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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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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

Santa Cruz has been enjoying an unusually high-profile year. Recently, film crews were in town to shoot the Jay Moriarity biopic (Of Men and Mavericks). Then there’s local Chris Rene, who, over the past few weeks, has impressed judges on Fox TV’s X Factor. Of course, it’s hard not to think of James Durbin when you ponder 2011. The local singer reached meteoric heights on American Idol and turned the spotlight on Santa Cruz and the creative people it fosters, among other things. Yes, it’s been a whirlwind year for Durbin. After a busy summer concert tour with the Idol singers, he has recharged his energy and is focusing on the much-anticipated release of his first album. This week, writer Damon Orion profiles Durbin in an exclusive GT interview beginning on page 16. Learn (even) more about the hometown boy, his dreams, and what matters to him most as he makes one of the biggest turning points of his life.
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Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

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Striking Gold

A taste of Soquel Vineyards’ five gold medal-winning Pinots

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a bottle of Trout Gulch Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, described as “a local favorite” by the busy market.

 

Bye Bye Benten!

Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review

 

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