How Different Types of Scent Can Influence Emotions and Behavior

This is a guest post by Catherine Stewart. Fragrances have been around since time immemorial. History reveals that people during the Bronze Age are the first ones to try perfume making. It was also widely used by the elite Ancient Egyptians who distilled fragrances from lily and attar. Later on, the Mesopotamians created their own […]

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Distribution of Talent

William Shenstone (1714 – 1763), an eighteenth-century poet, once remarked that if the public is divided into a hundred parts, the corresponding distribution of talent may be estimated in this way: Fools: 15 Persons of Common Sense: 40 Wits: 15 Pedants: 15 Persons of Wild Taste: 10 Persons of Improved Taste: 5 Just for fun, […]

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Gleanings from the Past #80

Cynicism and Horror Only a cynic can create horror — for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving demonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them. — H. P. Lovecraft, letter to Edward Baird dated c. October 1923, quoted in […]

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Quotable #49: Victims

“It is not at all uncommon for someone to arrive at a scene of brutality or injustice and, with a sympathetic murmur or heroic flourish, attack the victim. It happens all the time.” — Renata Adler, Speedboat, 1976

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Gleanings From The Past #44

Ad A young gentleman on the point of being married, is desirous of meeting a man of experience who will dissuade him from such a step. — Advertisement publised in the London Times, 1890, cited in The Golden Book Magazine, Vol. 21, 1935

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Quotable #35: Gossips

“We call talking about other people’s personal lives ‘gossip’ only if we aren’t or weren’t part of the conversation.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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Gleanings From The Past #31

I Fell We have heard of the fall of Lucifer, and the fall of Cromwell, and the fall of Wolsey, but one of the pleasantest tumbles upon record was that of a Mr. John Fell, who, when he removed from one part of the metropolis to another, wrote over his door — I Fell from […]

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No Broadband Internet For Today, Oh The Joy

I have never published a post using the WordPress mobile app since I find the app too wonky for my taste. While, the desktop version of WordPress is far from perfect, I would choose it over the app any day. Yes, the mobile app made it convenient for me to read posts, but I don’t […]

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Quotable #26: The Internet

“The internet is where some people go to show their true intelligence; others, their hidden stupidity.”  — Criss Jami, Healology, 2016

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