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Dirt Road

When I was in kindergarten, the school bus didn’t go where I lived.  It would stop in the curve on the red dirt road where the massive old cedar tree stood.  My brother and I would get off the bus and start walking the quarter mile white dirt road to Nanny and Granddaddy’s.  Their small brick house stood at the end of the white dirt road, hidden by a thick screen of trees that bordered broad fields of tall tobacco. Continue reading

The Smell of Tobacco

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The sense of smell has the strongest direct connection to long term memory.  In fact, there’s literally a direct connection from the olfactory cortex that receives the incoming signals to the hippocampus where long term memory is generated.  All of the other senses have to be processed, filtered, examined and catalogued first, and then the important bits are selected out and sent on to the hippocampus to create long-term memories, but not smell.  This is one reason that even a faint whiff of a  familiar scent can unlock a long forgotten memory.  Continue reading

A Picture’s Worth… #WritingTips

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“A picture’s worth a thousand words.”

“Seeing is believing.”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

As these adages and countless others go to show, people are very visual beings. Our language, culture, and knowledge of the world around us are shaped by the information we gather with our eyes more than any other sense.  The visual cortex in the brain is one of the most active areas and it is constantly processing and analyzing incoming information, applying the signals received from our eyes, and informing the rest of the brain how to respond based on that incoming information.  The power of sight is so overwhelming that we call our personal philosophy and understanding of ourselves and our place in humanity and the universe our “world view,” tying even our basic interpretation of life itself to the power and language of sight. Continue reading