There’s a Word for That

You know how it smells outside after a rainstorm? There’s a word for that.

Dog after rain

Petrichor [pe-trahy-kawr, ker] is the distinct smell of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall. Specifically, Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:

  1. a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.

Who knew?

And why might I be fixated on this scent and therefore with finding this word?

Because the word that I can’t find is for the smell of pet urine that becomes especially strong when the air is damp.

Sorry to set […]

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By |2018-09-03T21:39:24+00:00September 18th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

Planet Earth Team Humanity

messy cakeWhen did it happen that we’ve come to live in a time where it has somehow become socially acceptable to publically behave badly by expressing anger and frustration, and a willingness to harm others. Whether by yelling, name-calling, flipping someone the bird, or worse threatening someone’s integrity or safety.

And, conversely, showing signs of sensitivity and vulnerability are frowned on as being weak.

Not an upside down cake I have any interest in taking a slice from.

What if we remembered to start doing and saying even tiny, decent things instead?  What if we extended the great power of kindness and compassion, and remember that we’re all on the same team–Planet Earth Team Humanity.  Now there’s a […]

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By |2018-08-30T14:43:45+00:00August 28th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

“This is Gonna Be Me with My Kids”

Cait likes to text me stuff that cracks her up. Recently, she’s been on a lot of”Aunt babysitting duty” so I wasn’t surprised to get this one.

She’s great with little kids. Just the right amount of fun and sass and responsibility. And she’s totally going to be this mom with her kids.  As I still am with her.  After posting something humorous but to the point on her instagram, she found me about as funny as this little girl finds her mom.  :)

*Looks like the video has been removed. Basically, the mom keeps scaring her daughter while she’s waiting for the box to pop. The daughter is NOT happy with the mom doing this […]

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By |2018-07-08T18:25:40+00:00July 8th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

How to Eat a Pomegranate

pom1 It’s not often that you get to introduce someone to a food they’ve never tasted before. The last time I had someone surprise me with a new taste was when my best friend, Ceres (very Greek and the queen of foods you’ve never tried before), gave me an Asian Pear. It looked like an apple, tasted like a cross between a melon and concord grapes, and had a sweet fragrance with a juicy crunch.

Last week, I had the fun of introducing another friend to the delectable taste of a ruby-red pomegrante. Her face lit up with delight as she savored the distinctive sweet and sour taste that exploded on her tongue in […]

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By |2018-02-27T15:21:42+00:00March 16th, 2018|Life|2 Comments
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