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The gardener’s lament

11/05/2015
“You should have seen it last week!” That is the gardener’s lament. What we love about gardens—that they’re living, breathing and ever-changing—is also what we hate about them. We want to freeze those perfect moments. Recently, I came across some photographs of my garden taken a few years ago in...

Art Rogers Family Album, November 5, 2015

11/05/2015
DONALD GURAVICH AND JOANNE KYGER’S MONTEREY CYPRESS HEDGE IN BOLINAS Thirty years ago Donald and Joanne pruned back 60 to 70 foot high Monterey Cypress trees bordering the couple’s property, for fear of the trees dropping something on their house. Donald, a professional tree trimmer, has transformed them over the...

“Point Reyes Poems” back in print

10/29/2015
I was walking down the main street of the middle block of Point Reyes Station in the fall of 1969, open to any suggestions, mine or otherwise. I’d finished work for my master’s degree in creative writing at San Francisco State in 1968 and been accepted into the Writer’s Workshop...

Saving capitalism or surviving it?

10/29/2015
In “Saving Capitalism,” Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and currently a professor at U.C. Berkeley, affirms his commitment to the free enterprise system—yet more than three quarters of his book explores the ways the basic tenets of capitalism have been subverted in the United States. Reich’s underlying assumption is...

Susan Hall’s landscapes tap into West Marin’s natural hues

10/22/2015
When I moved here two years ago from the flat prairies of Chicago, Susan Hall’s work first captured the rolling hills and watery mosaics of West Marin for me. For a year I bought her cards in shops around town before I walked into her studio, saw her remarkable canvases...

Forest Knolls musician gets gritty on his Japanese flute

10/22/2015
A sinuous melody built of dark, airy phrases and the harsh echo of breath emerges from Cornelius Boots’ taimu shakuhachi, a Japanese flute. It is a warm autumn morning, and he is practicing a song called “Sycamore Trees” on the instrument made of root-end bamboo that slightly curves up at...

Elder writing group harvests life for stories

10/15/2015
A predominantly gray-haired group gathers in Point Reyes Station every other Thursday morning, sheaves of paper in hand. The nine women and one man meet in the quiet, well-lit community room of the affordable housing complex to share and work on writing projects of all types. This is the Harvesting...

Baseline behavior

10/15/2015
Baseline is one of the most important concepts in tracking and nature awareness. Every animal has its baseline behavior and its baseline gait. But in practice, baseline is elusive and hard to define, and that is exactly why it is such a fascinating and useful idea. It is similar to...

Remembering West Marin’s other big fire

10/15/2015
Reading Dave Mitchell’s piece on the Mt. Vision fire reminded me of West Marin’s other big fire 70 years ago, in September of 1945. I was there on the fire line at the age of 17. It burned more than 2,500 acres for a total of 30 days into October...

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