|November 29, 2015||White Elephant Chanukah||no comments|
|November 22, 2015||My Love Affair||no comments|
|November 13, 2015||Busier Than A Dog-Walker In A Yard Full Of Cats||no comments|
|November 10, 2015||Another Festival of Lights?||no comments|
|November 05, 2015||The Original Shape Shifter||no comments|
|November 04, 2015||Growing Into Our True Fate||no comments|
|October 29, 2015||Peace Of Mind||no comments|
|October 27, 2015||Leadership||no comments|
|October 21, 2015||Happy Birthday, Ursula||no comments|
|October 15, 2015||Continuous Change||no comments|
What do a conch shell, handmade bags, folkart sculpture, autobot, old patched backpack, Harry Potter book series, dolphin earrings, popbeads bracelet, antique picture frame, Be Here Now, bar schmattas, Twilight book series, miniature origami paper set, beaded purse and a ceramic baby elephant all have in common? They were the gifts we exchanged at our Thanksgiving/Chanukah celebration this year.
The term white elephant refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift that cannot be easily disposed of, based on the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, that they might be ruined by the animals' upkeep costs.
It added a fun, festive element to our Thanksgiving and was a great opportunity to acknowledge Chanukah while we were all together. Chag Chanuka Sameach
I’ve been using the small straight stitch industrial sewing machine since Sarah was three months old. It is a fabulous machine with one exception. It is missing the one tool that every serious quilter uses- a walking foot.
A walking foot is a special presser foot that lifts itself in a certain way so that the machine can more easily handle thickness without shifting the fabric. This is especially important for machine quilting- to keep the three layers in tact as they are being quilted.
Last year, through an odd set of circumstances, I acquired a second industrial machine. When my fearless sewing machine mechanic, Herbert, came to work on it, he gave me the great news: the new machine is indeed the machine of my dreams complete with a walking foot.
I love you, Consew. I need you. I don’t know how I ever lived without you. Promise me you will stay by my side always, that you will never disappoint me, and that you will be fearless as we endeavor to do the work.
Things are heating up here at the loft as Sarah and I go into production for our first retail show: The HandMade Arcade listed in BuzzFeed as one of the Top 35 Indie Craft Fairs Everyone Needs to Visit.
We will offer wonderful smaller inexpensive gift items such as zipwallets, cup quilts, and lunch bags in addition to some show-special bargains from our clothing line. If you can’t get there (unfortunately it is on a Saturday and in the middle of Chanukah), shoot us an email and make an appt. to come see us at the loft. We might be busier than mustard trying to ketchup but we always have time for you!
Tomorrow, millions of Hindus around the world will celebrate Diwali, The Festival of Lights. Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. Diwali commemorates the triumph of good over evil and signifies the return of Rama to his kingdom following 14 years in exile. It is followed on Thursday by the Hindu New Year.
Indian households decorate their courtyards with the traditional Indian art form rangoli and the lighting of earthenware oil lamps, diyas, to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, into their homes for her blessings for a prosperous year.
May these lamps of joy illuminate your life and fill your days with the bright sparkles of peace. May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, all the blessings of good fortune, wealth, and prosperity a life can unfold. Wishing you happy Diwali 2015.
I am a long time fan of Frank Stella. His 60s paintings with their dynamic zig-zags, chevrons and half circles shapes filled with vibrating blocks of color seemed the perfect inspiration for a contemporary quilt maker.
Now you can see them in his solo exhibition on view in New York at the Whitney through February 7, 2016.
Now, consciously refrain from interpreting this sadness as some sadness from your past. If you have been brave enough to do this, you will notice that your new sadness has a tenderhearted quality. This is the second gate.
Contemplate that tender feeling for a few moments. If you look carefully, you will notice that there is a new aura around the sadness: It is a quiet joy. This is the third gate. You may never have known this quiet, small joy before. Just be there and watch yourself grow into your true fate.
Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 135
My mother died of Alzheimer’s disease. It was such a depressing and debilitating disease for not only her but also everyone who loved her. I thought Julianne Moore did a fabulous job portraying Dr. Alice Howland as she comes face-to-face with the devastating diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease in the movie Still Alice.
These thoughts bring me to an article today, that according to the official autopsy, Robin Williams had a disease called Lewy body dementia (LBD), which not only caused him to displayed odd behavior in his final days but may have also contributed to his decision to kill himself. LBD stems from abnormal protein deposits that spread throughout the brain causing progressive dementia and symptoms generally associated with Parkinson’s disease, which Williams also had.
There is a new series on PBS The Brain. It’s quite fascinating and proves that there is nothing more amazing or more complicated.
I owe you an apology. My time and interest in this blog has decreased greatly this fall. Not to make excuses but I’ve been very preoccupied.
First, is the election of board members for my condo association. Can you believe that the two people up for reelection have served for over 10 years each? It doesn’t take much to figure out that this seriously limits our vision and growth. I gathered a group of residents, formed an ad-hoc committee, found new people willing to run, and organized a series of town meetings focusing on the need for invigorating new leadership. I discovered there is lots of agreement on the need for change.
Second, I am now the president of the Jewish Assistance Fund, an organization started to help the people among us in emergency situations with cash assistance. With well over 1 million dollars in assets and the yearly distribution of around $150,000, I have taken on the role of soliciting new leadership, delegating responsibility, and securing larger funding sources.
Third, my daughter Sarah and I are taking SilkDenim to the next level planning to make our retail debut at the HandMade Arcade held in December at the Convention Center. This includes several lower priced gift items, labels, tags, displays……..
I end with the top qualities of an effective leader: Honesty; Positive Attitude; Commitment; Creativity; Intuition; Ability to Delegate; Communication; Confidence; Sense of Humor; Ability to Inspire. Here’s my bottom line. Way back in 1998 I got a masters degree in leadership. A good education never sits idle.
Novelist Ursula Kroeber Le Guin turns 86 today. In her words:
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.
People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
The creative adult is the child who has survived.
Continuous change happens naturally. Life goes on, and whether we change in consciousness or not, we get bigger...... To change quality, however, we must be able to get to the point where what shattered our consciousness in one setting no longer has that power.
All of spiritual growth is about change of state, from one quality to another. When you are a person of quality, you can be said to be a person whose consciousness is whole enough to linger in more of reality longer. Reality- G-d, transcendence, awakening, and so on- is the ability to let all of the proper qualities live in each particular stage of your life.
Jason Shulman The Instruction Manual For Receiving God pg. 136-138