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Editors Note

From the Editor

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Where were you 50 years ago? I can hear the cries from the twentysomethings out there: “Hey—I wasn’t born yet.” Well, neither was I, but something significant to Santa Cruz history came alive in 1962: the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Five decades later, with maestra Marin Alsop now commanding the spotlight, the venerable institution is about to unleash one of its most significant seasons to date. In addition to celebrating five decades of creating one of the most diverse, unique and internationally heralded music festivals around—and that’s not an easy feat, mind you—you can expect some real surprises this season.

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Local Talk

Will you go to D-League Warriors games in Santa Cruz?

Will you go to D-League Warriors games in Santa Cruz?

Yeah, I would. I'm a basketball fan, and we need more things like that, where people can go and have some fun. If they build it and actually use it for what they say they’re going to use it for, yes, I would do that.
Julian Schweingruber
Santa Cruz | Unemployed



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Astrology

The Retro, Meteors & the Full Moon

The Retro, Meteors & the Full Moon

Mercury retrograde is in full force. Reaching outward, we’re pulled inward. Unable to maintain “business as usual” for multiple reasons (the retrograde, solar activity/flares altering our electromagnetic field, proton streams of positive ions, the planetary shifts, Uranus/Pluto, the old reality attempting to override the new, etc.), some of us feel paralyzed with tiredness, exhausted from pain, weary with busyness, longing to slow down, rest a while, contemplate individual realities, ideas and perceptions. Instead, we experience disruptive change, things upside- down, and wonder where we’ll find the resiliency to maintain our balance. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

For those of you who were enjoying life in the ’80s, you may find this week’s cover story on Santa Cruzan Graeme Devine interesting. The Scotland-born computer game designer and programmer, who currently operates out of NextSpace, is at the helm of GRL Games, and a variety of his creations can now be found in the App Store. But Devine’s interest in developing games stems back 34 years and he actually got his start working for Atari when he was just a teenager. The evolution of his unique career, and the immense popularity of gaming today, is highlighted in the article, which you can find on. My first video game experience was Pong. Ms. PacMan, Space Invaders, and then other quirky outings followed. And you? Read on ...

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Local Talk

Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized? If so, why?

Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized?  If so, why?

I think so. There's many common issues that we’re all facing and we find unity in this economy. Everybody is going through their struggles. I think unity is the best savior.
Sujan Bhahee
Santa Cruz | Analyst



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Astrology

Obedience of the Heart

Obedience of the Heart

Thursday is overshadowed by the Cancer new moon (27 degrees). There is a quote in Labors of Hercules that explains the task given to Hercules during Cancer. Hercules represents humanity (the world disciple), living on Earth, encountering life experiences, given tasks and being tested. In the Cancer task, the Fourth Labor, Hercules must make a choice. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Summer is in full bloom. This is good. Even better is the fact that we seem to be one of the only states in America with decent weather this season. There’s nothing like bragging about cool foggy nights and 75-degree days to your pals in the Midwest, who have been braving 100-degree-plus weather.

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Local Talk

What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

I think that it would be great to turn all our ornamental parks into edible parks, and have more food education direct to the public. I think we should decriminalize feeding hungry people and make it completely OK for anyone who feels compelled and compassionate to go direct service and bring out a pot of soup. And I feel like it's about education and access.
Roxanne Evans
Santa Cruz | Dreamer 


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Astrology

Mercury & Uranus Retrograde

Mercury & Uranus Retrograde

After Thursday’s calm Taurus moon, Friday, the 13th, we’re shaken up as Uranus, the star of revolution (the cool cat of the zodiac), changes direction, retrograding at 8:32 degrees Aries (till Dec. 13). 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor 

I received some good news recently, and, perhaps, proof that people can change their thoughts and perceptions. At last, my Polish mother back in Chicago is willing to admit there is such a thing as climate change. This, after Chicagoland experienced its mildest winter in years, and, more recently, braving 90- to100-plus degree heat for nearly a week, only to be pummelled with 90-mile-an-hour winds last weekend, which left many suburbs without electricity for some time.

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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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 28

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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