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No-kill animal shelter benefit in Lubbock: Mon., July 10, 2017: 6p dinner & 7p presentation at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Slide Rd. Contact MSeymour9@SuddenLink.Net or 806-799-3439

Please participate &/or e-forward to animal lovers.  Thank you.

The Rev. Bill Miller,* noted author, public speaker and priest will speak at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Slide Rd. in Lubbock, TX.    Dinner @$20* at 6p.  Presentation at 7p.**

*  Tickets for the Lubbock event are $20 — including dinner & complimentary beer & wine.  Tickets are available in person (limited hours) or by mail:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Slide Rd., Lubbock, TX  79416.     Tickets are also available at Animal Medical Center 5204 80th Street in Lubbock.

Donations at the Lubbock event will go to 4 Legged Friends of Lubbock.   For more information call 806-799-3439 or email MSeymour9@SuddenLink.Net

** An avid music lover, Miller founded four jazz festivals and collaborated with musicians to create ten different jazz masses utilizing the music of Coltrane, Ellington, Armstrong and others. His live music venue, Padre’s, opened to rave reviews in the West Texas arts town of Marfa in May 2009.  Currently he is rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana.     Fr. Bill writes: “As many of you know my dog Nawiliwili Nelson has cancer. He was given between 3 and 12 months to live and he is already on month 7! Wili and I are planning a special road trip together this summer in July. It’s called “On the Road Again: The Last Howlelujah!” We’ll be sharing stories from “The Gospel According to Sam, Sinbad, Lili and Wili.” On Monday, July 10th, we will be speaking at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 7:00 pm.  We’ll be autographing and pawtographing copies of The Gospel According to Sam and The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God.

CONVERSATIONS WITH DOG: REFLECTIONS ON “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAM” is an edgy, honest, often hilarious exploration of the spirituality in the everyday world inhabited by humans and their animal friends. The “Sam” in the title is Miller’s Airedale, a lovable “wounded healer” of a dog who survived a house fire that burned off his ears but could not extinguish his spirit. Grounded in faith tradition and furry revelation, Father Bill shares humorous stores about his “Holy Trinity of Terriers” – Sam, Jack and Wili.  DOG explores the meaning of a “spirituality on all fours” that is grounded, earthy, honest, affirming and real.

THE BEER DRINKER’S GUIDE TO GOD: THE WHOLE AND HOLY TRUTH ABOUT LAGER, LOVING, AND GIVING   Being upright does not mean you have to be uptight! Fr. Bill’s collection of stories opens our minds to the glory of God and our mouths to some of God’s more delicious creations. Touching on the themes of gratitude, openness and spiritual transformation, this engaging, inspirational message takes the listener on a journey from the deeply touching to the laugh-out-loud funny.  You’ll want to raise a toast to religious truth so joyfully embraced and expressed.

Leadership Kerr & Leadership Gillespie County

Ask Blake.Laird@BankOnCB.com about applying for Leadership Kerr &/or for being a Leadership Kerr presenter (about the Community Foundation) for “Community Infrastructure Day” or some other related topics.

And here’s the Website for Leadership Gillespie with application deadline:  Leadership Gillespie County:  www.Fredericksburg-Texas.com/Gillespie/Gillespie_County_Leadership_Program.aspx    During my LGC year (ending May 2016), Paul & I co-presented via a taped interview – about the Community Foundation … during our all-day Community Infrastructure Day.

 As I understand it – because you / the Community Foundation have offices in Kerrville & in FBG:  you are eligible to apply for each of the year-long Leadership-training classes.  Even though one or both programs may say that successful applicants must have lived in the county for at least 12 mos., I’ve seen selection committees make exceptions … based on individual applicants’ pervasive community-wide job relevance.

 

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:  Sldr99MPLS@Yahoo.com or Brad Mattson, Director Of Atlanta Operations, Books For Africa 3655 Atlanta Ind. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30331  404-603-8680 ATL.    www.BooksForAfrica.org

Help End the Book Famine in Africa!   

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How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training: https://lc.itslearning.com/

How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training @$20 per year: https://lc.itslearning.com/ & use your e-address as Username

via Chad Bayard, Course Development & Client Support, EdTek Services, Inc.;  800-827-1593 x 5   https://files.itslearning.com/help/en-US/ApplicationHelp.htm 

Alice.White@TTU.edu     Alice.White.7616

Southwest Collections at TX Tech Univ. in Lubbock, TX

Southwest Collections / TX Tech Archives at TX Tech Univ. in Lubbock, TX:  SWC / SCL, TTU, 2805 15th St., Lubbock, TX  79409-1041

Lubbock Rotarians Dr. Monte Monroe & Dr. Jennifer Spurrier

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 www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

Talking Points, below, for your conversation with your TX legislator.  For more information, contact SchoolSocialWork2017@GMail.com     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    http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx         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

 

INFORMATION/TALKING POINTS

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.

 

 

Money — financial aid — for college

Individuals & organizations that may have scholarship &/or grant money &/or paid internships or jobs – to help with college expenses.   And if you’re thinking, “What do I do & say if someone contacts me?” then feel free to e-mail (Alice.White@TTU.edu) &/or call 830-990-8101 … to brainstorm-for-fun about additional tips that may effectively guide you in being an even more powerful advocate for yourself.

