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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 290248 views | 0 0 comments | 170 170 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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The First Day Of Summer
by LouiseSilk
Jun 21, 2016 | 122 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This year, the June Solstice, the precise time when the sun attains its northernmost position in our sky, arrives tonight at 6:34 p.m. In addition this year, the June Strawberry Moon will be rising in the east just after the sun sets in the west, flooding our surroundings with lunar light throughout the overnight period.

Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer.

June's full moon is called the Strawberry Moon as named by Native Americans because the short season during which strawberries can be harvested happens in June.

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Tzohar Seminary
by LouiseSilk
Jun 16, 2016 | 220 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you want to see something really special, make your way to the second floor of the JCC Robinson Building at the JCC this Sunday from 1:00-5:30 pm for The Tzohar Seminary’s exhibition of student writing, films, acting and music.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a Sefirat HaOmer Quilt that I orchestrated with the students: a quilt of 49 squares representing the psychological and spiritual journey from Passover to Shavuot during the daily counting of the Omer.

Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts is a post-secondary program providing young women with a rich curriculum of advanced Jewish learning fostered through art exploration of writing, music, dance, fine arts, theatre and filmmaking and that is exactly what you will see when you go on Sunday. Amazing!



Know a creative, talented post high school seminary student who may be interested? Find out more here.

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Subject: Hillary is coming to Pittsburgh on Tuesday -- and you should be there!
by LouiseSilk
Jun 12, 2016 | 231 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
At a Pennsylvania Democratic Party event in Pittsburgh, Hillary Clinton will discuss her vision for an America that is stronger when it is united and lay out what is at stake for families in the November election.

Tue, Jun 14, 2016, 12:15pm – 1:15pm

IBEW Circuit Center

5 Hot Metal St

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203

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Vive le Québec libre
by LouiseSilk
Jun 09, 2016 | 250 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Highlights of our continuing trip through Canada:

Both the Jean-Talon and Atwater Markets in Montreal

Ming Tao Xuan Tea Shop

Canal Post-Industrial Walk from the Atwater Market to the Saint Gabriel Lock

Montreal's Chinatown

Beautiful Montmorency Falls with a hike up to and  across the falls

The Old City of Quebec

Musée de la Civilisation and its startling exhibit Uprising × 25!

Throughout Quebec Providence all signs are only in French- no English at all.

Public transportation is easy and accessible everywhere.

There are little credit card machines everywhere that are hands down more functional that anything in the US.

All Canadians love and follow the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Oh Canada
by LouiseSilk
Jun 05, 2016 | 383 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Steve and I are working our way around Canada this week.

We spend a night in idyllic Niagara-on-the-lake shopping, eating, walking and people watching. It really is like walking back to a simple forgotten time of small town cottages with immaculate landscaping, a stroll down the main street, and an ice cream after dinner.  

Onto two nights in Toronto, scoping out potential relocation sites in the case of a Trump election. We spend most of our time on West Queen Street where there were lots of textiles for me and tons of graffiti walls for Steve. Toronto is as cosmopolitan as they come and we enjoyed everything about it.

Next Montreal and then Quebec. Jusqu'à la prochaine fois!
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Boots #7
by LouiseSilk
May 31, 2016 | 349 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The women’s moment supported my life-long decision to never wear makeup with one exception: under eye cream. Thinking back, I’ve been using one cream or another for my eyes since my twenties.

I came upon a great product by Ahava once at the Tel Aviv airport. I kept and used that one very expensive jar for years and when I needed to replenish it, I went to the Internet. There I found an article on the top ten eye creams. Ahava was one of them but so was a crème made by the British company, Boots No7.

It happens that one of my good friends had told me about sitting with a very famous model at some fundraiser and asked her for her best beauty tip and her secret was Boots No7. Funny, that my friend told me the story so when I say No7 on the list, compared the prices, and discovered that it was available at Target, I was sold.

In 2011, Multiple Boots No7 Products Receive Good Housekeeping’s First Annual Anti-Aging Awards. Gwyneth Paltrow uses Boots No7. BBC reported a clinical study that showed Boots No. 7’s Protect & Perfect to be as effective as prescription products. NBC claimed the serum was scientifically proven to repair collagen.

 

Boots No7- good value for money- try it- what have you got to lose?

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States Of Undress
by LouiseSilk
May 29, 2016 | 562 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Initially I thought fashion might prove limiting in terms of subject matter, but what I found is that we were able to explore all avenues that we were interested in just through this lens. Hailey Gates.

I became aware of a new television station because it has a show produced by Gloria Steinem called Women. The notice of Gloria’s show brought my attention to another show on Viceland called States of Undress.

Watching States of Undress, we follow a young, stylish investigative reporter, Hailey Gates, to Pakistan, Venezuela, Russia, Palestine, China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she uncovers not only the standards of beauty, fashion and style but also many important political/social, gender and identity trends. In Pakistan, it’s the wives burned with acid by jealous husbands. In Russia, it’s the idealized need to have and stand behind a man. In Venezuela, it’s the standard of an impossible to achieve idealized beauty.

Go for it. It's TV binge watching at its best!

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Whatever Happened To The MonValley Expressway?
by LouiseSilk
May 25, 2016 | 519 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I spend a lot of time on Carson Street and am always amazed at the number of big trucks that use it as a thoroughfare.  I decided to find out whatever happened to the MonValley Expressway that would have stopped this constant noisy disruptive flow.

The PTC is responsible for building and maintaining roadways throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2009, the PA Rt. 51 to I-376 Project was halted due to financial constraints. In 2014 the project was revisited with an amended design that drops the East Pittsburgh to Oakland leg of the expressway, includes a narrower median, realigns a bridge over the Monongahela River at Duquesne, and adds a cashless all-electronic tolling system. The estimated cost of the revised project is $1.7 billion.

Act 89 of 2013 has provided the necessary funding to advance and collect information concerning significant changes that have occurred since the original 2004 design. Engineers will determine where the expressway needs to be elevated, how it will tie into existing roads and refine impacts to homes, businesses and the environment. The environmental reevaluation will be completed by mid-2017, right-of-way acquisition will begin taking about three years, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.

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It's Always Something
by LouiseSilk
May 19, 2016 | 483 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I spend a lot of time at Our Clubhouse formally Gilda’s Club. The walls are lined with great posters of Gilda Radner displaying her fabulous spirit. She died on this date in 1989 from ovarian cancer at the age 42.

Most of us who remember her knew her as one of the hilarious members the first cast of Saturday Night Live. She appeared in the premier of SNL and remained with the show until 1980. She created numerous memorable characters, like Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Letella, along with numerous skits that drew attention to her Jewish identity as in this fake advertisement for Jewess Jeans.

GIlda wrote an autobiography during her illness, It's Always Something, describing her career and the support she'd found within the Wellness Community battling her illness. Her husband Gene Wilder established the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

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Eat Dirt
by LouiseSilk
May 18, 2016 | 324 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In his book with such an engaging title, Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe proves how over 75% of us, have a litany of ailments, including chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis caused by leaky gut syndrome.

 

In the plant world, Soil‐based organisms  SBOs help plants grow. Without their protection, otherwise healthy plants become malnourished and are susceptible to disease or contamination by fungi, yeasts, molds and candida. Just as plants grow best in healthy soil teeming with highly active microorganisms, we, too, need these organisms to live a long, healthy life. SBOs have been linked to treating conditions like allergies, asthma, IBS, ulcerative colitis, flatulence, nausea, indigestion, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and bacterial, fungal and viral infections. SBOs also help regulate the immune system and naturally reduce inflammation in the gut and throughout the entire body.

To maintain good health, our gut relies on trillions of microorganisms that come together in symbiotic relationship. Modern improvements to our food supply - including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains have damaged this relationship causing serious health problems that manifest within our intestinal walls in a condition known as leaky gut syndrome.

The book identifies the five main types of leaky gut syndrome: candida, stressed,  (my leaky gut of choice), inmmune, gastic, & toxic and offers customizable plans for diagnosing and treating each gut-type with diet, lifestyle, and supplementation. In order to start eating dirt, start with don’t sanitize your food, eat probiotic foods, consume raw honey and bee pollen, get a dog (I’m not so sure about this one), swim in the ocean, get grounded, and eat dirt- literally.

You can even get a free copy of the book.

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