Leadership in the face of COVID

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By Gayle Johnson

COVID has changed the face of leadership. Why? Because COVID has heightened the need for leaders to be emotionally intelligent. At this moment in time, it’s imperative for leaders to understand their emotions, how to manage them, and then how to show up in a supportive way for their staff. Here is what that looks like:


Cloud Computing Basics with AWS Cloud Foundations

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By Robert Bunge

Cloud computing is the new normal for information technology. Years ago, when PCs were emerging for the first time, schools used to teach computer literacy courses to explain then-novel skills like how to click on a mouse or how to save a file to a disk. Introductory cloud computing courses like AWS Cloud Foundations play a similar role for the 2020s.


Backyard Birding

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Q & A with Instructor Penny Rose

Next time you stop to watch a bird in the yard or listen to its song, take a minute to notice how you feel. Research has shown that interacting with nature can have a relaxing, stress-reducing effect on the body. And while we continue with social distancing, it might be an especially good time to take a moment to notice, welcome, and learn from the birds around us. We asked Backyard Birding Instructor Penny Rose about how she came to be so deeply involved with and committed to birding and what she hopes to share with her students.


Finding New Revenue Streams as a Musician with Ed Hartman

Instructor Ed Hartman

Today, songwriters, composers, and bands are navigating their careers through a very challenging musical and economic landscapes. Because of streaming and the virtual elimination of physical media (CDs), it has become tremendously challenging to make a living as a recording artist. Most performers make more money selling merchandise that selling tickets. As bad as all of that sounds, there is one part of the music industry that is thriving, and the entry point is open to anyone.  


The Philosophy of Yoga: Beyond the Poses

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Q & A with Yoga Instructor Tara Bernstein

Many of us have taken a yoga class or at least googled “yoga for a stiff back.” What else is there to know? Turns out, a lot! The physical poses of yoga are just one aspect, or “limb,” of yoga. We asked instructor Tara Bernstein about her path to becoming a yoga teacher and how yoga philosophy informs her practice.


Astrology for Personal Growth

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Q & A with Instructor Amanda Moreno

You may think you know what Astrology is all about from reading your weekly horoscope. But Instructor Amanda Moreno is ready to introduce astrology as a tool that can provide a broad perspective on the events in our lives and the world in Astrology for Personal Growth Part 1. 


Capturing the City in Creative Writing: City Fiction

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By Nels Challinor

I am thrilled to be teaching Creative Writing: City Fiction at North Seattle College in the Fall. This course will focus on how identities and communities are shaped by the urban landscape and vice versa. My identity as a writer blossomed in this landscape. I began writing seriously while an undergraduate student at Boston University and eventually earned my Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Westminster in London.


Film Making for Fun with Instructor Mark Weber

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Have you ever heard a compelling story and thought someone should turn it into a film? Or thought an important issue should be highlighted through a short documentary? Film is an incredibly powerful way to tell a story. But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a captivating film.


What to Read Next: Recommendation

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By Christina Chang

For me books are about ideas that lead me to other books of ideas, which then inform, develop and amplify the ideas of the original book, and so on and so forth--it's a rabbit hole in the best sense of that term! In this uneasy and extended reality, a rabbit hole I happily dive down, head first, and what has kept me seeing straight and maintaining perspective. So diving down...

What book do you recommend and why? 


2020 Student Art Exhibition People's Choice Award Winner

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Joseph Géigel's charcoal piece, “Fuego Bajo Luna”, inspired many admiring comments and even more votes for the People’s Choice Award in the North Seattle College Continuing Education 2020 Student Art Exhibition. 


Better Together: Getting Strong with Partner Workouts

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For many of us, staying healthy during quarantine has required creativity and ingenuity. Cans of soup turned into weights, fitness apps abounded, and some people even made treadmills out of soap and water. Those of us who live with a partner or roommate have yet another fitness opportunity: partner workouts—but not the kind you normally see. We spoke to Carolyn Brenith about the benefits of working out together, in preparation for her class Stronger Together: A Partners Workout.

Journaling for Health

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By Leslie J. Hall

Lately, we've all spent a lot of days at home. Some of us have extra time on our hands, others are learning to work with their children, pets, and/or spouses nearby. We are living through an unprecedented time, often filled with fear, anger, skepticism, and questions about our economic future; a great deal of burden on us, pressure in the face of uncertainty.

One way to process experiences and feelings is to write about them. Even if you aren't a writer, keeping a journal gives you a safe place to rant, cry, question, and investigate your experiences.


