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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 141016 views | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Spring Planting
by LouiseSilk
Mar 25, 2015 | 343 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Everywhere I go these days, I hear talk of gardening. I, myself, was a bit of a gardener in my youth, but that is way in the past. Still I am fortunate to get all the benefits by living with a master gardener. I just went around our loft and counted 124 plus plants throughout the interior and that’s right, I don’t water a one of them.  

As exceptional as our greenery in the loft is, it can’t hold a candle to our roof top. For your enjoyment, here are two videos one from 2010 and one from 2014. Can almost smell that lavender and taste those peppers.

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Abundance
by LouiseSilk
Mar 24, 2015 | 284 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

We have a long history of Silk/Root seders. We write our own haggadah with a yearly theme and we pick the night that works for most, even though one year it didn’t even happen on one of the eight days. 

I thought this year would be different. With our seder scheduled for Saturday night, we would finally be falling into the first-night seder tradition, but I was mistaken. Saturday night is the second night.

Once again, that’s what works for us. My son and his family are coming in from New Jersey on Friday, will attend the Seder on Saturday and view my BubbeWisdom Quilt Exhibit at the JCC on Sunday. 

I’ve decided the theme for this year’s haggadah will be Abundance.

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Oy Gevalt- Again
by LouiseSilk
Mar 19, 2015 | 488 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I grew up in the Federation philosophy understanding that our job as American Jewry is to support the programs and people of Israel and leave the politics to those who live on the land. Otherwise, I might have more to say about Netanyahu’s many blunders like going to speak to congress without Obama or stating that he would not consider the possibility of a two state solution. Instead, I want to remind you, that winning the election is still a far cry from controlling the 61 Knesset seats and there is lots of evidence that Netanyahu is a very average everyday politician who can easily sway in the direction of the wind. We have a long way to go in this ongoing saga, so batten down the hatches and write your check to the agencies that help k’lal Yisrael  in true tikkun olam.

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Celebrate Women’s Herstory
by LouiseSilk
Mar 17, 2015 | 282 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It's time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we've all fought for to fight for us now. Patricia Arquette, Oscars 2015

NYTimes: Making of  Malala

Gloria Steinem speaking about domestic violence and gender at Foreign Affairs Symposium at John Hopkins last month

Woman’s History Month website

Writing Women back into history with 2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees

the film: MissRepresentation

by the makers of MissRepresentation; a film about men: Mask You Live In



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Choosing Death, not Life
by LouiseSilk
Mar 12, 2015 | 538 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It is always so shocking to hear about someone choosing to end his life. This time it was a wonderful, seemingly happy, accomplished thirty-one year old.

Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide or 12.1 for every 100,000 to total over 38,000 Americans every year making it the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

Common misconceptions:

"People who talk about suicide won't really do it." Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats.

"Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy." Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing. Extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness but are not signs of psychosis.

"If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her." Not True. Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death, and most waiver until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to end their pain. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they want the pain to stop.

"People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help." Not True. Studies of adult suicide victims have shown that more then half had sought medical help within six month before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death.

"Talking about suicide may give someone the idea." Not True. You don't give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true -- bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.

If you have thoughts of suicide, these options are available:

    Dial: 911

    Dial: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)- the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    Check yourself into the emergency room.

    Tell someone who can help you find help immediately.

    Stay away from things that might hurt you.

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Inspiration
by LouiseSilk
Mar 10, 2015 | 566 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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The Full Moon in Virgo
by LouiseSilk
Mar 05, 2015 | 540 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

With this Purim’s full moon presenting itself in the middle of Virgo, we will have great awareness and inner clarity, as we always are at the full moon, and at the same time more openness to the balance of heart and mind.  That’s because Virgo is the realm of logic, organization, precision and details.  Here’s how a variety of astrologists explain it.

Embrace your personal pull between head and heart and shine with the light of the moon.

 

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Ghost Wars
by LouiseSilk
Mar 03, 2015 | 471 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

With all of this ridiculous over-coverage of Netanyahu’s speech today, the more important story of Iraqi Force pushing to control ISIS-Held Tikrit has been pushed to the back burner. I’m not sure how I happened upon it at this particular time, but it’s never too late to read Ghost Wars, the Pulitzer Prize winning history of US involvement in Afghanistan from the anti-Soviet uprising in the 1980s. Coll explains in a remarkably patient, non-partisan way, the ugly history of the US government in Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion in 1979. He gives the complete bird's eye perspective of the geopolitics of the Taliban, al Qaeda, Afghan communists, Massoud's Northern Alliance, Saudi royals, Iranians, the CIA, the Defense Department, the State Department, Soviets, and countless mujahedin warlords.

The original sin of America’s involvement in Afghanistan was our clandestine arming of the mujahedeen and then our abandonment of the country after the Soviet retreat. To compound the problems, we watched as Pakistan openly dragged its feet challenging the Taliban concentrating instead on its nuclear treat to fight its equally nuclear-armed neighbor, India.

American diplomats spent years pressing Islamic allies to force the Taliban to give up bin Laden. President Clinton spent hundreds of hours poring over satellite images and intelligence reports trying to pin him down before he attacked us. He failed and thousands of Americans died in 9/11 and the two wars that followed, but Ghost Wars proves that U.S. military leaders saw 9/11 coming years before it happened and chose actions that made us had a zero percentage of stopping it. I would hate, hate, hate to see us make the same mistake twice!

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A Room Of One’s Own
by LouiseSilk
Feb 26, 2015 | 659 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Both coming from previous marital experiences, Steve and I form a new-age reconfigured family. Of our five adult children, only one is currently in a traditional family structure.

The Census Bureau reported that in 2010, the proportion of married households in America dropped to a record low of 48 percent. Fifty percent of the adult population is single, compared with 33 percent in 1950. The median age for getting married has been rising, and for those who are affluent and educated, that number climbs even higher. In the same year, 2010, nearly twice as many single women bought homes as did single men.

The book, Unhitched, decouples and undermines the taken-for-granted relationships between love, marriage, and parenthood of the one-size-fits-all vision of family values. Taking on prejudices of left, right and center, Unhitched, poses an empirical challenge to the belief that the nuclear family and confirms that family diversity is here to stay.

Through compelling stories of real families navigating inescapable personal and political trade-offs between desire and domesticity, Sex at Dawn, uses evidence gathered from human physiology, archaeology, primate biology and anthropological studies of world-wide pre-agricultural tribes to give an accurate sense of where we came from, why we are the way we are, and why certain aspects of family feel like a bad fit, encouraging more tolerant openness about sexuality and marriage.

It’s a small comfort to know that we are no longer an anomaly but still I wonder when and how we will get to a consensus of family values that allow true acceptance of multiple family forms.

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Wabi Sabi?
by LouiseSilk
Feb 24, 2015 | 793 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in incomplete impermanent imperfection. It is a mind-set of nuances and subtleties that embraces the cracks, crevices and marks of time and action in the natural process of irregularity, intimacy, earthiness, unpretentiousness, and simplicity.

Think of your favorite anything. It is worn, faded, softened, used; yet you love its underplayed beauty deeply and intent to hold onto it forever. That’s wabi-sabi.

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