Monday, September 5, 2011

White, Black and Read

White, Black and Read ('read' pronounced 'red', that is).  The CAS-Friday challenge was to use those colors...white, black and red but to use a book as inspiration.  That got me thinking about a lot of books I've read in my life...some huge favorites for me like The Agony and the Ecstasy which is a fictional autobiographical account of the Renaissance artist, Michelangelo.  Another book I love is the very regionally popular book Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell...I also love The Red Tent, The Lovely Bones, The Clan of the Cave Bear, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Silence of the Lambs, and so many others including the presently popular The Help. I also am loving Good Night, Moon and about any Thomas the Train book! :)

So when I decided to participate in the CAS-Friday challenge I started thinking about different books I've read over the years and a book that popped in my head  was one I read many years ago as a teenager: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Has anyone else read that book or seen the movie made about it starring Cliff Robertson (he won an Academy Award for best actor) called "Charly"?  I think that book actually had a pretty profound affect on me and was somewhat instrumental in my choosing to study speech therapy and work with developmentally disabled folks.

Basically Flowers for Algernon is about a young man (Charly) who has an IQ in the high 60s (developmentally disabled) who is chosen to participate in a research study to see if his intelligence can be increased.  The procedure was first done on Algernon, a laboratory rat, who showed significantly increased intelligence. Charly also became really intelligent...falls in love, yada, yada, yada.  But Algernon's intelligence starts reversing and well, you can guess what happens.  I won't spoil the story in case someone wants to read it (it's not a big book) but there is some significance to the "flowers" in the title.

Wow...what a trip down memory lane that was.  Yep, I got out of graduate school as a speech therapist and my first job was working in a state hospital with folks who were multiply handicapped...mostly non ambulatory, non verbal...a very tough job but also very rewarding.  I did work in that field for many years...I think my interest in helping mentally and physically challenge people stemmed somewhat from the impact that book had on me.

So...where does my card come in? Well, it's just a simple card...with a flower for Algernon (or actually probably for my cousin to whom I need to send a thank you card!).
I haven't thought of this book in really literally just popped into my head tonight when I was thinking about what book I wanted to use as my

I made it with DCWV papers from the Stripes, Plaids and Dots stack (LOVE that hounds tooth paper!).  I used the Spellbinders Carnation die for the flower, some crepe paper bunched up like a ruffle, a Papetrey ink sentiment, a Stampin' Up word punch, and a Papertrey Ink edger die.

Well, CAS-Friday...thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Oh and this was also entered in the Play Date Cafe PDCC97 challenge which was to use black, white and a splash of red!


  1. Susan,
    Great card that color combo works so well. TFS.


  2. I especially like the flower & Houndstooth paper. Not read or heard of the book but saw The King's Speech movie recently that was about speech therapy.

  3. I love the card Susan, and the story you had to go along with it. How wonderful that a book may have affected your life in such a way. TFS. Hugs to you, and you enjoy your day.

  4. Great card- I really love the different papers like polka dot and houndstooth- they look so good together! I also loved some of those books you read (The Red Tent is a favorite). My youngest daughter is currently going to school for Speech Pathology/Audiology- she is still unsure which route she is taking- but only needs to decide that in 2 years. :)Amy

  5. So many beautiful patterns and textures here! I'm leaving here feeling like I need to do more reading ;). Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  6. Charly was an OUTSTANDING movie, and I think I read the book when I was younger, too. Oh my what great memories I have of that story - such a good story. And your take on the challenge is wonderful! Love that sweet polka dot flower - yummy! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  7. Very pretty!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!


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