Opinion

Some notes from Mexico

05/02/2019
My annual trip this year was quick and almost without tourism, meant to deal with family matters and the possible purchase of land. But it is impossible not to talk to the people—not to feel their feelings about the country and the world, the economy and politics, violence and crime,...

Algunos apuntes desde México

04/24/2019
Un viaje rápido, casi sin turismo, para tratar asuntos de familia y la posible compra de un terreno. Pero resulta inevitable hablar con la gente, palpar parte de sus emociones y sentires sobre el país y el mundo, la economía, la política, el día a día, la violencia y la...

“Roma,” Yalitza and racism

03/20/2019
Much has been said about the Mexican film “Roma,” written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and nominated for 10 Oscars and awarded three. Since Cuarón’s initial award for best film at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, he has harvested many trophies, become a worldwide phenomenon and generated pride, criticism...

Sustainable—not!

03/20/2019
The one word that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck when used to talk about our food is “sustainable.” It’s proudly rolled out by our local purveyors and producers of delicious meats and cheeses and by their numerous supporting agricultural organizations. Every advertisement, letter to...

Protecting our life-giving waters

03/07/2019
Water: I spent last week watching it flow over Northern California. In the Sierras, I reveled in crystalline snowflakes floating down to powdery depths. In the foothills, I saw land lush and green, its life energy flowing into blossoming trees. I drove home past reservoirs full to overflowing and storm-swollen...

Lose weight with portion control

03/07/2019
A January column by Jane Brody in the New York Times concerned portion control, an approach to eating that enabled her to lose 40 pounds over two years and to keep the weight off without feeling deprived. Brody wrote the column because data from the Centers for Disease Control show...

Finding common ground

02/27/2019
I remember a number of years ago, during the local and national debate over the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, visiting town during the holidays. Having grown up in Point Reyes, it seemed obvious to me what the best outcome was, yet I was surprised to overhear a close...

The day of kings from Point Reyes

02/07/2019
When I arrived in California and the Bay Area, my attention was drawn to the numerous Spanish place names scattered everywhere. Although some contain grammatical, syntactic and phonetic errors, their sheer numbers are impressive: Tiburon, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Lagunitas, Nicasio. I had mixed feelings about seeing my...

Being on the right side of history

01/30/2019
It was likely five decades ago when I sat at the kitchen table with my father talking about slavery, which I was learning about in school. “Our family always treated our slaves well,” my father declared somewhat defensively. I was shocked and confused. What did this mean? His family likely...

El Día de los Reyes de Point Reyes

01/23/2019
Desde mi llegada a California y al área de la bahía, llamaron mi atención los numerosos carteles en español desperdigados por doquier. Aún con errores gramaticales, sintácticos y fonéticos, la cantidad es impresionante: Tiburón, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Nicasio… me causaron sensaciones encontradas, con la familiaridad de mi...

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