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Day 152: The Color Pink

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Day 152: The color pink. Normally pink is not one of my favorite colors, but now all the trees are blossoming and I can’t stop admiring its bold color!

Did you know (I didn’t) that pink was first introduced, in the Renaissance period in the 18th century, to the painter’s palette?

Also, did you know that pink was considered the color for boys and blue was considered the color for girls? Interesting! Pink was considered a strong, bold color while blue was thought of as a more delicate color. Everything I had always known has been turned on its head, so to speak. I learn something new everyday!

Now we know that currently pink is for girls and blue is for boys. When did it change? It was later in the 18th century that painters started to portray women in pink, and the rest is history.

Lately, we see men dressing more in pink than any other time. I believe if you are man enough, you can wear pink! I am no authority of course! It is even seen in the NFL in the month of October for breast cancer awareness month, which I think is a kind gesture. I know that breast cancer can afflict men too.

That is a very brief history of the color pink. What do you think of the color pink? Should it have remained a boy’s color or not?

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Day 152: The Color Pink

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Day 152: The color pink. Normally pink is not one of my favorite colors, but now all the trees are blossoming and I can’t stop admiring its bold color!

Did you know (I didn’t) that pink was first introduced, in the Renaissance period in the 18th century, to the painter’s palette?

Also, did you know that pink was considered the color for boys and blue was considered the color for girls? Interesting! Pink was considered a strong, bold color while blue was thought of as a more delicate color. Everything I had always known has been turned on its head, so to speak. I learn something new everyday!

Now we know that currently pink is for girls and blue is for boys. When did it change? It was later in the 18th century that painters started to portray women in pink, and the rest is history.

Lately, we see men dressing more in pink than any other time. I believe if you are man enough, you can wear pink! I am no authority of course! It is even seen in the NFL in the month of October for breast cancer awareness month, which I think is a kind gesture. I know that breast cancer can afflict men too.

That is a very brief history of the color pink. What do you think of the color pink? Should it have remained a boy’s color or not?

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Day 151: Beauty

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Day 151: Beauty. I love this time of year! Beauty is all around us. Just look at all the signs of life around us. The grass is greener than green. The birds are all singing. The flowers and the tree’s blooms are in their glory. Noticing new birth all around, calves, colts, fillies, fawns. We have been given a great gift this spring after a “longer than normal” winter!

I am finding beauty everywhere! Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” For me, it is hard NOT to see the beauty that is around me!

Hoping that all of you can make it outside today to find the beauty that is so abundant in our environment this time of year. As a photographer I am giddy with all the awesome photo “opps” around me!

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

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Day 150: Family

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Day 150: Family. Sharing an awesome quote about family from Michael J. Fox, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

If you don’t have family, what do you have? Friends and coworkers can come and go, but you have your family forever. Your family knows you more than any other group does. They love you for who you are, faults and all. Thank goodness!

It is disheartening to know that there are some families out there who have members that have been alienated or disowned for various reasons. What a very sad commentary. Just remember the Hatfields and McCoys, whose families were intertwined through marriage. Instead of finding ways to mend their broken families, they CHOSE to kill each other generation after generation.

I have always had a very hard time understanding this horrible story! To me this situation boiled down to hurt feelings and pride. If they would have been able to see the whole picture and how destructive and silly and sad they had been, maybe this horrible story might have ended decades before. I am sure there were some on each side that could not come up with a good reason for the killings, they did it just because it has “always been this way.”

In the scheme of things, we are on this earth for a very short time. Why not “let bygones be bygones,” “bury the hatchet,” swallow your pride and apologize. Profess your love for one another and go on with a renewed sense of humility and kindness for one another. Besides, living with love in your heart instead of hate, is better for your health and longevity.

Living with love in your heart, instead of hate, is a message that we should all take to heart.

May you all have families that love and cherish you!

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Day 149: Motivate Monday

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Day 149: Motivate Monday. Here is a motivational quote from pastor Joel Osteen to get your Monday going in an inspirational way, “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.”

