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A capoeira demonstration by the group Senzala Evry in Dammarie-les-lys, France last year. (Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen)

(Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen)

About this time last year, I was going to the gym relentlessly, going from cardio machine to cardio machine, counting reps, lifting weights.

Frankly, I was bored. I was bored with the “stillness” of the movements and I’d gotten to the point where just the thought of the gym atmosphere was nauseating.

I heard about capoeira through word of mouth and began watching a series of youtube videos to educate myself on the Afro-Brazilian martial art. The capoeiristas looked like they were dancing but fighting at the same time. They appeared to be concentrating deeply, but their movements were smooth and free.

I had to try it for myself.

Join The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut, the World Affairs Council and Impact Hub Seattle for The Scenario Thursday Sept. 18th

The Scenario is a global current events game, co-hosted by Crosscut Public Media, the World Affairs Council, Impact Hub Seattle, and the Seattle Globalist, in which issues and situations from around the world are applied as if they’re occurring right here in the Northwest.

Join us Thursday September 18th, when we’ll tackle the challenge of climate refugees in the Pacific Northwest.

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Sara McCaslin’s last day with The Seattle Globalist will be Friday August 22nd. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Next month, Seattle Globalist editor and youth program coordinator Sara McCaslin will start a new position as communication lead working on print and digital strategy with SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust.

Sara has been with The Seattle Globalist since 2011, when she joined the team as a part-time contractor supporting Globalist youth programming. She became the organization’s first full-time employee in September 2012, when she took on editorial, youth programming, and communications roles.

McCaslin has been a huge part of the Globalist’s early years. In today’s farewell post we’re celebrating some of her biggest contributions. We can’t fit ‘em all in one post — but here are a few of our favorite things about Sara McCaslin: