SEARCH: Stand-Up and Succeed

Stand-Up and Succeed

by Tim Reynolds

Humor is such a vital part of our lives.

We all grasp at moments of humor when they float by, desperate to raise our serotonin levels with a smile, a chuckle, or an outright, belly-splitting guffaw and tears. Sometimes it’s hard to see the humor in the situation or the world around us…and that’s why we need professional humor-makers—especially stand-up comedians—whether live on a stage, in a Netflix special, or on YouTube.

For six years I treaded the boards and stared into the spotlights as an amateur comic willing to grab any time on almost any stage. I have performed for Baptist church groups (they don’t like jokes about farting dogs), lawyers and accountants (the more they drink, the less intelligent the jokes have to be), and I’ve had the rare honor of MCing a six-hour show featuring live music and burlesque acts, which is where standup comedy started—entertaining the audience while the stage hands reset the stage between acts of exotic dancers. Although, no matter what words were coming out of my mouth or what ears they were going into, there were basic rules I learned at the workshops given by working comics every Wednesday…

Read the rest of Stand Up and Succeed from Tim Reynolds in SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter 2022 #KeepLaughing issue.

SEARCH: DIY Crafter, Willz from Willz Crafts

DIY Crafter, Willz from Willz Crafts

by Emerian Rich

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You might think retirement is a signal you’re out of the fast track, but increasingly retirees are finding ways to express themselves in ways that their life-long careers haven’t explored.

Such is the case with retiree, Willz, of Willz Crafts. After spending thirty-five years in the service of others as a minister and counselor, Willz needed a break, and she took one. She went on a couple of cruises and road trips, but she hated being retired. “Actually, at the time I was looking forward to it,” Willz said. “But about two-to-three months in, I was done. I’ve never been a person who can sit in my house doing nothing. I got all these cards at my retirement service about being in my rocking chair and enjoying the beach, but that’s not me. I need to stay busy. I believe if you slow down, you die.”

For someone used to working twelve-hour days, six-to-seven days a week, slowing down doesn’t exactly come easy, especially when COVID hit, traveling was no longer viable, and she found herself trapped in her home. A social butterfly at heart, she had to find a way to communicate with others and express her need to craft. “I just need something to do. Willz Crafts helps me explore my creativity…”

Read more in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2022 #Homemade issue.

SEARCH: The Dad Days of Summer

The Dad Days of Summer

by Tim Reynolds

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We all have summer memories of one sort or another. Mine are pretty good and the best ones involve my father, Ken. Regular readers here know me as the Class Clown of SEARCH Magazine, but what you don’t know is that I inherited my Genetic Goofball gene from my dad.

Although he had a reputation as an ex-military, ex-lumberjack, strongly-disciplined man, Dad was really a big teddy bear with the kind of off-color humor being a navy pilot and a lumberjack will foster. I wish I could share some of his classic chuckles with you here, but SEARCH is a family magazine and Dad…

Read more about Tim Reynold’s The Dad Day of Summer in SEARCH Magazine‘s Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue.

SEARCH: Making the Dream Work

Making the Dream Work

by Heather Roulo

Last year, SEARCH Magazine celebrated its fifth-year anniversary as a print and online publication with a special retrospective issue themed Blast From the Past. This year the brand grew to include several specialized local magazines and bonus material for our growing Youtube channel.

At the heart of the expansion is the founder, Jeannie Normandeau, who conceived and nurtured the idea of having a magazine for many years.

SEARCH Magazine is the vision of Jeannie Normandeau. Jeannie isn’t a household name, but she has the drive and ambition to follow her dreams so perhaps one day she will be…

Read more about Jeannie Normandeau in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs issue.

SEARCH: Running for Mayor

Running for Mayor

by Suzanne Madron

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It all started with me complaining about how things are. We all do it. We all notice those things in our neighborhoods or towns or cities that should be better. We comment that taxes are too high and where do those taxes go, anyway?

My journey took me into the details of how a local government runs. I discovered the websites available to see exactly where all those tax dollars go, how they’re spent, and what plans there are for the town’s future development. I also discovered the public can attend council meetings and review agenda items, make comments, and review the meeting minutes. How can you see what your tax dollars are used for locally? Check out your town’s website. It may take some digging, but…

Read more about Suzanne Madron’s Running for Mayor in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs issue.

SEARCH: The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

by Elliot Thorpe

“Hey, let’s go for a run!”

“Do you mind if I just finish this pack of high-saturated-fat content potato chips first?’ I replied, balancing the TV remote on my knee so I didn’t have to stretch for it. “And my large over-sized tumbler of non-specific branded fizzy pop, filled to the brim with sugars and coloring, will go flat if I don’t drink it all up now.”

Just the thought of both those comestibles gives me a gut ache, let alone the implications of what they could do to my arteries. That said, if I’m honest, the notion of going for a run pretty much fills…

Read the rest in our Winter 2021 #Wellness issue

SEARCH: Regrets, I Have a Few

Regrets, I Have a Few
by Tim Reynolds

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I am 61 years old and I am not going to the moon.

You’re thinking, “Of course you’re not, Tim. You’re 61 and you’re not an astronaut,” and you’d be right. But I might have. I actually applied to go with Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa.

He’s taking eight people with him on SpaceX’s Starship, in 2023. Really! It’s the #DearMoon project. And I applied. So what if I didn’t make the cut? My point is, I might have gone. The odds of me going weren’t great, but there was a slim chance. By applying, my chances were 1 in 62,500. Despite failing to make the cut, I don’t regret applying. If I didn’t apply, my chance was zero.

Read more in our Fall 2021 You Can Do It! issue.

SEARCH: The Thousand Memories Cookbook

The Thousand Memories Cookbook
by Michele Roger

Machines beeped and a blood pressurecuff buzzed in regular intervals as I watched her sleep. It was a day I both hated and treasured. The champion of our family, the woman who could share her vulnerabilities one minute and scare me straight with just one look the next, the glue of the family, the larger than life WWII survivor and war bride, lay in a hospital bed. I asked myself, “When did she grow so frail?”

They said it was her heart. That made sense to me. The way I saw it, her heart was so full of love and abundance, she wore it out with the sharing of it. It was rare that I had alone time with her.

Read more in our Fall 2021 You Can Do It! issue.

SEARCH: Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

by Elliot Thorpe

For the first time in my life, the planet seems so much smaller. I regularly sit at home in the south of England, having video calls with my producer in Knoxville.

We’ve done this for a good few years now. The conversations usually started with, “How are things in your part of the world?” The very fact that the geographical distance between us means nothing to an invisible enemy is very telling, and so our calls inevitably begin now with something not unlike, “So how are you coping?”

I have family in Australia, and dotted across the UK, too. All of us, everywhere, have been touched by the events of the last year or so. We all have a common ground.

We all have to live our lives the same to keep ourselves, our families, friends, and strangers safe and free from this pandemic. Never has the need for respect and understanding of others been so demanded of us. For many, that’s a struggle. We’ve all seen the news footage of hordes of people worldwide who simply refuse to acknowledge social distancing measures or that there’s even a pandemic, but for the majority, it’s simply become part of our daily routines…

Continue reading in our Summer 2021 magazine issue on Superheroes.

SEARCH: The Final Frontier and Beyond

The Final Frontier and Beyond by Camellia Rains

This is not the article I had planned on writing. With the advent of Covid19, everything in our known world has changed, perhaps a few of them permanently.

From virtual video Zoom meetings to how we handle our children’s birthdays, every part of our lives has been affected, regardless of age, social standing, or electronic equity. Right now, all our localities are suffering from lack of resources and funds. This can affect everything from our food banks, to museums, art spaces, and in this case, a local learning center and valuable resource to its community, the non-profit Chabot Space and Science Center.

The center is currently not open to the public and won’t re-open until June of next year.

Located in the lovely Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California. Its inception began in 1882 when the Oakland School District Superintendent determined the bay area should have a telescope. In 1885, Anthony Chabot funded a Transit Telescope that served as the official time keeping station for all the bay area. In the subsequent years, the observatory was built in two prior locations until…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.