SEARCH: 3 Beauty Subscription Options

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Winter 2019 issue:

3 Beauty Subscription Options

by Emerian Rich


Medusa Box

When most people talk about their go-bag, they’re thinking water, food, a change of clothes, and medications. Things to carry them over in case all electricity and emergency services go down.

For me, I think instantly of makeup. After all, I can’t be caught make-up-less during the apocalypse! Not having makeup as a part of my morning routine will throw my sense of self completely out the window. Let’s be honest, most of us won’t ever use our go-bags for the big zombie plague that wipes out half the planet. We might need them for localized emergencies like a flood, fire, or earthquake. In those situations, you will still need to be presentable, and for heaven’s sake, moisturized.

What a better way to have makeup always on hand than to have a beauty subscription? But, it’s hard to know which one to choose, and for most of us, we don’t want to throw our hard-earned money away on the chance that we picked the right one. Here’s some insight into my top three, why I liked them, and why I didn’t, so you can make an informed choice…

Continue reading about Ipsy, Allure, and Medusa Makeup in SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Preparing for Disasters Both Big and Small

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Winter 2019 issue:

Preparing for Disasters Both Big and Small

by Heather Roulo

Disaster preparedness itemsThe unexpected is all part of life. When disaster strikes, it is best to have already prepared so you can focus on coping with the tough situation.

It isn’t fun to think about disasters, which is one reason FEMA and the CDC briefly reminded people of how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. If that can’t make you smile, what disaster can? On the West Coast, the more likely threats might include earthquakes, fires, floods, winter storms, and the occasional volcanic eruption. If you’re close to the water, there’s even the rare tsunami. However, it is reassuring to realize that all of these threats are infrequent, and in most cases, do not require emergency action.

For most of us, the next disastrous situation will likely be a household injury, power outage, or a broken-down car. For that reason, at a minimum, you should have BandAids, a first aid kit, flashlight, a rainy-day fund, and a cell phone. With those things, you can handle the quick knocks life sometimes throws our way. If you live in a house, know where your gas and water shutoffs are and the location of your circuit breakers. Check smoke detectors regularly and have a carbon monoxide detector near fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

If you have the chance, plan to help others by attending a first aid class and . . . Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: International Travel

International Travel: Ready, Set, Go!
by Kay Tracy

DeckChairsTravel time!  You are ready to take your first trip away from your home country?  You have watched travel shows on PBS and seen online videos. Maybe you even want to try and make your own travel channel.  International Airports will take on a whole new meaning for you.

Let’s look at some things you will want to consider and research

Passport: It can take a while to obtain one of these in the US, so don’t delay getting the process started.  You can get the application paperwork online to fill out and even take your own pictures to send along, Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any delays.  Use a sheet over a door for your background when taking the picture, and pay attention to the sizing requirements. If you are not comfortable with that, check with your post office for passport services. There is a small fee for them to do the picture, but you know it will be done right.

Visas: No, not the credit card. Some countries you might travel to will require a visa. Check with the embassy or other government offices BEFORE booking your trip. Also note, some countries require you to have proof of a return ticket to your home country before you can gain entry. Brazil is one of those, in case you were thinking of Carnivale. The internet lets you

Continue reading in the Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Be Prepared for School

Be Prepared for School

by Sumiko Saulson

IdeaBePrepared.jpegSchool can be particularly challenging for neurodivergent people who have autism, anxiety disorders, and other problems that can lead to sensory overload. How do you keep yourself from being overwhelmed?

Time Management

Having a binder with a daily, weekly, and monthly planner or a calendar on your wall, or even both can help you with doing your best in school. Most schools offer a free one at registration if you start early enough. The Dollar Tree and 99 Cent Stores have them, and you can get 18 or 12-month calendars. There are also online calendars such as Google Calendar or iCalendar. Many phones have a calendar and an alarm you can set to help you get up on time and remember classes. Get to class early rather than late to avoid anxiety. That way you can get a seat while there are fewer people and have time for a video game or meditation to relax before class.

Brain Food

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for students, your first meal should be filled with protein. Sugars and caffeine give a short term burst of energy but may leave you lagging around 3pm when the effect wears off. Avoid carbo-loading, because that cereal turns into sugar later in the day. Instead, try eggs or…

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Pantry Chili

Pantry Chili

by Brian and Patricia Dake

20190630_124236When we lived in the Sierras, fresh ingredients weren’t always available, making it essential to keep our pantry well stocked having canned goods.

We experienced many a snowy day when people would make it into work, but were reluctant to leave for lunch, 20190630_131307so we would prepare our Pantry Chili for anyone unwilling to venture out of the building. We accepted donations for the next day’s chili and would stop when the monies ran out. Mysteriously, they ran out about the same time the weather cleared.

Pantry Chili is ideal for snow days or during disasters when you still have power. All the main ingredients come from your pantry and can be set up ahead of time. When necessary, just assemble the ingredients in a slow cooker to have a warm meal ready for those returning from dealing with the complications of bad weather.  … continue reading the Winter 2019 issue.


SEARCH: When the Big One Hits

When the Big One Hits

by Camellia Rains

Damaged asphalt roadDisaster can hit at any moment and usually when you least expect it. For this reason it is imperative to be prepared and to have supplies and a plan in place.

This was put to the test with my family shortly after 5pm on October 17th, 1989 when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the bay area, later dubbed the Loma Prieta earthquake.  It was a couple of days before my 13th birthday, and I was focused on the important things in life, while sitting in my backyard, fiercely devouring the latest article on my favorite movie star. All of a sudden, the ground started moving, and it felt like a roller coaster. When it was done, all I could hear was car alarms and my neighbors shouting.

I ran inside and found the house in disarray from things that had fallen off shelves. My parents were okay, and though I didn’t know it at the time, that’s when being prepared pays off.

Until that point, I always questioned … Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Food Trucks Are Ready to Serve

Food Trucks Are Ready to Serve

by Lillian Csernica

68615544_459242358264695_2143818554837827584_nWhen disaster strikes, power and water supplies are often damaged. Roads that are washed out by flooding or blocked by debris may prevent the National Guard and the Red Cross from bringing in supplies.

Victims of the disaster and emergency response personnel all require food and water. The newest heroes in disaster relief efforts are the people who own and operate food trucks. From Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the Las Vegas shooting brought hundreds of food trucks to the front lines of the relief activities without a thought for the costs involved. No one has calculated the financial sacrifice, but scores of individual food trucks set themselves back thousands of dollars, and they’re ready to do it again.

The roots of the food truck concept stretch back to the chuck wagons of the wild west. Serving coffee, beans, dried or smoked meat, and sourdough biscuits, chuckwagons followed the cowboys who were on the trail herding cattle for months at a time… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Hanover, PA

Hanover, PA

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.

SEARCH: Music for Good

Music for Good

by Elliot Thorpe

Vibrant Song

Color of Music series. 

There’s a chance that my article on music in an issue filled with disaster and preparation could be construed as making light of the serious subject matter. Well, yes, in some ways you could be right, but I think it’s fair to say that anyone who comes to this issue from the creative angle, whether it be a filmmaker, novelist, or composer, will always have an element of respect for the source material.

I’m currently writing a novel set in and after World War I, not exactly the proudest moment of human achievement, and I’m always cautious in every chapter and every scene about veering into an exploitative narrative for the sake of entertainment.

The same applies here. With a potential challenge and a dilemma to honor both the hard work that our nation’s disaster teams do and the composers who have been commissioned to interpret such events, we’re also going to look at the music artists who have used their talents for charitable causes. Surprisingly, it’s not as recent a phenomenon as you’d think. Let’s start with Edward Elgar, the continue reading the Winter 2019 issue of SEARCH.

SEARCH: Author Spotlight on Loren Rhoads

Author Spotlight on Loren Rhoads

Loren coverLocation: San Francisco, CA

What made you interested in writing for SEARCH? 

SEARCH’s previous editor, Emerian Rich, knew I was working on a book called 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, so I offered to show her some of the remnants of the old graveyards in San Francisco. Most people don’t know that the cemeteries here were evicted in the early 20th century.

LorenAfter San Francisco’s most elaborate cemetery finally gave up the ghost in the 1940s, some of its lovely stonework was collected by an artist who worked with the Exploratorium (our science museum) to build the Wave Organ. It’s a huge, beautiful creation at the end of the Marina yacht harbor, where you can listen to the ocean gurgle and splash. There’s nothing else like it in the world.

I took Emerian there and she asked me to write about it for SEARCH.

What else do you write?

Loren cover 2In addition to 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, I’ve written a memoir about my cemetery travels called Wish You Were Here. I’ve also written a space opera trilogy called In the Wake of the Templars and … continue reading in the Winter 2019 issue of SEARCH Magazine.