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He’s the First Bi-racial President

He’s the First Bi-racial President

So much was made about Barack Obama being the first African-American president, that more subtle—and more important—issues were ignored.

Obama, at 48, is decidedly not a Baby Boomer. He wasn’t part of the raging segregation debate of the ’50s, nor was he an adult during the tumult of the ’60s—black power, white rage, all the rest.

Obama’s election was instead a triumph of a new generation, one that is more comfortable about diversity than the generation that came before. Nowhere is that more obvious than the recent public discussion of whether the rude outburst by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican. A number of columnists, and no less an observer than former President Jimmy Carter, almost reflexively maneuvered themselves to an allegation of racism.

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Astrology

Libra and Right Relations

Libra and Right Relations

We are under the influence of Libra—ruling relationships, marriage and economics, seeking balance between polarities. We presently see polarities between governments, leaders and nations but especially experience polarity within relationships. Always when there is polarity and tension. Tension creates “attention.” In relationships, under the jurisdiction of Libra, polarities, if not integrated (male/female, etc.), create conflict and with conflict a new harmony within relationship is being called forth—difficult yet a process of learning. Out of conflict there will be harmony, but we don’t know what the New Harmony will be while experiencing the phase of conflict. Feeling chaotic is the first step in creativeness. Relationships are not only battlegrounds. They are schools where we learn how to interact, how to cooperate, love and serve each other. In relationships we learn how to be in relationships and we learn who we are.

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Local Talk

What’s your best tip to making your home your haven?

What’s your best tip to making your home your haven?

Do things in your home that you love to do.
Michael Orick
Santa Cruz | Library Guy

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Editors Note

This week's Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

This week's Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

Plus Letters to the Good Times Editor...
Breaking Down Barriers
Locals Only

I think it’s always good to know exactly where your compass is pointing. I’m talking about that internal compass, the one that we have to rely on to give us a clue on what direction we’re headed—or supposed to be headed. For that, I say it never hurts to ask youself if the actions you are taking match where you think that compass ought to be pointing. On a simpler note, and perhaps less “Californian” in nature, there’s always the trusty weather vane, which tops our list of inventive items to include in your fall Home and Garden check list. (You do have one, right?)

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Opinion

‘I’ve been living here since …’

‘I’ve been living here since …’

I wanted to be the first to write about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, but then I read these words from Dan Gillmor, former tech guru at the San Jose Mercury News and the author of “We the People,” a call-to-arms for citizen journalism.

Writing in his blog, Mediactive, Gillmor talks of 11 things he would do if he ran a news organization (No. 11 is: no more Top 10 lists.)

No. 1: “We would not run anniversary stories and commentary except in the rarest of circumstances. They are a refuge for lazy and unimaginative journalists.”

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Astrology

High Holy Days, Forgiveness, Mercury Direct

High Holy Days, Forgiveness, Mercury Direct

It is important to understand, historically and through observance, the practices of humanity’s primary religions because the new Aquarian religion and spirituality are being built upon their foundations. When we are aware of different religious practices, we can incorporate their inner qualities into our lives. In this way, humanity becomes unified, which is the Aquarian task. We are in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, begun at Rosh Hashanah (Friday, Sept. 18) and ending at Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) on Monday, Sept. 28), when G-d closes the Book of Life. During these 10 days we ask forgiveness from G-d and from each other. Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the Jewish year.

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Editors Note

This week's Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

This week's Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

Plus Letters to the Good Times Editor...
New Sea Change Needed
For the Birds
Goes Down Well?

I remember my school lunches. For a long while, my mother used to hand me a paper bag and off to school I went. During lunch, I unwrapped either a ham and cheese sandwich with mayo on Wonder Bread, or, better yet, one of those peanut butter and jelly mixes—Goobers, from Smucker’s. I’d nosh away, always craving more. During junior high, I’d forgo the paper bag lunches completely, opting for the cafeteria food, which, at the time, sadly, felt like a treat. Mac ‘n’ cheese on Wednesdays, hot dogs on Mondays and always pizza on Fridays.

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Local Talk

What's your favorite drug of choice?

What's your favorite drug of choice?

Caffeine. It's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.
Jen Wren
Watsonville | Farmer

 

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Astrology

UN International Day of Peace and a Week of Festivals

UN International Day of Peace and a Week of Festivals

Thursday, Mercury squares Pluto (careful with communication) while Mercury retro re-enters Virgo (careful of criticism and wash hands often). Friday is the new moon festival, 26 degrees Virgo, 11:44 a.m. (Pacific time). Join the NGWS, strengthening the hands and arms of all world servers, by reciting the Soul & Great Invocations and Mantram of Integration. Saturday is Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. Tuesday is Autumn Equinox, Sun enters Libra, and the Year of the Soul begins.

Monday, Sept. 21 is the Feast Day of St. Matthew, tax collector and writer of the first Gospel. Matthew means, “Gift from God.” Monday is also United Nations International Day of Peace (UNIDP), not a holiday but a global event—internationaldayofpeace.org/.

Monday is a day of Peace-building (different than Peace-making or Peace-keeping) where the world’s nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creating a 24 hour period of non-violence and promoting Goodwill, Right Relations leading to Peace.

We know “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And that “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its Peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP focuses on creating a “culture of peace” through education leading to understanding and tolerance. Esoterically we are reminded of the Peace Equation. “Intentions for Goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create Right Relations with all Earth’s kingdoms which create Peace on Earth.” The dove is the symbol for the day.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) New endeavors come forth; all that’s been hidden emerges too and creates a transformative atmosphere around your work and daily life. Work and more work is given to you – work only you can accomplish. It will entail research, going back into the past, ordering, organizing and reassessing all agendas and work plans. You will need to schedule moments of exercise in between. View everything as opportunity.

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Astrology

Food

Food

Before Virgo Sun is over for the year, with retrograde Mercury re-entering Virgo Sept. 17 (Mercury squares Pluto), with Tuesday’s 3rd Saturn opposite Uranus (revolution and reorganization in the food industry) and Saturn presently in Virgo (structure of our food systems) till entering Libra (relationship and economic housecleaning) Oct. 29, it’s important to look at the present health of our food (health and food are Virgo subjects) industry. Review is a retrograde (which Mercury will be until Sept. 28) task.

From research, examination and analysis of the present U.S. food situation we realize our food (Virgo) system isn’t working and that a restructuring (Saturn) of our food’s quality, sources and distribution is immediately needed. Let’s look at some information. It seems major U.S. corporations actually own much of our organic foods (farms); a handful of corporations own most of the seed companies; large organic health food stores may not be what they seem; many people are no longer cooking; and few families eat together. It is important for us to be informed. At Night Light News I have listed various websites to read about the state of our food industry.

The issues are energy production and distribution. In the Transition Town Movement, emerging from Permaculture design, there is a focus on creative adaptations leading to a sustainable future and one of the major subjects is agriculture and food production.

Food quality, production and distribution and the changes needed fall under the jurisdiction of Virgo, Saturn in Virgo and Saturn opposite Uranus (revolution of present structures). As Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn (business as usual) turns direct Friday, Sept. 11, the changes needed will move forward. Read much more at nightlightnews.com.

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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