GIVEAWAY: Indiana Jones and San Antonio Symphony

On February 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. and February 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, audiences of all ages can experience Raiders of the Lost Ark, a classic film from master director Steve Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score will be performed live by the San Antonio Symphony in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen.
Indiana Jones Raiders premiere 2 - credit 21st Century Productions & KKL Lucerne
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Special 35th Anniversary Celebration
The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, starring Harrison Ford, is celebrating its special 35th anniversary.  Come along for the ride on February 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. and February 20, 2016 at 7 p.m., and relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by the San Antonio Symphony!
The year is 1936, and professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis.  Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between.  Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

Giveaway: Enter and Win!

You could be randomly selected to win TWO FREE tickets to the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Special 35th Anniversary Celebration event for this Friday night, Feb. 16, 2016. Giveaway entry for each action:

I want to win @SASym @MajesticEmpire #SASymphonyRaiders @geekettebits!

Indiana Jones Raiders premiere 1 - credit 21st Century Productions & KKL Lucerne

Tickets Now On Sale
Adult tickets start from $25 and children are half off.  Moviegoers can purchase tickets online at or by calling(800) 745-3000, or visiting their nearest Ticketmaster location or the Majestic Theatre Box Office located at 224 East Houston Street.
Follow The San Antonio Symphony on Twitter at @sasym, Instagram @sasymphony and Facebook San Antonio Symphony for updated news and information. Hashtag #SASymphonyRaiders

2016 Bexar County Primary Election

I feel passionately about empowering people to understand when Bexar County Elections are going on so that people can perform their civic duties and vote. It doesn’t just end with voting either. Encourage your friends, co-workers, and family to vote.  Remember that apathy does not fix the system. Complaining on social media does not change the political landscape.  Action and accountability does!

YES there is a lot of information below but I have tried to frame things in context with the content so that you don’t feel overwhelmed when you look at the sample ballots.  I try to link/describe what different words/positions mean so that you have all the information in one place.  Please let me know what you think and share with your friends and family!

Texas Primary Elections – What’s On the Ballot?

In Texas, a voter must vote in the Primary for candidates on either the Republican or Democratic ballot. However, the voter may not vote for both Republicans and Democrats during the Primary. If the voter does not tell the judge whether they wish to vote Democratic or Republican, then the judge will be unable to provide a ballot for the voter.

The Primary elections are a political party event and the party may choose to put a proposition on their Party’s ballot or not.


During this election you’ll be voting for not only the presidential nominee for each party but also some county commissioner, sheriff, constable, and other offices.


  • Presidential nomination
  • Texas has TWO Senators (John Cornyn and Ted Cruz) but neither are up for re-election.
  • All U.S. House positions are up for voting and most districts have challengers.  By using the sample ballot by address you can see what district you’re in and which House candidates you’ll be voting on so you can do some homework ahead of time.

Additional Information:


  • Railroad Commissioner  (one of many State Offices like Governor) – state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, and surface coal and uranium mining.
  • Justice, Supreme Court – hears appeals involving civil matters and does not hear any appeals involving criminal matters except when the defendant is a juvenile.  The court of last resort for civil matters (including juvenile delinquency which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal)
  • State Board of Education – more information here.
    • Setting curriculum standards
    • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
    • Establishing graduation requirements
    • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
    • Appoint board members to military reservation and special school districts
  • Texas State Representatives – consists of 150 members who are elected from single-member districts for a term of 2 years work on writing bills into Texas laws.
  • Court of Criminal Appeals – hears appeals on criminal cases excluding those involving juvenile proceedings.
  • Court of Appeals – All cases are heard by a three-justice panel. Texas has 14 Courts of Appeals, which have intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases. Bexar County is the Fourth Court of Appeals.
  • District Courts – Texas has 14 Courts of Appeals, which have intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases including felony criminal cases, divorce cases, land title disputes, election contests, civil matters in which at least $200 is disputed or claimed in damages, as well as other matters. Most district courts consider both criminal and civil cases but, in counties with many courts, each may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters. [Wikipedia]

Additional Information:

  • Citizen’s Handbook has some great definitions, flow diagrams, etc. on how Texas Legislature works.
  • Learn about Texas Legislature here (including who makes up the Texas House and Senate, how bills become laws, etc.)
  • Texas Court System
  • Supreme Court of Texas


  • County Tax Assessor- Collector – assess and collect taxes on property in the county for the county
  • Judge – The county judge is both presiding officer of the commissioners court and judge of the county court. As such, the judge is often thought of as the chief executive officer of the county.
  • Sheriff – chief law enforcement officer for the county and is responsible for operating the county jails, investigating crimes, enforcing judgments, and maintaining communications with other law enforcement organizations.
  • County Offices including:
    • Commissioner
    • County Chairman
  • County Administrators
  • County Courts –  exclusive jurisdiction over “Class A” and “Class B” misdemeanors (these offenses can involve jail time), concurrent jurisdiction over civil cases where the amount in controversy is moderately sized, and appellate jurisdiction over JP and municipal court cases.
  • Constable – The constable is an authorized peace officer and is the chief process server of the justice court. The constable has statewide jurisdiction to execute any criminal process, and countywide jurisdiction to execute any civil process.

Great county position document here details out all the positions and line by line explanations of the roles and responsibilities.

Ballot Referenda

A referendum is a proposed law placed on the ballot for citizens to either approve or reject. Referenda (plural of referendum) are proposed by the legislature or by local governing bodies like city councils.

Ballot Propositions

Basically, our elected state legislature want Texas voters to vote so th

Can You Vote???

You are eligible to register and vote if you are:

A) a citizen of the United States,
B) a resident of Bexar County,
C) at least 17 years and 10 months of age and you must be 18 years of age by election day
D) not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
E) not a convicted felon, or, if so convicted you have:

1) fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or,
2) been pardoned or otherwise release from the resulting disability to vote.

Check if you’re registered to vote, here.

Helpful Bexar County Links

Social Media

What Else Can You Do?

  • Help Register People to Vote! Learn more here but you can help accept voter registration forms (i.e. hand out registration forms to friends and family) so they can register to vote (must be registered 30 days before election!) Please call (210) 335-6625 for information regarding available training dates, times and location.

Additional information from my friends at NowcastSA! 

Rebelle St. Anthony Hotel

Rebelle St. Anthony Hotel

Make sure you become a fan on Facebook to get updates and follow Chef Stefan Bowers on Instagram so he can further entice you in! Find their lunch menu here and their dinner menu here.

For lunch, Rebelle will be open for lunch M-F from 11~ 2. FREE VALET PARKING is included.

We have been excitedly awaiting the opening of Rebelle for a little over a year now, we are big fans of her sister, Feast in Southtown. The two story restaurant is over 5,000 square feet and has a beautiful staircase and vaulted ceilings.  The dinner menu is divided into five different sections:

  1. Chilled:  from this section we enjoyed the beautiful potted Iowa white cheddar
  2. Cast Iron Seared: If you want to impress the table and everyone is into beef (like my table was), order the Cote de Bouef bone in ribeye that is shareable among 2-4 people (I would say 4-6!)
  3. Off-Shore:  The Diver sea scallops also cannot be missed, served with carrots, saffron, and goat butter
  4. Hot:  Char-grilled spainish Octopus is the can’t miss dish from this section! Braised perfectly, accompanied by a pistou sauce, which is a Provençal cold sauce made from cloves of garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil. The goat kabobs were tasty too!
  5. Slow and Low:  The duck confit had perfectly crispy duck skin and the cabbage compote was so good we wanted to order an additional order of just that!

Chef Stefan Bowers is one of my favorite San Antonio chefs (of course I love them all!) He has such a big heart for the people he cooks for, with, and the products he uses. He cares so much about the quality and the enjoyment of the diners. He teaches his staff to have the utmost respect for the producers and products they work with.  The ambiance is perfect, a great place to celebrate a special occasion or simply treat yourself to a great meal.  Bring friends because you’ll want to have it all.

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Cocktail Conference Event Tickets

I am very excited to highlight one of MANY San Antonio Cocktail Conference events that is happening next week!  “Women Shaking it Up” is an event that takes place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Arneson River Theater.  I’ll be giving away TWO PREMIUM tickets to this amazing event that includes reserved seating and in-seat beverage service.

Join San Antonio Cocktail Conference for the premiere of the mini-documentary, “Women of Tin”, and then stick around for the BEST OF THE BEST in food and drink from female chefs and bartenders as we celebrate the POWER OF WOMEN in San Antonio.

100% of the proceeds from this event goes to Girls Inc San Antonio!

What:  Women Shaking it Up

When: Wed., Jan. 13, 2016 @ 7pm-11pm

How Much:  $65 General Admission, $85 Premium Tickets (all the proceeds go DIRECTLY to Girls Inc!)

Remember, you’re investing in local San Antonio charities. 100% of the proceeds from San Antonio Cocktail Conference go back to the community.

Some of the most talented chefs in San Antonio are included:

  • Heather Nanez (Bohanan’s)
  • Brooke Smith (Esquire)
  • Lisa Watel (Bite)
  • Diana Barrios (Los Barrios)
  • Margeaux Alcorta (Tre)
  • Carino Cortez (Viva Villa)

Equally impressive is the lineup of bartenders, including some featured in the “Women of Tin – Official Trailer”:

  • Hillary Woodhouse
  • Karah Carmack
  • Elizabeth Forsyth

Girls Inc of San Antonio Partnership

“Girls cannot become what they don’t see. Seeing female leaders in male-dominated industries across our community come together to empower each other is just what San Antonio and our girls need,” said Lea Rosenauer, President/CEO of Girls Inc. of San Antonio. “We are proud to be partners during the San Antonio Cocktail Conference’s inaugural ‘Women Shaking It Up’ event!”

I am a BIG fan and local support of our San Antonio chapter of the Girls Inc. I love their motto of growing strong, smart, and bold girls and my daughter has gone to many of their events! They have hosted in the past many STEM related events like Made with Code!  Click the link to learn about how I keep my daughter interested in STEM too!


Panelist at a Girls Inc Town Hall with Dr. Karen Bierman, Child Clinical Psychologist, Heather Hernandez, Blogger of Geekette Bits, Dr. Sarah Gould, Curator for the Institute of Texan Cultures and Sarah Szuminski, Blogger on Women’s Issues.

Girls Inc. of San Antonio delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Research based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves more than 140,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada.

Girls Inc. of San Antonio and KIPP Aspire Academy Partner to Discuss Holiday Ads and Hypersexualized Toys Targeted to Tween and Teen Girls

GIVEAWAY: Enter and Win!

You could be randomly selected to win TWO FREE tickets to the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference Women Shaking It UP event, giveaway entry for each action:

I want to win @SACocktailConf tix to @GirlsIncSATX #WomenShakingItUp #SACC2016 @geekettebits!

About San Antonio Cocktail Conference

San Antonio Cocktail Conference is a Houston Street Charities event. Houston Street Charities is a non-profit organization created by Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood and Mark Bohanan. It was founded to oversee the San Antonio Cocktail Conference and other charitable endeavors of Bohanan’s, in an effort to make sure that giving back to community remains at the forefront of all of the events. San Antonio Cocktail Conference is a community partnership that donates 100 percent of conference profits to children’s charities. Visit

2015 Best 9 Instagram Posts of San Antonio Chefs

2015 Top 9 Instagram Posts of San Antonio Chefs

In no particular order, I have collected the Best Nine Instagram photos (based on number if likes) that were posted in 2015 by our local San Antonio chefs.  Using the, you can look up anyone’s public instagram account and I included the direct links for each post in case you want to see for yourself. You’ll have the option to download the photo with the stats or just the 9 grid of photos.

Let me just say there were some delicious looking dinners served up in 2015!

Click on any of the images to be taken directly to the chef’s instagram page.  And don’t forget to follow me on!

2015 Best 9 Instagram Posts of San Antonio Chefs






















Best of 2015 Lists

Best of 2015 Lists

A lot of people have been creating their end of the year “Best of 2015” lists and I wanted to aggregate them so you could go through them quickly. I have linked to the stories linked or listed below and tried to embed a couple of videos for easy viewing on my site.

This includes the Best of 2015 lists from across different media outlets:

  1. New York Times Magazine pictures and Recipes
  2. Harvard Business Review articles
  3. Economist
  4. Google Search Trends and Top 10 lists
  5. YouTube’s Annual Videos in Review
  6. NPR’s Top 30 Stories
  7. Lifehacker’s Top 10 Top 10 lists
  8. Gawker
  9. Gizmodo
  10. Slate
  11. TED Talks

Best of 2015 Lists

The New York Times Magazine’s Best Photos of 2015

List here:

Here at the magazine, we have the good fortune to produce and publish a wide range of photographs: From images of the refugee crisis to mischievous interpretations of “lost” recipes, it’s always something new.

This year, to pick our favorites, we spread out tearsheets of our most memorable photos on a big table, then made one lightning-quick round of cuts and selections — led by Kathy Ryan, the director of photography.

NY Times Most Popular Recipes of 2015

Click on the image or click here to review:


Your Favorite Harvard Business Review Articles of 2015

See full list here:

Here are the 20 articles you and your fellow HBR readers spent the most time reading in 2015. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a particularly good list this year. And as usual, it reveals a lot about what managers around the world are thinking and worrying about right now. A lot of us are feeling trapped in a work culture that’s unhealthy and unproductive. We’re working too many hours. We’re distracted. We’re sick of terrible meetings, and networking, and the annual ritual of ineffective performance reviews.


Here’s the list:

A FEW trends emerge from the list of The Economist‘s ten most-read articles of 2015. The theme of inequality remains top of mind for our readers; articles about Asian-Americans, working-class males and inherited privilege all found their way into the top four. Many articles in this list are amongst our longer offerings, suggesting that readers set aside time to read them rather than snacking on the go. And most of the pieces below are leaders, which tells us that our readers want to know not only what happened but what can be done about it. The top piece, however, is an exception to all these trends: a fascinating science report about a new breed of animal called the coywolf.

1. Greater than the sum of its parts
October 3rd | Science and technology

Over a century of interbreeding between America’s wild coyotes, wolves and dogs has created a new species: the coywolf. The genetic mix means the animal has the size and strength of a wolf and the social nature of a dog. The new breed is spreading across America at an astonishing pace—even into big cities.

2. The weaker sex
March 7th | International

Boys once spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now the balance has tilted the other way: one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up. Now it is not women who are suffering, but unskilled men.


3. America’s new aristocracy
January 24th | Leader

Privilege in America is increasingly passed from parent to child. The clever and successful are marrying each other more than ever before, an “assortative mating” process thought to have increased inequality by 25%. The best solution is to help clever kids who failed to pick posh parents—and the moment to start is in early childhood.

4. The model minority is losing its patience
October 3rd | Briefing

Asian-Americans are under-represented in top jobs despite being better educated than white Americans. This “bamboo ceiling” applies in businesses as well as Congress, where just 2.4% of lawmakers are Asian-American. Widely held perceptions of unfair treatment are pushing many into politics, and the minority is becoming more politically assertive.

5. Shape shifting
February 28th | Books and arts

“Curvology”, a book by David Bainbridge released in February, discussed why men’s and women’s bodies differ more than is necessary simply to bear children. Mr Bainbridge says it makes evolutionary sense for women to plump up as they prepare to reproduce. It is this biology—not just brainwashing by the tabloid newspapers that splash images of curvy women—that shapes humanity’s appreciation of the undulations of the female form.

6. Generation XXX
September 26th | Leader

Pornography accounts for more than a tenth of all internet searches, and its availability has sparked a moral panic. Teenagers are seeing debauched acts at a younger age; porn has become their main source of sexual education. Parents and governments wish to stem the tide of smut with porn-blockers. A better approach would be to take a long, hard look at what is out there—and start to talk about it.

7. The silent minority
February 7th | United States

America’s largest single ethnic group, German-Americans, are barely visible in public life. Companies (Pfizer, Boeing) and politicians (John Boehner, Rand Paul) play down their German roots, while private citizens have have grown rich and assimilated without political help. German-Americans are so well integrated that they barely noticed when Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited in February.

8. Putin’s war on the West
February 14th | Leader

In February, when eastern Ukraine was in flames, The Economist discussed how the West could best tackle Vladimir Putin’s incendiary foreign policy. Mr Putin had a grip on the Kremlin, a new toy in Crimea, a weakened neighbour in Ukraine and a divided opposition in Europe and America. The critical point was and remains Ukraine: it should be a lesson in the rewards of leaning West, not its perils.

9. Trump’s America
September 5th | Leader

Donald Trump rose to the top of the polls for the Republican nomination in the summer, despite saying things that would have torpedoed any normal campaign. His secret sauce has two spices: a genius for self-promotion and supporters who view his boorishness as a sign of authenticity. The Economist advised Republicans to listen carefully to Mr Trump, and vote for someone else.

10. Watch out
June 13th | Leader

In June, The Economist said that the fight against financial chaos and deflation was won. However, having moved on from one recession, the world is not ready for the next. Rarely have so many large economies been so ill-equipped to manage a slowdown. The best way for fragile economies to get back to normal is to allow the recovery to gather strength first.

Google Search Trends of 2015

Explore the year’s biggest moments and the questions they inspire

??A Year in Search 2015?? Google

and then view the top 10 lists broken down here.

See the Year in Search 2015 in Top 10 Lists

YouTube’s Annual Year in Review Videos

YouTube Rewind 2015. Celebrating the videos, people, music and moves that made 2015. #YouTubeRewind

Watch the year’s trending videos:
See the trends as they happen on the new trending tab:

30 Most Popular Stories On NPR’s Website In 2015

NPR's audience were drawn to a wide range of topics in 2015, from music and politics to the lives of girls and the work of robots.

Nearly 20 of the most popular stories on NPR’s website in 2015 were viewed a million times or more. Many were also widely shared and discussed on Facebook and elsewhere — and now, they give us a way to look back on what at times seemed like a uniquely unpredictable year.

1. Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote after recounting the legal struggles faced by same-sex partners. – by Bill Chappell, June 26

2. Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain
There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she’s sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly? – by Michaeleen Doucleff, June 8

3. What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark’s Photo?
The photographer, who died in May, has a famous portfolio of arresting images. Among them is a shot of two children in 1990. One of them thought the photo shoot would change her life. It did not. – by Chris Benderev, June 27

4. Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free
Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR’s new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.
by Lulu Miller, Jan. 9

5. Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover
Texas’ GOP governor is sending the Texas State Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it’s just a cover for the president’s plan to put Texas under martial law. – by Wade Goodwyn, May 2

6. Boy Says He Didn’t Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story behind the 2010 book was all made up. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 15

7. How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?
A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file. – by Jacob Ganz and Tyler Fisher, June 2

8. Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State
The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. This map shows how those changes played out across the country. – by Quoctrung Bui, Feb. 5

9. People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About
It’s menstrual hygiene. The topic makes many folks uncomfortable. Yet in the developing world, it’s a problem that keeps girls from going to school and playing sports. Now things are changing. – by Nurith Aizenman, June 16

10. Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?
Will your job be around in the future? We take a peek at the research. – by Quoctrung Bui, May 21

11. Vatican Details Pope’s Meeting With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
Responding to a flood of interest, the Vatican says the private meeting shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of all of Davis’ views. – by Bill Chappell, Oct. 2

12. A Black Mississippi Judge’s Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers
Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced three young white men in the murder of an innocent black man. But first, he had something to tell them. – Code Switch blog, Feb. 13

13. South Korea? Trump’s ‘Where Are You From’ Moment
Donald Trump interrupted an Asian-American student this week to ask if he was from South Korea. “I was born in Texas,” he responded. – by Asma Khalid, Oct. 15

14. In Spain, Entire Villages Are Up For Sale — And They’re Going Cheap
As Spaniards migrate from villages to cities for work, education and access to health care, rural hamlets are ending up on the auction block. Foreigners are in the market for these properties. – by Lauren Frayer, Aug. 23

15. Babies On Display: When A Hospital Couldn’t Save Them, A Sideshow Did
Among Coney Island’s sideshows a century ago, one was different: an exhibit of premature infants. The show funded Dr. Martin Couney’s pioneering work — and saved thousands, including Lucille Horn. – StoryCorps, July 10

16. Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son
Bill Jones is thought to have been the first single man to adopt a child in California, back in the 1960s. His son has since died, but despite the loss, Jones says he never regrets adopting his child. – StoryCorps, Feb. 20

17. How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities
What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States? – by Quoctrung Bui, March 19

18. That Little Syrian Boy: Here’s Who He Was
A photo of a drowned Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach sparked anguish and outrage over the handling of the world’s migration crisis. – by Hannah Bloch, Sept. 3

19. Review: Mac Miller, ‘GO:OD AM’
The Pittsburgh rapper makes his major label debut and presents himself as a more balanced artist and human being. – by Timmhotep Aku, Sept. 14

20. A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls
When a teenage girl in rural Nepal gets her period, an ancient tradition may drive her to sleep outdoors. But one 15-year-old is trying to break the taboos around menstruation. – by Michaeleen Doucleff, Oct. 17

21. Paris Attacks: What We Know On Saturday
As France copes with shocking violence, the death toll from Friday night’s attacks is not yet final, and details are beginning to emerge about the attackers. – by Christopher Dean Hopkins and Bill Chappell, Nov. 14

22. 8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner
Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a stand-up routine. From his “bucket list” to Hillary Clinton, here’s what he came up with this year. – by Domenico Montanaro, April 26

23. 6 Clips Of Audio You Should Hear From The Planned Parenthood Hearing
The congressional hearing was oftentimes contentious, with the head of Planned Parenthood defending her organization and explaining that it does not receive federal money for most abortions. – by Eyder Peralta, Sept. 29

24. Rare And ‘Horrific’: Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia
The frilled shark’s roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal’s closest relatives are long extinct. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 21

25. NASCAR’s Kurt Busch Testifies That Ex-Girlfriend Is An Assassin
The race car driver and others told a Dover, Del., court this week that his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, is an assassin. Driscoll did not deny the claims. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 13

26. 5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton
She started out as a Republican and hasn’t driven a car since 1996. Here’s what you may not know or just may not remember about the former secretary of state and first lady. – by Tamara Keith, April 11

27. Here’s What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race
People are contrasting media and police reaction to the Texas shootout with their reaction to the recent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. – by Maanvi Singh, May 18

28. Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart’s Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours
Soon after it was announced that Noah will host The Daily Show, it emerged that some of his tweets mocked women and Jews — tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic. – by Krishnadev Calamur, March 31

29. Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean
First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what? – by Laura Starecheski, March 2

30. Review: Cast Recording, ‘Hamilton’
Don’t call Hamilton unlikely: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lauded musical about the life of the Founding Father is Broadway crafted by an artist who knows rap to be our cultural lingua franca. – by Frannie Kelley, Sept. 21

Lifehacker’s Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Lifehacker launched exactly ten years ago today (happy birthday to us)! In light of the occasion, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular posts we’ve shared with you this last decade.

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and create something awesome. If you’re just getting started on your coding journey, here are ten tips and resources to set you off on the right foot.

Top 10 Ways to Look Better Based on Your Body Shape and Face Shape

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Our face shapes and body shapes can help us choose the most fitting hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. Here are ten tips to help you accentuate your best features.

Top 10 Gmail Labs and Features You Should Enable

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

As if Gmail wasn’t powerful enough, you can find all sorts of goodies and extra features in Gmail Labs. The list is pretty massive, so we’ve narrowed down our 10 favorite labs to help increase your email productivity.

Top 10 Skills You Need at Work That Have Nothing to Do with Your Job

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Hiring managers make the difficult decision of who the best candidate is for the job based not just on the specific job requirements but also basic“soft skills” every worker should have, like communication and teamwork. Here are the top 10 additional job skills everyone needs.

Top 10 Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping (And How to Fix Them)

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Monitor, the Screen You Stare at All Day

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Many of us are stuck behind our desk and computer all day long, which makes the hardware we use quite important. Let’s give some more thought to our monitors, with these ten tips for getting the most out of those screens.

Top 10 Smart Ways to Organize and Upgrade Your Garage

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

The garage is often a neglected, messy space. With a little organization and a few handy projects, though, we can get much more use out of our garages and also modernize them. Here are our top 10 garage upgrade ideas.

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

Top 10 Things You Can Do with a Slow Cooker That Don’t Involve Food

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

The slow cooker (or crock pot) is a wonderful appliance for hands-off cooking, but the gentle, slow heating process can also be used for other things unrelated to food. Such as these ten things.

Top 10 Difficult Decisions You’ll Make in Life (and How to Make Them)

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Life is full of big moments and big decisions. But fret not, from deciding where to live to finding your true calling, here’s some advice to help you along the way.

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.

Top 10 Uncomfortable Situations and How to Deal with Them

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Life is full of awkward and uncomfortable moments. We can’t avoid them altogether, but we can handle them with grace. Here are ten situations we all might struggle with and how to relieve the discomfort.

Top 10 Essential Tips for Dating

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Dating is often awkward, sweet, and challenging (sometimes at the same time). But don’t worry, we’ve got more than a few tips for surviving the dating scene and improving your dating experience.

Top 10 Ways You’re Probably Using Email Wrong

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Email is the technology tool everyone relies on and yet perhaps also hates(it’s the cockroach of the internet!). Love it or hate it, we could probably all stand to improve our email skills, from managing our inboxes to sending more elegant email messages. Here are ten of the top mistakes we make with our email.

Thanks for a great 2015! And while you’re at it, don’t forget Lifehacker’s 10th anniversary celebration for even more great top 10 lists!

The 100 Most Popular Gawker Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gawker Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2015

The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2015

Check out The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2015 here:

A glance at Slate’s top stories of 2015 offers a veritable Rosetta stone of our readership. History is represented here in several forms: from a mesmerizing interactive that recounted 315 years of slavery to a single momentous paragraph that launched a new era of progress. Millions clicked curiously on a piece about a deadly Chinese trend, and the many more tried our sex history calculator.


TED the Year of Ideas: 2015

Check out the aggregation of TED Videos from 2015 here:

The Most Powerful TED Talks of 2015Watch the talks we loved in 2015, and discover the year’s most powerful ideas:

Posted by TED on Monday, December 21, 2015

Supper at Hotel Emma with Chef John Brand

Supper at Hotel Emma

I have not so patiently been waiting for Supper to open for a while now! Although the restaurant has been open for probably more than a month this is the first chance we had to go in and visit. No longer can San Antonio foodies depends on making same-day reservations even on a Monday night! For those that like a special culinary treat. I recommend asking to be seated at the chefs’ table a beautiful row of bar stools that overlook the kitchen. If that’s too warm though there’s plenty of seating in the dining room as well as a private dining room that seats 24 of your closest friends and family.


Supper, the Hotel Emma restaurant led by Chef John Brand, will focus on comforting and seasonally fresh greenmarket cuisine. The eatery will embody the sensibilities of both the farm table and bistro table. The cuisine will represent Brand’s elemental Midwestern approach in the kitchen peppered with South Texas’ multicultural food ways and the unique bounty of San Antonio’s year-round producers. Supper is open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 448-8351.

Here’s a quick video so you can know what you have to look forward to!

Reasons to Love Chef John Brand

When I started to write this blog post, I realized that to truly appreciate your Supper experience, it helps to know a little bit about the chef.

Chef John Brand grew up in the Midwest spending most of his time on a farm in the Nebraska. He began his career washing dishes as a teenager in Green Bay Wisconsin and progressed to stay in the kitchen for the past 25+ years. Mr. Brand has cooked his way around the country for fine dining restaurants and resorts, most notably in Beaver Creek Colorado, Scottsdale Arizona, The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado, Keswick Hall in Charlottesville Virginia, and the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs Colorado. In 2008, he arrived in San Antonio Texas as Executive Chef La Mansion del Rio and Mokara Hotel and Spa. In 2011, he was also asked to be the Area Executive Chef for Omni Hotels and Resorts.

People who know me personally know that I take my chef fandom to rockstar groupie levels.  In October 2011 (had to check emails from Culinaria to remember the date/event)…was when I met Chef John Brand for the first time. He was quietly nestled in a slight corner at the Quarry Golf Clubhouse. On the table were slightly tiered trays of some kind of mousse or pate jarred in miniature glass containers. (Looking for picture.) It was Culinaria’s Golf Tournament and I’m not embarrassed to admit I ate several. Over the years his attendance to community events is an expected pleasure. I seek his tables out. Sometimes his son helps him (like at Culinaria’s Burgers and Beer event or at the Becker Luncheon.) I’ll also never forget the braised lamb neck he did at the first SA Chef Coalition dinner!

