A Car Wash Meditation

Written By: Erin Smith

September 16, 2019

I think the automatic car wash is a holy place. Those seven minutes belong all to me and can turn a crummy day around every time. I love the sounds made by the scrubbers, the blowers, the jet-spray hoses. I love the gentle rocking of my tiny Pruis as the huge foamy, floppy rubber tendrils […]

Get On Your (Bare) Feet

Written By: Erin Smith

September 16, 2019

What’s the first thing you do when you walk in your house? If you answered, “Take off my shoes,” then give yourself a pat on the back. Barefoot is beautiful. A man named Tony Riddle just finished running 30 miles for 30 consecutive days. His journey took him from Britain’s southernmost point to its northernmost […]

A Fine Wine

Written By: Erin Smith

August 30, 2019

In 2001, Frederic Brochet, a PhD candidate at the University of Bordeaux, invited 54 oenology (wine) undergrads to a wine tasting of a single red and a single white. When asked to describe the white, the oenophiles used terms like fruity and floral and crisp, words often associated with quality white wines. The red garnered […]

A Season of Loss

Written By: Erin Smith

August 30, 2019

I once was lost, but now am found. ~Amazing Grace I stare out the window in my office, smiling as a sudden gust of wind sweeps the leaves into a colorful cyclone. This weekend marks the Autumnal Equinox, the astrological moment when the day and night are of almost exactly equal length. This means one less […]

A Hard Habit to Break

Written By: Erin Smith

August 30, 2019

I should learn to live with it, but I don’t want to. I’m addicted to you baby. You’re a hard habit to break. ~Chicago, Hard Habit To Break My father, the boy’s soccer coach at GRC in the late 80’s, arranged a cultural exchange trip to Ecuador for the varsity team. My whole family planned […]

What I Learned from Heavy Metal

Written By: Erin Smith

August 26, 2019

“Babe, you don’t know shit.” He said it kindly, which made it sting even more. It started about a year and a half ago, when my husband had a midlife crisis. David claims that if you are over forty and you aren’t thinking about what kind of legacy you will leave, then you aren’t paying […]