Some of you are alone, reaching out to friends and family through phone calls, texts and Zoom. Hang in there! Others are sharing close quarters and adjusting to the new cadence of being together 24/7. We feel for you, too.
We all have our stories.
We're cheering on the front-liners who are servicing the community and those in need. I'm talking about restaurant workers feeding those less fortunate, to healthcare providers risking your lives to see patients, as well as non-profit administrators and supermarket employees.
We're all in this together.
We continue to be inspired by our friends at Helping Mamas, Georgia's only baby supply bank, who are still providing diapers, period products and formula to over 150 service organizations, with a bare-bones staff. We're moved by our friend Daniel Troppy, who brings food to the homeless every day as part of YIMBY, a nonprofit that grew out of a photo essay.
We're doing our best to support restaurants who are offering take-out.
Two very raw and revealing articles made us catch our breath at the harsh reality that many restaurants will not survive this. The New York Times interviewed Momofuko rock star David Chang and Atlanta Magazine talks to Georgia's own Hugh Acheson of Empire State South fame.
We are grateful for the beauty that so many have shared. Flux Projects posted this gorgeous short film by Micah and Whitney Stansell, who play off the rich history of Southern story telling to sweep us out of our current reality. Thank you to Jackson Fine Art, Annette Joseph and Gail Albert Halaban for an amazing Instagram Live last Friday, which inspired us to share our "views." Tune in to catch another one THIS Friday. It's like being at an actual artist talk - but you can do it in your jammies!
We are thankful for the humor, as well. Our favorite Food Network star, Ina Garten took to Instagram to make a cosmopolitan, and we challenge you to watch it without snorting! Le Colonial sent us a text that read: "Don't get stir crazy, get stir fry." It's the little things, folks. One of our favorites from over the weekend, was Maureen Dowd's great interview with Larry David. As a bonus, it features Tom Ford's tips for looking fabulous while video conferencing (bless him!).
And can we talk about Dolly Parton here? First, she donates $1 million to Vanderbilt University's coronavirus research. Then, she posts "Goodnight with Dolly," a 10-week special series of free videos of her reading select bedtime stories. We'll be tuning in THIS Wednesday, when she'll be honoring her old pal, Kenny Rogers on CMT at 8 p.m. And if that's not enough, you can learn all about her amazing life THIS Sunday during A&E's Biography: Dolly
As we ponder yet another week of sheltering in place, we find ourselves asking who do we want to be. Do we channel our inner Count Alexander Rostov, the exiled protagonist who lives his best life under house arrest in the famed Metropol Hotel, in Amor Towles' captivating, "A Gentleman in Moscow," or are we Tom Hanks' character in "Cast Away" who screams at a volleyball named Wilson?