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Lupe and Nydia

Why Mexican Culture Celebrations in the US?

Posted  September 9, 2017  by  Nydia O

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated every September 16, but to kick off the holiday one must experience the Grito de Dolores (a call to arms; a cry). This “kick-off” happens the night of September 15 and is reenacted by the president and every mayor of every community in Mexico. Outside of Mexico, the task lies […]

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Border patrol

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with “La Migra”

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Nydia O

Only in the Rio Grande Valley can one enjoy a Mariachi concert, a Mexican Folkloric dance recital, the official “Grito” ceremony and  Conjunto Norteño music by a band composed of Border Patrol officers. That was the lineup during Harlingen’s 2013 Mexican Independence celebration at the Municipal Auditorium. The event was well attended, and the La […]

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Cambria McAllen Showcases Local Talent

Posted  August 23, 2017  by  Nydia O

This article is the first of several others I will publish that resulted from a recent tour of hotel properties in McAllen, Texas. Please note that this is not a paid advertisement. The sole purpose of this article is to showcase new investments in the Rio Grande Valley’s hospitality industry. Choice Hotels has a new […]

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San Ygnacio Birding
Flora & Fauna

Birdwatching Along the Rio Grande River

Posted  April 15, 2017  by  Nydia O

I relish memories of a recent visit to San Ygnacio, Texas and their bird sanctuary. An upriver, arid, hilly brushland, or chaparral country as referred by some, which covers most of the coastal plains south of the Edwards Plateau, San Ygnacio has a quiet and peaceful aura as if separated from time and modern civilization. […]

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Rhythm in Words

Not one More Baroque Church

Posted  April 13, 2017  by  Nydia O

I wrote this poem upon returning from a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. I strive to live my life in gratitude and faith, and with an immense love for He who sacrificed His life for me on the cross, but this trip was just too much, so I wrote….             Not […]

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