Two Pre-Rolls with Sativa D

For the Love of Sativa

Last week, I had the honor of meeting and working with the great Sativa D! We are both big fans of Sativa and we took a couple of pre rolls somewhere cool and gave them a try.

Preroll #1

High Totem Preroll: Lemon Sour Diesel

First, we sampled a Lemon Sour Diesel Preroll by High Totem. They are a vibey farmer-owned brand and their offering was legit. Lemon and Gas is a great combination. Enjoyable smoke, euphoric high. Official score: 8.0

Sativa Preroll #2

Pacific Reserve Preroll: Banana Jack

Next, we tried a .7g Banana Jack preroll by Pacific Reserve. A Banana OG x Jack Herer cross, this little J hits hard and is a nice bright uplifting high. Smooth smoke, buzzing high. Official score: 7.9

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Contemporary Fine Art Photography

Fine Art Photography and Digital Culture

There are more photos being published online every day than any single human will ever be able to see. Billions of images are being produced and consumed each day. While this massive explosion of cultural expression has entered into our global culture, there are not a lot of places you can go and see contemporary photography in an art setting. Most of what we see is on our phones and for anyone who has practiced art, loved art, lived with art you know this is not adequate to the task. There is something different about a larger than life-sized print. It invites you to look at it differently.

SkinHappy Discovery Center

These are a couple of images from an upcoming show at the SkinHappy Discovery Center. These images were made at the location. The first image is of fine art photographer Zachary Cole Weston and this second one is of Alexis Hanholdren, writer and dancer. Stay tuned to find out more about upcoming exhibitions and how to get involved if you love photography and contemporary art.

Finding the Right Flowers: Cannabis Brands and Strains

The different experiences you can have with cannabis are supremely vast. As a lover of cannabis and an advocate for its use, I want to explain this fact to people who might be canna-curious, so they don’t give up if they don’t find the right fit at first. You can smoke cannabis and feel horrible if it is not good or a good match for you. In the same dispensary you can find other flowers that will make you feel so much better it is hard to believe they are on the same shelf. 

How do you know what will work for you? When you are newer to cannabis, you have several factors to consider, but the first one is your sense of smell. The nose knows. Both when you break open a bud and expose the resinous trichomes and when you light it on fire your nose anticipates the feeling. The taste is greatly associated with how it is going to feel. For this reason, the experience of smoking should be enjoyable from beginning to end and if it becomes harsh or unpleasant than you are either doing it wrong or consuming the wrong flower.

When you find high quality cannabis grown by someone who has gone through the learning curve of experimentation and has a workflow that produces a reliably high-quality product you are in luck. I suggest looking for farms, for cannabis flower brands, and for genetics specialists to find the best bud for you. Then, experiment with the different strains that they produce. I love the flowers grown over at Caring Kind and so for me, I know that I can choose any of their flowers and have a good experience. Stony and co. are producing an array of delicious flavors and every one of them I’ve tried has carried the same level of care and craft. For me, connecting with a grower is key. There is so much to growing cannabis, and when you find someone who loves the craft, you are in luck.

Is there a difference between Indica and Sativa? Oh yes there is. The variety of effects even among the highest quality flowers from the best growers varies greatly. Some people get bad anxiety when they smoke high THC sativa flowers. Other people get knocked flat by a heavy indica. That’s the second thing you must figure out. Sativa, the active “functional” high; or indica, the sedated and mellowed out feeling. What are you going to do when you smoke? Different activities might ask for different flowers. Heavy indicas might reach some pain you are experiencing better and help you to sleep, and you might get inspired with some great ideas from a heady sativa. There is a difference, and it matters, a lot. 

Cannabis consumption for adult use can be a safe and productive set of therapeutic tools to use in your arsenal of work and self-care. To receive the benefits of this amazing plant and to minimize the negative side effects, you want to choose wisely. When it comes to cannabis flowers, you are better off spending more on quality flowers and consuming less. Ultimately, you have to experiment to figure out what is going to work for you in the different ways you might choose to consume cannabis. 

Learning which flowers work best for you is a very fun experimental process. Just go slow and take notes on how it feels. Spend the first five minutes of consuming cannabis focusing on how it is making you feel and then go jump into that work out or go on that hike or whatever you like to use cannabis to enhance. That way, you will know how to make the smartest choice when buying cannabis flowers for your personal use.

Mooniversal: Our Time Together

As soon as the world closed down I knew that I wanted to photograph the moon. Anything to speak a common language in a time of global discord.

This was the last moon of California’s shutdown. With the next full moon, things are supposed to be fully back open.

I for one am happy that things are opening back up and I look forward to exploring our new future together.

In the Fun Zone with Gillian Young Barkalow

I met up with the great Gillian Young Barkalow and we shot some looks for Xandra Swimwear in the Capitola Village

Summer is here, Capitola is alive with tourism and the fun energy of people on vacation. This dress really expresses that fun vibrant feeling you get when you go on vacation.

Work is fine, work is good, but you should never underestimate the power of the Fun Zone.

Always fun to work with Gillian. Stay tuned for more looks!

Funner Summer

Progression is fun. Creating is fun. Earning the respect of your peers is fun. Playing in a well-matched game is fun. Fun is one of those subjective words that is only known through experience. We know when something was or wasn’t fun. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a fun one. Wasn’t he?

What is the nature of fun? How do we “have” it? Is it related to happiness? Is it a byproduct of an activity or a goal? Is it meaningful? Am I a robot? Fun is so central to being human that it is hard to see. From your perspective, fun is natural.

Fun is the using your imagination to play a game. We pretend that we are something else. The surfer rises above the wave. The painter is coated in layers of color. The baker adds the perfect frosting lettering. In the process of doing the thing we become the action and that feeling of flow is fun.

