Woodland Park Zoo
by Heather Roulo
When visitors come to Seattle, there are a few must-see sites. Besides the space needle and Pike Street Market, I insist my guests visit the Woodland Park Zoo.
Located near Green Lake in the northern part of Seattle, not too far from the University of Washington campus, Woodland Park Zoo boasts ninety-two acres of animals and attractions. Despite the large size, it is well-organized and very possible to see the zoo in one day or to pick your favorites and linger along the lush native-plant-lined paths. We go so frequently. The kids have learned the shortest paths between our favorite animals.
When our family hosted a Japanese exchange student, she was thrilled with the chance to interact with the animals. Young or old, the zoo entertains with its variety of animals, plants, education, and experiences. Where else can you be licked by a giraffe and experience how rough their tongues are?
The zoo also provides an opportunity to appreciate the diverse biosphere … read more in the Summer 2019 issue.
Spotlight on Oakland
by Sumiko Saulson
Oakland is a well-known spot for arts and culture, but not everyone knows that it is also the home of the nation’s oldest wildlife reserve, Lake Merritt Refuge, established in 1870.
It is a tidal pool three miles in circumference at the heart of the city featuring birds, gardens, and boating. On its shores is the fanciful theme park, Children’s Fairyland, opened in 1950, and one of the oldest such parks in the world. The Oakland Zoo, managed by the Conservation Society of California, is another type of sanctuary for wildlife. Founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow, it houses … continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue of SEARCH.
The Music of the Jungle Book
by Elliot Thorpe
Disney Studios, over the decades, has prominently featured our animal friends in hundreds of its movies, from live action (including Greyfriars Bobby , That Darn Cat! , Murder She Purred  and Dumbo ) to animated classic such as Bambi , The Aristocats , my personal favorite Robin Hood  and everyone’s, The Lion King .
Even in movies where the main protagonists are human, such as the princesses Snow White and Cinderella, creatures, both feathered and furred, have some importance. And goodness, Disney’s most famous icon is a rodent who has a pooch as a pet!
Enough of these Shaggy Dog stories. I’m here to remind you of perhaps one of the greatest of all Disney pictures and one that is nevertheless indelibly inked onto our psyche with catchy songs and great visuals, the 19th animated feature, The Jungle Book… continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue of SEARCH.
How to Catch a Rabid Squirrel and Why
by Tim Reynolds
Rescue missions were our specialty, though up to this point in time all previous missions involved only G. I. Joes. This was our first live specimen, zoological rescue, and no thirteen- and fourteen-year-old, two-kid team was more prepared than Ron and me.
We’d ridden our bikes up to the greenbelt area behind the local tennis courts that used to be the IBM golf course. Ron and I had done our traditional summer-day work out on the high-intensity obstacle course disguised as a playground. We were returning from the drinking fountain when we spotted him hobbling across the playground gravel. The wee squirrel was injured, and it was plain to see it wasn’t just a thorn in his paw. He couldn’t put any weight on one leg, and it was bent at an odd angle.
We sprang into action. You can’t catch a squirrel with your bare hands, so Ron observed Tripod, a name appropriate to his condition, while I went dumpster diving for a zoological specimen containment thingy … Read more in the Summer 2019 issue
Bring the Zoo to
by Lillian Csernica
Summer is that wonderful time of year when people get out into the sunshine. A favorite destination is the zoo. There’s nothing like seeing a tiger roar in person or watching a hippopotamus enjoying a swim. Here’s a way to make it possible to visit the zoo every day, and the zoo can be completely different every time.
A large pad of white paper, the type sold for finger painting.
Play-Doh or its off-brand equivalent
Cookie cutters shaped like animals
Stickers (animals, food, plants and flowers, balloons, etc.)
This list can be expanded to include whatever you and your fellow zoo builders want to use. A trip to the dollar store can provide everything you need for less than ten dollars.
Time: 30 minutes for the basic zoo. You can add as many details as you like!
… read more in the Summer 2019 issue.
Iceland in the Summer
by Kay Tracy
If you are looking for an interesting trip, Iceland. is something different to do this summer. Either stopping over on a longer flight to Europe or simply a visit to Iceland for itself, there is plenty to see and do.
Get ready to meet interesting people and see the arts, sights, and culture of this small but mighty country. Getting there is easier than ever with flights from the west coast, as well as the East coast. Bring clothing to dress in layers, with the outermost being waterproof. You could get a whole year of seasons in one hour-no joke. Your major credit cards will work there, though make sure you know what your bank or card will charge for international fees. You can exchange currency at the airport after clearing customs, for no fee. Do check the information on what you can and cannot take into the country…. continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue.
The closest we had to a zoo in my small, eastern Washington hometown was a park with a bird aviary holding dozens of species of birds, mostly pheasant and quail as well as swans, peacocks, and varieties of ducks. Even as a teenager I would visit the aviary, drop birdseed down the tubes into their pens and marvel at the variety of life.
For most of us, zoos are a place to spend a day observing exotic animals and enjoy time outdoors. We meet up for playdates and push our kids in strollers before they can form coherent long-term memories, because animals are a delight at any age. We marvel at nature. By spending that time marveling at the zoo, we’re encouraging respect for animals, understanding habitat, and seeing how our actions impact the world around us. Zoos are there to educate, rehabilitate, and promote conservation.
I’ve been a member of my local zoo since my first child was born. We go frequently enough to have favorite animals and know the shortcuts between them. We’ve celebrated the births of endangered animals and mourned the loss of elephants from Woodland Park Zoo.
The zoo is a gentle reminder that our actions have broader impacts, and we are part of something greater. Join us in celebrating animals, whether it’s an otter playing basketball for rehabilitation or the beatboxing of a happy lemur. If you can’t get to the animals, check out our DIY article on bringing the zoo to you.
Enjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2019 issue.
Heather Roulo/Editorial Director
Summer 2019 Search Magazine Table of Contents
Travel-Iceland In The Summer
DIY-Bring The Zoo To You
Humor-How To Catch A Rabid Squirrel & Why
Author Spotlight-Heather Roulo
Music-The Music Of The Jungle Book
Feature Article-Woodland Park Zoo
2nd Feature-Sea Otter Cuteness
Food-Grilled Veggies &Pita Sandwiches
Autism-We’re Going To The Zoo, Zoo, Zoo
Animal Fun Facts-Gorillas, Giraffes, Lions and Zebras
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Rude or Infinitely Patient
by Larriane Barnard
As an author, you’re told you have to promote, go to conferences, books signings, book fairs, etc. Having attended a few is why I ask are you rude of infinitely patient? If you don’t know, carry on a conversation with someone hard of hearing. Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not slamming people with a hearing handicap. I’m on the receiving end, not the giving. About twenty years ago, thanks to a doctor who gave me a medication in too strong a dosage for too long a time, I lost the majority of my hearing. Since, I’ve discovered people who answer to both ends of that question. To some, I suddenly become invisible to a degree they not only cut me out of a conversation, they turn their backs to me. Are they embarrassed, thoughtless, or….?
I really don’t know, but I do know, there are more on the other side, for which I’m grateful. I know it’s frustrating to have to repeat what you say, two or three times. It’s frustrating to me to have to ask you to. I’m happy to say the ratio of those willing to is far higher than those who get irritated, rude, or back off when I move closer to hear better. Honestly, I’ve had people back away to the point I worried about BO more than did I invading their space… Read more in the Spring 2019 issue.
Famous Mom/Child Literary Duos
by Sumiko Saulson
Most of us have precious memories of doing some crafts project with mommy. For me and my mother, Carolyn Saulson, those included a band, three plays, a novel, and a graphic novel. We are far from the only parent/child writing team. Just in time for Mother’s Day, here is a list of five famous authors, whose children are also famous authors, and the creative projects they developed together.
Mary Wollstonecraft and daughter Mary Shelley British novelist Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted feminist. Her fame was eclipsed by her daughter, Mary Shelly, widely considered the founding author of the science fiction genre for her stellar debut work Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. Wollstonecraft’s novel, Mary, A Fiction, touched upon feminist themes and followed the romantic friendships of a bisexual female protagonist. She is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a feminist treatise asserting that women were equal to men.
However, because her mother died only ten days after Mary was born due to complications of childbirth, Mary never got to know her mother. She was, instead, influenced by her work and writings, especially by feminist principles in them. She was said to have nearly worshipped her mother and venerated all that she wrote or was known to have said.… continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue of SEARCH.