Working from Home
by AR Neal
When I tell people I work from home, I typically get a look of envy accompanied by, “I wish I could work from home.” or a look that suggests I’m some sort of deviant.
Depending on the audience, I respond with an explanation of the circumstances that led to my decision to give up the long commute, business casual attire, and board meetings.
Until the summer of 2013, I had a brick and mortar job. When the contract ended, I stayed home to give emotional support for the first time to my son, who has special needs. He was 18. The realization that I had been away from him for his entire life was sobering. Around the same time, my late husband’s health deteriorated further, and I became his caregiver. I started teaching online part-time. After my son moved out and my husband died, I realized I had no desire to go back to traffic jams and tight schedules.
I share this history for those who envy my situation as well as those who think… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Don’t Kick the Cook
by Tim Reynolds
I have been eating for over half a century now and have spent a great deal of time in kitchens, professionally, practically, and even romantically.
If you can’t nuzzle while stirring pasta, what’s the point of cooking Italian? Although my skills have serious limits, I have discovered Three Basic Rules of food prep that I now pass on to you.
One: Salt to taste.
Two: Singed eyebrows grow back.
Three: Preheat the oven.
Salt to taste: My buddy Craig and were up at his family cottage for a weekend of fishing, rum, and cribbage. Since the fish weren’t biting that day, we went to our back-up plan, a simple, manly goulash that two twenty-something former Boy Scouts considered to be Cordon Bleu gourmet dining. Meat, veggies, more meat…perfect. When it came time to add a touch of seasoning, Craig tapped a pinch of salt straight from the shaker into the pot. Unfortunately, the shaker lid wasn’t screwed on quite as tight as it needed it to be and a half-full shaker’s worth of salt slid straight into the goulash… continue reading in Fall 2017 issue.
The Power of Aroma
by Murdo Morrison
I spent my childhood years during the 1950s in working class neighborhoods in Glasgow, Scotland. In those days any money went to necessities, and special items were things you saved up for.
Luxury items were often out of reach, with much of it yet to be invented. Not only was there less variety, but much of the produce was seasonal. We waited expectantly for the fresh strawberries and rich tarts the baker created. Fresh peaches, one shilling each at the time, were only an occasional treat.
The heightened senses of childhood made for a richer experience. It was a time when many items were served from barrels or bins. Potatoes were scooped onto a heavy scale, cheese was cut from the round. A simple shopping trip would be marked by the distinct aromas of the various stores where the air was filled with a heady mix of Provolone, Salami, spices, and other exotic aromas that, at the time, I was unable to identify. The strongest notes in the ‘perfumed symphony’ were played by the freshly roasted coffee beans. In our world, coffee, when we drank it at all, came from small tins of Nescafé in the form of a powder we mixed with hot water from the kettle. Perhaps it was then the idea… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Abie Ekenezar, Actress
by Emerian Rich
Actress and writer Abie Ekenezar grew up in Clapham, England. She knew she wanted to be an actress in secondary school and although she was nervous in her first play, the acting bug caught her and has not let go.
As a child, she was inspired by William Shakespeare, Tim Curry, David Tennant, Angela Bassett, and Halle Berry. She’s appeared in recent TV Series such as Grimm, Z. Nation, The Librarians, and Twin Peaks.
SEARCH had the pleasure of chatting with her about acting, writing, and what keeps her going.
What is the first creative thing you remember writing?
My poems. I thought I was an actual badass poet.
What books did you enjoy as a child?
RA Salvatore, Drizzt series, Goosebumps, Fear Street from RL Stine and Harlequin, yes I read Harlequin growing up!
What television series were your favorites?
Voltron, ThunderCats, and Are You Afraid of the Dark… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
by Elliot Thorpe
“I sang some songs, acted here and there, but no way would I call myself exceptional. I just hope I did my best for my audiences.” ~ Dean Martin.
A somewhat self-depreciating comment from the late, great Dean Martin on his own career. This laidback approach to his work belied a committed and professional entertainer, even though his formative years (born Dino Paul Crocetti on 7 June 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio) showed a general disenchantment for any form of authority. He could only speak Italian for the first five years of life and remarked as an adult that his English wasn’t “all that good either”.
