Everywhere Paul De Worken goes, he sees blank walls.
You get your first job, and then realize you have no idea how to file your taxes. You blow a tire on Highway 17 and haven’t a clue how to change it. You try to make your first pot of pasta (it’s the easiest food to make, they say) and boiling water floods the kitchen floor.
There’s a video on YouTube from about 15 years ago of a band called the Real Jimmies, four young guys who used to busk on Pacific Avenue. One of them grew up to be Nate Lieby, the lead singer of Santa Cruz’s freakishly inventive cover band Coffee Zombie Collective.
The first time Courtney Laschkewitsch recalls wanting to be an entrepreneur, she was 4. By 6 years old, she’d gotten into the habit of ripping up pieces of paper so she could fold and tape them together to create prototypes of her product ideas, which were usually tables, chairs, desks, and kitchen appliances.
When Cora Evans died in Boulder Creek in 1957, her thousands of pages of religious writings hadn’t yet been published. More than a half a century later, Evans’ fiery visions and spiritual devotion have inspired a crusade within Catholicism to make her the Santa Cruz Mountains’ first saint