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Three good things. Name them. Think about it. Think of three good things about 2013, your life in 2013 or ... ? There’s an old saying: “What you focus on grows.” No doubt, this time of year, we’re reminding to A) practice gratitude and B) focus on the good. So, perhaps these are the “good” tasks at hand as we inch ever-closer to—gasp!—2014. If we focus on some good ... more good arrives. At least that’s the idea. Personally, I sense 2014 is going to be a stellar year. Don’t you? The Universe has a way of balancing things out, and after all that Santa Cruz County has faced in the last 18 months—the loss of two police officers and other  anomalies—2014 seems primed for some happier times.

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Local Talk

The GT staff is asked: What’s the quirkiest thing that happened in 2013? What’s the best thing that could happen in 2014?

The GT staff is asked: What’s the quirkiest thing that happened in 2013? What’s the best thing that could happen in 2014?

Healthcare … and for 2014 … mandatory cookies and milk and nap time for everybody.

Rose Frates-Castiglione
Ad Sales

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

If you’re still pondering last-minute gift items, fear not—GT’s Holiday Gift Guide is out at newstands and kiosks. But you may be interested in this week’s cover story. Penned by Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan, it captures some the best books of the year written by local authors. A few of those authors weigh in on their creative process, too, which is always intriguing. And let’s face it: it doesn’t hurt to promote reading in a day and age when Tweets and short messages polluted with abreviations run rampant.

 

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Astrology

Things That Sparkle

Things That Sparkle

Saturday, Dec. 21, after the Sun enters Capricorn and Winter Solstice begins, Venus (love, finances, beauty, resources and gifts) retrogrades (29 degrees Capricorn). For those still considering gifts for Christmas (a daunting task), here are some imaginative ideas. Consider things that sparkle and shine, resembling stars and planets. Things tasting divine. Things hand-sewn with a bit of tulle, bio-luminescent and incandescent. Things that bubble, boil, bringing a bit of trouble. Things that bend, lean, wave and sway—pink ostrich and peacock plumes. Things soft, satin, made of mohair, angora or llama.

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Opinion

Why Elon Musk is a Poor Person’s Worst Nightmare

Why Elon Musk is a Poor Person’s Worst Nightmare

In the movie Elysium, the wealthy and privileged flee Earth to inhabit a Larry Niven-like artificial ringworld, leaving the rest of humanity behind on a destitute planet. The future, if left to Elon Musk, bears an eerie resemblance to Elysium.

Musk, the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of SpaceX, the CEO of Tesla Motors, and chairman of the board of SolarCity, doesn’t care about the poor or middle-class and his business models prove it. The technology-centric crowd fawns over Musk like he is the second coming of Steve Jobs. He is a creative problem solver who looks to the future. However, his products serve only the wealthy and elite.

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Local Talk

You are St. Nicholas and about to hand down your legacy to the new Santa (your son or daughter). Best advice you give him/her is ...?

You are St. Nicholas and about to hand down your legacy to the new Santa (your son or daughter). Best advice you give him/her is ...?

Keep your reindeer healthy. Because without your reindeer you cannot go anywhere. You can’t take your packages anywhere, they’re not going to be delivered, and it's not going to be a good thing. People are going to be saddened.

Tracy Sears
Santa Cruz | Marketing

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Local Talk

If you could do one thing, and knew you wouldn't fail, what would it be? Why?

If you could do one thing, and knew you wouldn't fail, what would it be? Why?

I'd jump off the Empire State building—because I'd be famous!

Holden Tunheim
Santa Cruz | 4th Grade

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Astrology

Countering the Darkness

Countering the Darkness

It’s a busy upcoming week of feast days, rituals and festivals. Rituals (of goodness, gratitude and giving) counter the season’s darkness, framing it in light. Each day of Christian Liturgy is a saint’s day, celebrating the life of one who exhibited deep spiritual presence and actions in the world (like Nelson Mandela). Each saint’s day is a day of Light. We are the saints of our present day. The new and full moon festivals are “days of light.” They “counter” the present day darkness of materiality that has overtaken the world in clever and unseen ways. Rituals focus our minds, create a centripetal force, turn us inward, anchoring the Soul into our daily lives. This week has many festivals of remembrance and of light.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


If you morphed Facebook with something more, well,  socially and civic-minded, it might resemble the likes of Civinomics. The fairly new enterprise has been capturing the attention here, and, this week, GT’s Joel Hersch  explores how two locals wound up creating the area’s first civic governance networking site. Click here for the full report and learn how your own ideas and comments can help generate conversation on the local front.

 

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Sponsored Columns

Lowering Blood Alcohol Level Could Save Lives

Lowering Blood Alcohol Level Could Save Lives

By Lars Shallberg, Surf City Criminal Defense

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 31% of automobile fatalities are caused by alcohol impairment, which translates into over ten thousand lives lost a year. In an effort to decrease such deaths, the NTSB supports a proposal to lower the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. Research shows that most people experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions related to driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05.

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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”