Colors: The Epitome Of A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Colors: The Epitome Of A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

You can't explain Green to visually impaired. You can tell them that trees are green. Money is Green, Starbucks straws are green, but you can't verbally explain green.

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What's your favorite color? This is a question I've been asked since I was taught what colors were. I used to say pink, then I went through a blue phase and right now, I'm dead set on yellow.

I pick and choose whichever one I like that week, when in reality some people don't get to pick at all. I should be honored to be able to see so many colors that I actually get to pick a favorite. That's like having 10 designer vehicles and choosing which one I want to drive today.

How could one be so lucky?

The other day, a woman I interviewed for a reporting story said to me:

"I'm so fascinated with the beach and the sky and the moon. Especially the moon. I didn't get to see it for so long."

This woman was incarcerated for nearly 20 years. Of course, she missed her freedom, her family, her bed and the 20 years that she will never get back. However, the first comment was referenced how much she missed things like the sky.

The sky? I would have never thought of the sky as something I would miss.

But then I imagined.

I imagined waking up one morning and realizing someone had put a black and white filter on my life.

Ripping every hue out of my mind and out of my memory. Color is not something you can reminisce on. When it's gone its gone.

How do you even explain color? You can't.

You can't explain Green to visually impaired. You can tell them that trees are green. Money is Green, Starbucks straws are green, but you can't verbally explain green.

It's not a solid definition. It's a feeling.

You know the feeling of waking up and hearing the annoying neighbor's dog barking at the mailman?

You're bothered by that small little rat dog that has the highest pitched bark you've ever heard. It's 7:30 in the morning and you are livid. Doesn't he know its Saturday?

We've all been there. Maybe that rat dog is your alarm clock or your roommate making a smoothie. But there's always someone, somewhere putting a damper on your day if you let them.

The moment you realize that life is beautiful will be the moment you appreciate everything around you.

Wake up and look outside. There's a big a beautiful sky out there. It tells a story. It creates a memory of the day, but one you'll never be able to explain. You can tell someone about the screeching bark, and the cold weather. But you can't explain what you saw, not colorfully.

Color is something we take for granted. We don't appreciate it because we've never had a life without it.

So, the next time you're annoyed by the little things, take a second to step back and take a look at the world around you. Take in the colors. Look at the sky, the beach, the mountains and even the color of your skin. Because if you're visually and behaviorally able, remember how lucky you are.

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11 Great Books For People Who Don't Like Reading

If you don't like to read, this is the article for you.
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I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again, I am no reader. My twin sister, on the other hand, is a huge curly-q bookworm.

I always see her flying through novels for pure pleasure. I'll be honest, the sight of it makes me cringe. My body won't stay still after I get through 20 pages (unless I'm hooked). You can consider me the girl who doesn't finish anything (like Professor Calamitous in Jimmy Neutron...I even have the short stature down).

Maybe my dislike of reading stems from teachers force feeding us excruciatingly boring summer assignments.

1984? Straight up diarrhea

Fahrenheit? Vomit vomit vomit.

Animal Farm? Excruciatingly yuck.

The only thing I enjoyed about Animal Farm was laughing at how awful the movie was. On the other hand, give me a young adult novel, and you can count me in. I guess I have Vikas Turakhia to thank for introducing me to J.D Salinger and provoking my drive to become a better writer--after he made me cry and gave me a B- for a report regarding a book about Polenta. High-School was a time... amiright?

Anyway, even though I am not a big reader, there are still a few books that have stuck with me throughout the years. Here is a list of novels I highly recommend to those who associate reading with chores...this time it won't have to be.

1. Looking for Alaska

"Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps." -JohnGreenBooks.com

2. Eleanor and Park

"Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try." -Goodreads.com

3. City of Thieves

Written by the writer and producer of Game of Thrones... enough said. Another book that I was forced to read thanks to Vikas Turakhia and one I will never put down.

4. Paper Towns

"Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows. After their all-nighter ends and new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew." -Johngreenbooks.com

5. Franny and Zooey

"FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955 and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locations, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill." -Salinger

6. The Catcher in the Rye

"The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.

The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain too, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

J.D. Salinger's classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950's and 60's it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read." -Goodreads.com

7. The Westing Games

"A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger - and a possible murderer - to inherit his vast fortune, one thing's for sure: Sam Westing may be dead... but that won't stop him from playing one last game!" -Goodreads.com

8. Milk and Honey

"milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. " -Goodreads.com

9. Room

"To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world....

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience - and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another." -Goodreads.com







10. Replica

"Two Girls, Two Stories, One Book"- Goodreads.com

11. Mother, Can You Not?

"In Mother, Can You NOT?, Kate Siegel pays tribute to the woman whose helicopter parenting may make your mom look like Mother Teresa. From embarrassing moments (like her mother’s surprise early morning visit, catching Kate in bed with her crush) to outrageous stories (such as the time she moved cross country to be near Kate’s college) to hilarious mantras (“NO STD TEST, YOU WON’T BE GETTING SEXED!”), Mother, Can you NOT? lovingly lampoons the lengths to which our mothers will go to better our lives (even if it feels like they’re ruining them in the process)." -kateesiegel.com
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8 Things The Girls Who Grew Up Around Cars Know And Love

I'm not just a dumb girl who pretends to know things about cars, I actually know things about cars.

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Every man in my life has loved cars and taught me what I know today. My father has been a mechanic probably since he was born, and my current boyfriend loves cars and works as a mechanic also. There has not been a time in my life where I went without knowing or learning something new about cars. I learned how to do my first oil change when I was probably ten or eleven and these past two summers I have been around while my boyfriend has rebuilt an entire car. I don't think I will ever get bored of it.

1. You, for some odd reason, can tell what car is driving by just because you heard it 

I have been able to guess correctly almost every car that has driven past me just by the sound of it. It gets funnier when I can tell you exactly whose car it is. There comes a time where you learn every cars sound in your neighborhood and can confidently say, "Oh Laura is leaving for work."

2. Hanging out while people are working on cars never gets boring 

The willingness to learn everything about the cars your friends are working on is endless. You want to know everything because having that knowledge seems useful to you. It is also really cool to see the different things all of your friends do with their cars. Literally, no two cars are the same.

3. You get excited about stupid things that nobody understands 

I remember when my boyfriend got gaskets in the mail for a car he has been working on for years and I cannot explain the excitement I felt when he said they arrived. I remember getting so excited when that same car started for the first time. There are so many little things that mean so much to someone who likes cars.

4. Friends always come to you when something is wrong with their car 

I can't fix it, but I can surely tell you what I think is wrong. I had a roommate last year and her car was making this awful noise and I told her that it was a probably a belt that had gone bad and later that day she called me from a shop and said that I was completely right.

5. Dad's love you 

Not many girls can keep up a conversation about cars but I know I sure can and dads LOVE it. They will talk my ear off because their daughters don't care and I know exactly what questions to ask. They also love me because they know I will watch out for their kids' cars.

6. You actually enjoy reading news about cars 

I can't tell you how much pointless news I know about cars just because I like to check up on things that are being released and I also like reading reviews.

7. You have that one dream car that everyone thinks is obnoxious 

I cannot tell you how many times I have bookmarked a car that I have wanted. I have always dreamed of getting and building my own car one day and hopefully being able to race it!

8. You don't know everything, but you want to 

I could tell you exactly how much boost my boyfriend's Saab can produce but honestly, I can't tell you what a radiator looks like. There are some things I have learned and so many things I still have to learn.

The most exciting things about cars is that they are always changing and you never know what is going to come with the next one that comes out.

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