My Esalen experience: Big Sur’s ‘one-of-a-kind, you-gotta-be-kidding-me, is-this-a-dream?’ kinda day

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Turns out the universe has a lottery, and today I’m holding the winning ticket, both soaking in the hot springs and washing dishes, at this Nirvana on a hot edge of the Pacific. This is a peak experience for those with aging worn-down bodies, and I’m thinking of all those who may have trod these paths and seen these sights. Did Alan Watts or Joseph Campbell stand in this spot and admire this view? Did Ram Dass or Aldous Huxley sit on this grass? Wallace with the experience here.

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Conversations with Jody: An OB-GYN talks life post-Roe and why Santa Cruz could soon see more late-term abortions

Dr. Laetitia Oderman is one of two doctors in Santa Cruz County who performs second-trimester abortions.

Laetitia Oderman is one of two Santa Cruz doctors who provide second-trimester abortions. In this first “Conversations with Jody,” feature, she talks to Community Voices editor Jody K. Biehl about the end of Roe and what bans on abortions in dozens of states will mean for California, Santa Cruz and for her personally. That conversation is here.

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A creative, nuanced addition to the traditional comforts of Rio Del Mar

Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen Beachside opened in Rio Del Mar in June
Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen Beachside opened in Rio Del Mar in June, and it’s taking over more of the block along the Esplanade. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Venus Beachside: Sand dabs, lobster and tastes of the low country. The second Venus brings a bit of Westside panache to Aptos’ Rio Del Mar area as mid-county grows its fine dining scene. Lily Belli reviews the new kid on the block.

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Programming Note: There will be no Morning Lookout on Monday as we celebrate the holiday. Enjoy it yourself and we’ll see you Tuesday.

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