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How do you know love is real?

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance.

Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

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How would you stop people from littering?

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior.

Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

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What’s a national security threat that doesn’t get enough attention?

What’s a national security threat that doesn’t get enough attention?

Solar storms and solar flares that could wipe out all electronic devices.

Tina Bay, Santa Cruz, Actor

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Do you have any concerns about cell phones?

Do you have any concerns about cell phones?

Yes, I’m concerned about the radio waves and how they affect the human body.

Jamil Johnson, Santa Cruz, Courtesy Clerk

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Who are the top three people you’d want to party with?

Who are the top three people you’d want to party with?

David Bowie, Isadora Duncan and Bernie Sanders.

Larissa Farias, Santa Cruz, Mom

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How do you think most people outside of the U.S. perceive Americans?

How do you think most people outside of the U.S. perceive Americans?

I think if the world were to take a general consensus on Americans, they would say that we were wasteful.

Noelle Antolin, Santa Cruz, Small-Business Owner

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How are you going to rock 2016?

How are you going to rock 2016?

I’m going to travel the world and floss every day.

Ann Stadler, Santa Cruz, Registered Nurse

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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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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

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How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster