Our Church Cafe: The Abbey

This was in a recent edition of The Metro, one of Santa Cruz's weekly papers, (employers of one of my fave local poet friends, The Molly, one of the Monday Night Poets).This cartoonist, Steve Decinzo, is known for his biting social commentary, which B says sometimes seems like in-jokes with himself. This one, however, is pretty funny, and fairly accurate. We were highly gratified to see The Abbey included, I think because it's located so close to the UCSC campus. I was even more relieved to see us come out unscathed, as Decinzo is not known for his tact, especially towards Christians.


Mum said...

Just want to say a word for my 'Local', Cafe Bene. Only part of the cartoon is correct. We all manage to toddle in under our own power. (no walkers, canes or wheelchairs-although they are wheelchair accessible) otherwise it is pretty accurate. Definately an older crowd.I miss Jahva House.......

rosa said...

I miss the Jahva House too. We were talking about Cafe Chameleon the other day, we ended up eating at the Indian place that's there now. But most of all I miss Cafe Zinho, smashed in the 89 earthquake, now a future home of hipster urban dwellers....

Camille said...

What a hoot! Nothing beats ol' Flip Flop for the sheer concentration of cool coffee joints/city block. Tho' I have to say cafe Perg is one of my all time favorites and the standard by which I compare all others.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
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  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

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