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”

Autobiography of a Quilt #2

I lived in Point Breeze from 1978 to 2001 and while I was there, my favorite place for clothing was Pittsburgh’s Best-Kept Secret, Panache. Even to this day, probably 25% or even more of my closet is from my Panache shopping days and I haven’t been there much since I moved to the SouthSide. SuzanneContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #2”

Autobiography of a Quilt #1

Dear MaryAnn, How sweet of you to send me your stash of batiks. There is enough here to make a great quilt. I will save them until something calls me. I recently made a quilt of important personal materials and one of the fabrics I included was the remnants of the batik I used toContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #1”

Cleaving

How does one access the Divinity within? The Hebrew word for glue is דבק dvk, the root for devekut, which in modern Hebrew is a synonym for dedication toward a particular goal. The mystic meaning of devekut is cleaving or attaching oneself to The Holy One. It occurs frequently in Deuteronomy (4:4, 10:20, 11:22, 13:5,Continue reading “Cleaving”

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”