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A Loud Perfume

I had to write this research paper for class last year, and I just ran across it again today. I LOVED writing this paper! I thought is was so interesting and unique..so I thought I would share it with you guys. Whoever said you only learn in the classroom, WAS WRONG! Have you ever heard of synesthesia? Not many have. Synesthesia is a Greek word meaning “joined sensation”. According to Vicki Mabrey synesthesia is a “rare brain condition . . . in which some of the senses—usually quite distinct—involuntarily fuse together, creating almost literally a sixth sense. Music is not only heard, it’s seen and felt; words can have flavors and flavors can have color” (qtd. in Kohn 561). There are multiple causes for synesthesia. The major and most common cause of synesthesia is heredity. There is no cure for synesthesia; therefore, this mental disorder will affect the livelihood of synesthetes for the rest of their lives. “I see music because I have Synesthesia, so I decided to paint what I hear” -Melissa McCracken Radiohead-Lucky…

Travel Research: A Substitute for Actual Travel

Originally posted on Sadie's Been There:
Unfortunately I find that there is dissonance between the time I would like to spend traveling, and the time work allows for it. I know I’m definitely not alone in this. What’s even more unfortunate is the fact that at this point in my life, I’m probably given more travel time than I will be for a long while moving forward professionally. I have found, in my experience of wanderlust, that I am at least able to temporarily curb my impulse to drop everything and travel by researching the many places I want to visit and fantasizing about adventures that await. It is comforting to know that the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are sitting and waiting for me in New Zealand whenever I’m ready. The only urgency is in my own impatience. Beyond all else, when I feed my travel bug by casually researching the many places I’d like to visit, and the expense of visiting at various times throughout the year, I become so overwhelmed by the world and how much…