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Hero & Zero: Bird Rescue

Hero: Tam Valley homeowner Scott Snyder had a bird in hand. Or, more specifically, a bird with a wide wingspan in the midsection of his chimney. The feathered fellow had been stuck there for at least 24 hours. Snyder had contacted local animal rescue organizations, but none were able to remove the bird. Even a chimney company couldn’t help....

Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Many people go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after,” observed Henry David Thoreau. The spirit of Thoreau’s observation is true about every one of us to some extent. From time-to-time, we all try to satisfy our desires in the wrong location, with the wrong tools and with...

Advice Goddess

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Q: I know humans are typically your subject, but this is a relationship question, so I hope you’ll consider answering it. I have a new puppy (an 8-pound terrier mutt). I eventually want her to sleep in bed with me. However, she’s not toilet-trained yet, so I “crate” her at night in the laundry room (in a small dog...

This Week in the Pacific Sun

This week in the Pacific Sun, our cover story, 'Trial by Fire,' is a Q & A with Stephen J. Pyne, one of America’s foremost experts on fire and fire history. On top of that, we've got a piece on a regional tree trimmer facing questions over accountability in the North Bay fires, a pumpkin spice latte recipe and an...

Feature: Trial by Fire

Stephen J. Pyne is a regents professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and one of America’s foremost experts on fire and fire history. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America and Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire,...

Upfront: The Long Branch

It was an interesting, observable irony: As the North Bay fires burned, tree trimmers under contract with PG&E were noticeably active around the region. In late October, trucks from the Davey Tree Expert Company (Davey) were spotted hard at work around West Marin and in places like far-flung and fire-sensitive Bolinas, cutting branches away from power lines, while smoke...

Food & Drink: Spice It Up

Until about 14 years ago, the pumpkin spices stayed in familiar culinary territory, adding their aromatic flavors to pies, cookies and the occasional glass of holiday eggnog. It was an open secret among adventurous chefs that the spices could be applied elsewhere, but doing so was rarely the selling point that it is today. The pumpkin spice latte was...

Music: Happy Flow

Misner & Smith created their new album ‘headwaters’ to pay tribute to artists who have influenced them, like Gram Parsons, Neil Young and Patty Griffin. Longtime collaborators Sam Misner and Megan Smith have shared stages since meeting at a Shakespeare festival in 2002, and for the past decade, they’ve made a name, or names, for themselves with a rich, resonant...

Film: Hellions

Last Flag Flying is the unauthorized sort-of sequel to cinema’s first great f-bomb: Richard Linklater’s serial-numbers-filed-off follow-up to 1973’s The Last Detail takes the renamed, rejiggered characters up to the early Gulf War, in the winter of 2003. Robert Towne/Hal Ashby’s adaptation of the Darryl Ponicsan novel had two swabbies (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) escorting a naval prisoner...

Hero & Zero: Volunteers Needed & A Privileged Parker

Hero: Calling all heroes. Volunteers are needed to advocate for assisted living and nursing home residents. By giving your time to the Marin County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, you’ll help ensure quality of life and quality of care for vulnerable members of our community. It’s an important job, and volunteers will receive training on resident rights, complaint investigation and...