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Name two great achievements of Santa Cruz County this year.

lt adamFor theatre arts I would say the Cabrillo stage summer season was very successful. I really enjoyed “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Oaklahoma” as well as “Escaping Queens.” The Fringe Festival was also really good. Um-Gee-Um and some other great acts came and did their thing.

Adam Stanton
Santa Cruz | Actor/Director












lt michaelI would say a great achievement is that Santa Cruz has maintained a small town environment in allowing the local businesses and the people that live here actually to flourish. The second would be that they've maintained the atmosphere of the Wharf and The Boardwalk. Wherever I travel people identify Santa Cruz with the Boardwalk and the Wharf.

Michael Keeney
Santa Cruz | Retired College Professor










lt jenniferFinishing the path on East Cliff and the Desal conversation.

Jennifer Hogan
Santa Cruz | Educational Therapist













lt ryanThere's only been one great achievement and that was the Chili Cookoff down at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in October. Incredible chili's, booths, costumes—a great time was had by all.

Ryan Partington
Santa Cruz | Musician











lt peterWe opened the dialogue on Desal. And seriously good bird and whale watching.

Peter Weng
Santa Cruz | Retail Operations

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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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