Cheryl's red-white-and-blue patriotic challenge warmed the cockles of my military-dependent-spouse heart. While I often joke that the happiest day of my life was the day George retired after 20 years of service to the United States Air Force (I'm only partly joking), I value and treasure those 20 years as a dependent spouse of active duty military. I love my country and am proud of George's service.
There were times when it really sucked, though. If you've not been in a military family, THIS SONG will help explain some of the conflicting emotions military families go through each and every day.
Yes, that flag is so much more than stripes and stars.
So here's my card for OLW144, which uses stamps from the wonderfully patriotic set from Dare 2 B Artzy called Our Hero, which was designed for Operation Write Home.
Now, keep reading only if you're into really useless information. I'm going to give you some because I'm just full of it.
Today's lesson is from Classical Rhetoric 101, where poor, innocent students are made to memorize all sorts of Greek and Latin terms for all sorts of obscure figures of speech...terms like litotes, metonymy, and the better-known hyperbole.
My personal favorite, however, is chiasmus. Shakespeare used it in Macbeth when he wrote, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." President Kennedy used it when he said, "...[A]sk not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." And Johnson & Johnson used it when they sang, "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me!" Chiasmus is a crossing or reversal of terms.
My card today has a chiastic structure in which I reversed the colors...a chiasmus of color, if you will. The images are blue and red, while the sentiment underneath is red and blue. Isn't that cool?
And that's why I have a Master's degree in English...so I can share interesting little tidbits of useless knowledge with you.
stamps: Dare 2 Be Artzy Our Hero
accessories: tiny rhinestones