America’s Ring of Devotion

With Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day being in February, it seems appropriate to consider “love of country” and our flag, for just as a special ring on one’s finger symbolizes love and devotion to another, so too does the American flag symbolize the same toward our beloved nation. 

The Stars and Stripes represents something greater than a token banner displayed on holidays; it stands for a unique idea that is America—a nation founded upon the notion that life and liberty are precious and inseparable, and that the full value of the former is only  fully realized under the blessing of the latter.

The Americans with the fullest understanding and appreciation of what our flag represents are the patriots who have fought, are fighting, or who may one day fight under its banner. These are the men and women of our armed forces, first responders, and their families.

And while some suggest it ought to again be deemed a crime to deface the American flag—something that was once the case but later determined unconstitutional—I’d say that just like that ring on one’s    finger, the only way the symbolism of devotion is meaningful and relevant is when it is honored voluntarily. With all due respect to those who think otherwise, I’d bet those patriots just mentioned would likely be the first to defend any American who might choose to burn the flag. Indeed, burning or trampling upon Old Glory is protected “free speech”—but just because one has the freedom to do something   doesn’t mean one should do something.

It is by a full, clear, and deep understanding of what our flag truly  represents that those patriots defend the right of others to burn it, and it is what makes me and others repel at the very idea of ever disgracing it in any way.   

While it is true that being critical of the flag is a protected right, it is also true that, just as there are customs of respect for those “special rings,” so too are there specific customs and practices that apply to our flag. For example, a damaged or faded flag ought to be replaced. It should not be flown in inclement weather, nor should it be displayed after sunset, unless it is illuminated. 

Over the years, it has become a habit of mine to pay attention to American flags wherever I see them, and I am appalled at how poorly and carelessly they are often displayed, even over government buildings. Frequently, I see torn and ragged flags, un-illuminated flags at night, and flags flying during heavy rains.

In part, a ring symbolizes an eternal connection; a continuity of  mutual respect and support that has no end. It doesn’t imply perfection nor demand it; it merely encourages each in the relationship to strive in a common direction—one defined by love.

Seeing as how not all of us serve in the military or as first responders, we ought to think of the American flag as the ring that binds us as citizens. According it due respect is just one simple way to show that  same respect to those patriots who do serve.    

Spring Beauty 2017: Catch the Color

Did the long winter leave you yearning for energizing, glowing color? Introducing spring 2017, with fresh eye-popping palettes borrowed from the bolder side of nature. Inspired by wild and glowing yet natural color, this spring’s beauty colors will invigorate the senses with a splash of fun and saturated hues that coax you out of your sweater and into the sun.

What’s Hot Now

Soft and light nude lips are on the beauty radar this season. Put a little skip in your step by wearing a fresh new color of an enchanting pink to spice up those spring days ahead. Softer is better when it comes to lips, and nude pink glosses are here to brighten your days. I encourage you to switch gears from the winter tones of burgundies and reds to an effortlessly radiant modern nude or voluptuous neutral nude peach or a toned-down pink tone lip.

Color-Blocking Eye Shadow Kits

Chill street-side in subtle, spring eye shadow shades that suit an outdoor weekend with friends or family. Easy and eye-catching eye kits are designed to make life a breeze.  Choose a neutral kit for that oh-so-natural daytime look. Eye kits that have a pop of color will give the eyes an edgy uptown finish. Customize your eye kits and blend several colors together for a multi-dimensional, memorable look. Naturally pretty make-up pairs well with a soft baby lip color.

Modernist

“I want a smooth and even complexion that looks natural.” Keeping it real with a beautiful BB Cream will make your skin look ultra natural and smooth. Your complexion will be kept safe from the harmful rays of the sun with a strong SPF 30.  Included in this amazing BB Cream is titanium dioxide, a primer, and smoothing peptides that will make your skin flawless and healthy. Adding a hint of light pink shimmer blush will give your skin a timeless, youthful glow.

Spring Make-Up Spring Updates

Spring is just around the corner and we are offering seasonal make-up updates starting February 10th.  Catch The Color and let us help you discover and choose the right look just for you with our new Spring Collection from Fleur Visage Cosmetics.  

 

 

 

 

Trivially Presidential

Most U. S. Presidents are portrayed eventually in movies or TV. I think our new one will insist on playing himself. Let’s review some of the prez’s, both fictional and real, portrayed on the large or small screen.

  1. He played a skirt chasing prez in Absolute Power and an ex-president in Welcome to Mooseport–both fictional of course, but who was the actor?
  1. A distinguished Oscar winner, he played the title role on TV’s Mr. President in the early 90s. Who was he?
  1. Oliver Stone likes making movies about recent presidents. Who played George W. Bush in his movie W?
  1. Who played Woodrow Wilson in the 1944 movie, Wilson?
  1. It appears that 24 is coming back to TV. Jack Bauer is busy playing the prez on another show. Who played the POTUS on the first two seasons of 24?
  1. West Wing was very successful TV series about life in the White House. Who played the President on that show?