PechaKucha Presentation

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Joanne Arnold

Trainer, Photographer, Interfaith Chaplain, self

Facing Lobster


Joanne Arnold. Joanne is a seven-time Pecha Kucha presenter and one of our favorites. A woman of many talents – she’s an artist, photographer, ordained interfaith chaplain, and professional strength trainer – Joanne loves the PK format, and we love to see her work. She describes herself as a ‘Chronic Waterfront Trespasser.’ By that she means that she has taken photos at first light, mostly near the Portland Waterfront, every day, in good weather and bad, for seven consecutive years, and considers it a spiritual practice. The images she captures are remarkable, especially considering the effort it took to overcome the suspicion and resistance of the fishermen and dock workers, who thought she was everything from a private detective to an OSHA spy. Tonight, Joanne celebrates the men and women who make their living from the sea, with a visual and lyrical prose poem of the Portland Waterfront. With the eye of a fine photographer and the craftsmanship of a born writer, Joanne Arnold vividly describes this unique world, which she calls Facing Lobster

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Facing English

@ VOL 102 ON APR 24, 2013

Cellen Takuya Murase brings up the current state of English learning and ability in Japan, sharing his thoughts on what is wrong, and what can be done to improve things.

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Facing Fears

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

"When I was growing up, my biggest fear was my mum."

In Facing Fears from PechaKucha Night St Neots Vol. 6James McEvoy gives us a candid insight into his life long fears, and how, over the course of many years, he's learn't to overcome and face the things that scare and intimidate him. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on August, 16th, 2016. 

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Salty Girl Seafood--Driving Change Through Innovation

@ VOL 18 ON AUG 17, 2016

Norah has worked in and on the water for most of her life, having spent countless days at sea and working in fisheries all over the world. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston and a MESM from UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. She has worked on both inshore and offshore fisheries projects at the state and federal level. Her master’s thesis focused on finding innovative solutions to problems facing the Galápagos lobster fishery. Norah’s work has taken her around the world, studying and presenting in Australia, Europe, Alaska, and Latin America. Upon receiving her master’s degree she managed an international, multi-stakeholder fisheries and marine spatial planning project. In 2014, she co-founded Salty Girl Seafood, a sustainable seafood company, with the aim of driving positive change in the seafood industry. Salty Girl was awarded Best Women Owned Business of 2015 by the Pacific Coast Business Times, and has been featured in Forbes, NPR, and The Huffington Post. Norah is a 2016 recipient of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award.

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The Waxing Soul

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

Joanna Gould is a Maine artist working in the ancient wax encaustic technique.  Encaustic literally means burning in, and encaustic painting involves heated wax and a process of fusing many layers. Fusing oil pigments and found objects with layers of translucent beeswax and resin,  Joanna creates works of art that have been described as dreamlike and mystical, infused with the purest light. Highly influenced by place, the light and dark in her paintings dance with seasonal hues and shapes to suggest nature in its most modest form. Joanna started her creative career over 15 years ago, studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. Her professional career started in corporate branding and evolved to publishing and then advertising. She later studied landscape architecture. Joanna has exclusively been a part-time freelance designer for the past six years, as well as a full-time mother and wife. Tonight she will share the story behind her work, in The Waxing Soul

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Pre Contact Fish Weirs in Cape Porpoise?

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

According to presenter Tim Spahr, he’s best known as Elizabeth Spahr's husband. Tim has been a game warden in southern Maine for nearly 20 years. Some of you may have seen him on TV, as the star of the popular “Northwoods Law” series on Animal Planet. At age 57, however, he wonders how long he can keep up with the rigorous duties required of his job, so he is considering a career change. Tim is handing in his gun and badge for a shovel and trowel. He believes working as an archaeologist, shoveling dirt and sifting 40-pound buckets of dirt, must surely be easier. Tim holds degrees from College of the Atlantic and Harvard University.  He is a veteran of the Fighting US Coast Guard – notice the emphasis on “Fighting.” His presentation is titled Pre-Contact Fish Weirs in Cape Porpoise (question mark). Tim… 

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Trail Cairns - More than just Piles of Rocks

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 25, 2016

Allen Crabtree lives in Sebago and writes the “Senior Rambles”, a regular hiking column for the Bridgton News with hiking trips and tips for Seniors in Western Maine and the White Mountains.  He is the co-leader of the Denmark Mountain Hikers, a group of mainly seniors who have been climbing a mountain every Friday, all year round, for the last 6 ½ years.  Allen also writes about his travels to interesting places around the globe, is a frequent teacher of classes at the Senior College in Bridgton, has published poetry and yarns, and is in the middle of writing a book on hiking for seniors

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When History and Fiction Collide

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

David Arenstam is a teacher and writer. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Harvard University. He teaches at Thornton Academy in Saco, where he was a Maine Teacher of the Year finalist. As a journalist, David regularly contributes articles to local newspapers, magazines, and online media companies. He recently published his debut novel, “Homecoming: A Soldier’s Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption.” Two weeks after its publication, David’s novel was nominated for the 2017 William E. Colby Award for emerging writers of military fiction or nonfiction. 

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10 Devils, 10 Forms of Castration

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 25, 2016

Year-round summer person Colin Sargent, the founding editor & publisher of Portland Monthly Magazine, grew up on Gooch's Beach. A novelist, magazine publisher, and poet, Sargent's new novel The Boston Castrato is just out from Barbican Press on London, with the US release on October 1. This is not your grandmother's Christmas book: "For anyone who might have imagined 1920s Boston to be a bit stuffy and not quite the toddling town of Chicago or New York, The Boston Castrato will likely change that opinion. Bustling with snobs, intellectuals, criminals, immigrants, artists, and a definite LGBT presence, Sargent's Boston is vivid, violent, quirky, cultured, and peopled with memorable characters."–Foreword Review

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Facing Recovery

@ VOL 38 ON MAY 25, 2017

Joanne Arnold shares how one woman and a minivan mobilized the recovery community and drove them to work.