Reading Time: 3 minutes Cannabis news outlet Marijuana Moment tracked six statewide cannabis and drug policy reform initiatives on the 2022 midterm election ballots, in addition to a number of local measures in states across the country. Cannabis legalization expands to 21 states According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized […]
As a freelance writer with dual MDiv/MSW degree from Yale Divinity School and Columbia University, I focus on the rise of secular spirituality, religious satire, spiritual health & wellness, faith & politics, as well as historical, cultural, and religious travel.
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How to identify a ‘victim narcissist’
Reading Time: 3 minutes Social media has a paradoxical effect. We are connected to more people than ever, but the thin, virtual nature of those connections makes us feel more isolated. Psychiatrist Gauri Khurana says this disconnect is responsible for an uptick in narcissism. While Dr. Khurana observes how the term “narcissist” is commonly misused, she notes that the […]
International School for Temple Arts: sacred sexual community, or cult?
Reading Time: 3 minutes OnlySky · International School For Temple Arts Sacred Sexual Community, Or Cult? | Becky Garrison Per the International School for Temple Arts (ISTA)’s website: “ISTA is part of a global transformational movement where human consciousness is being opened to its source as love and harmoniously integrating with other sentient kingdoms and dimensions.” This movement functions […]
What does it mean to be ‘open-minded’ about sex?
Reading Time: 4 minutes “Open-mindedness” in sexuality involves an openness of heart and mind— a willingness to view sex without preconceived notions or judgments.
Reconnecting with the Earth upon my demise
Reading Time: 6 minutes OnlySky · Reconnecting with the Earth upon my demise | Becky Garrison As a child of an Episcopal priest, I grew up hearing the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” at more Ash Wednesday services and funerals than I care to count. I was too busy either squirming out of boredom or trying to […]
Beatings Before Blessings: The Gospel According to Mark Driscoll
Reading Time: 2 minutes OnlySky · Beatings Before Blessings: The Gospel According To Mark Driscoll | Becky Garrison Once again, disgraced Mars Hill Church (MHC) pastor Mark Driscoll proved he is more paranoid than pastoral. In a sermon delivered on October 22, 2022 at Trinity Church (Scottsdale, AZ) as part of his ongoing sermon series on Nehemiah, Driscoll presented […]
Oregon Cannabis Association calls Biden’s cannabis reforms ‘performative’
Reading Time: 2 minutes While Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) praised President Biden’s proposed cannabis reforms, the Oregon Cannabis Association (OCA) claimed Biden did the bare minimum. While Biden’s measure will impact about 6,500 people imprisoned for cannabis use, The Last Prisoner Project estimates that upwards of 40,000 people are currently incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes […]
What’s the future for legalizing psychedelics?
Reading Time: 6 minutes OnlySky · What's the future for legalizing psychedelics | Becky Garrison As Michael Pollan reported in his Netflix documentary How to Change Your Mind, psychedelics have been viewed as part of the turn-on, tune-in, drop-out culture popularized by the likes of Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and other merry pranksters of the ‘60s, at least in […]
Enhance your sex life with a sexual guide
Reading Time: 3 minutes OnlySky · Enhance your sex life with a sexual guide | Becky Garrison A sexual guide can be a valuable companion in helping you connect to your sexuality. While you can make these sexual connections on your own, sometimes the activation of sexual energy and the opening of the heart, pineal gland, and other subtle […]
Banned Books Week: Fighting censorship and preserving free speech
Reading Time: 3 minutes With the number of book bans increasing at a rapid pace and becoming evermore divisive, the attention to Banned Books Week, which runs September 18-24, 2022, is more important than ever. The American Library Association’ (ALA)’s officials reported 729 challenges in 2021, making it the highest number of challenges tracked since the ALA Office of […]