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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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What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

The mural that's on River Street by the town clock that has the dog and the guy with the liberty spikes and the person in the wheelchair all holding hands and skipping.

Perry Hernandez
Santa Cruz | Network Engineer

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If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

 

I would focus on two things: friends and family, and trying to do social change to leave the world a better place than how I found it.

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Are video games art?

Are video games art?

Of course. If you look closely at how they're created, there are artists, designers, musicians and engineers that come together to produce something that people can enjoy.

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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