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Nature Notebook, November 21, 2019

11/20/2019
The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter brings a celestial treat on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 24. These two bright planets will appear close to each other in the western darkness before 6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving week brings extremely high mid-morning tides, peaking at 6.8 feet under the new moon on...

Fire sparked community

11/20/2019
Recently, Dr. Anna O’Malley wrote eloquently in the Point Reyes Light of “gifts wrapped up in the inconvenience of power outages,” when circumstances beyond our control give us pause and challenge us to reflect on what truly matters. This inconvenience invites simpler living disengaged from electronics, calls us to heed...

Community conversation brainstormed solutions to the climate crisis

11/20/2019
Two weeks after the Kincade fire and the PG&E shutoff, around 100 people gathered in Point Reyes Station to learn about the climate emergency and brainstorm local climate actions. The Nov. 10 event marked the second in a five-part series of community conversations on the climate crisis. Despite the stress...

A vivifying compendium on wind

11/13/2019
Wind is a life-giver, a fire-bringer, an unseen force that shapes the earth by moving soil and by lofting insects, seeds and pollen, sometimes great distances. It wears away mountains, shapes landscapes and carries death in the folds of its invisible cloak. It is a fact of life in West Marin, where for most of the year it is a benign neighbor, capturing moisture as it crosses the immense Pacific and bringing cool, onshore, fog-rich breezes, a vital component of our ecosystem...

The experience of being without power

10/31/2019
I’ve been reflecting on electricity: having it, not having it, the risks of having it coursing through aerial lines in a tinderbox, and how to responsibly live with such risk. I thought I was going to write an article about reframing the public-safety power shutoff experience into something that, with...

Dealing with public employees: Jim Britell shares tips for activists

10/16/2019
I met Jim Britell on the banks of the Yellowstone River in southwestern Montana in 1994. We were both teaching organizing and communication skills at a Patagonia-sponsored summer camp for environmental activists (we were paid in clothing). Before becoming a wilderness activist, Britell had worked as a federal manager for...

Remembering Michael Mery

10/16/2019
West Marin has lost one of its most beloved residents, Michael Mery. His many efforts helped make his community a better place, and his work in establishing West Marin Fund, our region’s own community foundation, stands out. Given the steady success of the fund today, it’s easy to forget that...

The dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol

10/03/2019
Many people, especially those over age 65, may be incurring a risk by using alcohol when taking prescription drugs, according to research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcohol, itself a drug, becomes more intoxicating when it is consumed at the same time as a drug that...

To tend and befriend

10/03/2019
Two weeks ago I participated alongside my children in the global climate strike in San Francisco. All around me, people of all ages were bonded in a shared experience, looking straight at the unfolding catastrophe that is climate change. We felt connected to people all around the world. As I...

Nature Notebook, September 26, 2019

09/26/2019
The autumnal equinox of Sept. 23 ushered in the fall season, followed by a new moon on Sept. 28. A slow meteor shower—the Draconids—also arrives, appearing from Oct. 6 to 10. At best, there may be about 10 per hour seen mostly after 1 a.m., when the thin crescent moon...

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