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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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Finally: A Break For Alzheimer’s
by LouiseSilk
Dec 08, 2016 | 116 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

First Reversals of Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease is a November Commonwealth Club release. The speaker, Dr Bredesen of the Bucks Institute, reports on an integrative, holistic approach to AD.

The most evident symptoms of AD were identified as being poor memory, being easily overwhelmed and getting lost. Dr Dale Bredesen presented information, slides, and short videos on Alzheimer’s disease predicting the number of sufferers in the years to come, the impact on society, and some examples of his patients who had reclaimed their memories. He showed that the current mono-therapy treatment is failing because AD is a metabolic disorder involving 36 metabolic imbalances that the current therapy does not address.

Then Dr. Bresdesen describes his comprehensive, personalized therapeutic program designed to achieve metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration (MEND) based on the underlying pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease involving multiple modalities. The first 10 patients who have utilized this program include patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI). Nine of the 10 displayed subjective or objective improvement in cognition beginning within 3-6 months, with the one failure being a patient with very late stage AD. Six of the patients had had to discontinue working or were struggling with their jobs at the time of presentation, and all were able to return to work or continue working with improved performance. Improvements have been sustained, and at this time the longest patient follow-up is two and one-half years from initial treatment, with sustained and marked improvement.

His results suggest early in the course of the disease cognitive decline addressing metabolic processes and using a therapeutic system may be the key to success.  Great to know that there is hope if we address the symptoms opening as so as they begin to occur.

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#themessytruth
by LouiseSilk
Dec 07, 2016 | 132 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There were five things on the ballot on November 8th, 2016: the presidency, the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court and the character of the country. Progressives lost all five. But the thing that hurts the most is losing on the character of the country – the idea we're going to be divisive as a country. So we have to start there, and reassert that we want to be an inclusive country where everyone gets treated with dignity and respect. I'll tell you this: If you believe that "love trumps hate," you can't be marching around saying that and looking more hateful than Trump. Van Jones

There aren’t many things I watch on regular television, but like many of  you “This Is Us” has captured my attention. Last night, knowing I could watch the concluding episode on demand later in the week, I made the decision to watch Van Jones on CNN. Jones has a vision to move beyond anger and disbelief into a heart-opened Love Army embracing not only the vulnerable Americans targeted by Trump supporters but also the supporters themselves.

I follow Van Jones. I donated money to his vision The Dream Corps. He is the voice of progressive reason. He takes to and listens to everyone. A Yale-trained lawyer from Tennessee, an activist during the late-Nineties in Oakland, President Obama's former green jobs czar and currently a regular on mainstream media’s CNN.

Last night’s special examined the raw state of our union in the aftermath of Trump's victory. It had it’s good (Michael Moore) and its bad moments (Rick Santorum). There was nothing earth shattering but I tolerated  most of the information and was moved by a discussion about the choices facing a thoroughly educated, highly motivated undocumented American/Mexican woman. But then it happened. The next program came on and there was Trump speaking to a crowd- as obnoxious as ever. I can’t and won’t stand him. I just won’t. I vow to turn him off and not watch or listen to him-not now and not for the next four years. Thank G-d I have podcasts and programs like “This is Us” to help me because it’s going to take some concentrated effort.

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A Dress Rehearsal For Life
by LouiseSilk
Dec 02, 2016 | 548 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

With special connections, I had the great privilege to witness the dress rehearsal of LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, opening tonight at OFF THE WALL Theater in Carnegie.

Lungs is uniquely clever as it tackles the complex theme of having children in these precarious days of  pollution driven climate change. With a minimal set, no props, and no breaks, two awkward people  (one of them, Sarah Silk) who love and care for each other and fear for the future of their planet, spend a 130 minute conversation deciding whether or not to produce a child.

The dialogue moves at the speed of thought slipping from conversation to conversation as time marches forward.  The characters display a salty taste of humor on top of the subtext of their profound fear about the affects of their personal carbon-footprints on the future of our universe. There is an every shifting view between the intimacy and distance of being political correct yet socially engaged. This is the question: How is it possible to have an ordinary daily life when one is constantly bombarded with knowledge that creates fear?

The production is finely calibrated, complex, and in the end mind boggling! OFF THE WALL is both a class act and a great fortune to have as part of our local theater. With this production, there are no disappointments.
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Like A Fish In Water
by LouiseSilk
Nov 30, 2016 | 214 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
In true nonduality, we understand that a fish never leaves the water. The fish never comes to the end of the water, even if it is an explorer fish, swimming this way and that. It never comes to the end of the ocean because its nature is to be in the water. The fish and the water are one. As long as we think,"Here I am whole, and there I am not," we think there is an end to the ocean itself. But Truly, there is no end to the ocean.

When we have problems, we imagine a different sort of life where there are no problems and then attempt to get there. Sometimes that works for awhile and can even be beneficial, but as a path to true change, it is doomed to failure. There is no life but this one. There are not two lives, one better than the other. True change begins with a relationship  with what is actually present in the Now.

