Opinion

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...

The tyranny of food

09/17/2015
I’m angry! I’m angry about food. I’m angry about food because it has become an obsession for me and for many of us. The preoccupation with eating can exercise a tyrannical control over our lives. Who amongst us has not suffered from any or many of the following consumption-related issues:...

Mi escuela y los Niños Héroes

09/17/2015
Mi escuela en México era entre interesante y aburrida. Desde segundo grado, mi educación transcurrió en la escuela pública más importante de mi ciudad: el Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec, aunque todos le decían simplemente “Centro Escolar”, sin reparar en que este nombre es una descripción, como lo es...

Mexico: Forever unstable?

08/27/2015
In the eyes of its governments, Mexican history has been one of progress and prosperity. However, ever since I can remember it has actually been in a sort of circular movement: appearing to move forward, but then regressing, in constant and puzzling swings. Unwanted realities, seemingly overcome by something new...

Fukushima contamination, in the ocean and biosphere

08/20/2015
Over four years after the disaster at the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the debacle continues to unfold. Ground water has been seeping into three of the six reactors—units 1, 2 and 3—coming into contact with the melted cores and becoming contaminated. Three to four hundred metric tons of...

Let’s Talk: the first call-in radio forum for West Marin

08/20/2015
When Donna Sheehan first had the idea of starting a radio station in West Marin, she envisioned a creative forum for all viewpoints, a place where everyone could have their say and air their talents. What arose from that early vision, thanks to the tireless efforts of many people, was...

The shifting meanings of wilderness

08/13/2015
Richard Vacha’s column on wilderness in last week’s issue eloquently articulated why wild places are important, but his essay did not distinguish between what a given person might experience as wilderness—which is deeply personal, and varies tremendously between individuals—and the legal status of wilderness at the core of the disagreement...

México, ¿siempre inestable?

08/13/2015
La historia mexicana de que el país avanza y prospera, pregonada siempre por sus gobernantes, ha sido --desde que recuerdo-- como un movimiento circular que parece ir hacia adelante, pero siempre retrocede, en un vaivén constante y engañoso. Realidades indeseadas aparentemente superadas por algo nuevo y mejorado, reaparecen como fantasmas...

Physician-assisted dying: Honest choices

08/06/2015
Physician-assisted dying—not “suicide”—is a complex and emotional issue. Below is a perspective I wrote with a leading physician with much direct experience, who quit one of his professional medical associations over its lack of integrity on the topic...

In Defense of Kale

08/06/2015
On July 11 at the Point Reyes Farmers Market, I had the delightful opportunity to demonstrate how to make a delicious kale-basil pesto, and the recipe appeared in last week’s Point Reyes Light. We learned about the amazing health benefits of kale and brainstormed how to eat more of these...

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