Half Empty: Chronic Complaining

Written By: Erin Smith

July 3, 2019

They say that there are two types of people: those who see the figurative glass as half empty and others who see it as half full. I know a gal who sees the wrong amount of water, regardless of whether it’s spilling over or down to the dregs. She sees the glass as chipped, smudged, […]

The Circle

Written By: Erin Smith

July 1, 2019

In the twenty years I’ve lived on Quisenberry Lane, I’ve walked the same three-mile loop over 5,000 times. I call it The Circle. Up the lane, cross the highway, turn right on Old Boonesboro Road. Climb the hill to the cemetery, trace the interior wall, and loop back home. In every season, in every kind […]

The Starling in the Chimney

Written By: Erin Smith

June 17, 2019

Scritch scritch scritch!!!  I look up from my laptop and sigh. Here we go again. This is the umpteenth starling that has flown down our chimney and gotten stuck in the yoga studio fireplace. I can hear the poor guy banging about inside the stove, chattering in panic. This bird retrieval mis en place is […]

Explore It or Ignore It?

Written By: Erin Smith

June 8, 2019

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. ~Charles Proteus Steinmetz The trickster spider Anansi wanted to own all the knowledge in existence. He begged the Sun God to bestow the wisdom of the cosmos upon him. The Sun God felt sorry for humans and decided […]

The Belly of the Whale

Written By: Erin Smith

June 4, 2019

I hate hustle. Hustle doesn’t sleep. Hustle certainly doesn’t meditate. Hustle prefers spreadsheets and social media to silence and stillness. We’ve been told to idolize hustle, that hustle is the only way to matter. We’ve been lied to. Hustle culture is killing us. We’re more stressed out, burned out, and fed up than at any […]

Shark Bites & Heart Work

Written By: Erin Smith

June 4, 2019

When Bethany Hamilton was 13-years old, she had already placed second in the 2003 NSSA Surfing Nationals and had set her sights on a first place finish. One morning after a grueling practice, she took a break. Rather than riding the waves in, she flopped on her belly, turned her head to one side and […]