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Love isn’t blind
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We have all heard the phrase, “Love is blind.” Its origins are unknown to me but I understand its point. Sometimes we simply can’t comprehend why someone is in love with someone or something. While it may not make sense to anyone else, when you are in love with a person, a place or a thing, it makes perfect sense to you. And that’s all that matters. Scientists who have done research on this broad topic claim that pheromones, chemicals we and other animals generate and secret, attract other members of the same species. This process was probably necessary for us when the human race was just getting started. We may have had trouble sorting out who was a friend or foe, and this fine tuning was genetically developed by our bodies over time to help us. With this chemical working at its optimal level, we knew who we could get close to and who we should avoid. This biochemical reaction still happens in us today but many of us are so out of tune with the foundational aspects of our elemental – and marvelous – selves that we either ignore the response or don’t understand it. This is especially true when we observe others responding to their attractions. We judge by our own standards ignoring the preferences unique to each individual. I believe that we are attracted to certain people, places and things for very specific reasons. Imagine how beneficial it would be if we all were able to reconnect with that true nature of ours. I think that when people live in a place they absolutely love – I’m looking at you Wimberley – they are unconsciously responding and following through on that biochemical impulse. When a person is unhappy either with where they live, who they live with or what they are doing, that they are not following their instinct. We celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, and with that as inspiration, I say love isn’t blind. We may just need to check up on our sight to what our heart, and pheromones, know is true. Thank you for joining us.
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✯ CALENDAR OF EVENTS ✯ Visit WVNewsViews.com • Every Mon.-Thur. 4:15-8:30pm. Katherine Anne Porter night school to service those who have a few credits to graduate or cannot attend high school during the day. Free to attend. Applications can be found at www.kapschool.org or call (512) 847-6867. • Every 1st Mon. Wimberley Merchants Association meets at the Sassy Scrapper’s at 6:15pm. For more info call 512-847-6544. • Every 2nd Mon. Wimberley Valley Art League meets at the Wimberley Community Center at 6:30-8:30pm. Visit WimberleyArtLeague.org for information. • Every 2nd Mon. Wimberley 4H meets during the school year at VFW on 401 Jacobs Well Rd. Wimberley. Every 2nd Mon. 10am the Jacob’s Well Chapter NADAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) meets at the Emily Ann Theater. For information contact Laura Chalberg at email@example.com. • Every 3rd Mon. The Wimberley Area Parkinsons Association meets at the Chapel of The Hills Church, 14601 RR 12 in Wimberley from 9-11am. Caregivers, friends, and relatives are welcome. Guest speakers and general discussion. Parkinson’s exercise program For more information contact. Paul 361-265-8161 or visit WimberleyAPA.com. • Every Tues. 6:30-8pm. Community Bible Study, An Interdenominational Bible Study. 2019-2020 Course of Study: 1&2 Peter, Joshua and Christian Living. To register call 512-808-9156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Every Tue. Wimberley Home Health offers free blood pressure monitoring 10-10:30am at the Wimberley Community Center in the Seniors Lounge. • Every Tue. The Wimberley Rotary Club meets at Wimberley ISD administration building, 951 FM 2325. For more info call 512-847-2510. • Every 1st Tue. the Wimberley Community Center hosts free medical checks 9:30-10:30am. For more info call 512-847-2510. • Every 1st and 3rd Tue. the Wimberley Lions Club meets at the Wimberley Community Center. Call 512-847-0207 for info. • Every 2nd Tue. Wimberley Masonic Lodge meets at 181 Masonic Road, meal at 6pm and lodge stand meeting at 7pm. Call 512847-3463 for more information. • Every 2nd Tues. Art Society of Wimberley meets in Art Room. 100 Melody, 7pm. Call 512-964-7333. • Every 2nd Wed. Sep. Through May, Wimberley Garden Club meets at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection at 101 West Spoke Hill Drive. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Programs start at 10 am. For more information visit WimberleyGardenClub.org. • Every 2nd Wed. 11:30-1pm. Wimberley Area Cancer Support Group meets in the Wimberley Visitors Center board room, brown bag lunch. If you have cancer now or in the past, grab your lunch and join us for a relaxing time with others who share your journey. Call Sharon East at 512-924-2002 or Dave Boyd
