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Nature Notebook, August 13, 2020

08/12/2020
Catch the end of this year’s late-night Perseid meteor shower in the eastern sky through Aug. 24. A new moon rises Tuesday, Aug. 18 and brings some morning low tides just before sunrise. A thin layer of late summer dust coats many plants along the trails as the warm season...

On closing Osteria Stellina

08/05/2020
No burying the lead here. Osteria Stellina, my baby, a restaurant concept built on food politics, organics, community, regional Italian cooking, love and idiocy, and a culmination of a life in the kitchen—from dishwashing and bussing in my first restaurant job at 14, to cooking at Postrio, Union Square Café,...

Your swallow, smile and sleep are more related than you think

08/05/2020
Did you know that with one small intervention you can sleep more deeply, relieve neck, back and jaw pain, improve the symmetry of your face, avoid costly orthodontic interventions, and even heal your brain? Decades of research into how bodies develop and change have taught us that the way we...

Nature Notebook, July 30, 2020

07/29/2020
As the days continue to shorten, the end of summer is heralded by the late-night Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on Aug. 12. Visible to the east after midnight, this shower may send as many as 60 shooting stars each hour, heralding the changing season as summer eases into...

Aneice Taylor, champion of quadriplegics, dies at 75

07/15/2020
Aneice Taylor, a Woodacre woman who founded a charity that supported local quadriplegics for over three decades, died on June 16. She was 75 years old. Aneice was known in the community for her generosity. After a mudslide left her paralyzed below the neck, she started IN SPIRIT, a nonprofit...

Nature Notebook, July 16, 2020

07/15/2020
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower drops in from July 12 through August 23 for late-night viewing (after 1 a.m.), peaking on July 28 with about 20 meteors per hour. More summer early-morning tides occur around sunrise with the new moon of July 20, the lowest at minus one foot comes...

Nature Notebook, July 2, 2020

07/01/2020
The West coast this week will see a lunar eclipse and a full moon over the holiday weekend. On July 4, the penumbral eclipse will be at its maximum for our viewing at 9:30 p.m. and the moon will leave the earth’s shadow by 10:50 p.m. A short span of...

Reckoning with racism, week two

06/17/2020
With protests against systemic racism sweeping the nation, the plight of black people in the United States of America has been amplified. In Marin County, where the median income is $124,000 and the average home costs over $1 million, African-Americans represent just 3 percent of the population. The pressure on...

Graduating in the time of Covid-19

06/17/2020
Even when there was just a rumor that school might be shut down for two weeks, I was hoping that it wouldn’t be true because I didn’t want to miss those two weeks of my senior year. I told my friends who were hoping for some time off that every...

Nature Notebook, June 18, 2020

06/17/2020
Celestial events in the coming week include a new moon and the summer solstice on Saturday, June 20. Traditionally, the solstice is the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year. Herbs are thought to be especially potent when gathered at this time, considered...

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