Patrick Süskind quote: the persuasive power of odor

Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off; it enters into us like breath into our lungs; it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.

Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Alain Boucheron quote: woman on jewelry and fragrance

A woman wears both jewelry and fragrance and both recall happy moments of her life.

A woman wears both jewelry and fragrance and both recall happy moments of her life.

Alain Boucheron

The psychology of smell [video]

April 25th, 2020, or the last Saturday in April is National Sense of Smell Day. Sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, this annual event is held in children’s museums and science centers to highlight the importance of olfaction – that which pertains to the olfactory nerve inside the nose.

Psychological smell research by Wallenbergstiftelserna, on YouTube

Julius Morton quote: why Tree Appreciation Day is not like other holidays

Julius Sterling Morton said: Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.

Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.

Julius Sterling Morton

Jhumpa Lahiri quote: the thing about books

Jhumpa Lahiri said: That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Frank Zappa quote: a bookworm’s perspective

So many books, so little time.

Frank Zappa
little girl dressed in pink denim jumper dress posing against bookcase filled with books
Little girl, dressed in white-cat-face-on-black sweater and pink denim jumper dress, posing against a bookcase filled with nature and wildlife books – AboutMnimi.com
Happy World Book Day on Instagram – AboutMnimi.com

World book and copyright day: history and coincidences

April 23rd is World Book Day and Copyright Day, a worldwide celebration of literature and reading.

In 1995, during its general conference in Paris, UNESCO announced the 23rd day of April as World Book and Copyright Day. To globally pay tribute to well-known authors and books, this “symbolic date” was particularly chosen due to the following:

10 coincidental births and deaths in literature

  • 1616, April 23 – death of Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, also known as El Inca or Inca Garcilaso de la Vega; Spanish-Incan chronicler of Inca and writer of influential books
  • 1616, April 22 – death of Miguel de Cervantes, greatest Spanish writer and novelist; author of Don Quixote
  • 1616, April 23 – death of William Shakespeare; greatest writer in the English language; author of Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet
  • 1850, April 23 – death of William Wordsworth; major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads
  • 1899, April 22 – birth of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Russian-born American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist who achieved international prominence after writing (from Russian to) English prose
  • 1902, April 23 – birth of Halldór Kiljan Laxness; Icelandic writer and 1955 Nobel Prize winner in literature
  • 1918, April 23 – birth of Maurice Druon; French novelist and “Perpetual Secretary” of Académie Française, the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language
  • 1923, April 23 – birth of Manuel Mejía Vallejo; Colombian writer and journalist
  • 1981, April 23 – death of Josep Pla i Casadevall; Catalan journalist and a popular author
  • 1996, April 23 – death of Pamela Lyndon Travers; Australian-English writer best known for the Mary Poppins series of children’s books


References:
1. World Book and Copyright Day 23 April. Retriveved April 21, 2019 from https://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/.
2. Wikipedia (author list). Retrieved Spril 21, 2019.

Richard Neville quote: why marijuana is addictive

Richard Neville said: Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.

Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.

Richard Neville

Long-term effects of marijuana on brain and body

I have no interest in even trying to smoke weed. But neither do I oppose its use, especially for therapeutic purposes. Yes, the key is moderation. Definitely not for kids though… Great post!

Guy Breau's SPACE

There’s a lot to be said about that Socratic statement “Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess,” especially when it comes to tripping out on weed.

Marijuana or cannabis is psychoactive, meaning it’ll screw your mind if you take too much in excess and don’t exercise moderation. You’ve got to get the “high” right and this means self-discipline.

Long-term weed use is a lot more dangerous than it is fun. Ask doctors and they’ll tell you the same thing. A lot of medical studies show the long-term effects on the brain and body make marijuana dangerous to a lot of people.

These long-term issues with weed have to do with THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC, which triggers the marijuana high, mimics substances called endocannabinoids the human body naturally produces.

Endocannabinoids control the production of neurotransmitters in the human brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that facilitate communication between the brain and the central nervous…

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Henry Rollins quote: no reason to light up

Henry Rollins said: I have no interest in smoking marijuana, but I can’t see any reason to keep someone of age from lighting up.

I have no interest in smoking marijuana, but I can’t see any reason to keep someone of age from lighting up.

Henry Rollins

Willie Nelson quote: the best stress medicine

Willie Nelson said: The biggest killer on the planet is stress, and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.

The biggest killer on the planet is stress, and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.

Willie Nelson

420 weed day

April 20th is Weed Day, the day when “adult” potheads will officially come together and celebrate their 420 marijuana holiday.

Only for adults and moderately please

The recreational drug or so-called medical marijuana is for adults only. Kids beware! Researchers found out that the hippie’s 4-20 alters young developing brains, which may result to poor memory and other cognitive decline later in life.

Another reminder: everything in moderation

420 origin

Weed day: Where did ‘420’ come from? by Fox News, on YouTube

Forget Covid-19

It was said that you easily forget things that do not really matter. So, I guess having less-than-good eyesight and misplacing my reading glasses are not important. Ha!

Above all of the things we lose memory of, there is one thing I wish – that we forget the heartbreak given to us by this Coronavirus pandemic!

The health benefits of garlic

April 19th is National Garlic Day. This is a perfect re-blog!
This is great info… Garlic, I like. 😀

Exercise and Health

Garlic is one of my top three healthiest things that you should use daily, along with green tea and lemon juice.

Adding garlic to your diet can keep you alive for longer

If your parents were as health-conscious as mine, you’ve probably been told how garlic is a basically cure for everything. Is garlic really that good for you? Let’s find out.

Garlic Facts

Garlic is actually a part of the onion family, along with leeks and shallots. There are usually 10-20 cloves per head of garlic.

Hippocrates used to prescribe garlic for a variety of ailments

The father of medicine was a big fan of the medicinal properties of this bulb, and he wasn’t on his own. In fact, many ancient civilizations recorded the health benefits of garlic. These include Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome and China. Was it garlic that gave them the power to conquer the world?

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George Inness quote: the true use of art

George Inness said: The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.

The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.

George Inness

Pablo Picasso quote: what every child is

Pablo Picasso said: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

March 15th is World Art Day. Happy International Day of Art!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

Happy Bench Monday Art Day!

girl holding art materials while sitting on a bench
Little girl sitting on a park table-bench while holding her art materials

David Allen quote: where stress come from

David Allen said: Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.

David Allen

Steve Maraboli quote: what to do with stress

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

Steve Maraboli

Tao Porchon-Lynch quote: power over stress

Breath is the power behind all things… I breathe in and know that good things will happen.

Breath is the power behind all things… I breathe in and know that good things will happen.

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Terri Guillemets quote: what to give your stress

Terri Guillemets said: Give your stress wings and let it fly away.

Give your stress wings and let it fly away.

Terri Guillemets
Lady stands beside a black owl figurine on a park bench
Lady standing beside a black porcelain owl figurine on a park bench

Hope within our poetry

April is both Poetry and Hope Awareness month. This is awesome and just perfect to re-blog!

Rivers Renewed

100_1716Scars won’t keep our hope in the darkness,

instead our words will live

within our poetry,

encouraging us,

strengthening us

each and every day.

    

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

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