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Bolinas artist captures Sierra birds in new guide

06/09/2021
While waiting for a coffee at the kiosk outside the Coast Café, veteran birder and illustrator Keith Hansen heard a chirp and glanced up at the sky. A few seconds later, he heard another and was ready with a response: “That’s a hooded oriole.” Two days later, Keith was signing...

Chop wood, carry water, wash dishes

06/02/2021
How are you managing in these times of water scarcity? What is your experience? Do you have any tips to share? I’ve been observing my own ways through this latest twist in the great resilience challenge of being alive right now. It’s good to compare notes. Though the Commonweal Garden...

Nature Notebook, June 3, 2021

06/02/2021
The new moon rises on June 10, as the evening skies pass through their ancient patterns after the drama of the lunar eclipse. If you are traveling east, a solar eclipse will be visible in the northeast skies on June 10, but it will not be visible here. The local...

'Italian Love Cake': A novel

05/19/2021
Gail Reitano’s first novel, Italian Love Cake, hit the shelves this month. Set on the eve of World War II, the novel features a young, second-generation Italian-American woman making her own way as a shopkeeper and baker in rural New Jersey. The narrative is political, delving into the growing divisions...

Nature Notebook, May 13, 2021

05/19/2021
The moon enters Earth’s shadow on the evening of Tuesday, May 25, for a total lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, most of this phenomenon will occur in the very early morning hours, beginning at 1:46 a.m. and reaching full eclipse at 4:09 a.m. on Wednesday morning. More park trails have opened north...

Wild spring greens for your health

05/05/2021
Spring is sprung! Take a look at the verdant new life sprouting around you. Many of the plants of springtime are not only uplifting, but also nutritionally perfect foods for this season. Forage responsibly and treat your body to nature’s intelligent multivitamin. In modern society, as well as in climates...

Honoring the Asian American legacy in West Marin

05/05/2021
A history exhibit on the almost forgotten story of Chinese people in coastal Marin has long been a goal of the Bolinas Museum, but the current national conversations about anti-Asian racism led us to consider our coastal Marin story now. The San Francisco Bay Area has a dark history of...

Nature Notebook, April 22, 2021

04/21/2021
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22, when a late-night viewing may yield about 20 an hour after 10 p.m. in the eastern sky. Another super moon appears on Monday, April 26, with the moon looking brighter and larger at perigee, closer to earth than usual. Lupines are here...

Covid immunizations: Complexity and understanding

04/07/2021
It is spring. This year, watching the death-rebirth mystery unfold in all corners of the natural world, I feel the hopeful energy of re-emergence in my own life. The light at the end of our pandemic tunnel is visible, though the brightness and nearness of that light are difficult to...

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