Nest

Every morning I awaken to a heart-warning cacophony of sights in the bedroom portion of our loft. It begins with a good night’s sleep on the great invention of a memory foam mattress and pillow.Coming to my senses I meander through the family photographs that line the ceiling beams feeling the persistent love and supportContinue reading “Nest”

Encore Performance: Sadye’s Mundel Bread

From the archives:Almonds were always a favorite of ancient middle-east cooks. Before modern packaging and preservation, twice-baked hard breads made sense. Mandelbrodt, almond bread, is a tradition perfected by Eastern European Jews and passed on to us. Here is my mother, Sadye Shapiro’s, most coveted mundel bread recipe. Let me know how you like it!Continue reading “Encore Performance: Sadye’s Mundel Bread”

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”

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”

The Aunt Lily I Never Got To Know

Vol. 77 No. 12-The Jewish Criterion– January 30, 1931- Page 25 (view issue) Lillian Barniker, aged 16 years, daughter of Mrs. L.B. Cohen of 5626 Callowhill Street died on Monday, January 26. Surviving her, besides her parents, are a sister, Sadie, and a brother Jerome. Funeral services were held from the late residence on Tuesday,Continue reading “The Aunt Lily I Never Got To Know”

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”

UnMaking A Quilt

Having the Tibetan Monks in Pittsburgh this week, reminds me of my personal mandala of impermanence. When I had a memory quilt exhibit of all of my parents clothing and textiles, I asked Kyoki from the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to help me create a ritual of loss. She suggested I unmake a quilt inContinue reading “UnMaking A Quilt”