Day 14 – Orange you glad I’m still here?


“I feel a little dizzy,” said Orion. “But also wonderfully elated. I feel that I am on the verge of finding a rhyme for the word orange.”

“Oxygen deprivation,” said Foaly. “Or maybe it’s just him.”
― Eoin Colfe

Orange is my favorite color.  I do not think orange gets enough attention.  We all know that Orange is the New Black but that is not enough. Orange is a great pun, part of a pivotal knock-knock joke, an impressive part of sunsets.  There are way more than 50 shades of orange.  But no one cares.  No one takes note.  Not any more.  Not on my watch.

Today’s post is dedicated to this very important issue.

What does the color orange mean?
Orange. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. … In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

In nature it’s the color of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, and many citrus fruits. In our contemporary world, orange is the color of marmalade, Traffic cones, life rafts, cheetos, and Halloween. Orange symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church and was also known as the wisdom ray.

“In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.”
― Jim Davis

The canary’s orange colour isn’t a natural thing. Initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.

“FALLING IN LOVE WITH OCTOBER

Leaves descending to the ground,
Orange, magenta, green & brown
The cool crisp breezes in the air,
Autumn season must be here”
― Charmaine J Forde

Orange has one of the strongest measurable physical effects of any color. Orange stimulates the appetite, increases energy level, and even stimulates the thyroid to boost metabolism. Orange is powerful. We can’t ignore it, which explains why people have such marked reactions to it.

“The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . . . We watched in silence at the beauty and grandeur of the great fish. Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to his breast as the golden carp glided by. Then with a switch of his powerful tail the golden carp disappeared into the shadowy water under the thicket.”
― Rudolfo Anaya

Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

The color orange is a very hot color and often provides the sensation of heat. While orange is a common color associated with summer and the hot sun, often associated with being the main color of harvest and autumn due to the changing color of the leaves and pumpkins.

“Meanwhile the sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom….”
― Jack Kerouac

“An orange day, a happy day, a brand-new day in the secret language that only the three of us seemed to understand.
“Mmmmm,” Daddy said, taking a bite of his roll. “Orange wakes you up, but cinnamon makes you remember.”
― Judith Fertig

It’s no surprise that such a powerful color inspires negative associations as well. Orange can be strident and exhausting if it’s overused. Too much orange is overpowering, and a large number of people consider orange their least favorite color. We associate orange with danger, and its attention-getting properties means most designers use it sparingly.

With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition, and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

“I am captivated by the beautiful colors of Fall,
Show me,show me,
Show me All!
Orange, yellow, purple, reddish-brown,
And the rustling of the leaves as they fall to the ground.”
― Charmaine J. Forde

“Orange pekoe flavor, with that gold confection dust on the top.” She holds one up to demonstrate. “Mascarpone filling.” She bites it clean in half and shows me the middle. “Rose jelly in the center.”
“Sounds good to me. What shall we call it?”
“I don’t know.”
I reach over and pick up a macaron, the texture, weight, and balance all perfect. Symmetry, lightness, both shells with excellent feet, wedded together with a smooth filling. Nodding with approval, I place it on my tongue. She is right; the orange and rose flavors melt lustily in your mouth. It’s just like Mama- all bright and full of surprises.”
― Hannah Tunnicliffe

Now I ask you again.. ROOOAAARRRRNGE you glad I am still here?

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Useless orange facts:

