|October 30, 2014||Popcorn-Yum||no comments|
|October 28, 2014||Out Of Sight Out Of Mind||no comments|
|October 23, 2014||The Excitement of Working Life||no comments|
|October 21, 2014||Never Go Back||no comments|
|October 14, 2014||Tools To Elevate Mind and Spirit||no comments|
|October 09, 2014||Ushpizin||no comments|
|October 07, 2014||Celebrating The Mature Phase Of One’s Career||no comments|
|October 02, 2014||Return||no comments|
|September 30, 2014||Work Rituals||no comments|
|September 23, 2014||L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu||no comments|
I haven’t found very many reasons to go out to the movies of late. The last time we went, there were only three of us in the theater and the price, not to mention the flavor, of the popcorn was shocking.
Movie theater popcorn is the worst. The Center for Science in the Public Interest revealed that a medium tub at a typical theater has 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat, three times our daily allotment. Chomping through an entire container is the caloric equivalent of eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders, before factoring in the extra fat and calories from the greasy topping.
Really, I don’t know why anyone with a large screen HD TV would choose to go out. With a little patience the desired films quickly show up DVD with lots of options for their retrieval on the home screen along with comfortable pjs, hand popped popcorn plus the stop/start button for convenience bathroom breaks.
100% whole grain Popcorn will never be a replacement for produce, which is brimming with essential nutrients and antioxidants not found in grains, but it’s still a terrific, low-cal high-fiber snack.
I haven’t tried it (Steve makes the best batch of popcorn this side of the Atlantic- topped with nutritional yeast, chili powder and a dash of coarse sea salt) but I’ve seen several mentions of organic Quinn Popcorn, no GMO ingredients, no preservatives, and chemical free in compostable bags in culinary flavors like Parmesan & Rosemary and Vermont Maple & Sea Salt.
I am back from New Jersey where the gas prices are significantly cheaper- sometimes even under $3.00. We mistakenly take this as good news- less money out of our pockets- but it’s one of those age-old truisms – something cheaper isn’t always the best thing for you.
Based on an analysis of sea-floor sediment samples collected from the Gulf of Mexico, geochemists reported on the final resting place of hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil. The data was gathered as part of the ongoing federal damage assessment to discover the fate of oil beyond the reach of oil spill cleanup efforts. The study found that as much as 31 percent of the oil originally suspended in the deep ocean (up to 620,000 barrels) has come to rest on the ocean floor, the foundation of the ocean food chain from which all of our ocean life stems. Ugh!
Oil supply is rising because of the American fracking boom, the return of stability to producing nations such as Libya, and falling demand because of economic slowdowns in countries such as China. This brought the price of crude oil from $100 per gallon in recent years to below $85 per barrel. Lower prices for oil have two negative effects: more gasoline burning and less investment in cleaner alternatives and technologies. The EPA predicts that progress will slow down as lower gas prices lead Americans to buy more trucks and SUVs.
It is sad- low prices encourage more oil use, leading to greater CO2 emissions and less regard for such things as the clean up of our oceans- higher oil prices encourage oil-consuming individuals and companies to investment in cleaner zero-fossil-fuel strategies technologies.
Then there is the excitement of SilkDenim and and the discoveries that come with requested commissions and the exploration of materials.
And as always- the memory quilt business- the latest challenge a throw made of leotards!
I told someone I was quite excited to sign up for medicare this spring and they said I didn't look 65- more like 52. Maybe it's the ongoing excitement of a working life!
I’m known for the fact that I hate to backtrack. It is an intuitive thing for me- it simply seems like a waste of time. Well, I finally found the book that explains the why behind the idea: Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again
1. Return to what hasn’t worked
2. Do anything that requires you to be someone else
3. Try to change another person
4. Believe that you can please everyone
5. Choose short-term comfort over long-term benefit
6. Trust someone or something flawless
7. Take your eyes off the big picture
8. Neglect to do due diligence
9. Fail to ask why you are where you are
10. Forget that your inner life produces your outer success
Exercise Regularly to release endorphins, strengthen your immune system and give yourself a general sense of physical confidence and wellbeing.
Meditate- Take a few minutes to sit still, listen to your breathing bringing your attention on the present moment.
Seek Light- Light therapy is one of the simplest answers to depression. Optimize your interior environment by opening the blinds and curtains, and consider a light box or other indoor light therapy.
Reading- Nothing compares to snuggling under a quilt with a good book.
Engage Your Hands in productive, effortful activity that has concrete, satisfying ends. For me of course it is knitting, crocheting and embroidery but even housework and gardening qualify.
Eat a small handful of any of these comfort foods throughout the day -asparagus, chocolate, cashews, blueberries, avocados and drink a cup of warm milk before bedtime.
My favorite aspect of Sukkot is inviting ushpizin, imaginary honored guests into the Sukkah, much like we invite Elijah at Passover.
Jewish Feminists (who have also added Miriam to the Seder table) have done a good job of expanding the ushpizin guest list to include Jewish women heroes.
This year, remembering this physically fragile world, I invite Rachel and Leah, my heroines from Tent Of Protection to join me as we celebrate under the stars.
I used to be very proud to state that I have over thirty years of quilting experience but as I was recently forced to realize that I’ve been a professional for over forty years, the feeling of pride turned into the fear of aging. How could I be old enough to do anything for forty years?
So in my inimitable fashion, I am diving into this mature phase of my career by mounting an exhibit at the American Jewish Museum this winter. I need your help:
First, make a tax-deductible donation to support the exhibit here. The Museum is free and open to the public. It deserves and needs your support!
Second, come visit me at the museum and bring some of your materials of memory. I will be working at the museum Mondays and Wednesdays from October 20th through December 3rd from 12:00 to 3:00. I will use the materials I gather to make an installation for the exhibit and those who contribute will receive a thank-you set of coasters using their materials.
It’s a happening not to be missed. You can support the arts. You can see me in process. You can get a free personal handmade item. It’s a win win win!
Return us to ourselves
and be in harmony with You
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. Charles Dickens
Mason Currey’s book: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work compiles the rituals of the day that welcome the creative process. Toni Morrison managed a nine-to-five job while raising two sons as a single parent by rising early using the morning light as inspiration. His writing is summarized in this interesting interactive chart. I only wish he had given us more information about women.
As a young author taking care of three small children, Alice Munro learned to write in gleaned slivers of time, churning out stories during children's nap times, in between feedings, and as dinners baked in the oven. It took her nearly twenty years to put together her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 when she was thirty-seven.
Leo Babauta of the blog Zen Habits lists his morning ritual: 1. Wake at 4:30 a.m. 2. Drink water. 3. Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today. 4. Fix lunches for kids and myself. 5. Eat breakfast, read. 6. Exercise (run, bike, swim, strength, or yardwork) or meditate. 7. Shower. 8. Wake wife & kids at 6:30 a.m.
It’s so easy to be distracted in this high-speed computer oriented world of ours. The secret for me is to make use of the tools rather than wallow in them. I love my time with pinterest over a coffee and breakfast. It fuels my creativity just like journal writing in the old days.