Features

Sea monsters, an ocean love affair: A fisherman's memoir

01/09/2019
Out of sight of shore, the monotony of water is broken by a welcome discovery: a whale on the horizon. It’s swimming nearer, near now, and coming straight for your fishing boat. Feet away, the 60-foot sperm whale isn’t slowing down—what do you do? “It became vividly clear that the...

Our wicked war with Mexico and its terrible repercussions

01/09/2019
Living in Mexico half the year has motivated me to learn more about the history of the often-contentious relationship between Mexico and the United States. The current problems we have on the Mexican border further inspired my research. By coincidence, flying back from Mexico to the United States recently, I...

Lengthening telomeres: Slowing the effect of time

01/03/2019
As I reflect on the passage of time and the way it can seem to accelerate or slow down, I am moved to think about people—in the community, in my practice and in the scientific literature—who have slowed their aging process. Last week, I met one such person at a...

Remembering Richard

12/27/2018
Richard Kirschman was a presence larger than life. Many stories and reminiscences about him are sure to be told at his memorial next month, but I would like to offer some of my own here. Richard was a member of a group of which I am part that meets for...

Nature Notebook, December 20, 2018

12/19/2018
It feels like winter already, with cold temperatures and misty days, but the official first day of winter is Friday, Dec. 21. The winter solstice, marked by many communities around the world, occurs when the earth’s North Pole leans farthest away from the sun, creating the fewest hours of daylight...

West Marin's Absentee Winery: All about natural chemistry

12/19/2018
Avi Deixler will readily tell you that he doesn’t know how to make wine. “Pretty much I use intuition and hard work,” said Mr. Deixler, owner and cellar master of Absentee Winery, which is located inside the former Gallagher Dairy on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Where milk once flowed, wine now...

Igor Sazevich: Painting his story

12/19/2018
Inverness architect and painter Igor Sazevich was shut out of his father’s studio as a little boy, but he now owns two of his own at his ridgetop home. This month, at Gallery Route One, where his show, “Time in My Art,” is on display through Sunday, he reminisced about...

Supreme Court ruling may help Point Reyes ranches

12/13/2018
The United States Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, in a way. The ruling came too late to save Drakes Bay, but perhaps just in time for many of the Point Reyes ranchers. When former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar decided against renewing Drakes...

Three kings and a miracle: A one-act opera visits the Dance Palace

12/06/2018
Coming up this month is a musical event that is perfect for the holiday season, one that will entertain and enrich families. “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act opera, will show in the Dance Palace Church Space at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 and at 2 p.m. on...

Nature Notebook, December 6, 2018

12/06/2018
More winter meteor showers drop late at night this week, as the Geminids fall in the eastern skies. With 120 multicolored stars per hour, it is considered one of the most prolific showers of the winter. This week’s new moon, on Thursday evening, brings extreme high tides of over six...

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