I’m taking a break from tragedy. Chances are it will still exist next week when my weekly donation rolls around. But this week I’m going to throw my $5 (well, $10) hat into a happier ring.
A friend e-mails me once a year with a plea to help his cause. The cause is called SPACE on Ryder Farm and it’s a concept that I think more people could get behind. This group has essentially created a pastoral venue just outside the gritty city streets of New York where artists can get away from the noise and just create. I actually donated via iPhone on my way to a Board meeting for the Off Broad Street Theatre – a creative space in Philadelphia near and dear to my own little heart… but way more on that later.
We as a global population have gotten away from real, face-to-face contact. We express ourselves using 140-character rants, and become armchair Ansel Adams’ with Instagram. So I can REALLY get behind the idea of a physical space to gather in the same breathing room as other humans and find a way to express ourselves as a community… even as I type that sentence on my laptop. Aaaannnd signing off.