SEARCH: I’m a Boat People

HUMORI’m a Boat People
by Tim Reynolds

HUMORI 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.

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SEARCH: Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming
by Lillian Csernica

AUTISMTo 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.

SEARCH: The Bahamas

The Bahamas

by Kay Tracy

BAHAMASAs 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.

SEARCH: #OceanLife Faceoff

#OceanLife Faceoff

by Emerian Rich

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Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

The ocean is a massive force that has fascinated man from the beginning of time. If you’re contemplating visiting the coast, you’ll never be able to see it all at once. If you can choose only one locale, how do you know which is best for your dollar and your time allotted?

We’ve pit locations against each other for you so you can be an informed visitor and tally up your personal score for each locale. Make those summer getaways work for you and your family in the best possible way.

Rockaway Beach is in the southern portion of Pacifica, California, approximately seven miles from San Francisco. It’s one of the cleanest beachfronts in the San Francisco Bay Area and is home to the landmark Nick’s Seafood Restaurant. As early as 1776, limestone was quarried here, and limestone from this beach was used to help rebuild after the 1906 earthquake.

Now, the beach is used for day trips, weddings, and is a favorite spot for artists to sketch and paint. A cluster of restaurants and shops draw tourists and locals alike… Read more about Rockaway and Ocean Beach in the Summer 2018 issue

 

SEARCH: Trees, Sir!

Trees, Sir!
by Tim Reynolds

HUMOR TREESI loves me my trees. Not in a “that young fella needs some serious therapy” kinda love. More like adoration, appreciation, affection, and a few other A-words from the thesaurus.

Sadly, I have another A-word, allergies. Specifically, dust, mold, mildew, ragweed, grass, and trees. In other words I’m allergic to the entire world. Over the decades my allergies have tapered off, but when I was a young goat exploring the world I was always trying different places in which to hide from my two younger sisters.

The crawlspace under my parents’ bedroom was perfect. It had just enough hanging spider egg sacks to keep my sisters at bay. It also had enough dust, mold, and mildew to give me a serious respiratory infection for a month.

Next I thought of hiding in the grass in the backyard, but Mom had some bizarre fixation about having a nicely groomed short lawn around our suburban brick castle, so I would have looked like… continue reading in Spring 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Ambiguous Loss

Ambiguous Loss
by Emerian Rich

AMBIGIOUSLOSSAUTIS,

When you have a baby, your whole world changes. Everyone tells you this will happen when you’re pregnant and it’s one of life’s solid truths along with death and taxes. Still, no matter how you prepare for it, or think you’re ready, it always seems to catch you off guard.

My son was born happy and healthy, if a bit early, twelve years ago. Despite complications during and after pregnancy, we were pretty happy for about a year. We reveled in the new baby smell. We giggled at his baby bandito burrito shape. We even smiled when he pooed. Every parent on the planet can recount these cute stories, whether you want them to or not.

At about a year old we realized we needed to get our son checked out. Even though he was a happy, energy-filled cutie, with the exception of…continue reading the Spring 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Attracting Birds

Attracting Birds
by Kay Tracy

ATTRACKING BIRDSWhen you think of spring, what jumps into your head? For me, in addition to new plants and flowers, it’s the birds.

Even in the smallest patio garden one can find avian visitors. All you have to do is invite them. Food and water will do the trick. For some birds that is as simple as having plants that bloom. For others, try an invitation to dine with you.

Hummingbirds, unless you live near the Arctic Circle, will join you for an offering of sugar water. Colorful finches abound when seeds are on the menu. Do avoid bread. Look to quality mixed seeds for wild birds. You can use some of the resources listed at the end to help you determine what your goal with birds might be.

Add a source of water, like a glazed planting pot base or even an old clean dented frying pan, and you will delight them not only with a drink of water, but a spot for bathing. With the urbanization of the world, our small creatures have… continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Brewing Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha
by Dianna Kersey

DIY KOMBUCHAI’m sure by now you have read the myriad of articles regarding the health benefits of consuming kombucha tea. You’re hooked, you love the flavors and varieties, but hate the cost of $4 bucks a bottle. Right?

Would you believe you can make this amazing healthy probiotic tea yumminess for pennies a glass? Do I have your attention?

First, you’ll need to gather a few items to hold your kombucha as it’s brewing and then you’ll need bottles if you want to add fruit or flavors for the second ferment. A quart-sized jar, wooden spoon, coffee filter cover or cheese cloth, and a rubber band or canning jar ring.

To start you’ll need an active scoby. A what? A scoby is the tea culture. Think of it as your grandma’s buttermilk culture that she uses for her amazing biscuits, but this is a culture specifically for… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

 

SEARCH: Farm to Table

Farm to Table: Angel Hair with Garlic, Ricotta, and Fava Beans
by Brian and Patricia Dake

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Farm-to-table, getting back to our roots and consuming food grown in our own communities is the current trend and considered healthier for both us and the environment. Keeping that is mind, what could be better than garden-to-table? If we want to get down to earth, how about enjoying produce grown in our own backyards?

Several years ago I attended an early-season farmer’s market where I chatted with a local grower and discovered the wonder of fresh fava beans. She explained to me how fava beans make an ideal winter crop. Simply plant the starter beans – easily found at a local garden store – in a patch of earth November to December. In colder regions, you will wish to plant in autumn before the ground freezes. Once the beans are planted, winter rains will do the work for you, and I have found the stalks to be remarkably pest resistant. In drought years, you will want to make sure to water every couple of weeks, but with cooler weather and… continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue