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7 CULTURE Rob Mohr cites Gandhi’s quote that “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive,” and thinks these words are especially important given the current political situation in the United States.
10 BOOK REVIEW /RLV6FKURႇUHYLHZVProof of Heaven, which carries the sub-title of A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.
22 PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Margaret Ann Porter remembers the night she was undergoing surgery in a hospital, and how her anxiety was soothed by a Mexican mother’s voice coming from the next room.
32 LAKESIDE-STYLE HUMOR Tom Nussbaum writes about a fairly common local situation in which one thinks that either he or the person he is speaking with (or both) are having a major “senior moment.”
42 BIBLICAL HISTORY Dr. Lorin Swinehart writes about the ³PLUDFXORXV´ SODJXHV WKDW DႉLFWHG Egypt after the Jews were not permitted to leave the country—and for those dubious of such miracles, he cites Walt Whitman’s classic poem Miracles, which has the line, “Why, I know of nothing but miracles!”
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Liberal Or Conservative?
n the e 16 6 p peeree err reviewed t if ific ic scientific mastudies summare rized below, reund un nd searchers found and that liberals and conservatives have different brain structures, different physiological responses to stimuli, and activate different neural mechanisms when confronted with similar situations. The following results were published in the magazine ProCon. org) 1. Conservatives spend more time looking at unpleasant images, and liberals spend more time looking at pleasant images. 2. Conservatives react more strongly than liberals to disgusting images, such as a picture of someone eating worms. 3. Liberals have more tolerance to uncertainty and conservatives have more sensitivity to fear. 4. Conservatives have stronger motivations than liberals to preserve purity and cleanliness. 5. Liberals follow the direction of eye movements better than conservatives. 6. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to interpret faces as threatening and expressing dominant emotions, while Democrats show greater emotional distress and lower life satisfaction. 7. Conservatives and liberals react similarly to positive incentives, but conservatives have greater sensitivity to negative stimuli. 8. Conservatives have more activity in their prefrontal cortices, the part of the brain that activates complex social evaluations. 9. Conservatism is focused on preventing negative outcomes, while liberalism is focused on advancing positive outcomes.
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10. Genetics influence political attitudes during early adulthood and beyond. 11. Compared to liberals, conservatives are less open to new experiences and learn better from negative stimuli than positive stimuli. 12. Conservatives tend to have a stronger reaction to threatening noises and images than liberals. 13. Liberals are more open-minded and creative whereas conservatives are more orderly and better organized. 14. When faced with a conflict, liberals are more likely than conservatives to alter their habitual response when clues indicate it is necessary. 15. Conservatives sleep more soundly and have more mundane dreams, while liberals sleep more restlessly and have a more bizarre, active dream life. Conservative men sleep a bit longer, with better quality sleep; they recall the fewest dreams, but have the most lucid awareness. Liberal women have the worst quality sleep, recall the greatest number and variety of dreams, and have the most dream references to homosexuality. Any surprises? If you found yourself “visiting” both camps, don’t think that is so unusual. Of the ten people the Ojo tested, nine of them (including Alejandro myself ) had the Grattansame experience! Dominguez
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o culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” —Mahatma Gandhi The absence of truth and reason, coupled with division, fear and hate, are the elements of the sand-filled foundation Trump is constructing to support his “New America.” A soulless America at the service of corporations, financial institutions, and insurance agencies --- one committed to White Supremacy, a unified culture, the destruction of all progressive thought and action, along with all hope for true equality of means, rights, and access to health care, education, or opportunity. In contrast, several years ago, Jimmy Carter, reflected on the real America he saw ---”We have become a beautiful Mosaic --- a different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” This is the real pluralistic, progressive America Trump is now whitewashing with his broad brush of lies. Would that he might listen to Rumi and “Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.” Essential is the honest application of our Constitution and laws, coupled with new progressive leadership that would hold to Michelle Obama’s understanding, “We must speak the specific truth that will enable those who need to hear it.” The old Democrat and Progressive leaders at all levels of government who for too long have governed by deception and self-interest must step aside so that the new voic-
es of truth may be heard. And we parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who live here at Lakeside must share these truths in ways we understand with our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends of a lifetime. Therein lies hope, truth, and the future of humanity. Rob Mohr
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ind some music with a good beat here at Lakeside, you can almost always see 87-year-old Paul Katz, affectionately referred to as “Mr. Bojangles.” While he may not be able to “jump high and click his heels,” his rhythm and smile make it unmistakable that he enjoys mixing it up with women less than half his age. Sporting his customary dapper fedora and red suspenders, anywhere there is music he will dance, especially to his favorite—rock and roll from the ‘60’s. The fames painter Javier Zaragoza has even memorialized Paul’s penchant for rhythm on a mural on the corner of Ocampo and Pedro Moreno in Ajijic. He is the only gringo in a sea of Mexican dancers. Paul was born on March 29, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, the second child and only son of Max and Ella Katz’s, also native Brooklynites. Along with his older sister, he helped his father in the family’s clothing store. Just after high school, he was drafted into the Brooklyn Dodger’s farm team in Montreal, where by all accounts he had a mean screwball, especially for a left-handed pitcher. “But,” he laments, “I was drafted again in 1950. This time by the U.S. Army for the Korean War. “ Although a war injury ended a promising baseball career, he looks back at his service years as among his most exciting times, where he drove tanks and once mistakenly crossed into enemy territory in an Army Jeep. “We barely escaped capture by abandoning our Jeep and crawling on our bellies for over a mile, back into the DMZ.” After Korea, he attended City College of New York, but did not finish. “I quit after three years, just a few credits short of a degree in accounting. I decided that I wanted to make money, not just count it.” So, he returned to retail clothing, first as a clerk, then a manager, and then a buyer. Finally, in 1955, he opened his own clothing store, Paul’s
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109, in New York. The clothing line was “over the top, wild, and appealed to actors and entertainers.” It was not without its tough times, and Paul often had to survive on his wits. He told of once taking two women out to dinner and discovering that he didn’t have enough money. He quickly excused himself, ran to a neighborhood bar about a quarter mile away and hustled a round of pool. His prowess was well-known, and few would bet against him. He bet the last of his money, $10, on himself. But Paul lost. Yet he managed to make a killing. Surreptitiously, he had earlier slipped a friend $50 to bet against him at 3 to 1 odds. He quickly returned to the restaurant, paid for the meals, and was amply rewarded by the two ladies later that night. In just ten years, Paul’s 109 had expanded to 55 stores throughout the state of New York. But he grew too quickly, and eventually, the overhead and logistics of so many stores forced him to declare bankruptcy. “It was one of my saddest moments, seeing what I had built up over the past years all torn away from me. All that work, down the drain.” But Paul didn’t quit. He and his wife, Debra, a former New York model, moved to Mexico, finally settling in Sayula. “Originally, I moved to Mexico because like most, I wanted to get out of the rat race that is New York. But I couldn’t ignore my entrepreneurial spirit. I had to do something or just wilt away.” So, he re-opened Paul’s 109 and eventually established over 20 stores throughout the country. Paul adopted Debra’s two children, Sindee, who now lives in Florida and Michael, who lives in New York. “Like many American families, we don’t see each other much. As the years go by, I suppose that we all become more irrelevant to each other, but we do stay in touch,” he muses. In 2010, Debra, his wife of 34 years died of a heart attack. “Although I was married briefly
before, Debra was the love of my life. She was taken from me so unexpectedly and suddenly. I still deeply miss her today.” His eyes still well when he speaks of her. And his loneliness is apparent even when he is trying hard at having a good time. Paul moved to Ajijic in 2010, leaving behind the constant reminder of Debra. Here, in Ajijic he loves “the people and the weather,” although he often recounts the time he stepped into a limo with a beautiful woman, was taken to Guadalajara, and “shaken down” for all the money he had. “Fortunately, it was less than three thousand pesos.” He currently works as a booking agent for Jazz bands in the Guadalajara area, trying to generate opportunities for new talent. His dancing is an obvious outlet and for his ongoing loneliness, but it also inspires others to move on and embrace and enjoy the present. His infectious smile and tireless presence on the dance floor
shames those much younger to hit the floor and just have fun— Another lonely person, trying to be happy— and doing better at it than most. When asked about his current interests, he adds, “Women and sex are on the top of my list. I am actually going to see a doctor about lowering my sex drive”. But then he laughs, “Yeah, right now it’s all in my mind.” I’m not so sure he was serious... Tom Eck
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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeonâ€™s Journey into the Afterlife (EHQ$OH[DQGHU0'6LPRQ 6FKXVWHU SDJHV 5HYLHZHGE\/RLV6FKURá‚‡
ho am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? --questions humanity as a whole share, are addressed in this deeply thoughtful book by a highly trained surgeon who had a profound near-death experience (NDE) while in a seven-day coma. In this and his second book published in 2014, The Map of Heaven: How Science and Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife, Dr. Alexander relates the sudden onslaught of severe bacterial (ecoli) meningitis, and his consequent discoveries about consciousness independent of body and brain. Both books contain a single clear messageâ€”that human consciousness holds the key to the doors of percep-
tion and understanding. Therefore he takes the reader with him through his personal NDE. First, it resulted in completely erasing, for a brief time,
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his â€œhealthy sense of scientific selfpreservation.â€?Â His central message, that human consciousness is the most important essence and expression of beingâ€”both individual and cosmicâ€” reveals itself as well to be the most precise and indispensable tool for any scientific investigation. In Dr. Alexanderâ€™s second book, in the chapter â€œThe Enigma of Consciousness,â€? he gives a very convincing account of his experience as being â€œmore real than the rest of physical existence,â€? he states: â€œI was actually â€œdoing science.â€? Science that relied on the truest and mostÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â sophisticated tool for scientific research that we possess:Â consciousness itself. The further I dug, the more convinced I became that my discovery wasnâ€™t just interesting or dramatic--It was scientificâ€ŚBut what made my experience unusual was the jolting immediacy with which I experienced the basic role of Consciousness, or spirit.â€? The authorâ€™s profession made him very familiar with the working of our brains. However, he states, that in the course of working to keep us alive on planet earth, our brains can encourage us to think materialistically by blocking our knowledge not only of the spiritual world but of our deep unity with it. â€œDuring my coma, my cortex was
damaged and essentially erased. As a result, that higher world which I ordinarily kept repressed flooded into my awareness with a clarity and brilliance that blew me away.â€? The directness and sincerity of his message challenges the reader to think beyond what can be mathematically calculated and verified according to accepted scientific models. He explains that this was, for him, a death and resurrection, or a second birth to the great and â€?more real than realâ€? reality. Dr. Alexanderâ€™s experience can be compared to the central themes of many fairy tales that reflect a long and challenging path of transformation of the enchanted character by means of which the magic spell is broken and freedom is regained. Mirroring human life, this process involves struggle, often of selfsacrifice. The old must die for the new life to enter. To hear Dr. Alexander speak in detail of his experiences, go to www. Lois Schroff youtube.com/ watch?v=gbkgj5J91hE.
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San Juan P.R., USA Travel to San Juan by sea at least once because no other view can compare. Here in the same time zone as Nova Scotia and Bermuda the sun rises early and as dawn breaks the islandâ€™s highest peaks rise out of a lush emerald carpet and thrust through the layer of clouds. The whole thing seems to float on the ocean like a mirage, &DVWLOORGHO0RUUR6DQ-XDQ3XHUWR5LFR slowly filling the horizon as it draws nearer. The ship almost completely circles the city before docking in the harbor on the inside of the peninsula.
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&DVWLOORGHO0RUUR6DQ-XDQ3XHUWR5LFR The course delivers a 360 degree view of the cityâ€™s signature trio of castles â€“ Castillo San d CristĂłbal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and FortĂn San Juan de la Cruz (â€œEl CaĂąueloâ€?) â€“ which anchor the cityâ€™s shoreline. The Spaniards began building the castles in 1539, less than 50 years after Columbus claimed the island for them on his second voyage. They left only after the Spanish-American war evicted them from the hemisphere over 400 years later. San Juan was so heavily fortified for good reason. Its great harbor sat astride the entrance to the Caribbean and it was the last stop made by the Spanish Kingâ€™s treasure ships before the Atlantic crossing. It was justifiably known as the â€œGibraltar of the Caribbeanâ€?. Thereâ€™s more castle to see here for any but the most ardent military buff. Castillo del Morro won out as my one-castle only pick and I wasnâ€™t disappointed. Thereâ€™s a 20th century scale to this serpentine conglomeration of gun emplacement and turret and overlooks. Think â€œMaginot Line.â€? The walls look thick enough to resist an atomic blast.
