Talk About Smells! In Praise of Texas Mountain Laurel

A blooming Texas Mountain Laurel plant in my front yard.

A couple of days ago, I blogged on the power of smell to stir up memories. Before I leave the topic of smells, I thought I might add a further reflection. A few nights ago, I stepped out of my front door.  Taking a deep breath, I was surprised to find the air redolent of [Read More...]

The Power of Smell to Stir Up Memories

The contstruction site near Schlotzsky's, complete with the requisite outhouse.

Scientific studies have shown that smell has unusual power to stir up memories. Most of us can vouch for that fact from our own experience. You smell old books and remember your grandfather’s den. You smell roses and remember the garden of the house you grew up in. And so forth and so on. Today, [Read More...]

Good News for “Sound Guys” Everywhere

A "sound guy" hard at work. Picture from  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosengrant/.

I’ve got good news for “sound guys” everywhere. Even if you’re not a “sound guy,” you might want to pay attention. But, first, let me explain what I’m talking about. In my experience as a pastor and speaker, “sound guy” is virtually a technical term for the person who oversees the audio for a lecture [Read More...]


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