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Herbert Piekow writes about Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema—an era when Mexican movies dominated the Latin American market and were winning prizes all over the world.



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14 CHILI COOK-OFF Robb Howard writes about the intense amount of work that went into coming up the chili entry that won the second place award. Imagine what went into making the winning entry!

24 BOOK REVIEW Jay White reviews The General and the Jaguar, Eileen Welsome’s awardwinning account of how General “Blackjack Pershing (later the head of America’s Expeditionary Army in France during the First World War,) and Mexico’s revolutionary leader, Pancho Villa, came into each other’s  %  

18 LOCAL COLOR Catherine MacKenzie, a newcomer to our beloved little corner of Mexico, is bedazzled by her visit to a local tianguis.

46 COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Tod Jonson has reactivated an event that was a Lakeside tradition, one started 25 years ago. The selection process will end on the night of May 3 with the winners announced at the Ajijic Auditorium.

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A Life Well-Justified

The Late John Ross


here is a line in the Bible (one of the very few that I can remember!) which says something about how lucky that man is “who can walk into his own house justified.” Recently, I had cause to remember that line when a friend sent me an obituary notice about a fellow ex-pat I never met—but now will forever regret that I was not fortunate enough to have known him. It would have been an honor to shake his hand. The obituary was written by Mary Jo McConahay and reads in part as follows: Journalist, investigative poet and social activist John Ross died peacefully today at Lake Pátzcuaro in Mexico, where he had lived on and off for the past 50 years. He was 72. The cause was liver cancer. A national award-winning author of ten books, fiction and nonfiction, Ross received the American Book Award (1995) for “Rebellion from the Roots: Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas,” and the coveted Upton Sinclair Award (2005) for “Murdered by Capitalism: 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left.” The first journalist to bring news of the indigenous Mexican Zapatista revolution to Englishspeaking readers, Ross was widely regarded as a “voice for those without a voice,” who stood with the poor and

oppressed in his brilliantly stylized writing, suffering beatings and arrests during many nonviolent protests. An iconoclast who took every chance to afflict the comfortable and educate the public, in 2009 Ross turned down honors from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which had praised him for telling “stories nobody else could or would tell,” and as an organizer for tenants’ rights. In the chamber, Ross recalled an appearance before the Board 40 years before, when he was dragged from the same room for disturbing the peace. He blamed an “attack” by the San Francisco Police Department for the loss of his left eye. Ross told the Board, “Death was on our plate” when he went to Baghdad as a human shield during U.S. bombing. “Life, like reporting, is a kind of death sentence,” he said. “Pardon me for having lived it so fully.” In 2010, under treatment for liver cancer, he toured nationally with “El Monstruo: True Tales of Dread & Redemption in Mexico City,” already a cult classic, using a handheld magnifying glass to read his words before packed audiences. One of the earliest resisters of the Vietnam War, Ross spent two and a half years as a prisoner of conscience in a federal penitentiary for refusing the draft. Upon his release, he recounted in a poem, when a prison official walked him to the door, Ross, he told me with a look of disgust written all over his smarmy mush, you never learned how to be a prisoner. I can’t think of a greater epitaph, nor of a more magnificent life lived to its absolute hilt—and of such stuff are heroes made. John Ross will forevermore be one of mine. Alejandro Grattan


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OF FAITH AND FABLES       Trust In Whom? Trust In What?


n a previous column I spoke of “letting the battle begin� and boy, did it ever. After surviving the onslaught of eight-hour a day chemo for weeks, I really thought this battle would be more of a skirmish than an all-out assault. Wrong! For a few days, as much as I hate to admit it, I fell into the trap of having a “pity party� and seeds of doubt began to emerge from hidden places, much like the cancer cells that escaped the confines of my right lung. About the time I was at the very lowest point in this portion of my treatment path, I received an email from a wonderful friend. She had just completed her assignment that was called for in her Bible Study Fellowship lesson that contained a quote from one of my favorite chapters of Isaiah: Chapter 43. Her email led me once again to examine the facts about what was happening in my life. Chapter 43 opens, she said, with these words: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; YOU ARE MINE!� The Lord says that, as His people trust Him through times of trouble He will not leave them. Whatever the experience of those who belong to Him, He makes a promise using images that recall the historic Exodus event “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord Your God!� As I continued to read her email, her next sentence contained this question:

“Are you in such a place right now? It was as if she had discerned my deepest thoughts. “Are you struggling against fear?�  Then she reminded me that God is not saying that trouble or harm will never come, but He is saying that His people will never be apart from His sustaining, loving presence.  It is difficult to explain but a feeling of calmness came upon me and I knew that I had experienced my first and last pity party. Then, turning to prayer I told God that I was in His hands and that whatever His plan for me had in store that I would not abandon that trust. I really felt that calmness increase as I read the verses in Chapter 40 beginning at the 28th verse: “Have you not known? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.� You see, I had been thinking about the odds against me rather than the strength of my faith and the trust I had in God. I thanked my friend for her wonderful reminders. Telling her that while I certainly understand why “pity parties� take place, for us who face seemingly endless adversity, the questions she asked still remain to be answered: Trust in Whom? Trust in What? Shalom!

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n March 2010 I went to Museo de Arte de Zapopan, with my friend Juan Carlos, to see an exposition featuring films by cinefotògrafo Gabriel Figueroa. He worked his magic on over 200 films. Several of the film shorts featured Maria Felix, who starred in 50 productions and whose famous beauty and expressive face can be seen in photos in many public places. The exhibition featured Gabriel Figueroa films but frequently mentioned the Epoca de oro del cine mexicano, (The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema). Sunday, February 27th the world watched the Academy Awards and I thought it time to research and write about the impressive time in Mexican film making. The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema is the name given to Mexican films created between 1935 and 1959. The release of ¡Vamonos con Pancho Villa! in 1935 is considered the beginning of the best of the cinema of Mexico. However, it was a box-office failure. Alla en el Rancho Grande, also by director Fernando de Fuentes, was a financial and artistic success and launched a long and impressive career. While Europe and the United States battled WWII, most of their film industries were restricted to propaganda. Cellulose, used to produce films, was rationed. When German submarines destroyed PEMEX oil tankers, Mexico joined the Allies in the war against Germany. Mexico gained most favored nation status and also garnered a scarcity of goods including film, which for political reasons was restricted in the US. The excess was sent to Mexico, making it possible for the Mexican movie industry to produce films for the Mexican and Latin American markets. Important Mexican icons of this period included Mario Moreno, a comic actor who won the hearts of Mexican and international audiences. All the world knows the dramatic countenances and acting abilities of Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendariz, both of whom were directed by Emilio “el Indio” Fernandez, in Flor Silvestre and Maria Candelaria winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. These are two of the most wonderful movies I have ever seen and even if you don’t understand


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Spanish you will comprehend these powerful films by watching the expressive faces and feeling the emotions of these fine actors. The movie stars of Mexican cinema ruled the world when Mexico reigned supreme at the box-office. Dolores del Rio was the biggest diva, who after a successful career in Hollywood returned to Mexico and represented the face of Mexican women around the world in Emilio Fernandez’s film Maria Candelaria. “La Doña” of Mexican films was Maria Felix who portrayed the roles of rural or peasant women. Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete were the male idols of the Mexican Cinema. Negrete besides being a film idol was also the leader of the Actors Union, at its inception. Infante was El Idolo del Pueblo or The Idol of the People. The motion picture that made hearts throb was Dos Tipos de Cuidado, which starred both men. “Two Guys to be Careful With,” was the biggest boxoffice hit of its day. Even today, when the film shows on Mexican TV, the women forget their cooking, cleaning and child care to watch these two men. Negrete died in Hollywood of infections at age 42, a year after the film was released. Pedro Infante died in a plane crash April 15, 1957 at the age of 40; his body was identified by his signature gold bracelet, which he always wore. Infante, who made 59 movies, was described as, “Perhaps the most famous actor and singer of the Golden Age.” Both men were honored with state funerals, their motorcades and weeping women stopped traffic. Mexico also had an incredible array of directors, sound technicians and writers, many of whom immigrated from the Soviet Union or from Franco’s Spain. The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema centered on topics like poverty, the struggles of urban life, social injustices and the idealization of moral values like love and happiness. From about 1946 to 1950, city life was the theme movie

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producers portrayed and movies with “easy” women in poor neighborhoods, the loss of moral values, the changes of society and industry. The 1950 melodrama “Los Olvidados,” “The Young and the Damned,” was a memorable, heart-wrenching portrayal about impoverished children in Mexico City. The emblematic changes of the Mexican way of life were presented in the 1960s. However, at this time Mexican films faced censorship that those of the US and Europe did not. The strong unions of the Mexican movie industry created another obstacle for continued growth; and by the mid 1940s, an American, William O. Jenkins, owned two of Mexico’s theater chains and controlled all the films showing in 12 Mexican states. Later his chains limited the showing of Mexican films and began to show more Hollywood films. He also used his power to dictate regulations that limited film production to low-budget, low quality films known as “churros.” With its great scope of location possibilities from aired deserts, tropical jungles, pristine beaches and snow capped mountains, Mexico is the setting for many of today’s films, even though moviegoers would never know. Mexico has an experienced group of movie production technicians and services,

and the lower cost of production has helped to revitalize a once dominant international industry. The Mexican film industry is once more growing and gaining both international respect and a strong following amongst Mexicans and world audiences. In 2001, Alfonso Cuarons’s film “Y tu Mama Tambien” was nominated for an Oscar for both Best Writing and Original Screenplay and in 2006, the Academy nominated Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Best Director for his film Babel. During the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Mexico received plenty of recognition when Año Bisiesto (Leap Year), was awarded the Camera d’Or, the festival’s first prize for the best first film. There were 63 nominations. Films produced and directed by Mexicans left a good impression at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival as several Mexican films received standing ovations. International recognition of Mexican films coincides with a boom in the country’s film industry, led by a vigorous animation industry and unprecedented investments in technology and infrastructure. This past December (2010), Mexico was the guest nation at the Dubai International Film Festival where the movie Presumed Guilty directed by Roberto Hernandez garnered top prize.

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he great thing about duplicate bridge is that it reduces the luck factor in the game. Every hand in matchpoint games can be interesting and challenging as you are striving to score better than the other pairs holding the same cards. A low-level contract such as 1 no trump making 2 can be a great result for your side if all, or most, of the pairs sitting in your direction make a lower score. Similarly, if you defeat a contract while others are letting it make, you will also do very well in the comparisons Notice I said duplicate “reduces� not “eliminates� luck. There is still a certain amount of good fortune needed to do well even at the duplicate version. Such was the case when the illustrated hand was played at The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club. South opened the bidding 1 spade, as did surely every other player in the room in that seat and North responded 2 hearts, which in their system was forcing to at least game. South now showed her second suit, clubs, at the 3 level and North was faced with a quandary: to settle for the probable safe game of 3 no trump or to make an effort to explore at least a small slam? North was an aggressive player so he bid 4 clubs in the hope that this might spark his partner to climb to greater heights but to his disappointment all she could manage was 5 clubs. Now North was faced with his second predicament on the same hand: should he pass and risk a poor result because everyone else is in the high-


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er-scoring 3 no trump, or should he take the plunge and hope his partner could bring home the slam? To his mind, there wasn’t much choice, so with little delay he bid the small slam. West took a few moments to ponder her opening lead and eventually hit upon a low trump. As North put the dummy down he could tell from his partner’s expression that she did not consider it a thing of beauty. Undaunted, however, she proceeded to play the following tricks: she captured East’s club queen with the king, ruffed a spade in dummy, played a heart to the king, ruffed another spade in dummy, cashed the heart ace, ruffed a heart in hand, ruffed another spade in dummy, then another heart in hand and cashed her final trump, the ace, as both opponents followed. Nine tricks were in and now all that remained was to hope that the player with the last trump also had been dealt three diamonds and so it transpired and six clubs duly came home for a clear top board. And the decision to play in a small slam was justified by the confirmation following the game that had NorthSouth stayed in 5 clubs and made 6, they would have a very poor score as 3 no trump made 4 (or more!) at most other tables. So on this hand good luck was certainly on declarer’s side! Questions or comments: email: masson. Ken Masson

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reader critical of my views on immigration sends along some career advice: “You really need to find another line of work,� he wrote. “You are not worth a (expletive) at what you are doing now. I hear they need strawberry pickers.� He signed the note, “A white legal American citizen.� Yet what was troubling was when the reader suggested I go out and pick strawberries. This guy owes an apology—to strawberry pickers. He thinks he’s insulting me, but he’s really insulting agricultural workers. I don’t know whether a farmworker could do my job. But, coming from a family of farmworkers, I’m absolutely sure I could never do his. When President George W. Bush used to say that Mexican immigrants did “jobs Americans won’t do,� a lot of his countrymen got their pride hurt and insisted that this wasn’t true. Nonsense. Of course it is. Bush was right. The U.S. economy is full of dangerous, dirty or distasteful jobs that Americans have outgrown. These are the jobs that grandma and grandpa did -- tarring roofs, milking cows, cleaning horse stalls, picking apples, shelling crabs, etc. But were they to attempt any of it, most members of Generation Y wouldn’t last an hour. As a member of Generation X, I’m part of a heartier crew. So I can say that, in my case, I wouldn’t last 90 minutes. Thus, when someone tells me to pick strawberries, I feel like that person might as well have told me to become an astronaut and fly to the moon. Anyone who thinks it’s easy picking enough strawberries to support a family has obviously never picked strawberries -- or, for that matter, anything else. I remember seeing an interview with a strawberry farmer who said that, in 25 years of growing the crop, he had never had a single U.S. citizen approach him for a job working in his fields. It’s just as well. What we often forget is there is an art form to this kind of work. There are people, like my grandparents, who resembled machines as they methodically plowed through those fields. They

worked hard, but they also worked smart and learned tricks along the way to become more efficient. Farmworkers have a simple way of inspiring their children to stay in school. It’s called take your kids to work day. It did the trick for my parents, who toiled in the fields alongside their siblings in 100-degree temperatures and dreamed of one day simply working in an air-conditioned office. An uncle told me a story about how, when he was a teenager, he worked his heart out in the fields. At day’s end, my grandfather told him that he had better hit the books because, if he had to survive out there, he wouldn’t last long. About 40 years later, my uncle’s son— who had a chiseled physique, spent many hours in the gym and once tried out for a professional football team— ventured into the fields to see what it was like. As my cousin tells it, he couldn’t keep up with the Mexican workers and, after a while, was just trying not to pass out. We should remember stories like these when we hear politicians talk about whether U.S. immigration policy should be to let in the “skilled� or “unskilled.� Americans tend to think that skilled means educated and trained. But what it really means is having the ability to do something that someone else can’t or won’t do. Such a skill is worthy of respect.

