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Opinion

‘So Far, I’m Immortal’

‘So Far, I’m Immortal’

Thanksgiving is always a good time to take stock of your luck. At the table, many families take turns relating something to be grateful for. In such a shared setting, we usually talk about nice things in the world that we can all be thankful for: friends and family, roofs over our heads, California weather, Smartwool socks, anyone who makes the political landscape look less bleak or at least funny, the rise of the American microbrew.

This year, I felt thankful for something of a more selfish nature. I was thankful for being alive, because I recently realized the odds were against me. And I suspect that if you did the math, you would feel the same.

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Astrology

Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

December is dedicated to Advent, Catholic Latin word “adventus” meaning “(something’s coming”)—winter solstice, sun turning northward, new light, birth of the holy child, revelation). For four weeks we light candles summoning hope in the dark half of the year. Simultaneously, Wednesday evening, Hanukkah, eight-day candle-lighting Jewish festival of lights, begins. Both religious festivals are about preparation, (re)dedication and the kindling of (our) light (hope, promise) within the darkness (of matter).

Friday the U.S. has a Saturn return, 14 Libra (relationship with others). Saturn returns mean strictness, discipline, solitude, hard work, separation and loss of what is no longer useful. And so, as of this writing Drudge Report reports the new Wiki-leaks. Uh oh. Veils of secrecy drop with classified communication (accepted by all nations) released. This will affect relationships (Libra) with other nations. Transparency, although uncomfortable, is needed for the new culture and civilization to emerge. Saturn is both teacher and Dweller on the Threshold. The Dweller shows us past missteps and the Teacher helps us learn lessons. Everyone, everything (even nations) are always in a developmental (learning) stage.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Many of us in California come from somewhere else. California natives? I can count a couple of handfuls that I’ve met just this year. So, during the holidays, inevitably those of us who’ve arrived in California, either searching for new life, new direction, or just following a dream, may find ourselves invited into the family gatherings of other people. That’s not a bad thing at all, but maybe this year, it won’t be such a bad idea to share some of your own family stories. To me, Thanksgiving always conjures up one scenario: My Polish Uncle John hiding an entire platter of Polish dumplings under his chair during the Thanksgiving meal. I couldn’t blame him—I’d always wanted those homemade fluffy, tempting carbs, drizzled with melted butter all to myself too.
(During a recent visit back to Chicago, my mother made some and I quickly devoured a dozen in one sitting.) I’m thankful for those meals and those dumplings—my gut, maybe not so much. All that to say: Eat up this year—consume every vibrant moment with family and friends. And let them know why you are grateful to have them in your life. Let go. Don’t hold on to it. Give it!

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Local Talk

What is Thanksgiving actually a celebration of?

What is Thanksgiving actually  a celebration of?

Thanksgiving in the United States should be a celebration of our abundance and gratitude for all that we have, and our relationships, the beautiful land, plenty of food, water and air—especially if we can figure out ways to distribute all of it to everybody. Everybody should get something.

Joe Sousa

Santa Cruz | Psychotherapist

 

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Astrology

Release of the Feminine

Release of the Feminine

As Above, So Below & Happy Birthday, Findhorn
As the Aquarian Age unfolds, there is a developmental task humanity will recognize as their responsibility (and gift). It is the recognition of and work (co-creation) with the Devic (Angelic Beings of Light) kingdom, the builders of all form on Earth. Working side by side with the devas (this was the original work of the Findhorn Community), humanity begins to identify as the World Disciple, assisting in creating the new rhythms, order, culture and civilization of the new Aquarian Age. Humanity and the devic (angelic) kingdoms are parallel evolutions. The devic kingdom is the feminine (receptive) aspect to humanity, the masculine (radiatory). When an event representing the feminine (Venus direct) occurs in the sky, something occurs here on Earth as well.

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Opinion

Thanksgiving for the Ungrateful

Thanksgiving for the UngratefulLet’s be frank. We should be grateful for so much, every single day of the year, and most of us understand that. In fact, there are plenty of irritating souls among us who, willingly, and without solicitation, share their daily gratitude at the drop of a hat. (Yes, you can be grateful for the sunshine and your smoothie, but keep it to yourself.) And yet, it’s so much easier (and more fun) to whine and mope, isn’t it? Three hundred sixty four days a year we get away with this sour attitude, and we fit right in with almost everyone we know. However, one day a year we are called to task, quite often in public, and suddenly the complaining about your fingernail shape, the color of your living room rug or the annoying personal hygiene of your investment broker no longer fits in with polite conversation. This day is upon us—Happy Thanksgiving.

Lights up on Thanksgiving dinner, a table burdened with delights and surrounded by friends and/or family. Cue background music, something simultaneously calming and festive, with a slight hint of a football game from an adjoining room. Enter the host or hostess, tapping on a glass, with the announcement, “Why don’t we go around the table and share what we’re thankful for this year. Grandpa, why don’t you start?

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor
One week until we feast on all that Thanksgiving has to offer so, as usual, I feel drawn this time of year to keep asking myself two things: How many thanks am I actually giving? How much giving am I actually doing? Giving—you know, the kind that comes with no strings attached. More on that at another time.

