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American Idol: The Durb Watch

Well ... was it good for you? What a wild day May 14 turned out to be, after all. James Durbin Day turned into something more than that when Mayor Ryan Coonerty presented our American Idol idol with news that 2011 was officially James Durbin year. (Does that mean we all get the day off work every May 14? Thanks Mr. Mayor.) Durbin was also handed a surfboard, instead of a key, to the city—it came emblazoned with an image of his fist raised, rocker style. “There’s one thing I’m gonna need—a teacher,” mused Durbin. “I think I’m about the only person in Santa Cruz who doesn’t surf. I just sing good.” Make that really good. Writer Lisa Jensen, who’s been penning our weekly “Durb Watch” online, chimes in on all the wild happenings in Durbland of late. And continue to send us your thoughts—online and at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . And James: Thanks for the fun “day.” Let’s see how the rest of your year unravels. Onward ...
From fun we move to frightening. That’s one way to look at Geoffrey Dunn’s take on Sarah Palin. In his bold, revealing and downright provocative new book, “The Lies of Sarah Palin,” the local writer delves deep into Alaska politics, Palin’s history, and how the former vice presidential running mate’s questionable actions (and ethics) continue to raise eyebrows. Discover more about Palin, as well as an excerpt from Dunn’s book.
The Blues Festival is in the news, too. The area’s robust musical romp hits Aptos again this Memorial Day weekend. The line-up is particularly impressive this year, and writer DNA shares his thoughts with us beginning.
Meanwhile, in News, take note of why Assembly Bill 575 has many nurtritionists and dieticians across the state up in arms. The bill is currently being revamped, but what’s behind the controversary? Read on.
Enjoy the rest of the issue. More next time ...


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Letters to the Editor

American Idol ‘Sucks’
For the last three seasons of American Idol, any contestant that has heard the phrase "You are the one to beat!" from the judges has lost. Two weeks ago they gave that kiss of death to James Durbin and I knew he was a goner.  And so he was. American Idol sucks.
Nick Haflinger
Santa Cruz

Best Online Comments
On—what else?—James Durbin:

Way to to James. I am from Sarnia Ontario Canada, and I have been watching you throughout the season, and you are my American Idol. You have so much heart
and soul, and you sing it with great thought and care for others who you are singing too. I know for sure that you will be a
bigger star than you ever dreamed of, and that’s a "good" thing. We’ll be watching for your albums to come out. Good luck in all your endeavors.
L. Anne
Canada

James, hang in there. I thought that you were the most amazing contestant in the competition. All original, you had to do it your way. That is what tells me that you are an artist and an entertainer. I felt the hurt that you were feeling on stage. OMG, I
really did feel that you did get robbed. You are Season 10's Adam Lambert. I would love to see you together. Heidi and Hunter are so lucky to have you in their lives!
Sheryll Punneo
Liberty, Missouri

You had my vote every week. I was dissappointed you were voted off. I know you have a great career in front of you. The record companies would be fools not to sign you. I wish you the very best. The best is yet to come for you.
Karen Puleo
Santa Cruz

James, I have watched you from the beginning get better and better. You had me out of my chair when you sang the theme song to Heavy Metal. I would buy a concert ticket if you were to perform right now. When you are onstage you are electric. I am just a middle-aged mom who was 20 in the ’80s, you do that music proud! I will be looking forward to the music that you will surely create. All the best to you.
Trina

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There’s still some Durb watchin’ left in us. Things we learned recently: 1. Durbin’s hair can withstand a hometown procession and a Boardwalk concert for a crowd of thousands. (Good to know.) 2. He digs Zoccoli’s. He ate two sandwiches there before heading to Louden Nelson Center on James Durbin Day. 3. Durbin was hit by the recession—he was just one of many people who became unemployed by the recession here. In fact, when he got laid off from his job at Domino’s Pizza (on Clares Street) in Capitola, his fiancée convinced him to audition for Idol. As he put it:“Two days later, I said [to her], ‘let’s go wait in line for 28 hours.’” Meanwhile, during a conference call with reporters, Durbin noted that he wants to make an album like rock’s Dio or one that has hints of the records Ronnie James created with Black Sabbath. (Some insiders are advising Durbin to consider a more “pop” approach.) More updates (and video coverage of D-Day online) at goodtimessantacruz.com.
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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

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