Drink the Good Stuff

Written By: Erin Smith

November 20, 2017

My French friend Veronique once went on vacation with my family. We taught her to play Rook and catch crabs off the dock. She taught us how to make crepes and the words to Alouette, Gentille Alouette. One night we were listening to jazz and finishing a jigsaw puzzle. We let Veronique place the last […]

This One Is For the Sinners

Written By: Erin Smith

November 13, 2017

“I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass” ~Counting Crows, Long December I’ve recently gotten into photography. Though I don’t have an amazing camera, I do have one that is separate from my phone. I find creative fulfillment in setting up a shot, […]

Crystal Goblet or Jelly Jar?

Written By: Erin Smith

November 10, 2017

A few years ago, my in-laws gave us a set of gorgeous and outrageously expensive crystal wine glasses. They were delicate and achingly beautiful. You could hold one up to the light and if you turned it just so, create a shower of kaleidoscopic rainbows over the table. When I drank wine from them I […]

Surviving the Time Change

Written By: Erin Smith

November 3, 2017

When I was in middle school, I read Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day. In it, Margot, a child from Earth, moves to Venus, where the sun is only visible for one hour every seven years. Margot tells the children in her new class about this gorgeous, brilliant sun. They don’t believe her and […]

Falling Well

Written By: Erin Smith

September 19, 2017

 Last week was the Autumnal Equinox, Nature’s official start to fall. The word Equinox is Latin for equal night, implying a balance between duration of light and darkness. The equinox occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator, marking the shift to shorter days and more darkness. It’s perfect timing, as it’s been a dark […]

Charlottesville…And How Some Cats Helped Me Understand Racism

Written By: Erin Smith

August 29, 2017

What can cats see? Two neuroscientists named Hubel and Wiesel wanted to find out. They raised a group of kittens in a world made up entirely of horizontal lines. The wallpaper inside of their cages ran horizontally and even the handlers who fed them wore striped shirts. What Hubel and Wiesel found was that cats […]