They are doing some amazing work on the bridge right now- building a kind of underbelly to serve as a repair platform. Interesting to get a bird’s eye vie of the workers performing their craft.

We used to call Magee a “baby factory” but now its not only babies but also a huge medical machine of all kinds of services. I was lucky to have one of the first appointments keeping my waiting to a minimum. On my way out there wasn’t a chair to be had in any of the waiting areas. You may wonder what I mean by waiting areas. In this “mammogram factory” there are four specific holding areas for each stage of the process and the waiting is a killer.

First you have to wait to get called. The significant others never leave this area and wait the whole process out there uninformed. There is a changing area where you undress from the waist up and lock up your valuables. (Of course, these days, everyone keeps her phone in hand.) Then you wait in your “gown” for a technician to be free. They have a coffee and tea stationed in this waiting area. Then you have to wait with your technician in the hallway for a room to open up. There are a few chairs along the hallway for this wait. Then you have to wait at another section of the hallway while the radiologist reads the scans. That wait is so long there that someone comes by and offers prepackaged snacks. Then you have to wait for another room to open up because the radiologist inevitably asks for either more scans and maybe even more unnerving, an ultrasound (even more waiting for that room to be available). Then the worst interminable wait until you receive either a “get out of jail” free card to return in a year or the “let’s see how long we have to wait to schedule a biopsy” card.

UPMC claims that their care is first-class- but to me it feels more plebeian. The walk home was glorious.

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November 13, 2014
Well written and so true. Even the 'Burbs have the infamous walk and wait routine 2hrs, but we don't get snacks. Went through this today on a return call from a yearly check 2-1/2 weeks to wait to get back in for more views, mammo and sonor. Very scary indeed. Got a come back in six months it looks like a cluster of cysts Dx. Whew. Never had CA or biopsy. Couldn't even see the little cluster which makes me grateful THEY can and have the technology to do so. Here's to your continued wellness and walks.

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