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River Revival

River Revival

Greg Pepping of the Coastal Watershed Council explains how the new attention being paid to the San Lorenzo River could transform Santa Cruz

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Ty Fighter

Ty Fighter

Ty Pearce of Ty’s Eatery made a big impact on the local dining scene in 2015

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Fury Road

Fury Road

Lori Nixon has faced jail time, fees and a suspension since blocking Highway 17 in a controversial student protest

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Tracing the Elements

Tracing the Elements

A new discovery in Santa Cruz Mountains pumas reveals that after pollution enters the ocean, some toxins may return to land

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Learning Inside Out

Learning Inside Out

One Aptos teacher’s innovations are a striking example of how technology—and a better understanding of how our brains work—is revolutionizing education for dyslexic students

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Testing Ground

Testing Ground

Fifty years ago Santa Cruz hosted a landmark moment in counterculture history—the first ‘Acid Test.’ Some of the participants are returning to celebrate the golden anniversary this week

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Santa Cruz Gives

Santa Cruz Gives

A look at the organizations we’re asking you to support in our new holiday giving campaign

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

The Colligan Theater opens at the Tannery Arts Center under circumstances no one could have imagined when it was first conceived. That it even survived a long and complicated road to completion is a testament to sheer willpower

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

This time, scientists say, winter really is coming for Santa Cruz

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Bedside Manners

Bedside Manners

Navigating the health care system can be a nightmare for transgender individuals. But some local providers are working to change that

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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 12

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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster