Mara Melandry grew up on the Peninsula when there were still farms and orchards between the towns. She attended university at UC Berkeley (’66), and graduate school at London School of Economics. She later taught anthropology at Haile Selassie University in Ethiopia and also worked for the Department of Transportation as Environmental Manager for the Bay Bridge. She and her photographer husband Don have lived in Berkeley since 1977. Local history is one of her many interests. Her most recent book, Our Paradise: Berkeley’s Fabulous Family Camps, Cazadero, Tuolumne, Echo Lake, was published in 2018.