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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Shopping and Services

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Shopping and Services

Best Shopping & Services

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Health and Recreation

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Health and Recreation

Best Health & Recreation

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Music and Nightlife

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Music and Nightlife

Best Music & Nightlife

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Food and Drink

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Food and Drink

Best Food & Drink

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Arts and Culture

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Arts and Culture

Best Arts & Culture

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Editor's Picks

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Editor's Picks

BEST NIGHT CAP

WARSAW MULE AT SHADOWBROOK

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The Road Goes on Forever

The Road Goes on Forever

Most people assume that hitchhiking is a long-gone tradition in the 21st century. But in the San Lorenzo Valley, the continued popularity of thumbing it is one example of how things are done a little differently

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Senior Project

Senior Project

First: yes, it's true, this is not your grandfather's senior magazine.

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Club Paradise

Club Paradise

How Santa Cruz is celebrating the ‘year of books’

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Crop Circles

Crop Circles

How the confusion over GMOs is undermining the organic movement

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Surf Safari

Surf Safari

Santa Cruz’s Gary Conley on chasing the swell around the entire African continent on his Suzuki motorbike

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

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Pub Watch

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How do you know love is real?

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Soquel Vineyards

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Wine and Chocolate

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