MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment



EMOTICON SMELLINGCan we smell memories?  In my previous post, I referred to something I used to do as a child, and it got me to thinking about how certain smells take me back to my childhood.  Here are some examples:  the smell of wet, red clay (dirt) after it rains and the smell of smoke coming from chimneys or wood burning.  These are just a couple of the odors that bring back to my mind fond memories of the past when times were much simpler .

The Bible says we are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), but I am always so fascinated by the incredible way that the human body functions.  Of course, we know that our brain is our command center, but why does smelling certain things evoke specific memories within us?  How Stuff Works eloquently explains it.  Because we encounter most new odors when we are young, the smells will often trigger childhood memories later in life.  When we first smell a new scent, we link it to an event, person, thing, or moment.  Our brain then forges a link between the smell and a memory so that whatever we associate the smell with at that time, whenever we encounter the smell again, that memory is evoked within us since the link is already there.  Doesn’t sound so complicated when you break it down like that, does it?  However, I think it’s still intriguing.

What are some smells that transport you back to your childhood, and what pleasant memories do they remind you of?

Well, good night.  More later.


(Emoticon Photo-Courtesy of Clip Art)



ELDERLY COUPLEGetting older is no joke!  Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 describe the wintertime of life in symbolic language–the trembling of arms and hands, the bending of legs, the dimming of eyesight, and so on.  Do these things sound depressing?  Well, depending on our attitude, they can be.

I decided to write this post because everyday since I retired last November some part of my body reminds me that I am not the spring chicken I used to be :).  Today, it’s a painful, sore, and swollen right ankle.  I soak it.  I rub it.  I put a warm compress on it.  I wear compression stockings.  Sometimes, these things help, but not today.  And who knows how it will be tomorrow or what else may be bothering me?

I recall when I was younger how Mama used to tell my siblings and me that just because certain things we did then did not bother us that we thought they would not cause us pain later in life.  Now, I finally understand what she meant.  When we’re young, we think that our youthful vitality will never diminish.  But before we realize what’s happening, the wintertime of life is upon us.  Personally, it has been extremely difficult for me to acknowledge that parts of me are falling apart.  But I’m learning to accept that I now need extra help in order for my body to heal from certain illnesses and discomforts of aging.  No, I am no longer in mint condition.  I am an older model vehicle (a classic–or perhaps antique is a better term 🙂 ) who needs more than the usual routine maintenance :).

One of my favorite Internet sites to go to when I’m doing research on health topics is the Mayo Clinic because it has information that is helpful and very easy to understand.  As their site points out, the aging process affects our bodies in various ways.  I have listed some below.


Something else that the site reminds us of that I appreciate is this:  While we can’t stop the aging process, we might be able to minimize its impact by making healthy choices.  That is an excellent idea because God blessed us with our wonderfully-made bodies, and it is up to each one of us as individuals to do what we can to cherish and take care of them.

I hope you had an awesome day!  As always, this is from my heart to yours.


(Photo of Elderly Couple–Courtesy of Clip Art)






“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)


Our bodies are indeed wonderfully made by our awesome Creator!  From the time we are born until the time we die, our bodies allow us to enjoy life in various aspects.  We are so uniquely made that our body has the ability to heal itself automatically.  Sadly though, it deteriorates over time.  When this happens, it not only affects us but also our loved ones who care deeply for us.  But how can we know when something inside us is not quite right?  Well, we get signals of various sorts that are out of the ordinary for us.  This is how we know that we may have a problem that we need to give attention to.  So does our body talk?  What do you think?

In doing my research for this post, I came across a very thought-provoking article entitled Listen to Your Body Talk.”  I’ve been having some health issues of my own lately, and this article really caught my attention because I am one of those people who pays attention to what my body is telling me.  However, since I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort, I sometimes ignore what it’s saying.

For instance, I recently wrote a post about the numbness and tingling I am experiencing in my left hand and fingers.  For years, I have had a feeling of numbness in my left pinkie, but because it was not giving me any serious trouble, I continued to ignore it.  Especially when I would first wake up from sleeping, the sensation was more evident, and I often wondered to myself why this was so.  But again, I ignored it until a little over a month ago when I woke up one morning, and the numbness was more evident and also included my ring finger and the whole pinkie-side of my hand.

Thinking it was just a bad case of carpal tunnel, I bought a compression and support glove.  When that did not help, I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor who advised me that I had hit my elbow and injured the nerve that goes to my hand.  He then instructed me to wear an elbow pad and that if it had not improved in three weeks that surgery would probably be necessary.  The hand and upper extremity surgeon told me that this is something that has been going on for a while and has progressively gotten worse.  At the same time, I am also experiencing full-body physical and muscle weakness of which my doctor has not yet been able to ascertain the cause.  So I have been going through test after test and still have two more to be performed after my upcoming surgery for the injured nerve in my arm.

The reason I was inspired to write this post is because I have been experiencing some of my symptoms for a while.  And because I have been ignoring one of them for years, I now need surgery to correct it.  And even though I still don’t know what is causing all of my other symptoms, one thing I do know is that they are not in my head.  They are real.  This is my body, and the only other person who knows exactly what I’m feeling is God–but even He knows my body better than me.  After all, He is my Creator, the one who so wonderfully made me and every other human on this planet.  So my advice to you is (as the Body Talk article points out), listen to your body talk, and then, respect what it is telling you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


(Photo of Woman-Courtesy of Clip Art)