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June 1, 2011
If winter is about cold and dark, autumn is about color and summer is about sweat, then spring, at least to me, is about smells. It hits me just about every May, though the specific day varies from year to year depending on the weather, but there's no mistaking when it hits. Stepping outside puts me in a sweet cloud of the flowers my wife, Anne, and I have planted outside our home. It's kind of strange: in our era, the easiest way for me to describe the smell is by comparing it to inexpensive perfume.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
After weeks of eight-hour days spent working in offices that smelled distinctly like a locker room - sweaty, musty and dirty sock-like - some employees in the Howard Circuit Court clerk's office were so frustrated recently that they talked about staging a sickout. "It got to the point the smell was still around. People were sick," said Katherine Beane, who serves as executive assistant to Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport. "We were just a bit fed up." But after a weekend away, and with the air somewhat better, they shelved the idea.
FEATURES
By Theresa Tamkins and Theresa Tamkins,Medical Tribune News Service | September 8, 1995
The wafting scent of lavender may put insomniacs to sleep just as well as tranquilizers do, a new study suggests.The study included four elderly people who had difficulty sleeping, and had been taking tranquilizers for up to three years. Researchers took them off the drugs, then infused the air with the scent of lavender.At first, the patients had trouble getting to sleep without the tranquilizers. But after the introduction of the lavender scent, they were able to sleep as well as they had when they were taking the drugs, according to the report, published this week in the medical journal Lancet.
NEWS
Letter to The Record and The Aegis | July 2, 2013
Editor: I lift the lid off the writhing pot on my stove and inhale deeply. The aroma of Old Bay seasoning and the briny crab reaches my nose, a smell so familiar and so comforting. Their bright red bodies smeared wholly with that special seasoning wipes away the fact that a mere hour earlier the pots contents were in a cooler on the floor, scratching and pinching, and blue. Placing the lid carefully back down, I turn my attention to the sweet corn, its smell dispersing through the kitchen alarming those present it is ready to be eaten, the broth milky and corn silk floating along in a one note soup.
NEWS
By JANET GILBERT | January 14, 2007
I am smelling like a man. I don't mean I am bending down to smell something in the way a man would because I have rarely witnessed a man performing the "voluntary sniff." A man, alone in an elevator, might perform an olfactory check of his pant cuffs if he has mistakenly walked through a dog park on his way back from lunch. But this is the "compulsory sniff"; something a man must do, apparently solo. My point here is, my actual person smells like a man. My best guess is that there was a mix-up at the factory that, coincidentally, makes both my antiperspirant and my laundry detergent.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
Responding to residents' complaints of an intermittent foul odor, the state Department of the Environment will collect and test air samples at Locust House in Westminster.Many of the 100 senior and disabled residents of the federally subsidized housing complex have reported the odor in their apartments and in common areas of the seven-story building, county inspectors said.An independent air-quality consultant inspected the building two months ago, but reported no problems with the air circulating in the 17-year-old building.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | May 30, 1995
PENNSYLVANIA Avenue has been routinely open to traffic for the entire history of our Republic. Through four presidential assassinations and eight unsuccessful attempts on the lives of presidents, it's been open; through a Civil War, two world wars and the gulf war, it was open. And now, it must be closed."That from President Clinton, announcing "a responsible security step necessary to preserve our freedom"; to wit, closing Pennsylvania Avenue to motor traffic.The thing about keeping them underground was they looked so awful when you brought them up. Pale as a slug's belly.
TRAVEL
By Special to the Sun | October 17, 2004
A Memorable Place The pleasures and pains of Africa By David Berry SPECIAL TO THE SUN The first thing you notice in Africa are the smells. In Nairobi, Kenya, it is the smell of walking dusty paths along city streets choked with fumes from poorly tuned, oil-burning cars and trucks. It is the smell of corn roasting over open charcoal fires. Even in the best neighborhoods, it is the smell of trash burning along the roads. It is the smell of poverty so overwhelming that the average American has no frame of reference.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
After weeks of eight-hour days spent working in offices that smelled distinctly like a locker room -- sweaty, musty and dirty-sock-like -- some employees in the Howard circuit clerk's office were so frustrated recently that they talked about staging a sickout. "It got to the point the smell was still around. People were sick," said Katherine Beane, who is executive assistant to Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport. "We were just a bit fed up." But after a weekend away, and with the air somewhat better, they shelved the idea.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | June 9, 1993
You know you're in a Baltimore alley when the garbage bag of post-Memorial Day hard crab shells emit an odor that could make a Marylander denounce seafood.This time of year, the heat, haze, humidity and rain combine to give areas in Baltimore scents that belong to us and nobody else. Depending on where you are, the scents reflect geography (Chesapeake Bay and the Patapsco River), industry (old smokestacks and decaying sewers) and personal taste (Old Bay crab seasoning).Not all the scents are bad. Nobody hates those coming from a bakery.
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