What Makes Us ANXIOUS – What Gives Us HOPE


I want to have a happier marriage

Love wins

My Trump voting relatives

I am tougher than dirt


Currently at the Rubin Museum in New York City, there is an exhibit curated by the public’s hopes and fears.

One is invited to fill out a red tabbed card, completing the phrase “I’m anxious about…” and hang it on a peg on a red wall overfilling with other responses.  Conversely there are blue tabbed cards with the phrase “I’m hopeful because…” to be answered and hung on the blue wall to the left of the red one.




Life is fucked up

I passed all my classes


I filled out two cards for the red side, and one for the blue side.  Perhaps you can detect my contributions.



I have to pee

The November election


My confidence carries me each day



Apropos Song #1 – Shout (Tears for Fears)



Climate Change*

It’s a lovely day in NYC

Amazon messed up my order

Black Lives Matter


Someone dear to me won’t see me, but…

I find myself being good enough more often than not

I am scared of the unknown future

I live to see another day


Time is limited

I am learning how to live for myself

of the impact of the present negativity on the lives of children

God is everywhere! So smile, everything will be alright


I don’t want to lose myself when I die

Nothing can say the last word

I can’t get things done

I made it this far



Apropos Song #2 – Hope (from The Song of Job)



It’s such a blink

I know I have love in my heart

Trump & the GOP – ’nuff said, or it wouldn’t fit on this or any card #s*

I want to find a new me


I’m afraid I will die alone

I am loved and I am not alone

I don’t know how fast I can learn the glockenspiel

Peace radiates outward


You never know!

Robert Mueller III

Time is limited

Good people exist


My son is coming home and I want him to be happy

A blue wave’s a-coming

I have to disappoint people

I found my true love


I’m hungry

My life is full of wonderful surmises

I am not sure if I am going to see my family again

I am more and more in love with my husband every day


I need to listen more, be still more, and be an activist

God is not Science

I’m probably going to have to break up with my boyfriend

Science is God


(I put an * next to my contributions for the walls)



About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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