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Eternal Blue Sky

 Night has fallen in Mongolian taiga near the Russian boarder, thousands of miles from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. We wait around the bonfire for the ceremonial drum to dry out after a sudden rain storm has soaked it. The spirits will not come until the drum regains its proper sound. The touchier (translator) sits to the...

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Minor Keys

 Kyler Nipper and his family’s medical marijuana journey began with a sharp pencil. When the family was living in Colorado, a classmate bullied Kyler about his shoes and then, later, in the hallway of their school. Without any provocation, he stabbed Kyler in the chest with a pencil. Kyler was just 11 years old at the time...

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Growers Unite!

“We like to be grangerly,” says Vincent Scholten, president of Hessel Farmers Grange #750 in Sebastopol, California. By this, he means acting with kindness, respect, and inclusivity, and as a 15-year veteran granger, it’s practically his motto. So what’s a grange and a granger you say? We’re glad you asked. The Grange, formally known as The National Grange...

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A Better Crop

When a team from iconic outdoor brand Patagonia met in Denver during the Outdoor Retailer trade show in 2019 to discuss the possibility of working with an industrial hemp farm in the U.S., Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took note. He responded—immediately—showing up for a lunch and listen and then sending a rep to tell the brand that if...

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Stone’s Show

 Stone Slade was born for this. Literally. The reality TV star’s first breath, at a hospital in Guadalajara in 1971, was laced with cannabis smoke from a hit his father shotgunned in his newborn face—a rite of passage that seemed completely normal among the big, crazy family of rock stars, drug smugglers, and assorted other characters Slade...

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Compassionate Cannabis

 Cannabis and the law have long been bitter rivals—but more and more states are reevaluating medical and recreational cannabis use. In California, legislators and activists continue to normalize and support medical cannabis.  One network of licensed cannabis companies called “Dear Cannabis;” (yes, the semicolon is part of the name) has launched compassion projects to eliminate costs for...

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Myco Moment

 Plaid. Pink. Pineapples. Minimalism. Maximalism. Mushrooms. What these things share in common, aside from alliteration, is that they all have recurring moments—in art, in home décor, on the runways—bouncing in and out of the zeitgeist, embraced one decade and shunned the next.  Mushrooms, though. For the weird at heart, fungi never go out of style. There’s just...

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On The Cover: Jane Says

Photo Credits: Photography by Andrew Bydlon / Hair + Makeup by Anderson Gonzalez So picture this: it’s a warm evening in the waning days of summer, and you’re in California Wine Country on your first trip in the post-COVD-19 world—the afterworld, an open world, a healthy world, a world filled with laughter and joy and experiences and friends....

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It Happened Here

Photo by Elliot Whitehead (@elliot.whitehead / whitehead.works) I was struggling to write an article about a traumatic breakup with my yoga studio when my daughter called to tell me there was an active shooter at the neighborhood grocery store we frequented almost daily for 25 years. I abandoned the prose (which no longer mattered) and hopped online to...

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Infinity, Beats, and Love

Fall down the rabbit hole into different dimensions that bend the mind with theatrics, art, music, and technology exploding in cataclysmic layers. Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite at Area15 is Wonderland updated. Wink is the co-founding performer, writer, director, and composer of Blue Man Group. The ground-breaking show creates a wildly interactive, percussion-driven multimedia experience. He is...

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