A welterweight boxer, a speakeasy croupier, a steelmill worker, and blackjack dealer aren’t exactly the most auspicious starts. Not until his late twenties did he secure a job as a bar-room crooner. This brought him into the same circles as a young mime act, Jerry Lewis. Lewis’ manager suggested to Dean’s that the two acts become one. They debuted as ‘Martin & Lewis’ on stage in Atlantic City in 1946. After ten years, a stack of films, and countless stage and television appearances… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Kenny Cowan, Artist
by Emerian Rich
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area artist who’s lived in San Francisco for the past twenty-four years. He has been featured in many Bay Area gallery shows and is donating sales of his SF AIDS Memorial Grove prints to the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.
The painting featured above is called Land’s End, inspired by a picture taken by his friend Nina Bell. “I seem to constantly ask if I can use a photograph that one of my friends have taken,” Kenny says. “My painting, Golden Gate Bridge, was inspired from a photograph taken by my friend Andrew Smith.”
Although Kenny paints Bay Area Landscapes now, that’s not how he started. Kenny grew up in the small township of Dadeville in Southwest Missouri, population 249. “I had what I consider a wonderful childhood. Can’t say I was ever without anything I needed. I’m from a large family with lots of love.”
The person who most inspired him to create as a child was his art teacher…continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Although I love entertaining, I’m not the greatest cook. Not that I can’t cook. I just despise doing it. My family is not the easiest one to cook for either, since we all have different food allergies. For me, recipes need to be simple, quickly assembled, and easily substitutable. My favorite go-to meal when guests show up unexpectedly is chicken salad, which I’ve shared below.
Entertaining is more than just setting out some bags of chips and turning on the TV. It’s a way to show those you care about, how much you care by spending actual time with them. I know, a novel concept in this busy, text-driven world. Putting away the phones and spending time face-to-face is the best gift you can give to those you care about.
In this issue, we’ll be exploring cooking and entertaining in many different ways. For quick and easy entertaining ideas, check out the contributors suggestions throughout this issue. For you cooking pros, we have the Dake’s stunning Chorizo Tamale Pie. Whatever kind of party you’re panning, we’d like to hear your experiences. Read more about entertaining in our Fall 2017 Issue.
Emerian’s Quick Chicken Salad
1 can white meat chicken, shredded
2 heaping tablespoons mayo
1 granny smith apple, diced
*Mix chicken, mayo, and diced apples in a bowl.
*Sprinkle pepper over to taste.
*Spread on croissants, wrap in tortilla, or eat with crackers.
If serving in a buffet, you can have extra apple slices or chips to scoop and enjoy.
SEARCH Magazine Fall 2017
An Interview with
Artist Kenny Cowan
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area painter whose art is inspired by northern California’s vast landscapes.
El Sobrante, a small town with a big heart.
Dress your table to impress.
Abie Ekenezar, actress and writer.
New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.
Dean Martin, a personal recollection.
Food in literature.
Chorizo tamale pie
Do it Yourself
Roast your own coffee.
Pros and cons of working from home.
Autism / Parenting
Our food story.
Don’t kick the cook!
Bay Area Attraction
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Plan the best party by using our plan.
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Nappy or Not
by Emerian Rich
Full Name: Rhonda Glenn
Business Name: Nappy or Not
Business Type: Full Hair Care, Beauty, and Styling.
What makes your hair business different or more special than others? Nappy or Not encourages caring for your natural hair, and we discourage chemicals other than color treatments. Our salon is family orientated as well. We welcome everyone with open arms and encouraging hair care. If your hair isn’t becoming to you, then you should be coming to me.
Any favorite vacation spots in California? Napa Valley wine country, Pismo Beach dunes, San Francisco.
Where did you grow up? I consider myself a nomad because my family and I have lived all across the Gulf and West Coast, but I was born where most of my biological family live, in Houston, TX. However, I attended school in several different areas, causing me to have the ability to adapt very easily to different environments. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Pomona, CA. I also attended school in Chino, Antelope Valley, Claremont, and graduated in Berkeley. Quite an adventure.
Were your parents supportive in your dreams? My entire family has always been supportive and have worked in the salon as some of my most helpful and dedicated workers… continue reading in Summer issue 2017.