What’s a Portfolio?

Cathy Krafve PortfolioA portfolio is a sampling of an artist’s work. Since it is highly unlikely I will ever display my attempts at painting anywhere publicly, a friend suggested I start a portfolio of some of my favorite ideas here. I really love good ideas, so naturally I promptly took her advice.

I extend the influence of good ideas through the use of well-chosen words.” ~ Cathy Krafve

Ideas change lives profoundly. Hopefully, the ideas on this page inspire you to do the things that make you happy, including blessing as many people as you can today with your intentionally-chosen words.

Lots more good ideas via podcast.

On the other hand, you may be a podcast lover, as most busy women are. In that case, you can find lots more good ideas in the oodles of podcasts under the Media tab at the top of Camp Krafve Home page. Many of these podcasts include conversations with women, on all of life’s most crucial topics. I love these podcasts because they bring together such a healthy variety of people with all kinds of perspectives that make me think harder than I ever intended to think!

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Energy Heroes: Good vs. Evil
Women's Fund: Celebrating What Love Can Do

Women’s Fund’s Mother’s Day Luncheon will celebrate what love can do

Published on Monday, 24 April 2017 17:09 – Written by CATHY PRIMER KRAFVE, Women’s Fund of Smith County

Uber changed the way we travel. Fresh by Brookshire’s changed the way we cook. Have you ever heard a great idea and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

When I heard about a group of women pooling their resources to make major grants, I thought, here’s an idea that can radically change giving.

I had questions. Would their donations stack up to make a real impact? How would they choose the recipients? Were these philanthropic women too fancy to be my friends?

My daughter, Ellen Trant, had a whole different reaction when she heard about Women’s Fund of Smith County. She leaped right in. Of course, she had questions, too. How do you join? How can I help? Why isn’t Mom a member?

“My heart’s desire is to have as big of a positive impact on as many people as is possible,” Ellen said. “I knew instantly Women’s Fund and I were on the same page.”

Next thing I knew, Ellen persuaded me to save money on things like lunches each week and join the Women’s Fund instead. I felt like a full-fledged philanthropist. My donation was pooled to make a huge difference in the lives of women and children in our neighborhoods. Plus, I was sitting at the table with remarkable, visionary women, two of whom are also a mother-daughter team in the Women’s Fund.

Not only are Debby Gunter and Dawn Franks two of the co-chairs for our upcoming Mother’s Day event, they are two dynamic women in the same family. A generation apart, they share valuable perspectives on what makes the Women’s Fund such a wise choice for our giving dollars.

“I first heard about the Women’s Fund from my stepmother, Dawn Franks,” said Debby, an attorney with Findlay Craft PC, who joined the Women’s Fund in 2008. “It was one of those brilliant, yet simple ideas – women across Smith County coming together and giving what some may consider small gifts. When you add them all up they equal large, impactful gifts to the community.”

The two women share their love for the Women’s Fund’s mission of maximizing the impact of women’s philanthropy by pooling our contributions to provide grants to local organizations benefiting women and children in Smith County.

“My dream would be for more and more women to join our ranks so we can invest in even more lives,” said Dawn, president of Your Philanthropy. “The women who benefited from the grant we made to Goodwill is just one example of what we can accomplish when we give together. By benefiting women, we make a difference in the lives of many children.”

“One of the main reasons I keep giving each year is I know Women’s Fund is a good steward of the money of its members and the grant process is efficient, fair, and effective,” Debby said. “I know every dollar I give will go to good use and for the benefit of others in need.”

As for my original questions: 1) Do Women’s Fund donations stack up to make a real impact? The answer is a resounding yes! Since 2009, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 29 different initiatives in Smith County. 2) How does the Women’s Fund choose the recipients? The grants are carefully and lovingly evaluated by a committee of members who choose the recipients based on the greatest impact benefiting women and children in Smith County. 3) Were these philanthropic women too fancy to be my friends? No, instead, it turns out they are really friendly women from all walks of life, united in their desire to help other women.

Ever wonder if you had the courage to help a woman as she was released from prison? What if you could do more, without adding one more thing to your schedule? Ever dream of giving a million dollars? You can do all that and more!

