The Color Blue — Who Knew?

An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue.

But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things people historically used to make dye. The color blue is all around us, but for so long it was out of our reach.

Today, thanks to the modern science of dying things, we can all dress like queens and emperors every time we throw on a blue t-shirt!

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Poor Grant!

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” —Benjamin Franklin

I love a good sale, and it makes my day when I come across one I didn’t expect. But some sales aren’t good news for everyone.

Like recently at a grocery store in Canada, there was a sale on frozen french fries, with bags of fries piled high and a large yellow sign advertising that they were only $1.00, but the somewhat petty sale sign also announced that this was the “Grant Ordered Too Many Fries Sale.”

 Poor Grant! One case of poor planning and he just couldn’t catch a break. But at least plenty of people got a good chuckle and some cheap french fries!

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Groundhog Day, the Movie?

If you’ve seen Groundhog Day or 50 First Dates, you’re familiar with the idea of someone waking up to the same day over and over. If you could repeat your best day, which day would you choose to relive? A fun-filled day spent with your sweetheart or your favorite little ones? A rowdy road trip with your friends? Whatever your ideal day, go for it!

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Code Red!

Red is the power color.

Women with red lipstick get hit on more often than any other color. People using with red poker chips bet more. (Okay, maybe it’s not good to encourage even more gambling, but you get the idea.) Taekwondo competitors wear red win more bouts. Go figure. Do their red suits blind their opponents? Don’t know, but I do know that red velvet cake is only a chocolate cake with red food coloring dumped in. But, somehow, it’s better than other chocolate cakes. In the Native American color wheel, red is the power color, the color to wear heading into a scary situation.

I could go on forever but you get the idea. Red is great. Wonderful. Strong. Important. Wear red!

So why is red underrepresented in uniforms? You’d think that armies and police everywhere would dress their people in red to present a more powerful image but the only one that comes to mind at the moment I’m writing is the Canadian Mounties, and even they have downplayed red in recent years.

What gives, guys? Get with the program and think red! Wear red. Get out there and show the world how powerful you are!

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Every child should have wonderful memories of long ago days

One of the most important things about childhood is that you should always know someone who lets you play in their jewelry box. My favorite aunt let my sisters and try on all her jewelry, which we often took advantage of on a slow Sunday afternoon.

She had a mesmerizing pink pearl ring, lots of very long necklaces, and even a ring with a special, tiny storage compartment you could pop open. (We used that one to pretend to be a very elegant spy who put sleeping powder into villains’ drinks!)

And then there was her butterfly ring. It was a very delicate, thin metal band topped with one tiny butterfly done in metal and red stone.

I loved it. My aunt must have known, because many years later she gave me her butterfly ring for my birthday, and wearing it brings me back to my days as a little girl playing pretend.

So what memories of childhood do you cherish?

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