Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gift Ideas for the Seriously Parched

When I say "parched" I don't mean thirsty, and I'm not going to suggest thoughtful gifts for desert dwellers. I'm talking about the fact that as soon as the weather got colder and the heat came on, my hands, feet, elbows, ...O.K., my SKIN, everywhere, felt parched! I hear the same thing from so many people, I think we're all in the same boat. And some of us are not just a little parched, but Seriously Parched. Who am I talking about? I'm talking about folks who live or work in environments that are particularly dry, those who have to wash their hands frequently, and people who are outdoors in the dry, cold air. This includes:

1. Nursing home employees and residents
2. Hospital employees, patients, and their caregivers
3. Teachers, principals, school nurses and counselors, and janitors
4. Day Care and Preschool teachers
5. Construction and Maintenance workers

Are you shopping for anyone on these lists? Think moisture! Hand creams, body lotions, lip balms, body balms. Remember that in some workplaces fragrance is frowned upon, so we have unscented versions of all of our moisturizers. Need help choosing just the right product? Email or call, I'd love to help!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Reminder



Have you used your coupon yet? Tomorrow is the last day! Save 15% on your order right through Cyber Monday and up to November 30 at 11:59 pm EST. Use the code 15FOR15 at checkout at gcdspa.com.

Maine Inspiration: Elizabeth Schoch's Intuitive Photography



A few weeks ago I hosted a giveaway at this blog. I selected a winner named Beth, and the only information I had about her was her blog. A bit of searching led to other blogs, and finally an Etsy shop that featured (surprise!) photos of some of my favorite places. "Beth" is Elizabeth T. Schoch, writer, photographer, author, and (practically) neighbor, just a stone's throw away here in Maine. It turns out that some of my favorite places are her favorites, too! I was curious to find out more about her, and I'm so excited to share her work and story with you. (Beth has also generously agreed to extend her Etsy sale through December 8 for you! Please see below for the discount code to take 30% off your order!)

Please tell me a little bit about your background.
When I was born, my parents lived in North Fryeburg, Maine. The closest hospital was in North Conway, NH so that’s where I was born. It’s always been a great disappointment to me that I can’t say I was born in Maine! When I was 2 years old, my parents took teaching jobs in New Jersey. Every summer during my childhood, we would get in the car the day after school let out and head to Maine. I got to enjoy the entire summer in Maine, connecting with my cousins who also summered here. As an adult, I moved from New Jersey to Michigan and later to New York. I finally came full circle when I moved back to Maine in 2002.

When did your interest in photography begin?
I’ve liked photography since I was a kid, but I guess I would say it became a passion after I moved back to Maine. I’ve always been a creative person, but living in Maine has caused me to be more creative than ever before. I think having a digital camera is what really changed things for me. It allows me to go out and shoot 100 or 200 photos in a day without worrying about the expense of film or processing.

I see that you're an author—how did that come about?
My passion is photography, but my profession is writing. I’ve been a writer, primarily a copywriter, for about 25 years. In 2001, a friend of mine who is also a writer asked me if I’d be interested in writing a book about digital photography. He had written several books for Adams Media and knew they were looking for someone to author a book on digital photography. Not knowing what was involved, I said yes! Ninety days and 100,000 words later, I completed The Everything Digital Photography Book (1st edition).

What inspires you?
Actually, everything inspires me! When people talk about being creatively blocked, I cannot relate. I get inspired by whatever is around me. Year after year, the beauty of Maine inspires me, and I’m sure I’ll never tire of photographing the Maine Coast. I also get very excited about taking pictures when I visit a big city, particularly New York.

In the past, an exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art of photographs by William B. Post (1857-1921) inspired my Dreamscape series. I was drawn to the dreamy, other-worldly quality of Post’s images. I have attempted to create a similar affect with my Dreamscape photos.


Currently, I’m on a kick of photographing industrial and architectural things. This interest came from a recent tour I took of a mill that had been turned into apartments. I love all types of buildings, and I was raised with antiques so I especially appreciate historic buildings. I like taking photos of things that show their age – such as items with chipped paint or rust spots – and I like taking photos of machinery or items that were once part of machinery, such as the antique fly wheel I recently photographed. There’s something about the contrast between the pretty pictures and the gritty ones that appeals to me.

Who do you take pictures for? Who do you see as your audience/customer?
I think anyone who loves Maine and/or the ocean will find something they like in my photo gallery. But I also think that since my subjects change as I change, my photos are going to resonate with different people at different times. Basically, I photograph whatever resonates with me and then put it out there for others to respond to.

Where is your favorite place to take photos?
My absolute favorite place to take pictures is Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine. There will always be photos from Reid in my online gallery. Closer to home, I take a lot of photos at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. Sometimes if the weather is inclement, I’ll set up a little still life and take pictures right in my living room or kitchen. These pictures have resulted in a shop category called Everyday Objects.


When did you start selling your photos? Where are they available?
I began selling my photos in 2004, I believe it was. I used to sell them at a non-profit gallery in the Old Port section of Portland and at various local art shows. Right now they are only available in my Etsy shop, IntuitivePhotography.etsy.com. I am considering doing an art show next summer; we’ll see.

Where can we find you?
First and foremost, you’ll find me on Etsy as Intuitive Photography. I’m also a member of Photographers of Etsy. On Twitter, I’m @Bethstakeonlife. I also have a blog of the same name, Bethstakeonlife.blogspot.com. Sometimes I give sneak previews of my photos via Twitter and my blog. I don’t currently have a Facebook page for Intuitive Photography although maybe that is something I should think about.

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Thanks, Beth, for sharing a bit of yourself and your work! If you're looking for a beautiful gift, please visit Intuitive Photography. Through December 8, take 30% off your order total by entering the code GIVETHANKS (discount doesn't apply to shipping charges). My favorites are the beach photos. Which do you like best?

photographs ©Elizabeth T. Schoch

Friday, November 26, 2010

10 Gift Ideas for Under $20

(...and don't forget to enter the promo code 15FOR15 at checkout to take 15% off! Coupon good through November 30!)



Bath Indulgence Gift Set
Sugar scrub and hand cream, wrapped in organza bag with gift tag.
$16.95












Cosmetic Bag Essentials
Hand cream, lip balm, purse potion
$11.95












Stocking Stuffer Travel Pack
Lotion and lip balm in organza bag with gift tag
$6.00











Candy Cane Pedicure
Peppermint foot scrub, foot cream, balm and pumice wrapped in a cello bag with gift tag.
$13.95











Bath Gift Pack
Sugar scrub, bath salts, wooden scoop, lip balm, wrapped in cello bag with gift tag.
$15.95










Moisturizers Gift Set
Hand cream, lip balm, lotion, wrapped in cello bag with a gift tag.
$14.95












Shower Smoothers Gift Set
Bath gel, body lotion, wrapped in an organza bag with gift tag.
$13.49













Shaving Set
Old fashioned mug, shaving soap, shaving brush, packaged in gift box and bag with gift tag.
$18.95












Exfoliants Gift Set
Bath gel, sugar scrub, pumice and bath pouf, wrapped in cello with a gift tag.
$14.95











Peppermint Lip Balm
In peppermint stick or candy jar form.
$2.95 each

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Cookie Ornaments

Over the years I've tried lots of holiday projects with my kids. We've made some really cool things, and we've made some really...messy things that didn't end up being as cool. No matter what the outcome, we always enjoy making things together! This is such a busy time of year; if you can find a way to spend fun time with family AND help them to make some gifts at the same time, what could be better?

This was one of our favorite projects. It's just like making cookies, but the results are permanent. Kids love playing with the dough and decorating them, and grandparents (cousins! teachers! neighbors!) love receiving them as gifts. Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookie-sized ornaments, but can be easily doubled.

Christmas Ornament Dough

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup water

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Add more water a little at a time if necessary until you have the right consistency. Roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut with floured cookie cutters. Make holes in the top with a drinking straw (we use cocktail straws because they make smaller holes). Bake ornaments on an ungreased pan at 250° for about half an hour. Turn over the ornaments and bake for an additional 1-1/2 hours until the ornaments are hard. You'll want them to be dried out completely, then allow them to cool.

