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What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

When a drunk customer ripped the urinal off the wall, then started a fight with the bartender in the cafe downstairs. It was an off-the-wall situation, for sure.
Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

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What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Sarah Bianco, because the lightness of her being exudes from her paintings.
Joseppe Percuccio
Santa Cruz | Teacher

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Can we save both the whales and the humans?

Can we save both the whales and the humans?

We owe it to ourselves, the earth and future generations to do so.
Lynne Lerner
Santa Cruz  |  Retired

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What do you know about the Santa Cruz Wharf that most people don’t?

What do you know about the Santa Cruz Wharf that most people don’t?

It's the longest wharf on the West Coast.
Britt Hoberg
Santa Cruz  |  Wharf Construction Crew Leader

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Do you think you are addicted to technology?

Do you think you are addicted to technology?

No, I definitely wouldn’t say that. I visit a tea house where they don’t allow digital devices.
Alexander Fossgreen
Santa Cruz  |  Unemployed

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What fashion trends do you want to see, or not see?

What fashion trends do you want to see, or not see?

I want to see more norm-core, and less nostalgia. And less pants, for sure.
Nancy Drewson
Santa Cruz  |  High School Guidance Counselor

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What's your all-time best Skyview Flea Market score?

What's your all-time best Skyview Flea Market score?

I scored a nautical compass for $150, and sold it for $3,000.
Thomas Carlsen
Santa Cruz | eBay Business

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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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