El Ojo del Lago - February 2016

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Marcel Woland compares the life, times and work of Russia’s most famous writers—which is to say two of the best writers who ever lived.


An anonymous contributor has sent along the result of a comprehensive survey that suggests that socially isolated people are more likely to become ill and die earlier. But there is an antidote: Coming to live at Lakeside!


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12 Imprints Front Row Center


Bridge by the Lake



Hearts at Work


Profiling Tepehua


Dear Portia


Lakeside Living


Welcome to Mexico


Child of Month


Anyone Train Dog


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There is a saying that once you save a life, you are forever responsible for it—and that’s exactly how it was for Day Dobbert after she rescued a Lakeside cat which she later named “Mooky.”


Herb Altman believes that a good novel should teach as well as entertain—and certainly Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes’ El Indio admirably fills the bill. The book won Mexico’s National Prize for Literature, and was illustrated by another cultural icon, Diego Rivera.

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Margie Keane writes about wanting to get away to the peace and quiet of nearby lovely Mazamitla, but once placed upon a horse, her most pressing need concerned simply surviving. Dr. Lorin Swinehart writes about the duality that exists in almost all men -and Robert F. Kennedy was no exception. Today RFK is mostly either revered or reviled, with very few opinions lodged in between the two.







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By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez For more editorials, visit: http://thedarksideofthedream.com

Political Hysteria (Some of the following courtesy of Griselda Nevarez)


n the face of much frenzied bloviating in some political quarters in the United States about the apocalyptic future the country faces unless it can stem the “tidal wave of Mexican immigrants” into the country, the Pew Research Center recently reported that more Mexicans and their children—some who are Mexican- American—have left the U.S. than have migrated here during most of the administration of President Barack Obama. Pew’s researchers, using data from U.S. and Mexican government sources, found that 140,000 more Mexicans returned to Mexico than came into the U.S. between 2009 to 2014. About 900,000 Mexican immigrants returned to Mexico from the U.S. between 2009 and 2014, many taking about 100,000 U.S.-born children under age five with them. Because they are born to parents of Mexican nationals, Mexico considers Mexican-American children also Mexican nationals, so they were included in the overall total. In that same period, an estimated 870,000 Mexican immigrants left Mexico to come to the U.S. In addition, the same data sources from Mexico and the U.S. showed that the overall flow of Mexicans between the two countries is the smallest it has been since the 1990s. Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew researcher and author of the report, said these findings are not surprising given that the Mexican-born population in the U.S. has been declining since it peaked at 12.6 million in 2007. What is significant is that there hadn’t been any evidence to show that the net flow from Mexico to the U.S. was negative until now. The Pew Report points to several reasons that could explain the reduction of Mexican immigrants


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coming to the U.S. in recent years, including the slow recovery of the U.S. economy following the Great (G.W. Bush) Recession, which lasted from late 2007 through mid 2009. Another reason could be stricter enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, particularly at the U.S.-Mexico border. The report also noted that increased enforcement in the U.S. has led to a rise in the number of Mexicans who’ve been deported since 2005. President Obama had been the target of protests last year and earlier for his administration’s record deportation numbers, which were totaling more than 300,000 a year. Immigration activists and Latino groups had dubbed him “Deporterin-Chief” for the high deportation rate. But the administration also enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to shield from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants here illegally and has tried to shield millions more. The latest effort has been blocked in the courts by Republican governors. Today, an estimated 11.7 million Mexicans live in the U.S., down from 12.6 million in 2007. This decline, according to the report, has been mostly due to the smaller number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants currently living in the U.S. There were 6.9 million unauthorized immi-

grants from Mexico living in the U.S. in 2007. That number has dropped to 5.6 million. The Democratic presidential candidates largely agree on immigration policy. They support immigration reform with a path to citizenship and agree with Obama’s recent executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. A 2012 Pew Report found the net migration from Mexico to the U.S. had reached zero. Yet, even given these facts, the hysteria goes on. A huge wall must be constructed, and of course Mex-

ico will pay for it! Estimates for its cost run well into tens of billions of dollars. But why build one if the rate of influx is now zero? Reminds us of the old adage popular during the Vietnam War: What if they gave a war and nobody came? Or in this case, What if they built a super-expensive wall and nobody cared to even come near Alejandro Grattanit? Dominguez

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“Tolstoyevsky” By M. Woland



similar gaffe (“Prostakovich”) was made by a friend when showing off in a high-school student paper. But it showed that the two composers he had wrongly conflated into one were important. Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky are arguably the two greatest Russian authors who have both influenced, and become part of, world literature. Both were highly ethical, devoutly Christian moralists. Their writing was meant to be transformative, and the number of ‘Alexeis’ & ‘Natashas’ among literate Westerners is testament to that. Their quest earned Tolstoy excommunication from the Church and Dostoyevsky four years of hard labor. The 19th Century saw the rise of particularly masterful, moralizing authors. In France there was Victor Hugo, in England Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. They too felt a call to transform the societies they lived in. Both rejected the European ‘Enlightenment’ and its consequences. Tolstoy, keenly interested in education, went to Europe: “Horrible! Prayers for the King, beatings, everything by rote, frightened, demoralized children.” Of a school for adults: “The same methods: mechanical reading, numbers with no knowledge of mathematics, catechism, etc.” All reminiscent of the Three ‘R’s championed by today’s Right. Tolstoy believed that the desire to learn is natural, “a need, like the need for daily bread... no one should be forced to learn.” Dostoyevsky often used the term “going to America” which in 19th Century Russia meant suicide. In Devils he foresees and tries to warn of the effects of the coming “color” revolution from the West – The “Red” coup d’etat of 1917. Tolstoy was born into the thriving Russian nobility. War and Peace incorporates not only his knowledge of French, used by the Russian Aristocracy, (the novel begins with a long paragraph describing life in the court at Saint


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Dostoyevsky Petersburg - in French), but also of his aristocratic relatives and the common soldiery. Tolstoy fought against the British and French when they invaded Crimea. War and Peace is informed by all this personal experience. The “key” to War and Peace —one of the greatest 19th Century novels—and to Tolstoy’s life, are these words: “All great ideas are simple: If evil men can work together to get what they want, then so can good men, to get what they want.” How different to come upon this: “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and believes his own lie comes to a point when he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” — Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoyevsky was impoverished, old nobility and a professional writer who had to write to earn a living. Condemned to death for revolutionary activity at twenty-eight but reprieved, he instead served four years in exile, at hard labor. “In summer, intolerable heat; in winter, unendurable cold. The floors were rotten. Filth on them an inch thick; we were packed like herrings in a barrel ... There was no room to turn around. From dusk to dawn it was impossible not to behave like pigs ... Fleas, lice, and black beetles by the bushel ...” The only book available to him in prison was The New Testament. Though, occasionally, he read Dickens in the prison hospital. Since boyhood, Dostoyevsky had championed the poor and the weak. In his aristocratic school, which his father had begged and borrowed to afford, he was nick-named “the monk” for his introspection. He wrote of what he knew in his five mature novels: Crime and Punishment (the poor of Saint Petersburg), Brothers Karamazov (provincial gentry), Devils (Western revolutionaries), The Idiot (society), The Adolescent (growing up poor). Open any page and you will

find a peculiar absence. There is almost no description of meals, scenery, landscape, even furnishings. Anticipating Kafka or the playwright Samuel Beckett, Dostoyevsky dispensed with these things as extraneous to the conflicts of the human soul. When the great Soviet-Russian director Yuri Lyubimov staged Crime and Punishment in Washington D.C., I made the pilgrimage. There were no costumes to speak of and the “set” consisted of a movable door, which swung both ways. But if you hate “Tolstoyevsky,” you are not alone. I witnessed an American, during intermission, yelling to no one

in particular: “How dare they!? What makes Russians think they can get away with this?”—just like a scene from Dostoyevsky. There is a timeless, mesmerizing breathlessness to his writing which makes him a twenty-first century writer. “It was his explosive power which shattered the Victorian novel with its simpering maidens and ordered commonplaces; books which were without imagination or violence.”— James Joyce So forget about time and the intimidating length of “Tolstoyevsky” novels. Experience some of the finest writing ever to grace a page.

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THE OJO INTERNET MAILBOX (Wherein we publish some comments about our previous issues.)

LIFE UNDER NIKLLAI CEAUSESCU Gabrielle Blair I found this article interesting and well written. It was known that the husband and wife Ceausescu team were a pair of monsters, but the details of their crimes are not common knowledge. THE MIRASOL REDEMPTION Gabrielle Blair Margaret van Every is masterful in her ability to review a book. She gives away just enough of the plot to wet one’s appetite and through her own clear descriptive powers and critical ability, makes me trust her opinion and in this case, makes me want to read Rambles’ book. SHEPHERDS & WISE MEN Herbert W. Piekow Dr. Swinehart, what a well written and informative article. Every year I recall what we learned in Catholic


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school, so very long ago, Christ´s birthdate was arbitrary and was most likely in March, but the Church selected December 25th to coincide with the end of the Roman festival and also because Christ´s death coincided with Passover, which is also in the spring and therefore His birth should be celebrated earlier. I always enjoy your writing and often learn something both interesting and new. With appreciation and thanks. Happy New Year! THE LAST MEAL Ed Pankowski A Nite I shall NEVER forget .... The Sioux Medicine Men had some good stuff in those pipes! Red Dig invited me to share his meal .....but I picked the wrong item on tray ... Execution soon followed by DOC rule of no attorney/ condemned man “ Last Suppers “.... So I was the 1st & last LIFE UNDER NIKLLAI CEAUS-

ESCU Margaret Having just arrived here after spending three months in Bucharest, we found your article most interesting. It was while we were there that the people took to the streets in protest resulting in the current government leaders stepping down and new ones taking place. All this undertaken peacefully with no looting or littering! We will be returning for two months again in April and touring a bit around Europe before coming back to Ajijic. Coffee in order?

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IMPRINTS By Antonio Ramblés antonio.rambles@yahoo.com

descendants have twice recovered it, and still own it today. When it was forfeited to the Crown as a penalty for fraud, Henri II offered it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Preferring the nearby Château de Chenonceau, she sold it back to the former owner’s son, who completed construction Gardens, Château de Cheverny of the current structure in 1630. The Hurault family was forced to forfeit much of its wealth during the French

Château de Cheverny The Loire Valley’s Château de Cheverny has stood as a testament to the conspicuous consumption of French royalty for nearly 400 years. One of the first châteaux to open its doors to the public early in the 1900’s, it’s known for its magnificent interiors and remarkably well-preserved collection of furniture, tapestries, and objets d’art. Because it was built and decorated in a relatively short period, its architecture is unusually harmonious. Like most châteaux, Cheverny was the property of a family who represented royal authority locally. While many were built or renovated as elaborate country houses, the earliest were fortified castles, and some – including Cheverny – still retain vestiges of fortifications. The original château at Cheverny was purchased by Count Henri Hurault, Louis XIII’s military treasurer, around 1610. Although the property has since passed through many hands, Hurault’s


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Salon, Château de Cheverny

Revolution, and sold the property in 1802. They bought it back for the second time during the Restoration in 1824, and today Hurault’s descendants live on its private third floor My visit to Cheverny comes at the end of a long day in the Loire Valley. The round trip by car runs around five hours, making it difficult for the visitor to do justice to more Salon, Château de Cheverny than two or three châteaux in a day. Visitors should consider spending a night or two in Amboise or Blois to allow time to browse them at leisure. As sunset approaches and the drive back begins, there’s time for no more than a drive-by of the storybook Château de Chambord. On the ride back, I reflect upon how difficult it is to walk through the opulence of Cheverny and other magnificent châteaux without thinking of the Salon, Château de Cheverny peasants whose hard labor funded such largesse. It was only the agricultural output of lands surrounding each château that enabled it to be self-sufficient. French peasants tethered to the land they worked, and through it to the château which it supported, were for generations trapped in subsistence with little hope that their lives would change. It’s no surprise, then, that while the story of the French Revolution is often retold as the uprising of urban Paris, it was prosecuted with equal fervor in the countryside. Rural unrest began when a drought that threatened the harvest of 1788 was followed by storms and floods which destroyed much of what remained. In the following winter, frosts and snow damaged vines and orchards. The poor harvest sparked demands for cancellation of harvest payments to château Château de Chambord owners and restoration of grazing rights. In the face of massive bread shortages in the spring of 1789, many peasants and villagers armed themselves, attacking symbols of the regime, and reclaimed tithes and grain. The unrest prompted the revolutionary National Assembly to formally abolished feudalism. Château de Cheverny is the final post from my 10 Days In Paris, and while the pace of the trip has been tireless, I still leave with a long list of sights yet unseen for my next visit. Antonio Ramblés

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UNCOMMON COMMON SENSE By Bill Frayer billfrayer@gmail.com

Was Plato Right?


was watching Donald Trump on television the other day and I thought of my philosophy class in college when we read Plato’s Republic. I remember being surprised and skeptical when Plato suggested that democracy was a governmental system that would never work. As I grimaced while Donald Trump reminded us how far ahead in the polls he was, I realized that Plato may have been right, at least to a degree. His argument was that if major decisions were left to the people, they would not be able to reach quality conclusions. He argued that money would unduly influence how people voted, as what was good for society might require


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Bill Frayer economic sacrifice on the part of the wealthy. He also surmised that people would vote on the basis of emotion, not reason. His warnings sound quite prescient today. Unfortunately, Plato’s solution was not very plausible: a guardian king. He thought a very intelligent man, who had divested himself of all property and was provided with a secure life, could be proclaimed the guardian of society. He would be able to rule without conflict and would act for the good of society as a whole. It was a utopian plan and, like all utopian plans, would not work. So, here we are, left with our democratic republic. To be fair, our system has worked rather well over history and has some clear advantages over fascist dictatorships, enlightened monarchies, communism, and sharia law. Nevertheless, we are now seeing some serious problems. Plato was right about the influence of money, and he was unfortunately correct about people making emotional decisions. The Donald Trump phenomenon is fed by anger and fear. Many Republican voters are angered by immigration and fearful of terrorism. Like right-wing nativists across the

world, Trump is popular because he appears strong and decisive and wants to protect Americans from Muslims, Mexicans, and any other foreign influence. He will likely not be elected president, but his presence and popularity trivializes the important decisions that lie ahead. So is our system of government in trouble? Are we capable of making the difficult, painful decisions that face us in the 21st century? Will politics continue to be dominated by the wealthy few? As resources become scarce and as more people migrate to escape unlivable conditions, will Western nations be as generous as Angela Merckel has been in Germany? I wouldn’t count on it. Nobody minds being generous when it’s easy, when there is plenty to go around. The real test is how will Western democracies react when helping those less fortunate requires real sacrifice like agreeing to an overall lower standard of living? I agree with Churchill in his famous observation that democracy is a bad form of government until we compare it with all the other options. Democratic countries have faced tremendous challenges, even existential threats, and survived. The concept of self-government is inarguably sound. But as we face planetary crises like climate change, severe water shortages, and violent religious zealotry, will we be able to find our way to rational, effective action? Because there are no other plausible systems that seem better positioned to be effective, we are likely to maintain our democratic republicanism. Yet, contemporary challenges will require leaders who are able to convince the public at large that sacrifice by those who can afford to sacrifice will be required for the good of the entire planet. Trump is clearly not that kind of leader. He will likely join the ranks of other failed demagogues. But who will step forward to save liberal democracy? Stay tuned.

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1915—Either Your Parents or Grandparents were Living During This Time!


he average life expectancy for men was 47 years/ Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only/Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub/Only eight percent of the homes had a telephone. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph/The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower/The average US wage was 25 cents per hour/ The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year/A dentist $2,500 per year/A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year/A mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births took place at home/Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education/Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as “substandard.” Sugar cost four cents a pound/ Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen/ Coffee was fifteen cents a pound/ Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo/Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.


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The five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and Influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars/ The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30/Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet/There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day/ Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write/And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores/Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help/There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.

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#OscarsSoWhite: It’s Not About the Oscars! By Mark Boyer mboyer888@gmail.com


here are things I like about the Oscars, and things I don’t. What I like most about the Oscars is that it is a celebration of movies. What I don’t like is that the competitiveness for nominations and awards is really about “politics” and marketing. It’s a kind of forceful “king of the mountain” moment in an unfair system of privilege. When there are so many critical problems in the world, it is easy for masses of people to become cynical about a few millionaire stars clamouring for more attention. Another kind of cynicism emerges when there is shouting for African Americans and NOT also for Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, or others. And what about the lack of recognition for the cultural diversity struggle related to ageism, disability, sexism, or sexual preference? Has the agenda of cultural diversity become competitive for attention within its own diverse constituencies? And why should we care about any of this? For me it is about the stories that get told (or not). How we know and understand each other is through stories, images, and sometimes sound bites. Cultural diversity does matter, and it is important to our


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humanity that we have access to different perspectives. I could care less whether Spike Lee goes to a Knicks game. What I care about is experiencing the full, complex, comic, and tragic tapestry that is all of us. Maybe the “king or queen of the mountain” controversy isn’t what is important. Maybe the mountain is a distraction perpetuated by those who feel they need to be at the top. Maybe the entire idea of promoting a revered art form at the Oscars and voting on “winners” is an absurd contradiction. What matters is that we find the ways to break through stereotypes and ensure that important stories profoundly and eloquently represent ALL of us. If we genuinely care about diversity and inclusiveness, we know the REAL STRUGGLE is about telling the stories that deserve to be told and not about the accolades.

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By An Anonymous Contributor


cientists have long known that spending time with loved ones is good for our long-term health and may reduce our risk of cognitive decline, whereas loneliness is linked to high blood pressure, inflammation and a weakened immune system. But why exactly does loneliness have such bad effects on our health and well-being? One reason, according to a new study, may have to do with the way loneliness triggers cellular changes in our bodies that can make us more susceptible to viral infections. “Feeling lonely means you are not in a socially civil environment but rather in a relatively hostile environment,” Dr. John Cacioppo, a professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and a coauthor of the study, told The Huffington Post in an email. “In socially affine environments, protection against viral infections is especially important, whereas in hostile environments, protection against bacteria is important,” Cacioppo wrote. “The pattern of gene expression in the lonely [environment] decreases protection against viral infections and instead may increase protection against bacterial infections.” In other words, as Live Science notes, the cellular changes that result in a shift toward protection against bacteria may come at the cost of the ability to protect against viral infections. For the study, researchers analyzed the regulation of the leukocyte gene -- which is involved in protecting the body against both bacteria and viruses -- in 141 older adult humans over a five-year period, and in a separate group of rhesus macaque monkeys that displayed behavior indicative of social isolation. The researchers noticed increased activity in genes that produce inflammation in the body and less activity in genes that help to fight off illness in the adults who were lonely and in the monkeys, The Telegraph reported. In the monkeys, researchers also found that loneliness causes the body to


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produce “fight-or-flight” stress signals, which can impair the body’s antiviral responses. For instance, when the researchers infected monkeys with simian immunodeficiency virus, the virus grew faster in the monkeys that were classified as socially isolated than in monkeys that were not “lonely,” according to Live Science. This may be a result of the immune system releasing monocytes, a particular kind of immune cell linked to high levels of inflammatory proteins and low levels of antiviral proteins. “This study specifically showed loneliness causes a physiological reaction in people,” Dr. Matthew Lorber, acting director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in the new research, told CBS News. “This is the first study I have seen that has actually gone into the details of showing loneliness leading to a decreased production of leukocytes (disease-fighting cells) and an increased production of immature monocytes,” Lorber said. “Leukocytes are what our body needs to fight infection. The fact that loneliness is leading to a decreased production of the leukocytes is really fascinating to me.” But to be clear, the research doesn’t conclusively prove anything. The U.K.’s National Health Service pointed out in a blog post on Tuesday that “this study has not proved that socially isolated humans are more likely to become ill or die earlier. ... Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can be complex emotions that may be influenced by many personal, health and life circumstances.” Still, the NHS went on, “what is fairly apparent from this and previous research is that, whatever the biological mechanism(s) that may be behind it, loneliness and social isolation do seem to be associated in some way with disease and illness.” The researchers said that they plan to continue examining how loneliness leads to poor health outcomes, and how these effects can be prevented in older adults. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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FRONT ROW CENTER By Michael Warren Glengarry Glen Ross By David Mamet Directed by Bernadette Jones


went to see this production at the Bravo! theater with high expectations. After all, it won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984, and also the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. I had also been warned that a “strong language alert” was in force, and that the all-female cast (plus one male) were playing masculine parts. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts—from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary—to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It is based on Mamet’s experience having previously worked in a similar office. Some of my expectations were met, and some were not. I must immediately tell you that the acting was amazing. This group of actors held my attention with such force that I never doubted their reality as male characters, and the frequent use of the “F” word seemed entirely natural. There was just one moment – I think it was when one of the actors touched up her lipstick – when the fourth wall was broken. Lighting a cigarette might have been a better move. The play itself – well, I don’t think it’s a great play, and I find it hard to understand how it ever won a Pulitzer Prize. There is a weak story line, and the only discovery we make


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is how much the characters dislike each other. The actors, and Bernadette Jones as director, do a great job with the material. Jacinta Stringer plays “Shelly Levene” with extraordinary sensitivity. Shelly is an older, once successful, salesman who has not closed a big sale for a long time. At the end of the play, he discovers that a recent coup will never close and he visibly ages on stage – a wonderful piece of acting. The Office Manager “John Williamson” is perfectly played by Kathleen Carlson. Cold and efficient, John despises the desperate salesmen around him and hands out leads as bribes or favors. Kathleen Morris is “Dave Moss” who is a big-mouthed salesman full of dreams and schemes. And Roseann Wilshere plays “George Aaronow” who is an aging salesman with low self-esteem. There is a scene in a Chinese restaurant between Dave and George which is very well played by both actors. Jayme Littlejohn gives a bravura performance as “Ricky Roma,” a fast-talking manipulative salesman who would sell his own mother if the commission rate were high enough. Ken Yakiwchuk is Ricky’s hapless client “James Lingk” and manages to convey his fear and desperation with great authenticity. One of the hardest things for an actor is to express emotion without speaking many lines, and Ken does a fantastic job. Finally, Barbara Pruitt does well as “Detective Baylen” – mainly she has to express impatience. Do these salespeople never stop talking? Overall, I had mixed feelings about this play. During the show, I felt as if I were attending an advanced acting workshop, where the level of acting was very high. Congratulations to Bernadette Jones and all the crew for creating an extraordinary event. Michael Warren

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d. Note: What follows has been authenticated and published by several major newspapers, including USA Today.) 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895 Grammar 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications. 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph 4. What are the principal parts


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of a verb? Give principal parts of lie, play, and run. 5. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. Arithmetic 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic. 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050

lbs? U.S. History 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided. 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. 3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War. Orthography 1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication. 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified? 3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals. Geography 1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend? 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ? 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean? Gives the saying “He only had an 8th grade education” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?! Also shows you how poor our education system has become and, no, I don’t have the answers! (The above in italics accompanied the article when published in USA Today.)

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Active or passive? That is the question players must frequently ask themselves when planning to defend a bridge deal. Sometimes it is necessary to take risks to garner the optimum number of tricks for your side, while on other occasions it is best to play safely and hope declarer can’t find his or her way home. I did not take the right approach in the illustrated hand which Herself


and I played against Grace Donovan and Helen Malcolm at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club in Riberas. In first seat, Herself opened 2 diamonds showing a six card suit and between six and ten high card points. Grace overcalled 2 spades and I raised my partner’s suit to the 3 level. (Raising partner’s weak 2 opening is never invitational – it is merely an attempt to interfere with

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the opposition bidding.) Helen now took an aggressive step by jump raising spades to the game level with her flat 10 high card points and three card spade support. Perhaps she foresaw that I would misdefend! I led the diamond ace and when I saw the dummy it seemed to me that our side likely held about half the high card points and a passive defence was called for. Therefore I continued with the diamond queen forcing declarer to ruff. Grace now drew 3 rounds of trumps ending in the dummy and led a small club to her 10 and my jack. Once more I forced declarer to ruff in her hand reducing her trump holding to just one but this did not faze Grace in the slightest as she continued with her plan by leading the club 7 and ducking the trick to Herself’s queen. Yet another diamond was now led by East but Grace was completely in charge as she ruffed the trick with her last trump and led a club to dummy’s ace. With this suit breaking 3-3 she now had her 10th trick and scored up her game by taking 6 spades, 2 hearts and 2 clubs. While this deal was a triumph for Grace and Helen, I was left to pon-

der where the defence had gone wrong. It soon became apparent that my passive play had had the opposite effect to what I intended. Let’s go back to trick 1. My lead of the diamond ace to look at the dummy was sound and unlikely to cost a trick as partner surely had to have the king for her opening bid. But when I saw four clubs headed by the ace it should have set off alarm bells as there was a good chance that the two hidden hands held three clubs each and I might have foreseen the end game situation that eventually materialized. So what could I have done about it? Instead of woodenly playing diamonds at every opportunity I should have switched to a low heart at trick two. If Herself held any heart honour we could sooner or later have established an extra trick for our side before declarer could get her 10th. But then if I had defended properly this column would never have seen the light of day. I guess that’s why they say every cloud has a silver lining! Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ gmail.com Ken Masson

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Hearts at Work

A Column by Jim Tipton

Taking a Stand in the Moment


armer Gabriel Oaks, the rustic hero of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, as he walked slowly across his beloved farm could, in reflective moments, feel the earth turning under his feet. All walking offers us a moment to become again connected with the earth under our feet, to become again connected with our own bodies moving over the earth and moving through the universe. Walking is a primary way to remember ourselves, to yoke ourselves with God. The Sanskrit word yoga means yoke. Imagine this: you and God are both yoked together, God on one side and you on the other, and together you are pulling the wagon of your life. When we walk well, every moment becomes a blessing, every gesture a blessing, every step a blessing, and even every thought a blessing. Out of all that blessing, we begin again to feel the bliss that we were born with. Wordsworth writes that we come forth into the world “trailing clouds of glory.” Nhat Hanhl, the Vietnamese Buddhist, says “The infant Buddha is often portrayed taking his first seven steps on earth, causing a lotus flower to appear in each of his footsteps. We should all cause a lotus flower to bloom with each of our peaceful steps.” Several years ago I attended, with a wonderful niece named Libby, a workshop in Denver, on “Living Regally.” That evening we practiced walking as if we were kings and queens, filled with majestic thoughts, and dignity, and honor, and genuine nobility. (A few days after that, in a local metaphysical store I stumbled upon a little card that quoted a Norwegian proverb: “In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen and the Queen will answer.” Nhat Hanh suggests this: “Slow down and concentrate on your steps. Be aware of each move. Walk straight ahead with dignity, calm and comfort. Consciously make an imprint on the ground as you step. Walk as the Buddha would. Place your foot on the surface of the earth the way an emperor would place his seal on a royal decree.” Gentle awareness of walking and gentle awareness of the breath while


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walking is all that is necessary in the beginning. With developing awareness comes developing intent. Walking mindfully. (And as I wrote last month this includes even walking to the corner grocer.) Most of us, however, are rarely mindful. Instead, we are filled with worries and sorrows and concerns and preoccupations and so on, and so it is perhaps useful to introduce some helpful techniques. Anyone who has done even moderately serious mountain hiking eager to reach a destination, perhaps the peak of a fourteener, has, exhausted, started counting his steps, perhaps to one hundred and then to one hundred again and then to one hundred again. Curiously two things happen: one, energy comes back into the body (that preoccupation with other thoughts was blocking) and two, the destination becomes insignificant and the moment itself becomes all there is. I have also used mantras many times while walking, when not at all exhausted. For example, the ancient Om…mane...padme hum…, which translated means something like “flower of the lotus, blossom in me.” I will take four steps chanting either silently or softly, “Om,” and then take one step for each of the following four syllables, “ma” “ne” “pad” “me” and then take four steps to the final syllable “hum”. I do this over and over, dozens, hundreds of times, until I have lost all sense of counting and even lost sense of the mantra itself because something has happened inside of me. I also go on “blessing walks” where I bless whoever comes into my mind, and I gently hold that person in consciousness for a few minutes. Sometimes a strange thing happens: I begin to feel that I look like that person. For me, methods that force the mind to “stop thinking” or to do this or that, are not at all useful to me, but walking somehow allows activity to be occurring, and awareness, and frequently consciousness without thought. Walking done well reduces the level of brain activity. We might say there is no “intellectual content” in walking itself. Each step can be a mantra. Indeed, brain activity and intellec-

tual content can remove us completely from even the fact that we are walking. In A Song of the Rolling Earth, Walt Whitman writes: “A song of the rolling earth, and of words according,/ Were you thinking that those were the words, those upright lines? Those curves, angles, dots?/ No, those are not the words, the substantial words are in the ground and sea,/ They are in the air, they are in you.� Jim Tipton

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President of the Board for Tepehua


Boys of the Hood discussing the repair and prep. of the wall for the new mural. In their midst, visiting artist Gail Hodder. Boy with the clip board is El Jefe (chief).


follow-up on last month’s article about the “Boys on the Roof”. “Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian Opium Poppy plant. Heroin can be injected, sniffed or smoked, which delivers it rapidly to the brain. When it enters the brain, it is converted back into morphine, which binds to molecules on cells known as opioid receptors.” Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse, Update: Nov., 2015. Prescription opioid pain medications such a Oxycontin and Vicodin can have effects similar to heroin when taken in doses or other ways than prescribed, and are the most abused prescription drugs. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin contains toxic contaminants that can clog blood vessels, causing damage to vital organs. Some addicts have taken up heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get than prescription pain killers. The National Institute also states: “Prescription drugs overthe-counter, after marijuana and alcohol, are the most commonly abused drugs anywhere used by anyone over the age of thirteen and in some cases, younger. Other abused drugs are Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin (used for ADHD disorder).” The boys on the roof came down to earth last week, and sat outside the Community Center smoking marijuana. There were young ones inside the Center, and the smell of the weed was sickly,


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sweet and heavy. Discussions were held as to whether to call the police to get them to move on, or to talk, and the latter approach was taken. The reason they had left the roof was because they needed the benefit of the Center’s Wi-Fi. It was explained to them that they were welcome to it, but they could not smoke where there were children, and then leave their waste in front of the Center. Later, on returning to the Center, we found the boys sweeping up the road in front of the Community Center. Then, they asked if they could clean off the graffiti and repaint the peeled mural on the wall. So, these angels who “fly too close to the ground” had reached out to give back. Today, the 15th of January, they have re-affirmed that they will repair the wall. Just give them the tools – that is all they need. Once they put their signature on the wall, it is safe for all time from graffiti. We have agreed that they take the old mural off, resurface the wall and put a Tepehua mural on. One created by the gang that grows bigger all the time for this project. The gang of Tepehua will own it. These boys, who spend their afternoons on one of the roofs of Tepehua smoking dope, are coming down to earth . . . and want to do this. They no longer smoke marijuana outside the Center as they did before, because they want to latch on to the Wi-Fi and they respect the kids inside. This is a break-through to reach those teens who are falling so hard through the cracked streets of Tepehua.

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DEAR PORTIA Advice to the Lovelorn, the Drastically Distracted and the Deeply Disgruntled


ear Portia, I am dreading the 14th of February, and all the sappy couples-oriented commercialism. Shall I surprise myself with roses and chocolate? Anti-V Day Dear Anti, Please stay up with developing trends! The 14th will soon change to Singles Awareness Day, AKA SAD. It’s a day to celebrate not needing to yank the covers back from your happily sleeping warm mate. Proceed by having your favorite ice cream for breakfast, which you can eat from the carton, in your PJs, prior to washing your face and combing your hair. Don’t check with anyone before you go out, and there’s no need for a plan or a destination either. Get a couple of new puppies from the shelter. Frolic in the freedom of it all! Or, embrace the ultra-civilized Finnish custom of celebrating friendships of all kinds! Practice the following mantra as the day approaches. “Mainstream is NOT the only stream!” Dear Portia, My hubby has taken to exercising, which is not all bad. Sadly, due to a hip injury, he bought a bright pink girl’s bike! I keep getting sad compassionate looks from my neighbors. Should I tell them he’s OK, or just leave it?


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The New Portia! Pinkie Dear Pinkie, You have a huge opportunity here! Get him a Dora the Explorer bike helmet, pink tennies and a custom made pink snap- on tutu. Perhaps think in terms of a gaudy satin cape. What a great Valentine’s Day you will have. The streets of Ajijic have lacked a certain color for months now. You and your husband could occupy an important niche! Fulfill your destiny. Dear Portia, I arranged a dreamy surprise for my new squeeze, a weekend in a romantic spot at the beach. I thought we’d celebrate Valentine’s Day! Now it seems he has ghosted me. I know he’s alive, since he has current posts on Facebook, but he simply won’t reply to calls, emails or anything! It’s a small town, and I know I’ll see him sooner or later. Recommendations? Casper-ed. Dear Casper-ed, Portia’s favorite might be to rush up to him, putting a concerned hand on his forearm and asking in a loud voice “How are you doing? Was it the syphilis that caused it?” Or you might ask “How’s your parole going? It must be so hard being a sex offender!” Alternatively you could re-ghost and simply choose to ignore his presence. In any case, my dear, the dude did you a huge favor, and if you need company at the beach, Portia might be able to tag along as a consultant. I provide on-site, real time pick-up lines.

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ur tranquil day started with a conversation with my husband, Tom, “When the Grays come to visit, let’s take them to Mazamitla. This book says it’s situated in the middle of a pine forest and nearby there’s a great waterfall and lots of flowers. They’re such nature lovers, this will be perfect.” Tom’s idea of “loving nature” is sitting in our hot tub, cold drink in hand, admiring our bougainvillea. Grumbling, he said, “Let’s take them on the Tequila Express. They’ll get mariachis, refreshments, and see all the nature they want out the train windows.” “Mazamitla,” I said. “We’ll probably have to tromp through the woods, climb over boulders. I’ll bet there are snakes. Poisonous snakes!” I patted his head and said, “We’ll go tomorrow and check it out before we take them.” The drive to Mazamitla was pleasant, and well worth it just to see it and to be in such clean piney air. We arrived at an Alpine village just in time for a wonderful lunch and then we set out in search of the waterfalls or Cascadas. We followed some pretty bad directions that took us in circles and up a couple of dead end roads, but eventually we


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got there. Upon arrival we saw a large gate with a guard and assumed we had to pay to drive through. The paying part was right but we weren’t allowed to drive through. Even though this is a state forest, it is a gated community inhabited by private home owners. Outside the gate was a vaquero on a horse holding three other horses. “Renta los caballos?” he asked. There was a sign when we paid our entry fee that said: Cascadas tres kilometers. We figured we could easily walk it so we declined the offer, to which he replied in Spanish, a sly smile playing on his face, “You’ll be sorry.” We started down the road paved with very smooth stones, admired the foliage, the views and the wonderful homes. There were also strategically placed resting spots with benches, shade and water fountains. Tom said, “We must be getting close,” and around the next curve we found a sign that said, “To Cascadas.” We walked on, came to another sign that said, Cascada tres kilometers. As we walked on we started critiquing the homes. The foliage didn’t seem so special and the rest stops became harder to find. Tom said, “Maybe we should have rented horses.” Soon there was another sign that said Cascada dos kilometers. We were hot and pretty tired. We decided when we brought the Grays we would definitely rent horses. We finally got to the falls only to find that if we actually wanted to see them it was a half -hour walk up a precipitous path with stairs that were in very bad shape. A Mexican woman was coming down the stairs and in our halting Spanish we asked about the waterfalls. She told us they were dried up. We looked at each other, shook our heads, bought two bottles of water from a vender and headed back. Then we met Victor. He had horses to rent for the trip back.

Good idea we thought. Not so. Victor assured me that my horse was “muy tranquil.” I discovered later that this was all Victor could say in English. The horse was muy tranquilo but the equipment was muy savage. I couldn’t make Victor understand that my stirrups needed to be shortened and that the knots in the cinch straps were cutting into the insides of my knees. I finally gave up and off we went. Too late we remembered we had not seen any horses as we walked to the cascadas. It’s because the horses take a different path! They go over a dusty road that goes up steep inclines and almost straight down the other side. Victor kept telling me to stand up in my stirrups to make the ride easier. I would have been happy to comply but my stirrups were so long I couldn’t reach them and my knees were frozen in place. About two-thirds of the way back to our car I couldn’t stand the pain any longer. I screamed “Stop!!” I told Tom I would rather walk – or crawl if necessary than sit on “Muy Tranquilo” for one more minute and I was dismounting. Well, that should have been easy enough right? But no! My poor arthritic knees refused to bend. I tried getting off on the

left side, then the right but could not bend my knees enough to get them over the horse. Victor decided he would bend them for me, causing terrible pain. Once again I yelled “Stop!” He did, but I was still on the horse. Well, this is just great, I thought, Will I have to spend the rest of my life astride this horse? It should be fun hostessing dinner parties, sitting at the table on a horse. Wonder if a bed pan will fit on this saddle. What if I die on this horse? How deep will my, or/our grave be? Maybe we can be cremated. Do they cremate horses? Maybe we could both be stuffed and placed at the beginning of this trail with a sign reading ”Muy Tranquilo.” In my delirium I thought I heard cavalry trumpets. It was Tom to the rescue!! He told me to put my hands on his shoulders, and then he walked backward, literally dragging me off the horse. Hallelujah!! By sheer will I started walking albeit looking like one of the old men in the Ballet Foklorico. Thank the lord a Mexican family came along and offered to take us to our car. On our way home, I smiled sweetly at Tom and said, “The Tequila Express sounds like a great plan.”

