Nature Notebook, August 1, 2019

The Perseid meteor showers, usually one of the easiest and best shows to watch, will peak on Aug. 12 this year. This year, however, the full moon rises in the midst of the peak and will wash out our ability to see much of the showers. Expect to see 10...

Dr. Mary Whitney: “It has to be your calling"

Like many young girls enamored with animals, Mary Whitney wanted to become a veterinarian. Unlike most girls, she experienced, as she says, “the true calling.” Without that, she firmly believes no one should ever enter the demanding profession. “It has to be the only thing you can ever imagine yourself...

Community as medicine: Addressing the risks of social isolation

As a primary care physician and a member of a community blessed with many elders, I often contemplate the process of aging and what we know about living long, active and healthy lives. I think about how our choices about how much and what we eat, whether we smoke and...

Art Rogers Family Album, August 1, 2019

Baby of the Week “Baby Boom” WILLIAM WEST FRANKEL — BORN APRIL 17, 2018 Son of Rebecca Martin and Alex Frankel of Inverness Park. Grandson of Kaye and Hugh Martin of Occidental and Diane and Charles Frankel of San Francisco

Whale ceremony at Dillon Beach

With stones, rocks, flowers, chants, songs and their own bodies, about 200 mourners gathered last Saturday morning at Dillon Beach to commemorate the death this year of at least 70 gray whales, all stranded on the shore and visible across California. The sky was overcast, the air chilly and the...

Nature Notebook, July 1, 2019

The full moon earlier this week continues a pattern of extra-low morning tides, most occurring just before dawn. The corresponding high tides in the five-foot range come in the afternoons, leaving plenty of beach. Summer meteor showers began on July 12 with the Delta Aquarids on the eastern horizon. They...

Art Rogers Family Album, July 18, 2019

Baby of the Week “Baby Boom” SKYLAR GEORGICA REYES DiGAUDIO — BORN APRIL 9, 2018 Daughter of Marianne Recher and Ryan DiGaudio and little sister to Elliott of Inverness. Granddaughter of Marie and Frank Recher of Melbourne Beach Florida and Nancy and Paul DiGaudio of Discovery Bay, California

Jerry Lunsford, hippie from Olema, dies at 63

Jerry Lunsford, who was well known in West Marin for his community involvement and weekly “Hippy from Olema” radio show, died on June 11 while travelling from his home in Flagstaff to a bluegrass music festival in Colorado. The 63-year-old lived for over 25 years in West Marin, where his...