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Editors Note

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Spirits seem to be rising here in Santa Cruz County as we move closer toward the end of another year. How has 2013 treated you? More importantly, perhaps, may be to ask: How have you treated it?   As the next few weeks unfold, no doubt we’ll all be reflecting a bit on that. And, perhaps, some of the political brouhaha surrounding Washington D.C., and, in effect, the rest of the country. From the fallout on the Obamacare launch to the curiously wide political divide between Democrats and Republicans, it’s hard not to speculate, at times, how it would be if there were more women in power running the show.

 

 

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Local Talk

Name the three things you are most thankful for

Name the three things you are most thankful for

My job, living in Capitola, and being healthy.
Tony Buckman
Capitola | Project Superintendent

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

This week’s cover story arrives just in time for the holiday season—when moods tend to swing and stress levels could become a bit elevated. But let’s focus on the good. A group of “positive psychologists” are applying some science around what may have once been considered  pop-psychology. It appears that these days, psychologists and neurologists can factually prove why happiness is actually beneficial for our brains, our bodies, our health—and even the health of others around us in our lives.

 

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Astrology

Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Chiron, the wound that heals us, (9 degrees Pisces) turns direct Tuesday. From the many Scorpio battles and Nine Tests, humanity feels wounded, yet at the end, is triumphant.
Sunday (full moon) is the Scorpio solar festival. Scorpio is the sign of trials, testing (nine tests), struggles and battles. Eventually triumph predominates.  Scorpio has three symbols (three levels of awareness) – scorpion (on the ground), Eagle (in the air), Phoenix (on the mountaintop).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Fall has arrived—and so, too, have a gaggle of holiday decorations long before Thanksgiving weekend.  In between all those reminders to “buy, buy, buy,” it might be refreshing to turn your attention elsewhere—specifically, on the environment. That’s what one local has done and the result has proven to be not only creative but downright effective.

 

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Astrology

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

Jupiter is a planet that expands all of us, increasing our experiences, knowledge and understanding of life, representing optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. Jupiter in Cancer (sign of nurturing one another) turns stationary retrograde Thursday, Nov. 7 (retrograde 120 days till March 10, 2014). Jupiter’s retrograde motion makes a tiny loop in the sky against a background of stars. Ruler of truth-speaking Sagittarius, Jupiter is our integrity and honesty (and everyone else’s), our authenticity, philosophy, sense of justice—larger perspectives in life.

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Local Talk

Name two great achievements of Santa Cruz County this year.

Name two great achievements of Santa Cruz County this year.

For theatre arts I would say the Cabrillo stage summer season was very successful. I really enjoyed “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Oaklahoma” as well as “Escaping Queens.” The Fringe Festival was also really good. Um-Gee-Um and some other great acts came and did their thing.

Adam Stanton
Santa Cruz | Actor/Director

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Astrology

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Thursday is Halloween. Hopefully “something ‘wicked’ our way comes.” It’s also Samhain – Irish Gaelic festival marking the beginning of winter ("darker half" of the year) and harvest’s end. In ancient times bonfires were lit for warmth and protection. During these days, the veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about. We set a place at the table for departed loved ones, especially children. In Mexico it’s Dia de Muertos—candy skeletons, copal (incense) burning and marigolds decorating altars and gravestones. Friday is All Saints Day, Saturday All Souls Day. Honoring our family, friends, relatives who have been “called back.” They now wait for us.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor
My favorite day is approaching: Nov. 11. It must have something to do with the numerous times I see 11:11 on a digital clock. At least that’s what I thought. More recently, after visiting friends and family back in Chicago, I discovered that Nov. 11 is Poland’s National Independence Day.  Naturally, because I am blond and Polish—more the latter—I took note of that tidbit and thought it was a sign from the Universe to look deeper into my Polish roots. (Not my hair, but my heritage.)  In any event, between writing and editing the second draft of my Polish family memoir—think: Carrie Fisher and David Sedaris crawling under the covers with a Polish Alex Haley; you’ll love it and you’ll pay full price, thank you very much—I found the information somewhat sobering. Bottom line: Nov. 11 is a holiday in Poland commemorating the anniversary of its resumption of independent statehood in 1918—all this after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria. In any case, it seems that, these days, I can’t quite escape the threads of the past. I have come to believe that what happens before us, tends to live on through us. Heady stuff for the first week of November? Perhaps, but ’tis the (deep) season, as they say. So, what has your family lineage been teaching you?

 

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Local Talk

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

The trash and debris that’s left behind by the homeless in all the parks and parking lots, like here at Steamers Lane. It just gets overwhelming and it gets to be an eyesore. When you have friends in town it's kind of embarrassing to drive around and show them a dirty parking lot or dirty park, and trash strewn along Steamers Lane.

Sam Wenger Santa Cruz | Server

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management