SEARCH: This Functional Family

This Functional Family

by Tim Reynolds

The author with his father.

Apparently, it’s time to discuss Family Traditions here at SEARCH Magazine.

While my family members are all wonderful people, there’s not much I can say about our traditions without one or more of them getting a wee bit upset that I’ve aired our emotional laundry in public. It’s my job in this column to bring you the smiles and laughs, unfortunately there aren’t a lot of laughs to be had in the traditions of a family who should probably keep a team of therapists on retainer. That said, there is one tradition I inherited both from my maternal grandfather and my father, who died two months apart in 1982 and 1983, and that is the spinning of tails and the fabricating of fictions. In the grand tradition of those good men, I shall spin you a story about my life, and our–not at all true–family traditions.

I was raised in the deep woods of rural… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Flexible Family Festivals

Flexible Family Festivals

by Lillian Csernica

The pandemic has turned life upside down. All over the world, people must now shelter in place, wear a mask, and endure being cut off from family and friends. The future continues to be uncertain.

What’s more, winter will bring another big challenge with the holiday seasons full of family gatherings, exchanging gifts, lots of noise, lights, and color, and special traditions. During an ordinary year people on the spectrum shy away from such benevolent disruptions. This year has been anything but ordinary with the annual holiday difficulties further complicated by the toll the pandemic is taking on all of us. How much more difficult must it be for the neurodiverse, especially adults and children on the spectrum who might not be able to understand why their personal worlds have changed so drastically.

Holiday Traditions
One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is family tradition. Many cherished traditions may be impossible this year after Public health officials have identified private parties as one of the most dangerous environments for spreading the coronavirus. How can we create alternatives that will become just as meaningful?

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Gardening Tradition

A Growing Tradition

by Suzanne Madron

Gardening in one form or another has been a part of my family’s tradition since before we immigrated from Italy and Ireland. Everywhere we went, we had a garden.

When my family lived in the Bronx, Uncle Joe had an incredible garden complete with a marble fountain and grape arbors hidden away behind
shrubs like an urban oasis. My grandfather had a vegetable garden everywhere he went, and my father carried on the vegetable garden tradition. My mother brought roses and flowers to the gardens.

Another generation, another garden, I’ve worked on my garden and yard for the last twelve years, built raised beds out of scrap stone, and collected
plants not typically found in a regular garden. After over a decade, however, the original garden needed a major overhaul. Turns out, my thumbs were a little too green… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Fall 2020 Issue on Family Traditions

Fall 2020 Editor’s Letter & Table of Content

Family traditions have happened for as long as families have existed. We learn a view of how things should be done, and what we learn in childhood often has a profound effect. Our expectations are set for what it means to celebrate a holiday, take a vacation, and even eat a meal.

As we grow older, we might question the ways things were done. The fading effect of the great depression or the increase in digital photography encourages us to move in new directions. There are fewer photo albums but more Facebook pages, and don’t they sometimes serve the same purpose? Do we still need our kids to clean their plate when calories are cheap and plentiful? Instead, we can teach about healthy eating and balanced meals, as obesity becomes the new problem of our time.

Yet, family traditions are more and less than the sum of these things. They provide comfort and connection. They can be an excuse to get together, a shared language, and a way to return to better times. Family traditions call you back to childhood, home, and safety. Sometimes we embrace tradition, other times we buck it, but it is a touchpoint for identity.

Whether you’re setting up a household of your own, combining households, or introducing children and grandchildren, family traditions must be negotiated and created. They sometimes happen spontaneously, like the books each generation reads to their children at bedtime. Other times, they’re considered and well thought out, like how to celebrate major holidays. Either way, they give us sometime to return to. When life is uncertain, tradition remains. As sure as the sun will rise, we will celebrate another year and another birthday with our family’s version of a perfect, traditional, birthday cake.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Articles you’ll find in this issue:

A Growing Tradition

Not So Dumb Supper

A Functional Family

 Punjabi Love

Author Spotlight
Camellia Rains

Love Songs You Thought You Knew

City Spotlight
Montezuma Castle

Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

Balsamic Molasses Brussels Spouts

Three Major Considerations for Fitness

Flexible Family Festivals

Las Vegas, Non– Gambles

Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

The New Zealand Haka

Enjoy our Fall 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Family Traditions.

SEARCH: Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in Spring 2020:

Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

by Donna Medina

cropped-img-2456.jpg“There is nothing more powerful than those who are unafraid.” A fitness regimen is more than just toning your muscles or keeping your body healthy. It can help you face the world with a high degree of confidence. Regardless of your age and fitness level, exercising is an amazing, effective tool to grow and develop your entire well-being, showing the world who you are and what you can do. Insecurities, doubts, and lack of self-confidence are things that stop you from loving yourself and embracing your imperfections. You can overcome your self-doubts or insecurities by strengthening your mental focus and staying fit. Once you start conquering them, you may feel empowerment from within.

