SEARCH: 2022 Winter Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2022 #KeepLaughing

Comedy is a bit like French cuisine. When it’s done poorly, you’re left looking at ingredients and wondering how anyone thought they could be appetizing. It’s repulsive. When done well, it is a mind-blowingly fulfilling meal, and incorporates elements in ways you never imagined. You seek that thrilling perfect bite forever after.

Sure, dramas and action films receive the majority of accolades. In books, it’s the painful autobiographies that book clubs covet. However, humor is by far the trickiest of topics. The skill exhibited by good comedians and Rom-Coms are underappreciated. It takes wit to entertain so lightly. The most clever people I know aren’t politicians or philanthropists, it’s the comedian who can face down the reality of our world and present it with a chuckle.

Perhaps the reason humor isn’t awarded as frequently is because, like taste, humor is subjective. When you find an author, comedian, or film that fits your sense of humor, is there anything better? Delight derived from entertainment that makes you laugh can be enough to turn a gloomy weekend bright. Whether your taste runs more Douglas Adams, Robin Williams, Dave Barry, Dean Martin, or P. G. Wodehouse, there’s good reason to seek out humor. Just ask
Tim Reynolds, our resident humor columnist and occasional stand-up comic. In this issue you can also learn a bit about Lithuanian magician Rokas, and enjoy our Mary Tyler Moore retrospective.

There’s a reason we refer to comedy as “a sense of humor.” Like other senses, it is an impression we experience and react to at a visceral level. Find something that doubles you over with involuntary laughter.
Cry with mirth, and appreciate the subtle skill or the whack-in-the-crotch that got you there. Either way, we hope this issue hits the spot, not your funny bone.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2022 #KeepLaughing

SEARCH: 2022 Fall Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2022 #Homemade issue

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2022 Cover

I’m a writer by choice and surrounded by creative people who craft, blog, perform, and more. How they do it all, I don’t know. What I’ve found is that they are talented but mostly they’re passionate about their interests. However, they universally demur praise to say, “It isn’t that hard, as long as you know what you’re doing.”

First, try not to downplay your skills. Imposter syndrome is real.

Second, most things really are simple as long as you have the knowledge and experience. The trick is, getting those things—and being willing to suffer looking foolish along the way.

Sometimes, you want the luxury of being taken care of but, more often, you just want the job done. If you can get it done yourself, all the better! Who doesn’t want to seem capable? Who wouldn’t rather save money? So, when you’re feeling the itch to build, create, and craft, check out SEARCH Magazine for inspiration.

In this #Homemade issue, read about exercising at home, making a pinhole viewer, and creating your own party decorations. Cook a meal from our amazing recipe, then write your thoughts in a gratitude journal—no matter how it turns

Heather Roulo/ Managing Editor

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2022 #Homemade issue

SEARCH: Our Entrepreneur Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Entrepreneurs Issue

You’ve likely considered starting a business. It is fun to dream of the rewards, but assessing the risks often puts an early end to the idea. So, what makes it work?

It takes boldness to be an entrepreneur. Assessing risk, sharing a dream, and being practical enough to make it happen are just a few of the skills necessary to succeed at building something new that will last. We need entrepreneurs. Their determination and vision bring opportunities that go beyond themselves. Most entrepreneurs are deeply involved in their communities. Ideally, a network of support is created that allows advancement and improvement for many others.

Our Entrepreneurship issue discusses making it in the music business, starting a business with disabilities, and explores what successful entrepreneurs have in common. Motivated self-starters can also rise in politics, such as Suzanne Madron’s run for mayor. On the other hand, some start a solo writing career that is just as powerful.

Much like SEARCH Magazine—whose founder started with an idea and refined it over time—the notion of creating something and watching it grow is romantic. Still, at its core, it is also hard work and takes more than the celebrated entrepreneur. Studies show that it involves many people giving energy to their areas of expertise. So, visionary or team player, enjoy our Entrepreneurship issue.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our Entrepreneur-themed Spring 2022 issue.

