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Oct 04th
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Columns - Editors Note

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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!

Columns - 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

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!

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
Columns - 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 ( at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz. On the roster: the award-winning film Bag It  (, 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 and

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Making a Scene

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A Ritual & Initiation

The Pope has come and gone, but his loving presence ignited new hope and goodness in many. While he was in NYC, China’s ruler arrived in Washington D.C. East (China) and West (Rome), meeting in the middle, under Libra, balancing sign of Right Relations. The Pope arrived at Fall Equinox. Things initiated at Fall Equinox are birthed at Winter Solstice. The Pope’s presence was a ritual, an initiation rite—like the Dalai Lama’s visits—offering prayers, teachings and blessings. Rituals anchor God’s plan into the world, initiating us to new realities, new rules. The Pope’s presence brings forth the Soul of the United States, its light piercing the veils of materialism. The Pope’s visit changed things. New questions arise, new reasons for living. A new wave of emerging life fills the air. Like a cocoon shifting, wings becoming visible. The winds are different now. Calling us to higher vision, moral values, virtues that reaffirm and offer hope for humanity. A changing of the guard has occurred. Appropriately, this is the week of the Jewish Festival of Sukkoth (’til Oct. 4), when we build temporary homes (little huts in nature), entering into a harvest of prayer and thanksgiving, understanding our fragile and impermanent existences. We are summoned to reflect upon our lives, our humanity, our nature, our spirit and each other. Offering gratitude, becoming a magnet for others. We observe. We see the needs. We love more.


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