A Birthday Wish

Today is my birthday. The past year has been…disorienting? frightening? simultaneously suspenseful and stagnant? but also a time of unexpected small pleasures and strengthened connections that felt more important than ever before. I’m grateful for every one of you who has kept reading and commenting here. I value our shared appreciation of fragrance, art, and all other sensory experiences and forms of creativity that make us think more deeply about the beauty and fragility of our lives.

I hope the coming year will be a happy and healthy (and well-scented) one for all of us.

Image: Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, The Birthday Table, 1840. Oil on wood. Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, German.


  1. Happy Birthday, Jessica!

    This year was quite… educational for all of us. Let’s hope that whatever we’ve learned will help us to be happy and healthy (and well-centered) 🙂

    All the best to you!


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