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I’ve understood Literary Agent/author Eric Smith as an editor and friend for about a years now; I even wrote a review of his newest book, the wonderful Don’t Read the Comments, right here on BoingBoing
Unfortunately, Smith recently had to put down his precious corgi, Augie, after five and a half sweet years together. And while losing a pet dog is always hard, Smith penned a gorgeous tribute to his short-legged companion– in the form of composing advice. It begins thus:
When it concerns crafting the perfect story, suggestions tends to be relatively subjective. What might work for some authors, won’t always work for others.
But these particular rules … they worked for me.
Let’s talk about.
Very first and primary, at the extremely start of your story, you want to make the introduction of your character unforgettable. Readers are going to keep in mind 2 major things when they stroll away.
Generally, you should discover a method to shock us.
Yes, that video becomes part of it. You get the idea. It continues like that, all the method through the end of the storytelling procedure. The final result is not just a clear and succinct collection of good advice for good storytelling, but also a definitely tear-jerking homage to who was plainly a very sweet puppy who lived a life full of love.
If you love pet dogs, or storytelling, or weeping, or any combination thereof, I recommend you read it. BYO Tissues.
A Guide To Writing The Perfect Story[Eric Smith]
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Searching for an easy way to liven up your meals? Add a fresh sauce! Let me introduce you to my newest favorite– this rejuvenating cilantro and hemp seed pesto. It’s made simply with fresh cilantro, hemp seeds, garlic, optional jalapeño (for some heat) and olive oil.
Even if you normally don’t like cilantro, there’s a strong possibility you’ll enjoy this sauce. My hubby is normally in the “no cilantro” camp, but he kept going back for spoonfuls of this pesto.
I’m using the term “pesto” loosely here, given that traditional basil pesto is made with basil, pine nuts and Parmesan. Instead of pine nuts, I used hemp seeds, which are high in protein and key minerals, consisting of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
When combined, the hemp seeds end up being so great and creamy that this sauce tastes complete without cheese. This nut-free and dairy-free pesto would be excellent with basil also.
This recipe is influenced by a cilantro-hemp sauce that I took pleasure in at Real Foods Kitchen in Kansas City. They serve it on their “Ancient Grains Bowl,” which is topped with sweet potatoes, onions, portobello mushrooms and avocado. Naturally, this sauce matches all of the above, as well as almost any meal with Mexican-inspired flavors. You’ll find more concepts below!
Cilantro Pesto Serving Recommendations
This cilantro pesto tastes delicious on meals with Mexican flavors, or with practically anything that could gain from a burst of fresh, organic taste. I believe it would be great on corn on the cob. It’ll unite any standard mix of beans and whole grains (you’ll see this sauce on a burrito bowl below). Or, include a dollop to your remaining salad to wake it up.
Here are some Cookie and Kate recipes that could gain from a spoonful of cilantro pesto:
- 10- Minute Quesadillas
- Black Bean Tacos
- Chilaquiles Rojos
- Easy Refried Beans with Cilantro-Lime Rice
- Favorite Breakfast Tacos
- Garden-Fresh Corn Salad
- Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Craving more delicious sauces? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Aji Verde: Creamy, spicy Peruvian green sauce with cilantro and jalapeño.
- Basil Pesto: True Italian pesto with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil.
- Chimichurri: Strong Argentinian parsley sauce with red onion and red white wine vinegar.
- Shatta: Middle Eastern hot sauce with cilantro, parsley, walnuts and great deals of jalapeños.
- Tzatziki: Greek sauce or dip with yogurt, cucumber, dill or mint.
- Zhoug: Spicy, olive oil-based, Middle Eastern cilantro sauce.
Extra hemp seeds? Make my easy vegan Parmesan cheese, or sprinkle them straight onto your salads, yogurt, breakfast toasts, etc.
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Overall Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2/3 cup 1 x
- Category: Sauce
- Approach: Food mill
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet Plan: Vegan
This cilantro pesto recipe is made with hemp seeds! It’s a fresh and healthy sauce that spruces up a variety of meals. It’s really excellent with Mexican flavors. Recipe yields 2/3 cup– it’s so excellent that you may as well double it.
- 2 cups jam-packed cilantro leaves with tender stems (from 2 little bunches)
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- Optional, for heat: 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and ribs got rid of, roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove, approximately chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more if desired
- In a food processor, combine whatever however the olive oil (the cilantro, hemp seeds, optional jalapeño, garlic and salt). Process till the ingredients are really finely chopped, stopping briefly to scrape down the bowl if essential.
- While running the machine, drizzle in the olive oil. Continue processing until the mix is well integrated and almost creamy in texture. I developed this sauce to be rather thick; if you ‘d prefer a thinner sauce, drizzle in a bit more olive oil while running the machine.
- Usage right away or shop in an air-tight container in the fridge for approximately 5 days (I think it would freeze well for up to 3 months, but I have not attempted). This sauce will turn a bit darker on top throughout storage, however it’s perfectly edible.
Dish inspired by the cilantro pesto at Real Food Cooking Area.
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As a rule in my journalistic career, I’m pulling away from CBD, but Derek’s story made perfect sense to me and I felt that world deserved learning about his scene. I wanted to do this primarily because of his understanding of the pharmacological benefits of the plant. Not just another snake oil product. This is accurate for me because what Derek doesn’t do is CBD infused pain lotion, nor another CBD infused toothpick, but a philosophy that is grounded in deep healing. And after writing the book named Apothecary Cocktails, this path that he is taking is very familiar to me. It fulfills the desire to do well by others through healing. Thank you.
Warren Bobrow=WB: Please tell me how you discovered the plant? Who introduced you? How old were you? Where did you grow up? Now?
Growing up during the 90’s in the middle of Farmville USA (Shawano, WI) the beer and cheese mecca, alcoholism was everywhere, and cannabis was scarce. Drinking alcohol didn’t appeal to me growing up. After watching Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, I was determined to become a music critic and was enamored by cannabis culture. I think the music videos we watched before the bus to school normalized cannabis use for me. It was a hot summer night after junior year and I was skateboarding to meet a group of friends by the lake. I sat down next to the bonfire prepping a tree branch to roast marshmallows when my best friend pulled out an empty soda can and began poking holes in it. She was crunching up the can in a peculiar way so I asked her what she was doing. She didn’t say a word, put headphones over my ears (Joker – Steve Miller Band), and pressed the can to my lips. Needless to say, s’mores never tasted so good and I finally understood the movie Half Baked. Some people are highly functional on THC, unfortunately I am not one of those people. Eating. Sleeping. Laughing – anything outside of that I’m incapable of. The non-psychoactive cannabinoids are my personal preference.
Flash forward 20 years later and somehow I find myself in a different city weekly educating consumers/businesses alike on the pharmacological and economic benefits of cannabinoids. Home base is Los Angeles but due to the explosive growth of cannabis/hemp globally, I was on the road 300+ days in 2019. My Mother has been very ill for the majority of my life and after witnessing the pharmacological benefits of cannabis 2016, I dedicated my life to helping companies incorporate cannabis-derived ingredients into their products.
WB: Please tell me about what you do? What obstacles do you face? Stigmas?
DDC: The most important aspect of what we do is education. There are over 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, each acting differently upon our CB1 and CB2 receptors. These cannabinoids have varying effects on our bodies and it is crucial for consumers to understand the differences between them. By providing supply chain services, product development, and brand incubation for the wellness, cosmetics, pets, food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, our goal is to drive sector growth while making cannabinoids more accessible for all. In 2016 every major CPG brand and big-box retailer was rejecting the idea of including CBD/CBG/CBN/CBL/etc. into their products. After the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the narrative quickly shifted and the demand grew exponentially. If you have a CPG company and you’re not having the “CBD talk” at a board level, you are being reckless. In a few short years it went from taboo to seeing toothpaste, make-up, hair products, lotions, nutraceuticals, face masks, muscle rubs, and beverages with CBD on the shelves at your local convenience store. More and more countries are legalizing cannabis-derived ingredients and we’re looking forward to developing those markets.
WB: What is your six and twelve-month goal? What markets do you want to enter? Why?
DDC: Within the next six months we are focusing on the empowerment of enterprises through mergers and acquisitions. Motivation for concentration comes from different objectives that encompass increasing revenues, penetration to new markets, overall costs reduction, and protection of the market from new arrivals by combining focus. Bringing lesser known cannabinoids to the market at scale,and working with the world’s leading brands to develop products and educate consumers on their benefits is a primary objective. Within the next 12 months we would like to further explore opportunities in other uses, in addition to cannabinoid and terpene extraction, from this versatile plant: commercial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, animal feed and biofuels. The hemp industry in the United States is in its infancy and we are seeking opportunities to leverage our hemp supply chain while increasing shareholder value and improving EBITDA margins.
