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In the dessert room, with Norman Solomon and Daniel Ellsberg

09/29/2011
Inside the well-appointed kitchen of Gary Birnbaum’s modernist Strawberry home, Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon stood wide-eyed, absorbing the backdrop of his latest campaign house party. Outside the French doors, under the purplish flare of twilight, a spacious terrace looked out over Richardson Bay and the Tiburon peninsula. Solomon, respected...

Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, 1924 – 2011

09/22/2011
Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, a candid progressive of East Coast gentility who endured a debilitating, decade-long childhood illness before embarking west to start a family and, in her golden years, blossom as an essayist, photographer and perennial globetrotter, died in her Inverness home on September 3, one week after her...

Audrey Auld at Stinson chapel

09/21/2011
Driving west somewhere outside Salt Lake City on a desolate desert stretch of I-80 for a series of shows in West Marin and the Bay Area, the Australian singer songwriter and former Stinson Beach resident Audrey Auld expressed genuine excitement at returning to her old haunts after a year of...

Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, 1924–2011

09/21/2011
Virginia “Ginny” B. Brownback, a candid progressive of East Coast gentility who endured a debilitating, decade-long childhood illness before embarking west to start a family and, in her golden years, blossom as an essayist, photographer and perennial globetrotter, died in her Inverness home on September 3, one week after her...

Don Eastman, metal artist and friend to many, 1948—2011

09/15/2011
Don Eastman, a prolific craftsman and metalworker whose small backyard shop in Point Reyes Station for decades served as a nexus for fledgling artisans and utterly baffled do-it-yourselfers, died at his home on August 26, from cancer. He was 63. A compassionate, soft-spoken family man and water enthusiast, Don spent...

Beverly Gallagher, 1929—2011

09/15/2011
A miracle occurred on the last day of February in 1929: the most preemie baby to survive that year in the maternity ward of San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital was born. It was my mother, Beverly Jean Farr, born at a mere two pounds twelve ounces to Charles Clarence Farr, a...

Beverly Gallagher, 1929–2011

09/15/2011
A miracle occurred on the last day of February in 1929: the most preemie baby to survive that year in the maternity ward of San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital was born. It was my mother, Beverly Jean Farr, born at a mere two pounds twelve ounces to Charles Clarence Farr, a...

Don Eastman, metal artist and friend to many, 1948–2011

09/15/2011
Don Eastman, a prolific craftsman and metalworker whose small backyard shop in Point Reyes Station for decades served as a nexus for fledgling artisans and utterly baffled do-it-yourselfers, died at his home on August 26, from cancer. He was 63. A compassionate, soft-spoken family man and water enthusiast, Don spent...

Bonnie Fisk-Hayden, 1943—2011

09/08/2011
Bonnie Fisk-Hayden, a graphic designer and holistic nutritionist who championed the cause of affordable housing by helping to found the Community Land Trust of West Marin, died on August 26 at her home in Point Reyes Station. She was 68. Bonnie had been battling a rare form of Acute Autoimmune...

Children’s book decries the gluttonous modern age

09/08/2011
From an armchair in his Point Reyes Station living room, blue-eyed and pony-tailed former West Marin School teacher and recently self-published author John Littleton, 67, expresses malaise over the sweeping degradation of the American landscape and the utilitarian view of nature that has served as its catalyst. The shamanistic paradigm...

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