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No Ordinary Angel

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Feb. 21, 2018, Guastavino’s New York. A tribute by Arthur Lubow to Helen Lowe, a client for more than four decades.

Wow, 250 people! 250 Disciples of Helen Lowe have come from far and wide.

Why are we here?  We’re here tonight because of an angel.

Helen is no ordinary angel. To tell the truth, she’s no angel.

Actually, she’s a person of this world who is intensely demanding.

Anyone who has ever worked with her knows: she’s never satisfied, and every one of her projects goes through a process of divine chaos where up until the last possible moment, all is lost. All is ruined. And then, as if by the grace of God, the sun shines and everything miraculously comes together. No one knows how. It’s a mystery.

How does she do it?

As best I can describe, there is a divine, chaotic universe of light within Helen’s brain full of supernovas, shooting stars and beautiful planets. If you’ve ever tried to understand one of her rambling sentences, you’ve been on that celestial journey.  I would love to know what it’s like to be a synapse in Helen’s brain. It must be like living perpetually in an amusement park, trying to sleep on a roller coaster.

This is a restless, impatient angel.

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Own Your Future

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When Tom Friedman wrote this week about the importance of lifelong learning to anyone who wants to hold on to a job and grow a career, he made sure to call attention to the work of the College Board and Khan Academy.

“We analyzed 250,000 students from the high school graduating class of 2017 who took the new PSAT and then the new SAT,” College Board president David Coleman told me. “Students who took advantage of their PSAT results to launch their own free personalized improvement practice through Khan Academy advanced dramatically: 20 hours of practice was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT to the SAT — double the average gain among students who did not.

“Practice advances all students without respect to high school G.P.A., gender, race and ethnicity or parental education. And it’s free. Our aim is to transform the SAT into an invitation for students to own their future.”

See Friedman’s full New York Times piece here.

We at ADLubow are proud of our role in creating videos for the College Board / Khan Academy partnership.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms

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We are very proud to have been chosen to create the branding and advertising for this important exhibition that will travel our nation and France. Our aim is to make everyone think deeply about the meaning of freedom.

Toward that end, we invite you to read an essay by no less that Stephen Vincent Benét, first published along with Norman Rockwell’s brilliant “Freedom from Fear” by the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. It’s a far cry from cable news. Think about it.

Freedom from Fear
by Stephen Vincent Benét
Published in the The Saturday Evening Post, March 13, 1943

What do we mean when we say “freedom from fear”? It isn’t just a formula or a set of words. It’s a look in the eyes and a feeling in the heart and a thing to be won against odds. It goes to the roots of life — to a man and a woman and their children and the home they can make and keep.

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