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  Bubbe Wisdom - Unraveling the threads of life. A blog by Louise Silk.
6EWH_BnaiTree.jpg Jewish Genes of Europe by LouiseSilk
The origins of Ashkenazi Jews remain highly controversial. Like Judaism, mitochondrial DNA is passed along the maternal line. Its variation in the Ashkenazim is highly distinctive, with four major ...
34N_ralph_lauren_in_cable_knit_.jpg Time To Bring Out The Knitting by LouiseSilk
I know it hasn’t been a very typical fall but suddenly it will be cool enough to begin my favorite activity for cooler weather: knitting.   For a project inspiration, I always begin with my art to ...
JW9O_shutdown.jpg Around And Around We Go by LouiseSilk
If you need a review of how we got into this mess read The Back and Forth Over the Shutdown and view the small bloc of ungovernable conservatives from safe House seats responsible for the undermini...
D1CI_art_tote.jpg Transformazium At The Carnegie International by LouiseSilk
As a working artist, I have gotten some of my greatest inspirations from the artists brought to Pittsburgh during the many Carnegie Internationals: Frank Stella , Howard Hodgkins, Louise Bourgeois ...
ELYI_breakingbadtv.jpg A Few Thoughts on TV Addiction by LouiseSilk
I’m one of the eight million viewers who saw the end of Breaking Bad last night. Good ending and I’m glad it’s over. It will make room for the new season of Downton Abbey.   I read about a new Inte...
EQ8E_yoga_tree.jpg The Art of Breathing by LouiseSilk
The breath is the most important part of any yoga practice.   It creates a rhythm for flow. It alerts when it is forced or constricted. It gives a focus to help remove outside thoughts. It is energ...
24B3_adjunct_CUNY.jpg Being an Adjunct by LouiseSilk
Being self-employed, I didn’t think I had too much to offer in discussions about making hourly wages into living wages but then I read about the death of a long-time, part-time professor at Duquesn...
BP7Q_riotgrrl1.jpeg The Riot Grrrls by LouiseSilk
Alien She (which opened this weekend and runs though the first of the year) focuses on seven artists inspired by the early 1990s younger punk faction of the women’s movement called the Riot GRRLS. ...
D0HX_Ida.jpg Memory of a Faynkokhen by LouiseSilk
I have very few photos to remind me of my grandmother, Ida, my mother’s mother. She was my primary caregiver until she died when I was nine. Instead, I think of her when I’m under the weather and I...
6KTH_gender_equality.jpg Where are We on the Global Gender Gap? by LouiseSilk
The Global Gender Gap Report , introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, captures the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world according to economic, political, educat...