Some days are dark and depressing. The news is difficult to digest. Like many of my friends, I’ve been struggling with it all. Then, one day I happened upon a marvelous quote.


Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.

Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten


Really. Who doesn’t love a fresh box of crayons? The language of weaponry disturbs me, though. So, I asked myself and others, what other imagery can we use? My creative friends came up with some great suggestions.


Emma wrote: An unfolding, a resurgence, a culmination, a supernova, a hello, an embrace, a greeting, a hug, a kiss, a surprise, an exclamation, a hooray, a shout, a collective triumph, an echo, a song, a mass creation, floating balloons filled with happiness, layer cakes of kindness, mandalas of love, an aerial celebration, flying hearts… and all variations thereupon!


Gloria suggested:  A burst or spray of color, A wave of happiness, Colorful streams of joy.


I’m seeking childlike, wide-eyed wonder and excitement. I’ve been so serious lately. I NEED to lighten up, don’t you?


So, I decided to create #64shadesofcrayons as a light-hearted campaign of brightness. Please join me on Facebook  or Instagram or Twitter


Post your favorite colors, artwork, songs or photos and add the hashtag #64shadesofcrayons so we can share in the fun and create some streams of joy.


I’ll keep promoting this until the end of the Merry Month of May. Until then, color outside the lines!



  1. Cynthia on April 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I absolutely love this idea. I’ll be joining in. Much love!

    • Loran Hills on April 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      I’m so excited to see your posts!

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