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Spiritual Me

We are not Islands

Posted  March 16, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

A common trick our mind plays on us involves the use of negative thoughts. Hopelessness, loneliness, low self esteem, helplessness… we know this game, for most of us have experienced low points in our lives. I usually refer to these times as psychological or moral deserts. The Bible often references the concept of desert (or […]

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Journeys

Unexpected Impressions of Israel

Posted  March 16, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

Three months have passed since my return from Israel. It has taken this long to assimilate the extraordinary experiences, and my eye-opening realizations and discoveries in this land sometimes called the center of the universe. My enthusiasm and encouragement to travel to Israel is met with apprehension by friends. That is understandable, for in tourism […]

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Spiritual Me

A New Shore

Posted  January 29, 2017  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

This past December the privilege of visiting towns on the banks of the sea of Galilee was bestowed upon me by some amazing miracle. This was a time of meditation and healing not to mention a new beginning. Plenty of emotions and thoughts arose at the time, especially thoughts of gratitude. The words of Julie […]

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Restaurant Reviews

The Valley’s Best Burgers

Posted  August 5, 2016  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

The latest issue of Texas Monthly features The 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas. First, i want to congratulate Larry and Jessica Delgado of House Wine & Bistro in McAllen for being the only hamburger from the Rio Grande Valley chosen among the top 50 for this article. House Wine is a great place and a local […]

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Spiritual Me

Thoughts before a Yard Sale

Posted  August 3, 2016  by  Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales

I guess it has to do with growing older, but recently there is a bible verse that resonates every time i think of organizing a yard sale or selling my clothes online or at a consignment shop. New American Standard Bible  ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to […]

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