Try this: Say to yourself, There is no life but this one. This doesn't mean that things will remain the same; the nature of life is that things will continue to transform. Nor does it mean you will eternally be caught in the position you find yourself in now. But the subtle acceptance that there is no other life will help you control the unreal, questing mind that is always looking for the end of this world and the start of another. It's as if a bird kept flying as top speed, saying, "Where does the air end?" The bird's nature- its relationship to air- means it will continue to find air everywhere it flies. There is no "bird" without air everywhere! To think-even unconsciously- that there is some life that is separate from our life is fantasy. When we stop our questioning in the unreal manner, we enter the place where God helps us change what we need to change and simultaneously be in life as it is. This dance of change and acceptance-which makes up the pith of our lives- takes place in the Present Moment.

Jason Shulman The Instruction Manual for Receiving God; page 38-9
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Post Slavery and Beyond: Race Matters
by LouiseSilk
Nov 23, 2016 | 263 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

“This election clearly represented a backlash against the progress black people have made since 1965″ Henry Louis Gates

With the wake-up call of election results, there are two new documentaries that should be required viewing for every white American.

The first is Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary, “13th”, that tells the full story of racial oppression in this country by focusing on our prison system and the massive incarceration of black males.

The second is Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” reflecting on black history and the stark racial divide that emerged following the election of the country’s first African American president.

Seeing these helps us understand the election in an historical context and leads us to consider next steps that will insure that all lives matter.

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Another Quilt With Meaning And Memory
by LouiseSilk
Nov 17, 2016 | 354 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When I was with my son and his family last week, he reluctantly surrendered his favorite quilt to me. It was faded, worn on the edges and fraying at the seams. He explained why it was his favorite- used on their bed every year as a summer quilt.

I was initially stymied. I had tried to replace this quilt in 2012: You can read the story about it here; but here he was still clinging to the very same badly worn quilt.

My first thought was to actually make it again exactly as he loved it, but that would take hunting out fabrics I don’t have in my possession. As I thought it over and looked through my pinterest board, I began to formulate a modern take on his favorite classic. I will use an assortment of all of my leftover Alexander Henry fabrics. I will intersperse them with crème fabrics that I have been saving for just such a purpose for a long time: a top I used when I was doing talks about my book; a skirt I bought from a designer in Victoria; my mother’s old tablecloths; my favorite raw silk yardage; a CP Shades garment; a printed muslin leftover from my retail days……

I love my work.

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Quilt National 2017
by LouiseSilk
Nov 15, 2016 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Tree of Life QN 2011
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I spend long days and nights absorbed in creative efforts. For each new project my jubilantly hopeful heart and mind identify significant ideas in need of expression and my hands enthusiastically dig into my multitude of resources. There is nothing like the action of creation.

Creativity is one thing. Becoming a master is another. It takes tremendous discipline, training, and effort. More times than not, the fruits of labor go unrecognized. It’s tough to be competitive and rejections abound.

The major competition for contemporary Quilt Makers happens every other year in Athens, Ohio.  I’ve entered many times and have been privileged to be included in a few. The secret for acceptance is to show the jurors something totally unique that they have never seen before. It’s not easy. The last time I was accepted was in 2011. In 2013, I was rejected. I didn’t even enter in 2015.

And so with the results of 2017 announced yesterday, I am excited to report one of my entries (each artist can submit up to three works) Raisel’s Mantle included in Quilt National 2017.

Some time this summer make your way to Athens, Ohio to survey the best creative juices in the world of Quilt Making including my very own original Raisel’s Mantle.

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Love Trumps Hate
by LouiseSilk
Nov 09, 2016 | 382 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Silent Majority has spoken. Republicans will control the White House, Senate, House and the next Supreme Court nominee. They declare it doesn’t matter if this man is fit to be our President. He is the lesser of two evils. They believe that his business acumen and brash outspoken personality will make American great again.

This is no small task. Winning is one thing; governing is another. The brash, vulgar, race-baiting Reality Show Host must now put his abilities to work seeking new relationships with Republicans, Democrats, International Leaders, Business Executives, Minorities, Women- all who opposed him.

America voted. Time will tell but remember Love Always Trumps Hate.

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Yom HaAliyah: Celebrating Immigration
by LouiseSilk
Nov 07, 2016 | 405 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

As I opened my computer today, I was reminded tomorrow is something more than election day. It’s Israel’s newest national holiday, Yom HaAliyah. The law, passed this year by the Knesset, makes Israel the first country in the world to dedicate a national holiday to honoring the contribution of immigrants. How cool is that?

The push for official recognition was spearheaded by Tel Aviv Internationals, a volunteer-run organization comprised largely of immigrants from the West. They  have been celebrating Yom HaAliyah in an unofficial capacity on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the date that coincides with the first mass Aliyah mentioned in the Bible, when Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land for the first time.

Although the legislation earmarks the 10th of Nisan, Israeli schools and the Knesset, which are on Passover recess during that time, will mark the national holiday on the 7th of Heshvan, coinciding with the Torah portion, Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)  when Abraham and Sarah are commanded to leave home and head for the land of Israel.

Yesher Koah to all of the immigrants of the world. May you be for a blessing.

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Sadness and Tears
by LouiseSilk
Nov 04, 2016 | 387 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Listening to the news this morning: the election, the pipeline, the bigotry, the refugees, the climate, an old television image came to mind: An American Indian crying over the environment.

The ad was widely successful. It received many awards, incited a frenzy of community involvement, and helped reduce litter by 88% across 38 states.

That's what we need now- a national figure whose tears will make a difference. Who will step forward?
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