SEARCH: The Presidio, San Francisco


The Presidio, San Francisco

by Emerian Rich

PresidioThe Presidio is a beautiful stretch of land filled with gorgeous wooded parks, fabulous ocean views, 17th century buildings, and a vibrant history. The 1,500 acre park, a past military post transformed into an outdoor recreational hub,retains its important historical charm. With 25 miles of bikeways and trails, 323 bird species, 330 native plant species, and 30 butterfly species, the Presidio is a nature-lovers’ dream.

The first thing you’ll find yourself doing here is snapping photos. I dare you to visit without immediately pulling out your phone or digital camera and snapping away.

Standing on the Main Post grass, looking out at the ocean, it’s hard to believe such a placid place was once the site of military readiness. To think military men resided there, right on the ocean, and looked out at the same sea as me, blows my mind. Did their eyes meet the sea and awe at its beauty? Or were they fearful of the enemy who might attack and paranoid about how open and vulnerable they were? Even still, when told they were being sent overseas, did they imagine what that other coast might be like where they would meet the enemy face-to-face? What would they be asked to do to protect their country? Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.


Winter 2018, Editor Letter

It wasn’t until my father retired from the military and we moved off base to a small town in eastern Washington that I realized how strange and wonderful my childhood had been. The kids in my new town had known each other since kindergarten and hadn’t lived anywhere else. To me, it was normal to assume your classmates would be new each year. The other military kids moved as much as I did, so it was a constant churn. My new friends’ eyes would widen when I talked about moving every two to three years. It had never seemed strange to me, and I am still grateful I met a mix of people from around the globe, lived in different places, and saw that home was anywhere my family lived.

When I graduated from high school, I visited the recruiter to consider whether I should join up and serve for four years to offset the cost of college. Ultimately, I didn’t join the military like my mother, father, and grandfather had, but I was glad the option was there. Military life is part of the fabric of America. Politics aside, we’ve learned to appreciate those who join with the intention to represent, support, and defend our nation. The men and women who serve our country do so knowing their commitment is more than a nine to five job and may come with the ultimate cost.

This issue we’ll explore military sites like the Presidio and Grosse Point, learn what it’s really like to be in service, and how we can help those who serve live better lives. It is with pride and respect that we dedicate this issue to supporting the troops.

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Heather Roulo / Operations Director






SEARCH: Winter 2018 Issue

Feature: The Presidio, San Francisco, CA

City Spotlight

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Military Research

1st Hand Account

What I Learned in the Military


Troops Themed Books

Author Spotlight

Brian and Patricia Dake


Entertaining the Troops


Grosse Point War Memorial


Turkey and Gravy


Turn Your War Letters into a Book


Keeping Connected


Ten-Hut Boot Camp Workouts

Autism / Parenting

Qualified to Serve


The Shower


Event Pictures


Gifts for Deployed Troops


Write a Letters for Troops

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SEARCH: Author Spotlight Elliot Thorpe

Elliot Thorpe



Location: Essex, UK

What’s an article you’ve written for SEARCH that you enjoyed? Summer 2016’s Music Snapshot in Time: San Francisco 1959. It allowed me to be creative in emulating an era of music that I really adore and to (hopefully) describe—as best I could—San Francisco of the past. Even reading it back now makes me long for warm evenings and cool jazz vibes, but then I am sitting in my apartment watching the torrential, freezing April rain pour out across where the River Thames meets the North Sea.

What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Rappel my GI Joes on pieces of string out of my first floor bedroom window. The toy line was called Action Man in the UK.

Do you have a hot tip for us? Amazon! I’m a big collector of movie scores and unfortunately many of the larger music stores in London that used to sell imports closed down many years ago. Because movie scores are still something of a niche market, finding rare releases … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.



SEARCH: Exercise Around the World

Exercise Around the World
by Donna Medina

Every country has a different workout tradition. India, for instance, is home to yoga.

While Indian fitness enthusiasts still do breathing exercises and stretching, they are also trying out new routines. Women are doing pregnancy exercises and Pilates.

In China, bodybuilding is popular among men and women. The country is the birthplace of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art known for its health benefits and defense training. With bodybuilding’s major comeback in recent years, more men are competing in traditional competitions. The Chinese are also gaining interest in fitness bands, jumping jacks, and Zumba fitness.

In Australia, Aussies are engaging in workouts that combine both … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.


SEARCH: Locked Out

Locked Out
by Larriane Barnard

keys2.jpgI’ve never been quite so embarrassed as when I asked my husband
to call roadside assistance. I stopped at a convenience store for a thirty-twoounce
soda. Caffeine fortification ensured, my next errand was a quick trip into the wholesale house for one item. For less to carry, I poked the keys into my pocket and tucked my purse under the seat. My wallet went into the oxygen tank bag I carry for my emphysema. As I crawled out, I flipped the auto-lock button. Once inside the store, I snagged an electric cart.

I was really trucking then, as fast as one can on those carts. When I got back to my car and reached in my pocket for my keys, no keys. I slapped every pocket. No keys. Tugged and pulled on the door. I even went to the other side of the car to tug and pull like I’d miraculously find the automatic lock hadn’t really locked all the doors. From there I could see the keys, lying on the driver’s seat … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Living in the Light

Living in the Light
By Lillian Csernica

autismFifteen years ago my son was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Very little clinical information was available, much less biographical writing by families raising autistic children.

The best guide I found for what my daily life would become was a series of graphic novels written by a Japanese mangka named Keiko Tobe.

In With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Sachiko and Masako Azuma are overjoyed to welcome their baby boy, Hikaru. This joy is short-lived when Sachiko realizes Hikaru is not reaching the usual developmental milestones. Doctors diagnose Hikaru as autistic. Although, Japanese culture may be quite different from life in the United States, Sachiko’s love for Hikaru and her determination to do right by him creates a universal appeal. Sachiko sees how much is right in Hikaru and keeps working toward … Continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.

SEARCH: What is your favorite Bay Area memory? Winning Entry

Winners of the SEARCH Magazine write-in contest.

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“The day the Golden Gate Bridge disappeared.”
By Patricia Watson

Some years ago, a friend from the East Coast came for a visit. Her bucket list included seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. We drove into San Francisco just as the afternoon fog rolled in. I took her to Ft. Point, hoping to show her the view from directly under the bridge where Alfred Hitchcock filmed scenes from Vertigo.

By the time we parked and entered the old fort, the fog was thick right to the ground. I tried to convince her we were directly under the bridge, but no go. She wouldn’t believe that the big pillars we were standing by led to a bridge overhead.

I brought her back to the same spot the next day in the sunshine and she was speechless.

Continue reading our Fall 2018 issue.

SEARCH Magazine Special Mother’s Issue Contest

How much do you love your mother?
Enough to feature her in a magazine?

Has your mother done something amazing for the world?
Has she changed people’s lives for the better?
Maybe she’s a quiet support who’s special just to you.

Enter your mom in the SEARCH Magazine Mother’s Issue Contest
by sending us:

*a photo of you and your mother
*500-1000 words on why your mom is the greatest

Deadline: December 1st, 2018

Send entries to

Use the subject line: SEARCH MOTHER’S CONTEST.

The winners mom will be featured in the Spring 2019 Mother’s Issue.

SEARCH: Queen Mary Ghosts

Queen Mary Ghosts
by Linda Whitaker

QM at nightCommissioned 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 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. The history of this ship is fascinating. Walking up to the Queen Mary, one is immediately struck by the enormity … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.