WB: Do you cook? Who taught you? Food memory?
DDC: At 12 years old I was a dishwasher at a restaurant down the street from the house I grew up in, by 14 I was prep cook. French cuisine is my go-to, a strong balance of healthy and delicious. Mm, mm crepes! Just kidding, the mastery of crepes is elusive. My Mom taught me how to cook, she is the most brilliant and strongest woman I’ve ever met. Cooking is therapeutic for me and provides a fun opportunity for family and friends to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. Leaving people satisfied after a healthy meal is a win win!
WB: What is your passion?
DDC: Finding my passion has been an interesting journey for quite some time because as life progresses, so do ideas and interests. I am grateful for the years of working on films and television shows for the creative outlet and entrepreneurial thrill that inherently comes with each new project. After caring for my Mother and going down the rabbit hole of naturopathy, my life trajectory completely changed. Seeing first-hand how broken the medical system in the United States is and how aggressively addictive and deadly pharmaceuticals are prescribed, led me to seek alternatives. The more that I learned about plant-based medicine and environmental sustainability, the more determined I became. Sharing that knowledge with people became the type of interactions that sparked motivation. Cannabis can feed, fuel, and house us. Recently I have been researching mushrooms extensively and incorporating Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms as part of my daily routine (Thank you Paul Stamets). The applications for mushrooms are quite impressive as well: building materials, cleaning products, textiles, medicine, biofuels, and packaging to name a few. I am passionate about helping people achieve unimaginable goals. Focus on the value you can provide and success will follow. Between Cannabis and Fungi there lays extraordinary opportunities to help our friends, our businesses and our planet.
The legal and medical cannabis market has actually long been complicit in the systemic oppression of Black people. As Black Lives Matter protests continue around the country, activists, medical professionals, and business owners are calling for those in cannabis to take apart the systemic racism the industry is constructed on.
In the wake of the demonstrations versus authorities brutality following the death of George Floyd, a Black guy who was eliminated by a white police officer in Minneapolis, all elements of American culture are forced to rethink its technique to race. The marijuana market, which has a of $77 billion by 2020, is steadily growing. The effects of the generations-long war on drugs are still widespread in marginalized communities, especially Black ones.
A by American Civil Liberties Union this year concluded that even though white individuals and Black people take in marijuana at “roughly equivalent” rates, Black people are 3. In some states, Black individuals were six to 10 times more likely to be detained for cannabis possession.
However how can those in the cannabis company ensure a more fair way forward?
Getting into the marijuana market is for the fortunate
In 2017, Black business owners comprised roughly 4.3 percent of cannabis entrepreneur, Cannabis Organisation Daily reported White people, for contrast, accounted for 81 percent of cannabis entrepreneur.
Systemic bigotry isn’t simply intertwined with the criminalization of marijuana, but in the legal market, too. Breaking into this service as an entrepreneur is an uphill battle unless you’re fortunate with monetary security and connections.
If you have a felony conviction for cannabis belongings, you’ll have a bumpy ride obtaining a marijuana service license in lots of states. , for example, forbids anyone with a felony managed compound offense within the past 3 years from obtaining one. To acquire a license in, candidates can’t have any controlled substance felonies within the past decade. needs anybody working in the market, in both medical and retail, to undergo a criminal background check. Those convicted of “omitted felony offense” in Nevada are not allowed to operate in marijuana.
Dasheeda Dawson, a marijuana activist and author of the workbook How to Succeed in the Marijuana Industry was recently picked to serve on the Head of Marijuana for the City of Portland to shape policies around the plant. She’s the 3rd Black lady in the nation to hold a position of power in cannabis regulative practices.
” A lot of markets were begun by purposely keeping out people who have previous convictions with cannabis.”
” The majority of markets were started by purposely staying out people who have prior convictions with marijuana,” Dawson informed Mashable in a telephone call. “And as you know, Black individuals are nearly 4 times as most likely usually to be arrested for cannabis belongings.”
Given that a lot of banks will not fund marijuana services due to the fact that it’s still federally unlawful, many of the in advance costs have to be self-financed or backed by venture capital.
