Celebrating Nonconformity

July 31, 2013

Here’s to the misfits, the renegades, the nonconformists . . . those who stand out in the crowd!!  (I’ve deliberately left out mavericks — this noun is forever tainted for me because of past associations with she-who-will-not-be-named.)

One white clematis blossom among its purple neighbors

One white clematis blossom among its purple neighbors

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And to those who prefer to remain hidden among the crowd and behind the scenes.

Purple clematis blossoms

Purple clematis blossoms

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10 Responses to “Celebrating Nonconformity”

  1. Margaret Says:

    This is an interesting concept for picture taking. And I am curious about your reference to “maverick”…

  2. Chris Says:

    Yes, me too! Who was the maverick? This could turn into the mystery post! Love that first photo of the renegade amongst her neighbors!

  3. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Dare I leave a hint? For instance, that the word in association with her was probably chosen by a public relations “specialist”….?

    A white clematis! Here’s to the world’s TRUE mavericks!

  4. Chris Says:

    Yes, SP is too stupid to have even come up with that description herself….oops have probably offended any republicans reading this but…oh well!

  5. Judy Says:

    I am a Republican but not a Tea Partyer, therein–I dislike Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Michelle Bachman–oh I forget who else, LOL. This Clematis reminds me of my Rose of Sharon bushes–there they are in bloom and it appears, on the same bush, pink, darker pink, white and some that look bluish purple. Such a mystery. Oh wait–maybe I’m not a Republican. I am for gun control, anti-death penalty, but pro-life, pro smaller government, pro military might, anti-war. I know what I am!!! I am confused, LOL.

    • camilla wells paynter Says:

      Thanks for your voice, Judy! I don’t fit into a neat box, either. A compassionate, socially-minded Libertarian?? A fiscally conservative Socialist?? Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh, my! 🙂 I like to think that’s the mark of a thinking person.

      When I lived with my dad in Illinois, we had Rose of Sharon surrounding the back yard. I always loved them. They, along with the magnificent Trumpet Vine, seemed so exotic to my Northwest view. My dad and I both mourned when he was forced to cut down the Trumpet Vine, but he still has Rose of Sharon, and now he tells me that his back yard is all vegetable garden!

  6. shoreacres Says:

    Interesting contrast between your title and the comment thread. It’s a problem we seem to have today – we’ll celebrate non-conformity, as long as people don’t conform in the way we prefer. 😉

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, I think you are right. it’s very difficult to accept differences and agree to disagree. It’s discouraging when the person you did not vote for, for example, is elected. I’ve spent many years cringing whenever President George W. Bush spoke. I’m happy to have my turn now, when our President is someone I respect and actually enjoy listening to. I see the same ambiguity in parenting — you say you want your children to do what their talents call them to do, and yet, how many of us feel some relief when they choose NOT to be starving artists. Conforming to expectations to hold a steady job instead. Lots to think about.


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