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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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Local Talk

What’s the best thing Santa Cruz officials could do to help boost the economy?

What’s the best thing Santa Cruz officials could do to help boost the economy?

Support more community evening events. We have our Friday Art walks. I think that that’s an extremely good moneymaker for Santa Cruz. Other art nights, music on the streets, those kind of things I think are good for the economy.

Isa Reser

Santa Cruz | Art Therapist


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Opinion

Looking For Solutions About Downtown

Looking For Solutions About Downtown

The character of Downtown Santa Cruz has pretty much been under discussion for as long as I can remember.

Longtime Santa Cruz residents love the tradition of what was once known as The Pacific Avenue Garden Mall, and that pride continues into its post-earthquake years.

But there’s an equally strong anti-downtown feeling from those who don’t like the so-called “social problems”—the panhandlers and groups of street people who line the sidewalks.

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Astrology

Scorpio’s Triumphant Outcome

Scorpio’s Triumphant OutcomeIn one week, the Sun leaves Scorpio, enters Sagittarius and Mercury retrogrades (on Thanksgiving). We prepare for these events this week. Here is more understanding of Scorpio before it’s gone.
Scorpio, the sign, deeply influences and transforms all lives on Earth. Scorpio’s keynotes (influences)—test, trial, struggle, strength and triumph— describe the progressive evolutionary development for all of humanity. The great hope when one is working within Scorpio’s depths is that Scorpio’s experience always ends in triumph as it releases itself (the life energy) into Sagittarius (furthering the discipleship experience and journey). The disciple, toiling within the darkness and depths of Scorpio’s tests, rises like the phoenix into Sag, moving quickly upon the way (plains), eyes upon the mountaintop of Initiation (Capricorn) shining like a promise in the distance. Once the Scorpio battle is won there is no stopping the ardent aspiring seeker of the light.
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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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