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What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

I helped my friend update and replace his plumbing in a low-ceiling, nasty old basement.
Thomas Radetzk
Germany  |  Beekeeper

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How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

I would envision an artisan farmers market plaza with fresh foods and street art, and I think it would help with the really gnarly energy that’s down there.
Phoenix Rose
Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

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Is Burning Man a cult?

Is Burning Man a cult?

People who come back seem to have their own little in-jokes that no one else gets. I still don’t get it, and I don’t think it’s a cult.
Christian Gomes
Santa Cruz | Music Retail

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What’s the best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?

What’s the best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?

Respect other people’s beliefs.
Tim Beals
Santa Cruz | Sales Manager

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I remember Santa Cruz when…

I remember Santa Cruz when…

The rainbow lady was spin dancing on the corner and jazz was blaring onto the sidewalks of the Cooper House.
Felice Severson
Santa Cruz | Librarian

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What is the most outrageous thing you did as a kid?

What is the most outrageous thing you did as a kid?

At 16, I’d disconnect the speedometer on my dad’s ’58 Mercury Monterey and drag race with it.
Phyllis Cameron
Santa Cruz | Retired

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What do you think when you hear 'Santa Cruz Fringe Festival'?

What do you think when you hear 'Santa Cruz Fringe Festival'?

It belongs in Santa Cruz. It sounds like something that should be here that keeps us on the edge.
Marie Henley
Santa Cruz | Travel Agent

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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