Reach Out to People Every Day. And, Never Stop Creating.
Who are the three people you’re going to reach out to today?
In this time of uncertainty, we are all dealing with what is being taken away from us, including our connections with each other. If we’re not careful, we’ll slip away from one another.
If you’re like us, you’ve found your mind drifting to the people you miss — your family, your co-workers, the people you bumped into in coffee shops, people you used to pass on the street, people who made you laugh, people who laughed with you.
Funny enough, we keep thinking about folks who haven’t crossed our minds for months and years. We want to know they’re okay. We want them to know they matter to us. We want them to know they’re not alone.
So, let’s stop thinking and start doing. We too often let “life” get in the way of letting people know they matter to us in big ways and small. So, let’s tell them.
We challenge you to write down a list of people who are important to you, even if you haven’t spoken to them in a while. Every day choose 3 people from your list and reach out to see how they are doing. We are all in this together and need each other now more than ever.
You can hear Tim talk about it here. And, in case you doubted, we care about you, too. Tell us what you’re doing by using the button below.
Tim Miner & Matt Olin
Charlotte Is Creative
Music Anywhere is Bringing Live Music to Your Home
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Music Everywhere CLT and Charlotte Center City Partners are working with Queen City musicians to present Music Anywhere CLT — a series of virtual live-streaming concerts that allow audiences to support our incredible local music community. Learn more about how you can apply to perform or tune in to this series.
Three Things That Makes Us Smile
Times may be tough, but we still need to smile … and CREATIVITY ABOUNDS across the Queen City. Each week, Matt Olin and Tim Miner of Charlotte Is Creative and The Biscuit join Kristen Miranda on QC Morning and QC Life on WBTV to share three things that inspire and delight them in the Queen City. Watch this week’s picks here.
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Donate to or Apply for COVID-19 Support
Sparked by a $1 million lead gift from LendingTree and a $1 million matching gift from the City of Charlotte (plus many other generous corporate and foundation donors), the United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas have partnered to launch the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund will support nonprofits assisting the people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic — citizens who get sick, and also those who are economically impacted. You can donate to the fund, become a fundraiser, or apply for a grant if you are an eligible nonprofit.
Frontline Heroes Wear Masks. Creative Heroes Make Them.
A new Facebook group, #CarolinaMaskMakers, has convened to engage people who can sew to make desperately-needed masks for medical workers and first responders. According to their Web site: “The Carolina Mask Project seeks to connect artists and makers with local healthcare providers to help meet their PPE needs with homemade masks and 3D printed items.”
They also posted on Instagram: “When you register as a volunteer, you help us connect requests with makers by county to help reduce shipping costs and make it possible to communicate drop-offs directly. In addition to the cloth masks being made, we are looking for other personal protective equipment (PPE) alternatives like face shields and head coverings. If you sew, have an electronic cutter, laser cutter, or are able to 3D print items, please register to volunteer so we can contact you with your area’s needs.”
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Please, Everyone Needs to Wear Pants on the Zoom.
It’s always fun when your old co-workers gain intimate knowledge of your new “housebound” co-workers.
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If Blind Donut Tasting Doesn’t Make You Laugh …
Our pals at @CLT.Remedy are well-known in the Queen City for their daily culinary adventures. In the Stay-At-Home world, they’ve had to move them inside. This week, they posted some fun activities for families that included painting rocks, some take-out faves and blind taste-testing local donuts. Take a bite out of their ideas.
Explore the Natural World … AND the Digital Domain
While they’re known for teaching kids to code and build machines, Charlotte nonprofit Digi-Bridge is now posting weekly challenges to get children and families to explore the world outside. “Each week we will post a new STEAM-based scavenger hunt called a #STEAMSearch so your students can explore their world independently or with a sibling or you,” they posted on Instagram. This week’s hunt focuses on pollination.
NERD ALERT! Set Your Remote Control to … ENGAGE!
For those of us on The Biscuit staff who may be infatuated by Star Trek (Ahem … TIM!), it’s Nerd Christmas. Sir Patrick Stewart has announced that you can catch the entire first season of Star Trek: Picard, as well as other shows, with a free month of CBS All-Access. Take that, Netflix!
PHOTO CREDIT: Spend With Pennies
Chips Ahoy! Icebox Cake
It may look like a hot mess, but this recipe from Spend With Pennies has made several of us at The Biscuit look like world-beaters at potluck events. People may scoff at first, but the pan always comes home clean. It is essentially three steps: 1) Layer whipped cream and Chips Ahoy! cookies. 2) Put in icebox. 3) Wait. 4) Eat your face off.
People, it’s Friday. It’s been a long week. Forget about the calories and just enjoy.
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Faux Five #5: The Bruce Lee
By now, you probably no longer remember what it was like to actually shake a hand or give a hug. But, we still need ways to great each other. That’s why we share our “Faux Fives.” Today, we offer one with power and panache …”The Bruce Lee.” Drawing inspiration from the master of the martial arts, we encourage you to mesmerize the people you meet in real life or online with this spellbinding maneuver. If you utter your best Bruce Lee scream as you do it, you look even cooler.
Got a “Faux Five” to recommend? Send us a GIF, video or photo right here!
We all need a little peace these days. Did y’all know Charlotte has an 8-foot-tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi uptown? The Biscuit staff has lived in #CLT an average of 30 years, but we must confess we did not until we stumbled upon it outside the Old Courthouse a few weeks ago.
The Charlotte Asian Heritage Association donated it to Charlotte in 2008, when it was installed in Gandhi Park in front of the old Mecklenburg County courthouse at the corner of E. Trade and S. Alexander streets.
In 2008, The Charlotte Observer wrote, “The gift to Mecklenburg County is part of local efforts to teach young people how one man changed the course of Indian, American and World history through love, dedication, perseverance instead of violence.”
To us, that sounds like a beautiful gift to our community.
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