Dave Grohl and the Dopamine Dragon

Written By: Erin Smith

April 4, 2022

Photo by Diego Mora Barrantes on Unsplash   “What have we done with innocence? It disappeared with time, it never made much sense.” ~David Grohl, Monkey Wrench   My brother Ian and I have a long-standing argument about Dave Grohl’s most important musical contribution. I vote for Nirvana, while Ian maintains the Foo Fighters are […]

Thomas Edison the Phoenix, or Why Things Are Good, But I Still Feel Stressed

Written By: Erin Smith

March 27, 2022

Some years ask questions and some years yield answers. 2020 and 2021 were questioning years. Not just because of the pandemic, though that certainly colored my experiences. But because it was a 24-month mental illness crisis in my house. It was two years of online therapy, panic attacks, can’t-get-out-of-bed depression, and med trials that made […]

How to Be a Good Human

Written By: Erin Smith

March 23, 2022

So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you … And consider for a moment the bigger picture: your planet, I’ll remind you, is not the center of its solar system, your solar system is not the […]

Beethoven’s Crowning Achievement

Written By: Erin Smith

March 23, 2022

  Da – da – da – DUM…  The opening of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 1808 Fifth Symphony is arguably the most recognized four notes in musical history. It was a victory symbol for the allies in WWII, since the da-da-da-dum (or dot-dot-dot-dash) rhythm stands for the letter “V” in Morse Code. It was included on […]

Screaming in a Field

Written By: Erin Smith

March 13, 2022

Photo by Gage Walker on Unsplash   “If you’re wondering what things are like for parents right now, someone in my online moms group invited everyone to a Facebook event that is just going to an empty field and screaming and a LOT of people RSVPed yes.” ~Lucy Huber, @clhubes   Evidently, there is a […]

What Makes a Good Life?

Written By: Erin Smith

March 6, 2022

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown, I find myself thinking more and more about priorities. What have I learned about life and how it should be lived? What matters to me and why? I have always suspected that what society tells us to prioritize – fame, wealth, beauty, success – is […]