When not bunking on a cruise ship I stay at the Hotel El Convento. Itâ€™s centrally located in Old San Juan, most of which is within walking distance and some of which goes up and down the hill on which the city sits. El Convento occupies a building inaugurated as a Carmelite convent in 1651 and sits directly across from the Western Hemisphereâ€™s oldest cathedral. Coffee in its cloistered courtyard is a great way to start every day. The architecture of the shops and homes of Old San Juan are very reminiscent of Spanish New Orleans. Hotel El Convento, San -XDQ3XHUWR5LFR It has a different feeling here, with landscape views of sea and coast and fresh ocean breezes only blocks away from just about any spot . Side streets narrow until thereâ€™s no way to travel them except on foot. Plenty of street scene photos await here. Thereâ€™s no lack of good restaurants in the old city, but my favorite for authentic Puerto Rican food is a short cab ride to the Condado district. The dining room of Restaurante Ajili-MojiliÂ feels like the verandah of a tropical plantation house. Nothing on the menu has ever disappointed, but I enjoy and heartily recommend the asopaos â€“ a bisque with rice and chicken, shrimp, seafood, or lobster â€“ almost as much as the mofongos. A Puerto Rican original, the mofongo is fried dough made of mashed green plantains, garlic and pork rinds and stuffed with shrimp, seafood, lobster, veal, chicken or beef. Youâ€™ll need to walk this meal 2OG6DQ-XDQ3XHUWR5LFR off, and thereâ€™s no better place than the Condado neighborhood, which affords an opportunity to see some great deco architecture in a tropical setting that evokes Miami Beach, but is a lot more intimate. Puerto Rico is home to the distillers of more than a dozen national brands of rum among which the most well-known is Bacardi. Iâ€™ve seen enough rum distilleries elsewhere to pass on a tour here, but if you havenâ€™t yet had the pleasure this is a good place to seek one out. From San Juan the plan is to make a day trip to the El Yunque National Forest, which bills itself as â€œthe only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest systemâ€?. Watch for it in my next Americana post! &RQGDGR6DQ-XDQ3XHUWR5LFR
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here is no question that defense is the hardest part of bridge but quite often using a little logic and exchanging information with partner can pay huge dividends. The West player in this month’s deal would have fared much better if he had used basic defensive signals and some imagination to defeat a shaky contract instead of letting it make with an overtrick. South opened the bidding one spade in third seat and West overcalled two diamonds. North bid two spades and that closed the auction. West led the club ace and when the dummy came down he could see that the club queen was favorably placed for declarer and East confirmed this by playing the two which in standard attitude signals says: “do not continue this suit”. (Had East held a doubleton club he would have played his higher card in an attempt to get West to continue the suit and hopefully ruff the third round). West did not appreciate the significance of his partner’s carding as he continued with the king and five of clubs creating a parking place for South’s losing heart card. At this point the contract could no longer be beaten. But West hadn’t finished with his generosity. After declarer won the club queen while pitching a low heart from his hand, he promptly drew trumps in two rounds and paused before making his next move. It appeared that West did not hold the top three diamonds as he would likely have tried to cash them right away when he could see three small in the dummy. It therefore seem highly likely that East held a singleton diamond
honor. So armed with this analysis South played a small diamond from his hand on which West played his queen only to have that card swallowed by East’s singleton king. This ensured that declarer would lose only two diamonds instead of three and ended up with a very good board in duplicate scoring. West might have done some analysis of his own and realized that if his partner did not have the king or jack of diamonds then South would hold them and would have to lose them in subsequent plays of that suit. One scenario that likely occurred at some tables was for West to switch to a low heart at trick two. This would give declarer a major headache as it would be very tempting to hope that West held the king since he overcalled vulnerable at the two level. But as the cards lay East would win the heart king, cash the diamond king and return a club to West’s king. Now the ace and queen of diamonds would ensure the first six tricks belonged to the defense for a quick one down. Even if declarer spurns the heart finesse at trick two the defense can still prevail if they keep the lines of communication open. Suppose South takes the heart ace, draws trumps and leads a club towards the dummy, West can win, play a heart to East’s king who now cashes the diamond king and exits with a heart which South can ruff but still must lose two more diamonds for one down Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ gmail.com Ken Masson
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UUNCOMMON NCOM MM MON CCOMMON OM MM MON SSENSE ENSE %\%LOO)UD\HU ELOOIUD\HU#JPDLOFRP Postman Was Right: Huxley Had it Right
eil Postman was a professor of Education and Media Studies at NYU where he worked for forty years until his death in 2003. He was a humanist who believed that technology could never replace human judgment and interaction. He was the author of seventeen books; my particular favorite was his 1985 book about the impact of television Amusing Ourselves to Death. In this book he documents how our society was in the midst of being transformed from one where people learned about important issues from reading to one where they are exposed to issues through television. The net effect, according to Postman, was that, because TV was primarily designed for entertainment, the coverage of serious issues is, necessarily, more superficial. Perhaps the two most notable dystopian novels of the 20th Century were George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Although we may have feared the autocratic society portrayed in 1984, Postman thought we actually find ourselves in a situation closer to Brave New World. He wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.” Since Postman’s death, I think we have become even more like the society depicted in Huxley’s novel. We may not be controlled by an authoritarian government, but we are clearly in a somewhat muddled state. We are overwhelmed with 24/7 cable news, a social media environment which
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%LOO)UD\HU regularly propagates “fake news,” a president who gained his notoriety on reality TV and continues to tweet and behave as though he still is a reality TV star. Many people, even those without much financial stability, can meet their material needs with inexpensive Walmart imports, cheap junk food, Netflix, and a media environment which does not challenge us to think much. We don’t need Huxley’s soma, we’ve got our own distractions! Although Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death during the Reagan years, it may have more salience today. I doubt Postman would have been the least bit surprised by the election of Donald Trump. Postman’s son, Andrew recently wrote about his father’s prescience in The Guardian, asked this question: “Who can be appalled when the coin of the realm in public discourse is not experience, thoughtfulness or diplomacy, but the ability to amuse--no matter how maddening or revolting the amusement?” I think we should not be appalled that our TV amusement culture has resulted in our present situation. David Frum, in his recent Atlantic article, “How to Build an Autocracy,” warns that today’s threat to democratic rule does not come from Mussolini-style fascism, but from the type of capitalistic kleptocracy practiced by the likes of Putin in Russia and Viktor Orban in Hungary. In these societies, Frum notes, the media has been marginalized, rich oligarchs have been put in charge of government functions, and corporations are given free rein to operate without regulation. In other words, the society slips into autocracy when people are not looking. It’s easier when many “low-information” voters are participating in elections. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
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Tired, Just Tired .RFKHV %\.DWK\.RFKHV
ome days ayss I fi find nd d I a am m jju just usstt tired. I’m not m n ot ttalkallking about ut when whe wh en nI don’t get a good d night’s nig ight ht’s ht’s ’s sleep, or when I try try y to to do do too much in one da day. d ay. I’m talking about feelfeeelling overwhelmingly min nglyy tired. Most people oplle op le know me as the hee “FBBOH” (the freaakin’ blue bird of of happiness), always yss cheerful, chirpy, energetic. My kids call me “Mom Cheerleader.” But every now and then I just want to step down from that persona, and say “not today.” Sure, when I am sick, or taking care of a loved one, that takes extra energy. And yes, I do over schedule myself, take on too much and get over-extended. But what about days when I don’t even want to get out of my jammies? When I just want to sit and stare at the lake and think about nothing in particular?
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I th tthink hin of those of th hos os ttimes ti imes aas ““recharging recha h rg i ng g myy batteries. m batter ries ” just SSome ome days I jjus need the n eed to absorb th beauty b eauty of where I am and just jus “be.” The old cliché “Stop and smell the roses” comes to mind. Some days I just need to take a step back, smell those roses, appreciate my surroundings, and let it all go. And sometimes that is hard for me to do. I never really thought of myself as an “A” type personality, but apparently all of my family and friends do. When I told my sister, my daughter, and my friends about my recent medical scare, each and every one of them said to me, “Oh, this was a wake-up call, telling you that you need to slow down.” NO, that is NOT what this was! It had NOTHING at all to do with how much or how little I do – it was a virus, pure, plain and simple (ok, not so simple, but still just a virus.) But it got me thinking – is that really how everyone else sees me? And if so, is it true? Do I need to step back, regroup, reassess and perhaps, just perhaps, learn to say no once in awhile? That is something I am really going to have to think about. Meanwhile, I think the FBBOH has flown south for a vacation. And me? I’m going back to bed. Kathy Koches
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%\1LFROH6HUJHQW&OLQLF'LUHFWRU 3URJUDPD3UR1LÄ”RV,QFDSDFLWDGRV Jennifer C.
ennifer was born in April 2001, a healthy baby girl and grew up taking dancing lessons and enjoying many sports. In September 2015 she was diagnosed with Lupus with renal activity and a few months later with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She came to our Chapala Clinic in October 2015. She needed many tests to determine the right course of action for her. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the bodyâ€™s immune system attacks tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by Lupus can affect: joints, skin, kidney, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. There is no cure for Lupus, treatments can help control the symptoms. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body. It is chronic and characterized by periods of disease flares and remissions. The family has been helping at our events each year. We have reimbursed the family a total of 131,699 pesos for medication as all meds needed are quite expensive. Thank you once again for this
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opportunity to present a child. I invite you to join us at our monthly meeting at the Real de Chapala on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 to meet our child of the month. We see families at three locations: Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you be interested to attend a clinic please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5453) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (7664375). Please visit our website at: www.programaninos.com
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recently had surgery on my cervical spine to correct two instabilities in the 5th and 6th vertebrae that for years had caused neurological problems and pain in the neck, torso and arms. A series of accidents over the last 20 years were the culprits: A jet-ski accident on Lake Sakakawea; a bicycle accident on the road that runs beside the Chula Vista Country Club; a fall in a dimly lit restaurant in New Hampshire – I missed a step while distracted by the fussy grandbaby that I was holding. In each accident, I’d felt a discernible ‘crunch’ in my neck, but a broken leg, a busted head and dislocated shoulder had received the most ur-
gent care. The surgery that I had last month is the most-common surgical procedure for retired NFL players, which gave me pause – too many years of butting my head against hard surfaces had laid me low, too; perhaps it was time to reconsider the recklessness and come up with a better game plan. My mother was over six feet tall and when we were both in top shape, people said we resembled Amazons. But she had the grace of a dancer while I, her third daughter, had tried throughout my life to be the son she never had. A tomboy, I’ve been stitched up and pasted over with cast-making material more times that I can count. After each
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injury, my mother admonished me, “Margaret, you’re going to pay for all of this someday … your joints are already protesting and will soon go on strike.” She’s been gone 11 years, but after my diagnosis I finally admitted to her that she’d been right. I also inherited my mother’s imperious nature, which, like hers, shows up whenever I’m embarrassed or fearful and want to flee the scene. It’s rarely employed for a more useful purpose, such as an attempt to win verbal combat; I am the queen of perfecting a comeback eight hours after the opportunity to deliver it has passed; these go unused in my portfolio of cruel things I could say someday if called upon. But there I was, spitting nails all the way to the hospital, suddenly suspicious of all three “expert” medical opinions that I’d received about the need for surgery, recalling that I’d cancelled the impending ordeal twice already with complete tolerance and understanding from the surgeon. My husband reassured me that it was the right thing to do, which I found highly irritating. Nevertheless, I faced my fate, one of anesthesia and scalpels and IV drips and a catheter – and a wailing baby in the next room. The Guadalajara hospital was modern and clean,
but the walls were thin. A baby with a life-threatening virus had checked in a few days before and in my waking moments after surgery, I could hear him screaming out his complaint that, damn it all, here he’d just arrived on earth and things weren’t going so well. I felt for him even as I begged him to shut up. Finally, at midnight on surgery +1, not able to move, my neck feeling like a prison shank had been left inside, Baby hollering, and I was about to cry out for my mother when, suddenly, I heard a woman’s voice in his room. It was purposeful and strong, as if it were coming from someone well-rested who’d just arrived. It cut through the thick, cold hospital air like a warm quilt unfolding above me. Baby immediately stop crying as the woman cooed something to him. I heard the little guy giggle, whimper and then babble loud baby complaints at her. It was Baby’s mother, I was certain. After a bit, she started singing a lullaby, her voice clear and tender. The melody came through the wall and kissed my ears and it was the most soothing medicine I’d had since right before they reduced the morphine drip. I was transported into her arms; she became my Mother, too, and Baby and I slept through the night. And the next. On check-out day, I was waiting for my husband outside of my room when the door to Baby’s room opened and he bobbled out into the hall with uncertain, plodding steps. A handsome man was behind him carrying the stillattached IV bag, followed by a beautiful woman who was urging caution. I was going to say something to her, to try and explain my gratitude about her singing and how she’d helped me so much. But I had such a big lump in my throat that I could only smile. Mother smiled Margaret Ann back. Porter
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ike many of us senior humans who may be dealing with arthritis, our pets may also have the same situation. Both cats and dogs can experience arthritis. The time to t t thinking thi ki about b t managing i this thi start medical condition is before the pet is a senior. Similar to humans, pet arthritis is a progressive degenerative disease that causes stiffness, pain and discomfort in muscles and joints. You can greatly reduce the risk of arthritis by keeping your animal active and watching its weight. Arthritis is more prevalent in obese animals due to the added stress on their muscles and joints. Injuries, accidents and wear and tear on muscles and joints and certain disease or infections can also contribute to arthritis, especially hip dysplasia. Although arthritis is more common in older pets, trauma to an animal of any age may create an arthritic condition. Some signs of pet arthritis may be: limping, decreased activity, excessive sleeping, fever, lameness, muscle loss, decreased ability or desire to jump up on things done previously, or going up and down stairs. If you observe any changes in your pet’s behavior such as those described above, it would be advisable to have your Vet check your pet. If your cat or dog is diagnosed with arthritis, you and your Vet will discuss the different remedies and treatments and decide what is best for your pet. Possible remedies include medications, alone or in combination with holistic herbal supplements. There are some simple things you can do to help with your pet’s discomfort. If possible, avoid stairs or jumping up – or assist your pet with this task. Make sure your pet’s sleeping area is cushioned with easy access to reduce the strain on muscles and joints. When you take your dog on a walk, make it a short, ‘gentle’ walk rather than a long vigorous walk. Possibly a change in diet may reduce the discomfort. Certain fats, sugars, milk products and foods in the night shade fam-
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ily [potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant] may worsen arthritic symptoms. Dark colored vegetables and fruits are full of phytonutrients and vitamins which may help. If you have a medium / large sized dog, you might consider placing their food and water bowls on a short table/stand so there is less strain on their spine, legs and neck when they are drinking or eating. Watch your pet’s weight, keep your pet warm and dry in inclement weather, and be sure he always has a comfortable retreat. A quick reminder of common pet toxicities: (a) obviously any kind of poison used to kill rodents, etc. (b) Grapes and raisins – although yummy, they have the potential of creating kidney damage / failure, (c) anti-freeze leaking from a car, licked off the ground, (d) chocolate – it can cause heart disturbances and seizures, (e) onions – may cause digestive problems as well as damage blood cells, (f ) Xylitol [ artifical sweetner ] - an ingredient found in many candies and gum – can cause irreversible liver damage, (g) cleaning products – when used in excess and with inadequate ventilation can cause respiratory distress, (h) Tylenol / Acetaminophen - very toxic to pets, especially cats – causing blood disorders and even death, (i) plants: bulb type plants, kalanchoe, oleander, dieffenbachia, rhododendrons, azaleas and sago palms. If your pet is showing signs of illness and you suspect they have eaten any of these substances, see your Vet immediately. Anita’s Animals has been a rescue shelter for abused, unwanted and abandoned kittens/cats and puppies/dogs for over twenty years. She thanks the community for their support! www.anitasanimal.com - PayPal available.
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he’s all hot air,” they say. “It’s a circus,” comes the reply. “Hot air head to foot, front to back, top to bottom, side to side. She’s just hot air and that’s for sure,” they say. She knows, and she still goes on. What else can she do? The show must go on, as they say in the biz, “the show must always go on anyway.” So, all gussied up in her spangled, multicolored leotard, she toe steps into the center ring to thunderous applause. The hot spotlight follows her every move. Light footed, she approaches the ladder to the sky. Her leotard sparkles as she ascends the ladder skyward, hand over hand, foot after foot, up, up, up, and up even more. Finally she reaches the tiny square foot platform. From below, she appears floating in mid-air. Once there, she grasps a balance bar and steps out on the spiderweb thin wire, the wire barely visible to the crowd so far below. Heads craned back, jaws agape. Midway across the wire she stops. The crowd stops breathing. Now? they wonder, is it now? Certainly soon. She lets go the balance bar. It floats down slowly dipping one end toward the ground. It lands on the ground with a thwack! It bounces a few times finally rattling to rest. She stands still, balanced on the fine wire, no balance
bar, no net. She takes a two step leap leading to a flip and a cartwheel. As deeply thrilling as these feats were, the crowd looks skyward, waiting, wanting more. Settling down to a stand-still, she stands poised, hands at her sides. She is waiting. From below, it seems she stands there forever. The crowd sends a few nervous coughs. The Ring Master cries into his microphone: “No net! No net!” No net is needed for her final feat. She takes a deep breath, then another, and many more still. Her metamorphosis takes place. Finally she is filled. Her own hot air balloons her entire body, as though she were, finally, a human balloon. She has expanded to thrice her normal size and more. She waits. Finally, with the audience now gasping for their own breath, she steps off the wire and opens her mouth. A balloon she jet propels and screams wildly about the circus tent. Around and around she jets, sputters and streaks. Finally she exits the big top through the main entrance skidding to a stop on the midway sawdust. The audience screams in appreciation and the finality of relief from the tension. The lion roars in his cage. The Ring Master steps into the spotlight. “Laaaadiieees and Gennnntlemennn!” he announces at the top of his lungs. He removes his top hat to mop perspiration from his brow. “Now, for a one of a kind event. This afternoon, for his final act in the Big Tent, you shall witness a Lion Tamer perform a unique feat that will Truly Thrill and Amaze!” On cue, the lion roars ferociously. Saliva runs from his jaws as the elderly Lion Tamer opens the gate and steps into the cage. No chair. No pistol, No whip. The crowd roars . . . Jeremy Monroe
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eâ€™ve all seen the 2002 movie version of Chicago which won the Best Picture Award that year, and maybe a few of us have seen the musical on the stage. This show was a welcome reminder of how good it can be, with excellent direction and a talented and energetic cast. Set in Prohibitionera Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the â€œcelebrity criminal.â€? The show is introduced by â€˜Master of Ceremoniesâ€? Cortlandt Jones who provides a smooth and effective link between scenes, and incidentally plays a fake piano rather well. We soon meet the principal characters (and accused murderesses) â€œRoxie Hartâ€? and â€œVelma Kellyâ€? played by Kristine Moily and Alexis Hoff. I remember seeing Kristine Moily in 2008/9 in a couple of Agatha Christie murder mysteries, so I already knew her to be a talented actor â€“ here she also displayed terrific skills as a singer and dancer. Alexis Hoff (with her milliondollar legs) was well cast as Velma the cabaret performer, now a temporary jailbird. The other star of the show was Patrick DuMouchel, who gave a stunning performance as ace lawyer â€œBilly Flynn.â€?
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I should also mention strong supporting roles by Rob Stupple as the hapless husband â€œAmos Hart,â€? and by Patteye Simpson as prison warden â€œMama Morton.â€? I particularly enjoyed Amosâ€™ sad little song Mr Cellophane, and the comic sob-sister routine by Peggy Lord Chilton as reporter â€œMary Sunshine.â€? Patteye Simpson enjoyed herself and displayed a powerful voice in When Youâ€™re Good To Mama, and she and Alexis Hoff sang well together in a classic number Class. It was a big cast and all performed professionally. Thanks to Chet Beeswanger, Russell Mack, Peter Luciano, Flemming Halby, Sharon Lowry, Jeff Kingsbury, Heather Hunter, Graham Miller, Catherine Gonzales and Jutta McAdam. The dance routines were well choreographed and energetically performed by Val Jones, Heather Hunter, Dâ€™Le Beatty-Tobias, Monica Freyslinger, Allyson DeJong, Joanne Stuart and Pamela Johnson. I enjoyed all the numbers â€“ particularly the ventriloquist doll song Both Reached For The Gun, brilliantly performed by Roxie and Billy. Of course the show had to open with All That Jazz, and it was fast-paced entertainment from then on. Putting on this musical was a tremendous undertaking, with as many backstage workers as onstage performers. I congratulate all the Set Construction crew and the slick Set Design by Holly Haas and Michael McGrath. Wardrobe Mistress Johanna Clark had to provide 100 costumes, and the dressers had to cope with as many as 150 costume changes. There were 65 sound cues and more than 70 lighting cues. The Producer was Michael McGrath, Stage Manager was Sandy Topazio, and her Assistant was Jeff Kingsbury. Overall, a terrific show and a wonderful swansong for Barbara Clippinger as Director at LLT. She is stepping down after 20 years â€“ we wish her well, and all that jazz! Michael Warren
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met John Orviss as he was hiking up the mountain on the Tepalo Waterfall trail towards the Saddle, while I and a group of friends were resting on the rocks before heading back down to the village. Noticing the heavy pack he was carrying, I was curious to know what was in it. He heaved the pack off his back, happy to be free of the weight for a bit, and began to share his story: “It began because I went to Sunday school as a boy, where I learned Bible stories.” I was intrigued. “Six years ago, when I moved down to Ajijic as a snow-bird from Ontario, I began hiking the standard routes. One day, coming down the Slippery Slope, I met a myste-
rious Mexican woman, who appeared like a sort of religious apparition. She was covered from head to toe, like a nun, with only her face visible beneath her hat and head-scarf. She carried a walking stick. I was impressed by her aura of devotion, but I didn’t know to what? She spoke some English and she told me her name was Magdalena. “A year later I met her again on the mountain, ‘Oh, Senor!’” she said. ‘It’s very sad. Jesus has got a full-time job and he can’t carry water. Who will take care of the trees?’ Magdalena! Jesus! Questions popped into my mind: was this some Higher Entity that was giving me a message? Was I getting a hint of how I might be helpful? I asked her if she wanted help. “Oh, Senor! It would be wonderful if you could carry water.” This was Magdalena’s story: She and some others had decided it was important to plant trees on the mountain slopes, mostly set close to the well-frequented trails, but some more off the beaten track. She described where they were planted and in time I found more: three on the Saddle itself, about 1,000 feet above the village, and three more on the south edge of the Cornfield, and one on the Slippery Slope. That one is not doing too well. They had been planted carefully, some with cages around them to protect them from animals. There’s a white pine and a mango tree and others that
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I haven’t identified. Then there’s also a big sharp-needled pine, must be about twenty-five years old by now, that’s a success story and it can take care of itself. “At first I carried only a few liters, but as I built up stamina, I added more, and now I’m up to over 30 lbs: ten liters of water, plus a bag of carrots for my favorite little horse. Do you know, when she hears my hiking sticks, she whinnies from far off in the field and makes her way over to me for her treats. I love her like my own.” John opened his pack to reveal ten, neatly stacked plastic litre bottles of water and the bag of carrots. “I have another half liter for myself and the rest are for the trees.” How long have you been doing this, I asked? “For the last five years, I try to go three times a week.” What about Magdalena and Jesus? Had he seen them? “I’ve heard that Magdalena is still in the village, but I’ve never run into her again. I’ve never met Jesus.” Maybe I should sleuth them out, I thought to myself. I was eager to hear more and as John heaved on his pack heading up towards the Saddle, we agreed to meet again soon. Over coffee the next morning, he continued his story: “As a boy I developed a love of the mountains.” He chuckled: “I always wanted to get to the top of the hill. During my university years in Toronto where I was studying science, as soon as I was through with exams, I’d borrow a car and head for the mountains in Up-state New York, or Vermont, and particularly the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. At twenty-two I was in Jasper and I began serious mountaineering. I joined the Alpine Club of Canada and was a member for thirty years. I went on to climb major peaks in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.” Did you have any accidents I asked? “Yes. I was 24 years old and being young and stupid, didn’t know enough about safety precautions. I ascended really quickly up Grossglockner, 12,461 feet to the peak, the highest moun-
tain in the Austrian Alps, having come from sea level. While on the mountain, I developed a colossal headache and learned later that I had suffered from hypobaropathy (acute mountain sickness, or altitude bends) and I could have died. Another time, while free climbing in the Canadian Shield in Ontario, I wasn’t roped and I slipped and fell 25 feet from a 100 foot wall. I landed on broken rock, was badly winded, damaged a lung and coughed up blood. Fortunately there was someone to help me. “I’m 75 years old now and a cancer survivor, twice over.” Looking at this tall healthy man with perfect posture, a full head of hair and bright blue eyes, I had a hard time believing him. “A year ago, I had a stroke on the table when they were operating for colon cancer and I was supposed to have died. I guess I have many lives, like a cat. I’ve given up mountaineering and rock climbing, but I still love hiking in the mountains behind Ajijic, sticking to the inclines.” What happens to your seven trees when you go back to Canada? “I worry about them, and also my little horse” he added emotionally. “I just hope they’ll do alright until the rainy season and meanwhile, maybe some other kindly soul will carry up the water. So far they seem to be doing well and I’ve watched them grow through the years.” Author’s Note: My hope is that people reading this story will develop an interest in and respect for the ancient trails in the mountains around Lakeside. I’m happy to see that the travelled paths are being kept up, the rocks cleared and even that there’s less garbage lying about. I forgot to say that I fill my pack with garbage after I’ve watered the trees. If you’re planning on hiking, watch for Magdalena and Jesus’ trees. You may even have room in your pack for a few extra liters of water and will feel like picking up some garbage to keep our mountains beautiful.
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g he comforting aroma of freshly-brewed coffee e wafted around my face as the server laid the cup in front of me. As I began to o stir its steamy heat into an n upward spiral, I gazed overr the dancing vapor and noticed ed a man coming toward me from om across the Lakeside coffee house. o ouse. He was smiling. Is he looking at me? Where do d I know him from? I thought. He does lookk familf l iar. I took the spoon out of my coffee cup and placed it on the saucer edge. It fell off. “How are you?” the man greeted me as he reached my table. “I haven’t seen you in a long time.” “It has been a while,” I said as I studied his face. It appeared to have had a bit too much sun. His nose was sunburned, his lips dry. Is he one of Dave’s friends? Is he a friend of Dorothy? I won-
de dered. Where did I meet him? Or have I actually met him? Maybe I’ve just seen him around town. The server returned and placed a warmed blueberry muffin in front of me. The man looked at it with curiosity. “What do you call that?” he asked as he sat down in the chair across from me without asking permission. An odd question, I thought. It’s obvious what it is. I waited a beat. OK, I mused with mischievous delight, ask a
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silly question, get a…“I call it Phyllis,” I answered with sass. “That’s funny,” he said with a laugh. It was a distinctive cackle. I should remember that sound, I thought. Who is this guy? I corrected my irreverent answer. “Actually, it’s a blueberry muffin.” “Oh,” he replied, “I thought it was something the Mexicans make. You know, those Mexicans sure do bake good. I had one of them triangle cookies with the white, brown, and pink sections. It was real good and I like how they keep the colors separate, not mixing them together.” He stopped and fanned the nape of his sunburned, reddened neck with his right hand, forcing his elbow to jut out like a wing. “I do think pink is sort of a gay color for a cookie, though. So, what have you been up to?” “Not much. And you?” “Same old, same old,” he answered. “Have you done any traveling since Peggy’s party?” Peggy? Who’s Peggy? I thought. Traveling? What does he know about my travels? “No, not really. I did go to Costco about a month ago. What about you?” “Well, Sally and I just got back from Texas. We finally sold our home in Waco.”
Waco? I repeated to myself. I don’t know anyone from Waco. Have I met a Sally from Waco? “We were a little disappointed though. We got the asking price, but we had to sell it to some Mexicans. Nice people, I suppose. He’s a professor at Baylor and she’s a middle school principal. But they are Mexicans.” The stranger paused and looked downcast. “Sally and I never dreamed we’d have Mexicans living in our house. I felt my teeth making a fist. I had to figure out who this guy was and why I knew someone like him. “What is your last name again?” “Crabtree. Bobby. Bobby Crabtree.” “And I’m Brian Osgood, in case you’ve forgotten my name,” I said as a courtesy, since he seemed to know me. The man’s head snapped back a bit. His face morphed into a wavy question mark. “You’re not Wally from Dubuque?” “No.” “Oh, I’m sorry,” he apologized. “I thought you were someone else. “ The man then stood, and for the first time I noticed he had a red trucker cap fastened through a belt loop on his jeans. It rested on his hip, its dome bloated like a heart full of hot air. “My mistake,” he said. “I thought you were the guy I met at Peggy’s who had worked on the Trump campaign in Iowa.“ He unhooked his hat and plopped it on his head. “I’m off,” he said as he turned to walk away. “Gottamake Mexico great again. Gotta tell them how to do things the right way.” I watched with a mix of disbelief and disgust as he dashed off. I saw him bump into a young Latina holding a toddler’s hand as they walked at the child’s pace. The man did not acknowledge the collision. I sighed, shook my head, and finally sipped my coffee. Peachy cool Tom Nussbaum arrow, I thought.
