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Treat Time – Cranberries, La Tarte Tatin & the Smells of Autumn

Fall is my favorite season, when autumn winds blow away the sticky heat of summer, and hardwood trees show off the rich, abundant colors they’ve been hiding. It’s a season with scents that rival the showier floral springtime. Smells of apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, damp wood – these are the aromas I anticipate as the days…

Problems to solve

For humans, smell is the third of our five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing). Smell alerts us to danger, such as smoke, gas leaks or even mold. It enhances our ability to taste and to experience the beauty of the natural world. Although subconsciously we can detect the subtle presence of molecules like pheromones,…

Treat Time – Ellie’s Biscuits

I enjoy baking. Even more, I love sharing recipes and whatever I bake. Just like Ellie needs a treat now and then to replenish the energy she expends smelling literally everything, I think it’s time for a treat. Ellie adores the small dog biscuits I make for her. Redolent of the cinnamon, pumpkin, and peanut…

First steps

I started my journey on a walk with our dog Ellie, while listening to a podcast. The podcast was Revisionist History, and the episode was “The Dog Will See You Now”. In it, Malcolm Gladwell explores the use of dogs to detect the presence of cancer and Covid-19 in humans. He imagines a world in…