at 512-923-9373 for additional information. • Every 3rd Wed. August thru May, 9:45-12am. The Herb Society of America Hill Country Unit meets at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 956 RR 2325, For more information visit HillCountryHerbs.org. • Every 3rd Wed. EmanciPet Low-Cost Mobile Spay/Neuter cinic in Brookshire parking lot. Appointments required EmanciPet. org or 512 587-7729; contact ARF for more info 512 8472878. WAG for dog vouchers WimberleyWAGRescue.org or 512 847-3200. Dog/cat vouchers PALS PreventaLitter.com or 512 754-7257. • Every 4th Wed. Hill Country Neighbors meets at Wimberley Community Center starting at 10am. For more information contact 512-847-2849. • Every 1st Thur. The Wimberley Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group meets at 1pm at the Presbyterian Church Library on FM 2325. Contact Linda Germain at 512-924-3661. • Every 2nd Thur. The Hill Country Bead Society meets at 1pm at the Wimberley Community Center, Blanco Room. Contact Marilyn Pierce, for more info call 512-722-3549 or visit HillCountryBeadSociety.com. • Every 2nd and 4th Thur. 7pm Wimberley Toastmasters Club meets at First Baptist Church Wimberley, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley. Toastmasters teaches public speaking and leadership. For more info contact Amy O’Neil at email@example.com. • Every 3rd Thur. Live concerts, best music in the Hill Country at Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse, 7:30pm; $20-25 for adults, $5 for children. Food, coffee and soft drinks available. Corner of RR 12 & CR 1492 (Wimberley United Methodist Church.) For more info go to www.wimberleyumc.org Proceeds benefit Barnabas Connection & Mother’s Day Out scholarships. • Every Fri. Celebrate Freedom 6-8pm, pizza, 5:30pm Cypress Creek Church. Call 512-847-1222 or visit CypressCreekChurch.com. • Every 2nd Sat. Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail. Visit ten galleries for art, food and fun, 4-7pm. Call 830-708-7433. • Every 2nd Sat. WAG Rescue’s monthly dog adoption at King Feed. Call 512-847-3200 for more information. • Every Sun. The Wimberley Cycling Club fun no drop ride 10-20 miles. Meet 2:30pm Blanco Brew coffee shop. 14200 Ranch Rd 12. Join us on Facebook @Wimberley Cycling Club for more info. • Every Sun. 4:30pm, The Wimberley Chapter of Overeaters Anonymous meets at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church, 956 FM 2325, in the room left of the library. OA is for anyone who has compulsive eating issues (overeaters, anorexics and bulimics.) We follow the 12-step recovery program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. For more info, please contact Aida at 512-787-8313. • Fri. Feb 14 Valentine’s Day
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Making the most of everything Powered by sunlight, plants thrive best in sun exposure similar to the light where they evolved. With more light than they need, they suffer from leaf scalding and desiccation. With less light, their stems and leaves may be sparse, weak, and pale. When physical needs are supplied by the environment in just the right proportions, plants grow well and prosper, fulfilling their full genetic destiny by growing healthy leaves, flowering, and making seeds and fruit. Like most living things, plants can survive without the perfect blend of their life requirements, and many spend their lives making the best of what they have available to them. They may not be the largest or most productive specimens but eke out an existence using the nutrients and light available to them, growing slower, weaker and more susceptible to disease and insect predation than their healthier counterparts. They may never get the chance to pass on their natural heritage to another generation. People have similar needs. At a minimum, we need water and air, protection from the environment, some degree of safety, and food. Becoming fully human, though, requires more, including friends and family, belongingness and the struggle for significance that we all share as we pursue healthy self-actualization and love. Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we can barely imagine what it must be like to make do with much less than
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we need, yet much of the world does just that. Potable water and modern sanitation are nearly universal in developed countries, but a third of the world lives without them. Things in short supply in the developing world, like food, education, social services, banking, technology, and the freedom to explore all possible expressions of our potential are readily at our fingertips every day. I hope we are all filled with gratitude to live in such bounty. Can we do less than pledge to do what we can to see that all the people of the planet are able to enjoy it as well? Horticulturist Tim Thompson has managed the garden center at King Feed and Hardware for the past 25 years. They offer everything you need to have the garden of your dreams without stressing your budget. Pick up Tim’s Tips, free one page sheets on how to carry out dozens of gardening projects available only at King Feed Nursery. Call Tim at 512-847-2618.
