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Why Black Friday Matters

During this annual Thursday that I now call Black Friday Eve, my thoughts and feelings turn with joyous exuberance to this day that has come to remind us of what this country is all about and what really brings us together.

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The Hip Santa Cruz History Project

Santa Cruz has become a center for new age spirituality, psychedelic research, and socially progressive movements. The Hip Santa Cruz Project is a collection of first-person accounts, videos, and photos of Santa Cruz’s “hip golden years” in the 60s.

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Kind is the New Cool

Misogyny, racism, intolerance, bullying, homophobia, disrespect, unkindness — these are becoming the recessive gene now, at least among a significant subculture of young people. Nothing gives me more optimism for the future than this.

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Ensconced in Eros, Bathed in Beauty

Allowing Eros in our hearts and bodies probably will not happen in the midst of traumatic or life-threatening situations. However, as soon as possible after the emergency passes, the body and psyche need the comfort and healing salve of Eros.

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Restoring Communities

While it’s impractical for us to share every aspect of nature with one another, it’s possible to share the monetary value that we assign to nature. By sharing we can unleash a cultural, technological, ecological, and spiritual renaissance.

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Kava Bar Opens in Berkeley, CA

The first kava bar, or nakamal, has opened in the Bay Area! Kava is an ancient beverage from the South Pacific made from the roots of the Kava Kava plant Piper mythesticum. The bar is a beautiful earthy ambiance for an alternative nightlife hangout.

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