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Time, Change & Other Things
Time, Change, and Other Things That Don't Fit Into Boxes, is an honest look at the messy, the complex, the bittersweet. It's a reflective exploration of the gray areas of life - time, change, love, loss, uncertainty.
In this collection, Kardon highlights the things bubbling beneath the surface that we aren't always sure what to do with. They don't really fit here, they don't really fit there - all we know is that their existence affirms that we are living. And despite the inherent ache that often accompanies these enigmatic entities, they have a way of making life beautiful in all of their complexity and confusion. Some things are just too tender, too precious, too passion-filled to be packed away into boxes, and they're surely too stubborn to give up making themselves known. Because the human experience isn't one fit for boxes. So, try as we might to keep things neat, orderly, and contained, the stuff that really gives life meaning will always be anything but.
Time, Change, and Other Things That Don't Fit Into Boxes is a collection of poems and prose that speaks to the multifaceted and transient nature of life. It sheds light on the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that shape different seasons of our ever-changing existence, and ultimately, imprint us forever.
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About the Author
Shelby Kardon is based in Northern Virginia where she has published two collections of poetry. All her life, she never thought she would ever describe herself with the title of poet, author, or writer, but she's come to expect the unexpected. She truly believes something magical happens when you transform emotions and experiences into art that could mean something to someone else.
She'd scream it from the rooftops if she could, that she deeply wishes the world was defined by less boxes and more overlapping spheres. Nostalgia is her Achilles' heel. It gets her every time. She wholeheartedly believes that music, dancing, laughing, and hugs from the right people are the remedies for most things that ail us. She's learning that living a life is less of arriving at a destination and more of a never-ending journey with a lot of bumps in the road. She's working on making peace with the difficult things, the things that are hard to swallow. It, like her, like most things, is a work in progress.
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Sclerotium Gum: A plant-derived, gel-like polysaccharide (sugar-based) ingredient that’s used in cosmetics to thicken and stabilize formulas.
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Shea Butter: Emollient. Helps soften and smooth dry skin. Anti-inflammatory properties. Might help with skin eczema.
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Sodium Bicarbonate: used to control the acid-base balance of cosmetic products.
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Syringa Vulgaris Leaf Cell Culture Extract: Lilac leaf cell culture, is an extract of leaf cells from lilac (Syringa Vulgaris). It is a powerful antioxidant helping to protect the skin against free radicals. It is rich in verbascoside with strong anti-inflammatory benefits and has been found to be effective against acne.
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Tin Oxide: An inorganic compound used for the shimmering effect it brings to skincare and cosmetic products. Derived from a mineral named cassiterite, Tin Oxide is a colour enhancer used to give skincare and cosmetic products a glittering effect or glossy finish (when combined with Mica and Titanium Dioxide).
Titanium Dioxide: It's used in a variety of personal care products, including sunscreens, pressed powders, and loose powders, as a UV filter or whitening agent. In lotions and creams (dermal exposure), it is not a risk for adverse health effects.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E): supports skin’s healthy immune system, cell function & skin’s health. It is a powerful antioxidant that combats the effects of free radicals produced by the metabolism of food and toxins within the environment. It helps reduce UV damage to the skin.
Trehalose: type of sugar used in skincare as a moisturizer and antioxidant.
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil: contains triglycerides of linoleic, palmitic, and oleic acids. High on antioxidants, it helps treat dryness, skin inflammation, redness, dark spots, and scars. High on vitamin E, which helps fight free radicals. Excellent for purifying the skin.
Ubiquinone: This vitamin-like substance ( CoQ10) naturally occurs in your body cells and helps your skin cells regenerate and repair.
Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF (cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60): This ingredient comes from coconut. Emulsifying Wax is the most widely used emulsifier in the cosmetic industry due to its ability to perfectly blend creams and lotions that contain oil and water.
Vegetable Glycerin: May lead to better skin health by helping soothe skin irritation, protect against infection and promote wound healing. Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin.
Xanthan Gum: Improves binding, emulsifies, and thickens a cream.
Zinc Oxide: oxidized zinc derived from the naturally occurring mineral, zincite, and routinely used in a wide range of consumer products. Zinc Oxide is well recognized as a key sunscreen ingredient that is effective in providing protection from UV light.