Category: Editor’s Column

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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Writer’s Block: Celebration Season

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Fall is a pretty special time of year for my family. It’s the time of year when we have much occasion to celebrate, which may perhaps explain why it’s my favorite season of the year. Sure, there’s the “regular” autumn stuff to celebrate: holidays, and family gatherings, and …

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Writer’s Block: Happy Thanksgiving

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Gobble, gobble! It’s that time of the year again — that time where we set our tables with our nicest china and our homes are filled with the warm smells of butter, thyme, cinnamon, pumpkin, cranberry and citrus as we prepare a feast fit for royalty. It’s Thanksgiving! …

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Writer’s Block: In Defense of a Most Common Bird

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the fall migration in full swing and birders from near and far “oohing” and “aahing” over the astounding variety of colorful, whimsical, rare, eye-catching and breathtaking avian species wending their way through the Rio Grande Valley, I thought I would take a moment to extol the virtues …

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Writer’s Block: Tricky Birds

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I was browsing through the aisles at HEB late one night last week when something caught my eye as I made my way down the pet food aisle looking for treats for my very pampered cat. It was HEB’s small collection of bird feeders and bird food. Stacked …

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The Versatility of a Determined Plant

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “It’s so pretty!” I said to my dad last weekend as we lazed on a couch in the living room on a quiet Saturday evening. The TV was turned on; the sound of whatever program Dad was watching providing shapeless sound for all the attention I was paying …

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