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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;...

Dieter Tremp’s paintings circle the globe

09/03/2015
Fourteen paintings by Bolinas artist Dieter Tremp hang in Commonweal’s gallery space, but the walls themselves are bare. Instead, seven frames hang from wire strands, forming a oval in the middle of the room. Each frame holds two paintings: one facing the circle’s center, the other facing outward. Many paintings...

Bolinas author recounts tales of mentorship and teen growth

09/03/2015
This is the first in a two-part book review series on mentorship. In Bolinas resident Linda Mornell’s new book, Forever Changed, she describes her experience running Summer Search, a successful program she founded principally for low-income, high-risk high school students. The book, rather than emphasizing statistics about the program’s impact,...

Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado’ goes retro

09/03/2015
For those of you familiar with Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, the entertaining production finishing this weekend in Inverness stands up nicely to recent more elaborate versions, including the current production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. If you are tempted to take a pass on Shakespeare, especially on a...

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