Fiscal Cliff Shmiff, dear Readers, Fiscal Cliff Shmiff. The end of the year is fast approaching and we are well on our way to the last day to make charitable contributions for 2012. With the possibility of a charitable giving cap looming over our heads, Retirement Yenta would like to recommend you give while the givin’ is good. Arts organizations can only survive when people like you and the RY give! It would take a show several YEARS to make back their cost on a production on ticket sales alone! That is simply impossible for most shows. So, you ask, why not let the arts fend for themselves and die off if they can’t support themselves? It’s simple, dearies. The arts improve our (the non-artists) daily lives. They let us see ourselves in a new light…they inspire us to do greater things…they lift our spirits…they give us a much needed escape from reality…the reasons are endless. Your dear Yenta would like to remind you of the dark days of late September-early October 2001 in her beloved New York City. During that time, we saw the opening of Mamma Mia! Ok, dear Readers, this is NOT life altering, theatre for the ages, but it did something special during a very dark time. It brought the city (and its visitors) together and allowed them to go to a happy place for a short while. The timing of the opening of that show was impeccable. This Yenta believes it is still open today because of that timing. It was the Pick-Me-Up that New York City needed and became famous for being that pick up. Retirement Yenta could not fathom a world without the arts. She also cannot fathom a world with caps on charitable giving…so, she is going to give as much as she can while she can…and your dear Yenta challenges you to do the same.