November 1, 2020  • Newsletter

Embracing Optimism… But Not By Chance

I planted tulip bulbs this weekend. While leaves are falling and crops are being harvested and plants are going dormant for the winter, I appreciate the optimism that comes with planting tulip bulbs. They won’t bloom until the spring, and by then I may have forgotten about them. But taking action today to prepare for a better spring – a better tomorrow – feels good, especially now.

It feels like my own personal commitment to the future. And not just any future, but the future I want to believe is possible. Where the actions we take today pay off tomorrow, and where we all decide those are actions worth taking.

I hope you have taken your own actions to create a better tomorrow. I hope you have already voted, or if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan to vote before the polls close on election day.

But that isn’t enough.

Votes matter. And I truly hope the results of the elections this fall will be so overwhelming that messages of intolerance and bigotry and misogyny and disfunction will be roundly defeated. But defeating these messages at the polls won’t make them go away. It may drown them out for a bit, but we all know –some more than others – that it takes very little for them to resurface and even less for them to affect our world.

The work to make tomorrow better than today is ongoing. It cannot stop with planting a single tulip bulb or casting a single ballot. We cannot hope those actions will be enough. They are not enough. But they are a start. And they are a commitment to do the work on an ongoing basis to make tomorrow better than today.

I hope you’ll join me in taking similar actions for yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, and for those you have not met. Because we all benefit when we work to create a better world.

What We’re Doing

It’s another busy month with lots of great events scheduled, although we’re keeping this week pretty quiet for obvious election-related reasons.

Later this month we’re supporting recipients of the 2020 Pew Fellowship, filmmakers as part of Sundance’s Co//Lab, and students at Juilliard, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Galleries.

We’re also answering your pandemic (and non-pandemic) money-related questions in the monthly money chat and with Americans for the Arts as part of its ongoing coffee chat series.

And we’re voting. Did we mention that? Please vote.

What We’re Talking About

Many of our conversations lately have been focused on debt management. Sometimes debt can start to feel out of control, but with a little bit of Excel magic, we can do the math to figure out a repayment plan that works for you.

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We hope you are able to do something this month for the future – whether that means planting a bulb to bloom in the spring, voting for leaders who share your values, or supporting your community in your own way. Thanks for doing what you do. Until next month…     




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