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Chic Lit

Chic Lit

Catamaran literary arts magazine celebrates its third year

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Man with a Camera

Man with a Camera

Shawheen Keyani on public photography, the Hasselblad, and getting off Facebook

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Now We Can Sea

Now We Can Sea

Crowdsourced exhibit ‘Everybody’s Ocean’ opens at the MAH

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The Fight for Selma

The Fight for Selma

Local activist recounts her experiences in the most violently segregated county in Alabama during the civil rights movement

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Santa Gets Real

Santa Gets Real

In a rare interview, pop-up artist of the year Santa Claus reveals what he really thinks of reindeer

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This Could Be Our Year

This Could Be Our Year

Get off on the good foot for 2015 with our guide to New Year’s Eve events

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Jewel in Town

Jewel in Town

Ann Wasserman crafts jewelry from gold, silver, freshly blown glass and stingray skin

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Be our Guest: Mike Birbiglia

Be our Guest: Mike Birbiglia

Win tickets to comedian, Mike Birbiglia's show at The Rio Theatre on Sunday

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Big Music

Big Music

Researcher Joy Reidenberg explores why and how whales sing at UCSC talk

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Comedy Underdog

Comedy Underdog

Mike Birbiglia takes stand-up beyond jokes

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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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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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