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fter spending an entire day running errands, I arrived home to find my all street closed, and it was all d ripped up. No notice and ks no parking for two blocks. Schlepping home a car full of groceries and packages was no fun. It was then it occurred to me, the only advanced notice on street closures we’ve ever received is the orange cone, the yellow police tape, or the car parked across the road. That is closely followed by: Now what? My least favorite is when I am half way up the block, and then I am stopped. But there are two cars be-
hind me, and the car in front of me is reversing. Yikes! Stop!! Someone usually gets out of the front vehicle to demonstrate that the line must all go in reverse. And slowly, we back up until we can turn and go another direction. Driving is always a challenge in Mexico. Tonight while driving home in the dark, I saw a “quad” driving the wrong way on a one way, with
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no headlights. He was headed right for me. I flashed my lights and shook my head at the driver—wait! Was he really wearing a police uniform? It seems that many signs here are mostly suggestions. The stop signs on our main street are rarely observed. In fact, I can get honked at if I do stop at those signs. And let us not forget the stoplights. I hate being first at a stoplight. I feel like I am at the starting line of the Indy 500. Before the light turns green, a driver in a car waiting six cars behind me is already blasting his horn. I’ve found that to drive in Mexico is to always be on the alert for anything that can happen. Other traffic, pedestrians, animals, road kill, and things that have fallen out of vehicles all make driving a challenge. The best part about driving at Lakeside, however, is that even though there are long lines of traffic, especially during the high season, the drivers are kind enough to allow you to make your turn, or get out of your parking space. In Minnesota, you could wait all day for someone to let you turn or merge. I’ve had one accident here and a few flat tires. I had AAA in the USA, and I have had flat tires, and I have sat at the side of the road for hours
waiting for help. In Mexico, I have never even waited five minutes. At the accident, I had all kinds of help. I had a flat tire in Guadalajara it was repaired by someone across the street. In Chapala, I had the embarrassment of having a flat, and finding out my spare was also flat. The young man who stopped to help me, said “No problem, I know a guy two blocks from here.” Within minutes, I had my two tires repaired and was on my way. Once a friend drove her van down our street and her front tire dropped into a hole. The bumper was on the ground. Lucky for her, there were street crews working at the end of the street, they saw the problem, and ran to help. More collected as they ran up the street, and soon there were enough men to gather around the car and lift it up out of the hole, and down the street a bit. The trick to driving here is simply to be as courteous as possible, and never fear. If there is a problem, there will be someone to help! Victoria Schmidt
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YOU’D BETTER READ THIS FIRST… …..if you’re interested in Lakeside Little Theatre’s next Broadway HD show in their Playhouse Series, She Loves Me. It is presented in just a couple of days, April 8 at 7:30 pm and April 9 at 3 pm. Roundabout Press notes, “it’s a heartwarming musical comedy classic about finding love the good old-fashioned way. It follows Georg and Amalia, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends, but they’re anonymous pen pals. Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?” To find out, call LLT at 376.766.0954, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a shot at getting tickets….or just show up one hour before the performances. This promises to be a delightful way to spend a few hours. OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. April 9 How to Love the World Presented by Susa Silvermarie, MSW, MFA “My work is loving the world,” declares the great contemporary poet Mary Oliver in a poem called Messenger. To hearten and steady us during the current climate of cynicism, Susa Silvermarie will give us Oliver’s and others’ poetry in an inspirational program called How to Love the World. Spoken word artist Silvermarie is a new permanent resident of Ajijic. She is a widely published and anthologized writer known for her own original work that delights the senses while calling the spirit. Hers is a voice that can wail, whisper, conjure and cry. A Silvermarie performance invokes Susa Silvermarie change in her audience and her message is always full of music. Look for her E-book, Tales from My Teachers on the Alzheimer’s Unit, on Amazon and all platforms. She invites you to visit her at www.susasilvermarie.com April 16 Modern Science and Spirituality Presented by Dr. Gene Basin Gene Basin, author of Becoming Your Best Self: A Theoretical and Practical Guide to Personal Transformation from Duality to Unity, believes that practicing certain simple mental and physical exercises can enable us to take total responsibility for our life, a life in which feeling good is our normal everyday state. He maintains his approach provides all the necessary tools to accomplish our goals and arrive at our desired destination. Gene Basin’s life is an example of the Becoming Your Best Self philosophy. A political refugee, he fled the USSR in 1975 with few possessions and little money, knowing only a smattering of English. A well-known Russian artist, he founded the first US art-in-exile gallery in NYC and then founded galleries in San Diego, LA, and Palm Springs. He earned a doctorate in 1991 in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy and became a Master NLP practitioner. He defines his life’s purpose as helping people become happier and healthier. April 23 Is Your House Making You Sick? Presented by Beatriz Gallagher, Ph.D. When investigating what ails us, we seldom consider our home as the main cause. Environmental medicine is a rare specialty in allopathic medicine. Pesticides, herbicides and smog are acknowledged pollutants, but we must also consider biotoxins produced by microbes, molds, and fungus in our homes, offices, and cars. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a frequent cause of several chronic conditions that physicians easily dismiss because lab tests appear normal. Commonly overlooked symptoms are fatigue, depression, ADD, pain, memory problems, respiratory infections, unexplained weight gain/loss, or sensitivity to bright lights. Dr. Bea will explain how to detect mold in your home, wipe it out, and prevent recontamination. Dr Gallagher practices Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition in the Chapala area. She applies a wide variety of metabolic, nutritional and environmental tests to discover the underlying causes of chronic conditions. Foods, nutritional supplements and colonics are among tools she uses to help patients to recover health. Last year she finished a “Specialty in Anti-Aging Medicine and Ozone Therapies.” April 30 Reality Check: Quantum Implications for a New Era
Presented by Pam Wolski Physicists, philosophers, and poets have been fascinated by quantum physics for nearly 100 years. What actually is quantum theory and why has it intrigued such a broad spectrum of society, as evidenced by book titles ranging from Quantum Reality, Quantum Enigma, and Quantum Healing to Quantum Poetry, Quantum Forgiveness, and Quantum Spirituality? Pam will explore these questions from a broad perspective ranging from science and medicine to philosophy and spirituality. She will consider the question, “What does quantum physics tell us about the nature of Reality?” Pam Wolski was a book editor and a teacher of writing and math near Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Mexico with her husband, Tom, in 2013. Quantum physics has fascinated her for 10 years, and she enjoys learning how it has been applied, actually and metaphorically, to so many areas of life. May 7 Local Government’s Efforts to Protect and Sustain Lake Chapala Presented by Cara Pratt, United States Peace Corps Response Volunteer Have you ever wondered what local Mexican government entities are doing to protect our natural environment in the Lake Chapala region? Learn about aquatic weed management, environmental education, efforts to combat and adapt to climate change, and the creation of natural protected areas surrounding Lake Chapala, Cara Pratt grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After graduating with degrees in Environmental Policy and International Relations from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she joined the United States Peace Corps in rural Paraguay working in grassroots environmental conservation. Cara spent four years promoting reforestation in Paraguay, and now joins us as a United States Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in natural resources management with Aipromades (Inter-municipal Association for the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Lake Chapala) in Chapala. IT’S MOVIE TIME AGAIN The annual Sunday at the Movies series sponsored by Democrats Abroad is happening now. Here are the offerings for the next weeks. April 9 I Am Not Your Negro Powerful documentary that takes a deeper look at race relations, white supremacy, and the resistance to it, through the works of James Baldwin, novelist, essayist and playwright April 16 Fire at Sea 2017 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Film. A moving example of the humanitarian crisis in the seas around the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, the first port of call for thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a better life in Europe. A “must see.” April 23 The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits Investigative journalist Palast examines the impact of big money in politics in the US and the disintegration of the integrity of our elections through voter suppression and rigged and bought elections. April 30 Do Not Resist Stunning documentary that looks at the current state of policing in America. The movies are shown at Cinema del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza, Ajijic. The price is 60 pesos. For more information, contact Info-MX-Lake Chapala @DemocratsAbroad.org. Proceeds from the movies support the Lakeside Voter Registration program. BE READY TO GET HEART-RENDED Viva la Musica has a bus going to Guadalajara for the last opera of the season, on Saturday, April 22. The production is Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. Anna Netrebko stars once again in one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the innocent country girl in this heart-rending opera. (Bus departs at 10.30 am) Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to noon. The cost for members is 450 pesos and 550 for non-members. CLASES DE BORDADO ARTISTICO What this means in English is that there are classes at the Lake Chapala Society in the traditional art of artistic embroidery. Maestra Lupita Vega Velásquez It’s possible to enroll at
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any time. While the classes are in Spanish, English speakers can easily follow the visual instructions. The classes are free to LCS members. No prior registration is required. They meet MWF from 3:30 to 6 pm in the Ken Gosh Pavilion. The classes run until August. IT’S NOT JUST BINGO People who show up at Maria Isabel Restaurant (formerly the Old Posada) on Tuesday afternoons enjoy the rush of winning at bingo and they also can feel good about supporting a worthwhile charity, Have Hammer Will Travel. The event starts at 1 pm when people collect their bingo cards and maybe have lunch. Bingo starts at 1:30 pm. Prizes are donated. They range Bingo Players Lee Payette, Jo Moshier, Gordon Cowan from a value of 200 to 800 pesos. and Timaree McCormack Proceeds from the bingo pay for Have Hammers Maestro Lalo Roberto’s salary, building utilities, maintenance, supplies and scholarships. It costs 4800 pesos per year to teach a student. Three-quarters of the current students are on bingo scholarships and it’s hoped that eventually the class will be tuition-free. Have Hammers president Mike Ouimet says, “Students learn carpentry and life skills as well: cooperation, respecting others’ space, and patience.” The shop is located at 231A Hidalgo, in partnership with Todo Bueno Resale Shop next door. For more information, email email@example.com. LET’S HEAR IT FOR INTROVERTS This month members of the Ajijic Book Club will read and discuss the book that started the Quiet Revolution: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. ABC will meet at Just Chillin’, located at Constitution #32, on Tuesday, April 25th at 4 pm. For more information on membership, open to all, contact John Stokdijk at firstname.lastname@example.org. THEY’LL TAKE YOUR LIFE APART The Naked Stage play for April is Four Places. It’s directed by Pierre Blackburn. The story: When Peggy’s two adult children take her out for lunch, they quietly begin to take her life apart. With excruciating patience, the playwright lets two middle-aged siblings and their elderly mother lead one another—with the best intentions—to a place where forgiveness, understanding, and even love may no longer be possible. The show runs April 28, 29 and 30. Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side Front: Pam Pettis, Chris L’Ecluse, Deanne Barber. and directly across from Back: Pierre Blackburn (Director) the Catholic Church. Resand Clay McAdam ervations are recommended. The new suggested donation is 100 pesos. For more information and reservations, email email@example.com. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. WHAT A CASA NIGHT The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic donated a dinner for eight at Niños Incapacitados’ fundraising gala last year. The lucky couple paid a record breaking 40,000 pesos at the auction. On March 1 they were treated to a nine course Moroccan feast. CASA members brought four SUVs loaded to the brim to a stunning home offered for the evening and
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recreated a table scene out of The Arabian Nights. There was even a belly dancer. THREE CHEERS FOR JALTEPEC Last month a very special group came to visit Jaltepec Centro Educativo, 55 women of Les Dames d’Escoffier. This is an International philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. They came from the USA, Canada and Mexico to visit the school. They enjoyed a tour of the facilities and heard a presentation on Jaltepec’s history and academic program. Then they presented a check for 33,000 pesos to the school. To check Les Dames out further, see their web page: http://www.ldei. org/ In picture: Sofia Minakata Ponce, Public Relations; Linda Buckthorp, Community Facilitator; Wendy Gaspar, Academic Co-Ordinator; Rocio Mejia, President of Mexico Chapter; and Araceli Ramos, VP of Mexico Chapter. Director Linda Buckthorp says, “It has become my passion to see each student graduating, and becoming able to help educate her siblings and raise the economic standard of her
George Lindahl and Jose Fernandez, Wine Stewards/Doormen
family. The school has come a long way in twenty years.” A BEAUTIFUL BUNCH The Lakeside Garden Guild is a social network supporting community projects that, over the years, have helped the local people as well as beautifying Ajijic. The group has been responsible for graffiti cleanup, presentation and installation of iron benches, and establishment of The International Plaza, a garden of sculptures remembering beloved residents of Ajijic who have contributed to the Ajijic community. Newly-elected President Georgia Barneburg announced her 2017 Board and Committee Chairmen at a recent Guild meeting. To learn more, check their website: http:// gardenguild.weebly.com.
Left to Right, Front Row, Georgia Barneburg, Jan Quarton, Joyce McNiven; Second row, Carmel Bentivoglio, Twig Smye, Sue Williams, Cris Grant, Jan Riley, Stacy Girton, Celina Haramis, Linda Rudisell-Hines; Back Row, Kenee Campo, Estella Hidalgo, Merelyn Shore
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he writers of the Gospels tell us that on his last night before being subjected to torture and execution, Jesus and his Apostles met to share their last meal, known to Christians as the Last Supper, to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. Passover and the subsequent Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt is an event central to Jewish spirituality. The Children of Israel had been subjected to serf-like conditions for generations, laboring in the heat and humidity of an area of the Nile Delta known as Goshen. Tradition has long held that Ramses II was Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus, but Thutmose III is more likely. There may have even been two reigning pharaohs at the time, Thutmose and Amenhotep II. Whoever he was, he was loath to part with a source of cheap labor, much like many who control agribusiness, industry and retail and fast food outlets today. Each time the Jewish leader Moses insisted that his people be permitted to depart for their homeland, the Pharaoh refused. Each refusal bore a severe consequence. While the subsequent “plagues” may indeed be miraculous, there are natural explanations underlying them. The first plague saw the waters of the life-giving Nile River turn to blood.
This would appear to be pure hyperbole. However, such a phenomenon was not unusual at the time and may occur yet, despite the barrier created by the Aswan Dam. The waters of the Upper Nile are often colored a reddish-brown as they emerge from their source in Ethiopian lakes. Not blood, of course, but blood colored. The only surprise is that the Pharaoh was taken in by this recurring plague. The second pestilence involved a mass of frogs and flies that “covered the land”. Such phenomena were common during the flood season. As frogs expired in the hot Saharan sun, one can imagine an accompanying plague of flies. The lice described in the next plague were probably dog flies that attack in swarms and leave painful bites. Over the millennia, dog flies have not gone away. Mosquitoes, never rare or endangered among riverine civilizations, may have been a big part of the insect infestations as well. The still recalcitrant Pharaoh was next treated to an epidemic that swept Egypt’s livestock, probably some form of cattle murrain, which is said to have stricken not only the cattle but horses, donkeys and camels. This disaster was probably epizoatic, the consequence of fly bites. Both rinderpest and splenetic fever have been suggested as the culprits.
