Normally—for the last few years, at least—I've been all-too-eager to turn-the-page on the passing year. I've desperately repeated the mantra, "Next year has GOT to get better..." Now, on the cusp of 2023, I discover that I'm not hating 2022. At least not as much as I've hated 2021. And 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
Admittedly, in 2022, the world has endured numerous difficulties. Most dangerously, Authoritarianism is on the rise—worldwide—and too many people seem to be tolerating it. The Ukrainian Invasion has greatly disturbed fuel and grain markets, causing international shortages and inflation. And our capitalist system has not (yet) been able to mend its pandemic breakdowns, specifically, its failed duty to maintain sufficient employment and manufacturing to ensure supply chain delivery (a failure which has created shortages, further aggravating worldwide inflation). Covid has exposed the weakness of markets to adequately serve all the needs of all the American People (and the Citizens of the World). Only strong government action muscled us through the worst of the pandemic.
But, as I said, I am not angry at 2022. Some things were difficult, true. However, I felt like the balance of control was tipping in the direction of recovery; things are pointing in the right direction. Authoritarians are not having an easy time—be they invading Commanders-in-Chief, theocratic despots, or deluded billionaires who want to control the media. Supply chain failures (which have caused inflation) seem to be moving towards correction, albeit slowly. And more and more people seem to be rejecting the lies of those who wish to disrupt our democracy and American progress. All this is cause for optimism. There may still be struggle ahead, absolutely. But I feel like the tipping point is tilting in the correct direction.
The tulip-form wine glasses, shown above, will help you toast the New Year. Matte gold rims add style and protection (to the rims) while the faceted stems make for a pleasant, secure grip. Click on the photo above to learn more about this set of eight.
We at LEO Design wish you a wonderful New Year—and a 2023 of health, contentment, and further steps in the right direction.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248