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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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Local Talk

What behavior would you like to eliminate from Santa Cruz?

What behavior would you like to eliminate from Santa Cruz? I think we should eliminate bike theft because it's really awful that people have their bikes stolen. I just bought a new bike so I've been thinking about this lately.
Nicole Dicamillo
Santa Cruz | Law Clerk


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Opinion

Four Eyes. Possibly More.

Four Eyes. Possibly More.

When they told me I needed glasses, I did what most 11-year-olds do. I plea bargained. “How about a monocle?” “You need both eyes corrected.” No problem. “Two monocles!”

A week later, I tried out my new glasses and decided they were uncomfortable and made everything look screwy, so I didn’t wear them. I only needed them to see things in the distance, and most of a child’s world is the near field, where the comic books and snacks and televisions are. There’s no need to read freeway signs at night or to check out hot people from a safe distance. When I needed to see those unimportant things farther away, like blackboards, I could bring them into focus using an affordable, all-natural technique called squinting.

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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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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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