I’m tired of people talking about the end of the world. Surely I’m not alone in this line of thinking and feeling. In fact, I’m tired of people only doing things for others and being nice at certain times of the day or year. I won’t go on too much of a rant right now because I want to stay positive here as always, but let’s just imagine that the world doesn’t end tomorrow. What’s the harm in living a good life every day and spending your time as though it could be the last day you live … after all, we’re all going to die in the end and you can’t decide when and where you go for the last breathe. That said, as always with the below, you can decide where and when you go to meet good people.
I want to share two links that might make you very happy in terms of helping others with art or the creativity of life. You can click them and see what each is about before reading more below.
Now that you feel better about your own life and what you’ve done this year or day so far, get back to shopping and stuff. I know just about every store and gallery will be open for extended holiday hours as I type so you won’t find a lack of things to see and buy to make others you love happy. Sticking with the art theme here, you can certainly buy things at a good rate at the Frist Center right now in the gift shop. They have ornaments, jewelry, holiday cards, and other fun things to find … not to forget while there you can give yourself a gift and lesson on humanity by walking around and taking in the extraordinary Carrie Mae Weems exhibition (I’ve already been a handful of times and it gets better and more powerful each time).
You can also jump across the river to the East Side of town and visit the Shoppes on Fatherland as well as The Idea Hatchery at 5 Points next to Art & Invention. We have just about any and everything you could ask for and it is all local! Speaking of in that area and doing something locally to change something for the better globally, you really should get your running shoes over to the 26-4-26 event taking shape this Saturday, December 22nd at 8am. See the link below to sponsor.
Basically, a ton of great-hearted people are meeting up at Nashville Running Company on Saturday at 8am to help make a positive difference for all those affected by the horrible tragedy that happened in CT last Friday where 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives. They are offering 4 loops of 6.5 miles that you can choose to run (distances of 6.5/13/19.5/26 miles). Relay teams are offered but they ask that whether you run or walk, each person bring a $1 minimum donation for each mile they will travel. All proceeds raised will be donated to the families of the lost in Newtown. Come out for a great cause and spread the word!
And speaking of staying local and doing whatever I’m doing (not that you asked), you can swing by at 2:30pm to the bookstore, East Side Story for the book release/signing of local Bill Schumm’s book titled “Shelby Past & Present: A Centennial Commemorative.” Bill will be on hand to sign and talk about his wonderful pictorial book that features images of Shelby’s changing seasons, its incredible past and current structures, activities, sports, wildlife, and the Park’s beauty. There will also be some commemorative paintings of Shelby Park for sale as well by John Cannon (East Side Story’s neighbor and painter extraordinaire). It will be going on from 2:30pm until around 4 so feel free to drop by with your friends and get a limited edition signed copy of this wonderful treasure before the holidays!
While you I have you thinking about the greatness of everything local, I should also let you know that I’ve just caught wind of Ryman Lofts and want to share it with you too. Ryman Lofts will be Nashville’s first affordable apartment building with a preference for people pursuing a career in the creative arts. Located near downtown on historic Rolling Mill Hill, Ryman Lofts is part of a “creative campus” bringing together entrepreneurs, musicians, writers, visual artists, performers and designers of every creative enterprise. This might just sound like and be a Christmas miracle for many that read this post actually. You can find more information on the cheap rates and the amazing plans for it all at www.rymanlofts.com. You’re welcome.
And with all that above, I bid you good day and good night. May you enjoy your day today to the fullest and your manana be even better!
I hope this reaches you well.
As you were, busy but happy,