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152 Water, Water, Water Jessica M. Pasko
153 One Year Later Joel Hersch
154 Bigger, Bolder, Louder Elizabeth Limbach
155 Tales of the Vine Damon Orion
156 Surveillance City? John Malkin
157 Best Shot Greg Archer
158 Big Data Joel Hersch
159 Growing Pains Joel Hersch
160 Back in the Black Aric Sleeper
161 Lunch Time Greg Archer
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163 Civinomics Rising Joel Hersch
164 The Ladies at Eighty Jessica M. Pasko
165 Community Fund Joel Hersch
166 The Dirty Dozen Sasha Abramsky
167 The Science of Happiness Amy Klein
168 Mountains Were Here Greg Archer
169 Saving Paradise Elizabeth Limbach
170 Infected Jenna Brogan
171 GLOW Joel Hersch
172 George Ow’s Chinatown Geoffrey Dunn
173 Courage Under Bombs John Malkin
174 Let Them Eat Fashion Greg Archer
175 Blasphemy Greg Archer
176 Gangaji John Malkin
177 Finding Freedom in Prison DNA
178 Santa Cruz Is in the Heart Gloria Nieto
179 The Napolitano Complex Joel Hersch
180 Wild About Willie Greg Archer
181 Soul Man Damon Orion
182 A Recipe for a Brighter Future Elizabeth Limbach
183 The Fashion Issue 2013 Leslie Patrick
184 Shakespeare-ing Things Up April M. Short
185 The Summer of Sound Jenna Brogan
186 Stripping Down Joel Hersch
187 Budding Artist J.D. Ramey
188 Silent Dilemma Andrea Wachter
189 CYNDI Greg Archer
190 The Plug Bug & Corbin Dunn Joel Hersch
191 Out on a Limb Elizabeth Limbach
192 Free Angela Greg Archer
193 Beck to the Future Damon Orion
194 Spirit Weavers Geoffrey Dunn
195 Knowing the NEXTies Jenna Brogan
196 Best of Santa Cruz County GT_Staff
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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.


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