by Suzanne Madron
Located not too far from Gettysburg and centrally situated between Harrisburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C. is the town known as the “Snack Food Capital.” If you’ve eaten Snyder’s Pretzels, you’ve most likely noticed the “of Hanover” in the name.
Hanover is a small town and is home to many snack food brands, including Snyder’s, Utz, Wege, and more. On any given day, one can smell fresh potato chips or fresh pretzels on the breeze while sampling a beverage from one of the four microbreweries in town. If coffee is preferred, never fear. Downtown boasts more than a few coffee shops, locally owned and operated, along with the larger, chain coffee companies occupying the shopping plazas along the “Golden Mile.”
If taking a road trip to town, rest assured you will not go hungry. A plethora of restaurants with food ranging from hot dogs and barbecue to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern are all located within a few square miles with many delivery options… Continue reading in the Winter 2019 issue.
Robots: Doing What We Can’t in Space
by Jim Keller
Today, the farthest humans can go into space is the International Space Station, two hundred and forty miles above the surface of Earth. Humans have never ventured farther than the Moon, roughly 230,000 miles from home.
Today, robotic explorers are crawling on the surface of another planet, chasing asteroids, and even voyaging out beyond the edge of our solar system over, 13 billion miles away. Why are robots doing all the cool, science-fiction stuff?
There are a lot of good reasons to use robots in space instead of humans. First of all, we’re kind of squishy. Robots can be built to withstand the deadly environments in space, anything from extreme heat to extreme cold, vacuum, high-radiation, and more, without getting killed. Robots can also be built with sensors we don’t have, like magnetometers, spectrometers, and the ability to see ultraviolet and infrared light. In short, robots are doing things we can’t.
Even if it’s something we hope humans will do eventually, it’s important to send robots first. NASA landed seven Surveyor robots on the Moon before… Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.
Lancaster – Palmdale
by Jim Keller
Lancaster and Palmdale form a metropolitan area with deep roots in Aerospace in the Mojave Desert in northern Los Angeles County. Known for summer heat and Joshua trees, the area is renowned for its desert beauty.
In some years, a springtime bloom of wildflowers paints the desert green, orange, yellow, and purple.
Nearby–using California’s skewed definition of nearby–is Edwards Air Force Base, where Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier and the space shuttle used to land. The specially modified 747 used to transport space shuttles is on display at the Palmdale’s Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, an aircraft museum featuring about 20 planes… Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.
By Suzanne Madron
Located in south-central Pennsylvania, Gettysburg is one of those places everyone remembers from history classes. In case you were asleep, there was a significant battle of the Civil War fought there in July of 1863. Gettysburg is more than just a bookmark in history, however.
Yes, there are re-enactments and re-enactors every summer for the history buffs. Yes, there are ghost tours ranging from a leisurely stroll led by lamplight to actual exploration of allegedly haunted locations with ghost hunting equipment. Yes, there are battlefields with monuments for both the North and South marking where skirmishes occurred and who was involved. There’s even a monument featuring a dog if you wander off the main path.
There is also an extremely walkable downtown. A must-see is the house where the owners have recreated famous Civil War battle dioramas down to the last detail, featuring uniformed cats in place of humans and be sure to check out the historic theater and the numerous art galleries featuring local artists.
Hungry? There are restaurants … Continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue.
I’m a shower man. I take a bath now and then, but by and large I take showers. Weekend showers are my little treat. Normally I have a quick splash around then out, dressed and off to work, but weekends, ah weekends. I laze about and slowly work the temperature up so it’s hot–really hot, and I’m in lather up to my eyeballs and just stand there sizzling. It’s like being in Heaven.
Perhaps before I go any further I ought to explain how our shower works, because it may be a bit different in England to yours in the US. Ours is an electric shower, just an over-the-bath job, you step in, draw the curtain, and away you go. It works on the amount of water flowing through the head and a restrictor valve controls the heat. The slower the water flow, the hotter it gets. Still with me?
So back to the story. This morning I was just lazing in there, at peace with the world. The water was just about as hot as I could stand, and the bathroom full of steam. My darling wife shouted through the door to hurry up as she wanted to shower, too, and that she was going to put in some washing. She constantly tries to improve efficiency in our house. She put in the washing, switched on the machine and spent the next few minutes puttering around the kitchen. Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.
by Dianna Kersey
Once upon a time, I was a military wife with a child at home. My husband was away in the navy.
