"For 'tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray,
And it's green, green, green, all the happy night and day;
Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,
And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all."
~Mary Elizabeth Blake
|Gorgeous green bathroom tiles.|
|Door in Morocco|
We all know that green symbolizes the Emerald Isle and St. Patrick and consequently, it is the most pervasive color in the natural world. No wonder it is one of the top two favorite colors next to blue.
And yes, it is easy being green. It is considered soothing and relaxing and it is the color used most frequently in hospitals and health care facilities as many years of research have proven it to be instrumental in lowering stress and anxiety levels. 'Green' is also the poster color for the ecology movement because of it's abundance on the planet.
Alternately, there are several instances of the use of the color green when referencing envy and jealously. In ancient Greece such emotions were believed to cause a buildup of bile in the system thus causing skin to turn a green, sickly pallor. The poetess Sappho cited the color green when describing a forlorn lover and Shakespeare referenced the "green-eyed monster" in Othello and "green sickness" in Antony and Cleopatra.
|Outdoor pillow from Pier 1|
|Fringed Matisse shade, $49.95|
"What color should be seen
Where our fathers' homes have been
But their own immortal Green?"
|Green lantern, $20|
|Set of two mod stacking chairs, $67.99|
|Lime green telephone from the 80's|
sold on Ebay.
|Crystal wine glasses from Waterford.|
|St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans|
Photo by Taylor S. Kennedy for National Geographic.
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!