A Mind at Rest

Written By: Erin Smith

June 9, 2021

“The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”  ~Tim Kreider   I sniffed, startled by a burning smell. As I ran […]

The Grasshopper Was Right

Written By: Erin Smith

June 9, 2021

My sixteen-year old daughter adjusts the visor, her eyes now shaded but the streaks of sunlight still washing the ends of her hair a burnished gold. Her hands grip ten and two, polish chipped from playing her guitar. She turns up Taylor Swift and she turns into our street. Taylor croons,   Can’t not think […]

Hope Molecules

Written By: Erin Smith

May 30, 2021

  “Movement is joy and movement isn’t just about weight loss.” ~Kelly McGonigal, PhD In 2019, I attended a women’s business conference where I took classes in integrated marketing and ways to promote a small business in a digital world. I still get emails from many of the groups that were specific to drumming up […]

Black Mirror

Written By: Erin Smith

May 24, 2021

In 1992, I spent sophomore year of college abroad in England studying at Regent’s College. One weekend, my roommate and I decided we would take the train to the northern Lake District to visit Hill Top Farm, the lovely cottage where Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and then bike to nearby Lake […]

Six Minutes to a Better Brain

Written By: Erin Smith

May 13, 2021

You know how, after finishing an especially great book, you miss the characters as if they were real people in your life? That happened to me after reading Kristin Hannah’s 2008 bestseller Firefly Lane. Tully and Kate, the two protagonists of the story, were as real to me as my three best friends from college. […]

Adding By Taking Away

Written By: Erin Smith

May 13, 2021

“A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally important, what is not. It is the discipline to discard what does not fit … that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting, a […]