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    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
  2. 2.
  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Friday, April 1, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Aromatherapy

A is for Aromatherapy.

Once upon a time, people were more attuned to the world through their senses than we are now. Survival dictated that touch, seeing, hearing, tasting, and smelling--the last two by design intertwined--would protect fragile human beings in a harsh wilderness world. Before there were civilized societies, a person could literally smell and capitalize on an opponent's fear. I'm guessing that it's only been in the last century or so that we've lost much of our sensory acuity and abilities.

You can follow a trail of contaminated breadcrumbs leading right to the culprit for this loss. What was the word of career advice that Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate received and that sums up our grandest achievement as a civilized society? Plastics! Move forward, young man, into the New Age of Synthetics. Science has managed to duplicate just about anything you can imagine in nature, and the result is anything but natural. 

Now we can have it all. Fake boobs. High-beam smiles. Perpetual any-color-but-gray hair. Stuff resembling food that you pick up on the way home so you can spend more time with those various boxes made with plastic. The ones with little people in them who tell you what to think, believe, feel, desire. Other boxes to record and store your words and send them on to other people with similar boxes. 

Craving escape from the World of Fake, I garden and walk in the woods as often as possible. It's not enough. It never is. I want convenience, and I want it in a concentrated dose. Soothing herbs and flowers and grasses and trees in bottles. One drop at a time. Not quite the elusive cure for Snores-Bores-Squeaky-Doors Syndrome but pretty close to it. It keeps the muse happy, anyway. And she can't smell the fear. What a slave driver. Back to the box I go.

See A to Z Blogging Challenge for links to more "A's" from Challenge sponsors and other writers.


  1. Walks in the woods are a wonderful retreat and great way to be in touch with your senses.

  2. Hello fellow Florida writer. Living in Florida makes it a bit easier to relax. Except during hurricane season, of course.

  3. The sence of scent has always been important to me. Certain smells always bring back memories. :) We lived in Florida for awhile a long time ago. Here in Norway there is alot of great places to retreat from the "fake World"

  4. Great blog - the natural scents beat the manufactured ones all the time- who could ever bottle the scent of spring in the air?
    Look forward to more of your A-Z blogs.

  5. Aromatherapy...great word and I could sure use some right now!! Feeling a bit stressed over this challenge!!
    I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

  6. There is nothing like the scent of flowers. The smell of the salt water on the breeze. Pine under foot to bring tranquility to the soul.

  7. Hi W2W .. aromatherapy offers so much to so many. Fresh scents and being outside smelling the breeze is so important ... a good walk at the same time .. cheers Hilary

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog for the beginning of the Challenge.

    I agree, too much FAKE!
    I have a mock orangeblossom plant on my lanai so I guess that's my natural aromatherpy.

  9. You narrated it very well, walk2write, the tragic transition from ability to smell even the opponents fear to a world which is being evidently dominated by plastics and silicon implants..

  10. Wonderful take on "A"! I love rich and soothing scents, and I agree, we've lost much in our so called modern world.
    Happy weekend,

  11. I did my own A-Z and also chose aromatherapy for my A, coming at it from a completely different angle.


  12. As a writer, I live in fake a lot of the time. So when I have a chance, I like to stop and smell the literal roses.

  13. Nice post, it made me wish to go on vacation, cut off from this hectic life, lol..

  14. I remember that line from "The Graduate" so well! It does seem to sum up our society in the past 30-40 years so well. There's no way to bottle up the feelings or rush to the senses you get from gardening, though.

  15. We do live in a pretty artificial world much of the time.

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  16. Nature's aromatherapy is the best kind, whether walking through the woods or basking in the sun while lying on the grass.

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