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Literature

Writing Home

Writing Home

Looking back at Santa Cruz’s incredible literary tradition

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A&E

Customizing the Details

Customizing the Details

Woodworker Cliff Friedlander on ‘art furniture,’ jazz, and prioritizing space in design

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A&E

Love at First Byte

Love at First Byte

Photographer Peter Harris on going digital

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A&E

Mountain Stoke

Mountain Stoke

DIO Fest gets better every year while raising funds for a good cause

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A&E

Designing Woman

Designing Woman

B. Modern creates decadent costumes from scraps, rags and mad thrifting

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Literature

Haul of Shame

Haul of Shame

Public shaming is more popular than ever, thanks to social media. But Jon Ronson’s new book asks what it says about the shamers

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A&E

Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Kingsmen Car Club’s annual swap meet benefits a unique local mentoring program

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Literature

Reaching Out

Reaching Out

LGBT hero Barney Frank comes to Santa Cruz to discuss his four decades of revolution through consensus

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A&E

Keep it Juicy

Keep it Juicy

Abstract artist Sonia Calderon just wants to paint

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Literature

Praise Who?

Praise Who?

Santa Cruz author Nancy Abrams seeks the most real of all possible gods in her latest book

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Dark Magic

40 years on the movie beat in Santa Cruz
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Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

If you could live in Santa Cruz in any era besides now, which would you choose?

Probably the ’70s, because Santa Cruz is such a fly-your-freak-flag place. That was when free love and hippiness was in vogue. Shane Reber, Santa Cruz, Caretaker

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise