THIS MON TH WE celebrate all things home. We kick off our fea- tures with a story about a family who bought and modernized a 1945 waterfront Tiburon house
as vacation digs. The remodel focused on
views, establishing a beach theme and keep-
ing things comfortable for guests. Another
feature about a home, albeit one a little less
modern, arises from a letter Robert Berger
wrote Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950, asking the
architect to design a house for him. A short
time later, the plans arrived, and Berger set to
work building the structure himself — one of
Wright’s famous DI Y “Usonian Automatics.”
His children share fond memories of their dad
and the midcentury house, including one par-
ticularly fetching detail. And finally, harking
back to the fires that ravaged the North Bay
last year, writer Zack Ruskin talks to mem-
bers of Rebuild North Bay to ask how recovery
efforts are going.
This issue also contains a detachable guide
to the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival, which
you can bring along. It’s got details on events,
fun local cinema facts, and start times and
locations for every film showing.
Up front you’ll find tips on where to see
migrating monarch butterflies and, just in
time for Halloween, the haunted history of a
Fairfax campground. We talk with one of only
24 female police chiefs in the state, and we sit
down with Michael Jones, who has big ideas
for the future of bicycling in Marin.
In Destinations we visit with a few of the
characters on Auburn’s rodeo circuit and find
out why they just can’t get enough of that life.
Farther afield, writer Calin Van Paris probes
the mystique of the lush island of Bali, with a
clear-eyed view of that elusive “alone time” so
many travelers go there to find.
It’s a jam-packed issue full of great reads.
We hope you enjoy it along with this year’s
film festival treats — you just might be hearing
about some of them around Oscar time.
Daniel Jewett, Managing Editor
With these plans, Robert
Berger was able to build
and customize his own
Frank Lloyd Wright home
in San Anselmo. He and
his wife owned the home
for 60 years and raised
four children and one
lucky dog there.
The remodel focused on views, establishing a beach
theme and keeping things comfortable for guests.