by Emerian Rich
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
by Tim Reynolds
I 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.
by Emerian Rich
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.
by Kay Tracy
When 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.
by Dianna Kersey
I’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.
Farm to Table: Angel Hair with Garlic, Ricotta, and Fava Beans
by Brian and Patricia Dake
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
Harp in the Garden
by Michele Roger
It’s a beautiful, spring night. I’m out listening to the peepers, young frogs, newly awakened after a long, hard Detroit winter and ready to sing. A small bonfire crackles at the edge of the deck. I hold a glass of Pinot Noir in my hand, and as I look over at my Kiwi partner in crime, I pick up the phone to set the wireless sound system to play.
It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to play music outside, and it’s kind of a big deal. For the outdoor speakers, it’s a maiden spring voyage. I’m a harpist and hence, I often enjoy listening to the work of fellow harpists crazy enough to fall in love, like I did, with an instrument that requires time, talent, and patience to handle an instrument twice my size. The sound system is primed, and the garden is under a blanket of stars.
Perhaps your garden is unpredictable and flourishes with colors and new shoots that are both beautiful and surprising. Then, you and your garden may love some jazz harp. I suggest streaming some tunes by harpist, Carolyn Sykes. While her list of music is vast, her most popular album… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue
Hand Fan Museum
by Emerian Rich
In Healdsburg, California, about an hour and a half northwest from Contra Costa County, is America’s only Hand Fan Museum. Opened by Pam Sher in 2002, the collection started with about one thousand fans, but now is about four thousand.
Pam was a history teacher in Oakland when she became fascinated with fans. As she collected more, she wanted to share them with the public.
Most of the fans on display are from the 1700s of French or Japanese origin. Their oldest fan is from the 1600s. Every fall they invite an American collector to show their fans in their museum for a special event.
The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm, except on rainy days, when they close to protect the fans. Director Liz Keeley is on hand to answer questions and give more information about the fans, and they have a few fan related items you can purchase so you can take… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue.
Benefits of Culinary Herbs
by Suzanne Madron
During the winter months more often than not two things have happened. We’ll have been huddled over a bowl of steaming soup or a steaming cup of tea. When the winter chill gives way to the spring, some things change. Others stay the same, such as our love of herbs, be it in those soups or teas.
Not only do herbs enhance the flavor of our food, but they provide health benefits as well. For example, that calming chamomile tea not only soothes nerves and helps you relax, but it also can be used as a hair rinse, skin toner, (let it cool before applying) and to calm a stomach upset. Fennel is also an excellent stomach soother, but may not be appealing to those who are not fans of the taste of black licorice.
Some other ingredients for herbal teas include mint and lemon balm, which are both mints and both helpful for stomach upset and calming the nerves. Lemon balm can also be used dried in a sleep pillow (a sachet of herbs) with lavender and hops to help you catch… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue
Top Five Music Apps
by Elliot Thorpe
The way we listen to recorded music has evolved over the last few years and is miles away from what our grandparents or even parents had.
The first half of the twentieth century saw the advent of the 78rpm 10 inch records which give way in 1949 to the smaller 7 inch vinyl singles, pioneered by RCA Victor and playing at a less-nippy 45rpm. The first LP record played at a more sedate 33rpm on 12 inches in diameter preceded the 7 inch single by under a year in 1949. As the century thundered along and adapted to the quickly-changing world, so did the formats of how we could take our favorite recording artists home. In addition to the 7 inch and 12 inch vinyls, we had 8-track cartridges, reel-to-reels, compact tape cassettes, and mini-discs, all eventually phased out to be superseded by the mighty compact disc. This shiny, 5 inch circle remains as the world’s most popular physical format. (The current resurgence of vinyl and, to some extent, compact tape cassettes are bringing back the halcyon days of music collecting.)
The new kid on the block, the digital download, arrived with the 21st century technology explosion. Following in its wake came software application that can be added to a cellphone, tablet, or…continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue