SEARCH: Rodeo, California

Rodeo, California
By Leslie Light

RodeoRodeo, California was not my first choice to live in. It’s a small town on the north-western edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. It isn’t tony, or upscale, or even hipster. What it is, however, is easy. Easy to get to and out of. Easy to stay in and make a quiet home. We’ve been here five years and will probably stay five more.

Rodeo is bisected by the I-80 freeway. The built up part of town can be divided into three areas: Old, Mid-Century, and New. Most of the Rodeo town limits is open space where cows graze, and there is rumored to be an old military installation somewhere. Regardless of where you are, you can see a field of grass.

In the “old” part of town are cute three and four bedroom houses built before WWII. Sitting porches with views of rose bushes are the primary look and feel. Many have back decks have a view of San Pablo Bay. Most of the Mid-Century houses were built for…continue reading in the Winter issue for 2017.

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SEARCH: Iceland

Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire
by Kay Tracy

GeysirsThe land of Fire and Ice, Iceland (pronounced more ‘Iss-land’ by the locals) is an island nation in the north Atlantic, easily reachable by air from either coast of the US and a handy way point for flights further east to Europe.

With exciting scenery, occasional volcanic activity, and a chance to see the Northern lights, this is a country of vibrant culture, creative people, and unusual sights.

The entire population of Iceland is about 380,000 people, and the language is Icelandic, though many can speak English. It is polite to try to learn at least a few words, such as Ja’ for yes. Nei means no, Takk Fyrir or Takk is thank you. Speak English, and you might find someone… continue reading in the Winter 2017 issue.

SEARCH Magazine Winter Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2017

Galindo House,
A giant part of Concord and Contra Costa history. We go inside the house built by Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Pacheco.

City Spotlight
Rodeo, California
Books
Five Books to Achieve Cozy
Tech
Stay Cozy Inside with Tech
Health
Post-Partum Congestive Heart Failure
Travel
Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice
Music
Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years
Food
Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
Do it Yourself
Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
Business
Believe in Your Worth
Autism / Parenting
Frustration Station
Humor
Prince Goofball and the Search for Cozy
Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Bay Area Attraction
SCRAP, San Francisco
Cozy Quizzes
Something to do While You Coze

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SEARCH: New Zealand

New Zealand
by Michele Roger

Michele-Roger-New-ZealandNew Zealand, known by the native Maori people as “The Land of the Long White Cloud” is a place of astounding beauty and strength, much like those who live there.

Famous for its booming dairy and lamb industry as well its legendary “All Blacks” rugby team, New Zealand is far more than the face it shows to the world. The place is still fearless, proud, and some of the friendliest souls you will ever meet. To share a pint of beer is to make a friend for life. Travelers like myself are forever changed for the better after spending time there.

Broken up into two islands, the south has been made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies. All that cinematography wasn’t a green screen. It’s that breathtaking and untouched. Since so much focus has been on the south, I’ve decided to write about the splendor the north island has to offer. For direct flights from the United States to New Zealand, you’llread more in the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH Magazine Fall Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2017

An Interview with
Artist Kenny Cowan
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area painter whose art is inspired by northern California’s vast landscapes.

City Spotlight
El Sobrante, a small town with a big heart.

Entertaining
Dress your table to impress.

Interview
Abie Ekenezar, actress and writer.

Travel
New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.

Music
Dean Martin, a personal recollection.

Books
Food in literature.

Food
Chorizo tamale pie

Do it Yourself
Roast your own coffee.

Business
Pros and cons of working from home.

Autism / Parenting
Our food story.

Humor
Don’t kick the cook!

Bay Area Attraction
Fall celebrations.

Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.

Party Planner
Plan the best party by using our plan.

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SEARCH: Mid-Michigan Ren Fair

Mid-Michigan Ren Fair
by Valarie Kinney

Photo of women at fair

Just outside the bustling tourist
town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, is
a forest filled with fairies, pirates,
and belly dancers. The sign is not
huge, and it’s hand-painted, so
people often drive right by, not
realizing what a gem is hidden in
those woods.

From the road, it’s an unassuming chunk of land sandwiched between two farmhouses. There’s a winding dirt drive that leads to a grassy flat lot.

At the entrance of the forest is a faux castle front, also apparently painted by hand. Nothing fancy, but once you cross through the entrance, you find you’ve fallen into another time. Another place.

It’s magic.

Music from a harp wafts through the trees, and various fairytale characters chase one another down the lanes, engaging in impromptu skits, laughing.

