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The color green

Across various cultures, time frames, societies and groups, colors have always been known to hold certain connotations. Considering it is March and all, I thought I’d take a moment to delve into the symbolism associated with the color green.

Like many colors, if not even all of them, green can suggest concepts with both positive and negative connotations. Here are just a few I could think of right off the bat.

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Positive

Green is often associated with nature or the environment. After all, don’t we frequently consider things green is they are deemed to be good for the Earth?

Green is frequently a color mentioned with the concept of luck. One simple and timely example is that of the Leprechaun.

Negative

Have you ever heard someone say the phase “green with envy?” I bet you have. And we all know that envy isn’t a flattering quality to have.

At times, when someone is young and inexperienced, he or she may be refereed to as green. For example, someone new to a business or job might fit the idea here.

I bet you might have been a bit green yourself when it comes to thinking about all the associations of such a simple color.

 

The “rules” of poetry

When people first hear the word poetry…

beside the notion of eloquent language and the concept of emotional sensitivity coming to mind, they might often think about this form of literature as being filled with rules and structural regulations.

While classically poetry has had it’s share of rigidity and intense structure, this is not always necessarily the case.  For example, slam poetry would probably drive someone from the Renaissance era insane.

Personally, I believe that good poetry is not so much about structure and form as it is about emotion and the ability to convey a concept not easily stated in any other way. Hence the reason that I, and many others, do not always follow the so-called rules.

First and foremost, poetry is an art and as such should not be constrained. We all need to have our own rules to some extent.

My personal rules and guidelines

1. I either use rhyme or not. It seems clumsy and awkward to switch between the two in the same poem.

2. When I use rhyme, I tend to rhyme in a pattern of matching up either the first and third/second and fourth lines or a stanza of lines one and two then three and four.

3. I generally write 3-5 line stanzas

4. Modern free verse has always been a great stylistic friend

5. I rarely punctuate except for emphasis with a question mark or exclamation point or to separate items in a series with a comma

I figure hey, what the heck? After all, E.E. Cummings was known for his unorthodox and grammatically flexible style while the great William Shakespeare literally made up hundreds if not thousands of words.

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Great font resource for designers and typographers

In the field of graphic design and when providing any sort of creative graphic services, chance are that from time to time you are going to want to find the perfect font for your concept. There are a lot of them out there but that doesn’t always mean they are easy to find. So, in the past I’ve used a cool little font site called Da Font.

Sure, it sounds like something goofy and unprofessional but this site is used by people ranging in profession from graphic designers to tattoo artists.

And one of the best things about it is that it’s free.

Check it out today.

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Comedy for writers

While comedy is in and of itself a form of art, as a writer, I have a special place in my heart for those who create comedic content about writing and writers. Check out these funnies for something to tickle your lighter side.

As seen on Pinterest:

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Classy black and white model photography

Everybody loves good model photography…

or at least that’s what i like to think in my humble opinion. But whether that is true or not, sometimes people don’t think about how much more beautiful and classy model shots can be if done in black and white. Here’s some of my own model photography for your viewing pleasure.

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Cool mobile apps for practical use

As a creative individual, I am often impressed with the ingenuity involved in the creation of mobile applications. this is especially true of those that are also very practical in nature.

This being the case, I’ve decided to start of this new year with a list of a few high quality applications that you might find useful.

Brightest Flashlight

– Uses your phone’s flash as a flashlight for time when you need a little extra light.

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Positive Affirmations

– If you’re a little down or stressed, this app provides simple words of encouragement with stunning photos.

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SoundHound

– Want to know what that song is you hear playing on the radio, in the store or pretty much anywhere? This app will help you find out the artist, song title and even album it comes from.

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MP3 Ringtone Maker

– Customize your own ring tones from ANY song and any part of it.

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Mobile Scanner

– Uses your camera as a quick and easy portable scanner to send documents and store them for your records.

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The semi-unknown talent Esmee Denters

I recently got this young lay’s debut album (a protege of the multi-talented Justin Timberlake) and while it was OK, I can assure you this girl has pipes. Just to show you, I thought I’d include a few of her Youtube videos. After all, that was the way she was discovered if you will.

 

 

 

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