Our Post-Pandemic Porch Tradition

Written By: Erin Smith

September 21, 2022

The kitchen island has always been the heart of our home. It’s our landing pad, the liminal space between out and at home, the spot where we set down the day’s mail or leave sticky notes to remind each other of upcoming appointments. It’s where we usually eat, as the dining room table is often […]

Siesta and Sobremesa

Written By: Erin Smith

September 21, 2022

  Last week, I promised to tell you about my favorite fall tradition. We will get there, but first, a brief interlude because you need to understand about Spain. I celebrated turning forty with a trip to Barcelona with my friends Jenni and Maggie. It took mere minutes for me to fall head over heels […]

Pondering Fall

Written By: Erin Smith

September 19, 2022

My husband is a world-class ponderer. If you ask him to name his favorite place on earth, he will immediately start telling you about our back porch. How the catalpa tree houses so many butterflies and small birds. About how it sometimes smells of petrichor after a summer shower or smells loamy, like freshly turned […]

Pleasure Seeking: My Gatsby Summer

Written By: Erin Smith

August 30, 2022

  “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” ~Viktor Frankl   When Izzie was a baby, she loved to be rocked and sung to. She was especially fond of James Taylor, Dolly Parton, and The Beatles (all the things she now strums on her guitar). She would […]

Go Box for the End of the World

Written By: Erin Smith

August 23, 2022

About five years ago, two of my best friends lived on Quisenberry Lane, mere yards from my mailbox. One night at dinner, we started talking about the impending zombie apocalypse. It was the year everyone was watching The Walking Dead and it seemed inevitable that the end of our world as we knew it was […]

Searching for Equanimity

Written By: Erin Smith

August 19, 2022

  Seneca, born Lucius Annaeus Seneca, was a prominent Stoic in the Roman Imperial Period (27 BC to AD 476). He is one of the most influential figures in this philosophical movement that emphasizes  the power of transformation through knowledge.   In AD 54, when Nero became Roman Emperor, Seneca became his close advisor. Less […]