Not being able to communicate when I wanted/needed or not knowing what was happening to him, while he was at basic training and deployed overseas were some of the most difficult times in my life. To get a letter in the mail was what I lived for. I have fond memories of sharing a journal— now a cherished keepsake—we mailed back and forth between us when we were younger.
Nowadays communication has changed drastically with technology. With the onset of the Internet, we have more ways to communicate than ever conceived a mere twenty-five years ago. In today’s world, that kind of communication is archaic when generations have grown up with computers, video cameras, the Internet, smart phones, social media, blogs, and virtual augmented reality. Years ago, the military really didn’t care much about the home life of a soldier, either.… Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.
Qualified to Serve
by Lillian Csernica
My grandfather, uncles, and father served in the U.S. Navy. I asked my son John if he wanted to join the military. Although, he doesn’t like guns or barracks life, he does believe people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder shouldn’t categorically be denied the opportunity.
However, if he had been interested, he would not have qualified. Any diagnosis of ASD disqualifies you for appointment, enlistment, or induction into the United States Armed Forces. Like most neurotypical people, the military mistakenly believe people with ASD all have identical symptoms. Military.com provides these specifics:
CANNOT JOIN IF YOU HAVE
- Permanent motor or sensory deficits.
- Care by a physician or other mental health professional for more than 6 months.
- Symptoms or behavior of a repeated nature that impaired social, school, or work efficiency.
- Specific academic skills defects, chronic history of academic skills or perceptual defects, secondary to organic or functional mental disorders that interfere with work or school after age 12.
- Current use of medication to improve or maintain academic skills.
When it comes to determining fitness for service in the armed forces, the data available now shows .… Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.
By Timothy Reynolds
Calgary, Alberta is a western Canadian city you might not have heard of if you didn’t watch the 1988 Winter Olympics, aren’t an NHL hockey fan, don’t compete on the professional rodeo circuit, or aren’t involved in the oil and gas industry, but those are just tips of this urban prairie ‘iceberg’.
Internationally famous as the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is only ninety minutes from the wilds of Banff National Park. You don’t, however, have to leave the city to see wildlife. Calgary is home to Fish Creek Provincial Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Deer and coyote are common and occasionally moose, bear, or cougar wander through. It’s also a birder’s playground, ranging from Rufus Hummingbirds to American White Pelicans.
Although, Alberta beef is world famous, Calgarians love variety. All tastes get met in cool little neighborhoods like Kensington, Inglewood, and Chinatown. It’s a very family oriented city with the Calgary Zoo (hosting pandas until 2023), Telus Spark Science Centre, Heritage Park Historical Village, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Tower … continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue.
By Heather Roulo
As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle first began as a logging town. During the Klondike Gold Rush, it became the gateway to Alaska, prospering on trade and shipbuilding. During World War II, Boeing’s increased importance gave Seattle the nickname Jet City.
Since then, Seattle’s visibility has increased through movies, the appeal of grunge music, and the rise of the tech industry with companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks. The city has thrived.
A stay at any hotel in the downtown core is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuous public farmers’ markets in the country. Pick up fresh flowers and salmon for dinner or continue to the waterfront to see otters play at the Seattle Aquarium.
From a seat on the iconic Seattle Great Wheel … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue.
Half Moon Bay
By Michele Roger
Many travelers book accommodations listed as San Francisco while, in actuality, the hotels are located up to thirty or forty-five minutes outside of the city. Host to over one hundred unique conferences, San Francisco chains host 16.9 million tourists each year.
We all love conferences thanks to networking, motivational lectures, and the general buzz we all get from gathering in one place with like-minded people. They give me the sense that I may be crazy, but I’m not alone.
itting with friends, I had not seen in over a year and drinking coffee was great. Let’s face it, I don’t want to spend my entire weekend eating hotel dining room food. That’s the beauty of Half Moon Bay. With a fifteen minute drive from my hotel, my friends and I were able to escape the scheduled events for a short time, enjoy lunch, … continue reading in the Summer issue for 2018.