Four Beautiful Reasons to Celebrate

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Students in North Seattle College's Continuing Education program were invited to submit artwork to be included in the 6th Annual Student Art Exhibition. We received well over 100 terrific works that had been produced in a North Seattle College Continuing Education art class. After many hours of deliberation, our jurors selected three Jurors' Choice winners and one Honorable Mention. Allow us to introduce you to these talented artists, their experiences, and inspiration.


Always Creating

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Q & A with Instructor Julia Marshall

Time to Refresh; Adding the New to the Known

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New Instructors and New Classes

Join us in welcoming these new instructors to Continuing Education. What a time to start! They are getting to know our program while also adapting their courses to provide meaningful, engaging opportunities for lifelong learning in an online environment. We have been inspired by their energy and commitment!


What Are You Looking Forward To?

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It can be helpful, while navigating a difficult time, to have that bright spot on the horizon. Using this time to daydream, research, and plan a trip volunteering abroad might be just the ticket. Instructor Joyce Major shared with us what students will take away from her class, 'Travel the World Volunteering', and her own takeaways from a decade of volunteering abroad. 


Separating Fact from Fiction: Media Literacy

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By Michael Coffey

How do we separate what things seem to be from what they actually are? From the first time I read a Sherlock Holmes mystery, I've been interested in answering that question. Most of us can happily go through our lives without having to solve a murder mystery, but we can apply basically the same skills to the media landscape we're in today, more than a century after Holmes and Watson wandered the streets of London.


Human Connection: My Experience Teaching During Covid19

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By Leslie J. Hall

I have taught writing classes at North Seattle College and other locations around the Northwest for over 25 years. Writing is my passion. I love words, stories, and language. I've also received much joy in sharing my love of writing with others. I am also passionate about making connections and the powerful energy that comes when creative people get together. 


Zoom, Step by Step

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Summer quarter has moved online, and for many of us, that means Zoom classrooms. While this technology connects us to our peers and instructors in much the same way as face-to-face classes, logging-in to a Zoom meeting can be a little more complicated than walking into a physical classroom.

We’ve broken down the steps for you below. We have included 2 printable/PDF flowcharts and a video that can walk you through the process.

A. If you have already downloaded the Zoom app onto your computer, use this guide:


Mimic, Repeat, and Apply

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Q & A with Japanese Language Instructor Risami Nakamura-Lambert 

Learning the basics of a language often comes naturally while traveling. Not through drills, but through casual interaction and attempts at conversation. Risami Nakamura-Lambert’s Conversational Japanese I class is for beginners with little or no Japanese background as well as those who want to brush up on speaking skills. Conversational Japanese II continues to build on those conversational skills while introducing verb conjugations. In our Q and A, she shares her approach to teaching, the importance of maintaining language learned, and how this will all translate to an online classroom.


It's Never Too Late

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Q & A with Spanish Instructor Juan Miranda 

Learning a language right now might be the ultimate act of anticipation. Our worlds have contracted as we navigate stay-at-home orders and social distancing, but learning a language, about the culture and history of other countries, can expand our view. We will travel and connect with people directly again. Until then, vamos a aprender español! In this new environment, full of Zoom calls and face masks, we asked instructor Juan Miranda about his 35 years of teaching Spanish with Continuing Education. 


Keeping Our Spirits Up

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Moments of melancholy are natural during difficult times. While there is much about the situation we cannot change, shifting our perspective, even momentarily, can have a positive effect.


Movement At Home

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By Bri Wilson

Human beings have always danced and moved to celebrate, mourn, and heal. Now is no exception.

As stay-at-home orders fell into place, a plethora of dance and fitness classes sprang up across social media channels. Many of us found that taking these classes eased the challenges of self-isolation, as we moved our bodies and connected to communities near and far.


A Perfect Time for Ukulele

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The ukulele is experiencing a season of renewed popularity. With its happy, uplifting sound, is there any wonder why? It is also affordable, portable, and relatively easy to learn.


Art at Home: Writing

Art at Home: Writing as a creative practice when we are overwhelmed

Why write? It might seem obvious that keeping a journal during this stressful time could be beneficial. As we write out anxious feelings, we express and impose structure on what seems overwhelming. But whether you’re writing a fictional story, first-person narrative, poem, play or journal, cultivating a practice of writing may have benefits for our general well-being right now. Exercising our creativity can bring a sense of joy, pride in what we’ve created, and a sense of momentary peace.