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Nature Notebook, November 21, 2018

11/21/2018
Hopefully you are reading this nestled on the couch during the first rains of the season; I always enjoy a walk after a traditional holiday meal, but will gladly don raingear this year. The full moon rises on Thanksgiving, with an extreme morning high tide of 6.4 feet at 9...

An American genocide: New works lift the veil on European invasion

11/21/2018
Peter Burnett, California’s first governor, expressed the prevailing colonialist point of view of his time thusly: “A war of extermination will continue to be waged until the Indian race becomes extinct.” His dire proclamation sums up the essence of Benjamin Madley’s scholarly text, “An American Genocide: The United States and...

Richard Kirschman, innovator for the common good, dies at 85

11/21/2018
Richard Kirschman, a philanthropist and innovator whose sense of humor equaled his commitment to the common good, died on Nov. 6. He was 85 years old. Richard earned himself the unofficial title of mayor of Dogtown after successfully petitioning the county to restore the forgotten name of the town where...

Ceramics brought to life by Susan Hall's nature-inspired paintings

11/15/2018
Susan Hall is both a painter by nature and a painter drawn to nature. She may be best known for her West Marin scenes, but her new book, “Out of the Fire,” features photographs of and ruminations on her other love: ceramics. The 270-page coffee table book details Ms. Hall’s...

The boys who said no to Vietnam

11/15/2018
In his forthcoming documentary “The Boys Who Said NO!,” Christopher Colorado Jones hopes to educate Americans about the power of resistance. The film charts the scope and success of draft resisters during the Vietnam War. An estimated quarter-million to a half-million men actively resisted deployment during the Vietnam War: some...

Nature Notebook, November 8, 2018

11/07/2018
It is a sparkly time in the sky, with both the Taurid and Leonid meteor showers in the month of November. The Taurids, which peaked on Nov. 5, originate in the constellation Taurus, located just above Orion in the sky. Watch for fireballs above Orion’s three-starred belt. The Leonids begin...

Talking about race in West Marin

10/25/2018
For the last year and a half, I have hosted twice-monthly conversations about race in America and in our lives. We select a book to read and, through respectful listening to one another’s reflections on the writer’s thoughts on difference, acceptance and denial, we illuminate our shared condition and provide...

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