Purple Thoughts from Paula

Following on the discussion of Purple I started last week , my good friend Paula has sent me these thoughts on the Color Purple:

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. A mysterious
color, purple is associated with nobility and spirituality. The opposites
of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.

It symbolizes power, luxury, and most of all, ambition. Purple is
associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and

Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid,
lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious.
Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool
color it has both warm and cool properties.

Culture of Purple: The color of mourning for widows in Thailand, purple
was the favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra. Purple robes were worn by
royalty and people of authority or high rank. The Purple Heart is a U.S.
Military decoration given to soldiers wounded in battle.

Language of Purple: The use of purple in familiar phrases can help us see
how the color might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative

Purple cow – something remarkable, eye-catching, unusual
Purple prose – exaggeration, highly imaginative writing (also has negative
connotations) Bad purple
Purple speech – profanity, raunchy language
Purple prose – exaggeration, colorful lies
Purple haze – state of confusion or euphoria, possibly drug-induced, type
of marijuana

Purple Words: These words are synonymous with the color purple: Violet,
plum, lavender, lilac, puce, thistle, orchid, mauve, magenta, royal,
amethyst, wine, pomegranate, eggplant, mulberry.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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