Bring the Zoo to
by Lillian Csernica
Summer is that wonderful time of year when people get out into the sunshine. A favorite destination is the zoo. There’s nothing like seeing a tiger roar in person or watching a hippopotamus enjoying a swim. Here’s a way to make it possible to visit the zoo every day, and the zoo can be completely different every time.
A large pad of white paper, the type sold for finger painting.
Play-Doh or its off-brand equivalent
Cookie cutters shaped like animals
Stickers (animals, food, plants and flowers, balloons, etc.)
This list can be expanded to include whatever you and your fellow zoo builders want to use. A trip to the dollar store can provide everything you need for less than ten dollars.
Time: 30 minutes for the basic zoo. You can add as many details as you like!
… read more in the Summer 2019 issue.
Rude or Infinitely Patient
by Larriane Barnard
As an author, you’re told you have to promote, go to conferences, books signings, book fairs, etc. Having attended a few is why I ask are you rude of infinitely patient? If you don’t know, carry on a conversation with someone hard of hearing. Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not slamming people with a hearing handicap. I’m on the receiving end, not the giving. About twenty years ago, thanks to a doctor who gave me a medication in too strong a dosage for too long a time, I lost the majority of my hearing. Since, I’ve discovered people who answer to both ends of that question. To some, I suddenly become invisible to a degree they not only cut me out of a conversation, they turn their backs to me. Are they embarrassed, thoughtless, or….?
I really don’t know, but I do know, there are more on the other side, for which I’m grateful. I know it’s frustrating to have to repeat what you say, two or three times. It’s frustrating to me to have to ask you to. I’m happy to say the ratio of those willing to is far higher than those who get irritated, rude, or back off when I move closer to hear better. Honestly, I’ve had people back away to the point I worried about BO more than did I invading their space… Read more in the Spring 2019 issue.
Famous Mom/Child Literary Duos
by Sumiko Saulson
Most of us have precious memories of doing some crafts project with mommy. For me and my mother, Carolyn Saulson, those included a band, three plays, a novel, and a graphic novel. We are far from the only parent/child writing team. Just in time for Mother’s Day, here is a list of five famous authors, whose children are also famous authors, and the creative projects they developed together.
Mary Wollstonecraft and daughter Mary Shelley British novelist Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted feminist. Her fame was eclipsed by her daughter, Mary Shelly, widely considered the founding author of the science fiction genre for her stellar debut work Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. Wollstonecraft’s novel, Mary, A Fiction, touched upon feminist themes and followed the romantic friendships of a bisexual female protagonist. She is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a feminist treatise asserting that women were equal to men.
However, because her mother died only ten days after Mary was born due to complications of childbirth, Mary never got to know her mother. She was, instead, influenced by her work and writings, especially by feminist principles in them. She was said to have nearly worshipped her mother and venerated all that she wrote or was known to have said.… continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue of SEARCH.
Traveling with my Mom
by Tim Reynolds
Although I haven’t traveled much lately, I have always enjoyed my little adventures. Sometimes, though, I find myself in odd situations while exploring.
I was once questioned by a State Trooper in Death Valley, while I was trying to tie my shoes; risked arrest and beheading (okay, maybe not beheading), trying to photograph the British Crown Jewels in the vault of the Tower of London; been yelled at in more languages than I can count for trying to sneak photos in various museums and castles; was kicked out of a bordello-looking place for trying to interview a staff member as research for a novel; nearly died—twice—while hiking in the Rockies; had to pretend to be high on crack to evade drug dealers in downtown Toronto; and was almost shot in Italy.
I’m what I call an “airline brat”—someone who grew up with a parent who worked in the airline industry and took advantage of the travel benefits. Mom and Dad traveled quite a bit to the Caribbean when my two sisters and I were young, though they never took us with them. I suspect they needed the breaks. The first real trip they took us on was to upstate New York’s Finger Lakes District when I was ten. Ever the klutz, I managed to … Read more in the Spring 2019 issue
Happy Milestones: an interview with Emerian Rich
by Michele Roger
1. I often hear parents wonder aloud if they should have their children tested. What was your experience when your son was diagnosed with autism?