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f you’re like me, you fire up your computer first thing in the morning, check your email, check out some newspapers from around the world, and perhaps visit a few other websites. How did we manage before the Internet? Remember when a topic would come up in discussion over a few beers and we couldn’t immediately access the information to resolve a dispute? Now, we can “Google� just about anything. Has all this access to information made us wiser? Well, that is a topic for another day, perhaps, but there is increasing evidence that reading online has changed the way we think and read. It is important to remember that we have regularly experienced huge changes in the way we process and understand information. The development of writing diminished the importance of an oral tradition. The printing press made it possible for us to understand thoughts and ideas from previous lifetimes. And, of course, first radio, then television, discouraged many of us from reading books as we learned to prefer the passive immediacy of information packaged as entertaining video. Since the 1980’s, we have begun to use the Internet as our primary source of reading and understanding our world, and it has changed the nature of reading itself. Nicholas Carr, in his now-famous Atlantic article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?� points out that the Internet “is becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV.� It is becoming our primary source for information, communication and entertainment. Because our brains are plastic and adapt to the stimuli they receive, our ability to read and think are adapting to this new medium. Neil Postman, the late social commentator from NYU, in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, pointed out that we have lost our ability to concentrate on complex written arguments. He uses the example of


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%  the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the 1854 when regular people stood in the hot sun and watched these two senate candidates debate the great issue of slavery for hours, with rapt attention. Television, Postman points out, has dwarfed our attention span and created a type of intellectual impatience which makes such an event inconceivable today. Carr cites research that our online reading has further changed our appetite and ability to follow complex written reasoning. “ ‘We are not only what  we read,’ says Maryanne Wolf, a developmental psychologist at Tufts University. ‘We are  how  we read.’ Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts ‘efficiency’ and ‘immediacy’ above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace. When we read online, she says, we tend to become ‘mere decoders of information.’ Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged.� Have we reached a point where we have replaced thoughtful wisdom with the endless access to upto-date information? Will future generations of “plugged-in� people never experience the thoughtful prose of James Fallows or Buckminster Fuller? Will our computer-mediated thoughts and reasoning become more shallow, albeit more detailed? Does it matter? After all, we survived the development of writing, printing, radio and television. Nevertheless, I would suggest that our gradual loss of the appetite and ability to carefully read long, complex arguments may be problematic. Critical thinking requires reading deep, complex ideas, not impatient skimming and hypertext links.  —Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.  T. S. Eliot

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recently returned from a journey halfway around the world. The flights were long, giving me time to ponder such deep thoughts as it’s impossible to travel farther than halfway around the world because if you go any farther you get closer to home. My thoughts got deeper as I journeyed through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I’d heard many stories from other travelers, but the stories didn’t begin to prepare me for the actual experiences. Yes, I “knew� Vietnam was noisy and had heavy traffic. That didn’t keep my head from spinning when I was actually immersed in shoulder-to-shoulder motorcycles making their way hundreds at a time through narrow streets amidst the scattered cars, buses, tuk-tuks, and trucks. My first evening in Saigon, I just stood on the curb frozen like a deer in the headlights, unable to cross the street until someone took me by the arm and helped me navigate the chaotic congestion. There was a constant chorus of horns, as if their cacophony was needed to alert a cyclist there was oncoming traffic. Yes, I “knew� they speak foreign languages over there. They speak a foreign language here in Mexico too, but I manage to communicate and understand enough to get by. On my Asian travels, though, I was confused and bewildered not only from being unable to talk to anyone, but by being unable even to read the letters on the signs around me. To go somewhere in Bangkok, I needed the hotel clerk to write my destination in Thai for me to give to the taxi driver. I’m generally pretty good at picking up new languages, but after two weeks in Vietnam all I learned to say was Happy New Year. Two weeks in Thailand and I could say thank you and hello. As someone who makes her living via talking, it was a daunting experience not being able to communicate, especially when there was so much I wanted

to know. I treasured those few locals I met who had enough English to answer my questions and share about their land and their life. Perhaps the most resounding experience for me was seeing the dire poverty. I visited villages where I saw people who made our poorest locals look well-to-do. Large numbers of people with missing limbs begging on the streets. Mothers with babies pleading for money to feed them. Children with big eyes and outstretched hands whose first words were undoubtedly “one dollah� as they were taught to beg from the well-heeled tourists. How much more aware of their poverty these people have likely become as their borders opened to tourism exposing them to a continual parade of affluent visitors. Yet for all the poverty, I did not see people feeling beaten down or sorry for themselves. I saw industriousness and optimism for the future. I heard deep feelings of patriotism and pride. I wish I could feel as much pride in my own homeland and its policies. I sensed a prevailing attitude of acceptance and hope alongside a fierce protectiveness of their freedom and independence. I considered the influence of growing up in a place where spirituality and faith (predominantly Buddhism) are instilled in them from birth, at home, in school, and in the workplace. As I witnessed so many people living in such very basic conditions, I felt a profound sense of gratitude for the relatively easy lifestyle I take for granted at home. Running water, a soft bed, more concern with losing a few pounds than having enough to eat. My journey was an awesome experience. There’s nothing like traveling to far away lands to better see and understand your own home. Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at or 765-4988.

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y eyes were burning and tears ran down my face. My throat tightened and I gasped for breath. There was a burning sensation on my cheek where I had touched it with my finger. Was it a raid? Was there a S.W.A.T. team lobbing tear gas canisters into my house and about to bellow through their bullhorns, “come out with your hands in the air”? Not quite, I was cleaning and cutting three different kinds of chiles for our entry in the Mexican National Chile Cook Off in Ajijic, Mexico. It began in October when I signed up for the competition. Sally Myers said she would partner with me, Sally has professional cooking experience and my hobby is cooking. We added my wife Linda and Sally’s husband Mike as helpers and we were ready. Watch out Texas, here comes a guy from Detroit and a gal from Cincinnati and we mean to win. We talked about our personal chile recipes and they were both good but not cook off winners. We decided to take turns making chile hoping each batch would be better than its predecessor. My turn first. I had a recipe from Cook’s Magazine called, “Our Best Chile”. It had a long list of ingredients, was labor intensive and made my mouth water. I made the Cook’s chile and my regular chile and we had our inaugural tasting. The Cook’s chile won easily though not quite a winner. Mike in his epicurean wisdom, or maybe it was what he has done with food since his baby highchair days, mixed the two chiles and voila! We had the beginning of our chile entry. My turn. I went back to the beginning, took what we liked about our chiles and added some of those ingredients to the Cook’s chile. We desperately needed to seduce more flavor from our chile. I added cocoa powder to give a faint bittersweet flavor akin to a Mexican mole and


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switched the water to beer to enhance the balance. I used chunks of beef, a cut called, “deshebrar de res”, a cross between chuck steak and flank steak. Gristle, muscle and covered on 1 side with a slippery, shiny membrane that is a lot of fun to try and remove. Probably why women don’t wear girdles anymore. I bought two kilos, about 4 ½ pounds, of deshebrar and after an hour of cutting, trimming and lots of unmentionable comments, I had 3 ½ pounds of chile ready beef. I stemmed, seeded and cut into pieces ancho, arbol and jalapeno chiles. I ran from the kitchen out on the deck every five minutes to breathe. The pain was excruciating. How do these Mexican senoras work with these chiles every day? The chile cooked in the oven for three hours and the tasting began the next night. A winner, some minor changes and the unanimous vote of the tasters, “We’re ready.” I ordered six kilos, 30 pounds, of deshebrar, spent over four hours cutting and trimming and developed carpal tunnel. I could not squeeze the toothpaste tube with my left thumb and index finger without pain for over a week. I moved the chile cleaning operation out on the deck and it helped to have the lake breeze blowing. The same operation minus the meat trimming was going on at Sally’s and in the end we had six gallons of “The Sheriff and Miss Sally’s Saloon Style Chile.” We served 540 samples in 2 ½ hours while dressed as a sheriff with twin ivory handled six- shooters, my authentic Arizona sheriff’s badge and too tight cowboy boots and Sally as a saloon girl. I occasionally pulled my six- shooters to coerce a vote or two. The results, we took 2nd place. Not bad for our firstt competition but a little bittersweet not to be the winner. We’ll be back next year to move up one place.

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Sheryl “Sherie” Sourelis —1944-2011—

Sheryl Ann “Sherie” Sourelis died after a very brief illness on February 8. She was 66. Born July 14, 1944 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Sourelis moved to Guadalajara with her family when she was just 14 years old. She completed her early studies in Guadalajara schools and did her advanced studies in art in several European schools, including the Sorbonne in Paris. She was well-known in the Lakeside community, where she had lived for 15 years. Sourelis was a painter of village scenes as well as scenes from other places in Mexico. She painted greeting cards that were very popular with tourists, who often had them framed as mementos of their visits to Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta, where she opened a bakery following a successful career in real estate. She was active for a time in the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) and played major roles in two productions, The Little Foxes and Shadowbox. She is survived by her mother, Ruth Campbell, daughter Marcela Gómez-

España and a son, Javier Gómez-España. She had four grandchildren. She is also survived by her companion of three years, Richard Stafford. Sourelis will always be remembered as a bright, positive woman who bravely faced the loss of two husbands and a child, never losing her sense of humor or her grace. Of her, her friends say that they never heard her utter one negative word about anyone. A memorial service was held on February 12 in the Lake Chapala Society gardens.

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merican friends - yes, I have quite a few of those - ask why I haven’t penned a piece Canada’s buoyant economy and stable financial landscape. Well, I figured it wasn’t news. Whatever, they urged me to do so after reading a January piece from the Washington Times by James Bacon, and now circulating widely on the Internet, contending Canada is a nation of stability in a world of unrest. So, let me elaborate on, and add to  Bacon’s points: There is no housing crisis in Canada. Try to find a foreclosure notice and you’ll likely be on a fruitless mission. In Canada you need a minimum downpayment of 5% to get a mortgage and buy a home, and you have to prove you can shoulder a mortgage for at least five years no matter what interest rates do. To buy a second residence - a summer cottage, or for investment - you have to have a minimum down payment of 20% and again show you can shoulder mortgage. Mortgage interest is not tax-deductible, and mortgage amortization rates are capped at 30 years. Despite these rigid regulations, home ownership in Canada is slightly higher than in the USA. There is no banking crisis in Canada. Not a single bank or financial institution has gone to the federal government for help. One reason there is no banking crisis is because there is no housing crisis. Banks were not allowed to make reckless loans to individuals who did not have sufficient income or funds to be able to afford the loan. Canadian banks are now reporting their


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Paul Jackson biggest profits ever, and are snapping up American banks at bargain basement prices. There is no federal debt crisis in Canada. The accumulated debt is relatively low, and this year’s federal budget deficit will be less than 3% of GNP - compared to almost 11% of Washington’s 2011 budget deficit in the USA. With a stable - almost bubbly - economy, taxes are pouring into federal coffers. There is no unemployment crisis in Canada. The employment rate is almost back to pre-recession levels, and the jobless rate is about 25% lower than in the USA. There is no hysterical debate about taxation in Canada. The nation’s corporate tax rate is just 16.5% compared to 35% in the USA. Why such a low corporate tax rate? The government wants companies located here to stay here and create jobs with their employees paying more taxes, and for companies in the USA or elsewhere to relocate here and do the same. The USA now has the highest corporate tax rate in the western industrialized world. Senseless. There is no social security funding crisis in Canada. A decade and more ago the federal finance minister almost overnight, at the stroke of a pen and with little public debate hiked compulsory payroll premiums for everyone by a staggering 70%. That was the biggest single tax hike in the nation’s history. Yet, today pension experts worldwide agree Canada’s system is now so robust it will never likely face a financial crunch. It takes in more than it pays out, and invests the surplus in a wideranging number of profit-making endeavors. Bottom Line: Outfits like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and so on say Canada is the most economically and financially stable nation in both the G-7 and the G-20. Bacon concludes his own column by saying while talented Canadians have long regarded the United States as the land of opportunity, it may not be long before Americans see Canada as the land of the future. I’ll leave that assessment to you.

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arly Wednesday morning transforms an ordinary street in Ajijic into a party among strangers. The bustle is the weekly tianguis market day. I saunter there, alone, my straw hat shading my pale skin from the sun’s torment. I begin at the carretera and amble down uneven cobblestones, shielded by the shading canopies. Inside, the tight air tries to shed itself of the fused flavours of flowers and fried fat. My sweaty palms grasp my purse with the concealed pesos to my chest, in an attempt to protect it from possible snatchers, as my thumping heart hammers through my head. But my crisscrossing through the claustrophobic cacophony can be endured, because I know that a welcoming burst of breeze and sunshine wait for me at the end of this shadowy passageway. The throngs of hard and soft bodies rub flesh to flesh, clothing to clothing, sharing their breath as they stroll down a colourful maze of trophies. I reach out to stroke the embroidered clothing, the soft shawls, and the woven tablecloths ablaze with orange, red and yellow. I’m fascinated by the gleaming pottery, the creative artwork,


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and the tiny huichol beadwork. I picture the carved, harshly painted angel faces watching over me in my home. Filleted fish spill out their rankness. Chicken pieces lay exposed like naked body parts on an iced mortician’s pad. Out of the corner of my ever watchful eye, I glimpse rows of tomatoes, peppers and onions, displayed like Christmas balls of red, green and white. Fanciful flowers wrapped in pretty paper wait for a few pesos and a new home. Overflowing cups of cubed fruit, topped with flapping flies swarming like birds of prey, lie in wait. My hunger takes flight. Hungry Mexicans line long tables, eating unfamiliar food that most of us Gringos would never sample. For the nerveless, there are glass cases shielding warm pizza. My growling commences again, as I eye the pepperoni and melted cheese. Should I exchange a few pesos for a slice? Meandering feet in shoes, sneakers, and sandals trod gingerly over the uneven cobblestones, as they shun the squatting beggars with their outstretched arms, sidestep the lurking dogs, and dodge the hidden holes in the shadowed pathway. These stones, tramped over for centuries, harbour so much of our unknown. Voices are a mesh of indecipherable words, until a familiar buenos dias becomes a grateful greeting shouted from within the din. An exchange of fingertips, a hug’s return, and I feel loved and alive. My unknown fear is gone. The burst of sun and the cooler warm breeze welcome my soul when I reach the end of the shade. And then I’m on my way home, already contemplating next week’s journey through the shadowy tunnel.

