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Substance use and your health: A fresh take for 2021

01/06/2021
As we embark on 2021, many of us find ourselves evaluating our choices regarding mental health and wellness. What in typical times may be a whimsical notion to shift a behavior may feel now, in light of last year’s challenges, more like battling a tsunami, especially when it comes to...

Elk Fence: the story behind the distillery

12/23/2020
Like many good stories of turning a passion into a profession, Gail Coppinger and Scott Woodson started out in a garage. They were brewing beer, learning the ins and outs of turning grain into liquor and falling in love with the craft—the art, the science and the smell. From this...

Joel Langdon: Plumber extraordinaire

12/23/2020
“A clogged sink waits for no one”—a venerable saying that pertains equally to cold showers and dripping pipes. When encountering such inconveniences, most of us turn to plumbing experts, and Covid-19 has not diminished our need for their help. Joel Langdon is such a professional. He can diagnose and repair...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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