Author: VCR Staff


FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of October 15 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Would you be willing to meditate on how you might become more skilled in the arts of intimacy? Would you consider reading books and websites that offer guidance about strategies for being the best partner and ally you can be? Are you receptive to becoming more devoted to practicing empathy and deep listening? I’m not saying you’re deficient in these matters, nor am I implying that you need to improve your mastery of them any more than the rest of us. I simply...

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GO WITH THE FLOW | Wild and Scenic Film Festival finds a new stream

PICTURED: In Celebration of Open Space by Tate Yoder, Hannah Webber, Catherine Schmitt and the Schoodic Institute, an official selection for the 2020 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. by Tim Pompey That pesky COVID-19 virus has done a number this year on most major public events. So, what do you do if you’re a touring film festival? Join the modern age of digital technology.  The Wild and Scenic Film Festival headquartered in Nevada City, California, will bring the event straight to your TV or computer. It’s a creative response to the challenges of COVID in 2020. Same films....

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ADVICE GODDESS | Oct. 15, 2020

Coddle Herder My boyfriend’s enabling of his failure-to-launch 26-year-old son is seeming like a deal breaker. Though his son’s very likable, he’s been fired from every job he’s had, including a well-paying delivery job I recently got him, after they perceived liability from his reckless, race-driving ways. His dad lent him a truck, pays the insurance, pays his cellphone bill, and keeps rescuing him on his rent. He spends his days video gaming, getting stoned, and online dating. I was looking forward to getting married, but I don’t want my house at risk when his son calls for a...

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SWEET SPOT | Treat yourself

FEAST YOUR EYES on this Top This chocolate bar, featuring gummy eyeballs, sprinkles and M&Ms. Photo by Leilani Polacek by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Halloween is going the way of every other holiday this year, thanks to the sinister specter of COVID-19. Popular events have been modified, moved online or canceled altogether, and many a tear will be shed for the haunted houses, costume parties and trick or treating not taking place this year. Health officials are urging the public to find safer ways to celebrate — and one way to do that is to treat yourself to...

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HOMESPUN | Guitarist Tony Ybarra really cooks

PICTURED: Jazz, flamenco and classical guitarist Tony Ybarra. Photo submitted by Mike Nelson The ability to create “something delicious” isn’t exactly new to Tony Ybarra, who for nearly 20 years has concocted an abundance of delectable classical, flamenco and jazz music on his guitar, performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong. But when COVID-19 stifled his ability to play live concerts, the Santa Barbara-based guitarist took his creative powers into the kitchen, preparing culinary delights much as he prepares an enticing menu of music.  “I can’t say everything I cook comes out the way I want it to,” chuckles...

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