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Monthly Archives: June, 2009

Memory: proust

In honor of Proust, we had madeleines as our food offering on Sunday. Sadly we don’t have a picture of them. Everyone was too busy tasting them to get a shot. But, they were SUBLIME! Pamela Gregory, of Napa, California, sent them to us. And we all tasted them at the same time–such flavor, such texture. Is there lavender in a madeleine? Lemon?
Here’s a snippet of what Proust had to say about the power of taste to evoke the past…

the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell
alone, more fragile but more enduring, more unsubstantial, more persistent,
more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting,
hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and
almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”

And here’s a shot of some lovely folks who came on Sunday.




More from this past Sunday’s service on MEMORY. The service was full of memory-spurring experiences…the interactive portion of the service was SCENTS/MEMORY, where we shared various scents, to see what memories they might evoke. The scents were Hawaiian Tropic Suntan Oil, Lavender, Curry, Tiger Balm, Cody Air Spun cosmetic powder, Clove and fingernail polish.

“…the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has
the power to recall memories…” Rachel Carson

above image: Sally, Danyon and Justin, smelling scented cotton balls.