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December 30, 2015
One Apple A Day!
Steve: The Turning of the Year: 9 Recommendations

Dave Ramsey: 16 Money Trends We'll See in 2016

Reminder...because these work
Relax at Home with a Good Book New Year's Eve Gala
Steve: Nine recommendations...
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  One Apple A Day!

(A Jan_16) HappyNewYear_Apples.jpgIt would be the rare family that can check off all 11 of the points in the article on "making successful kids" in last week's newsletter, yet choosing to adapt some of the behaviors into our family lives could be helpful to us and our children.  Our communities and our nation depend on strong families and the new leaders they nourish and grow. In this week's newsletter, Steve offers wise words and solid information for renewal, and Dave Ramsey gives us an overview of money trends that we should be aware of.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpg I hope for you a year in which your strength, character and persistence help you attain personal and family goals.  Along the journey, may you find peace, joy and happiness. As for me, I'm selecting a resolution I know I can keep: eat one apple almost every day!

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always many fun events!


  Steve: The Turning of the Year: 9 Recommendations

(AAA_Feb 2015) SteveSpitalny.jpgThe turning point of the year is a time to look back at what we have done, and consider what we could do better in the future. In the northern hemisphere where I live most of the time, the days are shorter at this time of year leading to more introspection and reflection. It is a time to take hold of one's own development and self-education. 

British poet and playwright Christopher Fry wrote the following words in 1951 in his play A Sleep of Prisoners. They also speak clearly to our time, to our moment in world history;

The human heart can go to the lengths of God.

Dark and cold we may be, but this

Is no dark winter now. The frozen misery

Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move,

The thunder is the thunder of the floes,

The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.

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Comes up to face us everywhere,

Never to leave us till we take

The longest stride of soul men ever took.

Affairs are now soul size.

The enterprise

Is exploration into God.

Where are you going? It takes

So many thousand years to wake,

But will you wake for pity's sake....

What can we each do to wake up? It is no easy task, this "longest stride of soul." Only we ourselves know what to do to make ourselves into into the better person we can become. How can I better serve the world and the young children who are the future?

I wish you all strength and enthusiasm in your own work at discovering your shadows and creating new habits that are more supportive and life affirming and I'd like to share some of my favorite resources to help you on your way. 

As we transition from 2015 to 2016, I'd like to share nine recommendations that are valuable and meaningful for me... Read the nine>>>


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  Dave Ramsey: 16 Money Trends We'll See in 2016

We may not have a financial crystal ball, but we do know what's going on with Americans and their money.

Here's our list of the top 16 money predictions that could affect you in 2016. If these don't motivate you to take control of your cash, get out of debt, and save for your goals, we don't know what will!

No matter what else happens this year, resolve to make your money count-starting now...Click for the 16 money trends.

Dave Ramsey runs an inspiring nationally syndicated talk radio show devoted to helping families become debt-free.


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  Reminder...because these work

"Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common"

(A Jan_16) Chores.jpg1. They make their kids do chores.
2. They teach their kids social skills.
3. They have high expectations.
4. They have healthy relationships with each other.
5. They've attained higher educational levels.
6. They teach their kids math early on.
7. They develop a relationship with their kids.
8. They're less stressed.
9. They value effort over avoiding failure.
10. The moms work.
11. They have a higher socioeconomic status.

from Drake Baer and Rachel Gillett ~ Original Article: Business Insider

  Relax at Home with a Good Book New Year's Eve Gala
(A Jan_16) Read_MauriceSendak2.jpgNew Year's Eve Gala!
 Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Join your Friends at the third "Relax at Home with a Good Book New Year's Eve Gala"
Tale-spinners have trouble stopping. Writers from Rabelais to Borges have not only invented plots and dialogue but created works featuring whole fictional libraries stocked with imaginary books written by mythical authors and even critiqued by imaginary reviewers.

(A Dec) ReadingbyFire.jpgFiction is so much easier to manage than real life.

This lesson is clearly well known to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Indeed, they've surpassed the most avant-garde writers by going from imaginary libraries to an imaginary library fundraiser, the annual New Year's Eve Gala. To read more of Paul Fleischman's invitation, click here.

Join your Friends at the third edition of The Relax at Home with a Good Book New Year's Eve Gala to Benefit The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Cultural and Educational Programs on Thursday December 31, 2015 at anytime o'clock wherever you are!

Food and Drink: Yes, please  ~  Attire: Whatever strikes your fancy  ~  Pets are welcome, too!  RSVP for the event here To see who else has RSVP'd  click here


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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in Pre & K 1/7  & Campus Tour 1/13


Santa Cruz Waldorf School PreK - 8, A Walk  Through the Grades 1/13


Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/21 & Open House 1/23


Kirby School 5-12, Open House 1/30


All School Events

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Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
San Jose Downtown

  Every day, 11/13-2/7

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Happy New Year!
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  Happy New Year!
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Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection.
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  Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection.
New Museum
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 7-Jan 29)
Details: In the spirit of celebrating our local history and its connection
City: Los Gatos view all details >>
Citizen Science:
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  Citizen Science:
Date: 04/05/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A Brief Prehistory of Time: Art in Paleolithic Ice Age Europe
Special Instructions: Takes place in the upstair meeting room
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
Elephant Seal Walks
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  Elephant Seal Walks
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
City: Pescadero Phone: (650) 879-2025 view all details >>
Happy New Year!
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  Happy New Year!
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Holiday Futsol Camp
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  Holiday Futsol Camp
Catalyst Soccer
Date: Every weekday (Dec 28-Jan 1)
Ages: 4-6 and 6-14
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-3556 view all details >>
First Day Hikes
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  First Day Hikes
State Parks California
Date: 01/01/2018
Details: Start your year off right, with a rejuvenating visit to California's state parks! Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and ins
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
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First Night Monterey
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Details: Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
City: Monterey view all details >>
First Saturdays Open House
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  First Saturdays Open House
Tannery Arts Center
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Join us in art activities for all ages
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 621-6226 view all details >>
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
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  Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Monterey Zoo
Date: Every day
Details: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! It's time to hop in a different
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 455-1901 view all details >>
  Steve: Nine recommendations...


1. The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Their public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. The Alliance has published various writings in support of healthy development and a sustainable future for our children. They campaign on behalf of the children for a more just and healthy future.

2. For 20 years now, LILIPOH magazine has been offering ideas on living a healthy lifestyle from many perspectives. Their wonderful articles address nutrition and food, health, gardening, social life, education, economics and more. I hope you have had a chance to read some of their issues, if is the time.

3. The Challenge of the Will, written by Margret Meyerkort and Rudi Lissau, offers guidance for understanding young children and human beings of all ages. The tone of this book is very much one of questioning. We are not told what to do, but through the images that are offered we can decide how to best meet the needs of the young child. This little book also looks to the self-education of the adult as a key to the child’s healthy development. When we can wake up and be more present, we can better serve the needs of the children.

4. Helle Heckmann led a program for 1- to 6-year-olds in Copenhagen and has traveled widely offering workshops, lectures and mentoring. For 30 years, her goal has been to support parents and child caregivers who want to nurture early childhood and help young children blossom and thrive. Helle writes an inspiring blog!

The next few listings are folks who support the work of adult self development. They offer tools and paradigms for self-education as well as practices for self-transformation.

5. Rick Hanson is a psychologist, writer and Buddhist teacher. His books include Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain. Rick’s work examines the relationship of meditative activity and neurology and offers techniques for changing our own neurology. He also offers an online program to help you develop positive neuroplasticity called Foundations for Wellbeing. This program helps you turn everyday experiences into inner strengths including kindness toward yourself, insight into others, grit, gratitude and self-worth.

6. David Richo is another psychologist and Buddhist teacher. His many books include You Are Not What You Think and How to Be and Adult in Relationships. David offers insight into how getting our needs met in our early years (or not) has repercussions in adulthood.

7. Brene Brown has devoted her life to studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her insights into the human condition in our modern times is profound. She also has written three bestselling books:Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. 

Drs. Hanson, Richo and Brown all have numerous audio and video recordings you can access on the internet to more fully consider their work and its implications for your life.

8. The 8-Shields Foundation is dedicated to the work of deep nature connection, culture repair, cultural mentoring and community resilience. They offer support in strengthening families and guidance in developing true mentoring. The practices they offer come from the wisdom traditions and elders of many cultures.

9. Self-care. Nobody can do this for you. You need to find some balance and remember to enjoy yourself. What do you love to do?

I suggest reading delicious novels and listening to great music. Here are a few authors I suggest; Louise Erdrich (Plague of Doves, Four Souls), Terry Pratchett (the Disc World books) and Jane Yolen (Except the Queen). Each of these writers has published many, many books and I haven’t found a single lemon yet.

And as for music, if you ever get a chance to see Bongo Love perform, don’t miss it! This band of young musicians from Zimbabwe play a unique style of music they call "afrocoustics.’  Their positive message of love and peace is steeped in an infectious rhythm and high musicianship. 

Make time for renewal and fun! Take some grownup time. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Self-care your way to a balanced life that enriches your children too!

So as we enter into 2016, again I wish you wisdom, strength and enthusiasm to meet the world and nurture the young children who are the future. The world is depending on them!

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