Articles by Samara Ferris

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The State of The Marijuana State

Thinking back to when the current US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” it is easy to imagine upon what the Department of Justice will be focusing its attentions and financial allotments this year. But, it’s not all about Nancy Reagan-esque “Just Say No” slogans firing off against a haze of stoners and pot-infused birthday cake…


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Stop Giving a F**k
The Great Search for Happiness

One day, while walking through the tree-shadowed streets of the Upper East Side, my friend Ron (whose hair was reminiscent of Einstein…fittingly, he was an agent for classical music conductors…) offered me a question which I’ve since pondered many times, “Why is it that intelligent people are often the most unhappy?”......

 


Stairway to Haven:
Climbing the Infamous Haiku Stairs of Oahu

It was grey at 5:00 am and the parakeets were just beginning their frantic chatter. The road, lined with small white houses surrounded by toppling waves of bougainvillea and rows of upright hibiscus, was quiet beneath a layer of wet fog.....


The 21st Day

It's beginning is reminiscent of a bar joke. There is a Catholic priest, and a Unitarian preacher stands with her congregation. There’s a group of college-aged girls beside me, carrying their signs and giggling about their donned cat ears.......


Ethos & Access - A Glimpse Into Eating Wild

Amid the forest, beginning to fill with the mirthful chirps of birds and the hum of hurrying squirrels, I think of the curried acorns I had made in Missouri. This strange yet delicious dish was created from acorns leached until they were sweet and nutty......


Wild Vine - Creating natural wines locally, despite the odds

He clutches a trailing bunch of spring-green grapes, dangling from the black arm of the Cayuga grape vine, and frowns, “There was so much winter damage, and I’m not sure these new trunks are going to come through.” Doing things naturally has its difficulties........