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All We Are is But Another Brick in the Wall

All We Are is But Another Brick in the Wall

Greetings from the Berlin Wall. The “Fascists Protection Barrier” (as the German Democratic Republic auspiciously called it) has been torn down. It will be 20 years ago this November when the Cold War got a tad warmer. When East and West Germany were finally united after more than a quarter of a century, divided by one of the most politically charged symbols of the 20th Century—the Wall. When this section of Berlin, surrounded by the Iron Curtain, was amalgamated once more with its fellow Berliners to become one of the most artistic, thriving cities in Europe. When people broke through the Wall, pecking at it, pushing it down by force of will, they flooded into the streets in a mass celebration to end all celebrations.

Now Lance Armstrong puts in this kind of mileage before breakfast. But for me, who has never come to terms with the idea of tight cycling shorts, 160K seems rather a long way. And as I found out, it is. 
With my command of German language being what it isn’t, asking for directions, should I get lost, would prove to be a hopeless task. That, and my second-hand, rather classic bicycle with its flat tires is almost a California cruiser if not for the fenders and utilitarian basket on the back for groceries. For most Berliners bicycling is not a sport. It is a way to get to the grocery store, the brothel, the club, the doctor’s office. That said, my good ride is best suited for short rides through the maze of Berlin’s excellent bike paths and failing that, public transportation network of subways and trains, not some long-ass tour through the city, through the vast hinterlands of Berlin—a city as flat and spread out as Los Angeles.
Beginning at the Brandenburg Gate, where scene after scene of throngs climbing over the wall or enthusiastically tearing it apart by the same tool (hammer) of communism happened, seemed like the proper place to start. Joined by my 71-year-old German mother-in-law, who has lived all those years in Berlin, we headed through the middle of the city, guided by bricks laid in the street where the Wall once stood.
After Unification, the city took rapid steps to put its past behind it. The city is, of course, well-practiced in this. The former “Death Strip” with its barbed wire, double walls, guard towers and shoot-to-kill orders for anyone trying to escape to the West, suddenly became appealing land for developers. Soon enough we rode into the midst of Potsdamer Platz, with high-rise buildings, shopping centers and posh apartments built atop Hitler’s bunker—exactly the kind of thing the communists had always warned their people about.
Then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev used to describe Berlin as “the testicles of the West. Every time I want to make the West scream, I squeeze Berlin.” 
Even though it’s been only 20 years, it’s hard to imagine a wall, much less a fence, dividing Berlin. It all seems the figment of someone’s absurd imagination. The once austere Eastern sections of the city are now more desirable and vibrant places to live than the former West. Artists were the first to take advantage of the cheap (or non-existent) rents and, predictably, they gentrified it.
By the time we reach the Eastside Gallery, the longest section of the Wall still standing, I’ve dubbed my cycling companion, Mauer (wall) Mama. Part of this comes from her ability to navigate the complicated streets. The other part is she was a judge who presided over many court cases to decide who owned the land, homes or buildings after the Wall fell.
This section of the Wall is a mile-long art gallery. On the other side, next to the river, are a beach, reggae and techno music spilling out of beer gardens atop the former no man’s land. Unthinkable paradise back then, but Mauer Mama tells me nobody in Berlin thought it possible a wall could ever be put up. How could anyone divide a city of four million with its complicated infrastructure trains, roads, streets? 
Yet that is exactly what happened on “Barbed Wire Sunday,” Aug. 13, 1961. While Berlin slept, the Wall went up nearly overnight. Suddenly people were cut off from work, school, their family. Stories abound of lovers, one living in the East, the other in the West, not seeing each other again for 30 years.
The next day I set off alone, riding 60 kilometers along the Wall’s former path through farmlands, nature preserves, and finally ending up in an industrial section far to the north of the city. Only about 12 feet of the Wall is left along this section and aside from the wide “death strip” slowly being overtaken by trees and brush, it’s difficult to decipher the historical border. Called the Mauerweg (Wall Way), the trail mostly follows the old patrol roads. When the imagination works overtime against the monotony of pedaling through this overgrown history, I often think I hear the bark of guard dogs, the sound of tanks, or, arriving at a lone guard tower swallowed by trees, the command to halt.
But it is only the song of birds now, the rustling of grass, the hum of tires, the clank of a loose fender. This is simple clean recreation with nary a threat of being mowed down by machine guns, though that would make for a slightly improved form of extreme cycling. Instead, I have been allowed plenty of time to dangerously ruminate on borders, fences and the like, whether they keep us in or keep us out or whether they establish limitations or dictate the paths we take.
On this tour of the Wall I can’t help but be grateful I can freely go in all the directions this ratty bicycle can take me, coupled with the hope that other dividing walls—Palestine and Israel, North and South Korea for example—will one day be mere bicycle paths. Berliners, both former Easterners and Westerners I’ve managed to talk to along the way, say they thought the Wall would never come down. Now they have a hard time remembering where it was.
So tomorrow, I’ll head out with Mauer Mama for the final leg. From the map it looks like more farmland on the left, suburbs on the right. Some things never change.

