SEARCH: Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in Spring 2020:

Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

by Donna Medina

cropped-img-2456.jpg“There is nothing more powerful than those who are unafraid.” A fitness regimen is more than just toning your muscles or keeping your body healthy. It can help you face the world with a high degree of confidence. Regardless of your age and fitness level, exercising is an amazing, effective tool to grow and develop your entire well-being, showing the world who you are and what you can do. Insecurities, doubts, and lack of self-confidence are things that stop you from loving yourself and embracing your imperfections. You can overcome your self-doubts or insecurities by strengthening your mental focus and staying fit. Once you start conquering them, you may feel empowerment from within.

“Be comfortable with who you are.” Confidence with one’s body isn’t always easy, especially as we age. However, losing confidence in our body is said to lose confidence in ourselves. By staying physically active, you improve your health while strengthening your focus, resulting in enhanced self-confidence. With a stronger body and mind, you can encourage yourself to keep pushing. Once you feel proud of your achievements, you gain confidence about your body and above all, your abilities… Continue reading in our Summer 2020 issue

SEARCH: Solo Traveling Woman

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

Solo Traveling Woman 

by Kay Tracy

TracyMaskAs women, we are often given hints and warnings about traveling solo in articles on safety that focus on fear. Not this one. I want you to be aware of your  surroundings, but not be afraid to get out
and see things.

Solo traveling can mean a couple of things to different people. Often, people think that they must be the only person in on the plans but being part of a tour group can be a comfortable start. You can still be a solo traveler. It’s just that with a group tour, you might get better prices on things and have a guide to provide interesting tidbits and impart information.

If you want to be ‘by yourself’, do not be afraid to start with smaller day trips or destinations closer to home. Not having to pack a bag can mean less worry and bother while you are exploring… continue reading in the Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spotlight on Larriane Barnard

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

SEARCH Author Spotlight

LBarnardName: Larriane Barnard

Location: Prescott, Az

What made you interested in working for SEARCH? 

I work behind the scenes on each issue, nit-picking what the other authors write with what is called editing. We won’t go into what some authors call it. I got into editing by accident by ordering a book from a company that had accepted a submission from me. Before I signed, I wanted to see their quality level. I sent a letter asking if I could expect the kind of errors I found. I discovered they were a brand new company and volunteered to proof the finals… Continue reading in SEARCH’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2020 issue:

The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

by Kristin Battestella

Battestella_hockey_SearchMagazineSeveral years ago, I entered the ice rink and saw a small boy struggling with the door to the ice. Any rink rat knows those ice doors are hefty with mechanisms difficult to close. I told him I had it, shutting the door as some guy in the stands shouted, “What are you a wuss? A girl had to close the door for you?”

I haven’t been a girl since the mid-nineties when I first played ice hockey in the local boys’ league. Similar hecklers would shout then that I shouldn’t be there because girls can’t play hockey. The irony is women have been playing ice hockey as long as men. The National Women’s Hockey League’s Isobel Cup is named after Lord Stanley’s daughter, and photos of Isobel on the ice in her Victorian bustle endure alongside dozens more pictures of Gibson Girls skating for teams such as the Vancouver Amazons and the Seattle Vamps.

Women’s ice hockey first drew international attention when debuting at the 1998 Nagano Olympic games. Goaltender Manon Rheaume had played in pre-season games for the National Hockey League’s expansion Tampa Bay Lightning several years prior, but many viewed her time in net as a publicity stunt. However, the U.S. National Team beating Canada to win gold inspired thousands of girls to take up the sport. USA Hockey experienced exponential… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

by Kristin Battestella

Battestella_hockey_SearchMagazineSeveral years ago, I entered the ice rink and saw a small boy struggling with the door to the ice. Any rink rat knows those ice doors are hefty with mechanisms difficult to close. I told him I had it, shutting the door as some guy in the stands shouted, “What are you a wuss? A girl had to close the door for you?”

I haven’t been a girl since the mid-nineties when I first played ice hockey in the local boys’ league. Similar hecklers would shout then that I shouldn’t be there because girls can’t play hockey. The irony is women have been playing ice hockey as long as men. The National Women’s Hockey League’s Isobel Cup is named after Lord Stanley’s daughter, and photos of Isobel on the ice in her Victorian bustle endure alongside dozens more pictures of Gibson Girls skating for teams such as the Vancouver Amazons and the Seattle Vamps.

