Upcycling Attitudes 

God’s palette is running low on choices, or maybe He needs a second water glass to swish brushes in. Dark colors are running together.

First, fires caused over-sized portions of the masterpiece to be covered with a charcoal black that eventually faded to lifeless brown. Then came Midwest floods with a concentration of colorless skies and muddy waters blotting out Mother Nature’s vibrant hues. 

The striking blues and glowing whites of enticing beaches are diminishing, too. Gray skies and gray seas camouflage familiar sites. The Artist seems unhappy with the process. Chunks of canvas have been ripped away. It’s His project, not mine, to judge.

In the book Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and Waste and How To Think Our Way Out of It, author Tom Szaky offers this info. “Upcycling is an emerging trend whereby one sees the value in both the composition and form of an object, but not the intention.”

So I am upcycling my attitude.

* Browns and yellows in a forest landscape change with the sun and moon. Pretty cool.

* Intricate silhouettes against the sky form mazes of leaves and branches to get lost in.

* The Artist exhibits expertise in back-lighting! Shades and shadows and glowing forms can be startling even with the absence of cherished color.

* Manmade treasures unearthed in chaos expand history and intrigue experts, and me. 

* The winter canvas can produce oohs and ahhs for magnificent creations with a limited palette.

* Mother Nature will showcase her resilience in the spring. With patience and anticipation, let’s applaud and aid her as much as we can!

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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