Foto Friday – An Explosion of Tulips

There has been an explosion of tulips in Portland this year. Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and the colors are astounding. I thought I’d give you a peek at what is growing in my yard. And this is just a glimpse of the riot of colors the tulips around...

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Birding Is Sexist? No way!

Who would have thought that birding has a toxic masculine element? A majority of birders are women (51%) and 70% of Audubon members are women, but the leadership of most birding organizations is male. Men are the “birding elite”. They write the birding books, speak at...

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Foto Friday – Shapes and Shades of Green

I opened my front door and there is was - raindrops hanging off of shapes and shades of green. There’s much to see in this simple photo. The back-lighting gives this simple photo a dramatic flair. It allows us to see the veins in the leaves, because they are...

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Raise Your Hand – And the Rest of You Will Follow

I remember my high school math class. When it came time to contribute, answer a question, go to the board to complete an equation - it was always, always a boy who raised his hand. There were a few boys who were recognized as the leaders, the smart ones, the ones who...

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Principals of Design: Using Color in Presentations

Every presentation requires color. But what colors should you use in your presentation? Can I suggest that you use Lucia’s photos for ideas, a simple introduction to color theory and a quick lesson in color mixing that might help you understand how to use color like...

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Foto Friday – Silhouette in the Fog

It was a beautiful sunny day at the Oregon coast, when the fog rolled in and changed everything. To me, it was still a beautiful day, only different. I find fog and its effects beautiful and magical. In this scene the woman running with her dog has become a silhouette...

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Can we talk about being likeable?

I’d like to take another look at the confounding problems that face women working in male dominated fields such as science, politics, entertainment, the military, by exploring the conflict between being likeable and having ambition. Do friends and colleagues call you...

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How Design Balance Affects Your Presentation

Ignore design balance at your peril. Balance is a big one. Our brains and our hearts seek balance. Anything, whether a photo, a presentation slide, a real life instance, is reassuring, restful, perfect, if it is in balance. Lucia’s recognized that this duplex is...

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Foto Friday – Strength in Simplicity

There’s a lot of strength in the simplicity of this photo. At first glance, you might say, there’s not much to see here. It’s not only simple, you might say, it’s actually sparse. But keep looking. One raindrop hangs on to a twig, in the center of a large negative...

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