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When you look in the mirror, what do you see? In this week’s cover story, local LMFT counselor Andrea Wachter  explores a topic that many individuals deal with: body image issues. Wachter is co-founder of InnerSolutions Counseling Services and co-author of “The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook.” In her article (page 14), Wachter steers locals toward understanding more about food and body obsession, how to thwart the “body image blues” and why healing through feeling is vital. There’s more, but the work draws attention to a significant issue—an estimated 8 million Americans suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder.

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Local Talk

Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?

Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?

He's a patriot. Anyone who stands up for the rights that we stand for as a country, that is real democracy. That would be in my book—somebody who is a patriot.

Leah Weiss
Santa Cruz | Therapist

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Astrology

Summer Solstice, Full Moon, Mercury Retros

Summer Solstice, Full Moon, Mercury Retros

Thursday, late night West Coast (10:04 p.m.) and just after midnight (Central and East Coast) Friday, summer begins. Sun enters the sign of Cancer, resting for three days at the Tropic of Cancer. Soon, the Sun’s light will lessen, the light moving southward. Within the light there is always a balance of darkness. When summer begins, Archangel Uriel assumes protection of the Earth. The Devic Kingdom (plant kingdom angelic builders) prepare for their Midsummer Night’s Dream woodland wedding. Friday is the longest day of light for the year. Friday is also World Refugee Day. www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/ - nineteen million refugees in are without a home.
Sunday (full moon) is the Cancer (2 degrees) solar festival. Jupiter, heart of Aquarius, joins this festival. We recite Cancer’s most invocative keynote—“I build a Lighted House and Therein Dwell.”
We reflect upon and pray for the homeless refugees during this festival. Cancer is the Gate where Spirit first enters matter. Cancer’s light is the “Light within form, the diffused light of substance itself, the ‘dark light of matter’. This dark light awaits the Light of the Soul.” The Soul builds the “lighted house” within us.

Friday through Sunday is “World Peace, Prayer, Harmony and Honoring Sacred Sites Day” where all nations, all faiths recite One Prayer for the welfare of the Earth. http://worldpeaceandprayerday.com/.
Early morning Wednesday Mercury, star of communication and conflict, turns stationary retrograde (23 Cancer). We all know by now what not to do. And what to do—through July 19.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor
A recent visit back to Chicago proved to be enlightening. In making homemade pierogi with my Polish mother and my 86-year-old aunt, I have decided that the secret to life can be found in kneading dough. Really. (I may write “If You Knead Dough, The Money Will Follow” at some point, but let’s not get sidetracked.)

In any case, few things trump slowing down and actually having conversations—face to face—with family members. So, while I had my Polish hands in the mixing bowl of flour, butter milk, vegetable oil and water, I asked my mother: “Don’t you measure your ingredients?” She looked at me and shrugged. “No. I go by how it feels!” To which I thought: “How very Zen of her!” (And Chicagoans think they’re all about planning!) That said, my clan and I may have more similarities than differences.

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Local Talk

What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

Probably, for me, I would go mountain biking back in Soquel Demonstration Forest or Wilder [Ranch] to get away from the crowds.
Andrew Westerman
Live Oak | Electrician

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Astrology

Flag Day, Father’s Day and Chiron

Flag Day, Father’s Day and Chiron

Another week of complex planetary energies falling to Earth. Mars interacts with Pluto (inconjunct), Uranus (sextile) and Chiron (square, challenge, ouch!). We won’t know how to comprise, we’ll want to be friends but our hurts will challenge that desire.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


It’s good to be 39! This week Good Times officially steps deeper into middle-age as it celebrates its 38th birthday. Founded by Jay Shore back in 1975,  GT, like hair styles over the years, has boasted many looks, but it always has the community’s best interest at heart, shining the spotlight on the most interesting news that the area and its locals have to offer.

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Local Talk

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

I would suggest spending time in less touristy neighborhoods, such as Seabright. Catch a live show at The Rio Theatre and then head next door to Oyunna's restaurant for some amazing Mongolian food. When downtown I'd suggest Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art & History.
Krystal Racca
Santa Cruz | Mom

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Astrology

Let Instability Do Its Work

Let Instability Do Its Work

We are moving toward Summer solstice. Friday is complex with multiple interactions and interchanges between the moon and planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune.

Saturday is the last new moon (18 degrees Gemini) before summer. “Let instability do its work” is the Gemini personality-building keynote explaining the unpredictable changes, constant vicissitudes, lack of stability, structure, cohesion and unity among humanity, countries and nations. Instability has purpose, creating awareness that harmony is needed. Understanding Gemini’s personality keynote is important when encountering instability, conflict and chaos. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

 

Plus Letters To the Editor

It’s a full week here at Good Times as we unveil our annual GT Active publication, which spotlights some of the best the area has to offer in the realm of fitness, health and the great outdoors. You can find the publication at many spots where GT is already available. But take note: Some of the highlights in this year’s issue shed new light on a number of captivating topics—from the popular CrossFit regime, spinal network analysis and eating disorders to cycling, skydiving and helicopter tours. You may also be intrigued with the special centerfold poster from Santa Cruz Waves, which features the top pictures of the year from the popular, local online portal. Enjoy.

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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