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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I haven’t written for awhile and this time what I am going to write about has nothing to do with Full Cycle Soap. It is about something that touched my heart and encouraged me to spend some time counting my blessings, something I could do a lot more often.
A couple of weeks ago I received a small envelope in the mail. It was the size of one of those envelopes that invitations are mailed in. I immediately did a thought check for upcoming weddings or babies. Nothing. Then a sweet surprise. I pulled out a cute, little pink & black card. Inside were a gift card and the words “A Random Act of Kindness”. The gift card was to Michaels. Someone knew just what I would like and went to the trouble to go a ways to get it. I was touched. I was pleased. I was amazed because immediately a number of sweet, special people who might do this came to my mind. The more I thought the more I realized that my life is full of incredible, loving women who pour nourishment into my life. Some are quite young. Some are not quite so young. Some are not young at all. But, all are special and for some reason, they all seem to love me. I am blessed beyond words.
So why am I writing all this? Because if the day ever comes that you think a small act of kindness really can’t lift someone up or brighten their day or maybe even change their life……..please, think again.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It was reinforced recently when I saw a news story on July 4th. A woman had noticed a tag on the small American flag her children were waving. You guessed it! Made in China. The story continued with a visit to the USA company where flags are made. Not the little toy flags. The real flags displayed in prominent places around this country. Thank God, at least for that.
Now, I am not out to destroy the economy of China. Each country has quality items they could and should sell to other parts of the world. However,I do try hard to purchase as little from China as is possible. Sometimes I can get what I want or need and sometimes I can’t. Of course this means that I severely limit my spending dollars in certain big box stores. That part doesn’t bother me a bit because in my opinion, they are a part of the problem. I think we have brought much of this on ourselves. Many would rather have twelve of a cheap foreign made item than three of a quality USA item even though three would be plenty. I grieve the loss of American industry. The USA, in various ways, gave our industry away. It’s time to get it back I am not alone in my desire for USA made products. You can computer search on Made in USA and a list of shops and online products come up. More and more there are walk in shops that feature American made items opening up.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
We stopped on a warm Sunday afternoon and were greeted by the very friendly employee, Anita, and the very knowledgeable owner, Dave. We found out that they have been in business for over 40 years. Their plants are beautiful and reasonable and I acquired a new Hibiscus. We went inside to pay and found a wonderful old building full of antique farm equipment and interesting local products. This is our kind of place. Most impressive was the friendliness. We received all the help we needed, all the questions were answered, and there was no hurry or pressure to buy. Just real nice people.