99-year-old McAllen woman commits life to painting

McALLEN — Surrounded by her artwork, 99-year-old Catalina Martinez was painting her latest piece of a bird perched on a tree last week at...

Invisible Project lends visibility to disabled, hungry, homeless

Pablo Ramirez’s idea of starting The Invisible Project Inc., a nonprofit that carries the mission of supporting students with disabilities, stemmed from a conversation he had with a young girl he met while volunteering at a camp two years ago. Ramirez was 14 then, and said that he will never forget what Bertha Jones, a camper that summer who suffers from cerebral palsy, told him. The camp is referred to as CAMP, or the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential. “We talked about how a lot of times, people underestimate her intellectual capacity just because she is in a wheelchair, and that people won’t go down to her level and talk to her face,” Ramirez, who is now 16, recalled. “People won’t look into her eyes and have meaningful conversations with her. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Rock of refuge: From a single stone to a pillar of faith, free restaurant...

EDINBURG — Prophecy became reality for Jerry Joule on Sept. 18 when the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Baptist Student Ministry organization opened...

Advice: A happy life has balance

When you live life with a clear vision of what your priorities are, and your family scale is thrown off balance, it’s not difficult...

Thanks-a-lot: Edinburg Girl Scouts show gratitude to first responders

EDINBURG — Girl Scouts and Edinburg first responders walked side-by-side in silence Wednesday afternoon. Making sure to step over puddles of rain, the group...

Advice: Yelling is not good for children

Most parents that yell at their children were also raised this way, and they don’t realize that yelling is verbal abuse and can have...

Advice: Don’t complain your life away

There is nothing worse than a person who spends there time complaining about their life. It’s exhausting to be around a fault-finder who grumbles about...

‘She adds life’: PSJA Pathways grad garners praise in new position at elementary school

Animating the motions of coach Veronica Muñiz, Carolina Vallejo makes “hamburger hands” demonstrating a visual cue to about 20 children inside the Berta Palacios Elementary School gym Thursday morning. Following the instructions, the children gripped and lifted the red, green and yellow parachute as they circled around the object, continuing the game. Vallejo has Down syndrome and graduated in May from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district’s Pathways Toward Independence program, or PTI, which provides vocational training and independent living skills for special needs students. She also currently works at the district as an alumna and staff member. The PTI program also offers employability skills and certificates through South Texas College, according to PSJA’s website. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Advice: Clear your mind and disconnect

Mental clutter is one of the worst things you can do for your health. It drains you more than any physical activity. The more you...

Advice: Teaching children social skills at home

Children need to be taught social skills and parents play a very important part in helping their children develop these skills. Parents can help their...