Steven Gagner finding his 2nd home groove
Posted by Alexandra Jump on October 26, 2009
This isn’t really about Steve. It is about me writing about Steve and his soap in the next issue of Livin’ the Vermont Way.
I talked with Kyle today over at Elk Publishers, home of Livin’ the Vermont way. The next edition arrived in the office and I have been so flippin’ nervous. I love meeting cool people and writing about them. It is such a trip that folks will talk to me, a complete stranger and basically tell me their life’s story. And, and, and you find out that most people have really neat stories and so you set out to write about them and share those really cool things with a bunch of random magazine readers, most you have no idea who they are and then, all of a sudden it hits you. The person you wrote about will read what you wrote.
God I worry that they won’t like what I have said and now I have said it in print and I can’t delete it and I can’t really take it back. It is especially nerve-wracking when the person is really a good soul. A one in a hundred that you feel lucky that you have met.
I liked Steve right from the get go. So I did something I generally never do… I let him get a sneak peek at the story, cus he is in training in Louisiana with the Vermont National Guard and I am not sure I can get hard copy to him there. So when I talked with Kyle, he said he would send a bunch of copies to Steve’s wife and would email him and get his address and would send him some copies down there too. AND Kyle is going to give Steve a subscription and will send it to Afghanistan so Steve and his buddies can be Livin’ the Vermont Way while they are gone.
Here is the gist, Steve learned to make soap while he was stationed away from his family and he makes really good soap. I would post of picture of him, but I am not sure that is an OK thing to do on a blog, given that he is about to take off, into war. So you all will just have to connect with Elk Publishers and order your own copy to see what he looks like. Which you all should anyhow, because it is a good read.
And while they are gone, all those men and women who have volunteered to go, I am hoping that the homemade soup I got from Steve will last. Steve emailed me today and said that he liked the profile I did on him, so I am thrilled and relieved. I hope you guys will like it too. Oh, PS, by the way, if you want some of his soap, drop me a line and I will see if there is any more around for sale. I am sure his family would appreciate the business.