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Cover | Robin Moore

Town Sentry (watercolor). Stormy, also known as Spirit Horse, makes the rounds to approve all people entering Point Reyes Station on the Petaluma–Point Reyes Road. The 16-year-old mare was a gift to Vicki Leeds, owner of Highway 1’s landmark shop, Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery. Moore noticed Stormy’s gentle, confident presence in the spotlight of afternoon sun coming over a fog bank hovering on Inverness Ridge. “When I paint, I establish a bond—‘become’ my subject—like an actor approaches character,” Moore says. “The sensual grace of a brush on canvas is a form of affection, a caress of another unique identity.” The winner of numerous awards, Moore has also participated in “Arts for the Parks,” the traveling exhibit and catalog devoted to National Park thematic art. She has also illustrated publications for children and young adults. For more information about her work, visit This month Emeryville’s Holton Studio Frame-Makers will host a show of Moore’s paintings with a reception Saturday, Nov. 1, 4-7 p.m. at 5510 Doyle St., Emeryville;



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November 2008 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Broadcast Blues
Former KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith and other local media experts talk about why broadcast television—both local and national—is on the downslide. Griffith says the hard-hitting journalism she practiced while at KTVU is not the norm nationwide and attributes much of the sorry state of TV news to viewer complacency and corporations running the TV news biz.  By Andrea Lampros

Also: Check out Paul Kilduff’s funny and candid interview with then-KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith, published in June 1995.  

Up Front | The Smarter Sex
Beneath her normal everyday mom exterior, Berkeley writer Donna Storey is a nationally acclaimed erotica writer. Already the author of some 80 erotic stories and essays, she has just published her first novel, Amorous Woman. Storey discusses her writing life, what it means to be known for her steamy stories, and the interplay of sex and power. By Autumn Stephens.  

East Bay Life |  Who’s Present in Class Today?
Children today can be overwhelmed by busy after-school lives, too much television, rising classroom expectations and challenges at home. Some East Bay schools are trying something different—mindfulness—to help kids learn to focus better and handle difficult situations more smoothly. Children from kindergarten to eighth grade are learning to listen—really listen—to the chime of the brass bowl and live more in the moment. Teachers and kids say it’s helping, both in the classroom and on the playground.    By Sarah Lavender Smith

East Bay Life |  And Then They Were Gone
WEB EXCLUSIVE: An except from Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral’s book And Then They Were Gone: Children of the Peoples Temple, San Francisco to Jonestown. On the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Jonestown, Bebelaar presents a slice of life from Opportunity High in San Francisco, where she was a teacher and counselor. Many of her students were Peoples Temple teens who joined their families in Jonestown and never came home. 

Real Food | Beyond Bacon and Eggs
While some Americans tend to stick to cereal, pancakes and eggs for breakfast, other Americans find comfort and pleasure in breakfast dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia and India—right here in the Bay Area. Our writer wakes us up to the taste of jook, kao tom, pho and paratha. By Anna Mindess.

Shopping Around  |  Yoga-rama
The East Bay gives us a mind- and body-boggling array of yoga styles to choose from for our physical, emotional and even spiritual satisfaction. Whether you’re a longtime yogi or curious newbie, learn a little something about Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram and more.   By Rachel Trachten 

Shop Talk  |  Inviting shops in your area
Issues—A pocketsize store on Piedmont Ave. sells an eclectic mix of traditional and alternative periodicals, ’zines, T-shirts and letterpress cards. By Susan Sanford
Jeanomix is a new shop on Bay Street in Emeryville that seeks to fit every woman and man to just the right pair of jeans (with actual salespeople who know what will work on your body.)
By Andrea Lampros
Oakland’s Oliveto Café, downstairs from the restaurant, has a new look and a new kitchen that can turn out even more savory dishes.
By Sarah Weld
Pleasanton’s Sola-Brite is the Bay Area’s biggest distributor of the Solatube, an energy-saving device that lets natural light into your rooms.
By Sarah Weld
Westbrae Nursery, a small nursery under new brother-sister ownership, specializes in offering color succulents and drought-resistant plants with personal attention.
By Andrea Lampros

The Kilduff File |  Dick Meyer
NPR’s Dick Meyer says Americans are not as polarized or ideological as the political establishment would have us believe.  By Paul Kilduff

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Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
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Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

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