SEARCH: Hand Fan Museum

Hand Fan Museum
by Emerian Rich

In Healdsburg, California, about an hour and a half northwest from Contra CoFAN MUSEUMsta 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.


SEARCH: Fall Celebrations

Fall Celebrations
By Camellia Rains

CAMI’ve noticed over the years that the Dia de los Muertos celebrations have changed in San Francisco. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.

When I first started going years ago, it was much smaller, and it was—how can I put this?—less Anglozied than it is now. This traditional celebration is a solemn occasion, but it’s not filled with depression like we’re used to here in America. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.

Years ago, a smaller amount of people came and met in the Mission District and begin a parade. They would walk to Garfield Park where altars had been set up in advance, and people walked in a procession to an altar dedicated to their deceased family member, friend, or whoever and placed flowers or food like sweet bread, etc… to honor their memory. You can still walk the parade route and go visit your family member or friend’s or even strangers’ altars. Or you may represent your departed loved one during the parade, carrying their picture and a candle without going to the altars. I did that when… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH

SEARCH: Nappy or Not Interview

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.

SEARCH: The Sounds of the City

The Sounds of the City
by Elliot Thorpe


Our iconic city has been the backdrop to a whole host of movies almost since the motion picture industry began. The talent of a cinematographer (the one who sets the filming up on the instruction of the director) can even make the backdrop a character in its own right, becoming more than just stunning scenery.

What of that other unsung member of the cast? Every film has it and most of us don’t even register its presence. Yet take it away and the film becomes somewhat lifeless and flat, no matter how beautifully shot the aforementioned backdrop is. It’s the specially-recorded film score.

Movies showcasing San Francisco have been scored by a whole host of uniquely talented composers. We’re going to take a look at a handful.

Let’s start with, naturally, San Francisco, a film
from 1936 starring Clark Gable. The main theme ‘San Francisco’ (sung in the film by Jeanette MacDonald) is a love-song to the city. Of course, drama and intrigue are equally at home. Dirty Harry takes us straight into the action and the grime of the criminal sect…continue reading the Spring issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Monique Harris – Artist, Poet, Unstoppable Creative

Monique Harris – Artist, Poet, Unstoppable Creative
by Emerian Rich

0719161059bMonique Harris is a woman with cerebral palsy who has accomplished more in her lifetime than many of us without the challenges she’s had to overcome. Monique grew up in Philadelphia and came to the Bay Area with her artistic mother when she was twelve years old.

Starting off in business school, Monique earned her degree at twenty-four. Using a head wand, she can navigate the computer, and a mentor taught her to use Photoshop about seven years ago. She hasn’t looked back. Her art pieces are composite pieces created fully on the computer…continue reading.

SEARCH: Colorful Murals Bringing Oakland to Life

Colorful Murals Bringing Oakland to Life
By Sumiko Saulson

muralOakland is well-known for its vibrant art and culture scene, which includes First Fridays Art Walk, galleries, cultural centers, dance halls, concert halls, and poetry cafes. Neighborhood cultural fairs and festivals help make the city’s daytime offerings as exciting as its nightlife. One prominent aspect of Oakland’s visual arts scene is street art. Graffiti artists, taggers, and muralists contribute to the array of colorful exterior artwork. Paint isn’t the only medium used to create these works of art. Mosaic murals are increasingly popular.

Murals such as “Past/Future” mural at the Hamilton Apartments at 2101 Telegraph Avenue help raise the morale of the community. The mural features a painting of Ray Charles on one side and a richly hued study of two young African American women on the adjoining, street facing side with the word “Future” across the top. It was created by a muralist who lives in the building. He changes the artwork a couple times a year…continue reading.

SEARCH: 5 Apps for Writers

5 Apps for Writers
by Dan Shaurette

Sometimes a writer needs help procrastinating… I mean gathering and organizing their research and story ideas. Here are my five go-to websites that are free and easy to use for all types of research.

pintrest1. Pinterest

No, seriously, Pinterest is more than just a place to pin your favorite cat photos. Looked at broadly, Pinterest provides the user with a way to collect and organize website bookmarks into groups. Thanks to “Pin It” applets for browsers, it is easy to pin any website and an associated image to a board. This makes it valuable for a writer as a reference bookmark keeper with thumbnail visual cues grouped together into whatever topic you need.

In addition to using it to keep reference links, I also keep boards with photos of actors I imagine could play one of my characters and boards with photos of locations, which helps me set a mood or get details right about a setting. When I have writer’s block, I find trolling other Pinterest boards can spark ideas….read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos
by Camellia Rains

20160710_165211The Mesoamerican tradition of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is ubiquitous to all Central American countries. However, each country has its own slight variance on the celebration. My mother’s family is from Guatemala so I am quite familiar with this holiday, its traditions, and differences.

Let’s start with the similarities. Like other Meso-American countries, the tradition of Dia de los Muertos can be traced back to the indigenous cultures and their belief and practice of ancestor worship. Throughout Central America the desire is to not only respect the dead, but to revere them. Instead of thinking of them as being gone forever, the belief is they exist in a spiritual dimension, still watching us, still very much a part of our daily lives, and still exerting influence, love, and protection.

The holiday itself is celebrated over a three-day period. Starting on October 31st known as Dia de los Muertos, it then moves on to Dia de los Santos, Day of the Saints, on November 1st, and culminates on Dia de las Almas or All Souls Day on November 2nd….read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.