is Helping a Farmer in Cambodia With a Loan

We’re always looking for opportunities to help the world in some way. Tem, a Cambodian woman/leader/farmer has asked for help financing a tractor for her farm.

Using the painfully slow internet we currently have in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, we were able to send a modest loan out to Tem and her team. This was made possible with the fantastic work being done by Kiva, a nonprofit aiding women around the world with capital. In addition to Tem’s loan, HMPYG has made a donation to Kiva to help support operating costs.

According to Kiva, Tem is a rice farmer from the Mondulkiri province. She has three children to provide for, and must do extra work outside the farm to make ends meet. She needs a tractor to plow rice and increase crop yield.

Tem’s campaign may helped be supported through this link.

On an entirely different note, if you live in the Southwest and haven’t visited Rocky Point, Mexico, what are you waiting for?

Follow #HMPYG on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with Tem’s campaign!

Facebook is Making the World Smaller: The Work of Frank Hornyak

Frank N. Hornyak was featured in our previous post, Nine Stunning #NaturePorn Photos. I spoke to him shortly after discovering his photography on Facebook. Frank speaks with a thick New Yorker accent. He is loquacious, extremely friendly, and passionate about his photography. His photos mean everything to him, and you can easily observe the amount of expertise in each pixel.

Featured in “Nine Stunning #NaturePorn Photos

Hornyak began taking photos at ten years old. He hails from Jackson Heights in the upper West section of Queens. He parted ways with NYC in January 2012 to start a new life in Colombia. The ex-pat got to know the country for four years, pushing bootleg movies and trying to make things work with his wife from Colombia. Things didn’t work, as they sometimes do not, and Hornyak relocated to the sixth borough of NY, the state of Florida.

Some time before leaving Colombia, Hornyak visited Delray Beach, a beautiful town with beautiful sunsets. He was photographing early one morning and captured this sail boat:


A stunning image, a testament to the grace and serenity of aquatic mornings.

Hornyak returned to Colombia to process the photo. He wondered if the solitudinous sailor would ever get to see it. In a world before Facebook, the chances would be far too slim. Even if this photograph made it into National Geographic, I wouldn’t put money on the sailor discovering it. The world was once disjointed, a disconnected series of pockets and isolated information. People lived spread apart between mail routes and telegraph lines. It is now a network of hyper-sped communication and distribution. As Thomas L. Friedberg, the author of The World Is Flat puts it,

As the world starts to move from a primarily vertical — command and control — system for creating value to a more horizontal — connect and collaborate — value-creation model, and as we blow away more walls, ceilings, and floors at the same time, societies are going to find themselves facing a lot of very profound changes all at once.

The changes are here. Frank Hornyak found Facebook communities catering to Florida locals. He translated his work into the ether of digital consciousness, and eventually captured the attention of that sailor. Andrew B. Montague, the solitudinous sailor, discovered the photo on Facebook three years later.

I didn’t even discover Hornyak’s work directly. I stumbled onto one of his works searching “Delray Beach” on Facebook. Why Delray Beach? I’m not really sure. Now that we are connected in this horizontal world, however, I’m glad I used that search query. Hornyak continues to be a powerhouse for photography production and distribution. Though he’s in his sixties, he seems to have just begun. It’s an exciting time to know his work, and I’m glad to be a part of it. So for the people of this small Earth, I say this: get ready for an abundance of Hornyak’s beauty to grace our phone screens.

Check out Frank’s brand new website, Bookmark and share!

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The Travelin’ Stoner

Xochi is a California-born pothead that has 17,900 followers on Instagram. To put that into context, that’s over 9.5k more than Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, and only 4.5k behind Annie Lennox.

She dabs in Phoenix. She dabs in NYC. She’s been tokin’ in Mexico and Spain. The girl gets around, and gets a lot of attention. She’s a total hit with the stoner community, and one gets the feeling that it isn’t going to slow down. She is starting to build up her fanbase on Twitter, a platform that’s a little more difficult to build a following on. She also now runs her own blog site.

To my surprise, Xochi is her actual name. It is Nahuatl (Aztec) for “flower.” Being that she smokes a lot of marijuana flowers, I find this both ironic and awesome. Xochi is prideful in her heritage, citing Barcelona as one of her most meaningful excursions. She posts utterly delicious Mexican foods on her Instagram often. She’s an open book, letting just about whomever into personal details of her life. She uses the word transparency to describe her work, and it’s very fitting.

Xochi graced HMPYG with a quick interview. It’s short, hazy, and insightful.

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HMPYG: Out of all the places you’ve been (countries, cities, states, anything), what’s left the biggest impression on you?

@StoneyXochi_: I would have to say Barcelona. As a Mexican, it was really eye-opening and grounding to see where my ancestors came from.

HMPYG: A lot of your photos are of delicious, fat-filled foods. How do you keep your figure when eating things like chipotle-limón doughnuts and fried fish and chips?

@StoneyXochi_: I haven’t posted photos of myself like that in over a year because honestly I’m not in very good shape right now. I’ve never been the type to watch what I eat though. I used to maintain my figure by biking 8-14 miles a day through the hills of San Francisco as well as having labor-intensive jobs. It was the best way to stay in shape. Since I moved in with my boyfriend, I’ve needed to bike less. Plus, I think my boyfriend and I both went through that “we’re-comfortable-together-so-we-don’t-care-how-we-look” phase, but are definitely working on getting our figures back.

HMPYG: Do you feel your Instagram base was built up by showing off your body?

@StoneyXochi_: Well, 60% of my following are men, so interpret that however you want. A lot of my following actually followed me from Tumblr, and I wasn’t as risqué in those days. I was just one of those people who would take photos and videos of every joint, blunt and bong hit. I think people just thought it was cool that I took photos and lived in San Francisco and smoked hella weed and liked following me for it. But, specifically Instagram, I think it definitely helped build my following further. But to be honest those followers are hard to retain, and I don’t really want to.

HMPYG: What’s your personal favorite stoner movie?

@StoneyXochi_: The Friday series, counting as one movie.

HMPYG: Nice! I’m going to ask you this next question straight-up. How much money are you making from promotions?

@StoneyXochi_: I actually don’t make any money from promotions! I have clients who pay me for my photography but I don’t do the whole ‘post about us for money’ thing. It’s too much work for me honestly (laughs).

HMPYG: What is your overall vision for your internet-related endeavors?

@StoneyXochi_: I’m excited about my website turning a year old in July! I want to keep writing for my blog and more magazines, as well as doing more photography for myself and for clients. I hope the examples of my work via social media as well as my transparency as a person bring me more work!

A genuine thanks to Xochi for taking her time out to speak with us! Follow #HMPYG on Facebook and Twitter.