Once the ornaments have cooled, remove any rough edges with sandpaper. Use acrylic or poster paint to decorate, or you can also use markers. When the paint (or marker) is dry, you can seal the ornaments with clear nail polish or shellac. Add glitter, beads, sequins, ribbons or other decorations to make each unique. Once you're finished, thread a ribbon or wire through each hole and fasten to hang on the tree.

Use alphabet cookie cutters to create a special ornament for each family member with their initials. Make everyone's favorite animal, or make them all in gingerbread shapes to look just like cookies (just don't let anyone take a bite!).


What do you think? Have you made dough ornaments before? What other holiday projects do you enjoy every year? Please share in the comments!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Touch

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I found a lot of treasures while I was packing and moving and cleaning. One of them was a package of letters (envelopes, really) given to me years ago by my Nana. We both had stamp collections and she shared the extras with me; I had tucked them away in a "safe" place. When I pulled them out and spent a little time looking at the postmarks, the dates, and the beautiful penmanship, I finally noticed the names. I didn't recognize most, but several of the envelopes were addressed to L.H or Mr. Henry Jackson, my great grandmother's father. The oldest legible postmark is dated November 1895, in Newton, Iowa, which is a long way from Morrill, Maine. They stayed in touch with distant relations the only way they could: slips of paper, elegant script, and 2¢ postage.

Several weeks after finding this treasure, I visited with a high school friend whom I hadn't seen in 20 years. It struck me that it didn't feel like 20 years, and I realized why: we have written "letters" to each other for more than half of that time. Of course our letters are in the form of email, but they are more like letters than the chats and messages that make up the bulk of correspondence these days. I'm sure you remember what a letter is: complete sentences, whole paragraphs, and words spelled out with every letter rather than abbreviated or substituted with numbers. It's a rare bird, so it should come as no surprise that the USPS recently announced a 2010 loss of $8.5 billion. They noted, "The recent recession, continuing economic pressures and migration of mail to electronic media had a significant adverse impact on mail volumes and operating revenues."

I'm not knocking email and other electronic means of communicating. I engage in many of them daily and find them all useful in their own ways. But letter-writing, true connection with other people through words on a piece of paper, is becoming a lost art. And I think it's a shame. So here's the challenge this holiday season: if you still send out holiday cards, pick a few people from your list. If you don't usually send out holiday cards, make a list of a few people. These should be people you haven't seen for a while, people you have thought about but haven't spoken to. And what I want you to do is just tell them that: I've been thinking of you. Maybe remind them of something fun you did with them once. Let them know that even though you're not in touch, you remember them fondly. If you need some cards to help get started, click here or on the peppermint card picture above. It's a PDF you can print on card stock, fold in half and cut in half again to make two cards. (These are free for your own personal use, but please do not alter or sell them.)

When I send out dozens of holiday cards, I don't always have time to include long, personal messages in each. Most people don't, which is why I'm suggesting a few. I'm going to shoot for at least 5, one for every week until Christmas. How about you? Are there people you want to get back in touch with?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Going Gluten Free with The Bath Nook

Recently I've heard lots of people talking about adopting gluten-free diets because of Celiac Disease. When they described their symptoms, I assumed (incorrectly) that they had an allergy to wheat and similar grains. It wasn't until several of my customers started asking for gluten-free lip balms and moisturizers that I learned more about Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease (CD), sometimes called Celiac Sprue, is not an allergy but an autoimmune disorder. When those with CD consume gluten in the form of grains like wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and sometimes oats, these foods damage the small intestine, which leads to many health problems. The symptoms of CD are varied and can include gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, depression, anemia and other vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A related skin condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) can also occur instead of the other symptoms or in addition to them. Long-term effects are often related to the malnutrition that results from the damage to the small intestine, and treatment of CD/DH includes a diet free from gluten.

At first I was puzzled by my customers' requests for gluten-free products; a bit of early reading told me that gluten can't be absorbed through the skin. But Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Michael Picco, M.D. does state, "Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren't a problem unless you accidentally swallow them." If you use products on or near your mouth (like lip balm or facial moisturizer), or on your hands (which of course you use to prepare and eat food), you are certain to eat small amounts of these products. And for those who are very sensitive to gluten, a small amount can be enough to cause problems.

