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MAY IS ART month in the county. Hundreds of artists are opening their work spaces as part of Marin Open Studios (see the insert in this month’s issue) and we are featuring local art right on the cover. Read more about our ninth annual cover contest winner and the 12 finalists and see their magnificent creations in our “Pen, Brush and Lens” feature.

The saying “when life you gives you lemons, make lemonade” has never been truer than in the piece written and photographed by Lori Eanes. The local food photographer shares four recipes that highlight the sour and sweet side of this versatile fruit.

We wrap up features with an inspiring story about moms going back to work. Writer Samantha Parent Walravens introduces us to six women who, after the kids had grown up, jumped back into the workforce as business recruiters, entrepreneurs, real estate agents and more.

Up front we spend the day with plein air artists (we told you it was art month), hear some wise words from women authors (it’s also Mother’s Day this month), offer another great selection of books in Reading List and introduce you to musician Caroline de Lone, as well as the woman behind Laurel Whole Plant Organics and bookstore maven Elaine Petrocelli.

In Destinations, writer and golfer Robert Kaufman suggests the perfect golf road trip, featuring five courses in five days. Fore! And for something a little different, join adventure tour leader Vassi Koutsaftis on a Journey to a place most of us will probably never get to go: Pakistan.

It’s a big May issue, and we hope you enjoy it and maybe even find a little inspiration in the stories of artists, entrepreneurs and reinvigorated moms. Meanwhile, we hope to see you out and about at a few open studio events this month.