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Our big news this month is the launch of The Marin Store, a print catalog and new e-commerce marketplace that showcases more than 300 Northern California–inspired products from more than 50 merchants and artists. As a natural extension of Marin Magazine, The Marin Store
exemplifies the values we share as a community—craftsmanship, creative vision and eco-friendly fabrication. See our Winter 2009 catalog inserted at page 34.

This month in the magazine, our feature stories celebrate the art of personal reinvention and the joy of home entertaining, with Somer Flaherty tackling both subjects with enthusiam. In Life, “Time to Reinvent Your Life” profiles three Marinites who decided “yes, we can” and switched careers in midlife. In Entertaining, “Busman’s Holiday” joins the Thanksgiving table—and peeks into the kitchen—of San Francisco chef Laurent Manrique at his home in Strawberry.

If you prefer to spend your holidays away from home, Mimi Towle provides a guide to winter seascapes in Journey, from the far away Seychelles to the nearby Half Moon Bay. For a combination of surf and Mexican turf, read GO and venture south to the Riviera Nayarit.

Also in this issue, we debut Appellation, a new regular department devoted to the latest in all things vino; Conversation talks with Mill Valley author Joyce Maynard; Marinterview (the new format for the former Life Style department) questions Pixar director and producer Andrew Stanton; FYI Green focuses on the upcoming Marin Triathlon; Fashion Trends looks at nighttime accessories; and Microclimate spotlights San Rafael, the heart of Marin.

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