SEARCH: Iceland and the Northern Lights

Iceland and the Northern Lights
by Kay Tracy

The Aurora Borealis in Iceland

The Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is an incredible sight of solar particles interacting with our atmosphere high above us near the magnetic poles of our planet.

Should you decide to head out in search of them, know that they can be seen in Alaska, Northern Canada, and in Northern Europe in countries like Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. They are usually viewed around 65-70 degrees latitude. The lights are “predictably unpredictable,” or rather, they dance to their own beat. Scientists and forecasters will announce…

Read more in our Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue.

SEARCH: Summer 2022 Table of Contents

Read our Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue!

Table of Contents

• Food: Iceland and the Northern Lights
• Biz: More Than Sales Made at the Pop-up Market
• Humor: Summer Schmummer
• Author Spotlight: Sumiko Saulson
• Music: Ultimate Summer Road Trip Playlist
• Hobbies: The Fandom Menace
• #SeaSaltSand: The Dad Days of Summer
• #SeaSaltSand: A Bird’s Eye View of Bodega Bay
• #Entrepreneurs: Famous Entrepreneur$
• Recipe: Crispy Cod on Creamy Pasta Shells
• Fitness: Fitting in Fitness
• City Spotlight: Southend-on-Sea, UK
• Autism: Mindfulness & Gratitude
• Poetry: Micropoems

Read it all in our #SeaSaltSand issue!

SEARCH: 2022 Summer Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 Cover

When you’re a kid, summer seems to last forever. It is the anticipation of freedom, outdoor activities, summer camp, and a change in routine. Perhaps the emotion can best be boiled down to the joy of having no school for endless months. It is losing track of day and time and not caring if you sleep in. It is its own, special time and seems like it will last forever. As you get older, it becomes about summer jobs and the exhilaration of road trips with friends. Maybe it’s still about that elusive change in routine and sleeping in. Teenagers and young adults are all too aware of the exact length of their summers and how fleeting they are.

Summer takes on new meaning once you reach adulthood. No matter the season, we’re often still responsible for earning an income or caring for others. However, summers can remain just as exciting. It’s weighty with beach vacations, fresh berries from the garden, outdoor barbeques, and longer days. With longer days, perhaps time can be stolen for a bicycle ride after dinner or soccer in the park.

While it doesn’t necessarily mean freedom, like it once did, in summer months, cares do seem a little lighter. There is so much to see and do that other concerns can be put away. It is a time of action, of baseball games and concerts in the park. Summers are the season I long for in Seattle’s gray, cold, and dark months. When it arrives, it’s all too short.

So, celebrate summer with me in our #SeaSaltSand issue. Visit new locales, try a new recipe, and learn to meditate. Alternatively, ignore all of this to jump in your car and enjoy tunes on your road trip. However you celebrate the return of summer, SEARCH Magazine is glad to celebrate right along with you.

Heather Roulo/ Managing Editor

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue

SEARCH: 2022 Spring Issue Table of Contents

Coming Soon!

Spring 2022 Cover with Jeannie Normandeau

Table of Contents

• Food: Cooking Like a Boss
• Biz: Running for Mayor
• Humor: Giving Myself the Business
• Author Spotlight: Vivianne Winter
• Music: Making it in the Music Business
• #Entrepreneurs: Never too Late to Be a Published Author
• #Entrepreneurs: Making the Dream Work
• #Entrepreneurs: Famous Entrepreneur$
• Food: Vegan Leeky Bean Tomatillo Soup
• Fitness: Hiking for Fitness
• City Spotlight: Palm Springs, CA
• Health: Kidney Awareness
• Poetry: Entrepreneurs
• Autism: The Spectrum Entrepreneur

Read it all in our #Entrepreneur issue coming this month!

SEARCH: Follow Your Heart, Across an Ocean

Follow Your Heart, Across an Ocean
by Michele Roger


After years of hardship from war, my grandparents found each other.

He told the story of the guys in his barrack taking shifts sleeping. Stationed in Africa, the locals— supporters of Rommel—were known for sneaking into American camps and slitting the throats of soldiers. He was thankful to be reassigned to a new post that took him to France.

