SEARCH: Spring 2021 Editor Letter

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This season’s magazine is all about taking chances and expanding our horizons. Sometimes we choose to change, and other times we’re forced to by the world around us. It might
feel as if we spend most of our time on what we have to do and very little on what we want to do, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, changing our ways can lead to opportunities.

If you’re cooking for yourself, consider the delight of trying something new. One of our authors, Kay Tracy, explains food from Iceland. Too outside your comfort zone? Brian and Patricia Dake give a recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms that you can make at home. It’s all about finding the kind of newness that makes you happy to grow.

If you don’t quite understand, try following along with humorist Tim Reynolds as he explains the difference between chance and risk, with examples from his own life. Another author, Michele Roger, discusses the peril of starting her music business. Really, we’re always looking for ways to make the most of our world. So, pull out a tarot deck to expand your creativity, or pull out the treadmill desk to buckle down to work. No matter how you branch out, know that we’re all searching for the right way to travel the roads of life and find our rewards along the way.

And, if you think everyone else has it all figured out, Kristin Battestella talks us through the reality of imposter syndrome. Even when you have it together, the hardest person to convince is often yourself.

Read your copy today!

Heather Roulo
Editorial Director

SEARCH: Fall 2020 Issue on Family Traditions

Fall 2020 Editor’s Letter & Table of Content

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.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Articles you’ll find in this issue:

Gardening
A Growing Tradition

Travel-Food
Not So Dumb Supper

Humor
A Functional Family

#FamilyTraditions
 Punjabi Love

Author Spotlight
Camellia Rains

Music
Love Songs You Thought You Knew

City Spotlight
Montezuma Castle

#FamilyTraditions
Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

Food
Balsamic Molasses Brussels Spouts

Fitness
Three Major Considerations for Fitness

Autism
Flexible Family Festivals

Tech/Biz
Las Vegas, Non– Gambles

Books
Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

Traditions
The New Zealand Haka

Enjoy our Fall 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Family Traditions.

SEARCH: Introducing the Blast from the Past Issue

IMG-3933A Special Letter from the Owner:

I started SEARCH Magazine with the idea to connect the San Francisco bay area. The magazine focused on cities in California. However, over the last five years the magazine’s scope has grown to include an international set of writers covering cities from all over the world. I take joy in celebrating over twenty issues, and more than 220 articles. This Blast from the Past issue is our first retrospective, offering a glimpse of articles on diverse topics like travel, fashion, recipes, DIY, and more. I’m proud of our talented writers.

As the magazine continues to evolve, one thing will never change. SEARCH Magazine will still be about connection. Even through our most difficult times, we’ve seen people rise to help each other. The world can be a difficult place, but if we stand by our core values of caring for one another then we will come out on the other side.

In celebration of all that has come before, and all the potential of the future, please enjoy this issue,

Jeannie Normandeau Owner/Editor

SEARCH: 2020 Spring Editor’s Letter

Women’s Empowerment
by Heather Roulo

Women’s empowerment, the theme for this issue of SEARCH Magazine, isn’t new. Strong women have existed throughout history. Feminism also isn’t a new idea. It has been embraced by some, but also received a backlash. As equality came closer, for many people the need for feminism receded, as the battle seemed won and it was assumed momentum would carry us all to a more equitable world without having to continue to fight.

In recent years, newer revelations, like the #MeToo movement, have shone a light on areas where society hasn’t progressed as far as many assumed. Yet in other ways, we can also see the successes as women rise in corporate IMG-2292structures, political power, and take their places among award-winning scientists and athletes.

Women’s empowerment doesn’t have to come at a cost and isn’t something to be defended against. Instead, it is the lifting up of all of us. A world where everyone is empowered is a better place. In SEARCH Magazine we celebrate women and what they accomplish every day.

Celebrate empowerment in the way that suits you best: travel solo, listen to a female composer, cook a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, and reflect on how far the world has come. We get there by discussing ideas, laughing at our humorist’s mansplaining, and by getting stronger. From female hockey teams to women entrepreneurs, like SEARCH Magazine’s owner, empowerment is happening. It comes from within and without, and the message we should always be sending is that, yes, we can succeed. All of us.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our Spring 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Women’s Empowerment.

 

SEARCH: 2019 Winter Editor’s Letter

Luck and Disasters
by Heather Roulo

Seneca wrote that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Really, who doesn’t want to be lucky?

When I say preparation, the average person’s mind goes to dark places of disasters and go-bags. Sure, we must consider that, but preparation can also be about working out or traveling internationally.

We spend much of our lives preparing for what comes next, especially in school where it is often about the next paper, test, or graduation. Raised like that, who can blame us if we sometimes forget to look up. As kids, it is instilled in us that preparation matters. It certainly helps, but the other side of the coin is indefinable anxiety. I sometimes wish every potential disaster came with a go-bag I could stuff to give myself confidence.

Then again, there are people who are constantly caught unprepared and lament their bad luck.

The trick is to strike a happy balance. Prepare for the things that matter, or you only get one shot at, and then stop. Instead of imagining the what-ifs, enjoy the preparations you’ve already made and pat yourself on the back.

Some of the most beautiful moments in life come from the unexpected. Remember to challenge yourself and travel into the unknown. While a little preparation goes a long way, perhaps more important than any single article on preparation is the ability to anticipate and take one or two steps to make tomorrow more comfortable than today. So, enjoy some DIY projects, put a bowl of Pantry Chili on to simmer, turn up your favorite tune, and realize that if today wasn’t a disaster, you’re doing just fine.

Aren’t you the lucky one!

Watch for our upcoming Winter 2019 SEARCH Magazine issue on how to be prepared for anything.

SEARCH: 2019 Fall Editor’s Letter

 

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Fall Editor’s Letter

The intrigue of space is undeniable. Whether it is the romantic glow of the moon, questions about our place in the universe, or pure scientific wonder that drives our imagination, we long to know more. The vast night sky demands that we raise our eyes from our everyday problems and recognize a different perspective.

Perhaps one day mankind will travel beyond our small sphere. Until then, we must celebrate the successes of our robots as they visit Mars and travel beyond the edge of our solar system, gathering knowledge to improve our lives and expand our understanding of what is possible. They can explore much more inexpensively and without risking an astronaut’s life.

While we perfect our science and consider options, we study images from far away, reap the benefits of material and engineering innovations, and speculate on what is still to be discovered. We may not travel in style, like Elon Musk’s red Tesla, but humans are curious and driven. So, enjoy a star-shaped cookie, paint a planet diorama, and consider what the future may bring to the exploration of space.

Enjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2019 issue.

Heather Roulo/Editorial Director

SEARCH: Search 2019 Summer Editor’s Letter

The closest we had to a zoo in my small, eastern Washington hometown was a park with a bird aviary holding dozens of species of birds, mostly pheasant and quail as well as swans, peacocks, and varieties of ducks. Even as a teenager I would visit the aviary, drop birdseed down the tubes into their pens and marvel at the variety of life.

For most of us, zoos are a place to spend a day observing exotic animals and enjoy time outdoors. We meet up for playdates and push our kids in strollers before they can form coherent long-term memories, because animals are a delight at any age. We marvel at nature. By spending that time marveling at the zoo, we’re encouraging respect for animals, understanding habitat, and seeing how our actions impact the world around us. Zoos are there to educate, rehabilitate, and promote conservation.

I’ve been a member of my local zoo since my first child was born. We go frequently enough to have favorite animals and know the shortcuts between them. We’ve celebrated the births of endangered animals and mourned the loss of elephants from Woodland Park Zoo.

The zoo is a gentle reminder that our actions have broader impacts, and we are part of something greater. Join us in celebrating animals, whether it’s an otter playing basketball for rehabilitation or the beatboxing of a happy lemur. If you can’t get to the animals, check out our DIY article on bringing the zoo to you.

Enjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2019 issue.

Heather Roulo/Editorial Director

SEARCH: Spring 2019 Editor Letter

EditorLetterPhotoMotherhood is a massive responsibility I approached with both trepidation and glee. So much is at stake when one cares for a child, and the rewards are unlike any other. For me, motherhood is about loving, caregiving, and providing a strong role model. Mothers are advocates, cheerleaders, emotional support, and disciplinarians.

They guide the formation of a person to maximize their potential, contribute to our world, and lead happy lives. As I grew up, I defined motherhood by my amazing mother, who had four children. My definition evolved when I had my own children. Although the times we live in changes, the role itself has a uniquely unchangeable core that is simply about the bond between mother and child.Spring2019Cover

Mothers do not come in one shape or size, but we know them, love them, and celebrate the amazing responsibility and privilege that is motherhood. For this issue of SEARCH Magazine, we asked readers for stories of their remarkable mothers. The idealized version of a mom reflects the nurturing she provides to others. What makes this even more amazing is that each mother is her own person, with interests and cares, who has taken on responsibility for another life. Mothers are all unique.

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Heather Roulo / Operations Director

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2018, Editor Letter

It wasn’t until my father retired from the military and we moved off base to a small town in eastern Washington that I realized how strange and wonderful my childhood had been. The kids in my new town had known each other since kindergarten and hadn’t lived anywhere else. To me, it was normal to assume your classmates would be new each year. The other military kids moved as much as I did, so it was a constant churn. My new friends’ eyes would widen when I talked about moving every two to three years. It had never seemed strange to me, and I am still grateful I met a mix of people from around the globe, lived in different places, and saw that home was anywhere my family lived.

When I graduated from high school, I visited the recruiter to consider whether I should join up and serve for four years to offset the cost of college. Ultimately, I didn’t join the military like my mother, father, and grandfather had, but I was glad the option was there. Military life is part of the fabric of America. Politics aside, we’ve learned to appreciate those who join with the intention to represent, support, and defend our nation. The men and women who serve our country do so knowing their commitment is more than a nine to five job and may come with the ultimate cost.

This issue we’ll explore military sites like the Presidio and Grosse Point, learn what it’s really like to be in service, and how we can help those who serve live better lives. It is with pride and respect that we dedicate this issue to supporting the troops.

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Heather Roulo / Operations Director

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018, Editor Letter

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people. No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” Gandhi

How do you celebrate your culture?

One of my family’s favorite pastimes when we’re together is tracing our genealogy. We’re serious about it. We have a private website where we can post lineage stories and bits of histories. We have binders and notebooks and even a master poster board outlining the main line all the way back to the 1200’s. Along with names and places, we also study the cultures and customs of our heritage both passed down and gleaned from cultural sites on the internet.

One of my favorite things to do is share my culture with my friends and learn more about theirs. With such a melting pot of different races and cultures here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s easy to find events and museums to explore. Whether you take a stroll in Chinatown or Japantown, visit Yerba Buena Gardens and the Martin Luther King Tribute Fountain, or take in the International Art Museum, there are hundreds of places to explore interesting cultures.

This Fall issue, we’ll traverse the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, cultural cooking in Mexico, and learn how to cook a Moroccan meal. Come explore with us and if the mood rises, share your culture with us at searchmagazine.net.

Emerian Rich / Editorial Director