In the meantime, there are some proactive steps that you may want to consider doing right now:

  1. Contact community foundations in your geographical area (e.g., Austin Community Foundation & San Antonio Area Foundation) & local service organizations (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis clubs) & find out their deadlines (& if there’s still time to apply for scholarships, then offer to e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships & grants – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/ him/or the assistant in person);
  2. Contact the college / university where you have been accepted  to get the names, e-addresses, phone #s & Website addresses of folks who have the following kinds of job roles:
    1. Director of Financial Aid (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person);
    2. Director of Work-Study Program: proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for on- or off-campus jobs during college …– to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    3. Assistant(s) in the College of _____ – or whatever your university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    4. Assistant(s) in the Department of _____ – or whatever your chosen college of university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    5. Director of the Career Center to inquire about job &/or paid internship opportunities for current students – especially opportunities with local professionals in your chosen area of study  (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    6. Sponsor &/or Pres. of the Student Government / Student Council organization – that oversees all student organizations & on- & off-campus activities (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person

Bottom line:  there are probably money & jobs “out there … somewhere for YOU”  — to help with your college expenses … if you’re willing to politely & steadfastly pester others to help you find the money you need.  And as you can probably infer from the system (above), after you get your own basic steps done the first time … it’s simply a matter of replicating your steps & personalizing your message a bit … for the next resource-person on the list.

35 fascinating, trivia facts

Did you know?

1. A strawberry isn’t a berry but a banana is.
2. Avocados and watermelon are berries, too.
3. Cashews grow on trees like this:  Twitter: @emyswimy

4. And Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks like this:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Katy Stoddard / Via Flickr: 68067047@N00

5. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
6. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
7. Carrots were originally purple.   Flickr: 61355725@N00  

8. McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
9. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
10. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
11. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

12. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.   Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for TV Land

13. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
14. Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

15. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.  cropsinpots.blogspot.com

16. Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.
17. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.

18. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.

19. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%

20. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.     Flickr: sionakaren

21. Pineapples grow like this:  Flickr: hiyori13

22. Quinoa is the seeds of this plant:  en.wikipedia.org

23. Kiwis grow on vines:  Bignai / Getty Images

24. Ginger is the root of a plant:  youtube.com

25. And cinnamon is just the inner part of this tree:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Abby Flat-coat / / Via Flickr: 22912005@N06

26. And artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds. This is what they look like when flowered:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Wayne Marshall

27. “Spam” is short for spiced ham
28. Popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
29. Apples, like pears and plums, belong to the rose family.
30. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
31. Peas are one the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil:  Flickr: avlxyz

32. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.

33. The twists in pretzels are made to look like arms crossed in prayer.

34. Canola oil was originally called rapeseed oil, but renamed by the Canadian oil industry in 1978 to avoid negative connotations. “Canola” is short for “Canadian oil.”

35. And no matter what color Froot Loop you eat, they all taste the same.

 

 

 

Fredericksburg, TX-area camp for dyslexic Kids: Wolf Creek Camp

http://www.WolfCreekCamp.org & 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.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing re-election in Missouri, where Trump won by nearly 20 points. And it was Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Tammy Baldwin’s once reliably blue states of Michigan and Wisconsin that ended up putting Trump over the top.

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5- & 6-figure grants, money for college/university, peace fellowships & more: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/areas-focus & www.Rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships

 

  1. Apply for Peace FellowshipsRotary.org/en/peace-fellowships & RotaryPeaceCenters@Rotary.org

 

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

*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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Libraries face drastic cuts!! How you can help libraries get funded.

Libraries face drastic cuts!!  Please help!!     The White House budget that was released yesterday calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services(IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and United for Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries our community members especially our kids will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life. Scroll to the bottom of this email for a quick explanation of IMLS.     Here’s what you can do right now:

Call your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Tell Them:       Hello, my name is ____________________.  As a voter and as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS Community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

Email your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Sample Email:      Dear Madam/Sir,

As one of your constituents as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I am writing to ask that you oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

In addition to calling or emailing, share on Social Media and help us spread the word:    Sample Tweet   [INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] Americans depend on libraries to succeed in school & prep for jobs. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Please forward this email to your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others and ask them to take 5 minutes to make a difference for libraries!

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for. In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000. Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

The messaging above was developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association and their executive director, Beth Yoke.  Many, many thanks for their quick and articulate response to this crisis in the making for libraries!

Thank you,    Beth       Beth Nawalinski     Deputy Executive Director     United for Libraries     The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations     A division of the American Library Association     859 W. Lancaster Ave, Unit 2-1     Bryn Mawr, PA 19010    800-545-2433, ext 2161
bnawalinski@ala.org    www.ala.org/united

Prevent Human Trafficking in the TX Hill Country: LWVTx-Trafficking@GMail.com; Info@RansomedLifeTexas.org & 888-373-7888

Info@RansomedLifeTexas.org & 888-3737-888   http://www.RansomedLifeTexas.org; Facebook.com/RansomedLifeTexas     PO Box 591321; San Antonio, TX  78259  a healing community for sexually exploited girls

Human-Trafficking:  Claudia Macias-Clark:  Claudia.Clark@HCFamilySvcs.org:  Claudia Clark, M.A., LCDC; Director of Client Services; Hill Country Family Services; 114 W. Advogt; Boerne, Texas 78006;  www.hcfamilysvcs.org;  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: https://www.scribd.com/document/337465150/Human & 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 LWVTx-Trafficking@GMail.com

Beginners’ guide to using “hashtags” # — to get favorite Websites “high” on the e-search-engines’ lists

Beginners’ guide to using “hashtags” # — to get favorite Websites “high” on the e-search-engines’ lists:  http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/what-is-hashtag/#oFqrQ3fmhPqc