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Why Bolinas residents appealed the land trust's Overlook project

12/11/2019
The informal community group Mesa United in Support of Solutions for Equitable Land-Use, or MUSSEL, appealed the Bolinas Community Land Trust’s proposed development on Overlook Drive for two reasons. The first was to seek collaborative meetings between the two parties in hopes of creating a steering committee—the formation of which...

Nature Notebook, December 5, 2019

12/04/2019
The full moon rises Wednesday, Dec. 11 with corresponding extra high tides of six feet in the mid-morning hours. Its brilliant light will wash out the Geminid meteor showers, which may be seen from Dec. 7 through 17, peaking on Friday, Dec. 13. The Geminids originate in the Gemini (twins)...

A Thanksgiving blessing

11/26/2019
Thanksgiving is an invitation to reflect. This holiday, having just returned from a conference on healing reciprocity with the natural world, I am reflecting on how much we receive from nature, and what a debt of gratitude and care we owe to her. I was mentored in convening circles and...

A happy and healthy Thanksgiving

11/26/2019
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to people who have made life better for you and the world. Gratitude is powerful. Here are my choices; you will have good ones of your own. I am grateful for my loving family. I am grateful for Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old who...

Nature Notebook, November 21, 2019

11/20/2019
The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter brings a celestial treat on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 24. These two bright planets will appear close to each other in the western darkness before 6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving week brings extremely high mid-morning tides, peaking at 6.8 feet under the new moon on...

Fire sparked community

11/20/2019
Recently, Dr. Anna O’Malley wrote eloquently in the Point Reyes Light of “gifts wrapped up in the inconvenience of power outages,” when circumstances beyond our control give us pause and challenge us to reflect on what truly matters. This inconvenience invites simpler living disengaged from electronics, calls us to heed...

Community conversation brainstormed solutions to the climate crisis

11/20/2019
Two weeks after the Kincade fire and the PG&E shutoff, around 100 people gathered in Point Reyes Station to learn about the climate emergency and brainstorm local climate actions. The Nov. 10 event marked the second in a five-part series of community conversations on the climate crisis. Despite the stress...

A vivifying compendium on wind

11/13/2019
Wind is a life-giver, a fire-bringer, an unseen force that shapes the earth by moving soil and by lofting insects, seeds and pollen, sometimes great distances. It wears away mountains, shapes landscapes and carries death in the folds of its invisible cloak. It is a fact of life in West Marin, where for most of the year it is a benign neighbor, capturing moisture as it crosses the immense Pacific and bringing cool, onshore, fog-rich breezes, a vital component of our ecosystem...

The experience of being without power

10/31/2019
I’ve been reflecting on electricity: having it, not having it, the risks of having it coursing through aerial lines in a tinderbox, and how to responsibly live with such risk. I thought I was going to write an article about reframing the public-safety power shutoff experience into something that, with...

Dealing with public employees: Jim Britell shares tips for activists

10/16/2019
I met Jim Britell on the banks of the Yellowstone River in southwestern Montana in 1994. We were both teaching organizing and communication skills at a Patagonia-sponsored summer camp for environmental activists (we were paid in clothing). Before becoming a wilderness activist, Britell had worked as a federal manager for...

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