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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Loving Acceptance


You cannot control the world, the country, your town, the mood swings of those you love, but you can try to create around you a little bit of space that is all your own, a place where the rules of interaction you’ve chosen make sense and your actions have integrity. Sharon Salzberg

Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance. If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are fueling the fears and feelings of separation that sustain the trance of unworthiness. Radical Acceptance directly dismantles the very foundations of this trance. Tara Brach

May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addiction also decrease.
May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future.
May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others to be as insubstantial as our dreams.
May we appreciate the great perfection of all phenomena.
May we continue to open our hearts and minds, in order to work ceaselessly for the benefit of all beings.
May we go to the places that scare us.
May we lead the life of a warrior. Pema Chödrön

May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May I be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, afflictions, fear and anxiety.

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of of understanding and love.
May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself.
May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself.

May I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.
May I be able to live fresh, solid, and free.
May I be free from attachment and aversion, but not indifferent.

Love is not just the intention to love, but the capacity to reduce suffering, and offer peace and happiness. The practice of love increases our forbearance, our capacity to be patient and embrace difficulties and pain. Forbearance does mean that we try to suppress pain. Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

To Understand The Roots Of Collusion, Follow The Money

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To understand the roots of the collusion, set aside Putin and follow the money.In the endless pursuit of the Russia-Trump collusion story, we sometimes forget a key element: this whole mess began with money, not with election interference. The connections between Trump and Russia were forged years ago, well before he developed any serious political inspirations, and were focused on the shady schemes of Russian oligarchs and their dealings with Trump. Understanding the roots of the collusion means setting aside the usual narrative – Putin wants to destroy American democracy – and following the money first. Seva Gunitsky

Read the details HEREthe article.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

BE SURE TO ALWAYS Follow The Money

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Naomi Klein‘s new book NO IS NOT ENOUGH is right on the money. It’s more than just the man. The Republican party is using Donald Trump’s mental instability, out-of-control ego and general man-babyness to distract from their policies, which are savaging environmental standards and already-inadequate financial regulations. Trumpism is the logical conclusion of our current political system as his administration pushes through one after another of its right-wing agenda of disaster capitalism.

Get a copy of the book HERE.
Watch the video HERE.
Do an action with her five point plan:
1. Know what’s coming.
2. Get out of your home and defy the bans.
3. Know your history.
4. Always follow the money.
5. Advance a bold counter plan.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Pussies Of America Finds A Home

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To: Women and Girls Foundation
100 W. Station Square Drive; Suite 315
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

It is my pleasure to gift you: Pussies Of America; 42”H X 54”H; Recycled denim, tee-shirt knits, Perle Cotton; Hand Embroidery, Hand Appliqué, Machine Piecing; $1200.00; 2017.

Pussies of America was one of over 500 quilts made in response to an open call entitled Threads Of Resistance. Pussies of America references a quilt I made in 1991 as part of The Great American Quilt Festival sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art. My quilt, Stars of America, featured fifty stars arranged as stars on a flag and highlighted fifty unique American items such as MICKEY MOUSE, ROUTE 66, APPLE PIE, and LEVI JEANS. It is now archived at the Heinz History Center.

For Pussies of America, I replaced the stars with fifty individual pussy hats, representing the handmade pink hats made to provide a unique collective visual statement of support and solidarity for women’s rights, first used during the Women’s March on Washington on November 23, 2016 and now as a continuing sign of protest.

On each hat is a hand-embroidered protest statement taken from the signs held at the march including such statements as: NOT MY PRESIDENT, I AM A WOMAN. WHAT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER?, PUSSIES AND RIGHTS ARE NOT UP FOR GRABS, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, I’VE SEEN SMARTER CABINETS AT IKEA, OUR BODY OUR MINDS OUR POWER, and THE WORLD IS WATCHING.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Power of Seventy



Seventy is made of two perfect numbers, seven- representing perfection and ten- representing the ten commandments and the completeness of The Holy One’s law, symbolizing perfect spiritual order carried out with all power.

Midrash: The Holy One, Who has seventy Names, gave the Torah, which has seventy names, to Israel, which has seventy names (Numbers 11:16), and which originated from seventy people who went down to Egypt with Jacob (Genesis 46:8-27), and was chosen from among seventy nations (Genesis chapter 10), to celebrate seventy holy days in the year (52 Sabbaths and 18 festivals, including the Intermediate Days between Passover and Succot). The Torah was transmitted to seventy elders (Midrash Yelamdeinu), and safeguarded by the Sanhedrin of seventy Sages (Numbers 11:16) … There are seventy facets to the Torah (Zohar, Genesis 36), which was translated into seventy languages to make it understandable to the seventy nations (Sotah 32a), and was engraved on seventy stones after Israel crossed the Jordan (Deuteronomy 27:8) on their way to the Holy Land. Jerusalem, which has seventy names, built the Temple with seventy pillars. On Succot, seventy sacrifices were offered (Numbers 29:13-34) for the sake of the seventy nations of the world who have seventy representatives among the heavenly angels.

