They say that a bad day is when you wake up and find a 60 Minutes crew on your lawn.
Fortunately, the same didn’t hold true for ABC’s Nightline last week.
No warrants in sight: Kate (second from left) with Nightline’s Ignacio Torres, Jasmine Brown and Dan Harris.
STRESS? WHAT STRESS??
Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris and segment producers Jasmine Brown (the lead producer that day) and Ignacio Torres were in town to gauge the pre-election stress level in our hotly contested swing state. (Hint: Think high – very high.)
They also offered relief in the form of a daringly co-ed (i.e., mixed Democrat and Republican) meditation session.
In between, they talked to us about our upbeat South Philadelphia window display….
This year, we struggled with finding a new topic for our annual holiday window display.
We’d already displayed photos of our South Philadelphia neighbors and of local celebrities from the 1960s….
What was left? South Philadelphia restaurant owners? Current local celebrities? Favorite Philly athletes? (Way too controversial!)
But one topic kept intruding in our heads.
ELECTION STRESS DISORDER
Like many people, we’ve been beaten down by the soul-draining divisiveness in the country this year.
Violence. Name-calling. Corruption. Terrorism. Racial and religious divides. Following the news – particularly the election news – you’d think that the country and the entire human race were sliding down that greased pole to hell.
“Uhm, Dave, do you have the comics?”
And, yes, it even has a name: Election Stress Disorder, and everyone we knew had symptoms.
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Colette
After four years of postponing outside repairs on our South Philadelphia home, we finally decided to bite the proverbial paintbrush.
Not because the building desperately needed painting, but because our metal bump-out windows had so many leaks that birds were nesting inside….
“Besides, I am so over this green and tan color scheme….”
SHOW ME THE MONEY
So this summer, we dug into our piggy bank and hired Mexcon, the cheerful, talented, and very popular local cooperative that has helped us with everything from kitchen cabinets to sidewalk repair…
Heaven bless those Mexcon guys, who spent endless days in the 90-degree heat sanding and repairing our vintage bay windows
They’re back! On Sunday, we lit our 27 holiday windows with portraits of the many great neighbors, shop owners, and dogs (lots of dogs…) we’ve met since moving to South Philadelphia in 2012.
So, if you’re dining or playing near the “Singing Fountain” between now and New Year’s Day, we hope you’ll check out our windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
(Our first holiday window display in December, 2013.)
If the Fringe Festival was an excuse to whip our first-floor studio into shape, then the Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour is prodding us to finish all those annoying home projects we’ve postponed for months.
Passyunk Square is among the city’s hottest neighborhoods, and this tour is your opportunity to peek behind some fun front doors in the area bounded by Broad and 6th, Washington and Tasker…
(A corner of our 1950s living & dining room with an oversized Isaiah Zagar mosaic – okay, so we weren’t thinking very clearly – and reupholstered thrift-shop sofas) Continue reading
It was the first week of June, and I was panicked: I had two weeks to finish our new website and learn how to blog. Dave was preparing for a weeklong business trip, and half our third floor was torn up for renovations.
So naturally I did what I always do when I’m overscheduled and terminally stressed: I started a new project.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK?”
“So, Dave,” I happily called as he dragged his laptop upstairs after work, “I thought I’d sign up for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September. I already have a funny slide show – the one about wacky tourist destinations from the 1950s and ’60s – so it won’t take any work to schedule some performances, especially if I do them right here in my studio.