3 silly girls at a birthday party: Alexis,Cathy,Nymphe


Recently I watched a wonderful film on NETFLIX: EMPIRE OF SCENTS.

One clip in particular fascinated me as the question: “What does space smell like?” was posed.

Only a handful of space-walking astronauts could answer this question with authority.

Not that they whipped off their headgear whilst meandering outside the space capsule but upon re-entry to home away from home they are sealed into a pressure chamber to allow the shift in atmosphere.

Coming in from outer space as the door closes behind them SPACE and its scent is captured in there with them.

After the cabin is re-pressurized they then take off their protective gear and for a scant few seconds can smell the scent of space.

The astronaut interviewed described it as “slightly metallic; maybe like a witches cauldron.” A little bit scary, old and a little bit mysterious was the sense I got.

It feels to me that all of us sentient creatures are just floating; crowded into the ante-chamber breathing the dark,hot breath of our centuries old history

Until the friggin’ re-entry door decides to open into maybe something that is beautiful and smells of hope.

How do we find the buffer for the acridness afoot in our world ?

Setting very clear boundaries regarding what we invite near us is key.

The effort to cleve to any intention I may set feels nothing less than Herculean.

There is always, ALWAYS slippage

And yet..


The things that work best for me in the current witches cauldron we are soaking in are:

1. good, authentic, forgiving friends
2. my dog, EMMA
3. a heating pad at night
4. always flowers
5. recognizing the little miracles when they happen like some stranger opening a door for me.
6. A good book
7. gratitude all day long
8. creativity
9. non-clutter
10. showing appreciation to people who enhance my life for seemingly small things like a superb cup of coffee.
11. prayer
12. lipstick.
13. film
14. tequila

onward we all go…



5 Responses to “Space”

  1. Bryan Adams on January 20th, 2018

    Good list.

  2. Pam on January 20th, 2018

    Wonderful blog, Cathy!
    Thank you!

  3. gerry harty on January 20th, 2018

    Great list Cathy…I copied it because I need some guidance!!!Thank you and Happy New Year!!! xoxoxo Gerry

  4. Becky Patterson on January 20th, 2018

    I love those same things. I would add I’m happiest laying in bed with my cat on my lap. 4th graders description of a poet:” A poet is someone who can smell the smell of scentless things and tell others what it smells like”

  5. Dennis Chamberlain on January 20th, 2018

    Yes, yes, a heck of a list Lady L – especially the lipstick………. Makes me think about a 1990’s book I am re-reading – “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihelyl. If he ever does another sequel he needs to interview you as part of his research.

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