SEARCH: The Fun of Playdough

Adobe_Playdough_StockThe Fun of Playdough

by Samantha Blache

There’s nothing like playdough to bring you back to your childhood. So, let’s do it!

I’ve made this recipe since my son was five, and he loves it. I got tired of scraping it off the carpet and didn’t do it for a few years, but he’s nine and old enough to keep track of it, so I figured I would give it another try. The best part is he can help with the stirring!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 medium pot
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • food coloring

Start by measuring out all of the ingredients into the pot, including the food coloring, unless you plan on making more than one color. If you are making multiple colors, do not add the food coloring yet… Continue reading in the Spring 2020 Issue.

SEARCH: Dear Search for Women’s Empowerment

SEARCHSpring2020CoverDear  SEARCH Magazine,

When I heard about your women empowerment spring topic it reminded me of one of my favorite poems written by Mayo Angelo. In Phenomenal Woman, she describes her pride in being a woman. Empowerment comes from confident in herself.

This poem does something to the soul. I read it to my girls, who continue the tradition with there own daughters. We all are phenomenal women.

LaKeisha Porte

SEARCH: Julia Childs

Julia Childs

by Michele Roger

JChildsIf you’ve ever eaten chocolate layered cake with ganache that was so good your eyes rolled back in your head, you have this chef to thank.

If you’ve ever savored a mushroom magically transformed from its raw spongy texture to something you swore was as good as a steak with red wine sauce, you have this chef to thank.

I’m not talking Ramsey or Bourdain, or Mario, or even Brown. This chef came from wealth and never stepped foot in a kitchen until World War II.

She wasn’t cooking for the troops nor a WASP or WAVE. The chef I am boasting about is Julia Childs.  She came to the art of cooking from as far out of left field as any one human being can. It all started with shark repellent.

Childs had just recently graduated with a history degree from Smith College at the beginning of WWII. Inspired to do her part for the war effort, she tried to sign up for jobs deemed fit for women as a WASP or Navy WAVE. Neither would take her due to her exceeding height of six feet, two inches. Considered too tall for field work, Julia found herself tapped by the Army where she worked as a secretary in the War Office. If you can recall the pool of secretaries in the movie Saving Private Ryan, you can envision

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: 2020 Spring Issue Now Available!

Women’s Empowerment Issue Spring 2020


Table of Contents

  • Travel – Solo Traveling Woman
  • DIY – The fun of playdough
  • Humor – Mansplaining 101
  • Author Spotlight –  Loren Rhoads
  • Music – Missing Empowerment
  • City Spotlight –  Old Sacramento, California
  • Women Empowerment –  Empowering Women Over 50
  • Recipe – Orange Omelets
  • Feature #WomenEmpowerment – Julia Childs
  • Fitness – Four tips on women fitness
  • Autism – Girl Power: Self-Defense and Self–Respect
  • Events – Spring Bloom
  • Convention Season
  • Tech/Biz Now is the Time for Women’s Hockey
  • International Travel – Ready Set, Go!

Read our Spring 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Women’s Empowerment.

SEARCH: 2020 Spring Editor’s Letter

Women’s Empowerment
by Heather Roulo

Women’s empowerment, the theme for this issue of SEARCH Magazine, isn’t new. Strong women have existed throughout history. Feminism also isn’t a new idea. It has been embraced by some, but also received a backlash. As equality came closer, for many people the need for feminism receded, as the battle seemed won and it was assumed momentum would carry us all to a more equitable world without having to continue to fight.

In recent years, newer revelations, like the #MeToo movement, have shone a light on areas where society hasn’t progressed as far as many assumed. Yet in other ways, we can also see the successes as women rise in corporate IMG-2292structures, political power, and take their places among award-winning scientists and athletes.

Women’s empowerment doesn’t have to come at a cost and isn’t something to be defended against. Instead, it is the lifting up of all of us. A world where everyone is empowered is a better place. In SEARCH Magazine we celebrate women and what they accomplish every day.

Celebrate empowerment in the way that suits you best: travel solo, listen to a female composer, cook a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, and reflect on how far the world has come. We get there by discussing ideas, laughing at our humorist’s mansplaining, and by getting stronger. From female hockey teams to women entrepreneurs, like SEARCH Magazine’s owner, empowerment is happening. It comes from within and without, and the message we should always be sending is that, yes, we can succeed. All of us.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our Spring 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Women’s Empowerment.


