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People in, a hub of sorts - started 4-13-11

People Index or link pages - for more people, see Interviews, Brief Memories, Suzuki Stories, LinksComments, and a few other places for some stragglers.

 Katharine Cook

Cuke Interview with Katharine which includes

March 2008 knee replacement email

A Green Gulch experience  involving pottery and power sent in early 2008

Incantation for People Tending the Watershed - January, 2008)

Because There was Lagunitas School

A Tassajara Story involving a late night return - sent in early 2008

Taking the High Road, Long Road In - posted 11-26-14

Summers by Lake Water - posted 12-11-14

8-29-15 - from the Oberlin College Philosophy Club Newsletter. Katharine was a philosophy major there.

Katharine Cook ’59 writes: “I continue to be involved in citizen
journalism, writing for the Pulitzer prize-winning Pt. Reyes Light;
writing a garden column for our local website, West Marin Commons; and
participating with the West Marin Carbon Project in helping to reduce
global warming by sowing, distributing, and planting native perennial
grasses that draw down carbon from the atmosphere. I am involved in
sowing the seeds otherwise distributing the native flowering plants of the coastal
prairie as described by Kat Anderson in her book Tending theWild. We
just finished [in early May] a wonderful weekend of the Geography of
Hope Conference that brought together celebrities in the world of
restoration work, such as Diana Beresford-Kroeger, for talks and
seminars. The latter is sponsored by Pt. Reyes Books, who do an
amazing job of bringing folks on the forefront of ecological
restoration to our small town for annual conferences. Poetry reading
and other work is available at; put ‘cook’ in the search

Interview with Katharine Cook on KWMR radio in Pont Reyes, CA, interviewed by Lyons Filmer with Peter Martinelli commenting. [date to come]

- 90.5 Point Reyes Station / 89.9 Bolinas / 92.3 San Geronimo Valley

Thanks to Ms. Lyons Filmer, Program Director, for sending this audio to cuke

11-26-14 - I write an column for the West Marin Commons forum
on a variety of topics related to ecology and economy. . . I'll send
you an example.  mkc

Pretty good.  Love living in this small town nestled between Tomales
Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  Great bookstore, Geography of Hope
Conference every other year, Amber & son Simon close by.  Switching my
focus from mainly ecological restoration to writing. . .happily
working with the Marin Carbon Project: who
are at the exciting cutting edge reducing global warming by planting
pastures of native perennial grasses that bring down CO2 from the
atmosphere and store it as usable carbon in the soil. . . .while at
the same time providing local food.

9-24-13 - Minding the Earth, Walking by Katharine Cook

5-11-13 - Florales Ludi: Festival of Flowers with Games by Katharine Cook

9-06-12 - My Love letter to Plum Village:  Thay Nhat Hanh and the Brocade Fan - by Katharine Cook

9-02-12 - Katharine Cook and Peter Martinelli radio interview, - Festival of First Fruits, is on this page of Pt. Reyes' KWNR's site

6-29-12 - Update on Katharine Cook. Katharine has moved to Pt. Reyes Station, CA from San Rafael 3 years ago, drawn by the natural beauty of the place, vibrant community and other Zen friends -- i.e., Stuart Kutchins, Bing Gong. Her daughter Amber had been living out here for some time. Main activities have been writing for the West Marin Citizen, covering the annual Bioneers Conference, which takes place in San Rafael each October, writing poetry and gardening, hosting radio programs for KWMR. Currently working on an article about Suzuki Roshi's gardens at Tassajara for the Citizen. Hoping to publish first poetry collection soon.

She was able to bring John Liu, the leading international ecologist and film-maker who opened Bioneers 2011, to Pt. Reyes for a conference, and will be continuing to contribute to the Geography of Hope events sponsored ty Pt. Reyes Books. Putting "ecological value and function before an economy based on the production of goods and services" has become her mantra. Her joy is growing heirloom flowers and perennial grasses. Reach her at katharine.cook[at]"

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