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orses, I am only just learning, are very playful. I went up the hill to the stables where Galán lives. He’s my big, beautiful appaloosa, a spotted horse. We were going off to the beach for a few days, and I wanted to see my big fella before going. He was out in the farthest paddock, and I had to cut through three rail fences to get to him. The first one was easy. Magnum met me at the fence, sniffing at the apple I was carrying for Galán. He is a gentle, shorter horse. I stroked his neck and watched him extend his muzzle toward the plastic bag that


held the apple, so I gave up any idea that his pleasantry was entirely for me. As I continued on my way, he followed me over to the next rail fence where Cloud was already extending his nose, snuffling around for the treat he could also smell. I had some difficulty sliding through this second fence because Magnum was bumping my rump with his nose and Cloud was nipping at my shoulder, hoping to make me drop the apple. “Come on, kids,” I said, laughing. “Gimme a break.” But, no dice. So I ran farther down the fence. Now, wasn’t that bright? Like I’m going to outrun

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a horse? Or outsmart him? Unlikely. When they smell an apple, they’re very clever. Finally, however, I got through the fence and had only Cloud to contend with. He nudged me and starting herding me around in circles to keep me from the farther fence where I could feed the apple to Galán. Now we were running around, wheeling and reversing direction. Soon both the horse and I were laughing. It’s no small thing being laughed at by a horse, you know. Once I reached the final fence, Galán began walking over to greet me, a little whinny to say “Hi, Mom.” But I hadn’t yet gotten through it. Cloud wasn’t ready to give up yet. He kept nudging at me, trying to keep the apple, if not me, on his side of the fence. Galán, nonetheless, is also a smart pony. He began nipping at Cloud, just enough to push him away from me. I got through the fence and hugged my big fella affectionately. “Heck with that,” said he. “Give me the apple.” You have to use your imagination here since we all know that horses don’t really talk, but his action definitely spoke for him. He poked his nose into the plastic bag while I was still trying to pull out one of the two halves to feed him. He was so cute

that I couldn’t resist. I kissed him. But with food at hand, Galán is too preoccupied for that sissy stuff. Usually, he will nudge me back with his nose, the equivalent of a horse kiss, and sometimes he will hang his head over my shoulder like a hug. But at this moment, it was “first things, first” – the apple. Having munched his treat, Galán decided to let Cloud know that I was his mom and treats are for him. He began nipping at Cloud again. I rather liked that he was showing his friend where he drew the line. I stroked my pretty boy as I talked with him, and we walked around the paddock side by side. It’s a good thing when you form a relationship with a horse so the two of you can walk free like that, no halter needed. Soon we were playing again, until it was time for me leave. I slipped through the two fences, told Cloud and Magnum what cuties they were and passed on through, feeling very guilty that I hadn’t had the forethought to bring more apples. Magnum began running, kicking his back legs and tossing his head and his mane into the air ready for more play with his friends. Watching them for a few minutes more and knowing that within an hour they would be back in their stables, munching their dinner and getting ready for the night’s rest, I felt a sense of peace. The three of them have a lot of fun together, and it’s a joy for me to watch them, like kittens or puppies at play, just a lot bigger. All my life I wanted a horse. They are so worthwhile. I am glad I live in Mexico where horses are still valued as work horses, show animals and family companions. Here there is land where Galán and I can ride and enjoy the views, where animals can romp and enjoy their lives and where a horse is an affordable pleasure. Kay Davis

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NEW YEAR WISDOM By Judy Dykstra-Brown


fter going to a New Year’s party for a few hours, I came home to welcome in the New Year online with a friend. I was railing on about the fact that a prompt site for which I wished to download an app only had apps for phones and tablets. When I asked if they had an app for my Mac computer, they said no, the place they went to set up the prompt site didn’t have a setup for a Mac computer. This, in addition to the fact that more and more apps and software are being set up to accommodate the tiny screens on cellphones and tablets without taking into consideration that some of us are on computers has caused me to wonder if computers are becoming obsolete! The fact that many baby boomers are now well into their sixties and approaching their seventies means our eyesight is not going to get any better, and frankly, I need the bigger screen. In addition, somehow those born in previous generations (at least mine) seem to have been born with larger thumbs than more recent generations, for I find it is physically impossible for me to navigate a phone or Kindle or tablet keyboard with even my fingers, let alone thumbs. I then mentioned how everywhere I went, people were all on their phones— playing games, talking to people other than the people they were with, reading the news or blogs or email. No one was where they actually were! He replied that this didn’t bother him but then seemed to do an about-face by admitting, “I think something big is going to happen that will bring about the end of civilization, but I don’t necessarily know what it is. It might be Isis and it might be iPhones!” What he has just said has the ring of truth to me. I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing, but never put it so well. I am frightened about how smart phones have taken us away from our surrounding people and environments. We are no longer one place at one time. Even if we are not talking on the phone, there is the potential of every person


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we know calling us at any time and any place. And most of us make that call a priority over whatever is going on at the time. My friend then told me about a new app that Photoshops the faces of those talking on the computer, fixing the glitches, covering up all those details that Photoshop is so adept at covering up. Again, I had a feeling of déjà vu, because I’ve been reading Ultimate Jest by David Foster Wallace, and just today, he talked about a time in the future when people on social networks are able to download an app that Photoshops their faces. Eventually, the app makes changes to the point where people no longer really want to meet in person, because they feel they have become the false representation of themselves—or at least prefer it. No need to put on makeup, comb your hair, get dressed. Virtually, they will be perfected!! The trend reaches its zenith when in time, the app doesn’t even bother to start with the real image of the speaker but instead uses the image of a movie star or other “beautiful person” who most resembles the speaker–eventually coming to the place where what they have in common is four limbs and the same color of hair! What he describes is so close to what my friend has just described to me that I get a chill down my back and the brain freeze I always get when I’m faced with a startling truth I’ve never thought of before. Is there any science fiction that will not eventually become fact???? David Foster Wallace describes a turn that eventually makes people reject their fake personas and to go back to voice-only conversations that do not even present any images at all. In time, those who use the visual phones with face and body altering apps come to be seen as narcissistic, gauche and behind the times. This is something I cannot imagine happening as our dependence on cyber unreality becomes more and more prevalent. As we retreat more and more into

fantasy and living in the far distance, what will happen to the immediate world around us? Will it cease to have importance as anything other than providing for our immediate creature comforts such as food, bed, warmth, water and medical attention? Will all of our psychological, artistic, amorous, social and familial needs be met through our online devices? And as these devices get smaller and smaller, will we ourselves evolve into miniature beings capable of managing them? Are we evolving back down to subatomic size, and is this a cycle? Has it happened before? Ridiculous. I’m being ridiculous. And yet who among us, born in the forties or fifties, would have ever imagined we could communicate with both words and pictures through the air, watch a movie on a device smaller than the hand piece of a telephone, or that people would be living their “real” lives out and even choosing husbands and wives on TV for all to see? How do we tell the difference between what is possible and what is impossible anymore? I’m afraid it is hard to predict with any confidence at all. Judy DykstraBrown

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Good Bobby vs. Bad Bobby


resident Barack Obama recently appeared in Alaska alongside survival expert Bear Grylls for an episode of the NBC series Running Wild. The two dined on raw salmon, a bear’s leftovers. It is dif-


ficult to imagine any occupant of the Oval Office since the days of Theodore Roosevelt undertaking such an adventure. One candidate for the office might have, however, the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

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Known to both admirers and detractors as “Bobby,” he admired courage above all other virtues. Some have suggested that he drove himself so tirelessly because of a nagging fear that without his father’s money he would have achieved far less with his life. He sold himself short. He possessed drive, ambition, dedication, grit. Friends report that he would grab the snakes that frightened the children up on Cape Cod and whip them, snapping their heads off. When fifty-mile hikes were in vogue, he completed one while wearing street shoes. His western white water rafting adventures were highly publicized and seemed to define the man, and his ascent to the summit of the Yukon’s Mt. Kennedy is epic. He surrounded himself with men of courage; mountaineer James Whittaker, astronaut John Glenn, United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, General Maxwell Taylor. He began as a steely-eyed cold warrior, and later a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor. Late in the game, he evolved into a man of sensitivity and compassion, an idealist in the stone cold world of realpolitik, an advocate for the poor and marginal, a battler against racism and injustice. As Attorney General, he went after racketeers and thugs with a vengeance, and championed school integration. As a politician, he was a realist, a bare knuckles, back-room operator who pursued victories for his brother John F. Kennedy and later for himself with single-minded obsession. A popular film portrays President Lyndon Johnson as authorizing the FBI wiretap on Dr. Martin Luther King’s phone. However, it was Bobby himself who made that reprehensible decision. While serving as Vice President, Johnson was treated flippantly, even cruelly, by the Kennedy brothers, made the butt of jokes. The animosity between Johnson and Bobby became legendary. The heaviest burden in this vendetta lies with Bobby. Differences in style and technique fail to excuse Bobby’s near hatred of Johnson. Perhaps the most troubling period in his years of public service involved his friendship with Senator Joseph McCarthy, the bombastic thug who attempted to ruin so many careers and reputations with his paranoid rhetoric in the early fifties. In 1952, when John F. Kennedy launched his first senate campaign, his father Joseph Kennedy made a large contribution to McCarthy’s Wisconsin campaign with the understanding that he would stay out of Massachusetts. “Bobby” was to serve as chief counsel for McCarthy’s Permanent Investigations Subcommittee,

sniffing out imaginary “Communists” suspected of lurking in government service. “Touch the devil, and you can never let go,” according to an old Irish proverb, and that period was to dog Bobby for the remainder of his days. In the aftermath of the assassination of his brother the President, a new Bobby emerged, with a revitalized compassion for victims of poverty and injustice. Elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 1964, he focused upon health care, gun violence, auto safety and other causes. On matters of principle, he refused to budge, could be heard insisting, “It’s right, and that’s all there is to it!” Given that politics is the art of compromise, his intractability might not have served him well in the White House. Having lost brothers himself, he befriended the family of Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, gunned down by Mississippi racists. Seeking answers from an indifferent universe to the age old question of why tragedy strikes, Bobby, probably the most dedicated Catholic of the Kennedy brothers, found solace in the works of the ancient Greek tragedians, particularly Aeschylus. In 1968, with the social fabric of the country rent by the quagmire of the Vietnam War, I signed onto Senator Eugene McCarthy’s campaign for the presidency, as quixotic an endeavor as I had ever undertaken in rock-ribbed Republican Ashland, Ohio. When McCarthy made a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary, Bobby announced for the presidency. Perceiving his late entry into the race as an affirmation of his reputation for ruthlessness and opportunism, I continued to work for McCarthy. The 1960’s were a dark time in US politics, only slightly less so than the present era. In 1968, Bobby was assassinated by a vicious malcontent moments after winning the California primary. His death came upon the heels of the murder of Dr. King by career criminal James Earl Ray. Obsessing upon history’s what ifs, is a waste of time. Still, had Bobby somehow eked out a victory in ’68, with the backing of solid majorities in both houses of Congress, many of the issues that divide us today might have been resolved. At least, an RFK presidency would have captured the public imagination. Perhaps he would have even eaten raw salmon in the Alaska wilderness. We will never know. Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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Sandy Olson

Phone: 331-283-8529 Email: sandyzihua@hotmail.com

VIVA MUSICA PRESENTS There’s an exciting spring schedule for opera and symphony lovers. THE OPERAS…. Here are the next “Live from the Met” productions at Teatro Diana. Saturday February 6 Turandot by Puccini. This is one of the grand operas in the repertoire, with soprano Nina Stemme as the proud princess, and tenor Marco Berti as the prince calyph. Saturday March 5 Manon Lescaut by Puccini-- a story of obsessive love, with sultry soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufman in the lead roles. Saturday April 9 Madame Butterfly by Puccini, featuring outstanding soprano Kristine Opolais as Butterfly and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton. Met Opera bus tickets are $350 pesos, ($450 for non-members), available at the LCS Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon. All Viva Swedish Soprano Nina Stemme buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic. NOW, ABOUT THE SYMPHONIES… Sunday February 7 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with American-Korean violin soloist Esther Yoo; Bruckner Symphony No. 7; conductor, Marco Parisotto. The bus leaves at 4 p.m. The concert is at 6 p.m. Friday February 19 “La España de Cervantes” Manuel de Falla, The Three-Cornered Hat, Joaquin Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey guitar solo. Richard Strauss, Don Quixote with cello soloist William Molina Cestari; conductor, Marco Parisotto. This bus departs at 4 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara. Sunday February 28 “Mahler Celeste” Beethoven, Prometheus Overture, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with Amber Wagner soprano soloist; conductor, Marco Parisotto. The bus leaves at 4 p.m. The concert is at 6 p.m. Sunday March 6 “Schumann & Schubert” – Great Melodic Craftsmen” Schumann Piano Concerto with piano soloist Claire Huangci; Schubert Symphony No.9; conductor, Marco Parisotto. The bus leaves at 4 p.m. The concert is at 6 p.m. Thursday March 10 “Haydn Plus – Cello Extravaganza” – Haydn, Paganini, Faure, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky; conductor Seikyo Kim. The bus departs at 4 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara. DON’T MISS THE OPEN STUDIO TOUR The 2016 Ajijic Society of the Arts Open Studio Tour will take place February 6 and 7. This year’s event will feature 58 artist members of ASA who will be showing their work in 22 locations in Ajijic, San Antonio, and Riberas del Pilar. All of the artists will have items to sell and many will have work in progress. This year, for the first time, there will be a shuttle service available to transport patrons to and from studios outside of the Ajijic Centro area. Francisco Úrzua of Aztec Weaving Studios The ticket booklet for this event is 50 pesos per person, and lists the participating artists and a thumbnail picture of an example of their


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work. The profits from these tickets help fund ASA’s continuing support of the LCS Children’s Art Program. Get them at the LCS ticket sales area, Diane Pearl Colecciones, Efren Gonzalez Gallery, Ken Gosh (El Gallo Gallery), and from the individual exhibitors at the door on the show dates. OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30 a.m. Here’s the program for the month. February 7 Ensemble Contemporaneo This popular ensemble, mostly from Guadalajara, has performed at Open Circle before. This morning they’ll give us music of Astor Piazzolla, Joe Hisahishi, Karl Jenkins, and some danzons. Instrumentalists are Alberto de Loza II, violin, Gio Real, violin, Moises Real, viola, Michel Vega, bassoon, and Giovanni Cappelletti, percussion. February 14 What is This Thing Called Love? Presented by James Tipton For more than a decade, popular local poet James Tipton has been entertaining Open Circle audiences with his presentations of poetry and prose about love. Appropriately, once again on Valentine’s Day he will be our featured speaker, talking about this favorite topic. February 21 Considering Suicide Presented by David Krest. He is a physician-- according to the ancient Greek definition of “one who heals or exerts a healing influence.” He grew up in the mountains of Colorado, studied Oriental medicine at the Kushi Institute, and practiced holistic medicine at his clinic in Denver. February 28 Still Midnight in Mexico? Presented by Alfredo Corchado He and journalist Angela Kocherga will discuss the state of Mexico today—its journalism, challenges, borderlands, and the new American narrative. As Mexico Bureau Chief, Alfredo covers U.S. policy in Latin America, specializing in Mexico. He is a leading reporter on immigration and national security issues, particularly the drug-related violence that threatens Mexico’s national security and border communities. March 6 The Birth of an Idea Presented by Janice Kimball This talk explores how the creative mind works, where ideas come from and how to jump start the creative process. She is a visual artist, weaver, author, and retired college instructor who loves to share her diverse knowledge and experience with others. She invites you to join her for a reception following Open Circle, venue to be announced. Her website is www.janicekimball.com. GROW YOUR OWN….. ……..vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. The next meeting will be on February 10. There is always a plant exchange and a “show and tell” of what’s going on with each person’s garden. New members are welcome. They can contact John McWilliams at mcwilliamsmx@ gmail.com or by phone at 376.766.0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: growingyourgreens.com and smilinggardener.com/introductions/whygrow-a-garden. A CHANCE TO OPEN YOUR HEART A most worthy charity at Lakeside is Operation Feed, which is located in San Juan Cósala and has served the needs of 92 families for 27 years. It is run by outstanding volunteers and every penny raised goes to purchase the large bags of beans, rice, soy, lentils and other goods that feed these families. A good way to support this fine group is to buy a ticket and attend Dedicated Volunteers Jerelyn Fyvolent and Janine their “Open Your Heart for Operation


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Feed” event at Viva Mexico in San Juan Cosala, which is owned by Agustine Vasquez, a strong supporter of Operation Feed. The group’s advisory board president is Carol Curtis. Fundraising chairperson of this art and jewelry auction event is Weezie Burgess. Other volunteers are Janine Kirkland, Jere Fvolent, Lory Phill, Bernie St. Louis and Melody Peterson. Viva Mexico is at Porfirio Diaz #92 in San Juan Cosala. The date is February 12. A cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. and the art auction will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are 250 pesos and include a drink and a choice of one out of four entrees. Get tickets at Mia’s boutique or Diane Pearl Colecciones or by e-mailing Janine Kirkland at j9design@mac.com or calling her at 376.766.6044. PLAYS! OPERA! BALLET! After a fine start last season through its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, Lakeside Little Theatre has broadened its Playhouse Series to be a key offering throughout the year. Also, an agreement with London’s Royal Opera House will enable the theatre to present several operas and ballets. For 2015-16, the Playhouse Series encompasses six National Theatre Live plays, along with four operas produced by Royal Opera House and two ballets produced by The Royal Ballet. All of these are actual performances recorded in stunning high definition before live audiences and shown on LLT’s new 14 x 8 foot screen. Here are scheduled performances in January through March. Le Nozze di Figaro opera by Mozart, February 13-14. Regarded as a cornerstone of the standard operatic repertoire, it appears among the top ten at the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. Romeo & Juliet ballet, created by Kenneth MacMillan, March 5-6. It’s a groundbreaking ballet, the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers and is widely regarded as a 20th century classic. Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets (200 pesos) for the upcoming two shows can be purchased at the LLT box office every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 until noon, as well as during the run of any LLT Mainstage show. GUITARS IN THE PLAZA What a nice weekend event--a guitar festival in the Ajjijic Plaza. The two day event is on February 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are shopping opportunities too: jewelry, art goods, ad workshop demonstrations during the day. Don’t miss it. BOTULISM FUNDRAISERS CAN BE FUN And Director Barbara Clippinger is going to prove it with this Lakeside Little Theatre production of Nunsense, a fun filled show staged by the survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken

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Nunnery, 52 of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise. The remaining nuns parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. The show runs February 19 to March 1. LLT Box Office hours are every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to noon, and every day for the run of any Mainstage or Playhouse show (except Sunday, and one hour before curtain time. Tickets also available anytime by email (tickets@lakesidelittletheatre.com);) or via message at the LLT Box Office (376 766 0954). PINTO’S PAELLA PAN Chef Tony Pinto will once again stir up a classic seafood paella as part of a multi-course dinner for Cruz Roja’s “Paella on the Terraza” fundraising event on Saturday, February 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy the evening on the beautiful tented terraces of the Hotel Montecarlo. After dessert, DJ Howard will switch from dinner to dancing music. Both wine and cocktail no host bars will be open all evening. Tickets are 300 pesos if purchased by February 17 and available at the Cruz Roja table at LCS, from Charlie Klestadt and his Cruz Roja sales team, or at Diane Pearl Colecciones. The price goes up to 400 pesos for tickets purchased February 18-20, so buy yours early. For further information or to reserve tables for 6-8 guests, contact Margy Kassier at tmkassier@ live.com or 766-4337. Seating is limited to 150 guests and last year’s event sold out. SEE BEHIND THE WALLS… Now see beautiful homes on Behind the Walls Home Tours to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec. The next tours are February 25, March 24 and April 14. Dr. Tony Pinto Tickets are 200 pesos. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier. Tours leave at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Jessie Wynant at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or Leslie Martin at 766-2274. A BODY OF WATER The Naked Stage February show is A Body of Water, about a couple who find themselves in the same bed one morning with no previous knowledge of who they are and how they got there (has that ever happened to you? See the show and find out how this one ends). It’s directed by Lynn Phelan. The show runs February 26-28. It will be at Rio Bravo #10 in the Plaza The cast, from left to right: Tina Leonard, Ken de la Ribera at 4:00 pm. There is no restaurant Yakiwchuk, Debra Bowers service but the bar will open at 3:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, email nakedstagereservations@gmail.com For those who use Facebook, look for their page, The Naked Stage, for breaking news and updates. MARK YOUR CALENDARS Sunday, March 6 will mark the beginning of the 38th annual world-wide celebration of the International Women’s Day, bringing attention to women’s issues, health, freedom, rights and contributions to their communities across the globe. The Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club will present a weeklong series of special events from March 6 to March 12, each celebrating a different aspect of women’s lives here in México and around the world. All these events will be open to the public. See more at http://chapalarotary.org/event/2016-international-women-s-week-celebration and check this column in March and the Guadalajara Reporter for updates.

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MOOKY and MUSIC By Day Dobbert


t was oppressively hot that day and dead quiet, but escaping the sun into my cool garden I heard an eerie rustling high up in my guayaba tree, then, lower down, a mad agitation of branches, then an unceremonious thud at my feet. Matted, filthy, and grey with dust and the debris of leaves lay one stunned cat with a belly so enormous I was certain it was about give birth to a litter of kittens momentarily. Easing into my kitchen as quietly as I could, I produced, one by one, milk, fancy tuna, and a large bowl of water, relieved that the poor, dishevelled creature, still in a state of semi-bewilderment, had not disappeared over the


wall. Actually, I had become irrelevant; sustenance was all. The milk had vanished in moments. Then the solid stuff was attacked, devoured by my very, very hungry visitor. Looking beyond the animal’s grime, I saw potential; thus we bonded. That happens when you save a life. In fact, he was no mama-to-be but a feral tomcat, belly bloated with starvation, and from that first encounter onwards he hung around my garden knowing food was for the having. He went off carousing in the night as toms will but always returned in the morning as soon as he heard me stirring. He began to groom himself, and, behold, there emerged a handsome,

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healthy, sleek fellow, fur thick, glossy, and solid black. Little by little, he dared to venture into the house. Tentatively, he let me touch him, then, finally, stroke him, and he learned to purr. But Mooky -- the name he landed with -had an aversion to all humans, save me. There was no question of getting him into a carrier to take him off to a vet for fixing. He would remain feral and a tomcat always. However, one morning after what clearly had been a rough night on the town, Mooky limped home with a badly injured paw, worsening as the days went by. Nothing for it, he needed a vet. It was Dr. Jesus Medeles who understood my plight and agreed at once to a house call, forewarned that Mooky was a wild one. But Jesus was a cat charmer, and – que milagro!-- he corralled my beast, who, astonishingly, gave himself over completely to this stranger, maybe knowing he needed saving again. Who knew how many lives were left to him? After ministering to his patient and giving instruction for care to follow, Jesus, with an appreciative glance around my living room, espied my guitar propped up in a corner -- my precious classical guitar, a Guild -- a gift from my parents years earlier. “Do you play?” Jesus asked.

“Less and less,” I told him ruefully. “My slipping discs protest.” (The seated posture of a classical guitarist entails a twist not compatible with bad backs.) “Would you mind,” Jesus asked again, “if I gave it a try?” Of course I didn’t mind. And he played. And played. Wonderfully! On and on he played, lost in his music, classical pieces, some elegantly simple, familiar to me because I’d once worked on them myself. Others, more dynamic and complex, were ones I’d only aspired to learn. I was transported, Mooky, infected paw forgotten, mesmerized. An hour dissolved. Reluctantly, Jesus ended his concert and took his leave. The years, like that hour of grace, have dissolved. Mooky mended, my devoted companion for a long, long while, my noble, quintessential feline, a survivor and free spirit. But Mooky grew old and though brave to the end, he was beleaguered by an inoperable tumor and had to be put down. Yet, the guitar lived on, albeit gathering dust, not unlike my cat before his rescue. So, the guitar has been rescued too, destined, hopefully, for someone who will make music with it just as Jesus had, someone who will truly bring it back to life. I’d called on a friend, in her own right a gifted violinist, asking for advice, and faithful Margaret didn’t fail me, sending to my house gracious Chuni Medeles, now Director of Ajijic’s Cultural Center. Chuni promises to find a new home for my venerable Guild, perhaps with a student at the Medeles School, Musica Estudio, or with his consortium of artists, El Tachihual -- Arte y Cultura para Todos. I told Chuni the story of that magical concert, as I have to others over the years, and he wants to tell it too—to his father, Jesus, the veterinarian. Although it was nearly a quarter of a century ago, Chuni claims his father will surely remember having healed a suffering cat, not just with hands on a painful paw, but on the strings of a treasured guitar....

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Dear Sir: I liked John Dallas Hicks’ piece “The Particular Value of Pathfinders” as it resonated with what I have thought about for years, or at least since I became old enough to think for myself. What Hicks calls ‘pathfinders’, I would call mentors. It has intrigued me that if you keep your heart and mind open, there are mentors who pop up in all kinds of unexpected places, people who you instinctively sense have ‘got it’. I taught for years in various schools for the performing arts and I knew when a student was looking to me for more than what I was actually trying to teach. She was looking for encouragement and guidance - someone who


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would say “It’s okay who you are, and what you are striving for is okay, or NOT!” - someone who’s opinion and criticism carried the weight of authenticity based on age and experience. I found my own mentors wherever I could: the woman in the school cafeteria who probably was being paid a pittance, who had a smile for everyone and happily dolloped an extra portion on your plate because she could see you were tired and rundown. Or the blind woman that I lived with when I was a student in London, who never complained of her blindness and who always wanted to know how my day had been when I returned home from the ballet school. Or the teacher who said to me when I graduated and was worried that I wouldn’t find a job: “Don’t worry, there’ll always be a place for someone who is dedicated and is good at what they do!” I clung to that bit of wisdom through all kinds of rough patches. When I look at the faces of many Mexicans, the freely given smile, the kindness and warmth they show towards their friends and families, their acceptance of us foreigners living in their midst, they too are my mentors who, by their very being, shine a light on how one should be, we who have so much and are often grouchy and discontented with our lot. Regards, Gabrielle Blair

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Education Equals Success


his first article of the New Year 2016 will reflect the success of the December Christmas events hosted at Jaltepec, describe the current status of the newly renovated Jaltepec Conference Centre, and provide dates for future endeavours that encompass the sponsorship Program. The December 2015 annual Christmas dinner and luncheon were very well attended and included the superb Los Cantantes del Lagos Choir with Maestro Timothy G. Ruff Welch. The newly expanded dining room retained its original ambiance while providing an enhanced space to enjoy the excellent full course roast turkey dinner prepared and served


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by the Jaltepec students. The Conference Centre and Retreat: Originally a Retreat Centre established 48 years ago, it was built to provide the young women with experience in technical hotel management and support. The funding required to rebuild the Retreat Centre was undertaken by Foundation Group, Mexico City and Foundation Group Guadalajara. Currently the Centre is 95% completed, while awaiting additional funds to be raised, and is fully functioning. The Academic side of Jaltepec. The Conference Centres catering and domestic management is conducted by the Jaltepec students on a business foundation and provides intensive training on a daily basis. Other funding for their education and residence costs originate from various sources related to our two Foundation Groups in Mexico City & GDL., Parents / students payments and where there is a short fall, from generous individual sponsors, such as yourselves. March 17th2016 is the date for the Annual Fund Raising Dinner. On behalf of all the students and staff of Jaltepec, we wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year. The donations that are made, no matter how small or large, have major significant positive career and life impacts on all the young women students at Jaltepec. Terry and Carole Baker

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El Indio By Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes

Review by Herb Altman


l Indío was awarded Mexico’s National Prize for Literature. The author, Lopez y Fuentes, was at the time the editor of a daily newspaper in Mexico City and had already achieved some renown. One of Mexico’s foremost artists, Diego Rivera, illustrated the novel. Opposite the title page is a pen and ink sketch of a handsome young Indian with high cheek-bones and an unruly head of black hair. His chiseled features express great contempt. From under strong black brows, he glares angrily at the reader, as if to say: “What the hell are you doing here in my face?”


The novel’s opening line, “Terror swept through the village when the three strange men appeared” passes the “Call me Ishmael” (Moby Dick) test, and the reader is compelled to continue. The three white men are Mexicans of Spanish descent out on a quest for gold. But they tell the Indians they are collecting only exotic plants which will ultimately benefit the Indians themselves. Then one of the white men returns the Indians’ hospitality by trying to

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rape a young maiden. The tribe rebels against the intruders, and will neither trade with them, nor even give them water. But the leader of the trio produces a letter purportedly from the governor of the state, directing the Indians to cooperate. The letter contains an implicit threat. The elders of the tribe decide they had best cooperate, for otherwise the governor might send troops up into the village. “What do the white men want?” one of the elders asks, trying to hang onto his solemn sense of dignity. “A guide,” answers the interpreter. Once out on the arduous trail, pushing up through rugged mountains, the men tire of the charade and try to force their young guide to disclose the whereabouts of the gold. Tying his hands behind him, they torture the guide for several hours. But the young man remains silent, and when his captors pause to discuss what they should do next, the Indian guide leaps into a nearby ravine and runs down the mountain. Off balance, with his hands still tied behind his back, he finally falls, smashing his legs. The white men

cannot find him in the thick brush and return to the village, where they tell the elders that the guide will be along soon. Then the intruders hurriedly leave, fearing that the guide has lived through his ordeal, and will arrive to tell the elders the true story. As the white men are going down the mountain, the crippled guide appears on the shoulders of a hunter who has found him. Furious that the strangers lied to them, the Indians roll boulders down at them. One of the rocks strikes and kills the expedition’s leader. The elders fear that government troops will soon be on the march. The Indians decide to abandon the village and seek refuge higher up in the mountains. The triangle between the three young people captured my interest, though I would have liked to have known more of how the girl felt about the decision that determines the course of the rest of her life. Yet apart from this minor reservation, the easy-to-read and poetic language of El Indio gripped my attention from start to finish, and certainly accomplished what good novels are supposed to do: teach, while they entertain.

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AP/ CAPSTONE—A New Way of Learning By Tania Romero


he American School of Guadalajara has been chosen to pilot a new educational program in Latin America. The College Board in New York and Cambridge University in England has combined to offer a two-year course called AP/ Cambridge Capstone at the local school. The class is mentored by Dr. Michael Hogan, a well-known historian and long-time teacher. As senior student Luciana Mendez noted, “The Capstone Program is different from other advanced classes because we get to experience self-directed learning. We actually choose an area in science, technology or the humanities that we are interested in to research.” Principal Gabriel Lemmon explains, “This program is not based on a particular curriculum of content but on skills. The most recent studies about education are saying that even though content is important, it is not the goal. The goal is how you use the content and how you come to understand, analyze, synthesize and cite it.” This class requires fully committed students who question assumptions and expand on analytical and research skills through self-direction. The students spend a year in an intensive series of seminars developing research, writing, and presentation skills with their mentor. They choose any two interdisciplinary and challenging topics to investigate during the year and then write a research paper on each. They can be as varied as the how to solve pollution problems with the Rio Lerma, to the influx of Central American immigrants. Additionally, two presentations are videotaped and expected to be of exceptional quality. A year later, during their senior year, students complete a multidisciplinary investigation, which results in a 5,000 word paper, and a practical demonstration or outcome in the com-


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munity. These two courses, combined with four AP exams in science, math, English and humanities will result in the Advanced Placement Diploma. Prestigious U.S. colleges in conjunction with Cambridge University in England were involved in the planning for the AP/ Cambridge Diploma to ensure that it will be recognized by universities around the world. The students in this class learn the importance of making themselves useful. They discover that education shouldn’t be limited to the classroom or personal development, but should involve service and the community. The hope is that each student will become a committed, perceptive, problemsolving, human being. AP/Cambridge Capstone emphasizes the value of investigation, especially in a world in which people are constantly exposed to dangerous or untrustworthy information. Einstein once wrote, “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” In the end, the new course fosters humility, openness to new ideas and solutions, and approaches based on solid and reliable evidence which the students will take into their communities. Author’s bio: Tania Romero is a junior at the American School of Guadalajara involved in the Advanced Placement/Honors Program. She volunteers as an English instructor in a public school, as stage manager and co-director for theater productions, and helps out in a local orphanage. Tania plans to major in Non Profit Administration with a minor in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University. Tania Romero

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he November Ojo carried a mischievous piece that attacked the Congress of the United States. The real issue is not whether it published some falsehoods, but rather, the motivation. I think it was because the falsities of the piece were based on truth. Several years ago, when I was living in Guadalajara, a retired English professor sent me something about President George W. Bush. He had taken an article from the New York Times, complete with the president’s picture, and changed a few sentences in the article. I forwarded that manipulated article to my e-mail friends and then learned what had happened. I immediately sent out a correction, but I also explained why the nefarious alteration was believable, given the history and character of George W. Bush. And so I was duped. There is such a thing as a curve of behavior. If one is duped by poor evidence, one is a fool. If one is duped by things that are in character, then that is entrapment – not a noble thing. I knew the professor intended a fun joke, but I didn’t think it was funny. I knew him through a political discussion group, and at our next weekly meeting, I let it be known to the group that, in my opinion, the professor had been more dishonest than funny. He groaned and said, “Uh, oh. Payback time.” I’m happy to say we remained friends. “Betcha Didn’t Know” (November, 2015) stated that “Children of the U.S. Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.” What loans? All a congressman had to do was put a child on the payroll of his or her staff. The child attended college and was not in Washington at all; yet, received a staffer’s salary to pay for college expenses – and more – even a fancy life style. Well, that was until 1967, when Congress passed a law against nepotism. But guess what? No problem. The law did not cover hiring relatives for campaign work. And that’s what congressional service is all about these days – accepting a lot of campaign cash and


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being a puppet to special interests. Ever heard of Citizens United – the infamous Supreme Court decision? Campaign contributions now pay for the college education of members of Congress. Members of Congress hire their children for their campaigns. The children are at their colleges, not in Washington doing anything political. Also, colleges are desirous of cultivating good relationships with their congressmen. Generous scholarships not available to other students are a way to do this. Ivy League universities offer what are called “Legacy Scholarships.” It means if a student’s family has given gifts to the university, or a parent was a graduate who became politically influential, then the children are admitted without the academic standards or fees required of other students who have no political influence. As for retirement and pay, there are so many ways for a congressman to make money legally, that retirement is a moot question. Some congressmen own large farms. They vote to cut food stamps, but at the same time, vote for an increase in farm subsidies. For a few congressmen, this farm subsidy means literally millions of dollars. Examples are available in Tennessee and California. Yes, millions of dollars – and they happen to be Republican farm owners. When the Treasury Department called a meeting of a congressional financial committee to inform them that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in trouble, some of the members rushed immediately from the meeting to advise their brokers to sell short. They had information not available to other Americans, and selling short means that they would profit if the value of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dropped – and the value did drop – precipitously. The congressmen exploited the situation to get rich, using a political advantage that gave them insider information. There is the infamous revolving door. Congressmen who sit on committees dealing with various corporate concerns are rewarded upon leaving

Congress. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) sat on a financial committee and was responsible for repealing Glass-Steagall, which led to the financial meltdown of 2008. When he left the Senate, he became a board member of the world’s largest bank. Many departing congressmen are hired as lobbyists, where they make far more money than the congressional job ever paid. Trent Lott, a former Majority Leader (R-Mississippi) left the Senate to take a lobbying job – before a time limit for a lobbying job would take effect. When a resolution came up that would require a congressman to wait a couple

of years before becoming a lobbyist, one congressman complained, “This is an interruption of my career path.” What he was saying was that he had no interest in representative democracy. He was only interested in his “career path.” That is hardly the voice of a “public servant.” As a matter of prudence, when it comes to the U.S. Congress, one is better off to assume the worst. Mark Twain understood this well, as did Will Rogers. Fred Mittag

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By Victoria Schmidt



s pigeon Spanish a term like pigeon English? If so, I speak pigeon Spanish. “Or Spanglish.” It isn’t impossible to learn Spanish yet the more I learn, the more I find out how much more I have to learn. Arriving at Lakeside, I had studied Spanish for three months, and I couldn’t wait to try out my computerized learning program. But I had been studying Castillian Spanish, not Mexican Spanish. It took me three years to understand why the young man in the grocery store turned red and snickered when I earnestly asked him “Donde estan tus huevos.” I just wanted to know where the eggs were. Later someone explained that “huevos” also stands for a certain part of the male anatomy in Mexican slang. Mexicans have a lot of words like that! Slowly I began to learn Mexican Spanish, when a Mexican street dog adopted us. I had never thought about dogs “speaking” Spanish. But Oso, our mellow giant of a dog soon became bilingual and could understand what I was saying in English. Years later, we adopted another dog. He only speaks Spanish. So my husband, who cannot speak Spanish, would call him, he wouldn’t come, or sit, or do what we asked… until I started commanding him in Spanish. Problem solved. Now he’s become “my” dog because my husband will say “You call him, he listens to you.” But make no mistake, when “Daddy” gets a certain tone in his voice, Baxter suddenly seems to understand more English. There are many things I have learned to love about the language. For instance, I can spell very well in Spanish. I may not be able to pronounce the word, but chances are I can spell it. Every letter is pronounced. I love that. Things I don’t like about Spanish--


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Just because one word in the sentence is plural, the entire sentence must be plural, same with masculine and feminine. I keep asking and no one can tell me who gets to decide that a television is feminine or masculine, and how can one tell? And don’t even get me started on word order. Recently I had to purchase a different car. I like this car. The cars I’ve been driving have been made in the ‘90’s, and now I’ve gone to the next decade. It’s computerized and gives me messages…in Spanish. Between the idiot lights on the dash, and the warning bells, I can usually figure out what the screen is trying to tell me. The manual is in English, that’s a relief, but I still can’t understand what “dicc. hydral” means other than there is something weird that effects the steering when that message comes up. The most confusing thing for me is that so many of the Spanish words have more than one meaning. The champion for me is “orale.” I asked a Mexican friend of mine what orale means. She shrugs her shoulders as she tells me it can mean many things. “Orale” can mean “I agree with you.” But also “bring it on” or “come on” or “yes” or “hurry up” or “that’s amazing” or “I’m astonished” or “there you go” or “OK” or “It’s your turn” or “go ahead” or “I’m waiting for you” or “watch it.” That’s 14 definitions that I can come up with. There may be more. This is worse than a politicians promise! But no matter what language you speak, remember that people are always listening. I was at the beauty

shop in my neighborhood. I was the only non-Mexican there. The women were talking and assumed I didn’t know what they were talking about. Then one woman said something extremely negative about her husband. And I laughed. Then the whole beauty shop laughed because they didn’t realize I could understand them. I can understand much more Spanish than I can actually use. But people forget that Mexicans can understand more English than they let on. In a restaurant, I heard two women talking. I hadn’t meant to overhear, there was a lull

in the ambient noise. I heard them discussing their maids and gardeners, making generalities about their work. Did they really think that the Mexican employees of the restaurant really didn’t understand what they were saying? Don’t be fooled. As my grandma always said “If you cannot say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” I wish I hadn’t heard what those women said. Victoria Schmidt

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t reminded me of Paris, of the Left Bank café haunts where Hemingway, Picasso and Fitzgerald gathered. Rows of small round tables, with two chairs positioned side by side, faced the street in the open-air. The setting provided a backdrop for people-watching and discreet conversation. Moroccan gentlemen, dressed in knitted skull caps, soft leather, heelless slippers and long flowing, hooded robes called djellabas filled the seats. The clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages, donkeys pulling carts, and Mercedes taxis whizzing by exemplified the paradoxes of time. Scurrying women, wearing brightly colored head scarves or a rare black berka, amid the twisted


sounds of Arabic, gave the scene an exotic feel. Walking along the narrow strip of sidewalk that remained unused, we surveyed many of Marrakesh’s busy outdoor cafés, looking for the perfect spot to enjoy our afternoon ‘nuss-nuss,’ an Arabic phrase which means half and half, nuss-nuss is perhaps the most common idiom in all of Morocco. Throughout the country, one hears the ubiquitous term in every café and every two-table stall in the medinas. Patrons order a shot of expresso topped with warm milk—nuss-nuss or the national drink, dubbed Moroccan whiskey— green mint tea, called thé. These outdoor social establishments line every major street and hug the an-