We had our son tested because he wasn’t talking. We didn’t know what the reason was. When he was six months old, he said “Momma” and then never spoke again. When he hit one year old, we thought we better have him checked out. He was diagnosed with just a “delay”. They couldn’t give a full Autism diagnosis until he was five. At the time, we wondered if he was just behind because he was super premature. As a result, it was a lot of years waiting to see what was wrong. However, I am glad he got tested at one. He was immediately enrolled in speech delay programs and with therapists who taught him sign language first and then got him speaking. If we had waited, there’s no telling how long it would have taken him to talk.
2. What is a typical morning (or evening, whichever you prefer) like at home together?
Autism can mean so many different things to different families. My son is fairly high-functioning and is very independent. He has his own schedule, which sometimes drives us up the wall, but it’s very important to him. In the evening, he has dinner at a certain time, brushes his teeth, takes a shower, game time, and then bed on a strict regime. If he has to miss it or things are later/earlier, he gets very upset. In public and school, you could think … Read more in the Spring 2019 issue.
Busy Moms Stay Fit, Too
by Donna Medina
Hey, moms, busy schedules do not necessarily mean you will skip having a workout. Right? This is never an excuse.
Despite busy schedules, as moms, we need to prioritize our health goals. As a mother, whether you are working or stay at home, you can consider different workout regimens that will not dominate your entire time while still allowing quality time with your family. This can help you stay fit and healthy for your family, and today is the best time to start your workout regimen. Here are few exercises you can do at home: SQUATS
If you want to strengthen your abdominal muscles, then squats … Continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue.
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Spring is the best season, full of hope and energy as the landscape comes alive with renewed vibrancy after the drabness of winter. It’s as if all the world wakes up.
With that in mind we’ve put together a treat for you to wake up to. Rub that sleep from your eyes and rejoice in your morning with a distinctive breakfast. This delicious meal can be served outside on a sunny patio or if those spring mornings are a little too chilly or the rain is coming down, try serving this recipe as breakfast in bed. Add some flowers in a vase and you might serve it as a blessing for a mom on her special day in May or perhaps add a little romance to a relationship. You might even go for a little self-indulgence on a lazy weekend morning. Put the meal together, arrange it on a tray, and crawl back in bed with a good book or movie.
Whatever the occasion, we’ve crafted the ideal recipe to make breakfast feel like a special event. This recipe makes a one-dish breakfast by combining the most comforting of breakfast foods: bread, meat, and eggs. … continue reading the Spring 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.
Famous Moms with Singing Daughters
by Elliot Thorpe
It doesn’t always go that moms in the public gaze have children who follow suit. When they do, they’re sometimes more famous than their celebrity parent. Here are just a handful of famous moms whose daughters have chosen a singing career, which, in some cases, is a family tradition.
Mom: Lisa Bonet Famous for: Acting (Angel Heart, Enemy of the State, Life On Mars)
Daughter: Zoë Kravitz
Zoë was born in 1988 and actually followed her father, Lenny, into the recording studio, with three albums and a selection of singles to her name. She has found more success in films, however, with roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, the Fantastic Beasts series and X-Men: First Class among others.
Mom: Tina Knowles Famous for: Business and fashion brands (‘House of Deréon’ and ‘Miss Tina by Tina Knowles’)
37-year old Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is … continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue of SEARCH.
Making Life Easier for Mom: Tech & the Octogenarian
by Tim Reynolds
It’s hard to predict how a gift will impact the receiver’s life, but when I upgraded from my iPad Gen. 2 to an iPad Air 2, I gave my old one to my mother, telling her that she could use it as an eBook reader and play Bridge on it, for a start.
Mom isn’t particularly tech-savvy. She used to call floppy disks “flippy disks”, but once her youngest grandson sat her down to show her the ins and outs of the iPad, she’d found a new best friend.
You see, Mom is a seasoned and frequent world traveler, but her eyesight isn’t good enough for a smartphone’s small screen. The tablet, on the other hand, is perfect. Also, sitting at a desk is difficult on most bodies, but it’s especially troubling for older muscles and bones. The tablet allows Mom the flexibility of reading in the rocker, in bed, or out on the balcony.
She’s also petite, no more than five-foot-zip, so the weight of the tablet, even in its case, is much less than her big laptop. The tablet also fits into the same space once reserved in her bag for a hardcover novel. A small 17″ flat screen monitor sits on the kitchen counter in order to keep her company and au courant with the news while she’s eating or cooking, but the tablet now allows her to pull up a recipe and have it right there in front of her or the latest Arthur Hill novel. Read more in the Spring 2019 issue