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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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Whatever Happened To The MonValley Expressway?
by LouiseSilk
May 25, 2016 | 174 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 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 | 300 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 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 | 172 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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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Yesod In Tiferet
by LouiseSilk
May 13, 2016 | 161 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Today is the twentieth day, making two weeks and six days of the Omer: Yesod, the longing to connect in Tiferet, the acceptance of all; the foundation of compassion; the deepest connection to fully realize our compassion.

This is not a short term, one day kind-of-thing, but something we can continue to employ ongoing. Once we have established the understanding, the desire, the channel and the bond, we have something within us that will extend beyond and live on forever and ever.

Directions for counting the omer here.

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Protect the Innocent
by LouiseSilk
May 10, 2016 | 227 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
What a disheartening day I had yesterday. The New York Times greeted me with continuing stories of Trump's bigotry and his fight of the day with Elizabeth Warren. Driving in the car, I listening to The Diane Rehm's Show discussing the decriminalizing of prostitution. Working, I heard the podcast Heart telling Mariya Karimjee's personal story of clitoris removal. In the evening I watched Spotlight, the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the truth of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

There is so much horror permeating the world today; it seems and it is overwhelming. But the truth is out there- we must continue to stand up, work, defend those who are not in the position to do it themselves. Their lives and ours depend on it.
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Up To My Old Tricks
by LouiseSilk
May 04, 2016 | 252 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Trees 1991
Trees 1991
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Trees 2016
Trees 2016
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Twenty-five years ago, I did the biggest commission on my career: 19 Quilts for Woodside Place; part of Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont. The purpose of the quilts was to guide Alzheimer’s residents through different areas of the building and particularly to their residential rooms. There were three wings one represented by blue stars, another by green trees and the third by red houses.

Here I am working to update all of the quilts in celebration of their 25th anniversary- this time with 13 new quilts. And how about this- I learned that my identification themes are now used in 75 care facilities around the country. Maybe you know of one?

What fun!

 

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Email Debt Forgiveness Day
by LouiseSilk
Apr 28, 2016 | 337 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Email Debt Forgiveness Day is the day when you are allowed to respond with no shame or embarrassment to old emails that have been sitting in your inbox for weeks or months or even years. You don't have to apologize. You don't have to agonize over what the receiver will think. Respond and you are forgiven.

The idea came from one of my favorites podcasts, Reply All. Here is their page explaining the idea. The actual day declared by Reply All is April 30th but if you are shomer shabbas don’t hesitate to take advantage of the idea tomorrow or Sunday.

Include the link of explanation and you are good to go!

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Wisdom According To Confucius
by LouiseSilk
Apr 25, 2016 | 271 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I am inspired to collect these Confucius quotes while reading The Pakh: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About The Good Life.

 Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.

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Full Moon in Scorpio
by LouiseSilk
Apr 21, 2016 | 355 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Passover always begins on the full moon. This time it’s a full moon in Scorpio, a chart denied of any air signs. My astrological savvy friends tell me it’s a bit like a war zone. We feel an almost palpable tension in the air and we need to make extra efforts to communicate optimally and clearly.  Most importantly: no need to take anything personally; everyone is on edge feeling the power of this full moon in Scorpio and even if they don’t know it, you do!

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Freedom Seder
by LouiseSilk
Apr 19, 2016 | 249 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Probably, there is no bigger innovation in Jewish practice, than The Freedom Seder. It happened in 1969, on the anniversary of King's death, when 800 people gathered in the basement of Lincoln Temple, a black church in Washington, D.C. Jews and Christians, rabbis and ministers, black and white held The Freedom Seder. They used Arthur Waskow's new Haggadah about the mythic promise of emancipation relevant to the times.

This year, let’s talk about the freedoms of our time: Muslims, Transgender, Refugees…… enough to keep us at the table well after midnight.

 

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