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ON THE ROAD Carnival workers find a way to see the world - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com April 13, 2016 Page 1C PHOTO COURTESY OF IT'S ABOUT THYME Tobacco attracts detrimental bugs away from other plants. Bugs become addicted to the nicotine in the plant and in- habit the plant until they die. ast year 'Mighty' Quinn Peterson oined us here at It's About Thyme garden center from Texas A&M. We were in the midst of a particularly serious infestation of aphids and white flies following the torrential rains of the spring. Quinn advised us to place small tobacco plants at the entrances of the greenhouses. He germinated the minute seeds himself, and in a few weeks we had some fairly good sized plants.., which immediately became full of 'bad bugs.' This was pretty fascinating as they actually left our 'good plants' to seek out the new plant in the house. I was intrigued. About Thyme by David K. Sargert Quinn explained that the bugs are drawn to the nicotine, become addicted and will stay and not leave until death. Ugh, I thought, this is bad stuff. Perhaps the Surgeon General should be made aware of this. I took a few of his baby plants and placed them in our new medicine, butterfly and hummingbird gardens. I planted them at the north and south exposures as I figured IT'S ABOUT THYME, 3C On April 20, 1999, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold started shooting fellow students at Columbine High School outside of Denver. Less than an hour later they had killed 13, wounded more than 20, and committed suicide. It was the worst high school shooting in U.S. histol~z. Unfortunately, it would not be the last. Dave Cullen's "Columbine," widely recognized as the definitive account of the tragedy, dispels many myths about the tragic event and provides insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists, and the perpetrators' own words and drawings, to help explain what led the two teens to kill. For the last 16 years, Dylan Klebold's mother Susan has lived with the unimaginable shame and sorrow of that day. In grappling with the tragedy, she wonders what happened to her once-promising son. Were there signs she missed? Had she, as a mother, done something wrong? Could she have done anything differently? In "A Mother's Reckoning," Susan chronicles with unwavering honesty her journey to attempt to come to terms with Check it Out by Jane Ray the unimaginable actions of her son. (All author profits are donated to mental- health related research and charitable organizations.) She traces her family's life from their earliest days through the wrenching aftermath of the devastation her son left behind, which she knows will never end for her family or the families of those whose lives were taken on that horrible day. Emotional and unforgettable, Susan draws on numerous interviews with mental health experts, as well as the videos and writings Dylan left behind, to understand brain health issues. She hopes the insight she has gained will help other families recognize a child in distress. With over 11% of the U.S. teens aged 12 to 17 suffering from at least one major depressive episode in 2014 (according to the National Institute for Mental Health) and school shootings continuing to occur, the need for understanding is urgent indeed. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III AND DAVID WHITE Central Texas Speedway hosted the inaugural Hays County Fair, Music & Crawfish Festival Thursday through Saturday. The event featured live music, carnival rides, games, go-kart rentals, helicopter rides and crawfish. Above, Trent Chisholm of Louisiana Wild helps prepare some of the 1,500 pounds of crawfish served over the weekend. a wom an osln BY PAIGE LAMBERT news@haysfreepress.com Losing a loved one is always difficult, especially for young children. A Dripping Springs ISD graduate and now Buda resident has created a way to open the dialogue of talking about loss with preschoolers. Lauren Flake published "Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler's Guide to Losing a Loved One" March 21. The 28-page illustrated book talks about a loved one's passing in a way that children understand. Flake's mother passed from early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013, when Flake was pregnant with her second daughter, she said. The next year, Flake wrote a sonnet when her two-year-old began calling her grandmother a pretty bird, she said. "My mother-in-law cried when I read it to her on the phone," Flake said. 'And she said you need to publish this." Currently there are few books that deal with loss and are geared to young children, said Kim Lauer, Bethany Lutheran Church children's minister. She said many books focus on how parents can talk to their kids about death. "This will help a little child deal with loss and it's perfect for the age COURTESY PHOTO range," Lauer said. "It's so visual and simple it will help them grasp it a little better." DEALING WITH LOSS, 2C + + , i[ i tiilf I