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What’s New in the My World

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Well, I’ve neglected this blog for awhile. My apologies. I need to get back on track with my writing and updating.

This post will be simply about me and my life.

I’ve been on a major diet for my health this year. I’ve lost 56.2 lbs. on a medically-managed diet through my local hospital. I signed on for a 2-year program to lose weight and keep it off. I’m 20 lbs away from my health goal and 33 lbs away from my personal weight loss goal. I’ve consistently lost some weight each week for the last 18 weeks. So, I’m healthier and happier.

I’m still an avid homebrewer. My brand is Kilted Hop Brewing and I’m having a lot of fun and success with it. Kilted Hop Brewing has won 7 medals in amateur homebrew competitions for both beer and cider in Illinois, Ohio, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. I continue to brew for my family and friends and just enjoy life.

I’m also helping my lovely wife launch her craft jewelry business. She is running it under the name LeftHand Jewelry & Designs. You can see her on Facebook at She is going to be at her first show, Baconpalooza in DeKalb, IL on July 27th, 2013. (

I’ll add more beef to this blog in the future. I just wanted to get some news out there.

Thanks for reading,


Todd Powell Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Todd PowellSpring is coming and it’s in the air….except for today. Today, it’s rainy and cold. But, yesterday was great and the day before that…and the day before that, etc.

But, while we go to work and do all the things that come with our daily lives, others are soul searching and/or finding out what they’re made of. Today’s post is all about my new nephew, Todd Powell, age 25, who is, as I write, hiking the Appalachian Trail for six months.

He began his journey on Thursday, March 16, 2006 in Chickamauga, TN and will be hiking 2,174 miles up to Maine before he is done.

So far, according to his travel journal, he’s seen every kind of weather from icy teens and snow to 80-degree heat. All of this is being done with a backpack on his back and minimal provisions. I’ll give you more updates as time goes on but, for now, I’ll leave you with a couple of links.

Todd Powell’s (Grinds) Travel Journal

About the Appalachian Trail