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About eric

I am a storyteller who enjoys using a variety of media, especially visual, to teach about life and the natural world. My portfolio can be found at

Remembering the “Nordic” at Webster School

After nearly forty years, the Nordic Heritage Museum closed its doors after the Yulefest last November. The museum first opened in the old Daniel Webster School on 30th Ave and NW 67th in Ballard in 1980, which was a perfect … Continue reading

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The Secret of Selje Island

Along the rugged coast of Western Norway lie thousands of desolate, rocky islands. Just north of Måloy, near the mouth of the Nordfjord in Sildegapet Bay, is a hilly green island that at first glance appears just like. But this … Continue reading

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My first podcast: How to Become and Instructional Designer

I started a podcast series called In the Learners Seat with its first episode: How to Become an Instructional Designer. I gathered together ideas from across the internet and added a few of my own to produce what I hope … Continue reading

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Search Engine Optimization

My company asked Rand Fishkin of to come talk about search engine optomization and current trends in the digital advertising world.  Search engine optimization, or “SEO ” for short, refers to strategies that get a particular website near the … Continue reading

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Thick skin, warm heart. An oxymoron?

How thick a skin does a teacher these days need to have? A friend of mine recently related a horror story about his time as a public high school teacher.  He explained that he gave detention to a young woman … Continue reading

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The “Five Paragraph Style” is Alive and Well

One of my early English teachers in high school was a man named Roger Bass.  And one of the signature moments I remember about him was his advocacy of what he called the “Five-paragraph Style”.  He claimed that scores of … Continue reading

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Learning Styles – Useful Concept or Old Hat

Julian Stodd moderates a lively discussion of whether “learning styles” — like taking a test to identify what style or mode you learn in best: tactile, auditory, visual, spoken word — is still a useful concept in instructional design.

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My time on the Friends of the Hylebos Board of Directors

Eric Stavney served for a little over 6 years and during that time he’s been Vice-President and served two stints as President. Eric stepped up to leadership roles in the board despite this not being his first choice. He did it because the borrd needed someone to fill the roles at the time.

EricStavney2.jpg - Copy Eric’s first love is on-the-ground restoration work. He has been involved in, I believe just about every restoration project we’ve done, as a volunteer. A devoted father of two really wonderful children, Carl & Linnea, Eric often brings his kids to the events. Both father and children have racked up huge volunteer hours and garnered just about every volunteer reward we offer.

Eric, thank you for years of service to the Hylebos, and your friendship, as well as putting up with me all those times you were President!

All three served on the board during a time of significant growth and substantial achievements in our conservation goals. While board members don’t always get a lot of recognition, and much of their work is done behind the scenes, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today, and we wouldn’t have the acres preserved and restored that we do, without Jim, Eric & Judy. Thank you for being on the board!

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Fuzzy, aka Munch, is gone

This fuzzy little beast has moved on to the next phase of existence.  Where will we get our cardboard shredded now that he’s gone?  

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Passing on

Today I’m thoughtful and sad about a friend’s dad who lays dying.  My daughter’s gerbil is probably dead in its little house, for it looked to be in a bad way this morning.  Both of these spirits will soon flee … Continue reading

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