Happy Thanksgiving

Taking the holiday off. Hope yours is filled with wonderful aromas! … [Read more...]

New tablecloth burns my hands

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With the holidays coming, I found myself in need of a new tablecloth. So I went shopping, something I dread this time of year. At the first two stores, I found picked over linens sections. At the third store, my head ached and I was overwhelmed with aromas. But I finally found what I needed: a plain … [Read more...]

Cream and lotions spoil after a year

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I reached into the back of the medicine cabinet and discovered a tube of hair grooming cream. It wasn't exactly ancient; I remember buying it around the time of my wedding, which was about four years ago. The tube was more than half full. I decided to pop open the cap and take a sniff. … [Read more...]

Red twists sing baby powder

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My husband and I went to the movies the other night. He bought a pack of red twists and tore it open. I haven't smelled the candy in years and was instantly transported to junior high, when I went on a summer camping trip with a friend. We lay around the camper for a week, eating boxes of … [Read more...]

Twenty year old blue carpet

I walked into a university classroom about five minutes early for a public lecture. I found a seat in the back and plunked down into a creaky armchair. The room was nearly full of students, many of whom had removed their shoes and were wiggling their toes into the well-worn speckled blue carpet. I … [Read more...]

Miniature milk chocolate bar

I found a few pieces of leftover Halloween candy sitting in a bowl next to a toothpick holder at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We were coming in for dinner and waiting for a table. I picked up a miniature milk chocolate bar. It's an iconic American brand with a town named after it. … [Read more...]

Lemon juice deodorant

Colder weather has inspired me to eat some different spices and a little more meat lately. I've noticed that my armpits stink like the stews I've been savoring, despite my use of deodorant. When you can smell your own armpit stink, it's a clue that it might be a strong odor. I decided to look … [Read more...]

Black spray paint

My neighbor three doors down repainted their metal gates this weekend with black spray paint. It was a sunny afternoon, and I had my lanai door open. An acrid aroma wafted into my living room and found its way into my brain. Before I could act, I was instantly transported to my grandparents's musty … [Read more...]

Citrus cleaner

The lime tree potted in my front yard has started to bare fruit. I picked a ripe lime and carried it to my kitchen for squeezing into a soup. On the way I scratched the rind with my thumb and delighted at its bright, sunny aroma. Later in the day I was cleaning my kitchen with a citrus cleanser. It … [Read more...]

Newspaper

A man sitting next to me on the train pulled out a newspaper. Not a smartphone with an app or an e-reader, but actual folds of paper printed with black and colored ink. It was fresh off the press. In such close quarters, not even my lemon lozenge and scarf could block out the aromas entirely. So I … [Read more...]