“Snakes and the California Boy” by Nils Skudra

Before coming out to Greensboro for graduate school at UNCG, my Virginia-born god-mother sat me down and painted a vivid picture about what to expect in NC: different social traditions from those of the West Coast, a phenomenon famously known as “southern hospitality”, food the likes of which I’d never heard of: pulled pork, vinegar-based fried chicken, and  chocolate chess pie. I would be greeted by the slow drawl of speech mixed with expressions of gentility (‘bless your heart”) and life would be infinitely slower and simpler.  At every turn…

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Economics of Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp has been grown in the United States since our forefathers founded the country.  The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp.  Hemp is easy to grow, requires very little maintenance and no harmful chemical treatments, and it can be used for a number of things. Hemp’s downfall in the United States can be traced back to the 1937 Marihuana Act, which imposed taxes and bureaucratic burdens on farmers. The culprit was the First Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner, Harry Anslinger, whose…

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Five Things to Know About Kids Who Bully

“Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. […] We must instill in our youth the ideals of civility and respect.” – Kerry Kennedy , Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human R ights We needn’t look far for stories of a child being bullied on the bus or harassed on Facebook. These stories, and what they mean for kids who are bullied, are widely reported and, for many adults, stir painful memories of childhood and concern for their own children. But who are the young people who…

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How to Put an End to Bullying

Note from Editor: Last month, we tackled the topic of teen suicide.  This was a huge departure from anything we have ever published.  Our mission statement is clear.  We publish upbeat, positive, hyper-local and community focused editorial.  That said, after long and heartfelt deliberation, we decided that there are topics that are not positive that need to be discussed and ignoring them is irresponsible.  By bringing these topics to the forefront, it is our goal to affect positive change and we believe bullying is a big problem that needs to…

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Stop Suicide

While waiting for some routine maintenance to be done on my car recently, I struck up a conversation with a woman in the waiting area.  She had read the magazine, and wanted to offer some feedback, which is always welcome. The conversation meandered, but, oddly, she brought up the topic of teen suicide.  There are tragic losses in our community due to suicide, and what if we could do something to prevent them.  Her son had recently mentioned a young man who, several years ago, had taken his own life,…

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