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Fredericksburg-area Alpaca Farm! — near Wolf Creek Camp

To visit Beth & Don Weeks’ Fredericksburg, TX-area alpaca farm, call 830-990-9125 & ask about feeding times.  They provide no-charge tours as a gift to kids & adults.

The Weeks’ sell beautiful & soft alpaca wool products in a small, gift shop:  elegant gloves, muffs, scarves & more.

The farm is a commercial operation.  They sell to buyers worldwide.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old Dachshund (mostly indoors) needs loving home within 2 weeks: 918-724-4310 — or will be put down. Doxie “Marcie” hopes you’ll adopt her. 2 Guinea Pig siblings need home(s, too), too.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old “Marcie,” a mostly indoors Dachshund needs a loving home.  Also, available are two, intact (not fixed:  not spayed / neutered) four-year-old, brother-sister sibling Guinea Pigs:  “Cookie” & “Isabel.”  They are tame, like to be cuddled, enjoy watching TV.  Please:  not for breeding.  They need loving home(s), too.

Please call Kristin Thompson:  918-724-4310 in Fredericksburg, TX, if you can offer Marcie, Cookie &/or Isabel a loving, forever home.

Marcie, Cookie & Isabel hope you’ll adopt one, two or all three of them before the literal deadline.  Thank you for caring.


If you can’t Adopt


If you can’t foster


If you can’t volunteer


If you can’t donate


FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters

FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters:

MarktPlatz playground

FBG Morning Rotary Skateboard Park near H-E-B Grocery

Lady Bird Johnson swimming pool with near-by butterfly garden + swimming pool south of FBG Middle School

Wildflower Seed Farm on E. US 290

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on SH 16 — east of Gillespie County Airport & FBO

Science Mill in Johnson City — 1 hr. east of FBG on US 290

Shipping Books for Africa to Atlanta, GA, USA: 404-603-8680. End book famine in Africa!

e-mail me w/ any questions about donating books. Let me know how many books, &  I can guide you in the right direction for moving them: or Brad Mattson, Director Of Atlanta Operations, Books For Africa 3655 Atlanta Ind. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30331  404-603-8680 ATL.

Help End the Book Famine in Africa!   

Dealing with grief: & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

Laid to Rest at Home: How to Plan a Home Memorial Service for Your Departed Loved One

The New Stages of Grief: 5 Tasks, No Timeline

Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:

Supporting a Child When Someone Dies:

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through this Difficult Time:

Dementia Patients and Grief:

The Guide to Pet Bereavement: What to Expect After the Loss of a Loved One:

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue:   340 S Lemon Ave #5780 | Walnut, CA 91789

LifeStories Alive:

You are invited to FBG Morning Rotary’s breakfast on Thur., June 22, 6:45a at The Buffalo Nickel Bar & Grill at 105 S. Llano St. in downtown Fredericksburg – in case our  “LifeStories Alive” speaker* might be of special interest to you & your family.

* Mike O’Krent –  the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, specializes in the making personal history videos for families.

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Mike received his degree in Marketing and Management from Southern Methodist University.

In a life-changing experience, from 1996 through 2000, Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation. It was through that experience he discovered the significance and technique of recording the life stories of loved ones. That formed the basis for his LifeStories business.


Since founding the business in 2006, LifeStories Alive has filmed legacy videos for hundreds of client families and non-profit organizations.

Mike currently serves as a Trustee for Austin’s ZACH Theatre. He has served as the Chairman of the Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) Committee for the Jewish Community Association of Austin from 2009 to the present.

Please call your TX Representative on Tues., April 25 about TX House bill #743: social-work services in public schools beginning 2017-2018 school year.

Please call your TX Representative on Tues., April 25 about TX House bill #743social-work services in public schools beginning 2017-2018 school year.  Costs nothing & supports children & schools.  For your TX representative’s phone number, please visit

Talking Points, below, for your conversation with your TX legislator.  For more information, contact     HB 743 – We Need Your Help!     GREAT news!! HB 743 will be heard on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 26th! Your help is needed now more than ever! Please help by calling your Texas State Representative.       You can find out who represents you here         HB 743 – We Need Your Help!

Please let your Texas State House Representative know that you support HB 743 and would like for him/her to support HB 743. Let them know that it is a good bill, it costs nothing, and it supports children and schools. I have attached a copy of HB 743 and I have included below some information/talking points. If you need any additional information, please let me know.

Thank you for your advocacy. Please contact your Representative as soon as you can. You can also ask as many people as you know to do the same. We need people from all over Texas to call!  We can’t do this without you!     Thank you,     Lara



Purpose      The goal of HB 743 is to adequately recognize and address the psychosocial and basic needs of children in Texas schools so they are able to achieve academic success. Many Texas school children are faced with significant obstacles to learning, such as: as bullying, child abuse, substance abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, suicide, and other personal crises. Social work services are specialized to meet the needs of these students. A social worker is uniquely trained to provide social work services that identify and address these complex problems.  Adding social work services to schools and school districts allows teachers and administrators to focus on their work yet still provides valuable assistance and support to students thereby meeting the needs of the whole child.     Currently, there is not a definition in the Texas Education Code for social work services or school social workers.  HB 743 provides a definition of social work services.

Key Elements of a School Social Worker

  • Work to enhance a school district’s academic mission by addressing social, emotional or societal factors that impact a student’s success.
  • Part of the collaborative mental health care team that provide high-quality, evidence-based practice for a wide range of mental health services.
  • They match their skills to the requests and concerns of schools, which are as diverse as the people of the State of Texas.
  • Utilize a strengths-based approach which views students and communities as parts of systems. When relationships within these systems are cultivated, the opportunity for student achievement is maximized.
  • Activities include: crisis intervention, child abuse prevention and reporting, consultation with school personnel, counseling, linkage to resources, community collaboration, school improvement planning, and policy and program development in the areas of bullying, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, etc.
  • School social workers are licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and are bound by a professional Code of Ethics.


Commonly Asked Questions:

Will there be a cost if the bill is passed?    No. There is no cost attached to this bill.

Does this language mandate a school to hire a social worker?   No. School administrators will not be forced to have a social worker on their campuses.

How do students benefit from social work services?     Social workers pick up where teachers and other school staff leave off. They are equipped to address the social and psychological issues that can block academic progress. Through counseling, crisis intervention and prevention programs, and referral/resource provision and linkage, they help young people overcome the difficulties in their lives, and as a result, give them a better chance at succeeding in school.

Will adding this language take jobs away from existing school personnel or other licensed counselors?     No, the role of school social workers is unique because of their training and the nature of their function at the school. Every campus needs teachers, guidance counselors, grant coordinators and other existing staff. Adding this language is only intended to include social work services among the services available to schools and children.



Hill Country Crisis Council, Kerrville, TX, board members; Phyllis@RicksFurnitureCompany.Net;;; Curtis.Thomason @KerrvilleTx.Gov; OFlores@Ci.Boerne.Tx.US; LWilke@Co.Kerr.Tx.US;;;;; Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US;;;

Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US  Child Protective Services Supervisor – Unit 33   Investigations – Kerr, Bandera & Gillespie Counties   819 Water St, Suite 230; Kerrville, TX 78028   830-257-0240 = Office; 830-928-1882 = Cell; 512-934-9620 = Fax   Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US


Fredericksburg, TX-area camp for dyslexic Kids: Wolf Creek Camp & 720-980-4805 & Joyce@Frontier.Net   For professionally diagnosed dyslexic children ages 7-16:  an intensive 5-week language program.  Individualized for each child:  one-on-one tutoring, using an Orton-Gillingham approach; study hall with assignments designated by each child’s tutor; composition & reading fluency.  Immersion programs helps campers strength language foundation &  allowing them greater success when they return to their schools.  During the program many youngsters will progress through several grade levels in their languages skills.

A variety of outdoor adventures to help campers develop creativity, rediscover enthusiasm, enhance self-esteem, foster individual strengths & enhance their sense of mastery.The confidence campers gain as they successfully participate in these adventures –often translate into a more positive attitude that last long after they leave Wolf Creek Camp.

Outdoor Adventures:  mountain biking, Wild Texas (outdoor & survival skills), woodworking shop, swimming & water play, kayaking & tubing, horsemanship & team-building.

Day campers:  ages 7-10 years old

Residential campers:  ages 11-16 years old

Limited scholarship aid is available, based on financial need.

Discernment process: women’s shelter for FBG?

