The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

Jill Koenigsdorf

Summer Reading —A collection of essays

“Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,” wrote William Shakespeare in Sonnet 18. His comment on the intensity of summer is a theme taken up by our Bay Area bards this month as they describe a near-drowning, an awkward houseguest, teenagers on vert ramps, poignant slices of lemon meringue pie and so much more.

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Faces of the East Bay

In the Philanthropic Swim

In the Philanthropic Swim

Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.