Hiatus Spa + Retreat offering Father’s Day spa specials

Hiatus Spa + Retreat is having Father’s Day spa specials perfect for Father’s Day gifts. Photo: Molly Culver, used with permission.

Award-winning Texas day spa, Hiatus Spa + Retreat will be offering Father’s Day spa specials. During Father’s Day weekend from June 18-19, Hiatus’ relaxation lounges will also be transformed into a “Man Cave” with individual goodie bags of snack mix ready for all dads to sit back and relax. As an added bonus for the special guy, Hiatus will be steaming the US Open Golf Tournament (this will be muted). (Hiatus Spa + Retreat, 2022)

Father’s Day specials include:
The Dad Bod Package: Available now – June 30
Dad can choose his choice of any two Hiatus Essential Services: The Signature Massage, The Tailor-Made Facial, The Body Wrap, or The One & Only Mani-Pedi.
2-3 HOURS, $198

DIY Dad Retail Bundle (Online or in-spa available now – June 30)
Gift Dad a CBD Cream, CBD Serum + Knot Bot for $148 ($197 value)

Father’s Day Weekend – Free Local Beer + Add-Ons: June 17 – 19
If a gentleman receives The Well-Groomed Man facial, The Knockout massage, or The One & Only Mani-Pedi, he will receive a complimentary CBD and Hot Stones add-ons, along with a beer from a local brewery after the service.

Retail Promo (Online or in-spa available June 17-19)
20%-off discount on CBD products (Active Muscle Cream & Soothing Joint Serum)


Television adaptation: ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee

The television adaptation of ‘Pachinko’ is available to stream on Apple TV +. Photo: Amazon

Min Jin Lee is a Korean-American author and journalist. Her work frequently deals with Korean and Korean-American topics. She is the author of the novels “Free Food for Millionaires” and “Pachinko.” “Pachinko” is an epic historical fiction novel following a Korean family who immigrate to Japan. The character-driven story features an ensemble of characters who encounter discrimination, stereotyping, and other aspects of the 20th century Korean experience of Japan. It was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. Apple TV + produced a television adaptation of the novel and it was released starting in March 2022. It consists of eight episodes and was renewed for a second season. (Amazon/Wikipedia, 2022)

“Pachinko” – In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. Her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

Cascade Languages learning site

Cascade Languages is a website for anyone looking to learn a new language, either Spanish or French. Photo: Cascade Languages.

Cascade Languages is an Australian education and publishing company. They teach languages using stories and art. Their mission is to turn language learning into entertainment. Their goal is to show that learning a language does not need to be boring. (Cascade Languages, 2022)

Their approach: “We do things differently. Whatever you are used to, whatever you are expecting, we don’t do things that way. Give us a few minutes and we will teach you a new language and use that language to entertain you.”

The languages include Spanish and French. Pricing plans are the Basic Plan – $0 and once you sign up, it is valid for six months and includes free access to Stage 1 of all languages; and the Standard Plan – $10 every month and includes access to all the content on the site.

I recently got a chance to sample the French lessons. It is easy to sign up for the free portion. The French menu consists of five stages: Stage 1 – where it all begins, Stage 2 – a continuation of stage one; the adventure continues, Stage 3 – more stories, more comprehension, Stage 4 – some more stories with comprehension guarantee through repetition, Stage 4 – Classics with a twist, Stage 5 – The Princess, and Stage 5 – Smorgasbord, which is basically everything else, from food items, to animals.

Overall, the site is user friendly and easy to navigate. The lessons are short and to the point without any unnecessary filler and the comprehension level is high through the use of repetition. Since I already speak Spanish, I wanted to try the French lessons even though I have a basic understanding since I took French in high school. Perhaps this made it easier to understand and there is no way of knowing if someone who has no previous French knowledge will find it as easy to learn. My review of the site is mainly how user friendly it is and the methods used in teaching the language. I found it easy to use and highly effective as a refresher course and in expanding my understanding of the French language. I would certainly recommend it to someone looking to learn a new language or to refresh their knowledge of Spanish or French.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

San Antonio Charter Moms launches new Summer of Play event series

The Summer of Play series is designed for families to gather, grow, and get to know one another. Photo: San Antonio Charter Moms, used with permission.

