Features

Mexican native finds home in the classroom

01/19/2012
Several months after arriving in California from her native Mexico, Guadalupe Tausch finally decided how she would spend her new life in the United States. She had seen what many other Mexican women were doing and, when she converted their earnings back to pesos, she was incredulous. She came home...

The Emma Lee Project

01/19/2012
Last Sunday, somewhere on Kauai, an Internet signal beamed from a modest rural residence. The source, 36-year-old Bolinas-based musician Emma Lee, sat smiling and chatting into her computer, a lit cigarette at hand. Lee, whose band, the Emma Lee Project, recently released its first album, Waiting for Javi, is on...

Joan Green offers West Marin midwifery with heart

01/19/2012
Nearly 30 years ago, while fasting alone in the deserts of New Mexico, Joan Green had an epiphany. Educated in biology but long uncertain about how to create a fulfilling career, she realized what she wanted most was to help bring people into the world. Today, the 57-year-old midwife continues...

Setrakian lays fresh paint on Bolinas Gallery

01/12/2012
Rob Setrakian needs light bulbs. It’s the afternoon before the opening of “Fresh Paint,” a new exhibit at the Bolinas Gallery featuring recent work from the renowned local painter alongside pieces by Southern California artist Dennis Hare, and many of the gallery lights need replacing. Setrakian, ever amicable and easygoing...

Cecil Asman, 1924 – 2011

01/05/2012
Cecil Asman, an Inverness realtor who came to West Marin as a young father in search of a home and managed, in the nearly 50 years he lived here, to create just that—for himself and for much of his community—died on Christmas Eve from congestive heart failure. He was 87...

Shoreline moms choose a home school alternative

01/05/2012
Since early last fall, four unrelated children—Skyla, Theo, Naima and Blu—have been gathering four days per week in each others’ West Marin homes to sample an inventive model of home schooling. The concept is fairly straightforward: each family is charged with instructing one day in whatever style it sees fit,...

Radio host tunes in to mystical experience

01/05/2012
The music sounds like the introduction to a meditation soundtrack, or maybe the soothing composition that greets callers on a busy company line. After soft piano and chime notes play for several seconds, a human voice takes over. “I’m Anthony Wright, and I’m your host today on Attunement.” The cadence...

Warren Hellman, 1934 – 2011

12/29/2011
Warren Hellman, the San Francisco investor and former president of Lehman Brothers whose relentless energy and vast fortune invigorated Bay Area enterprise and enabled thousands of its residents to sing, dance and disseminate the news, died on December 18 from complications of leukemia. He was 77. Among Hellman’s countless charitable...

Bill Barton: A legendary life aboard yachts

12/15/2011
Bill Barton stands at the edge of his Bolinas backyard, fittingly perched above an expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The dramatic view of the receding tide and the horizon line is as much a testament to Barton’s zeal for the sea as his home, which teems with nautical artifacts collected...

A mindful cut of meat

12/15/2011
On the floor of her rented bayside residence in Marshall, 27-year-old Claire Herminjard has spent the past ten months plotting her entrance into the world of organic beef processing and retail distribution. Herminjard, who is intensely fond of perfectly marbled steaks, is banking her professional future on a longstanding fast-food...

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