SEARCH: Editor Letter for our #Wellness issue


I recently hit a milestone birthday, and my husband and I joke that my warranty expired. Like a car that’s driven a few too many miles, I hear the creaks and groans of age build up as the indiscretions of youth finally come due. That time I slipped while doing a pull-up and tweaked my back? The knees that complained when I slung my baby around in her carrier? Now is the time to itemize just where I went wrong and look to the future, where little ol’ me hopes to hit milestones without feeling like I need to go in for maintenance.

One of the perks of age is that I have also gained perspective. In our Wellness: Mind, Body, & Soul issue, we consider more than the physical tribulations suffered by our earthbound selves. Our body shelters our mind and soul so we can achieve our best selves. We refine our personalities so we might share our joys at any age.

In our featured article, Elliot Thorpe recounts learning about his heart condition. Brian and Patricia Dake provide a recipe built around healthy broccolini. Tim Reynolds has a lighter take on the accessories to mindfulness. Michele Roger investigates music as a source of academic improvement, while Kay Tracy extolls the benefits of mineral baths. Lillian Csernica considers the challenges of achieving spiritual enlightenment, particularly when it’s difficult to connect with other people, let alone a higher power.

Our articles offer suggestions to take care of your body so it does not distract you from the joys of the mind and the elevation of spirit. Discover the reward of seeking knowledge for the mind and compassion for the heart.

And no, I still don’t wish to purchase an extended warranty.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our #Wellness Winter 2021 issue.

SEARCH: You Can Do It! Issue Editor Letter

They say that life is about what you do with the time you’re given. When older people look back, they’re more likely to regret the things they didn’t do, rather than what they did.

When you think about your list of to-dos, they’re likely a combination of those necessary items that keep you alive chores and responsibilities—as well as lingering items you’d like to do if you had more time, money, and energy. Every day we make choices for where to spend the limited years given to us, so give it some thought. Due to COVID, we experienced a year of enforced slowdown, where assumptions of what life looked like were transformed. As we rebuild those lives, we can do it with intention and deliberately take on opportunities that leave us more fulfilled.

As you consider our You Can Do It! issue, enjoy thinking about travel to London, creating a cookbook of family recipes, or even just sitting down and folding a little origami. Life moves at many paces, but there’s no reason to look back with regret when you can still check something off your to-dos. As Tim Reynolds explains in his article, “Regrets, I Have a Few” you don’t have to accept every opportunity but don’t be too fearful to select the ones that excite you. Even when you reach for something, and the answer is no, there’s satisfaction in knowing you gave it a shot. And when the answer is yes, memories are made.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Watch for our You Can Do It! Fall 2021 issue.

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


SEARCH: Spring 2021 Editor Letter


This season’s magazine is all about taking chances and expanding our horizons. Sometimes we choose to change, and other times we’re forced to by the world around us. It might
feel as if we spend most of our time on what we have to do and very little on what we want to do, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, changing our ways can lead to opportunities.

If you’re cooking for yourself, consider the delight of trying something new. One of our authors, Kay Tracy, explains food from Iceland. Too outside your comfort zone? Brian and Patricia Dake give a recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms that you can make at home. It’s all about finding the kind of newness that makes you happy to grow.

If you don’t quite understand, try following along with humorist Tim Reynolds as he explains the difference between chance and risk, with examples from his own life. Another author, Michele Roger, discusses the peril of starting her music business. Really, we’re always looking for ways to make the most of our world. So, pull out a tarot deck to expand your creativity, or pull out the treadmill desk to buckle down to work. No matter how you branch out, know that we’re all searching for the right way to travel the roads of life and find our rewards along the way.

And, if you think everyone else has it all figured out, Kristin Battestella talks us through the reality of imposter syndrome. Even when you have it together, the hardest person to convince is often yourself.

Read your copy today!