For now, the big giving of the week comes from Santa Cruz City Arts and its annual Artworks Awards for Business Leadership in the arts.  The fourth annual event honors businesses and individuals who “support and build connections between the business and art communities” in Santa Cruz. The ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Museum of Art & History in Downtown Santa Cruz. Ow Family Properties, Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room and—what’s this, another honor?—local hero Wallace Baine nab awards. Last year, GT was honored. (Thanks!) And big thanks to the three entities being recognized this year. See you at the event. (Watch coverage later on GTv.) ...

Let’s turn to this week’s issue. Ah ... Bill Cosby. What can you say about the man, the legend. Cosby hits the Santa Cruz Civic Thanksgiving weekend. Recently, GT’s Damon Orion caught up with the personality whose brilliant observances of human behavior—foibles and all—have inspired people for decades. Cosby also opens up about politics and President Obama. Read all about it, beginning on page 14. Send us your thoughts at [email protected]

What’s left? Giving. And thanking. We all have a week to get into that mode. But don’t stop after next Thursday. Giving back to the community is good for you. Try it on for size and watch your entire being sparkle with new possibilities.

OK—that was tres Deepak, but you get the picture. Onward ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Not Crafty
Regarding last week’s article in GT, I emailed Amy Sedaris' website after also seeing her featured in Vanity Fair promoting “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People,” as I thought, in these times of high unemployment, inequitable medical care and foreclosures, such a title was
in very poor taste. I have yet to hear from her or her publisher, but, I can guess, I'm not the only one who finds the title inappropriate. The “poor are always with us,” a familiar refrain of those who live in Amy's financial stratosphere, but if sales are good, maybe she could help refund childcare for working people.
Kathy Cheer
Santa Cruz

Election Fallout
The recent elections will usher in a new Congress, who will be expected to consider the recommendations of the Deficit Reduction Commission. I implore both the Commission and our incoming Congress to have the courage to make real cuts to our military budget instead of sacrificing crucial spending on human needs.
We cannot seriously address the budget deficit without cutting the military budget, which takes up 59 percent of the discretionary budget, and that doesn't account for overruns, including $300 billion above what Congress authorized for various weapons systems in the last five years.
Fifty-five members of Congress recently wrote the commission outlining specific cuts to the military budget, and I truly hope that their advice is heeded. Military spending is out of control and is the best place for the deficit hawks to look for cuts.
Dr. Ann López
Felton


Holiday Deadline
GT offices will be closed Nov. 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The following holiday deadlines will be in effect for the Wednesday, Nov. 24 issue:

Display, Class Display, Bulletin Board and Classified Ads: 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18.
The following Deadlines will be in effect for the Thursday, Dec. 2 issue:
Display, Class Display and Bulletin Board: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Classified ads: 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29.
Calendar: noon Monday, Nov. 22.


Best of The Online Comments

On The Giants ...
Great article! Still bathing in the glow of our Giants winning the series, this was a fun and timely article taking me to baseball's early days with the grit and splendor of yesteryear. Fun pictures also. Thank you for writing it Randall Brown. Texas was big till the Giants showed up! Cheers!
L.W.

On Axing Childcare ...
California wanted a movie star and got one. I voted for Larry Flint the publisher of Hustler. He is an outstanding business man. JERRY BROWN WILL likely restore some sanity to the budget.
Jack Ferguson
Local Talk

How far should government go to regulate fast food for kids?

How far should government go to regulate fast food for kids?

I think it's the fast food industry that needs to take responsibility for the effects of
their products, and I don’t know that the government needs to get involved.

Glenn Smith

Santa Cruz | Musician

 

 

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Opinion

Now How About Serving The Public?

Now How About Serving The Public?

Now that the election season is over, it’s time to hit the reset button. Political arguing has had its place. And there’s a lot to bat back and forth: the Republican sweep, the Democratic win in California, the role of the Tea Party and whether 72-year-old Jerry Brown can turn things around in California.

But none of that really has much to do with what comes next. Too often, observers of the political scene get taken up by who wins, who loses, and who’s going to run in the next election.

It’s time to get over it. Now it’s time to actually run the government and serve the people. Doing so takes different skills entirely. It’s not about the horse race anymore.

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Astrology

Venus Direct & Scorpio to Sagittarius

Venus Direct & Scorpio to SagittariusOn Thursday, both Jupiter (in Pisces) and Venus (in Libra) turn from retrograde to stationary direct. On Monday the Sun moves from Scorpio to Sag. We shift from deep waters to the plains; from the eagle to the horse; from the depths to seeking the heights; from the star Antares to the Galactic Center; from the opal to the topaz; from Mars to Jupiter; from Orion to Chiron; from Tuesday to Thursday; from the sign of death and regeneration to the sign of the adventurer, riding the white horse, bow and arrow in hand, seeking the mountain tops of Capricorn. Both Scorpio and Sag are signs of discipleship. Sunday morning we have a full moon solar festival (9:27 a.m., West Coast) at 29.18 degrees Scorpio. Called the November Hunter’s Moon, it’s also a blue moon, being the 3rd full moon of four to fall in a season (from fall equinox to winter solstice). The meditative seed thought the NGWS recite during this Scorpio solar festival is “Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.” Scorpio is always triumphant.
On Thursday, the U.S. has transiting Jupiter opposite Neptune. Jupiter brings forth abundant energies, Neptune either illusion, grace or spiritual contact. During oppositions polarities are pointed out, everyone’s mad, rejection occurs, then a gradual integration begins. Jupiter and Neptune are rulers of Pisces, sign of the world savior, sign of saving the world—the esoteric task of the United States.
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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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