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The plague of boils that followed was probably Nile itch or Nile heat, a rash that frequently morphs into ulcers, causing great pain and discomfort. One can only imagine the misery caused by such an affliction, especially in the heat of the Nile River Valley. Moses next called down a severe hailstorm, accompanied by fierce thunder and lightening, devastating to any people whose livelihood depends upon grain crops. Any Midwestern farmer can attest to the destruction a hailstorm can cause a wheat or oats crop. Hailstorms were rare in Egypt but not unheard of. The invasion of ravenous locusts that devoured the croplands already devastated by the hailstorm would have reduced Egypt to famine-like conditions. What we call locusts are really cicadas, and what we call grasshoppers are really locusts. The terms are somewhat interchangeable. In response to population pressure, grasshoppers swarm and set out to devour every edible thing in their path. There have been many incidents throughout history, including the attack on the Mormon settlements in Utah during the 19th century that was only staved off by the arrival of waves of hungry sea gulls. Even though threatened by famine, all was not lost, hoppers can serve as a valuable protein source. The New Testament tells us that John the Baptist existed on a diet of locusts and wild honey. Many years ago, while backpacking in New Mexico’s Chuska Mountains, I adopted an abandoned puppy who had been surviving on a diet of hoppers. Finally, the book of Exodus speaks of a sudden darkness that covered the land. This was doubtless a consequence of a simoon, a deathly hot, dry wind that periodically sweeps in off the desert bringing sand and dust storms, turning daylight into darkness. I have twice experienced such sandstorms in the New Mexico desert, including one that was followed by rain, leaving my vehicle coated in a layer of mud after turning the skies darker than the blackest of nights. Passover itself is not so easily explained, when the Angel of Death passed over Egypt taking all the first born male children and livestock but sparing the houses of the Children of Israel, whose doors were painted with the blood of a lamb. After deciding to grant the Israelites their freedom, the Pharaoh changed his mind and dispatched war chariots to force them back to their labors. So, what of the famous parting of the Red Sea, so majestically portrayed in the movie The Ten Commandments? In those days, before the construction of
the Suez Canal, it was not the Red Sea but “Yam Suph,” the Reed Sea or even the Papyrus Marsh, a vast swampy area connected to the Bitter Lakes. It could be forded in several places. Powerful northwest winds can drive the water at the north end of the Gulf of Suez so far south that it can be waded across. I have experienced such gales, called seiche winds, on Lake Erie, exposing rocks and shoals that are otherwise invisible and leaving pleasure craft tipped on their sides and stranded in mud. During the forty years that Moses and his followers wandered about in the Sinai Desert, we are told that they feasted upon quails and manna from heaven. The long trek of the Children of Israel began in the spring, when massive migrations of birds, including quail, arrive from Africa by way of the Red Sea. The exhausted quail come to rest on the flat land of Sinai, easy pickings for desperate hunters. Manna, tiny seed-like items that taste like honey, falls from tamarisk trees overnight and clings to rocks, shrubs and grass. The trees only produce when bitten by plant lice indigenous to the region. Manna must be gathered early in the day before being consumed by desert ants. Manna can be purchased in some import/export stores today. What of water in such a parched land as the Sinai? While some oases are mentioned, the book of Exodus also tells us that Moses struck a rock and water rushed out. In recent times, this miracle has recurred when travelers have used a shovel to break through the thin limestone veneer that covers some desert springs. Having spent a lengthy period among the Midianites of Sinai, Moses would have known how to locate water in such a manner. Several attempts have been made to explain the burning bush that Moses experiences. It may have been the bright red blossoms of mistletoe, a parasite that forms on bushes and trees in Sinai. When light hits it, it can appear to be on fire. A more likely explanation is provided by the common desert gas plant called Fraxinella, covered with oil glands that can burst into flames when hit by a strong light. The realities underlying the plagues on Egypt and the subsequent Exodus neither reaffirm nor detract from the miraculous. One’s conclusions are affected by one’s presuppositions. As Walt Whitman says in his poem Miracles, “Why, I know of nothing but Dr. Lorin miracles.” Swinehart
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%\0LOGUHG%R\G Pre-Columbian Deities
he ancient Americans, like most primitive societies, worshipped and feared a huge pantheon of powerful beings that controlled every aspect of their lives. If a thing was worth bothering about there was a god for it, including Huixtocihuatl, goddess of salt and Tlatolteotl, goddess of licentiousness! There was even a special goddess of the maguey! The four cardinal points, each with its special color, animals and gods, represented the four previous creations as symbolized by earth, air, fire and water. Our present, and frighteningly temporary, world is the fifth sun. Only Tezcatlipoca appears in all quadrants, though oddly at variance with the usual color associations. He is black in the white north, blue in the yellow west and white in the black south. Only in the red east does he deign to wear the right color. Deities associated with the south, gods and goddesses of the dance, drinking, pleasure, beauty and flowers, seem, on the whole, the most attractive lot. Since pagan beliefs were much the same world-wide it is hardly surprising that many pre-Columbian deities have their counterparts in old-world mythologies. Nor was it a unique concept that the world had been destroyed four times, twice by flood, and would be destroyed again by cataclysmic earthquake at the end of some 52-year cycle. Concepts of afterlife, including 13 heavens and 9 hells, are startlingly similar. They even believed, like the Norse, in a â€œValhallaâ€? reserved for those who died in battle or childbirth. All others were required to spend at least some time in purgatory, though suicides were doomed there for all eternity. Tlalocan was a special paradise reserved for those sacrificed to Tlaloc or killed by lightning and, oddly, those who died of dropsy or skin diseases. Good souls rejoiced forever in the shade of the heavenly tree, Yaxche; bad ones suffered eternal torment in Mitnal. The rest awaited rebirth in Mictlan. Air/Wind Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) and his evil twin, Tezca-tlipoca (Smoking Mirror) engaged in a never-ending battle for control of the earth and its people. They represented the gentle and destructive winds and were symbolized by the planet Venus in its dual roles as Morning and Evening Star. Tolpiltzin Quetzalcoatl seems to have been a quasi-historical figure, a benevolent priest/king who became identified with the god and was tricked by Tezcatlipoca into committing the unforgivable sins of drunkenness and incest and shamed into self-exile in Yucatan. The Mayan Kukulcan is identical with Quetzalcoatl. War Huitzilopochtli (Hummingbird on the Left) was divinely born of Chalchiutlicue (Jade Petticoat) after that lady was touched by a falling feather. He immediately proved his prowess by defeating and killing his sister, Coyolxahqui (She of the Golden Bells) and his 400 brothers in battle. He seems to be the only god of purely Aztec origin and, along with Tlaloc, ruled their pantheon. He was also a sun god, but it was in his aspect as god of war that he demanded and received offerings of thousands of human hearts. The so-called Flower Wars were fought solely to obtain victims for his bloody altars. Nacon was his Mayan equivalent. Water The long-nosed Mayan Chac and the Toltec/Aztec Tlaloc were agricultural gods who could, at will, nurture or destroy the crops upon which all life depended. Such powerful beings had to be constantly appeased with prayers and offerings lest they
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wreak vengeance. This was no idle fear for, according to their legends, Tlaloc and his sister, Chalchiuhtlicue, Goddess of Running Water, had each destroyed the world by inundation. In their kindlier aspect they ruled over their special heaven, Tlalocan. Motherhood In sheer number of offspring, if nothing else, Coatlicue (Serpent Skirt) was well qualified as patroness of expectant mothers. Miraculously impregnated by a piece of flint, she gave birth to 1,500 gods but any resemblance to the gentle Virgin Mary stops there. Magnificently hideous of aspect and wearing a skirt of writhing snakes and a necklace of severed human hands and skulls, she delighted in blood sacrifices. Tlacolteutl, goddess of childbirth, and Akhushtal, her Mayan counterpart, seem to have been more amiable. Moon The Maya, especially, were obsessed with the study of the heavens. The Moon Goddess, Ix Chel, was very important since her waxing and waning determined planting and harvest times. In their mythology she was a young maiden who had a star-crossed love affair with the sun and is doomed for-ever to chase her lover across the sky, never to catch up with him. In her aspects as goddess of childbirth and weaving she was particularly worshipped by women. Coyolxauhqui (She With Bells on Her Cheeks) served much the same functions for the Aztecs. Sun Like the wind, the sun has both benevolent and destructive powers. Maya Kinich Ahau is usually shown with large, squarish eyes, curlicue eyebrows and exaggerated cheekbones. The shape of his pupils, whether squares, spirals or crosses, indicated his different aspects. When he took the form of a macaw he was called Kinich Kakmo. Aztec Tonatiuh, though actually a solar deity like Huitzilopochtli, also had warlike attributes. He was patron of those elite warriors, the Eagle and Jaguar Knights. Underworld Since there were nine underworlds, it follows that there were numerous gods associated with death, including those devoted to the punishment of specific classes of sinners. The chief deities were Aztec Mictlantecuhtli, who reigned over Mictlan, and Mayan Ah Puch, supreme ruler of Mitnal. In this case the Mayan version is the more fearsome. There was no hope of reprieve from his eternal hell and his statues often show him contemplating a human skull with all too obvious enjoyment. Maize Maize has always been the staple food of Mexico. As such, it required a number of gods to supervise every phase of its growth. Aztec Centeotl, son of that goddess of licentiousness, and Maya Um Kay were responsible for the ma-
ture crops while Xochipilli guarded the young maize. Special gods guarded the fields against destructive winds and rain. Xochipilli and Um Kay are usually depicted as beautiful youths, befitting their other aspects as gods of feasting, springtime, flowers and love. Fertility The rites of Xipe Totec (The Flayed God) were undoubtedly the cruelest though their purpose was beneficial. Humans sacrificed to him not only lost their lives but were literally stripped of their hides. The skins were then worn by the priests in ceremonies symbolizing the sacrifice of the fertility god, who had allowed himself to be flayed alive so that seedlings might like-wise shed their husks and escape the confining earth to produce the crops which sustained all life.
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WHEREFORE ART THOU, ROMERO? %\0DUN6FRQFH
hose who read my February book review of Michael Hogan’s Abraham Lincoln and Mexico may remember the name Matías Romero. I described him as a young envoy sent by Mexican president Benito Juárez to meet and influence the new president, Abraham Lincoln. Now let’s turn the microscope a notch so we can see this Mexican gentleman more clearly.
The year was 1861. Just elected president, Abe Lincoln was enjoying a final farewell party with his Springfield, Illinois supporters, friends and neighbors. Just imagine the scene: a happy gathering of “homespun farmers in their hickory shirts and pantaloons tucked into boots,” wrote one witness. When suddenly appears a dapper three-piece silk suit with a refined manner and a very black beard.
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Enter Matías Romero, there to deliver the official diplomatic congratulations and good tidings from the Republic of Mexico. It was likely the first time that Abraham Lincoln saw a Mexican and especially one bearing good wishes after the terrible results of “Polk’s Little War” of 1848 that virtually bifurcated Mexico and deeply shamed the Mexican people. Romero’s visit must have reminded Lincoln of his own deep opposition to the armed invasion of a neighboring republic. He was disposed to treat this young man well and to hear him out. Mary Todd Lincoln was equally impressed with his youthful politesse. After she and the President got settled in Washington, Romero presented himself at the White House and was welcomed as the new Ambassador of Mexico. As the violent storm of secession gathered in the South, President Lincoln had little time to take Mary Todd on her frequent shopping trips. Romero graciously offered to squire her around the better fashion stores in the nation’s capital, “a duty which Lincoln was happy to relinquish,” writes Dr. Hogan. During these trips and even in the family quarters, Romero brought the Lincolns up-to-speed on events and conditions in Mexico. Perhaps in response, Lincoln introduced him to important military leaders including Gens. Grant and Philip Sheridan, “connections that would later prove crucial to the Mexican struggle.” Romero even helped Gen. Grant practice his Spanish. The most pressing issue was French occupation forces conquering Mexico in 1863 and installing a monarchy. President Juárez fled Mexico City and set up a government in exile near El Paso. Romero emphasized that Mexico and the U.S. shared the stated intent of the Monroe Doctrine, namely, to stop further European colonization in the Western Hemisphere. Agreed on this point, Lincoln and his administration refused to recognize the French monarch whom Napoleon installed. Another pressing problem for Mexico was a nearly empty treasury drained by wars and civil strife. President Juárez was in no position to raise taxes, yet badly needed to provide for his struggling soldiers. Wherefore art thou, Romero? In no time, resourceful Romero used Lincoln’s note of support to raise $18 million from East Coast bankers to aid the Mexican cause. Modern arms and ammunition somehow appeared at convenient caches along the border for Juárez’s troops to retrieve and deploy made possible by a surplus of
armaments as the Civil War drew to a close. Romero’s list of important American contacts grew. Dr. Hogan includes in his Appendix a fulsome invitation to dine with some of America’s most influential leaders in politics, business and cultural affairs. Wishing to give public testimony to Romero’s good works, they proposed “A dinner at such time as may suit your convenience.” You may recognize some of the signers: William Cullen Bryant, Henry Ward Beecher and, of course, Theodore Roosevelt. Romero served successive administrations after Lincoln’s assassination and finally returned home to become the Minister of Hacienda (Treasury Secretary) and a strong proponent of foreign investment in Mexico especially for growth in the railway sector. Under President Porfirio Díaz, Romero was named ambassador extraordinaire and toured Europe meeting leaders from many countries. After nearly 30 years in service to his country as diplomat, public servant, author, politician, he died in New York City in 1898. Summing up his time in service, he wrote what should be our understanding to this very day. “The United States is better situated than any other to avail themselves of the immense wealth of Mexico. Being a nation next to our own . . . and being inferior to no other people in riches, activity, intelligence and enterprising spirit, are called by nature to develop the great resources of Mexico. … When we shall have arrived at that situation, our common political and civil interests will give us a common policy, entirely continental and American, which no European nation will misunderstand with impunity.” It’s a great story, much of it in the archival papers of Romero stored in the vaults of the Banco Nacional de México. Finding and unearthing the journals, letters, diaries and documents of this great man must have seemed akin to an archaeological dig for Dr. Hogan. Puts me in mind of that moment in 1922 when Howard Carter first peered into the dark tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, candle held high. “Can you see anything?” Lord Carnarven impatiently asked. “Yes, wonderful things,” Carter replied. (Ed. Note: Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by Michael Hogan is available at La Nueva Posada and Diane Pearl’s in Ajijic and Sandi’s Books in Guadalajara. Also available on-line at Amazon.com.) Mark Sconce
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Influencing People Who Shape Public Policy %\%DUEDUD+LOGW
any of us participated in or witnessed the “United We Stand” rally in Ajijic Plaza the day after Trump was made President. Large protests and demonstrations can help to unify people with similar views and can get the media attention to shed some light on issues, but they do little to influence the people who make the laws and shape policies. We need know about and use methods of advocacy that are proven to be most effective. When I served in the Massachusetts legislature, there were frequently demonstrators in front of the Statehouse. But rarely did I have
the time to go out to see what they were for or against. I was too busy in committee hearings and meetings to even have time to leave the building for lunch. Most demonstrators didn´t bother to enter the statehouse to visit the offices of their representatives or senators and drop off information about their concerns. To advocate effectively to save or modify public policies, it makes sense to do things that enhance your chances of actually influencing the policymakers, without having to curry favor or make campaign contributions. Advocacy is not a single action. It usually requires a series of
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actions and a willingness to commit to the effort for at least a few months if not years. If you believe your cause is important and just you should consider doing what I taught citizen advocates to do: 1. Be prepared to present important facts orally and in writing. Cite sources and use bullet points. 2. Always communicate respectfully with the policymaker. Call her/ his office and ask to speak with a staff person who works on related issues. Identify yourself, share your concern and ask if the policymaker has a position on the issue. Provide your contact info and request a response in a letter or email. The number of names on petitions are noted, but personal phone calls and letters are more influential. 3. Build a coalition of individuals and groups that share your concern and core values. Meet and come to agreement on a strategic advocacy plan. 4. Make an appointment to meet your representative or senator in their district where they have more time to listen to constituents without interruptions. 5. Develop and maintain respectful relations with staff. Without them there is little chance of access
to the policymaker or positive responses to requests. 6. Get to know the person you want to influence. What issues does he/she care about most? Relate your issue to his/her concerns if possible. 7. Before you meet with the policymaker, meet with those who will participate and agree on the points you need to make; the questions to be asked; and who will be the primary and secondary spokespersons for your group. Before the meeting starts inquire about how much time you can expect to have with the policymaker. 8. Be prepared with clear, concise factual printed material and at least one powerful illustration of the need for the policy such as a true story about a constituent. 9. Avoid lecturing or making negative remarks about what you regard as the Policy-makers past failings or mistakes. Focus on your hopes for the future. Ask how he/ she might be willing to support and help promote your cause. 10. Use your Power of Appreciation. Don´t end the meeting without recognizing and appreciating the policy-maker’s service, citing some specifics. Express gratitude for the opportunity to meet, for their caring concern and willingness to help in any way, such as signing a letter to the president or sponsoring a bill. This advice is shared in hopes it may be used by readers who want to be effective advocates for protecting the environment, human rights, social justice and peace. Even if we’re not living in the U.S. we can call and write to members of Congress. We can encourage our family and friends to take actions and share these tips with others who want to make a difference. Barbara Hildt
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ittle Monte was hurled out of an RV window speeding along the Carreterra one morning. Luckily for her the car behind saw the horrendous act, pulled over and brought Monte to The Ranch. Remarkably Monte was unhurt and is thriving. Little Sombra was found roaming the hills of Ajijic by a hiking group. They hoped he was someoneâ€™s dog, but after he followed them for hours they realized he was abandoned, lonely and afraid. Fortunately, there was room at The Ranch for one more puppy. Many Lakeside residents are aware of the fantastic work The Ranch accomplishes daily in its efforts to save dogs from starvation, homelessness and abuse. Long time residents notice the difference in the dog population going from out of control to a manageable situation. The efforts of The Ranch, other shelters, the spay and neuter programs all contribute to solving what seemed to be an unsolvable
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problem. Many of you have adopted a dog or two from The Ranch. And many folks volunteer their time, walking, training and feeding dogs. Attending fundraisers and making regular monetary donations are excellent ways to assure The Ranch continues their work. But, did you know there is another way to support The Ranchâ€™s mission and leave your own legacy for decades to come? Planned giving is the act of leaving all or part of your estate to The Ranch. It can be in the form of money, investments or real estate. For example houses left to The Ranch can be rented out, producing ongoing monthly income or sold for a sum that can be used toward an endowment to ensure The Ranch remains a vital part of the community. For more information on contributing to The Ranch contact: www. firstname.lastname@example.org or 331.270.4447
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he Tepehua Community Center received donations through FWOP (Future WithOut Poverty A.C) to build cement stoves for the poor of the barrio, for those who were cooking on open fires inside and outside of their homes. Using wood, they build camp fires losing heat to the wind and burning their precious supply of wood quickly, taking all day to cook a pot of beans, or filling the room with smoke lethal to a child. Corazon De La Tierra of Guadalajara put in the first stove for a Tepehua family, supplying the material, and the performance of the stove was amazing. The stove uses little wood and keeps the heat inside a little tunnel that runs under the cooking plates of steel. The wood goes in a small opening on one side, which creates a type of vacuum carrying the smoke into a stove pipe, then up and out of the room. The plates remain red hot, but the outside of the cement stove remains cold to the touch. Simple engineering. As the gentleman from Guadalajara was building, the recipient was learning...and at the finish of the stove, beneficiary Juan Jesus was able to build the other two donated stoves according to the size and need of the chosen families. This can now be turned into small Industry.
