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As you’re getting all the ingredients for your party together, after you’ve made arrangements for the food and the flowers, put two more things on your list of what you have to get: 1) a spectacular view of the lake and 2) a cellist.  Are you writing this down?  Good, because, take it from me—3) that caricature artist—I go to parties for a living.  And this little bash at The Hallmark yesterday afternoon was nothing less than inspiring. The view of the lake with sailboats, the runners, the golf course, and the clear blue sky from the 37th floor on Lake Shore Drive (LSD) near Belmont was exhilarating.  But on top of that, the music.  One good cellist is all you need to set the tone, so to speak.   For rich sounds, sophisticated and witty, rooted in Bach, Gershwin and Eddie Gomez, I will henceforth recommend Tom Culver, whose sensitive, energetic playing received much admiring comment. People, were frankly amazed at the fabulous sounds he got out of one instrument and, of course, his trusty acoustic device. He should be famous.

When the music is good, the drawing goes better.  And when the business that brings everybody together for a networking event has to do with social work, with caring for people, with nursing, with decorating apartments for them, with creating graceful living conditions, all that, then the event will inevitably be joyful.  I noticed a long time ago in my professional party going, that the cultivation of compassion goes hand in hand with a robust sense of humor.  The laughter is heartfelt and heads are thrown back when they see the drawing of themselves.  I’ll have to take a stand on this:  caregivers like nurses, social workers and therapists have the best laugh of any group I’ve drawn.  (See post for 8.22.10, “Laughter Therapy”) Nobody has figured out how laughter works, physically or psychologically, but we all know it’s essential to life.





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