SEARCH Magazine Spring 2017 Issue

spring17finalPET HEALTH

with Dr. Teresa Spencer. It’s springtime, and with it comes more outdoor activities. This is a great time to take the dog out for a Frisbee game in the park or let your cats out on the patio for some sun.

City Spotlight

Orinda, California, one of America’s friendliest towns.

Animal Rescue & Foster Care

Shelters around the Bay need your help.

The Importance of Exercise

Do you want to be happier, reduce stress, and lead a healthier lifestyle?

The Sounds of the City

Our iconic city has been the backdrop to a whole host of movies.

Fur-tastic Vacations

What are the best places when travelling with you pet?

De-cabling VS. Cable

In the duel between de-cabling versus traditional cable companies, who wins?

Interview with Kimbe Abernathy

She’s turned her natural gifts into an influential brand.

5 Fantastic Dog Books

Indeed, dogs and books go together like chew toys and tennis balls.

Spring Fresh Pea Soup

Learn how to make the best pea soup you’ve ever tasted.

Build a Catio

To keep cats safely outdoors, build a catio or catbitat.

The Ghost Ship Fire

A tragic loss in Oakland’s art community.

Take Care of You

Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

Just One of the Litter

A humorous look at pet ownership. Do you own them or do they own you?

Bay Area Attration

Japantown is often an over-looked part of San Francisco some people don’t even know is there.

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SEARCH: BAY AREA, The Palace of Fine Arts

BAY AREA, The Palace of Fine Arts
By Emerian Rich

pofa8Walking under the grand arches of the Palace of Fine Arts is so breathtaking, I find it hard to compare it to anything in the Bay Area. Sure maybe if you visited the Pyramids of Giza or the Pantheon in Rome, you would feel the same inspiring experience, but this is in our own backyard.

For those of you unaware of the palace’s history, it was constructed in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exposition. Its purpose was to exhibit art and was to be torn down directly after the event. As one of the only surviving structures of the fair, it’s amazing to note it’s still in the same spot as originally built. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, an arts and crafts movement architect and instructor at UC Berkeley, the structure was inspired by Roman and Greek architecture. While most of the exhibition structures were torn down or relocated after the event, the palace had a friend in Pheobe Apperson Hearst (Mother of William Randolph Hearst). Phoebe, always the activist, founded the Palace Preservation League even while the exhibition was still running. However, while Phoebe had saved the structure, it wasn’t stable…continue reading.

SEARCH: Bachelor to Grandfather in a Blink

Bachelor to Grandfather in a Blink
By Tim Reynolds

img_0356On my 41st birthday, I was a childless bachelor with a long history of living loose of foot and free of fancy. On my 42nd birthday I was four months into a terrific relationship that would last another thirteen years. Then, without any warning whatsoever from a certain inebriated palm reader or the sweet Psychic Tradeshow Tarot reader, I celebrated my 43rd birthday as a grandfather. Yes indeedy, I went from childless bachelor to grandfather in a blistering eighteen months. Somehow this old dog had managed to skip parenthood completely and jump straight down the rabbit hole to grandparenthood.

Baby Jake was born very suddenly due to an abruption his mother suffered. They were only a couple hours from either one or both of them not surviving. He was a lot of weeks early and spent most of it imprisoned in the Neonatal Care Unit under heavy guard. It was a long time before I was allowed to hold this little bundle of wonder, but I did get to see him incubating a few hours after his hatching. He was wrinkly, and red, and so tiny I was afraid to even breathe near his chamber of life. As time passed, he grew strong and bigger.

When Jake-the-Snake…continue reading.

SEARCH: Tech to Help Organize Your Life

Tech to Help Organize Your Life
By Ron Vitale

wunderlist-rvitaleWe are all busy with one thing or another, but what if there were tools to help make things easier? Thankfully, with a little bit of ingenuity, you can now solve some simple problems that take up time. Efficiency equals more time with how busy we all are in our day-to-day lives, using these tech tips can help make a dent into earning back some of the day. Minutes saved here and there add up to less stress and frustration as well as more time. Whatever you decide, give these tech tips a try, and then sit back and relax with that extra time you’ll gain. Want to learn? Here we go!


Another great free app for your smartphone is Wunderlist. With the free version, you can create simple “to do” lists tied to your phone. Once you get started, you can create as many lists as you want and even build reminders.

With Wunderlist, you can plan out, not just recurring events, but one time issues. With each list, you can add a file, comments, subtasks, and set the reminder to be repeated or for one time. I often use my smartphone as extra…continue reading.

SEARCH: Punk Drunk Love: A Detroit Story

Punk Drunk Love: A Detroit Story
by Michele Roger

With the expansion of the terminals at the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), lots of people traveling from west coast to east coast are discovering a new layover. Flights with overnight layovers are vastly cheaper and built into some of the new flight and travel apps. Detroit has been out to shed its bad boy reputation, and I thought I would see what all the travel talk was about.

There is a huge artist scene in Detroit. Photographers, like my friend Erik Bucholz, suggested I check out the newly emerging music scene. UFO Factory (2110 Trumbull St), a venue located in Hamtramack, (the Polish sector of the city) is both a bar and a social club. Detroit has seen a reinvention of punk music. Whether it’s music or food, Detroit has been taking the great elements of the world and making its own versions for years. Punk music is no exception.

Photo by Eric Bucholz

Photo by Eric Bucholz

One rising star, Mikal Bartee of The Idiot Kids, agreed to an interview to talk about his band and his city. Lead singer and song writer of the band, Mikal, describes the band, as punk with a story to tell. He, drummer Ryan Chlebek, and bassist, Nicholas Zambeck grew up together and were friends who just started playing music. Punk music was more befitting the energy level they had for the music they composed. Over time, they’ve developed their unique sound and say it’s “glam punk with theatrical aspects.” They attribute some of that sound’s influences to David Bowie and…continue reading.

SEARCH: Monique Harris – Artist, Poet, Unstoppable Creative

Monique Harris – Artist, Poet, Unstoppable Creative
by Emerian Rich

0719161059bMonique Harris is a woman with cerebral palsy who has accomplished more in her lifetime than many of us without the challenges she’s had to overcome. Monique grew up in Philadelphia and came to the Bay Area with her artistic mother when she was twelve years old.

Starting off in business school, Monique earned her degree at twenty-four. Using a head wand, she can navigate the computer, and a mentor taught her to use Photoshop about seven years ago. She hasn’t looked back. Her art pieces are composite pieces created fully on the computer…continue reading.

SEARCH: What is it Really Like to Have a Child with Autism?

ashWhat is it Really Like to Have a Child with Autism?
by Ashley Vrublevskiy

“I really don’t know much about it,” she said. “What is it like having a child with autism?”

She was twenty-something, my age, even. I was getting a haircut by someone new, and since my children are a huge part of my life, autism always seems to come up. Usually, it’s following one of my least favorite questions or comments from well-meaning people. It’s always a little different version of the same thing: “Oh, what fun ages. Do they play well together?” or “I have a kiddo the same age. Isn’t it so much easier now that they are older?”, etc. I don’t blame them. This is a perfectly acceptable way to talk to most mothers. It just doesn’t work for me.

I found myself spewing a rehearsed version of life that sounded something like roses and butterflies. Simply put, “It’s tough, but worth it.”

Really, that’s not a lie. It truly is so worth it. I obviously absolutely adore my son, but honestly, there was a lot of gritty truth missing. It was all a bunch of fluff, because she couldn’t possibly begin to fathom what it’s really like, what a life like this truly entails. Maybe that’s unfair to assume, but unless you live this every day, you have no idea.

What I really wanted to say…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Colorful Murals Bringing Oakland to Life

Colorful Murals Bringing Oakland to Life
By Sumiko Saulson

muralOakland is well-known for its vibrant art and culture scene, which includes First Fridays Art Walk, galleries, cultural centers, dance halls, concert halls, and poetry cafes. Neighborhood cultural fairs and festivals help make the city’s daytime offerings as exciting as its nightlife. One prominent aspect of Oakland’s visual arts scene is street art. Graffiti artists, taggers, and muralists contribute to the array of colorful exterior artwork. Paint isn’t the only medium used to create these works of art. Mosaic murals are increasingly popular.

Murals such as “Past/Future” mural at the Hamilton Apartments at 2101 Telegraph Avenue help raise the morale of the community. The mural features a painting of Ray Charles on one side and a richly hued study of two young African American women on the adjoining, street facing side with the word “Future” across the top. It was created by a muralist who lives in the building. He changes the artwork a couple times a year…continue reading.

SEARCH: Cataract Surgery, Close to a Miracle

Cataract Surgery, Close to a Miracle
By Larion Wills

During a routine eye examine years ago, my ophthalmologist discovered a small cataract in one eye. At that time it was too small to worry over, but something I did keep in mind when during the last year or so I became aware of a difference in my vision. Things close were clear enough, but everything out at a distance looked smoky, and reading was becoming more and more difficult. Colors were harder to see, especially in traffic lights and on TV, bright lights hurt my eyes, and forget night driving.

If any of those things are bothering you, don’t cross them off as “getting older” and simply accept them. Go to an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist. An optometrist examines your eyes, prescribes and supplies spectacles and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

For me, understanding what a cataract is and getting information on the procedures helped to lessen the instinctive fear of knowing someone would be cutting into my eye. A nice clinical description is ‘A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision, the cause of half of the blindness and…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Kick the Winter Blahs

Kick the Winter Blahs

Embrace Your Inner Hibernation Instinct

by Dianna Kersey

wintercover2016Have you ever wondered “why” we get the winter blues? “What” causes us to feel blah? I’m sure you’ve read tons of articles about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, but that is not what we’re going to talk about today. Have you ever considered maybe we’re supposed to slow down and reflect during this time of year, and that it’s totally okay?

Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm for day and night to help us go to sleep and wake up in the morning. This same concept applies to the seasons of the year. Since the dawn of humanity, we have awakened in the spring ready to plant crops, welcome in newborn animals, and prepare for the long, hot growing days of summer. Soon more hard work flies in with harvesting all your efforts in preparation to survive during winter. Once the colder months arrive that’s when your body says—hey, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the fruits of your labors. It’s time for reflection on the past year and planning for the new year.

How Did We Get So Busy In The Winter?

It wasn’t until the inventions of electricity and economical ways to transport ourselves that we began extending the bustling activities of the warmer months into winter. New sports games were adapted, and every year we’re pushed…continue reading.