Some of us Are Looking at The Stars

In the words of Oscar Wilde: We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. By week five of sheltering in place, we have all experienced highs and lows. And we remain inspired by the slivers of beauty. We are happy that we can provide sage counsel to our clients, a sounding board to friends and, hopefully, a little comic relief to anyone who listens as we tell the same jokes over and over again. We continue being glued to our screens for news, insight, inspiration, humor and simple human interaction. Most of us have put a holiday or two in the rear view, and many of us did so on our screens. While the Jews Zoomed Passover seders on Thursday, a star-studded cast of Broadway veterans gathered remotely for the very excellent Saturday Night Seder musical celebration that raised money for the CDC. Also on Saturday night, Tom Hanks played host to a virtual cast for a nearly live Saturday Night Live. It was weird, yet it brought normalcy to our otherwise "Groundhog Day" existence. And the Zoom skit hit very close to home! More Americans than ever celebrated #NationalPetDay. In fact, so many of us have craved the company of man's best friend that the Wall Street Journal reported a huge spike in puppy sales, adoptions and fosters. Through all the challenges there are to face, we are ever inspired by the bold leadership of so many. In response to these challenging times, Delta Airlines CEO, Ed Bastian took the lead in cutting his salary for six months, and many CEOs have since followed. Sara Blakely announced she would give $5,000 grants to one thousand female small-business owners. Arthur Blank has pledged a $1 million emergency relief fund to Mercedes-Benz Stadium associates and game day workers. Great American Cookies founder, Michael Coles, shared his insights on how we can all "get tough together," in Bill Lampkin's podcast. Check out Coles's book, "Time to Get Tough," for even more wisdom about overcoming adversity. In other leadership news, Hillels of Georgia announced its new CEO, Elliot Karp. And Emory University named Gregory L. Fenves as its 21st president. And there continues to be great art. Flux Projects celebrates 10 years of producing temporary public art projects that connect and grow artists and audiences in Atlanta through the creative power of place with a series of weekly short films. Check out Micah and Whitney Stansell, “Over the Bent World,” and OKCello's "Stir Crazy." And tune in Wednesdays for the next four weeks of programming. Another great way to experience art is to tune into Jackson Fine Art's Instagram Live THIS Friday. Finally, we lost the soulful voice of John Prine this week to complications from Covid-19. And on a personal note, we laid to rest one Jack Russell Terrier who barked way too much and brought us years of laughter and joy. RIP Pinkie. We're all in this together.

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