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Remnants of homes in the Fountain Grove area of Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

A house is not just a roof over your head.  It’s the architectural expression of a life.  It’s an extension of your personality and aesthetic. Whether its walls are carefully adorned or its laundry room is overflowing, the house tells the story of the family who lives within it.

My parents’ house burned down last week in the Northern California fires.  They lived in Santa Rosa. They retired to a house with a beautiful view and filled it with beautiful things and beautiful people who visited from all over. It was their dream home, and Mom used to joke that they’d have to roll her out of it. That was before the fire roared right down their street. Read More