Ghosts Around the World
by Dianna Kersey
If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone in this world. Over 39% of Brits and 45% of Americans believe in ghosts.
In researching for my book, Exsanguinate, I learned the world over has an obsession with the paranormal, especially ghosts. While many ghost stories are similar in nature, each culture has a different spin on them.
Many ghost stories are believed to stem from parents’ efforts to teach the rights and wrongs of life to children. Take for instance the tale called The Liver. A family gave money to a son to go to the store to purchase liver for dinner. The boy purchased candy instead and stole a liver from a drunk man. Later that night and for weeks to come, the boy was haunted by a voice constantly saying, “Give me back my liver, you thief!” If that won’t curtail a child’s bad habits, I don’t know what will … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.
by Emerian Rich
Egyptian mythology is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Ever since I tried to write my name in hieroglyphics for history class the pull of the exotic and unknown has infected me. The fashion, the makeup, the clothes—one needs only watch The Mummy or read about Cleopatra to be interested in their society.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California is a fabulous place to explore Egyptian beliefs, customs, and daily life. Built in 1928, the location was the site of The Rosicrucian Order and holds the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the Western United States. The artifacts have grown and outbuildings continue to multiply.
The massive lot the museum sits on not only holds the museum, expansive gardens, and planetarium, but the Rose-Croix University and the Rosicrucian Research Library. Peace Garden is a reproduction of an 18th Dynasty Estate Garden where you can experience many plants that grew in ancient Egypt and sit for a quiet moment of meditation. Rosicrucian Park holds statues, monuments, and even a giant obelisk to admire. The gardens are relaxing and seem to transport you into a different, calmer time.
In 2018, the museum became a net-zero energy building, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.
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.
By Camellia Rains
I’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
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.
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.
Monique Harris – Artist, Poet, Unstoppable Creative
by Emerian Rich
Monique 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.
Colorful Murals Bringing Oakland to Life
By Sumiko Saulson
Oakland 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.
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.
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.
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