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Igniting the flames of a new envrionmentalism

03/28/2013
This year’s Geography of Hope conference was a celebration of the life of Aldo Leopold, best known for a slim volume, A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1949. In the introductory talk, poet Robert Haas recited a Japanese haiku—“Lighting one candle/ With another candle/ An evening of spring”—that became...

Cruel landscapes: An interview with Joel Whitney

03/21/2013
The brutal and often unforeseen consequences of war are perhaps best illustrated by land mines, whose victims by death or disfigurement numbered more than 4,000 last year. One-third of these were children, innocent in the conflicts that transformed formerly habitable regions into landscapes of terror. A global treaty to ban...

Don Glaser, inventor of the bubble chamber, dies at 86

03/14/2013
Donald Glaser, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose astonishing invention of the bubble chamber contributed to the postwar foundation of particle physics and whose subsequent forays into other fields presaged the viability of biotechnology, died Feb. 28 in Berkeley. The part-time Inverness resident was 86. While physics was once the domain...

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...

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