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Cover | Robin Purcell

The Curve of the Earth (watercolor painting, 2009). Robin Purcell, best known for her paintings of Mt. Diablo, created this watercolor in conjunction with the 2009 Mt. Diablo and Mt. Fuji Invitational Exhibit at the Hearst Gallery of St. Mary’s College in Moraga. “The open space of the parks in the East Bay is very important to my work,” says Purcell, who works exclusively in watercolor. “Mt. Diablo in particular is an island of peace in an otherwise crowded suburban setting.” A plein air artist “who goes outside to see colors and shapes from life and organize it into shimmering patches of color,” Purcell references the California impressionists as influences. Also, she jokes, she “was probably permanently warped by doing paint-by-numbers as a child.” Purcell holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Connecticut. To see more of her paintings online, visit

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|  Patient, Not Passive
Once, doctor knew best. But today, thanks to the Internet, people with cancer can easily scope out important information about their illness, prognosis, and treatment options. Through stories of East Bay survivors who have taken medical matters into their own hands, our writer—not only a skilled journalist, but also a cancer survivor herself—explores the pros and cons of this surprising do-it-yourself trend.  
By Rachel Trachten

UP FRONT |  Playing with Our Food
In the ’60s and ’70s, L. John Harris was like this with the big names of the local food revolution. This month, the inveterate gourmet and cookbook publisher is out with his own Foodoodles, a volume of Ghetto history liberally sprinkled with Harris’s quirky pen-and-ink cartoons.
By Andrea Pflaumer

FIRST PERSON |  My Father, My Lie
Oakland author Meredith Maran accused her father of the ultimate betrayal. Then she un-accused him. In this first-person essay, adapted from her new book, My Lie, she reveals how it all went down. By Meredith Maran

Shopping Around |  Complements of the Doc
Art therapy doesn’t cure cancer. Ditto for yoga, meditation, acupuncture, hypnosis, support groups, or drumming circles. Monthly co-editor Autumn Stephens explains why people living with cancer are seeking out these and other complementary practices—not instead of the classic Western surgery-radiation-chemo trifecta, but in addition.  By Autumn Stephens

The Kilduff File |  Stoney Burke
No less a luminary than Whoopi Goldberg once opened for comedic, Cal-based street performer Stoney Burke. Now, the garrulous guy gives us an earful of his off-the-wall, only-in-Burke-ley stuff. 
By Paul Kilduff


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