” These are things that frequently are overwhelming for new, young, Black entrepreneurs who have the degrees, who have the business experience, but perhaps not the funding,” Dawson continued.
Dorian Morris, the creator of a CBD company called, had a hard time to find partners to buy her business. In spite of years of experience in business retail at major appeal brand names, she stated she had to network for connections to “get her foot in the door” in order to get a license in California. She also dealt with challenges marketing Undefined Appeal, because major social media companies like Instagram and Facebook promoted material from CBD brands.
” Black ladies get essentially zero financing,” Morris stated, who is Black herself.
Job Diane, a research study by social enterprise DigitalUndivided, found that in 2017, females got only 2.2 percent of VC funding for the year. In Between 2009 and 2017, firms established by Black ladies just raised 0.0006 percent of all VC funding.
” It’s sort of this self propelling design where a lot of minorities aren’t taken advantage of that community.”
” And that comes down to access to network, since a lot of the VCs are moneying individuals who have access to them,” Morris continued.
That does not account for the implicit bias that those in positions of power already have against minority communities.
Morris recalled when resting on a panel of “mainly old white guys” at an organisation conference, and challenging them to step up.
” I certainly did challenge the discussion and my viewpoint was [that] everyone in this room has the power to invest in Black-owned businesses and not keep putting their cash behind white bros,” Morris remembered. “So it resembles, let’s put fire under people’s feet. Because if not, they’re gon na continue to do what they do and not feel like they have to be part of the solution.”
How the market can step up
What do services appear like? Beyond pledging donations to not-for-profit companies that benefit BIPOC causes, Morris and Dawson believe the industry as a whole needs to reassess its approach.
While a number of legal states have implemented social equity programs meant to provide minority business owners an upper hand, they’ve been slammed for being inefficient. In Los Angeles, a rich businessman used the social equity program to partner with Black entrepreneurs and built obvious “predatory” language into the collaboration contracts. In Massachusetts, only two Black applicants from the state’s social equity program managed to acquire licenses. The state provided a total of 105 provisional and 79 final licenses.
Social equity programs might be well-meaning, however Morris and Dawson have ideas for more tangible modification.
In addition to running a CBD charm brand name, Morris also runs a physical store in Oakland, California that sells a selection of marijuana products from minority-owned business. Fed up with seeing luxury brand names co-opt cannabis as an expensive product, instead of something available, Morris sought to produce a line of CBD items under $50
” It’s a lovely active ingredient, but it shouldn’t cost your firstborn kid,” Morris said. She hopes that by capping the rate, more individuals of color will have the ability to pay for CBD.
Aside from making marijuana items more budget friendly, while still preserving quality, Morris wants to see marijuana brand names attempt to accomplish other objectives to guarantee variety. For one, dispensaries and other marijuana companies need to strive for variety all the way through the supply chain, from sourcing marijuana flower from Black-owned farms, to purchasing from Black-owned suppliers, to supporting Black-owned cannabis processors.
” So considering your employing practices, are you offering opportunities and tasks to those that have been impacted by the war on drugs?”
” And then it’s about who you’re choosing to bring into your talent,” Morris added. “So thinking of your hiring practices, are you offering chances and tasks to those that have been affected by the war on drugs?”
Dawson want to see limitations raised on getting cannabis organisation licenses for those with criminal records. The onus is on cannabis business, she stated, to step up and start lobbying legislators to legislate and reimagine regulation around the item they profit off of. Lastly, Dawson is promoting more people of color, particularly Black individuals, to be involved in regulating it.
” We need more people of color to be in the position to make the laws and manage them,” Dawson stated. “The last four years, I have actually spent a lot of time educating lawmakers, and frequently really Black legislators who are the most unwilling since we’ve had the most discomfort dispersed in the community as an outcome of being included with marijuana.”
But if the American marijuana industry was to truly start atoning for the war on drugs, it needs to reform the medical front.
Marijuana is medicinal
A staggering majority of marijuana brand names are founded by white individuals, while Black individuals continue to be criminalized for possessing it. The federal legalization of hemp, or marijuana that does not consist of more than 0.3 percent THC, opened up a mainly unregulated market of CBD items marketed as a high-end wellness product.
