We've gotten to a point where fresh air is a luxury, where just being able to buy food is cause for thankfulness. Isn't it strange that the hardest times seem to command our deepest gratitude? It's not that we take good health, security and our neighborhood parks for granted. It's just that, when our worlds are turned upside down, these simple things become even more precious. Everything else seems to matter so much less. What will your gratitude inspire you to do? When all of this is over, will you live differently? Will you keep caring for those who are hurting, for those who can't step into the sunshine or put food on the table? Yes, the world is upside down right now. It's the least we can do to make it a better place when it comes upright.
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Let's start off a little silly, shall we? Art institutions are closed around the world, but the J. Paul Getty Museum, based in Los Angeles, managed to curate an exhibit full of masterpieces. They asked art lovers on Twitter to recreate their favorite works of art using only items from around their house and wow, did people deliver. The Birth of Venus on a pizza? Delicious. A French bulldog as a Byzantine-style baby Jesus? Unholy, but adorable. It's a perfect example of how, even when our cultural lifelines are cut off, creativity can still thrive — even if it does involve a Swiffer and or a can of tuna.
Food workers are facing lost wages and even lost jobs, yet they're still managing to brighten lives and fill bellies in their communities. After citywide restrictions closed restaurants in Detroit, five chefs from local eateries took stock of their kitchens, pooled their perishables and started cooking up creations for the city's homeless and food insecure. They call their program Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good, and with additional food donations, they are preparing meals for three homeless shelters that are desperately trying to keep the city's homeless citizens safe. "The healthy meals are boosting the morale of the population, as well as lifting a financial burden from the mission," a representative from one of the shelters said. Meanwhile, Cliff "Cooks" restaurant in Barneveld, Wisconsin, is offering their food via carryout or drive-thru — for free. Barneveld is a rural town, and owner Clifford Hooks says he wants to make sure struggling neighbors know there's a meal for them if they need one.
What a doll!