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In Praise of an Extra 20 Pounds

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:09 PM

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Originally published on Yahoo! Shine

I carry an extra 20 pounds, which I prefer to the extra 40 that I used to have. I've come to think them as individuals, these 20 hangers-on, but when considered together they constitute my powerful...

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10 Reasons I Ditched the City and Moved to the Country

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:49 PM

I'm Heather Donahue, previously known as The Girl from The Blair Witch Project. That was back when I was a city girl. Now I'm a country girl, living in a tiny Northern California town nestled in the Sierra foothills, and I'm mostly known as a friend, a neighbor and the...

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Democracy, Hypocrisy and Medical Marijuana

(19) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Last week was a strange week to be an American. I was moved by the president's inauguration speech, like when he invoked, "We, the people," in that hypnotic way and said, "You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time -- not only with...

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Sundance 2012: Smashed

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM

So many addiction narratives make it easy to say, "That's not me. I might drink a lot, but it's not that bad." Smashed acknowledges why anybody drinks in the first place: because it's fun. Until it isn't. Sober is pretty well synonymous with boring and who wants to be boring?...

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Sundance 2012: The Pact

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 3:43 PM

I've been here before. Not just Sundance, but a midnight screening of a horror movie at the Egyptian. That was almost thirteen years ago to the day, for The Blair Witch Project. At that time, I was here as an actress. Now I'm here as a reporter. It's a lot...

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Sundance 2012: Sleepwalk With Me

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:12 PM

As you might expect from a film co-produced by WBEZ Chicago's This American Life, Sleepwalk With Me is an autobiographically-inspired film that is intimate, funny and sincere. It offers a take on the New American Manchild archetype that engenders empathy.

Mike Birbiglia plays the lightly fictionalized Matt Pandamiglio, a...

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Sundance 2012: The Comedy

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 1:36 PM

The Comedy is the first movie I've ever walked out of. Ever. I could be overheard bitching to another lady who had also just walked out that it was the worst movie I'd ever seen. She agreed. We ranted in the snow about how we wanted to take the culture...

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Sundance 2012: The Pact

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2012 | 2:06 PM

I've been here before. Not just Sundance, but a midnight screening of a horror movie at the Egyptian. That was almost thirteen years ago to the day, for The Blair Witch Project. At that time, I was here as an actress. Now I'm here as a reporter. It's a lot...

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Weed Wars: Is the Cannabiz Ready for Its Close-Up?

(64) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:21 PM

As a former pot grower, I took a particular interest in the premier of Discovery's new reality show, Weed Wars last week. As is typical of the pot business, when it comes to the main players, it's a sausage fest.

There's no central female character, except there is: The...

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The New Marijuana Middle Class

(111) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 3:15 PM

Marijuana brings an estimated $14 billion a year to California. That number is enough to inspire awe, drool even, when thinking of the slice that could be devoured by the state's hungry coffers. Add to that number the money saved on enforcing prohibition. In this context, Prop 19, California's initiative...

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