Sunday Firesides: Not Everything Is Political

Before there was politics, there was sex and love, games and sports, spirituality and art, glory and honor. As civilization became increasingly complex, governments were instituted to protect this primordial pursuit of happiness in a more structured and equitable way. As Aristotle put it, “every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good.”  In this, government is much like the trellises placed in gardens which allow certain plants to gr...
Tags: Life, Václav Havel, Aristotle, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides

A Simple Obedience Test

I want to try a little experiment today regarding something I’m curious about. This test is valid on whatever day you read this post, not just on the day I originally publish it. This is a simple obedience test. I’m going to command you to do something – just a simple command with no extra reward or punishment – and I just want to see if you do it. The only reason to do it is because you choose to obey the command I’m going to give you. This is a test with just two core options. Either you...
Tags: Careers, Steve, Creating Reality

The Liquors By Kilian: Angels' Share and Roses on Ice

Strikingly handsome Kilian Hennessy, the founder of perfumer brand By Kilian and a member of the eighth generation of the Hennessy dynasty, producers of some of the most famous French cognacs, has said in regards to the release of his latest two fragrances, Roses on Ice and Angels' Share, that he decided to pay tribute to his heritage, the family tradition of producing quality liquor. Th... Read full article: from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
Tags: Fashion, Hennessy, Kilian, Kilian Hennessy

Old Navy Sale Shopping + Super Cash: 10 Cheap Winter Basics

Old Navy Sale Shopping + Super Cash: 10 Cheap Winter Basics I can admit this freely: My wardrobe lately is almost exclusively leggings and sweatshirts. Granted, I do learn towards cute leggings and sweatshirts whenever possible, but still. I feel a little sad for the lonely ankle boots in my closet, waiting for pandemic life to be over so they can accompany me to an evening of dinner and dancing. This earnest dive into loungy comfort has put a slight strain on my rotation. Thankfully, I have an ...
Tags: Fashion, Navy, Sales, Old Navy, Kohl, Old Navy Sale, Old Navy Shopping, Navy Super Cash, Macy s Money You

Jovoy’s 21 Conduit St: A Remarkable Kaleidoscopic Fougère

Right from the start, you can smell reference Fougère Royale DNA in Jovoy’s latest creation 21 Conduit St. The intense herbal freshness is there; the cushiony moss is there; and the silky tonka is there in the guise of almondy shaving soap. But 21 Conduit St.’s lavender story is where the richest and most rewarding places of interest lie within the composition, full of interesting leads – s... Read full article: Jovoy’s 21 Conduit St: A Remarkable Kaleidoscopic Fougère from Fragrantica Perfumes...
Tags: Fashion, Fragrantica Perfumes, Jovoy, Conduit St

In troubled times, a ritual walk can clear the mind and soothe the soul

A pilgrimage is healing because it encourages you to savour the momentCome autumn, as a way of defying the back-to-school doldrums brought on by a rapid shortening of the days, and to mark what feels like the true start of a year, I go on a pilgrimage. This year, more than ever, I crave the slow and steady rhythm of a walking pace, big skies, and cleansing wind and rain to shake off the cobwebs of a long confinement and to break the domestic routines of daily life. I want to connect to my own pu...
Tags: Psychology, England, Science, Fitness, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Edward, Dorset, Westminster Abbey, Golden Cap, St Candida, Marshwood Vale, St Wite

Victoria's Secret Bombshell Gold

Victoria's Secret launches Bombshell Gold in the fall of 2020, the flanker of the original Bombshell from 2010. The new limited edition is announced as a warm floral fragrance infused with a festive spirit. Described as festive and intoxicating, Bombshell Gold presents a "luxe and luminous" interpretation of the floral signature of the original - the note of peony. To create a note of "golde... Read full article: Victoria's Secret Bombshell Gold from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazin...
Tags: Fashion, Victoria, Bombshell, Bombshell Gold

Flower power: Covid restrictions fuel boom in plant and bulb sales

Sales of medicinal plants such as echinacea have risen by almost 3,000% at some outletsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs winter approaches, the pandemic continues and spending time outdoors seems less appealing, how can you still get your fix of nature? By bringing the outdoors inside, or at least that’s what soaring plant sales seem to suggest.Latest figures show there has been a huge increase in the number of people buying plants and bulbs during lockdown, and medi...
Tags: Environment, Life and style, UK News, Plants, Gardens, Coronavirus

Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Don’t Quit, Recommit In this post, I want to provide a few simple recommendations for those who are considering stepping away from the ministry. Sabbath: An Enduring Principle For the Soul The Sabbath principle is not just another rule to keep. It’s an opportunity God is providing to enjoy him more. Four Ways to Practice Pandemic Hospitality Here are four ways that could you practice hospitality within your circles and neighbourhood this ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Trump Today, Gospel Coalition Canada

Case Study: Aquolina Pink Sugar or the Cotton Candy That Ate Up the World

A couple of years back I was consulted as a perfume expert, alongside Michael Edwards no less, by journalist Wendy Kaur writing for NUVO Magazine, on the not-showing-signs-of-abating trend of gourmand fragrances. You know the ones...the ones which make your salivate and get your teeth scared at the same breath. Caramel...chocolate...almond...honey...lots of dazzle for your palate with those. ... Read full article: Case Study: Aquolina Pink Sugar or the Cotton Candy That Ate Up the World from Fr...
Tags: Fashion, Michael Edwards, Nuvo, Aquolina Pink Sugar, Wendy Kaur

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