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I have a new set of stories out in Tahoe Quarterly‘s 2012 Mountain Home issue. Turn to pages 104 and 126 to see the articles I tackled on a Northstar remodel for a bachelor and his sons, “Y Chromos-Home,” and a remote, new build that is so inviting that Tony Bennett sang at its owners’ Christmas Party, “You’re Welcome.”

My favorite finds in the issue? Hirshy the acrylic deer head on page 100; the cozy bunk quarters on page 102; finally seeing inside Crystal Bay’s glass house on page 64; and spotting the ad I wrote back in my TQ editorial days (Lake Views Delivered) on page 145.

Visited the Tahoe Quarterly office last week to help them out with proofreading the Winter 2011–12 issue. After nearly 2 full years of not stepping into their office, it was fun to return for a little red pen action. It’s crazy to see how much has changed—and not changed—when you leave a place.

Some great content in the Winter issue, so be sure to check it out… my favorites included Sue Rock’s profile of Stella restaurant in Truckee and Seth Lightcap’s harrowing account of his avalanche accident.

I also discovered the story I wrote on the Sherpettes on Tahoe Quarterly’s website. So if you never got a chance to read it, you can now!

Tahoe Quarterly‘s new Ski & Ride issue is out and looking mighty fresh with its Hank DeVre cover of a Tram Bowl skier. Turn to page 19 for my story on biathlon and the state of the sport in Tahoe. Things are shaking up this year with Northstar’s ax of its biathlon programming, but a whole new arsenal of offerings at Auburn Ski Club is keeping the sport alive.

It’s always interesting to see my magazine articles in print since I usually write them so far in advance. I first interviewed Olympic biathlete Glenn Jobe for this story on a warm June day at Coffeebar in Truckee. Happy reading!

The summer issue of Tahoe Quarterly is on stands; it’s hard to miss with all those dogs—7 golden retrievers!—on the cover. Be sure to flip to page 26 first to read my profile on the Sherpettes, a backcountry porter service started by the lovely Jeni Lammerding. Helping women and families access the backcountry is their MO… such an inspired and fun way to work. I hope I can become a Sherpette one day!

Just got my copies of the Tahoe Quarterly home issue… such an awesome cover home! It’s bittersweet to see the 2011 home awards spread since this is the first time in some six years that I haven’t been on the tours. Walking through the finalist homes was always one of my favorite times of the year at that job. But it sure is exciting to flip through the pages and not know what’s coming next!

When you scope out all the architecture and design packed in the issue, don’t miss my arts profile of Paul Bailey on page 36 (the first story I’ve done for TQ since leaving last June) or my friend Ian profiled on page 32. Love that guy!

Oh happy day… rarely do I work a project as long as I do with Tahoe Quarterly‘s annual Mountain Home issue. It started last May, when we TQ editors were rounding up applications for the magazine’s annual awards. We then toured finalists through the end of summer and wrote, edited and fact checked content to finally bring you what’s hitting newsstands right now.

I am particularly amped for this edition since it marks the first time our Outstanding award has gone to a full-time residence, a 2,000 square foot one at that (see photo below). I wrote the feature story, so be sure to check it out.

Also written by me in the issue are: an arts profile on Truckee’s Mountain Forge; a home design story on the most whimsical home in Tahoe, the Hardy residence in Incline Village; the TQ Market section on ways to lighten up your decor; and Home Award profiles on a Martis Peak barn, a stunning Olympic Heights remodel and an Incline Village cottage.