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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...

Lessons from an epic survival story

03/04/2020
When I received the alert that Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky had disappeared on Valentine’s Day in Inverness, I was sick with worry. I live less than two miles from where they were last seen. Were they lost in the woods near my home? Would they be found? How would...

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: Sisters in business

02/26/2020
Just this month, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was certified as a majority women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council after a rigorous application process. Of course, the business isn’t just mostly owned by women—it’s 100 percent owned by women, and...

Nature Notebook, February 27, 2020

02/26/2020
March is just around the corner, with a full moon rising March 9 followed by daylight savings and longer days. This lunar cycle brings 6-foot-plus high tides in mid-mornings, so plan for afternoon beach walking and tidepooling. The moon will look larger: it will be on its closet approach to...

Larner Seeds: Gardening with heart

02/26/2020
What role can the home gardener play in restoring the native California ecosystem? The answer to that question is limitless for Judith Larner Lowry, who has grown native plants on an acre-and-a-half lot on the Bolinas Mesa for nearly four decades through her business, Larner Seeds. The garden boasts varieties...

Amy Schliftman: The best of two worlds

02/26/2020
In high school, Amy Schliftman played basketball, volleyball and softball, and ran track and field—and she was good. But then the thought struck her: What would life look like if she lost her physical prowess? That question changed the course of her life. Ms. Schliftman, a rural New York State...

At Eleven, strong women and artful food

02/26/2020
Rebecca Sterlin doesn’t usually helm the line at her restaurant, Eleven, for the Monday afternoon burger shack. But, short-staffed for the day, she deftly filled in, grilling patties, frying eggs and warming buns for the first patrons of the afternoon. Ms. Sterlin, who has a background in catering, art and...

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