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Nature Notebook, December 17, 2019

12/16/2020
Winter technically begins with the solstice, the shortest day of the year, on Monday, Dec. 21. It is the season of extreme tides, with 6-plus-foot tides rolling in over the New Year’s week with corresponding low tides late in the afternoons. The solstice also brings an amazing sky: the conjunction...

Gratitude, coherence, and sanctuary

12/02/2020
This holiday season is off to an evocative start. Thanksgiving brings up complex thoughts and feelings as we reflect on the fairytale version of the first Thanksgiving and the disturbing reality of what was done to indigenous people and their land. Gathering with family on the other end of the...

Nature Notebook, November 5, 2020

11/05/2020
A smaller meteor shower, the Taurids, peaked on Nov. 4 in the late-night eastern sky at about five to 10 meteors per hour, and we may catch a few more this week. Hard upon its heels will be the Leonids meteor shower, which peak on Nov. 16 and 17. As...

A food renaissance in Tomales

11/05/2020
Fine places to eat abound in Tomales. Downtown eateries, including several thriving under new ownership, have strengthened their commitment to purchasing food from the surrounding area. The pandemic prompted a type of renaissance, as many producers looked closer to home for new buyers after their regular markets reduced capacities or...

Hilary Cheda’s automotive legacy

11/05/2020
Talk about your family business: Cheda’s Garage in Point Reyes Station spans four generations and almost 100 years. The painted sign on the front of the building boldly proclaims, “Cheda’s Garage Est. 1923” and identifies itself as the “Oldest AAA Contract Station in the USA.” Deer and elk heads, one...

Leaning in

11/05/2020
It is the eve of the election as I write this; many of the immediate unknowns will be known by the time you read it. My prayer for the coming weeks: May there be peace, and may we be released from the toxic trance that has held our attention captive...

Courage is a virtue

09/30/2020
My how the events of this year have challenged us. When opening a conversation with a friend, a colleague or a patient with “How are you?,” I am leaning in to hear the complexity of the response. We are navigating so much. I recently learned a term that has arisen...

Peace of mind in wildfire country: Some common-sense advice

09/16/2020
Despite ever-longer fire seasons, people continue to live in areas like West Marin that are prone to them. While some take a fatalistic view, most will take active steps to protect their families and their homes. Architects and builders are testing new fire-hardening techniques on new construction, but these are...

Wildfire and resilience

09/02/2020
As I sit down to write this, the evacuation warning that we in Bolinas have been under for the past 12 days has been lifted. The Woodward Fire continues to burn close to the Silver Hills neighborhood, as little as a quarter-mile from structures. I simultaneously breathe a sigh of...

Nature Notebook, August 13, 2020

08/12/2020
Catch the end of this year’s late-night Perseid meteor shower in the eastern sky through Aug. 24. A new moon rises Tuesday, Aug. 18 and brings some morning low tides just before sunrise. A thin layer of late summer dust coats many plants along the trails as the warm season...

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