Summer 2017, Editor Letter

Adventure. We all crave it. Whether it’s a dream to travel to the pyramids or simply an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on the morning latte, we want our lives to be exciting. True, the cravings of adventure tend to wane in adulthood. The dreams of becoming a fireman or astronaut have a habit of making way for realistic, less-challenging goals. We work so we can afford a family to call our own, which can be an adventure all its own. For a moment, let’s put away our adult responsibilities and dream of the impossible.

I remember jumping on my bike as a child and tooling around with my friends in hopes of adventure. When none occurred, we’d make up our own. I was no longer a pre-teen riding her bike around Los Angeles County. I was a member of the A-Team, chasing bad guys and solving crimes. We’d explore paths we’d been down a hundred times, pretending it was a forest in Quebec or the wilds of Peru. Bad guys were around every corner, and if we were super vigilant, we’d save the day. During our silly games we even caught a real-life cat burglar. Boy was that exciting!

This summer, we’re going to help you cook up your own adventures with articles about local places to visit, how to adventure from your couch, and even what to read to make this season a memorable one.

Emerian Rich
Editorial Director


SEARCH: Kick the Winter Blahs

Kick the Winter Blahs

Embrace Your Inner Hibernation Instinct

by Dianna Kersey

wintercover2016Have you ever wondered “why” we get the winter blues? “What” causes us to feel blah? I’m sure you’ve read tons of articles about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, but that is not what we’re going to talk about today. Have you ever considered maybe we’re supposed to slow down and reflect during this time of year, and that it’s totally okay?

Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm for day and night to help us go to sleep and wake up in the morning. This same concept applies to the seasons of the year. Since the dawn of humanity, we have awakened in the spring ready to plant crops, welcome in newborn animals, and prepare for the long, hot growing days of summer. Soon more hard work flies in with harvesting all your efforts in preparation to survive during winter. Once the colder months arrive that’s when your body says—hey, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the fruits of your labors. It’s time for reflection on the past year and planning for the new year.

How Did We Get So Busy In The Winter?

It wasn’t until the inventions of electricity and economical ways to transport ourselves that we began extending the bustling activities of the warmer months into winter. New sports games were adapted, and every year we’re pushed…continue reading.

SEARCH: How to Make Your Own Jewelry

How to Make Your Own Jewelry
by Suzanne Madron

Isuzi10n the realm of jewelry, there are those who buy their shinies in various shops, and online indie vendors are an excellent source for gem-filled adornment if you have the cash. What if you don’t have a lot of money and want to look like a million bucks?

Metalsmithing and creating your own bands is not an option. We’re trying to not spend a lot of cash, remember, and metalsmithing will require a lot in way of training, raw materials, and tools. You can still make jewelry without forging your own bands and chainlinks, and it’s surprisingly easy. How? Read on to learn how to make your own necklace or belly chain…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Thrifting in Contra Costa County

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
we explore Thrifting in Contra Costa County
with Emerian Rich

Choosing a thrift shop is a personal thing because what you think is junk, I might think is the cat’s pajamas. I’ve picked these shops because they are ones I frequent and have a good record of finding useful things. I also prefer clean stores, but I’m not above digging through piles if it means I’ll get something unique. I’ve listed what sorts of things I’ve found there as well as prices and cleanliness. Happy thrifting!

  1. The Garrett Thrift Shop
    1530 3rd Ave, Walnut Creek
    Clean, great prices, lots of selection.
    $10 minimum for credit card purchases.

I found this thrift store just last year and wish I had long ago. They have a big craft section, tons of books, and household goods all organized in a clean and orderly way. I’ve found their prices to be fair, unlike some thrift stores you go in where it’s clear they are for profit and not charity. The Garret Thrift Shop proceeds are given to the John Muir Medical Center Auxiliary, Walnut Creek for the benefit of the community. Most of the employees are volunteers, and it shows in the pleasant way they treat their customers.

  1. ARF – Animal Rescue Foundation
    1950 Market St., Concord, CA
    Huge store with good prices. Tons of books, clothes, linens, and household goods.

Don’t miss the back rooms! When I first went there, I didn’t realize there was more in the back and figured it wouldn’t be worth my while to return. Their front room is filled to the brim with clothes. That isn’t my thing, but a friend of mine mentioned their back room with books, and I had to take another look. With three huge segments of the store, you are sure to find something you want. The prices are fair, and if you are into books, check out their bag o’ books for $5 deal. All proceeds support the life-saving efforts of the ARF Emergency Medical Fund which provides quality, affordable, veterinary care through the ARF clinic for the companion animals of low-income Contra Costa County residents…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.

SEARCH: GEOCACHING, Get lost and find hidden treasures

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
GEOCACHING: Get lost and find hidden treasures
By Dianna Kersey

“Do you long for days when you can escape the hustle and grind, wishing to get lost in the wilderness? Does the thought of getting off course in the woods keep you from embracing your inner adventurer? Ditch those fears, slip on your hiking boots, and break out that old forgotten compass. We can help you squelch those worries. Go outside and play, again! We’ve got the apps to help you plan, experience, and celebrate the pirate within.

The best night of the week is family game night, and our family looks forward to searching online for local nature trails and geocaches we can tackle. We decide where we want to explore and then plan a Sunday afternoon picnic of it.

Sometimes, a quick trek to the grocery store makes for the best cache finds! For instance, we stopped for milk and bread, and our daughter scored a challenging cache attached to the rebar post inside of the cement parking barrier. Check out that smile…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.