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Cover | Toby Tover-Krein

Rockport Red Reflection (acrylic on canvas). Toby Tover-Krein, an award-winning narrative figurative painter from the Bay Area, often paints vintage fishing boats from Rockport, Massachusetts, reminiscent of fishing trips with her father and representing a safe harbor for contemplation. In this piece, the shadow under one of the boats is painted a vivid red to remind us that not everything is predictable. You can see Tover-Krein’s unpredictable artworks at her show “Red Art District,” July 28 to September 26, 2006 at C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street, Alameda, and meet the artist on August 4, 6-9 p.m. In 2001 Toby was the Grand Prize Winner “Arts on Fire V” competition at Sanchez Art Center. Tover-Krein is with Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek ( and has her studio in Oakland. To contact the artist, call (925) 935-7386, e-mail, or view her art and bio at



August 2006 Issue: Table of Contents

Letting Go | When his young fiancée discovers a lump in her breast, a writer watches her bravely face the outcome. By Mike Rosen-Molina

Falling in Love | They vowed to stay together in sickness and in health, but she never bargained for serious injuries. By Jennifer Eyre White

Chemically Sane | A young woman’s look back at her descent into mental illness and the cost of finding stability. By J. Cafesin

The Bed Bath
| The simple act of bathing her beloved mother-in-law brings a young woman closer to her own humanity. By Risa Nye

Catch and Release | While waiting to hear if a cancer scan is all clear, a writer gets a second chance at a bond with his dad. By Chris Malcomb

Losing My Hair | After years of ironing out her tight curls, a writer loses her hair to cancer treatments—and falls in love with what grows back. By Marcie Beyatte

Unforgiving Skin | It’s our biggest organ, yet we abuse it. A writer ponders her skin’s health. By Jill Koenigsdorf

Architexture | A Thousand Rocks
Thousand Oaks, a charming Berkeley neighborhood, is bedrock to a hidden home, nestled among rhyolite boulders and historical secrets. By Lauri Puchall 

Shopping Around | Private School Primer
Smaller class size, low student/teacher ratios, and extras like music and foreign languages make the East Bay’s 43 accredited independent schools appealing. Our guide will help you find educational excellence for your child. By Sarah Weld

The Kilduff File | Joe Quirk
From dateless geek to married author using scientific methods. By Paul Kilduff



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