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    We've come so far

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    I grew up in Vidor, a small town in southeast Texas. The town was all white and was known to be supportive of the Ku Klux Klan. My parents sent me and my brothers and sisters to Catholic school in ...

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    A little sun never hurt anyone

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    The sun shining through my bedroom window when I woke up this morning was a welcome sight. After days of gray skies and drizzle it was good to see nice weather for a change. I fixed a pot of coffee ...

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    Sweet Madness

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    A plate of cookies is placed on the table in the middle of the room. Heads that were formerly bent over keyboards in deep concentration, are now raised, gazing hopefully toward the newly placed treats. “Snickerdoodles! Help yourselves, guys,” the ...

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    The-Halloween-that-wasn't

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Illustration: Shutterstock.com I can still remember our collective howls of disappointment the year we missed Halloween. Who could blame us for crying--Halloween is arguably one of the most fun holidays of the year for kids. I mean, free candy, come ...

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    In the blink of an eye

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    It's been five years since I first started working for the Victoria Advocate. Time sure flies when you're having fun. But, I have a confession to make-- I was scared to death when I started working here. See, I had ...

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    There In Spirit

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    Nina at Cannon Beach. Photo: Julie Zavala September 16 trip to Cannon Beach. Photo collage by Nina Alvarado I went with my daughter Nina to see Cannon Beach in Portland, Oregon this past Sunday. My son had told us how ...

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    Mom's good advice lives on

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Mom's column clipped from the Vidor Vidorian I was sorting through some of my Mom's things a couple of weekends ago and I came across some of the articles Mom had written for our town newspaper, The Vidor Vidorian. She ...

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    Downtime with the fam

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Co-worker, Jessica Rodrigo's collection of wind-up toys Our network went down at work today. Everything came to a standstill. One of the younger editors yelled out, "Okay guys, clean your desks while we're waiting for them to fix it!" A ...

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    Sunset, sunrise

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Sunset at Magnolia Beach. Video by Robert Zavala, Music by Kevin MacLeod The sun rises over Magnolia Beach. Photo: Julie Zavala My husband and I needed a break, some fresh air, a change of scenery. We threw some foldout chairs, ...

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    Mom would have liked it

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    As I stood beside a group of my coworkers and watched Obama speak on television about the Supreme Court's ruling today, I was reminded of what was going on in my life back in 2010 when ObamaCare first came to ...

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