photos by bruce willey

Astrology

Love/Wisdom, Ray 2, Streams to Earth

Love/Wisdom, Ray 2, Streams to Earth

Both Venus and Mars are in Gemini, sign of duality. If we observe our lives we will see duality come to life. Venus and Mars are also the lovers Psyche (feminine) & Eros (masculine). Gemini’s energy, although dual at first (the two parallel lines indicating two realities, also the World Trade Center buildings) thus always providing humanity with choice, eventually synthesizes as the two lines (brothers) form a triangle with love at the apex. This is the secret of Gemini energy, people, events, times and a certain area in each of our astrology charts.

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Astrology

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Total Eclipse of the SunTuesday night is the 2nd Cancer new moon (29:17 degrees) along with the longest total solar eclipse (the moon, passing between Sun & Earth, completely obscures the Sun’s light) of the 21st century. This eclipse (and the Sun’s corona – tongues of fire), the 2nd in a triplicity, is most visible in China (and parts of India, however India is in the midst of monsoon season), is also visible across SE Asia and western Pacific, lasts a total of 6 ? minutes and is 160 miles wide. The new moon solar eclipse occurs at 7:35 pm Pacific time (9:35 pm; 10:35 pm east coast). The path of totality (tracking the eclipse on the Earth’s surface) lasts 3.4 hours. Eclipses bring inner/outer realities to a completion and thus to an end. Solar eclipses conclude (end, dissolve) substantial inner realities of how we see ourselves. When the moon covers the Sun we must be aware not to allow our desire (emotional) nature dominate. Enlightenment is hidden. Wait awhile. There is not enough vital (Sun) energy to create anew (not yet). Caution. Balance feelings with reason. Or remain quiet until after the eclipse.
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Local Talk

What’s your take on how we deal with celebrity deaths?

What’s your take on how we deal with celebrity deaths?

We as a society deal with it like it's a personal relative. People are so related to those who are celebrities as if they were our brother and sister. They relate to them because of their past, their livelihood, their whole experience with them.
Krissy Broek
Santa Cruz | Teacher

 

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Opinion

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun…. and all is not right

Just a few days after the official start of summer, while much of the nation sweltered under a heat wave, the House narrowly passed what was largely regarded as a “landmark” climate change bill. The Waxman-Markey Bill, which would limit carbon dioxide pollution and require the use of renewable energy is due to take effect two and a half years from now—despite what would seem an existential urgency for all humankind in the most dire terms possible.

With their heads in the sand and their sunburned asses in the air, 212 congressmen voted against the bill including 44 Democrats. (Only eight Republican members of the House voted for the bill, but let’s applaud their bravery.) Yet for most climate scientists, the bill is an utterly, undeniably watered down version of what needs to be done—about as effective as fighting a forest fire with a wet towel—and will do little to halt what we are doing to the planet. Nonetheless, it is a start.

Sitting outside in Big Pine near the melt waters of the Palisade Glacier, the Sierra Nevada’s biggest piece of ice, I read the transcripts from the House decision on the Internet. While I read the arguments coming from the floor of the House, I pondered my split second of geologic time on this earth sandwiched between a thin crust separating me from the hot magma below and the thin, delicate atmosphere protecting me from the coldness of space, the searing atomic rays of the sun. I also mused how much the Palisade Glacier has shrunk since first walking on it twenty years ago. At the rate it’s going I’ll be lucky to depart this earth with a shred of ice left.

One thing, though, about the climate change debate stood out loud and clear. Representative Paul Broun of Georgia stated that climate change is nothing but a “hoax perpetrated out of the scientific community.” His remarks were met with a loud applause. This, coming from a state whose capital city gets the not-so-flattering moniker “Hotlanta.” Well, Mr. Broun and others, wait till your Southern climate is more like Panama without the ocean influence. It will come far sooner than you think if MIT scientists are correct in surmising that Illinois will be more like East Texas, New Hampshire like South Carolina. The climate is rapidly sliding south.

Despite the overwhelming consensus among the climate science community that humans have, and are, contributing to climate change, the impulse within the media, within our elected officials, within ourselves even, is to find an ever-dwindling fringe voice of global warming skeptics, or contrarians. The truth, to put it simply, is too much to take—even though we know that many of these climate contrarians are funded directly or indirectly by the oil industry and other carbon-based industries.

But you don’t even need the world’s top climatologists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who have been issuing dire warnings that life on earth is being adversely affected by warming for years now, to understand the reality of the situation. Just step outside to witness the rapid melting of glaciers and polar ice caps, small islands being swallowed by rising seas, or the fact that the last nine out of 10 years were the hottest on record since 1860. The harbingers are here and they are way scary.

We need to realize sooner rather than later that the threat from terrorism is nothing in comparison to the global terror of a warming planet. That the real Jihad doesn’t issue forth from a Madrassa or training camp in Pakistan but from a coal-fired smokestack, from the rear of our cars, from our way of life. And by this implication we are all terrorists on a suicide mission, carbon strapped to our bodies like bombs.

James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified in 1988 before congress that he was 99 percent sure that human-induced global climate change was happening. Since then his language and urgency have matched the threats caused by dangerous carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. (If Hansen’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the same scientist who made headlines after he accused the Bush Administration of suppressing scientific research on global warming. “It seems more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States,” he said, regarding the muzzling he has received by his government employer.)

Hansen more recently called on chief fossil fuel executives to be “put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature.” He also called (in a recent New Yorker article) freight trains carrying coal, “death trains.” Our language and consciousness addressing the problem must change too, in accordance with the problem. If we don’t, the next generation will look back on this critical time in our planet’s history and see the Sen. Broun’s, the ExxonMobiles, the Hummer owners, all those who stood by and did nothing, in the same way we look back at Nazi war criminals.

Maybe if the language of global warming were as precise and hardboiled as the facts, we would be more apt to act. Maybe it would be more difficult to create a false sense of security, a protective barrier between the overwhelming scientific evidence and our need to be sheltered from such a dire predicament. There’s simply too much at stake to be in denial. And to those that voted against the climate change bill, applaud yourselves. Each clap is the thunder of global terrorism writ large on our very survival, our precious lives.

With their heads in the sand and their sunburned asses in the air, 212 congressmen voted against the bill including 44 Democrats. (Only eight Republican members of the House voted for the bill, but let’s applaud their bravery.) Yet for most climate scientists, the bill is an utterly, undeniably watered down version of what needs to be done—about as effective as fighting a forest fire with a wet towel—and will do little to halt what we are doing to the planet. Nonetheless, it is a start.

Sitting outside in Big Pine near the melt waters of the Palisade Glacier, the Sierra Nevada’s biggest piece of ice, I read the transcripts from the House decision on the Internet. While I read the arguments coming from the floor of the House, I pondered my split second of geologic time on this earth sandwiched between a thin crust separating me from the hot magma below and the thin, delicate atmosphere protecting me from the coldness of space, the searing atomic rays of the sun. I also mused how much the Palisade Glacier has shrunk since first walking on it twenty years ago. At the rate it’s going I’ll be lucky to depart this earth with a shred of ice left.

One thing, though, about the climate change debate stood out loud and clear. Representative Paul Broun of Georgia stated that climate change is nothing but a “hoax perpetrated out of the scientific community.” His remarks were met with a loud applause. This, coming from a state whose capital city gets the not-so-flattering moniker “Hotlanta.” Well, Mr. Broun and others, wait till your Southern climate is more like Panama without the ocean influence. It will come far sooner than you think if MIT scientists are correct in surmising that Illinois will be more like East Texas, New Hampshire like South Carolina. The climate is rapidly sliding south.

Despite the overwhelming consensus among the climate science community that humans have, and are, contributing to climate change, the impulse within the media, within our elected officials, within ourselves even, is to find an ever-dwindling fringe voice of global warming skeptics, or contrarians. The truth, to put it simply, is too much to take—even though we know that many of these climate contrarians are funded directly or indirectly by the oil industry and other carbon-based industries.

But you don’t even need the world’s top climatologists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who have been issuing dire warnings that life on earth is being adversely affected by warming for years now, to understand the reality of the situation. Just step outside to witness the rapid melting of glaciers and polar ice caps, small islands being swallowed by rising seas, or the fact that the last nine out of 10 years were the hottest on record since 1860. The harbingers are here and they are way scary.

