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Prediction for the New Year

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

As this year draws to a close, our final rainbow color, Violet, is reflected in December’s frosty view. The days grow shorter and daylight is precious. The long shadows on the snowy ground appear to cast a violet hue. Soft, tranquil, still.

 clock faceViolet, found on the lowest arc of the rainbow, is the color comprised of the shortest wavelengths of light that our eyes can see. Ultra-violet is the term for the wavelengths of light beyond our view.

Is it coincidence that the Color of the Year for 2014 announced this very month happens to be Radiant Orchid? You’re already seeing the hue in spring clothing and decorative home décor. This close cousin of Violet will grow in popularity, I predict.

Why? You see, Violet or Radiant Orchid, are colors associated with enlightenment. In Eastern belief, the Chakras, or power centers of the body are assigned a gradation of color, much like the rainbow. The highest color at the top of the head, Violet, is associated with the sixth sense.

The popularity of colors often reflects what is happening in the culture as well as the collective psyche of our planet. The color experts that predict the yearly colors and Pantone, the company that made the Radiant Orchid choice, have an uncanny way of knowing what we are or will be thinking about.

In the coming year I believe we are all ready for a more enlightened way of seeing our lives and responding to the needs of our planet. Uncommon Violet may be just what we need to see, to capture our attention and look at things in a new way.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”   Mark Twain

June the Month of Excess

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The summer solstice of June guarantees excessive daylight of the longest day of the year. At no other time is the color green in nature so extreme.

vine leaf backgroundTraveling to northern climes, the color of June is unmistakable. Here, long rays of the sun coax leaf laden trees and dense grasses to display an exuberant hue I’ve missed in Key West.

Sure, palm tree fronds are green, as are the leafy backdrops to colorful hibiscus and bougainvillea. Yet, when the climate never changes, neither does the perennial green. The eyes get accustomed to the same multicolored views every day.

After months of bare branches and dried, brown landscapes, when bountiful warm sunshine calls all living things to “grow, grow, grow,” the enthusiastic summer celebration begins, clothed in resplendent green.

More daylight.

More green.

More reminders to notice life in vivid color.

Take time to see and appreciate the vibrancy of all living things- and that includes you. The sunshine is calling you to grow as well.

At this halfway point of the year, we are also half way through the rainbow colors of the year. We began with the warmest hues, variations of red, orange, and yellow.

As this month comes to a close, watch as the lively green becomes more subdued. Prepare for the cooling influences of the rainbow colors yet to come.  As with any excess, it is tempered by contrast.


“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

Gertrude Jekyll

The Colors of Patriotism

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Red and blue took center stage yesterday as these two primary colors painted the states of the U.S. map to indicate the tallied votes of the nation. Not to be left out, the third primary color, yellow, made a significant advance as it described an additional Independent candidate that won an elected seat.

How appropriate that these three hues are used to not only describe the voices of our varied population, they are also the beginning of all other colors in the spectrum. Combine any two or even bits of all three to create any color. From simple beginning come unlimited results. Are we talking about colors or about our country? Yes.

Color defines.

Color describes.

Color communicates.

Blue and red decorate the flag of our nation. The attributes we associate with those colors coincide with all that is American.  Red for bravery, resilience, strength and valor. Blue represents truth, integrity, ingenuity and patience. Although sharply delineated on the nations map yesterday, the melding of those colors creates violet, the color of inclusion, the color of enlightenment.

If our election process has made us see anything clearer, let it be that all colors of the spectrum are derived from the same white light. Like a prism twirling in the sunlight, white light is captured by its facets and creates every color in the rainbow.  We are each different, yet the same. And that should make us glad.


"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."

Calvin Coolidge

Your Own Shades of Gray

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

A well known author, speaker and visionary thinker announced on her blog this week that she would no longer look the way she does in her current photo. She is known by her signature dark hair, worn like a cap across her forehead and above her ears, contrasting sharply with her pale skin.

She decided, for reasons of health, to stop dyeing her hair and let her natural gray color take over. What she discovered is that nature has given her "a wondrous palette of black and silver and white that works best now with my face."

Can you hear a collective sigh of relief?

