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Editors Note

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Brace yourselves: It’s nearly over—2011 that is. So, what have we learned? Certainly, 2011 has been a fascinating year for Santa Cruz on a number of fronts. Most notable may be the fact that two of our own generated national attention that also shined the spotlight on Santa Cruz and the unique creative shire that it is—James Durbin and Chris Rene. Durbin turned heads this year for getting to one of the final top spots on American Idol last spring. A lavish homecoming captured national attention, too. The singer’s first solo album hit the charts last month.
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Local Talk

What New Year’s resolution would you like to force upon others?

What New Year’s resolution would you like to force upon others?Think about others more and try to do what’s good for mankind. In these times it just seems that people are kind of greedy and out for themselves. We’re all in this together.
Alan Osterbauer
Watsonville | Plant Engineer
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Astrology

Goodwill To All In 2012

Goodwill To All In 20122012 is an eventful year when three major cycles of development for humanity’s evolution cease. The ways we think and believe will no longer be viable, because a new evolutionary force is entering our world. It is a force for good, for “life more abundant.” We will experience major shifts of awareness (consciousness) due to the prominence of mutable signs (Gemini, Sag, Virgo, Pisces) influencing humanity. These build the personality within humanity to be strong and courageous, able to withstand modification, alterations. Humanity will deeply assess prevailing values, ideas we have been taught, (many of which we find are incorrect) and beliefs around those ideas. Astrologically, humanity will assess life itself (what is it?) and our part in it (who are we?).
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A woman once asked me if I could spare “change.” When I gave her a quarter, she laughed at me and said: “I meant ‘transformation’ honey!” That about sums up what could be unfolding for many of us during this busy holiday season. Change—are we ever really ready for it? All those things we always wish and hope for ... those dreams we can’t wait to fulfill ... suddenly when it arrives, sometimes it’s not quite in the form we imagined. And so it goes. We plan our lives ... and the cosmos chuckles.

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Local Talk

What are the top three locally owned places to buy gifts? Why?

What are the top three locally owned places to buy gifts? Why? Bookshop Santa Cruz, because you can never go wrong with a good book. Artisan’s because it has fabulous local crafts, paintings, jewelry, glass, wearables and other great things. Gabriella’s Restaurant gift certificates—good for the whole family any time.
Susan Lysik
Santa Cruz | Retired 

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Astrology

Greater Measure of Light Arrives. We ‘Occupy’ and Radiate That Light.

Greater Measure of Light Arrives.  We ‘Occupy’ and Radiate That Light.Winter solstice occurs as the Sun enters Capricorn (Thursday morning), Gate where matter returns to Spirit, the Light Supernal at the mountaintop. Resting for three days at the Tropic of Capricorn, the Sun moves forward at midnight, Christmas morning. The Temple doors open and Mary (earth, matter) gives birth to (receives) the holy child (the new light). This light being more rare and inclusive than last year’s light. Quietly, Capricorn’s Light of Initiation streams into Earth. On Christmas day, Jupiter, heart of the Aquarian Age, turns direct in Taurus (humanity’s illumination), streaming to Earth Ray 2, Love/Wisdom, what Christ anchored on Earth 2000 years ago.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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Do you know a Good Giver having a good time? Lately, I have come across many of them. So, if you find yourself swimming in a mindset of “lack,” take note of how much abundance there actually is around out there. You may have heard this local story: Not that long ago, Pastor Rene Schlaepfer of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos asked his congregation to donate one million pounds of food to the Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive by Thanksgiving.

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Local Talk

How should homelessness be addressed in Santa Cruz ?

How should homelessness be addressed in Santa Cruz ?

More social services. Maybe spend a little more money on the problem, broaden the horizon of what we do a little bit—more counseling, more lifestyle change solution available as well as more shorter term solutions. Make more space and more food available.
Josh McCoy
Santa Cruz | UCSC Grad Student

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Astrology

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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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
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Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

What would you like to see a TED talk about?

Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise