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Balm and a Latin Lesson
I know that
psoriasis can come and go, but mine has been gone since a holiday in the
US where I discovered Badger Balm. Am hoping for a long interregnum!
Response: I’m grinning so
broadly I’m having a hard time typing, Shirley!
It’s been a long time since a two-sentence email has opened such
thoroughly delightful pursuits!
First, Badger Balm. Yahoo led me to Peaceful Company on the net, and I’ve just got to share the text from their home page with FlakeHQ readers:
I read this,
then had to just stop and sit there looking at it for a moment.
I was experiencing something akin to déjà
vu. I had this incredible
urge to root through my attic for any old Carly Simon 8-track cartridge.
(Lord knows what I would have done with it
had I found one — can’t recall the last time I possessed a working
8-track player.) I gotta case
of the munchies. I wanted to
burn some incense. My feet
screamed for the freedom of old-leather sandals.
Why couldn’t I chew on my own hair anymore?
What’s happened to my copy of Rod McKuen’s Listen
to the Warm? ...
This run on
retro emotions was starting to feel like anxiety, like a trip to sweat
city, until my eyes refocused on the Peaceful Company home page and I
found my anchor: zee ol’ peace
sign in the upper right corner of the page.
There it was, looking just like the icon my friend Crusty
Moonbender painted on his VW bus before he drove off towards San
Francisco. (I write
“towards” because he didn’t make it that far.
The van died in Elko, Nevada, and Crusty returned home on a
Greyhound Bus. But he was
smiling when he got home. We
all smiled in those days.)
I don’t know
who the people are behind Peaceful Company, but I know a little bit about
their cultural history (real or appropriated) — and it was sure good for
a rush this morning!
Olive oil. Oh yes,
that’s what got this started. Badger
Balm is an olive oil product. Search
FlakeHQ from the homepage for olive
oil and you’ll turn up at least ten references from the archives.
It appears what the folks from Peaceful Company have done is turn
olive oil into an unguent that’s more than pleasant to use. In its raw form,
olive oil might be good for the skin, but it might
leave you smelling like the smokiest alcoves of a traditional Italian
restaurant. Badger Balm, on
the other hand, smells great and has the ability to “uplift body, mind
and spirit.” Far out.
Then there’s interregnum. I had to
look this up, but I am oh-h-h so-o-o glad I did.
Three definitions from my dictionary:
number one is the most fun for our context.
“The end of a sovereign’s reign” means the quiescence of your
P after you discovered Badger Balm during your US holiday.
The “interval of time” is the glorious remission I hope you are
still enjoying. The
“accession of a successor” is the next health “issue” — perhaps
the return of your P — you will face which, like a sovereign, will want
to rule your life. More or
less literally, you are free for the moment “between kings.”
That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?
Shirley, I hope you will feel free to write us any time! -Ed