Category: Editor’s Column

Writer’s Block: Wishy Washy Weather

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Is it going to be gray and foggy today? Or will the sunshine be so bright that its rays light up the landscape so vividly it hurts your eyes? Will it be cold, windy and rainy? Or will it be eerily calm and warm? Should I wear the …

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Writer’s Block: Connected Disconnect

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Rio Grande Valley is a place apart — a region located at the southernmost tip of Texas and made up of four counties that form an awkward, almost triangular shape. It’s bordered to the east by a literal border — an international one with Mexico, to the …

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Writer’s Block: Ode to the Super Blood Wolf Moon

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As a life-long science fiction aficionado, I often gaze skyward and think of the potential heights humankind might one day reach among the stars. Starships that travel the galaxy and, as the opening credits for the Star Trek franchise say, explore new worlds and new civilizations? Perhaps. Or, …

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Writer’s Block: Ready to be WOWEd

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’ve got to admit: being a reporter is a pretty cool gig. I get to spend my days learning new things, meeting new people and experiencing new things. One day, I’ll get to have a conversation with a town mayor, the next a CEO for a billion-dollar company, …

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Writer’s Block: In the Glare of the Spotlight

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On more than one occasion throughout 2018, the Rio Grande Valley was under the scrutiny of the national media, political and social spotlight. For various reasons last year, our collective home became a bright pinpoint of focus on a national scale several times — whether that was the …

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Writer’s Block: Looking at the Year Ahead

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’m not going to say I’ve already failed at my new year’s resolutions, but… I’ve already failed. My plans to exercise on the first day of the year? Never realized. Hopes to cut down on simple carbohydrates and junk food? Dashed! However, I’m not sad about it, and …

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Writer’s Block: Time Is An Illusion

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Albert Einstein once said that time is an illusion. As the man whose mind fathomed the theory of relativity, I’m pretty certain he knew what he was talking about. But Einstein’s theory has more to do with the tangible and quantifiable — acceleration and mass and gravity — …

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Writer’s Block: The Meaning of Christmas

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As the countdown to Christmas continues, our schedules can become quite packed — our to-do list growing longer while both time and patience grow short. With that in mind, I thought this week would be the perfect opportunity to revisit a column I wrote in 2015 about the …

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Writer’s Block: Bah, Humbug!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com ‘Tis the season for making merry and bright. The lights are all aglow, the halls have been decked with boughs of holly and all should be jolly, right? Well, almost. If you’ll allow me a little latitude to be a bit of a Grinch — only slightly a …

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Writer’s Block: Remembering Last Year’s Snow Day

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com At this very moment, as I sit at my desk typing this week’s column, I’m listening to the dulcet sounds of Bing Crosby as he croons, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” Feeling festive, and eager to partake in holiday cheer, I’ve been listening to the Classic Christmas …

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