July/August 2015


A Sense of Place

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and his congressman brother, Joaquín, have never forgotten where they came from—a series of homes on San Antonio’s West Side that provided an important ingredient for their success: hope.

Our Favorite Mobile Device

Invented by Stanford alumnus Wally Byam, ’21, the Airstream trailer has become a national symbol of adventure, style and individuality. 

Writing Home

A novelist in Portugal relates how his experience as an expatriate and the immersive qualities of his work changed his perspective on the meaning of home.

Rethinking the Nest

Professors David Spiegel and Helen Blau struggled with the thought of tearing down their longtime home and building a new one, but were convinced by the vision of an advocate they could believe in—their architect son.

Fiction: The Birds in Your House

A teenage girl and her mother encounter a strange and wondrous event on the first night in their new house, in this fictional short story by former Stegner fellow Tom Kealey.

California Dreaming?

Priced out of California

A Midnight Ride

Up all night with the homeless

The Power of 'Hi'

Students seek shelter

Drawn Together

Draw mates rejoice

Living the Liberal Arts

The humanities get a house

Next-Door Neighbors

The Farm's animal habitats

American Homes 2.0

Houses, circa 2050

A New Kind of Martian

Life on Mars

Cozy Room, Great View

Above all, on the space station

Ammo for the House Hunt

Zillow's number crunchers

When the Earth Moves

No longer on shaky ground

Farm Report

Mythbusting America's West

The West, examined

Drama on the Green

Women's golf wins it all


From Moomba to MemChu



Where Life Happens

Oh, the places I've lived


'Usefulness' Education

Experiential learning

1,000 WORDS

Sierra Sanctuary


Books, Music & Film


Maison d'Etre

Our little piece of France

Class Notes


Tuskegee Airman

Leslie A. Williams, '49, JD '74

"Simpsons" Creative Force

Samuel Michael "Sam" Simon, '77

Journalist and Humanitarian

John Siceloff, MA '82

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