Category Archive: Editor’s Column

Jan 05 2018

Writer’s Block: Winter is Here, For Now

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com What a difference a year makes! Last year’s New Year’s Eve was cool, but rather comfortable. The mostly pleasant weather was followed by unseasonably warm days — more than a few of which saw temperatures climb well into the 90s. This time around, New Year’s Eve was marked …

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Dec 29 2017

2017 — The Year That Was

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com People tend to become a bit reflective as a year begins to draw to a close, and that’s no exception inside the four walls of the Port Isabel – South Padre Press offices. So, what can I say about 2017? A lot happened this year. Some good, some …

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Dec 22 2017

Writer’s Block: Merry and Bright

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her father if Santa Claus was real. I’m sure this is a question many parents face with some apprehension. Virginia’s father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, suggested she pose the question as a letter to the editor in New York City newspaper, The Sun, …

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Dec 15 2017

Writer’s Block: Snow Day!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It was an early Christmas miracle — snow in the Rio Grande Valley! Early last week, local television forecasters began preparing the Valley for an incoming cold front. It would come in at the end of the week, they said, and drop temperatures by a couple dozen degrees. …

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Dec 08 2017

Writer’s Block: From Grinch to Glad

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sometimes it’s the small, unexpected surprises that can most make your day. And there’s perhaps no better time for a little moment of joy than December, when the Christmas spirit seems to make everything brighter and better. In fact, it was a quick moment after a Christmas-themed event …

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Dec 01 2017

Writer’s Block: Deck the Halls

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Whatever turkey leftovers there were should be just about gobbled up entirely by now, too. And now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rearview mirror it’s time to prepare for what’s next. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice are …

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Nov 23 2017

Writer’s Block: Funny Bone

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Thanksgiving is a time for family. And a time for friends. And when loved ones gather, there’s sure to be lively conversation and fellowship. In the past, I’ve written about the way my family has celebrated Thanksgiving. Ever the consummate hostess, my mom’s talents — which are many …

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Nov 17 2017

Writer’s Block: Practiced Patience

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I can’t remember where I heard it, but some time ago I heard some advice cautioning people to consider their prayers carefully, for God may choose to answer you in a way you didn’t quite expect. It’s a version of the old adage, “be careful what you wish …

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Nov 10 2017

Writer’s Block: Thank You For Your Service

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’d seen Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo of U.S. Marines raising a flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima before. I’d learned about the Pacific Theater of World War II in school, along with the European Theater. I’d also seen the grainy black and white footage of …

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Nov 03 2017

Writer’s Block: Earned History

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It was a grounder that skipped and hopped with a jittery urgency between first and second base — closer to first than not. First baseman Yuli Gurriel had his left foot planted firmly on the bag as Jose Altuve, playing close in right field, scooped up the ball …

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