SEARCH: Superhero Issue Editor Letter

Superheroes are the best! I mean, that’s the definition, right? We love to see them fly, fight crime, and generally save the world. Movies and comics abound with their exploits, but the label “superhero” is also thrown around to acknowledge the work of essential workers, doctors, single mothers, and more. Superheroes are the ones setting the broken world right again.

In our feature story this issue, Elliot Thorpe reflects on the human nature of superheroes. Alternately, Tim Reynolds has the power to make you smile as he recounts his not-so-super adventures. Take a break from tasks that feel like they take superhuman effort and imagine a trip to our spotlight city, Masterton, New Zealand. Even superheroes have alter egos that need to take out the trash, but you can be the hero at dinner by preparing our recipe for Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Salad. Need inspiration for your heroic feats? Enjoy Sumiko Saulson’s article about the Netflix show, Unknown Origins.

The days we get to help out a fellow human, save a distressed animal, or give a compliment, can make us feel more “super” than we did before. Let SEARCH Magazine inspire you to express the superhero in you.

Enjoy reading our Summer 2021 Superhero issue.

Heather Roulo

Editor

SEARCH: Spotlight on Larriane Barnard

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

SEARCH Author Spotlight

LBarnardName: Larriane Barnard

Location: Prescott, Az

What made you interested in working for SEARCH? 

I work behind the scenes on each issue, nit-picking what the other authors write with what is called editing. We won’t go into what some authors call it. I got into editing by accident by ordering a book from a company that had accepted a submission from me. Before I signed, I wanted to see their quality level. I sent a letter asking if I could expect the kind of errors I found. I discovered they were a brand new company and volunteered to proof the finals… Continue reading in SEARCH’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: 3 Beauty Subscription Options

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Winter 2019 issue:

3 Beauty Subscription Options

by Emerian Rich

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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 Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Summer 2016 issue:

Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe

By Brian and Patricia Dake

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If you’re looking for a creative salad to serve family or friends, this one’s designed to impress. Fresh, colorful ingredients delight the palate while grilling adds that ineffable taste of summer.

Perfect for a lazy afternoon outside on the patio, it can be enjoyed with cold ice tea or a crisp chardonnay. Better yet, it will please the vegans and health-conscious alike while satisfying epicureans who just want to tantalize their taste buds.

We recommend this recipe as a side dish for four. Adjust quantities for a larger party or halve ingredients to complement a cozy dinner for two…  Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Sea Otter Cuteness

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Summer 2019 issue:

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 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spring Convention Season in Bloom

Spring Convention Season in Bloom

by Sumiko Saulson

The Bay Area is home many summer festivals, including Carnival, the Nor Cal Pirate Festival, and Gay Pride. We also have a booming spring convention season. Clockwork Alchemy kicks off the season on Spring Equinox.

This elegant convention centers on the Steampunk literary genre. Most of the attendees show up in elaborate Victorian or Steampunk themed costumes.

BabsCon is a super fun My Little Pony convention in April in San Francisco. It’s all ages, LGBT friendly, and kid-friendly with lots of special programs for the very youngest of convention guests.

Memorial Day Weekend rounds off the Spring season with three major conventions, twenty-eight year old BayCon, twenty year old KublaCon, and twenty-six year old Fanime.

“The one thing I appreciate about BayCon is its fans,” said Wanda Kurtcu, an African American educator and 2019 Fan Guest of Honor. “We’re each a vital and representative part of our fandoms, from every color, age, gender, culture, and popular culture. I was happy to represent all of us.”

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Self-Defense and Self-Respect

Self-Defense and Self-Respect

by Lillian Csernica

Lightspeed2The key to women’s empowerment is the empowerment of our children. When women, still the majority of primary caregivers, raise their children with strength, discipline, integrity, and compassion, those children will grow up healthier, more confident, and willing to speak up for the people who need their help.

Excellent resources for both physical fitness and character building can be found in the world of martial arts. E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D. is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria, the author of Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, and head of innovative work in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, focusing on the recovery of function after neurotrauma using integrated whole body movement. In his Black Belt Brain blog on the… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Empowering Women Over 50

Empowering Women Over 50

by Sumiko Saulson

WomenOver50_SaulsonSome say life begins at fifty while workplace discrimination, menopause, and empty nest syndrome can make the start of midlife for women trying at times.

Too many of us−after reaching retirement age and after the children have grown up and left home−find ourselves looking for ways to stay connected. Home-based and small businesses, the arts, and volunteer opportunities with community, civic, cultural, and spiritual or religious groups can help. For those who are not already community-involved, organizations like the Volunteer Center and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Home Executives, can help connect retirees with people who need their assistance. Arts and education are an important part of day to day living for most of us. In the Bay area, art and community non-profits such as Expressions Gallery in Berkeley are often run by older women who… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spotlight on Larriane Barnard

SEARCH Author Spotlight

LBarnardName: Larriane Barnard

Location: Prescott, Az

What made you interested in working for SEARCH? 

I work behind the scenes on each issue, nit-picking what the other authors write with what is called editing. We won’t go into what some authors call it. I got into editing by accident by ordering a book from a company that had accepted a submission from me. Before I signed, I wanted to see their quality level. I sent a letter asking if I could expect the kind of errors I found. I discovered they were a brand new company and volunteered to proof the finals… Continue reading in SEARCH’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: The Fun of Playdough

Adobe_Playdough_StockThe Fun of Playdough

by Samantha Blache

There’s nothing like playdough to bring you back to your childhood. So, let’s do it!

I’ve made this recipe since my son was five, and he loves it. I got tired of scraping it off the carpet and didn’t do it for a few years, but he’s nine and old enough to keep track of it, so I figured I would give it another try. The best part is he can help with the stirring!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 medium pot
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • food coloring

Start by measuring out all of the ingredients into the pot, including the food coloring, unless you plan on making more than one color. If you are making multiple colors, do not add the food coloring yet… Continue reading in the Spring 2020 Issue.