My Lavender Standby

Purple (Dinosaur, Peter, Duck and), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 2011 by Sarah Atlee.

"She's not as concerned with immediate issues of physical self-defense, so I gather that she's in a safe living situation. However, her new guardian must be an emotionally distant sort, because she frequently seeks solace under the wings of Duck."

Carl looked funny. "Duck?"

"One of the four personages who accompanies and advises Princess Nell. Duck embodies domestic, maternal virtues. Actually, Peter and Dinosaur are now gone - both male figures who embodied survival skills."

"Who's the fourth one?

"Purple. I think she'll become a lot more relevant to Nell's life around puberty."

- Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Bantam Dell, 1995.

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Winter storm over the Northeast (night time thermal image) from NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.


Untitled by Flickr user Peregrine Blue.


Untitled by Flickr user Billy Plummer.


Untitled by Flickr user Billy Plummer.


Norfolk Lavender 10-07-2010 by Flickr user Karen Roe.

Read about the various uses of lavender on Wikipedia and the University of Maryland Medical Center.