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ARIES: Jan. 1-7

Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can blame it on the full moon, coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Or on a gorgeous storm, epic dream, haunting song or the suffering you’re struggling to vanquish. Don’t blame it on the alcohol. If you’re going to do wild, brave and unexpected things, make sure they’re rooted in your vigorous response to primal rhythms, not in a drunken surrender to weakness or ignorance. I’m all for you losing oppressive self-control, but not the healthy kind of self-control.

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Delores Barr Weaver

Ron Word Once upon a time, there was a boy who stood on the beach and watched the starfish wash ashore. Over and over again, as the seas spit the fish up, he would walk over, pick them up and throw them back into the water. One day, a man saw the boy on the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. “There are too many starfish,” the man said. “You cannot possibly make a difference.” The boy picked up yet another starfish and launched it back into the sea. “I saved that one.” Delores Barr …

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Sympathy for the Ku Klux Klan, and Other Letters

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children? At Skate Station Funworks, we believe in providing safe, healthy, family fun while being respectful of all of our customers. As a family entertainment center, we do not use disrespectful and derogatory language to describe anyone, especially our customers. We believe the Dec. 18 issue of Folio Weekly was written in bad taste [Cover Story, “A New Year’s Eve Guide”]. While we are appreciative of the acknowledgment of our New Year’s Eve All-Night Skate, we are troubled by the terms used to describe children in our area. This article was not written by …

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The Rising Sun and Back

THE ALEXANDER WILDS PORTFOLIO Sculpture, drawings and paintings Reception 5-9 p.m. Jan. 3 at First Friday Art Walk Exhibit open through January, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday, to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday Amiro Art & Found, 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine 824-8460, amiroartandfound.com Melody Taylor As his name might suggest, sculptor, architect and art professor Alexander Wilds is not one to have his position in life nailed down. The free-spirited South Carolina native, who spent more than 20 years living as a rural agrarian artist near Mt. Fuji, will exhibit many of his sculptures and paintings one last time in the U.S. …

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Natalie Merchant, Fierce and Delicate

NATALIE MERCHANT 8 p.m. Jan. 11 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $43-$78.50; 355-2787, floridatheatre.com Nick McGregor In 1994, Natalie Merchant — recently removed 
 from a 12-year stint fronting folk-rock icons 10,000 Maniacs — described her solo debut album, “Tigerlily,” as both “fierce and delicate.” The quotation has endured, primarily because it accurately portrayed Merchant in the early ’80s, when her crystalline voice, conscientious lyrics and intoxicating stage presence helped bring alt-rock into the mainstream. And it accurately portrays her today, at age 50, her voice still light as air yet substantial and self-assured, her vulnerability …

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Speedy Ortiz Is Going Places

SPEEDY ORTIZ, GRASS IS GREEN, MEMPHIBIANS and THE WILLOWWACKS 8 p.m. Jan. 9, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco; Tickets: $8; 398-3896, jaxlive.com Nick McGregor Nostalgia can be kryptonite for modern bands. 
Some use it as a jumping-off point to explore 
uncharted territory. Others get so mired in endless dot connecting and genre exercises, they fail to stand out on their own. Northampton, Mass., quartet Speedy Ortiz and its knotty, razor-sharp sound obviously share plenty of DNA with 1990s college-rock heroes like Pavement, Archers of Loaf and Liz Phair (frontwoman Sadie Dupuis even spent time in an all-female Pavement …

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People With Issues

Chuck Shepherd Shannon Johanson of Northampton, England, is awaiting sentencing after a conviction for possessing animal pornography, which is one of the categories of “extreme” porn criminalized by a 2008 U.K. statute. The photo is of a woman “performing a sex act” with a dead fish (and, under the statute, whether “dead or alive” is irrelevant).

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LIBRA: Jan. 1-7

Rob Brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As a child, French philosopher and writer Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) loved math. But his father, who homeschooled him, forced him to concentrate on studying the humanities. Blaise rebelled. When he was 12, he locked himself in his room for days, immersed in mathematical investigations. When he emerged, he’d figured out some of Euclid’s fundamental geometry theorems. Eventually, he became a noted mathematician. The weeks ahead are prime time to do something like young Pascal did: Seal yourself away from others’ opinions about who you’re supposed to be, and explore themes that will be crucial …

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VIRGO: Jan. 1-7

Rob Brezsny VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of Beethoven’s music teachers said, “As a composer, he is hopeless.” When Thomas Edison was a kid, a teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Walt Disney worked at a newspaper when he was young, but his editor fired him because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” There was a person like that in your past – someone who disparaged and discouraged you. 2014 will be the best year ever for neutralizing and overcoming that naysayer’s curse. If you haven’t launched your holy crusade, do so.

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LEO: Jan. 1-7

Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was the first woman architect licensed in California. She designed more than 700 buildings in her brilliant career, and thrived financially and artistically. One key to her success was her humility. “Don’t ever turn down a job because it’s beneath you,” she advised. That’s a helpful message. It applies to work-related opportunities you may be asked to take on, as well as tasks your friends, associates and loved ones ask you to consider. You can’t possibly know ahead of time how important it may be to apply yourself conscientiously to a …

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