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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...

Park wavelengths

10/15/2015
The Orionid meteor shower is active from mid-October, peaking on Oct. 21. Orion takes up residence in the southern West Marin skies, just overhead in the morning darkness. Black tailed deer linger around the picnic area stocking up on the bounty of acorns; it is amazing to watch them in...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 15, 2015

10/15/2015
Baby of the Month AUDREY ROSE TURNER — BORN NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Daughter of Ana (Anderstein) and Burke Turner and little sister of Alec of Novato. Grandchild of Nancy Stein of Inverness Park, Mary Eubank and the late John Anderson of Inverness, and Andie and Peter Turner of Scottsdale, Arizona...

Nicasio Notes: Fire fundraiser delivers food and fun

10/08/2015
The annual summer gathering of Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department supporters blossomed the evening of Sept. 19, with weather more reflective of a solstice than an equinox. The Ladies Auxiliary has been sponsoring this event since the 1970s, when the fire department needed a new fire truck. Prior to this the...

Sandbox experiments and violet cakes

10/08/2015
From the kitchen window, I heard the companionable sounds of my pre-schooler Claire and her best friend playing in the sandbox. Their relationship could be tumultuous, so any time they got along was a little blessing. I was making dinner—I don’t remember the meal, but I remember the era. It...

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