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n the aftermath of the Tucson massacre President Obama spoke to a troubled nation. As Comforter in Chief, he honored the fallen, saluted selfless heroes and held up a slain nine-year-old as a model for the future. His speech, applauded across the political spectrum, recalled other such moments. President Kennedy’s inaugural address urged listeners to “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.� Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address spoke to a nation divided by the Civil War. January 17 honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s stirring “I have a dream� speech seeking an end to segregation. Gandhi’s eloquence and march to protest Britain’s monopoly of the salt trade at the expense of India’s poor has become an enduring symbol of peaceful protest. Tragically, each of these great orators was assassinated. Notable orations capsulize moments in history. FDR’s We have nothing to fear but fear itself rallied a nation reeling from the Depression. Churchill spoke to a people fearing invasion was imminent. After a 27-year imprisonment, Mandela’s eloquence ended apartheid through ‘peace and reconciliation’ in South Africa.   And this power of words is found in other forms. Dickens stirs our social conscience as he recaptures the privations of London’s poorest. Other times and themes are dramatically captured in literature, on


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stage and screen. But as I pondered this column I appreciated anew the unique nature of our own Lakeside community where friends and neighbors so generously share their talent with the power of words in print, on stage, in choral ensembles, LCS discussions and more. Over two decades I received enormous help in developing my own writing skills from the Writers Group where dozens of published authors share their work and constructively critique the work of others. Out of this process I became a columnist for El Ojo del Lago and received indispensable help writing two books, My Journey and Seeking COMMON GROUND in a troubled world. But my appreciation for the power of words has much deeper roots. In my childhood home, books of great thinkers adorned the bookshelves and poetic quotations adorned the walls while discussion of social and world issues was a dinner table norm. We are each shaped by the route we came. In university, my academic focus was on the English language, economics and social sciences. My extra-curricular pursuits focused on the Parliamentary Forum and student government. This extended in due course to national and international student forums where Issues such as the emerging United Nations and looming Cold War were ardently debated. In the immediate aftermath of World War II student populations surged to accommodate veterans whose educations had been interrupted by that war or even earlier by the Depression. Mature student bodies were idealistically committed to shaping a world in which such travesties would be no more. I became as comfortable with a podium as a pen. In retirement, I continue to share my hopes for a better, more peaceful, more sustainable world. While I endeavor to present balanced perspectives I know full well that he who is persuaded against his will is of the same opinion still! My thanks to my readers for their enBob Harwood durance.

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ave Hammers—Will Travel is a unique program that has no equal in Mexico. It is a skilled Trade Center that teaches local students woodworking basics. The goal of the program is to provide lifelong skills that can be used in their professional and personal lives. Over 100 kids and teens have completed the program since its inception at Mision San Pablo in 2007, at Hope House in 2008, and at the Lake Chapala Society in 2009. A new milestone was reached in 2010 with the opening of the storefront workshop at Ocampo #49A, officially announced at the Second Annual Fundraiser, held at the Riviera Alta Clubhouse on February 16th to a packed house. A highlight of the evening was the introduction of four students with their Maestro Mario who conducted a workshop demonstration. Additional tools that were donated by Bill Lindley and Richard Williams told the poignant story of how Joe Schwartz helped to jump start the entire program in 2007 with a large donation of not only his personal tools but many that he was gathering for them in San Antonio, Texas. Joe had asked for a full list of all the machines and tools that Have Hammers needed for his next trip across the border, but with Joe’s untimely passing, all of these plans were never brought to fruition. Two years later, Joe’s niece Randy arrived in Ajijic to take up winter


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residence here. Incredibly, after hearing about the program in Ajijic and visiting the shop Randy and her husband Andrew, who had received many offers for the tools, decided that Have Hammers was the right home for them, having never known about Joe Schwartz’s commitment to the program and involvement with Mexican youth. A beautiful three-foot plaque with a hammer mounted on it will hang at the Trade Center announcing “The Joe Schwartz Memorial Workshop.� When asked, “Where do you go from here?�, Richard Williams’ reply was “You could have asked me the same question in 2007 when the first group of students was completing their first project, a birdhouse. I would have said I don’t know but there is an enormous need for a Trade School to teach the local youth all the basics and to give them a sense that they can accomplish something important with their lives�. Those first two years were sustained by volunteers who dug deeply into their own pockets and people who walked into the classes and said, “I like what you’re doing and want to help with tools or pesos or time. Now, three years later, the Mexican community has asked for two additional Lakeside Trade Schools. The mayor of Chapala is offering Have Hammers a free and secure location in Chapala and Ruben, of Ruben’s Grill, is working on space for a Trade Center in his hometown of Jocotepec. To accommodate this expansion we have received offers of complete workshop machine tools from both Houston, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico but are in need of help in providing freight costs or in transporting the tools from Laredo, Texas. If you can help or know someone who can, please let us know. The teens are waiting for this opportunity and it is the most important and ambitious goal we have set for ourselves. To get in touch with us, stop by the Trade Center on Ocampo (next to Manix Restaurant) or contact Richard Williams at 376-766-1303 or 376-7664830. Email to RGWMS009@hotmail. com. Joan Jaquish 766-4509

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eneral John “Blackjack� Pershing is The General and Francisco “Pancho� Villa is the Jaguar in Eileen Welsome’s look at the raid that reduced the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, to smoking rubble on the morning of March 9, 1916, and explains the social, military and political hullabaloo it spawned between two nations. The General and The Jaguar is an account of that raid and what happened in both Mexico and the United States after it was over; but more than an account of the action as it occurred, it contains finely drawn character sketches of the Mexican revolutionaries who conducted it and of the Americans—civilians and soldiers— who endured it, and who avenged it with blood and hatred. They’re all here: Maude Wright (overlooked by most historians), kidnapped by Villa from her farm near Casas Grandes and taken away to Columbus to witness the raid, not knowing if she would ever see her infant son again, thinking at any moment to have her throat slit by the filthy, starving, desperate Mexican peons who guarded her. Along the trail, Maude’s husband Ed and his hired man, Frank Hayden, also taken at the farm, were indeed murdered by Villista soldiers—Dorados: Golden Ones. Several of these types would survive wounds to be hanged for their “crimes� by New Mexicans who decided they were dastardly bandits and terrorists and not at all honorable soldiers and prisoners of war. General (then lieutenant) George S. Patton who served Blackjack as aide in the “punitive expedition� was ordered to cross the border by Woodrow Wilson and distinguished himself in action against the Carrancistas; Venustiano Carranza himself, who, as President of Mexico, feared invasion from the north more than any other foreign military possibility, considered gringo aggression a propensity rather than a mere possibility–it had happened before; Colonel Herbert J. Slocum, a West Point graduate, in charge


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of the Thirteenth Cavalry based at Columbus, whose reputation was greatly damaged by his response to Pancho Villa’s surprise raid on the military camp and town, even though his “response� accounted for some three hundred dead or captured Mexican raiders. Subsequently though, as, being ill and uncertain and unable to distinguish his personal arms on the Expedition itself, Slocum was thought among some soldiers of the Thirteenth to be a coward. His reputation as a man and an American soldier was ruined— here Welsome leaves her reader to sift the evidence and judge for himself as to Slocum’s character—and there are the civilians who survived the gunfire and arson and mayhem brought down upon them that early morning in March, 1916; and they, too, are here permitted to tell their stories of that day. And there is Francisco Villa himself, “the microbe that managed to infuriate an elephant,� and what he, exhausted, sorely wounded and on the run from both the Americans and the Carrancistas, felt in his exaggerated being about the whole sorry mess. The historical personalities mentioned and many others of equal or lesser light are depicted in language drawn from the author’s keen eye for detail and her obviously extensive and impeccable research into the events that unfolded at Columbus, New Mexico, and in northern Mexico just short of a century ago.

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PROFILE: Diana Ayala Vazquez By Carol L. Bowman

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ocal Mexican business woman extraordinaire, Diana Ayala has fire in her eyes—a fire that glows with excitement when she embarks on new ventures; a flame that dances and sparkles when she talks about helping others; a warm ember that pulsates when she embraces her homeland. She’s a positive, community role model who makes things happen. When asked to describe herself, this 41 year old, Veracruz native rattled off refreshing expressions of confidence. “I’m happy, dynamic, creative, independent, clever and love to learn,� she said with certainty. After attending university in Mexico City, Diana earned a Masters De-


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&  (  gree in Business Administration from Monterrey Technology. Both Diana and her husband’s entrepreneurial spirit guided them to opening a convenience store in a Guadalajara, commercial building space. Close associates questioned the wisdom of this move, but their ‘risky venture’ succeeded beyond expectations. In what she considers her greatest accomplishment, Diana said, “Corona Beer came to us, unsolicited and offered to buy our business. We were just a couple and a big company like Corona bought our enterprise. It was

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the best compliment we could ever receive.” Tired of the hustle, traffic and smog of Guadalajara city life, Diana decided to make the tranquil shores of Lake Chapala her home three years ago, long after her parents and inlaws turned this vacation spot into their permanent residence. Armed with capital and determination, Diana and her husband wisely conducted a market research to determine what type of business would thrive, Lakeside. A full service gymnasium, where ex-pats and Mexicans could work-out side by side topped the leader board. Diana’s vision of Fitness and Balance Gym evolved into a well-equipped facility at 152 Allen W Lloyd, San Antonio Tlayacapan, where different cultures socialize, train, dance and spin together. As co-founder, Diana makes everything click. Bilingual ability acts as a link between the cultures Diana serves. She loves her Mexican heritage, but she also enjoys and understands North of the Border values. “Ever since I was 12, my parents sent me, my brother and sister to Long Island, NY to attend International Summer School. I not only learned English from native speakers, I also fell in love with New York City, with Tiffany’s sparkly store on 5th Avenue, and with Broadway.” “It’s so great to talk to people familiar with my favorite spots in the States. When I tell my Mexican friends that my brother graduated from M.I.T., they say ‘What’s M.I.T?’ When I mention this to my US clients, they say ‘Wow, M.I.T.’ I love having that connection. Most ex-pats are retired, come from different backgrounds and have lots of experiences. I want to learn from their experiences. Intelligent people learn from their own mistakes, but wise people learn from the mistakes of others. I want to become a wise person. I accept the

consequences of everything I do and view them as necessary to learning.” Diana never feels satisfied with the status quo. She’s always searching beyond point A for ways to broaden her circumference. Exotic travel remains a personal future goal. ”I dream of places like India, Australia, Japan and China. Asian cultures excite me. I want to go where the customs are completely different from my Hispanic roots.” What triggers Diana’s ire? She tries to avoid unethical, unmotivated people and instead seeks interaction with, trustworthy, hard-working individuals. She finds routine boring. She makes all her own decisions, but being powerfully independent can pose a problem sometimes. Whenever Diana does get upset, she goes off by herself, analyzes the situation and works on resolution. She’s a positive problem solver. After her recent amicable divorce, Diana turned extra free time into another positive vein. No negativity grows under this woman’s feet. Using her love of Mexican handicrafts as a focus, she volunteered to translate English to Spanish for the Feria de Maestros Board. Once again, she acts as a link, this time between Mexican artisans and show facilitators. Diana’s ideas to improve, expand and broaden the financial scope of this annual art event proved so dynamic that she was appointed to the Feria Board of Directors as treasurer and now acts as the primary facilitator to obtain corporate sponsorship from Guadalajara businesses for the November 2011 event. I asked Diana if her web page or Facebook account offers more information about her. Spoken like a natural entrepreneur, Diana spouted,” If anyone wants to get to know me better, ‘Join the Gym!’

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ow Great Thou Art� is one of the greatest hymns. Who, of whatever faith, has not been moved by the opening lines? “Oh Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout The universe displayed.� I have been singing this song most of my life. Its power filled me as I sung it in a Methodist choir, sung it during morning showers, sung it both when driving alone and in the company of kindred spirits traveling with me, sung it walking in late dusk through snow in


the Colorado mountains with my sister Nancy, sung it in the darkest hours of night during times of confusion and despair‌. We are eternal souls on a sojourn through time and space. When we identify too much with our time and space adventure, when, for example, we are, as Roy Eugene Davis puts it, too “influenced by the erratic or restless behaviors of others or by news of current community or international events,â€? we can choose to remember again the Presence of God, and God’s energies expressing as the universe.â€? And what a universe it is! Look at this passage from How We Believe by

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Michael Shermer: “We have found from modern astronomy that we live on a tiny hunk of rock and metal third from the sun, that circles a humdrum star in the obscure outskirts of an ordinary galaxy, which contains some four hundred billion other stars, which is one of about a hundred billion other galaxies that make up the universe, and according to some current views, a universe that is one among an immense number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes.� “Infinite number� of “other universes�? Meditate on that and then reconsider whether the irresponsible actions of others are, after all, very significant, or for that matter whether your response to their actions is very significant. In the February-March 2011 issue of Truth Journal, Roy Eugene Davis writes that “The real cause of human unhappiness and discontentment is a prevailing, mistaken sense of being separate from God. When this common error in perception is corrected, the highest happiness spiritual aspirants yearn to have is fully present. This happiness, described as ‘bliss,’ is the pure soul-joyousness of flawless Self-and God-awareness.�

In that same issue, Davis presents “Symptoms of Spiritual Loneliness and How to Remove Them.� I do not have the space here to list each in full, but here are the symptoms and some representative remarks: t Thoughts and feelings of being separate from God. t Confusion about self-identity: thinking and feeling that the mind, body, or personality is one’s real nature. t Provincialism: small-mindedness. Cultivate a more universal outlook. Be aware of what is occurring in the larger world. Renounce flawed or false ideas and irresponsible behaviors. t Frequent or cyclical episodes of mental and emotional depression, sadness, confusion, despair, hopelessness, or helplessness. If the condition is related to a physiological disorder, discover the problem and solve it. Replace unwanted thoughts and moods with constructive thoughts and feelings. Nurture spiritual growth. t Restlessness: inability to relax or be still and inability to concentrate. Adhere to holistic self-care regimens: balance activities with rest, eat wholesome, nourishing

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foods; exercise. Read for inspiration and to acquire necessary knowledge. Daily meditate until you are relaxed and mentally and emotionally calm. t A compulsive need to always be busy doing something. Avoid nonessential involvements while focusing on matters of value. t Unwise or unnecessary spending of money. t A tendency or desire to acquire or accumulate unnecessary material things. t Erratic or unpredictable behaviors or social misconduct. Culti-

vate calmness, poise, rationality, good manners, and ethical mental attitudes and behaviors. t Excessive or disorganized talking. Think before speaking, then speak precisely with deliberate intention. t Inability to schedule activities in an orderly manner. Write a schedule of activities. List them in order of importance. Effectively manage your actions in time and space. Avoid procrastination. Well, see you here next month.

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El Diablo—The Clock from Hell


hile moving to Mexico, I packed our alarm clock. The thought of the necessity of an alarm clock in our Mexico paradise seemed incongruous. Yet it is used now more than ever. Recently, that trusty alarm clock died. It no longer projected a beam of light towards the ceiling so we could see the time during the night. It no longer gave the correct time‌it constantly flashed “9:02.â€? No problem! We have Wal-Mart. It was such a difficult decision! After searching the entire section of time devices, examining brand names, functions, and price-- our decision made we purchased the only alarm clock on the shelf. Solo Uno. Sadly it isn’t a projection clock. So when my husband visited the USA, I asked him to pick one up for me. A simple one would do for me, but when he shops for me, he always makes sure I get the “best.â€? So he came home with a projection alarm clock with “everything,â€? including an 18-page manual. The clock face is well-lit. It displays the time in 12 or 24-hour settings, has two alarm functions, indicates temperature indoors and outdoors, a back-up battery system, radio, sound machine, nap features and a timer. Really: all I wanted was an alarm clock I can see at night. But this clock is possessed. Setting up the clock was a major test of patience. (It was easier hacking my DVD player to turn it into a multi-zone.) As I attempted to set the date, there was the sound of a huge thunder crash; followed by cricket song. It took forever to find the switch to shut off the sound. The alarm function seems to have a mind of its own. Finally I set the time and decided to rest. 15 minutes later there was another loud crash of thunder. I slapped the top of the clock, and there was silence‌until five minutes later. Somehow I’d activated the power nap sequence with thunder wake-up. I had further proof of its demonic ways when I returned home and found


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the clock indicating the wrong time. My maid had dusted and accidently changed the time. How could she have done that with a swipe of a dust cloth when it took me two hands, ten fingers and a manual? The alarm rang at 3:00 a.m. that morning! I’d gone from mild disgust to major frustration. The frustration grew when I realized that they had designed an alarm clock that’s impossible to disengage. This alarm cannot be “unset.� Oh, you can only set it for different times. But it goes off every 24 hours. It doesn’t have an “off � setting for the alarms! Really! I read the manual. Since I really didn’t want el Diablo going off every day, and changing the times takes two hands and a slide rule (unless you are a maid) I unplugged the clock, pulled out the back-up battery and then re-set the clock again – only this time, no alarms! But at least there’s projection. Right?? Wrong! El Diablo is designed with buttons on the top, both sides, front, back and under the clock. It’s impossible to touch the clock without touching a button. To turn on the projection, I push a recessed button on the back. Once on, the tiny little device projects a microscopic beam towards the ceiling, where the illegible digits blend together and only Superman could read it. So el Diablo, alarm clock from hell, sits at our bedside while I utilize “solo uno� the Wal-Mart clock instead, leaving my husband to ask: “Do we have to use two clocks?� Victoria Schmidt

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besity be b esi sity y is is the the leading th lead le adiin ng nununu ttritional tr rit itio itio ona nal disease disea di se ease ase ac as a acro cro ross ss across A Amer Am mer eric ica and ica and affects affec aff ffec ects ts far far America too many of our pets. If your pet is over-weight, he runs the risk of suffering from several serious health problems including heart disease, kidney failure, and diabetes which lead to a poor quality of life and even premature death. In most cases it’s the hand of the feeder that put the extra weight on the dog and you can do a lot to help your pet lose weight. 10 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR PET’S WEIGHT 1. Cut the calories. Reduce the amount of your pet’s food by 2040%. If your pet does not lose .5 to 2% of his body weight per week, cut the calories by another 20%. 2. Feed a weight reduction diet. Light foods and weight loss foods are formulated with less fat and calories plus more fiber in order to be filling. 3. Feed smaller more frequent meals. 2-4 meals daily helps to control hunger. 4. Feed other pets separately to prevent your overweight pet from eating their food. 5. Eliminate all table scraps. They are higher in calories. Eliminate all food treats and replace them with non-food treats such as toys and exercise.


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6.. Exe 6 EExercise xxe xer erc rcis rci ise da d dail daily ailily ly to b burn urn ur n calories. calo calo ca lori ori rie ie ess. Us U se walks, walk wa lks ks, s, g am mes es, s an and pl and p layy ssessions essi es sion on o ns Use games, play to kkeep to eep ee p your y ur pet yo pet et active aact ctiv ive e and and enterente en terrte tained. 7. Provide multi-vitamin and fatty acid supplements to optimize overall health during weight loss. 8. Monitor the results. Record all food intake (including any treats you sneak into the diet). Record exercise and weekly weight. Weigh your pet on the same scale at the same time of the day. 9. See your veterinarian if the program is not working. While unlikely, your pet’s obesity could be caused by an undiagnosed medical condition. 10. Maintain the weight loss. If your pet gains consistently for 2 weeks or gains more than 3% of his total weight in one week, get back on the program. Continue the exercise or the pounds will re-accumulate. Don’t let other well-meaning people talk you out of this effort. You are doing it for the good health and long-term well being of your pet. His health is your responsibility. artthedogguy@ Loose leashes -  Happy tails Art Hess

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e have all gotten a whiff of that pungent and unpleasant aroma telling us something black, white and small is nearby; but how small? The rare spotted skunk a cousin to the larger stripped skunk is found locally also. This little guy is about the size of a kitten and just as cute. Unlike a kitten you smell them before you see them, and surely don’t want them in your house. As one couple found out, it wasn’t Santa that came down the chimney, and unlike Santa he couldn’t climb back out. But I figure in a few days and some pleasant smelling scented candles, their bedroom will be fit for human habitation. Unlike the stripped skunk the small spotted skunk is quite adept at climbing, which can lead to trouble. Normally they are found in rocky and brushy areas near streams. They can live in a variety of temperatures. Typically, the spotted skunk builds a den in the ground and lines it with leaves. Skunks are nocturnal, relatively shy and tend to avoid humans; however, like all wildlife they do search out food wherever they can find it. Spotted skunks are small only about one to three pounds; therefore their diet tends to be a bit different than their larger stronger


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cousins. The spotted skunk loves to munch on insects, including the dreaded scorpion, as well as mice and other smaller mammals. All skunks can spray their predators; it is their main defense. They have two glands filled with about one tablespoon of potent musk. They can spray with great accuracy up to 12 feet. However, there is a unique procedure the skunk follows before spraying its opponent. Being courteous, they first give a warning by stamping their front paws. If the intruder pays no heed, the spotted skunk stands stiff, then struts around, and ultimately stands up on its front paws and waves its rear end in the air. Then look out, the perfume sprays; most animals take the hint and stay away from skunks after they have been sprayed. Not only can the odor linger for days, if their challenger happens to be sprayed in the face making contact with the eyes and or nose; it stings, burns and can cause the eyes to water profusely. Much like what happens to us when we cut into a strong onion. The female spotted skunk gives birth in the late spring to early summer to a litter of two to six young. The newborn skunks are covered with fine hair that shows the adult color pattern. The eyes open at approximately four weeks. The kits start eating solid foods at about six weeks of age and are weaned at about two months. They are fullgrown and reach adult size at about four months of age. The males do not help in rearing the babies. As adults, they live a solitary life and seldom have contact with one another except during mating season, though, in cooler climates during the winter months, they can share dens. Skunks bicker and scrap with each other, scratching and biting, but, interestingly, they do not spray each other. Perhaps they figure— what’s the point?!

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place), Monica Malloyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Eggplant with Shrimp Sauce (second place) and Mary Ann Waiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Galatoireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shrimp and Crab Remoulade (third place). Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice awards went to Helena Feldstein for her Creole Shrimp Risotto and Hazel Tash for Francais Daquoise. Categories for the March 28 meeting are Vegetarian Main Dish and Cookies and Bars. Anyone interested in learning more about CASA, contact Mary Ann Waite, President, at 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1436.    X 2  6 ' Salvador Ortiz, GGG and Harriet Hart held a showing at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic   (00 /   With multiple displays, including the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art program taught by Efren Gonzalez, the cultural center buzzed with activity. The childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art showed much promise and there were cards for sale for 25 pesos. Each purchase was a form of encouragement that is well deserved. One thing I observed throughout the time I spent meandering through the show was that Efren personally assisted elderly visitors, demonstrating not just good manners, but genuine concern for their well LuĂ­s Alejandro Rojas, illustrator of being. Who, you may ask, is Harriet Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Miguel GGG? Gil Guillermo Gonzalez, Motomot, shows a sample of the bird that student and son of the host. With all those painters, why is the chief character in the story was Harriet Hart, a popular writer on our shore, at the show? Harriet wrote a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book and had the illustrations done by one of Efrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students (see photo). I bought one and sent it to a granddaugh   `>%  > {  {  % |%  

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the same page, covering that part of the story. The Spanish is easy to follow for children to begin learning the language, and in return the English is also easy for Spanish-speaking youngsters. And the art that lined the walls was worthy of the attention it received.    ZM +     * Q   * *

/  ) . Friends of the Animals and hostJohn Marshall, President of Lakeside    )      [   (   Funds raised were Friends of Animals, used to pay for surgeries of injured animals or spay/neuter of pets for With Heather Zaina Altmire and Mexicans of poor means, LFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priHector Ladron mary mission. There is no connection between LFA and the Spay and Neuter Ranch. From the donations received, LFA has paid for 209 dog and 134 cat surgeries plus testing of 202 cats for leukemia. Funds were also used to buy food for Anitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Animals plus shelters in Joco and Chapala. But the St. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just about funds. People really had a good time, dancing to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Dogsâ&#x20AC;? and enjoying food prepared by a gourmet chef. And since St. Pat was in Ireland, the party featured Guiness beer and Irish memorabilia brought over from Ireland. 4    

            "  / .  +  introduced the option of   /   His name is Dr. Edgard MacĂ­as Solano. Treatment planning was addressed along with the need for consultation with a dentist, oral surgeon and/or periodontist or prosthodontist. Once an implant is recommended, the treatment is available at several sources Lakeside. Reasonable costs are available at Ajijic Express Dental, for instance. The society thanked Dr. Edgard MacĂ­as Solano receives Dr. MacĂ­as, giving him a Cercertificate from Ceri Dando    Q>>     

presentation. 252#442? April 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 Los Cantantes Spring Concert will be performed at the Auditorio  ! Two concerts will be given: April 6 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 4 p.m. The show is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facets of Loveâ&#x20AC;? and will be led by Timothy G. Ruff Welch, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music director. There will be songs ranging from love of country to romantic love to love of self to love/hate. There will be poetry by Pablo Neruda and Rainer Marta Rike set to music. Opera, pop, musicals and movie music, as well as songs in many languages,  >  `% 

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an instrumental combo. There is an increasing number of local musicians involved and new members as well as many long standing choristers. Some of these new members will be featured in solo work throughout the concert as well as in the choral numbers. Los Cantantes is planning to go to Vancouver next summer to participate in the annual choral competition with groups from many nations. The proceeds from these April concerts will help with the cost of travel; additional costs will be paid by the individuals traveling. Tickets are $200 pesos each. They are available at LCS, M â&#x20AC;&#x201C; F, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon, March 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 5 or they can be purchased from Los Cantantes members or email cantantesdellago@gmail. com. Check their website at www. Not every choral group of seniors is good enough for an international competition. I urge you to support this talented and hard working local group. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a really good time doing so. Tickets sell fast. (/ K +. +  !.6   *    The show will take place at Accent Gallery, wrapping up on April 15. The address is Carretera Pte (West) #252, Plaza La Huerta. The two artists offer divergent types of art â&#x20AC;&#x201C; paintings by Rickie and unique paper constructions by Patricia. Rickie is an oil painter who has exhibited in Ajijic since he won a third prize when he was 12. He will be exhibiting a number of paintings both on the grand scale and others

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W here did they come from, all

those chests of glittering coins that once made piracy for fun and       Caribbean? Where else but Mexico?