Oak Wilt management in the Texas Hill Country by Jim and Debbie Donaldson
One of the most valuable assets on your property are oak trees. They add beauty and value. Property values can drop significantly where there is a large tree die off. Oak Wilt arrived in the Hill Country years ago and is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States. What most people do not realize is that there are proven methods to slow the spread of Oak Wilt and treat trees to reduce mortality. One of the best resources to help us understand Oak Wilt is www.texasoakwilt.org. Most experts agree that it takes an integrated management system to control the spread of Oak Wilt. Below is a summary of steps that are proven to diminish the spread of Oak Wilt. Prevent new infections: 1. Do not cut or prune oak trees from January through the end of June. Always paint cuts and wounds. 2. Cut down and remove diseased Red Oak trees. Red Oaks host the fungal mats which are incubators for the disease. Beetles feed on the Red Oaks and spread the disease to healthy oak trees that are cut or wounded and not painted. 3. Do not store wood from infected trees near healthy trees. Wimberley Valley News & Views
Stop the spread of disease through the root systems: 1. Trenching and clearing is a proven method for controlling the spread from one tree to another via root systems. 2. Check for resources on the Oak Wilt website for this method of control. Treat High-Value Trees with Fungicide: 1. Consult an arborist with a certified Applicator’s license. 2. Select oak trees that are high-value and begin a regimen of treatment. Plant trees not susceptible to Oak Wilt: 1. Increase diversity on your property by planting trees that are not affected by Oak Wilt. 2. Texas A&M Forrest Service has a list of excellent choices to promote a disease-resistant yard. Let’s work together and do our part to control the spread of Oak Wilt. If you suspect you have Oak Wilt begin by going online to www.texasoakwilt.org for resources. Jim and Debbie Donaldson are Sales Agents with Keller Williams, Partners in Real Estate Group, in Wimberley. They moved to Wimberley in 1993 and enjoy helping sellers and buyers have an awesome real estate experience. You can reach Jim at 830-8573371 or Debbie at 512-665-9588 or by email at jim.donaldson78@ gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 5 February 2020
Planting new trees: Timing and technique You may already know that fall and winter are great times to plant trees in Texas. But you might not realize that what your tree looks like out of the pot and how it’s planted can make all the difference in its survival. The following steps will increase your tree’s chances of thriving: Inspect the root system. Roots may have circled their pots during the growing process, and these can girdle and eventually kill the tree. Loosen and spread out the roots. If some circling roots have become woody, they may need to be cut (not torn). Locate the root flare, the place where roots begin to spread at the stem base. If too much soil was added to the growing pot at the nursery, roots may have grown up over the root flare, and the root flare should not be buried. Dig a hole three to five times the diameter of the root ball and not too deep. A narrow hole encourages root circling and inhibits good establishment. Since roots begin establishment within the top foot of soil, planting too deep will deprive roots of adequate oxygen. Positioning the root flare slightly above the soil line will encourage better root health. Apply a two- to four-inch layer of wood-chip mulch to the drip
line away from the trunk. This will help moderate temperatures, retain moisture, improve soil quality, and discourage lawnmower and weed-whacker damage of the trunk and surface roots. Do not build the mulch around the stem “volcano” fashion. Stake trees only if necessary. Trees need movement to develop girth, taper, and healthy roots. A description for proper staking, and other great tips on tree care, may be found at www.treesaregood.org. Monitor moisture needs. Moisture deprivation is a common reason for young-tree death. A generous watering delivered quickly won’t have time to saturate the root ball. A slow watering with a soaker hose (or similar method) will ensure more effective moisture delivery. Avoid the urge to overwater. Following these steps and planting now will give your tree a head start as it takes root in its new home. A Wimberley resident, Steven Austin is a member of the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and ISA Tree Worker/Climber Specialist. His expertise includes integrated pest management of trees and shrubs and state-ofthe-art organic treatments. He holds a commercial pesticide license with the Texas Department of Agriculture and is Texas Oak Wilt Certified by the Texas Forest Service. Steven is an Arborist Representative for Bartlett Tree Experts. Call 512-392-1089 or toll-free at 800-443-8733.
Achieve your financial goals in 2020 When we set goals, it is always with high expectations and good intent. However, a few months into a new year many will struggle to stay on track. What we are missing is a solid plan of action to guide and motivate us so we stay on the path to achieving our goals. Here’s a plan to keep you on track: 1. Identify what you want. We often don’t reach our goals because they are not what we want, but what others say we should want. 2. Assess your financial situation. Once you’ve set your priorities and know what you want to achieve this year, review your complete financial situation. The objective is to obtain a complete understanding of your income and expenses, so you can create realistic financial goals. 3. Set SMART Goals. Each goal should state specific and written monetary amounts and the time frame to achieve the goal. 4. Make a plan. Once you’ve specified your goal, create a plan to make it a reality. 5. Place a visual reminder of your goal in sight. What do you track to achieve your goals? • A budget. A budget will provide a visual representation of your spending activities, income and expenses. If you’re looking for ‘extra’ money, identify ways to reduce your expenses, specifiWimberley Valley News & Views
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cally non-essential expenses that tend to add up, such as frequent restaurant dining, online shopping splurges, etc. • Expenses. Closely tracking your expenses helps you commit to your budget and ensures you have extra money to apply toward reducing your debt or increasing your savings. • Defined steps to achievement. Create a specific plan with defined steps to achieve your goals. Thank you for your referrals! Since I work by referral, your business and referrals are essential to my continued success. I’m always here to serve you, whether you need a reputable tradesperson or discuss your financial goals with a professional you can trust. Call me for a referral to a Professional in my network. Whenever you have a question, contact me for an honest answer and advice. I’m happy to share my knowledge and expertise about our market and the real estate process. Allison “AJ” Harwood, JD, MBA, GRI, is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES the Local Wimberley RE/MAX office and is Wimberley’s “Peak Producer” offering Professional Representation for both Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate Transactions. He may be contacted at 512.847.“SOLD” 7653 or at AJ@ REMAXRealProperties.com or drop by our Wimberley office located at 201 Stillwater Suite #1 in the South River Business Park, Wimberley, Texas 78676
