By Timothy Reynolds
Calgary, Alberta is a western Canadian city you might not have heard of if you didn’t watch the 1988 Winter Olympics, aren’t an NHL hockey fan, don’t compete on the professional rodeo circuit, or aren’t involved in the oil and gas industry, but those are just tips of this urban prairie ‘iceberg’.
Internationally famous as the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is only ninety minutes from the wilds of Banff National Park. You don’t, however, have to leave the city to see wildlife. Calgary is home to Fish Creek Provincial Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Deer and coyote are common and occasionally moose, bear, or cougar wander through. It’s also a birder’s playground, ranging from Rufus Hummingbirds to American White Pelicans.
Although, Alberta beef is world famous, Calgarians love variety. All tastes get met in cool little neighborhoods like Kensington, Inglewood, and Chinatown. It’s a very family oriented city with the Calgary Zoo (hosting pandas until 2023), Telus Spark Science Centre, Heritage Park Historical Village, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Tower … continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue.
Entertaining the Troops
by Elliot Thorpe
The image of the British ‘Tommy’ marching resolutely in the face of adversity while singing spirited, patriotic, and catchy Music Hall tunes is one many are familiar with, and sometimes falls into cliché. In 1914, it was an optimistic view that many shared, believing the war would be over by Christmas.
By 1916, the long lists of the wounded and the dead had all but obliterated the notion of a quick conflict.
As the world began mourning, sparks of hope, that indomitable human spirit, were still being lit, and part of that process was taking morale straight to the fighting man. George Robey, an English comedian, singer, and actor was one such person who saw the necessity of this and raised thousands of pounds for various Armed Forces charities.
Yet, it wasn’t as easy as that to start with. The War Office was of the impression that soldiers made their own amusement with cards, dominoes, playing soccer, writing a few letters. When actress, impresario, and suffragette Lena Ashwell approached the generals … continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH.
Gifts for Deployed Troops
by Kim Richards
Back in the early 2000’s, my son was deployed in Iraq. I struggled with what kind of Christmas gift to send him, until a veteran came up to my counter at work. While I worked on his printing, we talked. He suggested a pair of wool socks.
I took his idea to heart, though as a simple gift I worried it wasn’t enough. My son told me later how much he appreciated them because, even though he was in a desert climate, it did get cold at night.
I recently asked deployed and retired veterans what they enjoyed receiving for gifts. Just as with my son’s socks, they all mentioned simple everyday items. Jason says he was always the hard candy man, because he loved to share the hard candy he received. Chocolate melts into goo before it gets there, but the hard candy is nice when you want to keep your mouth moistened. Wes mentioned how unscented hand lotion was valuable in the drying heat. Sam liked getting paperbacks that were easy to stow and share around. He mentioned a one room library his group set up at one point with all the books sent to him and the others. Continue reading the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
The Presidio, San Francisco
by Emerian Rich
The Presidio is a beautiful stretch of land filled with gorgeous wooded parks, fabulous ocean views, 17th century buildings, and a vibrant history. The 1,500 acre park, a past military post transformed into an outdoor recreational hub,retains its important historical charm. With 25 miles of bikeways and trails, 323 bird species, 330 native plant species, and 30 butterfly species, the Presidio is a nature-lovers’ dream.
The first thing you’ll find yourself doing here is snapping photos. I dare you to visit without immediately pulling out your phone or digital camera and snapping away.
Standing on the Main Post grass, looking out at the ocean, it’s hard to believe such a placid place was once the site of military readiness. To think military men resided there, right on the ocean, and looked out at the same sea as me, blows my mind. Did their eyes meet the sea and awe at its beauty? Or were they fearful of the enemy who might attack and paranoid about how open and vulnerable they were? Even still, when told they were being sent overseas, did they imagine what that other coast might be like where they would meet the enemy face-to-face? What would they be asked to do to protect their country? Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.
It wasn’t until my father retired from the military and we moved off base to a small town in eastern Washington that I realized how strange and wonderful my childhood had been. The kids in my new town had known each other since kindergarten and hadn’t lived anywhere else. To me, it was normal to assume your classmates would be new each year. The other military kids moved as much as I did, so it was a constant churn. My new friends’ eyes would widen when I talked about moving every two to three years. It had never seemed strange to me, and I am still grateful I met a mix of people from around the globe, lived in different places, and saw that home was anywhere my family lived.
When I graduated from high school, I visited the recruiter to consider whether I should join up and serve for four years to offset the cost of college. Ultimately, I didn’t join the military like my mother, father, and grandfather had, but I was glad the option was there. Military life is part of the fabric of America. Politics aside, we’ve learned to appreciate those who join with the intention to represent, support, and defend our nation. The men and women who serve our country do so knowing their commitment is more than a nine to five job and may come with the ultimate cost.
This issue we’ll explore military sites like the Presidio and Grosse Point, learn what it’s really like to be in service, and how we can help those who serve live better lives. It is with pride and respect that we dedicate this issue to supporting the troops.
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Heather Roulo / Operations Director
Feature: The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|1st Hand Account
What I Learned in the Military
Troops Themed Books
Brian and Patricia Dake
Entertaining the Troops
Grosse Point War Memorial
Turkey and Gravy
Turn Your War Letters into a Book
Ten-Hut Boot Camp Workouts
|Autism / Parenting
Qualified to Serve
Gifts for Deployed Troops
Write a Letters for Troops
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SEARCH AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Location: Essex, UK
What’s an article you’ve written for SEARCH that you enjoyed? Summer 2016’s Music Snapshot in Time: San Francisco 1959. It allowed me to be creative in emulating an era of music that I really adore and to (hopefully) describe—as best I could—San Francisco of the past. Even reading it back now makes me long for warm evenings and cool jazz vibes, but then I am sitting in my apartment watching the torrential, freezing April rain pour out across where the River Thames meets the North Sea.
What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Rappel my GI Joes on pieces of string out of my first floor bedroom window. The toy line was called Action Man in the UK.
Do you have a hot tip for us? Amazon! I’m a big collector of movie scores and unfortunately many of the larger music stores in London that used to sell imports closed down many years ago. Because movie scores are still something of a niche market, finding rare releases … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.
Exercise Around the World
by Donna Medina
Every country has a different workout tradition. India, for instance, is home to yoga.
While Indian fitness enthusiasts still do breathing exercises and stretching, they are also trying out new routines. Women are doing pregnancy exercises and Pilates.
In China, bodybuilding is popular among men and women. The country is the birthplace of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art known for its health benefits and defense training. With bodybuilding’s major comeback in recent years, more men are competing in traditional competitions. The Chinese are also gaining interest in fitness bands, jumping jacks, and Zumba fitness.
In Australia, Aussies are engaging in workouts that combine both … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.
by Larriane Barnard
I’ve never been quite so embarrassed as when I asked my husband
to call roadside assistance. I stopped at a convenience store for a thirty-twoounce
soda. Caffeine fortification ensured, my next errand was a quick trip into the wholesale house for one item. For less to carry, I poked the keys into my pocket and tucked my purse under the seat. My wallet went into the oxygen tank bag I carry for my emphysema. As I crawled out, I flipped the auto-lock button. Once inside the store, I snagged an electric cart.
I was really trucking then, as fast as one can on those carts. When I got back to my car and reached in my pocket for my keys, no keys. I slapped every pocket. No keys. Tugged and pulled on the door. I even went to the other side of the car to tug and pull like I’d miraculously find the automatic lock hadn’t really locked all the doors. From there I could see the keys, lying on the driver’s seat … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.
Living in the Light
By Lillian Csernica
Fifteen years ago my son was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Very little clinical information was available, much less biographical writing by families raising autistic children.
The best guide I found for what my daily life would become was a series of graphic novels written by a Japanese mangka named Keiko Tobe.
In With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Sachiko and Masako Azuma are overjoyed to welcome their baby boy, Hikaru. This joy is short-lived when Sachiko realizes Hikaru is not reaching the usual developmental milestones. Doctors diagnose Hikaru as autistic. Although, Japanese culture may be quite different from life in the United States, Sachiko’s love for Hikaru and her determination to do right by him creates a universal appeal. Sachiko sees how much is right in Hikaru and keeps working toward … Continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.