Momento Mori

Written By: Erin Smith

April 23, 2018

My husband works with the elderly, many times during their end-of-life transition. He’s great at his job because he’s patient, compassionate and authentically enjoys talking to old people. He believes that our society disregards the wisdom of the elderly, much to our detriment, because too many of us are scared of death ourselves. Paying attention […]

A Stranger is a Friend You Haven’t Yet Met

Written By: Erin Smith

April 17, 2018

My daughter never went through a stranger danger phase. As a toddler, she never cried when a babysitter came, or when we dropped her off at preschool. Instead, she’d exclaim in delight, tug her chubby hand from mine, and run into the arms of anyone around. Some stranger at Kroger would be startled to find […]

What a Cardinal Taught Me About Purpose

Written By: Erin Smith

April 9, 2018

Whack! Whack! Whack! Stan is territorial and clearly convinced that another male has set his sights on his beloved Chick. Chick currently lives in the bottom of a Bradford Pear, her tiny nest filled with a clutch of brown eggs. As cardinals mate for life, we’re unsure when this love story began. Our part in […]

Seeing the World Through a New Lens

Written By: Erin Smith

April 3, 2018

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see”. ~Henry David Thoreau I recently got new glasses with progressive lenses (or invisible bifocals, for you lucky readers who have perfect vision). This means I have one prescription when looking horizontal, and a very magnified, different prescription in the bottom of the lens, […]

Waking From Hibernation

Written By: Erin Smith

March 28, 2018

In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes became the only jockey to win a Steeplechase race at New York’s Belmont Park while dead. The poor man suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until Sweet Kiss, his bay mare, crossed the finish line for an astounding 20-1 outsider victory. I resonate with […]

On Slime and Stephen Hawking

Written By: Erin Smith

March 21, 2018

“Wonder is a window from where you are to where you want to be.”  ~Neil Degrasse Tyson “What in the hell were you thinking”? I yelled. “I literally just cleaned the kitchen. And is that,” I paused and pinched the bridge of my nose, sighing deeply, “our good cutlery”? I looked around at the carnage. […]