Holiday Juggling

Written By: Erin Smith

November 18, 2021

Once, at a conference, someone asked novelist Nora Roberts how she juggled being a writer and a mother. She wisely answered that the key to juggling is knowing that some of the balls in the air are made of plastic and some are made of glass. “…if you drop a plastic ball, it bounces, no […]

For Moms of Teen Girls: Why We Must Boost Confidence in Our Girls Now

Written By: Erin Smith

November 17, 2021

We have a picture on our fridge of the day Izzie turned five. She’s rocking a sequined gown and glittering tiara, her dazzling smile and sparkling eyes exuding confidence and sass. I remember someone that day remarked, “You look like a Disney Princess!” To which my daughter tossed her hair and retorted, “I’m not a […]

Dolly, Whitney, and That Pause

Written By: Erin Smith

November 17, 2021

When I was in high school in the late 1980’s, I waited tables at the Cantuckee Diner just off the interstate. The diner sported a dented, two-for-a-quarter jukebox that the staff called The Outlaw. The Outlaw offered the hits of Waylon, Willie, Johnny, Tanya, Merle, and Dolly. Every shift, I would slide a quarter from […]

Ursula Was Framed

Written By: Erin Smith

November 17, 2021

I have a great friend named Stella. She has a plastic penny bank molded into the shape of Ariel, the spunky heroine from Disney’s 1989 blockbuster The Little Mermaid. Anytime I see Stella, I know the battered but beloved Ariel is close by. “When I was your age, I told my kindergarten teacher I was […]

My Experience with Microdosing

Written By: Erin Smith

November 15, 2021

Twenty years ago, my husband’s depression and anxiety showed up for the first time, raging into a brain – and our lives – that to that point had been pretty calm and even-keeled. I started researching every treatment I could, including microdosing, where tiny amounts of hallucinogenic drugs are taken over weeks or years. Doses […]

The Lion Tamer

Written By: Erin Smith

November 12, 2021

Circus Roncalli, Germany’s most beloved circus, famously replaced all of its live animals with 3-D holograms in 2018, a tech-savvy move to preserve the audience-loved animal acts while eliminating concerns of animal cruelty. I watched some YouTube videos explaining how they did it. The elephants are particularly mesmerizing; when the image of the elephant, shot […]