SEARCH: Believe in Your Worth

Believe in Your Worth
by Angela Estes

BusinessWorthIf you’re reading this article, you probably don’t come from a long line of money. You’re not an heir to a fortune. Your ancestors were beholden to others for a living. Wage earners. If we think about the word ‘worthy’, you literally come from a long line of people whose financial ‘worth’ came from a bartered paycheck. Money is not a judge of your worthiness, yet it is human nature to mistake the two. Not always to our detriment.

Recently I listened to Bill Murray describe Gilda Radner’s capability of always getting a job. He credited her affluent upbringing and said it gave her a confidence that she would always have money. She didn’t question her worthiness, and she always got the job.

It’s not your worthiness that is the issue, but your confidence IN your worthiness.

Acknowledge things you don’t know about money. For example, debt is bad, right? We’ve all got that friend who has credit card debt to the tune of double digit thousands. Seems pretty bad, except there is good debt and bad debt. A good debt is… continue reading in the Winter 2017 issue.

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SEARCH: Iceland

Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire
by Kay Tracy

GeysirsThe land of Fire and Ice, Iceland (pronounced more ‘Iss-land’ by the locals) is an island nation in the north Atlantic, easily reachable by air from either coast of the US and a handy way point for flights further east to Europe.

With exciting scenery, occasional volcanic activity, and a chance to see the Northern lights, this is a country of vibrant culture, creative people, and unusual sights.

The entire population of Iceland is about 380,000 people, and the language is Icelandic, though many can speak English. It is polite to try to learn at least a few words, such as Ja’ for yes. Nei means no, Takk Fyrir or Takk is thank you. Speak English, and you might find someone… continue reading in the Winter 2017 issue.

SEARCH: Frustration Station

Frustration Station
by Lillian Csnernica

cal.jpgWhen Winter break is over and school is back in session, the temporary ceasefire is over. We’re back in the trenches for the Homework War.

I love my sons. My boys, John and Michael, are the two most important people on the entire planet. There are many joyful moments with my boys, but there is also a really staggering amount of frustration.

John has come so far from the days when we had to have a behavioral specialist and a one to one aide come to our home and “play” kindergarten with him until he got the hang of his first icon-based schedule. John’s a sophomore in high school now. Even with…continue reading in the Winter 2017 magazine.

 

SEARCH: Stay Cozy Inside with Tech

Stay Cozy Inside with Tech

by Heather Roulo

When winter arrives, it’s nice to curl up on the couch and stay cozy by the fire. Technology is here to help you find excuses to remain indoors. Check out what’s happening in home automation, entertainment, and at-home dining.

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If you spend the holidays traveling, it’s nice to have the powerful ability to change which lights are on in the house, monitor it remotely with motion sensors, or even watch a video link of your driveway with network enabled cameras.

Setup is still a bit tricky, and you may have to use a combination of systems to get just what you’re looking for. Hue light bulbs, SmartThings outlets, and Ring doorbells offer options to put you in control.

While you could check your SmartHome app on your phone, adding a central hub, like Amazon’s Echo or Google Home, allows you to verbally…continue reading in the Winter 2017 magazine.

SEARCH: Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years

Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years

by Elliot Thorpe

ella2Jazz is a music form that has, arguably, untold variations. Its back catalogue of artistes and hits is as endless as a hot summer’s day and as equally as evocative.

Once such artist was born a century ago, on April 25, 1917. From humble beginnings to an astonishingly talent-drenched career, Ella Jane Fitzgerald was determined to make the best of what she had, against challenging odds.

Her father disappeared when she was a baby. Her mother, Tempie, and stepfather, Joe, did all they could for Ella and her sister, Frances, until tragedy struck. Tempie died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Joe died some time later of a heart attack. After a few run-ins with the police, young Ella was sent to a reformatory, enduring endless beatings by the staff. Escape was the only option and proved to be the founding drive in her life forever after. She entered an amateur talent show in….continue reading in the Winter 2017 magazine.

 

SEARCH: Dear Search Winter 2017

Dear SEARCH

What is your favorite cozy winter activity?

Cozy-Activity-Poll“We went to Indian Springs spa in Calistoga over Christmas two years ago. It was perfect.” Loren, San Francisco

“There’s a little village of rental cabins called St. Orres on Highway 1, North of San Francisco. There’s no telephone, internet, or cell phone service. Nice restaurant, too. Luxurious and primitive at the same time.” James, Sunnyvale

“We had a wonderful time at Sorensen’s Resort, near Lake Tahoe.” Marsha, San Francisco

“I like to get away at least once a winter. Vegas flights aren’t that expensive if you book at the right time.” Tammy, Pinole

Check out more of our Winter 2017 issue.

SEARCH: Tri-Tip Recipe

Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
by Brian and Patricia Dake

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Winter is a time for cozy meals and comfort food, a time to let the oven heat up the house while cooking a fabulous dish perfect for sharing with those we love. A tri-tip beef roast fits the criteria. Add in some sherry-mushroom gravy, and you have an ideal entrée for cold weather and stormy nights. We’ve spent years enjoying and refining this recipe, and it has become a much-requested favorite among our friends and family.

For side dishes to complement the main course, we recommend baked potatoes cooked until soft, then served with butter and sour cream. The addition of a green vegetable also makes for a pretty presentation, but since it is a time for enjoying cozy comforts, I would encourage you to choose your favorite vegetable regardless of color. Everything from old-style green beans to whole kernel corn, steamed broccoli to sweet cooked carrots will pair well with this dish. Combine with warm bread rolls to round out the meal…continue reading the Winter issue of SEARCH Magazine.