A Brief History of Coffee: Goats, Roosevelt, and Starbucks

Written By: Erin Smith

October 26, 2020

Hundreds of years ago, an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi became notorious for his trip of goats. It was well known that his goats jumped higher and ran faster than any other goats. Everyone wanted to trade their best rugs or cooking pots for a Kaldi super goat. But when the traders brought the new […]

The Lascaux Reindeer Mystery

Written By: Erin Smith

October 20, 2020

In 1940, 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat was out walking his dog Robot in the French countryside when Robot fell in a hole and disappeared. Upon closer inspection, Ravidat realized it was not just a hole, but an entrance to a cave. He gathered his friends and some lanterns and the teenagers went spelunking. What they discovered that […]

Everyone Was Kung-Fu Fighting

Written By: Erin Smith

October 12, 2020

I earned my black belt in Shaolin-Do the year I turned 21. I was drawn more to the Tai Chi and meditative aspects of the practice than the actual sparring, but my years learning this martial art taught me much about myself and the sort of life I want to lead. Master Tim Nance was […]

Be the Coconut

Written By: Erin Smith

October 11, 2020

My favorite place to visit is a secluded beach in Eleuthera. I love to swim in the crystal clear water and walk for miles without seeing another soul. But the best way to while away the afternoon is sitting under a palm tree on the soft white sand. I nurse a Kalik beer and count […]

Slowing Down to Find Our Wings

Written By: Erin Smith

October 4, 2020

  God made time, but man made haste. ~Irish proverb   One day a brown beetle was slowly making his way down to the river. “Out of my way!” screamed Paca, the small, brown rodent.  Parrot was watching from above and asked Paca why he was so upset. “Beetle is way too slow! He’s in […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant – and Donkey – in the Room

Written By: Erin Smith

October 4, 2020

A father sent his four sons out to learn about the world, asking them to journey to a far away land and report about an ancient pear tree. He sent one son in winter, one in spring, one in summer, and one in fall. After the year had passed, the sons gathered together to report […]