Here’s a great article Chef Brand wrote for what Chef looks for in hiring candidates. Some favorite quotes:

  • A chef that exudes themselves outside of the kitchen will most often be respected in the community and will have a well trained staff to support the operation.
  • …active in the community and has a sense of giving time, talent and treasure.
  • Look up the chef, know their back story and their menus as well as food philosophy. Every restaurant has an identity…
  • If you can research the chef’s history and their previous experience you can also understand their management style. Is this a mercenary operation or a healthy sustainable place with loyal and local people working there?
  • Cooking should be your oxygen, food your religion. There must be a pursuit of excellence, as you apply for this job whichever one it is, have a goal to reach

Another article that demonstrates the type of chef he is is about in-room dining exceeding customers expectation:

  • Cook – It is a verb, chef is an attitude, a goal, a direction, a purpose.
  • Treat room service food without respect and your career will follow the same path.
  • Seasonal vegetables – This is the responsibility of the chef to determine the fresh market vegetables for the day, a minimum of three and describe them for the service team and dispatcher. Hopefully, armed with the knowledge of the vegetable, farmer, seasonality and possibly nutrient value, the guest can be informed by the dispatcher.
  • We should be able to provide the best the season and markets have to offer for that moment. We cannot underestimate the guest experience.
  • The guest loves to hear and see the smile in the voice of the person servicing them.
  • Food brings closure to those that travel, and closure to the day, hence the pedestrian items on the menu. We appeal to all those who want comfort food.
  • I am still trying to find the love in this food, the warm, crispy, fresh flavors that will make me feel good as I go to sleep in this strange place.
  • let us think of the guest and the guest experience and build a lasting relationship on the tools we have to create a loyal customer.

So what I hear is I need to stay at Hotel Emma and order room service!

Our Supper at Supper

With help from many chefs from his former restaurant Las Canarias, Supper dinner service was tight and well paced. We enjoyed the Sorghum and Rosemary Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese and the White Anchovy Beignets with Dandelion Salsa Verde as a special treat from the kitchen. Both of them savory and warm on a cold winter day (actually I think it was in the 70s but we were pretending.) After staring at the menu for a long time, I finally committed to the Bronzini with Crispy Potato Salad and Poppyseed Crema which had a wonderful taste and textures. My husband ordered the Venison Loin with Juniper Parsnip Mousse and Blueberry Mustard and we watched it prepared on their custom made grill.  While we were there the grill fire began to die down and we watched someone hoist the grill up so that wood could be added below.  Plenty of non-meat options, we also tasted the Brussels Sprouts which we enjoyed the complimentary flavors of salt and vinegar!

Other can’t miss items on the menu:

  • Smoked Crispy Quail, Pickled Corn Relish and Gold Potato Puree – below our minds the flavors coaxed from the corn with the quail!
  • Braised Oxtail Stew with Mushrooms, Cipollini and Walnuts – rich, savory broth, exactly what you want.

Wow, working on this post, I’m unsurprisingly hungry to try lunch next time at Supper!

More posts about Supper:

GIVEAWAY: Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch

GIVEAWAY: Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch

 Santa’s Village includes Santa ready to hear Christmas wishes and take pictures—no charge for the pictures, just bring your camera and snap away—as well as Longhorns to give your holiday a true Texas spin—after all, in Texas, Santa needs a bit more than reindeer to pull his sleigh! The fun also includes holiday flavors including s’mores, hot chocolate, sausage on a stick and more. Weekends offer a larger holiday menu selection with signature food from caterer Don Strange of Texas, including their famous Grilled White Wings and Christmas Bacon, and adults can enjoy a full bar. Special performances from local bands and choirs will fill the night air with holiday magic and for those in need of a unique holiday gifts, Santa’s Village includes fantastic finds and fun shopping from an array of vendors each weekend.

Ways to Enter and Win

You could be randomly selected to win a FREE ticket for your family with each entry:



Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

On Thanksgiving its easy to say we thankful. I have no doubt we mean it. But during lunch today, when I suggested we go around the table and say, “what we’re thankful for…” my sister appended, “but no friends, family, work” comments. It took me a second to think about what I would say which made me take a step back and Pinterest, “gratitude activities for adults” and came up short. Tons of stuff for helping kids to think about what they’re thankful for.  I found this article, “Gratitude Prompts” and thought it was great. The prompts were images, not so easy to print and do later so I thought I would take some time to write them down for others.

Try to think of the top three things you’re thankful for…think about them, talk with your friends, loved ones…

  • Sense – what I hear, smell, see, taste, touch
  • Animals
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • Home
  • Hired Me
  • Trips
  • Holidays
  • Books
  • Characters
  • Strangers who helped me
  • Love to wear
  • Gadgets
  • Things I take for granted
  • TV shows I enjoy
  • I’m good at
  • Luxuries I engage in
  • Life lessons
  • Service people
  • Simple pleasures
  • Gifts received
  • Goals acheived
  • Fond memories
  • Last week





Carry the Future – Baby Carriers for Syrian Refugees

Carry the Future – Baby Carriers for Syrian Refugees

This morning I was scrolling through Facebook where I found a story about a mom in California who saw the struggling refugees carry their own babies while holding their kids hands and thought baby carriers would be really helpful. She got some friends together and ended up getting donations of gently used carriers that she flew with 10 other volunteers to help greet people as they got off the boat. With only 2 minutes per person, they had to quickly teach parents who were wary momentarily before the realization of the value hit them humbling both trainer and trainee. 

(All pictures from “Carry the Future” Facebook page.)


Founded by Cristal, Carry the Future started as a single, modest Indiegogo campaign to raise $2,500 and 100 baby carriers for her to send to family she had in Greece so they could deliver them to refugees arriving by boat to their shores. As a result of the campaign going viral, Cristal received support from volunteers inspired and offering to help. We have a network of over 3000 volunteers across the globe and donations continue to flow in from supporters everywhere on a daily basis.

Learn More on Their Websites

FAQ’s ON BABY CARRIERS FOR REFUGEES:Q: Do refugees really benefit from baby carriers?

A: Absolutely! We personally distribute the carriers in Greece and fit each parent and baby to ensure the carriers are properly fitted and used safely. We are already getting reports of refugees making it safely to Germany wearing their babies, so we know it’s working!

Q: What sort of baby carriers can I donate?

A: Please send us your gently used Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs). These are basically any carrier that has clasps or harnesses, and Mei Teis (square cloth with four ties). Our favorites are Baby Bjorn, Kolcraft, MobyGo, Mei Teis, Tulla and Ergo, but we accept all brands of SSCs.

Q: Why don’t you accept wraps, slings, pouches or other non-structured carriers?

A: We have to fit refugees in about 2 minutes flat, usually in very chaotic and crowded harbors, and without any spoken instructions (given that most don’t speak English). Because of that, wraps and slings are not a safe or efficient option. Structured carriers on the other hand are considerably more user friendly and have a much easier learning curve.

Q: My carrier is broken/recalled. Should I send it?

A: No. We cannot repair carriers and we have to discard recalled ones. Please only send us a carrier you would also give to a close friend! Old carriers, worn carriers, faded carriers are perfectly ok to send, but please no broken or recalled ones!

Q: Where should I send it to? 

A: Please mail your carrier to:

Carry The Future 121 W. Lexington Drive Suite L106D

Glendale, CA 91203

Q: Can I include anything along with my carrier?

A: If you like, pin a note to the refugee who will be receiving your carrier by using a paper clip! If your carrier has a pocket, you can also stuff it with items such as: plush toy, baby/toddler socks/hat/mittens, high protein snacks and/or electrolyte or vitamin packets.

Q: Can I donate other items like toys or clothing to Carry The Future?

A: No. At this time we are only accepting soft structured baby carriers and monetary donations. We are a very new organization, with 501c3 status pending, so we have to be very cost effective. Sending clothing and toys by plane with our volunteers is very costly, and we would rather spend our limited funds on carriers!

Q: Can I join you on a future trip/volunteer with your organization?

A: Absolutely! The first thing you should do, is collect donated carriers from your friends and family and have them all pitch in for shipping costs. Also, liking and sharing our social media accounts and fundraisers is extremely helpful. Lastly, you can add yourself to the event at this link for support and advice:

Here is a link to the Article “Five Ways You can Help Refugees with Small Children”:…/5-ways-you-can-help-syrian-re…


1. Mail us your clean, gently used structured baby carriers to (PLEASE NO ITEMS OTHER THAN SOFT STRUCTURED BABY CARRIERS such as Bjorns, Ergos, Mei Teis):


121 W. Lexington Drive 

Suite L 106D 

Glendale CA 91203

**Please don’t send wraps, ring slings or pouches at this time, as they are unsuitable for these circumstances, given that we have to fit the parent in less than 3 minutes with little to no spoken words. Again, please do not send items that aren’t carriers at this time, but feel free to add a small plush toy, protein bar, socks, note, etc. INSIDE the pocket of your carrier if it has a pocket. 

Cheapest way to ship is in a soft polymailer by standard parcel.**

2. Donate towards the purchase/shipment of more baby carriers:

Check out “3000 Baby Carriers for Syrian Refugees in Kos” on Indiegogo

3. Donate towards the purchase of a Care Package for a Syrian Refugee Child:

Check out “Operation Refugee Child ” on Indiegogo

4. Help spread awareness by liking and sharing our fundraisers and posts. 90% of our funding and success is thanks to people like you liking and sharing.

5. Join our team! We are a rapidly expanding organization looking for both casual and dedicated volunteers around the world. If you want to help we have a place for you! To join us, please join our volunteer group:

*CarryTheFuture is currently in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status

Best Asian Market Houston: H Mart

H Mart is a fantastic Asian shopping market that specializes in Korean foods that my Houston foodie friends turned me onto. Angela, the first, recommended when my family was driving back home from a visit to Florida on 1-10. We wanted something good, not too far from the highway. Not only is this huge super market but the right side is lined with little restaurants, food court style. Each one looks fantastic but we beelined to the last one. You’ll want to make time to eat there, everything comes out on sizzling hot pots that permeate the flavor and crisp the meal.    


La Cantera Resort Sweet Fire Thanksgiving Menu

La Cantera Hill Country Resort invited me to preview the new Thanksgiving menu at their SweetFire Restaurant on Tuesday, November 17! For anyone that wants a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the muss and fuss of slaving away in front of your kitchen so that you can spend more time with your friends and family. The meal is delicious and available to guests and locals! The La Cantera Resort has been on a refresh journey for the past year and this is culminating towards the end of the renovations (Though look forward to the newly renovated spa that is coming in March 2016!)

Learn all about the La Cantera Resort Thanksgiving festivities: 

Thanksgiving Buffet | 11:00am – 8:00pm

Reservations 210.558.6500 | Online | 8 or More Call 210.558.2479

$65 Adult | $25 Children ages 5-12 | 4 & Under Free

Some of the delicious things I enjoyed were:
  • Slow roasted free range turkey
  • IPA brined & smoked prime rib
  • House made Tasso ham, duck pastrami & country terrine with pickled vegetables, grain mustard, seasonal preserves
  • House made Tasso ham, duck pastrami & country terrine
  • Ranger Creek Porter poached Gulf Shrimp with Horseradish cocktail sauce, cucumber- tequila mignonette & brown butter aioli
  • Pumpkin pie

Sweetfire Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


San Antonio Zoo: Giraffe Experience

San Antonio Zoo: Giraffe Experience

San Antonio Zoo has a new raised platform allows the giraffes to come to you, and you will get to see these majestic creatures at less than arm’s length! It’s thrilling. It’s educational. It’s a memory you will never forget!


The giraffes will need to be trained to come to the feeding platform. Tickets for giraffe food will cost $5 for 3 leaves of lettuce and will be available at Longnecks Bar and Grill. There will not be an age limit for the feeding experience, however, small children will need to be held or supervised by an adult. Children must be able to follow directions for the adventure.

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2015 Veteran’s Day Deals for the Military


Thank you Colleen Pence from San Antonio Mom Blogs for sharing so many of these great Veterans Day savings with me. Please pay it forward and share these great deals for the veterans and their families.
Sunday, November 8: All Texas State Parks  

All Texas State Parks offer free admission on November 8 in Honor of Veterans Day. Guided hikes, bird walks, and other programs will be offered throughout the day. Camping and special activity fees will still apply. Find a Texas State Park near you.

Wednesday, November 11: 

Alamo Drafthouse locations in San Antonio (and some other Texas cities)

Free movies for Veterans! Military veterans and active duty members receive one free ticket to the movie of their choice on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day. This offer available at the Alamo Drafthouse locations in San Antoino, Houston, Lubbock, or Marketplace only. To redeem your free tickets, simply visit the box office and present your military ID or proof of service any time in advance of a screening. This offer is valid for any film playing on November 11th and can only be redeemed at the box office (not valid for advanced ordering online).


To honor our military heroes Pollo Tropical is offering all veterans 15 percent off their purchase on Wednesday, Nov. 11. All guests have to do is show their military ID at the register and the discount will be applied. The offer will be available at all Pollo Tropical locations.

Bar Louie

free apps / entries for Veterans on Nov. 11

Free meal up to a $12 value with military ID or proof of service on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, No. 11.

I also found this page which lists tons of deals:

Free meal up to a $12 value with military ID or proof of service on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, No. 11.

Ikea: Starting November 8 through November 11, get a free entree meal, which includes a sandwich, hot dish or entree salad, when you dine in at the Ikea restaurant

Veterans Day Deal From Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Honors Vets And Active Duty Military With Free Froyo

Cracker Barrel: Get a complimentary double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake dessert on November 1

Red Lobster: Starting November 9 through November 12, get a free appetizer or dessert during normal restaurant hours. In addition to veterans and active-duty military, reservists can also get this freebie.

Great Clips: Stop by a participating location on November 11 to receive a free haircut card that’s redeemable through December 31.

Meineke: Get a free basic oil change on your vehicle on November 11.

National Parks: Admission into all National Parks sites is free on Veterans Day.

Sports Clips: The men’s hair salon chain will be serving up free haircuts on November 11.

Ship Books to Veterans | Operation Paperback

Ship Books to Veterans | Operation Paperback

It is very hard to get me to be motivated about cleaning. As I was going through my bookshelves though and trying to reduce the amount of “stuff” we have, I wondered if there was a program through which I could send these gently loved books to our military veterans and their families and there is! Operation Paperback started in 1999 and volunteers have sent over 1.9 million books around the world.

Operation Paperback Ship Books to Veterans and Military Families

In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to military and veterans hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. In 2012, we also added a new program that offers a free shipment of books to any military family.

Our organization has several ongoing special projects, including:

  • Providing books from military Professional Reading Lists to support service member professional development goals;
  • Supporting Chaplains as they counsel troops, both before redeployment and after reunification, with a variety of specifically-requested titles;
  • Providing Iraqi Phrasebooks for units on the ground so that they may communicate effectively with local populations;
  • Supplying books for the annual book give away at NSA Souda Bay in Crete, Greece for service members and their families;
  • Supplying children’s books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs

If you’re not convinced, take a couple minutes to read from hundreds of letters sent to Operation Paperback thanking the volunteers for the books!

Operation Paperback Ship Books to Veterans and Military Families

How it all Started

In 1999, Chief Master Sergeant Rick Honeywell was deployed to a four-month stint in Kuwait. To his dismay, he found himself on a base that had no recreation facilities – no movies, no library, no gymnasium.

Chief Honeywell’s wife, Chrissy, and other Air Force spouses responded by sending the squadron a gigantic care package of candy, games and books. Chrissy’s father, Dan Bowers, became inspired by the situation. He selected paperback books from his own shelves to send overseas. Then he turned to others for contributions. Soon he had collected cases of books and shipped them all to Rick in Kuwait. “Before anyone realized it,” recalls Chrissy, “There were 500 books over in Kuwait, and Rick’s squadron was building bookshelves.” Operation Paperback was born.

Everyone on staff, including the Board Members are all volunteers. Every month, 20,000+ books are sent to troops, veterans, and military families.

For more information, here’s a link to their FAQ:


How to Help

There are two ways that you can help Operation Paperback:

  1. Monetary donation – you will help fund the purchase and shipment of high-demand genres and other special request books.
  2. Send books directly to troops, veterans and families – volunteer shippers collect and ship your own books using the addresses provided

Signing Up

  1. Fill out the “Voluntary Agreement” here. (Make sure you confirm your account by clicking on the link within the email automatically generated when you sign up.  It will then take 24 hours to verify your account by Operation Paperback staff.)
  2. Sign in and request addresses of troops overseas, veterans or military families using our automated system. Input the genres you have on hand (mysteries, westerns, etc.) and the system will generate a customized list of names for your use.
  3. Label your books and insert our standard shipping letter (or your own personal note).
  4. Pack and address your box using the names provided.
  5. Send shipments via Media Mail. On average, a box of 20 paperback books will cost about $7 to ship. If some badly-trained clerk tells you that Media Mail cannot go to a military mail address, please ask for a supervisor.

Operation Paperback Ship Books to Veterans and Military Families

Receive Books

Operation Paperback has been providing books to the military community since 1999. If you’d like to receive books check out the following links:

More about Operation Paperback

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