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Compassion Alchemy: Finding a Balance Between Caring and Suffering

Compassion Alchemy: Finding a Balance Between Caring and Suffering

PHOTO: James Jordan Suffering and compassion: do they go hand-in-hand?  Are they akin to Mother Theresa and the poor, forever together as though stuck in perpetual balance?  Or is that even balance? To me, balance of two opposites cancels them both out.  Makes them neutral, Par, pH 7.   We suffer; and compassion eases it.  Over […]

Chicks Need Rub Too: It’s Normal to Masturbate

Chicks Need Rub Too: It’s Normal to Masturbate

Last week I came across a link about a trend in Colorado called “The Purity Ball”. I was, as I so often am, distracted and I pre-judged based solely on the words of the title. If the journalists of 2014 need to change anything, it’s to use clearer titles for your articles. If you have […]

Medical Psychedelics: Amanita Muscaria, My Little Mushroom Friend

Medical Psychedelics: Amanita Muscaria, My Little Mushroom Friend

NOTICE: This is a first-person account of a personal experience with an entheogen. It is not an endorsement or an admonishment of the practice. Ladybud Magazine/Libertae LLC is not legally responsible for reader experiences that may/may not take place after reading this riveting article. I didn’t start that day planning on eating 13g of dried […]

Could Cannabis Really Be an ‘Exit Drug’?

Could Cannabis Really Be an ‘Exit Drug’?

PHOTO: Kara Allyson [Names of some individuals in this story were changed at their request.] When Joe hit rock bottom, he knew it. At age sixty, he’d been drinking since he was sixteen and his liver was a mess. Every time he tried to quit in the past, he failed. “But this time was different,” […]

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

How old are you/how dumb am I? Let’s count the rings/around my eyes.                                          -The Replacements Time: it slips, it drags, it stalls, it clings, it snags holding on, and a minute can last an eternity […]