It’s been two weeks since the presidential election, and we’d like to thank the more than two dozen artists, writers, and performers who offered words of pre-election encouragement from our South Philadelphia windows….
Click here to learn about the 28 inspiring Philadelphia artists who spent the pre-election month smiling from our windows.
…and the hundreds more warm-hearted souls who let us photograph them for our blog….
Click here to scroll backwards through all 11 of our pre-election posts, starting with this one.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN….
We dreamed up our non-partisan photo project this summer, during a depressing campaign week that painted America as a failed experiment — with a candidate who somehow made it okay to overlook insults against minorities, women, the disabled, the armed forces, prisoners of war, our allies – seemingly against basic human kindness itself.
And we did our best to put aside our own political leanings to remind people (including ourselves) of the goodness that built our country and the goodness we can still create together.
…AND MOVING FORWARD
But healing is largely missing from the holiday menu this year: No one could have predicted that the candidate with almost three million more votes would be declared the loser, and that the Ku Klux Klan would be planning a public victory parade – or that the election results would be hailed with racist graffiti and taunts against children and adults in cities all around America, including our own.
This Thanksgiving will be an especially hard one, with families split along ideological lines and feelings so raw.
So where do we start? There’s only one clear path….
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
And so this Thanksgiving – when radio stations all over the country traditionally play “Alice’s Restaurant”, that rambling folk ballad – what better musician to quote than self-described “folkslinger” Arlo Guthrie, in a fun-but-true riff built off a comment by fellow musician Pete Seeger:
“If the world was perfect and everybody had money,
everybody drove a BMW, nobody was homeless, nobody ever got sick,
everybody was smart and…happy all the time,
you’d have to go an awful long way out of your way
to make a difference in this world.
You’d have to do a whole hell of a lot to improve the way it was.
“But in a world that sucks, like this one,
you don’t have to do very much at all.
“There was never a time in the history of the world
where you could do so little and get so much done.”
“Amazing Grace”: Check out Arlo Guthrie’s fun, inspiring, and always rambling riff here on YouTube .
Time to get moving again….!
And, yes, we’ve been handing out dozens of these pins, available at Via Delia, to make ourselves feel better. Sometimes, you just have to get back in the game.
Happy Thanksgiving to all,
Kate & Dave