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Sheila Cain

Freelance writer and editor

Seattle, Washington

Sheila Cain

Seattle-based technical and creative writer

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For young people on the streets, Cocoon House provides a refuge

When Lux Howard came out to his mother seven years ago, his mother laughed in his face. Only 14 at the time and living in Upstate New York, Howard didn’t have the life skills or language to adequately communicate what he was experiencing: discomfort in a female body, an attraction to boys and girls, and a general disconnect with his peers.
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Optimizing internal operations frees Goodwill staff to focus on the mission

Cooking is in Yulie Reyes’ blood. When she was 15 and living in Tzitzuntzan, Mexico, she and her mother fulfilled their lifelong dream of owning a restaurant by transforming an old theater into a small but thriving dining establishment. At the Blue Moon Cafe, her family cooked traditional Mexican fare from recipes perfected by Reyes’ father. When Reyes moved to America with her family as an adult, she continued working in the food service industry – first at a fast-food restaurant, then later at a casual Mexican eatery where she quickly moved up from busser to bar manager. But the more she learned, the more Reyes realized she had a long way to go towards owning and running a successful restaurant. She found help through the Culinary Skills program offered through Goodwill’s training center in Tacoma, Washington.
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'Where Should I Keep My...?': Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas

Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size. When you’re renting, square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. It’s hard enough finding a home for your everyday must-haves, let alone bulky, infrequently used, or offseason items like snowshoes, pool toys, and holiday decorations.
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Project Spotlight: Tall, gray, and green

The Pacific Northwest region of the United States stands alone in sustainable design—Washington and Oregon enjoy the largest number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- (LEED) certified buildings per capita by a margin of 2.5 to 1 over almost any other green state. As the center for sustainable design, Pacific Northwest property owners and developers expect design teams to incorporate sustainable practices into their projects.
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Rise and Shine: Seattle's Best Brunch Spots

For serious food aficionados, a city's credibility is defined by the caliber of its brunch spots. Those who seek out this late lunch meal will have no trouble finding an abundance of choices in Seattle, whether they're looking for traditional fare, a casual nosh spot, or something altogether different.
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How a young basketball star fell to addiction, and rebounded

Leigh Swanson’s college basketball statistics read like those of an NBA player. As a celebrated member of the Seattle University men’s basketball team, the six-foot, eight-inch-tall forward appeared in 20 games his 2008-2009 senior season, shooting a stellar 90.9 percent from the free throw line on 22 attempts.
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24 Reasons We Love Seattle Right Now

The days may be darker and wetter this time of year, but there's no shortage of fantastic ways to spend them. Whether your idea of a perfect winter activity is getting out to revel in the chill or holing up someplace warm, you're bound to find something you'll love in our list of hidden gems and perennial favorites.
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Portland Party Raises Funds for LGBT Causes

Few heads turned when Judge Kemp walked into a Office Depot store in Portland, Oregon, one Saturday evening in May 2015 wearing 3-and-a-half-inch goth rocker boots and an above-the-knee, off-theshoulder little red dress. Kemp grabbed what he needed—some last-minute lanyards—and hurried back to The Old Freeman Factory to kick off one of Portland’s most anticipated and colorful charity events of the year: the Red Dress Party.
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Kids and play: Nonprofit uses technology to expand play-based programming for youth in Southeast Africa

On a dusty field in Maputo, Mozambique, young Debora chases a soccer ball down the pitch with her schoolmates. Ignoring the blazing sun on her back and hot earth on her bare feet, she passes the ball back and forth with her teammates before delivering the kick that makes the goal. Her team erupts in cheers. To most, this snapshot looks like typical child’s play, but there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Debora – like hundreds of other schoolchildren across the world – is taking part in a program designed specifically for vulnerable communities.
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McGuire misfortune spurs building code changes

New specifications address post-tensioning cable in concrete towers. As the McGuire apartment building in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is unceremoniously dismantled, industry experts are shoring up building codes to ensure the mistakes made in the doomed $32 million structure are not repeated. Newly written specifications have made their way through a committee within the Post-Tensioning Institute and are expected to soon become part of the American Concrete Institute’s updated recommendations.
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Labor management breaks free of on-premises constraints with cloud technology

Mobile workforce management company ExakTime, which helps construction, field service, landscaping, transportation, event management, oil and gas, and mining companies maximize productivity with time-tracking tools and processes, enjoyed years of consistent growth. But that growth came with a price.
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Murder, tattoos and hidden treasure: A (not-quite) tell-all with S-Town creator Brian Reed

“S-Town,” the blockbuster, seven-episode podcast released last March, is not an easy thing to describe in just a sentence or two. The story begins as a murder mystery, but soon turns into something much more. It tells a tale of tucked-away tattoo parlors and corruption. It’s about clocks, climate change, stray dogs and dementia.
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About

Sheila Cain

I am a Seattle-based corporate and creative writer providing all types of written material for the business world. Services range from technical and feature writing to press releases and proof reading. I have more than 25 years of experience working as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer.

With more than seven years as the editor-in-chief of a construction trade magazine, I am well versed in the technical applications and industry-specific language associated with the architecture, engineering and construction communities.

I also have extensive experience in the technology and feature writing realm. I have written dozens of sponsored content stories as well as lifestyle pieces for a variety of local and national publications.