We need to realize sooner rather than later that the threat from terrorism is nothing in comparison to the global terror of a warming planet. That the real Jihad doesn’t issue forth from a Madrassa or training camp in Pakistan but from a coal-fired smokestack, from the rear of our cars, from our way of life. And by this implication we are all terrorists on a suicide mission, carbon strapped to our bodies like bombs.

James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified in 1988 before congress that he was 99 percent sure that human-induced global climate change was happening. Since then his language and urgency have matched the threats caused by dangerous carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. (If Hansen’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the same scientist who made headlines after he accused the Bush Administration of suppressing scientific research on global warming. “It seems more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States,” he said, regarding the muzzling he has received by his government employer.)

Hansen more recently called on chief fossil fuel executives to be “put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature.” He also called (in a recent New Yorker article) freight trains carrying coal, “death trains.” Our language and consciousness addressing the problem must change too, in accordance with the problem. If we don’t, the next generation will look back on this critical time in our planet’s history and see the Sen. Broun’s, the ExxonMobiles, the Hummer owners, all those who stood by and did nothing, in the same way we look back at Nazi war criminals.

Maybe if the language of global warming were as precise and hardboiled as the facts, we would be more apt to act. Maybe it would be more difficult to create a false sense of security, a protective barrier between the overwhelming scientific evidence and our need to be sheltered from such a dire predicament. There’s simply too much at stake to be in denial. And to those that voted against the climate change bill, applaud yourselves. Each clap is the thunder of global terrorism writ large on our very survival, our precious lives.

Astrology

Living in the House We all Build week of July 5

Living in the House We all Build week of July 5

Retrograde Jupiter conjuncts (joins) Neptune again this week in Aquarius. We actually have a triple conjunction (Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron), occurring three times along with three eclipses. Three means Ray 3—Divine Intelligence influencing our personal and world affairs. Jupiter/Neptune stimulates imagination, provides inspiration and activates the light of consciousness within humanity. We can also experience illusions and distortion.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on public transportation in Santa Cruz?

What are your thoughts on public transportation in Santa Cruz?

Considering the size of the city, we actually have pretty good public transportation. I used to take it all the time. In fact, I was one of the first riders on the first bus that went up to the university.
James Craft
Santa Cruz | Retired

 

 

 

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Opinion

A Deeper Need for the Print Newspaper

A Deeper Need for the Print NewspaperThe story line is a direct one: newspapers are dying. Big city dailies? Dying. Small-town papers? On their way. Free dailies? Hovering over the abyss.  If indeed newspapers are critically ill, their fate has to be one of the most heavily covered stories of this or any century. Did the railroads get this kind of treatment? Did blacksmiths get to read daily about how nobody is any good with an anvil anymore? Were there daily accounts about how nobody wants ice delivered to their door anymore?
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Astrology

U.S. Birthday, Iran’s Revolution, week of July 2-8, 2009

U.S. Birthday, Iran’s Revolution, week of July 2-8, 2009

We bid farewell to Michael Jackson (Virgo Sun, Pisces Moon). Ohm Mani Padme Hum. Saturday is the 233rd birthday of the United States, formed (Declaration of Independence) under the liberating sign of Cancer, Ray 3. The last weeks have seen the esoteric intent of the sign Cancer (Ray 3, our Solar Logos evolves through suffering) emerging. Cancer and Ray 3 create mass movements towards liberty, freedom and release from the past. They produce the illuminating Light of the mind (Ray 3, Intelligence in Action) influencing the demand for freedom. We can apply this to the recent protests (revolution) in Iran as the masses (Cancer) choose democracy and liberty courageously confronting a regressive regime that limits freedom, denies women their human rights and uses coercive religious force. We shall witness in the following weeks the outcome of the many Iranians (75% are under the age of 35) seeking liberation, independence and self-determination amidst violent repercussions. We also witnessed the Aquarian (freedom of speech) influences as the social networks of communication (email, blogs, twitter, etc.) reported the protests to the world. The past is dissolving at a rapid pace, and assisting in this dissolution are three upcoming July/August eclipses signifying even more change (and shocks).

