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What makes you proud to be American?

What makes you proud to be American?

I'm proud that I have the freedom to do what I please—surf when I want to surf, work when I want to work.
Scott Liess
Santa Cruz | Plumber


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Astrology

Out of the Darkness, into the Light

Out of the Darkness, into the Light

Ohm Mani Padme Hum. We offer prayers for Santa Cruz musician Bob Brozman (Pisces), called back unexpectedly to heaven. He’s playing in the Ashram now. Ohm Mani Padme Hum.

Thursday’s Aquarius Moon with Taurus Sun helps us see practically into the future with ideas that build the new culture and civilization based upon the needs of humanity. We realize we must construct the New Era Community.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

There are hundreds of thousands of words in this issue. Well, maybe not that many—perhaps it’s in the tens of thousands. No, on second thought, it’s true—hundreds of thousands. The point is this: It’s our biggest issue of the year—all thanks to you. The votes have been tallied and the results are in, so dive into our annual Best Of Santa Cruz Readers’ Poll beginning on page 15. More votes than ever before were tallied, so there’s plenty to absorb. But let me draw your attention to our Critics’ Picks, too. A big thank you to all of the readers who took time to vote. Enjoy.

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Local Talk

What’s the best advice you ever received?

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Moving to Santa Cruz—from my sister. She said move up here after mom passed away, and that’s the best decision I ever made in my life.
Frank Falco
Santa Cruz | Capitola Public Works

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Astrology

Full Moon in the Wesak Valley

Full Moon in the Wesak Valley

Thursday is the Buddha Full Moon Taurus Wesak Festival. A great legend says that at the time of the full moon the great “Knowers of Divinity” gather from the many worlds to greet the Buddha who, once a year, at the exact time of the April full moon and for eight minutes afterward, streams into Earth a blessing from Shamballa, home of our God, Sanat Kumara, Regent from Venus. The blessing transmits Divine Will, Purpose, Love & Wisdom to humanity. Buddha (Wisdom) and Christ (Love) work in unison during this festival.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


April is Sexual Awareness Month, which brings us to this week’s cover story. Penned by News Editor Elizabeth Limbach, “Breaking The Silence” not only shines the light on this significant issue, but also explores it through the captivating lens of a local filmmaker creating a movie based on real-life events. Turn to page 12 for the full report and share your thoughts, feedback and/or experiences on the matter with us at [email protected]

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Local Talk

What’s your favorite quote? Why?

What’s your favorite quote? Why?

"People have the power to redeem the work of fools."—Patti Smith.
It's motivating and it allows you to realize that as an individual you have the power to make a difference, even when you see others doing things you dislike or disprove of. It puts the emphasis on an individual’s actions and living as you believe.
Tim Clark
Santa Cruz | Classroom Aid

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Astrology

Earth Day—Creating a World Story

Earth Day—Creating a World Story

Sun enters Taurus this Friday. Taurus, anchoring into the world the fiery ideas of Aries, is a beam of light emerging from the point of Light in Aries, creating a pathway of Light for humanity. Taurus, foremost Earth sign, inspires stability and the fine Art of Living. Appropriately this Monday is International Earth Day. Let’s begin to include the symbol for Earth (an encircled cross) on our astrology charts. Earth is placed opposite the Sun sign.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Time may heal, but it also allows for a chance to take in the bigger picture.  More than a month after the tragic deaths of Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler, their families have released a media statement, provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department. Butler’s family wrote, in part, “We … have  just reached the one-month anniversary of Elizabeth’s death, and we miss her terribly. Each day is filled with both tears and moments of deep sadness. Yet almost every day of the past month has also included moments of awe and amazement at the love and honor paid to Elizabeth’s memory. We have so many people to thank from those that we know well to those that are complete strangers.”  Kelly Baker, widow of Sgt. Baker, wrote, in part, “According to the children, Butch now has wings, is in the clouds, has a halo, and sometimes he even wears a cape ...

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Local Talk

Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

I think Santa Cruz will always be weird because of the type of people that it draws. But we could definitely focus on staying safer and always being aware of keeping our environment clean, happy and healthy.
Kelly Malloy
Bonny Doon | Sales

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Heart Me Up

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 12

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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