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Her battle for small agriculture

03/14/2013
When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made a “fact-finding” trip to Drakes Estero late last November, Phyllis Faber unsuccessfully attempted to join a meeting between him and a group of environmentalists at Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters. A series of photographs taken at the entrance to the Red Barn...

The Olema’s cuisine cuts to the bone

03/07/2013
After a crisis that nearly destroyed their business, the West Marin culinary legends who put Manka’s on the map are finally cooking again in a refurbished Olema inn at the intersection of Highway One and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong’s new restaurant, The Olema, is pared...

An ode to Manka’s Olema

03/07/2013
This is an ode to The Olema. It is not a review; you can read our review on page one. It is a letter to readers about an opportunity in our midst to experience food and hospitality in a way that is both new, yet seasoned by the past. A...

Elemental perseverance

02/21/2013
It has been said that you cannot make a living playing jazz. It has been said that you cannot make a living as an environmental activist. It has been said that you cannot make a living filming documentaries. You probably cannot make a living in those fields, but Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee...

A quinceañera for the community

02/21/2013
As a teenager, Margarita Echeverria did not share the enthusiasm had by her friends for a coming-of-age ritual widely celebrated among Latino families. But it didn’t take long for her to get swept up in the revelry of the quinceañera. “I bucked it a little bit,” said Ms. Echeverria, a...

Point Reyes offers a living laboratory to remake a conservation ethic

02/14/2013
As environmental destruction escalates, hundreds of species extinctions occur each day. The senselessness of it infuriates me, yet our cultural norm marginalizes most talk about it as “doom and gloom.” Magical thinking, and a belief in “markets” above all, passes for sane and constructive discourse. Humanity has never witnessed the...

The journey of a film score wraps up in Inverness

02/14/2013
For Jeremy Harris, making music involves more than just inspiration: it requires discipline. “It’s really easy to have an idea,” he said, “but to follow through and put all the hard work in is the task.” It is that approach with which Mr. Harris, 27, has strung together a career...

Swords into food security

02/07/2013
Freedom means everything to Mike Walgrave. Freedom is why he chose to major in philosophy in college. It’s why he chose to travel when that degree didn’t quite pay off. And freedom is why he decided to join the Army too, “out of respect for the sacrifices” others made for...

Healing bone broth comes to Bolinas

01/24/2013
As Kaitlyn Smith peddles her homemade bone-based broths in Bolinas and beyond, she is reviving an ancient panacea: gelatin. According to Ms. Smith, the use of gelatin as a healing agent dates back to ancient China; 200 years ago, French officials combined it with small amounts of meat and vegetables...

Victoria Swift: Classy hunter and gatherer

01/24/2013
For some retailers of arts and crafts, personal taste is sometimes a secondary consideration when trying to maintain sales. But for Victoria Swift, collecting is more than just a business. “It’s a personal thing,” explained Ms. Swift, whose store, Vita Collage, has remained a fixture for collectors in West Marin...

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