Sitting Well

Written By: Erin Smith

May 16, 2019

  On average, Americans spend over 12 hours a day in a seated position, slumped at a desk, flopped on a couch, or hunched over a device like Gollum over his ring. Remember a few years back when everyone started saying that sitting was the new smoking? Science now knows that sitting for more than […]

Barkley the Wonder Pup

Written By: Erin Smith

April 26, 2019

With much trepidation, the Smith Family recently adopted a puppy. To understand why I’ve spent the last two years claiming I was a “cat person” who would never own another dog, you need to know about Siddha Pup. Siddha was a mutt David and I adopted from the Clark County Animal Shelter in 1998. She […]

Unfinished Business

Written By: Erin Smith

April 26, 2019

  There is almost always a jigsaw puzzle in some stage of completion on my dining room table. Sometimes I might complete the puzzle over a weekend and other times it takes a few weeks. I never feel pressure to finish a puzzle; I trust it will be completed in its own time. My brother-in-law […]

Stop the Pinsanity!

Written By: Erin Smith

April 26, 2019

I have a friend who is an emotional eater. When stressed, food is her comfort. So to set a better example for her daughter, she started dieting and working out. For sixty days, she ate no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, or gluten. She juiced celery and made cauliflower rice, listened to podcasts about vegan cooking, […]

Diving In

Written By: Erin Smith

April 22, 2019

I watch my daughter battle the Pacific surf and lose, swallowed by a giant wave. The ocean here on Mexico’s west coast is a turbulent, tempestuous thing. Unlike its East coast cousin, this water is dark and moody. It changes temperature on a whim, large swells rolling in without warning. As a very young child, […]

A Headless Chicken

Written By: Erin Smith

April 14, 2019

In 1945, a farmer in Colorado named Lloyd Olsen chopped the head off Mike, his prize chicken, because his mother-in-law wanted chicken and dumplings for dinner. Olsen was bad with an axe and, while he did remove most of Mike’s head, he completely missed the jugular vein and the brain stem. Since the brain stem […]