Opinion

On racism and the labeling of ‘people of color’

07/01/2020
The momentous protests in support of Black Lives Matter represent a landmark movement for all of the oppressed, calling for justice and exposing the deep-seated hypocrisy of American exceptionalism. The “I can’t breathe” of George Floyd is the prototype of all racial suffering. Systemic racism in our country is caught...

Pull down the signs: Our symbols teach values

06/24/2020
Over the last two weeks I’ve watched a debate on the West Marin Feed Facebook page between those who propose changing the name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and those who can’t stomach the idea. The debate is passionate and sometimes ugly in tenor. The “dialogue” reminds me of the...

A chance to model holistic land stewardship

06/17/2020
I grew up on the mean streets of Nicasio. My childhood involved romping around looking for cow skulls in the hills and coming back with poison oak. Try as I might, I couldn’t kick the habit of crawling around outside and now run a small native landscaping business in Los...

Seashore ranching: Politics over science

06/17/2020
When I speak to people about the Point Reyes National Seashore, the first things they imagine are Douglas firs with glistening lichen hanging from their branches, the sound of the ocean crashing, the howls of the elephant seals and the caws of hawks. They hear the bugle of the tule...

On building an anti-racist consciousness

06/10/2020
I am writing to denounce a local instance of racially offensive media that hurt members of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community in West Marin, and to use the example as an entry point to educate readers on how to begin to create an anti-racist consciousness. While I write with the...

Why we are choosing to slow down and not pivot online

06/03/2020
As the Covid-19 crisis has escalated, much of our world has increasingly shifted online. Although our organization, Black Mountain Circle, exists online, we haven’t previously invested a lot of energy into building that presence. Our entire organization is, in fact, based around gathering people together. This meant that when the...

The alchemy of quarantine

05/20/2020
Ancient alchemy was a process by which medieval wizard-like explorers searched for a mystical substance called “the philosopher’s stone.” They believed this substance could turn lead into gold, heal sickness and even grant immortality. The theme of their endeavors was combining opposites, often depicted as the union of man and...

Housing and the turning points in the Covid-19 crisis

05/13/2020
West Marin is a tourist economy with a large proportion of second-home ownership. Even before shelter-in-place, tourism service workers did not earn enough to afford homes in West Marin. Hospitality jobs pay an average of $3,200 a month and these workers can afford $1,000 a month in rent; meanwhile, rental...

Covid-19 and diet

05/13/2020
This is a precarious and frightening time for all of us, but hope is not lost: We can protect ourselves from the coronavirus and prevent pandemics like this from happening again by the simple, individual action of eating a plant-based diet. Covid-19 jumped into the human population from bats via...

The best of times and the worst of times

04/29/2020
The dance of the extremes is in full swing, with opposites whirling like the yin-yang symbol gone berserk. Drop-dead gorgeous clouds pass overhead while the storm vibration of a life-and-death crisis wells up beneath us. Where do we put our feet? Where do we put our faith? For the first...

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