NOW THAT JANUAR Y has passed, it really is time to jump on those personal wellness resolutions. In our features section, we’ve got four stories that touch on
the topic of health in different ways. Adrian
Jones has an incredible first-person account of
finding his birth parents; it starts with a heart
attack and ends with many reunited hearts. He
recommends everyone take the time to get a
good grasp of their medical history and risks.
We follow with a look at different ways to
bring meditation into your life. Writer Kirsten
Jones Neff finds there’s a practice for everyone,
even those type As out there — what’s impor-
tant is a method that brings clarity. Next,
associate editor Kasia Pawlowska explores
the latest research in DNA profiling. Along
with some impressive stats on just how popu-
lar those home testing kits have become, she
brings encouraging news about aging, from
Buck Institute president and CEO Eric Verdin.
We wrap up with a story on Lyme disease.
Laura Hilgers talks to people who unknow-
ingly had the disease for years— diagnosing it
is trickier than you’d think — and, thankfully,
shares helpful measures to help prevent it.
And as always, we present our annual list of
the area’s top doctors, by specialty.
Up front we’ve got heart-healthy food tips;
a new section called Essentials, this time
offering Valentine gift ideas; our book column;
and a detailed look at local writing groups
— you’ll want to read that if your New Year’s
resolution was to write more.
In Destinations, you’ll find travel tips on
places ranging from Oregon to Oahu. Closer to
home, we’ve found three San Francisco hotels
that are easy on the budget and high on style.
It’s a big issue full of important info on
staying well. We hope you enjoy it, then make
time for a little calm and clarity in your life.
Daniel Jewett, Managing Editor
We were lucky enough to photograph singer/songwriter/guitarist
Chris Robinson at the Fillmore in
December as he was preparing
for a run of three shows there
with his band Brotherhood. As
we found out, though, one thing
he loves almost as much as
performing is spending time in
West Marin, where he has found
a real sense of community.