Napa to Charlottesville — the "Napa of the East Coast"



I commute from Napa to work at the U.S. Treasury's San Francisco Financial Center.  I created this video of the Carneros region of Napa where I live on my small farm where I grow my own organic vegetables and fruit: chard, kale, peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, squash, plums, apples, blackberries, and of course - grapes! See my "Fall Harvest" here.


Meet the San Francisco US Treasury's 
Innovation & Technology Team:

AnneMarie Arnold, 
 Innovation & Technology Team Co-Lead


Kevan Gross, 
Innovation & Technology Team Lead
Kevan Gross led the Intertek "HOPE" presentation at our SFC Town Hall Meeting. 
Town Hall Meeting Presentation:
interTEK + you = HOPE 
I designed this "HOPE" poster for InterTEK Team "President" Kevan Gross who
spoke at the SFC Town Hall Meeting.  The words on the poster read:
"As a technology leader for FMS, we will expand the knowledge and use
of technology to build tomorrow's business."
We like to entertain our audience; the theme of this presentation
was obviously "HOPE"  --  hope for a "Greener" future through
the increased utilization of higher technologies. 



"Improving Your Communication Style" 
By AnneMarie Arnold, Commander's Initiative Group "Leadership Workshop" 12/2015


Creativity embraces both hard and soft thinking. The most powerful creative thinking occurs when the left and right hemispheres of the brain combine to apply both 
generative and evaluative processes.

‘Hard’ and ‘soft’ thinking are terms often associated with creativity and they reflect the neurological processes associated with different hemispheres of the brain. Research suggests that the right side of the brain is visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details (soft thinking). The other hemisphere - the left brain - is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole (hard thinking).
The right side of the brain is often associated with characteristics such as intuition, imagination, emotions, feelings and artistic creativity. The left side is more usually associated with planning and organization, logic, analytical thinking and deduction. The right side of the brain is sometimes referred to as the ‘artist’, whereas the left side is regarded as the ‘judge’.
The distinction between hard and soft thinking can be illustrated in the following way:
Reference:
(n.d.). Research summary - fostering creativity. Retrieved on May 6, 2012 from http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk/resourcesandcpd/research/summaries/rsfosteringcreativity.asp