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Mount Vision fire: What happened

10/01/2015
The Inverness Ridge Fire of October 1995 (a.k.a. the Mount Vision Fire) was big—even for a state that has become accustomed to large wildfires. The amount of damage was staggering. The fire, which began on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1995, destroyed 45 homes in Inverness Park. The blaze charred 12,000 acres,...

Harvesting fruits for scholars

10/01/2015
Huckleberries, blackberries, apples, pears, quince: members of the garden club scholarship fund have been trekking all summer from backyard to orchard, from garden to bramble, from low ground to high looking for the fruit we will preserve and sell at the annual Dance Palace Christmas Craft Fair. Every year is...

Sharon Mooney reflects on ministering to elders

09/24/2015
Sharon Mooney, a 40-year resident of West Marin and a chaplain for West Marin Senior Services, is moving to San Carlos, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of California, in Mexico, next month. Over the years here she’s owned a used bookstore, washed dishes, run a cleaning service, been...

When in stress, nourish your body

09/24/2015
We live in stressful times. Existential crises abound, we work more than ever, and the pace of the modern world quickens around us. We are ever more disconnected despite, or perhaps because of, increasing time in front of screens. We know how important it is to manage our stress. Medical...

At 30 years, Commonweal program still helping

09/17/2015
Just over three decades ago, Commonweal co-founder Michael Lerner walked up the makeshift gangplank of a houseboat in Sausalito to meet a woman named Marion Saltman. She was a 70-year-old sand tray therapist, and that day she became the first person to sign up for the Cancer Help Program—a retreat...

Tomales sausage shop links local meats with fair prices

09/17/2015
Every week, Amy Brand makes 40 or 50 pounds of sausage—roughly 150 or so links—that she sells from her tiny storefront in Tomales, wrapped up in soft deli rolls and topped with traditional staples like sautéed peppers and onions, as well as playful creations like apple-ginger slaw. Her business, K...

Art Rogers Family Album, September 17, 2015

09/17/2015
Baby of the Month NIVAYA ARMSTRONG — BORN MARCH 3, 2014 Daughter of Claire Zimmerman and Jason Armstrong of Rohnert Park. Granddaughter of Jan and George Zimmerman of Bay Ranch in Marshall and Sarah and Ray Brown of San Rafael. Niece of Aunt Sarah and Uncle Ted and cousin to...

The dog days of summer

09/10/2015
Out in the wilds of West Marin, it really is the dog days of summer. Foxes and coyotes are feasting on a super-abundance of prey, and judging by sightings and tracks, the litters of young were very successful. For the first time ever, I saw coyote pups out by themselves;...

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