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Wallace Baine: An Appreciation

Wallace Baine: An Appreciation

I remember when Wallace Baine was the new kid on the block, back in the early 1990s, when he first arrived at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Back then, the local literati got together weekly over stale popcorn and coffee for film screenings, held at the Nickelodeon, to promote the latest cinematic faire on the theater’s schedule. It was there that I was first introduced to this fresh-faced kid just hired by the Sentinel to serve as its new arts writer.

For those of us who came of age during the Counter Culture here in Santa Cruz, the Sentinel— with its conservative political leanings and Wall Street Journal sensibilities—was considered enemy territory, particularly for those of us who wrote for the two or three weeklies always in distribution here since the early 1970s, including Good Times.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times

Happy 11/11. Love those numbers. Nov. 11 is also Veterans Day. More on that in a second. Welcome to a new issue of GT. It’s a busy season and I’ve come across some noteworthy events that I have to share with you. Take note: There’s a great benefit for Save Our Shores (saveourshores.org) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz. On the roster: the award-winning film Bag It  (bagitmovie.com), which chronicles  an ordinary guy as he navigates through our plastic world and, it seems, a cultural love affair with plastics. The other event is Dec. 3, so mark your calendars. It’s called Decemberchild, and it benefits Children’s Hospice with a festive night at Kuumbwa Jazz Center featuring It's A Beautiful Day and Superior Olive. This is, actually, the eighth annual benefit concert and the proceeds go to Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. Interesting to note: it’s a birthday party-themed event—free appetizers and birthday cake will be served; and a raffle will be held for the chance to win great prizes. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Learn more at decemberchild.org and childrenshospice.org.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on the recent election?

What are your thoughts on the recent election?


I'm happy that California stood firm and supported some progressive people, but I'm dismayed about the Republicans taking over the House and getting strength in the Senate.
Tom Rucker
Santa Cruz | Retired Psychotherapist

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Opinion

West Meets East, Smiling Politely

West Meets East, Smiling Politely

As I prepare myself physically and mentally for an impending minor surgical procedure (nothing life-threatening, nothing to increase or decrease specific body parts, nothing I couldn’t discuss over cocktails in polite society), I look back at my journey to this point, the helpful advice received from friends and strangers, and the research into all of the options available to me. Then I smile and thank someone’s god for western medicine.

Before you get your yoga pants in a knot, allow me to continue.

I collect medical practitioners like kitchen appliances, and count among my handiest helpers chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths and Rolfers, alongside ear, nose and throat and orthopedic doctors. I’ve had psychic readings from afar and visited gastroenterologists … for within. But my sigh of relief at western medicine stems from memories of my first brush with eastern medicine, a day I like to refer to as The Day My Black Heart Stood Still.

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Astrology

Safeguarding Freedom

Safeguarding FreedomVenus (Ray 5 of Concrete & Scientific Knowledge, the Aquarian ray of Knowledge) is now our Morning (Dawn) Star. In Libra and retrograde (till the 18th), Venus calls forth, from the depths of each of us, loving intelligence justice, balance, equality and Right Relations, the first step toward Goodwill.

Thursday is Veterans Day. Let us actively honor those who have safeguarded freedom for humanity. The United States this week begins a series of difficult and transformative transits lasting into 2011. Friday, during Aquarius moon (the U.S. has Aquarius moon, 18 degrees), Saturn squares (90 degrees) the U.S. Sun. The moon in a country’s chart signifies its people. Squares challenge us to change direction. During the present Venus retrograde (in Libra) a change of direction must include a new economic structure within the U.S. and presented to the world. With Saturn square Sun there can be a sense of isolation, of being misunderstood while attempting new disciplines, organization and order. Saturn, the teacher, creates new regulations, direction, guidelines, parameters, bringing strict order out of chaos.
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Astrology

Knowing Your November

Knowing Your November

T he heavens are busy this week. Friday morning Chiron turns direct (26 Aquarius). As wounds manifest in the outer world, holistic approaches are sought. Friday night is Scorpio new moon, 14 degrees (degree of Venus retrograde). Scorpio/Venus underscore the new monetary structure that must come forth in our world, led by the United States whose esoteric purpose is to lead humanity into the “light.” From Nov. 6-9 the United States has transiting Mars (Sag) opposite natal Uranus (Gemini). Oppositions mean something new integrates. With Mars/Uranus a fierce revolution appears, disciples enter the battle, desire becomes aspiration to build everything new. Late night Saturday Neptune turns direct. We have less confusion; the “waters of life” appear everywhere. Sunday morning, 2 a.m., daylight-saving time ends (time “falls back”). Sunday night Venus re-enters Libra. Venus and Libra bring economic issues to the foreground. Venus retro signifies a reassessment of values, an investigation into things hidden (bank foreclosures and seized homes), a restructuring of our principles, standards, morals, ethics. A question (to ask of our selves, our town, city, county, state, nation, government, the world) is “What do we value?” Scorpio is about our and other people’s money. The field is ripe for a transformative economic structure. We remember in Scorpio, Mars brings forth the Nine Tests for humanity urging us to bring harmony out of chaos (Ray 4), raise the lesser values (desire) to the higher (aspiration). In Scorpio we battle with crystallized (old) ways and behavior. Humanity is in battle at present to reorient the economy, from greed and materialism to a world of sharing sustainability. We also remember that in Scorpio the power of the spirit of humanity can triumph.Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Nov. 4–10, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times

The Giants did it! After 56 years ... a World Series Win. Kudos to the Bay Area team, which generated so much excitement during the last few weeks, you couldn’t really walk down the streets without hearing the occasional loud cheers blasting out of local bars. Whew. A job well done, indeed.

And then ... there’s the election results. Thoughts? Send them to us at [email protected] We want your input. And so ... another new cycle begins.

Time, the passing of time, and things that leave an indelible imprint are, in fact, the theme of this week’s cover story, in which a few GT scribes expound upon the significance of the late Morton Marcus. The revered local and esteemed poet passed away a year ago. His words, his visions, his longtime creative contributions to the area are still being felt. And, fittingly, there’s now an annual memorial event that pays tribute to the poet, to poetry and to creativity—and, really, so much more. Learn more about all this beginning on. Godspeed Mort ... (wherever your spirit is soaring).

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Local Talk

What’s the best thing Obama can be doing for the country right now?

What’s the best thing Obama can be doing for the country right now?


Resign. Probably the worst president we've had to date, he's taking us in a direction the founding fathers never intended us to be. He's a great believer in big government, which is just the opposite of where we need to be heading. So I'm hoping that there is a huge reversal of leadership as a result of the election on Tuesday.
Scott Reno
Corralitos | General Contractor

 

 

 

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Opinion

Empty Nest, Lined with Cash

Empty Nest, Lined with Cash

When I was 12, I told my friends that I didn’t intend to have kids. “Yeah right,” they said. “You’re totally the type.”

“Wanna bet?”

After long negotiations held during a Wiffle Ball game, we settled on a two-stage wager: If I’m childless by 30, they owe me $5,000. At 50, it’s $30,000. Each.

Today, the warm feeling I get looking into the soft dark eyes of the fussy baby girl in my lap is surpassed only by the relief of handing her back to her mother. Kids are interesting, but I don’t need to own one any more than I do a Rototiller. In both cases, I can always borrow one. If I want to blend in at a Pixar or teen vampire movie, consider me a free babysitter for a few hours. And when it’s time to turn the garden soil, I’ll trade you a case of beer for the loan of your machine. If it’s busted, just send over your kid with a shovel. Work builds character.

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Opinion

The Campaign Commercial You'll Never See

The Campaign Commercial You'll Never See

Two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson refused to appear in televised commercial during his campaigns in 1952 and 1956, saying that doing so was beneath his dignity.

Too bad that Adlai's not on the ballot today. He'd get my vote.

Election season once was the political junkie's most exciting time of year. It was like draft day for the fantasy football fanatic.

Alas, no more. The barrage of television commercials is as depressing as it is offensive, with messaging and negativity aimed squarely at manipulating the least informed voters. Attack ads do two things: they make anyone running for office look greedy and/or crooked; they also effectively win elections. Alas, that's the problem. No one—winners or losers—emerge unscathed.

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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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Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

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