Recycling Glass Jars
by Larriane Barnard
If 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 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
by Samantha Blache
Twitching, screaming randomly, shouting curse words, and making rude gestures are what many people think of when they hear the word Tourette’s. Why? Because it’s what they’ve seen in movies. The truth, however, is different. That leads to the question, “What is Tourette’s?”
Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. The term is used to describe a deficit in the function of the brain or central nervous system. With TS, the barrier in the brain that keeps certain signals from going into the body are weakened. This allows them to travel throughout the nerves and causes the movements and oral sounds. These movements and sounds are called tics.
For most, TS becomes evident in early childhood and are characterized by motor and vocal tics that wax and wane. These tics can be … continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.
Grilled Apricot-Jalapeno Glazed Shrimp
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Living in the California Bay Area is such a treat in summer. Not only do we have nearly flawless weather, we have all kinds of fresh seafood available from both our own coast and distant shores.
Lazy summer days lend themselves to outdoor dining, so what could be better than enjoying apricot-jalapeno grilled shrimp on the back patio with a spicy sauvignon blanc?
When purchasing shrimp, keep in mind sizes used to describe shrimp, such as small, medium, large, extra-large, jumbo, and colossal, are not regulated terms, but are marketing expressions used to entice. This means the actual size of, let’s say, jumbo shrimp can vary substantially from store to store.
The standardized method for evaluating shrimp size is to compare them by a count, determined by the average number of shrimp in a pound. The smaller the shrimp count the larger the shrimp. Shrimp with a count of 51-60 are small and what you might find in a salad. Shrimp with … continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
The Sound of the Sea
by Elliot Thorpe
The sea has intrigued and called to humanity for centuries, and we take for granted now that the planet has been mapped to the nearest millimeter. Yet, take the idea, if you can, of standing in the relentless surf, looking toward the flat, wide horizon. Distant gulls swoop across the sky reaching even further still, and you wonder what it is about the oceans that tempts us so.
From such a rich canvas, we have seen much to fire our imaginations. From beautifully, emotive art such as Hokusai’s The Great Wave or Kensett’s tranquil Sunset to stories that bring to life the very sea itself as well as those who live on it, in it, or under it Hornblower, Moby Dick, and Ariel are three prime examples. Music, too, entices a … continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.
Olympic National Park
by Heather Roulo
Photo by Timothy Roulo
Tucked away in the northwest corner of the contiguous United States is the amazing Olympic National Park. Nearly a million acres, the park encompasses a temperate rain forest, ancient trees, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, and a series of beautiful coastal beaches.
Among the seventy miles of beaches, Kalaloch is a popular destination. The beach rests just off Highway 101 with an easy walk from the gazebo at Kalaloch Lodge. It offers wonderful viewing of bird colonies. Bald eagles rest atop tall snags, feeding on salmon and ignoring the common murres and tufted puffins.
Cliffside cabins beside historic Kalaloch Lodge can be reserved in advance. Pets are allowed in some cabins, and on-leash dogs are allowed on the beach. There is easy access to the beach below, where entire trees lie in sun-bleached glory. During storms, common during the winter months, the trees… continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.
Octopus is Coolest
by Dianna Kersey
From the Atlantic Pygmy Octopus to the fabled Kraken, octopuses have been entrenched in our culture as some of the coolest sea creatures to swim in our oceans and even to crawl on our lands.
Humans are simply fascinated by these weird enigmas. Who can resist H.P. Lovecraft’s famous Cthulhu monsters with their deadly tentacles? Or the dozens of movies from all over the globe featuring these suction cupped beasts? Let’s face it, we’re hooked. There are countless reasons why octopus are the coolest creatures in the sea, but let’s hit my top three.
Prison Breaks Nothing can keep these amazing eight-legged cephalopods in one place. It takes a very special type of tank to enclose these guys in captivity for very long. Marine biologists have … continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.
I’m a Boat People
by Tim Reynolds
I come from a long line of boat people. Three hundred and ninety-eight years ago my ninth Great-Grandfather left his wife and five daughters at home to sail off on something longer than a three-hour tour. Richard never returned, although after three years, he had Elizabeth and the girls sail over to join him.
Unfortunately, five years later, he was dead, cause unknown. He was only forty-nine. Now, I’m not saying ninth-Great-Grandma had anything to do with ninth-Great-Grampa’s untimely and mysterious death, but maybe sailing away on the Mayflower without his family wasn’t his best decision ever.
The weighing of anchors and snapping of mainsails is so ingrained in our blood that my father bought a twenty-foot sailboat when I was a kid so the family could ply the exciting waters of Lake Ontario. We spent many “joyous” long weekends away from our friends, on… continue reading in Summer 2018 issue.
Just Keep Swimming
by Lillian Csernica
To many people, summer means the beach with hot sand, cool water, sunshine, cold drinks, carnival rides, and all that glorious junk food. I remember the day my husband and I took our son, John, to the beach for the first time. John wasn’t even in kindergarten yet, but he already showed a fondness for water.
In early spring, the weather was still cold, the water even colder. John stood there holding his father’s hand, staring out at the Pacific Ocean with his eyes wide. The sight of it blew his mind.
Later, once the weather warmed up, we took John to the beach for the usual fun. That’s when we discovered the sensation of cold means … continue reading the Summer 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
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by Kay Tracy
As a budget minded traveler, I found a great price for a four day cruise to the Bahamas. The two of us would have a nice break from the cold and frosty winter in Iceland. The grand adventure started with a quiet arrival in a mostly deserted airport, a shuttle to the rental car, then the start of a D.C. to Florida drive.
I know what you’re thinking. Why was I driving to Florida? Why not just fly? Because, there are states I have not yet been to. That and when I booked the trip, there was no storm bearing down in the east coast of the US. Oh, well, no sense not having a real adventure. I mean, how can you pass up truck stops with little alligator head souvenirs? And the scenery? Frosty but awesome all at the same time… continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.