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‘My personal story’

Bill posing with his painting of eggs and toast, inspired by breakfasts with his father.
Bill posing with his painting of eggs and toast, inspired by breakfasts with his father.

UPDATE: Tickets may still be available, using this link.

This Sunday, William W. Knight — known to many of us as Bill and the painter of what Holly Jacobson affectionately calls “The United States of Eggs and Toast” — will be sharing his personal story at the Unexpected Improv in Pike Place Market. The show is from 3 to 5 p.m.

Unfortunately, ticket sales have ended, but I want Bill to know that many of us will be there in spirit. The venue is probably at capacity. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/162704137455.

I am curious about those behind this event. Perhaps Bill can share more with us sometime. Also, check out Bill’s painting called UFO, which he shared for the blog a few days ago.

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For the betterment of humanity

BEING COMPASSIONATE AND UNDERSTANDING
This is from a newsletter that hits my inbox from time to time.

Don’t give up.

Over the past 18 months, humanity has been worn down by the pandemic. Life has not been easy and there may be additional challenges ahead. But as Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Compassion is needed now more than ever. We encourage our supporters to be kind, forgive and sacrifice for the betterment of humanity.

Partners · Poetry · Writing

We Are All Here

Pallet is a social purpose company on a mission to build equal opportunity access to housing and employment. Elevating the voices of people with lived experience with homelessness, recovery, and incarceration is integral to Pallet’s mission. In addition to telling the personal stories of their team and people living in Pallet shelter villages, they aim to raise the voices of system-impacted and marginalized persons everywhere.

Pallet has teamed up with Path with Art to support and amplify the voices of some of our participant artists with lived experience of homelessness. Check out this beautiful poem from PWA Ambassador Pam Winter, below. You can read the full interview with Pam on Pallet’s blog, and also check out the poetry and interview of PWA Ambassador & Blog Editor Aaron Hill!

We are All Here

by Pam Winter

We live in tent cities behind nylon walls, huddled in wool blankets in doorways of neglect.
We live in secured high-rises casting shadows below, houses flooded with desire, homes gated in fear.
We live with slumlords and in public housing too.
We live alone in our minds, wandering along pathways edged by open chains.

We work for corporate greed,
We dumpster dive for food,
We work for non-profits to build a better world,
We ask for spare change, sometimes shoot-up to heal a gaping wound.
We are honest laborers, the shrunken middle class,
We do not ask for handouts, but will reach for a helping hand. 

We race upstairs chasing freedom and we lounge on city streets,
We stand in long lines at food banks, waiting for leftovers we can’t afford,
We walk in parks and shop behind gilded walls.
Sometimes we steal in the night, while white collars take in the light to line their coffers gold.

Sometimes life feels darker than the backside of the moon;
we watch her catch her breath 
as she rushes to soften the edges of what we call urban blight.
Sometimes we feel the ecstasy of unity, especially on nights like tonight. 

We are a city on shifting tectonic plates, frayed at the edges, 
clothed in attitudes of love and dismay.
We are a city of others, separate and near.
We are teachers and students alike, but webs twist around our minds, our lives,
isolating us from those who look and think more different than we’d like. 

We are all here, polarized by red and blue fear.
We must break down the walls,
Step out of the shadow of Them, Other, They.
We must hold our sister’s gaze, grasp our brother’s hand.
Link our minds to overcome judgments about what we think is right.

We are all here; the me in them.
The drum beat of our city, the heartbeat of Seattle, 
the energy that makes our diversity vibrate with rhythm that unites.

 We are All here and we’re not going anywhere.

Community

Tonight! Special Event!

Wednesday, July 21
6pm

Join us for the accompanying discussion to Trimpin’s “Hear and How” – currently being exhibited at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – where our Participant Artists will share their art forms and what they created during the pandemic. How are we navigating this experience as a community? As individuals? As artists? 

This event features PwA Participant Artists, Teaching Artists, and CEO Holly Jacobson. It will be moderated by BIMA.

Tune in tonight from 6-7:30pm.

For more information, click here.