The Price of Perfection


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I realise that I can only speak from my experience, although I know for a fact that most Spanish women of my generation would probably agree. There are many subtle ways in which I still detect harsher judgment being passed on women than on men. We are still, in some ways, at a liminal stage.
I don’t feel free to do certain things that I see men do daily without any raised eyebrows, such as having a noon whiskey alone at a bar. If it happens once, it may be ignored. If it happens again, my prospective pupils will get the image of an untrustworthy teacher. Never mind that I am reliable and never show up late or drunk to a class.
I was taught -brainwashed, actually- that I am responsible for any harm that befalls me if I am out after a certain hour… unless I am accompanied by a man. I have learned that there’s no quicker way to stop a man from showering you with unwanted attention than to say loudly that your husband (not boyfriend) will be around in a moment. I have learned that at my age I can have a husband but a ‘boyfriend’ means I am loose, cheap and probably not a good mother. It causes raised eyebrows.
I recently read an article about a woman -Spanish- who was conceived by her mother to be perfect. Her name was Hildegart Rodríguez, the educator of the Spanish proletariat at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her mother Aurora conceived her because she hated all the women she knew and wanted to prove that she could mold her daughter into the most perfect creature. Hildegart had an extensive education, she was precocious and bright and could read by the age of three. At the age of fifteen, she wrote articles for socialist publications. She wrote erudite treaties on the liberation of women, on contraception, motherhood and other social issues. However, her mother kept her under direct surveillance constantly, even sleeping together. She was, obviously, sexually repressed by her obsessive mother, who thought sex was disgusting. She theorized about what she was never allowed to experience.
Long story short, when she began to show a need for more freedom than her mother was willing to give her, she was killed by her. Apparently, the most perfect woman in Spain deserved death for daring to be herself and defy authority. She could not be tolerated in her natural state and making her own decisions.

Maybe it’s Spain. I don’t know. Maybe I am paranoid, which is possible. The story of Hildegart, ‘The Red Virgin’ as she was called by Havelock Ellis, reinforces the lesson I learned at age 9: you are not welcome to be you. You’re too loud (for a girl), too opinionated (for a girl) and you should behave like a lady, so buckle up and bear it. Anything you do is your entire responsibility. Anything that happens to you is your due for being an upstart.
Maybe it’s because I am a Green Dog and therefore inherently strange. I have little in common with my contemporaries. Growing up in different places makes you sort of a loner and if you’re an introvert it just gets worse.
You may ask, and rightly so, what makes a Green Dog actually so strange.
There is no short way to answer.
Brevity can be deceitfully simple. It can seem to contain all the necessary, vital facts, but often it just rushes to stereotypical conclusions that do little to clarify the meaning or the sense of actions or words.
So I kindly suggest you take a seat, and above all, I thank you for bearing with the ramblings of this Green Dog who is always questioning reasons, motives, whys and wherefores.
Green Dogs are strange because we don’t comply with many social norms, either because we disagree with them or because we simply don’t see the point.
Green Dogs are strange because we simply can’t understand how other people’s brains function, especially if they work at a slower speed than ours. We get ourselves going in circles, once we start. Jumping from one task to the next, spinning like tops!
Green Dogs cause some people to break out in hives. Always inquisitive, always wondering out loud whether it is us that are weird or it is this world gone unhinged.

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Asturian Mythology. #TheOtherSpain


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This is a link to a very interesting and insightful article by David Wacks about Asturias, my home region. For those of you who know Spain, it will be a surprise. For all of you, it will break down your stereotyped vision of a country that is so diverse that it could easily be several countries in one. From the scorching plains of Castilla, there is a huge distance in traditions and customs. Even more so from the Mediterranean beaches of Valencia. Spain is a universe in its own right.
I hope you enjoy it. Good Sunday from #GreenDogRepublic

http://davidwacks.uoregon.edu/tag/asturian-mythology/

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CELTIC BASE OF ASTURIAN LANGUAGE (PART I).


My translation from Asturiano to English. Glad to collaborate in the diffusion of the Celtic cultures of Europe and our Asturian culture in particular.

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INTRODUCTION:

The encounter and the conflict between the old Asturian language and Latin 2000 years ago was strong for centuries, Latin being the winner and overruling the old Asturian. Nevertheless, the old Asturian resisted dying altogether as is proven by a long list of  pre-Latin  Indo-European  words that, in spite of their geographical and linguistic limitations, still exist today. Through diachronic linguistics we know that  not only these words of Latin and Spanish origin exist in Asturian, but we also find every now and then other words from languages previous to Latin in Asturies, like some pre-Celtic and Celtic words.

This linguistic study of Asturian is very important due to its archaism. Neither the Romans nor the Visigoths did away with this archaism in rural areas.  In addition to this, the study of  these expressions is rendered more important because some of these archaisms, inherited from western Hispanic Indo-European,  are…

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BANDES DE MÚSICA FOLK ASTURIANO: FELPEYU.


Asturian Folk. Roots of our Region.

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Felpeyu ye un grupu de música folk d’Asturies y una de les referencies na música asturiana.

Foi fundáu en 1991 en Salamanca, onde estudiaren Belles Artes los sos miembros fundacionales Ígor Medio y Ruma Barbero. Dende entós, desendolcaron una carrera musical con una bayura d’actuaciones per España, Europa y Australia.

El so primer trabayu discográficu foi’l discu homónimu Felpeyu, editáu en 1994 por Fonoastur. Pa entós, ya habíen espublizáo la maqueta Fuxide oricios (1993) y contribuyeron al recopilatoriu “V Festival de Música Folk Galega” (1993. Edicions Discográficas Galegas). Magar qu’al entamu de la so carrera desenvolvíen un repertoriu con pieces asturianes y gallegues (pola participación de los hermanos Cástor y Félix Castro), Felpeyu centróse col tiempu nos sones más averaos al repertoriu asturianu.

