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Gift Giving With Purpose & Meaning

Gift Giving With Purpose & Meaning

I attended an Alternative Giving Fair in Fayetteville, Ark., last week. Table after table of gift alternatives focused, not upon individual ephemera (tinselly) needs, but upon humanity’s needs. In a conversation with my daughter this week, responding to her saying she has not bought any holiday gifts (good choice in the Mercury retro), I suggested that she not buy any gifts this year (and next) of the regular kind. Instead that she gather her little (holy) family, inform them that Christmas (the holidays, including Hanukkah) would be different this year and every year hereafter. Instead of receiving they would be giving together as a family to another family in need.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor
& Winter Wonderland 

Lately, some colleagues and friends have been discussing the holiday season. Specifically, a few of them have, with deep sighs, expressed their trepidation about participating in holiday functions with “the family.” So, what is it about “the family” that sometimes has us, at any given time, feeling as if we’ve just sat down into the seat of an emotional roller coaster only to crash into a wall a few seconds later? This experience has been around for ages, so I’m not telling you anything new. The best remedy, in my opinion, is this: Humor. We can’t change people. But we can change our perspective. And laugh. That said, I thought I would share three Holiday Survival Tips with you ... just in case you suddenly find yourself completely frustrated in between holiday gift-buying and that inevitable family gathering.

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Local Talk

What, if anything, would you like to see changed on Pacific Avenue?

What, if anything, would  you like to see changed on Pacific Avenue?

I would like to see the cars taken off Pacific Avenue and a garden mall, which is what it was intended to be, in its place. 

Nima Sinclair
Santa Cruz | Jewelry Repair 

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Astrology

Right Use of Arrows of Thought

Right Use of Arrows of Thought

Lest Sagittarius be lost in holiday preparations, festivals, Advent candles, feast days, traveling, food and preparations, let’s consider this sign—hidden, silent, driven to travel, eating, capturing images and making music—in depth. Sagittarius has vision, aspiration, goals of service and saviorship (Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces). Sagittarius is tested (like Scorpio), learning the “right use of the arrows of thought, restraint of speech, and harmlessness (ahimsa). Eventually these great tests result in liberation. Esoterically Sag is one of the “signs of silence.” Let us note that Sag is the time and sign immediately preceding (and thus preparing for) the new light of winter solstice and birth of the Holy Child. Sagittarius seeks the “spirit of truth emerging from individual revelation.” Sag is a mutable sign (as are Pisces and Gemini).

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor
& Winter Wonderland


Sometimes you never know where the winds of fate will take you—even when you’re no longer on the Earthly plane. Take this week’s cover story, for example. It’s an early interview with the late Steve Jobs written by the late James D. Houston. Jobs, Apple’s triumphant pioneer, passed away earlier this year; Houston, the revered local writer who won international attention through his works, died in 2009. Houston met with Jobs back in 1982 for the interview, when Jobs’ celebrity, not to mention his innovative ideas, were just beginning to rise.

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Local Talk

What political system do you think would work best today?

What political system do you think would work best today?

A participatory democracy. If people would participate and unplug the TV for 15
minutes to get down to the voting booth and learn a little bit about the issues, I think that that would go a long way in
solving some of the problems we have.
Jesse Lemic
Santa Cruz | Bon Vivant


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Astrology

Advent, Adventus

Advent, Adventus

We are in the time of Advent now, preparing for winter solstice’s new light (signified by the Holy Child’s birth). Advent is Latin for adventus meaning “something’s about to happen, something’s arriving.” Advent is a “season” of expectancy: It’s a lingering hushed yet celebratory time. The Hebrews await the Messiah; Christians, the Second Coming; Esotericists, Christ’s Re-appearance; Buddhists, the Bodhisattva, Hindus, the Avatar; Mohammedans, the Imam Mahdi; Earth’s kingdoms await the new light of the Sun ascending from the tropic of Capricorn at winter solstice.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

Giving. Gratitude. Food. At last—2011’s perfect trifecta has arrived. Indulge in all that, but first ... down to business. Every year at Thanksgiving, GT joins efforts with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz to shine the spotlight on four nonprofits whose work in the area makes a significant impact on the lives of locals. All this to not only raise the level of awareness on several unique organizations, but to generate funds for these creative nonprofits. Enter the Packard Foundation, which matches a percentage of the funds that you, the reader, contribute. The theme of the year’s crop of nonprofits revolve around youth. So, how important are local youths—their education, their futures, their lives—to you? Turn to page 18 and learn more about how the Summer Youth Employment Program, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Mariposa’s Arts and Food, What?! contribute to the greater good in the area by working with local youths. Onward ...
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Local Talk

What do you forget to be grateful for?

What do you forget to be grateful for?
My own circumstances—good or bad. Because it's no mistake.
Robert Backert
Santa Cruz | Importer/Concrete Contractor

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Astrology

Gratitude, Forgiveness, Clemency & Mercy: Thanksgiving in a Mercury Retrograde

Gratitude, Forgiveness, Clemency & Mercy: Thanksgiving in a Mercury RetrogradeThe Sun’s in Sagittarius, Mercury has retrograded, Thursday is Thanksgiving and Thursday night/Friday morning is a new moon, (partial) solar eclipse (something essential, complete, withdraws). As we either feast or fast (on Thanksgiving), Mercury (communication, thought, transporting ourselves here to there), is stationary retrograde (20 degrees Sag). Mercury retrogrades until Dec. 13th (4 degrees Sag). Holiday gifts purchased during Mercury retro are subject to misgivings, idle chatter and re-thinking. Which brings me to the thought of gifts in general. It’s not what we receive but what, how and why we give which is the real gift. A paradoxical concept we need to teach our children in order to create, foster and safeguard the foundational values of the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian Sharing Society.
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Picture of Health

Santa Cruz just received a high ranking among California counties. But it may be hiding some of the biggest health dangers facing our area

 

Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Time Capsule

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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

 

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