Category: Editor’s Column

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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Writer’s Block: TIFT Time Once Again

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There are the big holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Fourth of July, that everyone celebrates. And there are smaller, “bank” holidays like Presidents Day or Labor Day, where, if you’re lucky, you get the day off work or a 3-day weekend. And then there are holidays …

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Writer’s Block: Dog Days of Summer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’ve been outside during the daytime at all this past week, then you’ll have realized we are well and truly into the dog days of summer. There’s only one word one can use to describe the weather: hot. Actually, I can think of a few others: sweltering, …

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Writer’s Block: Menudo: The Latino Soul Personified

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s no secret that food and family are two integral parts of Latino culture. Our family bonds are tightly woven, with our extended family members as close to us as our smaller nuclear families. Family is so important in Latino culture that we oftentimes happily choose to expand …

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Writer’s Block: Butterflies and Blooms

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been a rainy summer so far, with last month’s heavy rains followed by intermittent showers here and there across the Rio Grande Valley. And now that the mosquitos are mostly under control, you may have had a chance to notice another consequence of all that water. I …

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Writer’s Block: We are the Capital Gazette

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I haven’t spoken about it publicly before, but even here in our sleepy little Laguna Madre community, I’ve faced threats, harassment and the intense emotions of incredibly angry people as a result of my reporting. I’ve had people call our office lines to yell at me and tell …

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Writer’s Block: Summertime Snacks

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I don’t know about you, but when the temperatures start to rise and my mouth becomes parched I start to get some cravings for summertime snacks en el estilo del Valle. I’m talking about raspas, elote, fresh fruit with Trechas or chamoy, sour pickles, ice cold Mexican sodas …

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Writer’s Block: We the People

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com In years past, I’ve chosen to use Independence Day as a time to dedicate this weekly column to the exploration of what it means to be American. What American values are. Who Americans are. What kind of people we are. What kind of people we hope to be. …

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Writer’s Block: June Rain

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It wasn’t a tropical weather system, but the radar animation still showed some eerie similarities to the kinds of summertime severe weather patterns that earn themselves innocuous sounding names. No, what much of the Rio Grande Valley woke up to on Wednesday morning was a deluge from a …

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