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By Jodi Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt BerthaWorking toward a degree can be an exciting time in a student’s life. It is a solid step toward a rewarding future and a dream fulfilled. However, for some students, it can also be a stressful time with outside factors such as food insecurity, medical or mental health issues,…

McAllen, Texas

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha A town with a population of 143,433 based on the latest census estimates, McAllen gained notoriety in 2009 when Atul Gawande, a surgeon, chronicled the healthcare costs of the 21st largest city in Texas. In his 2009 article for the New Yorker called “The Cost Conundrum,” Gawande found…

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Women have many reasons to celebrate on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day: pay gaps have shrunk, more females are leading companies as CEOs, and dozens of women have run successfully for political office at the national level. For over four decades, Congress has celebrated Women’s Equality Day to…

By Matthew Price, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Do the dog days of summer have you thinking it’s too hot to work out? There are several options available to keep your fitness routine going while keeping cool. The following dozen ideas can help you maintain an exercise routine when the summer heat gets to be too…

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At Aunt Bertha, we’re seeing a growing disparity between searches for food assistance and the supply of local programs to meet demand, a trend that seems to be worsening with time.

Summer dog, panting

by Jodi N. Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt Bertha The dog days of summer are here, and not just for us humans. Our furry friends are in the heat of it as well, and keeping them cool is a top priority. Staying inside is the obvious way to avoid the summer heat, but pets still want…

School supplies

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha As students are counting down the last days of summer, parents are scouring ads for discounts on school supplies. The cost of supplies, ranging from pencils and backpacks to laptops continues to rise annually. The National Retail Federation, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group, and Prosper Insights and Analytics,…