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5 Tips for Food Photography

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5 Tips for Food Photography I remember when I was a beginner food photographer and wanted to take better food photos. I looked for tips for food photography, and there were some online food photography courses, but not many. So I learned mostly by trial and error, and used my other photography training as a foundation. Now, after several years as a published food photographer,...
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The Pairs Well With… Pinot Noir Pairing Guide

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If you’ve been tracking this month’s storyline, you know that we’ve been full steam ahead on all things Oregon Wine Month, Pinot Noir and Willamette Valley, which means we couldn’t close out this month without dropping a Pinot Noir pairing guide.  As we discussed in our last article, Pinot Noir runs the gamut of light... The post The Pairs Well With… Pinot Noir Pairing Guide...
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How to Read a Scientific Journal Part 2: What is “n”?

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Part of the reason why I’m able to learn what I’m learning is that my partner, Justin, is an academic. He’s built his career on reading…Continue reading on Medium »
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How to Use Offline Marketing Techniques to Grow Your Business

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Looking for Marketing Techniques to Grow Your Business? The biggest wish of any entrepreneur is to see their business grow. After all, why else would you invest your time, talent, resources, and effort into something if you don’t want to see it succeed? Getting your fledgling company off the ground isn’t an easy task, and […]The post How to Use Offline Marketing Techniques to Grow...
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How to Read a Mental Health Research Paper, Part 1.

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When I first began speaking openly about long term antidepressant use and antidepressant withdrawal, it didn’t take long for me to be…Continue reading on Medium »
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Oregon Wine Month: It’s Pinot Palooza

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As we near the end of Oregon Wine Month, I want to focus specifically on Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Despite some saying Pinot Noir is “the heartbreak grape”– because its grape skins are so thin and breakable which is not ideal for wine production as wine producers never want to lose the precious... The post Oregon Wine Month: It’s Pinot Palooza appeared first...
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Underrated Travel Destinations: Santiago, Chile

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In this series I feature some of my favorite places on earth that I feel are underrated travel destinations. Here we explore Santiago, Chile. This capital city and booming metropolis is a must-visit for your next international trip. Santiago, the capital city of Chile, was one of those places that took me by complete surprise. The first time I ended up in Chile was for...
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What They Mean When They Talk About Stillness

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They tell me that the answer to uncertain times is found in stillness. That all I am and all I need is in there, humming. A motor run on…Continue reading on Change Your Mind Change Your Life »
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People of Lisbon: Ligia Gomes

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When you meet Ligia, you can’t help but smile. What she lacks in stature she definitely makes up for with her powerhouse personality and energy. The 30 year old spitfire has resided in the heart of Lisbon for over 16 years, and currently works for Remote Year as a a member of their city team. Ligia, along with her colleague Goncalo, runs the ground operations...
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Six Months Abroad- What in the World am I Doing Here?

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It’s been essentially six months since I left the U.S. to travel abroad for the firs time (for real travel, not Cabo or Cancun) and then embark on Remote Year. Currently I am sitting in my two bedroom apartment in Ha Noi, Vietnam with my shades pulled shut over the extremely strange windows in my room that look into my own hallway and someone else’s...
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Spring Events

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I’ve got some really exciting book appearances coming up this spring, so if you’re in any of these cities at the right time, please come and say hi: March 23rd @ 1pmLocal Author Signing South Hills Village Barnes & Noble Pittsburgh, PA April 11th @ 7pm In-Conversation with Tracy Banghart (author of Grace and Fury) Trident Booksellers Boston, MA April 12th @ (time TBD) In-Conversation with Tracy...
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Remote Year: Street Photography in Lisbon, Portugal

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. One of my goals this year is to up my game in street photography. Starting in Lisbon, Portugal with Remote Year is truly one of the best travel destinations in the world to capture some compelling street photography shots. When you first hit the streets of Lisbon you may think it’s a bit chaotic. I know...
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Remote Year: One Month Reflection

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It’s weird to think that I’ve been traveling for almost 2 months now, and almost all of that has been international. It’s even weirder to think that I’ve been living in Lisbon for five weeks and it completely feels like home. So much so that the idea of moving to Croatia tomorrow fills me with anxiety, and leaves me a little bit sad. Leave Lisbon?...
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Remote Year Month #8 in Review: Lisbon

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I can’t believe I have now wrapped up my time in Europe. Lisbon was an incredible city to end the experience in, full of culture, captivating beach waves and incredible port close by. I also flew to London and Belfast on two separate occasions; the weekly travel reminded me of consulting travel projects. Below is my month in review of Lisbon. Took a little longer...
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The City of Illusion

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An island of 1.6 million people becomes a minefield of memories.Continue reading on Medium »
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Friendship breakups are weird and hard

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Friendship break ups are a mysterious thing. Unlike regular breakups, where we have rituals, romcoms, cliches, basically a script to follow, friendship breakups are a much murkier proposition.How do you tell a friend that your lives no longer align? That you no longer find the relationship mutually beneficial? You don't dislike the person, you just aren't inclined to spend time or energy to continue to...
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Euro Trip 2018: Part Deux

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The month of July was going to spent in Split, Croatia. I was excited for this month for multiple reasons. The month did not disappoint and was a month full of my new catch phrase “No Bad Days”. Remote Year Darien Reunion - Part TwoCroatia would bring me back together with several of my friends from my Remote Year Darien group. It was great to...
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Stone’s Miles: I Am Building Myself.

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Lisbon Update: I ate grilled salmon. I shared stories with new friends. I took yoga in Portuguese. I explored Alfama and did a walking tour. I ate pasteis de nata (again and again again). I cooked dinner with friends. I took Portuguese class. I ate an entire dinner of codfish. I took a cocktail class. I took surfing lessons. I learned how to slice cheese...
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The Coast

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While almost every place I see on my travels holds value, the coasts and beaches have really continued to be my favourites.  The west coast of Chile was no different.  Concon was the highlight of the day with its smaller but increasingly modern vibes and largely untouched coast.   A place I could see myself returning to visit for a longer stay.   Concon Vina Del...
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100 Days of RY Aurora: Number 100 – just data with a soul

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I’m spending a year traveling the world with Remote Year Aurora: a group of fifty-something strangers that came together last New Year’s Eve to form a nomad community. Last month we passed our one hundredth day on this experience, and in the spirit of “doing something different” with this podcast, over a span of two weeks I spoke with twenty-seven people from the cohort in...
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