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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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What Does it Mean to be Green these days?

What Does it Mean to be Green these days?

Being committed to honoring and respecting the earth via your lifestyle and practices.
Gina Giommi | Santa Cruz, Artist

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What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

I think we need to be building connections between junior highs, high schools, and community youth arts and sports programs.
David King
Santa Cruz | Dance Teacher

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Dark Magic

40 years on the movie beat in Santa Cruz
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Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

If you could live in Santa Cruz in any era besides now, which would you choose?

Probably the ’70s, because Santa Cruz is such a fly-your-freak-flag place. That was when free love and hippiness was in vogue. Shane Reber, Santa Cruz, Caretaker

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise