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Noticiero #13
17 de
 marzo, 2022
The feather; the pen
Bienvenidos al noticiero
: La Pluma. Welcome to the Newsletter.  

Hola <<First Name>>,

Beliefs. As I wrote #13 on this issue, I paused. Should I just skip over this number of mala fortuna and go right to #14, like the hotels that skip that floor number to by-pass the belief in bad luck?
Next I wrote the date, 17 de marzo, a number that make some people see green. To me, it is the anniversary of my mother’s birthday. Despite only having a pinkie finger full of Irish blood, her birth date was celebrated with shamrocks, napkins covered with rainbows and pots of gold, and the ever-present leprechaun. It culminated in a journey to Ireland where we both kissed the Blarney Stone for good luck. Beliefs.

In Spain, Mexico, and throughout the southwestern United States, there is another little man roaming through folklore. Depending on your source, El Duende will be described either as a goblin living in your walls, waiting to come out at night to cut your toenails, often removing an entire toe – or a generous elf who helps lost children find their way out of the woods. El Duende might be invoked by mothers much like the bogey-man.  Others simply view duendes as impish tricksters. If you only find one sock left in the clothes dryer, the duende likely has the other one.
Beliefs. Before we are too hasty to dismiss a leprechaun with a four-leaf clover or the duende hoarding single socks, ponder how all cultures have similar entities, often behaving in parallel patterns. What are your beliefs and what are their origins?
Ready to take on a challenge? Slow down today and notice how your beliefs mold your behaviors. What do you see in your world? Share your comments in my latest blog post: March On: A People’s Journey through Time.
Oh. And, go easy on the Green Cervezas. No telling how that might change your worldview!
Tu amiga,
Profe Jan(et)
Riverdance on Ice
It may not be news to you, but it was a new revelation to me. While the Irish and Spanish both have their own duendes, they also... pause a moment... have “step dancing” in their traditions. What is flamenco, if not a step dance? What is a step dance, if not part flamenco? Both genres use their feet to keep beat when instruments fade back. Now, add ice! Click to watch a six minute clip from 2011 Riverdance on Ice - Reel Around the Sun - Entire Cast
Federico Garcia Lorca, famed Spanish poet from the Generación de 1927, defined duende as: "a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought.” His term grew to encompass activities that speak through you, an artistic muse, authentic emotions and expression. “Tener duende” – to have duende, is used when describing flamenco. Click here and experience four minutes of dancers demonstrating DUENDE in these clips from the Ballet Flamenco Andalucia:
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