Judah Loew ben Bezalel, The Maharal of Prague: The number seven represents the entirety of this natural world, which was created in seven days (six days of creation, completed on the Sabbath). Any number times ten represents its expanded full potential – seventy of something represents all the potential facets of that thing in the natural world.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, the son of the late Moshe Feinstein: The seventy languages used by Moses parallel the seventy facets of Torah; each speaks to one of the seventy characteristics with which G-d has populated the world. The number seventy symbolizes that every national trait can be harnessed for holy purposes.

Mark Twain on his seventieth birthday: It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation, and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach – unrebuked. You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do. I have been anxious to explain my own system this long time, and now at last I have the right.

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

How I spent my 67th Birthday

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Slime supplies

I hesitated to report on this, but an article in today’s New York Times convinced me other wise. For a host of reasons, I’m not to good at birthdays, so I was thrilled to find a reason to down-play mine with a visit to help with the grandchildren.

When I arrived, I found them involved in small business endeavors. The older one was making and selling slime; the younger one was opening a lemonade stand. What fun!

One of the things I appreciate about textile arts as opposed to other art mediums and why I have always gravitated to fiber is the simple nature of the materials. It’s not very messy to cut and sew.

If you would have told me, even a month ago, that I would spend my birthday wrist high in slime, I would have laughed and say no way. But then, where grandchildren are concerned, limits will be stretched and the unthinkable becomes reality.

What a great way to prevent the onset of old-age.

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

More on Ego


The ego Personality, even while completely desiring and longing for freedom, resists moving toward it, because it fears its own annihilation.
Dear Reader: Do you sometimes feel like no matter how hard you try, you do not make the sort of progress you would like on your spiritual path? What is that? Do you lack something? Some genius for change? Were you wounded too deeply in childhood to receive your life’s dream, to be with God, to awaken?
Please note: There is an active force that holds you back! The same part of you that searches also looks longingly backward toward your own imprisonment. This is not a theory. It is a fact. Everything that lives has a force within it that makes it want to keep on living in the same way it has always lives. Your small self fears this new, unknown land you are trying to enter and actively seeks sanctuary in limitation- the very limitation you are trying to escape!
So don’t escape. Stop trying so hard. Open your mind and heart to this part that cannot go forward and cannot go backward. See its dilemma. If you do that, you will begin to notice a form of spiritual progress you never dreamed about. You will begin to come alive.
The Instruction Manual for Receiving God; Jason Shulman; pg. 125

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Stop Self-Blame


1.Guilt is a favorite “food” of the ego and it has no redeeming value.
2.The ego mind attempts to get us to focus on times other than the present. It uses the past to relive and reactivate pain, remorse, guilt and loss…It uses the future to create fear, anxiety and worry.
3.The ego mind offers external solutions to our internal problems. It always temps us to seek satisfaction, fulfillment, or power…from the outside.
4.The ego believes in all upside-down understandings of the world: love is dangerous, forgiveness is giving in, giving is losing, and peace is boring.
5.The ego blames sources for all our discomfort and perceives the power of relief as eternal as well.
6.The ego voice is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. As such, it offers solutions to fear, insecurity, and feelings of being unloved that never work. It always increases increases the problem by deceiving us with a lie.
7.The ego is the inner voice that always speaks first and loudest in response to virtually every situation, bringing more pain each time.
8.The ego thrives on being listened to…When not listened to or believed in, it starves.
9.The ego makes all sickness real and thinks it is of the body instead of the mind.
10.All condemnation and judgement come from the ego.
11.The ego identifies with weakness, littleness…inferior comparisons.
12.The ego pretends to be powerful through arrogance……
13.The ego believes that peace and happiness are things that happen to us if we are lucky and we have little or nothing to do with the “luck”.
14.The ego voice is usually the first voice we hear inside. We need to quiet its chatter…..to hear the voice of truth, the True Self.
15. The ego is behind any experience of struggle, pressure. judgement, and obsessing to “figure things out”.
16. All worry is from the ego. WE do not really worry about someone or our symptoms- we worry at them. The ego mind confuses worry with love. To worry is to attack and it amplifies the problem.
17. The ego opposes our trust in our identity with our True Self or the Higher Power when it draws us into worry.
18. The ego is identified with the body, which makes us think the body is our whole self and it is ruling, instead of seeing it as being the unconscious mind to be translated.
19. The ego’s motto is “Seek but do not find.”
20. In essence the ego can be said to be simply a fearful thought that creates an existential hell instead of heaven.
Your Power To Heal; Henry Grayson, PhD; pg.59-61

Friday, June 9th, 2017

We Know


The Trump administration has yet to understand how the campaign investigation is likely to be the gateway to the inner workings of the Trump empire. Doug Sosnik, senior adviser to Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000.

Trump’s business is infecting the people around him. To show loyalty you have to engage in the corrupt or mendacious behavior he engages in. So he’s a form of contagion — and Comey did not want the investigation infected. Stephen Burbank, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Whether or not the president’s actions ultimately rise to “obstruction” according to Mueller’s investigation, however, it’s clear these are serious allegations that suggest a kind of lawlessness in the White House, from a president with little regard for the norms that govern conduct in the Oval Office. Trump’s alleged demand for Comey’s personal loyalty—in a government where officials pledge allegiance to the Constitution, not the president—would itself be a profound attack on the rule of law. In an ideal world, or at least a more functional one, lawmakers on both sides would see and treat this as a crisis that demands resolution, lest it corrode American democracy.But that’s not what we have. Just one of our two parties is interested in checking this president’s abuse. The other, the Republican Party, is indifferent, content to tolerate Trump’s misconduct as long as it doesn’t interrupt or interfere with its political agenda. Jamelle Bouie, Slate.

The good news is the civic institutions are weathering the storm. The Senate Intelligence Committee put on a very good hearing. The F.B.I. is maintaining its integrity. This has, by and large, been a golden age for the American press corps. The bad news is that these institutions had better be. The Trump death march will be slow, grinding and ugly. David Brooks New York Times

As I listened to James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, tell the Senate Intelligence Committee about his personal meetings and phone calls with President Trump, I was reminded of something: the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss. There was precisely that sinister air of coercion, of an employee helpless to avoid unsavory contact with an employer who is trying to grab what he wants……Victims of sexual harassment often face skepticism, doubts and accusations when they tell their story. That’s part of the predator’s power. But I’m here to tell James Comey, and all the women and men who have suffered at the hands of predators, I believe you. Nicole Serratore, New York Times

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Rasiel’s Mantle



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Rasiel’s Mantle; 43”H X 63”W X 2” D; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants, Old Quilt Remnant. 07/2016. $1600.00. Quilt National 2017.

This work is composed of ordinary re-used materials. The archangel, Rasiel, presides over our actions of transforming the knowledge of information and ideas into the wisdom of achieving our deepest levels of understanding. The mantle, like a quilt, serves the practical function of keeping someone warm protecting them from the elements. In this case, it also serves as a symbolic divine representation.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Quilt National 2017

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I had an unanticipated flash back through my quilting career traveling on Sunday last minute to see Quilt National at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. At the same time QN was celebrating 40 years of exhibitions (being a biennial), I was acknowledging my thirtieth anniversary of participation. The last time I was at the Dairy Barn was in 1987 celebrating my first acceptance into this prestigious exhibition.

The exhibition is an impressive collection in mastery of what we in the field have labeled The Art Quilt. There are no nameable traditional patterns, no standard bed sizes, no recognizable commercial prints. There are unique sizes and shapes, intricate piecing and application, massive amounts of tiny intricate hand stitching and machine quilting, beautiful one-of-a kind- hand-dyed materials. If you like fiber art- you will love Quilt National.

I began my exploration of the quilt as part of my feminist search wondering, exploring, seeking a functional meaningful place in American society. Thirty years later- I wonder about the role that Quilt National played.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

An Open-Heart

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Having an “open heart” does not mean being “happy.” It does not mean being spiritual or wise or anything at all. It means to have an open attitude toward ourselves.

It is easy to confuse spiritual openness with the personal sensation of the emotion of love, in and around the heart. We are not looking for something so pretty! We want action, and the action we want is love-in-action, the extending of the hand of friendship toward our own being. It means not repeating our historical attitudes toward our own faults. It means giving ourselves a second chance, over and over again. It means seeing our true limitations and imperfections, and accepting them with kindness instead of war.

This morning, bow down to yourself. It is not a selfish or egotistical thing to do-you are bowing down to your real self, with all its whole and broken pieces.

Jason Shulman: The Instruction Manual For Receiving God: Page 52

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