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Undiscovered treasure Before writing this article, I was thinking over what I should talk about. As I went over the list of incredible services the library offers I came to a sad realization. I hardly utilize the library. I’ve never done much more with the library than borrow CDs and play D&D. That’s all fine, but there is much more the Wimberley Village Library offers that I’ve never used, which is shameful. With this article I’d like to remind us all that the library is an amazing resource that is under-appreciated and under-utilized. Listing all the resources provided by the library in this article is impractical, but it’s necessary you know what they are, so please visit https://wimberleylibrary.org/ and look for yourself. I hope you notice the quantity of services that are indispensable to private businesses, for example, cheap printing and free notaries. I hope you saw the services that benefit the less economically fortunate people of Wimberley, such as free wifi and computer access. I pray you read about all the boosters given to highschoolers such as myself, like tutors and volunteering. I could list for decades the benefits the library gives, but there isn’t time for that. If I could leave you with one message, it would be that the library is indispensable. Two years ago the library foundation board sent a questionnaire to Danforth and WHS with a purpose of finding out how educated the students were about the services provided at the library. The
results were depressing. The student body wasn’t aware of half the resources. One of my friends told me how cool it would be if the library had drones. They had drones. I’m aware few kids involved in that questionnaire are reading this, but I don’t doubt the same ignorance exists among adults. Why is it that we are so blind to the library’s gifts? I can't answer, but I can promise that if we utilize the library, Wimberley would benefit greatly. Thus I beg you to research and take advantage of what the library can do for you. Sophia Fox is a sophomore at Wimberley High School, and the teen representative on the board of the Wimberley Village Library Foundation. She is a member of the National Honor Society who loves playing D&D and performing live theater.
Address landscape problems now As I’m writing this, we’ve had all sorts of crazy weather. From warmer than normal temps to high wind and fire alerts, to a ton of rain. Kind of throws a kink in the works when you start to think about landscaping! With all the diversity it does give us a chance to see what, if any, problems we have that might need to be addressed before we get to the fun part. Let’s start with the high wind and fire alerts. Now is a good time to tackle creating a firebreak around your place. It’s a lot of work yet the results are not only pleasing to look at but also give us some reassurance that if a fire does start, it won’t come close to our homes. Removing piles of dead brush and cedar trees that are close to structures would be first. Next, by excavating a twenty foot area of native grasses around your structures, you can ensure that a fire would stop before it got close. Even piles of leaves can fuel a fire. Sometimes being cautious is the way to go. Second would be the issue of water. Was there any flooding, undermining or standing water? There are so many options to “helping” that water move along and find a suitable place to end up. These options can also be incorporated into your final plan so Wimberley Valley News & Views
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as not to look just functional but be a point of interest. Berms and swales can divert the water, which can be caught in a dry creek area with a gentle slope below ground to move the water. There are so many different choices when it comes to river rock colors, textures and sizes. Throwing in either a limestone boulder or two for a native look or dressing it up with a lichen-covered moss rock boulder can add to any project. Creating pockets with the boulders for plantings can give the creek an added beauty and naturalness. If rain coming off your roof is more than your gutters can handle, rain chains can diffuse the water and make for another neat thing to look at as the water falls into the dry creek. Make sure if there are beds at your drip line that plants are in front of that landing spot. After all the functional issues are taken care of, the fun can begin. It’ll be interesting to see what the next few months of winter hold for us. In the meantime, stay warm and dry. We’re here to help fulfill your “outside dreams.” Call us for a free consultation and design. Lindley Pond is owner of Lindley Pond Landscaping. We are here to make things out of your reach happen. Don’t hesitate to call or email. We’d love to help you design the shady spot you deserve. We’ve been helping folks in Central Texas for over 15 years. Give us a call for design and installation of your new “lawn.” Contact us at 512-775-1629.
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During times of drought, there is a great deal of concern with the possibility of wells going dry in the area. Many people are forced to take action when they no longer have a constant supply of water to their home. Some have to replace well pumps, only to find that the old pump failed due to low water conditions. Others must drill new wells in order to access a larger supply of water. In most cases, these repairs are unexpected, and time-consuming. During severe drought, many well service companies are overwhelmed with calls, causing some families to endure days without a supply of fresh water. A water storage tank would be helpful to many of these homeowners. The benefits of a properly installed storage tank are numerous. These tanks are normally installed near the well so that the well pump sends the water directly into the storage tank. This removes much of the back pressure from your well pump so that the workload on the pump is greatly reduced. The water can be sprayed into the top of the storage tank, eliminating odors which may be present. The water is then re-pressurized by an external pump which can maintain higher pressure, and is much less costly to repair or replace than a submersible pump. Protection systems are also available for both pumps to ensure longevity. Even on existing storage tanks, an early warning system, such as a light or alarm, can be installed to activate when the water in the tank drops to a certain level, indicating the need to check your well for problems. This buys you the time you need to contact a professional. Should you happen to run out of water before the well is operational, there are water delivery services which can bring you a supply of water to replenish your storage tank, thereby maintaining your day-to-day routine while you await repairs. For homes in remote areas, stored water is also a valuable asset for firefighters. Now is an ideal time to consider adding a storage tank to your well. Then you will be prepared before another Texas summer takes it’s toll on your well. Randy Lawrence is the owner of ProQuality Water Systems, a full service water treatment company. He is one of only six Class III Certified Water Treatment Specialists in Hays County (LIC# WT0002693). With over 20 years of experience he has serviced Wimberley and surrounding areas for over a decade. “When you want quality, call a pro.”
