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Sep 20th
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The New Sunday

The New Sunday

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.

Mind & Body

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

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.

Mind & Body

Healing Yourself, Healing the Planet

Healing Yourself, Healing the Planet

Economic Anxiety Got You Shaken?

Whether it’s your job that you are worried about keeping or a house with a large mortgage or the daily news of an ever-worsening economy—it’s a hard time for many to stay cool and, as we say in Santa Cruz, grounded.  I have been treating many people over the last few months for anxiety and there are a number of steps that you can take to calm your mind and stop your heart from pounding with worry.  
Mind & Body

Where I write

Where I write

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. (  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 ( carries these notebooks in hardcover, soft cover, plain, lined and as monthly planner.


The Ticker

City Employees Downsize Work Week

City employees are currently taking a 10 percent furlough in an effort to solve $4 million of the city’s $9 million deficit for the 2010 fiscal year. As a result, most city offices will be closed on Fridays, instead working nine-hour days four days a week. The furlough was initiated on June 27 and will last through July 9. Check the city’s Web site,, for a complete listing of the different city office’s new hours.

How to Lose Your Mind in Ten Milligrams

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 …


Doing Joie de Vivre

Make Reservations, Not War—GT writers forget about you life and travel on the fringe with these stellar hotel spots

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’ …

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show


The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program


Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past


The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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Best of Santa Cruz County

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Santa Clara Wine Trail

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