En 1997 apaez el so segundu discu, Tierra (Fonoastur) y enxertan una de les sos pieces del discu Felpeyu nel recopilatoriu Naciones Celtas.

En 2000 asoleyen Live Overseas (Urchin Records), discu en direutu grabáu n’Ourense…

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What Are Positive Things Can You Take From The 2016 US Presidential Election?


Michael J. Fite

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“I  believe that behind every negative things, there are positive things that we can learn.” -Sparklesbehind

Keep this in mind whenever you find yourself trying to learn something positive from something that appears negative in all phases.

When someone or something turns out to be negative in all phases, it can be harmful, toxic, and painful to watch and be apart of. The beauty that exists in such negative things is that you can learn some positive things that can help you become better and change the world in the process.

Today’s inspiration will take a look at the 2016 United States Presidential Election in a different light. We will simply take a look at the following:

  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: How did we get from start to finish?
  • What were some of most negative comments from the 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates?
  • What made the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election negative?

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The Rise of The Unwise, Part Two. The Flames of Democracy


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So the buffoon, the liar, the misogynistic, sexist homophobe has done the unexpected. Donald Trump has won the elections and therefore become the 45th. president of the United States. According to some sources, Trump was elected by little more than a quarter of the voters. Only 56.9% of voters cast a ballot. Clinton won the popular vote. All the polls and pundits’ predictions have gone up in flames, once again. With them, the confidence of many who believed in democracy as the best way, or the only way, to make progress as a society.
And once again, I will give my view on why this came to be. I
know many people who would vote for him. I’ve seen it here in Spain and I am seeing it still, both nationally and locally. A candidate like Trump makes them feel good about themselves because they think: if he talks just like me (so I can relate to him) so if he’s the president, then I’m not a total failure. I think that is what draws people to him. He says what they think and dares to say it in an ‘unsophisticated’ way. It’s not just their VIEWS he gives voice to, he resembles THEM!
Many people, perhaps millions, wanted to vote for another candidate but were consistently told that it was useless, or worse, helping the enemy. And so, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson didn’t stand a chance because everyone believed that their vote alone was worth nothing. See the irony? There were more candidates than the two but voters were made to believe that it would be a waste of a vote, or treason, to opt for a third party candidate. Somehow, they thought that this attitude of ‘voting for a practical reason’ was a sign of democracy and those who wished to do differently were putting democracy in danger.
The Establishment has decided to let Trump win because he is easier to manipulate, as all megalomaniacs are. He will take the tumble if things don’t go as planned. Clinton is a veteran of the Establishment and knows all the ins and outs. All the speculation about her using a private server is easy to understand if you think that, to her, she is the Government so she can and should be totally trusted.
They’re getting ready for war. They’re creating the perfect atmosphere for people to support an armed conflict with Russia. What American and European citizens don’t realize is how much our governments are to blame. You don’t go poking a bear and expect it to just accept it. Russia is surrounded by NATO bases. Neither Europe nor the USA are.
There are deeper causes and reasons. as well. It is becoming increasingly difficult to be proud of your unique culture without being called racist. We should all, it seems, embrace the death of local or national (not state) cultures in order to make way for a world culture in which there’s no distinction whatsoever between countries and peoples.
Since when do you have to give up being you to appreciate your neighbor? Since when being proud of your culture in a non-derogatory way is bad, racist or xenophobic? I wish all cultures to be proud of themselves. If they’re alive it’s because they are still valid. What good will it do the world if we give up our unique traits and customs? Like I always say, who does it benefit?
I know that some cultures have been undermined and belittled and attacked. Somehow, doing a collective hara kiri I think will solve nothing. It’ll only benefit those who are already on top.
Acknowledgement to the validity of all cultures must be made. They are all useful and constitute the biggest wealth of humanity.

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The Sea Within The Sea


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The sea, always the sea…
Never look too far from your door, for truth be said, you will never need to wander far to find the essence of what you’re looking for.
The essence of the sea and fishing villages in Asturias is found in places like Cuideru (Cudillero), where the quaint streets and the squawking of the gulls take you back in time to a much simpler world, gone up in flames in big cities.

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NEMETOBRIGA: SACRED CITY OF THE ASTURES


Traditions and origins.

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Nemetobriga (30 B.C.-640 A.D.) was cited by Ptolomeus as a city or capital of the Asturian tribe of the Tiburos, one of the fourteen Asturian tribes numbered by Adolf Schulten in his work. It is also mentioned in the Antoninus itinerary as a stop between Astorga and Braga on the Roman route called Via Nova (New Route) or Route XVIII.

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Most historians localise it in what is today Puebla de Trives or Trives Viejo, in Ourense.

The etimology of these toponyms is quite clear and undoubtedly Celtic. NEMETO-BRIGA, “Sacred City/Sanctuary”, where the element ‘briga’ comes from the well-known Celtic ‘ bhrgh-‘ ([bh ]>[b], [r], >[ri], [gh], >[g]), known in the proto-Germanics “burg-“.

This toponym is found  in some  European cities with ties to Celtic culture: “Nemetacum” in Belgian Gallia, the French city of Arres; “Nemetodorum”, The French city of Nanterre; “Vernemetum”, in the English county of Nottinghamshire; “Medionemetum” in Scotland…

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Bullying, From ‘Autism in Our Nest’


This is an excellent article from the blog ‘Autism in Our Nest’. It addresses the issue of bullying , which is on the rise everywhere and is especially negative for autistic spectrum children, who are bullied up to five times more than others.

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