We constantly are revisiting the reasons why we started DROUGHT and why we work everyday to move it all forward. It typically doesn't take much time for everyone to come back to the same conclusion: to keep our family together. I'll admit, there's no immediate and pressing threat putting our family in danger of dissipating, breaking up and carrying on in isolation. There is, however, this awful epidemic of unrealistic and bogus socialized 'goals' and 'dreams' that ultimately, lead people away from what's important, meaningful and worthwhile. For us, our family is meaningful. Why? Some perspective; A short reflection on life lessons from growing up as a James:
- Eye contact and firm handshakes for everyone you meet, especially men.
- Always iron your clothes before you leave the house.
- Don't waste food. Always share food. Recycle everything.
- Invite strangers into your home, especially for holidays.
- Be kind to animals.
- Sometimes the plan is to not have a plan.
- Skip the doctor, sleep and drink lots of water.
- Credit cards are for emergencies only.
- Garbage picking is appropriate for everyone.
- Neat handwriting is important.
- Mystics and angels are real.
- Get a job. Figure it out. Work smart. Don't take any wooden nickels.
We're working on writing a book about all of this. Archive worthy, we think. We attribute many gems in our lives to our upbringing. Let your simple life lessons shape your future -- you'll be amazed at how the stars will align. So, weed through all of the nonsense and find what's meaningful to you. And then just start manifesting. Let us know how it goes.
Check out the condensed version of DROUGHT's progression over the past 9 months. We're practically newborns. Baby geniuses, if you will. Imagine the possibilities!
FRIDAY 10/7 & SATURDAY 10/8
The Art Effect Gallery in Eastern Market
1420 E. Fisher Fwy, Detroit MI 48207
"We Are Here is a public exhibition of artwork from 15 native Detroit artists who share a common love for where they come from. The exhibition will contain over 40 original works of art created by nationally and internationally known artists spanning multiple mediums and artistic movements. Abstract expressionism, bold graffiti, photography, engaging video installations and brilliant illustrations will showcase the spirit and shadows of our great city. The purpose of this exhibition is to not only display these artistic pieces but to also create a "moment" where the creatives of Detroit can convene, share experiences and trade knowledge to become a collective art movement in its own and help our city thrive."
Support local, ambitious talent! Allison Graw (featured above) is just one of the rad artists exhibiting her work at We Are Here. For more details click the link below: