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Noticiero #14
12 de
 abril, 2022
The feather; the pen
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: La Pluma. Welcome to the Newsletter.  

Hola <<First Name>>,

I made it – through winter, that is. Well, at least by the calendar we are into the spring season with glimmers of evidence. The manmade change of setting our clocks ahead simultaneously gives the impression we have created longer days – of light, that is. Instead of hunkering down at 5:30 for the evening, I am surprised to find myself eating supper at 7:00, followed by a walk.

Overhead, sandhill cranes croak their way back into last year’s grain fields. Robins patter over remnant snow patches. The chickadees sing “phoebe” until the real phoebes return.
 
Spring break is a way to usher in a taste of returning warmth and light for those of us northerners in our fifth month of winter. This year, I joined the migration south, a trip originally planned for March 2020, a victim of COVID constrictions postponed to 2021 and finally to 2022.

My son’s family and I went to Florida for FIVE theme park visits – an adventure on many levels.
 
After two years of remaining cloistered, the cultural shock of airports, crowds, and fantasylands juxta-positioned with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, required personal processing. Click here to read my reflections in: Culture Shock: Quarantine to Disney. Travel again stretched my parameters.
 
This greeting comes to you when Sevilla, my favorite Spanish destination, is throwing its biggest party, La Feria de Sevilla, and then goes into mourning during Semana Santa, bringing out its iconic floats recreating the long walk to the cross. Check below for the Cultura and Noticias sections to glimpse these historic and amazing events.
 
May the longer hours of light open new paths for you.
 
Aquí viene el sol, little darl’n,
Profe Jan(et)
NOTICIAS
It might be news to you that LA MACARENA is more than a song and dance involving swatting yourself. La Macarena, the beloved patroness of bullfighters and gypsies, resides in the High Altar of Seville’s Basilica de la Macarena year round, except for Semana Santa. Then, she is placed on a PASO/float and carried through the streets by her Cofradia/brotherhood for 13 hours. Don’t be shocked by the tall, pointy hoods worn by the Cofradia. They are designed to totally disguise the wearers who are doing penance, and not to be recognized. Note the diamond tears on her face. Meet: Los del Guadalquivire – La Macarena de Dios (4:59 minutes):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYCIu-eo5g4
CULTURA
April. Seville, Spain. La Feria de Sevilla followed by Semana Santa, Holy Week. Last month, I shared a clip of Spain’s flamenco, not to be confused with the SEVILLANA dances filling the party casetas lining the streets again this year. Caravans of pilgrims come to town in colorful carts, on foot, and riding stunning Spanish stallions, to laugh, drink Manzanilla, and dance the Sevillanas in flashing dresses, gallant suits, “playing” their palmas/hand-clapping to set the beat. In this video (3:08 minutes) the song parallels the images, so that will help, if you don’t speak Spanish! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0LgMWVHbx4
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