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Welcome to Oodles of
Any time my family sits around and
wonders, out loud, about this or that
one of them will usually speak up and say,
ďIf only there was a magic box that could
answer that?Ē We laugh. The internet is a
wealth of information but, O My Goodness,
trying to find whatís useful can sometimes
be frustrating and take way too much time.
From the time we get up until the time we go
to bed our time is filled with commutes,
work, games, lessons, tutoring; the best we
can, pets, chores, dinner, and trying to
find time to relax when the day is done.
My goal, through this website, is to provide
ďone stop shoppingĒ as they say.
From food to automotive, the making of
tinctures, buying organic, useful tips, what
really works and what to expect, make it
yourself, buy locally, and best of all,
saving time and money. I've experimented
so you donít have too; that is, unless you
really want to. I also want to promote
living responsibly in an ever fragile world.
Welcome and enjoy your time at Oddlesofinfo.com
frequently as pages are still being
developed and new information is consistently added.
The first time I
saw Eva was in high school. She came to our school from a
neighboring town. Eva was a wild child, a free spirit with
a smile on her face, head held high and a walk of confidence
that shouted security and independence. I looked on in awe.
Eva was only
there for a short time and I didnít see her again for over
20 years. I come across a lot of names in the nature of my
work and so when I saw hers, her last name is not common, I
knew it had to be her. It certainly was.
Eva and I
reconnected and as I came to know of her knowledge of wild
crafting and growing herbs, etc., I became excited,
especially when she told me she would teach me. I asked her
to join me in putting together this website. We talked
about all kinds of ideas and we agreed that Eva would film
some of ideas or projects as I explained them. Eva did not
want to be in front of the camera.
The wildness had
been tamed to some degree but she still possessed a free
spirit, the same smile. She held her head high, in a good
way, and the confidence and independence I had known still
seemed to be intact.
Sometime in late
spring I got a message from Eva asking me to remove her from
the site. I reluctantly did as she asked. I didnít
understand the withdrawal and tried to talk with her about
what was going on. The meeting that we tentatively set up
never materialized. After all, how do you tell someone you
are dying? Eva didnít want to be an inconvenience nor did
she want a fuss to be made over her. For whatever her
reasons, Eva went it alone.
There is rarely a
day that goes by that I donít think of Eva. I tell her
frequently I miss her and several times now Iíve wished her
a Merry Christmas. At the time, when Eva cried, I really
didnít understand the aguish in her tears. Eva was tough on
the outside but not necessarily so on the inside. I think,
whether men or women, at times we can feel as though we are
a scared child on the inside. I know sometimes I feel that
way and I think Eva felt that way too.
I donít think Eva
realized just how beautiful and how smart she was, how much
she had to offer. There is nothing that she couldnít have
done and she would have had all the support in the world
from family and friends that loved the person she was.
Cancer sucks and
cancer took a very wonderful person away from us.
Eva, I look
forward to seeing one day and celebrating all that is
beautiful about you.