Features

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...

Richard Gamble, 1930 – 2011

12/15/2011
Richard Gamble, a scrupulous Stinson Beach retiree who served on a number of regional nonprofit boards, died from a heart attack in his home on November 29, at the age of 81. He collapsed on the way to bed, said his friend and former priest, Father Jack O’Neill. “I think...

John 
Anderson, 1932—2011

12/01/2011
Prolific Inverness painter John Anderson, a protégé of the Parisian Surrealist Gordon Onslow Ford who labored in obscurity for more than five decades before his first major exhibition and commercial success in 2008, died at his hilltop home in the Bishop Pine Preserve on November 13 after a protracted battle...

John Anderson, 1932 – 2011

12/01/2011
Prolific Inverness painter John Anderson, a protégé of the Parisian Surrealist Gordon Onslow Ford who labored in obscurity for more than five decades before his first major exhibition and commercial success in 2008, died at his hilltop home in the Bishop Pine Preserve on November 13 after a protracted battle...

Jim Polese, 1914—2011

11/27/2011
Jim Polese, an expressive family man and self-made engineer whose seminal patent for klystron electron broadcasting tubes revolutionized the electronics industry in the 1950s, passed away in his sleep on September 20 at Stockstill House, in Point Reyes Station. He was 97. Compassionate and flirtatious, Jim left an indelible mark,...

The Valley’s reputable menace to vermin

11/27/2011
A late-Autumn heat wave beat down on Woodacre one recent weekday morning as semi-retired pest exterminator Rick Nielsen cracked the seal on a sweating Pepsi bottle, took a swig and began rummaging for his most treasured tool—a mirror—from the back of his black Dodge pickup. Dressed plainly in plaid and...

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