Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Appreciating the Cloud Appreciation Society


The Cloud Appreciation Society's website has its cloud identification pages, its forum for cloud discussions and its cloud photo gallery, but my favorite page is the Cloud Manifesto, which reads:



WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.
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We think that they are Nature’s poetry, 
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since 
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
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We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it. 
Life would be dull if we had to look up at 
cloudless monotony day after day.
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We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the 
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of 
a person’s countenance.
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Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked. 
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul. 
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save 
on psychoanalysis bills.
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And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!

And don't miss the Society's cloud shop for all your cloud earring, badges, tights, cuff links, mug and t-shirts needs.     

A bad hair day over Scotland; from Clouds That Look Like Things
You'll also find the book Clouds That Look Like Things (how is that not on the New York Time's bestseller list?!) 

How about it? Are you a cloud appreciator?

7 comments:

  1. It takes a certain amount of training and and study to appreciate our multi-layered, persistent cloud cover.  There's an art to it that takes time and patience to develop.  Especially when the clouds squat right down on top of us like great grey chickens and muffle us with their fluffy bellies.  But if you don't learn to appreciate clouds, then you shouldn't live in the Willamette Valley, right?  thanks for reminding me that I can use some work on my skills.

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  2. What an interesting group.  They have certainly taken cloud watching to a new level.  I especially like their pledge to fight again 'blue sky' thinking.  Quite philosophical!
    I don't know what your sources are for such interesting information, Pat, but you deserve accolades for your searching and presenting!

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  3. When riding airplanes, I have always liked the cloud shows better than the movies.

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  4. I am always looking up and have long appreciated the clouds.  As a kid I ended up with a lot of skinned knees doing this, but I am a more adept cloud aficionado now.

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  5. I love clouds. Especially thunderponies.  The gray roiling ones?...Not so much.  My favorite family  story is a wonderful outing when my kid was five.  "That cloud looks like a rabbit." I pointed.  "And that cloud looks like a purse." 
    "What does that one look like to you?"  I asked my kid.
    He gives me an adult-type squint and says, ".....a cloud."
    Sigh.

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  6. I started loving clouds when I saw my first iridescent cloud. It's like a rainbow. That's when I found the cloud appreciation society and began to learn the names. 

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  7. Cloud watching is an exercise in mediation unless you're a weatherman/woman.  Those galleons of the air  bring us life giving rain.  I pray that some will gather over our drought plagued Midwest and South and all other such spots and deliver their gift of healing water to restore the earth to fertility, fill lakes, reservoirs, and rivers—enough to make the plants grow and men and animals rejoice.

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