#76–Presentable, presentation & presents . . .

Two and a half weeks later and it still feels like there’s something on my face. But there’s nothing there when I reach for it.

This past week marked 2 /12 weeks since surgery, a long-scheduled presentation, and my birthday.

Two and a half weeks past melanoma surgery and I’m looking good enough that people don’t really notice unless I mention it—especially if it’s head-on with  glasses. I never knew what it was like to have a good side and bad side before.

Head-on with  glasses, I look almost normal.

Last Tuesday I gave a presentation to a second PEO group here in Florence at the home of a friend. There were about 25 present and it went just fine. Since it was only to be 20-minutes, I didn’t do the PowerPoint. Too bad, with a PowerPoint presentation, you can dim the lights and focus attention on the photos on the screen. Without PowerPoint, it was bright lights and focused on me. It went well,  and there was only one surgery-related problem. The swelling below my one eye still affected my vision when looking down and trying to read a script. I had to hold it up  in order to see it well enough to read with both eyes. That was a surprise.

Without the PowerPoint, I hand held photos for the audience to see and passed them around. One photo showed  McCullough’s sketches of the five bridges drawn a year before any of them were begun. Today, the four bridges still standing look exactly like those sketches of October 1933.

McCullough and his bridges are covered in this book that covers the world’s most famous and important spans.

And I passed around Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Famous and Important Spans by Judith Dupre. The book covers the bridges of Conde B. McCullough and has a large photo of the Siuslaw River Bridge because it best represents McCullough bridges. This always impresses audiences—especially Florence audiences.

In Bridges, the Siuslaw River Bridge photo is the main photo used to represent McCullough bridges.

The audience was attentive and had questions afterward, and I even sold a few books.  I also got a few sign-ups for the new book––The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans.

On Thursday, I received a great birthday present from ODOT. When I checked my email, there was a terrific photo of the Haynes Inlet Bridge. I had given up when I was told that they didn’t have any available to send. But one of the fellows in the video department thought there was one somewhere. Unbeknownst to me, he continued looking until he found it. I was so pleased to get a photo that shows the whole bridge with all three arches. The one we have is a lovely photo, but shows only portions of two arches. So I sent the new photo on to my publisher, Bob Serra of Pacific Publishing, the same publisher that we used with Crossings.

Another birthday present was a purchase order from Powell’s ordering six more books. When I confirmed the order and added an FYI about the new book, the response was that they were indeed interested and to let them know the ISBN number and price as soon as possible, so they could enter it in their database. Yippee!

Then the next day I met with Bob, and received the best present of all––The Crossings Guide in its first draft with all pages laid out. There was the cover and all 48 pages with text and photos where they are supposed to go, including the Haynes Inlet Bridge photo. It was my first glimpse of the cover or of any of it laid out.

Tne first look at The Crossings Guide cover.

On October 22, the day before my face surgery, I had given Bob the file of photocopies of all photos noting where each belonged with credits and captions and the disks where they could be found as well as sending all emails with photos for the book. Now that everything has been put together, it’s my turn again. At this stage of production, I’ll be the editor and go through every word and photo and check everything. This is the exciting part when months of work all come together, and for the first time, it’s actually looking like a book.

The I.L. Patterson Bridge crosses the Rogue River at Gold Beach. Each bridge covered in the book will have a color photo, edit, and at least one historic photo.

So I have my work cut out for me for the next few days. I’ll let you know how it goes next week. Won’t be long now. . . .




Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges can be yours for $24.95 plus $4.99 shipping. Order from Pacific Publishing at http://www.connectflorence.com or pacpub@oregonfast.net. It is also available on the coast in bookstores, museums, and gift shops; in Eugene at the airport, the historical museum, and several bookstores; in Portland at Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society; in Made in Oregon stores throughout the state; and more and more bookstores, libraries, and museums in western Oregon. This book makes a good coffee-table book. With the holidays coming up, it would be an excellent gift.


The second book The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans––will cover 15 bridges and have at least one color and one historic photo for each one. The cost will probably be $15 plus shipping. This book will also be published through Pacific Publishing. This guide with its sturdy cover will travel well. When heading for the coast, don’t drive 101 without it.

Current happenings:

The half-hour interview with Dr. Veronica Esagui for the “Author’s Forum” program on public access TV in the Portland Metro area ended it’s two-week run June 1-14, 2012, but can be seen on YouTube in two parts: Google Judy Fleagle YouTube.

Upcoming events:

February 9, 9–5, Bridge Tour, Outward Ventures, Florence campus, Lane Community College––This bridge tour includes 12 bridges with many stops from Depoe Bay to Coos Bay and has a lunch stop at a fabulous restaurant in Depoe Bay. Once the new catalogs are out, sign up at the Florence campus or online. A fee will be involved. I will be the bridge tour guide.

About crossingsauthor

Judy Fleagle spent 22 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades and 21 years as editor/staff writer with Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines.Since 2009, she has written five books: "Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges," "The Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans," "Around Florence," "Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known," and "The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED!!!."
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2 Responses to #76–Presentable, presentation & presents . . .

  1. Don Meyer says:

    I gave my review of your first ‘Crossings’ book about 10 days ago. No power point, so I was doing what you did. I had printed out a number of photos, and passed them out. Our small group (about 8 people) really enjoyed it.

    • Prior to writing Crossings, whenever I was in the audience at a PowerPoint presentation, I would be in awe of the technology. But at the same time, I hated it when they had all words up on the screen and then read them to you. AARRGGHH! But photos really enhance a presentation. And now that I’ve got a new laptop that won’t leave me in the lurch, I love doing a PowerPoint presentation! So I missed having it the other night. Due to the shortness of it–20 minutes–it worked well without it.

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