Category: Editor’s Column

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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Writer’s Block: Hocus Pocus

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Double, double, toil and trouble;/ Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Thus chanted the three witches when Macbeth chanced upon them in a wood in the darkness of night. The witches were up to no good as they stood in the forest brewing up an unsightly stew filled with …

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Writer’s Block: Caldo Weather

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You may have seen a certain meme making the rounds on social media. A tetraptych with one panel showing a photo of a terracotta mug of champurrado accompanied by a concha, another a heavy San Marcos blanket spread across a bed, the third a bowl of menudo with …

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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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