This week, especially Monday, may be difficult for everyone. Tuesday is the Full Moon (15 degrees) lunar eclipse (15 degrees Cancer/Cap). The Soul’s meditative seed thought for Cancer is “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” When the Soul directs our personality we radiate a light that nourishes the entire world. Join us, the NGWS, by reciting the Great Invocation at the full moon. (read more at www.nightlightnews.com)

 


ARIES (March 21-April 20) What is occurring with your finances and resources? Are there difficulties or are you managing well, paying bills on time, tending to needs with ease and organization? And how is the relationship between your work and home life? Are they balanced or is there tension? You will consider with seriousness what roles you play professionally and personally. You will seek to integrate them. A home business would do that. Be home more.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) In the coming months your mind will expand into an even greater level of information. You will be seeking out and reading about what interest you. For many Taurus this is the safety and care of humanity in the future. There will be a focus on resources and finances in order to create the first foundations of the new culture and civilization. The next month sees all you’ve talked about come to life. We’re following you.

GEMINI (May 22-June 20) It would be good to consider a long trip somewhere important to you – perhaps a school or retreat center, a seminary or college. Wherever it is and whatever you do, the purpose is to find your way through the many and various options offered and to find how to best express yourself with language, ideas and spiritual realities most in your circle of friends do not understand. Someone waits for you.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You may feel restricted physically within your neighborhood or wherever you find yourself each day. Something ends with someone and something begins with others. Whatever you are doing within a group or community and for the future, know that responsibilities will increase and then accelerate. Tend to your finances with great care. Have you bought gold or silver yet? And listened to solari.com?

LEO (July 21-Aug. 22) Use this time to be even more behind the scenes than you’ve been before. This is a time of rest and relaxation, tending to things at home behind closed doors. It’s also a time of remembering family who now reside in heaven. If there’s great grief the homeopath Ignatia Amara helps the cellular level release sadness that hinders being in the present – which untended grief can do. Something within ends for you. Bid it adieu with gratitude.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Is your mind working overtime, are you verging on being nervous? Are many thoughts flying about like birds at a nest of young ones? Use this time to gather information, create journals or a blog communicating with everyone important to you. Later as the energies calm, you’ll become quiet, serious and solemn, pondering upon the past several months. Decisions become clear and easy and real. There is much work to do as a new future direction has emerged.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) It’s best to tend carefully to your use of money. You may feel it’s unlimited and therefore caution fies away in the wind. You have two choices with your resources – overspending indiscriminately on trinkets or spending on  ‘real goods’ (food, water, vitamins, etc.), silver, gold, art, education, travel, or culture and for those you love. Do not neglect your profession. The world is becoming your home.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Has where you live become somewhat upset and/or disheveled? Are you wondering what the future is concerning your home and family and how you can bring forth order, nurturance and care? Is there some type of wound involved? Do you feel the need to travel somewhere (biological home) and stay there awhile? Things are very unusual and unpredictable, irregular, capricious and at times random. The rules are changed and we’re in in-between times.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) The energies that rule you have turned around lodging themselves within your body, heart and mind. You are entering a new level of inner pondering concerning facts in your life. You will ask many questions asked before though on an even deeper level. You may feel you’re alone again in a desert you didn’t create and at times you’ll feel that everything, including your life, is delayed. It’s not … it’s just in hiding (again) in order to create for awhile. You’ll hold on.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20)  As a long period of transformation begins in your life, your self-esteem also shifts and changes. Assessing the reality of your life’s responsibilities, you review your resources and finances. Very subtle change is occurring shifting your appearance, how and what you feel, and your ability to interact within relationships. The last is most important. Maintain truthfulness and love in all matters. Don’t be pressured by anyone or anything.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 18) It may be important to move back into the shadows, stay out of the limelight, retreat a bit and ponder first upon this past year and secondly where you’re heading. Has life become more difficult in some ways and are events less predictable as if the rules have changed? The new rules haven’t been formed yet. This situation will continue. Where is your home?

PISCES (Feb.19-March 20) As each day becomes slower and slower you sense the need for a more contemplative daily life providing time for rest and review before an entirely new reality is offered. What are the most recent questions you’re asking? Do they concern your goals, creativity, and life’s purpose? Sometimes when we’re called to new life endeavors, what we’ve done before is no longer available. It simply disappears. Is this occurring for you?
Opinion

Big Toys, Small Boys

Big Toys, Small Boys

The louder the noise the smaller the equipment

Let’s get one thing priapically straight: Men who ride extremely loud motorcycles have extremely small penises. The louder the bike, the smaller their naughty bit. Though the empirical evidence of such a correlation is scant at best, the phenomena have gone beyond the reaches of urban myth.

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On the Waterfront

As the wharf celebrates its centennial, a personal reflection on its essential place in Santa Cruz’s history

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”