Author: VCR Staff

PHOTOVOICE | Capturing the big picture of community health

PICTURED: “Field Worker” by Jacqueline Cortez, taken of the fields near Oxnard High School. by Mike Nelson What’s a picture worth? A thousand words? A million? Better yet, how about an instrument for social change? So discovered Jacqueline Cortez, a 17-year-old student at Oxnard College, who spent part of her 2019-20 senior year at Channel Islands High School involved in an eight-week project that opened her eyes — and, she believes, the community’s — to a safety issue of which she was previously unaware.  All because of a photo she took of farmworkers in the fields near Oxnard High School,...

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SWEET SPOT | Pie, oh my!

PICTURED: 805 Pies’ apple pie with a leaf pattern on top. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com 805 Pies 805pies@gmail.com 805pies.net $15-$39 What’s more comforting than a slice of freshly baked pie? With sweet fruit fillings surrounded by tender, flaky, buttery crust, pies bring up images of hearth and home — family, warmth, nourishment.  More than a dessert, superior to your average snack, pie is, in my opinion, perfect any time of day or night. Wonderfully satisfying when it’s warm from the oven (with or without a scoop of ice cream or dollop of...

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POETIC PROTEST | VC Poetry Project allies with Black Lives Matter

PICTURED: Video still from the “Dear America” project. Photo submitted by Elizabeth Braun Black Lives Matter was not the theme Marsha de la O had originally picked for the Ventura County Poetry Project (VCPP), the poetry group she leads, to write about. The group, whose members meet three times a year to do public readings of their own original poetry, usually follows general themes such as climate change or motherhood. This year, the topic was to be the separation of migrant children and parents at the border. But in late spring, as Black voices cried out in pain around...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Nov. 25, 2020

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 26 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A little too much is just enough for me,” joked poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I suspect that when he said that, he was in a phase similar to the one you’re in now. I bet he was experiencing a flood of creative ideas, pleasurable self-expressions, and loving breakthroughs. He was probably right to risk going a bit too far, because he was learning so much from surpassing his previous limitations and exploring the frontiers outside his comfort zone. Now here’s your homework,...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Nov. 25, 2020

Son Of Clam Getting my boyfriend to talk to me about his feelings seems impossible. I know guys tend not to be super emotive, but trying to get a read on what he’s feeling is like trying to understand a foreign language. How can I get him to open up to me?  — Distressed If only the Rosetta stone had included a fourth language: Heterosexual Male. The Rosetta stone, for those who ditched history class to smoke pot behind the dumpster, was a tabletlike rock fragment that turned out to have the same message in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphics...

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