San Antonio Charter Moms invites families to have some fun in the sun, while learning a thing or two, during the new Summer of Play event series. The family-friendly meetups are designed to help children shed bad habits brought on by the pandemic while having fun along the way. From increasing finger strength and dexterity to balancing screen time and sharpening social skills – each event offers valuable educational tips from local experts mixed with creative, hands-on activities to keep kids entertained. (San Antonio Charter Moms, 2022)

Summer of Play brings San Antonio Charter Moms’ thriving online community to life through in-person playdates with an informative twist. The casual come-and-go events are free and open to the public at area splash pads around the city. San Antonio Charter Moms Founder and Executive Director, Inga Cotton and team will be on-site to answer education-related questions offering families an ideal opportunity to go straight to the source for expert advice. From discussing local school options to summer camps, enrichment activities around town, learning loss solutions, and more.

“Summer presents an ideal time for us all to regroup and get kids back on track by introducing and enforcing good habits and saying goodbye to the bad. After speaking with hundreds of parents, students and educators alike, there is no doubt the pandemic took its toll academically and socially. With all that has happened over the last few years; we can’t wait to come together to discuss post-pandemic challenges and solutions. But mostly, we look forward to having some fun as we laugh, learn and share.” – Inga Cotton, Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms.

Summer of Play is designed as a celebratory next chapter to the nonprofit’s award-winning Charter a Voyage of Learning campaign launched at the start of the pandemic to help parents navigate distance learning and parenting challenges while social distancing. Due to its success, the campaign continues to grow and evolve, offering activities and online support to keep children active, learning, and having fun through the summer and beyond. Summer of Play events are free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and stay awhile.

STEMulate Curiosity: A Playdate with BASIS San Antonio – Build your child’s math and science skills through fun, hands-on activities with educators from BASIS San Antonio.

SPLASH PAD Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair
434 S Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10a.m. – 12p.m.

Conversations to Connect: A Playdate with nextTalk – Kim Elerick, co-host of the nextTalk podcast on cyber parenting, offers advice for building good habits, balancing screen time, and keeping kids safe online.

SPLASH PAD at Voigt Park
700 El Portal
Hollywood Park, TX 78232

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10a.m. – 12p.m.

Strong Hands Strong Writers: A Playdate with TamboRhythms – Occupational therapist Jorge Ochoa explores fun ways to help kids use their fingers and build prewriting skills.

SPLASH PAD at Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78242

Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 10a.m. – 12p.m.

San Antonio Charter Moms (SACM) began as a blog in 2012 when Founder Inga Cotton was inspired to help San Antonio families more easily find good information about high-quality school options. Starting with a focus on the growing local charter school offerings, the blog has evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shares fair information about all types of schools. Established in 2018 as a nonprofit, SACM can accept funding that enables it to grow in ways that support accomplishing its mission of being the most trusted information source on education in the region. This growth includes Spanish-language blog post translations, surveying target publics, holding meetings with decisionmakers, supporting public speaking, community outreach and enhancing mobile technology.

June is wellness month at Thompson San Antonio Spa

June is wellness month at Thompson San Antonio Spa. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

This June, Thompson San Antonio Spa will be celebrating all things wellness with numerous special offerings for guests and locals alike to enjoy all month long. The hotel’s expertly crafted, 5,000 square-foot spa features five treatment rooms, intimate relaxation areas, a steam room, and a sauna. (Thompson San Antonio Spa, 2022)

Thompson San Antonio Spa will be offering free outdoor fitness classes to not only hotel guests, but to the public as well, complete with views of the city skyline. The classes will be a mix of stretching, core strengthening, balance, and even “bro yoga.”  The class schedule and RSVP link is available here.

In addition, the full-service spa will be relaunching their new Membership Program with 50% off the first month when purchased in June. Right in time for summer, the spa membership grants pool usage at the hotel’s luxurious Cenote Pool Deck – step out onto the pool deck and sun terrace, complete with an alfresco bar, incredible city views, plush lounge seating, and private cabanas. Silver Card Members will receive numerous treatments, complimentary fitness classes, access to the steam room and sauna, and much more. Gold VIP Card members will receive all Silver Card Member inclusions plus a complimentary 50-minute Birthday Treatment, four complimentary guest passes per year, a complimentary hotel night stay, and endless perks. Memberships are available here.


Hopdoddy’s Memorial Day special

Hopdoddy Burger Bar is having a Memorial Day special. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

This Memorial Day weekend, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has a special deal for customers. From Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30, you can get half-off on the Roadie when you order Hopdoddy’s DIY Burger Kit and use the code WEEKEND at checkout. (Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 2022)

All Hopdoddy orders can be placed in-person at any one of the burger joint’s Texas restaurant locations or online for curbside or pickup.

