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Small Changes — But Lasting Results

Small Changes — But Lasting Results

A Year on the Civil Grand Jury By the Santa Cruz County Chapter CGJA Like clockwork, our nation’s election cycle ignites impassioned conversations about transforming government: There are calls for sweeping changes and demands for greater transparency. However, once the ballots are cast, most folks resume their everyday routines. Yet one group of citizens – […]






Interview with Stephen Kessler

Interview with Stephen Kessler

By Jessica Johnson Arriving in Santa Cruz in the early 1970s, the writer Stephen Kessler found Santa Cruz to be “a cultural frontier town” in the sense that if you wanted to start something…you could. He took the challenge to heart, and over the past four decades has made significant contributions to the community of […]






Great Teachers Bring Learning to Life

Great Teachers Bring Learning to Life

By Scott Turnbull, Superintendent Soquel Unified Elementary School District “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — Benjamin Franklin A great teacher doesn’t simply talk at their students. The art and craft of teaching is in developing conditions that inspire students to learn. Recently, I’ve had […]






Tips to Avoid Common Parenting Traps

Tips to Avoid Common Parenting Traps

By Nicole M. Young, MSW April is the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on what it takes to raise happy, healthy, resilient children who thrive throughout life. Parenting is a non-stop job full of joy, struggles, love, worries, pride and stress. Every parent […]






Parting With Cherished Items

Parting With Cherished Items

Simplifying Effortlessly and Without Guilt By Pam Hudson Are you hanging onto heirlooms, greeting cards, photos and children’s artwork because you plan to dust them off someday and reuse them? Unlikely. Here are some ways to rethink cherished possessions well into the future. Frequently, I hear people say they want to pare down, live minimally […]






Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court

By Bill Winters, Attorney Those of us who practice law for a living are often frustrated with the media coverage on legal issues. It is not difficult to talk to legal experts for an opinion, yet few outlets do this and even fewer give these experts front and center stage to direct readers. The Neil […]






Interview with James “JD” De Leon

Interview with James “JD” De Leon

By Jessica Johnson Artist James “J.D.” De Leon’s Santa Cruz roots run deep. His grandfather made guitars and ran a music store on the ocean side of 41st Avenue, stoking the De Leon family’s cross-generational love of music. His father went on to work for Columbia Records and his mother once had a Billboard Top […]






Yuja Wang Triumphs

Yuja Wang Triumphs

By Josef Sekon Ever since Maestro Danny Stewart announced the Spring 2017 Santa Cruz concert schedule and revealed Yuja Wang would perform not one, but two piano concerti, the excitement began and culminated into reality on Sunday, at the Mello Center in Watsonville. The concert sold out! More than 300 enthusiasts attended the Friday Open Rehearsal […]






Get Support to Stay Afloat

Get Support to Stay Afloat

Nicole M. Young, MSW This has been the wettest winter in a long time. After a multi-year drought, the torrential rain is a welcome relief — until it isn’t. Mudslides, floods, fallen trees, power outages, closed roads and destroyed buildings turned everyday life upside down. The stormy weather won’t last forever and someday the chaos […]






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