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cient Kasbah walls on the constricted back alleys. As we searched for that ‘inviting one’ among the many, a strange pattern emerged. Practically every seat at one café was occupied, while tables at the next longed for a single client. We learned that café goers migrate with the sun- looking for shadows in summer and the warmth of the sun’s rays in winter. Bundled against the crisp, chilly November wind whipping through the narrow thoroughfares of Marrakesh, we understood why throngs gathered where sunbeams glistened. We took a seat at the sunniest table. I scanned the rows of customers. There was only one woman. Me. The Moroccan café society is synonymous with masculin pluriel—for men only. In Marrakesh, Fes and Casablanca, sipping nuss-nuss at an al fresco coffee shop has developed into a cult-like Muslim ‘men’s club.’ The street and all its excitement is strictly a man’s domain. Women remain relegated to the privacy of their homes for socialization and for prayer. They plant the crops, tend the fields, take care of the family, gather firewood, and buy goods at market, leaving little time to relax at an outdoor café, even if allowed. There’s a joke in Morocco: the unemployment rate is so high that you’ll find more men in cafés than at work. It seemed more truth than jest. The waiter, accustomed to foreign women invading this space reserved for males only, took my order for a nussnuss, but seemed comforted by the fact that, at least, a man accompanied me. I wondered if I would have been served if I had come alone. Most of the men sitting nearby smoked long thin cigarettes and seemed fascinated by my husband’s Havana cigar. One man commented that he enjoyed the aroma that drifted from our table. I felt relieved that ‘something’ had diverted their attention away from the shock that a female had entered their territory. A Japanese woman staying at our riad, a 300-year-old home built for nobles, turned B&B for foreigners, had recounted a story at breakfast that reflect-

ed the depth of male dominance. Out of cigarettes, she went to a nearby store to purchase a pack of Marlboros. Three different shopkeepers refused her request. Women cannot buy cigarettes as smoking remains a diversion reserved for men. She returned to the hotel, grabbed the bell man and took him to the store. He bought the pack with ease, as she stood in the shadows outside. Stiff drinks cannot be sold at cafés. Moroccan law calls for a ban on alcohol sales to Muslims and Islamic law forbids the consumption of any intoxicating substances. Only restaurants and hotels catering to a foreign clientele are allowed to serve liquor, wine and beer. Despite this fact, The Kingdom of Morocco earned one billion dirham from the liquor sales tax in 2014 and the problem of domestic violence at the hands of drunken men has reached epidemic proportions. If abuse cases ever make it to court, charges are generally dismissed because the alcohol is deemed the culprit, relieving the man of personal responsibility. A few extra prayers should solve the problem. Ahh… the hypocrisy of religions everywhere runs rampant here too. Before heading into the Sahara for several nights of tent camping, our Moroccan guide asked if we wanted to buy some ‘spirits’ to soften the sting of the brutally cold desert nights. Liquor remains as hidden from the public as the practice of Muslim men drinking it. At a supermarket, we were diverted from its main entrance to an obscure, narrow doorway next to the store. Down three flights of unlit stairs, we emerged into a 2,000 square foot bright, busy cavern, where foreigners and local men made their alcohol selections from wellstocked shelves. The guide advised us to conceal our purchases, bagged in opaque black bags, upon leaving the underground cache. We noticed that the men’s djellaba robes provided a secret compartment to hide their illegal goodies. During Ramadan, the liquor stalls remain caged to prevent any sales, although, in Morocco, as anywhere on this earth, laws can be sidestepped for the right price. And so, we realized that nuss-nuss means more than café-au-lait. The mixture of black coffee and white milk represents the blending of ancient and modern, examples of extremes, the strict following of Islamic tradition, but ignoring religious law when it suits. One thing it does not mean, yet: that women are welcome to join the Moroccan Men’s Club. Carol L. Bowman


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By Nicole Sergent, Clinic Director Jesus, S.G.


esus was born on August 6th, 2015 in Chapala. His parents came to us at our Chapala Clinic on September 1st, 2015. Jesus was born with a congenital heart problem and also with breathing problems. The family needed help with paying for transport back and forth to Hospital Civil in Guadalajara and for medication and oxygen which the baby needed at times. Over the last 5 months Jesus was in and out of hospital many times, he was in need of oxygen at first and more so in the last months. The family brought him to Hospital Civil the week of January 4th as he was having problems breathing, they kept him under observation and sent him home as he was doing better. I am very sorry to say that the baby passed away on the night of January 8th, he died in his sleep. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and we have helped with expenses towards his funeral. As Clinic Director for Ninos Incapacitados, I take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteer at our clinics. It is very emotional at times, however, the families are so appreciative of our help and our support that it is all worth it in the end. I also would like to thank every-

one who donates time and money to our organization, without you these children would have a very hard time to survive, muchas, muchas gracias! For those of you who would like to learn more about us, we have monthly meetings at the Real de Chapala in Ajijic on the second Thursday of the month a 10:00am, please join us. We have three clinics: Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you want to visit, do not hesitate to contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (7664375). Please visit our website: www. programaninos.com

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Dear Sir: I was intrigued to read the successive claims made by John Ward in “The Wages of Sin and Ignorance.” The only claim which might have a factual basis is the one about the legalization of ‘porn’ by Scandinavian countries and how, as a consequence, “all sexual crimes … dropped by close to 90%”, a feel-good claim which is commonly used in casual conversation on the topic. It generally passes without skepticism or factchecking. Yet the entire article rests on that claim alone. Here are the facts as 30 minutes of searching revealed: 1. “Indeed, according to a study published in 2003, and other later stud-


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ies through 2009, Sweden has the highest sexual-assault rate in Europe, and among the lowest conviction rates.” Read more at http://www.projectsyndicate.org/commentary/swedens-other-rape -suspects-by-naomiwolf#rYDsdS5yjw5kFScl.99 2. “Sweden has the highest rate of rape in Europe, with the UN reporting 69 rape cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011.” Naomi Wolf Project Syndicate. https://www.project-syndicate.org/ commentary/sweden-s-other-rapesuspects-by-naomi-wolf 3. “A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables.” http:// www.thelocal.se/20140305/swedenout-top-in-eu-domestic-violenceleague 4. In 2010, Amnesty reported: “In Sweden, according to official crime statistics, the number of reported rapes has quadrupled during the past 20 years.” 5. In 2010, Swedish police recorded the highest number of offences - about 63 per 100,000 inhabitants - of any force in Europe. That was the second highest in the world after Lesotho. Credit is due to Mr. Ward for not (as is fashionable) blaming Islam explicitly for his woes. In fact many of the statis-

tics I found concerning Scandinavian countries predate the influx of immigrants and refugees. The vectors of increasing violence are fairly constant since the 1960s. What they overwhelmingly do not show is a decrease when ‘porn’ was legalized. The only exception to this rule is child ‘porn’, the legalization of which usually shows an unambiguous decline in that form of sexual crime. But as all ‘porn’ has varying degrees of criminality attached to it, and Child Pornography more so, no state could purvey or tolerate that. Mr. Ward’s belief that legalizing ‘porn’ would stop “predatory activity” contradicts all the evidence, especially as ‘porn’ has long been de jure or de facto legalized globally... even in Australia. “. . . As the constraints on the availability of pornography were lifted . . . the rates of rape in those countries increased. For example, in two Australian states between 1964 and 1977, when South Australia liberalized its laws on pornography and Queensland maintained its conservative policy . . . over the thirteen-year period, the number of rapes in Queensland remained at the same low level while South Australia’s showed a “six-fold increase.” https:// www.netnanny.com/blog/the-denmark-experiment-failed-porn-affectsbehavior The internet has weaponized ‘porn,’ making it readily accessible to anyone with a computer, local laws notwithstanding. The chief global use of the internet is to access ‘porn’, as study after study has shown. Today 30% of all internet download time (globally) is for ‘porn.’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/03/internet-pornstats_n_3187682.html Is more ‘porn’ the answer to anything? Being a multi-billion dollar Industry, with estimates ranging from 4-14 billion annually, one would think that the Porn Industry would not be in need of any more champions. Sincerely, M. Woland

Bus Serenade By Teri Saya


t is 8:30 in the evening and I am sitting on the bus for the long ride home from work. I rest my cheek against my palm and gaze out at the city lights going by. I have grown accustomed to the lurching stops and sudden starts as the bus picks up and drops off passengers. This night, I am hoping a guitar-playing singer will not board the bus. The last few times while riding home with a half-empty bus of weary passengers, a shabbily dressed man hops onto the bus with his scratched, un-tuned guitar and begins singing badly at the top of his lungs. Between songs, he stops long enough to announce that his mother is ill and his seven children are hungry. He does not seem too interested in trying to make his performance appealing to the captive bus audience. He finally finishes his obnoxious wailing and walks down the aisle with his hand out. Most do not make eye contact, nor hold out a peso. When he finally leaves the bus, there seems to be a communal sigh of relief. This has happened more often than not. Tonight, a well-dressed man with a nice guitar steps into the bus and offers the driver a coin. The driverwaves his hand and the man bows and thanks him graciously. I start to cringe when he braces himself in the aisle near my seat as he places his guitar in the playing position. He begins, and to my surprise, his voice is like an angel and his guitar is in perfect pitch. He makes eye contact with the passengers who are enjoying his per-

formance and with a nod and dazzling smile, he sings his message between ballads, “I have four children and they need shoes.â€? He finishes his serenade beautifully with a flourishing bow and gracefully moves to the front of the bus. Thanking each person, he gathers the many pesos held in the air, including mine, then exits out the back door. Whether this man really did have four kids that needed shoes or not, he certainly made many more pesos than the other guy‌.it was how he presented himself that made all the difference.

Teri Saya

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Anyone Can Train Their Dog By Art Hess artthedogguy@yahoo.com Working in the Street


while back I was working with a seven month old German Shepherd male who was well past his basics and we were into what I like to think of as “working in the street.” Once the dog understands and performs the basics such as come, sit, down, stay, and heel, I like to proceed to working the dog in a variety of environments so he learns to focus and handle many different situations and distractions. My ultimate goal is to have the dog working comfortably in a park or plaza. My next step then is to incorporate extended walks in a heel position with frequent stops, downs, sits, stays, etc. This way the dog doesn’t become soured with dry repetitions plus he learns to utilize the various exercises in a practical way. One day Shep and I were working along a somewhat rural road and we came upon a man and his dog who were tending to about a dozen Nanny goats and their kids. As we approached the flock I asked Shep to sit so he could relax and observe. After a moment or so we moved a little closer and I directed him to assume a down and to watch the goats. The man with the herd was watching and came over and commented on how well the dog was doing. He said he had watched the dog on previous occasions and liked his progress. We chatted about

the goats and I commented on a particularly attractive baby that was ivory colored with several seal brown patches. The man asked if I liked goats and I explained that I came from a farm background and have a fondness for all animals and their babies. He then said come with me and he struck off toward a shed that was several hundred yards away. We entered a small fenced enclosure and I asked about bringing the dog in and he said oh yes it’s not a problem and besides it’s good for him. By now he had swung open a rickety door and ushered us into an area that was alive with hen and chicks, ducks with ducklings, and off to one side was a Momma goat with a very young baby. By now I had Shep sitting beside me and was allowing him to be on a loose leash but I was watching nervously to make sure that he wasn’t going to devour a chick or a duckling. The man was over by the baby goat and picked him up and brought him over to us and I thought it was for me to see him but instead he quietly told Shep to lie down and he laid the baby goat across Shep’s back and shoulders, told him to look after the baby and he stood up and left Shep there. By now Shep was as shocked as I and he looked up at me for assurance that this was an okay thing and I simply told him he was a good dog. The man then explained that this is how he taught the dogs to accept the baby animals and not to bother them in the future. Soon the baby was returned to his Momma and the man gave Shep a pet and congratulated him on doing so well with his first lesson. That was an unexpected bonus to “working in the street” and I can assure you that for all the time I was lucky enough to work with Shep I never saw him make one wrong move toward any farm animals. Art Hess


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AH, THE GOOD OLD DAYS! Courtesy of Barbara Clippinger (From Coronet Magazine 1960) “Bargain-Basement” Utopias By Norman D. Ford


ou can live a caviar life on a sardine budget in these off-the-trail spots ranging from Mexico to the Indian Ocean. Looking for a haven where you can enjoy tranquility without pills for as little as $2.00 a day per person? It seems incredible but there are still idyllic spots where prices look like they did back in the 1930’s and nobody worries about ulcers, summit conferences or juvenile delinquency. In Mexico not long ago, I sat on the patio of my villa sipping an 8-cent bottle of excellent beer and smoking a 7-cent pack of cigarettes while the local barber cut my hair for 32-cents, tip included. I watched my gardener busily tending orchids for a wage of under 15 cents an hour, my 40-cents -a-day-maid ushered in a friend who poured himself a jigger of Barcardi from a gallon jug which retails at $3.60 and announced that he had just built a two-bedroom, two-bath home for his family, including a 20-foot living room, patio and fireplace for less than $4,700. These and similar soothing prices still apply in many places Mexico. Here, Americans-in-the-know have discovered gracious old world living on a budget that would mean a bare existence at home. Younger couples and even families with a few thousand dollars saved up, are also heading for a year or more of rest and relaxation in these fabulously inexpensive places. However, don’t expect enormous savings on shelter and food. In the most attractive spots the average 2-bedroom furnished villa rents for $65 a month and you’ll probably only save 20% on groceries, but from there on, the bargains come thick and fast. #1 On The List……. Lake Chapala (Ajijic) This is no longer the cheapest place in Mexico. Since 1950, about 1,500 American couples have moved into its two dreamy villages of Chapala and Ajijic. Prices have inevitably

risen. But building costs still average only $4 per square foot, and you can hire a maid for $12 or a cook for $16 a month. Rents are still half those charged in American resorts. The climate all year is like a fine June day and the social life is gay, with the shops and theaters of Guadalajara — Mexico’s second largest city--just 40 minutes away. On arrival most couples head for the Posada Ajijic, where the one term rate for a bungalow with all meals and maid service for two is still under $10 a day. There are few real estate brokers in the Lake Chapala area and no telephones or local newspapers. But, as in other out-of-the-way places, most vacation rentals are advertised by word of mouth. Within a week, you’ll discover scores of unsuspected apartments and homes tucked away behind a labyrinth of ancient adobe walls. After the peak winter tourist season, you should have your pick of several at around $75 a month; or if you prefer, you can have a modern home built for under $5,000. For two, you can budget about $70 for food and $30 for utilities and your maid per month. The rest is for high living--golf, riding or swimming by day, followed by some of the most fabulous parties on this continent. A typical party features a table groaning with a bathtub full of punch and overflowing with bottles of gin, rum, tequila and vermouth, plus a mariachi orchestra--and the entire tab seldom exceeds $30. (Ed. Note: Over the years, we have occasionally run articles like this, and to take the sting out of them we remind our readers that many years from now, people will look back and absolutely marvel at the cost of living that existed here in Barbara 2016!) Clippinger

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REFUGEE FATIGUE By Kelly Hayes-Raitt


hy do they have such high expectations?” my friend Anna complains about the Syrian refugees who’ve flooded Europe. “Why are they so ungrateful?” In the wake of German Chancellor Angela Merkel embracing 800,000 Syrian refugees and newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking in 35,000 of them, 31 American governors declared they would not welcome Syrian refugees in their states. It’s a pompous position at best, since governors have no authority to close state borders to anyone who has legally entered the U.S. In contrast, on Dec. 8 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a symbolic motion to “reaffirm the county’s commitment to hospitality, to

democracy and to compassion” toward refugees—especially Syrian refugees— Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the proclamation’s sponsor, said during the discussion. “It’s not for the County of Los Angeles to say, ‘We don’t think you built the walls high enough; we’re going to build a higher wall,’” added Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who cosponsored the proclamation. Anna and I are lounging in a cheery room warmed by a fire and twinkling Christmas lights. In London for the holiday season, I missed witnessing firsthand my home county’s resolution. Instead I’m witnessing anguished ambiguity from my European peace activist friends who are experiencing “refugee fatigue.” Not buying into the fear stoked by

Donald Trump and other U.S. presidential candidates, they instead are burned out by news reports of traumatized refugees whose needs seem insatiable. The numbers are staggering: Twelve million people – half of Syria’s population – have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war four years ago. That’s three times the number of people living in the City of Los Angeles! Almost 70% of these refugees are women and children, according to the U.S. State Department. During these four years of war, the U.S. has accepted fewer than 2,300 Syrian refugees, although President Obama recently pledged to accept 10,000 more over the next fiscal year. In 2015 alone, nearly one million refugees from throughout the world flooded Europe, according to António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. That feels huge, he points out in a recent TED Talk, but it’s only one refugee per 2,000 Europeans, whereas in Lebanon there’s one refugee for every three Lebanese. In explaining this recent influx into Europe, Guterres cites a World Bank study: 87% of Syrians who’ve resettled in nearby Jordan and 93% of Syrians now in Lebanon live below the national poverty lines, and only half of refugee children attend school. Guterres argues that what’s needed is increased multinational cooperation and more flexibility for international financial institutions to provide aid, explaining that Lebanon and Jordan aren’t eligible for the World Bank’s reduced rate loans and grants, for example, because they are classified as “middle income” countries — even though they are bearing the financial brunt of the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. Though a bit shocked, I understand Anna’s sentiment. “They’ve lost everything,” I say gingerly. “Imagine being so desperate, so terrified for your children’s safety, so traumatized by the horrors you’ve witnessed, that you flee every comfort and familiarity you know to start over in a

new country, with a new language, new customs, no family, no job, no economic security, perhaps discrimination, and lots of uncertainty. … And the kids I’ve spoken with, they’ve all witnessed horrifying things: Siblings brutalized or killed, schoolmates orphaned, parents unable to provide assurances or security. I can’t imagine… “So they come to someplace that has promised sanctuary, usually after a harrowing, exhausting, expensive trip, arriving with only what they could carry. Then they are corralled into institutional dormitories or camps while they wait to be ‘processed’ like cattle. Is it any wonder their patience breaks?” Anna’s eyes fill with tears, but I sense she isn’t totally convinced. Perhaps I am not totally convinced either. I’ve met refugees who seemed ungrateful, impatient, almost entitled. I have to remind myself that in Middle Eastern culture, it’s an honor to take in anyone who shows up at your door. As a visitor, I’ve frequently been the recipient of overfeeding from families struggling with post-war food shortages. It must be hard for them to fathom a culture with such a fundamental difference about hospitality. For my part, I’m proud that Los Angeles County attempts — at least by a symbolic gesture — to mirror that hospitality. “All this motion says,” Kuehl concluded, “is that Los Angeles will continue its tradition, its devotion, to being a place [where], once the United States government has said, ‘This person may enter,’ [we] will say, ‘This is a good place to live.’” (Ed. Note: Kelly Hayes-Raitt has worked with Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. She blogs at Living LargeInLimbo.com. This article originally appeared in The Argonaut newspaper in Los Kelly RaittAngeles, CA.) Hayes

MID-MONTH BONUS! Michael Cook’s tender tale is about a shy, lonely widower/ex-pat who falls in love with a beautiful Mexican lady, and then loses her. But that’s not the end of the story. The article can be found at http://chapala.com/elojo/index.php/ mid-month-articles Each mid-month, we offer superb articles that while a bit too long for our print version are perfect for our digital format. Check it out!


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Meet Our Wonderful Staff of Writers

—In Their Own Words—In the order in which their bios were received.

ART HESS—Anyone Can Train Their Dog Raised and educated in Alberta and pursued a mixed career of business, livestock and real estate. Had a lifelong passion for working with dogs and horses. Next came 12 years near Victoria on Vancouver Island where we had several more business’ and then the “Dear, let’s sell everything and move to Mexico phase.” “Aging is easy. Follow your passion and remember that Attitude is Everything. Strive to live a balanced life in harmony with your environment. Practice compassion, walk a mile in the other person’s moccasins or sandals before passing judgement and remember that trust and respect are earned not mandated.”

NICOLE SERGENT— Child of the Month (Clinic Director, Ninos Incapacitados) Nicole and her husband Bob have lived in Ajiic since 2007. Nicole has lived in Canada, Japan, Portugal and Spain. She speaks French, English and Spanish. Since her arrival in Ajijic, she has been active in the community. She worked for the Red Cross for many years and has been involved with Ninos Incapacitados since 2009. “Working with the families is sometimes hard emotionally but it is so rewarding when we see the appreciation that the parents have for what we do.” Nicole and her husband appreciate the beauty of Mexico and the friendliness of its people.

