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From the Editor

Greg 12It’s a busy time of year and we may feel like we are being pulled in a thousand different directions. At the top of the list of to-dos is this reminder: Express gratitude. It’s a good reminder but I always like to chase it back with a shot of “count your blessings,” too. In other words: Take a look around, check in and see if you’re taking anyone or anything for granted. Let’s face it, we lead busy lives—so much so that we can lose track of the people and things that actually make our lives vibrant. The following three questions were recently presented to me and I’ll share them with you.

1) When was the last time you really reached out to a friend and took the time to genuinely “check in?” 2) When was the last time you gave thanks for your job or profession? 3) Can you list five things you are grateful for today?  Have fun with all that. Awareness is a cool thing—it’s the taking action part that can trip people up. Onward ...

Speaking of gratitude, it seems the community of Santa Cruz is growing even more excited about the arrival of The Santa Cruz Warriors—the basketball team’s first game in Reno unfolds this weekend and the first home game is Dec. 23. You can learn more about the Warriors and what their presence might mean for Santa Cruz. See you at the local games.

And take note:  We’ve been receiving a nice response from our annual Community Fund issue, which ran last week. In addition to drawing attention to the 30th anniversary of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, we highlighted the issue of housing, and the five nonprofits making huge strides in that arena:  Transition Age Youth Program, Habitat For Humanity,  Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Homeless Services Center and Watsonville Law Center.  To make a donation, visit cfscc.org, call 662-2000, or mail in the form on page 12 of this week’s paper.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of this week’s issue. Thank you for reading. More next time ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Prop 37: The Aftermath
Regarding the article on Prop 37 (GT 11/22), our entire household was pretty bummed that the proposition did not pass. It’s a real shame.  We all have the right to know what is in our food and we deserve to know if any of our food contains GMOs. The only hope we now have is that, maybe, the entire proposition can be rewritten at some point so that it is even more clear to California voters. Thank goodness for the fantastic efforts of GMO-Free Santa Cruz. This local group was a champion in getting the message out and they truly deserve recognition for their amazing efforts.
John Fields
Santa Cruz

Community Foundation/Community Fund
It’s always nice to see spotlights on our area’s nonprofits. Thank you Good Times and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County for bringing into our awareness the issues this year: Homeless Services Center, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Habitat For Humanity, Transition Age Youth Program and Watsonville Law Center).
Tammi Gillingham
Aptos

To ‘Lincoln’ or Not to ‘Lincoln’
I always appreciate Lisa Jensen’s movie reviews and the one that she wrote about the new film, Lincoln, was good. But I am still on the fence about the movie. That was not an easy film to sit through. I expected a bit more from Steven Spielberg. I enjoyed the performances and Daniel Day-Lewis was in top form, but I could not understand why the film was so tough to watch. Help me out here. Maybe it’s just me?
Alex Crawford
Scotts Valley

Online Comments

On ‘Lincoln
Lincoln lives again for a brief time, I thank you for making history come alive.I wish we could turn back the hands of time and stop Booth. Just think if he had lived and his dreams of equality for all were realized how different our history would be. No Civil Rights Movement, Suffragists Movement, maybe just peace and happiness.
—Guest

On ‘His Man Stan
Nice article on Ray Brown and Stan Kenton, Mr. Dunn. I hope you do more Jazz type articles because you like history and those that really get the most out of jazz are those that enjoy its evolution. Ray will have a stellar performance and we are so lucky have it so near. Oh, Geoffrey, you could do a book on Kenton, you got friends.
—Bobby Z

editorsnoteimage2Chris Daniels of the Santa Cruz Warriors takes his best shot at a recent practice. Read this week’s cover story.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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