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The cost of each stove would be approximately 100 USD per stove. The benefits of the stove are as the reader can imagine...stopping accidental burning of children because of open fires, pans filled with boiling water or oil, especially in inclement weather when cooking is done inside. Guadalupe, an 85 year old Tepehua woman lives alone...her shack is too small to have her donated stove inside, so it is being built by Juan Jesus on the outside, a very low stove to accommodate Lupe’s height, which is about 4 feet. It will have just two burners instead of the original three. Beans cooking in the pot, and an onion, carrot or tomato the local store owners give her, as she wanders around picking up kindling wood to sell, her entire day centered around collecting enough to have a meal at night. Lupe has two sons, they live in an adjoining barrio to Tepehua, but lack of education and poverty does not allow them to help their Mother, as they too struggle to get a meal on the table for their respective families. All these things are a band-aid on poverty for this older generation, the need hopefully will be alleviated for the next as education is coming to the barrios. The younger generation are benefiting as their parents battle to keep them in school. Local Governments are recognizing that keeping the people down through lack of education, does not allow a middle class to grow, societies are poverty stricken in many ways...knowledge being one aspect. This writer is seeing change, and a more active aggressive lead in the fight for the right to education, and against poverty. The younger generation much more aware that change can only come from them, that civil rights matter. They are indignant that people are still living in the third world here in Mexico. This is not a third world country, it is emerging as a strong Industrial base, it has minerals and oil it has corruption, and it has hope in the future.
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big Thank You to the Lake Chapala community for continuing to contribute to the Jaltepec Centro Educativo which grants a Technical Degree in Hoteleria to young Mexican women. These fund raising dinners and events benefit all the students and are separate from the actual Scholarship Drive that supports the students personally. As time goes by, our Lakeside community increasingly recognises how important it is to support the academic activities of the Jaltepec students. The recent celebration of the Sinatra 101 event was hosted by Community Facilitator and President of the Scholarship Fund, Linda Buckthorp, at her home overlooking the lake. 29 guests attended this gala
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occasion and enjoyed the delicious food served by the Jaltepec students. Delightful piano cocktail music was provided by Maestro Timothy G. Ruff Welch who is a good friend to Linda and Jaltepec and adds so much to each occasion with his special musical talent. This fun occasion was titled Sinatra 101 in honor of Frank Sinatra, who, if he was alive, would be 101 years old! Pictures were taken throughout the evening by our wonderful Public Relations gal, Sofia Minakata Ponce, and it was obvious everyone was enjoying themselves. Bill Dingwall, a keen Jaltepec sponsor, is a big Sinatra fan and has a passion to read up and study Frank and the history of how he developed his wonderful voice. Bill put the whole presentation together and the music (courtesy of Capitol Records) to go along with it. He was quite the entertainer himself as he shared Frankâ€™s secrets and talents and influences from Tom Dorsey to Nelson Riddle. In closing, our deep thanks to the community attendees, Linda for hosting the evening, the Jaltepec students and staff, and especially, our Stars of the evening, Tim and Bill.
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hen younger we sometimes played a game where the challenge would be, for example, counting how many red cars you could see for a given period of time. Of course, it seemed like the “gods” were there sending red cars our way - or not. We in fact were just more “alert” to the red cars already there around us just waiting to be noticed. We can apply the same principle to life in general and in particularly to our life here in Ajijic. For example, let’s take the quality of “beauty”. This is more complicated than finding red cars because the concept of beauty is more personal/subjective. Nevertheless, instead of counting “things” that are beautiful (and by definition it would imply some things are not) we could start with a different, more inclusive assumption that there is an element of “beauty” in everything and our job is to recognize and acknowledge it. This is not easy because human nature leads us to create a binary world of “either” “or”; of “like it” or “not like it”, or in this case, “it is beautiful” or “it is not”. Of course, something may be in our mind, more beautiful than another but what is it in the “other” what aspect, what simple feature is indeed “beauty”? The bird of paradise is beautiful to me but what is there about that single, lonely, neglected, unnoticed
rose growing out of the brickwork at our gate that is indeed, “beauty”? How does it, in its own way engender inspiration, different from, but not less important than the bird of paradise, in all its startling glory. First, like many other things we have to notice it, give it its quota of attention and then see what beauty it has to offer. Once again, finding beauty in a sunset over the lake, colorful store fronts, decorations on the Plaza, display of fruit in the market, spectacular designs of the hacienda, a family dressed for celebration, a dazzling grey horse in the parade. It all seems in these examples so easy and effortless, so natural and spontaneous. The challenge therefore, is in the pile of dry grass and twigs at the traffic circle, the harvest of oranges from the tree already fallen and scattered to the ground, the abandoned hacienda wall overgrown with weed, the unsaddled, scrawny horse tied at the road, the brown and crooked vegetable- last on the shelf, the simple unlit cafe entrance, the struggling stray dog trying for her next meal. All have “beauty.” Can you see it? Just like the red cars that “show up” when you are “alert” for them, the sights of Ajijic will do the same. They have always been here, waiting to be noticed. The change will not come in them but in you.
MID-MONTH BONUS! Daria Hilton’s When Did Water Become a Department spins a whimsical tale having to do with water, San Francisco, the drug culture and a couple of highlysexed madcap philosophers. The article can be found at http://chapala.com/elojo/index.php/mid-month-articles Each mid-month, we offer superb articles that while a bit too long for our print version are perfect for our digital format. Check it out!
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This One’s for the Ladies
ur single woman up north is independentthinking; she’s just sold her house, and is tired of babysitting her grandchildren. She’s ready for something new. Someone told her that if she wanted adventure and maybe a romance she’d be better off going to Alaska, where there are lots of available men. But she remembers a visit she made to Anchorage some years ago and saw a T shirt that read “Alaska Men—The Odds are Good but the Goods Are Odd.” She figures she’ll look elsewhere. Then she hears about Ajijic and the great climate and the large ex-
pat population. She checks it out on a visit and eventually she arrives here with the few possessions she wants to keep, gets a place to stay and starts to make new friends. She notices there are a lot of single women here. Lots of single women. She’s okay with this— some of her best friends are women. But that romantic heart beats under her new Mexican blouse. She starts to feel a bit lonely after a while. She’d like someone to love. Some women at this point would adopt a dog, but our lady can’t tolerate all that
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fidelity and unconditional love. She’d rather have a man. She joins a few groups and meets still more new women friends. To meet a man she makes a foray into Ajijic night life, and goes dancing at La Bodega and Joselita’s. The women who seem to get the most attention on the dance floor are likely to wear Spandex and high heels and lots of bling. But our lady is not cut from this cloth. She remembers the day she threw out her girdle and never looked back. And she’s not aggressive by nature, unlike some of the women here at Lakeside. Mark from Albuquerque used to hang out at the Black Coffee on the plaza and says he felt very “marketable” here in Ajijic, unlike his experience in the States. Women do back off when he mentions his girlfriend, but not always. Dave, another expat, feels uncomfortable when a woman he dated a few times shows up here and there with a proprietary air, even when he’s with someone else. Our lady did attract some attention, though. One night a waiter at Joselita’s stopped her. “I’ve been hoping to see you. I think you’re very beautiful.” She liked this. She hired him to take care of her garden. She loaned him her car. One thing led to another. This might have gone along indefinitely if he hadn’t been married, as most Mexican men are. He did care for her, their age difference didn’t matter, but he was perplexed and annoyed at her jealous outbursts. “You don’t know how to be La Segunda,” he explained to her, exasperated. She reminded herself when in a sour mood that she was really La Tercera, after the wife and his mother. But she loved his charm and attentiveness when he was with her and, looking back, considers the whole affair to be part of her Grand Adventure. Her bank account has almost recovered. Our lady, now free, looks over the expat crowd. She hopes that Prince
Charming might be around the corner, but by now she knows it’s likely he’s a little tired and may have fallen off his horse a few too many times. After a while she does get asked out. They go to Roberto’s for a candlelight dinner. The waiter takes their order as her date requests separate checks. Then he starts talking… and talking… and talking. He tells her all about himself, even shares his current PSA numbers. Eventually he takes a breath and she excuses herself to go to the bathroom. As she comes out, she sees him from across the room popping one of those little blue pills. “Not so fast,” she says to herself. When she gets back to the table she makes an excuse, pays for her dinner and leaves. As she escapes down the steps she thinks she could have mentioned to him a line she’d heard in a Netflix movie: “Nobody ever got laid by going Dutch.” Maybe he’d have more success with the next lucky lady. She doesn’t know if her date had to seek medical attention later that night. She sees him in the village from time to time but he doesn’t speak to her. By now our lady is feeling a little discouraged. She wants to turn her attention away from romance for a while. She thinks kayaking might be fun so she signs up for lessons When she’s out on the lake, looking at the mountains and shores, she enjoys the peace and quiet. She’s reflecting on how contented she and her single friends are, for the most part, and how she enjoys going home later, fixing a simple meal, and enjoying her solitude. A romance might happen for her one of these days, but in the meantime, she’s shopping for a kayak. Sandy Olson
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ANGKOR BAN, CAMBODIA —Where the Cow is the Bank Account! %\.DUHQ6SHQFHU
n our world, when we are financially comfortable, we might buy a Cadillac or install a pool. In Angkor Ban, Cambodia, a village whose wooden houses on stilts and the lifestyle of its inhabitants harkens back a thousand years, a cow is your bank account. Possession of a bull assures a family of ongoing income as stud fees can be $20. These skinny white cows or oxen are a type known as Zebu. Additional wealth may be displayed by painting your house a brilliant color or commissioning an elaborate banister for the steps leading to the upper living floor. Large cisterns collect water for washing and cooking, clothes are hung on outdoor lines, ever-present hammocks are hung beneath the stilted house for resting or sleeping, and the cow or cows are lazily reclining in the front yard. Not a blade of grass to be seen anywhere. Chickens and ducks are part of the family worth. Primitive steps lead up to coops near the ceiling as apparently, chickens prefer to spend their nights up above, while ducks are content cozy on the ground. While the Khmer Rouge destroyed most villages across the country during three decades of civil war, here they requisitioned or lived in the century-old houses on stilts or used them as warehouses. Some have outhouses, most have haystacks for cattle feed. Cambodian ladies love their prints and bright colors and have no compunctions about mixing and combining them in a cacophony of discordant combinations. A staple of every wardrobe is a scarf of striped cotton with hundreds of purposes: as a shirt, sarong, shorts, turban, to cook rice in, to use as a bathroom and everyone knows the art of folding and tying them. Children were not in evidence around the village as all those between six and 14 were in school, anxious to practice their English
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on and with the visitors. They share their lessons and enthusiastically shout out the phrases on the display board, echoing the English speaking readers, hoping to differentiate the American, Canadian and Australian accents. Outside, the yard is filled with students’ bicycles and a few curious pre-schoolers sidle up to see if they can get in on the excitement. As little as these people have, as simple and primitive as their agrarian lifestyle seems, the warmth and welcome for visitors and embracing of learning and knowledge and enthusiasm for expanding their horizons, indicates a subtle sophistication and positive outlook that keeps them satisfied with their current lives and certain to make their children’s lives more in keeping with the new century. The visitors leave, glowing in the warm embrace of the children, and not at all saddened by the lifestyle so different from their own, but encouraged by the peaceful, simple and spiritual ambience of the life of the village. Ed. Note: Karen Spencer has traveled the world, photographing people, places and things with her artist’s eye. During her times abroad she discovered that the creativity in photography offered a way to chronicle unique moments in time. She was born and raised in New York City, is a City College graduate and had a long career as graphic designer and art director for publishing companies and advertising agencies in NY and New Orleans. She is spending her eighth winter in Ajijic, is a member of the Chapala Country Club, the Ajijic Arts Society, Mexicoelective and has exhibited extensively here and in her home town of Norwalk, CT. Her work is in collections in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and England. Karen Spencer
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The Ojo Crossword
ACROSS 1 The alphabet 5 Change position 9 Sound of a sneeze 14 Sold at a discount 15 El__(Texas city) 16 Cheep 17 Ghetto 18 College (abbr.) 19 Celestial body 20 Computer code for characters 22 Favorite vacation spot 24 Talk 25 “Star Trek” s Spock´s race 27 Rolled chocolate candy brand 31 Kind 32 Metric weight unit 34 Bone 35 Egg-shaped fruit 38 Supersonic transport 40 Humiliate 42 __ utan 44 Attack 46 Daft 47 Got up 48 Extremely high frequency (abbr.) 50 Loch__monster 51 Time zone 2ႈFLDO 55 Gem 57 Excuse me! 59 Hunted 61 Lawman 64 Plant lice
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66 Fire holder 68 Monte__ 71 1.6 kilometers 73 Stop passage 74 From Asia 75 Not many (2 wds.) 76 Paradise 77 Architect Frank__Wright 78 Greek stringed Instrument 79 Memorization DOWN 1 Analyze ore 2 Light weight wood 3 Hen sound 4 Very large truck 5 Resort hotel 6 Rude 7 Jacob´s father 8 Mrs. Clinton´s middle name 9 Account (abbr.) 10 Singing group 11 Pronoun 12 Miner´s goal 13 Choose 21 Wall plant 23 Incorporated (abbr.) 26 Delivery service 28 Talk 29 Writes out 30 Heeds 31 Prong 33 Chitchat 35 Divided nation 36 UK members 2ႇDO 39 Truss 41 Money institution 43 African antelope 45 Lebaron car type 49 Enemy 53 Car speed 54 First 56 Central daylight time 58 Malaysia´s Peninsula 60 Teach 61 Doctrine 62 Eight 63 Call up 65 Pool 67 Completed 68 Calorie 69 American sign language 70 Rio de Janeiro 72 Ram´s mate
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Over 60 years of “People Helping People”
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/DNH&KDSDOD6RFLHW\$& $QQXDO*HQHUDO0HHWLQJ Highlights regarding LCS’ community participation during 2016 included: t Provided English language classes to the Chapala police department. t Distributed over 300 INAPAM cards to Mexican and expats living in the area. t Helped a Mexican NFL-style football team of players from an orphanage travel to a championship tournament in Mexico City. They won! t Hosted embroidery classes taught by a neighbor who learned the technique as a child on the Neill James’ property in the 70’s, now passing the tradition and skills onto a new group of women. t Provided financial aid to 25 students attending college. Five students graduated in 2016. t Enrolled over 600 students in our English as a Second Language program. t Coached ~ 80 children/ week to be creative in our Children’s Art Program. t Opened ¡Que Ganga! Thrift Store as a new revenue stream to support our ongoing mission The Board of Directors passed a new membership category for businesses and ratified the master plan for the LCS campus redevelopment as follows: Whereas, the members of the Lake Chapala Society at the March 18, 2015 Annual General Meeting approved the 2015 Strategic Objectives including developing a master plan to redevelop the campus to meet current and future needs and, Whereas, the Lake Chapala Society Board of Directors assigned the Campus Committee responsibility to assess the needs for current and future space and, Whereas, the Campus Committee surveyed current space requirements and projected into the future our space requirements for a campus master plan and, Whereas, the Campus Committee developed a Request for Proposals and invited qualified architectural firms to submit proposals for the Lake Chapala Society master plan and, Whereas, based on the recommendation of the Campus Committee, the Lake Chapala Society Board of Directors authorized the hiring of LEAP+MTQ to develop renderings of the campus master plan and develop cost estimates, Now therefore, I, Ben White, acting in my capacity as President of the Lake Chapala Society, ask the membership to endorse the decision of the Board of Directors to continue developing a campus master plan to meet our current and future needs. The LCS Board of Directors thanked our outgoing board members Lois Cugini and Yoly Martinez for their service.
