Brian Iles

My name is Brian Iles, and I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and I live up in the Santa Cruz mountains for the last 60 years.

I only remember the very end of the dream as I’m waking up.

Being lost. Being a kid and being lost.

I’m 77 years old. Now, I still worry about getting lost.

It’s like one of those things that hangs on.

I used to have a severe anxiety problem and I worry about everything.

Well, I was able to developmentally work through that. And so now my dreams are all coming true. So, I have positive thoughts and my life is awesome. My kids love me, my grandkids love me. I, I love my art.

I live in a beautiful old barn. I’m the second owner.

When I got my divorce, I said, I never want to live in a woman’s house again.

And so, I don’t. And I feel really good about myself, you know?

My homework assignment that’s on the back of my birdhouses. You’ll come in, you’ll buy a birdhouse, and I’ll say, oh, by the way, I have a little homework assignment on the back. It’s about increase in your level of happiness. Can I tell you about it?

If you say yes, I go. Let me ask one question. When you’re really, really stressed, do you tend to get mad, or do you worry? Which one do you do more? So, then I’ll say So when you’re stressed, you get angry. All right. The homework assignment will help you break that habit.

And when you break that habit, you will become so happy like me.

I don’t like it when the rich come in and buy up everything. And I got here in the seventies when the Cooper house was here and where it was art, hippies, fairly reasonable to rent, and a beautiful place to be. After the earthquake the money people came in, and so do I.

Like Santa Cruz? Not as much as I used to, but I still like it. It’s a lot better than San Jose.

Jonathan Smith

I have basically good dreams.

I don’t really have nightmares. And even in nightmares, I don’t get I’m not scared ever.

I don’t have a fear.

I’m learning about concern and how concern is what is distracting me from my dreams.

I’m learning that to not be of concern, is like unconditional love and tranquility within myself.

I’m relaxing and so my body’s trusting me and it’s coming out and saying, hey, my responsibility is to bring out my gifts.

And my name is Jonathan, which means gift to the world.

I look back at my life and through foster care to juvenile hall, and I have had an ability to build up community but then leave it because of concern. I create my own concerns.

I really bring it back to this Afghanistan family that came here, and they own like seven gas stations and a towing company.

And they all most of them live in the same house and they all go to work, and they go for a common goal.

United, we stand.

This dream of my highest good is to unite people.

That’s my dream.


Developing like my partner said, a consistency within true, unconditional love. I have no control, no expectations.

Our adventure of life and how we’re supposed to be a gift and serving each other instead of being jealous with each other, building each other up like chasing each other and being like, Hey, you’re doing great and having that childlike love for each other.

How can I serve?

I let Santa Cruz go because I moved on after the flood.

It served me so well. Beautiful beaches, beautiful people.

They’re building like high rise buildings.

A lot of old Santa Cruz guys feel like the Santa Cruz culture is changing.

I pay attention to the things that that keep something unique.

I think that’s beautiful, but I also believe in change. SI believe in allowing things to happen. But allowing the people to have the opinion on where it’s going,

I think that’s important. So that’s my only concern with. And I said, concern, let it go.

Yeah, the mountains are good.

I love Santa Cruz.

I used to think when I was a kid, Santa Cruz is cool. I would love to go.

Now I lived there.

The thing that I thought was a cool thing and California would bless me in such a big way.

Thank you, Santa Cruz, I love you.

Hind Adbib

Hi, my name is Hind Adbib.

Not always. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. I remember mostly nightmares. That’s for sure.

But dreams. Not always.

So, I think the last dream I remember was about dolphins.

I was swimming with dolphins.

I can tell you my last nightmare if you’d like.

Riots in some old city

And me and him were trying to run away from the riots. And we got into this building, and we tried to secure. And there were other people trying to run away from the street.

So, we let them in.

The bottom of the building was getting overrun.

We kept going up, trying to find the place where to hide.

Someone opened their door and let us in, and then the whole building got overrun.

We managed to get up to the top floor and jump to the next building.

And got through someone’s house and went out on the street and I lost him.

I was panicking because I didn’t know what happened to him and if he got hurt.

And I remember looking for him, crying and screaming his name and I couldn’t find him.

And then suddenly there was this person that was very dear to me.

And she saw me like in the middle of the street, panicking, looking for him. And she grabbed my hand and said, You can’t be here. We’ve got to run.

They’re going to come get us.

My dream, I, I would say, would be to overcome my inner demons.

Just overcome myself. Free myself from myself.

So that would be the ultimate dream.

The most important work, healing trauma.

Repairing my relationship with my soul mate.

Finding different ways to love each other unconditionally and accept each other for who we are instead of trying to change each other.

I love Santa Cruz. I love the vibe. I think people are really nice. I love the weather.

I don’t like the fact that it’s really hard to find jobs here. But aside from that, I have nothing bad to say about Santa Cruz.

Robert Avila

My name is Robert Avila.


Every other night.

Sure, sure.

You know, I envision just being prosperous and happy.

Providing for the community, you know, and making sure everything’s, you know, happy and get along.

Their gratitude is amazing. And I appreciate that.

It doesn’t matter which community it is. Just, you know, just the people around any community. It makes a difference.

What isn’t an obstacle? You know, it’s an obstacle course. Life is, you know, just depends how you take it. If you go through it, under it, over it, it’s up to you.

I love it. I love Santa Cruz. And it has certain environment that’s unique in its own culture in some way. And that’s why I grew up here. That’s why I live here.

Laid back, open minded, you know, multicultural.