From the Editor
4 South Bay Accent
OPENING LINES SOUTH BAY ACCENT
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The joyous sights and sounds of spring must lift even the most
world-weary souls among us. In this issue, we celebrate the
season of rejuvenation with a life-affirming line-up of features
designed to touch and revitalize mind, body and spirit.
Case in point: “A Golden State of Mind,” in which writer
Carole Barrow delves into the art of mindfulness—the universal meditative
practice of focusing on awareness and living in the moment. Presented in a
simple, down-to-earth style, this piece tracks the use of mindfulness in local
corporate offices, schools and medical facilities, demonstrating its profound
effects on reducing anxiety, increasing energy and improving overall health.
Moving to the physical plane of holistic well-being, we introduce “Masters
of the Grape” by writer L.M. Archer. Here you’ll meet several of the Bay
Area’s most knowledgeable sommeliers, and learn about the passion and
dedication it takes to achieve rock star status among legions of local wine
lovers. Insights about the profession, new wine trends and favorite pours—it
all makes for a deliciously absorbing read.
Plenty of great food to accompany that fine wine comes courtesy of our
all-inclusive Dining Guide with Best Bites. From exotic corner bistros to
fabulous four-star restaurants, the array of choices in this essential resource is
wide enough to satisfy every appetite and budget.
Tasty nourishment can be found in home-cooked meals, too, especially
when prepared in kitchens we love. For the latest looks in culinary quarters,
check out “Kitchens Made Modern,” an eye-popping pictorial display where
technology meets artful design and the joy of cooking takes on brilliant new
meaning. For more ideas, look to “Homescapes,” our annual interior design
and home improvement guide to the area’s leading experts in remodeling and
Finally, in this issue, our cover feature profiling venture capitalist-philanthropist
Jillian Manus provides inspiration for the spirit. “Ventures from the
Heart” by writer Julie Vallone is a story of empowerment, tracing a privileged
woman’s journey into an abyss triggered by domestic abuse, and then leading
to a spiritual discovery of hope and courage—and to the triumph of becoming
a prominent Silicon Valley businesswoman and passionate advocate for
women, children and underserved populations.
In addition to these special pieces, this issue includes our looked-for regular
features: the latest head-turning spring fashions in Style; exciting new products
in Spotlight; and, of course, Calendar, a one-stop guide to more than
150 activities and events to keep you on the go for the next two months.
So, throw open the windows and greet the new season; it’s a beautiful time
of year to experience the comfort and pleasure of spring alighting on and
awakening each human sense.
Contributing Art Director
Mitch La Crosse
On the Cover
Jillian Manus photographed at home
by Chris Schmauch
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