Saturday, November 5, 2011

A gracious lady and a Green Thing

I am so honored to know Bernice Wagnitz. She has been a big inspiration to my digital art creations for many years now.

She recently ask me to tell her how to do layers and I tried to give her step by step instructions.
She has been gracious enough to let me use her art for anything I want so I used it to make this collage in teaching her about layers.

The background was created by Bernice and the fairy by Magnetica.Ru was added as the layer. I thought only one layer would be good for the lesson. I hope I helped her. I did notice that on her discussion at Creative Souls that her program is much different than the one I use so I hope she can follow my instructions.

You can see all of Bernice's art at Creative Souls by clicking the icon on the left of my page and then search under members for Bernice Wagnitz. Her technique is called Color Merge.

Does anyone out there have a tip on how to do a video to put on a site for her? I have no clue!

I also wanted to share this email I received the other day. It is so true.

The Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.

We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person. (Excuse the language but I had to add it to get the total effect.)

Remember: Don't make old People mad.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to set us off.


SueAnn said...

Ha!! So true!! Getting old isn't for whimps!!
Love the digital piece!

artistamyjo said...

Love the digital piece and the green thing.
I've seen variations of it,sorry to say I remember it all,especially the push mower!

Junibears said...

What a great post P. Some of these young 'un today don't know they're born! Including my own grandchildren! They want everything NOW! Hugs xx

Ann said...

i so enjoyed your post!!! love your digital piece.
Green...we were and din't know it!! didn't have a name back then!!

daisy69778 said...

my mom always said "you have to be tough to get old" I used to laugh at her...... WOW, was she EVER right! You do have to be tough.
Oh my......
Loved your post ----

Healing Woman said...

You are so right. We didn't have the 'green thing' back then but we were pretty green!LOL...

I love your digitals. That layering is wonderful. Is it hard to do?