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What’s the most scared you've ever been?

locot_jenniferWhen I was little my uncle used to go outside of our bedroom window when we were going to sleep and he would start to scratch on the window. We'd think that somebody was trying to get in. I literally connot remember being more scared, it was petrifying. And then after a while we realized it was him.

Jennifer Eckert Bernau

Santa Cruz | Preschool Teacher

 

 

 

locot_gwen
My son was a pound and a half when he was born, he was 27 weeks premature and we were quite sure he wasn't going to make it. The emergency
C-section and he's 6 and a half now.
Gwen Toevs
Santa Cruz | Mom/Artist





locot_susan
When I crashed during a week-long beginner’s hang gliding class. I had a 45 pound kite strapped to my back and I was running as fast as I could down a hill, and a road approached faster than it was supposed to. I have a crushed ankle bone, but I survived.
Susan Willats
Felton | Education

 

 

 


locot_xavier
We were driving along this road in Nepal in a very rickety bus, and we come to a place where we pass this big cliff and it was really scary because we saw about five or six of the same kind of bus we were in about 3,000 feet down at the bottom of the cliff smashed into a thousand pieces.
Xavier Harrison
Australia | Chef

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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.

 

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