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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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