VICTORIA SCHMIDT—Welcome to Mexico Victoria Schmidt came to Mexico with her husband, in 2007. She is a graduate of Moorhead State University, Minnesota and graduated Cum Laude with a BA degree in Radio, Television and Film. At 23 she was hired at multi-national media corporation, where she worked 10 years as their Director for Operations and Finance. She then ran her own business consulting company. She has won multiple community service awards. Writing has been a passion of Victoria’s since Junior High. She has been active in the writing and publishing business for over 40 years and has been a columnist for the Ojo del Lago since 2008. BILL FRAYER—Uncommon Common Sense Bill Frayer lived all of his adult life in Maine until moving to Mexico in 2007. He had a long career teaching writing, critical thinking, and communication at the community college and university level. He has published a critical thinking textbook and four volumes of poetry. Stirring up trouble with his column for the last eight years, he enjoys hearing from those who have strong opinions about what he writes. Now a snowbird back in Maine, he enjoys playing blues, eating lobster, and fishing with his granddaughter. In Ajijic he enjoys leading TED talks at LCS and talking poetry with his fellow poets. JAMES TIPTON—Hearts at Work James Tipton has lived in Mexico for more than ten years. During that time he has contributed more than 150 columns, articles, reviews, photos, short stories and poems to El Ojo del Lago. He has also published more than 1,000 poems and short stories in magazines around the world and has been translated into various languages. His awards include the Colorado Book Award for Letters from a Stranger (with a Foreword by Isabel Allende). He is one of the four Lake Chapala contributors to the recent collection of short stories, Embracing the Fog. He is Associate Editor of El Ojo del Lago. MARK SCONCE—Contributing Editor Omaha, Nebraska businessman turned poet and writer after meeting Alexander Pushkin (in spirit only) in Moscow. Shattuck Military School; Antioch College; University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; Trinity College Dublin; Goethe Institute, Berlin; Peace Corps/ Nepal; Berkeley School of Journalism; Co-owner, Nancy Bounds International; President, The Pushkin Project; Arizona Realtor. Lell Ellerbee Sconce, wife and companion in Ajijic, Mexico for six years.


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KEN MASSON—Bridge by the Lake Ken Masson has been playing, teaching and writing about bridge for more than 40 years. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Ken has been living in the Toronto area since 1967. He and his wife and bridge partner Rosemarie have been wintering in Lakeside since 2006. Even after all these years of playing they find bridge to be a constant challenge and enjoy sharing some of their triumphs and mishaps with Ojo readers in each column. SYD SULLINS—Rambling from the Ranch After living their entire life time in Kansas City, Syd Sullins and her husband Matt retired with plans to live the gypsy life. After stops in Dominican Republic, Puerto Vallarta and La Paz, they arrived in Ajijic in April 2014 and then never left. They were won over by the beautiful weather, comfortable lifestyle and friendly people. Once in Ajijic, Syd soon began pursuing two of her top passions - yoga and animal advocacy. She now serves as a board member for Lakeside Spay and Neuter Center and spends much of her week in the mountains with “her” dogs. MICHAEL WARREN—Front Row Center Michael Warren grew up in London, England and lived on Baker Street very close to where Sherlock Holmes hung out his shingle. He graduated with an Honors degree in Mathematics from King’s College, Cambridge, which no doubt helps him to balance his check book. While a student, he edited a humorous magazine entitled “ffobia” which was widely circulated amongst his friends. Michael moved to Ajijic in 2000. Since moving to Mexico, Michael has forgotten almost all his mathematics, and has taught English to Mexican students, assisted in promoting musical events, helped to found the Open Circle group, and published his book of poems “A Particular Blue.” In short, he has found happiness. He has appeared onstage in nine plays at the Lakeside Little Theatre. For the last ten years, he has been writing the theater reviews for El Ojo Del Lago under the byline “Front Row Center.” JACKIE KELLUM—Anita’s Animals Born and lived for 24 years in New York City. She became a Registered Nurse and then moved to San Francisco, CA. Her life and nursing career continued there for forty-one years before retiring to Lakeside in 2006. She and her husband live in San Juan Cosala with their eight dogs, and several cats. Shortly after arriving, Jackie began fostering infant motherless kittens and puppies, some as young as a few days old. She volunteers with Anita’s Animals, including the weekly Aijic tianguis, monthly Pet Food Drive, and other charitable events for humans as well as animals.

ANTONIO RAMBLES—Imprints Antonio Ramblés’ books include the novels Mirasol Redemption and Lifelines, and the short story collection Laguna Tales. His work also appears in the anthologies Embracing the Fog and Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows. His blog Antonio Ramblés Travels shares observations on journeys across the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. His travel photos are featured on Pinterest and he is a Senior Contributor to TripAdvisor. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ramblés’ studied journalism at the University of Miami. His fiction and commentary have appeared in El Ojo del Lago since 2006. SANDY OLSON—Lakeside Living Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day. Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else. Us

FRED MITTAG—The Ghosts Among

Grew up in the Piney Woods Region of East Texas. He remembers with fondness four high school teachers who especially influenced him. Fred worked his way through the University of Houston by working in a barbecue and steak restaurant. He spent three years in the U.S. Army, mostly in Berlin, Germany and played in an Army band for President Kennedy’s visit. Fred heard in person President Kennedy’s statement, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” and will never forget the roar of approval from the sea of Berliners. Fred spent 30 years teaching in public high school before retiring to Mexico. DR. LORIN SWINEHART—Roving Correspondent I grew up in rural and small town Ohio. Following a 36- year high school and college teaching career, including English and Native American Studies classes in Ohio penal institutions, I became a National Park Service Ranger. I served for

twelve seasons at parks in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. I have been active in environmental affairs for most of my life, serving the Sierra Club twice as Congressional District Coordinator. My enthusiasms include fly fishing, natural history and wilderness backpacking. In 1996, I published privately a memoir, Trails of Laughter/ Trails of Tears, featuring my wilderness adventures and misadventures. I serve when needed as a Licensed Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church. MOONYEEN PATRICIA KING—Profiling Tepehua Settled in Mexico 13 years ago. The intention was to retire into the arts as a writer, poet and painter...that didn’t happen. Beneath the smiles of the peoples of Mexico there was such a great need for change, especially for the women and children of the barrios, Moonyeen has dedicated these years to change the face of this little corner of the world. The work done by the volunteers of the Tepehua Community Center is teaching that change is possible anywhere. Moonyeen was portrayed as “Woman of the Year,” also two Paul Harris Rotary awards for the work done at Tepehua. “Life in Mexico is very fulfilling. The Mexican people give so much more to us immigrants than we can possible return.” ALEJANDRO GRATTANDOMINGUEZ—Editor’s Page Wrote/directed first movie about Mexican-Americans, Only Once in a Lifetime, recently purchased with another film of his, No Return Address, by Turner Classic Movies. Lifetime premiered at the Kennedy Center in Wash., D.C. —1979. Awarded Governor’s (California) Special Commendation—1980. Special Award of Appreciation from the National Association of Mexican-American Educators—1981. Wrote 23 film scripts, nine of which were either sold or optioned. Established Ajijic Writers Group in 1988. Wrote seven novels, two of which were at one time in 1400 libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Best Screenplay Award—Ajijic International Film Festival—1999. Award of Appreciation from Ninos Incapacitados—2007. Biography appeared in Who’s Who in Mexico—2007. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 — Lakeside Community Awards Committee. Winner of Benjamin Franklin Digital Award in 2014 for historical novel The Dark Side of the Dream. Editor-in-Chief of Ojo for past 21 years.

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am embarrassed and puzzled to watch the United States Congress fail to get anything substantial accomplished. I feel like I could throw some items on the table that have more merit for improving the life of the citizens of the United States than all the bickering that comes our way these days. Here are some of my thoughts. The United States gave out $52.7 billion in foreign aid to 25 countries in 2010. That is up from $16.6 billion in 2001. My idea is to reduce foreign aid by 10% in 2014 across the board equally to each of the 25 countries, reducing the US budget by $5.2 billion. Then in 2015 reduce aid by 10%, again saving the US an additional $4.7 billion and do not forget to add on the $5.2 million saved the last year to this year also. Then in 2016 reduce the foreign aid by another 5% for a total of 25% to all countries over three years. The foreign aid budget would then be at (only) $40.7 billion and we would have $26.1 billion available for the US citizens. These countries received $39.5 billion in 2006, so the 2016 target is still higher than in 2006. Many of these countries do not like us very much and I believe there is very little accounting of what good the aid is doing for each country. The US Postal Service has become less important for many reasons. The principle reason is technology which has provided a faster, less expensive way to communicate. My personal experience was to open my daily mail and to put items requiring action in a spot where usually once a week I did things like pay bills. Today, automatic bill paying by banks and on-line services have erased most of those needs. Therefore I would recommend providing service only three days a week. (Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday) There are several competing businesses that provide next days service including the post office.

In 2010 there were 260,000 vehicles in the US Post Office. Wouldn’t there be far less needed if mail was delivered every other day? Let’s say that 100,000 less vehicles at the cost of $20,000 each or $2 billion and the cost of repair and maintenance could be saved. Wouldn’t we need half the number of letter carriers? In 2010 the median salary for a letter carrier was just over $53,000. Of the 524,000 post office employees, let’s say 200,000 are letter carriers. Reducing carriers would save over $10 billion per year. In 2010 the US government set aside $5.5 billion per year for the cost of retirement health care for postal employees. Reducing the number of employees helps that number in the right direction. Here is one more thing to throw on the table. Congress has made first class mail a legalized monopoly. Why? Would competition cost less? Maybe! Whenever you throw out numbers with very little knowledge of that real world it can be easily challenged as the current Congress demonstrates daily. But hey, there are a lot of bucks to be saved here, I believe. Possibly $12 billion per year and the average citizen would benefit.

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LCS Valentine’s Party With Caballa Pasion Ecuestre Horse Show with stallions, gymnasts and ballerinas Sunday, February 14 - Two Options: VIP or Regular


Private Tour of Stables 1 Glass Champagne 1 Red Rose VIP Ringside Seating Seated Dinner with wait service Traditional Garrafa Ice Cream Soda or 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine - plus cash bar 1 Photo with horse & rider DEPARTURE TIME: 10:30 FROM SCULPTURE AT LA FLORESTA RETURN 5:00 PRICE: $1,000 PESOS. Only 20 tickets available and they are almost SOLD OUT!

Regular Price Self serve buffet with traditional Mexican Taquiza, fresh made tortillas, stews & side dishes. Traditional Garrafa Ice Cream Soda or 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine - plus cash bar DEPARTURE TIME: 11:00 FROM SCULPTURE AT LA FLORESTA RETURN 5:00 PRICE $750 PESOS 44 Tickets Available

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February 2016

Ajijic Society of the Arts Fifth Annual Open Studios Tour and Art Sale This year, the Annual Open Studios Tour is being held on Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to visit local artists in their studios, watch them work, and possibly discover an original creation you’d like to purchase for yourself or as a gift. An impressive variety of paintings, drawings, ceramics, weaving, jewelry, and baskets created by local and internationally will be available. The 50 peso tickets can be purchased at the LCS beginning Monday, January 18 through to Friday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the participating studios. For the first time in five years, the Lake Chapala Society will be hosting four ASA member artists on its campus who will be exhibiting and selling their art. Children from the program will also be exhibiting. The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) has been generously supporting the popular LCS Children’s Art Program for many years, a collaboration that helps to keep Neill James’ art legacy alive and ensures that Ajijic continues to be a thriving art community. Now in its seventh decade, the LCS Children’s Art Program continues to teach Lakeside children free of charge every Saturday morning on the Back Patio on the LCS campus. During those years, generations of children were exposed to the joys of painting, drawing and crafts. Many of them have become accomplished professionals. Half of the proceeds generated from the Open Studios Tour are earmarked for the LCS Children’s Art Program. Many ASA members lead or participate in CAP activities throughout the year, including the annual Summer Art Camp held every third week in July. If you would like to volunteer with the LCS Children’s Art Program or donate needed art materials, send an email to childrensart@lakechapalasociety.com.

Important Reminder!

If you’ve updated your post-life records here at LCS, it is essential to contact your selected funeral home to ensure your instructions and contact information are also updated and current. LCS does not provide this service, and funeral home representatives are no longer on campus to make those changes for you.

LCS Learning Seminars

Based on TED Talks in the Sala Tuesdays, 12 to 1:15 February 2 Hosted by Fred Harland. Neuroscientist David Eagleman: “Can We Create New Senses for Humans?” We perceive less than ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces, such as a sensory vest, to take in previously unseen information about the world around us. February 9, No Learning Seminar. February 16 Hosted by Gary Thompson. Fr. Greg Boyle, an Los Angeles street priest, presents “Homeboy Industries: Compassion and Kinship.” Fr. Boyle started Homeboy Industries in LA, using local former gang members, whose lives he hopes to turn around. “Jobs are probably about 80% of what these folks need to redirect their lives. The other 20% is a mixture of therapeutic and support services. So, in addition to paying men and women to receive job training, we also require that they spend part of their working day here working on themselves.” Fr Boyle has created a therapeutic community for transformation to take place. February 23 Hosted by Bill Frayer. Acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer presents: “The Art of Stillness”. Pico Iyer began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel - the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. The place that he would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counter intuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

CPR Training Class

LCS and Cruz Roja are partnering to sponsor a “Bystander CPR Training” class Wednesday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Sala. This cardiac-pulmonary resuscitation course, based on the 2010/2015 American Heart Association guidelines, includes what to do in case of an adult or child cardiac emergency. Each class participant will practice the CPR and Airway Obstruction skills they learned during the class. The class, limited to 25 participants, is free and open to the public. Sign up in the LCS office to be guaranteed a spot. Donations to Cruz Roja will be greatly appreciated.

In the Service Office

The Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks for registered class members are available in the Service Office. Donations to the kitty fund for the care and feeding of our feline friends may be made in the Service Office, too.

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Thursday Film Aficionados

Open to LCS members only. Bring your card. All films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets. February 4 Bridge of Spies USA 2015 During the cold war an American lawyer is recruited to defend a Soviet spy in court and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of that spy with an American spy held by the Soviets, U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. An Academy Award nominee for Best Picture February 11 Room Ireland USA 2015 When five-year-old Jack escapes from the enclosed surroundings to which he has been confined his entire life, he makes a thrilling discovery. The performances by the two lead characters are spectacular. This film, the biggest surprise on the Academy Award circuit, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. February 18 The Revenant USA 2016 A story of survival and revenge in the Louisiana Territory in the early 1800’s. This film leads the Academy Awards with the most nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director. February 25 To be announced The choices: The Big Short, Spotlight, Mad Max, Fury Road, The Martian, or the Best Foreign Language Film.

Neill James Lectures for February

Held every Tuesday except the third Tuesday of the month 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sala. Tuesday, Feb 2 Sandy Britton presents “Raising our Cultural IQ” Cultural intelligence is defined as “a measure of a person’s capacity to function effectively in a culture that is not their own.” How can a more complete understanding of cultural values can raise our “cultural intelligence quotient”, help expand our mental horizons, enjoy our travels, and thrive in the multicultural environment here at Lakeside. Sandy Britton’s background is in software development and animal training. She combines her interest in cultural sociology and public speaking in this presentation. Feb 9 no Neill James lecture. Tuesday, Feb 23 Fred Harland asks: “Is Liberal Democracy Doomed to Fail?” With the collapse of Communism, liberal democracy became the only form of government compatible with socio­-economic modernity. Many political theorists ask if liberal democracy is doomed to fail. We will examine why liberal democracy is under such stress today. We will also examine other approaches to governance such as in China and Rwanda, look at the many changes in today’s world order, and examine the kind of governance best suited to deal with these changes. Fred Harland has worked in adult education and international project development for 30 years in Canada and overseas. He is a member of the board of LCS and is president of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He coordinates the LCS Learning Seminars (TED Talks). Fred has an MA in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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February Activities

*Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required

CRUZ ROJA * CRIV (Cruz Roja) Sales Table Mon+Fri 10-1 HEALTH INSURANCE * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Tues+Thur 11-2 San Javier Hospital Services Last Fri 10-12 HEALTH & LEGAL SERVICES * Becerra & Galindo Services Thur 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure Mon+Fri 10-12 Drug & Herb Consultation 4th Mon 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th, Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed Feb 3+ 17 10-2 My Guardian Angel Mon + Thur 10-1 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-4 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12 :30 US Consulate** Wed Feb 10 10-12 Sign up 10-11:30 LESSONS (C) Chair Yoga Fri 2-3* Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Reading Program Sat 9-10* Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Fitness Thru Yoga Mon+Fri 2-3:30, Sat 1-2:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga Tues + Thur 2-3:30 Laughter Yoga 1st Wed 4-4:45 Line Dancing Tues+Thur 10-11:15 Scottish Country Dancing Thur 11:30-1:30 Stretch and Balance Exercise Tues+Thur 9-9:50 LIBRARIES Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books**/ Talking Books Thur 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES (C) Advanced KenKen Feb+Mar Wed 9-10 All Things Tech Fri 9:30-11:30 Beginner’s Drawing (S+cost) Tues 2-4 Beginner’s iPad (S) Thur 10-12 Beginner’s KenKen Tues 9-10 Feb+Mar Bridge 4 Fun Tue + Thur 1-5 Conversaciones en Espanol Mon 10-12 Discussion Group Wed 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness Mon 10:15-11:45 Film Aficionados Thur 2-4:30 Genealogy Forum Last Mon 2-4 History Club 3rd Tues 1:30-4:30 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Neill James Lecture Series 1st, 2nd, 4th+last Tues 2-3:30 Open Gaming (open to the public from 2-4) Mon 1-4* Philosophy Group Wed 10:30-12 Scrabble Mon+Fri 11:30-1:30 Senior High Tea (S+cost) 3rd Fri 2:30-5 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12 TED Learning Seminars Tues 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS * Caregiver Support Group 2nd+4th Wed 10:30-12:30 Have Hammer Workshop Demo 1st+3rd Mon 10-12 Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA Mon +Thur 4:30-5:30 Memory Loss Resources Thur 11-1 Ninos de Chapala y Ajijic Fri 10-12 Open Circle Sun 10-12:30 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 pm


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Video Library Additions - February

Please see the LCS web page for reviews and more details about these and all of the other new additions for February. All of the new additions for 2016 are listed in the GREEN catalogs at the Video Library. If you have VHS tapes that you would like to have transferred to DVDs, the Video Library can do it for you. Wonder Boys #7133 Comedy with Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. Dirty Pretty Things #7119 No, it’s not dirty. Crime drama with Chewetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou. McFarland USA #7123 Hollywood biography with Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. My Mexican Shivah #7125 A comedy about a Jewish family in Mexico City. Unbearable Lightness of Being #7116 See review Daniel DayLewis and Juliette Binoche. Sunshine Boys #7120 Two old vaudevillians trying a comeback (1975 – 7.2 on scale of 10) Before We Go #7130 Comedy Chris Evans and Alice Eve. Castles in the Sky #7121 Britain’s discovery of radar in the mid 1930s starring Eddie Izzard. February iPad Classes The February session of iPad classes begins on Thursday, February 11. The four Thursday sessions will take place on February 11, February 18, February 25 and March 3. Classes will take be held in the Sala at LCS from10 a.m. to around 11:45 a.m. Classes are open to LCS members only. To register, email lcsipadclasses@gmail.com with your LCS membership number.

Computer Training Classes for Volunteers

Starting in March, LCS will offer training sessions on the LCS Service Desk computer systems for volunteers who are not yet comfortable with their operation. Arleen Greenwood teaches computer and software courses at university level, and has volunteered her services to provide support for our volunteers. Just another benefit of volunteering for LCS!

Successful ESL December Registration

In an innovative move to fill spots vacated by students who dropped out of classes between September and December, the LCS ESL Program held December registration for the first time in many years. During the week of December 14, approximately 50 students applied for the available slots for the second half of the semester which runs from January until May. The demand for entry level English instruction is so high in this community that all slots were filled. If classroom space is available, an additional class will be offered to handle the overflow. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer teacher, contact Director Inez Dayer at inezme@gmail.com .


Scrabble Anyone?

