Every group of like-minded people has its annual summit, a combination group hug, think-tank, motivational kick-in-the-pants, meat market, and (sometimes) drunk tank. Fantasists have Comic-Con, pagans have PantheaCon, computer hackers have DEFCON, and the cinema elite have plain old Cannes (some of you just pronounced that correctly for the first time).
A transformative tale of three local shapers
Wave-smoothing kelp beds, world class point breaks, and a relatively protected southwest-facing bay together tailor Santa Cruz into a high-performance surfing mecca. Marry nature’s bounty with the ingenuity of three local shapers at the forefront of producing red-hot, light and durable custom boards out of expanded polystyrene (EPS), and you’ve got one potent combination.
Photo Credit, Kelly V
When I was a kid I had no idea that comic books came out every Wednesday. Growing up without much money made trips to the shops pretty scarce so I would rarely see the same books twice. For all I knew my store was visited by the comic fairy constantly since every time I went, there would be all new and amazing reasons to warrant the public humiliation of begging for 2 dollars from my Mom. Back then the only scheduled comics that I knew of and could look forward to came in the newspaper - the daily black and whites (which felt like nothing more than a temporary fix) and that glorious Giant Sized Sunday Annual that came buried beneath what felt like pounds of coupons every week.
What happens when I see evidence of the rumblings and origins of the Earth? Seeing an erupting volcano makes me question my understanding of this planet and my life, as I know it. The volcano is evidence of forces still active on this Earth and a reminder of continual changes. The calm summer days of Santa Cruz are a memory as I witness the drama of steam pushing its way out of random crevices, dark clouds forming over the top, huge moon-like craters. My life is short in comparison and I stand in awe. I am able to observe a movement of time and see the physical turmoil of the earth. We humans continue to alter our planet to suit our needs and are shocked when eruptions erupt and earthquakes quake.
Maybe this is why the breathing helps. It brings me back to my natural rhythm, allowing me to become calm, to erupt, or to quake. After all, we are a part of the earth and can learn a few lessons from the surprises that it continues to give. Krishnamurti asks us to observe the whole movement of time and relate this to the movement of thought. He says that thought and time are not two different things. Neither ever ends.
My creative writing process begins with a connection between my right hand, specifically the fingers, a sanford uniball onyx micro blue pen, and a cool looking notebook. For some reason, the notebook is of great importance. I prefer writing creatively in a notebook as opposed to the legal pad attached to the clipboard that I cart around with me containing my list for the day as well as some scribbles of ideas. Somehow I trust my writing style and content most when it is on the pages of a ‘Moleskine." The moleskin is "the legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers," and has been around for over 200 years. (www.moleskineus.com). They say that the moleskine was used by Ernest Hemminway, Vincent van Gogh, and others of noteworthy fame who were tortured artists, but brilliant and good company to be part of, as I see it. I prefer the lined notebooks for writing, but have been know to pick up a plain paper book for quick sketching. Bookshop Santa Cruz (www.bookshopsantacruz.com) carries these notebooks in hardcover, soft cover, plain, lined and as monthly planner.
One scribe’s misadventures with Ambien, the world’s freakiest sleep medication
All my life. Right from the word go. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doing exactly what I’m doing right now: lying on my back, staring into the darkness as my mind chases its tail, feeling like everyone in this time zone is asleep but me.
Ah, verily does it suck. Hour after hour, I fight the urge to look at the clock, knowing that it would only bring tidings of sorrow …
Editor’s Note: Click off CNN’s “The War Show”, grab your car keys and get out of town. We did. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to decipher this week’s cover story—it’s fun, informative and geared to give you a guide for quick weekend getaways, places near Santa Cruz County that are relatively affordable and, hopefully, nurturing. From the upscale elegance of Hotel Drisco in San Francisco to the rustic backroads of Big Sur, GT’s mini-guide boasts some great escapes. Now get packin’ …