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I appreciate Marin Magazine showcasing
this article (“Canal Street” March) of such
deep content and so necessary in our current
political climate. I am deeply moved by Javier
Zamora’s beautifully written article, which
so gracefully weaves his personal experiences
in Marin with those of so many Latino immigrants in Marin and beyond. Javier, thank you
for taking the time and thought to share your
story. I hope to see much more written by you
in the future. NICOLE C, VIA ONLINE
“Canal Street” was a thoughtfully crafted story
about an area I’d only just visited last month
that left me curious to know more about the
community there. And to hear it from the view
of a young boy first touching down in America,
to see through his eyes the contrast of the economic classes was powerful. I’m glad to see
Javier Zamora’s writing has taken him far in life
and I appreciate your including his piece in the
magazine to shed a broader light on Marin and
its history. SAMAN THA PINNE Y, VIA ONLINE
I noticed the positive letters on “Canal Street.”
Glad to see that and to know that at least some
readers want more of this kind of real take on
Marin. Given that, I wanted to let you know
about Not in Our Town, a movement to stop
hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Many Marin officials,
community leaders and just plain citizens
are supporting NIOT activity, and it is an
opportunity to hear lots of stories about other
parts of life in Marin as the letter-writers
requested. CHRIS TINA LEIMER, PH. D., KEN TFIELD
In our May Conversation with Equator Coffees
and Teas CEO and co-founder Helen Russell we
incorrectly stated the number of stores in the
chain. That number is seven. Also, the coffee
and logo were inspired by Sumatra, not India.
Illustrator, “Best of the County” (p. 41)
Where do you draw inspiration from? From
making a conscious effort to keep my eyes open,
my heart awake and my feet on the ground.
What did you enjoy most about this assignment? Creating the nightscape was most
gratifying. Using various found materials,
glue, cardboard, some wood pieces to suggest
that magical feeling of dusk and sunset.
Where has your work appeared before?
The Ne w York Times, The Washington Post and
many other publications. My mixed-media
portrait of Lincoln was on a five-year loan and
on display at the historic Ford’s Theatre and
Museum in Washington, D.C.
Allison Quistgard Scherer
Writer, “Dean Ornish” (p. 36)
What’s the most surprising thing you found
out during this interview? We really do have
the power to prevent and heal disease based
upon our lifestyle choices. Healthy living is
more than just the food we eat; while that’s a
critical piece, it’s the walk we took or the trail
we jogged, it’s the yoga class or morning meditation and the love we share.
What’s your mantra for staying healthy?
We are our choices and it takes awareness and
commitment to make healthy ones. I approach
each day with a simple question: what will you
do today to be your healthiest self?
Photographer, “South Korea” (p. 92)
Why was this trip especially meaningful for
you? My family immigrated to the United
States from Seoul, Korea, 44 years ago when I
was 8 years old. My memory of being a child in
Seoul is bittersweet. It was the post–Korean
War era and we were very poor. It took this long,
44 years, to finally have the courage to visit.
What was the most unexpected part of the
journey? I knew Korea had changed dramatically in the last four decades, but I was quite
surprised to see how much it has changed.
Nothing looked or felt familiar to me. The
small one-room shacks I grew up in were
replaced by modern high-rises.