Sunday, August 31, 2014

"This country will not be a good place for any of us

to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in." ~Theodore Roosevelt
Considering this is Labor Day weekend, we tend to forget the American workers and concentrate on squeezing the final hours out of the unofficial end of summer, but I am mindful of the American worker...from the woman who makes my cards and tags...
to a new creative spirit I found who designs journals...
or the creator of soaps and lotions...
as well as my jewelry designer...
...I try to support the American worker or entrepreneur.  Buying from small shops, at flea markets or shows does support American labor.   That is why we need to consider the American who is trying to create, invent, repurpose, and why the small...really is as crucial as the big companies even though there are few Made in America products out there.  I think people are trying to buy American or at least Fair Trade products, and even Ralph Lauren is retooling a factory in North Carolina.
 An American company that has been around for a century is Pyrex®.
  The Pyrex brand has gained popularity with the increased interest in "mid-century" (or as baby boomers know it...our childhood).  Their web site provides this background: "The heat-tempered glass that is the foundation of the Pyrex brand was created years earlier by Corning Glass scientists charged with developing lantern glass for railroads. They needed to tackle a particular problem—the heat of the lantern flame conspired with the cold air of winter to shatter traditional glass. They needed a glass that could handle changes in temperature.
By 1913, the glass was used in a number of industrial applications. But it found its way into the kitchen when Bessie Littleton, wife of a Corning scientist, asked her husband to bring home some glass to use in place of a broken casserole dish. He gave her the sawed-off bottoms of some battery jars.  A cake was baked, an iconic brand was born and, as they say, the rest was history. Pyrex glassware is proudly made in the USA, and has been used by generations of cooks and bakers from coast to coast."
Labor Day is more than a vacation really represents all who create, invent, work, and, above all, dream.

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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