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51 One Year Later Joel Hersch
52 Bigger, Bolder, Louder Elizabeth Limbach
53 Tales of the Vine Damon Orion
54 Surveillance City? John Malkin
55 Best Shot Greg Archer
56 Big Data Joel Hersch
57 Growing Pains Joel Hersch
58 Back in the Black Aric Sleeper
59 Lunch Time Greg Archer
60 All Booked Up Jenna Brogan
61 Civinomics Rising Joel Hersch
62 The Ladies at Eighty Jessica M. Pasko
63 Community Fund Joel Hersch
64 The Dirty Dozen Sasha Abramsky
65 The Science of Happiness Amy Klein
66 Mountains Were Here Greg Archer
67 Saving Paradise Elizabeth Limbach
68 Infected Jenna Brogan
69 GLOW Joel Hersch
70 George Ow’s Chinatown Geoffrey Dunn
71 Courage Under Bombs John Malkin
72 Let Them Eat Fashion Greg Archer
73 Blasphemy Greg Archer
74 Gangaji John Malkin
75 Finding Freedom in Prison DNA
76 Santa Cruz Is in the Heart Gloria Nieto
77 The Napolitano Complex Joel Hersch
78 Wild About Willie Greg Archer
79 Soul Man Damon Orion
80 A Recipe for a Brighter Future Elizabeth Limbach
81 The Fashion Issue 2013 Leslie Patrick
82 Shakespeare-ing Things Up April M. Short
83 The Summer of Sound Jenna Brogan
84 Stripping Down Joel Hersch
85 Budding Artist J.D. Ramey
86 Silent Dilemma Andrea Wachter
87 CYNDI Greg Archer
88 The Plug Bug & Corbin Dunn Joel Hersch
89 Out on a Limb Elizabeth Limbach
90 Free Angela Greg Archer
91 Beck to the Future Damon Orion
92 Spirit Weavers Geoffrey Dunn
93 Knowing the NEXTies Jenna Brogan
94 Best of Santa Cruz County GT_Staff
95 Best Shops GT_Staff
96 Best Food & Drink GT_Staff
97 Best Arts & Entertainment GT_Staff
98 Best of Health & Fitness GT_Staff
99 Best Professionals GT_Staff
100 Best of the Rest GT_Staff
 
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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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