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From The Editor

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Life—it’s like a big juicy peach that you bite into and allow the juice to spill from your mouth and down your chin and hands. Messy? Yes. But would we have it any other way? Probably not. That said, the nuances of life—and relationships—are explored with vigorous passion as Shakespeare Santa Cruz begins its new season. In this week’s cover story, GT explores the SSC shows—”The Taming of the Shrew,” “Henry V” and “Tom Jones”—by heading behind the scenes. What did we
discover? Click here and find out for yourself.


There’s more midsummer madness elsewhere, but let me turn your attention to News this week (page 8), where GT’s Joel Hersch reports on the delays in receiving benefits some veterans have been experiencing. In addition to uncovering what is unfolding locally, we learn that there has been an increased demand by vets for a more effective processing system for the claims they file. Read on and send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

Also: take note of Assemblyman Mark Stone’s response to the recent overturning of Prop 8. In GT’s Town Hall, Stone says he is “overjoyed” that the Supreme Court struck down Prop 8 and the federal Defence of Marriage Act. But he also notes that the court’s ruling “left several questions in its wake that will continue to call marriage equality into question throughout the country.

Elsewhere, be sure to take note of Lisa Jensen’s review of Cabrillo Stage’s “La Cage Aux Folles,” which opened last week to a standing ovation at The Crocker Theatre.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to take a break from some of the big action-packed (and often mindnumbing) blockbuster films out there this summer, consider the heartwarming surprise that is The Way Way Back, which opens this week at The Nick in Santa Cruz.

There’s more. There’s always more. Thanks for reading. Have a powerful week. Until next time ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



The Snowden Snowball
I was reading past commentary and found Leah Weiss' defense of Mr. Snowden. I don't know if he's still hanging out in a Russian airport bathroom, declining countries' offers of refuge for one zany reason or another, but if he feels his cause is just, then why flee the country or refuse offers of sanctuary? Beggars can't be choosers. Ed really didn't really think this thing through—you've got to have a plan, Stan to carry out such derring do as flaunt your country's policies.
Kathy Cheer | Santa Cruz

Nice and Naked
Inspiring article on “The Naked Economy” (GT 7/3). I agree that, whatever the catalyst, community is what so many crave these days. No question the economic crisis, as well as environmental and other factors, have engendered, and continue to engender, fantastically creative ways to survive and now thrive amongst the populace. A huge and growing aspect of this as well is the “sharing economy,” where people find that sharing resources in a multitude of ways is not only money-saving and environmental, but full of community, fun, and joyful connections as well.
I want to alert interested readers of a new local group, part of the nationwide established group Center for the New American Dream, which is facilitating many “sharing economy” activities for the Santa Cruz county area. Cecile Andrews, who spoke recently at Bookshop Santa Cruz about her book “Living Room Revolution,” is the organizer of the local chapter. Anyone can join and participate for free. To do so, go to:
Elizabeth Good | Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘Weird Is As Weird Does’ ...
I was born and raised in Santa Cruz. Too many non-locals live there now, brought up the cost of living horrendously and pushed many of the locals out. It is still a wonderful town and I will always love my home, just not all the wannabes from all over the country claiming they are true Santa Cruzans. Sorry—you're just not (unless you are actually from there). Just my opinion—and the plain truth.
—Michelle Nicole

On ‘Getting To Zero’ ...
Minor correction: AB 341 sets a statewide goal to reach 75 percent source reduction, recycling or composting by 2020. It is not specific to individual jurisdictions, which fall under the 50-percent waste diversion mandate of the state's Integrated Waste Management Act.
—Mark Oldfield

On ‘Fringe Females’ ...
The idea of this show appeals to me for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I'm a woman who also had body issues growing up. Sumner-Pritchard sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders, and I will be seeing this show, maybe more than once.
—Margo Channing

On ‘Silent Dilemma’ ...
I have been through InnerSolutions eating disorders group, completed their workbook, have their tapes/CDs and have read much of their suggested literature. I can absolutely say that I benefitted from all of these, but primarily from their groups. If you have the time and money (they aren't very expensive) I would strongly suggest you call and get info about one of their groups. There's something special about being able to share openly and honestly about your eating disorder within the confidential confines supported and managed by an eating disorders therapist who's been there too.

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CAPITOLA BEACH 1Bright blue bay This image of Capitola Beach vividly captures a wonderful stretch of paradise. photo/ Christine Damen Submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.) and your name. Photos may be croppe

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Fringe, Fringe, Fringe
Kudos to Santa Cruz Fringe Festival founder Dixie Shulman and the enterprising creative team behind this year’s festival, which boasts nearly 200 performances and runs through July 20. In its first week the Festival has attracted significant attention for its diversity and caliber of talent. Better still, there is something for everyone—plenty of theater, dance, comedy, spoken word, kids shows, burlesque, and much more. In its second year, Fringe has surpassed expectations. Nice job. Learn more about the lineup by visiting

good idea

Hack The Museum Camp
The Museum of Art & History continues to impress. This inventive new exhibit chronicles the imagination of 80 museum professionals from across the globe who created an exhibition together in 48 hours. The diverse artists, engineers, architects and designers took objects from the MAH permanent collection—20 art and history objects—to create15 interactive team-built exhibits. The final product is on display in MAH’s Solari Gallery from July 19 to Aug. 18. Take a look in Downtown Santa Cruz. Visit for more details.


“Freedom from obsession is not about something you do; it's about knowing who you are; recognizing what sustains you and what exhausts you. What you love and what you think you love because you believe you can't have it. ”—Geneen Roth š

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Director of Bridging Warriors
written by karenegan, September 01, 2013

We have a free program not only for veterans and their related family members but just about for anyone who cannot afford the services they perphaps once did.

I am trying to reach Joel Hersch as I think he would be interested in Bridging Warriors. Would you
please pass this on to him. Thank you.

Karen Egan

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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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