Green Appreciation Day

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This post is about green.  Specifically, the color green.  Not money, jealousy, Irish ancestry, government issued cards, or spinach.

It has nothing to do with:

*  the heart chakra,

*  emeralds or jade,

*  Celtic myths,

*  looking nauseous,

*  ecology,

*  ghost slime,

*  the former flag of Libya,

*  stop lights,

*  greener pastures,

*  or unripe tomatoes.

 

This is about the color itself, not the meanings or associations we attach to it.

Green is a beautiful color.  Green makes me happy.  I’m thankful for green.

I once read that the purpose of good-luck pieces, amulets, or talisman’s wasn’t to cast spells on others, so much as it was to have a physical object that helped you to change your own perception from the negative to the positive.  Sort of like having a worry stone in your pocket, that you could rub to help calm you.

Whatever.

The main advice of the article was to use physical props to help you deal with stress.  Find that physical thing which helped you, and set it on your desk at work, hang it in a prominent place on your wall, or carry it with you.

As you can guess, with me it’s the color green.  I have no idea why, but just seeing green brings me joy in a way that no other color does.  And yeah, I’m a gardener, but it’s not a plant thing, it’s something about the color itself.  So sometimes I put a little something green (fabric swatch, ribbon, jelly bean?) in my pocket, so that when I’m feeling stressed I can pull it out and look at it.

I don’t think the green object has magical powers.  (Unless my blood sugar drops.  Then that jelly bean can “magically” take away my hunger!)  Perhaps mystics might say that on some level my body resonates with green’s wavelength or frequency.  Or maybe other people feel this way about their favorite color too, but they just don’t talk about it.  I have no idea.  I just know that green makes me feel good.

This is why I wore a Kelly green wedding dress and had a bright green wedding ring.

It’s why the carpet throughout my home is “seafoam”.  Why the wallpaper is “sage”, the lamps are “avocado”,  and the bath towels are “forest” green.

I have to fight through the green jungle of huge houseplants that fill my office, and if you open my drawers you will find a multitude of green clothes.  (Sadly, I don’t look that good in green, so I end up wearing the blues more often.)

My family knows this “green obsession” about me too.  For my birthday this year, my sisters spent weeks looking at green jewelry.

“Do you think she’ll like the green tourmaline or the green crystals better?”  They shopped and agonized and tried on pair after pair.  It came down to two pairs of earrings – one pair was teardrop shaped and forest green – the other pair of semi-precious peridot, a lighter shade of green.  They showed me both pair but said I could only chose one.  The whole family had bets on which green I’d choose.

So today, when I put on my forest green Swarovski crystal earrings (it was no contest really, they were the “greener” of the two), I decided that November 26th, 2014 should be declared the first annual Green Appreciation Day.  After all, if a clothes store can generate profits by declaring a day every year for families to buy and wear the same colored pajamas (not saying who, you can Google it), then I see no reason I can’t have a Green Appreciation Day.

Maybe it’ll catch on.  Hey, the throwing an orange down the street on New Year’s eve did (another story for another time).

By the way, the earth is approximately 71% water and then there’s that immense blue sky over all.  So I think it’s safe to say that God likes blue.

But he gave us the land to live on.  And it’s predominantly green.  If he wanted us to be blue lovers he’d have given us fins.  So it’s very, very possible (don’t burst my bubble here) that God’s favorite color is green!

Happy Green Appreciation Day everyone.

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The Paycheck

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Most of our days we go through life so fast that we don’t even notice them passing.  Especially in light of the holidays… working, raising kids, maintaining the house, figuring out how to pay for Christmas… it’s all a blur.  Those days are the filler of our lives.  “What’s new with you?”  “Oh, you know, just carrying on.”

But there are other days too.  The days everyone hopes to avoid, yet everyone has.

Everyone knows what I’m talking about.  Unexpected tragedies.  Burdens that almost break your back.  Worries that rob you of sleep.  Family Discord.  Anger.  Pain.  Resentment.  Fear.

I woke up this morning, worrying (again) about something that I’ve worried about for so long, it’s  automatic.  My Achilles heel.  Yet for all the times I’ve given it my attention – freely smothering it with my hard-earned energy – that worry has never come to pass.

I am – literally – worrying about something non-existent.  What happened in the past, what could happen in the future, yet has no bearing on the immediate present.

I’ve cried to God about it so often that I, myself, am tired of hearing my own complaint!

I thought of everyone else.  Doing the same thing I do.  Just trying to make a living, taking care of our families, getting as many errands done in one day as possible, and attempting to hold it together one more day.  Meeting the demands of everyday life.

You know.  Scrabbling around gathering nuts.  (Yeah, the squirrels do it.  We do it.  Every bug and plant does it.  In short… every living thing is concerned with the same thing.  That constant need to push back at the struggle of survival doesn’t take a vacation for losing your job, the kid’s measles, or home repairs.)

You know what?  This is the price of life.

So.  If this is the price of life, then what is the paycheck?

Sweet kisses on my face from Hubby.  Kids.  Sisters.  The dog.  (’nuff said).  Family!  Who can describe the connection with family?  Love.