“Be comfortable with who you are.” Confidence with one’s body isn’t always easy, especially as we age. However, losing confidence in our body is said to lose confidence in ourselves. By staying physically active, you improve your health while strengthening your focus, resulting in enhanced self-confidence. With a stronger body and mind, you can encourage yourself to keep pushing. Once you feel proud of your achievements, you gain confidence about your body and above all, your abilities… Continue reading in our Summer 2020 issue

SEARCH: Solo Traveling Woman

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

Solo Traveling Woman 

by Kay Tracy

TracyMaskAs women, we are often given hints and warnings about traveling solo in articles on safety that focus on fear. Not this one. I want you to be aware of your  surroundings, but not be afraid to get out
and see things.

Solo traveling can mean a couple of things to different people. Often, people think that they must be the only person in on the plans but being part of a tour group can be a comfortable start. You can still be a solo traveler. It’s just that with a group tour, you might get better prices on things and have a guide to provide interesting tidbits and impart information.

If you want to be ‘by yourself’, do not be afraid to start with smaller day trips or destinations closer to home. Not having to pack a bag can mean less worry and bother while you are exploring… continue reading in the Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Recycling Glass Jars

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Summer 2018 issue:

Recycling Glass Jars
by Larriane Barnard

bottlesIf I spent the time, I suppose I could find online, somewhere, useless information on how far the glass jars in the landfills would reach if laid end to end.

I’ve got a pretty good idea glass jars would beat the plastic water bottles shown on some commercials.

Even though many companies are switching to plastic jars, you can give yourself a good idea how many are thrown away by the number of glass ones you pitch in the garbage a week. I know how quickly my jar cabinet filled to overflowing once I started saving them to use instead of plastic containers that melt or stain in the micro or throw away foil, plastic bags, and plastic wrap. I’ve had to shift my going green efforts to include carting my overflow off to the thrift store for repurposing.

Why go to the trouble you ask? A metal lid with a gasket insert makes the jar bug and rodent proof, air and water tight to store liquid, mushy, powdered, or solids. Without a gasket, they’re still… Continue reading the Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spotlight on Larriane Barnard

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

SEARCH Author Spotlight

LBarnardName: Larriane Barnard

Location: Prescott, Az

What made you interested in working for SEARCH? 

I work behind the scenes on each issue, nit-picking what the other authors write with what is called editing. We won’t go into what some authors call it. I got into editing by accident by ordering a book from a company that had accepted a submission from me. Before I signed, I wanted to see their quality level. I sent a letter asking if I could expect the kind of errors I found. I discovered they were a brand new company and volunteered to proof the finals… Continue reading in SEARCH’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Harp in the Garden

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2018 issue:

Harp in the Garden
by Michele Roger

MUSICHARPIt’s a beautiful, spring night. I’m out listening to the peepers, young frogs, newly awakened after a long, hard Detroit winter and ready to sing. A small bonfire crackles at the edge of the deck. I hold a glass of Pinot Noir in my hand, and as I look over at my Kiwi partner in crime, I pick up the phone to set the wireless sound system to play.

It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to play music outside, and it’s kind of a big deal. For the outdoor speakers, it’s a maiden spring voyage. I’m a harpist and hence, I often enjoy listening to the work of fellow harpists crazy enough to fall in love, like I did, with an instrument that requires time, talent, and patience to handle an instrument twice my size. The sound system is primed, and the garden is under a blanket of stars.

Perhaps your garden is unpredictable and flourishes with colors and new shoots that are both beautiful and surprising. Then, you and your garden may love some jazz harp. I suggest streaming some tunes by harpist, Carolyn Sykes. While her list of music is vast, her most popular album… Continue reading the Summer 2020 issue

SEARCH: Berkeley, California

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2018 issue:

Berkeley, California

By Sumiko Saulson

CITY SPOTLIGHT BERKELEYBerkeley is a progressive college town, well known for its commitment to arts, culture, and the ecology. It’s the first US city to create accessible spaces and curbside cutouts for the mobility impaired back in the seventies.

Farmer’s markets, pro-cyclist events like Sunday Streets Berkeley, plentiful bicycle lanes, and automobile-free zones, community gardens, composting, recycling centers, urban farming, and parks dedicated to preserving native wildlife are part of how Berkeley works towards a greener planet.

University of California Berkeley is home to a beautifully manicured thirty-four acre botanical garden featuring foot bridges, relaxing streams, lush flora, and aromatic flowers from around the globe. It’s Student Organic Garden at the corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets, encourages urban farmers to grow healthy, earth-friendly fresh foods… Ccontinue reading in the Summer 2020 issue.