  1. Orange is the color between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light.
  2. In painting and traditional color theory, it is a secondary color of pigments, created by mixing yellow and red.
  3. It is named after the fruit of the same name.
  4. In English, the color orange is named after the appearance of the ripe
  5. The orange color is one of the carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables.
  6. Carotenes are pigments that convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants’ growth.
  7. Similarly, the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed.
  8. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the color most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste, and aroma.
  9. It’s the national color of the Netherlands and the House of Orange.
  10. In Asia orange is an important symbolic color of Buddhism and Hinduism
  11. In the 18th century, orange was sometimes used to depict the robes of Pomona, the goddess of fruitful abundance.
  12. Her name came from the pomon, the Latin word for fruit.
  13. Oranges themselves became more common in northern Europe, thanks to the 17th-century invention of the heated greenhouse, a building type that became known as an Orangerie.
  14. The French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard depicted an allegorical figure of “inspiration” dressed in orange.
  15. In Ukraine in November–December 2004, it became the color of the Orange Revolution, a popular movement which carried activist and reformer Viktor Yushchenko into the presidency.
  16. Regarding painting, blue is the complementary color to orange.
  17. As many painters of the 19th century discovered, blue and orange reinforce each other.
  18. The painter Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo that in his paintings, he was trying to reveal “the oppositions of blue with orange, of red with green, of yellow with violet … trying to make the colors intense and not a harmony of grey”.
  19. In Confucianism, the religion and philosophy of ancient China, orange was the color of transformation.
  20. In Europe and America, orange and yellow are the colors most associated with amusement, frivolity, and entertainment.
  21. It is often used in marketing campaigns to recreate these feelings to potential clients, and consumers.
  22. Orange is the color most easily seen in dim light or against the water.
  23. This is why it is the color of choice for life rafts, life jackets, or buoys.
  24. Highway temporary signs about construction or detours in the United States are orange, because of its visibility and its association with danger.
  25. The word orange derives from the Sanskrit naranga and the Persian narang.
  26. Naranjas are the oranges in Spanish.
  27. The blood used on the set of Sweeney Todd, had to be orange to render properly on the de-saturated color film.
  28. Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church.
  29. It was also known as the wisdom ray.
  30. In Feng Shui orange represents fire. Colors are very significant in the ancient concept.
  31. The nobility were the only ones during the Elizabethan Era who could wear orange.
  32. Orange is often biblically associated with saints and represents strength and courage.
  33. The first operator in Europe to commit to pushing NFC across its territories was the mobile network giant Orange.
  34. Orange’s well-known slogan was “the futures bright, the futures orange”.
  35. An orange vehicle apparently says you are a fun-loving and trendy person.
  36. Frank Sinatra had a love for the color orange, once saying “Orange is the happiest of colors
  37. The color of the United States Army Signal Corps is orange.
  38. Orange is a very popular color in the world of sport with American football teams including Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants having their primary color is orange.
  39. The fruits’ orange appearance isn’t a common occurrence in other parts of the world.
  40. Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are orange on the inside and yet bright green on the outside.
  41. The Netherlands soccer team, or ‘Oranje’, play in orange kits.
  42. An orange’s skin turns orange as the weather cools but in hotter areas, the chlorophyll stays and the fruit remains green.
  43. The canary’s orange color isn’t a natural thing, initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.
  44. Originally carrots weren’t orange.
  45. The most common color was purple.
  46. The orange variety came about by the 17th Century when Dutch growers seemingly crossbred white rooted, mutated yellow and wild carrots.
  47. Every 25th day of the month is known as “Orange Day” by the UN’s campaign called UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
  48. The day is to raise awareness and act to stop violence against women.
  49. Consumer research has proven that an orange lawnmower is easier to find in long grass than a blue one, this was why in 1977 Flymo changed from blue to orange.
  50. Orange is the Dutch Royal Family’s color. Descendants of William of Orange, the color became the symbol of the Netherlands.

Orangey: Eliza; meander; arlene; amy; susanne; Bren; JoAnn: Ally; Mike: cordeliasmom; Suhita; stoner

Timid Souls


Sometimes I prefer the voices of others to start my day! Here’s one of my favorites!

Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena”

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Stillness


I started this post in 2016… life had been very “unstill” at that time.  It is more still these days.. and yet with the government shutdown.. less still internally with the insecurity of what is going to happen to myself and others who have no idea when the government will open back up.  Waking up in a panic wondering if I still have a job..though once the cobwebs of sleep clear.. knowing that I do.. but wondering how we got to this point and when it will end.

So with time on my hands.. restless and yet so still… I thought this would be a good reminder to get back on the move with becoming more still… and patient… deep breath..let’s go.

 

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.   ~~~~~Morgan Freeman

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Taking it to the Streets – Vienna


“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

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The Daily Post’s Collage challenge got me to thinking about my recent trip to Vienna and the beautiful collages I found while walking the waterways. Once again I am taking it to the streets.. one of my favorite blog themes.  Yahoo.. street art!!!

After visiting Krakow, Poland and Budapest, Hungary, I was sort of meh with Vienna, Austria.. UNTIL.. my friend convinced me to walk down towards the water and where we just happened to run into a little street fair and a ton of amazing street art.  Sometimes the road more travelled ends up being the best road to be on.  Of course there were many more examples, but these were really my favorite.  Threw a couple of musicians in just for fun.  I hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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And yet more..

 

I am woman.. hear me…


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You.Are.Amazing.

As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.

Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You. ~ Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011

I have been living and working in Lagos, Nigeria now for 18 months.  One of my favorite things about this country is how vibrant and strong the people are.  Specifically the women.  Talk about inspiring folks.  Every day there is a new surprise that faces me down.  In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, my friend and I visited the Nike Centre for Art and Culture.

Every time I visit this gallery I find about 200 pieces I would love to buy.  The work covers everything from photography, to bead work, statutes of wood and metal, oils, fabrics, and really just everything you can imagine.  Well, this installation was possibly my favorite as it covered all of the artistic genres mentioned with a focus on the strong women who create the work.

What I love even more is the owner of the gallery.  Nike Davies-Okundaye – Nike Davies-Okundaye a.k.a. “‘Nike Davies'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Twin Seven Seven'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Olaniyi'” a.k.a. “‘Mummy Nike'”  – Wikipedia

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Talk about a strong woman.  I. LOVE. HER.  She is Nigerian.  She is strong. She is intelligent. She is kind.  She is an art piece all by herself.  What an amazing person.  So generous with her time and her ability to explain every piece of art in her gallery.  If you make it to Lagos, Nigeria and do not stop in to her gallery, you are missing a treat!!

The art presented that was specifically on display for Women’s Day was spectacular.  Created by women about women.  I did not take enough photos to really give it due respect.

My favorite pieces were so amazing!! They were huge though.  If I only had a place big enough to house them.

All of the other work was equally impressive and to be fair, there were many more “favorites”.  Even the work not specifically on display for Women’s Day, had a flair that I could not stop going back to.

For more Nigerian artwork that focuses on the Nigerian woman’s perspective, this book would be an excellent choice to get started.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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