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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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'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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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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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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5 of the Most Amazing Homes in the Pacific Northwest

From modern masterpieces to 5-Star Built Green homes, we’ve rounded up the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful houses and how to get the look in your own home. An award-winning Winthrop home by famed local architect Tom Kundig balances big valley views with intimate spaces. You know a house is special when the least impressive thing about it is the 360-degree, panoramic view.
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Best Nights Out: Greenwood Karaoke Crawl

If the idea of bingo conjures ideas of smoky, fluorescent-lit Grange halls, think again. Seattle's Greenwood Senior Center has put a fresh twist on the retro group game, and its monthly Bingo Karaoke Night is one hot ticket.
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The Home Team: Seattle's top designers offer tips and tricks for how to get the home you love

Whether you're a longtime homeowner or just signed the lease to your first apartment, transforming any space from an address to a personal abode can be daunting.
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Waterfront San Juan Home Brings the Outdoors Inside

A San Juan Islands vacation home practices an open-door policy with the outside. When the doors open wide at this waterfront residence on one of the San Juan Islands, it’s hard to tell where the indoors ends and the outdoors begins. Sliding glass panels at both the north- and south-facing sides of the1,600-square-foot house retract to open up the entire living area to the sights and sounds of Rosario Strait’s rocky shore.
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Block Party: Nine neighborhoods that are hot right now

Despite reports of the demise of Seattle neighborhoods, we found several in and around the city that are thriving. While some are in the thick of a major growth spurt, others are suddenly sleeper hits, in that sweet spot where expansion is imminent but a prime parking spot can still be nabbed on the first pass.
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Innovative Therapies for Autistic and Deaf Youths

Local therapies tackle new demands of adulthood through life skills and mental health support. For Carrie, a Kenmore resident with severe autism, it’s all about the car ride. The 18-year-old loves the journey, says her mom, Lynn Vigo, but once they arrive at their destination, particularly if it is new, it can be quite an ordeal for the 5-foot-tall Vigo to get Carrie—who has a good 8 inches on her mom—out of the car, much less into an unfamiliar building.
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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.