Moment Hunting

Written By: Erin Smith

January 21, 2021

Lose yourself in the moment, find yourself in the moment. ~Buddhist Koan  When she was small, I bought Izzie a beautiful, vintage tea set from an antique store in Louisville. The shop owner told me that the set was Japanese. Each of the 15 pieces is made of bone china and hand painted with blue […]

Lessons I Learned in the Creek

Written By: Erin Smith

January 18, 2021

“The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats. It was not always dry land where we dwell.”  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden […]

Just Keep Swimming

Written By: Erin Smith

January 2, 2021

Quarantine, Day 8 I am thinking about zebrafish. If you raise a zebrafish in isolation, in a boring tank with nothing to look at, it becomes depressed. It will float listlessly at the bottom of the tank for hours, staring into a corner. Add some other zebrafish or some colorful pictures just outside the tank […]

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Written By: Erin Smith

December 22, 2020

Paul McCartney dreamed the composition of his hit song “Yesterday; ” he awoke and the lyrics poured out of him like water out of a pitcher. Similarly, it’s said that Dmitri Mendeleev dreamed the construction of the periodic table of elements. Director Christopher Nolan famously keeps a dream journal; one especially lucid dream became the […]

In the Arms of Morpheus: The Science and Mystery of Dreaming

Written By: Erin Smith

December 22, 2020

Morpheus, the God of Dreams, is the son of Hypnos, the God of Sleep, and Pasithea, the Goddess of Rest. The ancients tell that Morpheus dozes in a cave of poppies, and, lulled into trances by the flowers’ soporific effects, transmits messages from the gods through human dreams. The Greeks referred to deep sleep as […]

One Little Word

Written By: Erin Smith

December 21, 2020

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. ~Buddha Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary chooses a Word of the Year. For the first time ever, they felt unable to choose a single word, describing 2020 as “a year which cannot be neatly accommodated in one single word.” They instead chose […]