A myriad of vendors line the paths, cheerily hawking their wares. The Skullduggery sells swords and other weaponry as well as well-made leather tricorns. Potter’s Apothecary offer handcrafted soaps with cheeky names such as ‘Dirty Wench’ and ‘Under Kilt Care’. There is quite literally a shop for anything you’d hope to purchase. ‘Support Your Local Hookers’ demands a sign hanging out front of a shop that sells unique crocheted designs as well as books, and across the way from that wooden hut, you can… continue reading in the Summer issue 2017.

SEARCH: Armchair Adventures

Armchair Adventures
by Elliot Thorpe

Compass

There are those of out there who can’t always get out and about, some for whom the adventure is only fulfilled from the armchair.

The old clichè that life itself is an adventure can equally be attributed to the beauty of imagination, the wonder of our own minds taking us to the most amazing of places and times. In fact, the only limit to the armchair adventurer is a lack of imagination.

That’s a pretty big place to visit. So where do we start? What can be adventure to one is a chore to another and, as veteran actor-comedian and Harry Potter narrator Jim Dale said once, “I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it.”

Yet being a writer takes me to all manner of places, whether it be research for a novel or fact-finding for an article. Both are similar in their execution and both give the result, for the reader, of being taken on a journey. Even this article, or rather the whole edition of this magazine focusing on the idea of the adventure, is, hopefully, firing your imagination and springing you into action…continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.

 

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Concord

Concord, CA
by Emerian Rich

Picture of ConcordConcord is the largest city in Contra Costa County. Founded in 1869 by Salvio Pacheco as Todo Santos, the name was changed within months to Concord. Now, the city center park, Todos Santos Plaza, is a reminder of that first name. With multiple stops on the BART system to connect it with San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, Concord has expanded past its bedroom community status. New condos and neighborhood renovation has made this community bigger in the past few years as lack of housing has pushed the city to think of new innovative ways to build.

Residents enjoy a wide array of entertainment packed in to the thirty miles of town. The Concord Pavilion on one side of town brings in headliners and festivals. On the other side Solano Drive-in—one of the last surviving Bay Area drive-in theaters—hosts not only movies, but a year-round public swap meet Saturdays and Sundays.

In the center of town, Todos Santos Plaza hosts a weekly farmer’s market with a wide array of fruits and vegetables at reasonable rates. A handful of hot food vendors, including my favorite teriyaki-on-a-stick booth, offer ready-made goods to enjoy… Read more in the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH Magazine Summer Issue 2017

Summer Adventures

Amazing places to go, play and explore right in our own backyard.

City Spotlight

Concord, California, one of the ten-best places in the world to retire.

Armchair Adventures

Go on an adventure in your own home.

Interview

Susan Grant, pilot and author.

Travel

Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival

Health

Lyme Disease myths

Books

Four books that will change your life.

Food

Slow cooker carnitas with white masa waffles.

Do it Yourself

Creating decorative sound-proof wall art.

Community

The Empowerment Plan, bringing hope to the homeless.

Autism/Parenting

How to enjoy your new adventure.

Humor

Fifty shades of beige.

Bay Area Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Maritime Museums.

Local Business Spotlight

Nappy or Not, Oakland, CA

Bay Area Attration

Start your own Summer Adventure Bullet Journal.

And more… click to read now!

 

SEARCH: Fur-tastic Vacations

Fur-tastic Vacations
by Michele Roger

furtastictravel

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, more and more travelers are including their dogs and cats in their trip plans. Sometimes, finding the perfect home away from home isn’t so easy when your traveling companion’s favorite hobby is chasing squirrels. For this issue, I’ve sought out the best destinations for everyone, whether they walk on two legs or four paws.

San Francisco
If a day trip or San Fran “stay-cation” is in your future, consider a night at the Marines Memorial Club Hotel. It receives high marks from travelers for its family feel as well as its pet-friendly policy. Located just minutes from the local dog park, travelers report that pet-friendly rooms have equally stunning views overlooking the city as ordinary rooms. As an added bonus for the two-legged traveler, the Marines Memorial Club Hotel also offers a two hour nightly happy hour free for their guests. The free happy hour includes drinks, beer, wine, and snacks.

New York City
Whether it’s Spring Fashion Week or just a “New York State of Mind” that inspires you, the Crosby Street Hotel is said to be one of THE most pet -friendly hotels in all of the city. Classified as a boutique hotel due to its stunning architecture and art collection, it is also known for its devotion to pet travelers. For example, when booking a room for you and your pet at the Crosby…continue reading the Spring issue of SEARCH Magazine.