Everyone Was Kung-Fu Fighting

Written By: Erin Smith

October 12, 2020

I earned my black belt in Shaolin-Do the year I turned 21. I was drawn more to the Tai Chi and meditative aspects of the practice than the actual sparring, but my years learning this martial art taught me much about myself and the sort of life I want to lead. Master Tim Nance was […]

Be the Coconut

Written By: Erin Smith

October 11, 2020

My favorite place to visit is a secluded beach in Eleuthera. I love to swim in the crystal clear water and walk for miles without seeing another soul. But the best way to while away the afternoon is sitting under a palm tree on the soft white sand. I nurse a Kalik beer and count […]

Slowing Down to Find Our Wings

Written By: Erin Smith

October 4, 2020

  God made time, but man made haste. ~Irish proverb   One day a brown beetle was slowly making his way down to the river. “Out of my way!” screamed Paca, the small, brown rodent.  Parrot was watching from above and asked Paca why he was so upset. “Beetle is way too slow! He’s in […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant – and Donkey – in the Room

Written By: Erin Smith

October 4, 2020

A father sent his four sons out to learn about the world, asking them to journey to a far away land and report about an ancient pear tree. He sent one son in winter, one in spring, one in summer, and one in fall. After the year had passed, the sons gathered together to report […]

How to Fall Well

Written By: Erin Smith

September 15, 2020

Tuesday, September 22 was the 2020 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 […]