So You Want to Make Some Soap?

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I’m not sure what is aligning in the universe of late…but this past week, 4 different people have come up to me and said, “I want to learn to make soap – what do I need to get started?”

The lucky news is, it’s really very easy to get started making soap – you probably have most of the equipment you need in your kitchen – and can get the rest at your local thrift or discount store.

Now just because it’s easy to get started, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some important things you need to know. So be sure you know the Top Things You Need to Know to Get Started Making Soap.

So You Want to Make Some Soap? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 16:00:00.

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So You Want to Make Some Soap?

bars of soap
Monica Rodriguez / Getty Images

I’m not sure what is aligning in the universe of late…but this past week, 4 different people have come up to me and said, “I want to learn to make soap – what do I need to get started?”

The lucky news is, it’s really very easy to get started making soap – you probably have most of the equipment you need in your kitchen – and can get the rest at your local thrift or discount store.

Now just because it’s easy to get started, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some important things you need to know. So be sure you know the Top Things You Need to Know to Get Started Making Soap.

So You Want to Make Some Soap? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 18:45:00.

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Open Question: I Want to Die. Nothing is ever good enough (Long Question) introspective?

I am unemployable. I have severe social anxiety and suspect I may have aspergers disease. I was lucky enough to have a good, but solitary childhood, and was even lucky enough to go to college and graduate. I decided to specialize in Graphic Design, but I am unable to even do menial “retard work” due to my disease. I’ve been on the verge of killing myself for 10 years now, but realize that it has to end. I am a burden on my parents, and considering I am unable to even keep a menial job working in a factory or as a dish washer because I am a complete retard and am inept in every conceivable way.

I choose to die. The truth is, I actually have above average IQ but I get these stupid “drone jobs” for the lowest scumbag (note* I do not use the term scumbag to demoralize others, but to demoralize myself” and it is our society that views these people as scumbags for paying such mediocre wages and luring them into never ending debt circles”

I cannot even succeed as a member of the “untouchables” I see them always pretending to be cheerful and am astonished that even without graduating high school, and some of them with criminal records etc. I see them making a living for themselves.

The ironic thing is, I know so much more than all these people knowledge wise and memory wise. Not to sound extremely egocentric/ narcissistic but it is true. I am constantly in the world of thought and analyze everything and observe every grain of sand. I do not see the forest for the trees, or the individual trees, but every atom of every tree, of every planet swirling around a star at 50,000 miles per hour in a thin soap bubble of multi dimensional space time. I watch so many documentaries and am a polymath ie renaissance person. I am the observer, and am interested in such things as philosophy, society and culture, human nature, the cosmos,evolution, and how the economic system creates debt out of everything.

The truth is I am hurting so much. I know a lot of what I am saying right now is hurtful, but the truth is, if you ever met me in person, I wouldn’t say anything to hurt others, I am extremely meek in person, and usually listen, absorbing everything, and analyzing the hidden meanings behind their conversations etc. But I never get involved in the world, instead I go home and ruminate over everything in the world, from “why do they keep gouging oil” why do they follow each other and have such a strong system of hierarchy and nepotism” to “how come we are not 1000 years ahead of where we are since in the dark ages technology and people went backwards”

I am also an artist, and work in many different mediums from chalk pastel, to acrylic paint, and even sharpie pointillism, a technique I invented myself.

No matter what I am not fast enough and no matter how much I take everything they say to me as personal………….. No matter how much I try to “Rush” I am not fast enough, and am apparently to stupid. I remember once I got a horrible job at a factory working on an assembly line and was putting the parts on backwards and screwing up left and right. They gave me the strangest looks I did everything I could to hide my tension and perhaps they saw me straining and contorting my face as I mentally lashed myself to be faster.

No matter how serious I take any of these jobs, or how hard I try to obsess knowing that without this job I cannot ever be independent/ make my own life happen. I still fail, even with the constant reassurance that if I can’t succeed at this one, I must die. I remember once while I was still in school working as a dishwasher at that job I detest so much, I came home and slapped my face and screamed “Rush Faster Rush Rush Rush Rush or Diiieieieieeeeeeeee” The next day I was still not able to rush faster and obviously knew that, but I knew that without the income I would be doomed.

No matter what I do, I will never be fast enough. I have no money and am currently living with my parents. It is time for me to free myself from burdening these people. I know that they will be very sad when I am gone, but I am sure they would rather see me gone than to see me miserable for another 30 years. Knowing that I am a worthless idiot. Every day I am reminded by the fact that I am a sub par caliber human being, and that even when I am nice, people seem dislike me, yet I am kind/ polite but seen as clueless.

P.S I know this is a long post. sorry.

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Open Question: Can someone help me? (want to die).?

I’ve been really depressed this year. I have been diagnosed with depression, a close friend of our family died, and my grandfather passed away. Along with that my father and I have been fighting about my grades. When my mother and I lived away from him for two years I had gotten straight A’s and was very happy, but then we moved back in with him and now my grades in my freshman year have been wavering.
He always seems to be in a pissed off mood when he comes home and I’ve started to become afraid of him again and it’s caused me to lie about my homework. My mom is afraid of him as well and lies like me about somethings we feel we can’t confide in him with. When we do get in a fight and I cry I usually run to my mom for comfort or to my room where I scream and try to let out all the pain I’m feeling. When I do this my dad calls me manipulative and tries to force my mom not to help me stop crying.
However when I lived away from my dad for two years I got along with him better and not so well sometimes with my mom. My mom (who was as fed up with him then as now) went onto a match.com site and met a man from France who very quickly wooed her and asked her to marry him. My dad and I found out and made her stop but then soon after she met up with an old college friend in the army and did the same thing over the internet with him. We stopped that as well but because of that experience I saw my dad cry for the first time.
Now I live with both my parents and have never been so unhappy in my life.
I once tried taking my life a couple years back and had to be hospitalized for a week, and now those feelings are coming back.
I’m so confused because my dad keeps saying he loves me but then makes me cry (one time he washed my mouth out with soap because he yelled at me for spilling milk and I got angry and told him to shut up) and this week went two whole days not talking to me. He’s still pissed off because I lied to him again but he stresses me out and he doesn’t understand that I’m having a rough year this year. I’ve tried SO hard in the past to make him happy by playing on sports teams, making beta club, going on a people to people trip to represent America, and then making straight A’s the last two years for him, and now when I’ve been struggling with depression, high school, and recently moving, he expects me to still be almost perfect. I feel like crying but I don’t want to leave him again because I don’t want to see him unhappy, but then again if I leave with mom he’ll hate me even more and say I’m just like my mother(my mom has some mental problems so he calls her crazy).
I really have been considering taking my life but I feel like I’m complaining over nothing and I’m just sucking up to everyone to excuse myself for not doing better in school.
I really need some advice because I’m sick and tired of crying and feeling suicidal…

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