SEARCH: What is your favorite Bay Area memory?

Winners of the SEARCH Magazine write-in contest.

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“Waiting outside the Palace of Fine arts in 1979 to go in to the Tutankhamun Exhibit.”
By Jason Malcolm Stewart

My mother had only been able to get me and my brother a ticket. She was planning to wait outside while we went in. Someone over heard our problem and gave my mother a ticket, allowing us all to go in. The Tut exhibit was amazing and has stayed my one of my favorite childhood memories all these years.

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SEARCH: Kalamu Chaché

Kalamu Chaché
by Kim Richards

poetessBorn and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Poetess Kalamu Chaché has lived and worked in East Palo Alto, California since the 1960’s.

Since her residency, Chaché served the East Bayshore community of East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven area of Menlo Park in numerous professional, executive, administrative, advocacy, and artistic areas of employment and volunteer services. The Poet Laureate of East Palo Alto since 1983, she authored three volumes of poetry: Survival Tactics (1975), A Change of Interest (1983), and Survival Interest: A Collection Of Revisited Poems (2013). Her poems appear in several book anthologies, newspapers, calendars, event programs, social media, and a wall exhibit at the East Palo Alto Library.

Her Kalamu Productions is dedicated to creative arts works to bring The Arts closer to peoples’ hearts.

Thank you for visiting with us. What brought you to California?
It was a family decision. My Dad came to work for Flying Tigers Airlines in the San Francisco Bay Area. I suffered with Asthma for many years. The doctors advised that a better climate than Brooklyn might be better for me. My Dad brought me and my … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Fall 2018 Issue


City Spotlight

Seattle, Washington

Business

Travel Photography

Culture

Ghosts Around the World

Books

Cultural Spotlight Books

Author Spotlight

Elliot Thorpe

Music

Asian Jazz

Travel

Love and Tamales in Mexico

Food

Moroccan Harvest Fusion

Interview

Poetess Kalamu Chaché

Attractions

Queen Mary Ghosts

Fitness

Fitness Around the World

Autism / Parenting

Living in the Light

Humor

Locked Out

Events

Event Pictures

Favorites

What is Your Favorite Bay Area Memory?

Activity

Egyptian Culture

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SEARCH: Summer Fitness Tips

Summer Fitness Tips
by Donna Medina

HEATLTH Heather put under article blurb cause adIt’s the time of the year again when everyone’s schedule seems to fill up a lot faster than ever with outdoor activities and vacations.

Perhaps, you’ve already prepared your summer activities and outfits, but is your body ready for it? If you’re shaking your head or even unsure what to answer, don’t worry. It is not too late! With the following fitness tips, you can surely get your summer activity body ready for the summer heat.

Do the Boxing Workout

You don’t need fancy equipment to stay fit and active. A boxing workout will allow you to boost your strength, increase speed, and endurance. Though this workout can be a bit intense, the hard work is undoubtedly worth the reward. It combines speed, power, quickness, agility, and strength to ensure proper balance. Not only can you … continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Imagination Fair

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SEARCH will be at the Imagination Fair this Saturday, will you?

Saturday May 26th
10:00am-4:00pm
Imagination Fair
Free to the public

Join us at the Imagination Fair. Take selfies with Inkjet, the incredible cepholopod, chat with authors, get freebies, enjoy face painting, and answer trivia questions to get awesome swag from CometTV, like Tank Girl T-shirts, The Craft protection sachets, and alien gifts.
Authors present will be: Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Emerian Rich, Mercy Hollow, E.M. Markoff, Trinity Adler, and more!

This is a free event with swag to spare!

SEARCH: Summer 2018 Issue

City Spotlight

Colorado Springs, Colorado

#OceanLife

3 Reasons why octopus are the coolest animals in the sea.

Health

The truth about Tourette’s Syndrome.

Books

#OceanLife books.

Author Spotlight

Michele Roger

Music

The Sound of the Sea.

Travel

Bahamas vacation.

Food

Grilled Apricot-Jalapeno Glazed Shrimp

#OceanLife

Olympia National Park

DIY

Recycling Glass Jars

Fitness

Summer Fitness Tips

Autism / Parenting

Just Keep Swimming

Humor

I am Boat People

Events

Event pictures

Attraction

Half Moon Bay

Activity

#OceanLife Scavenger Hunt

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EXCLUSIVE! Inside The Queen Mary

In our Summer issue, SEARCH will be highlighting The Queen Mary in our #OceanLife Faceoff as one of the best ocean-themed places to visit. As a teaser, we were offered a chance to tour The Queen Mary and it’s newly-opened “most haunted” room, B340. Below, our correspondent, Linda Whitaker, shares her experience on the ship.

 The Queen Mary
by Linda Whitaker

I was led down a steel walkway suspended over deep darkness, lit only by the faint glimmer of a flashlight and the occasional glow of a cell phone, into the musty depths of the Queen Mary’s boiler room. Our guide, paranormal explorer Matthew Schulz, narrated the experiences of previous adventurers in this hotspot of paranormal activity; tugs on clothing, touches on skin, with no apparent source for these sensations.  Hearing the stories is chilling and a series of goosebumps ran down my arms.  At length, Matthew paused our walk at the ironically signposted “Safe Room”.  Inside, an arcane array of electrical equipment to record communications from the other world was arranged on the table.  Our group entered the darkened room, the door was closed and the spirits were called.  Matthew’s invitation to those spirits, and their responses, was recorded.   Listening to the playback left me uncertain, but it just might have been “Mary” I heard in response to his posed question, “Can you tell me what ship we are on?  What Queen are we on?”  We pelted our guide with questions: “Is this real?  Are those spirits talking?”  With a shrug of the shoulders, Matthew ended our tour with a philosophical, “we’ll never really know” and handed our group off to the Commodore, a thirty-seven-year veteran of the ship.