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The patient build “It’s such a slow process. All has time to be corrected and adjusted as needed. We want to learn and improve, but there is no need to stress.” One of the karate students said this to me a few years ago, and it has stuck. He was right. It takes five years of regular training to reach black belt. A steady climb is the best, but you can’t hurry it. If you do, you will have holes and weaknesses in your mental and physical abilities. Since then, I have found that the best things in life come from slow builds. Raising kids is a good example. You just can’t hurry that. And a good relationship with a significant other is another. Also, the slow build guarantees success. There is time for course corrections. You won’t hit a wall. You have put your resources of time and energy into it, but, if done right, it is never too much. Think about it from a yoga point of view. Peace and balance are not achieved overnight. And it is the nature of it to be continually knocked out of peace and balance. But the slow build generates a core mental and physical strength that is resilient. It may be temporarily weakened, but that can even be welcomed. The process is so powerful that the practitioners love the build. They always want to build more, because the journey is so rewarding and never too
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much. Learning to enjoy the patient build in both karate and in other areas of life is the most rewarding gain from my martial arts training. I have applied it to soccer and ended up playing in college. I have applied it to business and have had great success. I have applied it to relationships that are truly rewarding. The patient build is where true balance lives. Sarah owns Wimberley Karate and Yoga Studio located in the old Baptist Church by Blue Hole. Senior’s Only Karate class Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm. No experience required. Call 512-9718528, visit WimberleyKarateAndYogaStudio.com or find us on Facebook.
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The 411 on chemical peels
by Karen Laine, Para-Medical Aesthetician
If you want more flawless, youthful Deep chemical peel: Extremely dramatic results occur with skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, deep chemical peels, however, you can expect healing time to be you’re describing results you can get necessary. Your doctor might also recommend that you keep your with chemical peels. Here’s a more in- face protected from the sun permanently to avoid changes in skin depth look at what they are, the results color. Again, pre and post peel treatment with a pigment suppresyou can expect, and whether this skin sive home care product will be required in addition to mandatory care treatment is suitable for your com- sunblock use. plexion. Before you schedule any type of chemical peel, your skin What is a chemical peel? This treat- should be professionally evaluated and the skin care treatment cusment breaks down the uppermost dead and dehydrated layers of tomized according to your specific needs. The goal is to determine skin to create a firmer, more youthful appearance with fewer wrin- the chemical peel that will provide maximum results with minimal kles and a more even skin tone. There are a variety of chemical down time. peel options, which is why you might have seen diverse chemical peel reviews saying different things about recovery time, mainte- Karen Laine is a para-medical aesthetician and makeup artist with 23 years experience. Contact her at 512-847-8052. Her office is nance, and overall results. Light chemical peel: Many people with minor skin issues located at 14500 Ranch Road 12, suite 20, in Wimberley. choose a light chemical peel. It improves texture, clarity and skin tone while reducing wrinkles. It’s subtle at first, but with repeated treatments, the results are more apparent. No recovery period is necessary for light chemical peels, but it’s best to protect this new, undamaged skin layer with sunblock to preserve the results. Medium chemical peel: After a single medium chemical peel, the skin is noticeably smoother and younger looking. Patients might need a bit of time to heal after the procedure. It’s wise to avoid sun exposure for several months after the peel so the color of skin doesn’t change. Use a pigment suppressive home care product pre and post peel. The use of sunblock is highly recommended. Wimberley Valley News & Views Page 9 February 2020
Dentistry from the heart On Friday, February 16, 2018, my staff and I will be hosting the fifth annual Dentistry From The Heart – For the Love of Chance event which is a free day of dentistry for anyone who needs it. As a growing number of Americans lack dental insurance, we felt this was a great way to address many related health problems and give back to our community. At last year’s event we provided over 75 people in our community with free dentistry totaling over $30,000 worth of free dental treatment. Adults 18 and over are eligible to receive either a free cleaning, one filling or one removal on this day. Dentistry From The Heart is a nationwide nonprofit organization that was founded 16 years ago as a way to provide aid to those in communities throughout America with free dental treatment. Today, more than 300 annual events are hosted in the U.S., with me hosting the event in San Marcos, along with participating dentists, Dr. John K. Drisdale and Dr. Charles Reeves. I realized that citizens in San Marcos and surrounding areas could really benefit from such an event and it provided me with a way to give back to a community that has given so much to me over the years. Even closer to my heart though is being able to provide these services in the name of my son, Chance, who passed away in 2010. Chance was also involved in the dental field and had
by Robert Donnelly, DDS
a very giving heart. This is a way for me to honor his memory in the community that he loved. Registration will begin on Friday, February 16 at 7:30am and is based on a first come, first served basis with the last patient seen at 4pm. Our first patient in 2017 was in line by 10pm the night before. Participants should dress for the weather conditions as they will be waiting outside in a triage area until they are called in for treatment. Music, food and a raffle will take place during the event. If you or someone you know would benefit from these services we hope you share this information with them. Please call our office at 512-396-5225 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at www.SanMarcosDental.com. Come see why Dr. Donnelly was voted a Super Dentist by Texas Monthly Magazine and Best Dentist in Hays County!
