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Doris writes a weekly column for LaGaceta, the nation's only trilingual newspaper, which has pages in English, Spanish, and Italian.  Begun in 1922 for Tampa's immigrant community, it continues to thrive more than a century later.  Her column is titled "In Context," as it aims to put contemporary issues in the context of the past.

Women Were Always There

National Geographic recently published a groundbreaking piece speculating that most of the art in ancient caves was created by women. The article drew lots of commentary back and forth, including comments from women that ancient women probably were not the artists because they were – as ever – too busy with child care, growing and preparing food, and even constructing housing.  Read More 
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Gobble, Gobble! A Brief History of Thanksgiving

It’s again that dark time of the year, with those long nights that follow the end of daylight savings time. It’s the way we measure seasons in the Sunshine State: When the oranges turn orange and the poinsettias turn red, we know that Christmas is near.  Read More 
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Grilling the Ladies of the Cabinet

One of my friends came to the bridge table last week livid about the congressional hearing that she had been watching on TV. They really “grilled” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, she said, and I guess they did.  Read More 
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Getting to the Heart of the Common Core

Words that begin with “common” have evolved to be controversial. To most people, “community” and “commonality” denote something good, but to some individualists, they imply excessive conformity. Others think of “common” as meaning vulgar, or at least beneath them, as in the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Still other people mistrust the root in “commonweal” and “commonwealth” -- and most of all, “communism.” Such has been the fate of Common Core.  Read More 
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