Dawn

Written By: Erin Smith

May 4, 2021

  All humans realize they are loved when witnessing the dawn; early morning is the triumph of good over evil. Absolved by light we decide to go on. ~Rufus Wainwright   Before Zeus governed Olympus, the cosmos was ruled by the Titans. These gods were the children and grandchildren of the primordial deities Uranus, who […]

The One About Lobsters

Written By: Erin Smith

May 3, 2021

I recently found myself in an ER waiting room, that 9th circle of waiting Hell. There was a television mounted in the corner showing an episode of Friends with the volume off. It was “The One With the Prom Video,” where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) explains that lobsters mate for life. The prom video reveals that […]

Defining Your Sacred Circle: Religion Versus Reverence

Written By: Erin Smith

April 22, 2021

I receive lots of emails about this newspaper column. Sometimes readers are grateful that I put into words what they were feeling. Other times readers disagree with my point of view and offer oppositional opinions. Occasionally, someone feels the need to tell me just how wrong I am. In a recent missive, a particularly irate […]

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Written By: Erin Smith

April 19, 2021

  Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. ~Zen Kōan I have a way of starting my day. I call it cat, coffee, computer. When I awaken, I start the coffee and let Cat Stevens in. Then I settle on the couch with a cat in my lap and a […]

Tiny Perfect Things

Written By: Erin Smith

March 29, 2021

It had been a week. I won’t bore you with the details, but you know the sort of week I’m talking about. That week when misery and misfortune seem to shadow you like Pig Pen’s cloud of dust in those old Peanuts cartoons. And it was only Wednesday. “I need carbohydrates, wine, and some Netflix,” […]

Optic Flow

Written By: Erin Smith

March 29, 2021

In 2016, I started an online yoga video subscription service called the OM channel. It enjoyed small-scale success and I quietly added subscribers every year. Then, in 2020, I started getting a lot of cancellations. Wait, what? Everyone was stuck at home. Wasn’t a library of quick, high quality yoga and mindfulness videos exactly what […]