The smoke and dust were still swirling over the World Trade Center in September, 2001, when Bethany Putnam pulled her car up in front of Saint Paul’s Chapel on Broadway, just a few feet from the  wreckage.  Both towers had fallen, but remarkably, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Chapel, just a matter of feet from Ground Zero, […]

CULINARY [KYOO-luh-ner-ee,KUHL-uh-ner-ee] : relating to the kitchen or cooking


It’s almost impossible to scan the channels on a TV these days without realizing how big the culinary world is.  There are whole channels devoted to cooking, eating, and being a foodie.  Even morning news shows and daytime talk shows feel obligated to have a culinary segment in order to keep their ratings.  It’s a […]

POMANDER: a mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, formerly carried on the person as a supposed guard against infection but now placed in closets, dressers, etc.


Over the course of history there have been a variety of methods for dealing with the delicate topic of body odor.   In most cases, until fairly recently, the main thrust has been to cover the scent, rather than trying to remove it.    The whole idea of bathing daily is a fairly recent tradition, and it […]