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LEO: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When did you first fall from grace? Do you remember? It’s happened to most of us. We spend time being privileged, cared about or respected and then, suddenly, we no longer are. We lose our innocence. Love disappears. Our status as a favorite ends. That’s the bad news. The good news? The months ahead may be time to climb back up to one of those high states of grace from once upon a time. Omens suggest you’re getting ready to rise back up; sooner than you think, there will be an invitation to do …

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CANCER: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny CANCER (June 21-July 22): “To destroy is always the first step in any creation,” said poet e. e. cummings. Do you buy that? Hope so; the cosmos has scheduled you to instigate major creative action in 2014. To fulfill that potential, you’ll have to metaphorically smash, burn and dissolve old structures standing in the way of the future. You’ll have to eliminate as many of the “yes, buts,” “I can’ts” and “not nows” as you can.

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TAURUS: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here are three renowned Taurus brainiacs: Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and Bertrand Russell. They all had IQs above 175 and all made major contributions to philosophy; yet all three were physically inept. Kant had trouble keeping a sharp point on his writing instrument, the quill, because he was clumsy using a knife. Mill was so undexterous, it a chore to tie a knot. Russell’s physical prowess was so limited, he couldn’t brew a pot of tea. Chances are you’re neither as brilliant nor as uncoordinated yet, like them, there’s a disconnect between your …

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ARIES: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base,” wrote psychologist John Bowlby. Some Aries enjoy the “daring venture” part of that, but neglect the “secure base” aspect. That’s why your daring ventures may sometimes go awry. If you’re that type of Ram, the first half of 2014 is an excellent time to correct bad habits. Life offers considerable help and inspiration in building a strong foundation. If you already appreciate how important it is for the pursuit of excitement to be rooted in well-crafted stability, the months ahead …

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A NOTW Classic (April 2009)

Chuck Shepherd Australian Marcus Einfeld (a prominent lawyer, federal judge and Jewish community leader) was once so revered, one organization named him a “living treasure,” but he fell into total disrepute in 2006 by deciding to fight a simple speeding ticket. By March 2009, Einfeld had been sentenced to two years in prison for perjury and obstructing justice for lying in four elaborate detailed schemes to “prove” he wasn’t driving that day. His original defense (that he’d lent the car to a friend who then passed away) was accepted by the judge, but dogged reporting by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph revealed …

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Connecting Pasts in the Present

OUR SHARED PAST Free preview opening 5-9 p.m. Dec. 17 with music by Lisa Kelly. Exhibit runs through May 25. Contributing artists appear on select Tuesday and Saturday nights, January-May. Shalev hosts Talks & Tea gallery talks Feb. 19-20. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside 356-6857 cummer.org Melody Taylor Ordinary scenes from spools of forgotten 8mm home movies are the catalyst for a new exhibit that explores human connections and the deceptions of memory at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The idea began when Jefree Shalev, a Mayo Clinic technology systems engineer by …

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Slick Talkers

Chuck Shepherd A young woman, accosted by a robber on Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill in October, told the man she was a low-paid intern — for the National Security Agency and that, within minutes of robbing her, the man would be tracked down by ubiquitous NSA surveillance. She said, later (reported the Washington Examiner), the man just “looked at me and ran away [empty-handed].”

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Dec. 18-24 Arts Calendar

PERFORMANCE CHRISTMAS CAROLE Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, adapted for the stage, runs Dec. 18-24 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside; dinner and a show is $43-$49 (includes parking), reservations required, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. HANDLE WITH CARE The romantic comedy about the love story of a young Israeli woman and a young American man is staged 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $20-$25, 396-4425, theatrejax.com. AB SCROOGE: A SOUTHERN FRIED CAROL The performance, written and directed by Ian Mairs and based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas …

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A New Year’s Eve Guide

WANT MORE OPTIONS? HERE YOU GO! (YOU’RE WELCOME.) NIGHTS OF LIGHTS* Through Feb. 2, downtown St. Augustine, free, nightsoflights.com NOON YEAR’S EVE* 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, $10.95-$15.95, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY* 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 246-4386; 2780 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 827-9400 and 4825 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, 771-2803, $10-$15, adventurelanding.com NEW YEAR’S EVE BALLOON DROP 2013* 11 a.m.-noon, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, $5, 280-0614, ccpvb.org ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH BLAST OFF 2014* 2-10 p.m. Dec. 30-31, fireworks 8:30 …

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Dec. 18-24 Live Music Calendar

CONCERTS THIS WEEK PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with RICK BRAUN, MINDI ABAIR 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $35-$42, 355-2787. ANGELO MOORE, REBELMATIC, PROP ANON 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $5, 398-7496. THY ART IS MURDER 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 223-9850. STOOP KIDS 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 Ocean St., Downtown, $5. HOLIDAY ON THE RIVER DANCE & CONCERT SERIES Dec. 18-21 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, free, 353-1188. WES COBB …

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