Seriously purple? Let me start off by saying that I do not feel purple. Not even violet or lavender. Mind you, no particular prejudice involved. I have no issues with purple. It is one of my favorites. But writing about it? As a subject?

Purple, the color of bruises? The color under your eyes when you had too much party and too little sleep? The clearance-priced sweater of the season, only the fashion mavens call it “aubergine” because purple is “too basic”?

Purple in the garden, by the road, and in my closet.

Go forth. Be purple!

This is a morning of particularly horrendous White House tweets. I caught a few seconds of them and immediately deleted the page.

Garry and I are off for the next few days doing fun things, or what I call “pursuing that other part of the Constitution.” There will be new posts coming out throughout and if I get ambitious, I will post pictures, too. But we are going to go do something we haven’t done in months. Have fun!

You might consider doing the same. Even though the sky is gray and the air is full of cold drizzle … find something to do that makes you bubble up with joy. Then come tell me all about it!

Along with all the other stuff in our Declaration of Independence, there was this thing:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We’ve spend a lot of years … a few hundred of them … pursuing Life and occasionally Liberty, but this time, I’m inclined to put all my efforts into “The pursuit of Happiness.”  We need more happiness.

Laws protecting joy. Legislation ensuring happiness. Protections from the ugliness of life, the virulence of bad lawmakers, and all the angst and agony they cause.

Let’s get together and protest the absence of happiness in our country!

Anyone with me? Let’s form an angry mob and show them all what real HAPPINESS means!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. Exactly my thoughts, too much purple at the moment. Even the colour challenge has handled purple in 50 shades. I have now had enough of purple – love your colour selection on the photos.


  2. I’m with you! but we should make that a HAPPY Mob! 😀

    It is a sign of the level to which our politicians have managed to drag my cynicism down to that i notice Your Founding Fathers wrote: “the PURSUIT of happiness”… they did not say anything about actually achieving or finding it i’m assuming?

    Hoping you two find some on your journey. 🙂



  3. The pursuit of happiness is always a good thing. It has been interesting watching from the distance here in New Zealand. I do know that inquiries about emigrating to New Zealand from the USA has increased over 2000% since last November. All looking for some happiness


  4. I never looked at purple as the sign of bruising and such, it’s always been my favorite since I was a child. It’s very interesting to look at it in a different way


    1. Purple means a lot of things, depending on where you live. It has always indicated royalty, at least in the European area. I’m not particularly concerned with the meaning of color, only whether or not I like it. I’m more tuned into the meaning of stones (no idea why).

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