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Saw you in the Ojo



Richard Tingen


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16 BOOK REVIEW Clare Gearhart reviews Armando Garcia’s 3UR¿OH DQG¿QGVLWKDVDOOWKHHOHPHQWVRIDYHU\¿QHPHmoir (of sorts).

Associate Editor Victoria Schmidt

18 POETRY Martin Bojan’s deeply nostalgic poem set along the River Arno in Florence will make any reader want to put Italy on his/her list for that next trip to Europe.

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Editor’s Page


Welcome to Mexico


Focus on Art


Ghosts Among Us


Uncommon Common Sense

28 COMMUNICATION June Nay Summers writes about another way to communicate in Latin-American, and much of it has nothing to do with how well we know the language.


Lakeside Living


Front Row Center

36 ROMANCE (sort of...) Our anonymous writer spins a tale of woe when it comes to her love-life. She is QRZFRQYLQFHGWKDQPHQKDWHKHU1HHGOHVVWRVD\VRPHZLOOÂżQGLWKLODULRXV


Bridge by the Lake

38 GETTING IT RIGHT Morris Reichley writes about the soul-searching that was part of the package when he and his family came to settle in La Floresta. Now he considers the overarching trees that lead toward his home as his own “Arc De Triomphe.�


If Pets Could Talk


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26 ARCHEOLOGY Well-known historian Ron Barnett writes about poetry and the Aztecs, and thinks their approach FDQ EH VXPPHG XS LQ WKHLU SKUDVH ³7KH ÀRZHU the song.�


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The Maid’s Maid


was ten when it first occurred to me that I had a responsibility, if only to myself, to clean up for the maid. My mother had recently died and my dad got Louise to come and clean for us. He also explained that we had to clean up before she came because she had no idea where to put things. I was inspired to write a poem, so amused was I by the irony of having to clean up for the one we hired to do it for us. The poem went something like this: Today is Wednesday and Louise will be coming to clean the house. I must clean up for her before she arrives or she will hide, lose, or misplace my stuff for that is her duty, which includes not only to clean up but to straighten up. I am a very crooked person. So at a tender age, I became a lifelong victim of this irony and helpless to overcome it. I might have done so with therapy, but this kind of craziness, though it afflicts almost every woman I know, has not been identified as a psychological disorder. It’s something we each must deal with in our own way. We cannot blame the maid. There are others, from shame, who feel they must also clean up their dirt before the maid arrives so she won’t judge them as filthy. However, that is not my particular problem. Making our dirt disappear is the only reason we hire her. Washing floors and windows are chores I’ve never put on my to-do list. After I had my first child and was frantic trying to be a mother and do all the cooking and housework, we hired Virgie to come and do those things to free me up to play with the baby or just read a book in case the baby was napping. As you could predict, given my weakness, Virgie played with the baby while I did household chores. Why was I such a sucker, I repeatedly asked myself. I figured it must be something subconscious like un-expiated guilt for having been born white, the sins of slave-owners having been visited on innocent me, generations removed. I didn’t want any-


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one who worked for me to feel lorded over or to think I considered myself superior just because I paid them to clean our commodes. Class guilt was involved, too, because I commanded the money and they needed the money. And so years later we moved to Mexico where I could reapply my old neurosis to a new culture, and it’s the Mexican maid who inspires this essay. By the way, we would never call her a maid, not that she would mind, but we don’t want her to think we regard her as inferior. And so she is m’hija when I address her to her face and mi ayudante when I refer to her in the third person. Before she arrives, we defensively put our stuff in order and try to leave the house for as long as we can to get out of her way. My desk, in permanent and total disarray, has a note on top where she can’t miss it: Favor de no tocar. She stands a mere five feet tall and works without pause for four hours, except for the quiet moments she allows to geometrically fold our unruly plastic bags under the sink into tight, perfect, inscrutable squares, a uniquely Mexican origami. We don’t like having to undo them to deposit our trash, but, well, it’s art and we cannot disparage the artist. When her day is done, the house sparkles its gratitude from five feet up all the way down to the gleaming floor. Her cleaning rises only to the level of her vision, and so after she leaves I discretely apply the bristles-on-a pole to the fan blades and disturb the high spiders from their webs. I’m the one who moves the furniture back where it was and washes the rags with which she dusted and scrubbed. You are thinking, this is pathetic, what could possibly be the problem this time? People named Lupita are brown not black. Ah, but that is the problem. You see, we stole half the brown peoples’ country, though Lupita probably doesn’t know it, and if she does, she bears no grudge. But I know it and for that I am willing to be humble before her and serve her, however she Margaret Van requires. Every

