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Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Best wishes for a happy Valentine’s Day to all who read this. Some of my students got into the spirit of things and brought cookies and candy for everyone. I’m stuffed with enough sweets to last for … well, at least for the rest of today, and I still have one more event to go to where there will almost certainly be more sweet stuff.

I think I’ll have to sniff some galbanum when I get home this evening as an antidote.

[Candy photo adapted from Wikimedia]


  1. Happy Valentine's Day to you too!
    Good idea. I need some galbanum or oakmoss to recover from so many sweets.


  2. Hi and Happy Valentine's Day!

    We just returned from a wonderful dinner and too much dessert! Right now I can't even imagine tasting the boxes of beautiful chocolate we received from students and friends.

    I can imagine that sniffing galbanum would be refreshing after all the sweet stuff. I remember galbanum growing in northern Iran and western Afghanistan. I didn't know then that a fragrance derived from the plant was used in perfume or that it could be an antidote to overindulgence in Valentine's Day treats.