I am an old-school journalist with more than 30 years of experience. Here at Vocal, I write mainly for Potent, Vocal's cannabis magazine. I have a PTSD diagnosis and a medical cannabis card. I specialize in health reporting.
Old stoner gives Delta 8 pen thumbs up
Somebody said the Delta 8 high is sort of like the old-school weed found on the black market in the 1990s. I think that might be about right.
From ‘model minority’ to targets of hate
I have been especially disturbed recently about reports of hate crimes directed toward Asians on the rise. Asian Americans have appeared on the Denver news expressing real fear in the wake of the Atlanta shooting.
Growing up gangster: Hanks movie made Rock Island infamous
I grew up in a gangster town. And as far back as I can remember, my dad made a point to explain that to me. But I never listened.
8 ways to show your at-risk LGBT teenager you love them
An earlier version of this article appeared on News Break. The nation’s first large study assessing teen suicide risk by gender and self-identifying sexuality shows gay, lesbian, and bisexual children have more than double the risk compared to their heterosexual peers.
Is it safe to smoke weed while trying to conceive?
Never has our country been so open about marijuana use. With weed legal medicinally or recreationally in more than half the states, more people are consuming marijuana regularly and not giving it a second thought.
My dying father's silent screams
An earlier version of this article appeared on News Break. One day not long after my dad died the local news had a story that made my blood boil.
When both your parents die, life hurts for a while
An earlier version of this article appeared on News Break. I never would have become homeless had one of my parents been living.
LGBT must prepare for trip over the rainbow
An earlier version of this article appeared on News Break. Gay people spend much of their lives thinking they’ll never get old.