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ADJUSTING TO MEXICO —Linked with Personality %\'U0,(KUOLFK


here are people who are able to adjust to life in Mexico and those who find living here a personal nightmare. While there are no clear-cut rules, there is a suggestion that those who are conformable with their extroversion, intuition, feelings and ability to “go with the flow” will generally fare better in Mexico. There are, however, individuals with these personalities who cannot deal well with Mexico. Given this, one must assume that other, more basic personally traits can help explain the adjustment differences. Although unrelated to personal-


ity, the amount of accurate information the family received prior coming to Mexico is essential for a successful adaptation. There are basic personality traits which have a more direct relationship with the nature of one’s ability to thrive in Mexico. These traits include: the ability to be flexible, both in the sense of schedules and routines and in relation to one’s own identity, being tolerant and patient with people who have different habits, ideas, and ways of viewing life and relationships, a strong sense of adventure and a desire to learn, as well as having the good fortune of not being overly judgmental in terms of what is “right” and

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“wrong” or “good” and “bad.” In trying to understand what leads a person to be flexible, tolerant, patient, open to others, adventuresome, and willing to learn from and about others, I have come to the conclusion that humility is the primary ingredient. Humility in the sense that one has a deep-rooted belief that he/she is truly equal to everyone else and that no one culture, society, religion, social group, or nationality has a monopoly on truth. Such humility is often based on an open and flexible self concept or self image. The individuals that judge Mexicans to be inferior in one way or another, do so as a result of exalting their own way of being or their manner of doing things. This “holier than thou” attitude is a defensive reaction to a basic and often unconscious feeling of insecurity in a sense, one holds on to his/ her life because there is an underlying and erroneous belief that their sense of psychological wellbeing depends on such routines, habits, values, and ways of relating. This sense of deprivation (that is, being deprived of one’s normal way of being and acting), often leads people to camouflage their anxiety and the feeling of being disconnected with anger and impatience towards external events such as traffic, pollution, informality of Mexicans, distrust of the household help or the inability to get things done on time. This is not to say that such events are not as troublesome or as infuriating to the well-adjusted. The well-adjusted, however, take such things in stride. It rarely provokes the emotional crisis typical in the poorly-adapted. During the first months of an international move, most of us usually are ignorant of the social and interpersonal rules of behavior, become uncomfortably dependent upon others for help and feel mostly insecure about whether or not we will be accepted by the nationals. Those who do not compulsively need to feel knowledgeable, independent, self-sufficient, or instant-

ly accepted and respected by others are able to take the time necessary to learn about the host culture and give nationals a chance to become familiar with them. They are not compelled to impose their way of doing things because they are not inappropriately attached to their routines, habits or typical ways of relating to others. The well adjusted are well adjusted precisely because they have already learned the relativity of habits and customs, and know that, at least for the time being, they have to assume a somewhat inferior position. The more rigid we are in our demands for being someone of importance, being someone whose value and skills be instantly recognized, and for being someone who “deserves” to be treated with respect and deference, the more we are going to resist adapting to Mexico. The more we believe that our needs must be attended to regardless of the way things are down here, the more we will perceive Mexico as a hostile place to live. Those who come to Mexico with a strong sense of Self, based upon a humbling awareness of both the favorable and less-than-favorable aspects of their personality, will usually be more accepting of other life styles. They will be more tolerant of other’s customs and habits, and feel less obligated to either accept or criticize them. They can maintain certain of their values without having to be critically defensive about why they are the way they are. The adage, “live and let live” is a natural part of their life as they know that no one is closer to God or blessed with “Universal Truth”. The people who can adapt successfully to another country may even decide that they do not like living there. Their decision, however, is based upon having really given it a try and realizing that it is just “not for me.” No criticisms. No exaggerations. No implied inferiority. Just not for me.

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n his introduction to James Tipton’s volume of poetry, All the Horses of Heaven, Michael McClintock observes that Jim appears to be “the horniest and healthiest man over sixty in the Western world.” Perhaps. For Mexican sensuality and erotic images suffuse Jim’s poetry in this volume. Anyone who has heard Jim read his poetry at the Ajijic Writers’ Group or at Open Circle is familiar with Jim’s penchant for beautiful breasts, sensuous brown legs, and his thorough enjoyment of encounters with gorgeous Latina women: At the market she holds her pendulum above a can of peas. Later holding it over me she invites me in. The poems in this volume are all short poems of about five lines. Jim has been working on these short “haiku” and “tanka” poems for many


years. I recently received a copy of William Higginson and Penny Harter’s 1989 Haiku Handbook. Several of Jim’s early haiku poems are featured in the volume. Although he does not always stick to any strict formula for

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these short poems, he has developed a wonderful ability to capture a powerful emotional moment in just a few lines of verse. The poems in this volume are really about living a full, loving experience in Mexico, experiencing its beautiful women and its romance, and the perpetual search for ideal love. Some of the poems are about sexual fantasy and lust, while others capture bittersweet romantic moments: “This late spring all day long I wanted to change into a lilac blossom… one thing she loves.” Although these verses reflect the sexuality and sweet irony of love, they are often very funny, reminding us not to take our passions too seriously. I sometimes get the feeling, reading Jim’s work that his lust is really for the sweet, lusty moments of life, to be savored and enjoyed. Love’s yearnings and love’s losses always have comic potential in Jim’s eyes: “The Indian girl beside her baskets lifts out a full brown breast to feed both her baby and the tourists.” Of course, good poetry is ultimately about images. A good poem creates an image and expects the reader to conceptualize the meaning using his or her own experience and sensibility. To me, the best poetry

makes us think and feel, and helps us touch our own vulnerable selves with poignancy and beauty: “What invisible garden has decided to share its delicate orchids with our more visible ones this wet summer evening?” An interesting feature of Jim’s recent volumes of short poetry is that they are bilingual. Each poem appears in English and in Spanish. Translating poetry into another language is not easy, and Jim had a number of collaborators, although the primary translator is his wife Martha Alcántar. The translations give the readers the additional benefit of being able to practice their Spanish! This is Jim’s third volume of short haiku or tanka poetry in the last year. Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror and Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village are available in local bookstores and from the author (spiritofmexico@yahoo.com). All the Horses of Heaven is available from the author and also from the publisher at www.themetpress. com. All three books are available in Ajijic at Diane Pearl’s Colecciones at the corner of Colón and Constitución. Bill Frayer

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elcome to the New Year here in sunny Lake Chapala, full of promise and drive to make this year one of the best at Jaltepec. 2018 promises to be a year of change at Jaltepec Centro Educativo, as even its name has now changed to Centro Educativo Jaltepec We would like to celebrate the success of the Preparatoria Program which was introduced to Centro Educativo Jaltepec in 2014. It was previously a challenge to fill the places at Jaltepec even with the many submissions from all over Mexico. Despite three years of studying for their Preparatoria, applicants graduating from the Mexican school system still lacked the academic expertise and skill set which would enable them to maintain the 80% average

the shortcomings of the academic standards for young women. Lupita Talavera Valadez is the Preparatoria Coordinator in charge of this strenuous academic program. She is responsible for training the five instructors to enable the students to complete the grueling 22 exams required by the Secretariat of Education All 13 students who started Preparatoria graduated last August 20th. This is the first generation of Graduates who went on to successfully complete the two year program and attain their Degree in Hoteleria. Jaltepec is to be congratulated on this vision and enterprise, and we are proud to present the first graduates from the new three year program in 2017 with its 100% success rate with a 9+ average.

required by Jaltepec. The attrition rate was discouraging with a percentage of students never able to complete their degree. This new program was the brain child of Lupita Canepa, the Director General at Jaltepec whose responsibilities included screening the potential candidates and seeing at first hand

Technical Degree in Hoteleria Graduates August 20th 2017 From left to right: Lizbeth Jimenez Flores, Karla Pulido Reyes, Linda Ramírez Vazquez, Ana Laura Saavedra Areola, Lizbeth Cortés López, Ilce Guerrero Galvez, Kathia Sanchez Jacobo, Magdalena Martínez Negrete, Araceli Pinto Santana, Alberta Cortés Hernandez.

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APP POMATTOX—The Last Act of the Age of Chivalry %\'DYLG+DUSHU



ost Americans are aware that the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 effectively brought to an end the Civil War. However over the years some facts


Robert E. Lee

are forgotten and things may be remembered wrongly. Two issues commonly fall into this category. First, Lee only surrendered his own command, the Army of Northern Virginia, by then reduced to some 28,000 men and becoming fewer every day

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because of desertion. The armies of Confederate States of America (CSA) still had around 200,000 men in different theaters of the war under other generals who reported to the CSA President Jefferson Davis. Lee was however the senior general serving the CSA and his surrender meant that the war could not go on much longer. The last major Confederate force that surrendered was that under General E. Kirby Smith on May 26, although interestingly the last surrender of ground forces was by Brig. General Stand Watie on June 25. Watie, a Cherokee chief, commanded a force of what were then known as Confederate Indians, comprising Cherokee, Creek, Osage and Seminole. Second, the actual surrender took place not in a court house but in the home of a man named Wilmer McLean. It was located in a small crossroads village named Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where the old court house stood. It was selected by Lee’s staff. The negotiations for the surrender started on April 7 when Grant sent a note to Lee asking him to surrender as he wished to “shift from myself the responsibility for further effusion of blood.” Lee responded that he too wished to “avoid the useless effusion of blood,” and asked Grant the terms

