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This Is The End

This Is The End

This is traditionally such a busy and chaotic time of year for so many of us. Regardless of whether or not you align yourself with any particular spiritual or religious path and its seasonal celebrations, it seems that the general pace picks up all around us, and we’re often caught up despite our best efforts. And wouldn’t you know it, right in the thick of it comes another poker in the fire. I don’t know if you heard or not, but this weekend is kind of a big deal, and it pretty much blows everything else out of the celebratory water.

According to the Mayans (the formerly living Mayans—there are not any actual Mayans left), Friday is the end of the world! This Friday—Dec. 21.

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Opinion

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre: 'Enough'

Editor’s Note: In the wake of the elementary school shooting that took place on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.,  Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, founder of Inner Light Ministries, has issued the following statement:

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is a tragedy. Inner Light Ministries and I extend our condolences and join in the chorus of prayers around the world. Flags on our government buildings fly half-mast as the nation grieves. Yes, we are all deeply saddened, but we must do more than mourn. We must act in accordance with a sense of purpose to be a voice of both compassion and action. It is time to call forth the best in our creative genius to create the world we want to see, the world that honors life as sacred and empowers people to be all that they can be. 

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Local Talk

What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?

What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?


Nuclear power. I lived in Japan for over 20 years and I'm really shocked at how few people remember that the Fukushima Nuclear Plant accident just happened a year and a half ago. It's still leaking and it's really sad how the news is being covered up, and I think it's a really important issue. I don’t know how President Obama is responding to it these days, but I was surprised how he believed that the United States needed more nuclear power plants.
Thia Tsuruta
Aptos | Homemaker

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Astrology

Darkness Verging on Light

Darkness Verging on Light

 

Thursday’s Sagittarius new moon—the last of 2012—prepares us for Winter Solstice and the Festival Week of the New Group of World Servers. Uranus becomes stationary direct (4.37 Aries) Thursday. The New Age is right on schedule. In the sky Thursday and Friday are the Geminids meteor showers (possibly 50 an hour) dropping light into the minds of humanity, building the Rainbow Bridge. Anticipation, expectancy, hope is everywhere. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Unless you plan to trek to the mountains any time soon for some white wonder, you may want to consider attending Snow Night this year. It comes to life around dusk on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Downtown Santa Cruz. The popular outing typically draws a large crowd and is always festive. This year: 35 tons of snow will be dropped on the corner of Cooper Street and Pacific Avenue. Snowball making is encouraged. Bring gloves. Wear boots. Don a scarf. Have a ball. (Learn more at downtownsantacruz.com.)

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Local Talk

If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

I would like to see another restaurant. I'm real partial to pizza, but more kid-friendly food, too. Something with a variety of choices.
Haley Costa
Santa Cruz | Freelance Nanny 

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Astrology

Gifts: Giving and Giving Some More

Gifts: Giving and Giving Some More

We’re in the season of gifting, a holiday ritual that, for some, brings terror (What do I give? Who am I? What do they like? I have no money!), and for others it’s a way of being festive, showing gratitude, participating with family, friends and loved ones and giving all we have unconditionally. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

It’s a busy time of year and we may feel like we are being pulled in a thousand different directions. At the top of the list of to-dos is this reminder: Express gratitude. It’s a good reminder but I always like to chase it back with a shot of “count your blessings,” too. In other words: Take a look around, check in and see if you’re taking anyone or anything for granted. Let’s face it, we lead busy lives—so much so that we can lose track of the people and things that actually make our lives vibrant. The following three questions were recently presented to me and I’ll share them with you.

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Local Talk

What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

I think it's looking better than it was in 2012. I'm about to get into the job market in another month, after I graduate, and I'm not really that scared about it. Ryan Freund
Santa Cruz | Student

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Astrology

A Look at the Mayan Calendar Ending

A Look at the Mayan Calendar Ending

Our first week of December, candles lit for Advent, we remain under the shadow of the lunar eclipse. The end of the Mayan calendar occurs in three weeks as the Festival of the New Group of World Servers begins. We have gifts to make (no more buying), food to prepare, guests to invite, trees (or Hanukkah bushes) to trim, lights to hang as the days move deeper into dark stillness. 

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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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Land of Plenty

Farm to Fork benefit dinner for UCSC’s Agroecology Center, plus a zippy salsa from Teresa’s Salsa that loves every food it meets

 

If you knew you had one week to live, what would you do?

Make peace with myself, which would allow me to be at peace with others. Diane Fisher, Santa Cruz, Network Engineer

 

Comanche Cellars

Michael Simons, owner and winemaker of Comanche Cellars, once had a trusted steed called Comanche, which was part of his paper route and his rodeo circuit, from the tender age of 10. In memory of this beautiful horse, he named his winery Comanche, and Comanche’s shoes grace the label of each handcrafted bottle.

 

Cantine Winepub

Aptos wine and tapas spot keeps it casual