Should California Governor Gavin Newsom Be Recalled?

August 24, 2021

It is turning out to be strange summer in California. The entire West Coast has been experiencing unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires, a sure sign that climate change is taking its toll on our planet. California is also in the midst of political turmoil, fueled by partisan hatred against its...

Invasion Has Invaded Political Discourse

August 09, 2019

In the runup to the 2018 midterm elections, US President Donald Trump insisted that what was happening at the border should be thought of as an invasion. Hesitating between employing a metaphor or a simile, Trump said, “Some people call it an ‘invasion.’ It’s like an invasion. They have...

In the Hyperreal World of US Education, Art Must Be Innocuous

July 22, 2019

One of the deepest features of any culture concerns the general approach to problem-solving. Some cultures, before defining the actions intended to solve any complex problem, privilege the idea of engaging in research. Others prefer contradictory public debate. And many cultures rely on guidance...

Holy Smoke: The Cannabis-Growing Nuns of California

May 06, 2016

California nuns who grow medicinal cannabis are fighting to keep the project alive. “Sisters of the Valley,” Kate and Darcy, have been cultivating medicinal cannabis for patients who aren’t able to obtain it. Due to legislative bans in the California’s Central Valley, a potentially...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 2)

December 04, 2014

The state of California is "home" to around 22% of America's homeless population. The San Francisco Bay in northern California is known as a hub for the homeless. The culture of 1960s America still lingers in the Bay Area, welcoming vagabonds and permanent homeless alike. Seven thousand of San...