Our friends recently returned from a trip to Dubai and brought us back some frankincense and myrrh. These are the dried gums of trees that grow in that part of the world and have been prized since biblical times for their aromatic and healing qualities.

I have a censer that I brought back from one of my many trips to Mount Athos, and decided to light up some frankincense this morning, to give the house a nice smell. Then I saw that low pre-Spring light entering the living-room windows at just the right angle!