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  • Tina

I don’t understand. There are many things I don’t understand, but what I am struggling with is how in 2022, we see atrocities against humanity repeated over and over again. As I watch the story of the war in Ukraine unfold, I am baffled. I don’t understand human nature. I find WWII gruesomely fascinating. I have read many books about WWII from the Jewish and German perspectives. I read these books trying to answer my own question; how did this happen? What I find more disturbing than the atrocities committed against the Jewish population is how decent, civilized, and in all regards, good human beings allowed this nightmare to go on. How does one enable their civilization to become so uncivilized?


How does a country of individuals buy into such propaganda? How does a leader of a civilized country gain that much power? How does one convince an entire population to go along with sheer evil? I understand not everyone believed in the leader and propaganda, but sitting back and keeping quiet while this brutality went on is unfathomable to me. Turning against your neighbor, friends, and family because the government instructs you is beyond my scope of understanding. Living in an atmosphere driven by fear and turning your eyes away from what is truly going on confounds me. I just don’t understand.


We are watching Putin isolate his people, censor information, build a propaganda-driven campaign, and make what I simplistically call a land grab. How does this happen in 2022? Aren’t borders and countries already established? We’re not living during the crusades; it’s 2022. The start of WWII was more than eighty years ago. How can a leader’s tactics be so similar to what happened eighty years ago? I just don’t understand.


I don’t understand being power-hungry, greedy, or cruel. I don’t want to understand any of those things. However, I also don’t understand how one man can bully and convince an entire population to go along with his insane plan. I would never make a good soldier because I question everything. I don’t want to hurt people or see people hurt. I don’t understand how war and following orders exonerate one from basic human decency.


I looked up the list of war crimes to better understand what is going on in Ukraine, and I cannot believe we have to have written rules to not murder, rape, enslave, or commit genocide. Seriously, do we have to have this in writing and voted upon by the entire world? WTF? What is wrong with humanity? I just don’t understand.


Today, dear reader, stay safe, be smart, do something good to combat all this evil, and keep washing your hands.

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Today our Tuesday Spotlight shines on our warm, refreshing soap, Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon. Orange, clove, and cinnamon have been blended for centuries. Today, we think of orange clove and cinnamon in the context of cooking, but individuals and healers have used them to help with infection, toothaches, inflammation, and stomach upset and as a means to soothe and lift one’s spirits.


The benefits for the skin include antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and help scavenge free radicals that damage and age skin. Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon goat’s milk soap has a warm, uplifting scent that is calming and soothing. This is one of The Bibbed Wonder’s favorites. I often recommend it when someone is looking for a more masculine scent, but it is ultimately gender-neutral. Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon goat’s milk soap is a warm, fresh classic. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is an excellent week to do so. The Tuesday Spotlight is half off on the website for the week.


As always, stay safe, be smart, warm up with a fresh classic scented soap, and keep washing your hands.

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  • Tina



Yesterday was The Bean’s second day working outside our little family business. Late in the market season last year, she was offered an opportunity to work for The Ligonier Country Market as an ambassador. Her duties will include speaking with the press, appearing in the Fort Days parade, and helping with the children’s garden at the market. It is a good experience for her, and she has an opportunity to grow and discover her strengths. Yesterday was the second Sunday we went to Ligonier for her to help and prep for the upcoming market season.


I love watching her grow and seeing her perspective on the world around her. She has decided she loves her new job, her boss, and her co-workers. Part of prepping for the upcoming season is dividing the weeks between the three girls who are The Market Sprout representatives, assigning crafts for the girls to facilitate with the kids who attend the market and packing everything into a crate for that week. The girls have to gather the needed materials, organize the materials, understand the instructions for the craft, and make sure there are examples for the kids at the market to see. Jordan is in charge of rock painting during week #3 of the market.


Jordan is very good at organizing when she wants to be. Her room, our home, and her book bag do not reflect this quality, but it is there. She carried around her checklist, gathered her materials, organized her bin for week #3, and then painted rocks as examples for the kids to see. She painted five rocks to look like a turtle. I was impressed with her painting skills. Jordan’s turtle looked just like the picture she had to use as an example. While doing this, she worked with her “co-workers,” Katie and Addie.


Katie is eighteen and preparing to go to a school of dance near New York City. Katie is an amazing young woman with a very bright future. She is exactly the kind of young woman I want my bean to spend time with and soak up all that positivity. Addie is a year older than Jordan, and they have much in common. There was a lot of talk about TikTok, Stranger Things, and school. The girls worked together to plan their activities and help each other. It was a very good day for the Market Sprouts crew.


As a mom, I tried to disappear into the background. Cari, the director of the market, asked me to help organize the Market Sprout supplies in the garage area. This allowed me to give Jordan some space and help out at my favorite farmer’s market. It also gave me an opportunity to get to know Cari and discover that we share very similar backgrounds. I always appreciate a fellow former English teacher.


Once again, I am amazed at the path life takes the people who cross my path, and the opportunities that arise seemingly out of nowhere. Yesterday just reinforced how much I appreciate and love The Ligonier Country Market. It was a good day for both The Bean and me. On this chilly Monday morning, stay safe, be smart, appreciate the opportunities, and keep washing your hands.

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