Heavy Rotation: Why We Never Tire of Our Favorite Jams

Written By: Erin Smith

November 25, 2019

When Izzie was a toddler, she loved Laurie Berkner, the so-called Queen of Kid’s Music. Her kindie rock songs were sweet and fun and always had a monster hook. None more so than Boots, a song about stomping around in – you guessed it – boots. Black boots. Frog boots. Rain boots. All the boots. B-O-O-T-S […]

What a Posadas Pinata Can Teach Us About Happier Holidays

Written By: Erin Smith

November 25, 2019

Growing up, one of my father’s best friends was a man from Venezuela. Year after year, my family attended Los Posadas celebrations at his home. Posadas celebrates the journey of Joseph and Mary and lasts for nine days, culminating in Noche Buena, or the Holy Night of Christmas Eve. I was obsessed by their elaborate […]

Honing Our Intuition: Give Him a Hand for Teaching Us About the Belly

Written By: Erin Smith

November 24, 2019

As a child, I took piano lessons from a grouchy woman who hated her job. Sitting beside me on the bench, her perpetual stance was eyes closed and jaw clenched, seemingly asking the Sweet Lord for forbearance. The one thing that broke her icy demeanor was the audible sound of cracking knuckles. If I popped […]

Open the Curiosity Cabinet of Your Mind

Written By: Erin Smith

November 22, 2019

“Everything fascinates you, doesn’t it?” Jane smiled. I had just finished explaining about the myth that cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis (it doesn’t). She’s right. Everything does fascinate me. In fact, I want my tombstone to read Be Curious.  Just this week, I learned that it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone […]

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Written By: Erin Smith

November 11, 2019

In 1851, James Abram Garfield convinced the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute to hire him as a janitor in exchange for college tuition. He woke hours before the first classes, took pride in keeping the facilities as clean as possible. By the time he was a sophomore, the college promoted him from cleaning toilets to a […]

The Artist is Present

Written By: Erin Smith

October 22, 2019

Serbian artist Maria Abramovic is known for her provocative, avant-garde performance pieces exploring the limits of body and mind. Her 1974 piece “Rhythm 5” featured a flaming wooden star. After jumping in and lying down in the middle, she promptly passed out from the fumes and had to be rescued. Another piece, 1977’s “Imponderabilia” had […]