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Think Color! Which One or Ones?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 24, 2013

“Think Color!  Which One or Ones?” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

This time of year, people talk fall color.  They might ask, “Did you get to the mountains in time for the fall color?” or “Were the leaves at their peak?” (best color)

What other things come to mind when you think color?

One day this month, our newspaper came in pink.  Why?  I bet you know–National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).

Think Pink–


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  http://www.nbcam.org/

It’s October and a beautiful pink blossom has opened in our yard.  It’s from a Confederate Rose, a gift from someone.  Pink is not usually a color I associate with fall, and yet there it is.  Read more about this plant here:  http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2009/11/18/confederate-rose-will-rise-again/

Confederate Rose bush Oct. 2012

Color is a big part of our world.  Just talking about color brought this song to mind:  “Colour My World” by Chicago:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2prMmPmQ4

Have you ever had someone compliment your clothing by saying, “That’s your color.”  Here’s more about a color analysis:  http://www.thatsyourcolor.com/

What do you think of with each of the basic colors?

Here are a few of my thoughts.  What are some of yours?

Think Blue–

One connection is based on San Diego’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Campaign:  http://www.sandiego.gov/thinkblue/

I thought of a favorite book by Joyce Moyer Hostetter entitled Blue: 



A blue bird just fluttered across my yard.  Maybe you have them in your area too.   Tim Livingston does and he photographed one:  “Bird on a Wire”  http://theforesterartist.com/2013/10/24/bird-on-a-wire/

Think Purple–

The Color Purple–described as “the musical about love” http://www.colorpurple.com/

Lavender, a shade of purple, is often requested as the paint color for a girl’s room. 

Think Black– 

A color often worn to funerals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black  It is also worn for formal function:  black dress, black tux.

This also made me think of B&W (black-and-white)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-and-white B&W reminds me of old photographs.  Ansel Adams comes to mind.  See the link to The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park:  http://www.anseladams.com/

If I think white

(not a basic color)–I dream of snow, although this southern girl is more likely to see cotton fields. 

Fall 2012. Close up.  Copyright Linda Andersen

Fall 2012. Close up. Copyright Linda Andersen

Fall 2012. Copyright Linda Andersen

Fall 2012. Copyright Linda Andersen

Think Brown– 

For me, literature comes to mind:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/brown-bear-brown-bear-what-do-you-see

and “How now, Brown Cow.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_now_brown_cow

Think Yellow–

(Yellow lettering wasn’t easily read) One finding:  http://blog.theberrycompany.com/blog/berry-marketing/think-yellow-go-green-kicks-off-in-lincoln-ne  I think of sunshine, smiley faces, and sunflowers.  How about you?

Think Green– 

Sitting in the grass, watching pines sway, and seeking summer shade under trees thick with leaves.  “Going green” means caring about the environment by recycling, etc.  Read about waste management:  http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/index.jsp

Think Red–

Think red for a healthy heart.  Ruby red reminds me of Dorothy’s slippers in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Seeing red” means being angry,  That reminds me of Joy Acey’s poem called “My Anger.” http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/search?q=anger

Product DetailsRuby is a red gem and also a girl’s name.  Ruby the Copycat, by Peggy Rathmann, is a picture book gem. 

Think Orange– 

A juicy citrus fruit and the source of orange juice (OJ).  A Halloween color.  The color of shiny, round pumpkins.  Pumpkin fields remind me of the Peanuts characters in “The Great Pumpkin.”  Some say that orange is “the new black.”  What do you think?  What do you think that means?

bonfire 2012 010  A fall bonfire with leaping flames. 

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Leave a comment that tells what each basic color reminds you of.  Or choose a favorite. Come again soon.  Bring a friend. 

Please note:   Children 13 and under are not allowed to leave comments. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

15 Responses to “Think Color! Which One or Ones?”

  1. Dear Linda,
    I love many colors. I especially like to wear black and teal blue. Lately I like to wear orange. It’s fun to wear colors that make me feel good. Celebrate by wearing your favorite color!

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    • Hi Joan,
      It is fun to wear favorite colors, and favorite articles of clothing. It is as much fun as wearing PJs all day. Thanks for stopping by to share your comments about colors. Maybe you should go shopping for more orange since it’s a new favorite. Have fun being you!

  2. I love the color purple. It’s a rich, strong, royal color. Grapes turn purple; skies, just before sunset turns to dusk, are shaded purple.
    Here’s a ‘color’ haiku: “Along the green grass/ under the bright, orange sun,/ long purple shadows!”

    • Marueen,
      Purple is special. Even little girls recognize that. Thanks for the color haiku. What fun! Shadows shouldn’t seem scary, if they’re purple instead of black. Thanks for sharing so much about color with us. What a treat. You make ever day colorful!

  3. Thanks for this “colorful” post, Linda. I was recently a “peeper” in the Mt. Mitchell area and was reminded how color figures in our outlooks. I love how you have highlighted all colors for us in this post!

    • Hi Linda,
      Color deserves to be highlighted for its wonder and influence over us. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed this post. I’d love to hear one of your “color” stories from your time in the Mt. Mitchell area, if you’d care to share briefly. Thanks for commenting. Come visit anytime.

  4. glad you listed Joyce’s book for “Blue.” I was there immediately! 🙂

    • Carol,
      In our newspaper, a headline read “Think Pink” for National Breast Cancer Awareness and my first response was, “What about blue?” Eventually, I branched out to all the basic colors. Of course Joyce’s book came to mind for me too when thinking of blue. I loved it.

      Thanks for your loyal support of my blog and for your comments. Most appreciated!

    • Ah, sweet! Thanks, Carol and Linda.

      I enjoyed seeing white cotton fields in eastern Carolina this past weekend!

  5. Gretchen said

    Thanks for all the color! Coming back to this will get me ready for drab November skies.

    • Hi Gretchen,
      You’re welcome for the colorful post. November is a month for giving thanks. You’ll find a way to give thanks each day even if the sky is drab. I believe it. I know you!

      Thanks for commenting. Come back any time, especially when you need a splash of color.

  6. Hi Linda,
    You came up with so many wonderful ideas for each color.
    You inspire me with so many ideas. Wish there was time to implement them.
    But as you know, I keep your posts…’cuz one never knows when one spins into a gem.

  7. It’s true!!!

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