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A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

I think my mother’s greatest trait is resiliency. At 88, she is a two time survivor of cancer, does yoga, water aerobics, dances with the stars and keeps an open mind. Me and my brothers named her Reefer Lady when we were kids. She needed a CB radio handle and had two refrigerators at home. […]

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

During my time as a criminal justice professional, I was reminded to adopt strategies that helped my agency to be more effective. A term we adopted is a military expression called a “force multiplier” which is “a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item or group.” During my journey through activism […]

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur

“Each generation must go further than the last or what’s the use in it?” -Meridel Le Sueur My junior year of high school was a mixture of colliding elements. I was supposed to know what I wanted to do with my life. By not knowing, my parents felt I was working against the unexpressed aspirations […]

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

There’s an internet meme floating around that has a saying on it along the lines of “stress is caused by giving a damn.” The meme probably says a different word but you get the point. This is a lovely sentiment and in the fashion of a virtual needlepoint, it has been mounted on many virtual […]

REVIEW: Sation Nail Lacquer “Love At First Byte”

REVIEW: Sation Nail Lacquer “Love At First Byte”

When this popped up in my Ipsy Glam Bag, I was less than pleased. Pink is not really my favorite color and definitely not a grown up one to pretend to be professional in. To my pleasant surprise, it is probably one of the cleanest, muted-yet-noticeable colors I have ever put on my nails. It […]

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Blessings to you Mary Jane Doe, I’m a vegan Earth mother with a cornucopia of organic foods and natural remedies filling my kitchen and home. I’ve been taking the sacrament of high CBD Cannabis for my pain for years and it has been working great. (I used to be a long-distance runner until my knees […]

[NSFW] The Changing Face Of Skid Row: Can a Bitch Get a Cab In Hunter’s Point?

[NSFW] The Changing Face Of Skid Row: Can a Bitch Get a Cab In Hunter’s Point?

PHOTO: Angela Bacca You think you’ve been around the block, but I’ve been around the world. I moved to San Francisco in 2002, obviously being a low-income woman I’ve lived in every ghetto shit hole this city has to offer. Even now, 11 years later whenever I leave my apartment I wander through trash, needles […]

LADY BUSINESS: Maggie of Vedge Candle

LADY BUSINESS: Maggie of Vedge Candle

Vedge Candle is a Pacific Northwest company and the brainchild of a new friend I have yet to meet in person, Maggie. Vedge Candles are premium quality soy candles made in beautiful, reusable Weck Jars. From their website: “ Exceptionally fragrant without being overpowering, these are made for the compassionate, eco-conscious, practical consumer.” Maggie’s story […]

Kiki Rosemaria’s Seasonal Samplings: Artichoke with Vegan Cashew Lemon-Mint Aioli

Kiki Rosemaria’s Seasonal Samplings: Artichoke with Vegan Cashew Lemon-Mint Aioli

This is another part in my series on seasonal cooking. Eating seasonally is the best way to maximize the nutrition you get from your foods. This recipe is for three artichokes plus dip and can be used as an appetizer or a light spring meal. Artichokes are high in dietary fiber and folic acid, so they’re great […]

Letter to My Daughter

Letter to My Daughter

Dear Maryjane, Hi Pumpkin Pie, it’s Daddy. You’re 9-years-old as I write this and I don’t know when you’ll be reading it, but I hope you still let me call you that. Right now you are too young to understand what I am doing or why it is important or why I am so passionate […]