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Meg McConahey - Features Staff Reporter

Features writer at The Press Democrat

meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5204

The Latest Stories By Meg McConahey

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.
Honeysuckle, jasmine and gardenia are among the plants that will lend fragrance to your garden.
Colorful spring flowers at local farms are making a vibrant statement around Sonoma County, and are perfect for bringing spring indoors.
What happens when one person’s parents forbid a relationship? Well, that depends.
Brad Villegiante and Caroline Hall apply paint, fresh new furnishings and designer touches to their 1905 Queen Anne. They are marketing the light-filled home where they live as an occasional location for commercial photo shoots.
'How a Mountain was Made' is a fanciful series of tales of anthropomorphic animals, birds, insects and elements, who inhabit Sonoma Mountain and whose exploits, lessons and fates together tell the story of the mountain.
When 35-year-old Chris Hamilton was killed in a car accident, his family decided to return to a grieving practice that was once commonplace in America, but now requires a bit of paperwork and know-how.
The Sebastopol Seed Library offers barley, amaranth, quinoa and heritage wheats as well as seed for more common garden food crops.
The Parent Hospital Association, formed by staunch advocates for the rights and care of SDC residents, held its last meeting at the state site, which is set to close at the end of the year.
Robin Stockwell discovered succulents before they were cool, becoming one of the West Coast’s biggest growers.
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 those very special relationships.
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.
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.
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.