My love affair with the ocean began as a child on the beaches of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. In 2004 I suffered head trauma that effects my short-term memory to this day, but I do remember riding horseback with my older cousins along the shore. The sounds of hooves splashing in the water, along with waves crashing along the rocks, and the smell of the ocean air were the things I looked forward to the most. Playing in the sand, and bringing home seashells that would become my most treasured toys as a young child.
My father tall, and lean his eyes the lagoon blue of the ocean; would place conches against my small ear at bedtime so that I could hear the sounds I fell in love with. My father was an American, a POW from WWII, upon returning home to the states he traveled and spent much time in Central and South America. He met my mother, a dark and exotic server at a local restaurant in Costa Rica and fell in love. After they exchanged their vows, he spent the next five years in various locals in Costa Rica before returning with his wife and daughter to Southern California. Where I was raised and my love for the ocean continued. The beaches much more crowded than what I had been introduced to. The feel of crisp ocean air, and the warmth of the sun on my skin were less frequent; but nonetheless were what I looked forward to.
Today those beaches in Puntarenas are a far cry from what I remember as a child. The fishing industry and tourism has taken its toll. I have included some informative material about the effects of plastic on our coastline inEcology of Marine Debris. I also have included links to Artists who have devoted their work in the recycling of this debris in creating whimsical works of Art.
May peace and prosperity greet you at every corner.
I live in the high desert which those who lack imagination may think it bland, but I’m attracted by the infinite variety that our Creator supplies in nature. One of the things I sooo look forward to when I do visit the city is the infinite variety provided by mankind. There really isn’t that much difference between the spikes one encounters in the desert and those encountered walking down a city street or is there? Well I would say one is Divine and the other…complex. It certainly helps me keeps things in perspective.
The color red is the color of energy, passion and action
The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.
Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.
It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.
Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life force. It is the color of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions in us, such as love and sex on the positive side or revenge and anger on the negative. It is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day, however it relates more to sexuality and lust, rather than love – love is expressed with pink.
At its most positive it can create life with its sexual energy, or use its negative expression of anger and aggression to fuel war and destruction.
The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.
Being surrounded by too much of the color red can cause us to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and we become cautious, manipulative and fearful.
In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the color for weddings. In Indian culture it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns.
If your favorite color is red, it will reflect in your personality! Personality color red will give you more information on this.
Positive keywords include: action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined.
Negative keywords include: aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal.
Energy:it boosts our physical energy levels, increases our heart rate and blood pressure and prompts the release of adrenalin.
Action:it is fast moving and promotes a need for action and movement.
Desire:it relates to physical desire in all its forms- sexual, appetite, cravings.
Passion:it means a passionate belief in an issue or undertaking, including passionate love or passionate hate. Anger is negative passion.
Effects of Red:
Stimulating: to the physical senses- the sexual and physical appetite. It stimulates the deeper passions within us, such as sex, love, courage, hatred or revenge. If you have a flagging sex life and would like to introduce more passion into it, introduce some red into the bedroom – the more red, the more passion, but don’t overdo it or it will have the opposite effect.
Exciting and Motivating: it excites our emotions and inspires us to take action.
Attention-getting: it demands you to take notice, alerting you to danger. This is why we have red traffic lights and stop signs – it is the universal color for danger.
Assertive and Aggressive: drivers of red cars should take note! A small survey I did a few years ago showed that drivers of red cars, including females, said they felt quite aggressive behind the wheel of their red car.
Variations of Red
Maroon: a dark bluish red, it denotes controlled and more thoughtful action. It is slightly softer than burgundy and not as dramatic as true red.
Burgundy: a dark purplish red, it is more sophisticated and serious and less energetic than true red. It indicates controlled power, determined ambition and dignified action and is often favored by the wealthy.
Crimson: has a little blue in it. It indicates a determination to succeed but without upsetting anyone else. It emits sensuality rather than sexuality.
Scarlet: has a little orange mixed with it, giving it a richness and brightness. It indicates enthusiasm and a love of life. It is a little less intense and more fun-loving than true red, tempered with a degree of defiance.
Meanings of Red in other Cultures
In Russia Red symbolizes Communism and revolution.
In China, brides wear Red and it is considered a Good Luck color.
To most Asians Red means happiness and prosperity.
In India Red is a symbol of life-giving purity.
In the Middle East the color symbolism of Red is Danger and Evil.
In Greece Red is considered a dominant male color.
In Japan Red is considered a life-giving color associated with female reproduction.
In Christianity, Red combined with Green is associated with Christmas.
To some Native Americans specially the Cherokee, Red symbolizes the East and Sacred Fire.
In South Africa Red is the color of mourning.
In Amsterdam Red sells sex in the Red Light district, a legalized zone of prostitution.
Red in Nature
blood, raw meat
fall season, autumn red leaves
heat, fire, flame
fruit such as apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries
vegetables like red potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes, red cabbage
The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.
Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.
In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.
Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer.
Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
The color yellow loves a challenge, particularly a mental challenge.
Within the meaning of colors, yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk. Yellow is the color of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level. Yellow is the scientist, constantly analyzing, looking at both sides before making a decision; methodical and decisive. Yellow is the entertainer, the comic, the clown.
Yellow helps with decision making as it relates to clarity of thought and ideas, although it can often be impulsive. Yellow helps us focus, study and recall information, useful during exam time.
The color yellow can be anxiety producing as it is fast moving and can cause us to feel agitated.
Yellow has a tendency to make you more mentally analytical and critical – this includes being self critical as well as critical of others.
Yellow is non-emotional, coming from the head rather than the heart. Yellow depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved.
Yellow is related to the ego and our sense of self worth, to how we feel about ourselves and how we are perceived by others.
Yellow is the most highly visible of all colors which is why it is used for pedestrian crossings. Take note of the crossings which are marked in white – they are less easy to see than those marked yellow, particularly on wet and cloudy days.
If you are going through a lot of change in your life you may find you can’t tolerate the color yellow very well – this will usually pass. It just means that you are having trouble coping with all the changes at the moment and yellow vibrates too fast for you, making you feel stressed. Introduce green or a soft orange into your life for a while to balance and restore your energies. Many older people don’t respond well to large amounts of yellow because it vibrates too fast for them.
Positive and Negative Traits
Positive keywordsinclude: optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, fun, good-humored, confidence, originality, creativity, challenging, academic and analytical, wisdom and logic.
Negative keywordsinclude: being critical and judgmental, being overly analytical, being impatient and impulsive, being egotistical, pessimistic, an inferiority complex, spiteful, cowardly, deceitful, non-emotional and lacking compassion.
Mind and intellect: From a color psychology perspective, yellow stimulates our mental faculties; it activates the left or analytical brain.
Happiness and fun: Yellow is uplifting to the spirits; yellow helps create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
Communication of New Ideas:Yellow is related to the expression and integration of new ideas and thoughts.
Effects of Yellow:
Creative: The color of new ideas, yellow helps us find new ways of doing things.
Quick decisions: Yellow helps with clear thinking and quick decision-making but it can also be impulsive.
Anxiety producing: Yellow is fast moving so too much time in its presence can agitate and lead to nervousness and emotional instability.
Critical: Yellow makes people more mentally analytical and self critical of both themselves and others.
Non-emotional:Yellow relates to the head not the heart.
Variations of the Color Yellow
Light Clear Yellow: This color helps to clear the mind, making it open and alert.
Lemon Yellow: Lemon yellow promotes self-reliance and a need for an orderly life. This yellow increases our sensitivity to criticism.
Citrine Yellow: Citrine is a superficial and fickle color. It encourages the serial relationship hopper, the teaser, with unstable emotions. This yellow can be deceitful and retreats from responsibility.
Golden Yellow: This yellow is the color of the loner with an intense curiosity and interest in investigating the finer details of its interests. Golden yellow is sensitive to criticism.
Cream: Cream, tinted with a hint of yellow, encourages new ideas. However, this very pale color can also indicate a lack of confidence and a need for reassurance.
Yellow in Different Cultures
In Japan Yellow means Courage and Nobility
In Islam Yellow means Wisdom
Hindus consider Yellow a Sacred color
Buddhist monks wear Saffron Yellow robes
In many Middle East countries Yellow represents Golden Prosperity
In Egypt Yellow is reserved for Mourning
In India Yellow is the color used by Merchants
To Native Americans Yellow is the symbol for unconditional Love
In China Yellow represents Honor and Royalty
Yellow in History and Popular Culture
In the Christian tradition Judas wore a Yellow coat when he betrayed Jesus.
In the “Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy followed the ‘Yellow Brick Road’.
In 1968 the Beatles’ film and song ‘Yellow Submarine’ was a huge hit.
Law enforcement in North America uses bright Yellow tape to mark a crime scene.
Yellow Traffic Light means caution – or slow down.
Yellow is often used for packaging No Name products to signify bargain pricing.
Yellow Page phone directories are a common sight everywhere.
We ‘tie a Yellow Ribbon’ as a symbol of hope, peace and remembrance.
‘Mellow Yellow’ by Donovan was a hit song in 1966
The phrase ‘Yellow Journalism‘ is used to mean irresponsible reporting.
The terms ‘Yellow Bellied’ and ‘Yellow Streak’ are used to signify cowardice.
In the United States and Canada, taxis are often Yellow Cabs.
OSHA Coding uses Yellow signs to caution against physical hazards.
In mythology, Greek Goddesses were always ‘golden haired’ which has given us our fascination with blond people to this day.
In the signs of the Zodiac, Yellow is usually associated with Taurus.