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Herbert Piekow retells the story of Maximilian and Carlotta, two of the most spellbinding characters in all of Mexican history. Their story is right out of Greek tragedy. They loved Mexico but were engulfed by the country’s ultimate stirrings of democratic rule.

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17 AWARDS LUNCHEON Our 17th Annual Writers’ Awards Luncheon shall be held on the 13th of September, 12 noon, at the Ajijic Tango Restaurant in Ajijic. All those writers who contributed to our pages from October 2010 through September 2011 are cordially invited to attend and encouraged to bring a guest.

48 INTERNET DATING Gloria Palazzo seemed to have been betrayed by a desktop mouse that could not seem to click on the right romantic connection. Eventually, Gloria made the right decision—but seemingly only after exhausting almost all other possibilities. More importantly, she also had the last laugh. 54 TRAVEL Carol Bowman usually finds humor everywhere she visits, but Prague tickled her so bad it hurt—her pocketbook. Carol’s travelogues often appear something out of the old movie serial “The Perils of Pauline.”

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Editor’s Page By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez Uncle Sam Goes On Life-Support


sama Bin Laden once said that while Al Qaeda could never hope to militarily defeat the United States, the country could be driven into near-bankruptcy. Today, can anyone deny that this has not happened? It started with the infamous attack of September 11, 2001—an unconscionable act that hurled America into a cauldron of boiling indignation. But rather than specifically seek out and destroy members of the murderous organization that planned the attack, US leaders tragically over-reacted—as Al Qaeda must have known they would. The response should have involved (metaphorically speaking) a high-powered rifle with a telescopic sight; instead, they employed a huge cannon, invading and occupying Afghanistan, a sovereign country—a nation in which ten years later, we are still mired with little hope of leaving in the foreseeable future. In those ten years, the US has squandered the lives of more than 1500 American warriors, only to in effect perpetuate an utterly corrupt regime whose main source of income is American dollars (borrowed from China!), and the Afghan heroin trade—which is managed in part by the brother of the president of the country. One would think that the Vietnam War (where soldiers fought and died to prop up a long series of craven and corrupt governments) would have taught the US that equally important as who it is fighting against is whom it is fighting for. Yet, soon after the US entered Afghanistan, there seemed a good chance that it could quickly eradicate the Al Qaeda, and pull out. Instead, the US peeled off much of its military and sent it to Iraq—a country that had absolutely no connection with the 9/11 attack. If that were not catastrophic enough, the war was abysmally managed. Now, eight years later, the US is finally pulling out, having lost 4,500 American soldiers and (again) billions of dollars—though the US was repeatedly assured by the Bush administration that the Iraqi oil would pay for the war! Immorality morphed into stupidity


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when, in a stunning turn of events, the US allowed the Iraqi oil concessions to go mainly to China, which without firing a shot, losing a single soldier or spending a solitary Yuan, emerged as the big winner of the Iraqi War. While the US was invading countries, China was investing in them. Another tragic misconception was going from fighting terrorists to fighting insurgents—a battle that is rarely won. Moreover, irony of ironies, we pushed Iraq into the arms of its historical enemy, Iran—a country that unlike Iraq, can really bloody America’s nose. If the men who ran American foreign policy had been CEOs of major corporations, they would have been quickly ousted by furious stockholders! As for the rarely-mentioned human cost of the two wars, more than 224,000 have been killed and almost 8 million civilians have been displaced. (Cost of War Study-Brown University) Another sucker punch: Al Qaeda made the US so paranoid that it is now afraid to cut its military costs, though the Pentagon budget is larger than the military spending of all the rest of the world combined. Eisenhower (a vastly underrated president) warned about the “military-industrial complex” way back in the 1950s, but today, at a time when the US economy is dangerously close to going on life-support, hardly a dollar is ever cut from the military budget. So the US is left with a Five Trillion Dollar Deficit, and an ongoing expense of Two Billion Dollars a week to wage the war in Afghanistan—a nightmare caused in part by George W. Bush’s decision to finance these military misadventures by borrowing the money rather

than the traditional method of raising taxes. Further, the same hysterical mindset causes the US to maintain more than 900 military bases around the world. Upshot: The government is currently spending $1.6 trillion dollars per year more than it is taking in—a disparity that even the Roman Empire could not have sustained. As for the fast-fading American Empire, may it Rest in Peace. President Obama has done little to improve the dire situation. Granted, he inherited a Mount Everest of critical problems due to Bush’s policies. Yet, at a time when America is bleeding profusely from several grievous wounds, Obama has himself added troops to the Afghan War, this even as the US does not control more than 29 of Afghanistan’s 280 provinces, and whose prime minister regularly thrashes the US, calling its soldiers “occupiers.” Moreover, the US government now admits that no viable terrorist threat has come out of Afghanistan in more than seven years. Obama has also committed the US to a major (and now possibly illegal) misadventure in Libya—a country that poses absolutely no danger to America, but which is costing it 300 million dollars each and every day. The most unforgivable thing a president can do, however, is send soldiers

off to fight and die—or end up permanently maimed—in an unnecessary war. Yet, as GW Bush did, President Obama cowardly passes the buck, saying he has to rely on the advice of his generals. But he confuses tactics with strategy: the decision to go to war and when to end it is a political decision; the way a war is waged is quite properly the province of the military. A straight-talking, clear-thinking Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, believes that if the US stays in Afghanistan only until the proposed cut-off of 2014, the cost to the American people will be another quarter of a trillion dollars! Bottom Line: US wars since 9/11 have cost at least 3.7 trillion dollars (Cost of War Study-Brown University) with an astounding (if comical-sounding) 20 Billion for air-conditioning in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imagine the social/economic/educational/scientific/medical/artistic/ environmental benefits that could have been achieved, had those dollars been spent in the United States! The Al Qaeda and their slimy ilk, wherever they are, must be smiling. Alejandro Grattan

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MAXIMILIAN—Emperor of Mexico By Herbert W. Piekow


n December of 1857, a coup led to the Mexican Congress being dissolved on January 19th of 1858. Benito Juarez, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, proclaimed himself President of Mexico though he lacked a cabinet, and popular support. Mexico was in the midst of a civil war when in 1863 a Mexican delegation from the assembly of Notables was sent to the Palace of Miramar near Trieste, Italy. The assembly consisted of 215 members and all but two voted to offer Maximilian of Hapsburg, brother of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, the throne of Mexico. At the same time Maximilian was considering an offer from the Greeks to be their new king. After much consideration he accepted the offer to rule in the Americas since he thought he would have a better future there and his goal was to establish a strong Mexican government and save Mexico from chaos and draw it into the modern world. Maximiliano, as he was known in Mexico, renounced his right to succeed to the throne of Austria. Before leaving for Mexico he sought support from European countries and he signed the Convention of Miramar with Napoleon III, agreeing to French military support for six years and that preferential treatment would be given to French officials over Mexicans. Maximiliano agreed to a debt of 54 million pesos and further agreed to pay 1,000 francs a year for each of the 30,000 French soldiers posted to Mexico and to compensate all the French citizens affected by the Mexican war. Maximiliano and his wife, the Belgian princess Charlotte Amélie, named


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Carlota by the Mexicans, sailed for Mexico on an Austrian ship and when the imperial couple reached Veracruz in May 1864, they received a cold reception; only a few members of the provisional government greeted them. However, a month later, when they reached Mexico City, they were lavishly greeted with triumphal arches, pavilions, garlands of flowers and receptions. Within a few days the emperor formed his cabinet which included moderate conservatives and liberals because he wanted all Mexicans to realize his interests were for everyone. He did antagonize the conservatives by refusing to include the Cross in the imperial coat of arms and his unwillingness to agree to the phrase “By the Grace of God” on all official documents. Every Sunday he gave audiences to the city’s poor that further alienated the emperor from both the liberals and conservatives; in addition the imperial couple showed a philanthropic spirit towards the Indians. The couple hoped to improve the living conditions of the ethnic groups. The emperor initiated laws designed to make the life of the peasants less hard; he tried to abolish

the tiendas de raya (company stores) and prohibited forced conscription. Further he decreed that uncultivated land be given to peasants who had no property. However, his decrees were not enforced and the Indians felt his promises were just words to placate them—thus alienating a group who, although they had no political power, had supported his policies. At this time there were two governments in Mexico, the Imperial Government of Maximiliano and the non-functional government of Juárez. Benito Juárez had no Congress and his government, which he ran from his black coach, had no power and was considered unconstitutional. (The black coach is now displayed in the Chapultepec Castle Museum.) Meanwhile, Maximiliano was working to create a government that would allow Mexico to grow into a world power. He recognized the vast natural wealth of the country; its ideal shipping possibilities and the fact that Mexico had an industrious population which he felt were capable of producing anything given the raw materials. Maximiliano and Carlota thought Mexico City was more of a provincial city than a world capitol. The monarchs began a campaign to beautify the city. Maximiliano believed that Mexico possessed everything to be a great empire. He created public parks, ordered statues and changed the face of the city by designing and constructing today’s Paseo de la Reforma, the wide avenue running from Chapultepec Castle to the city’s center. He also tore down the small country homes of the viceroys and the military academy to construct Chapultepec Castle. The castle, although occupied for only a brief time by the royals, is one of the most attractive architectural monuments in Mexico. The royal couple initiated a sense of pride in the beauty of the city and many of today’s plazas and public spaces reflect the love they shared for their adopted country. It is unfortunate that their detractors used the excuse of excess to negate much of what was created but it remains as a part of Mexico’s pride and beauty. Maximiliano had an understanding of architecture and the importance of beautiful and functional public spaces and buildings. When he brought his European tastes to Mexico, he transformed the way Mexicans perceived their public image. In 1867 Maximiliano lost French support and Napoleon III ordered the withdrawal of French troops in preparation for war with Prussia. These were not peaceful times for Mexico which suffered economic problems and lack of growth that required Maximiliano’s government to borrow an additional 46

million pesos and go further into debt. His detractors blamed the debt on the emperor’s public works and the building of his lavish residence. His fatherin-law, the King of Belgium, refused to help and so Carlota, as ambassador from Mexico, went to Rome to ask Pope Pius IX for support which would require other Catholic countries to lend support to Mexico. Carlota failed in her efforts and afterward suffered several bouts of insanity. She died in Belgium in 1927 at the age of 86. Maximiliano’s relations with the Vatican had never been good because he had earlier refused the Pope’s request to return all church property to the church. Maximiliano also believed every man had the right to choose to worship in his own way and refused to allow the Catholic Church to regain its former power, wealth and influence; this not only alienated him from the Church in Rome but also from many of the conservatives in his own government. In the meantime the US had ended its Civil War and the US made a loan of $20 million dollars to Juárez. The US preferred to support the provisional government than recognize what they considered the foreign threat of France and Austria at US borders. Also, five thousand Southern soldiers had immigrated to Mexico and the US Government feared they would lend their battle experience to Maximiliano’s troops. The loan to Juárez enabled him to form, equip and train an army. In return Juárez allowed the US to settle land in Baja California and gave the US concessions to build the El Paso, Guaymas, Matamoros and Mazatlán railroads. The loan also allowed Juárez to reorganize his government and to consolidate his power and increase his fight to overthrow the imperial government of Maximiliano. The emperor joined his generals in the fight against the federalists but his remaining French troops lacked motivation to fight for the Mexicans and eventually the well-trained and equipped army of Juárez defeated the French at Puebla on May 5, 1867. Ten days later, Juárez’s troops captured Maximiliano in Querétaro and Juárez ordered the emperor to be executed by firing squad. Maximiliano gave each man on the firing squad a gold piece and asked them to aim for his heart. They required two volleys and shattered his face. Eventually Maximilian’s body was returned to Europe on the same ship that brought him to Mexico, the country he believed would one day be a world power. Maximiliano was justified, however, in his belief in Mexico for according to many financial experts, Mexico will become the world’s 5th largest economy by 2040!

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ver the past 5 years herself and myself have delighted in spending 6 months of the year in Mexico but we also very much enjoy the other half of the year we spend back in Canada. There is such a contrast in all facets of living in the two countries, each interesting and attractive in its own way. Naturally bridge plays an important role in our lives in both countries and we take pleasure in meeting and playing against different opponents in each location. Thus it was with great anticipation that we went to Hazel’s Bridge Club in the Toronto area shortly after our return there this past April. After greeting many old friends we sat down to play 26 boards of duplicate bridge. Things started off rather nicely and despite a few miscues here and there we figured we were doing rather well and, it later transpired, we were leading the East-West field of 27 pairs with a score of 60% with just one round to go. If we could keep our noses clean for the last two deals that would provide us with a nice welcome back. What we didn’t realize was that our opponents for that last round were having a rock-

crusher of a game and were already leading their direction with more than 70%! In the first board, North passed, as did herself sitting East. South opened a standard 1 spade. I passed and North bid 2clubs, a version of the Drury convention*, which in their system showed a limit raise in spades with at least 4 trumps. South now bid 2 diamonds to show a full opening bid and North bid 3clubs to show a feature in that suit which was all South needed to bid the spade game. It seemed to me that an attacking lead was called for so I led the 3 of hearts. Declarer won in dummy and called for the 5 of spades which he won with the king. He now played the 4 of spades towards the dummy, I followed with the 6 and declarer stopped to consider his options. After what seemed like an eternity he called for the 10 from the board and when herself showed out he was able to draw my last trump and claim 10 tricks. This was disappointing to us as the “normal” play with a combined 9 cards missing the queen is to play for the drop, as in “8 ever, 9 never”. This declarer figured that I might have led a trump if I had only two and as he and his partner were having such a fantastic game, he decided to go with his hunch. The net result for us was we scored one matchpoint out of a possible 25 on this board. So that hand took the proverbial wind out of our sails but surely we could rally and win our fair share of the spoils on the last? Tune in next time for the conclusion of this thrilling saga! Questions or comments: email: masson. Ken Masson


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OF FAITH AND FABLES By Bob Haynes It’s A Dog Thing


t was a poignant moment in my bucket list journey. The trip (part one) culminated in Bentonville, Arkansas where we stayed with my adopted brother and sister Don and Wylene Cohagan. One of the “items” in my agenda was to complete all the arrangements for my funeral and thus relieve my family of non-essential stress. In between non-stop visits by wonderful friends, we met with our minister to begin the process and make some decisions about such things as music, scripture, special purchases such as casket, money matters etc. At the end of the discussion Reverend Rex Dickey asked all those present to gather around my chair and have a prayer. As they began to surround me, our dog Angel jumped into my lap. Not the normal thing for her to do in such circumstances but I didn’t realize her intended purpose. As Rex spoke, Angel put her head down on my leg, closed her eyes and was obviously in prayer with us. What a blessing brought about by an animal who has become so precious to me and who has shown over and over that she understood the circumstances of our gathering and the illness that had changed our lives. It was another “God and Dog” thing. I have found that statistics show the relationship between pets and family members are so very, very important. For instance, I found several studies that showed that while most families report that their pet is of great importance to them at all times, they value them most at times of crisis and loss. In a paper by Froma Walsh Cain, she found that most family respondents believed that their pets understood when they talked to them and that their pets were sensitive to their moods. Family members reported that their pets were ‘‘tuned in’’ to their feelings, whether happiness, excitement, tension, sadness, or anger. When family members were sick or injured, their pets were very responsive, often licking a wounded area or curling up close to of-

fer comfort. Some described their companion animals as ‘‘live-in’’ therapists. That was certainly true of Angel’s response to the request to join in a prayer for me. Family pets are also welcomed additions no matter what the circumstance and give us many memorial moments to reflect upon and smile about. That reminds me of another story about a dog… this one a male dog belonging to my daughter Sara’s family. I’m still smiling about this revelation that came to me because of the close tie between animal and human. My son-in-law Cliff has a most unique philosophy about the family’s pets. One, in particular is Bo Jangles, a mixed breed with boundless energy and a craving to greet anyone who comes close to their home adjacent to number 12th green at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. When anyone drives by on their golf cart, Bo is there to run to the fence, bark loudly and announce his presence. While others would cringe at the thought of such antics, Cliff calmly states, “Well, He’s a Dog” that’s what they do. To those who differ and wish for him to restrain Bo, he tells them “You talk to him.” I love it. Bo has learned some manners however that show how intelligent he is. When the golfers reach the green Bo sits down, closes his mouth and watches the golfers putt. It is only after they leave the green does his attention return once again to his job of barking and running back and forth along the fence. Having a chance to spend time with Bo and his running mate Abby put continuous smiles on my face. After visiting with family in Oklahoma and in Minnesota and returning home to Bentonville, I know how blessed I have been and how God has continued to work in my life and in those around me. Part two of my bucket list article will soon follow. Meanwhile say a prayer for your pet(s) and know how they bring special blessings to you and your family. Shalom!

