Do It With a Broken Heart

Written By: Erin Smith

May 15, 2024

‘Cause I’m a real tough kid, I can handle my shit They said, “Babe, you gotta fake it ’til you make it” and I did Lights, camera, bitch smile, even when you wanna die… He said he’d love me all his life But that life was too short, breaking down, I hit the floor All […]

In Our Lake Era (Again)

Written By: Erin Smith

May 8, 2024

“Time, mystical time, cutting me open, then healing me fine.” ~Taylor Swift, invisible string   In 1998, I used my first email account (the now defunct [email protected]) to cajole my ten best college friends to meet me in Atlanta for the Lilith Fair. I printed out driving directions, bought some disposable cameras, drove to the […]

A Baby Pool of Glitter

Written By: Erin Smith

May 7, 2024

The nine women in the circle were scribbling, coloring, and chatting, a mindful art exercise. The discussion strayed to our favorite elementary school memories. Parachute day in gym class. Rectangular pizza and corn Fridays. The Dress Up corner. When some adult entered the classroom pushing the Art Cart. Amy piped up, “Remember the baby pool […]

In Celebration of Skylarking

Written By: Erin Smith

April 29, 2024

I was up early, time to watch the sun rise and eat some Belizean fry jacks stuffed with goat cheese and refried beans before I met my yoga students for our early morning practice. It being 6:00 am at a resort filled with vacationers sleeping in, it was always only me and the sweet waitress […]

Mother’s Day, the Surprise Gift I Didn’t Order

Written By: Erin Smith

April 28, 2024

Mother’s Day is a surprise gift I didn’t order. After consciously planning my life without children, I stared uncomprehendingly at the little plus sign in the window. I had unfailingly taken the pill for 16 years. I had no idea how to do this. Luckily, I have the world’s greatest teacher. My mom taught me […]

2:00 AM Thoughts on the Eclipse

Written By: Erin Smith

April 21, 2024

  Couldn’t sleep the other night. I tossed and turned, rehashing the insurmountable problem that is currently weighing on my shoulders. I played If, Then, made pro/con lists for my options. I catastrophized, imagining the worst possible outcomes. I worried, then tried to talk myself out of worrying, then worried some more. Every time I […]