Heather Roulo
Editorial Director

SEARCH: Fall 2020 Issue on Family Traditions

Fall 2020 Editor’s Letter & Table of Content

Family traditions have happened for as long as families have existed. We learn a view of how things should be done, and what we learn in childhood often has a profound effect. Our expectations are set for what it means to celebrate a holiday, take a vacation, and even eat a meal.

As we grow older, we might question the ways things were done. The fading effect of the great depression or the increase in digital photography encourages us to move in new directions. There are fewer photo albums but more Facebook pages, and don’t they sometimes serve the same purpose? Do we still need our kids to clean their plate when calories are cheap and plentiful? Instead, we can teach about healthy eating and balanced meals, as obesity becomes the new problem of our time.

Yet, family traditions are more and less than the sum of these things. They provide comfort and connection. They can be an excuse to get together, a shared language, and a way to return to better times. Family traditions call you back to childhood, home, and safety. Sometimes we embrace tradition, other times we buck it, but it is a touchpoint for identity.

Whether you’re setting up a household of your own, combining households, or introducing children and grandchildren, family traditions must be negotiated and created. They sometimes happen spontaneously, like the books each generation reads to their children at bedtime. Other times, they’re considered and well thought out, like how to celebrate major holidays. Either way, they give us sometime to return to. When life is uncertain, tradition remains. As sure as the sun will rise, we will celebrate another year and another birthday with our family’s version of a perfect, traditional, birthday cake.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Articles you’ll find in this issue:

A Growing Tradition

Not So Dumb Supper

A Functional Family

 Punjabi Love

Author Spotlight
Camellia Rains

Love Songs You Thought You Knew

City Spotlight
Montezuma Castle

Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

Balsamic Molasses Brussels Spouts

Three Major Considerations for Fitness

Flexible Family Festivals

Las Vegas, Non– Gambles

Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

The New Zealand Haka

Enjoy our Fall 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Family Traditions.

SEARCH: Introducing the Blast from the Past Issue

IMG-3933A Special Letter from the Owner:

I started SEARCH Magazine with the idea to connect the San Francisco bay area. The magazine focused on cities in California. However, over the last five years the magazine’s scope has grown to include an international set of writers covering cities from all over the world. I take joy in celebrating over twenty issues, and more than 220 articles. This Blast from the Past issue is our first retrospective, offering a glimpse of articles on diverse topics like travel, fashion, recipes, DIY, and more. I’m proud of our talented writers.

As the magazine continues to evolve, one thing will never change. SEARCH Magazine will still be about connection. Even through our most difficult times, we’ve seen people rise to help each other. The world can be a difficult place, but if we stand by our core values of caring for one another then we will come out on the other side.

In celebration of all that has come before, and all the potential of the future, please enjoy this issue,

Jeannie Normandeau Owner/Editor

SEARCH: 2020 Spring Editor’s Letter

Women’s Empowerment
by Heather Roulo

Women’s empowerment, the theme for this issue of SEARCH Magazine, isn’t new. Strong women have existed throughout history. Feminism also isn’t a new idea. It has been embraced by some, but also received a backlash. As equality came closer, for many people the need for feminism receded, as the battle seemed won and it was assumed momentum would carry us all to a more equitable world without having to continue to fight.

In recent years, newer revelations, like the #MeToo movement, have shone a light on areas where society hasn’t progressed as far as many assumed. Yet in other ways, we can also see the successes as women rise in corporate IMG-2292structures, political power, and take their places among award-winning scientists and athletes.

Women’s empowerment doesn’t have to come at a cost and isn’t something to be defended against. Instead, it is the lifting up of all of us. A world where everyone is empowered is a better place. In SEARCH Magazine we celebrate women and what they accomplish every day.

Celebrate empowerment in the way that suits you best: travel solo, listen to a female composer, cook a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, and reflect on how far the world has come. We get there by discussing ideas, laughing at our humorist’s mansplaining, and by getting stronger. From female hockey teams to women entrepreneurs, like SEARCH Magazine’s owner, empowerment is happening. It comes from within and without, and the message we should always be sending is that, yes, we can succeed. All of us.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our Spring 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Women’s Empowerment.