She told stories of being orphaned by age eleven and raised in a school by nuns. She recalled a time when she hid from a German patrol in a theater with her schoolmates. None of them had eaten or had water for days. Her friends hid in a prop room. There, they stumbled upon a stash of oranges and a barrel of water. They ate oranges until their gums bled and their bodies formed “pockets” of water in their skin, unable to absorb the water they poured into their mouths.

Clarence was an American Machine Specialist soldier from Detroit stationed in France. He played saxophone…

Read more in our Winter 2021 #Wellness issue.

SEARCH: The Benefits of Mineral Baths

The Benefits of Mineral Baths
by Kay Tracy

heidi-kaden-gcKomw5peMo-unsplashAn old phrase you may have heard before is, “Taking the waters.” It involves the use of mineral springs, natural warm water sources, and cold water therapy as a health benefit. Some people will swear that the mineral baths and hot springs have healing properties and result in improved health.

Others hold the belief that this is all wishful thinking and nothing more than hokum, or a line to take your money. While there is certainly a psychological reaction to sitting back in neck-deep warm water and being able to relax, it turns out that science has found it is also physiological as well. Once seen as “alternative” medicine with no grounding in scientific rigor, this viewpoint is changing.

Be aware that there are several categories of hydrotherapy, including…

Read more in our Winter 2021 #Wellness issue.

SEARCH: 2021 Winter Issue Table of Contents

Our Winter 2021 reminds you to take care of your Mind, Body & Soul in our #Wellness issue.

Table of Content

• Humor: The Well of Zen-ness
• Music: Does Music Increase Memory Retention?
• Author Spotlight: Oksanna Normandeau
• #Mind: A Flight into Being
• Food: Lemon Garlic Broccolini
• Autism: Getting into the Spirit
• Fitness: Why Wait?
• Health: Weight Loss Vs. Weight Lost
• City Spotlight: Florence, Oregon
• Books: Meditations on the Fridge
• Poetry: Mind, Body, and Soul
• Tech/Biz: Traffic Circles
• Poetry Corner: Simple Chains

Read it all in our #Wellness Winter 2021 issue

SEARCH: Traffic Circles

Traffic Circles
by Kay Tracy

Circles! I am not talking about crop circles, or alien visitations, though the circles I will discuss may seem a foreign idea. I am referring to traffic circles.

Also known as a roundabout, their purpose is to increase safety while reducing speeds at intersections and eliminating cross-traffic turning. They can also improve traffic flow while saving on costs of things like stop or signal lights and the power to run them. There might be a few extra signs, but the trade-off is worth it…

Read more in our Fall 2021 You Can Do It! issue.

SEARCH: Simple Chains

Simple Chains
by Dona McCormack

How do you forgive something that doesn’t deserve
to be forgiven? How do you open your heart’s door
to the very person who turned it into a stone vault?
Mark Twain said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that
the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

I always saw the sense in Twain’s words, but my
soul railed at the inherent unfairness — why must I,
without choice, perfume the indelicate hooves
trampling my lovely petals? And why must I now
take comfort in it?…

Read more in our Fall 2021 You Can Do It! issue.

SEARCH: Military Research

Military Research

by Kristin Battestella

DIYKristenBatzMany armchair researchers have become interested in ancestry and family trees thanks to the increasingly available access to genealogical resources, and the Freedom of Information Act can be valuable source for obtaining a relative’s military records. Several years ago, we requested my grandfather Anthony L. Battestella’s file– a surprisingly easy process, yielding a boon of research.

Here are a few tips to begin your research through the Freedom of Information Act.

Have as much of your family member’s information as possible.

The mail-in request form from the National Archives includes not only the basics such as name or maiden name, birth date, and address, but also social security number and military information such as branch and time of service. Simply writing ‘World War II’ or ‘Korea’ is too broad a search. Just listing ‘Army’ or ‘Marine’ is also too basic, especially when the branches have changed. Relatives must also realize such generic hear-tell may also be incorrect, and not being specific may lead to…

Continue reading in the Summer 2021 issue of SEARCH Magazine.