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Even in a place with as many special people and places as Marin, everyone has favorites—including us. That’s why we’ve put together Marin Magazine’s first Editors’ Choice, a 24-page collection highlighting people who contribute to our community and guiding you through our select places to shop for clothes, to find home furnishings, to immerse kids in culture and to generally spend time enjoying the delights of Marin.

In Home this month, P. J. Bremier explores a modern award-winning home that spans a ravine in central Marin “like a rusty bar floating on the landscape.” FYI Home Decor describes how you can add some splash to your environment with fountains, and FYI Real Estate finds local buyers and sellers who are successfully navigating the challenges of today’s housing market.

Taking us out of town, Ben Davidson reports in Journey on how he reconnected with his youthful memories on a hiking-biking—and eating—tour of Sicily, and closer to home in Go, Samantha Berry savors the epicurean attractions of Santa Barbara.

In Conversation we talk with Helge Hellberg, the dynamic executive director of Marin Organic, about the importance of good, local food and the need to preserve the soil that nourishes us all. Lifestyle introduces us to Mill Valley artist Eric Zener (whose watery work is on the cover this month), Dialogue engages with Michael Knight, the senior curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum, and FYI Education schools us on local wiz Gary Gruber’s techniques for acing the SAT.

Also in this issue, Microclimate wanders the hilly streets of Homestead Valley, Flavor extracts the secrets of great gazpacho from local chefs, and Looking Back dials into the radio days of West Marin’s Marconi Conference Center.

As always, our wish is for your continued good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this extraordinary place!       
Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor