We received your Newsletter e-mail the other day, and found it very interesting. Allow me to tell you a little about us and our connection with your e-mail. My wife and I are kite flyers. No, not the little paper things you remember as a kid, much larger kites. Most made of ripstop nylon with carbon and fiberglass frames. Some large, some very large, some small, all very colorful. We also have a rather large ‘ground display’ that is mainly feather banners of one type or another. Many we have designed and made, several we’ve designed but had made, some were bought. Many of the ‘bought’ ones are from David Ty’s SoundWinds. Somewhere around 25 or 30 pieces. Also we have several windmills and 3 dimensional items.
The point of all that is; generally we will have a display of at least 12 to 15 pieces, some of our banners, some not, all brightly color items. We have noticed that the young children are especially attracted to the feather banners. When I say young I’m talking about children that are maybe 2, some not even walking well yet, some a little older, running ahead of their parents. Running across this very large field to where we have our display. They come and stand right next to one of these banners and watch them, touch them, held spell bound. I’ve often been amazed at how mesmerized they seem to be. As I watch them I’ve often said to my wife, “I wonder what is going on in their little minds?” Now after reading your e-mail, it makes me wonder; . . . could they be communicating?
One other observation about feather banners. They seem to show more personality when they have 3 or 4 colors, and the colors must be in harmony. I have seen banners with several unrelated colors together, they appear to be unhappy. Even some of the ones I’ve made, seem to be happier than others. Just look at how happy the one that is second from the left, with it’s yellow, orange, red and ruby red. It is truly Regal and presents itself as such.
It has been a pleasure to share these thoughts with you. I hope to hear more from you in the future. We enjoyed your e-mail, keep up the good work.
Dick and Eileen Hopkins,
“The kite kids”
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To Caterina (4 years old) Like an angel in the sky, Free as a butterfly. With the life you live, You’ll always give Beauty, harmony and love To all of us and above. So in the ten years to come We all know where we’re from. Winand Staring July 2003 Commissioned work for a private collector in ItalyFlag and Banner
I guess the real difference is that most people won’t realize the Stars and Bars-influenced state flag  is, in fact, a takeoff of the Confederate national flag. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.Cap’n Ken’s Homespun Wisdom
I think we should vote for the Roy Barnes flag. I know it’s ugly, but it’s better than having the Georgia flag looking like the Confederate national flag.
“Oh and the stupid flag. I get to vote on the stupid flag. When Zell Miller was governor he condemned the existing flag that featured the Stars and Bars, but lacked the backbone to remove it. When Roy Barnes replaced Miller as governor he had the guts to pull down the 1956 Georgia flag and replaced it with this.”
…. these uneducated country hicks will make the difference just as they did in electing our current poop-head Governor, all because he promised to bring back the Rebel Flag (as our State flag). Personally, I think it’s too funny that they aren’t even getting it as an option on the upcoming vote.
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I got to vote on the state flag (again), because apparently here in Georgia we like to put a new one up every couple of years. I voted on the new one, I figure by 2035 we’ll have the old rebel flag again, except it will be drawn with crayon by some 4th grader, and will feature a giant rainbow colored fist in the center.
But besides the primary is the big issue on the ballot, the state flag. In my opinion, the new state flag is the best possible choice. It looks much better with the Georgia State Seal and the bars and blue field than the legacy flag that was adopted by the previous administration. Rise above the racists Confederate flag and show the nation that our state cares about its people… all of its people.
I admit that I like the new one. It’s bold, looks historical, contains elements of previous flags, and just generally seems State-worthy. Georgia and, in particlular, Atlanta are famous for continuous re-invention, but I feel that, in this case, sticking with something more reflective of Georgia’s stature as one of the original thirteen states is more appropriate, and to these eyes, the “Sonny” flag looks like it could have flown over the Savannah Courthouse back in the day. This is the flag for which I voted today.
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