Opinion

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...

Don’t let fears trample vital civil liberties

04/15/2020
I’m concerned about posts on Nextdoor seeking to shame or calling police on people not wearing masks on public roads. Wearing masks is not a legal requirement in Marin County; it is only a recommendation. There is a legal difference. Posts like this can incite people to start harassing their...

The ongoing struggle for rights and recognition

03/11/2020
A new study released by the United Nations on gender social norms to mark International Women’s Day reveals that, despite decades of progress in closing the equality gap between men and women, close to 90 percent of men and women globally hold some sort of bias against women, providing new...

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