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Community charrette: A proposal

04/01/2020
As we reel under the excruciating pressures of the coronavirus pandemic and feel the impact of other global events in West Marin, it has been suggested that we need a forum of some kind to discuss issues of concern so that we’re able to better respond as a united front...

Watching whales in quarantine

03/25/2020
We are up north, in remote coastal California at a house on a beach bluff. Whales puff past as they migrate north. Seabirds dip from the cypress to the hedgy bluff and out of sight. We came here for the solitude—a little respite, a few days of deep and wild...

Might this year be a year of wonders?

03/18/2020
Eighteen years ago, my mother was hospitalized and in intensive care for a virulent necrotic staphylococcus infection that was growing rapidly in several parts of her body. I was with her for most of almost every day for almost six weeks. Heavily medicated, she had trouble speaking clearly or focusing,...

What do you mean, don’t panic?

03/18/2020
Everyone says, “Don’t panic!” I say, “Don’t panic for long.” Reacting to the cascading news about the coronavirus epidemic includes feeling the shock of the news viscerally. It’s not comfortable. No one wants it to be real. There’s too much unknown to deal with. We like our predictable routines and...

Nature Notebook, March 12, 2020

03/11/2020
This leap year, the vernal equinox falls on March 19, the calendar start of spring as the earth tilts toward the sun, lengthening our days. The planet Mercury will be easier to spot on March 23 while at its greatest elongation, or when it appears farthest from the sun. One...

Lessons from an epic survival story

03/04/2020
When I received the alert that Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky had disappeared on Valentine’s Day in Inverness, I was sick with worry. I live less than two miles from where they were last seen. Were they lost in the woods near my home? Would they be found? How would...

Larner Seeds: Gardening with heart

02/26/2020
What role can the home gardener play in restoring the native California ecosystem? The answer to that question is limitless for Judith Larner Lowry, who has grown native plants on an acre-and-a-half lot on the Bolinas Mesa for nearly four decades through her business, Larner Seeds. The garden boasts varieties...

Amy Schliftman: The best of two worlds

02/26/2020
In high school, Amy Schliftman played basketball, volleyball and softball, and ran track and field—and she was good. But then the thought struck her: What would life look like if she lost her physical prowess? That question changed the course of her life. Ms. Schliftman, a rural New York State...

At Eleven, strong women and artful food

02/26/2020
Rebecca Sterlin doesn’t usually helm the line at her restaurant, Eleven, for the Monday afternoon burger shack. But, short-staffed for the day, she deftly filled in, grilling patties, frying eggs and warming buns for the first patrons of the afternoon. Ms. Sterlin, who has a background in catering, art and...

"Spirit of Place": Smith Siegel raises nature awareness

02/26/2020
Connie Smith Siegel—artist, activist, author, dancer, poet, meditator and teacher—captures the weight, energy and movement of the elements. Her paintings, created outside with the wind and the water, the sun and the shadows, glow with life and light, and the connection she forged with nature through her years of sensory...

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