How to Fall Well

Written By: Erin Smith

September 15, 2020

Tuesday, September 22 was the 2021 Autumnal Equinox, nature’s official start to fall. The word Equinox is Latin for equal night, implying a balance between duration of light and darkness. The equinox occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator, marking the shift to shorter days and more darkness. It’s perfect timing, because the world […]

My Child is Disappointed … And That’s a Good Thing

Written By: Erin Smith

September 14, 2020

2020 has been a season of disappointment. We’ve all fallen victim to The Year of Cancellations, but my teenage daughter has had more than her share. Her KUNA trip fell through. Our family concerts were rescheduled. The yoga retreat she helps me with was postponed, then nixed. School morphed from an in-person experience to a […]

Why We Need Morning Routines

Written By: Erin Smith

September 9, 2020

When I awaken each day, I ask myself three questions before I get out of bed.  How can I give?  How can I grow?  How am I grateful? Then I brew the coffee, drink a glass of water, let Cat Stevens in, then snuggle on the couch with cat and coffee to meditate.  Maintaining this […]

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Written By: Erin Smith

August 31, 2020

In the last week, I have cried numerous times. I cry when I’m sad or scared, but also when I’m delighted and awed. I cried when I finished a book, my heart rendering at the thought of leaving those characters. I cried as I watched news footage of Hurricane Laura battering the Louisiana coast. I […]

How Far We’ve Come … And How Far We Still Have To Go

Written By: Erin Smith

August 21, 2020

If he is living this tale when he sits to write, does he imagine himself as Sheherazade? Or as Shahrayar?  ~from my personal journal, March 1997 I took a Creative Writing class in grad school. The professor had this saying. “If you aren’t writing for your life, you shouldn’t be writing.” His tagline was a […]

What We Eat Affects How We Think

Written By: Erin Smith

August 13, 2020

You can digest or you can think. But you can’t do them simultaneously, at least not well. The diet of early hominids was mainly omnivorous; we ate fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, bark, and insects. Around two and half million years ago, we introduced large animal meat and marrow into our diet. These foods took […]