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    Olympic Vancouver ;-)

    I was checking your stats and it says almost 4,000 posts! Writing a good post is such a time intensive excercise. I am tempted to ask if you are actually working for BaseNotes ;-)
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    Your inbox is full and wont let me send messages,it said
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    Costamor - Tabacca Sounds interesting since i asked about these types. Just came out & Luckyscent is carrying it,not to bad in price eiether.
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    Asked Lalique for Eau De Lalique sample and they sent it and seen it on my front porch today (ups),i also asked for Encre Noire and got the female version instead........Damn :0( was looking forward to Encre Noire but atleast i have the other one.
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    My copy has been ordered via my public library!
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    I'll put Jason Goodwin The Janissary Tree on my booklist and see how it goes. I've only been to Istanbul once but was completely smitten with the richness and texture of the place.
    I don't read much non-fiction but am now tearing through The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson so I do enjoy a
    mystery. Thanks Jaime!
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    "What a loss, loss, loss, loss it is 

    to remain sober among the intoxicated and the unconscious. "
    Beautiful! Very interesting post.
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    I think I need your reading list too Jaime!
    I'm rereading my Jean Klein books now but can't help wonder what is Jaime reading.
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    Stock up on the Zino before its gone... Their gonna discontinue all davidoff frags before 2003,just incase you didn't read it today thought i would let you know
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    Ahahaha, how can you resist him? Those poems are fantastic.
    I'm just a student right now and have always been a poetry lover, but calling myself a poet might be a bit presumptuous...
    I do occasionally write for class or when the mood strikes me, but usually it is either lighthearted or deeply emotional-- so I only write in extreme cases or in times of dire boredom.

    Champagne indeed!
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French (more recently, some Italian); former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
Travel, music, scents(!)
Retired Language Instructor
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"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"

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Fiat justitia ruat cælum.

Let justice be done, even if the sky should fall.

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus

Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.

Male irato ferrum committitur.
It is an evil thing to arm an angry man.


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Personal Updates, with an Emphasis on Scents

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 05:45 AM
Note: This has been sitting as a draft unposted since February 2014. I just discovered that I never actually posted it!

OK, so I decided to switch horses in the middle of the stream; I'll start over.

It's been over two years since I last posted to my blog, or since I've spent much time on Basenotes, for that matter. The reasons for that are a little bit involved, and I don't want to say too much about that in this blog entry. Maybe I'll save most of it for another one later

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Fanciful Transformations

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 05:38 AM

Odd things come unbidden to mind and assume new associations.

For example, as I was sitting down to read a rather mundane mystery novel, seemingly out of nowhere I suddenly remembered part of Ariel's song in Act I, scene ii of Shakespeare's The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and

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What is Luca Turin up to these days?

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 02:11 AM

Luca Turin has had quite a run, first surfacing as a popular writer on scents with two books, The Secret of Scent (2006) and the Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (2008). He had already become a familiar name to some through Chandler Burr’s book The Emperor of Scent (2002), which contained the first account of his theory of olfaction. After a bit of a gap, The Little Book of Scents came out in 2011; finally, we saw a collection of Folio Columns 2003 to 2014, which appeared in 2015 .

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Nocturnal Meditation in Translation, "Clair de Lune"

by JaimeB on 12th July 2017 at 07:42 AM

Translation is at best a difficult and dissatisfying, often even frustrating, task; yet I feel drawn to try my hand at it from time to time.

This is a poem of Paul Verlaine, he of the sad and broken love affair and infatuation with the younger poet, his sometime admirer Arthur Rimbaud. The poem was also the inspiration for Claude Debussy's orchestral rendering in his piece of the same name, part of his Suite Bergamasque.

Verlaine paints a moonlit landscape grounded

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Updated 27th July 2017 at 05:21 AM by JaimeB

Personal Reflections

A Picture from the blue

by JaimeB on 25th March 2015 at 04:02 PM
A friend of mine was on a fight to Dubai recently and noticed one of the cabin crew was wearing a name tag with the same family name on it as mine. He took the man's picture and emailed it to me remarking on the strange coincidence. Of course, the flight attendant was from the same part of Spain, Galicia, as my parents, but it led me to think about some things I hadn't considered for a long time.

Here's what I wrote to the friend who emailed me that picture:

Thanks for

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Updated 25th March 2015 at 11:05 PM by JaimeB

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