Instead of chasing after eternal youth, she feels free to embrace the real person she has become. That is a freedom we can all share. Nature knows best in may things and she is an expert in hair color.

                   As your skin tone changes, avoid too dark hair color.

                   Natural looking highlights bring light to the face.

                   Gray is great if your hair is healthy.

Be mindful of the changes in skin tone throughout your life. As skin pigment changes revisit the colors you wear. You'll find you look great in colors you never considered years ago.

                   Lighten your color palette as your skin pales.

                   Wear less black or harsh colors next to your face.

                   Do wear bright colors to express your exuberance.

                   Don’t follow every trend if it’s not your color.

                   Smart women dress in signature colors.

This “best time of our lives” is all about being authentically you.

You have earned the freedom of not caring what other people think of you because you know you are looking and feeling your best. You are accountable only to yourself for your own happiness.

Your color choices in your clothing, your home décor and even the color of the car you drive define your authentic self, which is the true source of your happiness.

Feel Great in Color!


"Gray hair is God's graffiti."
Bill Cosby

Colors of the Mind Part Seven

Friday, October 26th, 2012

There is one more compartment of the mind left to explore. Some may deny its existence, while others rely on this power of the mind as their competitive edge.  If you 'trust your gut" or have this "funny feeling" about someone, you are listening to the mind's intuition.

Using our apple experience analogy from previous posts, your intuition tells you that a freshly picked apple will taste better than one that has been in storage all winter. Intuition is that little voice that tells you to turn left instead of right, and avoiding the scene of an accident. It tells you to stop for gas today and tomorrow you find the price is higher.

Call it your guardian angel, or a gut feeling, intuition is the sixth sense that determines our reactions to people we meet. Their intuition about us also colors how we come across to them. When you get that little tap on the shoulder from some invisible source, ignore it at your peril.

All six intellectual faculties are powers of the mind that no other living animal enjoys. We are blessed with experiencing our world in a unique way thanks to…..







When you combine the amazing powers of your mind with your physical senses, your conscious mind enjoys a richer experience of your environment. You can appreciate the beauty of a sunset, and feel comfortable knowing that tomorrow you’ll see the sun rise again. That vivid and colorful experience of your world becomes a memory that you may recall as often as you like.

And the best part, you are not limited by earthly boundaries. With your mind's imagination you can go anywhere.

Enjoy the trip!



"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover."
Henri Poincare

Colors of the Mind Part Six

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

If we liken the compartments of our vast mind to the rooms of your house, this intellectual faculty is like the typical garage. Sure you keep your car in there, you use that everyday.

But what other function does your garage serve? Of course, storage. And that also describes the catch all garage of the mind, the memory.

When we had our "apple experience," as we explored the other intellectual faculties of the mind, how did you know a tartness would greet your mouth as you took a bite of the apple? You used your memory of how that apple variety tasted to you in the past.

Memory creates a log of useful information. Some of it you use everyday, your address and your phone number, like having quick access to your car in the garage. Some of what's in your memory resembles the compartmentalized boxes stored neatly on shelves in the garage. Facts, figures, your Social Security number, your spouse's birthday, all things you must be able to find quickly.

Much of what occupies the memory resembles the rest of the stuff in your garage. The random piles in the corner, the haphazard stacks next to the door, things tossed over the garage door tracks. Sound familiar?

Like the garage, much of what goes into the memory, never comes out. It's in there, somewhere, just difficult to access when you need it.

Memory holds your cherished moments and all that's been good in your life. Memory provides an easy access to your past successes that can remind you of your future capabilities.

Don't let the the unpleasant piles of useless grudges and disappointments clutter your memory. Open the overhead door of your mind and release all memories that do not please you or do not serve you.

Why have reminders of what you need to forget? Look at all the mental space you'll have to store the important memories of life. Now when is that anniversary?


"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."

Elbert Hubbard

Colors of the Mind Part Two

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

If you read the last post, you had an "apple experience" without even visiting the market. If you didn't, read it now for an eye opening exploration of the power of your mind.

Then come back- I'll wait for you.

What made the "apple experience" work for you?

The apple became real to you as you used your imagination, one of your intellectual faculties. Imagination was something you used often as a child.

Remember lying on your back on a grassy hill and studying the clouds in the sky? You saw faces and animal shapes as your imagination was free to create another world out of the fluffy white formations.

Now, as adults, we live in a world of realities, of what “is”. But, when we allow our minds to think about what we “want to be,” we let imagination back into our lives.

As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Look around you.

The chair, the window, the building you’re in, everything you see in the world today began as an idea spawned from someone’s imagination. Were it not for imagination, we would not travel in planes, or read by electric lights, or communicate with the help of the Internet.

Anything you see in its physical form started as an imagined idea. Especially now, in this day of immediate communication, ideas are the most valuable currency in the world.

You are only one idea away from having everything you want in your life.

Let your intellectual faculty of imagination produces an abundant supply of all you "want to be."  Imagine…..what's possible for you!

Tomorrow — What's the key you have in your mental pocket that unlocks every door?


"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. "
Albert Einstein

Colors of the Mind

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Raymond Holliwell in Working with the Law compared our eyes to a pair of windows with a reflector sending images to the brain. He writes, “If the picture is a common one our memory accepts it readily, but if we are looking upon some new picture, some new scene, our memory does not recognize it, and then we must repeat the picture over and over many times until it makes a lasting impression.

Therefore, we do not see with our eyes; we see with our mind.”

The brain is the hub where color data from the eye is processed. Once we “see with our mind”, the mind’s processes can be found throughout our physical being. The cells of recognition that we rely on to make sense of what we see, are cells found everywhere the physical body. Seeing color is only the beginning of the color experience.

Most of the awareness of your physical environment occurs through your conscious mind. You collect the data with the help of your five physical senses, sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. Your conscious mind then creates a picture on the screen of your mind.

You see the red apple. You touch the smooth curvature of its shape. You hear the crack of the knife as you cut through the skin. You smell the sweetness of the fruit. You taste the flavorful reward.

Your conscious mind has a clear image of what is an apple. That image created in the mind involves your whole physiology in the apple experience. The next time you want the apple experience, you don’t need to see another apple. Think "apple" and there it is, on the screen of your mind.

All animal species use these same physical senses to give meaning to their world. A horse has an appreciation for the apple experience. Your dog, when he sees a ball, translates that image into fierce tail wagging and the desire to play.

What sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, are the intellectual faculties that we call upon to understand our physical world. The intellectual faculties add the detail and rich dimension to our view of what we see. These six special talents give us our humanness, yet for many, they are infrequently used.

As you read the sensory-rich, apple experience paragraph, did you turn the words on the page into a mental picture? You saw a red apple on the screen of your mind, you felt its round shape, heard the crack of the knife as it was being cut, smelled the sweet aroma, and your mouth began to water as you tasted the apple. But there was no apple. This all happened in your mind.

Tomorrow, we'll explore those special powers you have to interpret the of colors in the mind.


"All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses. "
Friedrich Nietzsche



The Most Revealing Cover

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

How do people get the impressions about you that they do? Like judging a book by its cover, outside appearance is what people first notice.

Book marketers work at crafting just the right look for the cover of a new release. They study what people notice first, which colors and graphics will catch the prospective buyer’s eyes, even what placement in the store will sell most effectively. 

In your marketplace, you are under the same scrutiny every day. What about your “cover” is being noticed? Is you apparel, your hairstyle and your grooming, reflecting the popular look of the day? You can analyze your “cover” look two ways.

First, is you’re following what everyone else is doing- wearing this season’s hot new color,  tangling cascades of unruly hair, or sporting a scruff of beard- you’ve succeeded at fitting in. If this is your goal, you’ve made it.

Another way to see it- by mimicking this au courante look, you’re like every other book on the shelf. That’s marketing suicide. An author may have a signature style of writing, but each book is unique and must be marketed that way to be noticed.

You are a person with a unique point of view. You have distinct characteristics both physically and emotionally. Are you camouflaging what’s best about you behind colors or styles that don’t suit you? Have you not changed your style for decades?

Take the time to discover what look reflects who you are- the real person- the contents behind the cover. That’s how best sellers are made.


"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
Thomas Jefferson

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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