For the first time in my life, the planet seems so much smaller. I regularly sit at home in the south of England, having video calls with my producer in Knoxville.
We’ve done this for a good few years now. The conversations usually started with, “How are things in your part of the world?” The very fact that the geographical distance between us means nothing to an invisible enemy is very telling, and so our calls inevitably begin now with something not unlike, “So how are you coping?”
I have family in Australia, and dotted across the UK, too. All of us, everywhere, have been touched by the events of the last year or so. We all have a common ground.
We all have to live our lives the same to keep ourselves, our families, friends, and strangers safe and free from this pandemic. Never has the need for respect and understanding of others been so demanded of us. For many, that’s a struggle. We’ve all seen the news footage of hordes of people worldwide who simply refuse to acknowledge social distancing measures or that there’s even a pandemic, but for the majority, it’s simply become part of our daily routines…
Continue reading in our Summer 2021 magazine issue on Superheroes.
Superheroes are the best! I mean, that’s the definition, right? We love to see them fly, fight crime, and generally save the world. Movies and comics abound with their exploits, but the label “superhero” is also thrown around to acknowledge the work of essential workers, doctors, single mothers, and more. Superheroes are the ones setting the broken world right again.
In our feature story this issue, Elliot Thorpe reflects on the human nature of superheroes. Alternately, Tim Reynolds has the power to make you smile as he recounts his not-so-super adventures. Take a break from tasks that feel like they take superhuman effort and imagine a trip to our spotlight city, Masterton, New Zealand. Even superheroes have alter egos that need to take out the trash, but you can be the hero at dinner by preparing our recipe for Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Salad. Need inspiration for your heroic feats? Enjoy Sumiko Saulson’s article about the Netflix show, Unknown Origins.
The days we get to help out a fellow human, save a distressed animal, or give a compliment, can make us feel more “super” than we did before. Let SEARCH Magazine inspire you to express the superhero in you.
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In this new world where many families are sheltering in place, parents must find creative solutions when it comes to keeping our kids happy, healthy, and moving forward. A predictable, consistent home life with a regular routine is a key element of good mental health. This provides a safe space for the exploration of something new.
From Why is Routine so Important to People with ASD? “Though it might seem counterintuitive, reinforcing routines can actually help those with ASD to stop relying on them so much as a crutch. Routine can be powerful in reinforcing a feeling of well-being and stability for autistic individuals. When that sense of stability and wellness is fulfilled, then it can actually be easier for them to handle other changes.”
Working on a treadmill desk sounds like a great way to get work and exercise done at the same time. However, there are things to consider. Safety first. A good 8-10 inches of clearance is needed on any side. Get measurements of the treadmill before purchasing. Tiled flooring is best, but you can use it on a carpet with a mat to protect from wear or heat from the treadmill. Outside isn’t a good idea. Weather adversely affects the performance and longevity.
Solid footing and good foot support prevents injuries. Get a good pair of shoes, nothing with a slick sole. No heels, sandals, bare feet, or in socks. Avoid wide pant legs or long skirts that might get caught up in the treadmill. Wear clothing, particularly pants, which allow for non-restrictive movement…
So far, so good is my mantra these days. Each day brings with it a little more change, a little step forward, and I’ve learned to appreciate each of those incremental shifts of both my life and the garden from sunrise to sunset and night, from spring all the way to winter and back around again.
The garden has come full circle. The earth is more packed than last year, and it is now interspersed with established plants. The spot I liked to once sit in the curve of the stone wall, the space that got overrun with tomatoes last year, is now framed by a lavender bush. On the other side of the path is a rosemary that may or may not make it…
Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans and Mushrooms by Brian and Patricia Dake
Stir-fried green beans have long been a personal favorite of mine. With a texture both crisp and tender, they combine admirably with garlic, mushrooms, and chili paste.
Chili paste comes in many varieties and varies in heat, color, and quality. We prefer a Vietnamese chili paste called Sambal Oelek as it is very hot, bright red in color, and has a fresh chili taste. Be careful to avoid chili paste that has turned dark, brown, or smells rancid. Chili paste, while used as a seasoning, cannot be kept as long as spices. You want to always make sure yours is fresh. Because good chili paste is quite hot, we only use a teaspoon in this entire dish. It is just enough to infuse it with a wonderful chili flavor that melds incredibly well with the other ingredients. Sesame oil is also essential for the flavor of this recipe; so, for the best results, use only high-quality sesame oil…
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Kristin Battestella
Are you stuck in a rut? Feel like no one notices your work? Are you phoning it in because your talent is totally crap?
If you think you’re an embarrassing amateur wasting everyone’s time, then you are not alone. You have Impostor Syndrome, which Wikipedia defines as a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments or talents and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. How does one overcome these fears? Here are a few tips to infuse your niche and heal your ego.
Try something new. Beginners get a free pass when learning something for the first time, right? Tackle something easy…
Using Tarot in your Creative Life by Carrie Sessarego
The Tarot is a system of divination that uses seventy-eight illustrated cards to reveal universal truths. Most modern decks are based off the Rider-Waite Smith deck, designed and illustrated in 1909.
From a structure of twenty-two major arcana cards and fifty-minor arcana cards (the latter divided into four suits), illustrators and authors have designed an immense number of works including not only new decks but also songs, plays, novels, and other forms of art…