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n my thirty plus years at Central Maine community College, one of my favorite courses to teach was “Technology and Society.” We would read several novels and many articles dealing with the effects, both intended and unintended, of technology on society at large. Some of the articles we read would, predictably, predict the future of technology and speculate on how it would affect our lives. Of course, predicting the future is a messy business. Many major developments are unanticipated. The head of IBM, at one point, predicted that the world would not need more than a handful of computers, having no idea that computers would evolve from the giant mainframe calculating machine to the infinitely useful PC. Who would have predicted the immense effect of the Internet on all aspects of life? I have always been interested in the predictions which have been completely, or partially, inaccurate. The July 4, 1955 issue of Newsweek made the following predictions for 1975: Nuclear power would be widely used for cheap electricity, food sterilization, disease treatment, and would be widely used as fuel. Cars would be programmed to “drive themselves” on superhighways. Radio telephones would be able to be carried in one’s pocket. The world would see the end or “near end” of cancer, heart disease, and the common cold. In farming, there would be fewer, larger farms, and “unmanned” spaceships would orbit the earth. As


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Bill Frayer you can see, though not completely accurate, these predictions do contain some truth. Some predictions are now humorous. In 1945, National Geographic published an article overestimating the widespread use of “atomic power,” suggesting it would largely replace the need for coal, oil, and hydroelectric power. (Do you remember the TV ads suggesting atomic power would be “too cheap to meter?”) The article correctly predicted the use of TV to transmit news and sporting events as they happened. It also predicted transcontinental commercial air travel, but saw this solution for navigation: “Blanketing the entire United States will be a uniform system of 100,000 aerial route numbers…painted on roofs and on the surfaces of highways, marked on mountainside with crushed rock, laid out on lawns and road intersections with small schrubs…” Wow, can you imagine? Robert Millikan, of Cal Tech, predicted in 1939, that “life in America fifty or a hundred years hence will not differ…much from the life of today…” He predicted that our use of coal and oil as energy sources would continue for “a thousand years,” and “so far as tapping the energy ‘locked up in the atoms’ is concerned, we can count that out.” And of course, there is the US Patent Office’s Charles Duell’s infamous 1899 quote, “Everything that can be invented, has been invented.” Not all faulty predictions involved technology. Charles Darwin, in the forward to his Origin of Species, wrote “I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume  should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone.” In 1955, Variety magazine predicted rock ‘n roll “will be gone by June.” And in 1905, President Grover Cleveland predicted, “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” I find this all endlessly interesting. I may include more in a future column. If you have documented examples of more interesting predictions, please let me know.

By Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson


merica’s so-called Liberal-Left frequently and gleefully contend Canada has had legal abortions for decades and there has never been any move to challenge the law on the issue. Not quite true in either case. Abortions are not ‘legal’ in Canada - but neither are they ‘illegal.’ In reality, Canada is the only Western nation without any abortion laws whatsoever. And, paradoxically any  woman can get an abortion on demand, covered by ‘free’ government-sponsored Medicare. So, again, when the Liberal-Left in the USA claim the abortion laws in Canada have never been challenged, they are either woefully ignorant or knowingly being fraudulent - laws can’t be challenged when they don’t exist. Whatever, this is the background of a ‘peculiar’ situation that somewhat characterizes the Canadian way of doing things: Back in 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on a technicality— the Criminal Code provision governing abortions was unconstitutional and ordered it be sent back to Parliament and rewritten. At the time Brian Mulroney - the Conservative Prime Minister who won the two largest majorities in the nation’s history was in power-  was on one hand deeply involved in negotiating the complex but essential free trade pact with the USA, and on the other hand, he was an extremely shrewd politician. The man who sang “When Irish Hearts are Smiling” on stage with President Ronald Reagan, knew the bulk of his Conservatives were opposed somewhat to wide-open abortion on demand - when health conditions did not require it - but that many of the Liberal voters he had attracted were for abortion on demand. So why rock the boat? Put the issue on the backburner and leave it to someone else to handle. When Jean Chretien became Liberal Prime Minister in 1993 - and

began his ten-year reign - a man as canny as Mulroney although not as sophisticated - the issue was still on the backburner. Chretien faced a similar quandry as Mulroney - his Liberals were generally for abortion on demand, but his more conservative supporters were against it. Again, why rock the boat and turn off a stack of potential voters. With that, he too, left the issue on the backburner. Next came Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has now won three elections in a row. One might presume Harper - like Mulroney, a close friend of mine - is personally queasy about abortion. But again, why turn off potential Liberal voters. Add to that, Harper’s philosophy is - as with gay marriage, legal coast-to coast in Canada - once you have given someone a right you can’t take that right away from them. So, the issue is still on the backburner - where it will likely stay for eternity. The Supreme Court is hardly waiting breathlessly for a new abortion law to be written and assessed. This ‘peculiar’ way of handling issues is perhaps why, unlike the USA, there is no fanaticism within the Conservative or Liberal ranks in Canada.

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Joyful Musings By Joy Birnbach Dunstan, MA, LPC, MAC What Was Your Name Again?


ho among us hasn’t ever walked to the kitchen only to forget what we went there for? It’s normal to forget things and usually we simply laugh it off. As we age, however, fear of Alzheimer’s can make forgetfulness and memory loss more of a concern. Fortunately, most changes in memory are a normal part of aging and are minor enough not to interfere with daily living. For most of us, the key to keeping our mind sharp and intact is regular use. Just as your body needs exercise to remain healthy and fit, your mind needs practice to stay sharp. It is normal to take a bit longer to remember things, especially considering how much more knowledge and memories you have to sift through than a young person. It is also normal to have difficulty learning new things (like Spanish!) or focusing on more than one thing at a time. But the more you keep active and learning, the better your brain works. The single most important thing you can do to minimize memory lapses is to focus your attention on what you really want to remember. Much of what we call forgetting is a result of not registering information in the first place. If you need to remember something later, pay closer attention now. One handy way to lock in new information is to repeat and associate it. When John introduces himself to you, respond with “Hello, nice to


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meet you, John.” Link the name with something memorable: perhaps it’s the same name as your uncle, or maybe you’re meeting Gail the day after a storm with gale-force winds. Once you’ve registered information, there are numerous tools you can use to retain and recall it later. Incorporating imagery and associations to form vivid mental pictures helps cement memory. You might remember your grocery list, for example, by placing the items, in your imagination, in the rooms of a house. Visualize eggs on the front doormat, sausages hanging on the chandelier, butter melting in a dish by a sunny window. The more ludicrous the images, the more likely you are to remember them. Physical tools and props are external aids that help trigger memory. Written examples include keeping lists, calendars, and post-it notes. Besides having your note to refer back to, the action itself of writing things down assists memory by focusing your attention and organizing your thoughts. Organize your environment to rely less on memory. For example, habitually hanging your keys on a hook by the door helps you find them easily when you need them. Object cues are the manipulation of an ordinary object in an unusual way so as to jog your memory. In my house, we know that if the big metal spatula is still lying on the counter, the barbecue needs to be turned off. Another example would be putting your watch on the opposite arm to remind you to stop at the post office. More than anything, worry and negative self-talk impair memory. If you tell yourself things like “I have such a bad memory” or “There’s no way I’ll remember this,” you’re setting yourself up to forget. Pay attention and focus on ways to remember. And when you do inevitably forget something, soothe yourself by remembering what Albert Schweitzer once said: “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at or 7654988.

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Wondrous Wildlife By Vern and Lori Geiger

Animal Analogies


t is funny how many times we compare ourselves or others to animals, so just for fun here are some. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. If you lie down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander... He’s a dirty rat. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The bluebird of happiness. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill. He’s as wild as a Cajun coon. He’s all bark and no bite. Don’t go digging up an old grave, leave that to the dogs. He’s as stubborn as a mule. It will happen as soon as the cows come home. It’s raining cats and dogs. Watch out for the two legged snakes. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You’re as little as a tad pole. He’s as quick as a cat. She’s as quiet as a mouse. He’s as slippery as an eel. Slow as a turtle. Wilder than a March hare. Sly as a fox. A cold nose means a warm heart. He has bats in his belfry. She is as blind as a bat. She’s an old bat. You don’t have the sense God gave little


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geese. Like water off a duck’s back. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. I wish I was a fly on the wall. The wise old owl. Silly as a goose. He’s as strong as an ox. He’s as gentle as a lamb. He’s as proud as a peacock. He’s like a bull in a china shop. The early bird gets the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese. I sold my cow, so I don’t need your bull. Mad as a wet hen. That’s just ducky. It’s the cat’s pajamas. I feel like a salmon swimming upstream. He’s as happy as a clam. She has a memory like an elephant. Now that’s the cat’s meow. Like a cat on a hot tin roof. Let sleeping dogs lay. It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. They are like a herd of sheep. She is a social butterfly. Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. My goose is cooked. That’s something to crow about. Like a moth to a flame. It’s raining cats and dogs. I’ve got a frog in my throat. She’s just the bee’s knees. We’re off like a herd of turtles. I don’t want to hear another peep out of you. When pigs fly. I smell a rat. She has clammy hands and crow’s feet. He’s pigheaded. I was buffaloed. I’m as snug as a bug in a rug. She was an eager beaver. Don’t buy a pig in a poke. He’s all hat, and no cattle. If the horse throws you off get right back on. I know there are many more, but we hope you had a chuckle or two. We would like to thank all our volunteers for their continued support at various events. If you find a wild animal in need of help you may contact us or if we are unavailable, you may contact the Fire Dept. 766-3615. If you are able to assist the animal, you can take it to Dr. Pepe Magaña in Riberas for treatment.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Our 17th Annual Writers’ Awards Luncheon shall be held on the 13th of September, 12 noon, at the th Ajijic Tango Restaurant in Ajijic. All those writers who wh contributed to our pages from October 2010 through September 2011 are cordially invited to attend and encouraged to bring a guest. (Sorry, Letters to the Editor are not included.) The event, featuring food, drink, entertainment and the awards ceremony, is the Tingen Family’s way of showing its gratitude to the many wonderful writers who are the main reason for our success. See you there!

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Anita’s Animals By Jackie Kellum


f you look up the word: commitment, several words immediately come up: promise, pledge, dedication, loyalty, faithfulness, etc. Taking a cat or dog into your household to become a family member is a commitment. It should not be an impulsive decision, but a thoughtout plan, considering factoring of future situations, as much as possible. Cats and dogs are not like Hertz or Avis; they are not loaners. On occasion, a family pet will get out of the house, which is always a scary situation. To help deal with this possibility, here are some helpful tips: periodically take a current picture of your pet, so an accurate posters can be made, if needed. Keep a collar on your pet, with an ID tag containing their name and a current phone number. It is also advantageous to have in English: Reward and in Spanish: Recompensa on the tag. A two-sided inscribed tag is beneficial to list your vet’s name and emergency phone number, on the second side – this is especially important if your animal is found injured. Special   thanks  to Drs. Antonio and Hector Ladron de Guevara who have spayed and neutered numerous animals from Anita’s Animals  over the years. These veterinarians  have helped to try to manage pet over-population at Lakeside. At this writing Anita has sev-


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erall pure b bred dd dogs available ili bl ffor adoption: Two Springer Spaniels, brother & sister, spayed/neutered, who have been together since they were little - their owner who lived in Ajijic died leaving no instructions for their care in the event of his death. A two- year old spayed female Dalmatian - surrendered by a family who could no longer care for her because of family member health issues; and a young adult male Dachshund, a spayed black Lab, and a male golden Lab about 3-4 years old. We still are in “puppy and kitten season” so there are many to select from to be your favorite. And there is also a wide variety of adult dogs and cat including a few orange-white cuties, and pure Siamese and Siamese – mix cats, who are waiting for a home and family. During the first two weeks in July, Anita took IN: 138 kittens/cats – including non-delivered pregnant cats, and 83 puppies/dogs, and, found homes for 59 kittens/ cats, and 56 puppies/dogs --and we still have 17 more days left in July ! If you are doing your shopping and your monthly budget can accommodate it, please consider buying a bag of kitten/cat and/or puppy/dog food. We really would appreciate this donation, with so many mouths and tummies to feed. When you have finished reading your newspaper, and non-slick publications, please think of Anita’s Animals . These papers are needed for the kits/pups. If we do not have these papers donated, money which should be used for buying food, vaccines, vet bills, etc. will have to be used to buy newspapers. Thank you so much for your caring and help!

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The Poets’ Niche By Mark Sconce

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


n keeping with my pledge to seek out famous poems that treat of love and death, I offer up this month Dante Alighieri, Italy’s greatest poet, still read diligently nearly seven centuries after his passing. Maria Paola of Ajijic, recalls how students wanting to attend an Italian university had to take a state exam that included d d passages ffrom The h D Divine Comedy to be expounded upon. Of course we know him most for his immortal work, The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) published in Florence 1317-19. Dante knew it only as Commedia. It wasn’t until after his death that the public, during public readings, began referring to it as Divine, ergo, The Divine Comedy. Imagine yourself in such a medieval crowd pushing forward to better hear the presenter in one of Florence’s splendid piazzas and listening to this from Dante’s Inferno: Here monstrous Cerberus, the ravening beast, howls through his triple throats like a mad dog over the spirits sunk in that foul paste. His eyes are red, his beard is greased with phlegm, his belly is swollen, and his hands are claws to rip the wretches and flay and mangle them. And they, too, howl like dogs in the freezing storm, turning and turning from it as if they thought one naked side could keep the other warm. All hope abandon, ye who enter here! --Tr. By John Ciardi “Dante,” said contemporary poet Francesco Petrarch “is the great master of the disgusting.” He could have added: Atheists, you better hope you’re right! The punishment meted out above was just for committing the sin of gluttony, a somewhat understandable failing where Italian food is concerned. Flatterers don’t fare much better, not to mention Opportunists, Wasters, Frauds, Usurers and, of course, the Carnal. If all these sins sound vaguely familiar, they’re more finely tuned and etched in Italian minds because Dante’s poetry is still their pride and joy. Stefano Quaiotti of Ajijic, speaks fondly of his school days in Bologna savoring Dante’s poetry. Dante’s tour through Hell and Purgatory is made possible by his guide and protector, the Roman poet Virgil who represents human reason, all the better to understand the sins and the sinners. But when it comes to Paradise, Dante requires more than human reason. He needs the sublime company of his lost love, Beatrice, or at least her divine spirit to guide him in the ways of Redemption and Revelation. Beatrice, whom Dante met and fell for when they were only nine. Ten years later, she died tragically, and Dante, bereaved, wrote many love poems to her memory. “O Beatrice, thou gentle guide and dear Often it is brought home to my mind the dark quality that Love gives me, and pity moves me, so that frequently I say: ‘Alas! is anyone so afflicted?’: since Amor assails me suddenly, so that life almost abandons me: only a single spirit stays with me, and that remains because it speaks of you. I renew my strength, because I wish for help, and pale like this, all my courage drained, come to you, believing it will save me: and if I lift my eyes to gaze at you my heart begins to tremble so, that from my pulse the soul departs.” --Tr. By A.S. Kline Dante considered love for a woman the first step in the soul’s spiritual sojourn toward a capacity for divine love—a Christian vision, nay, a beatific vision of God in His celestial light. Dante Alighieri contracted malaria and died at age 56. Mark Sconce


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By Barb Corol Diego Antonio Jimenez Barragan


t’s difficult to imagine that this handsome little boy’s life was almost over before it began. Born November 8, 2005, Diego would be diagnosed with Myelomeningocele. His loving parents, mom Silvia Barragan Garcia and dad Cristino Jimenez Cortez, were devastated. Diego was rushed to Hospital Civil in Guadalajara where he would remain in critical condition for the next two months. Doctors were not hopeful for his survival. Myelomenigocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. This condition is a type of spina bifida. Surgery is highly recommended to repair the defect as soon after birth as possible. Unfortunately, Diego’s condition was too fragile so an operation was out of the question until he stabilized. Mom stayed with Diego for two months. If she was needed at home, Dad took over the vigil at the hospital. Diego was being treated with antibiotics and anti-convulsive meds, which at first seemed to worsen his condition but he started to respond positively to the treatment. Diego was fitted with a body restraint to reduce damage to his exposed spinal cord and sent home until surgery could be performed. Over the next eight months, Diego would be in and out of hospital with numerous infections and bladder problems. He finally had the much needed surgery just before his second birthday. Mom was referred to Niños Incapacitados and became a client on May 22, 2008. During the interview, we learned that Diego was now experiencing severe orthopedic problems, not unusual for children diagnosed with Myelomeningocele. According to his doctor, most children will require lifelong treatment for problems resulting from spinal cord damage. Diego had to have daily therapy sessions at the Hospital Civil while undergoing extensive testing including an MRI. He was fitted with a hip brace and shoes to help him walk. Sadly, Diego would have to undergo more surgery.


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We have paid for all medications, hospital consults, therapy sessions, transportation to and from the Hospital Civil, X-rays and an MRI. We also paid for all hospitalization and surgeries. To date, Niños Incapacitados has paid out 40,000 pesos. In March of this year, Diego had to undergo a spinal tap. A special monitor had to be rented by the Hospital Civil for this procedure at a cost of 7,200 pesos. Having had so many operations, the scarring on Diego’s back had become quite badly inflamed. In June, Hospital Civil referred the family to a Plastic Surgeon for consultation. The surgeon recommended re-opening the surgery site and cleaning the area and re-stitching. The procedure seems to have gone well and Diego is feeling much better. Mom has to apply a special cream twice daily for the next three months, which will reduce the swelling and help speed up the healing process. At the moment there are no more surgeries scheduled. Diego is very happy about this. Despite all that this little guy has been through, he always greets us with a big smile and a hug. As Director of the Jocotopec Clinic, thank you for the opportunity of presenting some of our children to you. If you would like to learn more about Niños Incapacitados, please visit our website at www.programaniñ or call Rich Petersen (376-765-5511) or Barb Corol (376-766-5452).

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By Victoria Schmidt dt

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hile contemplating mpllati ting ng our move to Mexico, there was one thing that gave both my husband and I pause. It wasn’t the “violence,” or learning the language… it was things that crawl. OK, grin if you will, but we’re from Minnesota. Land of 10,000 Lakes, and maybe two “dangerous” bugs; mosquitos that may carry diseases, and ticks. And while there are salamanders, they are harmless, and poisonous snakes are rare. And Minnesota has four seasons. Nothing grows very large because of winter kill, so even cockroaches are downright tiny. Mexico has bugs! Big bugs! Dangerous bugs. How were we going to handle living with black widows, scorpions and brown recluse spiders? We pictured them everywhere. Two weeks after moving to Mexico we had our first encounter. It was not pretty. The house we were renting required us to access our bathroom by exiting the house, and entering the bathroom from the patio. (Mexican architecture is an entirely different column.) One night after a hard rain, I decided to take a hot shower to relax and allow myself some sleep. Prepared, I removed my glasses as I opened the sliding shower door. I was about to


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step t iinside nsid ide wh id hen I tthought hou ug I when saw something some so meth thi hing ing mo vin i saw moving. I ith th my ffoot oott iin n th stopped with the air, kward d an slowly stepped backward and shut the door. With my glasses on, I cautiously re-opened the door and saw that the entire shower stall floor was a moving mass of bugs…cockroaches, crickets, scorpions and more. I closed the door. I did not scream. I did wake my husband telling him there was a bug problem in the bathroom. He went in, and I heard him yell “Holy S*&!” He eliminated the problem along with an entire can of Raid. Our maid had to clean out the dead carcasses. To this day, I always examine the shower floor before I remove my glasses! That’s when we learned about the essential weapon: drain covers. Other well-meaning ex-pats warned us not to go barefoot, not to leave our shoes on the floor, not to allow our bed sheets and blankets to touch the floor, names of fumigators, and household products for pest control, and, of course, the number for Cruz Roja. We still fear the dreaded scorpion. Of course, we’ve since learned that people actually survive scorpion stings. We’ve learned where scorpions live; hide, and we learned to be cautious. But we have also learned that no matter how cautious we are, there may come a time when we may fall victim…but until then, we remain vigilant. We recently moved to a new home, and while in the bathroom, again without my glasses, I saw something I couldn’t quite identify. I asked my husband to take a look. He walked into our shower, and viciously stomped a scorpion to death. No drain cover. He went right out and bought covers for all our drains. My knight in shining armor hates these things as much as I do! Victoria Schmidt

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Hearts at Work A Column by James Tipton

“The Tea Horse Road”


ne of the magazines I like a lot is the Buddhist magazine, Shambhala Sun. In the current issue (July) is a book review that combines two other things I like a lot: tea and horses. The just published book, by Michael Freeman and Selena Ahmed, is Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Root to Tibet. In the review I discover that “In the seventh century, Tibetans developed a taste for tea and it quickly became a staple in their meaty diet.” China, “struggling to fend off the Mongols—found itself coveting sturdy warhorses.” Tibet had horses and China had tea. And so, the Tea Horse Road came


into being, “one of the most important trade routes of the ancient world.” I have always had a deep fondness for both horses and tea. My most recent book is even titled All the Horses of Heaven, I used to own a horse, I used to ride a lot, trail on foot wild horses, and still sometimes in sleep a herd of horses will race through a

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rather ordinary dream. I remember a rainy afternoon in Mohican State Forest in north-central Ohio, sitting around a fire with my old buddy Lorin Swinehart, sipping lapsang souchong tea, whose smoky pleasures mingled with both the woods and our conversation. And I remember living on a high mesa in western Colorado, opening a package I had just picked up at the general store, sent to me by another writer, a dear Chilean woman, which contained boxes of “Tea with Mangos and Marigolds,” and I remember two years later sharing a pot of that tea with her in Books Passage, a terrific bookstore in Corte Madera near San Francisco. I do not own a coffee maker. In Colorado, where I lived longer than anywhere else, who is not familiar with the Boulder company, Celestial Seasonings, and teas like Lemon Zinger, Sleepytime, Morning Thunder, and Goji Berry Pomegranate Green Tea? But, back to the Tea Horse Road. So often our lives are enhanced by two apparently unconnected things brought together. He likes to fish. She likes to knit. He wears the knitted hat she made; she eats the fish he caught. Of course most romantic rela-

tionships begin with two very different things—a man….and a woman. He likes a woman’s body; she likes a man’s body. The bed they sleep in we might name the Man Woman Road. He likes to rise early; she likes to rise late. She has hot tea (coffee if you insist) waiting for her when she rises; he has a contented wife, still in her peignoir, still a bit sleepy, sitting across from him, smiling, and still looking sexy to him after all these years. While thinking about a column for this August issue, how charmed I was reading that short review of The Tea Horse Road. My editor, Alejandro Grattan, liked the idea of the tea horse road so much he wants to turn it into a screenplay, “The Tea Horse of the August Moon,” and maybe set it on Okinawa shortly after World War II, where the locals, who make a rather potent local tea, want to buy a horse but have no money, and the American soldiers stationed there have a horse but are looking for a potent local tea…. Jim Tipton

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Phone: (376) 766-4774 or 765-3676 to leave messages Email: PAST EVENTS: At the June meeting of the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA), the presentation categories were: Seafood/Fish Entree (Category A) and Complementary Side Dish (Category B). Congratulations to the winners in Category A: 1st Place – Diane Pretti for Shrimp, Scallop & Sweet Potato Cakes, 2nd Place – Annie Green for Prawns Nuez, 3rd Place – Sally Myers for Shrimp Capri. The People’s Choice Award came to a tie and the awards went to Susan Bzoza for Goan Shrimp, and to Sally Myers for Shrimp Capri.

another tie, to Karen Lee for Chocolate Tiramisu Sweet Cream Truffle (Ohhh, another awesome treat!) and Marti Hurley for Cassata Cake. The People’s Choice Award went to Karen Lee for Chocolate Tiramisu Sweet Cream Truffle. Several months ago the CASA Progressive Dinner Club began. The first dinner was held April 16th . The theme was Greek food and the event was such a huge success that there is now a wait/standby list of members who want to participate. June 25th was the second “Dinner Club” event and the theme was Italian. The club mixes and matches homes for appetizers, main course and desserts. This event will be held bi-monthly and the next will be in late August. The CASA Member/Guest 4th Annual Picnic will be held September 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society campus. For anyone interested in joining CASA, please contact Mary Ann Waite, 2011 President, at 766 – 1436 or email and please visit the CASA website at The Love in Action Center extends its thanks to Soriana Super Market for their generous support through the “Round Up” Program. Since April the Chapala store has encouraged customers to “round-up” to the next even peso figure when making purchases, with the benefit going to the Love in Action Center. At a ceremony July 7th Love in Action staff, volunteers and children were on hand to see Assistant Manager Jorge Alvarado Rodriquez, assisted by Manager of Cashiers, Luis Padilla Reyes, Antonio Lopez Torres and other Soriana staff present a check for $15,994 pesos, the proceeds of the “Round Up” program, to Center Founder Anabel Frutos and Center Administrator Dina Oropeza. Sue Kelly, Center Librarian, would like donations of puzzles and games as well as books. She writes, “By now, I don’t think we have one puzzle with all the pieces. We need fairly simple kinds of puzzles with not too many pieces, suitable for ages 6 – 10. The popular games are checkers (we have the pieces but no boards), dominos (most of them are missing) and bingo type games. It is surprising how many kids are now reading books on their own.” If you can donate games, puzzles or books, contact Sue

June CASA winners: Diane Pretti, Annie Green and Sally Myers Winners in Category B: 1st Place – Ginger Perkins for Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, 2nd Place – Beth Cathcart for Stuffed Artichokes with Tomatoes and Cheese, 3rd Place – Sandy Feldmann for Roasted Peppers with Walnut Stuffing and People’s Choice was a tie, going to Beth Cathcart for Stuffed Artichokes with Tomatoes and Cheese and to Patrick Winn for Wild Rice Summer Salad. Are you ready for another mouth-watering list of foods? Here are the results of the July meeting where the presentation categories were: Italian Main Dish (Category A) and Italian Dessert (Category B). Winners in Category A: 1st Place – Peter Luciano, a new member and first time presenter, for Coda di Buce Fagioli; 2nd Place – Diane Pretti for Chicken Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni with Marinara and Bechamel Sauces; 3rd Place – Mary Ann Waite for Mile High Lasagna Pie. For the first time in CASA history there was a four-way tie for People’s Choice in Category A: Rosemary Schuricht for Osso Bucco over Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Diane Pretti for Chicken, Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni with Marinara and Bechamel Sauces, Beth Cathcart for Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms & Tarragon, and Peter Luciano for Coda di Buce Fagioli. Winners in Category B: 1st Place – Alex Gordon, another new member/first time presenter, for Torta Ville d’este (Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Mousse Cake (Oh, my God! That sounds wonderful!), 2nd Place – Nancy Baxter for Zuppa Ingles and 3rd Place,

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Dina Oropeza, Center Administrator; Weezie Burgess, Center Board Co-Chair and Anabel Frutos, Center Founder receive donation from Soriana at Love in Action Center is a shelter for children whose families can no longer care for them. To find out more about the Love In Action Center, visit the website at www. Also, guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. Call 765 – 7409 to make an appointment between 10 – 2, Monday through Friday or email On July 9 the Lakeside auditorium was packed with people enjoying the Summer Music Festival presented by the Regional Center of Musical Studies (CREM). The concert was a tribute to the Beatles, with instrumental arrangements of their most popular pieces by four chamber groups in the first half, and the second half by the CREM Orchestra. It was really fun to be at Lakeside and listen to the talented performers playing instrumental songs such as “I am the Walrus” and “Hey, Jude”. In the second half, the CREM Orchestra played with a concertmaster who was seriously young (about 14) and a conductor who was in his early twenties. They, and the orchestra, are amazingly talented. The Summer Music Festival also honored Maestro Pedro Barbosa for his work with CREM. All in all a magical evening!

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EVENTS TO COME: The Scotiabank Northern Lights 2012 Schedule has confirmed dates. The concert dates within the two weeks may still change, but at least if we are now able to block out those two weeks on the calendar, and certainly as the time approaches, we will keep you informed of more specifics. February 16 is the first day of the festival; March 2nd is the last day. Concert dates are February 16, 18, 20 – 29, March 1 and March 2. At CREM in performance least some of these dates will feature performers we all want to see and hear. Check their website at There are three Mexican high schools at Lakeside whose libraries seek books in English for their students. The particular purpose at this time is to give Mexican students the chance to learn to read in English and to prepare them for a bilingual science education. This is a project of the Lakeside Science Fair Association. Any English language books suitable for young people would be welcomed by these schools and relished by the youth. Salvadore’s Restaurant at Bugambilias Plaza in Ajijic has agreed to receive the books. Contact Charlie Smith or Hank Shiver (home 765-3295, cell 333841-8416) for more information. Mulitple Events: The American Legion post #7 schedule for August: Sundays......12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers Aug 3..........9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate at Legion (late? See them at LCS) Aug 4..........3 p.m. – Maple Leaf Club (bring botanas to share) Aug 5..........8 a.m. – Yard Sale Aug 13.........4 p.m. – Hot August Night (dine/dance to Ricardo’s music; Menu – ribs, Legion Hot August Night celebration twice baked potatoes, corn on the cob; Tickets $130 pesos from members or at legion Aug 25.........3 p.m. – Lone Star Club (Country-Western music) For information, call 765 – 2259 or Lake Chapala Society offers many activities for a variety of tastes and needs. On July 2 there was the CAN-AM Celebration. Over 500 ticket holders were in a celebratory mood. Although rain threatened this did not dampen spirits. Red, white and blue decorations brightened up the patio, where people gathered to enjoy excellent hot dogs, Bratwurst, baked goods and “killer” Margaritas. Aurora Michel was Master of Ceremonies for the day, while DJ Jack Fallon, kept the music going. Roberto Sutto charmed the crowd with his magical guitar and romantic ballads. The 50-50 drawings made two winners very happy. They received $1,300 pesos and $1,100 pesos as their share of the draw. Non-profit organizations were a big part of the event, and had an extremely successful day selling their wares and providing information about their activities in the community. The LCS Special Events Committee extends a big “thank you” to the many volunteers who so willingly gave of their time and energy. On August 4, 11 &18, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sala (in the back) LCS offers a thought provoking series entitled “The Edge of Consciousness”, facilitated by Jim Spivey who has held a long-time fascination with big questions like “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?” He will be presenting material adapted from documentaries, followed by open discussion. Some of the topics to be explored are the beginnings of the universe, the first life forms on earth, origins of the human mind, belief systems, knowledge and learning, extension of the senses, and concluding with, will the human species survive? For the curious, this upcoming series may provide some answers but, most certainly, will offer additional food for thought. The series is open to the public, at no cost. The Naked Stage has a schedule for performances through January 2012. Located at Plaza de la Ribera on Rio Bravo, in Ajijic, the minimalistic theater “reads” well-rehearsed scripts. The plays they present are adult-oriented and quite entertaining. The bar opens at 2 p.m., the box office at 2:15 p.m. and the donation is $80 pesos


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per person. For reservations, please call Ann Pinkerton at 766 – 5986 or email For August In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl is scheduled for August 26, 27 and 28 at 3 p.m. The play is a fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment and the mistreatment of women in the late 19th century. Jeritza McCarter will direct this comedy. Save these future dates for upcoming productions: Sep 23, 24, 25 Oct 21, 22, 23 Jenny Pray (left) listens to music at Nov 18, 19, 20 Dec 16, 17, 18 LCS Can-Am Day Jan 27, 28, 29 VIVA La Musica: It is a great help to VIVA in organizing trips if responses come in early so that they can purchase tickets in time for securing good seats. They need to know in advance how many to buy. Live from the Met Opera Bus Trips – Viva plans to take a bus to all six operas offered this fall. Tickets are $320 pesos to members, $400 pesos to non-members, and a series of 6 tickets is $1800 pesos for members (this is a special). Oct 15 Donizetti Anna Bolena (Ann Boleyn) Oct 29 Mozart Don Giovanni Nov 5 Wagner Siegfried Nov 19 Glass Satyagraha Dec 3 Handel Rodelina Dec 10 Gounod Faust Viva Fall Concerts – There is an exciting and varied line-up of concerts for this fall: Sep 29 Vocal Contrapunto Choir Oct 27 Piano “Four Hands” – Guillermo Salvador and Rosalinda Preciado Dec 1 Dolores Moreno, soprano, with the Chris Wilshere chamber orchestra These concerts will take place in the Auditorium in Ajijic at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $250 pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Season tickets are now available for these three concerts. Patrons and Series ticket holders will have priority seating in reserved rows G and H center. Friday Ticket Sales at LCS: Viva will be selling tickets to Viva events on Fridays from 10 – 12 at the LCS Ticket Booth. We hope this will make it easier for people to pay for events. Auditorium Improvement Project: The Jalisco government has given one million pesos to the project and the auditorium will be closed in August and September for Phase I of the improvements. The Federal government has recently promised to give a further one million pesos for auditorium improvements on condition that the local community raise an equal amount by November. A long list of fund raising events is being planned. Those already planned include: Anna Bolena (Ann Boleyn) Sep 9, 10, 11 at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday – Lip-Sync, directed by Michael McLaughlin and Betty Robinson Oct (tba) – Concert by local ensembles with Emmanuel Medeles and CREM Nov (tba) – Comedy Capers, a variety show directed by Pattye Simpson and David McIntosh Nov 6 – Piano and Harpsichord Concert by Michael Tsalka. Dr. Manuel Cordova, who writes our “Stay Healthy” column, was recently invited (all expenses paid!) to attend a Medical Conference in Salzburg, Austria. The conference, which drew prominent doctors from all five continents, dealt with the prevention and treatment of strokes. Doctor Cordova is the president of the Lakeside College of Physicians.

