AS SUMMER WINDS down, it’s natu- ral to think about spending more time indoors, more specifically, at home. We met a couple who fell so much in love with West
Marin they decided to build their dream house
there — one that would take full advantage of the
outdoor space, the hilly terrain, the wind and the
sun; now they find it’s their favorite place to be.
See their story on page 48. Many Marinites have,
or would like to have, a second home — a getaway
where they can build a sense of belonging and
make new memories in a vacation-like setting.
In “Getaway Plan,” we look at the reality of buy-
ing and owning that home-away, describing four
impressive locations that could be worth a look.
The San Francisco Theological Seminary
As our feature story explains, concerns about
went through a few moves before it wound
up in its San Anselmo home in 1892. Now
the school is making a different sort of move
aimed at staying relevant in these times, but
will preserve its theological focus and original
campus buildings — many of an architectural
style not commonly seen on the West Coast.
earthquakes were partly what made the
design of these historic buildings (since retro-
fitted) unique in these parts.
Earthquake preparedness, of course, is on
every Californian’s mind, particularly this
month as we remember the Loma Prieta quake
of 30 years ago. Writer Peter Fish talks with
Marin residents about that day in ’ 89 and tells
what experts do and don’t know about being
ready for the next “big one.”
Up front, we talk with a San Francisco author
about his book on refugees, and F YI describes
efforts to help Marin’s chronically homeless.
In Conversation, tech innovator Tiffany Shlain
tells how taking a weekly 24-hour break from
smartphones makes her family — and others
— more aware of their surroundings, including
the natural world. Elsewhere, on that note, we
reveal where in the county you can pick apples
this season; Appellations looks at harvest tastings in wine country; and Destinations makes
an East Coast fall-color tour.
It’s an issue all about noticing and savoring
the full onset of fall. We hope it inspires you to
appreciate this beautiful county.
Daniel Jewett, Managing Editor
BEST-LAID PLANS When
Mark Anthony Wilson began
researching his story on the San
Francisco Theological Seminary,
he was surprised to learn that
among the historic San Anselmo
campus buildings are a few by
famed architect Julia Morgan.
Even more surprising was discovering blueprints for one of her
designs that was never built. It
was to go on Bouick Field where
the playhouse now stands.