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    Lovely, Renewable, Recyclable

    Glass…I really love it!  In sparkling windows (without screens), as colorful ornaments, and created into receptacles of all shapes and sizes.  Earthy, unique, moldable.  We always stop in to see the glass blowers when we visit Silver Dollar City; and I remember that first time, as a child, viewing their work.  Fascinating!  Even the most mundane pieces of glass (say, pop bottles or canning jars) proclaim the history and continuing love affair with glass.

    Most folks love to go to the beach, where they can dig their toes into the sand.  Or, use that sand to build castles with moats, bury themselves (ever notice how just inches below the hot surface, it is very cool?), or lightly scrub and slough their skin.  Have you considered that sand is one of the key elements to beautiful glass?  Well, various chemical components of sand.  The earliest glassmakers lived in Egypt and along the Mediterranean coast, at least a thousand years before Jesus was born.  They used the raw earth materials, heated to just the right temperatures in handmade ovens or blazing fires.  The discovery of raw glass probably happened by accident, or through observation and discovery (combine sand with a direct lightening strike).

    Today, there are many types of glass made with many different processes.  Auto glass, art glass, food-grade glass, etc.  The evolution of glass is interesting, but the chemistry of it all makes smoke come out of my ears.  I appreciate it, I do understand the process at a simplistic level, and it makes me happy.  GB and I have taken a couple of jaunts to south central Arkansas to dig quartz crystal from the earth.  We have also been to the only open-to-the-public diamond site in the world, at Murfreesboro, AR (Crater of Diamonds State Park).  No diamonds in our stash, but lots of beautiful quartz, of all varieties.  Both, cousins to glass.

    As I wrote in a previous article, glass is replacing plastic in our kitchen.  I also transfer most of our purchased health and beauty products into glass.  Breakables will not make into the shower or tub, so some plastics seem inevitable.  Sharing our transition away from plastics will continue with the next posts: glass collecting, use, and storage; pottery; paper.  All lovely, all renewable, and all recyclable.

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    Glass Post Two