When events disrupt our routine, we’re left struggling to maintain our weight, stay healthy, and meet fitness goals. For example, during the Covid19 pandemic, gyms closed to keep people safe. While necessary, these changes left people searching for new ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.
First, consider what you want to accomplish. If it’s weight control, the most significant contributor is to control your diet, ensuring you consume the proper number of calories compared to what you burn. Try not to lose weight too quickly, which can be unhealthy. Sometimes all it takes is an accurate scale and small dietary changes to gradually gain or take-off weight.
Engagement is a significant part of a Punjabi wedding. First, the girl is draped with a chunni (very decorative dupatta ), which is usually very ornate. In some families this chunni is a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. She is also presented with jewelry, which her mother and sister-in-law help her wear. A tiny dot of henna paste (mehndi) is applied to her palm…
Montezuma Castle is located near Camp Verde roughly in the middle of Arizona.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Montezuma Castle as one of the first four national monuments, describing them as “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Because of looting, there were few artifacts left to study the Sinagua people until 1933 when Castle A was discovered with a wealth of artifacts left by the people who lived there six hundred years ago….Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.
Portrait of the bright beautiful emotional woman with art make-up listen music with notes on dark backgroundIn my work as an author and harpist, I often write about love songs and perform for weddings. In a way, you might say it runs in the family. It starts with a real-life love story of its own.
My grandfather was a machinist for the army, stationed in France during World War II. He repaired and re-tooled tanks by day. By night, he was an alto saxophonist for the USO band. He was a twenty-something, baby-faced, tall drink of water. One night, two new waitresses at the USO Club were on duty.
As the story goes, he, of course, started dating each of them. Neither of the women knew he was seeing the other. Eventually, the two sisters confided in one another and discovered the truth. They set him up on a date and both women met him, making him choose. Such is the dramatic love life of a handsome musician. The one he chose became my grandmother. As the cliché goes, the rest is history.
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How are you involved in Search Magazine? I started off as an author for the magazine a few years ago. I still contribute articles but I am also the packaging manager for the magazine. I’m the one that sends you your physical copy of the periodical. I’m happy to be involved with Search Magazine on multiple levels.
What else do you write? I mainly write emails and texts, lol. Seriously, aside from articles and journal entries, I write occasional horror book reviews. Tell us about yourself. I am a lifetime bay area native. I attended San Francisco State University and got my B.A. in Philosophy and Religion. I love… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.
Growing up as a kid from two different cultures doesn’t sound like that big of a deal now; and maybe it’s because it isn’t. With the advent of the internet and cell phones that have become our own personal mini-computers, the world is at our fingertips–literally.
Forty years ago, things were quite a bit different. Other cultures were things to be studied at libraries, not something to be seen every day.
It wasn’t until I entered kindergarten that I began to realize my mom and dad weren’t like the other kids’ parents. My father is a natural citizen of the United States, hailing from Arkansas, the second youngest of ten children.
He is Caucasian with an English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. My mother is a first generation immigrant from Guatemala. She has been a citizen of the US for most of my life. My folks met and married, and then, I came long. I look nothing like my petite mother with her dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. With my pale skin and green eyes, I look like my father.
Apparently, it’s time to discuss Family Traditions here at SEARCH Magazine.
While my family members are all wonderful people, there’s not much I can say about our traditions without one or more of them getting a wee bit upset that I’ve aired our emotional laundry in public. It’s my job in this column to bring you the smiles and laughs, unfortunately there aren’t a lot of laughs to be had in the traditions of a family who should probably keep a team of therapists on retainer. That said, there is one tradition I inherited both from my maternal grandfather and my father, who died two months apart in 1982 and 1983, and that is the spinning of tails and the fabricating of fictions. In the grand tradition of those good men, I shall spin you a story about my life, and our–not at all true–family traditions.
The pandemic has turned life upside down. All over the world, people must now shelter in place, wear a mask, and endure being cut off from family and friends. The future continues to be uncertain.
What’s more, winter will bring another big challenge with the holiday seasons full of family gatherings, exchanging gifts, lots of noise, lights, and color, and special traditions. During an ordinary year people on the spectrum shy away from such benevolent disruptions. This year has been anything but ordinary with the annual holiday difficulties further complicated by the toll the pandemic is taking on all of us. How much more difficult must it be for the neurodiverse, especially adults and children on the spectrum who might not be able to understand why their personal worlds have changed so drastically.
Holiday Traditions One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is family tradition. Many cherished traditions may be impossible this year after Public health officials have identified private parties as one of the most dangerous environments for spreading the coronavirus. How can we create alternatives that will become just as meaningful?
Gardening in one form or another has been a part of my family’s tradition since before we immigrated from Italy and Ireland. Everywhere we went, we had a garden.
When my family lived in the Bronx, Uncle Joe had an incredible garden complete with a marble fountain and grape arbors hidden away behind shrubs like an urban oasis. My grandfather had a vegetable garden everywhere he went, and my father carried on the vegetable garden tradition. My mother brought roses and flowers to the gardens.
Another generation, another garden, I’ve worked on my garden and yard for the last twelve years, built raised beds out of scrap stone, and collected plants not typically found in a regular garden. After over a decade, however, the original garden needed a major overhaul. Turns out, my thumbs were a little too green… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.
Family traditions have happened for as long as families have existed. We learn a view of how things should be done, and what we learn in childhood often has a profound effect. Our expectations are set for what it means to celebrate a holiday, take a vacation, and even eat a meal.
As we grow older, we might question the ways things were done. The fading effect of the great depression or the increase in digital photography encourages us to move in new directions. There are fewer photo albums but more Facebook pages, and don’t they sometimes serve the same purpose? Do we still need our kids to clean their plate when calories are cheap and plentiful? Instead, we can teach about healthy eating and balanced meals, as obesity becomes the new problem of our time.
Yet, family traditions are more and less than the sum of these things. They provide comfort and connection. They can be an excuse to get together, a shared language, and a way to return to better times. Family traditions call you back to childhood, home, and safety. Sometimes we embrace tradition, other times we buck it, but it is a touchpoint for identity.
Whether you’re setting up a household of your own, combining households, or introducing children and grandchildren, family traditions must be negotiated and created. They sometimes happen spontaneously, like the books each generation reads to their children at bedtime. Other times, they’re considered and well thought out, like how to celebrate major holidays. Either way, they give us sometime to return to. When life is uncertain, tradition remains. As sure as the sun will rise, we will celebrate another year and another birthday with our family’s version of a perfect, traditional, birthday cake.