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From Beneath the Southern Cross | An Irreverent Look at Cannabis Culture in South Africa

To set the background, I am a 63-year-old, white (if that makes a difference) South African. Rather than choose the way of invisible pensioner, I was conned into writing, and when this opportunity came along, felt calling to become vocal. Been smoking dope since about...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

Seeking (Edible) Arrangements

Seeking (Edible) Arrangements

seeking (edible) arrangements | illustrations by seth williams   “Weed stopped my heart (literally), but building up the courage to try it again allowed me to face my worst anxieties.” Did my first edible at a Model United Nations conference, senior year of high...

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“OLD POETRY” IN POST-TRUTH AMERICA

“OLD POETRY” IN POST-TRUTH AMERICA

dead poets society | illustrations by seth williams In 1998, Robert Creeley published So There: Poems 1976 – 1983 with a preface full of italicized paragraphs to suggest a variation of voice (Collected Poems, vol. 2, pp. ix-xi). These italicized ruminations between...

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PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

When I looked at previous drawings from several years ago I was amazed.  These are really good I thought, but would never say out loud.  I could hear the accusatory voice of my upbringing say, “Who do you think you are?”  Could see the finger point at me, feel the...

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THE EMERALD CIRCLE

THE EMERALD CIRCLE

It has been 79 years since the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937. Recent decades have shown some progress, and finally the facade of prohibition is starting to fall apart. The Canadian legalization process took decades, but was ultimately successful, and recent...

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THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

For some years now, Quentin Tarantino has been at the forefront of every aspiring filmmaker’s “top 10 directors” list. With no experience outside of working at a movie rental store, Tarantino has made an impressive career for himself by recycling tropes and scenarios...

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ONE TOE IN

ONE TOE IN

The water was already hot. I placed my hand on the shower knob and turned it as far left as it would turn. The skin on my chest and arms became red and white. The pain deepened into an itch. I turned the water off and grabbed a towel. In the foggy mirror I saw the...

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How Cannabis Helped Me Bike Across America

How Cannabis Helped Me Bike Across America

great high in the sky | illustrations by seth williams 40 miles outside of Phoenix, Arizona. My back tire goes flat. As I scanned the area, all I could see were the cars and semi trucks whirring past me at 80 miles per hour. Ahead, there was what looked like a bridge....

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Why Queer Lit Is Important For Adults Too

Why Queer Lit Is Important For Adults Too

In high school, I was a voracious reader. I devoured the books my friends lent me, and begged for bookstore trips, unable to resist setting one more book atop my massive to-be-read pile. I read a lot of books about me—a teenager who didn’t quite fit in social circles,...

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Acid Rain Isn’t Always What You Think It Is

Acid Rain Isn’t Always What You Think It Is

photo by mark chamberlain, courtesy of liz goldner Much has been made of late about Woodstock’s 50th anniversary: it was a milestone in a tumultuous time, an anarchic cultural gathering that managed, despite many slips in the mud, to reflect essential goodwill between...

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Seasteading and the Blue Green Revolution

Seasteading and the Blue Green Revolution

“The Floating City will serve as an incubation hub to develop wave energy generation technologies, floating solar, materials science, algae-based food and fuel, sea water air conditioning (SWAC), desalination, and marine education.”  ---Joe Quirk, President of the...

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America Needs a Hysterectomy

America Needs a Hysterectomy

A society based on women’s fear is a loveless, beauty-free wasteland.     Say it again. A society based on women’s fear is a loveless, beauty-free wasteland. A hundred years ago, there was perhaps a need for feminism.  Women couldn’t vote or own property.  It’s...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Rosa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Rosa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

Whatever shape reality takes is often a reflection of the world around us. Through the art of storytelling, we are able to understand our society, our culture, and ourselves better.

A genuine REFLECTION OF THE human EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S WORLD.

From Beneath the Southern Cross | An Irreverent Look at Cannabis Culture in South Africa

To set the background, I am a 63-year-old, white (if that makes a difference) South African. Rather than choose the way of invisible pensioner, I was conned into writing, and when this opportunity came along, felt calling to become vocal. Been smoking dope since about...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

Always and Always

Always and Always

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Rachel’s family had a huge farm with something like 13 acres. She reminded me about all the acres when she tied me to a tree so far away from her parents’ stone mansion that I could no longer see it over all the rolling hills in...

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It Seemed Funny Now

It Seemed Funny Now

I have a fear of never thriving. The other day, I saw a man looking at his reflection in the window of a closed ice cream shop. Temperatures had fallen to far below freezing and the snowbanks which lined the streets were now stale, pocked from the fleeting heat of...

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Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Rosa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Rosa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...
The Riller

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

read more
Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

read more
The Champ

The Champ

the champ | illustrations by ana carolina maciel When I was little, I got dressed with my Mom in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. I liked it in there, with the pink, furry carpet and all the women walking around in white towels, wrapped tightly under their...

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PUR

PUR

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel “A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance...

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Taxista

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

read more
The Riller

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

read more
CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

 Vital Body Therapeutics , Santa Cruz Massage therapy was already relaxing and healing the body before CBD became legal. Adding CBD-infused massage creams into the mix now seem to be taking massage therapy to the next level.     Put the effectiveness of a cannabidiol...

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Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

read more

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