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Your LCS membership brings value in many ways. The 2017 Membership Directory included almost fifty businesses offering exclusive discounts to LCS card carrying members! Today we are announcing three more partners offering LCS members exclusive and significant discounts. Villa Group offers eight luxurious resorts in Mexico, located in five unique destinations. Each of their all inclusive resorts has a distinct personality. Villa Group resorts are located in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and the Islands of Loreto. Some are focused on a family-friendly environment; some are more suited for romantic couple retreats, while others cater to those seeking unparalleled elegance, sophistication and top-notch service. Up to 20% discounts. SkyMed Lifestyle has access to thousands of beautiful resorts and luxurious hotel accommodations around the world at exclusive prices not available to the public due to their state of the art technology. SkyMed Lifestyle also offers a vast array of other amazing travel products and services such as rental cars, theme park and attraction tickets, tours and excursions, and much more. There will be a special link from our website. More details coming soon. Smart Home is a company dedicated to the creation of comfortable, safe and innovative spaces. Spaces with harmonious sounds and avant-garde designs are the specialty of Smart Home. Security is another specialty with systems that include state-ofthe-art equipment for personal monitoring, CCTV and alarms. This is accomplished using well-known brands and qualified consultants and experts in our area. Up to 25% discounts.
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)LIWK$QQXDO/&6&KLOGUHQ¶V$UW3URJUDP 6XPPHU$UW&DPS This year, the popular LCS Children’s Annual Summer Art Camp will run every day from Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The LCS Art Camps are very well attended; last year, about 125 kids attended. We are in the process of finalizing some of this year’s workshops, but have already scheduled classes in jewelry making, acrylics/oil, watercolour, and tabachin pods as well as daily projects for young children aged 5 and under. (Little ones must be accompanied by an adult.) In addition to the art classes, the kids are offered a small snack. We can accommodate about 130 children at the Annual Art Camp. Children who attend the Saturday program will be given priority at registration. Jewelry workshop leaders Barbara Passarello and Bobby Lancaster are asking for old jewelry that can be used by the kids. If you would like to donate materials, help at Art Camp, or make a financial contribution, please email Danielle Pagé at email@example.com. This annual project wouldn’t be possible without the generous financial support of the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) and the dedication of its members, who volunteer every day to help with the workshops. Saturday, July 22, we will hold a sale of our wonderful children’s artwork in the Gazebo at LCS from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Introduction to Spanish
,QIRUPDWLRQ'HVN.QRZVQHDUO\ (YHU\WKLQJ Visiting Ajijic? Thinking about settling here at lakeside? Any questions you may have about housing, attractions, goods, transportation, activities, legal and immigration matters may be answered by the well-informed volunteers at the Information Desk just outside the library. The Information Desk is open daily to everyone, members and non-members, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
,QWKH6HUYLFH2ႈFH You can: renew your membership, sign up for programs, purchase LCS event tickets, drop off envelopes for our mail courier service, by U.S. stamps, make copies, register for Post Life, purchase Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks, get your membership directory, lost and found and so much more! Donations to the kitty or annual fund may be made there, too.
The Needlepushers Have %HHQ+DUGDW:RUN So far in 2017 the Neill James legacy program at LCS called the Needlepushers, have made two distributions of their labors of love. In February they went to San Juan Cosala, and in March to San Antonio Tlyacapan. If your interested, you can find the Needlepushers hard at work every Tuesday morning on the south campus.
This is a casual class for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases useful about town for shopping, and information about the Lakeside area and Mexican culture. Starting the first Tuesday of the month and continuing for three weeks, the next session will start April 11, at the LCS campus from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Learning materials are provided. Tuition is $175 pesos. Sign up at the LCS office, or an our website www.lakechapalasociety.com.
:DQWHG The ESL program at Wilkes always needs volunteers. If you have experience teaching, especially English as a Second Language, we need your expertise. The blood pressure monitoring group is looking for volunteers with medical/nurse education to take blood pressure from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays and Fridays on the LCS campus. Volunteers are needed to trim, plant, weed, and maintain our lovely gardens. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, see the website volunteer@ lakechapalasociety.com or fill put an application in the Service Office.
Costco Returns to LCS Costco representatives return on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to open or renew memberships and offer information about specials and sales.
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9LGHR/LEUDU\$GGLWLRQV$SULO April Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required Health Insurance * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Broker Tues+Thur 11-2 Health and Legal Services * Becerra & Galindo Services Thur 10:30-12:30 Sat 10-12:30 Blood Pressure Mon+Fri 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th, Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed April 19 & 26 10-2 My Guardian Angel Tues 10:30-12:30 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-3 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12 US Consulate** Wed April 5 10:30-12:30 Sign up Lessons(C) Bridge Class Zero Level Tues + Fri 1-4 sign up only Chair Yoga Fri 2-3 Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Chess Sat 12-1 Clases de Bordado Artistico Mon 3-6, Wed & Fri 4-6 Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Fitness Thru Yoga Mon+Fri 2-3:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga Tues+Thurs 2-3:30 Introduction To Spanish Tues 12-1:30 (S)+ cost Line Dancing Tues+Thurs 10-11:15 Photography Club 1st Mon 12-2 Strength and Balance Exercise Tues+Thurs 8:45--9:45 Warren Hardy Spanish Classes Mon-Sat Sign-up+cost Libraries Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books*/ Talking Books Thurs 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* Social Activities (C) All Things Tech Fri 10-11:30 Bridge 4 Fun Tue + Thurs 1-5 Conversaciones en Espanol Mon 10-12 Creativelymindful Art Wed 11-12:30 Discussion Group W 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness Mon 10 -12 Film Aficionados Thurs 2-4:30 Games Group Mon1-4 Open to public 2-4 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Neill James Lectures Ends April 25 Tues 2- 3:30 Philosophy Group Wed 10:30-11:45 Scrabble Mon+Fri 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12:30 TED Learning Seminars Tues 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 Service and Support Groups * Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA Mon +Thurs 4:30-5:30 Open Circle Sun 10-11:30 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 p.m. Ticket Sales Monday-Friday 10-12 a.m.*
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Here are just a few new additions to the video library for April. Please see our bulletin board for the rest of the new ones and some oldies, but these goodies are for your consideration: Manchester by the Sea #7543 Oscar winner Casey Affleck, as the obligated caregiver for his dead brother’s son. Finding Forrester #7544 A strong performance by Sean Connery as a reclusive author, the reluctant mentor to a young writing prodigy. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil #7545 A visiting city reporter’s assignment in Savannah suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire whom he had befriended. Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. Collateral #7546 Pretty boy Tom Cruise, as a contract killer, on a one night spree, whacks a bunch of people in Los Angeles. Jamie Foxx is his hostage. One of the 893 reviewers said, “Taut thriller led by Cruise’s excellent work!” Take Me Home #7547 Thom, an illegal taxi driver in New York City, grudgingly agrees to drive Claire home to California. Surprise! It’s a romantic comedy. The Lost Valentine #7548 Betty White is outstanding in a sentimental story about a love lost because of World War II. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All #7549 A chronicle of the life of Lucy Marsden, a 99 year old woman, who at the age of 14 married a 50 year old Confederate veteran and bore 9 children. 7.3 on a scale of 10. Arrival #7550 A mysterious drama with a little sci-fi thrown in about a linguistics professor trying to interpret what the occupants of twelve spacecraft have to say. We do our best, but, don’t always get the overall approval of our eclectic membership. If you have movies you think are worth viewing, tell us about them. Give us the name of the film and leave an email address so we can get back to you about your choices. We are running out of ideas.
April’s community movies: Shrek 2, Abril 7; La Leyenda de Tarzan, Abril 21; Escuela de Vagabundos, Abril 28. All presentations start at 7 p.m. All movies are in Spanish, free and open to the public. Bring the family. Galeana #18
Open to LCS members only. Bring your card. All films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets.
Tuesdays in the Sala at 2 p.m. Members only. Bring your card. There are two talks in April, both given by Dr. Richard Rhoda. Rick Rhoda and his spouse, Valerie, have lived in Ajijic since 1999. Dr. Rhoda has given dozens of lectures at LCS on Mexico and other topics as well as publishing a book on the dynamics of modern Mexico in 2010. April 4: The Basic Map of Mexico How well do you know the map of Mexico? In the past 150 years, the size of Mexico shrank by about 50%, but the number of states increased by almost the same amount. Mexico’s topography is far more rugged and diverse than that of the USA or Canada. Tectonic dynamics are the driving force behind Mexico’s many mountain systems, its volcanoes, and earthquakes. April 11: Mexico’s Magnificent Environment Mexico is a combination of many diverse climates, landforms and ecosystems. Extreme variations in rainfall give rise to arid deserts as well as tropical rainforests and enormous raging rivers. With a great variety of climatic and ecological regions, Mexico is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. Protecting its environment is not only important to Mexico, it is important to the future of life on this planet.
April 6 Frantz 2017 France In the aftermath of WWl, a young German grieving the death of her fiance who died in the fighting against France, meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits her fiance’s grave to lay flowers. A marvelous new film that is garnering raves from the critics. (110 minutes) April 13 Daniel Blake 2016 United Kingdom A middle-aged carpenter requires state welfare after suffering a heart attack. He is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario as they battle against the bureaucracy. You’ll laugh and cry at the same time while watching this. (99 minutes) April 20 Antonia’s Line 1995 Netherlands A Dutch matron establishes, and for several generations, oversees a close knit community where feminism and liberalism survive. Shown at the LCS a dozen years ago, it’s worth seeing again. Starring the great and formidable Willeke Van Ammelrooy. (98 minutes) April 27 The Edge of Seventeen 2016 USA High school gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend starts dating her older brother. If you’ve ever been a teenager, this sharply observant film will make you smile. (99 mins.)
=LM]D1DWXUDO+HDOWK5HYROXWLRQ A seminar on the health benefits of the nutritional supplement moringa will be presented by by Amelia Barreto and Judith Wentzel, Wednesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. in the Sala. This presentation is open to LCS members only. Bring your member card.
Bus Trips April Please note: the increase in cost for the LCS bus trips reflect the steep rise in the price of gasoline in Mexico for all forms of transportation. Wednesday, April 5 Tonala and Tlaquepaque. Shop Tonala for wonderful home decor and handicrafts. In Tlaquepaque find upscale retailers and fine dining in an historic architecturally significant, pedestrian-only zone. Cost 350 pesos for members and 450 pesos for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 9 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta.
7('7DONV/HDUQLQJ6HPLQDUV Tuesdays In the Sala noon to 1:15 p.m. Members only. Bring your card. April only has two Seminars, weekly gatherings will resume beginning Tuesday, May 2nd. April 4 Host by Susan Weeks, features Elizabeth Gilbert addressing: “Your Elusive Creative Genius. Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. The author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. April 11, host Fred Harland introduces environmentalist and futurist Stewart Brand: “The Dawn of De-extinction. Are You Ready?” Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo ... but now, says Brand, author of Whole Earth Catalog, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So , should we? If yes, which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - George Radford (2019); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2019); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Matthew Butler (2018); Dee Dee Camhi (2019); Nicolas Hanson (2019) Barbara Hildt (2019); Cate Howell (2018); Geofrey Kaye (2018); Roberto Serrano (2019) Janis Sirany (2019) Immediate Past President: Howard Feldstein. * Executive Director - Terry Vidal
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FOR SALE: Italica 125 cc Scooter. One year old. 750 kilometers. Price: $13000 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 0018302039099. FOR SALE: 2015 Honda CR-V i-Style Odometer: 9,700 miles/15,600 km. Licensed in Jalisco. Excellent mileage at 33 mpg/14 km per liter, 700 km/tank AC, Automatic Transmission. Price new: $430,000 pesos. Asking $335,000 pesos. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Will Trade 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT Hatchback. All service documents Well cared for. 2017 Jalisco plates. Mexican plated with low mileage and service records. Call: 766-0611 or 766-5797. Email: crjd@ me.com. FOR SALE: Mercedes Benz C350 Sport. 2006 model with 147K carefully driven kms. &RPHDQGORRNDQGPDNHDQRá‚‡HU&DOO&KULV 484-645-3574. FOR SALE: 2011 Honda Accord EXL Priced to sell at $190,000 pesos. Low miles. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2016 Hyundai Grand 10. Pristine condition. Only 5216 miles. Priced to sell: $150,000 pesos. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L (leather) with ONLY 60,000km. Rear A/C. Used only for longer trips but original owner no longer wanting to use it for that purpose. Mexican-Guanajuato titled/plated car. MP150,000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Buick Regal 1999, $38,000 pesos. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: 1LVVDQ 3DWKÂżQGHU Jalisco Plates. Price: $93,500 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: 1983 Mercedez 300D Turbo Diesel Classic. Price: $16,000 Pesos. Call: 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Mexican plated, 1998 Ford 150 XLT, Extender Cab Pickup. V6 engine with 5 speed transmission. A/C, Cruise conWURO3ULFH86'ÂżUP ULFKDUGEDUEL# gmail.com or call Richard at Cell: 331-1166081. We are located in Chapala. FOR SALE: 2006 Honda Civic EX. Great condition, 187,000 km, 2 Owners, Automatic Transmission, Jalisco Plates. Price $102,000.00 pesos. Cell: 331-005-3109 Alma Rivera.
FOR SALE: Apple I Pad, Model number MD 369LLA. Charger included. $1500 Pesos. Lessegel@gmail.com or 331-039-5150. FOR SALE: Garmin GPS, Nubia 650 with 110 volt charger and car charger included. Mexico, USA and Canada upgrades. Price: $1,150 Pesos. Lessegel@gmail.com or 331-039-5150. FOR SALE: Excellent Hewlett-Packard Desktop computer with 17inch Dell monitor. Windows 10 upgraded, 64 bits ram, 2 gb, dual core Intel processor. Mouse not included. Price: $ 3500.00 Pesos. Lessegel@ gmail.com or 331-039-5150. FOR SALE: ASUS CM5571-BRoo3 Desktop unit with Intel Pentium Dual-Core ES400 2.7GHz, 6GB RAM (upgradable to 16GB), 1TB hard drive, 8 USB 2.0 ports, US keyboard and mouse. No monitor supplied so only US$300 or peso equiv. Call Brian at 766-4836. FOR SALE: 7-Port USB 2.0 HubPrice: $45 USD. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Samsung Express M2022W Printer PLUS extra cartridge MLT-D111L. This printer has had light use. Both printer and cartridge is $1,500 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Android box (Android 6.0)
that is partially setup with Kodi and links to a few streams. Email: mike.a.maloney@gmail. com. FOR SALE: Bluetooth Multi device keyboard. Price: $40 or peso equivalent. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: MX2 G BoxIdeal for downloading and viewing TV and movies from the internet. Asking 50usd or peso equivalent. Call 333-390-3933. FOR SALE: HP 8460 P Laptop. Core I52.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, DVD, 14 in. Windows 7 Call Mike: 331-330-1050. FOR SALE: Vonage phone system. original price $48USD, will sell for 600 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. :$17(' Looking for Shaw TV service for my home in Agua Escondida. Call: 331.571.9596.
