Shanti

Shanti
24 POSTS 2 COMMENTS
Shanti is the product of recovering hippie parents. She’s a lifelong Texan, born in El Paso, with stops in Lubbock and Austin for college, before settling in San Antonio. She met her husband when she was 18. They both married and divorced other people before they realized it was meant to be. She now works as an attorney practicing primarily family law, and he designs HVAC for commercial buildings. They are raising twin tornadoes affectionately known as the Aliens, along with a rotating menagerie of dogs and cats. In her free time, she is involved in local nonprofits, runs, and grows a (sometime) thriving vegetable garden.

Welcome to South Texas!: A Few Things That Might Kill You, and More That...

Texas isn't quite the Wild West it sometimes looks like in the movies. I mean, I never rode a horse to school, and I didn't own cowboy boots until I was an adult. But...

I Don’t Need a “Best Friend” Locket

I didn't grow up with a best friend. I grew up with the kids of my parents' friends. We did everything together, but we were far enough apart in age and life experiences that...

Be Kind: Daily Affirmations for Kids

A video circulated a while ago with a dad and his daughter doing their daily affirmations. It was heartwarming and empowering and all those things that make viral videos happen. Never one to pass...

Fiesta® Is Over…So What Do I Do with All These Medals?

I moved to San Antonio in 2003. After 16 years, I still only sort of get the Fiesta frenzy that overtakes the city every year. But even with my rather apathetic approach to this...

Our Not-So-Typical Passover

My father came from a family of Mexican Catholics; my mother, from a family of New York Jews. I grew up Unitarian Universalist with a knowledge that my religious legacy was as muddied as...

Move Along, Tooth Fairy

 Dear Tooth Fairy, I apologize for not writing sooner. Don't worry, teeth are dropping left and right around here. We are all brushing and flossing, too. All is well. But here's the thing: We don't...

You’re Never Too Old for a Birthday Party

The piñata is strung up. Balloons are inflated, and streamers are everywhere. The hot dogs and hamburgers are ready, toppings spread out in ice to keep cool. A giant orange cooler of Kool-aid is...

Here Piggy, Piggy: Finding the Perfect Marranitos

Marranitos. Cochinitos. Puerquitos. They all mean "little piggy," and here in Texas, they generally refer to the gingerbread pig-shaped pan dulce found in nearly every panaderia in town. When I was a kid, my...

Why I Side Hustle

Spoiler alert: I didn't do it to build an empire, quit my day job, or make a better life for my family. I also didn't do it because I found the next greatest miracle...

Plain Language and Non-Partisan Translations for Your Voting Ballot

Voting can be confusing. To help you feel less overwhelmed by the process, I wanted to translate some parts of the voting ballot into plain English. All the way down the ballot—after your Federal,...
why I vote

Why I Vote

It’s fall, y’all! And you know what that means? No, not cool weather and changing leaves—we still live in South Central Texas, after all. It means election season. You’re probably feeling overwhelmed and maybe...

Kindergarten Is Not Supposed to Be This Hard: Agonizing Over School Choices

They could barely contain their excitement, and the backseat was a raucous party. Bedtime last night was an ordeal. Neither of them wanted to go to sleep, but both wanted the morning to come...

New and Unique Sweets in San Antonio

Life is short. Eat dessert first. When you’ve grown tired of the standard Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream, and yellow cake, it’s time to branch out. My kids approve this article, mostly because it involved...

I Am a San Antonio Mom: Designer Meredith Siegel

One evening, when I was super pregnant with my twins, I attended a Moms' Night Out event with the San Antonio Area Mothers of Multiples. It was painting, which I enjoy. I figured I...