While our moisturizers and lip balms don't contain added gluten, we don't formulate products specifically for those with CD/DH. But Dusty Warren at The Bath Nook does. The Bath Nook has a whole line of gluten free products which are getting rave reviews. Dusty is also a member of the Indie Beauty Network, and she was kind enough to answer some of my questions about Gluten Free products and The Bath Nook.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you started The Bath Nook.
While working as an online assistant in 2006, I came across a site called Indie Business Forum, now Indie Beauty Network. I quickly learned that home based beauty manufacturers did not have enough hours in the day to create products and manage their business on the administrative side. The more time I spent learning about the industry the more fascinated I became with the process of handmade beauty products.

What were your first products?
The first products I made were soaps and bath teas.

How did you learn about Celiac Disease and what prompted you to add gluten free products to your line?
After a customer purchased a product with oats, she explained the affect wheat, rye, barley and oats has on people with Celiac Disease. I immediately began researching the disease and within the very short time of learning about Celiac Disease, I decided to create gluten free products. I knew it would be a challenge but it was a great opportunity to offer such a unique product line that would give people with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance bath luxuries they otherwise would not be able to enjoy.

Tell me about the gluten-free products you offer.
I wanted to create GF products beyond your normal soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioners. The Bath Nook offers gluten free Cream Baths and Shea Butter. The Cream Baths are a bath mix of skin-loving powders, natural minerals and oils. The Shea Butter is an incredible butter with many benefits and uses for the skin.

You have other products that contain gluten. How do you handle manufacture of both lines?
Before going gluten free the Oatmeal Face and Body Soap was my best seller, so keeping the soap in my product line was important. In order for me to keep gluten free products separate, I had to create GF products that did not require manufacturing in the same room as the soap. I also purchased new equipment to ensure there would not be any cross-contamination issues.

How have your products been received by customers with Celiac Disease?
Many Celiacs also have other allergies that determine if they can use my products or not. For example, some of the ingredients I use are processed in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy. But for my customers with Celiac Disease, they have not experienced any issues with my products and I continue to get great reviews.

What are you cooking up next?
One idea I am working on is creating naturally scented GF products. It will definitely take some time so I anticipate the change next year.

How can people find you?
On my Website, my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

Any particular sites that you recommend to people for learning more about Celiac Disease or finding other gluten free products?
There are many sites packed with information about Celiac Disease and for product reviews. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, The Celiac Disease Foundation, and The Celiac Diva (Product Reviews) are just a few.

Thank you, Dusty, for sharing your knowledge and products! The Bath Nook is a great place to shop for gluten free gifts this holiday. In addition to their GF products, they also make a terrific bar of soap! I ordered some of the Oatmeal Face & Body Soap and shared a few bars with other "reviewers." We all loved it. One said, "I LOVE the soap that you gave me to try. I think it's my favorite ever. I saved the packaging so that I'd have an address. Thanks for introducing me to it...it's so mild!" I agree. It has a great fragrance, nice lather, and it's a hard bar that will last for a long time. I'm thrilled to find this new source of handmade soap and bath luxuries, and I hope you'll enjoy The Bath Nook, too!

photos ©The Bath Nook

Friday, November 19, 2010

News and Reminders

Just a reminder that we'll be at the Brunswick Hockey Boosters Holiday Craft Show this weekend. Here are the details:
Saturday, November 20, 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday, November 21, 10 am - 2 pm
Brunswick High School Gym

I just set up our table tonight and got a sneak peek at some of the other vendors, and there are so many great local businesses there. If you're anywhere near Brunswick, Maine this weekend, think about dropping by! The high school is on Maquoit Road; from downtown Brunswick, go South on Maine Street, bear right onto Maquoit Road, and turn right. If you aren't near us, check out a craft or art fair where you are. It's a great way to support local businesses!

