We’ve now made it well past the halfway point of 2020. That in itself should be reason to celebrate. Seriously, if we aren’t nearly grazed by a comet at some point before December 31stwe should throw a massive party and chalk the year up as a win, even with all the calamity we’ve seen thus far.  

 

Take heart, though. Look at the bigger picture. The world has always been submerged in chaos, war, pestilence and plagues—and the ugliest aspects of reality always seem to manifest just before another positive leap in societal evolution. And despite the ugliness all around us, it’s always counterbalanced by an equal amount of beauty.  

 

For our part, we can add to that beauty in our sliver of the cultural landscape by being aware of our fellow artists and parlor owners who have fallen on hard times amidst the pandemonium. Let’s do what we can to help them through, whether that means something as simple as comfort and encouragement or as involved as a full-blown crowd funding campaign. Let’s all do what we can to make our little corner of the universe a little brighter.  We’ll all be better for it.