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Design Team

Design Team

Stripe Design Group’s Suna Lock and Dana Rader keep it timeless and classic

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Art of Survival

Art of Survival

Cabrillo extends its powerful ‘Speaking Out’ photo-essay exhibit in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Customizing the Details

Customizing the Details

Woodworker Cliff Friedlander on ‘art furniture,’ jazz, and prioritizing space in design

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Love at First Byte

Love at First Byte

Photographer Peter Harris on going digital

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Mountain Stoke

Mountain Stoke

DIO Fest gets better every year while raising funds for a good cause

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Designing Woman

Designing Woman

B. Modern creates decadent costumes from scraps, rags and mad thrifting

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Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Kingsmen Car Club’s annual swap meet benefits a unique local mentoring program

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Keep it Juicy

Keep it Juicy

Abstract artist Sonia Calderon just wants to paint

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Rock On

Rock On

Michael Eckerman’s free-form rock work mimics the sea

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Reclaiming the Pole

Reclaiming the Pole

Jody Ryker and Aerial Arts Santa Cruz bring ‘Pole Diversity’ to Santa Cruz

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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

 

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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