Discernment process:  women’s shelter for FBG?     George Lumpkin <>; John D. Willome <>; ‘Debra Hadsall’ <>; ‘Bobby’ <>;; ‘Pagan, Victor’ <>; ‘Cindy Heifner’ <>; ‘Connie Eckhardt’ <>; Lou Newman <>;

more aware of the fear-abuse-repeat cycle locally … & thus take proactive, preventive action to break the family legacy of bullying, fear, guilt, blame, sorrow, hopelessness  …  allowing children to learn & model early on … that there are win-win, peaceful solutions beyond violence, threats, win-lose mentality

  1. saving budgeted money within various agencies’ budgets
    1. the school districts (fewer disciplinary issues, distractions & related expenses; less violence, no bullying) &
    2. other social-services agencies & organizations – from having to deal with children failing, being frustrated, acting-out (because they’re so preoccupied with safety issues or because they’re too afraid to meaningfully participate in anything that might bring attention to themselves or their families; etc.); &
    3. local hospitals’ & clinics’ medical & mental-health services: when the physical & mental injuries are eliminated or reduced in severity or reduced in terms of longevity

5- & 6-figure grants, money for college/university, peace fellowships & more: &


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  1. Find out about $30K master’s-degree-level, scholarships for advanced study in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:*


  1. Learn more about Rotary’s 5- & 6-figure global grants … endless opportunities for service-, community- & faith-based & internationally focused folks; also for life-long students; current, former & retired faculty, staff, researchers & administrators at universities, colleges, experts throughout public health** & economic-development fields, too:

*Rotary’s six areas of focus for global grants:  [1] fighting disease, [2] providing clean water, [3] saving mothers & children, [4] supporting education, [5] promoting peace & [6] growing local economies  — via [a] humanitarian grants, [b] vocational training teams** & [c] scholarships.  Rotary’s six areas of focus build international relationships, improve lives & create a better world to support peace efforts & end polio forever.

**  Public health, healthcare experts &/or researchers, economic-development & other subject-matter-experts are needed by Rotarians & their community partners – for the planning & implementation of The Rotary Foundation’s five- & six-figure global grants.

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Prevent Human Trafficking in the TX Hill Country:; & 888-373-7888 & 888-3737-888;     PO Box 591321; San Antonio, TX  78259  a healing community for sexually exploited girls

Human-Trafficking:  Claudia Macias-Clark:  Claudia Clark, M.A., LCDC; Director of Client Services; Hill Country Family Services; 114 W. Advogt; Boerne, Texas 78006;;  830-249-8643

People in the hospitality industry, hotels & motels, rental units, restaurants, retail businesses, recreation, service stations, grocery stores & quick marts, public transportation, medical facilities, drug stores, assistance ministries & more. 

 Any of us might be in a position to identify someone who is being trafficked – would you recognize them & would you know what to do to rescue them safely? 


  • the six precursors to human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking
  • the most recent research data of child prostitution/sex trafficking in Texas
  • who the victims usually are and the “disguises” of the traffickers
  • the “red flags” that may identify traffickers and their victims
  • how to safely respond when you suspect a trafficking situation

Recent data:   313,000 people in Texas are currently human trafficking victims, nearly 79,000 are minor & youth sex-trafficking victims; 234,000 are adult-labor trafficking victims.

This data is from Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas, published research by University of Texas Austin Graduate School of Social Work in December 2016.    For the full report 110 page report go to: & Trafficking-by-the-Numbers-2016#from_embed

On 10/4/2016 there were 6,374 escort profiles listed on various Internet sites that service the Hill Country. These escorts were listed to serve the Hill Country cities of Kerrville, Ingram, Comfort, Harper, Medina, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Lakehills, Scenic Oaks, Fair Oaks Ranch, Cross Mountain, Helotes, Blanco, Johnson City, Timberwood Park, Bulverde, Shavano Park, Hondo, Mason, Junction, Castroville, Canyon Lake, Sabinal, La Coste, Llano, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals, Kingsland & Selma.    One Backpage site had 85 registered escort profiles just for Kerrville, TX.

e Hill Country Alliance Against Trafficking, a coalition of nonpartisan organizations, non-profit agencies, & pub Hill Country Alliance Against Trafficking:

  • American Association of University Women – Hill Country Branch
  • Freedom Loans
  • Hill Country Crisis Council
  • League of Women Voters – Hill Country
  • Schreiner University Campus Ministry
  • Schreiner University AAUW Interest Group

For more information, please contact Meg Scott-Johnson, League of Women Voters -TX Human Trafficking Issues Chair for Legislation at

$cholarShip$ for Feb. 16 & 17 Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families in Lubbock, TX:

limited number of scholarships for the upcoming McKenzie Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families. &

Dealing with death



Helping Your Child Deal With Death


Overcoming the Loss of a Child Without Drugs or Alcohol: A Parent’s Guide


How Grief Can Make You Sick


Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age


How to Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse


How to Avoid Family Conflicts after the Death of a Parent


Coping With the Death of Your Pet