SEARCH: Spotlight on Santa Cruz

Spotlight on Santa Cruz by Sumiko Saulson

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, is a lovely central California town a little over half an hour from the South Bay.

As a college town, it’s home to UC Santa Cruz, a world-class research institution. Its lush two thousand-acre campus is covered in gorgeous Redwood trees.

Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many fine eateries, bookshops, record stores, bars, and a kava shop. Wednesdays from 1 to 6 there’s a Farmer’s Market. First Fridays showcase the creative side of Santa Cruz, hosting local artists and artisans…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: Opening a Music Studio

Opening a Music Studio by Michele Roger

I should have kept count. There were at least two flat tires and countless close calls driving through snow and ice storms. I probably drove through at least sixty blizzard like days/nights. My car needed an oil change every six weeks. I had to replace my brakes and tires every nine months. After all those years of driving from house to house and town to town to teach private music classes everyday, it was time for a change. It was time to open my own music studio.

To most, it would seem obvious to have made this leap far sooner than I did. From the outside, many saw my job as crazy. The mileage on my car, the lost time between lessons, the weather, why would anyone choose to run a business this way? There is far more work in opening a brick and mortar music business than one might think.

Step 1 Find a Space. Space is a strange thing. I’d like to say that it isn’t all about location, but I would be lying…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: Author Spotlight on Emerian Rich

Author Spotlight on Emerian Rich

Name: Emerian Rich
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Give us a sense of what you do; what are some of
your creative endeavors?
I am a writer, artist, and voice actress. I love writing fiction most of all, but I’ve recently been involved in the creation of a Spooky Writer’s Planner. I’ve also created a coloring book and am working on an ABC book for spooky kids!

If you’re creative in your work life, how does that influence being creative at home or on hobbies? I don’t think creativity (or at least mine) can be contained. I love crocheting, doing diamond paintings, and most recently working with resin crafts. I rarely do the same thing again, so whatever the next craft craze is, I’m up for trying it. What inspires you? So much! My imagination is always cranking out new ideas. It could be the way the light of a lamp reflects off the wall, the shape of the clouds on a morning walk, or a snippet of conversation I hear in line. When I’m studying a certain topic, I will watch movies and videos about the subject to near exhaustion!

What are you working on right now? An anthology of Gothic Romance stories coming out in May and a rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, also due out this year…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: My Chancy Behavior

My Chancy Behavior by Tim Reynolds

I’m a big one for taking chances, but occasionally I take risks. What’s the difference? Well, taking a chance is acting with the possibility of something happening, while taking a risk is to expose yourself to the possibility of injury or loss. Let me use my own life to give you some clarity.

I once took a chance and auditioned for a stage production of West Side Story–I was Nibbles the Shark–which was definitely not the same as taking the risk of joining an actual Puerto Rican street gang. Taking a chance would have been eating a raw egg as a stunt in high school, but I had to risk illness by eating thirty raw eggs to raise money for the United Way.

Taking a chance that I could dance for nine hours to raise money for the United Way would have been okay, but I had to…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: Icelandic Food

Icelandic Food by Kay Tracy

Vestrahorn cape, Iceland

Cultural aspects of food can be varied as well as unusual. If you travel to areas outside of your home, you might have discovered this.

Little things like, in some southern states–I’m looking at you, Texas–you automatically get jalapenos instead of pickles on your burger at some places. For that reason, when venturing to other countries, it helps to have an open mind and have a willingness to try new things in the food category. This does not mean you always have to like it. Just be willing to give it a try.

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue, including Icelandic recipes and an interview with master chef Jökull Tandri Ámundason.

SEARCH: Reflection

Enjoy our new poetry column!

Reflection
by Oksanna Normandeau

“it is time for self reflection
taking a good look at yourself
and asking the tough questions

magic mirror on the tracks
how can I help my insides
from going black

magic mirror before me
how can I heal myself internally

for without deep deliberation
we walk through our lives blindly
never giving ourselves the chance to see the
way self love was meant to be”

Read all our articles in the online issue

SEARCH: Mod Podge

Mod Podge by Emerian Rich

Wood cube blocks say DIY.

My fascination with Mod Podge started years ago when I found out there was this magic glue that allowed you to paste pictures or paper to relatively any flat, hard surface. I was always a bit intimidated with refurbishing furniture, but when a friend of mine was leaving town and wanted to throw out this weather-damaged café set, I took my chance. I would save this poor trio if my life depended on it.

Read more in SEARCH Magazine’s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: 2021 Spring Issue Table of Contents

Our Spring 2021 is all about Enhancing Your Horizon!

Table of Content

• DIY — Mod Podge
• Food/Travel — Icelandic Food
• Humor — My Chancy Behavior
• Author Spotlight — Emerian Rich
• Music — Opening a Music Studio
• City Spotlight — Santa Cruz
• #Enhancingyourhorizon — Using Tarot in Your Creative Life
• Food — Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans and Mushroom
• Fitness — Using a Treadmill Desk
• Autism — Chasing the Horizon
• Gardening — Death and Rebirth
• Health — Imposter Syndrome
• Poetry Corner — Reflection

Read our Spring 2021 magazine issue on Enhancing Your Horizon.

SEARCH: Spring 2021 Editor Letter

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This season’s magazine is all about taking chances and expanding our horizons. Sometimes we choose to change, and other times we’re forced to by the world around us. It might
feel as if we spend most of our time on what we have to do and very little on what we want to do, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, changing our ways can lead to opportunities.

If you’re cooking for yourself, consider the delight of trying something new. One of our authors, Kay Tracy, explains food from Iceland. Too outside your comfort zone? Brian and Patricia Dake give a recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms that you can make at home. It’s all about finding the kind of newness that makes you happy to grow.

If you don’t quite understand, try following along with humorist Tim Reynolds as he explains the difference between chance and risk, with examples from his own life. Another author, Michele Roger, discusses the peril of starting her music business. Really, we’re always looking for ways to make the most of our world. So, pull out a tarot deck to expand your creativity, or pull out the treadmill desk to buckle down to work. No matter how you branch out, know that we’re all searching for the right way to travel the roads of life and find our rewards along the way.

And, if you think everyone else has it all figured out, Kristin Battestella talks us through the reality of imposter syndrome. Even when you have it together, the hardest person to convince is often yourself.

Read your copy today!

Heather Roulo
Editorial Director

SEARCH: The New Zealand Haka

The New Zealand Haka by Michele Roger.

The Haka is a tradition kept alive by New Zealanders (Kiwis) the world over. The Haka is many things, a performance, telling a story through words and movement. Some keep history and mythology alive. Some keep modern ideas alive. A Haka is a way to welcome new people.

If you were to visit Te Pui in New Zealand, you would be welcomed in with a Haka. When my husband and I got married, a group of local and Canadian Kiwi men performed a Haka to celebrate and welcome our guests. It’s also a way to pay the highest honor and tribute to someone who has died.

If you’re a fan of rugby, you’ve probably seen a Haka. The New Zealand All Blacks prepare for each game by facing their opponents and performing one. Each movement is tied to a word or phrase…

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.