View from Mt. Tam

“A good walk spoiled.” That’s how Mark Twain saw golf. Were Twain around to join a foursome today, he’d see a different game of golf, one that is motorized, computerized and excercised, and from that experience most likely coin a different phrase: Golf, a good ride, technology enabled. Twain’s original is catchier, but ours is more accurate, as writer Cori Brett demonstrates. She takes us on a tour of the latest trends in modern golf—air-conditioned golf carts with GPS systems, Segway caddies, longer courses, fitter players and great clout on the course by women.

A long way from this type of luxury recreation is Darfur, the conflict-ridden region of western Sudan where hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced. Local photographer Alissa Everett spent six weeks amid the refugee camps and returned with a stark, and visually haunting, story of human tragedy. We’re proud to share it with you.

Here in Marin, voters have given the College of Marin a quarter of a billion dollars to modernize. Tim Porter, our editor-at-large, tells us how college President Fran White plans to spend that money and move the college forward from a past laden with internal strife and declining enrollment. Porter found a campus brimming with promise, but divided over its future.

For Home this month, P. J. Bremier finds a stately lodge worthy of the Sierra but situated quite comfortably, thank you, amid the leafy residential environs of Ross. The homeowners wanted space and flexibility, architect David Ludwig gave it to them, and they now find themselves in the role of lodge keepers for friends and family.

Also in this issue, we engage in Conversation with arts patrons Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston about the performing arts scene in Marin and San Francisco; we introduce you to AngelPoints, a Sausalito company that makes corporate giving easy; and we visit with Zara McDonald, a Marin native who has made it her mission to save the endangered snow leopards of Central and Southeast Asia. We conclude with Dialogue, this month with Sausalito resident Dr. Dean Ornish.

As always, our wish is for your good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this
extraordinary place!

Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor