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WHEN A HOUSE IS A HOME

By NANCY PATRICK American author Sandra Cisneros wrote “House on Mango Street,” one of my favorite stories to teach in a literature class. The story focuses on the protagonist, Esperanza, and her life growing up in a poor Latino neighborhood in Chicago in the 1950s. Most critics agree that Cisneros bases Esperanza on herself and her frequent negative childhood experiences,

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‘FOREVER FRIENDS’ ADD JOY TO LIFE

        By NANCY PATRICK I recently celebrated my high school reunion for the 1968 graduating class of Abilene High School. I surprised myself by my own anticipation and emotional reaction to this event. The actual weekend far exceeded my expectations. Although some of us had stayed in the area and seen each other throughout the years, most

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DEPRESSION: A PERSONAL REFLECTION

  By NANCY PATRICK Tragic, unexpected suicides bring the issue of depression to the forefront of many minds. Although always traumatic, some suicides are more understandable than others. Sometimes victims have suffered unimaginable horrors in wars or experienced excruciating pain related to an illness. However, sometimes people who seem to have no reason to be suicidal do take their own lives.

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BEING A MOTHER IS SPECIAL

By NANCY PATRICK Everyone who has ever lived has had a mother. Different mothers have different philosophies of mothering, but one thing is for sure—only a mother knows the joys and frustrations that accompany her job. When I was a little girl, I thought mothers were old ladies who bossed kids around and didn’t let them eat between meals or

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