Dr. Rachel Knox, an endocannabinologist who focuses on the way cannabinoids like THC and CBD impact the body, keeps in mind that marijuana is medicinal and can be used for wellness. She’s doubtful of fortunate brand name founders shilling it as a luxury commodity.
” Health is a white construct. Individuals of color do not have the high-end to pursue health.”
” Health, the whole principle of wellness, is a white construct,” Knox told Mashable. “People of color, by and large, do not have the luxury to pursue health.”
The whole Knox family is spearheading endocannabinoid treatment in the United States; Rachel Knox’s mom, Dr. Janice Knox, founded the American Cannabinoid Clinics in Portland, Oregon. Her daddy, Dr. David Knox, and sis, Dr. Jessica Knox, also practice treating the endocannabinoid system with natural exogenous cannabinoids like CBD and THC. But while the effort to legalize marijuana, both leisure and medical, gains ground in states across the nation, many Black clients watch out for its prescription.
The Knox sis think that to fight the racist and classist stigma versus cannabis, all physicians should be required to take a class on the endocannabinoid system. While the system was discovered in the late ’80 s and early ’90 s, it’s mainly unknown in the medical community. What clinicians have about the endocannabinoid system is that it’s associated with a variety of physical functions, consisting of discomfort, memory, mood, appetite, sleep, and metabolic process. Marijuana has been utilized medicinally for thousands of years, the Knox siblings are irritated with the medical community’s termination of it.
” Individuals of color don’t want to go to jail,” Dr. Jessica Knox included. “So if their brother, their sibling, their mommy, or daddy, or cousin, or friend was jailed for simple belongings or public intake, they’re not gon na wish to use it. Even in a legal market, even as medicine.”
She included that physician themselves are hesitant about the medicinal residential or commercial properties of marijuana, which is a bias steeped in generations of racism.
Even the word “cannabis” is racially charged Mexican laborers in the Southwest rolled the plant into cigarettes and utilized it to unwind during the era of Restriction. Mexico banned weed in 1920, elitist Americans associated it with Mexican immigrants flocking to the south. Anti-cannabis propaganda pressed by newspapers and motion pictures like Reefer Madness convinced millions that the plant would require users into raving lunacy. Decades of alarmist content about cannabis and those who utilized it followed. President Richard Nixon’s infamous ” War on Drugs” perpetuated the demonization of both leisure and medical cannabis. While the crusade against American drug use was mostly seen as a failure, numerous medical professionals are still doubtful of cannabis usage.
That sort of believing only hurts patients, as it makes them either unwilling to disclose their marijuana use or hesitant to utilize it medicinally.
” If your patients are using it, it is your responsibility to comprehend the pharmacology of that substance impartially,” Dr. Rachel Knox stated. “It is your task to understand the physiology of the endocannabinoid system so that when your patient enters into your emergency situation department, your family practice … you understand how to examine that patient.”
In addition to calling on doctors to educate themselves, Drs. Jessica and Rachel Knox want clinicians to be able to study federally cleared cannabis from sources other than the University of Mississippi. An investigation by the University of Northern Colorado concluded that the marijuana samples from the University of Mississippi really shared a “closer genetic affinity with hemp samples in most analyses’ than with commercially readily available cannabis,” according to As of last week, the Home of Representatives passed legislation that would allow clinicians to study industrial cannabis.
By being permitted to investigate commercially readily available cannabis, researchers will be able to more prove its medicinal worth. While cannabis has actually been to deal with a variety of conditions, consisting of Post Distressing Tension Condition, epilepsy, stress and anxiety, sleep conditions, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the Knox siblings believe that being able to present physicians with evidence-backed facts will motivate them to unlearn their bias against it.
Compensating the war on drugs
A number of marijuana brand names have actually recently stepped up to right the wrongs of the war on drugs. Eaze, another California-based delivery service funds an for underrepresented marijuana service founders, and supporters for greater diversity in the marijuana market.
However the battle versus racial inequity in marijuana implies entirely taking apart and rebuilding it from the ground up. It might take years, but the nascent industry can still be reformed for the much better.
” We nearly need to turn our existing way of life totally on its head so that we’re serving everybody equitably.”
” Today, we have an infrastructure that is systemically prejudiced,” Dr. Rachel Knox stated. “So, we almost have to flip our current way of living entirely on its head so that we’re serving everyone equitably.”
That change– whether on the legal front, company front, or medical front– should occur to help with a more inclusive future of weed.