I also wanted to share a recent feature at one of my favorite blogs. I was really excited to see that Donna Maria shared our office video tour at her Indie Business Blog! I love what she has to say about families working together, and I'm pleased to be considered an example of that. I know I wouldn't have the business I do without the support and help of my family; in fact, my husband and daughter will be meeting and greeting at the craft fair this weekend while I continue filling orders at home! I love some of the other blog posts Donna Maria has written about working with your family. And I can't say enough good things about what she offers the small business owner at her business blog. If you're an entrepreneur, check it out. And thank you, Donna Maria, for sharing our news on your blog!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Candycane Sugar Scrub

I have to admit, I'm partial to peppermint, especially when it comes to toes! I've been mixing up lots of Candycane sugar scrub for our Holiday Pedicure sets. (I know that it's not sandals weather, but your toes can always use a little pampering, right?) Our Candy Cane Pedicures are packaged for holiday giving, to a friend or to yourself. They're perfect at-home pedicures!

Each of our pedicure sets contains exfoliating candy cane sugar scrub. Our Mini Pedi also contains a jar of peppermint balm, and is wrapped in red organza with a candy striped gift tag. Our Candy Cane Pedicure also includes a 2 ounce bottle of our moisturizing foot cream and a tube of balm, all with the refreshing and invigorating scent of peppermint! We tuck in a red pumice to rub away rough areas and leave your toes picture perfect! All of this is packaged in a cello bag and decorated with a candy-striped bow and a holiday gift tag.

We have a new Candy Cane Pedi Spa Set this season, too—the deluxe version for serious pampering! This set includes foot soak with Bolivian pink salt, moisturizing foot cream, and balm, along with a pumice and a cute wooden scoop, all wrapped up in a gift tub with a bow and gift tag. We're delighted to be giving away a set to a lucky reader at Chic Galleria, but if you can't wait, you can find the new Pedi Spa set here.

If you just want to tuck a jar of candy cane scrubs in with a gift, you can do that, too...find peppermint scrubs in either standard green or candy cane red packaging.

How about you? Don't you love a peppermint pedicure?

Monday, November 15, 2010

And the winner is...

At 12 noon EST today, there were 33 entries, and RANDOM.ORG provided us with the number 4...

Which means Beth is the winner!! Thank you all so much for participating! I loved reading about all of your sugar cookie stories and I hope you enjoyed reliving those fun memories of making (and eating) them. I know I'm planning to make some with my kids in the coming weeks, and I hope you have time to bake some, too. Put on some holiday tunes and decorate away!


If you aren't Beth, please don't despair! We'll be having another giveaway in December at Facebook, and we'd love it if you joined us there. And ChicGalleria.com is hosting a giveaway of one of our Candy Cane Pedi Spa gift sets, so please head over there and read their instructions for entering to win. They're announcing a winner on November 30, so make sure to enter soon!

Have a super Monday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fifteen



It's almost November 15th, which means it's time for our 15 for 15 Sale! Take 15% off for the next 15 days. Visit gcdspa.com and use Promotional code 15FOR15 at checkout any time between November 15 and November 30.

Thank you so much for your interest!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

“Painting was always my first love”

As the third generation of an Indian-American family with a legacy of dance, Sukanya Rahman of Orr’s Island, Maine was “sidetracked” into dancing as a young woman. She spent years studying and performing Indian dance with her mother, the famous dancer Indrani Rahman, experiences chronicled in her 2002 book Dancing in the Family. Yet she says it was “always in my plan to come back to my artwork.” I spoke with Rahman several years ago to discuss her then-new venture, a collection of note cards based on her painting and multimedia work and offered through her company, Harpswell Designs. Rahman has recently found yet another means of expressing her first love: Sukanya Rahman Studio offers fine giclée prints of her original mixed media paintings and digital assemblages, available framed or unframed.

Rahman's creation of mixed media work as well as its expression in cards comes naturally to this Calcutta native. Her father, Indian architect Habib Rahman, provided the example by creating collages from family pictures and making his own note cards for correspondence. Even when she was immersed in the dancing life of her mother and grandmother, Rahman kept a sketchbook and “never bought cards in a store.” She xeroxed her artwork to create cards for family and friends, who finally urged her to start offering them as a business. When the note cards sold out at a trial run during Thanksgiving of 2003, Rahman had an “ah-ha!” moment: “If they can sell here and appeal to New England audiences, it can go anywhere.” Rahman’s cards have been featured in The Asia Society's store in New York, and are currently available online at Harpswell Designs.