In 2010, four friends had a goal: to set a new standard for burger bars. Hopdoddy pushed the boundaries of what is expected by bringing together craft beer and unique burger concoctions – all with high quality ingredients and even higher standards.

Upcoming album release: Andrew Duhon’s Emerald Blue

‘Castle on Irish Bayou’ is the first single from Emerald Blue. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

“The more I love, the less I trust in money / The more I get to know the soul of my fellow man,” sings New Orleans’s prodigal Americana son Andrew Duhon in the opening song of his new album Emerald Blue, due out July 29, 2022. Empowered by a wealth of songs crafted and collected throughout the great shutdown and inspired by adventures well-beyond his home in Orleans Parish, Duhon put his poetry in motion and nailed down eleven tunes representative of his view of the world in its current state: politically, socially, and personally. “The more I travel, the more I feel that I’m a man without a country / Is there truth in the story of the promised land?” But Duhon’s deep well of influences—from John Prine and Jim Croce to his city’s greats like Dr. John and Allen Touissant and beyond—and his sense of songwriter self-awareness keep what could have been a sad recollection of his forced time-off impressively light and grooving, a skill that his Louisiana predecessors have been refining for centuries. (Andrew Duhon, 2022)

Duhon released a music video for Emerald Blue’s first single, “Castle On Irish Bayou,” a thumping, bottleneck slide guitar-carried ode to escaping Midcity living for an actual, albeit modestly-sized, castle outside of New Orleans. It is one of Emerald Blue’s lighter commentaries. Admittedly more clever than true, “Castle On Irish Bayou” is infectious enough to convince even the most discerning real estate investor to uproot and move into the majestically out of place dwelling. “As I’m getting old enough to consider graduating from living under a landlord, the real estate prices just about everywhere in town scare me to the outskirts, and get me thinking about what’d be like to be ‘king of the Irish Bayou,’” jokes Duhon, but the resulting song will surely plant the same idea in the heads of listeners worldwide. Fans can now watch the “Castle On Irish Bayou” music video and pre-order or pre-save Emerald Blue here ahead of its July 29 release.

The tracks on Emerald Blue show serious time spent in listening mode—both to himself, and to the world around him. From the rich Americana twang and propulsive, clacking percussion of “Promised Land” to the vintage rhythm-and-blues grooves of “Digging Deep Down,” Duhon meditates on what it means to be present and true, whether to yourself and your ambition (“Down From The Mountain” and “As Good As It Gets”) to a lover (“Southpaw” and “Plans”) or to a wider world whose fraught and violent track record demands meaningful acknowledgement, reckoning, and change. The meditative “Everybody Colored Their Own Jesus,” is an appreciation of some basic wisdom from his church-school days: that faith, respect, and love are boundless and have no particular colors, traits, or rules. These are songs that come from a very particular time and place, when so many of us—often alone with our flaws and feelings, with few of our regular, dependable distractions—were forced to face hard truths. And yet, using the time-tested language of folk, of the blues, storytelling and soul-searching, voice and keys and strings, Andrew Duhon proves himself worthy of heroes like John Prine—who makes a fantasy cameo in “As Good As It Gets,” the album’s closer—by similarly crafting four-minute worlds in song, that feel purely timeless, as old or as young as the chronic condition of stumbling across Earth with a human heart.

Emerald Blue shows us the vast worlds that can be discovered and traveled when we sit still, and the breathtaking vistas on view when we look within—or at the people right beside us.

Catch Andrew Duhon on tour:
7.7 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
7.15 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse
7.16 – Winter Park, CO – Cooper Creek Square
7.17 – Boulder, CO – Gold Hill Inn
8.10 – Port Townsend, WA – Wheeler Theater
8.11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
8.12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
8.13 – Kingston, WA – Concerts in the Barn
8.14 – Nine Mile Falls, WA – Live at Andre’s
8.17 – New York, NY – Cafe Wha?
8.18 – Wayne, PA – 118 North
8.21 – Exeter, NH – The Word Barn



  hours  minutes  seconds


Emerald Blue release date

Book spotlight: ‘Mindless Behaviors: Breaking Through Unseen Barriers’ by Beatrice Adenodi

Beatrice Adenodi sheds light on the mindless behaviors fueling the ongoing mass shooting and gun crisis in the United States. Photo: amazon