The Casa de Moneda de Mexico,      in the New World, has been producing coins of surpassing beauty for        were used for traditional Spanish coins of the realm which soon became the common currency all over the Americas. Gold doubloons, weighing 27.468 grams and worth eight escudos, and the Spanish silver dollars worth eight reales were the most common. Lacking small change, colonists often cut the dollars into eight wedge shaped pieces giving birth to the terms â&#x20AC;&#x153;pieces-of-eightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar.â&#x20AC;? Thanks to the pirates and storms that sent many a treasure galleon to the bottom, quite a few of those early coins, especially the gold, have survived in mint condition. A doubloon minted in the reign of Phillip V can be bought today for a mere $4,500 US, which, considering that it would have paid the wages of the average seventeenth century workman for several months, is quite reasonable. Literally thousands of different coins, from the early rough cobs to sophisticated milled varieties, and in various metals have been struck over the years. The 1810 War for Independence, the Iturbide Empire, the Republic, Maximilianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Empire and the turbulent 1910 revolution each gave rise to new issues as governments and leaders rose and fell with bewildering rapidity. Modern coins for general circulation are made of copper, brass, nickel or other base metals. Gold and silver are reserved for limited issues of commemorative coins and medals intended for collectors. Among them are beautifully designed and executed series celebrating six of the pre-Columbian cultures that left such a rich heritage to Mexico and its people. Each series consists of a large (5 oz.), four smaller (1 oz.) silver coins and a particularly handsome gold coin available in 1/4, 1/2 and 1 oz. weights.

Colossal head with negroid features that has become symbolic of the Olmec culture whose earliest settlement, San Lorenzo, dates from 1400 BC. Smaller coins depict a ceremonial hacha or axe like those carried by     !  " "  # % funeral urn and a pugnacious looking wrestler. The gold coin shows a priest.

Maya Though Dzibilchaltun, the earliest Maya center in Yucatan, was occupied as early as 1500 BC the pyramid of Chichen Itza known as EI Castillo &     comes from a much later period of Toltec '  *   %    mask of the rain god, Chac, an old man bearing an urn and the engraved slab from Pacalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomb at +3    %   *   %%  :   

Teotihuacan The earliest interior structure of the Pyramid of the Sun has been carbon dated at 1500 BC but the version depicted on the larger coin of this series was of much later date, probably not much before AD 300. The smaller coins depict a mask, a reclining ball player a death symbol and vase in the form of a hunchback. Quetzalcoatl, god of the winds, is honored on the gold coin in his aspect of a feathered serpent.

Olmec The larger silver coin shows the familiar


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Endangered Species

The Toltecs fell heir to much of the Te o t i h u a c a n culture after that city was destroyed around AD 600. The gigantic columns known as the Atlantes, which once supported the roof of the Temple of the Warriors at Tula, are featured on the larger coin. The smaller versions show       < =     with a skull. The golden coin appropriately displays a golden eagle.

This entire series of one ounce coins is beautifully executed in silver and depicts the most severely threatened of Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild  %F  J\ #   manatees, pronghorn antelopes, crocodiles, nutrias and prairie dogs. A related series dedicated to the World Wide Fund for > ]^^_`"%   '


Central VeraCruz Of the several relatively minor cultures  * "'   from AD 600-900 were the most intriguing,      + % > @F* %  coin. Others show a wall carving and a palma shaped like a crocodile from the same site, one of the smiling faces, (Caritas Sonrientes) % HJ  & % %   *          %  hacha, or ceremonial axe.

Others   j %""  ' #   & and a young charrito practicing his rope tricks in gold. The History of Navigation silver coin commemorates the Mexican training ship, Cuauhtemoc, sailing the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceans. The History of Gold, featuring {|   &    &   3  properly minted in gold. Of special interest to Jaliscans are two silver coins from the Hispanic American series. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jarabe Tapatioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; celebrates          "  "   #   '  sarape andâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A Man and His Horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows a working charro during  {     

Aztec The war loving Aztecs did not appear until AD 1364 and much of their culture was borrowed from others. The Stone of Tizoc, one of their early chieftains, is reproduced on the larger piece while an % " "   Huehueteotl, the Old Man god, and Xochipilli, Prince of Flowers, grace the smaller coins. Fittingly enough, the gold piece features the head of a snarling Jaguar.

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more moderately sized. His imaginative subjects include a wonderful, full-sized â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Woman.â&#x20AC;? Patriciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is with cut and overlapping papers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;only layers of exquisite paperâ&#x20AC;? is how she describes her work. She has occasionally shown her working techniques here in Ajijic. See you there. (/  Z\'    Z /'  ) . /  ] #"   !    Adoption Center is having an Open " There will be frankfurters, chips, beer and soda. Everyone will be able to visit with the dogs. This is also an opportunity to see the improvements that have been made at the ranch and the good A dog hoping for adoption at the work the donations are accomplishing. Ranch Signs will be posted along the ChapalaGuadalajara highway and on the streets to guide guests to the ranch. It should be a great day in the country. (/ Z\'^WX/ 2  Q]'  Z_/  `ZK'k  

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'$" & . q ++ "   + /"  .'Prairie Moths, a collection of poetic prose recollections of her life as the daughter of a South Dakota farmer. The beauty of the prairies is drawn in words that create pictures in the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind. It is the kind of book you can read over and over. Judy is also a retablo artist. She will show her all-new foundobject wall sculptures and jewelry. (/  ^X (      xth Annual Eas   "  It will be held at Casas CariĂąosas Privada, ~ >  Â&#x201A; Q""

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Pedro Moreno and 5 de Mayo in Ajijic. For more information, contact Brian Howard at 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2794 or email Multiple Events: `Z\W4 (  )/ `M "  April: Sundays.......12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers Daily Savings Time in Apr 1............8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yard Sale Mexico begins April Apr 3........... Daylight Savings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spring Ahead! 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spring Ahead! Apr 6............9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:45 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; US Consulate Services (late? go to LCS) Apr 7............3 p.m. Maple Leaf Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; calling all Canadians Apr 14...........5 p.m. Hasta La Pasta (Aux. event, cocktails at 4) Apr 20...........10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Take-a-Bake Sale Apr 28...........3 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lone Star Club (Country-Western music) Apr 29...........5 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Steak OlĂŠ (cocktails at 4) For information, call 765 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2259 or ) .)

4  +? At the LLT Annual General Meeting on March 16, the following Board Members were elected for the next two years: 1st Vice President: Emma Bergh-Apton, acclaimation 2nd Vice President: Garry Peerless Treasurer: Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Byrne Plays & Directors for Season 47, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012: 1. The Kitchen Witches by Caroline smith, directed by Roger Treadway, running October 1- 9, 2011. 2. Clue? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Stage Play adapted for the stage by Anne Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neemuss from Jonathan Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay, directed by Roseann Wilshere, appearing from November 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13, 2011. 3. Greetings! By Tom Dudzick, directed by Peggy Lord Chilton, showing December 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18, 2011. 4. How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourne, directed by Dave McIntosh, January 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22, 2012. 5. Chicago by Kander, Ebb & Fosse, directed by Barbara Clippinger, choreographed by Alexis Hoff, running from February 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 6. 6. Sex Please, Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Sixty by Michael & Susan Parker, directed by Larry King, running April 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15, 2012. The Foreigner


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LLT season ticket renewals & new ticket sales for Season 47 are $1,000 pesos per person for reserved seats for six plays from September 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 2012, including LLT membership at no extra charge. Individual tickets will be $200 pesos for regular shows, $250 for the musical. Payment is preferred by cheques (checks) drawn on a Mexican bank. Season ticket holders who DO NOT WISH TO RENEW, please notify Paula McTavish at or call 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0954 (leave message) as soon as possible. LLT invites all members who volunteered in any capacity during the 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2011 season to the annual Applause Party on April 16, 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. at the Theatre. The Board of Directors would like to extend a most sincere â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank youâ&#x20AC;? to all the volunteers, members and patrons for making Season 46 such a success.  ` 

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Shueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Foreigner. Larry King directs this very funny Southern story about painfully shy (and unspeaking) Charlie and the local heroes and villains who reveal themselves, never knowing that Charlie is silently hanging on every word. Performances run from April 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10, 2011. If you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing and other positions. Contact Don Chaloner at 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1975 or email at (/ K'_/' 4  Q*  4 '!)  Z@'!    ')( ]5 y   +         {_\ %  |& & /  4  y  "  Tickets, at $260 pesos, are available at Dermika, Galeria Di Paola on Colon, Hacienda Ajijic on the carretera in West Ajijic and Absolute Fenix Realty in San Q      % "  & 

Super Lake. The music has to be great fun. Library volunteers are desperately needed at Love in Action. Without help, they will have to close the library permanently. The work involves about three hours a week from 10 a.m. to 12:30. The kids are well behaved and many speak English. Please contact Sue Kelley at

Bev Denton with Bob Milne, ragtime pianist

(" Q "  ^\ZZW^\Z^ "/? Oct 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blas Galindo Orchestra featuring Rodrigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concerto Andaluzâ&#x20AC;? Nov 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ballet Classical and Neoclassical of Jalisco Dec 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir of Moralia Jan 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; San Luis Obispo Philharmonic Orchestra Feb 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical FXâ&#x20AC;? Washington DC Opera Company Quartet All performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio, La Floresta. Q    <Q+ <       ' ] Â&#x2030;     %Â&#x160;


of MAS. 5y5(})(~y(" /   )     Q /     Teatro Diana: Apr 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Le Comte Ory (Rossini) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Apr 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Capriccio (R. Strauss) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Apr 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Il Trovatore (Verdi) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. May 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Die Walkure (Wagner) at 11 a.m., bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. Contact Marshall Krantz at 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2834. Tickets cost $300 pesos for members, $350 pesos for non-members.

Opera poster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Le Comte Ory

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FRONT ROW CENTER   3  The Pajama Game  ! (  $ ! &   * )    "    ! ]2    


he Pajama Game was a very successful musical in the 1950s, and the original production won a Tony award for Best Musical. Later, the 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical. So the show came to Lakeside with excellent credentials, and many in the audience can still remember tunes as familiar as Hey There or Hernandoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hideaway. Happily, Peggy Lord Chilton and her team put on a slick well-rehearsed production. I particularly enjoyed the second half of the show, which included some of the best numbers. The first half had some rough spots, which was unfortunate because the cast and chorus were excellent and the show (as many of us will remember) is very entertaining. In the lead roles, Jayme Littlejohn was cute and charming in the Doris Day part â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;? the leader of the Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grievance Committee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and Vicente Vernon performed well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sid Sorokin,â&#x20AC;? the handsome new factory superintendent who falls in love with Babe. On occasion, it seemed that some tunes were set in a key outside Vicenteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal vocal range, but nevertheless he sang with considerable energy. Rick Napier (a newcomer to the LLT stage) displayed great comedic talent as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hines,â&#x20AC;? the factory timekeeper. Think of the Time I Save and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Never Be Jealous Again were both hilarious numbers, the second one neatly performed with Ann Swiston as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mabelâ&#x20AC;? who is Sidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretary. I also enjoyed Harry Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Man Hasler,â&#x20AC;? the dinosaur boss of the company who refuses to grant a 7 ½ cent raise in hourly rates. Alexis Hoff was the choreographer for the show, and also performed attractively as Haslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quick-witted secretary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gladys.â&#x20AC;? She had a great number at the beginning of the second act in Steam Heat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; performed with Hines and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gusâ&#x20AC;? (Ted Ferguson), and was also amusingly drunk (without overdoing it) at Hernandoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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Hideaway. Keith Scott was suitably lecherous as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prez,â&#x20AC;? the head of the union and a skirt chaser, despite being a married man, while Ann Loebach energetically played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mae,â&#x20AC;? a member of the Grievance Committee who accepts Prezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advances. I should also mention another reliable performance from Reginald Doresa, who came across well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop,â&#x20AC;? Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind and agreeable father. The pace was good and the chorus sang and performed with great discipline. I particularly enjoyed the chorus numbers Hernandoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hideaway and 7 1/2 Cents. Also, there were some clever special effects in the knife-throwing scene, and a neat transition to Hernandoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hideaway. In general, the choreography and the scene changes were smoothly done â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a lot of good work backstage. I congratulate Peggy Lord Chilton and her Stage Manager Jerry McDonald and Assistant Stage Manager Gale Bildfell on pulling this complicated show together with some skill and making it seem easy. Richard and Eleanor Stromberg were responsible for the Music Direction, and the well-designed sets were created by Peggy Chilton, Alex Pinkerton and Roberta Hilleman. This show was a lot of fun as a 1950s revival, and both the cast and the audience had a good time. Next up (opening on April 2) is The Foreigner, a dark comedy by Larry Shue which concludes a season dominated by comedies. Maybe the LLT will consider other types of play (a mystery or a serious drama) for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings. Whatever they choose to present, I look forward to another interesting and entertaining season in 2011/12. Michael Warren

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PRAIRIE MOTHS: Memories of a Farmer’s Daughter By Judy Dykstra Brown Reviewed by Harriet Hart


udy’s book is a memoir in verse; seven poems describe the author’s early life in South Dakota. A photo accompanies and compliments each poem: abandoned homesteads, horse drawn ploughs, combines, the flat prairie landscape, the author and her family. Each poem recalls what farm life was like: the sweltering summers, the freezing winters, the hard work, loneliness and boredom. Judy’s childhood wish to escape the prairies becomes an adult longing to return to that mundane world, transformed by poetry into a magical one. Old Feelings recalls a childhood as distant to Judy now as the ghosts of the gray wolves and Sioux Nation were to her back then. Her father told stories of children lost in snowstorms, Indian wanderers and reclusive homesteaders, stories carved from him just like his plough exposed Indian relics from the soil. I Used to Eat Red creates a world replete with colours and sounds: red cherries, writhing gold rattlesnakes and the whine of diesel engines on the road. The poem depicts the longing a small child with


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i imagination i i i ffeels l ffor farf an active away places. Songbirds transport her to jungles, oceans and Persian gardens. In The Combines and Prairie Moths, the author brilliantly evokes the life of the bored prairie teenager for whom itinerant threshing crews seemed desirable, if dangerous, and parking on a deserted country road with a boy as “nearly Clark Gable” as she could find evoked foreign lands. Farmer’s Daughter is the finest poem in the collection. In it, Judy comes to an understanding of who her parents were from the vantage point of adulthood; she recognizes certain aspects of them in herself. Her farmer father swapped Shakespeare quotes with the local plumber and her mother, a transplanted city girl, tried to beautify her plain surroundings through flower gardening. Judy left South Dakota but it remains tucked away deep in her soul. Lovers of good poetry, lost children from the prairies and all who miss the magic of childhood will relish Prairie Moths. You have the opportunity to meet the author and purchase her book on Sunday, April 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Estrellita’s B&B, #18 on the 26th of September in Ajijic (beside the Lake Chapala Society). Prairie Moths and Ocean Pathways will showcase the book and Judy’s most recent found art: jewelry and wall sculptures made from objects she found beachcombing in Jalisco. Prairie Moths is also available from Diane Pearl’s Collection on Colon.

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s in previous re rev evi viou ous sid den nt s years, residents ak ake ke of our Lakeside community will unity y have an opportunity oices in to submit their choices gories: the following categories: 1. WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  Outstanding achievement of the year. 2.  MAN OF THE YEAR:  Outstanding achievement of the year. 3.  PROJECT OF THE YEAR:  Outstanding completed community project. 4.  COUPLE OF THE YEAR:  Two people who worked together. 5.  PIONEER OF THE YEAR:  A past or present person. It can be anyone who has pioneered an idea into a reality that truly benefits our community.  6.  HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR:  Greatest act of charity:  person, not shelters. 7.  ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:  Best of the year:   Sports always stands out.  Boy/Girl/or Both 8. STUDENT OF THE YEAR:  Highest scholastic achievement.  Honor Roll. Boy/Girl: 9. TEACHER OF THE YEAR:      recognized for  advancements in education. 10. ARTIST OF THE YEAR:  Biggest


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ccontribution co ont n ri r bu u to the arts. Artist--Vis V ist--Visual arts or another art fo form, such as writing or performing? This n is a new category, and will only apply if we have five nominations.  It can be any artist (that could be writer, painter, muralist, architect, performer, etc.) 11. PRESERVATION AWARD:  Person or organization 12. MAYORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AWARD:  someone the Mayor feels helped. 13.  STATE OF JALISCO AWARD:  Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award 14.  INTERNATIONAL AWARD:  Cultural import for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyment. Those offering suggestions should include a short bio of their choices. Deadline for nominations is April 9. Selections by the Awards Committee shall be made by midApril and the awards ceremony will be held on May 3, at 7:30 pm at the Ajijic Auditorium. The public is cordially invited to attend what is always a gala event!  (Send all nominations to Tod Jonson: â&#x20AC;&#x201D;or drop off the nominations with short bio in a sealed envelope at the LCS for Tod in his box.)

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ROBERTO MOULUN —Voice of the Spaniard By Ed Tasca


magine an array of Warhol images, all the same, but with slight variations in color or shading; or, imagine a many-angled figment of face and form from Picasso. These may give one an idea of the contrasting faces of Lakeside writer, Roberto Moulun, a man who is totally at peace with himself. “Within each human mind,” states the current mainstream conception of human psychology and creativity, “different selves are continually in conflict. They have different desires and perspectives, and they fight for control—bargaining with, deceiving, and plotting against one another. These are often essential parts of creativity. Expressions of art and love and humor are the only thing capable of having them all talk peace.” As a dedicated, practicing psychiatrist for over sixty years, Roberto Moulun, Doctor of Psychiatry, agrees this is an accurate assessment of how the creative process brings calm and stability to the human psyche, despite the internal clash of passions and incongruities. More pointedly, it leads me to my portrait of Roberto. Starting with first impressions, one finds a gentle, compassionate, diminutive man, who took on a career aimed at providing relief of human suffering in all its many mental and physical states. You look a little closer and you discover that at the same time Roberto made this decision to become a doctor, he also decided to take on the entire prevailing medical establishment in Mexico City and shame them for what he considered criminal conduct. “They did surgery on healthy dogs in order to practice removing and treating organs,” Roberto explains, acting out his incredulity. “It was common practice. But I objected so strongly that I was able to have the practice stopped everywhere.” Then, with no hint of conceit, he goes on shyly, “There is something so pure about a dog. You know they say when they die, dogs become angels for orphan children.” There is an adversarial twinkle in his hazy brown


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eyes when he concludes, “I couldn’t let them do that. I’m a devoted animal lover.” At the same time, peeking out from those very same eyes, a different, worldlier Roberto emerges, as he describes his love of yacht racing with a bold, fiery spiritedness. (This is a sport requiring fierce competitiveness, focus and a skill at manipulating powerful natural forces.) It was, I realized, this same fierce sense of purpose that drove Roberto to spend many years in the thick of world disasters, bringing relief to traumatized earthquake and flood victims and workers - notably, pitting himself again in another struggle with powerful natural forces. A classical humanist by temperament, Roberto then makes the surprising confession that he still believes in the Catholicism he learned as child. “I aspire to a life comparable to the loving and forgiving Jesus,” he explains. Then he goes on to surprise again by contending he doesn’t think he is capable of either of these virtues. Even more disorienting, he complains that I did not ask him the one question he had prepared for me. “You didn’t ask me what my favorite food is.” And so I asked. He proceeds to extol the wonders of bacalao al ojo arriero, (a little-known cod dish native to Spain). It was then that I understood the importance of the question. Roberto was telling me what he believed to be his real heritage, his real identity. “I am a Spaniard,” he says with a spike in tone that could have come from a conquistador. What’s more, his father hailed from Spanish gentry with a title of nobility (one Roberto inherited and still holds warily in private). “I think I am a man of extreme passion,” he declares

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as though it were part of his Spanish brand. On reflection, if one looks closely at Roberto’s story-telling, one will find this Spaniard full-blown in the lyricism and naturalness of his language, a parallel to the simple yet poetic Spanish of Don Cervantes. There are no affectations, no florid turns, just damn good writing. But like everything else concerning Roberto, this Spanish identity also comes with angles and tangents and twists: he’s of French (his mother’s side) and Spanish bloodlines, has an upbringing among the indigenous

peoples of Guatemala, an education in Mexico, a career spent largely in English-speaking America, and a scientific mind which is essentially international. It is a testament to this overall personal complexity and to his artistry as a story-teller that his short stories have won three Ojo awards for fiction, more than any other Lakeside writer; and that he did this in what he calls his “third” language, English. As for this wonderful natural writing talent, Roberto will tell you, “my most serious and important writing were my prescriptions.”

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STAY HEALTHY!  $ "  '&t 376-766-2777 Peripherical Vascular Disease â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Killerâ&#x20AC;? Part II


n the previous us article, I re some said: there are risk factors around ing is this disorder, Smoking actor the greatest risk factor heral for developing Peripheral artery disease PAD. A half n inin ina pack a day habit can % to crease the risk by 30% ily 50%. Those with a family history of the disease orr who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also more likely to develop PAD. While it ng people is most common among over 50 and smokers,, PAD can nd young strike non-smokers and adults as well. A number of efforts are reness, and underway to raise awareness, e at risk and screen patients who are investigate the most cost- effecding exertive treatments, including ve shown cise programs that have to help control the disease. Several researches and groups are lobbying the federal government to make a screening test for PAD more widely available. Actually, Medicare will cover it only for patients who already show symptoms of PAD. The Peripheral Artery Disease Coalition of more than 50 organizations endorses a specific test called ABIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Screening and is lobbying the Federal Preventive Services Task Force to review this Test (ABI) with the aim of getting it covered more widely by Medicare. About 10% of PAD patients have a severe form of leg pain, known as claudication. Caused by inadequate blood flow, it typically occurs while walking or climbing stairs and stops at rest. Half of the patients may have other leg symptoms such as heaviness, fatigue and cramps. The first line of treatment for PAD is daily exercise and a healthy diet. Medications are also often used, including statins to lower cholesterol, blood thinners, blood-pressure medications. A growing number of patients are also getting invasive procedures such


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as angioplasty angioplas with stents. About 529,000 leg le stents were placed last yea year in the US alone, up from 3 386,000 five years ago. There are, however, issues with u using stents in the legs. Block Blockages in the legs tend b longer and more to be spre out than those in spread co coronary arteries. And st stents in the legs may f fail and require rep placement. Bypass s surgery similar to that performed on coronary arteries use in severe cases and is also used can help avoid amputation, by anot using another vein or a synthetic graft to rero reroute blood around the art diseased artery, but complications co are more common than with corob nary artery bypass. Several studies are aiming identif the most effective to identify e types of exercise to treat PAD. Researchers have found that supervised training is significantly more effective than simply giving patients instructions to take up walking at home. A new study funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is comparing the effectiveness of three approaches: 1. Supervised exercise therapy, 2. Exercise at home with a drug to decrease leg pain, and 3. The placement of a stent. Known as the Clever Studyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an acronym for Claudication Exercise vs. Endoluminal Revascularizationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it is recruiting participants at Dr. Hirsch, one of the investigators, says one aim is to see if the high costs of invasive procedures can be reduced with â&#x20AC;&#x153;structured exerciseâ&#x20AC;? and simply giving patients instructions to take up walking at home. The situation will be simple: Walking Dr. Cordova is the key!

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The Poetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Niche By Mark Sconce


his April issue inaugurates a new column, The Poetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Niche, reserved each month for the great poets and poems of all time, including Anonymous. Each month a famous poet will be highlighted by way of a short biography and then 3 "  Â&#x20AC;  feted by an example or two of his or her work. Readers may well recognize both poem and poet, having been introduced to him or her in school or along lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way. Since many of us are in or near retirement, I, as Niche editor, will endeavor to include poems that speak to lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meaning and lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vicissitudes, something great poets illuminate. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s begin with one of the most popular poets of the 20th century, Irishman William Butler Yeats, who in 1923 received the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.â&#x20AC;? He was the first Irishman so honored. He died in 1939 at the age of 74 and was celebrated around the world. The Lake Isle of Innisfree By William Butler Yeats I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wings. I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core. You can sense the seductive meter and rhythm, the yearning to be away from London, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;he stands on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,â&#x20AC;? and back in County Sligo, his boyhood haunt, where Innisfree Island floats in the middle of Lough (Lake) Gill. Modern recording techniques allow us to hear the poet himself at And this remarkable recording underscores the importance of hearing a poem recited out loud. To hear the poet himself recite his most famous poem is an even bigger experience. This poem was inspired by Henry David Thoreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of Walden Pond. Like Thoreau, Yeats longs for the peace and tranquility represented by the â&#x20AC;&#x153; bee-loud glade,â&#x20AC;? the chirping of crickets, and the flapping of birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wings. How often have I heard ex-pats say that, while north of the border, they too long to leave the urban bustle and noise and be back at Lakeside to hear again â&#x20AC;&#x153;lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps, like Yeats, we â&#x20AC;&#x153;hear it in the deep heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core.â&#x20AC;? (Note how â&#x20AC;&#x153;deep heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coreâ&#x20AC;? echoes the emphatic rhythm of â&#x20AC;&#x153;bee-loud glade.â&#x20AC;?) That final lineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hear it in the deep heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coreâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a crucial statement for Yeats, not only in this poem but also in his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as a whole. I like this poem because it captures the longing many of us feel to live more simply. Mark Sconce


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e all look forward ard h to Spring, which technically start-nd n d ed March 20th. But local cats aand ith it ith dogs pushed up that date w with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kitten and Puppy seasonâ&#x20AC;? starting several weeks earlier. Between the last week in February and the first week in March, which is only two weeks, Anita took in 43 puppies, and 23 kittens. One pregnant dog had 11 puppies and another had 8 puppies. This count does not include adult cats/dogs that also arrived. Healthy kittens and puppies that have been born, should not be killed by any means: poison, needle, starvation, drowning, etc. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the solution is birth control. Although all puppies and kittens are adorable, the simple math and reality is, there are more cats/dogs, than there are available homes. Please, support efforts to spay and neuter, so our local pet population can be controlled. A youngish Dobe male dog was featured in this February column; his story now has a happy ending. Sultan found his forever home. A Mexican family, three generations actually, who all live together on a large ranch across the lake, came to Anitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to find a family dog. Anita and this family have known each other for many years, as they got their first dog from her about 9 years ago. Sadly, their dog died recently at age 11 years. They saw Sultan, and he saw them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his tail wagging like a rapid metronome it was love at first sight! He happily jumped in the car with the children, his new parents and grandparents, off to enjoy a life filled with loving care, respect, trust and lots of space to run and play with his human companions. A reminder that Anita has available at her sanctuary site many hard bound books. These books

cover such subjects as: art, nature, music, fiction, history, opera, sailing, travel, cookbooks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;coffee tableâ&#x20AC;? type books, and just about anything else you can imagine. Because of the weight and volume of these books, she cannot bring them to the Wednesday Ajijic market with the paperback books that are available for a donation. If you need directions to Anitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, please ask at the market and we can help you, or send an e-mail to her website, and a map can be sent to you. Anita has a new website: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Animals sanctuary,â&#x20AC;? check it out. For those who have a family pet and think and worry about them in the event that you, their â&#x20AC;&#x153;parentâ&#x20AC;? should become sick, or worse, there is a tab called: Pet Godparents that can help you. It will guide you in writing out instructions about your wishes for them, and detailing specific information about their individual care. The form is in PDF format, which you can fill out, print, and have it available in your home for the person who will need to come in and care for them. With the early increase of incoming cats/dog, your donations are especially appreciated. No contribution is too small. We gladly accept cat and dog food [canned or dry], non-slick newspapers used in lieu of kitty litter, CDs, DVDs, paperback books, clean and gently used clothing, small appliances, etc. that can be made available for â&#x20AC;&#x153;re-sale.â&#x20AC;? Money is utilized to buy food, necessary preventive vaccines, and help pay for medical care for those animals that arrive sick or injured. Thank you for your support in this rescue work!

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Focus on Art  !   

The Art of Collecting Art


reat art collector Peggy Guggenheim wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a collector, I took advice from none but the best.â&#x20AC;? In sharp contrast, George Ortiz, noted collector of classical art imparted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One can know too much and feel too little.â&#x20AC;? Ortiz understood successful artists convey emotion using metaphor, symbol and visual elements to reach into the depths of the human condition. For astute collectors feeling, not analysis has proven to be the right response. A good collector is â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a mule that can smell fresh water ten miles away.â&#x20AC;? Significant art has a mysterious power that is sensed and not rationally explained. Collectors journey


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to an understanding which convinces them that they have found a pearl of great price - one that unveils a world and an emotional context that speak to the interior person, awaken hidden realities, uncover memories, and draw the viewer into the world of dreams through their analogical formation. Bud Gallagher, local collector of lakeside-art, shared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come out of my bedroom in the morning and find a house full of old friends. Sometimes I pat the bottom of the woman painted by Isidro Xilotl hanging across from my door.â&#x20AC;? His wife Sandy added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make me smile â&#x20AC;&#x201C; glad to be alive.â&#x20AC;? With backgrounds in the legal profession, the Gallaghers are uncharacteristi-

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cally emotional when it comes to art. As we talked, Bud caressed an Eskimo stone carving of a bird as Sandy lovingly looked on. His smile conveyed the depth of his feelings. Being in their home was magical. (Rooster, by Victor Alcazar) When Elizabeth and Marvin Kline opened their home to me, every surface was covered with art. The environment was alive - the rooms sparkled. The art had taken on a life of its own. “They give us a deep sense of satisfaction – and have become old friends. Marvin was quick to say that “Elizabeth has a good eye,” a reality evident in the collection that consist primarily of works done by university art professors. It was clear that both were sensitive to art’s emotional impact. (Painting by Peggy Thompson) Collections frequently form cultural, stylistic, or historical groupings (Bud and Sandy had an extensive collection of indigenous art in Canada) but for most - as with music and books - personal enjoyment and enlightenment were their primary motivations. In contrast, many wealthy collectors fortuitously preserved art for humanity and eventually shared their collections with museums. Dr. Albert Barns invested everything he had to collect 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, and 60 Matisses, but still understood that, “art history stifles both self-expression and appreciation of art.” Echoing this sentiment, Paul Gauguin earlier maintained, “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” Revolutionary works alone make collectors both emotionally and monetarily wealthy. Insightful collectors avoid works that mimic past genres, lack emotion, or that are decorative clichés. Unnoticed, John and Dominique Menil went into debt to assemble an astounding collection of contemporary art <

tion/modern.php>, while for years Dorothy and Herbert Vogle spent half of their monthly income to establish a collection of minimalist pieces. Anthony d’Offay, a gallery owner, surprised the world when he donated his extensive collection valued at 125,000,000 GBP to establish “Art Rooms” throughout Great Britain. http://www.theartroom/ Paintings of women selected from Steven and Alexandra Cohen’s collection (exhibited by Sothebys) included twenty masterpieces ranging from Edvard Munch’s Madonna and Pablo Picasso’s Le Repos to Willem de Kooning’s Women III and Andy Warhol’s Turquoise Marilyn. liveauctions/event/Women_FINAL. pdf The art of collecting is ultimately a chase for the truly original and incomparable, one which requires a melding of the artist’s sensibilities and emotions with those of the collector, and, in a mystical way, seeks to overcome the restraints  of time and social conditioning. As Bud Gallagher shared, “Collectors are always want-to-be artists.” Rob Mohr

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JosĂŠ de JesĂşs BeltrĂĄn Velazco


his handsome 15-year old is JosĂŠ de JesĂşs BeltrĂĄn Velazco. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuyâ&#x20AC;? is in his last year of junior high and will start high school (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prepaâ&#x20AC;?) in September. He lives with his parents and one sister in Chapala. Most of the children that NiĂąos Incapacitados features in this monthly article are younger, since many of â&#x20AC;&#x153;ourâ&#x20AC;? kids have diseases or conditions that affect them early in life. In Chuyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, however, his problem began just a year and a half ago when one day while working at the computer at home, he lost sight in


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one eye and then fainted. Luckily, the loss of vision was only temporary, and when he recovered from the fainting spell, his parents took him up to the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara where he was evaluated by a neurosurgeon.

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As it turns out, Chuy has what is known as PSE, or photosensitive epilepsy, a condition more frequent in the age of computers and video games, but which has also been documented before the computer age. PSE is a type of seizure disorder that affects about five in 100 people, usually in pre-adolescent and teen years. It will trigger a seizure when the person is exposed to certain visual stimuli, particularly stimuli caused by rapidly flickering images (or lights) and especially with boldly contrasting tones (black and white). Back in the days of disco, strobe lights on the dance floor were known to cause seizures in some people who had never before experienced that type of an “attack.” PSE is a condition that usually lessens in intensity with time, but usually an anti-seizure drug is needed for a while so the person will not be bothered by seizures. Chuy is on a low dose of such a drug and the doctors are telling his parents that if he doesn’t have another seizure within the year, they will begin lowering the dose of the drug every month until hopefully he can come off of it completely. Fortunately, he has not had a seizure in over nine months. Chuy has adapted well to this

new condition but with a caveat from his doctors that computer time be limited to two hours per day with a 10-minute break every hour. If he feels a seizure about to happen he is to cover one eye completely until the seizure passes. Also, no TV or computer time in a completely dark room; a table lamp or other light source should be illuminating the room as well as the screen. Chuy and his parents were charming guests at our last monthly meeting and very thankful to Niños Incapacitados for our help in paying for his medications and check-ups. When asked what he wanted to be in the future, without hesitation he said “a pilot in the Air Force.” For now, Chuy is a very good student, enjoys playing basketball (he’s tall) and American football (not soccer). To learn more about what Niños Incapacitados is all about and to meet another of the children we assist with medical expenses, please join us the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 in one of the meeting rooms at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta. And again, to all of you who supported our annual Spring Fling fundraiser on March 3, we thank you very much.

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A NEW LEASEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on Life!  $" ! 0 '('!#*'&( Expensive Urine - Not!


s your food grown locally year round without the use of insecticides and pesticides? Do you live in a pristine environment free of environmental toxins? I doubt if such a place still exists on our planet. Many conventional doctors tell their patients that taking supplements only creates expensive urine.  This thinking is archaic. In fact, there are countless studies that show how various vitamins and minerals can not only reverse the ravages of disease but can prevent them.  What causes the color of the urine to change is simply the color of the particular vitamin and hence the change in the color of the urine. Testing for nutritional deficiencies Conventional blood testing for deficiencies is not adequate nor are they accurate. One way of testing is through a detailed questionnaire.  But a much more accurate and better way is


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through a Red Blood Cell Mineral Analyses which actually measures what the body is able to retain or absorb. Some practitioners use hair analyses to obtain further information. There are numerous reasons to supplement: 1. Pesticides and herbicides destroy and reduce nutrition of crops so we are ingesting foods devoid of essential vitamins and minerals 2. Poor lifestyle choices - obviously it is best to make changes in lifestyle but for smokers and drinkers it would be prudent to increase antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, zinc, etc to increase anti-oxidant levels. 3. Counteracting environment pollu-

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tion over which you have very little control - certain supplements detoxify the body and boost the immune system, hence reducing the potential harm that comes from such toxins. Living in a stressful environment creating symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia, etc. and using nutritional supplements to counteract such chronic symptoms Eating processed foods devoid of most nutritional support. For instance removing grain husks not only removes the fiber necessary for proper bowel evacuation but also key vitamins and minerals.  Processing also removes digestive enzymes that are naturally found in foods which  are essential for the absorption of various nutrients. Depletion of soil from agricultural abuse over years - end result is lack of essential nutrients  Transportation of fresh foods from field to dinner table results in diminished nutrients Lack of absorption of various nutrients from our foods simply due to weak digestion   Biochemical individuality - we all come into the world with various deficiencies that over time   can

develop into further imbalances hence the need to find out what they are and correct them. For instance a patient can have symptoms such as dizziness, poor memory, exhaustion, and digestive disturbances and rather than looking at a simple B vitamin deficiency often are treated with an anti-depressant or some other medication that continues to mask the real cause. It is also important to note that there are different qualities of supplements on the market. Liquid formulations using a safe sweetener such as xylitol or stevia are much easier to absorb especially for the senior set where often the ability to absorb from capsules or tablets is impaired.  So the next time you think your urine is too yellow know that rather than wasting your funds you are probably helping your body deal with the many deficiencies and environmental toxins that abound.  Keep on taking those vitamins and see you at the gym! Judit Rajhathy, B.A., RNCP, D. Ac. is the author of the Canadian bestselling book Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness and owns Change of Pace Fitness Center in central Ajijic. Judit Rajhathy

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By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez, Arte Publico Press 434 pages $11.95 US Reviewed by ROB MOHR (Initially published in The Guadalajara Reporter—Dec. 18, 2010)


he Dark Side of the Dream, an intriguing and richly textured novel by Lakeside author Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez, places the reader within a complex and often heart-breaking world where the realities of Mexican and North American cultures play out with a clarity that renders futile the stereotyped understanding that now dominate border politics. With great skill and a deep understanding of MexicanAmerican life, Grattan weaves a sweeping story of the Salazar family migration from Chihuahua City, Mexico to Texas in 1942. The author’s keen understanding of the suffering and challenges faced by Mexicans moving north and the response of those who benefit from their labor ensures that at every turn this captivating story faithfully unveils with dramatic power the marginalization and isolation of the brothers Miguel and Raul Salazar and their uncle, Francisco. Miguel’s poignant walk, like that of the biblical Job, touches on the essential nobility that comes from a man or woman’s determination and persistence in the face of great challenges and constant resistance. Grattan, with keen intelligence, uses his cultural knowledge, along with his consummate ability to tell a great story to prove again that a novel can change human understanding—and thereby literally change the world—by exposing readers to important themes such as injustice and oppression. (He is also a fine scriptwriter, as most recently confirmed by his ranking in the top two percent of all entries in three separate international screen-writing competitions.) The novel, which traces two parts of the Salazar family—separated early on by the shenanigans of an Anglo labor contractor—unveils a powerful story of dreams about a new life, betrayal, false starts, and unrequited love, reaching its climax around the surprising outcome of the first ever organized farm-labor strike in Texas. In this crucial encounter, Miguel’s uncle Francisco Salazar and his son Alejandro (who first tries to find suc-


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cess working with the growers) struggle against the villainous actions of a desperate grower and his unprincipled enforcer. Even with the novel’s strong social focus, the delight of a great read is always present, as the story, like Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, sings without ever becoming an elitist art form that excludes or preaches. The characters become forever part of the reader’s extended family and understanding of the world that North American society has created for Latinos seeking America’s promise of freedom and opportunity. Like his female counterparts, Sandra Cisneros in Carmelo, her award-winning and very focused novel spanning generations of the life of a MexicanAmerican family, and Louise Erdrich’s nuanced understanding of the realities faced by indigenous Americans in Love Machine, Grattan’s well-woven story reveals essential truths concerning human fidelity and dignity. His characters gain life and believability through the writer’s well-tuned understanding of human nature and the rarefied craft he exhibits in telling a very large story extremely well. My only regret is that the Salazar saga has not continued through subsequent novels that follow the family into their future. (The novel will soon go into another printing. It may be purchased from the publisher or from ISBN 1-55885-140-2. It is in over 1,000 libraries in the United States and Canada and in the LCS Library.)

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April of Jacarandas By Evelia Lara Sierra

Lifting my eyes to the horizon I gently contemplate the blue violet sky. The treetops have not changed in a long time, crowned with small brush strokes, thousands of them, forming little clusters of fragrances that drift down and fill me.   My soul bathes in this shade of Holy Week, Holy Friday, shaped in every flower, a purple carpet at the foot of each tree.   The late afternoon sun over the lake reflects the month of April, silent, deep, blue violet as well.

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AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. Meets every Wednesday 8 am for breakfast at La Nueva Posada. ACĂ - Teaches youths, families sustainable agriculture, Joco and Jaltepec. Meet 14th of month. For more Information 387 763-1568. (~!2y#y!()2q Saturday 2:30 to 4pm RevoluciĂłn #29 Casa #10, 7662622 No charge. Ongoing. (y!%!2(y(4y#%(#(&(@\X3y#6q from September to April we meet the 2nd Thursday 2pm at La Nueva Posada. Contact Don Slimman 765-4141. AJIJIC QUILT GUILD - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 12 noon. Guests & New Members Welcome. AJIJIC SCRABBLE CLUB- Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. ($y$y3!y42!Q6!~*qMeets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. New Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the New Posada. (Â&#x201A;yÂ&#x201A;y(#y)&62`Â&#x192;Zq Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at LCS 5:00pm. Contact the Secretary at (387) 7610017 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, Monday 4:30 pm, Lake Chapala Society, 16 de Septiembre & Marcos Castellanos Ajijic, Rear Gate. Contact (376)766-5975 AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. (2!y(#)26y#%(*()(*4q`M General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. (y6y#42!#(y#()2qEvery Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. (y6&2))(6(q Working to improve the ecology. See or contact us at (y4y2%!(#*#2qMeets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. (#y()2)42!qProvide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. (#y4(Q(#y()qFree loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. ARDAT- (Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy), therapy dog visits and education to prevent animal abuse. Juliananna Rose (376) 766-5025. BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, (!&]&y#)~- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. (#(&y(#)~%)(2(*()(q Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. Visit CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. CENTRO DE DESARROLLO AJIJIC- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. y)y%%q Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. 2(42!#4(!24!2))(&2))(6(*42!`Z\q 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, 2!yqProvides support for the construction and renovation of educational buildings. 766-2866. &2!(4q Meets 2nd Thursday 4pm at La Nueva Posada FRIENDS OF VILLA INFANTIL (FOVI)- !      >>     Â&#x152; Contact Lisa Le: (387) 761-0002 or email : 6()2!(##Â&#x20AC;~qÂ?Q <% 