Rahman looks at her giclée prints as additional ways to share her work. They are ideal for people who can’t afford an original piece of artwork or who “don’t have room for a larger piece.” In addition, many of the original pieces featured on her prints have already been sold; note cards and prints make these pieces available to a wider audience. While some have urged her to create Christmas cards or Mother’s Day cards, Rahman says her cards “can be used for all those occasions.”

Rahman studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris as well as at the College of Art in New Delhi. Her work has a strong Indian influence “in terms of color and texture,” but she finds inspiration in modern American and European art, as well. “I think my primary drive is color,” Rahman says, which explains her fascination with Indian street art, calendar art, and “kitsch”—not the “high art” that her mother appreciated. Rahman “scours the bazaars and the back roads in the old part of town” for the materials to create her collages and multimedia pieces. The connection she sees in her network of friends on three continents also seems to be reflected in her work, which comfortably juxtaposes East and West, the exotic with the familiar. To Rahman, the creation of these works from the “forbidden fruits” of popular Indian art has been “a liberation.”

And what of the dancing side—does this still influence Rahman’s work?
“Absolutely. Absolutely. You know, I have a thing with movement in my art. I love color and movement. I found a very old painting of mine…I did this when I was 16 or 17, and it had the same movement. To me (painting and dancing) are interrelated… ultimately they have to do with a means of expressing oneself. I’m really bringing out what’s inside me; this is what I do!”

You can find more information about Sukanya Rahman's work at her blog, follow Harpswell Designs on Twitter, and check out the most recent news at Harpswell Designs on Facebook.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Feedback Friday is Sugar Cookie Giveaway!

On Tuesday I mentioned that we'd be introducing our new Holiday 2010 fragrance today. Here it is:

Ta-da! It's Sugar Cookie! You may remember our Sugar Cookie balm from last fall, with the yummy flavor of freshly baked holiday cookies. We just had to bring it back for 2010 along with a NEW, delectable Sugar Cookie fragrance.

As a kid I loved those oh-so-sweet, beautifully iced vanilla butter cookies. Did you ever help your mom cut out and decorate them? I remember making bells and trees and stars, and frosting them, then putting on the little silver balls (are they called dragees?). This fragrance is vanilla cookie and more: sweet icing, and the warm hint of caramel you taste when you nibble the cookie's browned edges. It's all here, smelling good enough to eat, in products with ingredients like shea butter, grape seed oil, aloe vera, and silk proteins that are so good your skin will eat them right up! (And I know some of you may not be concerned, but for those of you who are: this fragrance is phthalate-free.)

Sugar Cookie is featured in products like our Lotion and Potion Gift Set, Shower Smoothers Gift Set, our Holiday Lip Balms, and Damask Purse Set.

You can also order our Moisturizers Gift Set in Sugar Cookie fragrance and flavor. Would you like me to send one to you? For a chance to win the Sugar Cookie Giveaway, all you need to do is to leave your sugar cookie memory in the comments below. That's it! Tell us if you like sugar cookies, how fun it is to bake them, if you prefer frosting or icing—whatever you'd like to share! (Make sure you leave your name or email address so we know who you are!)

For extra entries, you can follow us on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway (only once per day, please), join our mailing list, or "like" our Facebook page (please add a separate comment for each of these entries). We'll be announcing our winner at noon on Monday, November 15, the official beginning of our 15 for 15 Sale, so make sure to enter soon!!

Please note that all of our holiday products are now available at our recently-updated pages, with stocking stuffer ideas and holiday gift ideas for women, men, kids, coworkers, best friends...everyone on your list! We also have lots of discounted lip balms and other products on our specials page. Thanks so much for your interest!

You may be interested in these other Feedback Friday posts:
Lemon Blueberry
Lilac
Green Clover & Aloe
Apricot Freesia
Sweetini Spa
Lip Balm Tubes
Maine Woodland Berry
Coconut Twist
Lollipop
Pumpkin Pie


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Peace.


An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'." ...Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since. (from Wikipedia)

Bumper-Sticker Patriotism Is No Way to Honor Our Veterans by Aaron Sorkin (I found this a thought-provoking piece. What do you think?)

photo from istockphoto.com

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