Feel Goods

With Mother's Day in the rear view, it was fun to scroll through Instagram pics of socially distanced gatherings and home cooked meals. Our hearts went out to the countless restaurants who missed the annual holiday revenue boost. We're hoping that consumers shifted their dining budgets to take-out or local retail (we did both). For those of us with moms far away, we had long phone conversations, hanging on the line a little longer than during pre-pandemic times. Those who had lost their moms may have felt a deeper shade of grief. In large part, we are all grieving the loss of freedom from our lives of just a couple of months ago. We're doing our best. Some days are better than others. We are hopeful. As our state proceeds to open, we continue to have more questions than answers. The one thing we can count on is uncertainty. If you're going back to an office, you might be terrified you'll be exposed to coronvirus. Those who can't work are afraid they won't be able to pay their bills. Employers are stressed about their ability to provide a safe and virus-free workplace. And now we're hearing talk about employers' potential liability. Here's an interesting read (and shout out to our pal Brett Bartlett) about what employers need to know before re-opening. If you didn't get the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funding, you're anxious about the future. And if you did, you're now trying to figure out the changing rules and what happens if you break them. Some employers are realizing that their furloughed employees are making more money on unemployment, and they're wondering how that will factor in negotiating re-employment. Here are 10 things small businesses need to know about PPP. Months ago we were planning a huge Mother's Day brand activation at a very high profile venue. Like all major events we had in the works, it has long since been postponed. In time we hoped that we could pull it off by Father's Day, and now it may be a Bastille Day event. We really have no idea. But we're planning. All that feels good. Other feel goods? Jackson Fine Art's Instagram Lives every other Friday at 5 p.m. Marcia Wood Gallery's "Postcards From a Pandemic," also on Instagram Live, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. Another one to mark your calendar for THIS Friday at 6 p.m. is Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, presenting a chat between "Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou" author Melissa Martin and Curate restaurant owner Katie Button, introduced by famed Carolina Ground founder, Jen Lapidus (yes, my sister!). Check out Flux Projects' sixth and final Virtual Art Series installment. We love that they are continuing to produce temporary public art projects, which connect and grow artists and audiences in Atlanta through the creative power of place. Saturday Night Live aired its final show of the season this past Saturday. There were more Zoom skits (as we are – all of us – making unintentional comedy out of Zoom almost daily) and the most hilarious "Let Kids Drink," which was our favorite farewell skit. In the music world, one of our long-time faves Nicki Minaj, named by Time magazine as one of 2016's Most Influential People and recognized in March of this year as the wealthiest rapper in history with a net worth of $100 million, has broken yet another record! In collaboration with fellow artist Doja Cat, Minaj captured the number one spot on Billboard's Top 100 with "Say So." Big congrats to both Nicki and Doja! And we leave you with Spike Lee's poignant short film about New York, which premiered on CNN's Town Hall last week. It's breathtaking.

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