Bring Your Bag, Your Silverware, Your Take-Out Container, Your Schmatta

June 30th was the last day anyone could legally use polystyrene foam products in New York City. This includes everything from plastic foam coffee cups to packaging peanuts. The reason is that they cannot be recycled and cause real environmental harm. Yesterday, grocery stores across the entire state of Hawaii are banned from distributing plasticContinue reading “Bring Your Bag, Your Silverware, Your Take-Out Container, Your Schmatta”

A Pillow Turned Rug

It started with these all-weather wicker chairs that we are no longer using. Originally, there were seven and I made patchwork cushions for them out of moth eaten wool clothing and kilim rugs. I could not part with the beautiful textiles and decided to re-purpose them into a patchwork rug. It was an almost impossibleContinue reading “A Pillow Turned Rug”

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”

Schmatta For Sale

As I have reported many times before, I have lots and lots of t-shirt remnants and my daughter, Sarah and I are developing products to sell when she graduates from school this spring. My latest idea is to sell large squares of knit fabric to replace tissue- kind of like a hankie but way more.Continue reading “Schmatta For Sale”

The Personal Is Still Political

Don’t wait for a Gandhi, don’t wait for a King, and don’t wait for a Mandela. You are your own Mandela, you are your own Gandhi and you are your own King. Leymah Gbowee The personal is political was popularized in the late 60s by Robin Morgan in her classic book Sisterhood is Powerful. BeforeContinue reading “The Personal Is Still Political”

Free Bubbe, Mandela, and the 99%

My almost four-year-old granddaughter is constantly asking questions about jail. In an effort to change her focus from people who are imprisoned for doing bad things, my son, Eli, informed her that her Bubbe had spent time in jail. That’s right, I, Louise Silk, Bubbe of Maya Elizabeth Silk, made the front page of theContinue reading “Free Bubbe, Mandela, and the 99%”