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Lessons from an epic survival story

03/04/2020
When I received the alert that Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky had disappeared on Valentine’s Day in Inverness, I was sick with worry. I live less than two miles from where they were last seen. Were they lost in the woods near my home? Would they be found? How would...

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: Sisters in business

02/26/2020
Just this month, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was certified as a majority women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council after a rigorous application process. Of course, the business isn’t just mostly owned by women—it’s 100 percent owned by women, and...

Nature Notebook, February 27, 2020

02/26/2020
March is just around the corner, with a full moon rising March 9 followed by daylight savings and longer days. This lunar cycle brings 6-foot-plus high tides in mid-mornings, so plan for afternoon beach walking and tidepooling. The moon will look larger: it will be on its closet approach to...

Larner Seeds: Gardening with heart

02/26/2020
What role can the home gardener play in restoring the native California ecosystem? The answer to that question is limitless for Judith Larner Lowry, who has grown native plants on an acre-and-a-half lot on the Bolinas Mesa for nearly four decades through her business, Larner Seeds. The garden boasts varieties...

Amy Schliftman: The best of two worlds

02/26/2020
In high school, Amy Schliftman played basketball, volleyball and softball, and ran track and field—and she was good. But then the thought struck her: What would life look like if she lost her physical prowess? That question changed the course of her life. Ms. Schliftman, a rural New York State...

At Eleven, strong women and artful food

02/26/2020
Rebecca Sterlin doesn’t usually helm the line at her restaurant, Eleven, for the Monday afternoon burger shack. But, short-staffed for the day, she deftly filled in, grilling patties, frying eggs and warming buns for the first patrons of the afternoon. Ms. Sterlin, who has a background in catering, art and...

"Spirit of Place": Smith Siegel raises nature awareness

02/26/2020
Connie Smith Siegel—artist, activist, author, dancer, poet, meditator and teacher—captures the weight, energy and movement of the elements. Her paintings, created outside with the wind and the water, the sun and the shadows, glow with life and light, and the connection she forged with nature through her years of sensory...

Christine De Camp: It’s always been about art

02/19/2020
Christine De Camp has been making art since she could hold a pencil. “I don’t remember not drawing and painting,” she recalls, sitting in the light-filled window of her Second Valley rental in Inverness. As a child growing up in rural Pennsylvania, she scribbled on walls and on any piece...

A view of the sublime

02/19/2020
Speed—safely—to the art show at the San Geronimo Community Center, where Connie Smith Siegel’s talent as a landscape artist is on view in the Maurice del Mue Galleries. Smith Siegel sees with some extra vision that seems to create a holographic chamber in front of her paintings. Some art is...

Sky Road Webb, keeping Miwok music

02/12/2020
Sky Road Webb came to California a decade ago on a quest to unearth his Indian heritage. He expected to find his mother, whom he hadn’t seen since he was 4. Instead, he found she had passed away, and he learned he was a descendant of the Tamal’ko, the Tomales...

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