March 2014 Newsletter
I had several friends contact me concerned for our safety this week. Apparently the news on TV was going ballistic as they predicted a really crazy storm – thunder and lightning and winds over seventy miles strong – they were saying that after all we had no rain in California and why should we be singled out when the rest of the nation is still reeling from climate change?
Well, reader, that is why we don’t watch TV - haven’t watched TV for 20 years. We get our news from the Web, or from our smart phone. We don’t like bad news.
We came home through central California through fields of fruit trees, decked with pink and white blossoms. Surely Spring is early this year, I thought. This recent storm didn’t disabuse me of this conclusion. For two days we enjoyed a very light sprinkling of snow and even here way up high in the mountains it wasn’t too cold at all. Our dark green trees got decked with a scintillating frost but it melted, and the mountains are white and sheer again. But here only halfway to heaven, our driveway is clear and the roads are wide open. We experienced mainly rain and it was gentle and long lasting and it soaked right in. Nature around us, the plants and wildlife, is ecstatic, the smell is so fresh. I captured on film a bunny frolicking in the neighbor’s yard. Some chirping birds got away before I got my camera to the ready. Their color was a deep purple, some blue, some black. They stood out against the green of the bushes and the fragile layer of snow on the ground.
The Word is Out!
Purple is the new color for spring and summer in 2014. Since purple hasn't been on Pantone's radar for more than 10 years, maybe it was time for it to take the spotlight as the color of the year. Pantone sets fashion and color trends every year.
I am delighted at this choice. Purple has so many delightful variations. Its range goes from an deep almost royal blue through pure purple through magenta to violet, mauve and fuchsia
Purple's elite status goes back to the early days when it was hard to produce the dye for purple silk and so being scarce it became expensive. There was occasion when it was even too expensive for Royalty. It is said that a Roman Empower denied his wife a purple silk shawl because it cost its weight in gold. Fabric traders obtained the dye from a small mollusk that was found only in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea. The color purple has long been associated with royalty. The first Queen Elizabeth forbad anybody except close members of the royal family to wear the color
During the Elizabethan age laws were passed to strictly regulate what colors could be worn by the different classes of the Aristocracy. Not too shabby, Queen Elizabeth had decided to color code her court! Only the royal family and very close relatives were allowed to wear purple.
The Meaning of Purple Around the Globe
So, as you deck yourself out this spring and summer, lift your chin and put a spring in your step and know that you, too, are someone special living in a special age! But maybe you have decided you won’t be wearing purple this year? Some of my customers are telling me that they don’t want trendy, not now in these difficult times when they want timeless and I have to say I hear them. Know however that purple is also considered the color of values and spirituality.
Trends are as trends go. I want to ask you not to get too serious though for serious is not good. Trends were fun in the good times and playing with color surely chases away the gloom.
Would God not agree? Take a look at these mountains in China. Don’t they show a kaleidoscope of rich and varied color and these colors are God made, not man-made.
This picture was sent to me by my brother-in-law along with this quaint story.
There was a little girl who saw a beautiful thing, and remarked that it's even more wonderful considering God did it all left handed. She was asked why she thought He did it all left handed? She answered, "Because the Bible says that Jesus sits on His right hand."
Until next month!
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