My last professional gig with YWCA Greater Austin gave me the experience of managing the multiple areas of my professional career at once, they are, Development & Communication, plus Advocacy work in the realms of women and immigration issues. It was a busy, yet exciting and learning, year. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served such a distinguished and historic organization.

I didn’t break all ties to the organization as I value its mission to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom an dignity for all. So, I am now a volunteer. I’m helping with the website transition of its homepage and basic maintenance. Something, I’m sure, the managing team is anxiously waiting for its completion. I’m also a volunteer member to its Advocacy Committee.

Now, this website transition is testing my patience and skill in website administration. I found the technology to be cumbersome and snobbish, that is, NOT user-friendly at all, especially as it’s geared at local nonprofits with frugal budgets, that having an IT professional on staff or vendor would be a luxury.  I continue to learn about Blackbaud’s Sphere CMS while silently cursing at its every unfriendly hurdle.

Take a look at what will be the new YWCA Greater Austin homepage design and make sure to check back in a few… to visit its completed launch!

YWCA homepage update

It is truly a joy to share some of my favorite titles or some of the titles that are on my To Read list with family and friends. When I learned of future travels from family and friends my mind quickly jumps, not to their adventure, but to wonder about the read they will take along. So I often offer a title or two for their consideration, and boldly send them a copy if I have it on hand.

This one is one of my suggested titles to a dear family member who just happens to be adventuring to Central Texas! Take a look and enjoy.

Exodus from the Alamo by Philip Thomas Tucker


By: Philip Thomas Tucker

Contrary to legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texas independence were killed in a predawn attack, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken. Tucker examines the prelude to the conflict, reveals that many of the Alamo’s defenders staged breakouts from the fort, and provides a realistic interpretation of one of the seminal events in North American history.


Independent Film | FREEHELD


Independents Days is Baker & Taylor’s exclusive DVD and Blu-ray program focusing solely on independent product. Each month a variety of independent films will be highlighted that warrant special attention. From New Release products to Catalog campaigns, each title will be priced to sell and guaranteed to be in stock.

In this month’s selection is the independent film, FREEHELD, a film about a New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.


Rated PG-13 (Parental Guidance 13+)

Starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell

Release Date: February 02, 2016

Format: DVD Video, Blu-Ray

ISBN: 6316311761 / 9786316311764

UPC: 031398234814 / 00031398234814

Pre-Order Price: $29.95