J. Robert Donnelly, D.D.S. Master of The Academy of General Dentistry
1337 Thorpe Lane San Marcos, TX 78666 512-396-5225 Fax: 512-396-7022
Litigation: You be the judge Hays County is fortunate to have three new judges at the Court at Law and District Court levels as of January 2nd. To all of our fine judges, my sentiment is “you be the judge.” I want each of them to do their job which involves viewing each matter objectively. On the other hand, as a trial lawyer, I want to pick my side and advocate aggressively for my client’s position. It helps to understand how difficult the role of a judge is. A judge is expected to be objective and generally dispassionate regarding each case. Often the judge has no control over the types of cases he or she must consider. Many of those cases may be of types the judge never encountered as a practicing lawyer, and in some instances, may involve areas of the law the judge did not even have the opportunity to study in law school. Most non-federal trial court judges do not have briefing clerks to research the law or draft documents for them, so they must either rely upon briefs submitted by the lawyers in the case, or they must find time in their hectic schedules to do research themselves. The judge’s time must be allocated to a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting hearings on motions, bench trials (a trial to the court sitting without a jury), empaneling juries and presiding over jury Wimberley Valley News & Views
by Roland Brown
trials, issuing or denying temporary restraining orders and other ex parte orders, reviewing motions and briefs submitted by lawyers, reviewing and signing judgments and other orders as well as numerous other responsibilities. You and your lawyer want a busy judge to see your case from your perspective and to make timely rulings favorable to you. This requires a combination of passion, persistence and patience coupled with good legal briefing and the ability to distill a case to its essence so that it is easily digestible by a busy judge. If your lawyer, your advocate, is consistently getting good results at the courthouse, it is likely that he or she has a good understanding of the role and needs of the trial judge. Roland Brown is a litigation attorney with forty-plus years experience handling civil litigation throughout Texas. For more information call 512-847-2500 or visit RolandsLaw.com.
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Could you survive a no-spend month? Would you take on a 30-day challenge to spend money only on necessities such as rent, utilities, and groceries? During a no-spend month, many common activities — including dining out, buying movie or concert tickets, and shopping for clothes — are avoided at all costs. The idea behind a 30-day challenge is that the time period is just long enough to help change bad habits without seeming intolerable. If frugality isn't normally your forte, closely scrutinizing your spending could reap hundreds of dollars in savings. More important, it could help identify ways you might be wasting money on a regular basis. Start by setting a positive goal for the money. Will you use the extra savings to pay down credit card debt or build up your emergency fund? Here are some other ways to prepare for a successful challenge. Time it right. Periods that include major holidays, planned vacations from work, and family birthdays are probably not the best for taking on this type of household experiment. On the other hand, it could be ideal to begin the new year with a "fiscal fast."
Establish rules. Take your fixed expenses (i.e., rent/mortgage, utilities, phone bill, insurance payments) into account when planning your no-spend month. Evaluate your typical monthly discretionary spending to figure out where you can reduce or eliminate your spending for the month. Plan to break patterns. Fill up your freezer and pantry with groceries and collect ideas for easy homemade meals. Steer clear of your personal spending triggers, which could mean staying off the Internet or waiting until later to meet up with friends who are big spenders. Seek out free and fun entertainment. You don't have to stay home for an entire month. Spend the day visiting a public park or beach, or look for free concerts, outdoor movies, art festivals, workshops, and other special events hosted by community groups. Stay focused. When you get tempted to spend, remember your goal for the money you've saved. Keep a record of your progress to have a tangible reminder that your efforts will pay off.
Scott G. Hackett, CFP® is the president of the Hackett Financial Group LLC (HFG), a fee-only registered investment advisor. Contact Scott at 512-847-0630.
