As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Looking back over my life, I continue to recall my parents’ comments regarding fads and new products on the market. Of course, I now understand their reluctance to buy a fancy “mass produced” gadget made of plastic when we already owned an older version of higher quality that still worked.
In retrospect I’ve decided very little of what I grew up thinking was “progress” was actual progress. It was more like a magic act with smoke and mirrors leading me to believe it was “new and improved” or “state of the art,” ie: marketing hype. I remember, as a pre-teen using tooth powder when all my friends used toothpaste. I also remember after lots of begging the entire family switched over to toothpaste. Now tooth powder is popular again—that is the homemade and natural version.
It seems young homemakers (pardon me if this is an offensive term to some, but I use the term to describe the person in charge of the taking care of his or her own family home and children—in addition to working outside the home) are opting to make their own cleaning products. The main catalyst for their decision is to rid their homes of chemicals which they deem harmful and unnecessary.
These young homemakers attend parties such as Norwex, a home party company which sells microfiber cloths which can clean, dust and polish using only water. Norwex literature states “In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created. Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America. Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.”
I’m not endorsing Norwex products, because I think they are just walking us back to the 1950s and selling us on using a little elbow grease instead a popular cleaners comprising of a myriad of chemicals designed to ease our cleaning efforts. But let’s be clear, I’m not bashing Norwex either. I know that we, the consumers of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s have looked for any advances that would make our lives easier and we naively assumed these products were safe. However, most of us have had an allergic reaction to at least one product on the market and we have read the warning labels advising us to keep the product away from skin by wearing gloves, avoid contaminating our clothing, using the product in a well ventilated area, avoiding contact with the eyes, keeping out of reach of children and pets and if swallowed to call a poison control center or doctor immediately. After reading the warning labels we should all consider going back to water and elbow grease! Truth is sometimes we have to go backwards to go forward, after all history has a way of repeating itself.
The Worch Library book sale begins at noon today and continues until 8 p.m., as well as Saturday from noon – 8 p.m. and concludes Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Local veterans and their spouses are being asked to show their support during the Poultry Days parade on Saturday. They are invited to attend a free breakfast at Johns IGA (1327 E. Main St., aka State Route 47) beginning at 7 a.m. and serving until 9 a.m. The parade line-up will begin around 10:15 a.m. from the same location. No one is required to march there will be plenty of room to ride a float or military vehicle. Any questions may be directed to Dave Miller at (937) 526-3836.
“Mary Poppins” will be performed by the Towne and Country Players at the VHS Performing Arts Center next Thursday (18th) and Friday (19th) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (20th) at 2 p.m. Advanced reservations may be acquired by calling 564-6415. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.
Mark your calendar for Trinity Lutheran Church’s Annual Rummage Sale held June 19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 20 from 9 a.m. – noon at 204 E Wood St. This is a Relay for Life fundraiser and your support is appreciated.
Yoga classes are being offered at the Versailles YMCA on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining, call 526-4488 or drop in to sign up.
Birthday wishes to Connie Schrader, Rue Bowman, Bonnie Subler, Pam Spitzer, Naomi Gallagher, Nancy Broering, Rosie Baltes, Sharon Wampler, Bonita Swallow, Rachel Glass, Summer Condon, Jane Meier, Ron Mescher, Darla Facemyer, Tony Streib, Vicki Cost, Angie Zimmerman, Pete Fullenkamp, Beth Simons, Marjorie Bruey, Angie Barlage and Sheila Voisard as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Janelle and Keith Koverman (3), Mallory and Daniel Tinch (4), Angela and Ryan Bergman (11), Sandy and Aaron Bergman (12), Erin and Matt Rismiller (15), Tammy and Travis Edge (22), Sandy and Gary Pierron (28), Hazel and Michael Franklin (34), Loretta and Viro Rosenbeck (40), Pat and Bud Wright (42), Ramona and John Nickol (62), Barb and Marvin Goubeaux (65) and Lois and James Youngker (69).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Michelle Ullom, Sister Carmelita Monnin, Ron Bruner, Samantha Smith, Kyle Rutschilling, Judy Timmerman, Yvonne Ridenour, Jennifer Platfoot, Barb Goubeaux, Roger Gigandet, Isabella Yakos, Lisa Coate, Rick Haft, Iris Nickol, Brian Voisard and all those dealing with life’s challenges, as well the hospitalized or home-bound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of James Boeckman, Matthew Swallow, Lucille “Tillie” Virden, Leon Schultz, Dennis Berger, Michael Barhorst, Albert Grieshop, Richard Weiss, and Marlene Zumberger also remembering the lives of Ed Yohey, Fr. Leonard Kistler, Urban Buschur, Bede Monnin, Richard Subler, Rita Bertke, Edna Martin, Larry Alexander, Bill Heft, Agnes Barton, Margaret Martino, Eleanor Couchot and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
“Study the past if you would define the future.” ~Confucius
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~C.S. Lewis
“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” ~Winston Churchill