SEARCH: 2019 Winter Editor’s Letter

Luck and Disasters
by Heather Roulo

Seneca wrote that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Really, who doesn’t want to be lucky?

When I say preparation, the average person’s mind goes to dark places of disasters and go-bags. Sure, we must consider that, but preparation can also be about working out or traveling internationally.

We spend much of our lives preparing for what comes next, especially in school where it is often about the next paper, test, or graduation. Raised like that, who can blame us if we sometimes forget to look up. As kids, it is instilled in us that preparation matters. It certainly helps, but the other side of the coin is indefinable anxiety. I sometimes wish every potential disaster came with a go-bag I could stuff to give myself confidence.

Then again, there are people who are constantly caught unprepared and lament their bad luck.

The trick is to strike a happy balance. Prepare for the things that matter, or you only get one shot at, and then stop. Instead of imagining the what-ifs, enjoy the preparations you’ve already made and pat yourself on the back.

Some of the most beautiful moments in life come from the unexpected. Remember to challenge yourself and travel into the unknown. While a little preparation goes a long way, perhaps more important than any single article on preparation is the ability to anticipate and take one or two steps to make tomorrow more comfortable than today. So, enjoy some DIY projects, put a bowl of Pantry Chili on to simmer, turn up your favorite tune, and realize that if today wasn’t a disaster, you’re doing just fine.

Aren’t you the lucky one!

Watch for our upcoming Winter 2019 SEARCH Magazine issue on how to be prepared for anything.

SEARCH: 2019 Fall Editor’s Letter

 

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Fall Editor’s Letter

The intrigue of space is undeniable. Whether it is the romantic glow of the moon, questions about our place in the universe, or pure scientific wonder that drives our imagination, we long to know more. The vast night sky demands that we raise our eyes from our everyday problems and recognize a different perspective.

Perhaps one day mankind will travel beyond our small sphere. Until then, we must celebrate the successes of our robots as they visit Mars and travel beyond the edge of our solar system, gathering knowledge to improve our lives and expand our understanding of what is possible. They can explore much more inexpensively and without risking an astronaut’s life.

While we perfect our science and consider options, we study images from far away, reap the benefits of material and engineering innovations, and speculate on what is still to be discovered. We may not travel in style, like Elon Musk’s red Tesla, but humans are curious and driven. So, enjoy a star-shaped cookie, paint a planet diorama, and consider what the future may bring to the exploration of space.

Enjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2019 issue.

Heather Roulo/Editorial Director

SEARCH: Search 2019 Summer Editor’s Letter

The closest we had to a zoo in my small, eastern Washington hometown was a park with a bird aviary holding dozens of species of birds, mostly pheasant and quail as well as swans, peacocks, and varieties of ducks. Even as a teenager I would visit the aviary, drop birdseed down the tubes into their pens and marvel at the variety of life.

For most of us, zoos are a place to spend a day observing exotic animals and enjoy time outdoors. We meet up for playdates and push our kids in strollers before they can form coherent long-term memories, because animals are a delight at any age. We marvel at nature. By spending that time marveling at the zoo, we’re encouraging respect for animals, understanding habitat, and seeing how our actions impact the world around us. Zoos are there to educate, rehabilitate, and promote conservation.

I’ve been a member of my local zoo since my first child was born. We go frequently enough to have favorite animals and know the shortcuts between them. We’ve celebrated the births of endangered animals and mourned the loss of elephants from Woodland Park Zoo.

The zoo is a gentle reminder that our actions have broader impacts, and we are part of something greater. Join us in celebrating animals, whether it’s an otter playing basketball for rehabilitation or the beatboxing of a happy lemur. If you can’t get to the animals, check out our DIY article on bringing the zoo to you.

Enjoy SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2019 issue.

Heather Roulo/Editorial Director

SEARCH: Spring 2019 Editor Letter

EditorLetterPhotoMotherhood is a massive responsibility I approached with both trepidation and glee. So much is at stake when one cares for a child, and the rewards are unlike any other. For me, motherhood is about loving, caregiving, and providing a strong role model. Mothers are advocates, cheerleaders, emotional support, and disciplinarians.

They guide the formation of a person to maximize their potential, contribute to our world, and lead happy lives. As I grew up, I defined motherhood by my amazing mother, who had four children. My definition evolved when I had my own children. Although the times we live in changes, the role itself has a uniquely unchangeable core that is simply about the bond between mother and child.Spring2019Cover

Mothers do not come in one shape or size, but we know them, love them, and celebrate the amazing responsibility and privilege that is motherhood. For this issue of SEARCH Magazine, we asked readers for stories of their remarkable mothers. The idealized version of a mom reflects the nurturing she provides to others. What makes this even more amazing is that each mother is her own person, with interests and cares, who has taken on responsibility for another life. Mothers are all unique.

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Heather Roulo / Operations Director

 

 

 

 

 

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