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

Editor

SEARCH: Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

by Heather Roulo

Family traditions are a call back to childhood, home, and safety. The right tradition can bring you together regularly.

What cake you have on your birthday, the song played at a wedding, or whether you vacation at the beach or mountains, all echo a family’s approach to the world. Sometimes, we embrace tradition. Other times, we buck it, but it is a touchpoint for identity.

Family traditions rarely arrive out of thin air. Many have been passed down for generations. That doesn’t mean they were consciously selected. Occasionally, you discover your children have continued with something you chose to do and, voilà, a family tradition is born.

Here are a few examples of family traditions reflected through books.

EVEN SMALL MOMENTS CAN MATTER
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This classic book of poetry was a staple at my elementary school. It has poems of different lengths to entertain children and adults. On nights I was too tired to read three children’s books to my kids… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Three Major Considerations for Fitness

Three Major Considerations for Fitness

by Heather Roulo

When events disrupt our routine, we’re left struggling to maintain our weight, stay healthy, and meet fitness goals. For example, during the Covid19 pandemic, gyms closed to keep people safe. While necessary, these changes left people searching for new ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.

First, consider what you want to accomplish. If it’s weight control, the most significant contributor is to control your diet, ensuring you consume the proper number of calories compared to what you burn. Try not to lose weight too quickly, which can be unhealthy. Sometimes all it takes is an accurate scale and small dietary changes to gradually gain or take-off weight.

Cardiovascular fitness, where the heart and lungs
are kept in tip-top shape, doesn’t have to be a marathon. Even a morning alk, hiking, biking… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

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:

Gardening
A Growing Tradition

Travel-Food
Not So Dumb Supper

Humor
A Functional Family

#FamilyTraditions
 Punjabi Love

Author Spotlight
Camellia Rains

Music
Love Songs You Thought You Knew

City Spotlight
Montezuma Castle

#FamilyTraditions
Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

Food
Balsamic Molasses Brussels Spouts

Fitness
Three Major Considerations for Fitness

Autism
Flexible Family Festivals

Tech/Biz
Las Vegas, Non– Gambles

Books
Reflecting Family Traditions through Books

Traditions
The New Zealand Haka

Enjoy our Fall 2020 SEARCH Magazine issue on Family Traditions.

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.

 

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: Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

by Heather Roulo

Feature.wpz.RedPanda1.jpgWhen visitors come to Seattle, there are a few must-see sites. Besides the space needle and Pike Street Market, I insist my guests visit the Woodland Park Zoo.

Located near Green Lake in the northern part of Seattle, not too far from the University of Washington campus, Woodland Park Zoo boasts ninety-two acres of animals and attractions. Despite the large size, it is well-organized and very possible to see the zoo in one day or to pick your favorites and linger along the lush native-plant-lined paths. We go so frequently. The kids have learned the shortest paths between our favorite animals.Feature.WPZ.Giraffe.jpg

When our family hosted a Japanese exchange student, she was thrilled with the chance to interact with the animals. Young or old, the zoo entertains with its variety of animals, plants, education, and experiences. Where else can you be licked by a giraffe and experience how rough their tongues are?

The zoo also provides an opportunity to appreciate the diverse biosphere … read more in the Summer 2019 issue.

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.

Click to read your copy today!

Heather Roulo / Operations Director