This is your invitation to join us in celebrating women who inspire us at our Mother’s Day Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at Willow Brook Country Club. The event is sponsored in part by Austin Bank and Merrill Lynch LMT Wealth Management Group. Our special guest will whisper the secret of lives changed. It’s the perfect way to honor a woman in your life who inspires you, like your boss, sister, mentor or best friend.

Together, we celebrate the impact on the lives of women and children in our neighborhoods. We celebrate what a little love can do. We are saving a place at the table for you.

For tickets or more information, visit www.womensfundsc.org or call 903-509-1771. Seating is limited.

Cathy Primer Krafve is a member of the Women’s Fund of Smith County. She and her daughter Ellen Krafve Trant, along with Dawn Franks and Debby Gunter are serving as chairwomen of this year’s Mother’s Day Luncheon.

For more, go to http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Blogs/280356/womens-funds-mothers-day-luncheon-will-celebrate-what-love-can-do

Bullard Banner Checklist Charlie

Initiating love and leadership


We have all been watching with fascination the changing of the guard in the White House. This transition of people and philosophies begs the question, what does real leadership look like?

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man,” said our first president, George Washington, from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes. I would suggest that a leader can be identified in the way he initiates and maintains relationships.

When our kids were growing up, we could count on one hand the people who initiated friendships. When Dave came home one day and told me a mom had called him at work to get my number so our girls could meet, I was amazed.

“Dave, do you realize she is initiating?” It seemed to me I did all the initiating. “We will definitely call her back.” All these years later our girls are still best of friends. The fellowship they enjoy is based on years of give and take.

For more, go to http://www.bullardnews.com/stories/initiating-love-and-leadership,106806.

Energy Heroes: A Boy’s Prayer
The Gentle Art of Companionship, Introduction

Below is an excerpt from the manuscript I just finished. It is currently arriving on publisher’s desk, so if you like what you read, please pray that a publisher will scoop it up. Thank you! Cathy

Camp Krafve Guide to Marriage

The Gentle Art of Companionship

20 Practical Strategies to a Happy Marriage
Starry Nights and Starry Eyes
Why THIS book?
Because it’s so dang practical, vulnerable, real, and yes, funny. Plus, it will help.


Imagine evenings around the campfire after a fun day in the sun. Feel the glow of  whispering secrets as you roast marshmallows with your best friend. Bask in the joy of a crackling fire, snuggling close, and counting falling stars like twinkle lights in a dark Texas sky. A perfect setting for happily ever after.

We all go into marriage with stars in our eyes, only to discover marriage is a lot harder than we thought. Folks feel so confused on this topic that book store shelves are full of marriage books. When it comes to the gentle art of companionship, can we learn practical skills that enrich our marriage immediately? Yes, you better believe it, darlin’!

I wrote this book for my children, a collection of essays on the essentials of marriage. I fear I will drop dead of a heart attack in the parking lot, so I had to be sure they had the basics. I am not sure which parking lot. Do you know any other people who have phobias of parking lots? Okay, I will admit that it’s quirky. I’m quirky, so that part makes sense.

I gave the rough draft to my family for Christmas. I held my breath in case they found anything so embarrassing that we couldn’t publish it without hurting their feelings. In my opinion, there’s plenty of embarrassing stuff in here. You know, the really nitty-gritty stuff that you shouldn’t mention it in public. To complete strangers, for heaven sakes. So why share it at all?

With families in our culture struggling, I wanted my kids to get a head start. We wanted their friends to succeed, too, and to have conversations that hold us all to high standard of openness and community. Marriages are hurting. As we all make decisions today, our influence affects our families for generations after us. Hundreds of years from now, great grandchildren we will never meet will be carrying around the blessing of the good decisions we make today. Or,

the curse of bad decisions.

Somehow, my family read their rough drafts and skipped over those embarrassing, personal parts. They saw beyond to you, the reader who might need to know today that you are not alone. Sometimes comfort and strength can be found in a confession, in a good book, or in a good laugh. Laughter follows the people I love.

With these pages, my family prays that you find comfort and encouragement as you discover and create your own practical strategies, cultivating the gentle art of companionship in your marriage.

And we pray you enjoy a good laugh, too.

If you read this far through my Portfolio, you deserve a reward. Contact me by going to the contact window from the Home Page and I will send you something good. (I am not sure what yet, exactly, but you can help me think of something worthwhile! Blessings!)

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