Working from Home
by AR Neal
When I tell people I work from home, I typically get a look of envy accompanied by, “I wish I could work from home.” or a look that suggests I’m some sort of deviant.
Depending on the audience, I respond with an explanation of the circumstances that led to my decision to give up the long commute, business casual attire, and board meetings.
Until the summer of 2013, I had a brick and mortar job. When the contract ended, I stayed home to give emotional support for the first time to my son, who has special needs. He was 18. The realization that I had been away from him for his entire life was sobering. Around the same time, my late husband’s health deteriorated further, and I became his caregiver. I started teaching online part-time. After my son moved out and my husband died, I realized I had no desire to go back to traffic jams and tight schedules.
I share this history for those who envy my situation as well as those who think… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Nappy or Not
by Emerian Rich
Full Name: Rhonda Glenn
Business Name: Nappy or Not
Business Type: Full Hair Care, Beauty, and Styling.
What makes your hair business different or more special than others? Nappy or Not encourages caring for your natural hair, and we discourage chemicals other than color treatments. Our salon is family orientated as well. We welcome everyone with open arms and encouraging hair care. If your hair isn’t becoming to you, then you should be coming to me.
Any favorite vacation spots in California? Napa Valley wine country, Pismo Beach dunes, San Francisco.
Where did you grow up? I consider myself a nomad because my family and I have lived all across the Gulf and West Coast, but I was born where most of my biological family live, in Houston, TX. However, I attended school in several different areas, causing me to have the ability to adapt very easily to different environments. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Pomona, CA. I also attended school in Chino, Antelope Valley, Claremont, and graduated in Berkeley. Quite an adventure.
Were your parents supportive in your dreams? My entire family has always been supportive and have worked in the salon as some of my most helpful and dedicated workers… continue reading in Summer issue 2017.
On the 3800 block of Telegraph, just a couple blocks from the MacArthur BART station, is a unique shop filled with jewelry and curiosities unlike you’ve seen before. The proprietor, Ruby Smith, is an artist and jewelry designer who’s been the creative type all her life. She opened her shop a little over two years ago, and every time I visit, I find a trinket begging to go home with me.
“I remember making and selling my first ornament when I was about three years old.” Ruby’s grandmother was the creative type, making crafts to sell at church bazaars and craft fairs. This first experience solidified Ruby’s enjoyment not only to create, but also sell her creations to people at art fairs. “If you think about what you loved as a child, usually the things that made you happy then, still make you happy now. Who knew my happiness would be vending a booth?”
Ruby’s grandmother was a major influence in her childhood and shared her jewelry obsession. Her bedroom was dedicated to her massive jewelry collection. “She had egg crates full of jewelry. It was all very organized, but she had boxes under her bed, in egg crates on her window seat…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
In the Spring Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
20 DUMB, IDIOTIC STEPS TO SELF-PUBLISHING
WHAT NOT TO DO
by Tim Reynolds
“I have self-published four books, and my sales rival Stephen King’s. Okay, maybe they’re not that good, but I’ve sold at least twenty books, if by ‘sold’ I mean ‘gave away to friends and family’. What I’m getting at is, all I know is that I know nothing, and I’m sharing it all with you. Everyone wants to publish a great book, but few do, so let’s get started.
- Don’t hire an editor. The average reader reads at a sixth-grade level, and as a writer you write gooder than that. They won’t notice the handful of mistakes on each page. Having a polished, professional publication is highly over-rated, and as expensive as a, well, as an expensive thing.
- Don’t do any cover research. Don’t go to any large chain bookstores and take notes on the colors and designs of the best sellers on the same shelves where your book will go. Your cover is a personal statement. Don’t worry about people judging your book…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.
Packed with features to inspire and enrich your life, our publication includes:
- Finding Your Zen During the Holidays
- Discovering Family Connections
- Holiday Music
- 5 Books to Read this Holiday
- Geek Out for the Holidays
- A Seattle Progressive Dinner
- Recipe: Forgotten Cookies
- How NOT to Make Fruitcake
- Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate
- 5 Holiday Tips for Parents with Autistic Kids
- Fighting Holiday Stress One Bath at a Time
- How to: Make Fuse-bead Snowflake Ornaments
- City Spotlight: San Francisco
- Bay Area attractions: Charles Dickens Christmas Fair
- Lighter side: Santa, Seniors, and a Goat
- And much more…
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Why It’s Still Great to Be An Artist in the Bay Area
by Rick Kitagawa
“The Bay Area is a beautiful place to live. We have awesome weather, great beaches, scenic hikes, and amazing architecture. As an artist, how can you not be inspired by what’s around us? However, with all the media attention on the rising cost of living here, it can seem like there are fewer and fewer reasons for artists to hang around.
On top of the soaring prices of real estate, rent, and the overall cost of living in the Bay, we also live in a society that doesn’t always value art and creatives. As one of the few industries that has design contests (don’t you wish you could get care from three different hospitals and then decide who should get paid?), design tests (I guess resumes and portfolios aren’t good enough), and constant requests for free work (although “it’ll be great promotion”), artists and creatives especially get squeezed in times of tight wallets. Throw in decreased budgets for art non-profits, mix in some galleries and art spaces muscled out due to rent raises and you have a recipe for more and more artists moving away…” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.