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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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The Power of Seventy
by LouiseSilk
Jun 26, 2017 | 140 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Seventy is made of two perfect numbers, seven- representing perfection and ten- representing the ten commandments and the completeness of The Holy One's law, symbolizing perfect spiritual order carried out with all power.

Midrash: The Holy One, Who has seventy Names, gave the Torah, which has seventy names, to Israel, which has seventy names (Numbers 11:16), and which originated from seventy people who went down to Egypt with Jacob (Genesis 46:8-27), and was chosen from among seventy nations (Genesis chapter 10), to celebrate seventy holy days in the year (52 Sabbaths and 18 festivals, including the Intermediate Days between Passover and Succot). The Torah was transmitted to seventy elders (Midrash Yelamdeinu), and safeguarded by the Sanhedrin of seventy Sages (Numbers 11:16) … There are seventy facets to the Torah (Zohar, Genesis 36), which was translated into seventy languages to make it understandable to the seventy nations (Sotah 32a), and was engraved on seventy stones after Israel crossed the Jordan (Deuteronomy 27:8) on their way to the Holy Land. Jerusalem, which has seventy names, built the Temple with seventy pillars. On Succot, seventy sacrifices were offered (Numbers 29:13-34) for the sake of the seventy nations of the world who have seventy representatives among the heavenly angels.

Judah Loew ben Bezalel, The Maharal of Prague: The number seven represents the entirety of this natural world, which was created in seven days (six days of creation, completed on the Sabbath). Any number times ten represents its expanded full potential – seventy of something represents all the potential facets of that thing in the natural world.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, the son of the late Moshe Feinstein: The seventy languages used by Moses parallel the seventy facets of Torah; each speaks to one of the seventy characteristics with which G-d has populated the world. The number seventy symbolizes that every national trait can be harnessed for holy purposes.

Mark Twain on his seventieth birthday: It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation, and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach - unrebuked. You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do. I have been anxious to explain my own system this long time, and now at last I have the right.

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How I spent my 67th Birthday
by LouiseSilk
Jun 25, 2017 | 451 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I hesitated to report on this, but an article in today’s New York Times convinced me other wise.  For a host of reasons, I’m not to good at birthdays, so I was thrilled to find a reason to down-play mine with a visit to help with the grandchildren.

When I arrived, I found them involved in small business endeavors.  The older one was making and selling slime; the younger one was opening a lemonade stand. What fun!

One of the things I appreciate about textile arts as opposed to other art mediums and why I have always gravitated to fiber is the simple nature of the materials. It’s not very messy to cut and sew.

If you would have told me, even a month ago, that I would spend my birthday wrist high in slime, I would have laughed and say no way.  But then, where grandchildren are concerned, limits will be stretched and the unthinkable becomes reality.

What a great way to prevent the onset of old-age.

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More on Ego
by LouiseSilk
Jun 21, 2017 | 180 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The ego Personality, even while completely desiring and longing for freedom, resists moving toward it, because it fears its own annihilation.

Dear Reader: Do you sometimes feel like no matter how hard you try, you do not make the sort of progress you would like on your spiritual path? What is that? Do you lack something? Some genius for change? Were you wounded too deeply in childhood to receive your life's dream, to be with God, to awaken?

Please note: There is an active force that holds you back! The same part of you that searches also looks longingly backward toward your own imprisonment. This is not a theory. It is a fact. Everything that lives has a force within it that makes it want to keep on living in the same way it has always lives. Your small self fears this new, unknown land you are trying to enter and actively seeks sanctuary in limitation- the very limitation you are trying to escape!

So don't escape. Stop trying so hard. Open your mind and heart to this part that cannot go forward and cannot go backward. See its dilemma. If you do that, you will begin to notice a form of spiritual progress you never dreamed about. You will begin to come alive.

The Instruction Manual for Receiving God; Jason Shulman; pg. 125
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Stop Self-Blame
by LouiseSilk
Jun 16, 2017 | 314 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
1.Guilt is a favorite "food" of the ego and it has no redeeming value.

2.The ego mind attempts to get us to focus on times other than the present. It uses the past to relive and reactivate pain, remorse, guilt and loss...It uses the future to create fear, anxiety and worry.

3.The ego mind offers external solutions to our internal problems. It always temps us to seek satisfaction, fulfillment, or power...from the outside.

4.The ego believes in all upside-down understandings of the world: love is dangerous, forgiveness is giving in, giving is losing, and peace is boring.

5.The ego blames sources for all our discomfort and perceives the power of relief as eternal as well.

6.The ego voice is the wolf in sheep's clothing. As such, it offers solutions to fear, insecurity, and feelings of being unloved that never work. It always increases increases the problem by deceiving us with a lie.

7.The ego is the inner voice that always speaks first and loudest in response to virtually every situation, bringing more pain each time.

8.The ego thrives on being listened to...When not listened to or believed in, it starves.

9.The ego makes all sickness real and thinks it is of the body instead of the mind.

10.All condemnation and judgement come from the ego.

11.The ego identifies with weakness, littleness...inferior comparisons.

12.The ego pretends to be powerful through arrogance......

13.The ego believes that peace and happiness are things that happen to us if we are lucky and we have little or nothing to do with the "luck".

14.The ego voice is usually the first voice we hear inside. We need to quiet its chatter.....to hear the voice of truth, the True Self.

15. The ego is behind any experience of struggle, pressure. judgement, and obsessing to "figure things out".

16. All worry is from the ego. WE do not really worry about someone or our symptoms- we worry at them. The ego mind confuses worry with love. To worry is to attack and it amplifies the problem.

17. The ego opposes our trust in our identity with our True Self or the Higher Power when it draws us into worry.

18. The ego is identified with the body, which makes us think the body is our whole self and it is ruling, instead of seeing it as being the unconscious mind to be translated.

19. The ego's motto is "Seek but do not find."

20. In essence the ego can be said to be simply a fearful thought that creates an existential hell instead of heaven.

Your Power To Heal; Henry Grayson, PhD; pg.59-61
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We Know
by LouiseSilk
Jun 09, 2017 | 348 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Trump administration has yet to understand how the campaign investigation is likely to be the gateway to the inner workings of the Trump empire. Doug Sosnik, senior adviser to Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000.

Trump’s business is infecting the people around him. To show loyalty you have to engage in the corrupt or mendacious behavior he engages in. So he’s a form of contagion — and Comey did not want the investigation infected. Stephen Burbank, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Whether or not the president’s actions ultimately rise to “obstruction” according to Mueller’s investigation, however, it’s clear these are serious allegations that suggest a kind of lawlessness in the White House, from a president with little regard for the norms that govern conduct in the Oval Office. Trump’s alleged demand for Comey’s personal loyalty—in a government where officials pledge allegiance to the Constitution, not the president—would itself be a profound attack on the rule of law. In an ideal world, or at least a more functional one, lawmakers on both sides would see and treat this as a crisis that demands resolution, lest it corrode American democracy.But that’s not what we have. Just one of our two parties is interested in checking this president’s abuse. The other, the Republican Party, is indifferent, content to tolerate Trump’s misconduct as long as it doesn’t interrupt or interfere with its political agenda. Jamelle Bouie, Slate.

The good news is the civic institutions are weathering the storm. The Senate Intelligence Committee put on a very good hearing. The F.B.I. is maintaining its integrity. This has, by and large, been a golden age for the American press corps. The bad news is that these institutions had better be. The Trump death march will be slow, grinding and ugly. David Brooks New York Times

As I listened to James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, tell the Senate Intelligence Committee about his personal meetings and phone calls with President Trump, I was reminded of something: the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss. There was precisely that sinister air of coercion, of an employee helpless to avoid unsavory contact with an employer who is trying to grab what he wants......Victims of sexual harassment often face skepticism, doubts and accusations when they tell their story. That’s part of the predator’s power. But I’m here to tell James Comey, and all the women and men who have suffered at the hands of predators, I believe you. Nicole Serratore, New York Times

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Rasiel’s Mantle
by LouiseSilk
Jun 03, 2017 | 396 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Rasiel’s Mantle; 43”H X 63”W X 2” D; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants, Old Quilt Remnant. 07/2016. $1600.00. Quilt National 2017.

This work is composed of ordinary re-used materials. The archangel, Rasiel, presides over our actions of transforming the knowledge of information and ideas into the wisdom of achieving our deepest levels of understanding. The mantle, like a quilt, serves the practical function of keeping someone warm protecting them from the elements. In this case, it also serves as a symbolic divine representation.

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Quilt National 2017
by LouiseSilk
May 30, 2017 | 969 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I had an unanticipated flash back through my quilting career traveling on Sunday last minute to see Quilt National at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. At the same time QN was celebrating 40 years of exhibitions (being a biennial), I was acknowledging my thirtieth anniversary of participation. The last time I was at the Dairy Barn was in 1987 celebrating my first acceptance into this prestigious exhibition.

The exhibition is an impressive collection in mastery of what we in the field have labeled The Art Quilt. There are no nameable traditional patterns, no standard bed sizes, no recognizable commercial prints. There are unique sizes and shapes, intricate piecing and application, massive amounts of tiny intricate hand stiching and machine quilting, beautiful one-of-a kind- hand-dyed materials. If you like fiber art- you will love Quilt National.

I began my exploration of the quilt as part of my feminist search wondering, exploring, seeking a functional meaningful place in American society. Thirty years later- I wonder about that role that Quilt National played.
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An Open-Heart
by LouiseSilk
May 17, 2017 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Having an “open heart” does not mean being “happy.” It does not mean being spiritual or wise or anything at all. It means to have an open attitude toward ourselves.

It is easy to confuse spiritual openness with the personal sensation of the emotion of love, in and around the heart. We are not looking for something so pretty! We want action, and the action we want is love-in-action, the extending of the hand of friendship toward our own being. It means not repeating our historical attitudes toward our own faults. It means giving ourselves a second chance, over and over again. It means seeing our true limitations and imperfections, and accepting them with kindness instead of war.

This morning, bow down to yourself. It is not a selfish or egotistical thing to do-you are bowing down to your real self, with all its whole and broken pieces.

Jason Shulman: The Instruction Manual For Receiving God: Page 52
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#thisiswhatdemocracylookslike
by LouiseSilk
May 16, 2017 | 462 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
We are a collection of citizen volunteers concerned about the unresponsiveness of our government. We represent various ages, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, political orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. We value inclusive democracy and inspired volunteerism. Be part of the movement to heal Pennsylvania politics! As our marchers approach the State Capitol, a push from supporters across Pennsylvania will show legislators that we ALL stand together for an accountable, transparent and participatory democracy. We want to end bribery, end gerrymandering, and encourage participation through automatic voter registration Learn more about our bills here.

Friday, May 19, 2017 Citizen Civics Day: Visit/Call/Email your state legislators

This is the last day before legislators return to Harrisburg, contact them right where YOU live: visit in person, call, email, tweet, Facebook--the more they hear from you, the more likely this vital legislation is to get called for a vote!

CALL OR EMAIL your legislator’s district office. Identify yourself as a local constituent, tell them you support our three bills, and ask if your rep or senator is willing to cosponsor them. Tell them why having an accountable, honest, representative government is important to you as a nonpartisan issue; tell them that you will be watching for their co-sponsorship and their vote.


TWEET at your legislator (or comment on their Facebook page):

[For State Reps:]

[Rep's name or Twitter handle], I support the March on Harrisburg. Pls pass HB 39, HB 722 & HB 193 to #endPAcorruption!

[for State Senators:]

[Senator's name or Twitter handle], I support the March on Harrisburg. Pls pass SB 132, SB 22 & SB 608 to #endPAcorruption!

Not sure who your state reps are? Find out here:

March, visit, call, email. Learn more
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Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
by LouiseSilk
May 14, 2017 | 656 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

...But in Nixon’s case, the list of actions that together were deemed to constitute impeachable obstruction reads like a forecast of what Trump would do decades later — making misleading statements to, or withholding material evidence from, federal investigators or other federal employees; trying to interfere with FBI or congressional investigations; trying to break through the FBI’s shield surrounding ongoing criminal investigations; dangling carrots in front of people who might otherwise pose trouble for one’s hold on power.

It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office in November 2018 would sufficiently concentrate the minds of representatives and senators today.

But whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 2018.

Laurence H. Tribe May 13 at 3:01 PM Washington Post

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