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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.

On Language

First, “Fighting”

I am so tired of the word “fight.” It seems that every other e-mail that I get, especially those from political sources, have a form of fight in the subject line. No wonder people appear to be angry, when even traditionally pacifist organizations are proud to fight. And it’s not just politics: I got one this morning headlined “London feminists fight to preserve library.”  Read More 
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“A Shining City on a Hill”

John Winthrop, the 11th generation descendant of the John Winthrop who founded Boston in 1630, will be in Brandon on Saturday. That’s April 23, at 3:00 PM, and technically in Riverview. A former a dairy farm, Winthrop Village is at the corner of Bloomingdale and Providence. They were the main (dirt) roads between the communities of Bloomingdale, Providence, and Riverview back in the day – to say nothing of Lithia and Alafia and Bell Shoals and all the other little settlements that now are lumped together as Brandon.  Read More 
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Of Bone Valley and Elephant Graveyards

Coming back from a speech in Palm Beach last month, we took State Road 60 through Yeehaw Junction and enjoyed the cattle ranches and citrus groves that end with Brandon. I like to stretch my imagination and try to picture the road back when it was two unmarked lanes of gravel. We seldom refer to Highway 60 by its number anymore, as it becomes Brandon Boulevard, then Adamo Drive and Kennedy Boulevard, and with a strange stretch around the airport, works its way onto Courtney Campbell Causeway and ends at Clearwater Beach, where it’s Gulf to Bay. It’s at least six lanes of heavy traffic these days, but the early highway would have been a pastoral drive.  Read More 
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Women’s History Month and more

Every year Women’s History Month gets bigger, and I’m especially glad to see that increasing numbers of men in historical societies are acknowledging its importance. Despite the significant differences in Bartow and Palm Beach, audiences for my speeches in both places included a number of men. Both historical societies held their meetings in beautifully restored courthouses that date to a century ago, and I’m glad to see that, too.  Read More 
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