Summer 2018, Editor Letter

The sea has always been a mystical and hypnotic entity beckoning us to play. From the early explorers called to the edge of the Earth in search of treasure to deep sea divers excited by new species, mankind can’t help but be mesmerized by its power, bounty, and beauty.

When I was a child, we would always visit Southern California during the summer. No matter where we lived, I could always count on a trip to the beach and a visit to Disneyland. I remember the tropical smell of suntan lotion as warm air blew through open car windows and palm trees zipping by as we traversed the Los Angeles and San Diego freeways. The drive along the coast is something you’ll never forget. Everything is so big, so blue, so ocean-y. It’s an effect that doesn’t get smaller with age. Seeing it again as an adult, the beach still stretches further than you can imagine walking. The horizon still meets the sea with a hazy never-ending expanse of water. The palms still reach higher than you could climb and sway with the breeze, dancing to the carefree “party feeling” that permeates beach life.

I’ve been lucky enough to land in the San Francisco Bay area and take part in a new sort of #OceanLife. Different, but still inspiring. Our beaches are a little colder, our sea life kept in tanks, but our water is just as mesmerizing on a hot summer day as the sun glitters a path for us to follow into the sea.

In this issue, we’ll be talking about sea life, ocean-inspired crafts, and water activities. Join us as we travel around the world to experience the best the sea has to offer. Get your copy today!

Emerian Rich / Editorial Director

 

 

 

 

SEARCH Magazine Winter Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2017

Galindo House,
A giant part of Concord and Contra Costa history. We go inside the house built by Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Pacheco.

City Spotlight
Rodeo, California
Books
Five Books to Achieve Cozy
Tech
Stay Cozy Inside with Tech
Health
Post-Partum Congestive Heart Failure
Travel
Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice
Music
Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years
Food
Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
Do it Yourself
Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
Business
Believe in Your Worth
Autism / Parenting
Frustration Station
Humor
Prince Goofball and the Search for Cozy
Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Bay Area Attraction
SCRAP, San Francisco
Cozy Quizzes
Something to do While You Coze

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SEARCH Magazine Fall Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2017

An Interview with
Artist Kenny Cowan
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area painter whose art is inspired by northern California’s vast landscapes.

City Spotlight
El Sobrante, a small town with a big heart.

Entertaining
Dress your table to impress.

Interview
Abie Ekenezar, actress and writer.

Travel
New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.

Music
Dean Martin, a personal recollection.

Books
Food in literature.

Food
Chorizo tamale pie

Do it Yourself
Roast your own coffee.

Business
Pros and cons of working from home.

Autism / Parenting
Our food story.

Humor
Don’t kick the cook!

Bay Area Attraction
Fall celebrations.

Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.

Party Planner
Plan the best party by using our plan.

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SEARCH: BAY AREA, Maritime Museums

BAY AREA, Maritime Museums
By Sumiko Saulson

As a world-renowned seaport, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to several maritime museums. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is home to two maritime history museums: the J. Porter Shaw Library of Maritime History and the Maritime Museum across from Ghirardelli Square.

Aquatic Park Cove, is an encased area with swimming between Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park Pier. There are several historical vessels one can visit along Hyde Street Pier. The oldest, the 1886 squarerigger Balclutha, looks like a pirate ship Vallejo’s Mare Island Strait is home to a haunting series of partially deconstructed naval vessels called the Razorblade Fleet. The Mare Island Museum gives a glimpse into the island’s history with tours of maritime vessels and officer’s quarters. The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum showcases the city’s long history as a naval port. …continue reading in the Summer issue for 2017.

SEARCH: Summer Adventures Feature

Summer Adventures
by Emerian Rich

This summer, adventuring doesn’t have to involve expensive plane tickets or resort stays. In this article, we will bring you some amazing places to go, play, and explore right in our own backyard. If you enjoy walking, cycling, camping, or beach combing, we’ve got you covered.