Stoners Only: Jakespeare’s Rule

I am studying Shakespeare to become a better writer. Being a writer is great because you get to make your own rules. You can process your own thoughts and feelings and share what you want and edit out the rest. The better you are at writing, the more control you have over how you tell your story.

The point of humor is to make people laugh, to release some tension, and to lighten the mood and to inspire hope. The point of tragedy is to provide us with an outlet for our tears. If you want to help people, if you want to entertain or inspire them, then you must learn how to do that.

When I become Jakespeare, I’m going to have one rule: you must be a stoner. If you want to be a part of what I dream up, you must consume cannabis daily. I will not tolerate failure in this department. This is a cannabis fueled operation and non-stoniness will not be permitted. 

Cannabis only makes you paranoid if you’re being a jerk. If you aren’t smoking often enough, you might have developed some real POS habits and then when you do finally smoke it will all come crashing in on you. It’s not the cannabis, though; it’s the stupid things you did when you weren’t stoned. 

Smoking weed regularly ensures that you won’t walk around unaware of your bad vibes. If you don’t consume cannabis and you don’t think that you are a real jerk, then smoke a little cannabis and see what you think. Cannabis reveals us to ourselves. It points to the work we have to do. 

Strain Review: SC Breath by Caring Kind

We are in an insanely good place for cannabis right now. There are still big challenges and histories of injustice to overcome, but there are some seriously vital signs of improvement. We seem to be on a path to federal legalization or decriminalization at least. In California, the nation’s largest legal cannabis market, there are some great pockets of progress.

Here in Santa Cruz, we have a legacy of world class cannabis, and so when a brand puts that message on their packaging you should pay attention. Caring Kind World Class Cannabis Flowers are a Clean Green Certified cannabis farm growing some of the best flowers you could ever imagine.

I recently had a chance to try their SC Breath and ya boy is impressed. It seems like everyone is racing to chase the highest THC strains, and I love a good strong heavy hitter myself, but there are so many times during the day when something less devastating would be nice. Coming in at 21.15% THC, this strain is an Indica Hybrid, but is less likely to have you going to sleep ahead of plans. The overall impact is just a perfectly balanced mind/ body high. It feels clear and bright and just the right amount of stony. This is a flower I could puff on all day.

SC Breath is loud. Let me repeat. This bud bumps. It has the dankest tangiest smell imaginable and when you put it in the air it’s an outdoor concert of kind. It’s the type of bud you can smell being smoked a mile away and it makes your mouth water. 

The cure on these flowers is perfect. They are sticky little rocks of stoniness. They are resinous and you can feel the trichomes pop as you break apart the bud. The genetics are a OGKB crossed with Stony Cookies and they are bred by Mantra seeds. This is an outstanding flower great for being active, for creativity and for everyday all day use.

Why Write? Separating Facts from Feeling through Composition

Does writing improve when the writer has a thesis? Is the point of writing to stake a claim and to defend that point of view with evidence? In school, we learn to write a certain way without really questioning why. What is better about this method? What if you don’t have an argument to make? What if you are better at asking questions?

What can writing do? Everything must have a context to get clear answers. Writing can perform so many different functions. The rules for journalism are different than for creative writing or political rhetoric. Each use of writing has a set of options that makes the most sense for the purpose trying to be achieved. Writing can educate, it can inspire, it can influence. 

One of the things that we need to work on culturally if we are to have a more harmonious and prosperous future is to learn to separate facts from feelings in our decision-making process. Writing can help us to advance in this direction through making the contours of a problem visible and able to be discussed.

Once you set out a problem in writing, it becomes clearer what you don’t know. The other thing is to take accountability. This is the problem. What is my part in it? We must find ways to work around our blind spots to see what can and needs to be improved. Writing is a kind of psychic mirror we use to navigate and to see how we look to others. 

It is not an automatic process, however. You must be deliberate in your intention to be as objective as possible. If you were to write about a situation that is troubling you as though it were written by a stranger, what would it look like? Then, what do you do with it? If you look in the mirror and see you have spinach caught in your teeth, what do you do? You fix it.

Writing is different than talking but they are obviously closely related. The advantage that writing has is to take something that occurs in time and to freeze it in place through the choice of words. If you talk about a subject, you might say something important that you forget and don’t have the opportunity to build on, but if you write it down, then you have a paper trail of ideas that you can draw from in your work. 

Do we know better what we feel or what we think, and which instinct leads us to better outcomes? Again, this is context specific. More important than some set of skills is the overall intention and that is where separating feelings from facts becomes evident. Fictional portrayals of human relations give us examples of how this works. We can analyze these stories to see why situations fail and what to do about it.

In Shakespeare, we have characters who are overwhelmed by their feelings a lot of times. They are spurred into action by a feeling inside of unworthiness or envy. They orchestrate horrible events with deadly outcomes for the people they feel resentful towards. They are motivated by feeling and feeling can be contagious and unreliable. When feeling becomes alienated from thought it leads to violent outcomes. Thoughtful writing seeks to discern between facts and feelings precisely to avoid or mitigate such events. It serves to govern our instincts that are out of line with the spectrum of safe and legal options for action in any given situation. 

To be thoughtful, we need to try and separate what can be verified independently with what we personally feel. Writing can be a way to come to terms with our feelings, too. By giving expression to our desires, we can see how reasonable they are. This creates the possibility of revising our thinking. It is an effective method of recognizing bias. Writing out our thoughts and feelings is the first step to separating them and to gaining control over our decision-making process.

We must understand our weaknesses to improve them. If we are blind to our own susceptibilities, then we are vulnerable to people who seek to manipulate us.