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THE OJO INTERNET MAILBOX (Wherein we publish some comments omments about our previous issue.) e.)

MEXICO—Better And Healthier Than People Think! DREARLE Nice to read something positive. I get tired of the US State Department bulletins. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Because of State Department bulletins, Holland American, Princess and Disney Cruise Line have all cancelled stops in Mazatlan and P. Vallarta. I won’t use those cruise lines. You Don’t Know Harry! Dick Yanko Tod, Good job. I lived in Detroit for 30 years, met Mr. Wylie once, and was a huge fan of Dr Jack, a truly great humanitarian and visionary, who was way ahead of his peers. Oakland County, Michigan, which authored all of the prosecutorial indiscretions committed, consists of starchy, Waspy, reactionary neanderthals. Pay The Gardener What He’s Worth! Dick Yanko Mrs. Porter, Bravo to you; I endorse your thesis wholeheartedly. Regrettably, the mindset of most American employers falls short of embracing a genuine responsibility for contributing to and improving the well-being of others, much their own employees. Rather, exploitation and greed dominate. Your attitude is commendable; I salute you. Shannon Blair Thank you for your comments Ms. Porter. My husband and I just moved here and have seen in our short month here both the good and the ugly expat attitudes. We are guests in their country and I find it appalling the disrespect I see from a few expats. I wish I had a garden so I could hire this man. Pay him what he’s worth! Marion Blackmer Dear Ms. Porter, Thank you for this article; it is a welcome comment on expats and their role in

the local ocal economy. I agree with you that e finds someone who if one goess above and beyond in his work, reward him! We expats benefit greatly and too often take advantage of the low cost of labor here. If your gardener is still looking for more work, I’d be delighted to hire him, based on your recommendation, and pay him the rate you think is fair. We just bought a house in Ajijic village with a large garden which we want to bring to glory, with some expert help. We’ve arrived from the San Francisco Bay Area, and have a lot to learn about local horticulture. Marion Blackmer Thunder on the Right Stephen S “Let’s tie President Harry Truman’s experience to that of President George W. Bush” How? I don’t see what one has to do with the other. The fact that Truman’s legacy improved over the years after his presidency is no indication that that will happen for Bush or any other president. Simply mentioning Truman in an article about Bush hardly ties them together. Personally, I expect Bush’s legacy to worsen over time. You seem to merely hope for the opposite. If I mention a president who is liked less now than in his own day in the same paragraph with Bush, will that tie them together, or in any way suggest that the fate of one predicts that of the other? Of course not. Bush’s legacy will not be in the Middle East or Africa. It will be in the U.S., where he squandered America’s prestige, blood, and treasure, divided the country, and left its Constitution for dead.

Letter to the Editor Dear Sir: I’m sure you know that Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Kenya. If you are on a train between Nairobi and Mombasa, at a certain spot you can see Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south and Mt. Kenya to the north.........a wondrous sight! Nancy Hagen P.S. What I like best about Hemingway’s writing would have to be his transitions. It’s great fun to read just the first line in each paragraph.


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Our Editor Replies: I did not know that but certainly will from now on! Your comment about Hemingway’s expertise making graceful transitions is also quite correct, though I have never tried reading just the first line in each of his paragraphs but will now do so. Gracias!

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Focus on Art By Rob Mohr Lois Schroff—Painter, Philosopher, and Mentor


ois Schroff , a master artist, has enriched life at Lakeside with her profound understanding of color and the spiritual nature of the arts. This quiet, reflective, socially-minded woman daily continues to work at the cutting edge of human understandings of color as a spiritual and therapeutic agent which has substantial impact on the quality of human life. Her publications are essential reading for artists as well as those interested in a spiritual life. Color – Its Relationship to Soul  and its companion DVD, Spirit in Water Color,  along with her 2011 book Evidence for Color as Visible Soul, are available through Rudolf Steiner College Books.   <www.steinercollege. edu/?q=node/151> Lois Schroff ’s knowledge of color is based on Goethe’s (1749-1832) breakthrough probes into the nature of color; the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) on color as a spiritual and emotional element; and paintings by Liane Collot d’Herbois (1907-1999),  Lois’s foundational teacher. Goethe wrote, color is created when light and darkness interact in a transparent form of matter. Light moves into dark through cool colors: faint blue, to blue, deep purple into darkness. Darkness is pushed into light through warm colors: black, to deep red, red, orange, yellow and finally to translucent light. The emergence of color out of dark and light evokes a spiritual response which affects emotion and our state of well-being. In his poem Faust 1 Goethe wrote: “What you don’t feel, you


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will not grasp by art. Unless it wells out of your soul, and with sheer pleasure takes control …” Building on Goethe’s writings, Rudolf Steiner explored the spiritual and therapeutic qualities of color and color’s impact on the well-being of the observer. He understood that artists’ creations reflected more than just their personal view and were (in part) derived from humanity’s collective memory. Color therapy currently plays a role in psychology, along with other modalities involving emotions, spirituality, and self-healing. J.M.W. Turner’s (1775-1850) seascapes faithfully reflect Goethe and Steiner’s view. Artist such as d’ Herbois,   Schroff, and Beuys gleaned from Steiner that color, form, setting and sound were interactive elements playing a direct role in the evolution of human awareness. Joseph  Beuys (1921-1986) had major impact on the arts in the 1960’s by introducing performance art and ‘happenings’as art. modern/exhibitions/beuys/ Lois shared: “It is not possible to use color without it being spiritual. This is why experiencing a work of genuine art we get a spiritual feeling when there are no religious themes present.” In Lois’ painting, Water, the spiritual feel of water as refreshing, cool and soothing to the spirit is conveyed by the subtle use of cool blue hues given life by touches of violet and magenta. The colors shift between light and dark to create an integrated whole. Lois’ works may be purchased through the Centro de Arte y Cultura, Constitution #16, Ajijic.  <>  < php?artistID=016> All the arts, when they break through barriers into places never entered before, transform our understanding of ourselves, and by implication, our culture and way of life. Authentic art (such as the works of Lois Schroff ), ultimately satisfy on both emotional and spiritual levels as they engage and edify the human soul. Rob Mohr

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STAY HEALTHY! By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D. 376-766-2777 Later Years: “The Great Gold Time “


fter Age 65, the more wonderful and miracle era approaches us. Although the older adult sometimes experiences physical, mental, or psychosocial losses, continued growth and creative expression mark the lives of many elderly people. They are signs of healthful aging elderly. Older adults are taking college courses and are involved in Elderhostel. They make contributions through tutoring, teaching, counseling, and advocating for political and social action. Some experts believe that there is a creative peak at age 65. Sometimes older adults just need someone to encourage them to pursue latent interests or rediscover forgotten talents or capacities that were set a side when family and job occupied much of the day. Increased knowledge of resources available within the community will sometimes stimulate interests and encourage new avenues of self-expression. The aging process begins the moment you are born, and never ceases; daily you are aging, all around this life is in aging process, objects (metal, wood…) By age 65, however, people vary a great deal in how old their bodies appear and how much they have changed. There are 60–year-olds who look like 45-year-olds and 60-yearolds who look like 75-year-olds. These differences occur because people differ greatly in their genetic makeup, in their health history and their environments, including personal nutritional and exercise habits customs and patterns of sleep and stress. It is not possible to predict with precision what will happen to you in your 60s, 70s and 80s because you are different from your wife, your parents, your neighbors, and everyone else. However, we can develop a description of the typical human lifespan by examining statistics concerning older people. Aging is a mystery, in the sense that cancer, heredity, development, and infection were once mysteries, and cognition still is; a process so poorly understood that we cannot yet be sure how to go about seeking an explana-


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tion. The impact of aging on health and well-being dwarfs any single category of illness, because aging is itself the principal risk factor for most important diseases of a later life. I will try to talk about statistics and certain physical changes that are to be expected during aging process with a brief overview of what is now known, or suspected, about the basic biological processes of aging: what aging is, what aging does, why aging occurs at all (from an evolutionary perspective), and what a general biochemical perspective seem likely to contribute to age associated decline. Finally, we take a look at independence status and consider how it can be maintained for maximal health of mind and body. Our life-expectancy is changing. Many years ago, people did not live through what we call the middle years (40-65), let alone beyond age 65. Disease was rampant, medicine was primitive, and nutrition was poor. A women born in 1842 could expect to live to age 42; for a man born the same year, the life expectancy was 41 years old. A woman born today can expect about 78 years of life, and a man about 73. This difference seems to be due to a combination of biologic, genetic, and environmental factors that are still not fully understood. In the United States each day, about 5,000 people reach age 65 and about 3,600 people age 65 or older die. The net increase of 1,400 people a day is changing the makeup of that society. In the USA, little more than 26 million people are now age 65 or older. (To be continued) Dr. Cordova

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A NEW LEASE LEASE— —on Life! By Judit Rajhathy, B.A., RNCP, D.Ac. If You Don’t Use It, Do You Lose It?


ep, we’re talking about MED - male erectile dysfunction. Even though this problem affects approximately 30 percent of all adult males and 50 percent of all males over 40, many men prefer to avoid sexual contact than get help. Statistically, in the past only one in twenty of these men sought treatment.  Most chronic MED has a physiological cause.  For instance, there is a direct link between heart disease and MED since the most common culprit is attributed to a decrease in blood flow to the penis. In fact MED often precedes a heart attack or stroke in these patients if the cause is related to impaired circulation. Other causes include: * Excessive use of alcohol and street drugs * Regular use of prescription medications such as cardiovascular drugs and some types of anti-depressants * Cigarette smoking (restricts blood to penis) * High cholesterol * Diabetes (60% of diabetic men suffer from MED at some point) * Radiation therapy to treat prostate or rectal cancer * Pelvic and radical prostate cancer surgery (60% of these men have MED) * Stroke or neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s * Trauma to the pelvic area due to accident ( * Ongoing stress * Lack of high quality, restorative sleep Medications and/or hormonal testing. Up to 75% of patients will respond to Viagra and other similar medications.  Others will need further diagnosis and treatment - hormone deficiency being another possible cause. A natural product that has proven very effective in combating arterial plaque and as a result also assisting in erectile problems is the amino acid Larginine.  It increases microcirculation in genital tissues resulting in stronger erections. Compared to standard medications used in the treatment of MED,


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L-arginine has virtually no side-effects. According to a study in European Urology, Six grams of L-arginine combined with 6 mg of the herb yohimbine were successfully used in the treatment of MED.  Foods highest in L-arginine are: eggs, whey, nuts and seeds, seaweed (spirulina), and coconut. Exercise - primarily cardiovascular - of course is essential in cases where MED is caused by lack of circulation since movement enhances blood flow in general.  When all else fails there are internal penile pumps (IPP) also known as an inflatable implant is one of the best options since it does not interfere with sexual spontaneity.   This water filled device is inserted during a brief outpatient procedure.  Most men are satisfied with this option. Use it or Lose It This is a very controversial approach to MED because the reverse could be true - that men who have MED have sex or masturbate less frequently because they were having erection problems to begin with . . . but the reverse can also be true according to a European study that caused quite a stir in 2008 showing that infrequent sex can lead to erectile dysfunction.  The study was in the American Journal of Medicine, tracking 989 men in their 50s, 60s and 70s for a period of five years.  Results indicated that men who reported to have intercourse less than once a week were twice as likely to develop MED.  In other words the less frequent the sex, the greater the risk of MED.  So just as regular exercise preserves all other bodily functions, so could regular stimulation of the penis.  After all, is it not a muscle with nerve fibers and blood vessels?  Try this approach and enjoy what have you got to lose? Judit Rajhathy

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How Could I Not By Gloria Palazzo He Lied


elationships have come into play in ways that surprise, delight and every so often startle me. I am referring to the romantic variety which wove their way into and out of my life. For a few years I’d planted myself on some internet dating sites. Oh my God! I’d developed skills, tactics, lines and innuendoes that would make my children blush or declare they were orphans. I now speak “cool” and can instant message with three people faster than I ever typed at work. My last adrenaline rush developed just after I sent a virtual “wink” to a guy who wrote in his profile that he is passionate, romantic, the best kisser in the world, loves to dance, is a gourmet cook, loves animals, has an athletic build, and is financially secure. The only thing missing from his world is the woman he will cherish for the rest of his life. He lives in a cabin in one of the most beautiful forests in California where he has access to natural hot springs. He is just an hour drive to the Pacific. Virtual love at first “wink.” OMG! My on-line fishing has caught the big one. LOL, which I thought meant “lots of love” later became decoded to “lots of laughs.” His photo revealed that he isn’t the best looking man


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I’d ever seen, but hey, with a profile like that, how could I not give it a shot. A couple of months of e-mailing, instant messenger, Skype and telephone communication and I had my plane ticket to paradise. I am sweet sixteen again and meeting my prince at the airport. A rumpled, crumpled, sadlookin’ fellow waves at me as I approach baggage claim. Kissing is out of the question. Hot lips didn’t seem to have any. Be nice, be kind, be patient, I told myself; but what I really wanted was to be back home in my bed, waking up to this being a bad dream. A two-hour drive in the rain takes us to a cabin in the woods the size of my carport. The woods are beautiful. I smile. I Lied. Not at first, I didn’t. In my quest to find my next and last great romance I registered on three internet dating sites. It was a daunting task at first, but I was motivated. I was also of the mind that if I wrote an interesting and truthful profile, and posted some fairly recent photos I’d be on my way to being partnered and in love. I was so convinced that this would happen that I began preparing the new me. I changed my hair style, got a new wardrobe and painted my toe nails electric blue.

I was on my way, or so I thought. Three months passed and I had no hot prospects. What to do? What was wrong? And then I realized it was my age. Well, I couldn’t change my age, but I could fudge a bit. A tough decision, but a necessary one if I was going to continue my search. My profile needed a rewrite. I didn’t change much. I just deducted a couple of years. I was convinced that this was absolutely necessary. If I could study and refine me, I mean my person, the physical me, then why not write me as I wanted my new partner/lover to read me. I did it. I lied. Almost every day after that my in-box had a notice that someone wanted to connect with me. With eager anticipation I’d sign in to learn about my possible new admirer. Just look at this one! WOW he’s handsome, but so young. Go for it girl. It’s just on paper. Not like it’s a flesh and blood real man. A relationship developed, and I didn’t have to cook or do laundry. I was hooked. I learned how to play the game and I got good at it. Men were writing, calling, messaging, and Skyping. A few came to visit. I visited a few of them. Interestingly, I’m just back from my last prospect’s haven in the woods. Sparing you the details, I will say that I was tempted to give up after this one, but a few days have gone by, and I will get back in the race, even though I know the odds of finding my prince are dwindling. Does this sadden me? Hell no! I’ve had a blast and a half. What I just might do if I have time between my e-mail buddies is start a group for recovering internet dating addicts. After all, who would know more about it than me! My mouse has replaced a spouse, and sex has never been safer. I smile.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: U.S. conservatives continually and loudly proclaim that the Canadian health care system is so bad that Canadians must seek treatment in the U.S. to save their lives. At the opening of the new U.S. Congress, Representative Steve King, Republican and Tea Partier from Iowa, declared that the health insurance reform passed last year will make health care in the U.S. as bad as that in Canada. I was, therefore, astounded at Canadian conservative Paul Jackson writing in El Ojo that “Canada’s health care system is three-star not five-star, but since I can’t afford to stay in five-star hotels either, I’ll settle for a three-star government-funded health care system,” and that in Canada “we are better off than under the varied USA systems”! That comports with everything that Canadians have told me about their system, but it is diametrically opposite to the conservative mantra in the U.S. Perhaps five-star care is available in the U.S. to those who can afford to buy it. (I’m a two- or three-star guy myself.) But I strongly suspect that the millions of U.S. citizens who now lack access to health care of any kind would be grateful for the three-star variety. That surely would have been the case for the two Arizona citizens currently in the news who died because they didn’t have the money to pay for the treatment needed to save their lives and the state’s medical assistance program wouldn’t help them, and 94 other Arizonians are now facing the same fate. Jackson contradicts his conservatism, however, when he also writes that “Canadian doctors are drastically underpaid.” As he should surely know, under free-market capitalism, labor is a Dear Sir: Paul Jackson— you would dare to compare “W” to Truman? What have you been smoking? On July 26, 1948, Truman issued a then controversial executive order that called for equal treatment for all persons in the armed services, without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. For all practical purposes, Truman had a near zero approval rating in the South and the Border States. Truman kept us out of a war with China by firing MacArthur. That was also very unpopular move. The Marshall Plan would be DOA in today’s Republican-controlled House. Truman had integrity. ”W” had


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commodity that, like every other commodity, is subject to the law of supply and demand. The correct payment for labor is the lowest wage for which the laborer is willing to work. (Executives are, of course, subject to a different rule: they are to be paid some three-digit multiple of the wage of an average employee.) Free-market capitalists oppose minimum wage laws and labor unions precisely because they may require employers to pay higher wages than individual laborers would work for. Because Canadian physicians are willing to work for what the health care system pays them, their compensation is, ipso facto, correct. I wonder what Jackson thinks about Mexican physicians who are willing to provide services, even to us gringos, for compensation that is surely less than what their Canadian colleagues receive. Canadian physicians, like Mexican ones, are apparently motivated by a desire to practice medicine in order to help suffering people. In the U.S., on the other hand, many physicians, most hospitals, all insurers, and other elements of the health care system are simply in business to make as much money as they can. That critical difference accounts for the fact that the U.S. spends far more than Canada or any other developed country on health care with results that, according to all objective criteria, such as infant mortality and longevity, are not as good. Kenneth G. Crosby San Antonio Tlayacapan

Cheney. The sign in the Oval Office went from, “The Buck Stops Here,” to “Blame the CIA.” You said, “Bush was a president of prescience and courage.” Bush was the opposite of prescience. If he had prescience, 9-11 would not have surprised him. His hindsight was not very accurate either. Again, Paul, you prove Bush’s lack of world knowledge. “Bush believed if democracy could be achieved in just one Muslim country in the Middle East...” Has Bush never heard of Turkey? Turkey is a republican parliamentary democracy, just like Canada. Turkey is 98% Muslim. The US Congress is 3.14% women. In Turkey, Parliament is 14.2% women. As in the US, religion is the

greatest enemy of women. Iraq and Afghanistan will not be democracies in my or your lifetime. Two elections do not make a democracy. If you use elections as an indicator of a democracy, then Cuba is a democracy. All of the current revolts in the Moslem Countries have absolutely nothing to do with Bush. Egypt has a high unemployment rate. It has a very high income disparity between the haves and have-nots. This is a problem throughout the Middle East, Russia, Iran and the USA. That is why there is massive unrest. Gary North said, “The American political system has been soft-core fascist for almost a century. Liberals love to call conservatives fascists. The problem is, the liberals are right. Everyone who believes in the efficiency of the so-called government-business alliance is a fascist.” I remember the fascist mantra of the eighties, “Trickle Down Economics.” Clark Clifford called Reagan “an amiable dunce.” I suggest http://iclast. net/Articles/rReagan.html for a list of his evil acts and few accomplishments. The only reason the US won the Cold War was the fact that we out-borrowed the USSR. When Reagan came up with his plan of borrowing the US out of debt, I wondered why I voted for such

a dunce. He, very effectively, accused the opposition of being “tax and spend Democrats.” We now have a huge national debt caused by the “borrow and spend Republicans.” The AIDS initiative in Africa, which you credit to Bush, was started by that demon, liberal Bill Clinton. Bush only increased funding because of his friends at the Log Cabin Republicans. Reagan biographer Edmund Morris quotes Reagan as saying, “Maybe the Lord brought down this plague (AIDS)...because illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments.” George W Bush is against homosexuality, samesex marriage, and homosexuals in the Army. “W” was one of the most vindictive presidents since Nixon. He was elected because Clinton received oral sex. He was reelected because of Osama bin Laden. He fired a general for reporting to Congress that Iraq could cost $200 billion. He exposed a covert CIA agent to the terrorists, because her husband correctly reported that Iraq was not buying yellow cake uranium. Bush bragged about committing war crimes. He ordered the torturing of P.O.W.s. A war criminal may be your hero. He is not mine! Hank Shiver

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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Element 6 Roman cloak 10 Branch of learning 14 “To ___ Mockingbird” (2 wds.) 15 Same cite as previous 16 Baseball plate 17 Colder 18 Isolated 19 Seaweed substance 20 Seize 21 Yield 23 Mother ___ 25 Traditional knowledge 26 Kimono sash 27 Dissolved substance 30 Clip with scissors 34 Raccoon-like animal 35 LSD 36 Wheeled vehicle 38 Ancient Indian 39 Pet 40 Adult insect 42 Ball holder 43 Unite in alliance 44 Places 45 Hatch (2wds.) 48 Grabby 49 Stage of life 50 Greenish-blue color 51 American state 54 Sticky fastener 55 Possessive pronoun


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58 Pare 59 Expired 61 Loop 63 Women’s magazine 64 Pitcher 65 Islands 66 Saclike structures filled with fluid or diseased matter 67 Covered stadium 68 Beach DOWN 1 Same 2 Costa ___ 3 Fluent 4 Bullfight cheer 5 Coke 6 Typographic character 7 Band instrument 8 Card game 9 Relating to the glands 10 Barrier made of trees 11 Prego’s competition 12 Tyrant 13 Ecological communities 22 Before, poetically 24 Abdominal muscles (abbr.) 25 Pear shaped instrument 27 Get out! 28 Seeped out 29 Further in time 30 Head skin 31 Urban 32 Egg-shaped 33 Got angry 35 Organization concerned with civil liberties (abbr.) 37 Inquisitive 40 Hebrews 41 Bearing 43 Altered 46 Baby eagle 47 Past 48 Con 50 Core 51 Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries 52 Depend 53 Snaky fish 54 Seethe 55 National capital 56 Consumer 57 Thorned flower 60 The other half of Jima 62 Tree

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PRAGUE-Pay P RAGUE-Pay tto oP Pee ee a and nd S Stand tand tto oE Eat at By Carol L. Bowman


e hopped on the subway at Zelivskếho, hauling a map, a sense of adventure and mild anxiety. We had to count the number of stops, as pronouncing Czech Republic street names remained an unappealing task. My tongue twisted from a tangle of v’s, k’s, z’s and h’s common in the Slovak languages. As the train car passed Jiřího z Podĕbrad, Nám Míru and Hlávni Nadrażni stations, we shuffled off with the locals at Mustek, dizzy. The hotel concierge warned us that, with over 4 million yearly visitors, Prague suffered from customary tourist rip-offs, which he called, ‘Czech tricks.’ “Watch out for gypsies who linger in underground stations and the crowded ‘Old Town’ center, waiting to lighten your Czech Krowns from pocket or purse. Never get into a taxi before first settling on the fare and never say ‘thank you’ to a waiter when handing over money for a bill. That’s considered a done deal and no change will be returned.” We donned vests with zippered pockets, hid our Krowns (Kc’s for short) in pick proof places, grabbed the list of ‘must sees’ and set off to explore Prague, a political, cultural and economic center of Europe for over 1100 years. Gothic and Renaissance architecture, sites reflecting the permanent seat of two Holy Roman Emperors, the Hapsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, waited to dazzle. The Charles Bridge, built in 1357 by Charles IV, and Prague Castle, dating from 885 topped the list. A pedestrian zone emerged as we climbed from two stories below street level. Narrow flags attached to an 18th century Neo-classical building grabbed our attention. The only recognizable word, ‘Casino.’ waved in the breeze. We avoided slinking into these post-Communist era money pits in Poland and Hungary, but this one lured us inside. We reshuffled the list and put ‘history’ on hold; first things, first, money to be made. We headed through the ground


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floor McDonald’s, then climbed up threadbare carpeted stairs to the gaming rooms, which oozed with old European finery. The roulette table beckoned amid crystal chandeliers, musty velvet black-out curtains and a quiet elegance; no glitzy gambling here. We plunked down some Czech Krowns on favorite numbers and within 20 minutes both my husband and I had doubled our money. Winnings tucked away, our whetted appetites needed food before taking on centuries of history. The square was lined with charming outdoor cafés, but a perusal of menus and prices suggested that we would have to make more trips to the casino just to eat. A simple hamburger cost a staggering 390 Kc; which at a rate of 17 to $1US equaled $23, fries extra. Momentarily flush with casino Krowns, we selected an eatery that displayed small, wooden stands with extended pegs holding salty pretzels on each table. How quaint, we thought. In Mexico, chips and salsa grace restaurant tables. Here in Prague, pretzels make a perfect starter with an icy tap of Czech beer. After we ordered, the waitress slapped down two tiny strips of paper with ‘toalet’ printed on each. I didn’t pay any attention; big mistake. My husband, Ernie, innocently crunched on the pretzels while I devoured a ham and cheese panini. When I asked for the bill, I was prepared for the ‘thank you trick’. The waitress, who spoke some English, arrived with a calculator in hand. She punched and crunched so many numbers, I felt woozy. She started with 475 Kc’s for the sandwich and 2 beers; then she counted the pretzels on the stand. “Sir, you ate 4 pretzels. That’s 50 Kc’s per pretzel, another 200. There’s the ‘sitting fee’ of 50 Kc’s per person, and Madame, you had mustard; that’s another 25 Kc’s, making the total 800 Czech Krowns.” I felt slammed, smacked around and tricked. “I see no sign saying there’s a pretzel charge. That’s

$3USD each. A sitting fee, are you serious? We ate, we didn’t just sit,” I argued. No matter that I was paying with winnings. I hated being ‘gouged.’ “Madame, what can I do, my boss is crazy. These are the prices,” she lied with smiling satisfaction. I forked over 800Kc’s, the entire amount of my casino booty. I needed a bathroom, as the beer and financial drubbing brought on a sense of urgency. After weaving through the maize of rooms inside the restaurant and down two flights of stairs to the Damas, I encountered a stern looking Czech woman wearing a babushka. “You need toalet pass. No pass, no pay, no pee.” I remembered that ignored slip of paper, lying on the table two stories up. “I forgot the pass, it’s upstairs. We already paid the bill,” I begged. “No pass, no pee,” she echoed. She knew those words quite well. My bladder couldn’t tolerate another round trip, so I paid to pee. Throughout Eastern Europe, there wasn’t one free public restroom. To pay at a restaurant, however, after the bill beating, bordered on absurd. We drifted a half block to Wenceslas Square and stumbled upon two food kiosks, positioned on op-

posite corners of the huge plaza. An array of sausages called klobasá hung from thin wires stretched atop the service areas. Inside the open air kitchens, these foot long beauties sizzled on rotating grills. Lines of locals waited to order. Others gathered around a nearby metal standup table, eating. “This is an Anthony Bourdain moment,” my husband shouted with boyish glee. “Remember when he explored Prague for the Travel Channel? He ate at one of these exact stands. I can hear him saying, ‘Only eat with the locals. Get yourself to one of the sausage kiosks and go no further, because King Wenceslas loved sausage.’” For the price of one pretzel, Ernie inhaled a smoked klobasá, served with a slab of crusty rye bread and a dollop of spicy brown mustard. A Smazĕny Syr, fried cheese on a bun, soothed my inners after that pricey panini. We stood for free with the Czechs, feasted on the local fare and laughed. Sausages solved the price gouging and sitting fees. In just a few hours, we learned Prague’s basic rules of sustenance. Count the stops, play to win, pay to pee, stand to eat and stay away from pretzels.

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AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. Meets every Wednesday 8 am for breakfast at La Nueva Posada. AA Lakeside- M+TH 4-6 Gazebo at the Lake Chapala Society. AA Women- TH 10:30-12 Sala at the Lake Chapala Society. A COURSE IN MIRACLES- Meets on Saturday at 2:00 at # 17 B Nicholas Bravo. For information email: AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 904 WING- from September to April we meet the 2nd Thursday 2pm at La Nueva Posada. Contact Don Slimman 765-4141. AJIJIC QUILT GUILD - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 10 am. Guests & New Members Welcome. AJIJIC SCRABBLE CLUB- Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. AJIJIC WRITERS’ GROUP- Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. Nueva Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the Nueva Posada. AXIXIC MASONIC LODGE #31- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at LCS 5:00pm. Contact the Secretary at (387) 7610017 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, M 4:30-5:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. AMERICAN LEGION OF CHAPALA POST- #7 General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. AMERICAN LEGION, FRANK M. VALENTINE POST 9 - (Located at Fito’s Restaurant in Riberas Del Pilar) Gen. membership 3rd Wednesday of the month 12:30 pm. Exec. Com. meets 2nd Wednesday12:30 pm. Additional info Call Vince 765-7299. AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES- Every Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. AMIGOS DEL LAGO A.C.- Working to improve the ecology. See or contact us at AMITIES FRANCOPHONES- Meets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. ANIMAL SHELTER- Provide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. ANITA’S ANIMALS- Free loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. ARDAT (Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Theraphy)- Therapy dog visits & Children Reading to Dogs program. Julianna Rose 766-5025, rotariojrose@ BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, CARD & DOMINO CLUB- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. CANADIAN CLUB OF LAKE CHAPALA- Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. Visit CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. CENTRO DE DESARROLLO AJIJIC- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. CHILI COOK OFF- Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. EASTERN STAR ESTRELLA DEL LAGO CHAPTER #10- 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, DEMOCRATS- Meets 2nd Thursday 4pm at La Nueva Posada FRIENDS OF VILLA INFANTIL (FOVI)- Provides financial support for children: Contact Lisa Le: (387) 761-0002 or email : GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS- Wednesday 11:30-1:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society GARDEN CLUB- Meets the 3rd. Wednesday 11 am for lunch at La Nueva Posada. GARDEN GUILD- promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. GERMAN MEETING- 2nd Thursday, 1:00 pm. La Nueva Posada. Call Thea 765-2442 or Werner 763-5446. GOLDEN STRINGS OF LAKE CHAPALA, A.C.- Rehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. HUMANE EDUCATION ALLIANCE (HEA)- Fostering the ethical treatment of animals and nature. John Marshall, 766-1170, alianzaeducationhumanitaria@ JUNIOR LEAGUE DE GUADALAJARA A.C.- Av. San Francisco #3332., Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. LAKE CHAPALA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB- Meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. LAKE CHAPALA GARDEN CLUB- Gardening at Lakeside with garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed of every month at Nueva Posada for noon lunch and program. Contact LAKE CHAPALA GREEN GROUP- Sustainable living for a better tomorrow. Meets first Tuesday of each month, September through May. Lake Chapala Society, 3:00. Everyone is welcome. LAKE CHAPALA SHRINE CLUB.- Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the Nueva Posada. Perry King at (376) 763-5126. LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY - LCS- 16 de Sep. # 16-A Ajijic, Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. 766-1140. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY AWARDS- We benefit all the community by honoring lakeside’s most talented. 766-3232. LAKESIDE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS- Board meets 3rd Thursday at 2:15 every month. LAKESIDE LAUGHTER CLUB- Meets every Wed. from 9 am - 9:40 beginning September 29. For information call Charlene 766-0884. LAKESIDE LITTLE THEATRE A.C.- Balanced theatrical entertainment, English-speaking, 765-5942. LAKESIDE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF- The 4th of each month. Nueva Posada 10:30 am. Call 766-2280, LAKESIDE WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION- Rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals. 765-4916. LAKE SPAY AND NEUTER CENTR A.C.- Provides shelter and helps curtail the over-population of animals. 766-3813. LCS EDUCATION CENTER- Provides classes in language and other topics for both Anglo and Mexican community. 766-0499. LCS STUDENT AID FUND- Provides financial support to area students to enroll in university, vocational and high school program. 766-0716. LITTLE BLUE SCHOOLHOUSE- Provides financial assistance for students at school for disabled children in Chapala 766-1552. LOS NINOS DE CHAPALA Y AJIJIC, AC Providing educational scholarships to Lakeside children 376-765-7032, LOVE IN ACTION- Shelter for abused and abandoned children. For volunteers and donations. Anabel Frutos 765-7409, cell: 331-351 7826. MAS- Music Appreciation Society. Concerts from fall to spring. Classical music and dance concerts. For info call Beverly Denton, 765-6409. MISION SAN PABLO- Helping 60 orphaned children ages 2-14 yrs, Bonnie Shrall - #766-0009. NAVY LEAGUE, LAKE CHAPALA COUNCIL- Meets the third Saturday for lunch at 1 pm, Manix Rest. 766 4750 or 766-1848. NEEDLE PUSHERS- Sew dresses, knit or chet sweaters for local kids. Every Tues. 10 am at LCS. Call Linda at 766-2086. NIÑOS Y JOVENES CARAVAN- Delivers foodstuffs and used clothing to orphanage in San Juan. Call Reuben Varela, 01-387-761-0828. OPEN CIRCLE- Fostering body, mind & spirit, every Sunday at the LCS from 10 am to 12 noon. 765-3402 or OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS- Every Tuesday & Friday 12 pm at Marcos Castellanos 51-A, in Upper Ajijic. Tel: 376-766-5975 or 766-1626. PROGRAMA PRO NIÑOS INCAPACITADOS DEL LAGO AC.- Assisting Lakeside disabled children , 763-5010. PASOS MILAGROSOS (MIRACULOUS STEPS.)- Helping Handicapped Children Through the Magic of Horses. Saturdays 8-2. www. RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS- Meets 1st Wednesday at 1:30-4 Gazebo at the Lake Chapala Society. New members welcome. ROTARY CLUB OF AJIJIC- Meets Tuesdays. Fellowship at 12:30 p.m., meeting at 1:00 p.m., Hacienda Ajijic Steakhouse, Carretera Ajijic Poniente #268-7. SAILING LAKE CHAPALA- Meets for lunch/drinks - 1 pm the 1st Thursday of the month at Club Nautico in La Floresta near Ajijic, Paseo de la Huerta No. 57. Learn how to sail the lake. Visit for info and updates. SCIENCE OF MIND STUDY GROUP- Discussion group every Tuesday at 10:30 AM Lake Chapala Center for Spiritual Living at Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic; contact Rev. Tim at 766-0920 or THE GENEALOGY FORUM- Meets monthly on the fourth Monday in the Sala at LCS, from 2:00 to 3:45. UVA - University/Vocational Assistance (Little Chapel by the Lake a.c.)- Sue Torres, 766-2932 or Lynn Hanson 766-2660. VIVA LA MUSICA - Bus trips to the symphony, summer concert series, call Rosemay Keeling 766-1801. VOLLEYBALL IN CHAPALA- At Cristiania park Tues., Thurs., Sat. mornings at 10, 333-502-1264. VOLUNTEER HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP- Meeting last Saturday of each month at LCS in sala, 10:30. VOLUNTEERS OF THE CRUZ ROJA- Sponsors fund raising events and provides administrative and support services to the Delegation. (NOTE: If there is any change in the above, please advise us so that corrections may be made. Call: 765-2877)


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All Saints Lutheran Church Worship Service 11:00 am 4600 Avenida Tepeyac, Guad. Tel. (01 333) 121-6741. Abundant Life Assembly of God Carr. 140 next to Mail Boxes etc, Tel: 766-5615. Center For Spiritual Living Celebration Service, 5pm Fridays, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic. 7669020 or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishop’s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 7654210. Christ Church Anglican Fellowship Eucarist 10am upstairs in Manix Restaurant Ocampo #57 Ajijic. Rev. Danny Borkowski at (376) 766-2495 or Jim Powers t (387) 761-0017 Grace Baptist Church 5th Sun. Evening service 6 pm, Pedro Buzeta No. 970, Guad. Tel. (013) 641-1685. Lake Chapala Baptist Church Mid-week service, 9:30 am, worship service, 10:45 am. Santa Margarita #147, Riberas del Pilar, Tel. (376) 765-2925, 765-3329. 7th Day Adventist meet at Camino Real #84 in La Floresta, 9:30 am, Potluck follows, Tel: 7665708 Little Chapel by the Lake Sun. services 11 am, Chula Vista,. Jal, Tel. (376) 763-1551. Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar, Tel: 765-6968. For information and service times, please call Pres. Elliot Gould. contact us@ Web site: www. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Lakeside Presbyterian Church Worship-Sunday 10 am; Bible Study-Friday 10 am; Hidalgo 231A, Carr. Chapala/Joco; Riberas del Pilar Tel. Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-766-1238, or Norm Pifer at 376-766-0616 Website at www.chapalalakesidepresbyterian. org Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 1 services, 10 am. Rev. Winston W. Welty Tel: 765-3926. San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. John’s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sta. Margarita #113 in Riberas del Pilar (on the SW corner of Santa Clara) For additional information call 766-1119 or email to We are a Welcoming Congregation





I would like to thank all of the hard working volunteers that helped to make the CAN-AM celebration a great success. Not only the LCS volunteers, but also the entertainers, and all of the participating non-profit’s volunteers. What a wonderful day! Almost 600 tickets were sold, with 18 non-profits participating. This type of event brings our community together for the enrichment of all of us. Thank you everyone. As reported last month, the LCS was to receive a facelift. The new paint job on the outside wall has been well received. However, work has just begun. The Management Committee has selected the colors for the interior buildings and soon they too will receive a fresh coat of paint. The initial estimate for how much paint would be needed more than doubled once a qualified estimate was given. I reported last month that Casther Paints of Guadalajara donated the paint, but once I realized Volunteers Walt Bowker, Bill that my guesstimate was way off, I expected them to balk at Lindley and Joyce Lawrence the new estimate and hesitate donating this much paint I was wrong! Their generosity is overwhelming, and I cannot thank them enough. Their top line “Tonal” paint is about $300 pesos per gallon and we are receiving over 180 gallons of paint and primer with enough left over for touch up and graffiti control. We will wait for the rains to taper before we commence doing the work.

S Resinas, Pinturas y Pegamentos S.A. de C.V.

Another work project is occurring on the grounds; a new bodega is being constructed in the far back corner of the LCS property to help relieve some of the space problems we currently suffer. The new bodega will have all of the gardeners’ equipment moved into it. The colorful wooden storage bodegas currently lining the children’s art patio are rotting and the contents are getting soaked on a daily basis. They have all but been abandoned. These wooden bodegas will be removed completely and new wire/wooden lockers will be constructed in what was the gardeners’ bodega. Yoga, exercise classes and the Needlepushers will have a new, dry, space to secure their items. There will also be lockers available for other groups. Finally, the area where the colorful wooden bodegas are will be cleared, and a wall will be constructed that will showcase a mural featuring Children’s Art founder, Neill James, teacher Angelita Aldana and volunteer Mildred Boyd, as well as vignettes featuring some of the local artists that the program touched. Other board committees are hard at work too. The Fund Development Committee has established the date for the LCS’ 2012 major fund-raiser which will be held on February the 4th. They are working with Event Manager, Pat Doran and forming work groups now. Please Contact Lois Cugini if you would like to help. The Community Relations Committee is working hard to ensure we promote LCS throughout the English and Spanish speaking communities, and articles are now appearing in all of the English language publications and the local Spanish newspapers too. LCS has co-sponsored two community events so far this year, Benito Juarez Day Parade and La Carrera de La Chupinaya, and expects to co-sponsor two more before the year is over, Fiestas Patria and an Independence Day event on the LCS grounds both scheduled on September 16. Celebrate Mexico’s Independence at LCS! This year we are trying something new. LCS has invited Hector Espana to convert the LCS grounds, on September 16, a day we are traditionally closed, and have a party for the entire community. This is not a fund raiser, though tickets will be sold ($150 pesos) to cover the cost of the food, labor and entertainment. Food from Manix Restaurant will include pozole, tamales, tacos pastor and more. Entertainment, games and a cash bar will make for a very festive day! Show up and be part of the festivities, the offices and libraries will be closed! More information to follow.

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LCS Student Aid Receives Generous Boost LCS member and ESL volunteer Jay Gibson made a substantial financial gift to the LCS Student Aid program in July. His gift will be distributed over the course of at least ten years. Jay’s generous donation will be used exclusively for helping youngsters earn college and university degrees. Working with Coralie White, our Student Aid ay Gi son Coordinator, Jay will be involved in interviewing applicants and monitoring the progress of the successful applicants. He is interested in helping young Mexicans improve their lives and feels that a college education is the surest ticket to get a youngster on the path of success. Jay has also made a bequest to LCS so that after his death additional funds will be added to his gift allowing his legacy to continue. Currently, in 2011 LCS is helping over thirty students through its different Student Aid programs, of which the benefactors are: the Skin Cancer Screening Program and the doctors running it, the Chris Robertson Fund, the Pandju Merali Fund, the up and coming Jim Cullums Fund, and all LCS members through a portion of their dues. Thank you Jay, and to everyone helping LCS make education a priority in our community.

La Carrera de La Chupinaya Perhaps a few people are aware of “the wild” race held each year in Ajijic. A 13.8k cross country style foot race, that begins in the plaza and makes its way up the Chupinaya Mountain and back. This year the race was held in conjunction with the North American Central American Caribbean Mountain Championships, and hosted teams from Mexico, Canada and the USA. Even fewer people are aware that LCS gardener, Mauricio Ramos Perez (age 51) is a four-time champion of the race. This year LCS was a sponsor of both Mauricio and the race. We are proud to say that Mauricio once again took the first place trophy in his class (50-60 years) with a time around one hour and forty minutes. Mauricio did suffer a fall and twisted ankle, delaying his winning time (and his return to work). We are very proud of Mauricio and hope that members will take the time to congratulate him when they can. What follows is a letter received from the Women’s Champion and her experience in Ajijic: I wanted to take this opportunity to erry idal with share my experience at the NACAC auricio amos Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico given that this was the first win of my mountain racing career and such an overall great experience. Prior to the race the competitors remarked how this was the most difficult and technical mountain race in which they had ever competed. Though I had not seen the course, the vast international experience of my fellow competitors was enough for me to appreciate how difficult it would be. Even the cobblestone roads which made up the first and last kilometer of the race were not the typical European postcard cobblestones but instead, rough, uneven roads which were difficult to walk, let alone run. The climb from 5000 to 7500 feet began in earnest as soon


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as we hit the single track trail. After 5 stream crossings the trail became narrow, extremely rocky and treacherous, requiring the use of the upper body to pull yourself over the boulders. One difference between this race and U.S. races I have done in the past was the water stop with prepackaged baggies of water that had been taken up the mountain on horseback. I could not have made it through this section without the help of my fellow male Mexican racers. Many of them deserve my thanks for physically positioning me back on the course as my balance teetered and I came close to sliding over several hundred foot drop-offs and for scaring off a grazing horse that blocked the trail as we approached. In addition, with the course being so narrow, multiple times, these men would step to the side and let me and my teammates pass. This is just one example of the courteousness of all the racers and townspeople we encountered. We topped out at the double crosses marking the top of Chupinaya and began the up and down ridge crossing. Despite the well marked course and because I was so focused racing, I didn’t pay enough attention to where I was going and I managed to become lost twice. At this point, recurring nightmares that I actually have began to come true and I backtracked until I saw the next runner to get back on course. The final stage of the race was the descent back down the mountain which required all means necessary to negotiate the rough rocks, boulders and stream crossings with fatigued legs. The cheers of the spectators, “Ann-eee-mal, Ann-eee-mal*”, carried me down the mountain. The aria al ot final stretch over the cobblestone and into the plaza with spectators lining both sides made for a finish I will never forget. For those who have not seen the results, the men’s race was won by Joe Grey of USA with a time of 1 hour 16 minutes about 3 minutes under the course record, the women’s race was won by me with a time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 23 seconds, about 17 seconds under the course record, the men’s team race was won by Canada and the women’s team race was won by USA. Many thanks to: • Nancy Hobbs, Richard Bolt and the entire USATF staff for giving me the chance to race and all of the support leading up to and on race day, • my US teammates for making me feel a part of the team and lending their experience as we prepared for the race, • to the Lake Chapala Society volunteers for their sponsorship and time to provide transportation to and from the airport, • to Daniel “Jambo” Corona and the entire staff of Hotel Danza del Sol for their never ending helpful ways, • to Ricardo, Ivan and the race management crew for putting on an excellent and well organized event, • and finally to the all the townspeople of Ajijic for their hospitality and enthusiasm. Ajijic will always have a place in my heart. Maria Dalzot, BS MS Candidate, Dietetic Intern Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences West Virginia University [*Editors Note: the crowd was actually yelling, “Animo, Animo” which translates as “Go! Go!”]






Cruz Roja Sales Table M–F 10-1 Cruz Roja Monthly Meeting 1st W 1:30-4 HEALTH INSURANCE IMSS M+T 10-1 Beginning 15 August NYLife/Seguros Monterrey Insurance T+TH 11-2 HEALTH/MEDICAL SERVICES Blood Pressure M+F 10-12 Blood Sugar Screening 2nd+3rd F 10-12 Diabetes Management 1st +3rd W 1-2:50 Sign-up Hearing Aids M & 2nd + 4th SAT 11-3 Sign-up Optometrist TH 9-5:30 Sign-up eye clinic Skin Cancer 2nd + 4th W 10-12 Sign–up office INFORMATION Becerra Immigration F 10-1 Information Desk M-SAT 10-2 Loridan Legal T 10-12 Los Niño’s de Chapala/Ajijic F 10-1:30 US Consulate 1st W 10:30-12:30 Sign-up 10 LESSONS Children’s Art SAT 10-12 Country Line Dancing T+TH 10-11:30, Members Exercise M+W+F 9-10 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+TH+SAT 2-3:30 Spanish Conversation Club M 10-12, Members Spanish Lessons For LCS Volunteers W 10-12 LIBRARIES Book & Video M-SAT 10-2 Talking Books TH 10-12 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Beginners’ Digital Camera W 12-1 Computer Windows Club F 10:30-11:45 Darts Th 3-4 Digital Camera W 10:30-11:50 Discussion Group W 12-1:30 Edge of Consciousness TH 1:30-4 - ends 18 August Genealogy Last M 2-4 Great Books 1st & 3rd F 2-4 Ipod/Iphone F 9:30-10:30 Mac OS 1st M 12-1:30 Mac User 3rd W 3-4:30 Mah Jonng F 10-2:30 Music Jam W 2-3 Needle Pushers T 10-12 Open Circle SUN 10-12:15 Scrabble M+F 12-2 Tournament Scrabble T 12-3 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS AA Lakeside M+TH 4-6 AA Women TH 10:30-12 AL-Anon/Al-aTeen M 4:30-5:30 Breast Cancer Support 2nd+4th M 11:30-1 Cancer Support Group 1st+3rd M 11:30-1 Gamblers Anonymous W 11:30-1:30 Lakeside Friends of Animals 1st TH 2:45-4 Masonic Lodge #31 2nd + 4th W 4:30-8, 4th T 3-4:30

ROMANCE Ref# 5441 “A Walk to Remember” A popular student with no defined plans for the future, is forced to participate in after-school community service activities as punishment, which includes starring as the lead in the school play. Also participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend’s daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. BIOGRAPHY Ref# 5464 “The Sea Inside” Life story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Spanish with English subtitles. OLDY BUT GOODY Ref# 5448 “The Graduate” Ben has recently graduated college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his “Homecoming” party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. A young Dustin Hoffman – Comedy – 8.2 on a scale of 10 DOCUMENTARY Ref# 5450 “Food, Inc.” The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. NEW SERIES Ref# 5465 “Six Feet Under” A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family who run an independent funeral home. 9.1 on a scale of 10 DRAMA Ref# 5462 “The Pawnbroker” Sol Nazerman, operator of a pawn shop and a concentration camp survivor, faces a horrid internal conflict. Being engulfed in a New York ghetto environment, Sol suffers flashbacks. Rod Steiger – Drama – 7.8 on a scale of 10 Transfer your VHS tapes or Camcorder cassettes to DVDs for only 50 pesos per tape.

