SEARCH: Fifty Shades of Beige

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in Summer 2017:

Fifty Shades of Beige

by Tim Reynolds

I live a boring little life, in a boring little duplex, on a boring little cul-de-sac, in a city whose most exciting event of the year revolves around cows.

I eat, I sleep, I go to work, I write, I hang out with my three beasts. My life is completely devoid of adventure and really always has been. If there was a color to describe my life, it would be Suburban Beige, the beigiest beige on the color wheel.

As a kid I wanted to be everything from an astronaut to a cowboy to a spy to a movie star, and finally, Elvis. None of it happened.

I’ve never even had the adventure of marriage, although I did once propose to a girlfriend at the airport before she left on a jet plane to fly across the continent to donate a kidney to her mother. No, she didn’t say ‘yes’. She laughed and said, “Are you kidding?”

I’ve never driven a Formula One race car, although I did park a Mini in the foyer of our college chapel… continue reading in Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Preparing for Disasters Both Big and Small

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in Winter 2019:

Preparing for Disasters Both Big and Small

by Heather Roulo

Disaster preparedness itemsThe unexpected is all part of life. When disaster strikes, it is best to have already prepared so you can focus on coping with the tough situation.

It isn’t fun to think about disasters, which is one reason FEMA and the CDC briefly reminded people of how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. If that can’t make you smile, what disaster can? On the West Coast, the more likely threats might include earthquakes, fires, floods, winter storms, and the occasional volcanic eruption. If you’re close to the water, there’s even the rare tsunami. However, it is reassuring to realize that all of these threats are infrequent, and in most cases, do not require emergency action.

For most of us, the next disastrous situation will likely be a household injury, power outage, or a broken-down car. For that reason, at a minimum, you should have BandAids, a first aid kit, flashlight, a rainy-day fund, and a cell phone. With those things, you can handle the quick knocks life sometimes throws our way. If you live in a house, know where your gas and water shutoffs are and the location of your circuit breakers. Check smoke detectors regularly and have a carbon monoxide detector near fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

If you have the chance, plan to help others by attending a first aid class and … Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Introducing the Blast from the Past Issue

IMG-3933A Special Letter from the Owner:

I started SEARCH Magazine with the idea to connect the San Francisco bay area. The magazine focused on cities in California. However, over the last five years the magazine’s scope has grown to include an international set of writers covering cities from all over the world. I take joy in celebrating over twenty issues, and more than 220 articles. This Blast from the Past issue is our first retrospective, offering a glimpse of articles on diverse topics like travel, fashion, recipes, DIY, and more. I’m proud of our talented writers.

As the magazine continues to evolve, one thing will never change. SEARCH Magazine will still be about connection. Even through our most difficult times, we’ve seen people rise to help each other. The world can be a difficult place, but if we stand by our core values of caring for one another then we will come out on the other side.

In celebration of all that has come before, and all the potential of the future, please enjoy this issue,

Jeannie Normandeau Owner/Editor

SEARCH: The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

by Kristin Battestella

Battestella_hockey_SearchMagazineSeveral years ago, I entered the ice rink and saw a small boy struggling with the door to the ice. Any rink rat knows those ice doors are hefty with mechanisms difficult to close. I told him I had it, shutting the door as some guy in the stands shouted, “What are you a wuss? A girl had to close the door for you?”

I haven’t been a girl since the mid-nineties when I first played ice hockey in the local boys’ league. Similar hecklers would shout then that I shouldn’t be there because girls can’t play hockey. The irony is women have been playing ice hockey as long as men. The National Women’s Hockey League’s Isobel Cup is named after Lord Stanley’s daughter, and photos of Isobel on the ice in her Victorian bustle endure alongside dozens more pictures of Gibson Girls skating for teams such as the Vancouver Amazons and the Seattle Vamps.

