Happy Accidents, or The Art of Improv

Written By: Erin Smith

October 15, 2018

Robert Ross didn’t know what he wanted to do when he grew up. A high-school dropout from Florida, he was working as a carpenter until he lost part of his index finger to a saw. Since the injury inhibited his carpentry skills, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, rising quickly through the ranks to […]

How Much Does the Soul Weigh?

Written By: Erin Smith

October 8, 2018

The best date my husband ever took me on involved a bunch of dead bodies. When he was in grad school, he snuck me into the Gross Anatomy lab one Friday night. 24 tables held cadavers in various stages of dissection. I wandered around, enthralled with the opportunity to glimpse the human interior. Do you […]

Ganesh the Traffic Cop

Written By: Erin Smith

October 1, 2018

The word obstacle is defined as a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.  I’m thinking about obstacles as I am stalled in the pick-up line at Robert D. Campbell Junior High. Officer Marty Jackson directs traffic each afternoon, resplendent in neon orange gloves and a smile. Today he lets a long […]

The Big Bang Versus the Big Guy in the Sky

Written By: Erin Smith

September 21, 2018

“But you cannot prove that God exists!” he insisted emphatically. Indeed I cannot. I was having a spirited and engaging conversation with my friend Jim, an astronomy expert, math nerd and avowed agnostic. We were discussing religion and quantum physics. I believe that spirituality and science dovetail beautifully. Jim’s stance holds that religions arose from […]

Fall in Love with Fall

Written By: Erin Smith

September 16, 2018

Hades, the god of the underworld, fell in love with the beautiful Persephone and kidnapped the goddess of spring, imprisoning her in the netherworld. Demeter, Persephone’s mother and the goddess of agriculture, became so distraught that she plagued the world above with drought and darkness. After many months without growth, Zeus begged his brother Hades […]

The Story You Won’t Believe…

Written By: Erin Smith

September 11, 2018

  In 1997, feeling a bit lost and unsure of my place in the world, I went to Ecuador with my parents and brother. David and I had been married less than a year. He was in grad school and couldn’t accompany us. I was on summer break from my teaching gig at Trapp Elementary […]