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Coronavirus and community care

04/08/2020
Here we are together in this unprecedented moment in human history. It is a time marked by dissonant juxtapositions: the breathtaking spring with the clearest of skies, the dazzling green of trees leafing out, the brilliance of wildflowers beginning their display and the birdsong ringing out through the quiet, all...

Nature Notebook, April 9, 2020

04/08/2020
The Lyrid meteor showers sparkle overhead between April 16 and April 25, peaking late Wednesday, April 22. Look for 20 or so meteors an hour, many with tails. The constellation Lyra, or Lyre, rises on the eastern horizon after 10 p.m. It’s named after Orpheus’s lyre, which was made out...

Coping with coronavirus, week 3

04/01/2020
With the coronavirus spreading and the public ordered to stay home, these are unusual times in West Marin. Three weeks into a shutdown of all nonessential activities, the reality is setting in that these changes aren’t going away anytime soon. Yet people are finding the silver linings. Alongside our news...

Community charrette: A proposal

04/01/2020
As we reel under the excruciating pressures of the coronavirus pandemic and feel the impact of other global events in West Marin, it has been suggested that we need a forum of some kind to discuss issues of concern so that we’re able to better respond as a united front...

Coping with coronavirus, week 2

03/25/2020
With the coronavirus spreading and the public ordered to stay home, these are unusual times in West Marin. Nearly two weeks into a shutdown of all nonessential activities, people are adjusting to new routines. For some, that means an increased workload; for others, free time seems endless. Alongside our news...

Watching whales in quarantine

03/25/2020
We are up north, in remote coastal California at a house on a beach bluff. Whales puff past as they migrate north. Seabirds dip from the cypress to the hedgy bluff and out of sight. We came here for the solitude—a little respite, a few days of deep and wild...

Might this year be a year of wonders?

03/18/2020
Eighteen years ago, my mother was hospitalized and in intensive care for a virulent necrotic staphylococcus infection that was growing rapidly in several parts of her body. I was with her for most of almost every day for almost six weeks. Heavily medicated, she had trouble speaking clearly or focusing,...

Coping with the coronavirus, week 1

03/18/2020
With the novel coronavirus spreading and the public ordered to stay home, these are unusual times in West Marin. Just a few days into a minimum three-week shutdown of all non-essential activities, people are feeling the effects—financially, practically and spiritually. Alongside our news coverage of the pandemic, the Light each...

What do you mean, don’t panic?

03/18/2020
Everyone says, “Don’t panic!” I say, “Don’t panic for long.” Reacting to the cascading news about the coronavirus epidemic includes feeling the shock of the news viscerally. It’s not comfortable. No one wants it to be real. There’s too much unknown to deal with. We like our predictable routines and...

Nature Notebook, March 12, 2020

03/11/2020
This leap year, the vernal equinox falls on March 19, the calendar start of spring as the earth tilts toward the sun, lengthening our days. The planet Mercury will be easier to spot on March 23 while at its greatest elongation, or when it appears farthest from the sun. One...

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