Here’s how you show up for an artist friend or family member if you are broke yourself.
A Creative Type
So you followed my advice and now your kid wants to study art, film, music, or design as a career. You’re excited for them, but you’re also a little nervous, too. Your own company dismantled its design department. Your neighbor’s kid graduated college 15 years ago with a degree in mixed-media and works at a coffee shop. You want to support your kid, but not support your kid. Your retirement account took a hit in 2008 and hasn’t fully recovered. You’re going through a divorce and a bankruptcy. Your elderly mother needs around-the-clock care. What should you do? Read more
Names have been changed to protect the identities of people living in a town smaller than my first high school.
A Pretty Good Education
In September 1994, I was a fourth-grader living in Birmingham, Alabama with my parents and my younger brother. We moved to Birmingham in 1985 when I was a baby and my brother was born there. Like many mid-to-large Southern cities, Birmingham was doing surprisingly well in its post-Jim Crow existence. The city had a strong black middle class even with the War on Drugs reaching its peak in the 1990s. Read more