Shaking Off the Worries with Earthquake Preparedness
Earthquakes are common here in the Pacific Northwest, but we spend a great deal of time pretending otherwise. Every time the news informs of us of another shaker along the Western seaboard, as experienced early in the morning of July 12, 2019, anxious chatter about THE BIG ONE inevitably spikes. Most often, the buzz dies down within a few weeks and we all resume our regular routines.
What does it mean to be truly happy? Is it a quality to which some are predisposed while others are not? These are questions instructor Andrés Maturen plans to explore in his class The Science of Happiness: A Roadmap to Optimal Human Performance.
Mount St Helens and How it Shaped Our Lives
Mount St Helens’ eruption had a significant impact on hearts and minds across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Those of us who were alive at the time have a very clear recollection of where we were on May 18, 1980.
In theory, a stroll outdoors to take in some fresh air and clear our minds is the best tonic for stress. Unfortunately, for most of us irritating problems or persistent ruminations can interrupt a solitary walk by the water or through the woods. However, when we practice mindfulness in nature, as practiced by Zen mountain monks, we can let go of worries and settle the mind and body.
The Shape of Things to Come: A Q&A with Introduction to Sculpture instructor CJ Carter
This summer CE offers a new course, Introduction to Sculpture. The class is a terrific entry point for students new to creating with clay as well as a great exploration for those experienced with the pottery wheel.
Creative Writing: Listening for the Sound of Your Own ‘Voice’
CE Creative Writing instructor Steve Lorton is in the business of demystification. In particular, he’s out to set the record straight regarding what it means to be successful at creative writing. Creative writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, is ultimately a storytelling process.
“We Put Our Open Hearts on the Page”: A Talk with CE Poetry Student Jessica Towns
One of the beautiful things about being a lifelong learner is finding the courage to revisit an area of study that seemed determined to reject you earlier in life. Jessica Towns is just such a learner. Over the years, Towns has explored a great variety of Continuing Education (CE) classes but, to her own surprise, it was her passion for writing that became a constant in her life.
On Photo Safari: Discovering Yourself and Great Photos
Leslie Saber is very excited about the places her upcoming series of photography classes will take her students, physically and creatively.
A Cultural Exploration of Seattle
Au Pairs seeking greater learning opportunities during their stay in Seattle now have a golden learning adventure before them.
"No One Told Me It Was Even a Thing!": Richard Farr talks about Philosophy and Every Day Life.
Richard Farr wants to help you wrap your head around a happier way of life. Farr has always had a love of words and what we do with them—including deep reflection and contemplation, but he didn’t make those discoveries on his own.
Get into the Rhythm of Speaking with an American Accent
The 1st Annual Continuing Education Writers Contest a Success!
Following more than a year of planning, North Seattle College Continuing Education (CE) writing students finally had their moment to shine. Thanks to suggestions and encouragement from writing instructor Christine Dubois, in early December, 2018 CE put out a call for submissions for the 1st Annual Continuing Education Writers Contest.
Breaking the Rules with Expressive Calligraphy
Continuing Education calligraphy instructor Cathy Shiovitz says she first found herself mesmerized by the magic of letterforms in the 7th grade. “My English teacher wrote in calligraphy on the class blackboard. I tried to mimic her and later in high school we had an art class devoted to learning calligraphy,” she says.
Caught in the Wake of Belly Dance Blast
For a dance form steeped in centuries of practice, belly dance is a remarkably flexible art form. Purportedly originating in the Middle East, over time belly dance has leapt cultural and economic barriers, wending its way from orthodox tradition to burlesque and deep into tribal-gothic subculture.
Play Recklessly (Just Don’t Put Your Eye Out): The Art of Improvisational Theatre
Perfectly Perennial: A CE Student Profile
Oralea Howard would be the first to admit she is a Perennial Student.
Making a Healthy Home
Learning and Perfecting Camera Basics
Leslie Saber, instructor of Camera Basics: What’s that Button For? says she cannot recall a time she was not drawn to the visual language of photography. “It seems I’ve always been fascinated with capturing a moment in time, to freeze right now, and then be tickled by looking at it later,” she says. “As a kid, I used my camera for that reason: to time travel.”
A Quick Hand Q&A with The World of Poker Instructor Allan Lazar
For those unfamiliar, Poker is a family of card games beloved for generations. The game continues to fascinate because it combines skill with strategy and is a means of social interaction as well as gambling. There are many, many variants to Poker but the object of the game always hinges on betting, with the winner determined by the cards of the final hand.
A Connection to Nature: An Interview with Ceramics Instructor Ciara Jackson
Continuing Education Ceramics instructor Ciara Jackson has always had an affinity for natural things and a deep desire to work with her hands, so it is surprising to learn she began her arts education on the digital domain of the creative continuum. “I first worked with clay about a year and a half into college and I liked the idea of creating something functional and working with my hands,” she says.