The 01/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Jan

Moi is a ‘bus chick’ and rides the bus all over Seattle. Walking around the urban environment is a cacophony of sights and smells. Sometimes, riding certain bus routes, one can get a whiff and it is not the smell or roses. The Mayo Clinic defines Loss of smell (anosmia):

Loss of smell — anosmia (an-OHZ-me-uh) — can be partial or complete, although a complete loss of smell is fairly rare. Loss of smell can also be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.

Although loss of smell can sometimes be a symptom of a serious condition, it isn’t necessarily serious itself. Still, an intact sense of smell is necessary to fully taste foods. Loss of smell could cause you to lose interest in eating, which could lead to weight loss, malnutrition or even depression.

Still, one would be lost without the sense of smell. Does one really want to give up the smell of warm bread and baking cookies? Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is the sense of smell.


Each day has a color, a smell.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices


I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.”
Herbert Rappaport


Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
William Osler

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.
Helen Keller

Keep it simple. Tell the truth. People can smell the truth.
Steve Wynn


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