Monday, April 25, 2016

Where've You Been? and My Link-A-Rama

Berkeley, CA

I flew up to the San Francisco area for the weekend and spent some wonderful time with one of my oldest and best friends, Jody. We sat in her kitchen for hours talking and laughing so hard that I now feel positively purged of any bitterness, fatigue, confusion, despair, encroaching old age, neuroticism,  dedicated overthinking, anxiety, sadness and melancholy. What we talked about is entirely private, but Reader: Laughter.

On Sunday night we met Sally and Lisa in Berkeley, ate a delightful dinner (my favorite mussels and fries, along with a cocktail made with bourbon and lemon and jalapeno) and then went to Zellerbach Hall to hear Billy Collins and Aimee Mann do a really interesting and unique performance of music and poetry. It was the first time that I'd ever been to Berkeley and quite thrilling. I've long held fantasies of going to school there and am a bit gobsmacked by its hippie history. I didn't really get a chance to see much of it, but I loved the name of that bookstore and my favorite site was a man sitting on the street, cross-legged with a MacBook on his lap that was plugged into the building behind him. His belongings appeared to be scattered around him, including clothes and toiletries and foil-covered food containers. I have no idea whether he was a student, homeless or just a Berkeley hippie of the twenty-first century.

What else?

The Virgin terminal at the San Francisco airport is exactly what I imagined the future to look like when I was a child. Really. Exactly.

This is my last week at, so I'm tying things up and will have a new interview posted at some point. Below you'll see a list of the articles, features and interviews that I did while at -- such a great opportunity while it lasted, and a somewhat devastating and certainly unexpected end. I don't feel free to discuss those details, but it's Big Business, ya'll. Marijuana is officially Big Business, and you know how many of us who frequent a moon, worn as if it had been a shell feel about that:

Better go down upon your marrow-bones   
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones   
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;   
For to articulate sweet sounds together 
Is to work harder than all these, and yet   
Be thought an idler by the noisy set 
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen   
The martyrs call the world.’ 

That's a bit of Adam's Curse by William Butler Yeats, the great Irish poet. It's one of my favorite poems and the reason for the blog's rather cumbersome title. Check it out here if you need diversion, but please come back and read the next line.

I am now officially LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB.

Did you hear that?

I am now officially LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB.

Are you Ten Thousands Minds On Fire? If you send me a lead, I will be of service to you in some significant way.

Cannabis Medicine and Autism: An Interview with Ana Maria Abba
How to Talk to Your Teenager About Marijuana: An Interview with Dr. Bonni Goldstein
Vaccination Injury, Seizures and Cannabis Medicine: An Interview with Georgia Smithson
The Literal Beating Heart
Keeping Monkey Neurons on Their Toes: An Interview with Allison Jackson
Purple Day
The Wisdom in the Room: A Cannabis Community for Women
Cannabis as Totem and Connector: An Interview with Allison Ray Benavides
A Passionate Mother's Reluctant Path to Lobbying
The Beginning - March 8, 1995
Making THCa At Home: An Interview with a Mother


  1. It does sound like you had a marvelous weekend with your friends. I feel mad that you job is ending because there could be no one better at it and it is needed. The lovely Cris Rice will be bringing me to your book event because my friends are **** and I really want to come and cannot drive at nite. I'm happy about that and grateful to her. So I'll see you soon or before then if you have time.

  2. It was a great night. Sorry to hear about the job. Perhaps you should do a show like Last night. I would offer to sing, but show tunes might not go with your writing.

  3. are a very lucky girl.
    I have, of course, no leads for a job but I'll keep my fingers crossed that a good one comes along soon.
    I've been to that bookstore, in 1969, with a lover that looked like Gregory Peck. He was as sweet and kind as we imagine Mr. Peck...which made it all the sweeter.

  4. You sound wonderfully refreshed!

  5. I'm glad you had a great weekend! I too have always entertained a secret fantasy of being a Berkeley student -- especially since watching Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross wander around the campus in "The Graduate," even though that wasn't REALLY the campus.

    I am more curious than ever about what happened to that job, but I can respect your desire to not go into details. Even though it's killing me.

  6. I'm glad you had a lovely weekend filled with talking and laughter, those are the best kind. Hoping you find a job that fits soon. Take care woman:)

  7. Times of huge changes for you, dear Elizabeth. I'm so glad that you are at least getting time to enjoy poetry, music, friendship...all of the best of the best.
    All will be well.

  8. Laughter. Yes. And, "Thank you, Universe, for presenting the perfect job opportunity for Elizabeth."

  9. Glorious! You have purged your soul with friends, laughter, good food, and art. May the Universe acknowledge your request and respond heartily. XOXO

  10. There is just nothing like time spent with women friends. You did some great pieces for, and your next great project is on its way! And maybe you'll have a little time to work on your book.

  11. Is commenting by a lurker allowed? I'm a writer and I'm busy enough I'm turning down assignments. Mostly pay 25 cents a word. Email if you want my editors 'contact info. Some custom content, some I pitch and exercise my own creativity.

    Even if not, I like this blog! You are my favorite non fiction writer working today, along with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

    --Jenn W.

  12. I am certain you will find a job, a god one.

    How lovely to see San Francisco with girlfriends. What could be better?

  13. You have done righteous work. The universe will hear your plea.

  14. Ugh, so sorry your job didn't work out - it seemed perfect but you never know what's lurking in the storage closet & corner office. You're such a beautiful writer and have such a wealth of uber-talented & connected people in your corner, I've no doubt you will find something fabulous. I myself know of only 8-5 corporate drudgery but am a glutton for those little cookies in the vending machine.

  15. I think you are a brilliant woman and I have no doubt you will find a job.

    It is excellent that you had time to laugh with a friend. Indeed, it does cleanse the soul.



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