Fragrance Gateway

Fragrance from incense, heavenly scented flowers, like roses, lilacs, and magnolias, or even the sidewalk coffee smell oozing from a cart, can be a gateway to consciousness. For a moment, we are entranced, swept away from the nitty gritty streets to a faraway land...

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Bumble More, Stumble Less

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/ To bumble is to create a stirring, a high flying energy that has its own upward spin. To stumble is to fall down and get up again, like an eternally optimistic toddler. If you want to create a rumble in your routine, bumble...

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Tea Makes Me Happy

Tea is a ritual and destination every morning. Brewing tea is a moving and sensory meditation. It wakes me up and gets the day going. The tea shelf hosts several orderly and labeled cans (from recycled Zabar's tea cans) and ranges from robust Irish or English...

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Lollipop’s last licks

My mom's father, Pop Barney, died when I was ten. More memorable than his sweet smile and cigars were the the Charm's or Tootsie Roll lollipops he gave us on visits. His status as a Depression-era Brooklyn candy store owner commanded respect. A lollipop from Pop was a...

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Soil Engineer

I once met a soil engineer. I don't remember what he did, but it sounded important. He gets his hands dirty and saves the earth. I throw a few seeds in the soil and watch them scatter, hoping they will land somewhere. Nebraska? Alaska? Staten Island? How far will the...

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Edible with caution

Just because something is edible doesn't mean you should eat it. Which is why at a young age, after my mom put a tongue (as in cow) out for lunch, I swore I'd become a vegetarian (which I did, in college). People eat many disgusting, tasteless, icky, slimy, delicious...

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I’ll have the Vente…not

Okay, I try not to rant (too often), but this one has been showing up a lot. People who say things like "I'll only take a minute of your time" or "I'm not selling anything." They are. Worse, friends or acquaintances who "just want to vent" but really are dumping their...

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Savor, pour favor

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/savor Today's word, savor, is delicious and slow. I savor brewing tea, sipping it, and thinking about when I can take another tea break. I savor an experience long after it is over. To savor a flavor is to discern the subtle...

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Bumble Up, Stumble On

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/ Daily prompt is "Bumble." Whereas to bumble implies a spinning around and upward turn, to stumble may mean to fall down and get up again. To bumble and stumble is like joining the magical, optimistic world of a teetering...

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Weather or Not

Tuesday Take 5: Weather or Not I am sure that the weather-people and journalists are having a field day with the hurricane and storm metaphors. Their angle on Hurricane Sandy is probably different than mine or yours. This peculiar “perfect storm” affords a real...

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