Being an Anti-Racism Ally Means Shutting Up Before We Stand Up and Speak Out

Written By: Erin Smith

June 1, 2020

I can remember the exact moment I realized how much I do not know about systemic racism and unconscious bias. I mentioned to my friend Jazmin that I was colorblind and her eyes filled with rage. “That is so not a thing! I am so tired of white people telling people of color that they […]

The Peace of Wild Things

Written By: Erin Smith

May 24, 2020

When despair for the world grows in me … I come into the peace of wild things. ~Wendell Berry I got lost this spring, and not in a good way. Early quarantine found me struggling to find balance between taking my life online and staying true to the needs of my soul. I spent countless […]

Here We Go: New CDC Guidelines for Reopening Schools

Written By: Erin Smith

May 24, 2020

No species on the planet does panic better than humans. We are incredibly reactive, in spite of the giant cortex evolution has gifted us. All that brain up there and you think we’d lean into logic and reason a little more. But we’re just animals really, and animals were designed to react. Especially when we’re […]

Keeping Your House a Home During Quarantine

Written By: Erin Smith

May 17, 2020

When I was a teenager, my parents had a beautiful piece of land that adjoined theirs, dissected by a valley lush with trees. To get from one to the other, you had to battle the blackberry bushes and cross the creek, fingers crossed it hadn’t rained too much to leave it impassable. I would make […]

Can We Talk About Jesus?

Written By: Erin Smith

May 3, 2020

Can we talk about Jesus? My experience with organized religion has left me leery of canon and religious code. I have no trouble using the word God, but for me that term is non-dogmatic. I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, but my progressive, hippie folks read Ram Dass, practiced transcendental meditation, and discussed the […]

Kintsugi

Written By: Erin Smith

April 24, 2020

I dropped my favorite coffee mug from Dirty South Pottery yesterday. The hot coffee that splashed my pants – sure to leave a stain – was far less heartbreaking than the hairline crack that now decorated the glaze. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I have been doing dumb things. More than once […]