Meg McConahey - Features Staff Reporter

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The Latest Stories By Meg McConahey

A new neighborhood tucked in to Petaluma’s west side aims to foster community. Outside, the homes resemble old farm buildings. Inside, they are models of modern design and energy efficiency. Take a look.
Poet Rachel Rose traveled from Canada to Sonoma County to Paris in pursuit of K-9 cops and their handlers. Here's what she found out about the very special relationships between police dogs and their partnerships.
What happens when one person’s parents forbid a relationship? Well, that depends.
After preserving the former owner’s Japanese interior, a Sea Ranch homeowner determines to finally make it her own.
Grafting or pre-grafted trees can let you grow multiple varieties of produce at the same time.
George Rose’s 2017 book “Vineyard Sonoma County” captures diversity of vineyards and perfect moments in time, all before the fires.
What happened when your parents, church or community turned against your True Love
'Private Gardens of the Bay Area' is a visual survey of some of the best gardens by the Bay, including several from Sonoma County.
The fires have left many re-evaluating their relationship with possessions and pondering questions like, 'What is most important to me?' and 'What do I really need to be happy?'
As people re-examine their relationship with material possessions, fire survivors find they’re attaching deeper meaning to the things that somehow made it through the flames.
Catalina Marin collaborates with the women of Chiloe, a fishing island off the coast of southern Chile, to create luxury blankets, pillows and throw rugs finely made using traditional techniques but with an understated and updated look.
Art and Suiko Grant cultivated a lifetime of love and support, and a shared garden of nearly 50 years.
After 25 years, Gary Rasche’s outdoor display has grown into a magical Christmas forest that draws hundreds of people to his Montecito Heights home every night in December.
Volunteers with the North Bay Kiwanis Club offered haircuts, shaves and gifts to those in need.
After the recent fire tragedies, this season’s candle lighting traditions may feel stressful for some. Here are some ways to find comfort without fear.
‘I looked out and everybody was in their cars already evacuating, honking their horns. Bushes appeared to be just randomly bursting into flames,” said caregiver Ed Corn, who raced into Heidi Kulick’s room, grabbed her wheelchair and said, ‘We’ve got to get you out of here.’
Give back this holiday season by gifting one of these items, each raising money for North Bay fire relief.
The Nuns fire that tore through the upper Sonoma Valley has transfigured the multimillion dollar views that inspired writers like Jack London and Michael Ondaatje.
Santa Rosa author Blaire Briody, 33, writes about what happened to a small North Dakota farm town that became a fracking town, in her recent book 'The New Wild West.'
A young couple who would rather spend their money on experiences, decided small is beautiful for the 160-square-foot house they designed themselves.
The Serve a Little Auto garage in Santa Rosa has a mission: to fix the cars of needy single mothers at no charge.
Barbara Baer of Forestville wrote “The Ballet Lover,” to shed light on one of the greatest mysteries in the world of ballet: the famous fall of a ballerina at the hands of dancer Rudolph Nureyev.
Local psychologists tell us that kids coping with losses from the North Bay fires will need extra care and understanding. Here’s what to expect, and when to get extra help.
Learn how to make holiday arrangements, care for your succulents, manage garden pests and more
Quarryhill reopens with free admission and great deals on plants in Graton and Occidental