Great Advice From A New Role Model

Rachel Maddow is by far my favorite news analyst. I happily planned my evening around her regular 9:00 broadcast. And so with good reason, I have been quite sad and even a little lost that she has pulled back to work on other projects and will only be on air Monday evenings. It created quiteContinue reading “Great Advice From A New Role Model”

Opening Pandora’s Box

some thoughts from Charlotte Joko Beck Now one of the illusions we may have about our practice is that practice will make things more comfortable, clearer, easier, more peaceful, and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth. All of us feel we are separate from life; we feel as if we have aContinue reading “Opening Pandora’s Box”

A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece

Quilt:Voluminous layersCountless hues and valuesEmbedded with meaningPersonal herstoryMinuscule patches that speaks volumesEnsconcing with warmth and protectionHand Stitched patternsEndless sizes, shapes and formsPiecing, Stitching, Darning, Mending, Ripping Producing Quilts:The next one is always better than the one beforeOrganized cutting and construction stepsStaying at the machine until the entire set is piecedProcess over productCreating something original comesContinue reading “A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece”

Ichi-go ichi-e: this is the moment

A simple practical idea from the art of tea or Sadou, the way of tea. Ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会) is a concept expressing the ideal roughly translated that means one time, one meeting or one encounter; one opportunity. In the way of tea we respect and honor the moment as a once-in-a-lifetime gathering, a simple encounterContinue reading “Ichi-go ichi-e: this is the moment”

Ending The Search

In this very moment lies an invitation to the Silence that reveals itself when you simply stop.Perhaps your mind is asking, “Stop what?”Just stop. Stop asking.Stop trying.Stop pretending.Stop believing your stories of whom you are or where you have to go.Stop thinking you know something don’t know something.How?There is no “how”; “how” is more mindContinue reading “Ending The Search”

Pussies Of America Finds A Home

To: Women and Girls Foundation100 W. Station Square Drive; Suite 315Pittsburgh, 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 openContinue reading “Pussies Of America Finds A Home”

Life Is The Practice

Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment. Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are freeContinue reading “Life Is The Practice”

Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice: The Exhibit

At this stage of my life, everything fabric, patch, thread, takes on multiple meaning. It’s the same for breath, thought, action and so it is for the three categories of work on display: Bed Quilts made from gleaned scraps of my fabric collection; Kabbalah theme quilts from tee-shirt remnants; work from personal materials of memory.Continue reading “Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice: The Exhibit”