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Nature Notebook, January 16, 2020

01/15/2020
The Chinese or Lunar New Year begins with the new moon on Jan. 25. This year’s zodiac animal honoree is the rat, which is considered acute and alert in nature. Look for local wood rat or pack rat nests along Limantour Road and White House Pool. These five- to six-foot...

The health impacts of cell towers

01/01/2020
How are cell towers similar to DDT, an insecticide infamous for its environmental impacts? It’s a good question. On Dec. 8, about 90 local residents asked this question and many more at an event to explore the health and environmental impacts of wireless technology. As new cell towers are being...

Nature Notebook, January 2, 2020

01/01/2020
The first of the annual meteor showers, the Quadrantids, originates in Boötes, the plowman constellation. This shower of about 40 per hour may be seen at around 1 a.m. from Jan. 1 through Jan. 5, in the eastern skies. The full moon of Jan. 10 is called “when snow blows...

Resolutions and feel-good benefits: How to make lasting change

12/26/2019
Yesterday morning, as I hiked up to the ridge near my home, I reflected on my intentions and behaviors. Why has it taken so long to reinstate regular hikes in my life? Why does something that makes me feel so euphoric get pushed to the bottom of my list? Why...

David Morris: Self-reliance and community

12/18/2019
David Morris has been visiting West Marin for 20 years or more, mostly from either Washington, D.C., where he co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance 45 years ago, or from Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he has been living with his wife, Harriet Barlow, most of the time. He has written four...

Art at Gallery Route One

12/18/2019
There’s a lot to admire in the work of four artists exhibiting at Gallery Route One this month. In “To Dance Another Animal,” Isis Hockenos’s figures are active and funny: prancing, bowing, embracing. They are like figures glimpsed in movie stills, in high drama chiascuro. She says she was influenced...

Why Bolinas residents appealed the land trust's Overlook project

12/11/2019
The informal community group Mesa United in Support of Solutions for Equitable Land-Use, or MUSSEL, appealed the Bolinas Community Land Trust’s proposed development on Overlook Drive for two reasons. The first was to seek collaborative meetings between the two parties in hopes of creating a steering committee—the formation of which...

Nature Notebook, December 5, 2019

12/04/2019
The full moon rises Wednesday, Dec. 11 with corresponding extra high tides of six feet in the mid-morning hours. Its brilliant light will wash out the Geminid meteor showers, which may be seen from Dec. 7 through 17, peaking on Friday, Dec. 13. The Geminids originate in the Gemini (twins)...

A Thanksgiving blessing

11/26/2019
Thanksgiving is an invitation to reflect. This holiday, having just returned from a conference on healing reciprocity with the natural world, I am reflecting on how much we receive from nature, and what a debt of gratitude and care we owe to her. I was mentored in convening circles and...

A happy and healthy Thanksgiving

11/26/2019
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to people who have made life better for you and the world. Gratitude is powerful. Here are my choices; you will have good ones of your own. I am grateful for my loving family. I am grateful for Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old who...

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