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Artistic Gifts in Troubling Times

By Phawnda Moore, posted 10/24/18 10:41:56

Using our Artistic Gifts in Troubling Times
Phawnda Moore for emptyeasel.com

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Current events seem to be on overload: politics, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires and health problems, to name a few. I’m guessing we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed and maybe somewhat helpless as we read the news—day after day.

image via Phawnda Moore

After we donate money, express our opinions on Facebook and lament with friends, in private moments we still wonder if it will all be OK someday. We wonder how our family and friends across the country will rebuild, heal, and carry on. So many lives are affected, so much needs to be done. How do we go forward?

Let's remember that we can offer encouragement to each other in a unique way, with our art. Someone once said, "People only know what you tell them." This is true of relationships across the board and around the world. There are doubts and fears that art can calm. So what, specifically, can we do?

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