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Nature Notebook, January 31, 2019

01/30/2019
Morning high tides continue through the new moon of Feb. 4, peaking at 6.1 feet on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. This East Coast tradition serves as an omen for future winter weather, but here on the Western coast, warm, dry days have jump-started the wildflower season. The very first wildflowers,...

Bruce Mitchell: A balancing act in wood

01/23/2019
Behind a wood-and-metal gate on Redwood Avenue lies what woodworker Bruce Mitchell affectionately calls his “boneyard.” Instead of retired machinery, unwieldy hunks of wood sit silent and expectant, waiting for Mr. Mitchell’s gaze and chainsaw to unearth the sculptures waiting within them. The Inverness Park resident has been working with...

What we saw at the border

01/16/2019
Distressed by the talk of the border wall and images of separated families, my husband Noah and I, along with Jennie Pfeiffer of Bolinas, decided to meet up with Border Angels. Founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones and based in San Diego, the group protects scores of migrants in San...

Kevin Clarke, 1955-2018

01/16/2019
Kevin Clarke, a general contractor and family man in Point Reyes Station known for his light touch and pervasive kindness, died on Christmas Eve. He was 63. Kevin and his wife and partner of 33 years, Rhonda Kutter, who serves as an aide to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, moved west from...

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...

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