Faith, trust, attitude, gratefulness are the positive qualities that give you “a leg up” on your colleagues and peers. They are the qualities that are the ingredients for a successful life.

If we could all have these qualities, the world would be a much better place. These attributes have a way of rubbing off on others. Positivity is infectious! All of us knows a person who is a “curmudgeon.” Just being around someone like this brings us down and we want to get away from him or her. I know I do!

I challenge you to go out there and be that “positive” person and spread your happiness around to as many people as you can! As they say, “kill them with kindness.”

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Day 148: Happy Mother’s Day

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Day 148: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and mothers-to-be! Here is an Irish prayer for mothers:

“God bless your kindly soul and bless your caring heart with all the grace and goodness His providence imparts. God keep our family safe and keep us close together, and hold us in the hollow of His loving hand forever.”

Hope all of you mothers have a great weekend! All of you sons and daughters, remember to call your Mom today!!!

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Day 147: Art Quote of the Day

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Day 147: Art quote of the day! Happy Friday! Sharing a quote with you from one of my all time favorite artists, Georgia O’Keefe, “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

I find her quote to be so very true. When you make art, as I do in photography, you are putting your work out there for all to see. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself and “your stuff” out there. If someone does not like our art we feel it and some times are offended. Artists range the gamut, there are potters, weavers, painters, graphite artists, sculptors, carvers, floral arrangers, singers, musicians, bloggers (a shout out to my fellow bloggers) and I could go on forever (not really). All artists put their heart and soul into their work, and even blood, sweat and tears some times.

Everyone, whether you yourself are an artist or not, has their own idea of what they think good art is. What I am trying to say is that art is subjective. What one person thinks is good art is different from someone else’s view of good art. Viewing art is a visceral thing, it reaches us to our very core. What we might feel from a piece of art might not move us like it would for someone else. I think you know what I mean.

Making photographs and making art moves me and it always will! Whatever you do this weekend, find something to do that moves you!

What moves you? Catch you later!

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Day 146: Hypocrisy

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Day 146: Hypocrisy. I believe there has been a lot of hypocrisy lately when it comes to sexual abuse. Whether this happens to a man or a woman, it is wrong and deplorable! Whether it happens to a liberal or a conservative, it is wrong and deplorable!

It is odd and disturbing when one sees instances of sexual abuse, that are supposed to be viewed as WRONG (no matter who it happens to or who is the perpetrator) that are buried and suppressed from the news. I believe it has been buried because it puts one of those “supposed champions of the #metoo movement” in a very BAD light as it should be! How can someone live with oneself when they are thought of as an advocate for women and have committed such atrocities towards women?

I have been very disappointed and ashamed of our current state of journalism. Wrong is wrong and there should be no conditions! Today’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. If we are to be outraged over sexual abuse it should be with just as much fervor no matter who it happens to and no matter who the guilty person is! I think this should go without saying, but in this day and age, there are no “givens.” Unfortunately.

Let me know your thoughts on this controversial matter.

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Day 145 of 365: Friendship

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Day 145: Friendship! We are all so very blessed to have friends to share our lives with. I ran across this quote that really sums up what friendship is all about. This photo is from the free photo library.

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood,” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

After all, isn’t that what we all need? To have someone that “gets you,” someone who you can be yourself around and someone that knows where you are coming from. It is so freeing to be able to “just be” with someone and let everything else go. No pretenses, no explaining, no questions, no conditions.

There are some people in my own family that don’t really get me, so thank goodness for my friends. You know who you are. I view my husband as my friend, but I can’t always talk about the same things that I would talk about with my girlfriends. I thing guys would say the same about their wives versus their guy friends.

Lastly, I consider Jesus my friend. He is always there to listen to me. He understands what is going on with me even if I don’t say anything. I know He “gets me.” I can confide in Him and he accepts what I have to say and is ready to forgive me, if I ask. What better friend could someone have? His love is unconditional, no questions asked! I know He is always with me, even though I may not be thinking of Him. This fact gives me comfort. He loves me in spite of all my faults and shortcomings, which I am thankful for and not worthy of.

Who are the friends you are thankful for and who “get you?”