If you are a LCS member and enjoy Scrabble or would like to learn to play this challenging game, there are three open time slots when you can play. You can choose one or even all of them if you like. Scrabble for Sheer Fun is on Mondays and Fridays from 12 to 1:50 p.m. Rules are relaxed: you are free to use a dictionary, there’s no time clock, and you may socialize while playing. Tournament Scrabble for the competitive player is held every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. Players use a timer and can’t use dictionaries or “cheat sheets”. You may play on any of these days at the Ken Gosh Pavilion. For more information contact catherine.huff@aol.com.

Bus Trips February

Guadalajara Zoo Wednesday, February 10 Bus transportation, train ride, safari and aquatic show 370 pesos/420 pesos non-members. Cable car ride is extra at 43 pesos. You may bring bottled water and a light bag lunch. Food and drink are also available for purchase inside the park. Tickets at LCS Service Desk. Bus leaves the sculpture in La Floresta promptly at 9 a.m. Valentine’s Party Sunday, February 14 Zapopan Enjoy a horse show and dining with traditional Mexican Taquiza fresh tortillas, stews, side dishes, and traditional garrafa ice cream. Soda, two beers or two wine cups are included. Bus leaves from the sculpture in a Floresta at 11 a.m. 750 pesos. Special VIP tickets available for this party include select seating with table service, Chile en Nogada dinner, champagne cup, traditional garrafa dessert, tour of the stables, a photo with a horse, and one red rose. Please note: the bus for VIP patrons leaves the sculpture in La Floresta at 10:30 a.m. 1,000 pesos. Tickets for both events are available at the Service Desk. Galerias Mall Thursday, February 18 Major retailers, restaurants, IMAX theater, and casino. Shop nearby Costco, Sam’s Club, and Super Walmart. 300 pesos for members and 350 pesos for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta. Andares Mall Wednesday, February 24 Features upscale shopping and fine dining. 300 pesos members and 350 pesos for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 10 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta. Coming in March: Forum Mall/Tlaquepaque

BaFá BaFá: You Are Invited

On Saturday, March 19 from 2:00p.m. to 5:30p.m., a group of LCS volunteers will gather to evaluate a program on cross-cultural awareness. Called BaFá BaFá, it is a simulation that has been used as the foundation for cross-cultural programs in as diverse settings as businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. BaFá BaFá is designed to teach awareness of cultural differences by providing participants with the opportunity to examine the effect that values, norms, and behaviors have on cross-cultural interactions. This simulation challenges the participants to exam their own cultural perceptions and biases as members of two imaginary cultures. This helps build awareness of how cultural differences impact the way individuals interact with others. No matter how assimilated we believe we are in a culture, quite often we find ourselves at an “Aha! moment.” The simulation will take three hours, with half hour for the group to evaluate the experience and determine if, where, and how it can be used in our present environment. Dee Dee Camhi, a LCS volunteer with considerable expertise in organizational development, and LCS Executive Director Terry Vidal, will facilitate the program. Join us for this entertaining, stimulating, and enjoyable experience!

Introduction to Spanish Classes

This is a casual class offered for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases to use about town information about our area and Mexican culture. Classes are held each month starting the first Tuesday of the month and continue for three weeks. February classes start on Tuesday, February 2, and will be held at the LCS campus from 12 until 1:30 p.m. Materials are provided, and the tuition for the classes is $175. Sign up at the LCS Service Office For fast and easy sign up, go to the LCS website. www.lakechapalasociety.com, or call 7661140 for more information.

February Seniors’ High Tea

The next Seniors’ High Tea will be Friday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. on the Back Patio. Enjoy homemade scones with cream, strawberry jam, tea sandwiches and cookies, and a selection of fine teas. Attendance is limited to 30 people. Register at the Service Desk or call 766-1140 for information. Cost 50 pesos.


16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grounds open until 5:00 p.m.


President - Ben White (2016); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2017); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2017); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2016); Directors: Matthew Butler (2016); Lois Cugini (2017); Ernest Gabbard (2016); Fred Harland (2017); Barbara Hildt (2017); Yoli Martinez (2017); Garry Musgrave (2017); Pete Soderman (2016); Joan Ward (2016); Immediate Past President: Howard Feldstein. Executive Director - Terry Vidal

The LCS Newsletter is published monthly. Deadline for submissions is the 17th of the month preceding publication. Submit all news items to newsletter@lakechapalasociety.com Note: The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions according to time, space availability and editorial decision.

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* ANIMAL CLINICS/PET SHOP - CLINICA VETERINARIA SAN ANTONIO Tel: 766-0808 Pag: 16 - DEE’S PET HOTEL Tel: 331-765-7074 Pag: 89 - FURRY FRIENDS - Grooming & Boarding Tel: 765-5431 Pag: 83 - LAKESIDE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS AC Tel: 765-5544 Pag: 25 - MASKOTA’S LAKE Tel: 766-0287 Pag: 79 - PET PLACE Cell: 333-1964-150 Pag: 32 - PET FOOD AND GROOMING Tel: 766-3062 Pag: 88

* ART GALLERIES/HANDCRAFTS - AJIJIC SOCIETY OF THE ARTS Pag: 89 - ALFREDO’S GALERIA Tel: 766-2980 Pag: 77 - ART HOUSE Tel: 765-5097 Pag: 98 - AZTEC STUDIOS Cell: 331-539-6247 Pag: 66 - DIANE PEARL COLECCIONES Tel: 766-5683 Pag: 15 - EL CORAZON CREATIVO / THE CREATIVE HEART Tel: 766-0496 Pag: 71 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131 Pag: 10 - MATA ORTIZ - Pottery Tel: 333-579-9531, 331-007-8613 Pag: 35 - SOL MEXICANO Tel: 766-0734 Pag: 29 - ZARAGOZA GALLERY Tel: 766-0573, 766-7049 Pag: 89

* AUTOMOTIVE - FRATS Tel: 765-2505, 765-3946 - LINEA PROFESIONAL Tel. 766-2555, Fax. 766-0066 - TITAN-Complete Auto & Body Shop Tel: 765-4570

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* BANK INVESTMENT - INTERCAM Tel: 766-5980 - MULTIVA Tel: 766-2499


- CASA DEL SOL Tel: 766-0050 - CASA FLORES Tel: 766-5493 - CASA TRES LEONES Cell: (045) 331-350-6764

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* BOUTIQUE / CUSTOM SEWING - CUGINIS OPUS BOUTIQUE Tel/Fax: 766-1790 - HEIDI’S Tel: 766-5063 - MI MEXICO Tel: 766-0133

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* CLEANING SERVICES - GAR & WAG Tel: 33-1742-4554

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* COMPUTERS - BENNO Tel: 766-5933

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* CONSTRUCTION - ROBERTO MILLAN ARCHITECT Tel: 766-3771, 33-1340-3758 Pag: 25 - GENERAL HOME SERVICES - Amancio Ramos Jr. Cell: (045) 331-520-3054 Pag: 87 - MARBLE & GRANITE Tel: 766-1306 Pag: 37 - WARWICK CONSTRUCTION Tel: 765-2224 Pag: 89


* BEAUTY - CRISCO SALON Tel: 766-4073 - GLORIOSA Tel: 766-3372 - GLOSS - Nail Salon Tel: 766-0375 - NEW LOOK STUDIO Tel: 766-6000 - PANACHE Tel: 766-2228



- EL OJO DEL LAGO Tel. 765-3676



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- CRISTINA Tel: 106-2100

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* DENTISTS - AJIJIC DENTAL Tel: 766-3682 Pag: 23 - C.D. MARÍA LUISA LUIS VILLA Tel/Fax: 766-2428 Pag: 07 - C.D. SANDRA ANAYA MORA Tel: 765-3502, Cell: 331-218-6241 Pag: 11 - COLEGIO ODONTOLÓGICO DE LA RIBERA DE CHAPALA DEL ESTADO DE JALISCO A.C. Pag: 61 - CHAPALA DENTAL CARE Tel. 765-5584, 766-3847 Pag: 20

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- DENTAL EXPRESS Tel: 106-2080 - DENTAL HEALTH ONE Tel: 106-0826 - DRA. ANGELICA ALDANA Tels: 765-5364 - DR. ALBERTO DON OLIVERA Tels: 765-4838, 765-4805 - DR. FRANCISCO CONTRERAS Tel: 765-5757 - ODONTO CLINICK Tel: 766-5050

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* FITNESS - SKY FITNESS Tel: 766-1379 - SUPER SENIOR FITNESS Cell. 333 458 1980

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* FUMIGATION - BUGS OR US Tel: 762-1516 - EXTERMINIO DE PLAGAS Tel: 765-3237, Cell: 331-102-0834


066 765-2308, 765-2553 766-3615 766-1760 765-4444 766-5555

Cell. (045) 33-1511-4088

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* HOTELS / SUITES - ADOBE WALLS INN Tel: 766-1296 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, Fax: 766-2049

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* IMPORTED ITEMS - CASA GOURMET Tel. 766-5070, 766-0333

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* INSURANCE - LAKESIDE INSURANCE - EDGAR CEDEÑO Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 Pag: 08 - PARKER INSURANCE SERVICES Tel: 765-5287, 765-4070 Pag: 81 - PROTEXPLAN U.S. Toll Free 1-800-608-5743 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-681-6730 Pag: 16 - TIOCORP Tel: 766-3978 Pag: 14

* JEWELRY Pag: 80 Pag: 91

- MAMMOTH Tel: 765-2142 - SILVERSHOP TLAXCO Cell: 33-1172-0174

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- HOMEDECOR Tel: 106-0856 Pag: 38 - TEMPUR, MATTRESS AND PILLOWS Tel: (52) 333-629-5919, (52) 33 3611-3049 Pag: 33

- REAL ORTEGA & SONS-Hardware for Carpenters Tel: 765-2404, 765-3404 Pag: 64


- CENTRO LAGUNA Tel: 766-5514



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* GRILLS - NAPOLEON Tel: 766-6153

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* HEALTH - LIVEO2 Cell. 333-100-9934 Pag: 38 - LAKE CHAPALA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING Tel: 766-0920 Pag: 90


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* MEDICAL SERVICES - ALTA RETINA - Dr. Rigoberto Rios León Ophthalmic Surgeon Tel: 766-1521 Pag: 31 - BARBARA ROTTHALER-Alternative Medicine and Pain Relief Therapist Tel: 108-0444 Pag: 85 - CASITA MONTAÑA Tel: 766-5513 Pag: 63 - CHAPALA MED Tel: 765-7777, Cell: (045) 33-3950-9414 Pag: 21 - CLINICA Y FARMACIA MASKARAS Tel: 765-4805 Pag: 78 - DERMATOLOGIST Tel: 765-2400, Cell: (045) 333-170-6570 Pag: 75 - DERMIKA-Dermatologic Center Tel: 766-2500 Pag: 18 - DR. JAMES JARAMILLO CHAVEZ M.D.-Medical Psychiatry Tel in USA: 001 505 2419794 Pag: 64 - DR. JUAN M. ACEVES - Microbiologist Tel: 766 1244, Cell. 33-1429-1343 Pag: 75 - DR. GABRIEL VARELA Tel: 765-6666, Cell: 333-128-6347 Pag: 69 - DR. JULIO CESAR MORENO FLORES Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Pag: 37 - DRA. CLAUDIA L. CAMACHO CHOZA Ophthalmologist Tel: 765-7777 Pag: 15 - DRA. KAREN GONZÁLEZ - General Physician Cell: 33-1158-4236 Pag: 37 - DRA. MARTHA R. BALLESTEROS FRANCO Cell: (045) 333-408-0951 Pag: 17 - GO LAB

Tel: 106-0881 Pag: 29 - HOSPITAL ANGELES DEL CARMEN Tel: (01) 3813-0042 Pag: 08 - ISILAB Tel: 766-1164 Pag: 14 - LAKESIDE CARDIOLOGY CLINIC Tel: (387) 763-0665 Pag: 39 - LAKESIDE MEDICAL GROUP Tel: 766-0395 Pag: 77 - MED INTEGRITY Tel: 766-5154 Pag: 73 - OROZCO, RN Pag: 77 - PLASTICA LIFT Tel: 108-0595, 766-3355 Pag: 69 - PLASTIC SURGERY - Dr. Benjamin Villaran Tel: 766-5513, Cell 044-333-105-0402 Pag: 63 - RICARDO HEREDIA M.D Tel: 765-2233 Pag: 28 - VARICOSE VEINS TREATMENT Tel: 765-4805 Pag: 23

* MOVERS - LAKE CHAPALA MOVING Tel: 766-5008 Pag: 06 - STROM-WHITE MOVERS Tel: 766-6153 Pag: 17 - THE MOVERS LAKESIDE Tel: 01 55-5767-5134, (045) 555-478-6608 Pag: 75

* MUSIC / THEATRE / EVENTS - CHILI COOK-OFF Pag: 59 - DIAMONDS AND DENIM BALL Tel: 766-0487 Pag: 70 - D.J. HOWARD Tel: 766-3044 Pag: 83 - FESTIVAL DE LA GUITARRA AJIJIC Cell: 33-1600-2095 Pag: 34 - SOUND OF MUSIC Pag: 83 - THAT’S ENTERTEINMENT Pag: 66 - THE NAKED STAGE READER’S THEATRE Tel: 765-3262 Pag: 11

* NURSERY - LAS PALMAS Cell: (045) 33-3170-1776/33-1195-7112

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* PAINT - QUIROZ-Impermeabilizantes Tel: 766-2311 - QUIROZ-Pinturas Tel: 766-5959


* PERSONAL ASSISTANCE - NEWCOMERS - ILSE HOFFMANN ilsecarlota40@gmail.com, www.guadalajarachapalatravelguide.com Tel 01(33) 3647-3912 Cell (045) 33-3157-2541

* PHARMACIES - FARMACIA CRISTINA Tel: 766-1501 - FARMACIA EXPRESS II Tel: 766-0656 - FARMACIA MASKARAS Tel/Fax: 765-5827 - FARMEX Tel: 765-5004

Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124, Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 Pag: 100 - CONTINENTAL REALTY Tel: 766-1994, Cell: (33) 1366-2256 Pag: 20 - CUMBRES Tel: 766-4867 Pag: 05 - DAMYN YOUNG Cell: 331-603-7501 Pag: 71 - DON SNELL Cell 33-1005-9129 Pag: 19 - EAGER & ASOCIADOS Tel: (376) 766 1917, 1918 Pag: 99 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 314-336-4897M, Canada 780-460-0421 Pag: 85 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Cell: 331-223-9014 Pag: 34 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 765-2546, Cell: 33-3452-3627 Pag: 80 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Cell: 333-808-0324 Pag: 68 - GEORGETTE RICHMOND Tel: 766-2077 Pag: 11 - GERARDO MEDINA Cell. 331-121-7034 Pag: 19 - JUDIT RAJHATHY Cell: (045) 331 - 395 - 9849 Pag: 37 - LORENA C. BARRAGAN Cell: (045) 331-014-5683 Pag: 35 - LINDA FREEMAN Cell: (045) 333-661-6386 Pag: 03 - LUCI MERRITT Cell (045) 331-545-6589, Office: 766-1917 Pag: 29 - MARK EAGER Tel: 766-1917 Pag: 65 - MARK ROME Tel: 33-1845-1523 Pag: 75 - MPR REAL ESTATE Tel: (315) 351-5167 Pag: 62 - NOÉ LOPEZ Cell: 331-047-9607 Pag: 25 - PETER ST. JOHN Tel: 765-3676, 331-323-0893 Pag: 74 - RAUL GONZALEZ Cell: 33-1437-0925 Pag: 03 - SANDI ALLIN BRISCOE Tel: (376) 765-2484, Cell: (045) 331-563-8941 Pag: 63 - VISTA ALEGRE Tel: 766-4867 Pag: 05

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* REAL ESTATE - AJIJIC HOME INSPECTIONS Tel: 766-2836 Pag: 22 - ALIX WILSON Tel: 766-2612 Pag: 33 - ALL IN ONE REAL ESTATE SERVICE Tel: 766-1161 Pag: 13 - BEV. & JEAN COFELL Home 766-5332,Office 765-3676 Pag: 66 - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-1892-2194 Pag: 18 - CHRISTIAN E. HARRIS/REALTOR Cell: 333 390-3153 Pag: 08 - CIELOVISTA Tel: 766-4867 Pag: 05 - COLDWELL BANKER CHAPALA REALTY

- DONDE MIRA EL SOL Tel: (+52) (744) 460-2713 Pag: 76 - COLDWELLBANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, movile: (045) 33-1175-9632 Pag: 86 - FOR RENT Tel: 765-2671 Pag: 80 - HACIENDA PMR Tel: 766-3320 Pag: 83 - JORGE TORRES Tel: 766-3737 Pag: 29 - MANZANILLO VACATION RENTALS Tel: (314) 100-6773 or (314) 109-0657 Pag: 79 - RENTAL LOCATERS Tel: 766-5202 Pag: 75 - RENTAL CENTER Pag: 88 Tel: 765-3838 - ROMA Tel: 766-3163, 766-5171 Pag: 78 - SANTANA RENTALS Cell: 315-104-3283 Pag: 62

Tel: 766-1946 - LA MISION Tel: 108-0887 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-2049 - “ LA TAVERNA”DEI QUATTRO MORI Tel: 766-2848 - LOS MOLLETES Tel: 766-4296 - MANIX Tel: 766-0061 - MOM’S DELI & RESTAURANT Tel: 765-5719 - PANINO Tel: 766-3822 - PIAN THAI RESTAURANT Tel: 766-2020 - PIZZERIA TOSCANA Tel: 765-6996 - THE PEACOCK GARDEN Tel: 766-1381 - TONY’S Tel: 766-1614, 766-4069 - YVES Tel: 766-3565

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* RETIREMENT/REST/NURSING HOMES - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-3824 Pag: 03 - MI CASITA - Nursing Home & Assisted Living Center Tel. 106-2081, Cell. 045 33-1115-9615 Pag: 39 - NURSING HOME LAKE CHAPALA Tel: 766-0404 Pag: 69 - OHANA Tel: (01387) 761-0403 Pag: 33 - THE BLUE HOUSE Tel: 766-1695 Pag: 66


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* SOLAR ENERGY - ESUN Tel: 766-2319, 01-800-099-0272

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* SPA / MASSAGE - BALNEARIO SAN JUAN COSALA Tel: 01-387-761-0222 - JAIME DIPP L.M.T. Cell: 33-3815-4902 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131 - RESPIRO SPA Cell: 33-3157-7790 - TOTAL BODY CARE Tel: 766-3379

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* TAXI - ARTURO FERNANDEZ Cell: (045) 333-954-3813

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* TOURS - CHARTER CLUB TOURS Tel: 766-1777 - LYDIA’S TOURS Tel: 765-4742, (045) 33-1026-4877

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* SATELLITES/ T.V. - AJIJIC ELECTRONICS S.A. DE C.V. Tel/Fax: 766-1117, 766-3371 - SHAW SATELLITE SERVICES Tel: 33-1402-4223


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* SCHOOL - INSTITUTO TERRANOVA Tel: 766-2401, 766-3033

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* SELF STORAGE - SELF STORAGE-BODEGAS CHAPALA Tel: 766-0661, Tel/Fax: 766-1045 Pag: 24

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* RESTAURANTS/CAFES - 4 RESTAURANTE Tel: 766-1360 - AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 - CASA FUERTE Tels: 3639-6474 / 81 - COCINART Tels: 33-1395-3810 - COLIBRI GARDEN Tel: 765-4412 - EL JARDIN DE NINETTE Tel: 766-4905 - GAUCHO TEQUILA - GO BISTRO Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 - HOSTERIA DEL ARTE Tel: 33-1410-1707 - JASMINE’S - Classic India Tel: 766-2636 - LA CASA DEL CAFE Tel: 766-2876 - LA CASA DEL WAFFLE

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Saw you in the Ojo 95


FOR SALE: Auto cover made by Coverking. In like new condition. Excellent quality U.S. made 4 layer cover and includes the cable which goes under your car so it can be locked to your car. (Does not include a lock). For a compact car. Protect the finish of your car from the effects of the sun and dust when you are not using it or storing it while out of Mexico. Call: 331-395-7146 or my email, if interested. Price: $700 pesos. WANTED: High quality and reliable midsized SUV wanted with Jalisco plates. FOR SALE: MERCEDES BENZ ML350. New brakes, electric gas filter In good shape for age. Would prefer dollars U.S. But will except pesos. I have 3 vehicles now. Must sell one. Mexican plated mikemutter12@gmail.com. Price: $4500 U.S.D. FOR SALE: Gran Vitara, US Plated. One owner. Perfect condition. Want to keep it forever but going permanente. NOT FOR SALE UNTIL APRIL/MAY. Price: $3,000.00. Call: (376)766-1652. FOR SALE: Like new 2013 Altima Advance w/ navigation and camera. Beautiful car, like new and only 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers. Original owner. w/ navigation and camera. Key-less entry and ignition. White w/beige interior. 2.5 ltr economical 4 cyl engine. 15.6 kilometers per liter (40 mpg US.) average! Auto transmission. Leather seats, steering wheel and gearshift lever. Power sun roof, windows, side mirrors etc. Auto dimming rear view mirror. Dual and auto a/c and heat. Bose sound system and much, much more. Price: $17,500 USD or equivalent in Mexican pesos. Call Jim at cell (045) 3318528195 Chapala. FOR SALE: Real Bargain for anybody going back to the USA or here on Temporary basis. Super 2011 Grand Cherokee Anniversary Model. Only done 26,000 very careful miles by original owner. The Anniversary Model has all the “Bells & Whistles” and then some. It is Florida plated. If you are interested, I can email the original specification and many photos. I have priced it at least $5/6000 USD below list. FOR SALE: 1992 Volkswagon Combi camper with rebuilt engine, low mileage, solar panel. Excellent shape. Pop top. Double bed below, one bed above. Propane stove. Storage. Two batteries, one operates with solar power. Standard transmission, 4 cylinder engine, alarm. Jalisco plated. Metal cage that attaches to rear of camper for extensive trips. Call: 376106-0849. Price: $140,000 pesos.


