Keep the Faith (in Humanity)

Written By: Erin Smith

November 5, 2018

Last week, a lone anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 people and injured 6 more in a Pittsburg synagogue. Days later, another shooting occurred in a Tallahassee yoga class. At the time of this writing, there have already been 297 mass shootings in 2018, or almost as many shootings as days in the year so far. Every […]

Saying Thanks

Written By: Erin Smith

October 29, 2018

Last week, I completely lost my hearing. Oddly shaped Eustachian tubes and seasonal allergies created a perfect storm of hearing loss for two full days. It was like listening to the whole world from the bottom of the deep end of the pool. I spent an inordinate amount of time first opening my mouth wide […]

Choosing Silence Over the Siren’s Call

Written By: Erin Smith

October 22, 2018

Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Stephen Covey Homer tells of the great Odysseus, whose homeward journey after winning the Trojan War ended up taking several detours. On one of his side trips, the […]

Happy Accidents, or The Art of Improv

Written By: Erin Smith

October 15, 2018

Robert Ross didn’t know what he wanted to do when he grew up. A high-school dropout from Florida, he was working as a carpenter until he lost part of his index finger to a saw. Since the injury inhibited his carpentry skills, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, rising quickly through the ranks to […]

How Much Does the Soul Weigh?

Written By: Erin Smith

October 8, 2018

The best date my husband ever took me on involved a bunch of dead bodies. When he was in grad school, he snuck me into the Gross Anatomy lab one Friday night. 24 tables held cadavers in various stages of dissection. I wandered around, enthralled with the opportunity to glimpse the human interior. Do you […]

Ganesh the Traffic Cop

Written By: Erin Smith

October 1, 2018

The word obstacle is defined as a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.  I’m thinking about obstacles as I am stalled in the pick-up line at Robert D. Campbell Junior High. Officer Marty Jackson directs traffic each afternoon, resplendent in neon orange gloves and a smile. Today he lets a long […]