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Resilience in stressful times: How herbal medicine can help

02/27/2019
Is it more stressful now than at any other time in human history? To most people I speak with, it feels that way. But in fact, stress has been a part of our lives in extreme ways for as long as we have been a part of this planet. What...

Nature Notebook, February 28, 2019

02/27/2019
The new moon of March 6 is followed by daylight savings on Sunday, March 10. This time of the year is most excellent for early-morning risers and east-bound commuters: in the hour before dawn, three planets will grace the sky. Look for the moon, and closest to it will be...

Art Rogers Family Album, February 21, 2019

02/21/2019
Baby of the Week “Baby Boom” ESA ALI WRIGHT — BORN NOVEMBER 2, 2017 Son of Erin and David and little brother to Safia and Abel Wright of Inverness. Grandson of Susan Weideman of Sonoma, Donna and Don Weideman of Elk Grove, and Helene and Charles Wright of San Francisco...

Pilgrimage for the living world

02/14/2019
What comes to mind when you think about walking a trail in one of our parks, not just for exercise or nature observation, but also as a pilgrim? What makes a journey into any natural landscape a pilgrimage? And in today’s climate—both the literal climate of our stressed planet and...

Steve Hadland: A matter of life and death

02/14/2019
Dr. Steve Hadland began his medical career as an emergency room physician, fixing people and saving lives at all costs. These days he treasures his work as a hospice physician associated with Hospice of Petaluma, tending to the terminally ill and allowing them to die in comfort. Two extremes, one...

Nature Notebook, February 14, 2019

02/14/2019
Morning high tides peak at 6.8 feet on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18, and continue through the full moon of Feb. 19. This moon has also been called a “super moon,” which is not a scientific or technical term in the astronomical lexicon. So-called super moons rise during the periods when...

Art Rogers Family Album, February 7, 2019

02/07/2019
BOBBIE LOEB CHECKING OUT A DOWNED CYPRESS ON THE POINT REYES MESA In the last storm, a Monterey cypress about 100 years old and 100 feet tall was uprooted and blown sideways. It was found leaning against another tree in a cypress stand on Cypress Road. Nick Whitney, of Pacific...

The medicine of kindness

02/07/2019
I have been thinking a lot about kindness lately. Specifically, what does kindness look like as a way of living one’s life? How do we keep it on our radar as an animating practice? How does that warm feeling that comes from kindness toward others affect our health? Do kind-hearted...

We evolved to exercise

02/07/2019
The January issue of Scientific American has a great story by Herman Pontzer about how we humans are similar and profoundly different from our cousins—chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and gorillas—with whom we share over 97 percent of our DNA. Ponzer is a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University who has...

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