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White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

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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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KEEP ON BURNING

KEEP ON BURNING

Call them siren’s songs or melodies from the muses. From a favorite perch, a wicker swing aloft in a metal frame, any given day it might be Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Tina Turner whose voice spun from the record’s grooves. Their voices and songs became...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa 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...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...

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.

White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

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

The suffer-fest: a celebration

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...

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What Did I Lose?

What Did I Lose?

You meet at a bar. He’s an inch shorter with kind eyes and a voice made from silk. He buys you two beers despite the fact you think beer tastes like rotting water and only sold to please the lightweights. He interviews you on your favorite past time—reading, your...

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THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had...

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Outside the Fortress Walls

Outside the Fortress Walls

“If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.”...Teresa May Clichés and proverbs hover at the surface of our reactions and spring off our tongues because they have withstood the test of time, and tend to be showstoppers. “You can’t go...

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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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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa 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...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...
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
Pig Boy!

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...

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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White Space

White Space

Melody had written a scene about a pregnant teenager who is fucking her father, and for that reason—not to mention the fact that the piece was very good and she was his brightest student and he liked her a great deal—Mark wanted to talk with her.  She’d given him her...

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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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