Women’s ice hockey first drew international attention when debuting at the 1998 Nagano Olympic games. Goaltender Manon Rheaume had played in pre-season games for the National Hockey League’s expansion Tampa Bay Lightning several years prior, but many viewed her time in net as a publicity stunt. However, the U.S. National Team beating Canada to win gold inspired thousands of girls to take up the sport. USA Hockey experienced exponential… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Spring Convention Season in Bloom

Spring Convention Season in Bloom

by Sumiko Saulson

The Bay Area is home many summer festivals, including Carnival, the Nor Cal Pirate Festival, and Gay Pride. We also have a booming spring convention season. Clockwork Alchemy kicks off the season on Spring Equinox.

This elegant convention centers on the Steampunk literary genre. Most of the attendees show up in elaborate Victorian or Steampunk themed costumes.

BabsCon is a super fun My Little Pony convention in April in San Francisco. It’s all ages, LGBT friendly, and kid-friendly with lots of special programs for the very youngest of convention guests.

Memorial Day Weekend rounds off the Spring season with three major conventions, twenty-eight year old BayCon, twenty year old KublaCon, and twenty-six year old Fanime.

“The one thing I appreciate about BayCon is its fans,” said Wanda Kurtcu, an African American educator and 2019 Fan Guest of Honor. “We’re each a vital and representative part of our fandoms, from every color, age, gender, culture, and popular culture. I was happy to represent all of us.”

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Self-Defense and Self-Respect

Self-Defense and Self-Respect

by Lillian Csernica

Lightspeed2The key to women’s empowerment is the empowerment of our children. When women, still the majority of primary caregivers, raise their children with strength, discipline, integrity, and compassion, those children will grow up healthier, more confident, and willing to speak up for the people who need their help.

Excellent resources for both physical fitness and character building can be found in the world of martial arts. E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D. is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria, the author of Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, and head of innovative work in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, focusing on the recovery of function after neurotrauma using integrated whole body movement. In his Black Belt Brain blog on the… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

Confidence and Empowerment through Workouts

by Donna Medina

cropped-img-2456.jpg“There is nothing more powerful than those who are unafraid.” A fitness regimen is more than just toning your muscles or keeping your body healthy. It can help you face the world with a high degree of confidence. Regardless of your age and fitness level, exercising is an amazing, effective tool to grow and develop your entire well-being, showing the world who you are and what you can do. Insecurities, doubts, and lack of selfconfidence are things that stop you from loving yourself and embracing your imperfections. You can overcome your self-doubts or insecurities by strengthening your mental focus and staying fit. Once you start conquering them, you may feel empowerment from within.

“Be comfortable with who you are.” Confidence with one’s body isn’t always easy, especially as we age. However, losing confidence in our body is said to lose confidence in ourselves. By staying physically active, you improve your health while strengthening your focus, resulting in enhanced selfconfidence. With a stronger body and mind, you can encourage yourself to keep pushing. Once you feel proud of your achievements, you gain confidence about your body and above all, your abilities. … Continue reading in the Spring 2020 Search Magazine issue

SEARCH: Empowering Women Over 50

Empowering Women Over 50

by Sumiko Saulson

WomenOver50_SaulsonSome say life begins at fifty while workplace discrimination, menopause, and empty nest syndrome can make the start of midlife for women trying at times.

Too many of us−after reaching retirement age and after the children have grown up and left home−find ourselves looking for ways to stay connected. Home-based and small businesses, the arts, and volunteer opportunities with community, civic, cultural, and spiritual or religious groups can help. For those who are not already community-involved, organizations like the Volunteer Center and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Home Executives, can help connect retirees with people who need their assistance. Arts and education are an important part of day to day living for most of us. In the Bay area, art and community non-profits such as Expressions Gallery in Berkeley are often run by older women who… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: The Missing Empowerment

The Missing Empowerment

by Elliot Thorpe

Adobe_Music_StockGiulio Caccini was a great Renaissance composer, influential in his methodology of monodies and basso continuo (All a bit highbrow for me, if I’m honest, even though I do like a good tune.) His greatest contribution to music was presenting to the world his Florence-born daughters, Francesca (in 1587) and Settimia (in 1591).

In that era, it was common for a career to be passed to each member of the family, making it natural for Francesca to have become a composer in her own right as well as a singer and poet. She taught early Baroque and regularly had her stage music specifically designed for comedies by the poet Michelangelo Buonarroti, the grandnephew of the famous artist. While most of her work has been lost in the mists of time, she was as influential as her father, noted as the first female composer of an opera.

Her younger sister, however, fared better in the industry as one of the first women to have a successful music career. Settimia, while also a composer, was more known for her singing prowess, performing for nobility with her own family as well as a soloist.

In societies where there was dominance from other quarters, it must have been challenging but the perseverance of the Caccini sisters paved the way for… Continue reading in the Spring 2020 issue of SEARCH.