SEARCH: 5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

by Michele Roger

No matter what I scored on my ACT, or how many Ted Talks I listened to, or how many glasses of iced tea I drank with my grandmother in the garden while snapping raw green beans, nothing truly prepared me for the big moments in life.  I mean really, why didn’t someone tell me about all the curve balls life throws?  From standing up to the school bully to standing up to my boss, sleeping while the baby sleeps, to sleeping in my bed alone after a breakup? (The key is to sleep in the middle of the bed surrounded by pillows for that last one, by the way.) Here are five of the best books I know to help prepare anyone for this unreasonable and beautiful thing called life.

Prepare For Puberty by reading
A L o n g Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park.
ALongWalkToWaterBased on the true-life story of two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, any teenager (or adult for that matter) will learn to appreciate the small but good things in life. The inspiration I derived from their choices and means of survival made me want to buy copies and put them in every free, little library box in my hometown.  I’m grateful that this book made it into my hands and feel it’s the perfect read to quell a bit of the growing angst inside every teen. 

Continue reading about the other books to help prepare for big moments in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: 3 Beauty Subscription Options

3 Beauty Subscription Options

by Emerian Rich


Medusa Box

When most people talk about their go-bag, they’re thinking water, food, a change of clothes, and medications. Things to carry them over in case all electricity and emergency services go down.

For me, I think instantly of makeup. After all, I can’t be caught make-up-less during the apocalypse! Not having makeup as a part of my morning routine will throw my sense of self completely out the window. Let’s be honest, most of us won’t ever use our go-bags for the big zombie plague that wipes out half the planet. We might need them for localized emergencies like a flood, fire, or earthquake. In those situations, you will still need to be presentable, and for heaven’s sake, moisturized.

What a better way to have makeup always on hand than to have a beauty subscription? But, it’s hard to know which one to choose, and for most of us, we don’t want to throw our hard-earned money away on the chance that we picked the right one. Here’s some insight into my top three, why I liked them, and why I didn’t, so you can make an informed choice…

Continue reading about Ipsy, Allure, and Medusa Makeup in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Reaching For The Stars

Reaching For The Stars
by Lillian Csernica  

59480290_1266744913482742_2669551250839699456_nPeople with autistic spectrum disorder sometimes develop a strong interest in a specific subject. That interest can progress to what some might call an obsession. 

While neurotypical children may grow out of a particular “hobby” and move on to more age-appropriate subjects, ASD children often find what they like and stick with it. In the educational field, the term “preferred interests” describes the activities or areas of study that interest ASD people the most, distinguishing the interest from being a fixation or an instance of perseveration.

In January 2017, Kristin Patten Koenig and Lauren Hough Williams published Characterization and Utilization of Preferred Interests: A Survey of Adults on the Autism Spectrum. The study explains why these “preferred interests” are not drawbacks but vital elements… Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

SEARCH: The Importance of Space Research

The Importance of Space Research
by A.R. Neal

spacenealAsk anyone why exploring and researching space is important, and the number of answers would likely exceed the number of people in this galaxy. Two major entities tasked with space research offer views as to why such exploration is important.

The European Space Agency (ESA) scientists suggest that one of the best ways to understand things that make the planet function is to examine comets, asteroids, moons, other planets, and space events like solar storms. ESA’s projects include investing in the science of space research, which provides economic stimulus in the form of jobs and industries that relate to the technologies–like spacecraft, telescopes, microscopes, and computers–that make it all work. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) leaders have identified similar goals, such as… continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

SEARCH: DIY Solar System

DIY Solar System

by Suzanne Madron

modelRemember those solar system science projects from grade school? This solar system gets an upgrade while also being a fun kid-friendly project.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night influenced the solar system in this project, using swirls of bright colors, but it is just as easily adapted for a more realistic looking solar system as well. 


  • Foam balls of varying sizes for the planets. It is recommended to have a few extra if you plan to make the moon, etc. it is definitely a good plan to have extras in case of painting mishaps. 
  • Wooden or metal skewer rods 
  • Board canvas large and enough to hold your solar system, or several if you plan to stretch the system over multiple canvases for effect 
  • Acrylic paint (a typical set which includes the colors of the rainbow, plus black, brown, and white) 
  • Paint brushes of various sizes

SEARCH: Sea Otter Cuteness

Sea Otter Cuteness

by Vivianne Winter

California Sea Otter near MontereyIn December of 2018 the Oregon Zoo said goodbye to Eddie, the sea otter, one of the oldest sea otters in the world. Wild otters often live between fifteen and twenty years. Eddie celebrated nearly 21.

Eddie became internet famous in 2013 after a video of him slam dunking a toy basketball as physical therapy for this arthritic elbow joints was viewed more than 1.7 million times on the zoo’s YouTube channel.

When Eddie was orphaned as a young pup along the California coast in 1998, he lacked the skills to survive on his own in the wild and was taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for rehabilitation. Deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2000 he went to live at the Oregon Zoo … continue reading the Summer 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Thumbprint Charms

Thumbprint Charms

by Heather Roulo

20181115_125911When I began assisting my son’s classroom teacher with art projects, I was looking for a simple project that would make a thoughtful gift any time of year. It is always more fun when the kids have something useful to take home. I found the perfect project in the thumbprint charm because it requires very little skill, few materials, is personal, and makes an outstanding and wearable gift.

The thumbprint charm is an easy project to give to a mother or grandmother as a necklace. It is a simple charm with a one-of-a-kind fingerprint that she can wear around her neck and keep close to her heart. It can also be adapted to make a bracelet. This project is especially good for small children, whose fingers will grow over time, but even older children or loved ones can provide this memento.

The project only requires a few items: Oven-bake clay, such as Sculpey or FIMO, an oven or toaster oven to bake it, a needle or skewer, and cord or ribbon. Choose the color of clay you want for the charm. I used silver, since it is always tasteful and goes with every outfit. I needed something all the kids would approve, but you can … read more in the Spring 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Search 2019 Issue

Spring2019CoverEnjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2019 issue. In this issue we have more than a dozen great articles:

Travel – The Wonders of Kyoto

DIY – Thumbprint Charms

Attractions – Café with Soul

Tech – Making Life Easier for Mom

Author Spotlight – Sumiko Saulson

Music – Famous Mom with Singing Daughters

City Spotlight – Gettysburg

Feature Article – Amazing Mother’s

Food – All-in-One Breakfast

Fitness – Busy Mom Stay Fit Too

Autism – Happy Milestones

Humor – Traveling with my Mom

Books – Famous Mom/Child Literary

Health – Hearing

Comic – Motherhood

Read it today!

SEARCH: What I Learned in the Army

What I Learned in the Army
by Steve Mix

FirstHandI learned a thousand lessons in the service and not just from leadership. I remember being nervous the first day we had to throw a live grenade.

My buddy said, “Mix, you know, even if you are nervous, you should try and be confident around your brothers. Fear and nervousness is the most contagious thing in the world, and the one thing that can quickly doom us all.” I’ll never let go of that lesson. It is why, even when petrified, you’ll see me square my shoulders and stand tall.

My time there carries memories I will never forget. In basic training, we had a guy named Jackson. Some folks called him, “Baby talk” because he had a lisp. He would say things like, “We ish going to go over here guysh.” He sounded quite a bit like Elmer Fudd from the old Looney Tunes cartoons.

We had to wear burlap strips on our helmets, since most of our training was in the forest around Fort Benning. You cut up pieces of burlap and wrap them around your helmet to help camouflage you in forest settings. Burlap strips tend … Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.