Women’s ice hockey first drew international attention when debuting at the 1998 Nagano Olympic games. Goaltender Manon Rheaume had played in pre-season games for the National Hockey League’s expansion Tampa Bay Lightning several years prior, but many viewed her time in net as a publicity stunt. However, the U.S. National Team beating Canada to win gold inspired thousands of girls to take up the sport. USA Hockey experienced exponential… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spring Convention Season in Bloom

Spring Convention Season in Bloom

by Sumiko Saulson

The Bay Area is home many summer festivals, including Carnival, the Nor Cal Pirate Festival, and Gay Pride. We also have a booming spring convention season. Clockwork Alchemy kicks off the season on Spring Equinox.

This elegant convention centers on the Steampunk literary genre. Most of the attendees show up in elaborate Victorian or Steampunk themed costumes.

BabsCon is a super fun My Little Pony convention in April in San Francisco. It’s all ages, LGBT friendly, and kid-friendly with lots of special programs for the very youngest of convention guests.

Memorial Day Weekend rounds off the Spring season with three major conventions, twenty-eight year old BayCon, twenty year old KublaCon, and twenty-six year old Fanime.

“The one thing I appreciate about BayCon is its fans,” said Wanda Kurtcu, an African American educator and 2019 Fan Guest of Honor. “We’re each a vital and representative part of our fandoms, from every color, age, gender, culture, and popular culture. I was happy to represent all of us.”

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Self-Defense and Self-Respect

Self-Defense and Self-Respect

by Lillian Csernica

Lightspeed2The key to women’s empowerment is the empowerment of our children. When women, still the majority of primary caregivers, raise their children with strength, discipline, integrity, and compassion, those children will grow up healthier, more confident, and willing to speak up for the people who need their help.

Excellent resources for both physical fitness and character building can be found in the world of martial arts. E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D. is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria, the author of Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, and head of innovative work in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, focusing on the recovery of function after neurotrauma using integrated whole body movement. In his Black Belt Brain blog on the… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

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 selfconfidence 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 selfconfidence. 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 the Spring 2020 Search Magazine issue

SEARCH: Orange Omelet Recipe

Orange Omelet Recipe

by Brian and Patricia Dake

20191020_133547This recipe was born out of necessity. One Saturday five of us arrived to stay overnight in a beach house rental. When the front desk clerk gave us the key, he warned that the local grocery market was not open on Sunday; so we should purchase any food we needed for breakfast before they closed.

Sunday morning, we got up to cook a meal of cheese omelets to be served with coffee and orange juice, only to discover we had failed to purchase any butter, oil or cooking spray with which to cook the omelets.  After a moment of frustrated panic, we assessed the situation, took our limited ingredients, and crafted a delicious breakfast. Our devised cooking process uses a method more akin to poaching an omelet in a nonstick fry pan than frying. Of course, being the food hounds we are, we didn’t use anything as boring as water for our poaching liquid… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Empowering Women Over 50

Empowering Women Over 50

by Sumiko Saulson

WomenOver50_SaulsonSome say life begins at fifty while workplace discrimination, menopause, and empty nest syndrome can make the start of midlife for women trying at times.

Too many of us−after reaching retirement age and after the children have grown up and left home−find ourselves looking for ways to stay connected. Home-based and small businesses, the arts, and volunteer opportunities with community, civic, cultural, and spiritual or religious groups can help. For those who are not already community-involved, organizations like the Volunteer Center and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Home Executives, can help connect retirees with people who need their assistance. Arts and education are an important part of day to day living for most of us. In the Bay area, art and community non-profits such as Expressions Gallery in Berkeley are often run by older women who… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Old Sacramento, CA

Old Sacramento, CA

by Emerian Rich


Old Sacramento, a historic district in the middle of our states capital, dates back to 1858 goldrush days. The waterfront lining the Sacramento River was the last stop on the Pony Express route which brought prospectors and entrepreneurs alike from the East.

The historic district homes fifty-three historic buildings, some registered as California Landmarks. The Lady Adams Building, erected from materials brought around Cape Horn in the Ship Lady Adams, was built as a wholesale and import house by German immigrants. As the only building to survive the 1852 fire, it’s homed various storefronts and now houses Evangeline’s Costume Mansion, a three-store costume and novelty shop catering to imagination 365 days a year… Continue reading in the Spring 2020 issue.