“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
— Representative John Lewis @repjohnlewis June 27,2018 on Twitter
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”
— John Lewis
I started this spread thinking of my own mundane life goals when I heard of Representative John Lewis’s death. Just reflecting on his life goals is aspirational.
Drawn from a photo of John Lewis at the State of the Union address on February 12, 2013. Photograph by Pete Souza for the White House – labeled for noncommercial use.
I’m pleased to note that although the numbers here in New Hampshire are still increasing the additional cases and deaths reported each day are slowing. It seems hand washing, keeping six feet physical distance, and mask wearing has made a difference.
Let’s not take this good news for granted and now is not the time to let down our guard. We must remain vigilant even as we expand our bubble to include more family and friends along with starting to go out and about.
I know I’ve done a bit of in-person shopping, gotten my hair cut, even had an outdoor lunch at a favorite restaurant but I’ll also keep working in my garden and drawing my life because I’m… as Governor Chris Sununu newest catchphrase states… Safer At Home.
Never have I been more thankful for my hairdresser! And before you judge… yes, my cut was allowed following New Hampshire’s structured reopening plan and masks were worn by all. (I’ve obscured some of the text on these pages for privacy.)
Since a few of my in-person workshops this spring were cancelled I treated myself to a short workshop featuring one of my favorite illustrators, Ohn Mar Win. I’ve been following her on Instagram, Ohn_Mar_Win, and I’ve been particularly taken with her recent floral illustrations. See for yourself, they’re exquisite!
The best part of taking her class has been revisiting my comic arts dip pen fitted with a flexible G nib. I used it with a favorite permanent ink, DeAtramentis Document Brown.
There’s nothing like learning something new to get me smiling.
In fact, I’m still smiling.
Globally we crested three million positive COVID-19 cases of which one million are cases here in the United States. I also heard that more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died over the twenty years we were in Vietnam.
In the face of these sobering statistics I searched for a little happiness.
It seems we can’t read any article without being inundated with assorted charts and tables. It’s too much to take in at once so I try to clarify the daily news as I work in my journal.
There are more tough times ahead but we’re tough too. It’s not easy but we’ve not been enlisted to fight in a physical war. Instead, we’ve been requested to stay home for the sake of essential workers, first responders, health care professionals, neighbors, friends, family… and people we don’t know but are as loved by someone as our family is loved by us.