CASI NUEVO THRIFT SHOP Needs clothing, shoes, books, electrical items, furniture, jewelry, CDs, canned foods, glass items, paintings, and other household items. Please consider bringing your unloved items to our Thrift Shop Drop Box which is conveniently located on the grounds of LCS next to the Video Library. The profits generated at our volunteer-operated Thrift Shop are important sources of funding for the LCS Community Education Program, the School for the Deaf and Have Hammers…Will Travel. These three charitable organizations support well over 200 Mexican children. Please advise the LCS Office if you would like a pick-up of large donated items. Come and visit the Thrift Shop in Riberas del Pilar on the carretera across from the 7-Eleven. Monday through Saturday, 10 - 3.


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“The Edge of Consciousness”


Presented by Jim Spivey

Car-pooling is the method of transportation for our August activities. Please volunteer to drive if you have a car. All trips leave from the statue in Lower La Floresta across from Pranzo Restaurant (first right after Auditorium). Two of our August trips were requested by members. Several want to go into Guadalajara and shop the fabrics area and others who missed out on the trip to Ixtlahuacan. Check the Yahoo group for more details. August 2: Requested by members: Trip to Guadalajara to shop the fabric district and enjoy Indian food. Carpool 11:00. Chip in for gas and pay for driver’s lunch. All else you pay as you go. August 11: Repeated by popular demand. Day trip to IXTLAHUACAN to visit the popular artisan, Victor Arrayga, clay pot factory. Lots to buy at excellent prices! Carpool 11:00. Includes lunch at the famous Cinco Potrillos (5 Ponies) and time to visit the local department store. Donation to your driver for gas is the only expense. All else is pay as you go . August 16: Viva Bien, Gerard’s cozy restaurant serving excellent food is high up at the Racquet Club. Great sunset views. Carpool 5:00 pm. Preregistration is mandatory. Cocktails and dinner if you wish. Price and menu details to follow. August 30: MIXER at Hacienda Ajijic, cocktails and appetizers with dinner optional (but they have a nice daily special $90 pesos). Don’t forget, check the Yahoo group for more details

For those curious about the big questions such as: “Where did we come from?,” “How did we get here?” and “Where are we going?,” the upcoming video series will perhaps provide some answers but most certainly, will offer additional food for thought. Where: The Sala, LCS Dates: Thursday: July 28, August 4, 11 and 18 Time: 2 - 4 pm Open to the public at no cost. To whet your appetite, some of the topics that will be explored: beginnings of the universe, first life forms, origins of the human mind, belief systems, knowledge and learning, extension of the senses, whether the human species will survive. Spivey, who has had a long-time fascination with this subject matter, will be presenting material adapted from documentaries, followed by open discussion time.

LCS Diabetes Education “Living with Diabetes on Your Terms.” NOTE Time and Location Change: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-2:50 in the Sala. Sign-up required - Services Office. Written information will be provided for a small donation of 20 pesos. A monthly class given in two parts, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, respectively. The class provides information on the management of diabetes and what you need to know if you have diabetes, or are a caregiver to someone with diabetes. Subjects covered will include: meal planning, monitoring your blood sugar and what to do about the numbers, a discussion about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, how to lose some weight if you need to, how to treat high and low blood sugar, and much more! The class will be presented by Dorothy McCauley, RN, CDE, CPT, who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 53 years and is sharing her philosophy on how to have quality of life with a chronic illness.

“Wednesday One” 31 August 2011 - LCS Neil James Patio, 4-6 PM The launching of monthly dramatic readings by local thespians of short stories written by local authors. The first reading will be from stories written by Jim Cullums, recently deceased. One of Jim’s wishes was to help Mexican children with their education. These monthly programs will fund a memorial scholarship fund in his name at LCS. There is no charge but donations will be solicited. Beer & wine will be available. Future readings will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, called “Tuesday Two”. These readings will begin at LCS on October 11.

LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, Information and other services open Monday – Saturday, 10 to 2. Grounds are open until 5. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Howard Feldstein (2012); Vice-President - Fred Harland (2013) Treasurer - Paula Haarvai (2013); Secretary - Lynn Bishop (2012) Director - Lois Cugini (2013); Director - Aurora Michel Galindo (2013); Director - Cate Howell (2013) Director - Tod Jonson (2012); Director - Wallace Mills (2013); Director - Mary Alice Sargent (2012) Director - Sharon Smith (2012); Director - Ben White (2013) Executive Director - Terry Vidal




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- ARATI Tel: 766-0130 - CUGINIS OPUS BOUTIQUE Tel/Fax: 766-1790 - FIAGA BOUTIQUE Tel: 766-1816 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131

Tel: 765-3502, 765-5444 - DENTAL EXPRESS Cell: (045) 331-121-6518 - DENTAL HEALTH ONE Tel: 1060-826 - DR. ALBERTO DON OLIVERA Tels: 765-4838, 765-4805 - DR. FRANCISCO CONTRERAS Tel: 765-5757

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- CURVES Tel: 766-1924 - ZONA FITNESS GYM Cell. 33-1094-6637

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* CASINO * ART GALLERIES/HANDCRAFTS - FOLIATTI CASINO - DIANE PEARL COLECCIONES Tel: 766-5683 Pag: 43 - EL PALOMAR Tel: 01 (33) 3635-5247 Pag: 60 - MEXIXIC- La Mancha Pag: 24 - THE AJIJIC ART HOUSE Tel: 765-5097 Pag: 10, 26, 57, 58

* AUTOMOTIVE - LINEA PROFESIONAL Tel. 766-2555, Fax. 766-0066

* BANK INVESTMENT - ACTINVER Tel. 766-3110 - INTERCAM Tel: 766-5978 - MULTIVA Tel: 766-2499 -O&A Tel: 766-4481

- VENTILADORES DEL OCCIDENTE Tel/Fax: (33) 3631-6619, 3634-9982

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- SOFA-COMPANY.COM Cell: 331-576-6974 Pag: 21 - STADIA MARINA Tel: (55) 3094-5570, (777) 3916-114 Pag: 39 - STRESSLESS Tel: 33-3640-1283 Pag: 31 - TEMPUR, MATTRESS AND PILLOWS Tel: (52) 333-629-5919, (52) 33 3611-3049 Pag: 15

* COMMUNICATIONS * GARDENING - MAILBOXES, ETC. Tel: 766-0647, Fax: 766-0775 761-0363, Fax: 761-0364

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- L & R WATER GARDENS Tel: 766-4386

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* BEAUTY - NEW LOOK STUDIO Tel: 766-6000

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* BED & BREAKFAST - CASA DE LAS FLORES Tel: 766-5493 - CASA DEL SOL Tel: 766-0050 - CASA TRES LEONES Cell: (045) 331-350-6764 - VILLA SAN FRANCISCO

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- EDGAR CEDEÑO - MEXICO PROTECT Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 - LAKECHAPALAINSURANCE.COM - LEWIS AND LEWIS Tel: (310) 399-0800, (800) 966-6830 -O&A Tel: 766-0152, 766-3508 - PROTEXPLAN U.S. Toll Free 1-800-608-5743 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-681-6730 - RACHEL’S INSURANCE Tel/Fax 765-4316

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* INTERIOR DESIGN - ELEMENTS Tel: 766-5826 - TENERIFE CENTER Tel: 33-3640-1283 - SOFA-COMPANY.COM Cell: 331-576-6974

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LEGAL SERVICES - MAGO’S OFFICE Tel: 765-3640 - LAW OFFICES Tel: (322) 222 0499

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- ELECTROVENTA Tel: 765-2222 - KITCHEN AID Tel: 01 (33) 3610-1474

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- STADIA MARINA Tel: (55) 3094-5570, (777) 3916-114


- LAKESIDE HEARING SERVICES Cell. (045) 33-1511-4088

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- ADOBE WALLS INN Tel: 766-1296 - HOTEL LA ESTANCIA Tel: 766-0717 - HOTEL PERICO Cell: 333-142-0012 - HOTELITO ESCONDIDO Tel: 01 33-3719-2395 - LA MANSION DEL SOL Tel: 01 800 715 9339 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, Fax: 766-2049 - LOS CROTOS Tel: 764-0067 - POSADA YOLIHUANI Tel: 434-342-1666 - SAN PABLO Tel: (33) 3614-2811 - QUINTA DON JOSE Tel: 01-800-700-2223 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152 - VILLA SAN FRANCISCO

- FERRETERIA Y TLAPALERIA GALVEZ Tel: 766-0880, Fax: 766-2440 Pag: 55


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- NAPOLEON Tel: 766-6153


- HUGRAF Tel: (33) 8421-2513

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- ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 34, 35 - CABO DO MUNDO- INTERIOR DESIGN Tel: 766-0026 Pag: 27 - CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING Tel: 766-3626 Pag: 11 - EDIFIK ARQUITECTOS Tel: (045) 33-1431-2687 Pag: 45 - GARG - Arq. Gustavo Rivera Mendoza Cell: (044) 33-3952-6475 Pag: 43 - GRUPO MARALAGO Cell: 333-390-2764 Pag: 60 - WARWICK CONSTRUCTION Tel: 765-2224 Cell. (045) 331-135-0763 Pag: 50

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* BEER & LIQUOR STORES - BETO’S WINE & LIQUOR Tel: 766-5420, Cell (045) 333-507-3024 - MODELORAMA





- FUMIGA Tel: 762-0078, (045) 33-1155-7059


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- CENTRO LAGUNA Tel: 01 (33) 3560-2670

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Tel: 766-1161 Pag: 05 - ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 34, 35 - BEV. & JEAN COFELL Home Tel. 766-5332 Office Tel. 765-3676 Pag: 42 - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-3841-8867 Pag: 18 - COLDWELL BANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124, Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 Pag: 68 - EL DORADO Tel: 766-0040 Pag: 02 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 765-7349 Pag: 59 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 33-3199-2009 Pag: 57 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Pag: 52 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Cell: 33-1139-0066 Pag: 53 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 765-2222 Pag: 54 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Cell:(045) 33-1040-5573 Pag: 59 - GEORGETTE RICHMOND Tel: 766-2129, 766-2077 Pag: 11 - JUAN JOSE GONZÁLEZ Cell. 33-1113-0690 Pag: 29 - LLOYD REAL ESTATE AJIJIC Tel: 766-3508 Pag: 23 - MEXICO PROPERTY RESOURCES Tel: (315) 351-7489 Pag: 40 - MYRON’S MEXICO Tel: 765-2191, Cell: 33-1065-7688 Pag: 44 - PETER ST. JOHN Tel: 765-3676 Pag: 26 - RAUL GONZALEZ Cell: 33-1437-0925 Pag: 03 - SANDI ALLIN BRISCOE Tel: 765-2484 Pag: 47

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- COLDWELLBANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, movile: (045) 33-1175-9632 Pag: 52 - FOR RENT Tel USA: 1-323-578-3416 Pag: 51 - HOMES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT Cell: 33-1163-9686 Pag: 36 - KERRY DELONNE - CENTURY21 Cell: 33 3972 5244 Pag: 45 - RENTAL LOCATERS Pag: 48 Tel: 766-5202 - ROMA Pag: 10 Tel: 766-3163 - SANTANA RENTALS Cell: 315-104-3283, Pag: 40 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152 Pag: 58

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* MEDICAL SERVICES - BERNARDO LANCASTER JONES MD Tel: (33) 3813-2090 Pag: 16 - DERMATOLOGIST Tel: 766-1198, 765-2400 Pag: 42 - DERMIKA Dermatologic Center Tel: 766-2500 Pag: 18 - DRA. MARTHA R. BALLESTEROS FRANCO Cell: (045) 333-408-0951 Pag: 17 - ENDOSCOPY ASSOCIATES Tel: 766-5851 Pag: 40 - HOSPITAL ANGELES DEL CARMEN Tel: (01) 3813-0042 Pag: 08 - INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST & GERIATRICS Dr. J. Manuel Cordova Tel: 766-2777 Pag: 28 - ISILAB Tel: 766-1164 Pag: 41 - MEDI TRAVEL SOLUTIONS Tel: (888) 228-8972 Pag: 45 - OPHTHALMOLOGIST Cell: 01(33) 3161-5577 , 765-3073 Pag: 15 - PINTO OPTICAS Tel: 765-7793 Pag: 12 - PLASTIC SURGERY-Dr. Benjamin Villaran Tel: 766-5513 Pag: 20 - PLASTIC SURGERY-Sergio Aguila M.D. Tel: 766-2500 Pag: 24 - RED CROSS Tel: 765-2308 - SAN FRANCISCO - HEMODIALYSIS CLINIC Tel: 01 (33) 3614-4355 Pag: 39

* MOVERS - BALDERAS Tel: 01 (33) 3810-4859 - LAKE CHAPALA MOVING Tel: 766-5008 - SEYMI Tel: 01 (33) 3603-0000, 3603-0256 - STROM- WHITE MOVERS Tel: 766-4049

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* SOLAR ENERGY - ESUN Tel: 766-2319

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* SPA / MASSAGE - BLUE MOON Tel: 766-0937 - RESPIRO SPA Tel: (045) 33-3157-7790 - TOTAL BODY CARE Tel: 766-3379

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* TOURS - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-4187, Fax: 765-5815 - LA VALENTINA Tel: 766-5179 - THE BLUE HOUSE Tel: 766-1256

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* SATELLITES/ T.V. - AJIJIC ELECTRONICS S.A. DE C.V. Tel/Fax: 766-1117, 766-3371 - SERVICIO BELTRÁN Tel: 765-3949, 766-4586

- CHARTER CLUB TOURS Tel: 766-1777

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- TECNO AQUA Tel: 766-3730, 766-3731 - TIM Cell. (045) 33-3814-6377

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Tel. 766-1002 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-2049 - LAS MICHE - MOM´S DELI & RESTAURANT Tel: 765-5719 - NUMBER FOUR Tel: 766-1360 - SIMPLY THAI Tel: 766-5665 - RITCHIE88 Cell: 33-1071-0293 - SUBWAY - TABARKA Tel: 766-1588 - TONY’S Tel: 766-1614, 766-4069 - TWO SPOONS Tel: 766-5089

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* PERSONAL ASSISTANCE - JUSTUS HAUSER Tel: 763-5333, Fax: 763-5335 Emergencies: 01 (33) 3441-8223 Pag: 05 - NEWCOMERS ILSE HOFFMANN Cell: 33-3157-2541, Tel: 01 (33) 3647-3912

* REPAIRS - TV REPAIR SERVICIO BELTRÁN Tel: 765-3949 - WATCH & CLOCKS Tel: 765 5190, Cell: (045) 33-1331-9226

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* SELF STORAGE - SELF STORAGE-BODEGAS CHAPALA Tel: 766-0661, Tel/Fax: 766-1045 Pag: 28



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- 60’S IN PARADISE Tel: 766-4721 - AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 - BRENDA’S BAKERY BOUTIQUE Tel: 765-2987 - CASA DEL WAFFLE Tel: 766-1946 - DAVID’S CAFE Tel: 766-2341 - EL JARDIN DE NINETTE Tel. 766-4905 - EL FIGÓN Tel: 766-5468 - GO LE CLUB Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 - JOLANDAS Tel: 315-351-5449 - LA BODEGA DE AJIJIC

