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Flora & Fauna

Birdwatching Along the Rio Grande River

Posted  April 15, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

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 Tapia - Gonzales

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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laredo outlet shoppes and river

The New Laredo Outlet Shoppes; Like it’s 1999

Posted  April 1, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

The new Laredo Outlet Shoppes opened its doors on March 16, 2017. The best thing about it is that it is located right along the Rio Grande River. Yes! from the food court terrace one can watch pedestrians stroll across from Mexico using the international pedestrian bridge and into the outlet shops. One can also […]

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At a rug textile mill

The Indigenous Women of Oaxaca

Posted  April 1, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

Happy, tired, busy, curious and friendly. The women of Oaxaca are never idle. Always busy, always pensive, almost distant yet ever present. During a recent trip to Oaxaca, my husband Lupe took the photos below of these incredible women. Some asked for money in exchange for a photo and my husband happily obliged. I only […]

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Harlingen artist in Washington, DC exhibit, July 2016, reproduced courtesy of owner Matt Gonzalez
Local Talent

Discovering a Remarkable Harlingen Artist, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez

Posted  April 1, 2017  by  La Vida Valle

This article was contributed by Harlingen historian Norman Rozeff. Rozeff is a columnist for the Valley Morning Star and the author of several books. In late July my wife and I visited our daughter in Mount Airy, Maryland. We asked if she would treat us to a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, […]

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