FOR SALE: Wireless keyboard & optical mouse forWin XP, 2000, ME. Controls both wireless keyboard and optical mouse with 1 USB or PS/2 connectors. Insta link technology to connect without synching. Price: $400mxn. Call: 376-765-5085. FOR SALE: Total 3 Genuine Canon printer ink cartridges: 1 - CL 41-color. 2 - PG 40-black. Price: $600mx. FOR SALE: Low profile desktop. includes lcd screen cannot upload pic of lcd screen cannot get it low enough in resolution and to show the low profile of pc notice the markie next to pc. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: 045-331402-0742. FOR SALE: iTunes U.S. $50.00 Gift Card Amazon Gift Card - still packaged. Originally U.S.$51.95 (receipt provided) No longer using iPad. FOR SALE: HP Beats Special Edition15 Notebook PC Clocked processor/Procesador


acelerado AMD Quad Core A8-5545M Hard drive/Disco Duro: 750GB 8192MB DDR3 SDRAM Optical unit/Unidad óptica DVD Windows 8.1Monitor LED HD, diagonal 15.6 inches Touch screen, light keys/Pantalla táctil, teclas luminosas LAN Wireless & Bluetooth. FOR SALE: Nintendo Wii. System comes with 8 game discs, remote with jacket, balance board, manuals, cables. Price: $1700 MXN. FOR SALE: HP Office jet Pro 8000Wi-Fi printer rarely used. Compatible with Ipad using free HP eprint mobile app. Price: $1900 MXN. Call: 7661710. FOR SALE: Projector Lamp for Dell 2300MP. Also used bulb--unknown hours-200 pesos. Price: $850 pesos.


POSITION DESIRED: Looking for a Home for Fritz. Fritz’s owner died on New Year’s Day of this year. He needs a good home and someone to love him. He is a sweet, lovable dog who gets along well with other dogs. His shots are current and he is very healthy. FOR SALE: Medium Cage. Medium size, used, but very clean in like new condition. Clean perches and cups. Removable tray with escape proof bottom. Two cages sold separately. Price: $200 pesos. Call: 331-319-1012. FOR SALE: Deluxe Pooper Scooper. Large scoop. Foldable handle to be used one handed. Light, made of durable plastic. Price: $300 pesos. Call: 331-319-1012.


FOR SALE: Two twin beds or you can do a queen size bed the mattress is included. Gladis 376-106-0918. FOR SALE: Bunk bed and 2 individual mattresses. Used a total of 3 weekends during the last 4 years. 2 Restonic “Non Virage” orthopedico pillow top mattresses for sale separately for 1500 peso each. Bed in like new condition. Mattresses show very small marks from delivery. Free delivery between Chapala and San Juan Cosala. Coppel price 3200 for bunk bed. 2300 each for mattresses Bed partially disassembled. Took 10 minutes. Easy to assemble with 2 allen wrenches. Price: $2100/$1500/$1500 pesos. Cell: 045-331-5473129 (200 min/mo free from telmex home phones). FOR SALE: “Essentials Collection by Macy’s” soft SHEET SETS Like new, - a 3-piece Twin set and a 4 piece Queen set both in bright yellow. Deep 14 in mattress pockets, soft easy care micro-fibre. All seven matching pieces for $500 pesos obo (Original cost well over double that.) FOR SALE: Proctor Silex TOASTER OVEN. for toasting, breakfasts, small casseroles and baking. Tray and book included. real bargain at $500 pesos. Obo. FOR SALE: Fifty clean and heavy duty plastic HANGERS for your clothes, laundry and closet needs. Just $200 pesos for whole lot! Obo. FOR SALE: Two pet stakes you screw into the ground when you want to take dog or cat to the park, or to visit. Long leads included -16 feet. Bargain at $100 pesos obo for all four pieces. FOR SALE: TFal indoor outdoor multi GRILL for your BBQ and grilling needs. Like new, smoke free, compact, electric, non stick, still in original box, complete will grilling book. Compact enough for small space inside or out. Wonderful value at $900 pesos obo. FOR SALE: DeLonghi electric room or patio HEATER. Ceramic tower swivels as it heats

El Ojo del Lago / February 2016

the whole room. Like new. Bargain price at $900 pesos obo. FOR SALE: King size Canopy Bed in beige finish, boasts a charming arched design, the set includes headboard, footboard and canopy. $4,000 pesos or best offer. Please Call for more details Cell: 333-493-0533. FOR SALE: I have two queen beds with headboard and frame mattresses are in good condition. Two night tables. One armoire holds a 42” flat screen. One chest , two mirrors, and a leather love seat. Style is rustic. Call me for more details Jim 387-761-0162. All for $2500 pesos or $1500 US. FOR SALE: This is a large mirror headboard with light fits double bed. Price: $400.00ps. FOR SALE: Panasonic microwave large turntable 1200 watts used very little. Price: $800.00ps. FOR SALE: King size bed. Bed comes complete with walnut cloroed bookcase head board with mirrors and light, mattress, pillows and bedding. Price: $3,900.00ps. FOR SALE: Girls bedroom set Pink and white, headboard, chest of draws; bed etc, for sale Casi Nuevo thrift shop Riberas across form 7-11. On consignment sale by owner. Priced right to sell quickly. Price: $5500 pesos. FOR SALE: Thomasville lighted hutch, excellent condition on consignment at Casi Nuevo Thrift shop by owner. In Ribera’s across from 7-11. Price: $17000 pesos. FOR SALE: Large mesquite china cabinet. On consignment Casi Nuevo Thirft shop, Riberas, across form 7-11. Price: $8000 pesos. FOR SALE: Oster Blender with 10 speeds. Similar model currently selling at Walmart for $599p. Great for making smoothies, etc. Selling for less than half the price at Walmart. In good condition. Call me if interested 331-395-7146. Price: $225 pesos. FOR SALE: Mobile Power - CARS/EQUIPMENT. By plugging an inverter directly into a 12volt lighter socket, you can turn your vehicle into a mobile office or have power to run Equipment, electronics, Cell, camcorder, stereo, laptop computer, 27” TV, small power tools, portable work light and small kitchen appliances. Compact/lightweight, This unit can provide 150,320 to 560 watts. Two three prong plugs and on/off switch. Converts 12 volts to 120 volts A.C. Only used a few times to run my laptop in my car for GPS. Comes with original manual and cables to connect directly to your 12 volt car battery. Price: $675 Pesos. FOR SALE: BLACK & DECKER 12 VOLT CORDLES. Good working condition. Lithium Ion Battery - Holds a charge up to 18 months. 3/8 in. key-less chuck. The 11 position clutch prevents stripping and over-driving screws. Up to 600 rpm with 200 lbs maximum torque. Comes with two driver bit extensions and battery charger. Integrated LED light illuminates the surface for easier drilling in dark places. Compact and lightweight design allows users to carry out drilling tasks in confined spaces and with ease. Soft grip handle provides added comfort during use. Call me 331-395-7146, if interested. Price: $550 Pesos. FOR SALE: QUALITY MADE MENS WARM COAT. Chester and Peck quality made Men’s 3/4 length Ultra Suede finish and lined warm coat. Lined in black fabric with a dark brown collar. Inside pockets. Nice and warm for the cold evenings and mornings here at Lakeside. Size: ETXG. Call 331-395-7146 or email if interested. Price: $975 Pesos. FOR SALE: WILSON TENNIS RACKET, BALLS AN. Titanium light weight. Total new price about $2,000 pesos. A steal at listed price. Call

me if interested at 331-395-7146. Price: $800 pesos. FOR SALE: Manual voltage regulators. 1 5000-watt & 1 3000-watt manual (not automatic) voltage regulators. Plug into outlet, increase or decrease input voltage to output voltage indicated by meter on unit. Cost $4140 pesos new. Price: $1500 pesos or best offer. Call: 376-766-5347. FOR SALE: Apple i-phone 4s. Factory unlocked excellent condition. I upgraded to the newer one. Call: 376-766-3536. Price: $200 USD. FOR SALE: Bathtub caddy, Sturdy plastic bathtub caddy. Handy for your soap, shampoo, or even a book for a nice, long soak. Adjustable. Price: $150mxn. Call: 376-765-5085. FOR SALE: HUGE Wii package. Includes the following: --Wii game onsole (incl. infrared sensor bar) --2 remote controls & 2 ninchuk controllers -Wii Fit Plus balance board & game--Power Up charging stand for Fit Plus-Dance Dance Revolution non-slip dance pad (several DDR games incl, see below)--Twin pack TurboWheels for games--Active personal trainer (leg strap, resistance band & game disc)-Active accessory pack (leg strap, resistance band) -2 Game cubes--17 games, many in original packing Used value is over $7500mxn. Asking $5000mxn. Call: 376-765-5085. FOR SALE: Auto Safety Triangle. Reflective emergency hazard triangle for breakdowns, etc. Heavy base to prevent toppling over. Price: $200mxn. Call: 376-765-5085. FOR SALE: Refrigerator whirlpool, one door Bosch Washer & Dryer center. Price: $4,000 & $3,500 pesos per ítem. FOR SALE: Obus Forme Ergnomic Seat in black, received from Amazon.com first week of January 2016. Receives very good reviews. I paid for shipping and handling but will not charge for S/H. Price: $40 USD. FOR SALE: PHILIPS LED 50 inch Smart TV. Purchased this Smart TV with WiFi 8 months ago and used very little. Good as new. Will deliver to your home in the Ajijic area. Price: $8500 pesos. Cell: 331-716-9278. FOR SALE: Swivel Rocking Chair. The chair is very comfortable it is light green with stripes. Price: $900.00ps. Call bill 765-7144. FOR SALE: DEGAS /PICTURE FRAME. Beautiful gold gilded frame 32 in wide by 45 in high blue dancers by degas call bill 765-7144. Price: $1200.00ps. FOR SALE: Coffee and 2 matching end tables, French provincial, walnut color call bill 765-7144. FOR SALE: Color TV .Sat. DVD. Cable. Ready with remote call bill 765-7144. Price: $900.00ps. FOR SALE: Insulation Panels - 4’ x 8’. One case (12 sheets) of 4’ x 8’ - 3/4 inch, R-4 “Foamular”, tongue and groove insulation sheathing, aka: “Rigid insulation”. Owens corning model “37L” purchased from Home Depot in Houston. My insulation project is complete, this material is extra. Check www. homedepot.com for more details or inquire of me. Price: $200 usd. FOR SALE: Travel Bag with wheels. In good condition and has front and side pockets for storage. Price: $500 pesos. Call: 045-331-3824771. FOR SALE: TREK Bicycle. Bought this bicycle approx. 5 months ago and have hardly used and want to try something else. Have original factura from company I purchased from in GDL, including owner’s manual. Phone for more details. Price: $12,500 pesos. Call: 045331-382-4771.

FOR SALE: Two pool chairs for sale in good condition. One is blue and other red. Cup/ glass/bottle holder and place for feet either on chair or in water. Price: $250 pesos each. Call: 045-331-382-4771. FOR SALE: Two pool air mattresses in good condition. One is blue and white, the other red and white. Price: $200 pesos each. Call: 045331-382-4771. FOR SALE: Double/Matrimonial size mattress. Reversible style. Hotelero Ortopedico (Hotel Orthopaedic) with tempered steel springs. Navy striped cover. Will consider reasonable offers. Photos on request. Price: $1900 pesos. WANTED: Want to purchase a used travel trailer, preferably between 23’-30’. Call: 333117-7031. FOR SALE: 24 Corn Husk Dolls, All sizes and colors. May be purchased individually or preferably make an offer for all of them. All proceeds will go to the Dog Adoption Ranch. Call: 766-0821. FOR SALE: Lightly used gas powered pressure washer. Briggs & Stratton 6.5 HP, 2,500 PSI. Just back from yearly maintenance. Price: $4,500 Pesos. WANTED: I am in process of furnishing a place, and need just about everything. Beds (king and queen), chairs, tables, dishes, knives. You name it, just about! I am into modern looking (like 1960s or 1970s) or Danish or just place simple stuff. I am on a budget, so if you are just wanting to move something along keep me in mind. Price: $1 - $400 Thanks! Rob FOR SALE: King-sized mattress topper, 6” dense foam. Bought at upholstery shop in Riberas. Always covered. Gently used. Nonsmoking home. Great if your mattress is too hard, you want to put two twin mattresses together, or you can have it cut in two for two twin beds. Please email or call for more information. Price: $1,500 pesos, OBO. Call: (376) 108-0907. FOR SALE: Home Stereo/Theater System. 1-Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 receiver,

3-NHT Superzero 2.0 speakers for L/C/R sound -1-Mirage S8 subwoofer -The entire package is $7000 pesos. Please email for a further description or a picture. Everything works great. Price: $8000 pesos. (376) 1080907. FOR SALE: Star Choice Shaw Direct HDTV DSR 505 satellite receiver with remote. Price: $1,700 pesos. Call: 376-7661316. FOR SALE: Roberts Knee kicker rug stretcher used it one time, almost new. Price: $500.00 pesos. Call: 333-391-0987. FOR SALE: Coleman 40 qt. travel cooler works on 12 volt or 120 volt. Has had very little use. Price: $1000.00 Pesos. FOR SALE: TV credenza. 2 ft deep 6 ft tall 4 ft long 46 inch interior room for TV. Has doors, shelves. Wood. Stained. Great condition. Call: 331-417-6834 – 765-3061. FOR SALE: Battery for UPS/No Break. 12V, 26Ah power rechargeable SLA battery. Genuine UPG battery can be used for computer, wheelchair, emergency exit light, alarm, etc. from the US. Price: $650. Pesos. FOR SALE: Sized fleece blanket with satin trim. It is 102x90 inches, light blue and is machine washable. Price: $590 Pesos. Call: 766-2275. WANTED: looking to buy: used bike, 650 cc or more. Cruising - Japanese or Harley. Must be clean with good maintenance. Price: $25000 - $35000. Call: 376-7661218. WANTED: Does anyone have an amplified telephone, as I am hard of hearing, and need one. TelMex doesn’t sell them anymore. FOR SALE: Hamilton Beach food processor-$300 - Rival Food slicer-$300. FOR SALE: Recreation kayak with lessons. Yellow recreation kayak with paddle and vest 4 hours of instruction available, learn forward and turning strokes kayak has been well taken care stored in the shade

out of the sun. Arm problem owner cannot kayak anymore. Price: $6500 pesos. FOR SALE: Aquarium 20 in. x 10 in. x 12 in high. Includes bubbler pump, accessories, fish food etc. Price: $500 pesos. Call: 766-4105. FOR SALE: Wanted used exercise bike, working bike in good condition, can pick up. FOR SALE: 2014 Dual Axle trailer, excellent condition only used to come here,15’ deep 6’9” wide 6’6” high, is registered in Mexico. Se Vende Romolque 2014, 4.60 metro largo y 2.10 metro de ancho y 2 metro de altitud. Price: $6,500.00 US or $97,500 pesos. FOR SALE: Good stuff, reversible/ rechargeable-$750 pesos, quartz heater -$1000 pesos, Dell keyboard-$200 pesos. FOR SALE: Great watch for fitness time/alarm/heart rate/pedometer etc. Sport line S12. Price: $900 mxn. Ph. 766-3536. FOR SALE: Men’s genuine leather black motorcycle jacket. Classic cut, excellent condition. Size M/L. Price: $1000 pesos. FOR SALE: 2013 Suzuki GZ-150 Motorcycle. Black/Matte with lots of chrome. Only 1,050 km. Includes Helmet, leather armored jacket and gloves. Price: $28,000.00. WANTED: I need a sat receiver Motorola DSR319RTC or compatible please call or email 766-4456, Cell: 333-104-7455, Ssnnkenn7@aol.com. FOR SALE: Leather recliner; Yates burgundy leather recliner; rocker/swivel not a wall hugger. Hardly used. Excellent Condition. Orig. cost $14,900mx. Price: $7000mx. FOR SALE: ROCKER/RECLINER, beige soft fabric, great condition. Price: $5500 pesos. Call: 766-1071. FOR SALE: Kroby hanging light fixture from Ikea. White frosted globe. 12 inch diameter $300 pesos. Call: 766-4105. FOR SALE: Shaw DSR600 HD receiver

complete with remote, power cord and HDMI cable. Free and clear to be activated (phone me if you want to verify with serial number). Price: $2400 pesos. Call: 766-4105 FOR SALE: Rustico Furniture, entertainment center coffee and end table, excellent condition Call: 766-1071. FOR SALE: Digital Camera. OLYMPUS E-520; w/40-150mm and 14-42mm lens, Battery Charger, X-tra Photo Card. Price: $3,000 MX. FOR SALE: SODA FOUNTAIN SET wrought iron table 29 inches round glass top, 2 padded seat chairs, Price: $2,000pesos. Call: 376-766-1071. FOR SALE: Couch, Love Seat, Chair. Scotch guard on the fabric. Will set price after doing some research but if interested come take a look and make offer. Needs cleaning and repair works on the skirts, but overall it’s in good shape. Call: 765-4667. FOR SALE: Wilson Tennis Rackets. This is for 2 rackets, used twice, 2 carrying cases, 2 containers of balls. Price: $700p. Call: 106-2103. FOR SALE: Rawlings Softballs 4 original packaging. Price: $250 pesos, Call: 765-4667. FOR SALE: Two matching end tables, black, wicker, each with one drawer and shelf below. 29” high, 17” square, perfect height for my sofa. Price: $300 Pesos. Call: 376-766-4898. FOR SALE: 29 inch color stereo TV by Daewoo, plus stand/cabinet. Flat screen, 3+ AV outlets, remote, owner’s manual, excellent condition, sound and picture. Cabinet is light-colored laminate wood, holds TV on top with 2-door storage area below, 23 inches high, shelf for DVD player. Available in October; can deliver. Price: $1200 Pesos. Call: 376-766-4898.

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