Features

Maddy’s Jam, and more, at Point Reyes open house

10/13/2011
Maddy Sobel has had neither the easiest nor the healthiest life. The product of a mentally ill mother and a good-hearted but heinously negligent art dealing father—he relied on trace amounts of Valium and wine to sedate his two infant children when they accompanied him on business outings—by 13, she...

Bill Kooiman, 1927 – 2011

09/29/2011
In the spring 1954, a young mariner named Bill Kooiman stepped to the edge of the S.S. Santa Maria, steaming north off the coast of South America, and tossed a bottle into the blue. In it, a note: “I would appreciate the finder corresponding with the undersigned.” Three years later,...

Bill Kooiman, 1927–2011

09/29/2011
In the spring 1954, a young mariner named Bill Kooiman stepped to the edge of the S.S. Santa Maria, steaming north off the coast of South America, and tossed a bottle into the blue. In it, a note: “I would appreciate the finder corresponding with the undersigned.” Three years later,...

In the dessert room, with Norman Solomon and Daniel Ellsberg

09/29/2011
Inside the well-appointed kitchen of Gary Birnbaum’s modernist Strawberry home, Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon stood wide-eyed, absorbing the backdrop of his latest campaign house party. Outside the French doors, under the purplish flare of twilight, a spacious terrace looked out over Richardson Bay and the Tiburon peninsula. Solomon, respected...

Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, 1924 – 2011

09/22/2011
Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, a candid progressive of East Coast gentility who endured a debilitating, decade-long childhood illness before embarking west to start a family and, in her golden years, blossom as an essayist, photographer and perennial globetrotter, died in her Inverness home on September 3, one week after her...

Audrey Auld at Stinson chapel

09/21/2011
Driving west somewhere outside Salt Lake City on a desolate desert stretch of I-80 for a series of shows in West Marin and the Bay Area, the Australian singer songwriter and former Stinson Beach resident Audrey Auld expressed genuine excitement at returning to her old haunts after a year of...

Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, 1924–2011

09/21/2011
Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, a candid progressive of East Coast gentility who endured a debilitating, decade-long childhood illness before embarking west to start a family and, in her golden years, blossom as an essayist, photographer and perennial globetrotter, died in her Inverness home on September 3, one week after her...

Don Eastman, metal artist and friend to many, 1948—2011

09/15/2011
Don Eastman, a prolific craftsman and metalworker whose small backyard shop in Point Reyes Station for decades served as a nexus for fledgling artisans and utterly baffled do-it-yourselfers, died at his home on August 26, from cancer. He was 63. A compassionate, soft-spoken family man and water enthusiast, Don spent...

Beverly Gallagher, 1929—2011

09/15/2011
A miracle occurred on the last day of February in 1929: the most preemie baby to survive that year in the maternity ward of San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital was born. It was my mother, Beverly Jean Farr, born at a mere two pounds twelve ounces to Charles Clarence Farr, a...

Beverly Gallagher, 1929–2011

09/15/2011
A miracle occurred on the last day of February in 1929: the most preemie baby to survive that year in the maternity ward of San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital was born. It was my mother, Beverly Jean Farr, born at a mere two pounds twelve ounces to Charles Clarence Farr, a...

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