Beatrice Adenodi is a storyteller, a sought-after business leadership consultant and speaker, and a first generation Nigerian American. Her unique practical marketing perspective gives her the ability to recognize the mindless behaviors that prevent people from reaching their untapped, limitless potential. Through her unique position, Adenodi helps professionals, business owners, and anyone ready to confront their own mindless behaviors by acting as an interpreter of the unseen – guiding them from being reactive to reflective. Adenodi reveals – in a direct, no-nonsense approach – the reality of what is holding people back and blocking them in their professional and personal lives. She is the founder of Mirror Inc. as well as the author of “Mindless Behaviors: Breaking through Unseen Barriers.” (Beatrice Adenodi, 2022)

Adenodi has a message for Americans to help bring an understanding to the country’s ongoing mass shooting and gun crisis. Using her insights, observations, and expertise in identifying people’s mindless behaviors, she identifies the reasons there are so many shootings in the United States. Instead of being reactive and casting blame, she suggests considering the mindless behaviors that keep the country in an endless cycle of blame, with no actual accountability.

Adenodi does not expect political leaders and elected officials to like her insights. “Leaders aren’t really there to find solutions; they are there to keep their jobs. Think of it this way, leaders are only needed in societies of chaos. A never-ending cycle of gun violence and upheaval as factions fight for their political agenda means politicians have job security. They have no incentive to do something until we the people demand it.”

Compounding the issue is the media’s response when gun violence erupts, as well as the underlying perceived threat of taking people’s guns away. This, along with the mental health crisis and the emotional toll communities bear in the aftermath of shootings, makes for a society rife with mindless behaviors.

Adenodi’s book, “Mindless Behaviors: Breaking Through Unseen Barriers,” brings to light seven examples of reactive, negative cycles of human behavior and the importance of effective communication in our life. Going through the experience of these stories, readers learn that if they change the way they think about a situation and their actions, they have the potential to completely transform their lives. This book inspires people to broaden their horizons, recognize their unconscious prejudices and unleash latent potential.

“’Mindless Behaviors’ is relevant to the challenging times in which we live. It provides a starting point for becoming aware, and plants the seeds of transformation to help us grow. This book is for people who find themselves in repeatable patterns in their lives, who are looking for ways to ‘unstick themselves.’ My book is not telling the reader how to live their life or what to do in a situation, but it offers multiple perceptions on how to navigate through challenging conditions which is what we need in the world.” – Beatrice Adenodi

The book is available for purchase on Amazon or on Mindless Behaviors. 
Price: $20.00

Free admission to San Antonio Museum of Art for military members and their families

A Blue Star Museum partner, SAMA will extend free admission for eligible families for up to five guests. Photo: San Antonio Museum of Art, used with permission.

Kicking off this Memorial Day, active-duty military members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their families of up to five people can enjoy free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). As a designated Blue Star Museum, SAMA offers this free admission for service members who present their military ID from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, so those who cannot make it in May will still have ample opportunity to enjoy all that SAMA has to offer all summer long. More information on SAMA or the Blue Star Museums program is available online. (San Antonio Museum of Art, 2022)

Offer is valid Monday, May 30, 2022 – Monday, September 5, 2022 for active-Duty Military Members and their families.

San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78215

The San Antonio Museum of Art serves as a forum to explore and connect with art that spans the world’s geographies, artistic periods, genres, and cultures. Its collection contains nearly 30,000 words representing 5,000 years of history in the historic former Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of San Antonio’s River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art is committed to promoting the rich cultural heritage and life of the city. The Museum hosts hundreds of events and public programs each year, including concerts, performances, tours, lectures, symposia, and interactive experiences. As an active civic leader, the Museum is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the city and the region, and to supporting its creative community.

New movie release: Erzulie

Erzulie will be available on digital in June and select theaters in May and June. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

A reunion between four friends quickly goes awry when they find themselves face to face with Erzulie: the swamp mermaid goddess in director Christine Chen’s frightening mermaid horror feature Erzulie– in theaters and on VOD during May and June. (Gravitas Ventures, 2022)

Erzulie – Four women accidentally summon a water goddess while reconnecting at a camp in south Louisiana, and a local decides to capture the goddess for himself.

A Kamikaze Dogfight and Gravitas Ventures release, Erzulie stars a young ensemble including Zoe Graham, Elizabeth Trieu, Courtney Olivier, Diana Rose, Leila Annastasia Scott and Jason KirkPatrick.

Scripted by Christine Chen and Camille Gladney. Christine Chen, Payten Brewer and Candice Barley served as producers, with Han Soto and Andrew van den Houten as executive producers.

In select theaters during May :
May 27th – June 2nd: Laemmle, Glendale
On VOD June 14 from Kamikaze Dogfight and Gravitas Ventures.