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Taking Care of Mr. Robert

This story is dedicated to all the people who work as caregivers, CNAs and with hospice services. I am grateful for the opportunity the Valley Catholic gave me to share this story about my stepfather Robert Stroud and Norma Gom...
by Tapia - Gonzales


Tidbits with my Jewish Friends in Brownsville, Texas.

One of the reasons most of us wake up in the morning is to make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes this goal leads us to amazing places, and gets us closer to the people of our community. I met Mrs. Rachel Torres s...
by La Vida Valle

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Calaveras & Catrinas

As we approach the somber holidays of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead – the plethora of costumes and figurines surface everywhere. We hear about altar exhibits and Pan de Muerto – Bread of the Dead – ...
by Tapia - Gonzales


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Two Local Museums Facing Challenges

    Harlingen’s Art & Heritage Museum and the Iwo Jima Memorial Museum & Gift Shop welcome thousands of visitors each year.  Both opt to offer free admission to their guests, and both are asking for your he...
by La Vida Valle

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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...
by Tapia - Gonzales