Thursday, May 20, 2010


How's that for a blank slate?? It is, in fact, a bit of Newport Sky — not to be confused with Newport Storm, a local beer (a good one). The sun has returned, the sky is blue, and I'm NOT!! It's truly miraculous and totally predictable how that works — isn't it?? There's just nothing like a blue sky for granting a whole new and maybe-even-brighter way of looking at things.

So, tell me: Why when someone is down do we say he or she is blue??

Since I can't hear you, or your answer, and I have a reallyreally hard time leaving questions unanswered (or unexplored), here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

In the English language, blue may refer to the feeling of sadness. "He was feeling blue". This is because blue was related to rain, or storms, and in Greek mythology, the god Zeus would make rain when he was sad (crying), and a storm when he was angry. Kyanos was a name used in Ancient Greek to refer to dark blue tile (in English it means blue-green or cyan).[3] The phrase "feeling blue" is linked also to a custom among many old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port.[4]

I'm sorry, but that's interesting — even relevant — in that Newport is an old port where the latter no doubt happened on occasion.