Monthly Archives: August 2013

Makes Scents to Me

My father wore Old Spice. The blend, which contained cinnamon, floral, and herbal notes, remains with me to this day. He used the after shave, so he splashed it on every morning, but I was usually asleep when he left … Continue reading

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I’m Game, Are You?

“Which Czech writer’s nightmarish novel The Trial was published in English translation?” “What was the new official name of the southeast Asian nation Siam?” “What is the name for the Israeli parliament, which convened for the first time?” These questions come from a deck … Continue reading

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Unlikely Muse

A reply to reader Veronica Helen Hart’s challenge. Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest sources…  There once was a Person from Porlock Whom I always thought was a warlock. He gave me a fright In the midst of the night As he … Continue reading

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The Person from Porlock

This was the early morning vista from my bedroom window the other day: While a snapshot doesn’t do it justice, you get the idea. The scene evoked the exotic, and it wasn’t long before the word “Xanadu” came to mind. … Continue reading

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