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CARS FOR SALE: 2007 GMC flagship SUV. The luxury extended version. 4x4/AWD, 9000 lb Tow Package, 17 inch res and wheels, full leather interior with dual ac, premium sound system. US documents and plates. $18,000 US. By appointment. FOR SALE: Subaru outback legacy, staon wagon, automa c, 4x4 abs brakes, 1998, had it legalized and has Jalisco plates. Great transporta on, gives good mileage. $36,000. Call: Maria Lopez at (33) 3288-7874 FOR SALE: For sale or trade 1999 Chevy van and 6X12 enclosed trailer. California Title. 42000 original miles $3500.00 US for both or will trade for a Jeep or Jeep type vehicle. Contact: Michael Hodge FOR SALE: MOTORHOME 1983 Winnebago Minnie Winnie class C 1984, 350 Chevrolet v8 engine and gets 10-12 miles per gallon, U.S. plated. $5,000 USD OBO Call Larry at cell: 331 218 9649 or 764 0249 FOR SALE: New transmission, new heavy duty suspension, new shocks, new all terrain res, metal rack, husky pull mount and 2” ball best li le truck in Ajijic Call: 331-355-2563 ask for Ray photos available by email FOR SALE: Great compact sta onwagon, has roof racks and is comfortable to drive. Needs a paint job. $4900cad. Contact: Gina Rolfe FOR SALE: Motorcycle 2009 Dinamo Custom 150cc like new. Less than 3000 km, never wrecked. All taxes paid. Includes two helmets. $21,000 pesos. Check out at for specs and pictures. Call: (376) 766-1757 FOR SALE: Chuck wagon by Honda from USA. This is not a car. It is an open u lity vehicle with a bench seat and steering wheel, and 3X3 cargo bed. Call for more informa on: 766-6051 FOR SALE: JUST REDUCED! To $5000 USD. Mercedes SL560 roadster. New leather upholstery and so top. 2 tops, hard and so . Euro cover. Manuals. A/C. This is a classic automobile! e-mail ccalfapietra@ or call (376) 765-2598 WANTED: I want to buy a Tracker or Sidecick. 1996 to 2000, automa c, in reasonable condi on. Call Bud 766-1127 FOR SALE: Mercedes 1982 SD500 Turbo Charged 5 Cylinder Diesel, needs works to restore it to its classic status $3,500pesos or best offer. NO e-mail, please Call: (387) 763-3266 FOR SALE: Excellent Conver ble. Imported, Mexican plates, insurance paid for 2011, taxes and importa on paid unl 2010. Motor 2.5 ltrs, working great. new res, new shock, magnesium rims, $35,000 pesos. For appointment Call at Cell: 33-1113-6192 FOR SALE: 2005 Ford Taurus, runs good, needs some body work, $67,000 pesos or USD. No e-mail please Call John (376)765-6613

COMPUTERS FOR SALE: PowerBook G4 15”, 1 GB ram, 80 GB hd, 8X Superdrive, built-in wired and wireless internet, OS X Leop-


ard. Excellent condi on. $485 U.S. or peso equivalent. Contact: Michael McGrath FOR SALE: Spyder 2 Pro Studio Professional Color Calibra on System for CRT and LCD displays In original packaging, with installa on CD and extra so ware. (ColorVision DoctorPRO, Color Efex Pro 2.0, PANTONE colorist) $1,000 pesos. Contact: Eniko Hunter FOR SALE: Magicjack allows you to make unlimited calls to the united states, canada and many other countries for one year. $650 pesos. Call: (376) 765-2326

PETS & SUPPLIES FREE TO GOOD HOME: Adopt an absolutely perfect Siamese ki en! She is a rich cream color, with chocolate seal points, and beau ful pale, blue eyes. All she needs is a home, and owner to love her. Email FOR SALE: This dog food bag is great for traveling with your dog. Hold up to 10 lbs of food. Adjustable for smaller amounts. Red in color and it is washable. $150 pesos. Call: 765-4590 BEAUTIFUL GIRL NEEDS GOOD HOME: Smart, lively, lovely, loyal, spayed German Shepard cross. Good with other dogs. Rescued dog. Needs loving home. Contact: Cameron Peters WANTED: Looking for used quality western saddle size 16 to 17 Call: Brian 766-3387 Dog Found: Dog found in Villa Lucerna and taken to the Lakeside Spay and Neutering Ranch in Chapala. Please call: 7663940 if this is your dog. WANTED: Looking for a kind spirit with a garden to keep my ki y for a month. I’ll of course supply her food and bring you back something not too heavy fr. the States if you need something, email:

GENERAL MERCHANDISE FOR SALE: Maytag washing machine has oversize stainless steel tub. Has mulple cycles, excellent condi on. $4000 pesos. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951 FOR SALE: Blackberry Phone. Slightly used, but in like new condi on. Ac vated for Mexico. $1600. Contact: Pat Apt. FOR SALE: Two oversize Coleman duffle bags, green. Used only once and in very good condi on. $15 US each. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951 FOR SALE: ROOFBAG.COM brand cartop carrier. Tough waterproof material will keep your cargo dry. Folds up when not in use to store easily. Includes rubber pad to prevent carrier from sliding. $100 US. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951 FOR SALE: Decora ve oval oak table. The oval oak top is 22” x 27”. The table is 24” high. $600 pesos. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951 FOR SALE: Memorex 21” TV, Aug 2007. In excellent condi on. $1500. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951 FOR SALE: Vizio 42” TV, only two months old. Latest technology. Gets great picture and sound. $9000 pesos. Call: Larry Benton at 765-4951

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FOR SALE: Philips 42” TV, 2008 in excellent condi on. Has great picture and sound. $6000. Call: Larry Benton at 7654951 FOR SALE: 57 pages for making business cards White Ma e, so this makes 570 business cards, easy to tear apart and on heavy paper. $120 pesos. Call: 765-4590 FOR SALE: I am selling a Jumpsport trampoline, 2.5 x 4.5 m with safety net for 6000 Pesos. In very good condi ons. Price at is 2000 USD. Call 331545-8569 FOR SALE: Electro reflexology foot massager E-Power Electron stabilizer Dr. Hulda Clarke – zapper Ionic Foot Detox. Variety of organic soaps, shampoos & tonics, best offer. Call: 766-0093 FOR SALE: One person sweat box, similar to a sauna you sit inside your head s cks out and away you go, best offer. Call: 766-0093 FOR SALE: Cement mixer, gas motor, 9 HP, bought new used only 6 months. Call Mike: 766-2829 FOR SALE: Protect your electrical and electronic equipment with a Delta Lightning Silicon Arrestor model LA 302R and a Delta Surge Capacitor model CA 302R. Both items are new and in original packaging. Call: (376) 766-3335 FOR SALE: We are mo vated sellers of a STI model KEHR-ECO 58-1800-30 large solar water heater. It is a 340 litre, 30 tube unit suitable for family of 8 using a pressurized water system. $1225 USD. Contact: Walter Corol FOR SALE: Used trailer hitch with clip and 2 inch ball, suitable for a Ford F-250. Max.gross trailer weight 5000lbs,tongue weight 500lbs, distribuon arm weight 10,000lbs..Includes all hardware.$1,000.00 pesos. Cell: 331446-1709 FOR SALE: Portable Massage Table with face cradle, carrying case. $2000 pesos. Contact: Martha Spalding FOR SALE: Matrimonial bed with wooden base. $1000 pesos. Contact: Martha Spalding FOR SALE: King size metal bed frame. Unique and rare painted and adorned metal frame. $2500 pesos. Contact: Martha Spalding FOR SALE: 3 piece living room set. Heavy pine with mul -colored striped material. Chair, loveseat, and 3 person couch. $3500 pesos. Contact: Martha Spalding WANTED: Need LNB for 75 E shaw direct satellite. Call: 766-5686 FOR SALE: love seat and matching chair in fine condi on. $1900 pesos firm. Call: 766-1975 FOR SALE: A Morgan Brand that holds 4 people. 5 years. old, but never used. Wooden Frame. Pump has been checked and is in mint condi on. $15,000 nmp. Call for an appointment to view at 766-4086. FOR SALE: Box Trailer 4’x6’x8’ for sale. Wiring redone 5/ll needs res. Paid $1400-Asking $1000 USD Unlicensed 333463-9154 FOR SALE: brand new and very recently manufactured Professional outdoor build-

in grill/BBQ. Grill with “Servinox” volcanic stone, ideal for cooking your foods. Its manufactured in stainless steel.$5,000 pesos firm. More info: FOR SALE: Arbor 4 string elec base w/ strap & carrying bag. $1,500 pesos. Samick AG-10 26w guitar amp & amp cord. $700 pesos (IF sold seperately). Skylark violin w/ hard case. $800 pesos. Contact: Jeff Gillihan WANTED: I would like to be added on a Shaw Sat. account when available. Contact: Dennis James FOR SALE: TEMPUR, QS MATRESS w/ rolling frame and box. Like new, see it, feel it, love it, 20 year warranty. Contact: Crisna Levy FOR SALE: Complete Encyclopedia Britannica 14th Edi on (1929) Whole collec on of Na onal Geographic Magazine from 1960 to 1998. Contact: Pablo Navarro FOR SALE: or Trade. Lincoln AC-225-S Arc welder with hood and s nger. Might trade for what you have? Contact Wes at 765-2357 M-F 8AM to 5PM WANTED: We are looking for Oriental rugs; various sizes, good quality. Call me at 766-4154 WANTED: Need an enclosed cargo trailer to go to Laredo and get some furniture. Please contact me at Cell: 331-2866993 or 417-942-4072 magic jack. FOR SALE: Inflatable Castle 3 x 6 m with compressor $7,000 Pesos, Factory Price: 32,000 pesos. Contact: 331 545 85 69 or write to: FOR SALE: Trampoline 2.5 x 4.5 m Jumpersport complete with net, in good condi ons. $7,000 Pesos Contact: 331 545 85 69 or write to:sdrumond777@gmail. com WANTED: a small refrigerator, counter height, clean and reasonably priced. Also, 30” stove, IEM or Mabe, black or grey, clean and working well. Contact: Pat Apt FOR SALE: Hospital Bed Ma ress. New Never used. $1,090. firm. Call: (376)7656401 FOR SALE: Metal 4 prong cane $180 Pesos, regular metal cane $150 Pesos, Orthopedic Pa ent Walker Belt $110 Pesos, New Finnish Foot exerciser (wood) $150 Pesos. Call 766-2839 WANTED: I want to buy a cello. I host visi ng musicians and wish to own one to lend to these musicians. They cannot bring them on the planes here, too expensive. Call: Marie Laframboise at (376) 766-0277 FOR SALE: Philosophical Books: Gurdjieff + Ouspensky; Helena Blavatsky; Ernest Holmes, etc. Call: Lucky Dave at Cell: 331-012-3396 FOR SALE: Restaurant equipment: cooking stoves, refrigera on, vent system, pots, pans, etc. Call: Lucky Dave at Cell: 331-012-3396 FOR SALE: Four wheel rollator walker -heavy duty plus basket carrier. Life me limited warranty by Lumex. Never used. Call Lucky Dave at Cell: 331-012-3396 FOR SALE: Electric po er’s wheel, med. size high fire kiln, many high fire specialty dipping & brush glazes, books and

misc. tools $12,000 pesos. Call Michael (376) 766-3443 FOR SALE: Matching Aluminum Lawn Chairs, brown metal with lite brown woven solid seat fabric, 2 available. In very good condi on. Asking $500 pesos for the set of 2. Call: (387)763 2962 FOR SALE: Wes nghouse Frigidaire Stack Washer with Gas Dryer. Both Heavy Duty Large Capacity, mul Cycles. In good condi on with original instruc on booklet, white color. Asking $8,300 pesos. Call: (387) 763-2962 FOR SALE: Like new large size weber charcoal grill with cover & utensile holder, new rib rack & indirect charcoal holders & drip pans. $950 pesos OBO. Call: 33-11944783 WANTED: SONICARE 2 E-SERIES toothbrush replacement heads. Call: 766-4106 FOR SALE: Turquoise sofa for sale. 4 years old, $350 USD. Contact: Pat Baxter WANTED: Looking for used Star Choice receiver and remote for television. Must be in good working order. Call: (376) 7657629 FOR SALE: Many, Large and small plants in wonderful Mexican po ery. From $50 pesos to $1,300 pesos Call: (376) 7657648 or email: FOR SALE: Grande Electric Skillet, Black and Decker. New 400pesos Call: (376) 7657648 or email: FOR SALE: Danby Countertop dishwasher, holds 4 full place se ngs, faucet connect. 5 cycles white w/stainless steel interior & spray arm. Low Power Consump on. New in box, brought from Canada. $2800 pesos. Contact: Sherry Hudson WANTED: Walker with wheels, for older man, 5 130lbs. Call: (376)765-3583 or e-mail: FOR SALE: Washer Whirlpool perfect care 16KG Dryer Maytag Millenium 13KG Heavy Duty Used by a single person for only 6 months, $650 USD. Call: 331-3485521 FOR SALE: BAR JUST REDUCED TO $2500.00 US. Handcra ed from old Mexican wood. Iron accents. With lights and 3 stools with backs and leather seats. Very large. Comes apart into 2 pieces for ease of transpor ng. WANTED: I want to buy a pressure washer, gas powered or electric, in good condi on. Call Bud 766-1127 or FOR SALE: Cargo trailer, fully enclosed. Dust seals on doors, jack stand with wheel. Spare re. Locks for hitch, hitch ball and doors. Like new. US$1,300 or equal in pesos. Bud 766-1127 or geebudgee@gmail. com FOR SALE: Model 311 Dish Network receiver only 2 years old with remote, $500 pesos. Call: 765-4590 FOR SALE: 1983 Correct Cra , 18’ 9” (5.72 m), “Air Nau que”. Customized, restored, and fully na onalized, $85,000 pesos. Contact: C. Hunter @ (376) 766-1718 WANTED: Need someone to renew headliner in my car in Guadalajara. Prefer if you do at home. Contact: Frank Raimo. FOR SALE: Telular cell phone (Telmex) $200 pesos. It looks like a regular desk phone, plugs into wall socket or ba ery operated. Has speaker. Call: (387) 7610259 FOR SALE: Rus co Bar With 3 Stools Reddish Color. Distressed crackle finish. Stools with backs are upholstered. $100.00 USD/1250.00 Pesos. Great for an entertainment area or a covered veranda. Please e-mail or call (U.S.) 956 755-9490.

FOR SALE: Two 250 rolls of new copper romex. Each roll $1200 pesos - price firm. Call: 766-1757 WANTED: Want hardware/so ware to convert VHS tapes to DVD disks. Call: Donald Williams at 768-2762 FOR SALE: NEW TOILET SEATS. Almond color. Oval shape. $9USD/110pesos each. Please reply to FOR SALE: Mexican Po ery Lamp. Base is vase shaped. Shade is po ery too with decora ve cutouts through which the light shines. Terraco a color. $15USD/190 pesos. Please reply to FOR SALE: Assorted Landline Telephones. Used $65pesos; New $90 pesos. Please reply to FOR SALE: Three Piece Living Room or Veranda Set. Occasional chair, love seat, sofa. Mexican made, Victorian style. Upholstered in burnt orange. $150 USD/$1,300 pesos. Please reply to FOR SALE: Assorted Voltage Regulators: 600 wa $150 pesos; 1200 wa $190 pesos; 1500 wa $250 pesos. Please reply to FOR SALE: Casio Portable electric organ w/hard case and collapsible stand, 12v/120v adaptor synthesized instruments, back up rhythms, digital recorder, earphone jack allows for privacy. Very lightly used, new condi on $2,500 pesos. No email, Please Call Lee Borden at 333496-5883 FOR SALE: Professional microphone stand-chrome, adjustable height and boom. $400 pesos. No email, Please Call Lee Borden at 333-496-5883 FOR SALE: Harley Davidson touch lamp, new in box $400 pesos. No email, Please Call Lee Borden at 333-496-5883 FOR SALE: Bar Style Table. Round 30” diameter laminated top on 42” high metal pedestal base. Includes 3 tall, wooden, swivels stools w/back rests and brass foot rails. Excellent condi on, $3,500 pesos. No email, Please Call Lee Borden at 333496-5883 FOR SALE: Assortment of purse hangers, keep your purse off the floors. Many colors and designs. $120pesos. Call: (376) 765-4590 FOR SALE: This is just the LMB for a dish to get Dish Network. 3 years old. $150 pesos. Call: (376) 765-4590 FOR SALE: Set of 4 cast iron sizzle plates with 2 wooden handles and 4 serving dishes. $600 pesos for the whole set. 2 are used, 2 new. Sold new $32USD each. h p:// ved=0CCUQ9QEwAg. Call: (376)765-4590 FOR SALE: 4 person portable hutub, reduced from $22,950 pesos to $14,000 pesos or USD No e-mail please Call John (376)765-2726

COLLECTIBLES FOR SALE: Box cameras(early 1900s), the very first Polaroid Model 95 (1948), German Fine a 1950 35mm, Eumig C3 Austrian 1959 3-lens turret 8mm with case & instruc on manual. Contact: Ron Russell FOR SALE: Have photo of Elizabeth Taylor given to me and personalized by her. I needed to go her place for business and she was home. She just I guess divorced and wanted to having something repaired. I met her twice at her home in Bel Aire. $2,500 pesos Contact: Frank Raimo FOR SALE: Incredible collec on of 750 different Mexican stamps, all pictorial, all mint and never hinged, only $200 USD. Call James Tipton, (376) 765-7689.

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El Ojo del Lago / August 2011

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El Ojo del Lago - August 2011  

Ajijic and Chapala newspaper devoted to news, interviews, history, culture and art.

El Ojo del Lago - August 2011  

Ajijic and Chapala newspaper devoted to news, interviews, history, culture and art.