Camping in Mount Diablo State Park ~ Family Fun

Bordered by Walnut Creek and Clayton, Mount Diablo State Park often goes unnoticed by locals. An excellent place to camp close to home, with the added bonus of spectacular Bay Area views. The park offers many nature trek and biking trails. Mount Diablo’s peak at 3,849 feet, is visible to most of us in the Bay Area, but few know the history of the mountain. What we call Mount Diablo (Devil Mountain) is a sacred mountain to many Californian Native Indian tribes and is fabled to be the point of creation. Known by many names, it was never considered a bad place for the tribes, who often pilgrimaged there to hold ceremonies. Legend has it that Mount Diablo’s negative connotation originated in 1805 when the Spanish soldiers had trouble tracking the Indians through the willow thicket. Today Mount Diablo is known for a place families can picnic, hike, and camp as well as an excellent workout for cyclists. The park offers many walking trails and …continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.

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 Magazine Summer Issue 2017

Summer Adventures

Amazing places to go, play and explore right in our own backyard.

City Spotlight

Concord, California, one of the ten-best places in the world to retire.

Armchair Adventures

Go on an adventure in your own home.

Interview

Susan Grant, pilot and author.

Travel

Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival

Health

Lyme Disease myths

Books

Four books that will change your life.

Food

Slow cooker carnitas with white masa waffles.

Do it Yourself

Creating decorative sound-proof wall art.

Community

The Empowerment Plan, bringing hope to the homeless.

Autism/Parenting

How to enjoy your new adventure.

Humor

Fifty shades of beige.

Bay Area Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Maritime Museums.

Local Business Spotlight

Nappy or Not, Oakland, CA

Bay Area Attration

Start your own Summer Adventure Bullet Journal.

And more… click to read now!

 

SEARCH: City Spotlight, Vallejo

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
City Spotlight: Vallejo
By Sumiko Saulson

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“The City of Vallejo is one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures, an undiscovered summer arts destination located at the northeast corner of the San Pablo Bay. Vallejo was California’s original state capital. Although the title now belongs to Sacramento, Vallejo remains the largest city in Solano County and tenth largest in the Bay Area. Hit hard by the recession, the city made the papers when it was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2008. In the intervening years, it has made a comeback. Vallejo’s Downtown, Marina, and Heritage District have long been the heart of its art scene. The local art scene has expanded in the years since the recession. Increasingly, creative artists and musicians are moving to Vallejo to escape the inflated rents and real estate costs in the rest of the Bay Area. Downtown Vallejo currently features a monthly art walk with live music, an art theater, a dance club, three live music venues, a Saturday farmer’s market with entertainment, several small galleries, and a bookstore…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.

SEARCH: Defying Death to Impress a Girl

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
Defying Death to Impress a Girl
by Tim Reynolds

timI was once a reckless teenage idiot, and to prove it, I’ll tell you, my faithful SEARCH readers, a true story.

Some facts. Her name was Marla, we were both eighteen, and we worked at a suburban summer day camp. I was a non-swimmer, mostly because I was so skinny I sank like a stone and could never pass the tests. I was also a magician—with a crush.

Ironically, one of my jobs at camp was to teach swimming, which was fine, just so long as I stayed out of the deep end. I even had students pass their beginners test before I did.

I performed my magic act for birthday parties or the occasional Bar Mitzvah, and it sometimes involved a Houdini-like escape from small chains locked around my wrists. The chains were real and so was the lock. If trouble happened on dry land, my assistant would use the key to release me from my humiliation. Of course, to impress Marla, I wasn’t going to escape on dry land. Reckless. Idiot…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.

SEARCH: An Interview with Unleashing Mr. Darcy author, Teri Wilson

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
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By now, you’ve most likely heard of the Hallmark Channel’s smash hit, Unleashing Mr. Darcy which premiered in January. Starring General Hospital’s Ryan Paevey and Heartland’s Cindy Busby, the modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice hit the screen with much acclaim. Pleasing both readers of Jane Austen’s original works and fans of the new version, Unleashing Mr. Darcy almost broke Twitter with the amount of retweets and #unleashingmrdarcy posts during the premiere.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy would not have come to be without the brilliant book of the same name by author Teri Wilson. As a reader, Unleashing was one of those books I finished in two days, up all night. Teri’s original concept took place in Britain, so the changes Hallmark made by bringing it to the US were there, but slight. The script still captured Teri’s magical connection between Darcy and Elizabeth in the dog show-themed retelling…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.