The Awesome Possum

Written By: Erin Smith

July 4, 2020

When the world began, it was dark and cold. Bear kept running into trees, bruising his nose. He called the animals together. “My grandfather told me tales of a giant ball of fire that sleeps way up in the sky. Who will go bring us that warm light?” The animals all averted their eyes, for […]

A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies…But Prolongs Life

Written By: Erin Smith

July 2, 2020

Two and a half billion years ago, earth was inhabited by some single-cell organisms, but little oxygen. Then, somewhere around 2.4 billion years ago, some small organisms learned to take energy from the sun and utilize it to create sugar out of water and carbon dioxide. This process – now called photosynthesis – pumped an […]

Nothing Happens Next. This Is It.

Written By: Erin Smith

July 2, 2020

You wander from room to room, searching for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck.                                                                              […]

What My Dog Taught Me About My Nervous System

Written By: Erin Smith

July 2, 2020

My goddaughter Claire has a therapy dog named Bozworth. Boz, a large boxer mix with a heart of gold, adores my cockapoo Barkley. Barkley loves a puppy play date but he is a scared little dude and the two always reenact a scene common to Two-Leggeds that spend time at the dog park. It goes […]

Feeling Seen

Written By: Erin Smith

June 26, 2020

David had a monumentally bad day at the hospital recently when a beloved long-time patient died. Working in a hospital is tough on the best of days. The PPE is hot and uncomfortable, the staff is overworked and underpaid, and everyone is confused about how to do their job well because, in a post-COVID-19 world, […]

Fight, Flee, or Freeze?

Written By: Erin Smith

June 15, 2020

We mow a half-mile trail on our property. The turkeys love the first few days after the trail has been mowed, and will shuffle about in their favorite spot near the tree line, pecking around for clover and grubs. They’ll pause sometimes and rubber-neck, extending their neck to curiously stare us down. Generally, they decide […]