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“When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Mr Rogers wasn’t wrong. Sure, there are maniacs selling teeny tiny bottles of Purell on Ebay for $150. But, for every one of them, there are hundreds of others doing small but meaningful things that make us realize – people, they ain’t so bad, really.
Some are doing stuff they’d normally charge hundreds of dollars for – for free. Starting Monday, Tucker Max is offering to help you finally write that book you’ve been complaining you don’t have time for. Guess what? Now you do. His workshop packages normally cost $15k, but you can get it for a big, fat nothing. Here are the deets.
And if you’re anything like me and have been eating leftover pasta for breakfast the last two days (add egg and call it brunch), get a load of Mark Fisher Fitness’s awesome at-home workout programs – they’re offering 100% free access to anyone undergoing financial hardship. *the entire nation puts up its hand
Whether you’re picking up groceries for an elderly or immunocompromised neighbor, supporting a local business or out-of-work artists, regularly checking in on friends and colleagues, or any number of other things (please tell me what they are, I’d love to give them a shout out and inspire others) – we see you, and say: “Dang it, you’re a good human!”
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?
Make like the Italians and lean out of your window, climb on to your fire escape, stand on your balcony, and let’s raise our voices together. We’ll be singing You’ll Never Walk Alone at 7pm tonight. Wherever you are, hold your head up high, and join us.
Tribeca Film Festival may have been cancelled, but you can still get your movie fix. It’s streaming a curated selection of short films from its archives, from comedy, to sci-fi, animation, documentary – all set in this nutty city we call home. Take a break from Twitter, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show.
There will be a live Rosie O’Donnell Show tomorrow to support the incredible work of The Actors Fund. Stars including Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Brandon Victor Dixon, Cynthia Erivo, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Patti LuPone, Barry Manilow (OK, I think I’ve made my point) will be performing from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Admit it, who’ll be watching just to see what Barry Manilow’s sofa looks like?
#WFH SCAVENGER HUNT
Thanks to everyone who played yesterday. I can’t lie, I was feeling a tad fragile, and some of your photographs made me blub. I’ll be starting another hunt next week once I’ve regained my composure.
What’s your quarantine name? Combine how you’re feeling with the last thing you ate?
I’ll go first. Hi everyone, my name’s Ruth, otherwise known as Hungover Cookie.