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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto “Carpe diem” shouldn’t be translated as “Seize the day!”, says author Nicholson Baker. It’s not a battle cry exhorting you to “freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it.”

One of the reasons I love living in Southern Oregon is the nature. The trees are like something out of a fantasy novel and there are animals everywhere. That’s why it’s so weird to see the backlash against urban deer. To me, they’re part of the package, part of the

Re: Gilbert’s Response to Our reponse to “Sterling,” Who Responded to “Bugsy” When you wrote to The Messenger asking they clarify their editorial position regarding letters, it seemed like you’re trying to pull some sort of “gotcha,” to pin them into an idealogical box of some sort. Which is really

A consistent reason cited by local politicians attempting to go backwards on marijuana legalization is a desire to boost tourism. But they have it entirely backwards: pot is an opportunity for tourism, not an obstacle. After legalization, Colorado found that approximately 40 percent of sales were to non-residents. Unlike Colorado,

Pot is legal! Hooray! Now get back to work. Oh, sorry. You thought this fight was over? Not by a long shot. Let’s start with the obvious: it’s still illegal federally. So long as that’s the case, then state legalization is at risk. Not to mention all the other issues

I’ve never gotten over the feeling of March 3, 2004. I was walking through downtown Portland, enjoying a beautiful—for Portland—spring day. And while the sun was sort of shining and birds were chirping, there was something else: an electricity to the air. Everywhere there were people running and smiling, positively

ARIES (March 21-April 19): How can you fulfill your potential as an Aries? What strategies will help you become the best Aries you can possibly be? Now is an excellent time to meditate on these riddles. One of my Aries readers, Mickki Langston, has some stellar tips to inspire you:

Re: Your response to “Sterling,” who responded to “Bugsy” In your response to “Sterling,” who wrote to you re: Harvest According to “Bugsy,” you wrote this: “We welcome all letters, no matter how venomless or foundationless.” (And now, a side-thought: did you really mean “venomless” or did you mean “venomous”?

Because of the old gal’s 239th birthday on July 4, The Messenger decided to dedicate this issue to America, loading it up with DIY parade float ideas and apple pie, even if only because America could use a bit of encouragement to get through what has been, let’s say, a challenging

Are you ready everyone? Can you hear “A Whole New World,” running on repeat in your head? Because the NASA blastoff countdown has begun. This will be the last appearance of Don’t Smoke the Messenger published while pot is still illegal. As of July 1, growing, possession and consumption will