Well, here we are, 2022, Sunday morning. I’m typing something (I don’t know yet what) with a Covid Booster Shoulder from Hell, a headache and the whole rainbow of fun side-effects from the vaccine. When I look at my Facebook memories I see 2020 and how we felt, what we hoped and and and…
I haven’t done any artwork in a year. That’s OK and NOT OK at the same time. I often have long spells of nothing and afterward something really cool happens, but the pleasure of it? I miss that. So yesterday I grabbed an apple from my little bag of Honeycrisp apples and went into my studio to draw and/or paint. I went at it and got a pretty good apple when it was all over. I think it might be an apple a day for a while. It’s OK with me. Apples are beautiful and easier than trees. The thing is, emotions can get between an artist and his/her work and I’m full of emotions right now. I have no idea how to paint what I’m feeling. I don’t even know how to express it in words. I don’t know WHAT to do with it. There is a conflict going on between my inner world and how/what I want to paint.
I don’t think we imagined in 2020 that we’d be getting boosters all five minutes. I imagined fanfares of brass horns, we’d get vaccinated and live happily ever after. I haven’t let go of that, sad to say. I didn’t imagine January 6 which, IMO, is worse than Covid. I never imagined Pinche Putin invading Ukraine. By the way, “Pinche Putin” is a new beer from the local brewery. “Pinche” is a lot worse thing in Mexican slang than Google translate will tell you. It’s one of those words I use correctly without fully understanding it, OK, Pendejo? 😉 The reality is, our world has changed, and I think we are all a little tired. And then the cost of utilities — all of them — has gone up. It’s not quite a blood from a stone moment, but it’s uncool. Whine, whine, whine. I’m sure I’d whine less if I felt better. 🙂
Anyway, this IS cool:
…Democratic president Joe Biden is trying to reassure Americans that democracy works. He insisted on using the government to support ordinary Americans rather than the wealthy, and in his first year in office, poverty in the United States declined, with lower-income Americans gaining more than at any time since the “War on Poverty” in the 1960s. Lower-income workers have more job opportunities than they have had for 30 years, and they are making more money. They have on average 50% more money in the bank than they did when the pandemic hit.
Biden’s insistence on investing in Americans meant that by the end of his first year, the U.S. had created 6.6 million jobs, the strongest record of any president since record keeping began in 1939. By the beginning of April, the economy had added 7.9 million jobs, and unemployment was close to a 50-year low at 3.6%. Meanwhile, the deficit is dropping: we should carve $1.3 trillion off it this year.
Biden’s deliberate reshaping of the American government to work for ordinary Americans again, regulating business and using the federal government to enforce equal rights, so threatens modern Republicans that they are willing to destroy our country rather than allow voters to keep people like Biden in power.Heather Cox Richardson