Hygge Life

Written By: Erin Smith

November 18, 2020

All you really need to get through difficult times is shelter and sustenance, kith and kin.  ~Anna Altman   I have long been obsessed with Scandinavia, a term used to collectively describe the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. During certain times of the year, this part of the world enjoys a scant three […]

Lessons from Writer’s Block

Written By: Erin Smith

November 11, 2020

I lead an early-morning weight training class for women twice a week. I generally roll out of bed with just enough time to meditate and grab a cup of coffee before I need to be in the studio. Last week, after that class, I jumped in the shower and dressed again just in time to […]

Hands to Work, Hearts to God

Written By: Erin Smith

November 11, 2020

Our world is anything but simple. We find ourselves living in the most overscheduled, overworked, overfed, and overwhelmed time in human history. In search of more simplicity, I reserved a weekend with my family at Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill. New quarantine restrictions shut that trip down, so I did some research to try and […]

The Parable of Plymouth

Written By: Erin Smith

November 2, 2020

  Historically, we’ve accepted a very whitewashed version of what happened in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The story we were told as children was that the friendly local Wampanoag tribe swooped in to teach the struggling pilgrims how to survive in the New World, culminating in a three-day feast of thanksgiving. I bet most of […]

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 […]