A brisk walk along B Deck led us to the infamous Room B340 where the stage was set, complete with crystal ball, tarot deck, and Ouija board.  The Commodore’s tales of B340 were eerie and its reputation was such that the room, until recently, has been unoccupied and out of use for years.   But new guests are in luck!  The newly renovated space is now available to the public and you can book your own stay in the haunted B340.  During its earlier years of occupancy, sleeping guests awakened to find the covers flown back and figures of people standing alongside the bed.  Housekeeping reports include making up the room, only to return moments later to tousled spreads and sheets and everything in disarray.   Our group, while exploring the dimly lit room, complained of vertigo and headaches and the stalwart Commodore confessed his own extreme discomfort. “I would never spend a night in this cabin,” he added.

Our last adventure that evening led us to a glimpse of the gorgeous art deco 1st class passenger swimming pool, where wet footprints abruptly ending have been reported, in spite of the pool having been drained for decades. A few steps away, we stopped in front of polished elevator doors where the reflection of an elegant “Woman In White” has been seen by some.   Strolling down a long walkway resplendent in bird’s-eye maple paneling and carpet reminiscent of a more elegant era, we are told of an image, seen by many, of a 7-8 year old girl nicknamed “Jackie”, her arms outstretched, reaching up as if asking to be lifted and comforted.  As our tour concluded, I believe we were all looking for a bit of comfort!

The history of this ship is fascinating.  Walking up to the Queen Mary one is immediately struck by the immensity, its dominance in the harbor.  It is so PRESENT!  How does something like that even float – let alone remain seaworthy after 82 years?  Although I can’t begin to understand the engineering feat, I did, after stepping into its beautifully preserved entry and touring her decks, understand her allure.  The ship beckons you to explore. Yes, you can feel her.

 Commissioned in 1936, the Queen Mary was a state-of-the-art luxury cruising vessel, one of the grandest ocean liners ever built.  During World War II, with resources being scarce, she was retrofitted as a troop ship, nicknamed the “Grey Ghost”, and began service to the allied forces.  After her return to civilian life, in the late 1940’s, she again spent a number of years in the luxury liner industry, but travel was a changing landscape and more and more people took to the air.  The Queen Mary was tired, weathered, and no longer in demand.  In 1967, finding a resting place in Long Beach, California, she’s become an iconic landmark that everyone should attempt to see.

Fortunately, not only is the Queen Mary still with us, and perhaps still hosting a number of passengers from the past, but she also offers a myriad of experiences for Los Angeles visitors and locals alike.  There are so many ways to experience the Queen Mary.  You must give one a try!  Oh, and if you see the little girl in the hallway?  Give her a hug from me.

The Queen Mary offers:

  • Historical Tours – For the history buffs.
  • Haunted Encounter Tours – This tour highlights stories of famous hauntings.
  • Ghosts & Legends Tours – Special effect enhance this tour experience.
  • 4-D Special Effects Theater – Sight, sound, aroma and wind to enhance your experience.
  • Paranormal Ship Walk – Be prepared, I’m told if the activity is hot, you may spend hours at this experience.
  • Dining with the Spirits – Dining, followed by the Paranormal Ship Walk.
  • Dark Harbor – Annual Halloween Event where spooky mazes of horror are staged onboard and in areas immediately adjacent to the ship. The event runs from late September through the end of October.  A sneak peek at the “Kitchen of Horror” maze leads me to believe a return visit is in order.
  • More information on events here: http://www.queenmary.com

SEARCH: Spring 2018 Issue

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City Spotlight

Berkeley, California

Books

Five Gardening Favorites

Author Spotlight

Tim Reynolds

Tech

Top Five Music Apps

Health

Benefits of Culinary Herbs

Travel

Bartram’s House and Garden

Music

Harp in the Garden

Food

Angel Hair with Garlic, Ricotta, and Fava Beans

Do it Yourself

Brewing Kombucha

Garden

Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Autism / Parenting

Ambiguous Loss

Humor

Trees, Sir

Events

Event pictures

Attraction

Hand Fan Museum

Favorites

Picks from the marketplace

Activity

Garden Bingo

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SEARCH: Believe in Your Worth

Believe in Your Worth
by Angela Estes

BusinessWorthIf you’re reading this article, you probably don’t come from a long line of money. You’re not an heir to a fortune. Your ancestors were beholden to others for a living. Wage earners. If we think about the word ‘worthy’, you literally come from a long line of people whose financial ‘worth’ came from a bartered paycheck. Money is not a judge of your worthiness, yet it is human nature to mistake the two. Not always to our detriment.

Recently I listened to Bill Murray describe Gilda Radner’s capability of always getting a job. He credited her affluent upbringing and said it gave her a confidence that she would always have money. She didn’t question her worthiness, and she always got the job.

It’s not your worthiness that is the issue, but your confidence IN your worthiness.

Acknowledge things you don’t know about money. For example, debt is bad, right? We’ve all got that friend who has credit card debt to the tune of double digit thousands. Seems pretty bad, except there is good debt and bad debt. A good debt is… continue reading in the Winter 2017 issue.