Make Room For More Happiness

When it comes to finding happiness, there is help with Rick Hanson’s new book, Hardwiring Happiness. Our brains hold negativity making us more efficient at learning from negative experience and less adept to learn from positive ones. But our brains are constantly changing in structure, so if we learn to concentrate on the good, weContinue reading “Make Room For More Happiness”

A Book about Memory Quilts for Maya and Hailey

This year, as we light the first candle of Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, I am going to give my granddaughters something truly unique: a book I wrote for them about Memory Quilts. The idea came originally from my son who wondered if I could tell his children family stories as part of my writing? That leadContinue reading “A Book about Memory Quilts for Maya and Hailey”

A View From The Loft

Sunday, November 18, 2012; 5:15 AM Unable to sleep attempting to visualize how thirty-two people will be comfortable and well-fed this coming Thursday, I cuddle up under my favorite quilt on my bedroom loveseat and disappear into Amos Oz’s Scenes from Village Life. This may be the best view in the loft. From the rightContinue reading “A View From The Loft”

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 #5- Ukrainian Ann

Allow me to introduce you to Ann G. She lived all of her adult life in a house in Greenfield, married to George raising one son, Alex. First Quilt- for her adult son’s birthday made of all of his Boy Scout uniforms including the scarves and the patches Second commission- bed quilt of her weddingContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #5- Ukrainian Ann”

Autobiography of a Quilt #3- The Love Nest

Fate brought us together by the stage door of the Broadhurst Theater after his performance in “Once Upon A Mattress”. He left that first night saying he had to catch the train. It was the Long Island Railroad that took him to a little apartment above the 24 hours Dunkin Donuts in Port Washington. HeContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #3- The Love Nest”

A Spiritual Tent

Currently installed in the Jaffe Book Art Collection at Florida Atlantic University is a spiritual tent I made over the summer of 1993. It is a two-sided tent 8ft X 8ft X 7ft high machine pieced and quilted out of 100% cotton purchased broadcloth. The outside is made of 12 soul panels created from appliedContinue reading “A Spiritual Tent”

From Anger To Affirmation

In August, I discussed the importance of creating an anger list to uncover the many repressed emotions that lead to self-sacrifice, self sabotage and self blame. Now, being so successful at list building, I find myself overflowing with spontaneous anger that often feels explosive and unregulated. Enough! I am ready for the middle way whereContinue reading “From Anger To Affirmation”