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Posts published by “Jonah Raskin”

Odyssey of a Boonville Cannabis Grower

Boonville, California, the town which provides a home for the Anderson Valley Advertiser — the newspaper you’re reading — has a population of about one…

Kids & Cannabis Today

They’re demonized and exploited, revered for their youth and reviled simply because they’re young. They are today’s teenagers, the post-millennials, who came of age during…

What Lawrence Ferlinghetti Means To Me

The anarchist, pacifist poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, whom I knew for forty years was shy and introverted, even while he was a public figure who wanted…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

It was a Pat Benatar kind of day, a day when I knew I would say, at least once, “Hit me with your best shot.”…

Isolatoes: From Natty Bumppo to the Proud Boys

They were nearly all Isolatoes, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own. Yet now,…

My Housemate Is Missing

The other day, my housemate thought she saw flames on the adjoining property. She called the fire department in Cotati, California where we live. Two…

Mendo Weed, The Sound of Music, and Money

Many of the articles about cannabis that appear in the AVA are so chock full of bad news that they would depress even Julie Andrews,…

The Start of Something New?

In a recent article in The Atlantic, staff writer, George Packer, published an essay titled “A Political Obituary for Donald Trump.” The subtitle: “The effects…

My Jewish Christmas

I did what Americans Jews are supposed to do on Christmas. I ate Chinese food. Not alone, but with three other members of my family:…

Uncrowning The Crown

Watching the Netflix show, The Crown, now in its fourth season, I reminded myself that when I lived in England in the mid-1960s, I never stood in…

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