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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 […]






Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

Getting Organized, Simply As a professional organizer, I’m constantly trying to think of new, practical ways to make a space or process more efficient. I call it the “what if” approach, and combine it with evaluating how a space is currently used, what resources and organizational infrastructure are in place, and what’s needed to optimize […]






Interview with Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Interview with Amber Coverdale Sumrall

By Jessica Johnson Amber Coverdale Sumrall was originally introduced to me over a decade ago through a friend whose mother had been attending Amber’s writer’s workshops for years. Knowing I wanted to develop my writing and begin to share it, she suggested I check out Amber. This was a pivotal point in my writing journey. […]






Simple Acts of Love

Simple Acts of Love

Nicole M. Young, MSW I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child. My favorite memory is of the Valentine’s “mailbox” that appeared every February. It was a big box that my mom decorated with colorful paper, hearts and lace, with a large slot in the lid. My siblings and I loved “mailing” our cards to […]






Hello New Year; Goodbye Chaos

Hello New Year; Goodbye Chaos

Getting Organized in 2017; One Step At a Time By Pam Hudson It’s January, and you’ve kick started your weight loss and exercise program, you’ve hit the white sales and scored the sheets you didn’t get for Christmas, and now you look around and realize it’s time to dig your way out of all that […]






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