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Editors Note

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If you have ever wondered what really gets you through some of the challenging times in your life, then you may appreciate this week’s news story on Thomas Hickenbottom. The longtime local has been an active surfer since Santa Cruz first began generating national buzz for its surfing scene back the 1960s. As a boy, he actually once paddled out to a large piece of driftwood in the ocean, hopped on and rode the wave back to the beach. He shares these memories and quite a bit more in a story that also shines the spotlight on his cancer journey. Many of us have family members or friends who have been affected by cancer, so this particular tale may inspire you. 

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Local Talk

What did you grow this summer?

What did you grow this summer?

This summer I mostly grew friendships, I made a lot of new friends and socialized a lot more. It was really good.
Kianna Kimura
Santa Cruz, Cosmotoligist in training 


 

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Astrology

We All Become Scorpios

We All Become Scorpios

On Thursday, Mars enters Scorpio; sign of discipleship and of reorientation (into higher regions) for humanity—Hercules, who, through overcoming our Twelve Labors (signs) becomes the world disciple. With Mars in Scorpio we all become very serious personalities, with intense wants, desires and aspirations. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To The EDITOR

What heated times we live in. Blog haven turned über tabloid, The Huffington Post (at which, curiously, I am still a blogger), heads into live streaming, NBC gets flack over the Olympics and meteor showers streak across the sky. Meanwhile, Downtown Santa Cruz gets an economic boost with the arrival of Forever 21 yet still debates whether to make its main thoroughfare one-way or two-way. And let’s not forget all the commentary on the homeless camp situation (see letters). So, it seems as if each day ushers in a new series of “Look here/No, look there!” And somehow, we search for levity in between. And some fun.

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Local Talk

What are your top five favorite summer activities?

What are your top five favorite summer activities?

Gardening, camping, surfing, beach days, and barbecuing.
Katherine McCamant
Santa Cruz | Restaurant Owner 


 

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Astrology

Venus in Cancer—Overshadowing

Venus in Cancer—Overshadowing

This is our last week of Leo. The Sun enters Virgo Wednesday. The month is overshadowed by Venus in the sign of Cancer. Venus is the Soul (star) of the Earth, where our God (Sanat Kumara) came from and these mornings Venus is the Morning Star. Mars is always in the news these days. But Mars is humanity’s past. Venus is our future. Returning to Mars is a retrograde action. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To The EDITOR

Are you open and receptive to receive all good? That may sound too California woo-woo for you, but we are living in California, after all. So, when I was recently asked the question, I had to ask myself: Am I? It also reminded me of something I overheard in a recent spin class with a group of indoor cylists who were simulating an uphill bike route: “Take the struggle out of it.” Think of it as a cross between “letting go” and detachment. Any way you spin it—sorry, had to do that—metaphorically speaking, life often mirrors the cyclist’s journey. For every challenging hill climb, there are smooth plateaus to experience, too. It’s something to remember as fall approaches and schedules become filled up with more structured activities. Hopefully, somewhere in between all of our dashing about, we can take some time to reflect on the good around us, and the good we’d like to experience.

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Local Talk

What do you think is the difference between organic and conventional produce?

What do you think is the  difference between organic and conventional produce?

I think it has to do with how it's raised and the additives that they put in fertilizer. I think that it's critical that we pay attention to that. And we haven't in the past.
Jane Anglin
Santa Cruz | Retired

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Astrology

The Great Awakening Proceeds

The Great Awakening Proceeds

New energies and impulses from the heart of the Universe are beginning to critically influence life on Earth (and on all the planets circling the Sun). These energies are accelerating all events, creating a trajectory of force and of progress directed only toward the creation of the new age.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters To The EDITOR 

The week ahead looks promising as we move into a new month and, perhaps, new beginnings. But sometimes, before heading into the new, it’s good to explore the old. Or, in the case of Sandy Lydon, let’s make that local history.

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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