Taylor Smith, Food Enthusiast

I’m Taylor — a tree-huggin’, deep-conversation-lovin’ Oregonian with a passion for listening to people’s stories.

In sharing other’s stories, and my own, I feel it’s important for you to know a bit more about me, for if us writers were honest, we’d will let you know that part of us is always embedded in the words we use.

I grew up in a home with two parents that I loved deeply. They spent quality time with me and nurtured me in ways that I know are rare these days.

Thus far, I’ve always had the means to have a belly full of food and a place to rest my head at night, yet I also know the feelings of starvation and the unrest of displacement.

I had the good fortune of going to school, both public and private ones, and graduating with a degree in journalism from Indiana University.

I also know that the best education one can ever receive doesn’t come from a classroom, but from living life with a willingness to surrender all desire, to come to a place of vulnerability, to choose love over all else.

Maybe I have met you before,
and maybe I haven’t, yet.

If we shared our life stories, maybe we’d feel like kindred spirits,
and maybe we’d feel like we live on different planets.

My words and my beliefs come from both circumstances I was born into -my race, gender, the neighborhood I grew up in- and experiences that result from my choices.

While I offer you the words of my testimony, I never want to imply that my beliefs and ideas are what is right for you.

Rather, I hope that through sharing stories, you can come to a place where you look at your life, the chosen and the unchosen, and find acceptance and celebration in the ways you contribute to this earth, in ways that only you can do.

May you never forget that unshakeable Joy that resides at your core.


Contact me at taylor@taylorstaste.org

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