Opinion

Bringing the Paris climate talks home

11/25/2015
Representatives from 195 countries will soon gather in Paris to try to reach agreements to deal with climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping nations shift to low-carbon economies. These are the long-awaited climate talks, but because of the failure of previous confabs, many of us have lost...

Eso que llaman “Thanksgiving”

11/19/2015
Al llegar a este país, algo sabía sobre eso que llamaban Día de Acción de Gracias, una celebración extraña parecida a Navidad, según aprendí en México en algunas series televisivas y películas gringas, donde a veces mostraban a gente teniendo una gran comida en la que destacaba un pavo completo...

Fukushima scientists say radiation continues to wash

11/12/2015
Last September, two eminent scientists visited the Dance Palace to update us on their research on radiation impacts of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan. Dr. Tim Mousseau reported that population decline and mutations in birds, insects and animals are already occurring in Japan similar to those in Chernobyl. Dr...

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...

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