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Herbal Education: The Complete Guide To Cannabis College

  Fifteen years ago, cannabis was a great way to get kicked OUT of college. Fast-forward a decade-and-a-half, and majoring in marijuana is no longer a joke. Trade-schools and universities are beginning to offer courses, certificates, and entire degree programs...

Goat Yoga in the Park | A Unique Yogic Offshoot, or a Parody of the East?

In an open field of Burlington’s Hidden Valley Park, Melina Morsch sits on a mat with her spine straight, shoulders back and both knees folded under her. Before her, there is a class of about thirty people — most of them white twenty-somethings — all trying their best...

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...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Behind the leather curtain: BDSM in a sex-positive era

Inhibitions are life’s greatest obstacle to exploration. Push them aside, lift the veil, and you will undoubtedly find yourself.     Curiosity carries with it a feeling of renewal. Yet the skid to the unknown can be nerve-wracking. The transition between what is...

Movies that spoke to us in 2019

As 2019 crawls to a close, a reflection on some of the more noteworthy cinematic achievements offers a glance at a handful of films that appear to be very dissimilar. At least, that seems to be the case initially.  Think of the sicko, demented plunges of Joker, a...

San Jose del Pacifico | The Heart of Mushroom Country in Oaxaca Mexico

The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

The Sears Catalog: The Amazon.com of its Time

Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog images, Chicagology Sears, Roebuck & Company’s ties to Chicago go deep:  the iconic American retailer, founded in 1886 by Richard W. Sears, launched its operations in Chicago the following year after its startup in Minneapolis...

A genuine reflection of today’s headlines from diverse voices, as it relates to things like art, culture, sexuality, technology, and creativity.

FROM Philosophy TO Canna culture AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Herbal Education: The Complete Guide To Cannabis College

  Fifteen years ago, cannabis was a great way to get kicked OUT of college. Fast-forward a decade-and-a-half, and majoring in marijuana is no longer a joke. Trade-schools and universities are beginning to offer courses, certificates, and entire degree programs...

Goat Yoga in the Park | A Unique Yogic Offshoot, or a Parody of the East?

In an open field of Burlington’s Hidden Valley Park, Melina Morsch sits on a mat with her spine straight, shoulders back and both knees folded under her. Before her, there is a class of about thirty people — most of them white twenty-somethings — all trying their best...

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...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Behind the leather curtain: BDSM in a sex-positive era

Inhibitions are life’s greatest obstacle to exploration. Push them aside, lift the veil, and you will undoubtedly find yourself.     Curiosity carries with it a feeling of renewal. Yet the skid to the unknown can be nerve-wracking. The transition between what is...

Movies that spoke to us in 2019

As 2019 crawls to a close, a reflection on some of the more noteworthy cinematic achievements offers a glance at a handful of films that appear to be very dissimilar. At least, that seems to be the case initially.  Think of the sicko, demented plunges of Joker, a...

A genuine reflection of today’s headlines from diverse voices, as it relates to things like art, culture, sexuality, technology, and creativity.

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

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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...
IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

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The Scent of Sun

The Scent of Sun

scent of sun | photography by katherine cart So, who are you? What do terpenes and trichomes mean to you? Do you shiver and scowl when a kid walks by, stinking of last night’s joint? Or do you take a second whiff, then a third, trying to remember the last time you...

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Pet-sitting on the Road: Do I Need a Vet or a Shrink?

Pet-sitting on the Road: Do I Need a Vet or a Shrink?

The dog’s name was Bentley. I should have known there would be trouble, because my name is Bentley too. And though I don’t poop on the carpet, I have some anxiety issues as well. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s anchor: for years, my girlfriend Alice and I...

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IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

read more
The Scent of Sun

The Scent of Sun

scent of sun | photography by katherine cart So, who are you? What do terpenes and trichomes mean to you? Do you shiver and scowl when a kid walks by, stinking of last night’s joint? Or do you take a second whiff, then a third, trying to remember the last time you...

read more

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