November/December in Review
As I perused Facebook this evening, Marla Bosworth’s article from our current issue (Nov./Dec. 13) rang in my ears. Yes, I was spending too much time there and I hadn’t accomplished all of my day’s goals. What about you? Did you find her piece to be eye-opening and a good reminder? Granted, Facebook is a wonderful medium and a great business tool for many of us, but too much of anything loses its wonderfulness (is that a word?) and simply becomes a distraction and a time-gobbler. Of course, Facebook isn’t alone, but it is the most widely used form of social media. So, how do you apportion your time? Share with us your tips for making best use of Facebook without getting lost in it.
Off the Facebook soapbox and on to the holidays. Did you not love Suzanne Finley’s poem, “A Poem of Holiday Favorites?” I was amused and delighted. Any of us making product for sale or for gifts this time of year are sure to relate.
I hope you enjoyed the Castile soap article written by our newest columnist, Marina Tadiello. Castile’s place in history is as fascinating as is this one-oil soap, itself! I loved gazing at the photos supplied by Castile soapmakers. Do you like Castile soap? Do you make it?
Where would we be without the clever and knowledgeable Kevin Dunn, who educated us in a most fascinating way in his article, “Phun With Ph?” I’m wishing that my junior and senior high school teachers had been as fun (or phun) as Kevin is.
Deb Sturdevant’s sharing her life and memories of her favorite herbs was a respite from my day and a reminder to count my favorite herbal memories and where they have taken me over the years. Karen Mallinger’s monographs on bayberry and cloves were a fascinating read for anyone who enjoys herbs and would like to learn more. I really wanted to find bayberries and extract the wax. Perhaps someday, I will. For now though, I have lots of cloves to experiment with. What are your favorite herbs and why?
Of course, everyone’s favorite November/December issue article, “Raves for Faves” was eagerly anticipated. I love finding out what everyone else is doing, and apparently, so do you. How do you stack up among your fellow artisans?
I must mention that I always enjoy the writings of Melinda Coss, esoteric ramblings or not. Although she knows more than I ever will about soapmaking and the business thereof, she is so down-to-earth and easy to read that I look forward to seeing her name.
Looking for some new ideas for the holidays? Diane Pither-Patterson is your girl. Her article on creating candles by upcycling pieces you find was timely in that upcycling is a trend we shouldn’t ignore and during the holidays is a great time to introduce something like this.
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Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax,
Beth Byrne for the Saponifier