Be careful what you wish for My brother works in software development. He has told me that one of the tongue-in-cheek curses that you can give to a software engineer is to say, “may your webpage deployment be far more successful than you had expected!” That sounds on the surface like a benevolent wish but, like the Chinese proverb, “may you live in interesting times, “ it’s actually a malevolent wish that you be overwhelmed. I never thought we would be saying this, but a similar type curse for an alpaca ranch these days would be to say, “may you get nothing but five-star reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor.” The ranch tours have turned out to be far more successful than we had anticipated. We love showing people around the ranch. We always have. Because Rhonda spends a lot of time with ranch guests making sure that they’ve had a good experience, we have been a bit overrun with visitors. We actually do have a policy: Please call ahead, make an appointment, don’t bring dogs, bring shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, keep the kids under control, take all the pictures you want, and ask lots of questions! We know that sometimes travelers just happen upon our ranch, and we like to accommodate them, but Rhonda is spending several hours a day giving tours when alpacas need to be trained, bred, and fed instead, all the things that we really need to have done for a working ranch. So, I guess this is a form of an appeal. Please come visit! But Wimberley Valley News & Views
by Scott G. Hackett, CFP®
by Kern Deschner
call Rhonda or Jenny first because they may not be able to accommodate without warning, and they hate to turn people away. It is not fair to the visitors that did schedule their visit. We are also now having to charge a fee for visits because we have to pay workers to take care of the ranch work while tours are being given. We are working on developing a visit-scheduling link on our website that hopefully will make this easier. We also may be developing different levels of visits. Right now, if you schedule a visit and pay your tour fee, you will have Rhonda’s or Jenny’s undivided attention for about two hours. However, maybe you just wanted to come and take a few pictures and we are thinking about making that an easier option. After all our years promoting these wonderful animals, we have suddenly found ourselves a little too successful. We hate applying the brakes but the welfare of the animals is our primary concern not to mention Rhonda’s and Jenny’s sanity. We want to continue to provide quality tours but that’s going to mean we need to control the volume. We hope that everyone understands that we are not trying to discourage visits, just control them. We’re trying to make sure that visitors get a memorable experience. Rhonda and Kern Deschner are experienced alpaca ranchers raising alpacas through all kinds of Texas weather since 1997. Tierra Prometida Alpaca Ranch can be visited by calling Rhonda at 512753-9962, or at email@example.com.
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A refreshed you for the new decade Considering a new you for the new year? Twenty-twenty can be the year for revealing a refreshed “you.” Many women (and men) I talk with consider cosmetic surgery procedures because they want to look and feel better about themselves. This can increase our sense of self-confidence and can have the ability to help us reach certain goals we are working to achieve in our lives. We often make resolutions to break bad habits, diet to lose weight, commit to a regular exercise routine to promote healthy living. At my office, we believe that beautiful results are enhanced by leading a healthy lifestyle. We would like to help you fulfill your New Years’ resolution by helping enhance “you.” The top five cosmetic procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, nose reshaping, and eyelid surgery. Breast augmentation can help give you desired volume or restore lost volume to the breasts particularly after pregnancy. Liposuction is a great contouring technique that can sculpt areas of your body that have been resistant to diet and exercise and a tummy tuck can significantly flatten the abdomen giving you your shape back. Combine a breast enhancement procedure with a tummy tuck in and the results can be quite powerful and give you your body back. Simple things like frown lines, crow's feet and even smile lines can also disappear with
by Rocco C. Piazza, M.D
non-surgical options including Dysport®, Botox ®Cosmetic or a filler like Juvederm® or Restylane® giving you a refreshed look with almost no downtime. I agree that plastic surgery is not the only solution, but it can make a positive impact on how you feel about yourself. Most importantly, having realistic expectations is the key to achieving a successful and rewarding result. From my experience, the positive emotional impact can be exponentially greater than the actual physical changes. Regardless, I wish you much happiness and peace in the new year! Rocco C. Piazza, M.D is a Diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as a national spokesperson for the ASPS. Piazza Center is located at 7900 FM 1826, Health Plaza II Suite 206, Austin, Texas 78737. Rocco can be reached at 512-288-8200. Visit the web site www.thepiazzacenter.com.
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What is regenerative healing? What is regenerative medicine? by Breca Tracy, PhD
Regenerative healing could be described as restoration and healing by natural supplementation. Regenerative medicine products can assist the body in healing itself, when otherwise it is unable to do so on its own. Current estimates indicate that approximately one in three Americans could potentially benefit from regenerative medicine. The regenerative field holds the promise of rebuilding, recreating and repairing damaged tissues and organs in the body by replacing damaged tissue or by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms to heal tissues or organs. Regenerative medicine refers to a group of biomedical approaches to clinical therapies that may involve the use of natural products derived from umbilical cord blood, amniotic tissue, and/or directly from mesenchymal stem cells, to name a few. REGENERATE, PLLC in Dripping Springs’ mission is to help as many people as possible in our community, surrounding communities, and around the world. We do this by working with market leading innovators and science-based biologics manufacturers. We offer a robust line of biologic products and supplements to activate cellular and genetic behavior. REGENERATE has partnered with leaders in the industry to expand and apply the science of cutting edge biologic technologies. Wimberley Valley News & Views
At REGENERATE, our goal is to provide our community and patients access to the best innovative technologies and regenerative biologic products available. Natural healing is important to us, and now alongside scientific advancements, we are able to help the body heal naturally by supplementing the body with healing tools and mechanisms it once had. Regenerative medicine is often defined as the process of replacing, re-activating, or "regenerating" human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. A group of biomedical approaches to clinical therapies may involve the use of stem cells, cell signaling molecules, platelet-rich plasma and/ or peptides. Examples include cell therapies, immunomodulation therapy, and tissue engineering. We encourage you to come learn more about regenerative medicine and regenerative therapies. We have a very unique team of experts here in Dripping Springs. Come see us, call us, or email us! We have a very unique team of experts here in Dripping Springs. Come see us, call us, or email us! Dr. Breca Tracy currently serves as Director of Science & Operations at the Stem Cell Center Dripping Springs. Breca has resided in Dripping since 2007 after obtaining her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 512-368-4548, 800 Hwy 290 W, Building F, Suite 200.
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Smart phones and text neck The holidays have come and gone. The presents are all unwrapped and now the new phone accounts are open and your teenager is frantically looking at YouTube, Google, Facebook, or Instagram. Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding the subway. And while it’s great that we rarely need to venture beyond our pockets for entertainment, our bodies are beginning to retaliate—and mourn the pre-texting days. So, what exactly are these contemporary conveniences doing to our bodies? A surgeon-led study that published in Surgical Technology International assessed what impact surgeons’ head and neck posture during surgery—a posture similar to that of smart-phone texters—has on their cervical spines. With each degree that our heads flex forward (as we stare at a screen below eye level), the strain on our spines dramatically increases. When an adult head (that weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position) tilts forward at 30 degrees, the weight seen by the spine climbs to a staggering 40 pounds, according to the study. How pervasive of a problem is this? According to the study, the average person spends 14 to 28 hours each week with their heads
by Dr. Jeremy Kethley, PT, DPT
tilted over a laptop, smart phone or similar device. Over the course of a year, that adds up to 700 to 1400 hours of strain and stress on our spines. As a result, the number of people dealing with headaches, achy necks and shoulders and other associated pain has skyrocketed. Trained to address postural changes and functional declines, the physical therapists at Kethley Physical Therapy are well-versed in treating this modern-day phenomenon, widely known as “text neck.” Over time, this type of poor posture can have a cumulative effect, leading to spine degeneration, pinched nerves and muscle strains. Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist can help people learn how to interact with their devices without harming their spines. The PT will prescribe an at-home program that includes strategies and exercises that focus on preserving the spine and preventing long-term damage. Exercise is an important part of taking care of our spines as we age, but what we do when we’re not in motion matters, too. So next time you pick up your smart phone or curl up with your e-reader, do a quick check of your head and neck posture. Your body will thank you for years to come. Jeremy has been practicing and serving the Dripping Springs community for the past 17 years in Dripping Springs. Kethley Physical Therapy has two locations at both ends of Dripping Springs and they have eight physical therapists ready to help you or your athlete.
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Urinary stones by Tracy Sheffield, RVT
Quick, name something that dogs, cats, turtles and iguanas all have in common. Without having to give it much thought, you probably came up with the correct answer, bladder stones. What are bladder stones, how do animals get them, what are the symptoms and how can they be treated or prevented? All of these questions come up when an animal is having urinary issues. Urinary issues are the first symptom that bladder stones may be present. Frequent, repeated attempts at urination and or blood in the urine are the common symptoms that owners notice. To understand what is going on with bladder stones it is important to know that there are three different kinds of stones. It is important to know what kind of stone it is because each type needs to be addressed differently for treatment and prevention of re-occurrence. Struvite stones are usually caused by urinary tract infections. The bacteria create an enzyme that leads to an environment favorable for stone formation. Treatment involves both the use of antimicrobial medications to deal with the infections and a special diet that will alter the acidity of the urine and allow the stones to dissolve. Calcium oxalate stones frequently occur in certain breeds of dog (Yorkies, miniature schnauzers, shih tzus) and also in cats. They cannot be dissolved and require surgery for removal. Dietary management can play an important part in reducing the risk of future stones. Urate stones are caused by a genetic condition in some breeds of dogs (Dalmatians, Jack Russels and bulldogs) but are also seen with liver disease, especially in dogs or cats with liver shunts. Urate stones can be dissolved in some pets with a combination of special diet and medications. Owners can help in the diagnostic process by keeping a careful record of what foods and treats the pet eats. If a urinary tract issue arises this record will help with establishing effect treatments. Talk with your veterinarian about stones and their prevention and treatment. Your pet will be very glad you did.
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Tracy Sheffield, RVT works with her husband, Dr. Mike Sheffield, at Wimberley Veterinary Clinic. Wimberley Veterinary Clinic sees all kinds of animals, dogs, cats, horses, birds, pocket pets, reptiles and other exotic animals. Make your boarding reservations online at WimberleyVetClinic. com or call us at 512-847-5630.
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