Advice: The tone of your voice declares intention

MARIA LUISA SALCINES | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR It might seem like loud, aggressive and forceful people get their way more often, but the truth...

McAllen family hosts giveaway, donates 10 Thanksgiving meals 

BY MARIA RUIZ Since 2015, McAllen entrepreneurs Maria Roser and Uriel Barbosa have made it a family tradition to share their Thanksgiving leftovers with the...

Advice: Welcome to the family, baby Austin

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESThere’s nothing more emotional than welcoming a grandchild into this world.On Feb. 21, our grandson Austin Lazaro Salcines was born in...

Advice: Love is not just for the young

MARIA LUISA SALCINES | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR When I was in my 20s and would see couples in their 50s or 60s being romantic,...

Brush a proud promoter of area’s natural habitat, wildlife

John Brush lifted his binoculars to his eyes to gain a better view of a Thrasher he spotted. Immediately he knew the bird was...

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...

Advice: Compliments foster healthy relationships

You might think that complimenting your spouse or your children isn’t necessary, but feeling appreciated and valued can make a huge difference in a...

Advice: Attitude is everything when overcoming life’s obstacles

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESEvery thought you have creates the belief you have about yourself. The longer you think a certain way the more that...

Advice: Life is not picture perfect

Advice: Celebrate the blessings you have and appreciate every imperfect moment of your life.

Advice: Parenting in a home with a special needs child

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESRaising a special needs child can be overwhelming, and parents may unintentionally overlook the needs of their other children.Siblings love their...