Almost Throwing Out Fifty Things

I spent part of my spring break vacation in the garage – rearranging, organizing, and purging.

I had some inspiration from Gail Blanke’s book “Throw Out Fifty Things” and was working on getting rid of some stuff…but if there’s one thing that candle and soap makers are…it’s thrifty. I mean…that old batch of soap could be rebatched…or those old candle and wax scraps could be recycled. But I did part with a few things…some broken molds, some old oils and colors that would never be used, some faded essential oils. But I was really stuck in the “I may use that some day” syndrome. Oh well…I did make progress…and cleared the way for some fun new stuff!

Almost Throwing Out Fifty Things originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 19:36:57.

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Candle Maker Making the Best of Things

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I’ve said before that candle and soap makers are resourceful folks – creative, frugal, appreciating the simpler things in life. Here is a story of a candle maker in Uganda who is making the best of a challenging situation. To deal with a shortage of electricity in the country, Uganda often resorts to rolling blackouts, or “load shedding.” Naturally, this leaves a lot of people in the dark – which is where an enterprising candle maker can step right in! “Krishna Murty, the director of Kifaru Chemicals that makes non-drip candles, is not a sadist. Similar to the way coffin makers benefit from death, Murty has nurtured a medium-sized candle making business, using Uganda’s errant power supply, as his foundation.” …read more about him…

Candle Maker Making the Best of Things originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at 12:44:41.

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Open Question: What makes everything go forward in time as opposed to some things going backward as others forward?

Does the second law of thermodynamics really deny this? I don’t see why. I understand that entropy makes time go forward. But when things move in space, you would have to imply they move in time as well. It should seem valid then, that half of the mass in the universe would be moving backwards in time.

i.e. one whole planet going entirely backwards in time from our point of view?
as in eggs being unfried, babies going back into moms, dead bodies rising from the dead, words coming out of erasers, light bulbs sucking light out of eyes, broken glass assembling itself up off the floor, soap making things dirty again, children going to school to unlearn, etc.

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