Mendocino County, 2019

I just came back from a visit to Mendocino County, California, and here are 20 of my pictures from that trip. I’ve chosen to present these photos at a “large” size (not “full”) and “high” resolution (not “maximum). I hope you enjoy them.

We stayed in this house, designed to collect solar heat with its high row of windows facing south, and its full length solarium. The large vegetable and fruit garden is being prepared once again for the coming spring.

 

A meditative spot by the house is the Koi Pond.

 

Daffodils have started to carpet the green fields of the old cemetery for the town of Manchester.

 

Navarro Beach, where the Navarro River meets the Pacific Ocean, south of the hamlets of Albion and Little River.

 

I can never take too many pictures of the beach and surf.

 

The “isness” of nature is so beautiful, it takes you out of yourself and into the universal and primordial.

 

Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) was an American fine arts painter. She made this self portrait in oil, in 1881, when she was a 16 year old art student in San Francisco. This photo is only of a portion of the full painting.

 

Grace Hudson spent most of her life in the small city of Ukiah (inland Mendocino County), where today many of her art works are displayed at the Grace Hudson Museum.

 

Grace Hudson focused her artistry on the portraiture of the Pomo Indians, who live (still) in the Ukiah and Potter valleys (of inland Mendocino County). She painted real people in the natural settings of the region. This particular painting is about “the birth of song.”

 

A young Pomo girl with her pet fox.

 

A young Pomo girl with an orange, and attitude.

 

Grace Hudson made many paintings of Pomo children and babies. This is a detail of one of her best known “baby pictures.”

 

Grace Hudson sketched this amazingly subtle and detailed portrait of an expert Pomo basket weaver, and friend, with bitumen (which I think of as a coal/tar crayon).

 

Nit’s Cafe is a small, wonderful Thai-themed restaurant in Fort Bragg.

 

This view shows over 90% of the dining area of Nit’s Cafe. Note the potted orchids and colored lights. The food is phenomenal; the seafood is exquisite.

 

Menus at Nit’s Cafe.

 

Here is the chef of this one-woman enterprise, Nit herself: an accomplished gourmet chef who combines refined French culinary technique with Thai sensibility, and a passion for fine cooking. A lively and lovely person. Nit’s is at 322 CA Hwy 1 (the main street through Fort Bragg, in the center of town).

 

Point Navarro, north of Navarro Beach and south of Albion and Little River; looking west toward the setting sun, from near the edge of the high cliff (rocky surf below, and a very windy day).

 

The ceaseless surf at Navarro Point.

 

Looking north from the same cliff-edge spot at Navarro Point.

 

The Western Diet Is Deadly

RECENT ITEMS ON FOOD (Spring 2013)

The following letter-to-the-editor was written in response to an off-target criticism of my article “Eating And Mindful Metabolic Management.” My letter summarizes the essential (and largely unrecognized) facts about human food-energy and metabolism, which were variously described in my “food trilogy” (listed at bottom).

MG,Jr. Letter, Summarizing His Food Articles
http://www.swans.com/library/art19/letter261.html

Note this new press release:

“Following a Western Style Diet May Lead to Greater Risk of Premature Death”
15 April 2013
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=130281&CultureCode=en

It confirms the soundness of my article Eating and Mindful Metabolic Management (http://www.swans.com/library/art19/mgarci63.html)

From the Alpha Galileo press release:

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Data from a new study of British adults suggest that adherence to a “Western-style” diet (fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products) reduces a person’s likelihood of achieving older ages in good health and with higher functionality. Study results appear in the May issue of The American Journal of Medicine.
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Also of interest is the following New York Times story about a newly-discovered biochemical link between red meat consumption and heart attacks, via the action of gut bacteria.

“Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat”
By GINA KOLATA
7 April 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/health/study-points-to-new-culprit-in-heart-disease.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

From Kolata’s article:

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These scientists suspected that saturated fat and cholesterol made only a minor contribution to the increased amount of heart disease seen in red-meat eaters. The real culprit, they proposed, was a little-studied chemical that is burped out by bacteria in the intestines after people eat red meat. It is quickly converted by the liver into yet another little-studied chemical called TMAO that gets into the blood and increases the risk of heart disease… TMAO levels turned out to predict heart attack risk in humans, the researchers found. The researchers also found that TMAO actually caused heart disease in mice.
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Kolata’s article describes how the researchers administered antibiotics to the human subjects during a phase of the experiment, to eliminate their gut bacteria and consequently shut down the production of TMAO, and thus identify the role of gut bacteria in the causal chain under investigation. I’m sure this will give some carnivores the bright idea of taking antibiotics with their steaks. However, it would be foolish to interpret this study as a recommendation to consume antibiotics routinely so as to consume red meat frequently.

Finally, a new book by Michael Pollan has just been published, it is about cooking. That is to say, about real home cooking of real whole foods to regain and maintain real health.

“Pollan Cooks!”
By MARK BITTMAN
17 April 2013
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/pollan-cooks/

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MG,Jr. Food Trilogy:

Eating and Mindful Metabolic Management
25 March 2013
http://www.swans.com/library/art19/mgarci63.html

How To Lose Weight
2 March 2013
https://manuelgarciajr.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/how-to-lose-weight-f32.pdf

https://manuelgarciajr.com/2013/03/12/how-to-lose-weight/

The Pathology Of The Processed Food Industry
22 February 2013
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/22/the-pathology-of-the-processed-food-industry/

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