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: Homemade Workouts

Homemade Workouts

by Heather Roulo

When the weather’s bad, the gym is closed, or the world is shut down for a pandemic, it’s nice to feel in control of your own health with an at-home workout. Obviously, purchasing the right equipment will simplify your task if you know what you like and have the space.

Weights and a bench are great. Ellipticals, rowing machines, and stationary bicycles help you get in
your cardio…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall 2022 #Homemade issue.

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Seaside, OR

City Spotlight on Seaside, OR

by Heather Roulo

Seaside, Oregon is an hour west of Portland. This cute town boasts beachy shopping, sandy beaches, and all the saltwater taffy a person could want. Its 1.5 miles of oceanfront promenade, built in 1921, is particularly distinctive. There is also the Seaside Aquarium where you can feed seals. The town is divided by the Necanicum River.

On days with nice weather, tourists can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats shaped like swans to
tour the waterways.

Seaside is proud of the historic visit by members of…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall 2022 #Homemade issue.

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: Fitting in Fitness

Fitting in Fitness

by Heather Roulo

Aren’t we lucky when summer comes around? The opportunities to get fit increase exponentially to the length of a sunny day.

Rather than staying indoors, where the temptations of food and good books entice us, we can head out into a world bursting with ways to be active. Workouts like walking dogs, riding bikes, and swimming are easier in the summer. It’s also a great…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue.

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Southend-On-Sea, UK

City Spotlight on Southend-On-Sea, UK

by Elliot Thorpe

The English county of Essex is so named after the Saxons (Circa 600 CE) settled east of what would become London. It has a population of 1.8 million and boasts two cities, Chelmsford—the birthplace of radio—and Southend-on-Sea.

Because Southend is the most populated area in Essex (Chelmsford merely the third) and it is autonomous from Essex’s overall county council, the argument was put forward that it deserved city status. Bureaucracy and convoluted government tick-lists aside, it has direct train routes to London, the world’s longest pier, its own amusement park, theatres that attract performers like Sir Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson, casinos, restaurants, and a bustling miles-long sea front…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Summer 2022 #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: City Spotlight on Palm Springs

City Spotlight on Palm Springs

by Heather Roulo

I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Springs for some well-needed wintertime sun. The greater Palm Springs area includes the Coachella Valley and is known for its blend of nature, style, and kitsch.

In Southern California, the classic city of Palm Springs lives up to all expectations as a fashionable desert city with striking architecture and unique botany. Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive away. There, you can see the distinct differences between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The Joshua trees make striking silhouettes against the clear sky. Unique boulders give hikers and rock climbers good reason to visit. At lower elevations, the cholla cactus and each oasis of California fan palms offer welcome interest to the desert…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs issue.

SEARCH: Hiking for Fitness

Hiking for Fitness

by Heather Roulo

One of the best tricks for fitness is to incorporate activity into your life. If staying fit is a regular part of your hobbies, it’s easier to maintain.

Hiking motivates people to remain healthy for many reasons. It can be a social activity, where you invite friends, family, or the family dog along. Setting up a regular schedule with others can be just enough of a push to keep active. On the other hand, a solitary hike is also rewarding. In fact, peace of mind can be found while escaping to see the wonders of nature or to explore the nooks of your city. Hiking usually doesn’t require much planning or money.

Unlike a gym membership, hikes are there for everyone without any subscription except the occasional park entry fee. For those just beginning, it can be helpful to reach out to…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs 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.