My “Mission Main Street Grant” Proposal: Computer tech skills for older women.

I recently submitted a proposal for a Mission Main Street Grant and received enough votes (265) to go on to the judging phase. This page is one opportunity to expand on my initial and brief submission. About me: I followed careers in librarianship and in trade publishing with my own freelance ...
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Here’a What I’m Working on Now: An online course for Udemy.com.

I'm now writing an online course to help upskill older women and help them enjoy the technology all around them. Here's the intro to the course, which I plan to offer via Udemy.com. Yes, you have skills! And what is Computer S.W.A.K.? Computer SECRETS AND WHAT the KIDS won't tell you. (Soon ...
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The Good Point Collective

In 2015, I became a founding member of The Good Point Collective, and designed the group's website at www.goodpointcollective.com. Good Point Collective is an organized network of journalists, editors, and content marketers, Good Point exists to connect businesses and independent professionals with the finished, edited material that they and their companies or organizations can ...
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Little Code Ladies

Little Code Ladies is my soapbox for talking about the issues of older women in American. I use my Little Code Lady persona to share information about older women and technology as well as the economic plight of older women through my tumblr account and twitter, and by commenting on ...
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Ingram FRONT Cover FINAL 141004 Revised

Off to the Printer

After 50 years of working and writing on Don's part, and only one year of editing and designing on my part, Performance by Design is off to the printer! ...
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Performance @ Park Presidio

From Sept 2014 to September 2015: I created logo art, posters, and PR materials for "Performance @ Park Presidio" which hosted a monthly concert series to benefit the butterfly garden and labyrinth that are part of the United Methodist Church at 4301 Geary Blvd in San Francisco. Comic Suzanne Westenhofer in Concert September ...
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It’s My Boat!

In November 2013, my ProBoat Radio co-host Ann Avary and I started our own online radio show, the "It's My Boat!" podcast. We broadcast live each Monday via Blogtalk Radio and iTuenes, and we are rapidly building up our listening audience. We started out with a few practice shows in November ...
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Performance by Design

I am very pleased to be the editor of record for Performance by Design, by naval architect Donald L. Blount. He recently described the book by saying, "I wanted to recharacterize my draft from a technical history to a hydrodynamic technology leap forward from “Original Speed”.  Chapter 1 is a ...
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Of PowerPoint and Other Things

Formerly the ProBoat E-Train Blog, this site is full of my advice on how to make better presentations, as well as a lot of musings about other things going on my my work-a-day life ...
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WoodenBoat Publications Inc.

I worked at WoodenBoat Publications Inc. (Brooklin, Maine) in a variety of jobs from 1988 to 2013. My first assignment was to answer the phone at the front desk for five hours a week. Within three years, I was managing editor of the company's new magazine, Professional BoatBuilder ...
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Professional BoatBuilder magazine

Here's the short version: • Produced more than 1,500 seminars for IBEX (International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference), facilitating speaker participation, onsite details, and follow-up • Broadcast 200-plus Internet radio shows • Managed editorial department office, including all work flow, for Professional BoatBuilder magazine • Covered boatbuilding in China, England, and ...
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IBEX (International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference)

I was one of the original team members for IBEX, which first met in Miami in 1992, as an adjunct of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. In 2003, the trade show ownership changed because of a merger with NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association), and in 2010 the venue changed from South Florida to Louisville, ...
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ProBoat Radio

I produced more than 200 podcasts for ProBoat Radio, along with Ann Avary who is now my co-host on our new show "It's My Boat!" Episodes are still available on iTunes and via BlogTalk Radio. Guests included marine surveyors, government consultants, yacht designers, boatbuilders, and many industry experts in a ...
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ProBoat E-Training

ProBoat E-Training offered online courses in marine surveying, AutoCad, Rhino 3D Modeling, Flotation and Stability, Gelcoat Color-Matching, and Propeller Selection. As manager of this program, I worked with both students and instructors, primarily the latter in setting up course materials online using the MOODLE platform as our Learning Managment System ...
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ProBoat Radio Archives

Before I left ProBoat, I created this guide to all the episodes of ProBoat Radio. ProBoat Radio Archives (October 2013) 2 ...
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China International Boat Show 2010

An Illustrated Report   Professional BoatBuilder contributor and ProBoat Radio host Barbara Jean Walsh is in China, where she attended the four-day China International Boat Show, in Shanghai, April 8–11. She captured these images from the show floor and recorded a ProBoat Radio interview with expat American boatbuilder Vic Duppenthaler of Zuhai-based Maxi Marine. Their discussion updates us ...
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ProBoat PILOT was a great idea that was very likely ahead of its time. Professional BoatBuilder magazine publisher Carl Cramer wanted an online database where vendors and end-users could work together to in a supply-and-demand capacity to find any product or service needed for boat building, design, maintenance, or repair. My ...
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Press Release: 3rd Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training (COMITT) Advances Efforts to Address Marine Industry Workforce Development Shortage

February 26, 2008, Annapolis, MD; Brooklin, ME; and Chicago, IL: More than 100 marine industry educators, manufacturers, marine trade associations, and workforce development experts took part in the 3rd Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training (COMITT) in Fort Lauderdale, FL last week. Another 100 people registered for COMITT Online, which ...
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Missouri Ozarks Publishing

From 1994 to 2003, I was a reporter for Lake Area News Focus, the weekly paper at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I typically wrote two articles each week about highways, schools, sewer systems, and just once about topless dancers. I was also an occasional contributor to Lake Area Lifestyles ...
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Brooksville Public Library (1988 – 1992)

One of my favorite rural library jobs was in Brooksville, Maine, population 750. We were open 10 hours a week, in the old building, and had 20 volunteers, who raised the operating expenses for the tiny facility. While I was there, the town obtained a community block grant and moved ...
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WoodenBoat Publications (1988 – 2013)

WOODENBOAT PUBLICATIONS INC. (1988-2013) • Brooklin, Maine • Produced more than 1,500 seminars for IBEX (International Boat- Builders Exhibition & Conference), facilitating speaker participation, onsite details, and follow-up • Broadcast 200-plus Internet radio shows • Managed editorial department office, including all work flow, for Professional BoatBuilder magazine • Covered boatbuilding ...
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Seward Public Library (1978 – 1987)

During my tenure as Library Director in Seward, Nebraska, I spearheaded the renovation of a 75-year-old Carnegie library building, supervised staff and a large corps of volunteers, and helped revitalize information services to the community. While serving my small town of Seward, I was also the chair of the state's ...
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Clifton City – Greenlee County Library (1976 – 1978)

Provided basic services as well as innovative community programming in literacy and in the arts & humanities. After two years, left to move to Nebraska ...
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Portland School of Art (1973 – 1976)

Librarian and English Instructor. Left to go to Arizona ...
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University of Maine Portland-Gorham (1966-1970)

Senior year, plus following summer, worked in library acquisitions department. B.A. in English (1970) ...
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