SEARCH: Travel Photography

Travel Photography



Photo by Tim Reynolds

Twenty-three years ago, when I first broke into what is known as the ‘paper goods market’ (postcards, calendars, books, etc.), I was living in a resort town and the sales of these products was huge.

I made tens of thousands of dollars selling images to publishers catering to that tourist market, including National Geographic and Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

Making money from travel photos, now, is tough, but there are still online sources to sell your images to, including stock photo agencies, where most sales are made.

Since nearly everyone carries a digital camera in their phone, and those cameras are getting better and better, the potential for the average person to be in the right place at the right time has improved considerably. The biggest problem with phone cameras is that most are single lens cameras, which only zoom digitally and not optically (moving glass lens elements), so you either have to get close to your subject, or you need to be photographing a wide subject, like a landscape. Use digital zoom as little as possible…. continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.



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: Ghosts Around the World

Ghosts Around the World
by Dianna Kersey


If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone in this world. Over 39% of Brits and 45% of Americans believe in ghosts.

In researching for my book, Exsanguinate, I learned the world over has an obsession with the paranormal, especially ghosts. While many ghost stories are similar in nature, each culture has a different spin on them.

Many ghost stories are believed to stem from parents’ efforts to teach the rights and wrongs of life to children. Take for instance the tale called The Liver. A family gave money to a son to go to the store to purchase liver for dinner. The boy purchased candy instead and stole a liver from a drunk man. Later that night and for weeks to come, the boy was haunted by a voice constantly saying, “Give me back my liver, you thief!” If that won’t curtail a child’s bad habits, I don’t know what will … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.

SEARCH: 5 Books with Immersive Cultural Settings

5 Books with Immersive Cultural Settings

by Emerian Rich

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  1. 1. The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice

I read this book in college over spring break, and I have to say, it changed my life. Marcel is a gent de couleur libre (a free person of color) born from a slave mother and her French master in 1840’s New Orleans. The gens did not fit in either the black slave community or the French white community, and were often sent abroad to study, but when Marcel finds his father will not send him, he has to find his own way in a community that no longer wants him. In this coming-of-age story, Marcel must come to grips with his heritage. Brought up to treat his half- sister as a slave and after being slammed into reality by an abusive and heart-breaking scene where his French father beats him and throws him off his property, Marcel struggles with the harsh reality of racism in its cruelest form. Where will he fit now that he is grown? Will he stay put—part of the problem—and continue his split life, or will he fight the system and become a complete outcast?

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have to admit, I’m not usually one for cyborg sort of stuff, but I absolutely fell in love with Cinder. In a modern retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg, living with the most irritating adopted mother ever…. continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.


SEARCH: Love, Travel, and Tamales

Love, Travel, and Tamales


travel.jpgAh love, amor! There’s nothing more beautiful than a couple in love and nothing more delicious than watching them proclaim that love to one another as they tie the knot. That is to say, nothing more delicious unless you’re talking tamales, specifically Eliza- beth’s tamales, enchiladas, and posole.

Elizabeth’s brother Diego is marrying his beautiful bride in Mexico. Countless guests are invited, and the celebration food is going to be epic! I love the traditional food of Mexico and have always been curious how some of my favorite dishes are made. Elizabeth and her mom invited me to join them in an entire day devoted to cooking the family recipes.


While I’ve watched cooking shows and read cook books, nothing prepared me for the work intensive process of truly, mouthwatering tamales. Elizabeth and her mother boil potatoes and rice. While they cook, we all help to separate the dried corn husks. Once we have a mountain piled up on a plate, they go into water to soak.

When the rice and potatoes are cooked and cooled, they’re mashed and added to a mixture of maize, water, and chicken concentrate. Over and over, the two women knead the mixture, testing the texture, adding water, tasting. They let it rest. They knead more and add corn oil. Meanwhile… continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.

SEARCH: Moroccan Harvest Fusion

Moroccan Harvest Fusion
by Brian and Patricia Dake


A tagine (or tajine) is both the name of a Moroccan cooking dish and the food prepared in the dish. Tagine—the food—is a classic Moroccan slow-cooked stew containing meat, dried spices, vegetables, and preserved fruit like olives, lemons, or dried apricots.

The physical cooking dish is earthenware with a cone-shaped lid. The lid traps the steam from cooking the food and returns the condensed liquid to the dish below, making very little liquid required in the recipe to produce a tender stew. This Moroccan slow cooker functions on similar principles as other slow cooking devices such as a Dutch oven or Crockpot™.

Using a tagine on a stovetop requires the use of a metal heat diffuser between the bottom of the tagine and the stovetop burner. The diffuser distributes the heat and prevents the earthenware/terra cotta tagine from being damaged by the gas flame or electrical element. Even with a heat diffuser in place, it’s never recommended to exceed the medium heat setting on the stovetop.

We’ve been cooking with … continue reading the Fall 2018 issue.


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: Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA
By Heather Roulo


As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle first began as a logging town. During the Klondike Gold Rush, it became the gateway to Alaska, prospering on trade and shipbuilding. During World War II, Boeing’s increased importance gave Seattle the nickname Jet City.

Since then, Seattle’s visibility has increased through movies, the appeal of grunge music, and the rise of the tech industry with companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks. The city has thrived.

A stay at any hotel in the downtown core is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuous public farmers’ markets in the country. Pick up fresh flowers and salmon for dinner or continue to the waterfront to see otters play at the Seattle Aquarium.

From a seat on the iconic Seattle Great Wheel … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Asian Jazz

Asian Jazz
by Elliot Thorpe

musicAsian Jazz, by its very nature, is a musical style that encompasses a varying number of influences. Of course, it originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans late in the 19th century but went on to incorporate Latin and Afro-Cuban themes over the decades with one of the more unique styles came to fruition sometime later, that of Asian-American.

Asian Americans have been performing jazz almost since the style’s birth, yet it took all those years for the brand to begin developing. The addition of Asian instruments gives it a wonderfully distinct sound that cannot be confused with anything else. However, the story of Asian Jazz doesn’t begin there.

In the mid-1930s, the American jazz trumpet player Buck Clayton moved to Shanghai. There, he led the band Harlem Gentlemen, playing for the wife and sister of Chian Kai-shek, the Republic of China’s leader, until 1948…. continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.