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The Stages of Aging. What Comes Next?

This is the first of a series that the Valley Catholic Newspaper has assigned me to write. I am very grateful for the opportunity, and I hope the stories touch people’s hearts. DONNA — Cecilia Batungbacal, who has lived...
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Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with “La Migra”

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 lineu...
by Nydia O
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Venice has Pigeons, we have Sea Gulls

Recently, one of TV’s Sunday morning shows featured a documentary about the pigeons of Venice, Italy. While local officials, and even the reporter, seemed  disgusted about the amount of  bird poop, and the damage it does to...
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The Sweet Bread of Mexico

“Pan Dulce” is the name we give those very unusually shaped pieces of bread we see at local “Panaderias” (bakeries) usually bearing someone’s Hispanic name or surname. Some believe the bread is not really that sweet, ...
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Why Mexican Culture Celebrations in the US?

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 reena...
by Nydia O
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