Then there’s music.  Oh, happiness – it’s that time of year when every choral/instrumental group performs the most  wondrous sounds.

Dark, cold nights spent cuddled under piles of soft blankets.  Dog snores from the bedside.

Christmas movies.  Driving around and viewing all the sparkling decorations.  Holiday scenes made out of gingerbread and candies.  Eggnog.

A warm bath.  Good books and good neighbors.  Ice sculptures of incredible beauty.  Snow.  Crystal clear night skies, sparkling white and blue days.

Green!  (There’s always green somewhere.)

The scent of sugar from the Tea Olive plant on my windowsill.  Jasmine flowers.

Yes, the price of living is high.  But the paycheck is pretty darn great.

What are some of the rewards included in your paycheck?

 

“Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life; without light and shade no picture is clear.”  Hazrat Inayat Khan


Interstellar Heaven

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Hubby and I went to see the movie Interstellar late last night.  Interstellar Heaven!

I was so pumped to see this film, but I know how that can be… you get yourself so excited by your expectations that the actual event can’t live up to it, and you’re disappointed.

I didn’t want that to happen with Interstellar.  (Hard sci-fi films are so far and few in-between as it is nowadays.)

So before we went, I read many of the on-line comments and reviews, both professional and from the general public that had already seen it.  It seemed people were divided between two camps.  Lots of 5 star reviews from people that loved it, and a lesser amount of 1 or 2 stars from the haters.  There were very few in the middle.

You either loved it, or you hated it.

General consensus of the lovers:

  • Amazing special effects.
  • Moving emotional performances.
  • Gripping tension that kept you glued to the edge of your seat.

General consensus of the haters:

  • What exactly is happening?  Too difficult to understand.
  • Too long.

From within both camps there were comments that the sound quality was a problem.  The music, they said, was too loud to hear the dialogue.

After reading the reviews, I was still looking forward to seeing the movie but my expectations were tempered, mainly because of the sound thing.   I already have hard-of-hearing issues and those movies where I spend every other minute whispering to Hubby “What did they say?” tend to drive me nuts.  Not to mention Hubby doesn’t enjoy the constant interruptions.

So we saw it.  And here’s my take:

It was gripping enough that the 3 hour length didn’t bother me.  Nor did it bother Hubby, and he often gets antsy even in 2 hour movies.  He even wants to see it again.  (I’m not so sure I do, although I’d love to see that ending again.)

The emotional performances were just what they said.  Great.  McConaughey acted his a** off, not something you usually see from him.  Matt Damon played an irritating character, and he did it decent enough so that you really didn’t like him much.  Jessica Chastain did a good job as the adult daughter of McConaughey but the one who really stole that role was Mackenzie Foy, who played the same character as a child.  Even Anne Hathaway who – I’m sorry, I just don’t like her – did a really credible performance.

As far as the science of the film?  Quantum gravity at its finest.  Loved the strings!  Loved the Rama-like spacecraft  (just exactly when is Morgan Freeman’s production company going to film Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama anyway?  He’s been promising it for years!)  It was reminiscent of several hard sci-fi books, actually.  Using “dimensional shortcuts” (like a fifth dimension) to travel or send messages through space-time is a trick of many a science fiction plot.

And then there was all the relativity.  Can you ever have too much of Einstein’s relativity?

I think not.

The negatives I would give the movie echo the same as other reviewers… the sound quality.  The science is daunting…  I’m a bit of a physics buff but I certainly didn’t understand all of it.  You really need to be up on all the latest theories to grasp the whole thing.  But I might have understood more if I could’ve heard it!  The music, while intense and wonderful, grew so loud – right during the key points of the story, of course – that even Hubby didn’t know what they said.

Do you think they did that on purpose?  So we would miss a key physics explanation?  Maybe they were fuzzy on it themselves and so covered it up with loud music?  Ha – probably not.  But it was kind of frustrating.

The other negative just has to do with my own personal idiocies in movies.  I LOVE disaster films.  And I was really looking forward to those gigantic tidal waves, frozen clouds, and planetary fires that were promised in this film.

They were a disappointment.  The waves were pretty good, but the frozen planet was “eh” and the planetary fires were fields of corn burning on Earth.  (Oh yeah, as an aside, that plant blight and Dust Bowl rendition of Earth was pretty cool.)

Still, when you have so much of Albert’s general theory of relativity in a film – well, as far as I’m concerned, Albert rules over all, so disaster disappointments are forgiven.

Plus, it was wonderful (for a change) to actually see hard sci-fi on the big screen.  So much of what they call sci-fi nowadays is more like magic, or fantasy.  I’m not opposed to those, I enjoy those too, but I’m old enough to remember when fantasy and sci-fi were different shelves at the bookstore.  Nowadays, you go to Barnes & Noble and look in sci-fi and find mostly paranormal fantasy.  Vampires, witches, and a few alien adventures with swords.

When and why sci-fi became vampires is another subject.  Maybe I’ll explore that on another post someday.

But for now, here’s the bottom line:

If you have a working knowledge of physics, Interstellar is going to rock your world.  You’ll be discussing it with your friends for days.

If you don’t understand the science one iota, it’s still pretty cool.

I say “Go”.  At the speed of light.