Small Woodlands Annual Meeting

Last night I attended (well, presided over) the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Coos Curry Small Woodlands Association Annual Meeting and Dinner.  This was my second year as President at the meeting.  We had about 50 people in attendance.  The meeting went quickly and we even got a long motion by the Scholarship Committee dealt with (approved with one amendment). … Read More

In Memory of Adam

My cousin Adam cast aside his earthly restraints on December 31st, heading off into the vast spiritual unknown to seek out whatever new adventures are in store for him.  His body was found at his cabin by his friend, Jim Hollenbeck, who came up and told me. After talking with Jim, I called the Sheriff to see what needed to … Read More

Family Tree Puzzle

Now that Christmas is over and everyone has received and opened their gifts, I can post the project that I completed and sent to a number of my family members!I got the idea from Family Tree Magazine and it looked like something that would be perfect, especially given that I’m currently working on the family tree. The Family Tree Puzzle … Read More

Christmas and Family

I’ve been doing quite a bit of genealogy work recently, gathering up family documents and entering them into my new Family Tree Maker software.  Genealogy and documenting my family tree is something I’ve been working on for years and now I finally feel like I’m getting a handle on it. In doing some research on-line yesterday, I came across this … Read More

New Website Launched

I just completed the first phase of the website for the Coos Curry Small Woodlands Association.  This website is a resource for CCSWA members and local small woodland owners. I designed and made the site as a volunteer.  This was my first website using java-scripted menus.  I think they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. The … Read More

Oregon Country Fair

Yesterday we went to the Oregon Country Fair.  If you haven’t ever heard of it, it’s an amazing collection of people and events.  I can only describe it as “21st century hippies meet the Renaissance Festival”.  People in costumes, children, really cool buildings and art creations, nature, good food, incredible stuff to buy (all handmade and very creative) … just … Read More

Traveling by United – Again

Next weekend (the 17th), I fly to Dallas to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Soapmakers Convention.  I’ll be speaking about the growth and development of the handcrafted soapmaking industry and soap and cosmetic labeling requirements. I’m excited about going and looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  What I’m NOT excited about, is flying on … Read More

I’ve Been Roasted!

I just got back from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference in Palm Springs, CA.  It was an awesome 3-day experience!  Being the current President of the Soap Guild, I had responsibilities while there and was involved in the preparations (although Leigh O’Donnell, the Conference Chairman, was truly the mastermind behind it all).  I loved having the opportunity to see old … Read More