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Scents Making Sense

(post, Kathryn Humiston)

I love the way certain aromas can evoke memories and emotional responses. The smell of bread baking always takes me back to my grandmother's kitchen; apples and cinnamon remind me of my mother; vanilla makes me think of my husband. Some things recall less pleasant places and times too, but I tend to avoid introducing those smells into my home.'

Today is cold and blustery, but the house seems extra-cozy. A big pot of pinto beans is simmering with garlic, cumin and guajillo chilies and the house smells warm.