Monthly Archives: May 2013

Horror Movies That Don’t Suck

Horror Movies That Don’t Suck

Lately I’ve heard a lot of people discussing horror movies and how there are never any good ones made anymore. Reviews all over discussion boards rip into every crappy new release as if it speaks for the whole genre. Disgruntled horror fans complain that all new movies are either remakes or torture porn, a category […]

Mormon Mom Thrown in Mexican Prison for Failing to Bribe Judge

Mormon Mom Thrown in Mexican Prison for Failing to Bribe Judge

PHOTO: Yanira Maldonado and Husband Gary Maldonado, on their wedding day By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht A Mormon mother-of-seven visiting Mexico for a funeral was thrown in jail when her bus was stopped at a military checkpoint and marijuana was found on board. Her family says she was thrown in prison after they failed to raise money […]

I Am A Hipster And Not Ashamed

I Am A Hipster And Not Ashamed

I’ve recently come to terms with the label “hipster.” It happened one day when I was sitting on the window ledge of my apartment in the Mission district of San Francisco, smoking pot named after a revolutionary and eating a burrito I paid cash for. Across the street, the café I always avoided because it […]

Mothers Are Slightly Insane

Mothers Are Slightly Insane

PHOTO: My son and I, on his third birthday My mother was born in Mexico City in 1940. She attended an all-girls Catholic boarding school until she was 17-years-old. She was a child bride at 18, leaving her parents’ home to move in with my father, and had all her children before the age of […]

Don’t Let Dispensaries Profit? How Would Pfizer Take That?

Don’t Let Dispensaries Profit? How Would Pfizer Take That?

A week ago, the California State Senate approved S.B. 439, effectively attempting to make it illegal for dispensaries to make a profit on the sale of marijuana to patients. In the guidelines set in 2008 by then Attorney General Jerry Brown, the profit margins are laid out thusly: Cooperative corporations are “democratically controlled and are not organized […]

REVIEW: 100% Pure Body Creams

REVIEW: 100% Pure Body Creams

We are just obsessed with 100% Pure Cosmetics. They have all the elements we look for in natural beauty products, they are a domestic small business that makes cruelty-free products sans synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, preservatives, petro-chemicals or ingredients you can’t spell. They make simple, all natural products that are clean and guilt free. But […]

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

I was recently taken aback by a request to review Weed The People: From Founding Fiber to Forbidden Fruit, by Jeremy Daw, J.D.  Always having my “cop on,” I immediately started a Google search of the title and the author. Now mind you, I was a bit intimidated by Daw’s Harvard Law school credentials but […]

REVIEW: Alice Smith “She”

REVIEW: Alice Smith “She”

After a six-year wait, Alice Smith finally released her heavily anticipated second album, She. Time hasn’t changed her powerhouse voice which drips with soul and emotion so thick it’s almost a sin to not sing along; however, subtle changes have come with these new tracks — a slightly gentler, mellower vibe than her last album, For […]

Kiki Rosemaria’s Raw Vegan Chocolate-Cinnamon Truffles (Naturally Sugar Free!)

Kiki Rosemaria’s Raw Vegan Chocolate-Cinnamon Truffles (Naturally Sugar Free!)

My cousin and I like to affectionately refer to these goodies as “PMS balls.” They have just the right chocolate punch but none of the over-sugared, processed guilt you get from eating a candy bar. Plus, they are easy to whip together and are really great after-dinner palette cleansers. Ingredients: 3 ounces raw cacao powder 1/3 cup […]

PLAYLIST: Introspective New Wave

PLAYLIST: Introspective New Wave

By “new wave” we don’t mean “new wave.” In this case, new wave refers to tracks that are just well… different. They genre melt, they sometimes don’t make sense, but somehow they are all linked through introspection-inducing melodies. From Radiohead’s melancholy post-industrialist reflections on consumerism to the smooth sexy dripping beats of The xx, this […]