SEARCH: International Travel

International Travel: Ready, Set, Go!
by Kay Tracy

DeckChairsTravel time!  You are ready to take your first trip away from your home country?  You have watched travel shows on PBS and seen online videos. Maybe you even want to try and make your own travel channel.  International Airports will take on a whole new meaning for you.

Let’s look at some things you will want to consider and research

Passport: It can take a while to obtain one of these in the US, so don’t delay getting the process started.  You can get the application paperwork online to fill out and even take your own pictures to send along, Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any delays.  Use a sheet over a door for your background when taking the picture, and pay attention to the sizing requirements. If you are not comfortable with that, check with your post office for passport services. There is a small fee for them to do the picture, but you know it will be done right.

Visas: No, not the credit card. Some countries you might travel to will require a visa. Check with the embassy or other government offices BEFORE booking your trip. Also note, some countries require you to have proof of a return ticket to your home country before you can gain entry. Brazil is one of those, in case you were thinking of Carnivale. The internet lets you

Continue reading in the Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Be Prepared for School

Be Prepared for School

by Sumiko Saulson

IdeaBePrepared.jpegSchool can be particularly challenging for neurodivergent people who have autism, anxiety disorders, and other problems that can lead to sensory overload. How do you keep yourself from being overwhelmed?

Time Management

Having a binder with a daily, weekly, and monthly planner or a calendar on your wall, or even both can help you with doing your best in school. Most schools offer a free one at registration if you start early enough. The Dollar Tree and 99 Cent Stores have them, and you can get 18 or 12-month calendars. There are also online calendars such as Google Calendar or iCalendar. Many phones have a calendar and an alarm you can set to help you get up on time and remember classes. Get to class early rather than late to avoid anxiety. That way you can get a seat while there are fewer people and have time for a video game or meditation to relax before class.

Brain Food

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for students, your first meal should be filled with protein. Sugars and caffeine give a short term burst of energy but may leave you lagging around 3pm when the effect wears off. Avoid carbo-loading, because that cereal turns into sugar later in the day. Instead, try eggs or…

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Pantry Chili

Pantry Chili

by Brian and Patricia Dake

20190630_124236When we lived in the Sierras, fresh ingredients weren’t always available, making it essential to keep our pantry well stocked having canned goods.

We experienced many a snowy day when people would make it into work, but were reluctant to leave for lunch, 20190630_131307so we would prepare our Pantry Chili for anyone unwilling to venture out of the building. We accepted donations for the next day’s chili and would stop when the monies ran out. Mysteriously, they ran out about the same time the weather cleared.

Pantry Chili is ideal for snow days or during disasters when you still have power. All the main ingredients come from your pantry and can be set up ahead of time. When necessary, just assemble the ingredients in a slow cooker to have a warm meal ready for those returning from dealing with the complications of bad weather.  … continue reading the Winter 2019 issue.


SEARCH: When the Big One Hits

When the Big One Hits

by Camellia Rains

Damaged asphalt roadDisaster can hit at any moment and usually when you least expect it. For this reason it is imperative to be prepared and to have supplies and a plan in place.

This was put to the test with my family shortly after 5pm on October 17th, 1989 when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the bay area, later dubbed the Loma Prieta earthquake.  It was a couple of days before my 13th birthday, and I was focused on the important things in life, while sitting in my backyard, fiercely devouring the latest article on my favorite movie star. All of a sudden, the ground started moving, and it felt like a roller coaster. When it was done, all I could hear was car alarms and my neighbors shouting.

I ran inside and found the house in disarray from things that had fallen off shelves. My parents were okay, and though I didn’t know it at the time, that’s when being prepared pays off.

Until that point, I always questioned … Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Food Trucks Are Ready to Serve

Food Trucks Are Ready to Serve

by Lillian Csernica

68615544_459242358264695_2143818554837827584_nWhen disaster strikes, power and water supplies are often damaged. Roads that are washed out by flooding or blocked by debris may prevent the National Guard and the Red Cross from bringing in supplies.

Victims of the disaster and emergency response personnel all require food and water. The newest heroes in disaster relief efforts are the people who own and operate food trucks. From Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the Las Vegas shooting brought hundreds of food trucks to the front lines of the relief activities without a thought for the costs involved. No one has calculated the financial sacrifice, but scores of individual food trucks set themselves back thousands of dollars, and they’re ready to do it again.

The roots of the food truck concept stretch back to the chuck wagons of the wild west. Serving coffee, beans, dried or smoked meat, and sourdough biscuits, chuckwagons followed the cowboys who were on the trail herding cattle for months at a time… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.