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Former residents: what are your thoughts on Santa Cruz today?

Former residents: what are your thoughts on Santa Cruz today?

There are too many people that don’t care about the old-school flavor that we had before the earthquake.

Phoebe Schmalfuss Marquez, Lost Coast, Self-Employed

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You're on a deserted island with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Who is your ally and why?

You're on a deserted island with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Who is your ally and why?

Bernie Sanders, because he seems like a team player.

Edward Brooks, Santa Cruz, Framer

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Do you think the residents of Santa Cruz should be allowed to elect their mayor?

Do you think the residents of Santa Cruz should be allowed to elect their mayor?

They pay taxes, and they should be able to choose the mayor.

Joni Macfarlane, Santa Cruz, Human Resources

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What’s the best thing about dining out in Santa Cruz?

What’s the best thing about dining out in Santa Cruz?

All the eclectic choices.

Cathy DeBolske, Santa Cruz, Caregiver

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Is there evil in the world?

Is there evil in the world?

Yes, some people don’t think right because they have been treated badly.

Milo Robbins, Scotts Valley, Second Grade

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What’s your biggest pet peeve?

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When people say they’re “going down” somewhere, and they’re actually traveling north.

Julia Ragen, Santa Cruz, Psychologist

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If whales have a message for humans, what might it be?

If whales have a message for humans, what might it be?

“Do not come in the water and join us.”

Howard Hall, Santa Cruz, Retired

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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.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 12

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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

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

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