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at cell: 331-445-2136. GARDEN CLUB- Meets the 3rd. Wednesday 11 am for lunch at La Nueva Posada. GARDEN GUILD- promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. 62!(#224y#6q 2nd Thursday, 1:00 pm. La Nueva Posada. Call Thea 765-2442 or Werner 763-5446. 6)&2#4!y#6%)(2(*()('(qRehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. IRISH- Meet 2nd Monday 4pm for lunch at La Nueva Posada. $~#y!)2(6~2&26~(&()($(!((qAv. San Francisco #3332., Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. )(2(*()(&~*)y(42!y&62)~qMeets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. )(2(*()(6(!&2#)~- Gardening at Lakeside with garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed of every month at Nueva Posada for noon lunch and program. Contact )(2(*()(6!22#6!~*| +  " %   "  {   <       { ' +>{"  % < 


Chapala Society, 3:00. Everyone is welcome. )(2(*()(!y#2)~q Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the Nueva Posada. Perry King at (376) 763-5126. )(2(*()(y24Â&#x20AC;q)q 16 de Sep. # 16-A Ajijic, Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. 766-1140. )(2y&2~#y4Â&#x20AC;(3(!&| ; "    {{ "   %  ^ & {     |Â&#x201D;Â&#x201D; )(2y&2%!y2#&%42(#y()- Board meets 3rd Thursday at 2:15 every month. )(2y&2)(~642!)~q Meets every Wed. from 9 am - 9:40 beginning September 29. For information call Charlene 766-0884. )(2y&2)y44)242(4!2(.- Balanced theatrical entertainment, English-speaking, 765-5942. )(2y&2)%!42&2(%q The 4th of each month. Nueva Posada 10:30 am. Call 766-2280, )(2y&23y)&)y%2!2~2]!2(y)y4(4y#q Rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals. 765-4916. )(2*(Â&#x20AC;(#&#2~42!2#4!(q Provides shelter and helps curtail the over-population of animals. 766-3813. LCS EDUCATION CENTER- Provides classes in language and other topics for both Anglo and Mexican community. 766-0499. LCS STUDENT AID FUND| !      >>          '      

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    >  |Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x201D; LOS NINOS DE CHAPALA Y AJIJIC, AC Providing educational scholarships to Lakeside children 376-765-7032, LOVE IN ACTION- Shelter for abused and abandoned children. For volunteers and donations. Anabel Frutos 765-7409, cell: 331-351 7826. (qMusic Appreciation Society. Concerts from fall to spring. Classical music and dance concerts. For info call Beverly Denton, 765-6409. yy#(#*()qHelping 60 orphaned children ages 2-14 yrs, Bonnie Shrall - #766-0009. #(5Â&#x20AC;)2(6~2')(2(*()(~#y)q Meets the third Saturday for lunch at 1 pm, Manix Rest. 766 4750 or 766-1848. NEEDLE PUSHERS- Sew dresses, knit or chet sweaters for local kids. Every Tues. 10 am at LCS. Call Gay at 766-2902. NIĂ&#x2018;OS Y JOVENES CARAVAN- Delivers foodstuffs and used clothing to orphanage in San Juan. Call Reuben Varela, 01-387-761-0828. OPEN CIRCLE- Fostering body, mind & spirit, every Sunday at the LCS from 10 am to 12 noon. 765-3402 or 52!2(42!(##Â&#x20AC;~qEvery Tuesday & Friday 12 pm at Marcos Castellanos 51-A, in Upper Ajijic. Tel: 766-2575 or 766-1626. *!6!((*!#yÂ&#x201E;y#(*(y4(&&2))(6(qAssisting Lakeside disabled children , 763-5010. *(y)(6!Â&#x2020;y!(~)~42*Â&#x2021;q Helping Handicapped Children Through the Magic of Horses. Saturdays 8-2. www. RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS- Meets 1st Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Sala LCS. New members welcome. ROTARY CLUB OF AJIJIC- Meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm at Hotel Real de Chapala. Contact at 766-3302. (y)y#6)(2(*()(qMeets for lunch/drinks - 1 pm the 1st Thursday of the month at Club Nautico in La Floresta near Ajijic, Paseo de la Huerta No. 57. Learn how to sail the lake. Visit for info and updates. y2#2%y#&4~&Â&#x20AC;6!~*q Discussion group every Tuesday at 10 AM Lake Chapala Center for Spiritual Living at Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic; contact Rev. Tim at 766-0920 or 4262#2()6Â&#x20AC;%!~qMeets monthly on the fourth Monday in the Sala at LCS, from 2:00 to 3:45. ~5(q~ 

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 /  ) . Â&#x2021;q Sue Torres, 766-2932 or Lynn Hanson 766-2660. 5y5()(~y(qBus trips to the symphony, summer concert series, call Rosemay Keeling 766-1801. VOLLEYBALL IN CHAPALA- At Cristiania park Tues., Thurs., Sat. mornings at 10, 333-502-1264. VOLUNTEER HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP- Meeting last Saturday of each month at LCS in sala, 10:30. VOLUNTEERS OF THE CRUZ ROJA- Sponsors fund raising events and provides administrative and support services to the Delegation.

All Saints Lutheran Church Worship Service 11:00 am 4600 Avenida Tepeyac, Guad. Tel. (01 333) 121-6741. Abundant Life Assembly of God Carr. 140 next to Mail Boxes etc, Tel: 766-5615. Center For Spiritual Living Celebration Service, 5pm Fridays, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic. 7669020 or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 7654210. Christ Church Anglican Fellowship Eucarist 10am upstairs in Manix Restaurant Ocampo #57 Ajijic. Rev. Danny Borkowski at (376) 766-2495 or Jim Powers t (387) 761-0017 Grace Baptist Church 5th Sun. Evening service 6 pm, Pedro Buzeta No. 970, Guad. Tel. (013) 641-1685. Lake Chapala Baptist Church Mid-week service, 9:30 am, worship service, 10:45 am. Santa Margarita #147, Riberas del Pilar, Tel. (376) 765-2925, 765-3329. 7th Day Adventist meet at Camino Real #84 in La Floresta, 9:30 am, Potluck follows, Tel: 7665708 Little Chapel by the Lake Sun. services 11 am, Chula Vista,. Jal, Tel. (376) 763-1551. Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar, Tel: 765-6968. For information and service times, please call Pres. Elliot Gould. contact us@ Web site: www. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Lakeside Presbyterian Church Worship-Sunday 10 am; Bible Study-Friday 10 am; Hidalgo 231A, Carr. Chapala/Joco; Riberas del Pilar Tel. Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-766-1238, or Norm Pifer at 376-766-0616 Website at www.chapalalakesidepresbyterian. org Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 2 services, 9 am & 11 am. San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sta. Margarita #113 in Riberas del Pilar (on the SW corner of Santa Clara) For additional information call 766-1119 or email to  Â&#x2039;%{  {. We are a Welcoming Congregation

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#23##24y#3y442 CANADIAN CONSULATE President Howard Feldstein and Executive Director Terry Vidal met with Yvonne Chin, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara to discuss how we can work together in the future. Arriving in October 2010, Yvonne has been working on strengthening ties between the Consulate and the Canadian community in the Chapala/Ajijic area. Over the past few months, Yvonne has reached out to organizations representing groups of Canadians in the Chapala/Ajijic community, such as the Canadian Club, and the Wing 904, and LCS. LCS hopes to play a key role in facilitating two-way communication between Canadians in the area and the Consulate. Starting May 1st 2011, the Consulate will offer new hours of service for standard consular services, to bringing it in line with the other Canadian points of service in Mexico. Standard services will be offered from 10:00 -14:00 Monday to Friday, but any client requiring services outside these hours can do so by appointment (again via contact points below). Traditionally, a warden network is used to link to the community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; four wardens in four districts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the aim for the current year is to grow the warden network to include deputy wardens. The Consulate is currently looking for a new warden and deputy warden in the West Ajijic - Jocotepec district, and deputy wardens in the Central Ajijic, and Chapala districts. Any interested candidates should contact the Consulate directly (contact details below). Canadians in the community are encouraged to participate in the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) registry. LCS will be a contact point in the area to obtain paper forms for registration. The easiest option is on-line registration. Registration is critical in the event of unexpected consular emergencies - recent events in the Middle-East and Japan are examples of where ROCA has been called to action to aide Canadians in areas of crisis. For information on Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) and how to register go to the following links: (English) (French) LCS will provide paper forms which can be mailed/faxed to the Consulate. Online forms are found at: (supplementary family form) Canadian Consulate Contact Details: E-mail: Phone: (33) 3671-4740 ext. 3000

TRANSFER your old VHS to DVD A service offered in the Video Library ONLY 50 pesos each!

New Spanish Language Term  (/ ^x Sign up at LCS from 11:00 to 1:00 the week of April 18. Must be a member of LCS to participate. Members can go to the following webpage for further information: act_06_spanish.php

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APRIL ACTIVITIES LIBRARIES Book & Video* M-SAT 10-2 Talking Book TH 10-1 2&y()Â&#x2C6;2()4y#~!(#2 Blood Pressure M+F 10-12 Cruz Roja Sales Table M â&#x20AC;&#x201C;F 9:45-1:15 Cruz Roja Monthly Meeting 1st W 1:30-4 Hearing Aids M & 2nd + 4th SAT 11-3:00 Sign-up IMSS M+T 10-1 NYLife/Seguros Monterrey Insurance T+TH 11-2 Optometrist TH 9-5:30 Sign-up Skin Cancer 2nd + 4th W 10-12 Sign â&#x20AC;&#x201C;up y#%!(4y# Becerra Immigration F 10-1 Information Desk M-SAT 10-2 Loridan Legal T 10-12 Los NiĂąoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s de Chapala /Ajijic F 10:00-1:30 US Consulate 1st W 10:30-12:30 Sign up 10 AM LESSONS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art SAT 9:00-12 Country Line Dancing* T+TH 10-11:30,Show LCS card Exercise* M+W+F 9-10 Have Hammers T 10-12+TH 3-5 Intermediate Hatha Yoga* T+TH+SAT 2 - 3:30 Spanish Conversation Club* M 10-12, No Registration Yoga Basics* M 10-11 ends 18 April SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AA Lakeside M+TH 4-6 AA Women TH 10:30-12 AL-Anon/Al-aTeen M 4:30-5:30 Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camera* W 12-1 Bridge for Fun* T 1:30-4:30 Computer Windows Club* F 10:30-11:45 Digital Camera Club* W 10:30-12 Dimitarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Thru Ages TH 7 April 12-2 Discussion Group* W 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness M 10:30-12 Â&#x2122;{ Q   Â&#x201D; ÂĄ Â&#x2021;ÂĄ  ¢ Â&#x201D;|Â&#x2021;Â&#x152;Â&#x2018;' +  +  

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))2(!#y#62y#(! 4"  #   April 5 - The presentation (via a TED internet podcast) is by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asking Big Questions of the Universeâ&#x20AC;?. Hawking asks â&#x20AC;&#x153;How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone?â&#x20AC;? -- and discusses how we might go about answering such questions. The moderator of the seminar will be Fred Harland, discussion follows the presentation. (/ Z^qChaired by Bill Frayer the presenation features (via a TED internet podcast): George Whitesides, a chemistry professor at Harvard University and a pioneer in microfabrication and nanoscale self-assembly. Now, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabbing a diagnostic lab on a chip. In this funny, philosophical lecture, Whitesides explores the concept of simplicity and its role in science.

LONG RANGE PLAN 2011-21 & STRATEGIC GOALS 2011-13 Long Range Plan (LRP) (10 years) Strategic Goal (SG) (3 years) *!6!((#&2!5y2 LRP - To be a leading provider of opportunities for members to interact with the Lakeside Community. SG - To improve Library Services. SG - To improve scope, quality and cross cultural participation in new and current programs and services. Â&#x2DC;! |  " %    

assisting members in their understanding of the Mexican community and culture. SG - To increase members' knowledge of Mexican culture. LRP - To assist expatriates in their understanding of the Mexican community and culture. SG - To increase expatriates' knowledge of Mexican culture. SG - To increase expatriate awareness about Mexican laws. LRP - To improve programs and services integrating LCS and the Mexican community. SG - To review current programs and services offered to Mexican Community. SG - To promote mutual exchange of knowledge, expertise and talents with the Mexican Community. (#(622#4 Â&#x2DC;! |  {>{    | making structure. SG - To establish a revised Governance Structure. SG - To establish a revised Operational Structure. LRP - To implement effective Resource Management Plans SG - To establish a Human Resource Plan. SG - To establish a Material & Physical Resource Plan. SG - To establish a comprehensive Technology Plan. LRP - To ensure that decisions are guided by long-term and strategic goals.

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resources. SG - To encourage donations to the Foundation of Lake Chapala Charities, A.C. SG - To acquire funds for the physical improvements of LCS grounds and buildings. SG - To implement a Fund Development Plan.

SG - To consistently implement a comprehensive planning process. LRP - To improve management of operations. SG - To update Manual of Policy and

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GREEN TRANSITIONS IN ACTION PRESENTS: 424!~2*32!%3(42! - MASARU EMOTOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Now that the snow birds are leaving lakeside, we are losing some LATEST RESEARCH EXPLORES WATERS UNIQUE HEALING ABILITIES, ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S INTRICATE RELATIONSHIP TO MUSIC AND THE WAYS IN WHICH WE INFLUENCE WATER ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS. THE TALK IS IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION #&(Â&#x20AC;'(*!y)ZZ'ZZ?Â&#x192;\y#42()( y#6)2yÂ&#x201A;](46!~* Â&#x2122;    {     % +  <`    { 

one of our members: " '(/  Â&#x192; - members are invited to join us at Marilyn McDivittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centrally located Villa on the Nueva Posadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Villa grounds across from the hotel which gives all participants plenty of choices for dinner afterwards. Meet between 3:006:00 for drinks and botanas. There will be a 20 peso charge for non-LCS members. " '(/ ZM - we invite members to play games with us when we get -together at Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mamas place in San Antonio for ping pong, pool, darts and music by Daniel Cordero. Check out the LCS bulletin board in April for further details on April activities or contact Patricia Doran at 766 0794.

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ASSIST JAPAN The Red Cross is appealing for money through the Bancomer account#: 040 40 40 40 6. The Mexican Red Cross is the only institution authorized by the Embassy of Japan to manage aid for the earthquake and tsunami stricken areas. NO FOOD OR SUPPLIES are being solicted due to transportation costs.

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