Opinion

Food, from the soil to the body

11/05/2015
Last month I had the great pleasure of presenting my third and final Food as Medicine talk and demonstration at the Point Reyes Farmer’s Market. I was delighted to be joined by my friends and fellow Bolinas community members, farmers Mickey Murch of Gospel Flat and Caymin Ackerman of Big...

Meatless Monday has a beef with meat

11/05/2015
For every burger skipped, you can save enough water to drink for the next three years. For every burger skipped, you can save enough energy to charge your phone for 4.5 years. These surprising statements come from Meatless Monday, a movement started by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Day of the Dead in Point Reyes

10/29/2015
Among the celebrations that have been successfully integrated here with the arrival of immigrants from various countries, one has attracted a lot of attention and is becoming more and more popular. The Day of the Dead comes from an ancestral Mesoamerican tradition which, like others of indigenous origin, survived the...

Día de los Muertos en Point Reyes

10/22/2015
Entre las celebraciones que se han afincado con éxito con la llegada de inmigrantes de otros países, se encuentra una que por sus características llama mucho la atención y tiene cada vez más adeptos. El Día de los Muertos proviene de una tradición mesoamericana ancestral que, como otras de origen...

Report from the Shoreline retreat

10/22/2015
It’s been a hard year for the trustees of Shoreline Unified School District. Budget woes, painful staffing cuts, clashes with the superintendent, transitions and substitutes in key administrative positions, and community pressure for board members to relinquish their health benefits have challenged these seven elected officials. Given the fractious last...

Mediate to help your neighbors

10/15/2015
For many years, a mediation board in West Marin has helped neighbors resolve disputes by listening to each other, using respectful language and developing an agreement that seems fair to both parties. Mediators are trained to be friendly, non-judgmental and impartial. The Community Mediation Board of West Marin was born...

People and pets surviving the fire

10/08/2015
Today I am sitting with my cats, remembering the Vision Fire. I was working at the Bolinas post office when I got a call that there was a fire on Mount Vision. At the time, I was renting the lower part of a house at the top of Drakes View...

The Dance Palace, a force that needs our support

10/08/2015
In this age of start-ups, we hear every day about innovative ideas pursued with singular passion. Some of them are legendary. Two brainy guys get together in a garage to try to create a personal computer, and Apple is born. A local college grad comes home to find the family...

The consequences of solitary confines

09/24/2015
When I finally got involved in fighting America’s prison industrial complex, I googled my way to a human rights organization called California Prison Focus. The nonprofit aims to end the practice of long-term solitary confinement. Aside from corresponding with over 100 incarcerated individuals a month, the group acts as a...

My school and Chapultepec’s boys

09/24/2015
My school life in Mexico ranged from interesting to boring. From the second grade on, my education took place in the most important public school in Puebla, my city: Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec. Everybody called it simply, “Centro Escolar,” not realizing that this name is a description (School...

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