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:$17(' Would like to buy a hard sided large dog kennel suitable to transporting a dog by air travel. SkyPet or other similar make. Please contact Carol at 766-0450. Email: email@example.com. :$17(' I am searching for a ragdoll FDW ZLWK D KHDOWK FHUWLÂżFDWH DQG QHJDWLYH for feline leucemia. There are a few NOB if someone would consider picking it up and bringing here. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE: 6 month old Pit mix very loving DQG Dá‚‡HFWLRQDWH DOO VKRWV HWF QRW \HW QHXWHUHG+HZDVUHVFXHGRá‚‡WKHVWUHHWDERXW months ago and has been in training for his forever home and has now graduated with honours. 6 month old Pit mix. Will be a medium size dog about 40 pounds. contact : email@example.com. :$17(' Need good used dog crate-rigid plastic airline approved that will accomPRGDWHUHVFXHG\HOORZODEWKDWZLOOĂ€\WR7Rronto. Please help. Robert 766-3505. CATS NEED SITTER: We have a pair of rescued kitties about 5 months old which are completely indoor cats (for now). All shots are up to date and we just had them spayed. We are going back to the states for about 5 months unfortunately. Email: chapala.10. firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Need soft sided pet carrier. Dimensions no more than 11 inches high, 8 inches wide, 11 inches long. Call: 850-5191190 - 766-2853.
FORE SALE: Complete bedroom set. Queen bed and decorated frame, two nightstands and lamps, Table chair and small chest. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Camara. 16,1 Mio Pixels, 5x zoom, Hi-speed USB, HDMI output, for connection to computer and TV. Instructions & CD included for only $1,999 Pesos. Call: 331344-3341. FOR SALE: Corner sofa to make a statePHQWLQWKHFHQWHURIDURRPRUÂżWSHUIHFWO\ into a corner. Contemporary style cream leather sectional sofa. 3 sections, one with headrest. Total length 545 cm. $16,500 pesos. Call Michael 331- 319-1163. FOR SALE: Two lamp shades white $300 pesos. Can see at Todo Bueno consignment and resale store #231 Hiladgo. Riberas del Pilar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Sofa grey $4000 pesos. Can see at Todo Bueno consignment and resale store #231 Hiladgo. Riberas del Pilar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Flower Vase $600 pesos. Can see at Todo Bueno consignment and resale store #231 Hiladgo. Riberas del Pi-
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lar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Lawn Mower is $5000p 6 months old with original receipt from Sears. Stove is Koblenz $3800p 6 months old with RULJLQDOUHFHLSW.LQJVL]HPDWWUHVVÂżUPZLWK single bases, no stains $3800p. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: White GE Digital Dishwasher $6,000pesos. 3 years old from Tio-Sams RQWKHOLEUDPLHQWR$MLMLF%HVWRá‚‡HUDFFHSWHG Call: 376-765-7123 or 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Samsung Wireless Charging Pad with 2A Wall Charger. Price: $20. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Samsung microwave in very good condition, price is $800 pesos. If interested please call 001-830-203-9099. FOR SALE: Barely used Xbox One 500GB with 10 Games and Kinect. 500GB hard drive. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: $1,500 pesos Motorola High Def Shaw receiver, model DSR505 with remote. Price lowered to $1,200 pesos. Email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org FOR SALE: TV ProgramsDVD. All origiQDOVLQH[FHOOHQWFRQGLWLRQXQOHVVUHĂ€HFWHGLQ much lower than Amazon price. If interested, send PM. The Bob Newhart Show Season 1. $9. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Mitsubishi EX200U DLP projector. Refurbished: $5500 MX on e-bay. Mine, very lightly used, excellent like-new condition. Will include ceiling mount. $5000 MX. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Furniture. Both table and standing lamps with shades each -- for sale; 600 pesos each or 2/$1000. ( 2/$50). Large cream colored large, cozy, easy chair; leather -- 2,000 pesos ($100). 1 wooden rocker; needs repair - 400 pesos ($20 USD). Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Mendoza 22.cal Repeating Air Gun. Price $2500 pesos, if interested call 001-210-418-9798. FOR SALE: AXL Electric guitar. It comes with guitar strap, guitar cover, guitar amp and cable. It has a broken E string, that I have not KDG WLPH WR Âż[ 3ULFH SHVRV ,I LQWHUested please call 001-210-418-9798. FOR SALE: mountain bike for sale, in good condition. Recently did a lot of maintenance. Price $5800 pesos, if interested please call 001-830-203-9099. FOR SALE: 40â€? LED Flat Screen Tvâ€™s. 2, LQFKĂ€DWVFUHHQ/('HOHPHQW3ULFH SHVRVHDFKRUEHVWRá‚‡HU,ILQWHUHVWHGSOHDVH call 001-830-203-9099. FOR SALE: 4 Bluetooth wireless Digital Camera Security System $800pesos. Call 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: 2 mesh chaise lounges. Call: 3311258877 or 376-766-4123 FOR SALE: Foldawheel Foldable Wheelchair. Model PW-999UL. Comes with extra battery. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel. Price: $140 USD. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Complete Poplar Matrimonial sized bedroom set. Call 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Tennis Tutor ProLite ball machine, like new with new battery, Price: $7,500 pesos, Call Gilles at 331-774-3092. FOR SALE: Mabe top loading electrical washing machine. 3 years old. Price: $4,500pesos. Call: 331-252-163. FOR SALE: White GE Fridge from Tio Sam. 3 years old. Price: $18,000pesos or EHVWRá‚‡HU&DOO FOR SALE: Motorola RAZR V3M Verizon Vcast phone. Still keep in original Box. Call 331-252-1613.
FOR SALE: Complete matrimonial white wicker bedroom furniture set with space foam mattress. Please call 331-252-1613 to view. FOR SALE: Patio Furniture. Bar Cabinet $2,000p. Wicker love seat cushion & pillows $5,000p. Wicker chair cushion & pillow S 5DWDQ FRá‚‡HH WDEOH S $UHD rug 6â€™-4â€? x 10â€™-4â€? $150p. Potted palm $400p. Call: 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: 2á‚ˆFH )XUQLWXUH 6HW &DOO 331-252-1613. :$17('Small computer desk. Please call Dennis 766-5322. FOR SALE: RIVAL toaster oven, still in box asking 500 pesos. BLU SMART PHONE DASHJR 4.0 lorded with a new number and three(3) chips. Price: $2000 pesos. Call 376-766-4456 cell 333-104-7455. FOR SALE: Contemporary queen bedroom set, brass canopy double bed, king size bedroom set, computer desk, glass dining table and chairs. Call for more information Call: Erin cell 850-519-1190 or house 766-2853. FOR SALE: Recliner chair very comfortable wide seat phone. Bill: 108-1748. :$17(' Need a full/matrimonial box spring. Not the Mexican platform kind. Email: VLONĂ€HXUV#RXWORRNFRP FOR SALE: Have 15 sheets of owens corning 3/4 inch 4foot x 8 foot R 40 Foamular moisture resistant insulation sheathing Minimum 7 sheet purchase at 300 pesos per sheet or buy all 15 sheets. Price: $4,000 pesos. E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 333-949-8770 can deliver locally. FOR SALE: Star Choice Receiver, Remote 505 and Antena. Price: $1,900 pesos. Call: 33-14-67-23-00. FOR SALE: Queen head board dark color swan design dresser to match with mirror and two matching night side tables a must see in excellent condition. Phone Bill: 108-1748. FOR SALE:IW:HUQHUÂżEHUJODVVVWHS ladder. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: 331-1258877. :$17(' Urgently need a king size mattress for Mexican paraplegic man and his young son. Can pay reasonable amount for one in. Decent condition. Call Barry at: 7666036. :$17(' I am working on improving my culinary skills and need a heavy duty, good quality â€œKitchen Aidâ€? type mixer mainly for baking. e-mail me is best as I travel thruout Mexico a good deal of my time. richard. email@example.com. FOR SALE: Almost new car canopy, easy to put up and down. Great for cars during the rainy season. I can take it down or you can so you can see how easy it is to manage. $2000 pesos. Send me your phone number and I will call anyone who is interested. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. :$17(' Looking for a sofa and love seat or a sectional. Email: vivtomh@hotmail. com. FOR SALE: Deluxe large bird cage in powder coated pewter with top play stand and feeding cups. Cage feeding cups swing RXWRQVPDOOVLGHGRRUVIRUHDV\ÂżOOLQJ$OVR have two bird gyms, toys and smaller cage included. Price: $5000 ps. Email: email@example.com. :$17(' Looking for NOB traditional upholstered living room side chairs with carved wood arms, trim and feet. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: kitchen island, with four 29â€? x 12â€? deep drawers for pots & equipment. Two duplex outlets. Black granite measures 66.5â€? x 41â€?. Comes with two iron bar chairs with leather seats. Only 7 years old. Pickup
San Antonio Tlayacapan. $10,000 pesos obo. FOR SALE: Powered Paraglider. MiniPlane Para-Motor ( runs perfectly ) , Seat and Harness, Wing, Spare Propellers ( 2 Carbon Fiber, 1 wooden ). Price: $3,000.00 USD. For more Info: email@example.com. Frog 376-763-5859. FOR SALE: Spinning bike, Nordika brand, almost new in very good condition. Price sell: $3,800. If you are interested send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Sharp LC-45D40U 45â€? $4826ÂŒ KLJKGHÂżQLWLRQ /&' 79 3ULFH $4,000P. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: &DQRQUHÂżOODEOHLQNFDUWULGJes, PGI-150-CLI-150, with ink and chip. (I KDYHDQHZGLŕŻşHUHQWSULQWHU These cartridges are suitable for many Canon printers, such as the ones that I have listed, plus others. PIXMA - IP7210-MG5410-MX921-MG6310MG7210-MX721-MG5510-IX6810. Price: $500 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. :$17(' Looking for corner book case and nightstand. Email: sommer_pat@yahoo. co.uk. FOR SALE: Sony 40â€? Bravia LCD TV & LG or VIOS BluRay Price: $5500 Pesos or $260 USD for both the TV and BluRay/USB Media Player. Email: email@example.com. :$17(' Looking for a mountain bike. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: $2500.00 us electric golf cart club car new batteries new main control box and cylinoid. Gordon 763-5314 for sale $1300.00 us electric golf cart club car.
FOR SALE: Obus Forme Ergonomic Seat in black. Received from Amazon. Unique design encourages proper alignment of the pelvis and thighs, evenly distributing body weight for extended sitting comfort. Will sell for $500 pesos. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Nearly new 15G washing machine for sale. This large washing machine is in excellent condition, cold water, brand name is EASY. Price: $3900 pesos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Bedroom Set. Dresser Headboard Nightstands 2 Swan Designs. Call: 108-1748. FOR SALE: (WKDQ $OOHQ FRá‚‡HH WDEOH LQ D ZDUP PHGLXP ÂżQLVK RQ WUDGLWLRQDO VW\OH legs. There is one drawer in the front for storage space. Measures 46â€?long x 28â€?deep x 19â€?high. $2,000 pesos. Email: luclav49@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Tilting wall mount for 32â€? â€“ Â´ Ă€DWSDQHO 79V 6ROLG KHDY\JDXJH VWHHO FRQVWUXFWLRQ $GMXVWDEOH 79 EUDFNHWV Rá‚‡HU lateral shift ability to allow TV placement. 0RXQWLQJ SDWWHUQ ÂżWV YLUWXDOO\ DQ\ /&' RU plasma TV up to 175 lbs. Price: $2,000 pesos. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: IW DUWLÂżFLDO &KULVWPDV tree (spruce) with 2 complete sets of light strings included. US$100 or peso equivalent. Call Brian at 766-4836. :$17(' I would like to acquire the following (gently) used items that will be donated to a great cause: Small (bar size) reIULJHUDWRUPLFURZDYHRYHQĂ€DWVFUHHQWYGYG SOD\HUDQGDGUDZHUÂżOLQJFDELQHW(PDLO
firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Rocker Leather Recliner. $4500p excellent condition, color is very dark green. Call 106-2103. :$17(' Looking for retro wicker or wicker-look rocking chair for my terraza. Email: email@example.com. FOR SALE: Blu Dash JR 4.0k smart phone loaded with new number and 3 chips, cost new $230 used will accept $2000pesos. Vizio hd tv 24â€? great for a bedroom or just as an extra TV. Will accept $2000pesos. Rival Toaster Oven, 4 slices, will accept $500 pesos. Call 376-766-4456 or Cell: 333-1047455. FOR SALE: Rexton digital, 2 channel hearing aids. I paid near US$4,000. I will take US$750 for the pair (or pesos at the current rate). Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail. com. FOR SALE: Wine Making Supplies all for $3000p. The equipment and supplies were about $500 US. It consists of equipment (barUHO VLSKRQV ERWWOHÂżOOLQJ DQG FOHDQLQJ JHDU and supplies (tannin, yeast nutrient, disinfectant, etc.). Call Jeanne 766-3552. FOR SALE: SINGER INGENUITY 7436 SEWING MACHINE. The SINGERÂŽ 7436 is a fully electronic sewing machine with a full range of utility, decorative, quilting, heirloom and stretch stitch stitches. Email: louis.solo@ live.com. Price: $3000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Two, Solar World 245 Watt solar panels purchased new from eSun in December. Canâ€™t use them so they are for VDOH DW XVG HDFK RU EHVW Rá‚‡HU (PDLO
firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: Queen Sized Bedroom Set. Queen Metal Four Poster Bed. Matress, Box Spring, Bed Linens, Skirt. Pillows & Blanket Cover $30,000P. Triple Dresser, Mirror & Matching Bedside Table. Plus Lamp $35,000P. Bed Bench $2,500P. Framed Paintings $6,000P.Email: KHLQ]VWDSá‚‡#KRWmail.com. FOR SALE: Shaw Satellite Receiver & Dish. Three Foot Circular Dish With Two Dual Lnbs. One DSR-405 Analogue Receiver and Remote. Price: $1,000 Pesos. Call: 331-2521613. FOR SALE: Heavy Duty Electric Motor. Originally bought for restaurant ventilator or planned workshop band driver. Never used. Original price. $6,000pesos plus. Asking SHVRV RU EHVW Rá‚‡HU &DOO 1613. FOR SALE: CPAP AirSenseâ„˘ 10 AutoSetâ„˘. Therefore, the CPAP is on sale: mxn$20,000.00. Contact: Maga Cuellar, 044-333-130-1931. Rancho San Jorge, Carretera Jocotepec-Chapala. Mail: maga. email@example.com. FOR SALE: Computer Desk. Price: $1200. Ajijic 766-2853 or 850 510-1190. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: I have a closet full of beautifully made menâ€™s suits, jackets, pants, shirts - made of silk, linen, wool, cotton, leather. Some are hand made. Most are Italian designers. Pants sizes 32-34 x 32-34. Shirts size 151/2 - 16. Jackets in the 40 size range. Contact Erin 766-2853 or 850-519-1190.
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