The Cost of A Gallbladder

For the record, the bills for my emergency gallbladder surgery this past December keep coming. To date of the total $7906.11 billed, my Highmark insurance paid 75% leaving me with an outstanding bill of $1989.86. With this recent unexpected surgery expense, I was very eager to read Stephen Brill’s comprehensive article about our healthcare problems:Continue reading “The Cost of A Gallbladder”

Purim in the Ghetto

When Purim time comes around I am particularly sensitive to women’s issues as shown by my blog last year and this thoughtful article from Lilith Magazine. Then I did a great deal of research for my story inspired by the life of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira and I learned of his Purim celebration in theContinue reading “Purim in the Ghetto”

In The Lineage of a Torah Scholar

This week I received an email from a family genealogist who had found some taped interviews I made with my father and his two brothers back in 1998. In it my Uncle Sam referred to his great-uncle, the famous Rabbi. Her husband’s great-grandfather was Rabbi Jacob Joseph Hurvitz. He was also my father’s great-uncle, theContinue reading “In The Lineage of a Torah Scholar”

Shehekianu: To Be In The Moment

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha Olam, shehekianu, v’kiamanu, v’higianu l’zman hazeh. Blessed be our Sovereign of time and space, Who has sustained us, protected us and brought us safely to this moment. Breath in. Breath out. See the mind. Quiet the mind. See the body. Feel the body. Create the work. Create the play.Continue reading “Shehekianu: To Be In The Moment”

Autobiography of a Quilt #8 – The Last Entry

My stepdaughter, Dana, lives in Braddock, part of a collective called Transformazium. She is involved in many projects but the one that has caught my heart is General Sisters. I included one of their prints on my quilt. One of Dana’s favorite places to shop is The National Council of Women’s Thriftique. On one ofContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #8 – The Last Entry”

The Artist’s Way

Once upon a time there was a woman who tried her best to be good and to make everyone around her feel happy. But as life occurs on life’s terms, events happened that were beyond her, making her feel lost, out of control, and not at all happy. At her lowest point, desperate for anythingContinue reading “The Artist’s Way”

Autobiography of a Quilt #6- Collaboration=Fabric

Leslie Golomb and I have been collaborating since 1993. For each project, we agree on the concept, Leslie prints fabric and I do the construction. We did among others, a series on Biblical Women, two pieces that were part of Quilt National, two Judaic pieces that were part of competitions at the Spertus Museum inContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #6- Collaboration=Fabric”