Visit to B&B Grocery in Des Moines

I had the opportunity to visit Des Moines, Iowa and made sure I stopped by B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli.  I used to babysit the owners, Joe and John Brooks, when they were a lot younger.  I love them and their little butcher business as much as they love me and my children’s book.

Barbra Bass with John and Joe Brooks

Visit to YESS in Des Moines, Iowa

Barbra Bass Visits YESS

I recently visited YESS (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter) in Des Moines, Iowa along with 3XWrestling owner Todd Countryman.  I learned of YESS after a conversation with Countryman, who is a volunteer at the shelter.  Jana Daisys gave me a great tour and educated me about YESS and their mission.

YESS is a private nonprofit organization serving children and their families in Central Iowa. The agency opened in 1973 as a drop-in center for runaway teens and has grown into a well-established, highly-regarded, accredited agency designed to keep children safe. YESS is a safety net of services, providing healing and hope in times of crisis.

As the largest youth shelter and the only crisis nursery of its kind in the state of Iowa, YESS serves over 1,000 children each year – newborn to age 17 – providing emergency shelter, crisis intervention, and counseling services in an effort to heal families and change lives. YESS‘ range of services meet the physical, mental, and social health needs of children and teens, creating an environment where families can thrive.

I donated 50 copies of my book “The Crocheted Santa” in gift bags, which also included a teddy bear and holiday themed notepads, for the children that will be located in the shelter during the holiday season. Two of the books will remain in the shelter’s permanent on-site library.

If you are interested in finding out more about YESS, please visit

For information about 3XWrestling, Iowa’s premier independent professional wrestling organization, please visit


2013 Ben Wheeler Book Fair

2013 Ben Wheeler Book Fair

I am so excited to be a part of this years Ben Wheeler Book Fair on November 30th from 10am until 4pm. I will be bringing the original crocheted Santa suit that is written about in my book “The Crocheted Santa”.

Ben Wheeler Book Fair
November 30, 2013
10am – 4pm
Elwood School House
5475 FM 858
Ben Wheeler, Texas

Come out and see me and the original crocheted Santa suit!  We’ll be with over 20 other Texas authors.  Plus, it is free!