Category: Editor’s Column

Writer’s Block: Chaotic Serenity

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As so often happens, I found myself taking several moments to pause as I went about my way this week. Moments of quietude where my attention was diverted from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and redirected towards the goings on of the natural world. These …

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Writer’s Block: It’s Time for Sand

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This weekend is shaping up to be an excellent one for the 31st Annual Sandcastle Days, and I can’t wait. The beaches are wide this year, free from last year’s king tides which forced the sand sculptors to huddle close to the base of Clayton’s deck, lest the …

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Writer’s Block: Foreteller of Fall

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the recent rains cooling things down a little, and also spurring an explosion of vegetative growth throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I decided it was high time to do a little outdoor tidying up this weekend. My patio, though bare concrete, is shaded by a lovely, mature …

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Writer’s Block: Real Life Magic

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I know a place that has magic. A place that is magic. A place filled with wonder and excitement. With fierce battles on fields stained brightest scarlet. With quiet meadows where dragonflies float clumsily through the air on summer afternoons. It’s a place where dragons sleep, and where …

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Writer’s Block: Beauty in Transience

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Here today, gone tomorrow. It’s a cliché. And, like most clichés, the popularity of its usage comes from its truth. Such is the case with some ephemeral marvels I’ve witnessed during my daily travels this week. Perhaps you noticed them, too? It began Monday, on my first drive …

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Writer’s Block: Precision Pelican

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Last week, I wrote about the aerobatic accomplishments of a certain turkey vulture that I saw swooping low over the ground in its quest for tasty tidbits of the less-than-living variety. But, what I didn’t get to mention is that that turkey vulture wasn’t the only avian acrobat …

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Writer’s Block: Buzzed By A Buzzard

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The morning sun was shining bright, and what clouds hung in the sky were fluffy and white — a happy morning scene as I drove along the blacktop on my way to work. Suddenly, a dark shape careened into my field of vision from the left. It glided …

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Writer’s Block: Whoops! Spoke Too Soon

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Okay, maybe I spoke too soon. Or maybe I jinxed it. In either case, perhaps I should apologize. You may be wondering what I’m talking about. Well, it’s none other than that perennial favorite of small talk topics, the water cooler go-to, the easy ice-breaker conversation starter: the …

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Writer’s Block: Cleared Shelter, Full Heart, Can’t Lose

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Each day, when I get home from work, I walk up the path to my front door. I jiggle the key in the lock, push open the door and am greeted by a friendly face. Sitting a few paces from the reach of the arc of the swinging …

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Writer’s Block: Late Summer, Sweet Summer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It seems the Saharan dust is well and truly gone from our skies now. Thankfully! No more blinding white midday skies, no more haze choking lungs and blotting out the horizon. And, as if to cap off the end to that dusty mess, we even had a nice, …

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