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  1. Oak Trees and their Symbionts: The Romance of Mistletoe and Oakmoss

    by , 16th September 2009 at 08:21 AM (Jaime B's Blog)
    The oak tree was sacred to the peoples of ancient Europe. The Greeks dedicated it to Zeus and the Romans, to Jupiter. To the Celts as well, the oak was sacred; in part this was because it was one of the trees that hosted mistletoe. The mistletoe is believed to have been the Golden Bough of Aeneas, the mythic ancestor of the Romans. In the ancient tale the hero Aeneas consults the prophetess, one of the Sybils at Cumae. The Sybil tells Aeneas to break a branch from a certain tree that is sacred to ...

    Updated 28th October 2009 at 05:53 AM by JaimeB

    The Art of Perfumery
  2. Autumn is the longing scent of waning summer lust

    I found this poem on

    Under a harvest moon,
    When soft silver
    Drips shimmering
    Over garden nights,
    Death, the gray mocker,
    Comes and whispers to you
    As a beautiful friend
    Who remembers.

    Under summer roses
    When flagrant crimson
    Lurks in the dusk
    Of wild red leaves,
    Love, with little hands,
    Comes and touches you
    With a thousand memories,
    And asks you ...
  3. Wild Things

    by , 14th September 2009 at 02:31 AM (My nose is growing)

    My wild weekend started Friday, when I smelled skunk on the way to work. I was in my car on the highway and Im pretty sure the skunk spray had happened well off the highway. With no danger, with the smell diluted, and knowing that Id soon be out of range, it struck me that it was interesting and kind of nice. That got me thinking about animal scents that used to be used in perfumes.
  4. I do not have any more time for my fragrance life :(

    Well this is a different fall, for all the time I've been on BN its either been summer or I was at my old school, at my old school we went to class at 9AM got our assignments for the day and left at 12 to go home and complete them so as I was typing up my work I could always log into BN and follow threads just like you guys at work. But now that I go to a traditional school I go to class at 8AM and get off at 4 then its Debate Team which wasn't offered at my old school, I just realized that I haven't ...
  5. On Language, from a digression in a Basenotes thread

    by , 10th September 2009 at 07:39 AM (Jaime B's Blog)
    My husband is from the Pittsburgh area and has a very curious feature of Western Pennsylvania speech: "The floor needs washed." I find this difficult to parse. As a native New Yorker transplanted to California, I would say either "The floor needs washing" or "The floor needs to be washed." I'm told this is a reflex of Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of English from just east-southeast of Pittsburgh which retains some lexical and syntactical features of the 17th century ...

    Updated 10th September 2009 at 08:33 AM by JaimeB

    Personal Reflections

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