he would offer. On April 8 Grant replied that he only required “that all combatants surrendered shall be disqualified for taking up arms again” and suggested a meeting to arrange the definite terms. Two more letters were exchanged, Lee cannily never agreed that he would surrender but only that he wanted to know the terms so that he could consider them. The final exchange of letters on the morning of April 9 set up the meeting. General Lee arrived first, splendidly dressed in a new uniform, new polished leather boots with handsome spurs and a magnificent bejeweled sword. He was 59, an erect six foot in height, with a full beard of silver grey hair. Grant had already indicated in the exchange of letters the major terms of the surrender and Lee must have thought them generous given his hopeless circumstances. He knew well that Grant had made his early reputation and indeed earned his advancement by being a tough general. He was popularly known as U.S. “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. But it was a different Grant that met Lee in Appomattox. He was tired of war and suffered from terrible migraine headaches. He wanted to end it quickly without further unnecessary bloodshed. He was very mindful that

the Confederates were about to become their brothers again and neither he nor Lincoln wanted them to be humiliated. Grant had ridden hard to get to the meeting and arrived in a mud bespattered working uniform that was little different from that of an ordinary soldier, save for the three stars of rank on his shoulder straps. The comparison between the two men could not have been greater: Grant at 43, sixteen years younger than Lee and at 5’ 8” a good four inches shorter. His hair and full beard were dark brown without a trace of grey. He wore no sword or spurs and his boots were old and dirty. Lee represented Virginia aristocracy, the son of a plantation owner, former general and Governor of Virginia. Grant was the son of a leather tanner in Ohio. Grant wrote that while he rode to the meeting feeling jubilant, the moment he saw Lee he felt sad and depressed. This perhaps had to do with his great respect for Lee but also the feelings of any commander who thinks that “There but for the grace of God go I.” They exchanged pleasantries about old army days for some twenty minutes. Grant seemed reluctant to bring up the reason they were meeting so it was up to Lee to remind him and ask for Grant’s terms of surrender. Grant replied that they were the same as he had originally written and Lee asked if they could be written out in full. On such a momentous subject, one might think of aides, lawyers and political advisors being consulted and documents being drawn up, and redrawn, but that was not Grant’s way. He called for an order book and sat down with pen in hand and wrote it out by himself. No consultations, just what was in his mind. In his memoirs he admits that, “When I first put my pen to paper I did not know the first word that I should make use of in writing the terms.” As he wrote on “the thought occurred to me that the officers had their own private horses and

effects and it would be an unnecessary humiliation to call upon them to deliver their side arms.” He wrote nonstop and when he finished handed Lee a copy. There is little doubt that Lee must have been grateful for the generosity of the terms but he mentioned to Grant that in “their” army, cavalrymen and artillerists also owned their own horses and he asked if they may also keep them. Grant responded that in the terms as written only officers may keep them but that on further consideration he agreed that the men would need their horses to get crops in before winter and so he would instruct his parole officers to allow soldiers owning horses and mules to keep them. Upon hearing this, Lee immediately wrote acceptance of the terms. It was over. Grant, ever the clear thinker, forgot nothing and in his last lines wrote that on being paroled men “will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they reside.” Grant did not trust politicians and this stipulation meant that the government could not bring any post war punitive proceedings against any paroled Confederate soldier for actions during the war. All this was done without instruction or advice from Secretary of War Stanton or President Lincoln. Again it is emphasized that this was not the surrender of the Confederate States but only the surrender of the CSA Army of Northern Virginia. Once word of the surrender got out, there was general jubilation and firing of guns but Grant quickly ordered it stopped saying, “The rebels are our countrymen again and we do not want to exult over their downfall.” Honor was upheld without malice and Lee never forgot Grant’s graciousness. Throughout the remainder of his life, he never allowed an ill word to be spoken of Grant in his presence.

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t’s the New Year! Start it with some delicious, satisfying and calorie free literary snacks from Armando García-Dávila, an author who has recently moved to Ajijic. Like a box of See’s chocolates, there is something in it for every palate. The author has read his works to such varied audiences as the hard cases at San Quentin to the most sophisticated audiences in Sonoma County with great acceptance and praise. Surely you can find yourself somewhere in this spectrum and join the ranks of his many admirers. Before we get into the literary aspects of this work, it’s important to know that the book is published with the English text on the left hand page, mirrored by the Spanish on the right. What a boon for those who hope to improve their Spanish! By moving back and forth between the two versions, new conno-


tations of familiar words become clear, and phrases which you have needed but not had accessible will fast become part of your conversations. You may even pick up a few epithets to use when

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emotion trumps your ability to express yourself. Spanish students, use this as the basis for your studies, and people will think you are fluent in no time. A literary profile is meant to be an impressionistic rendering of the subject rather than a biographical or autobiographical study. García-Dávila using both short story and poetic formats successfully lets us know his authentic self, his passions, his opinions and his impish and quirky sense of humor. In the stories he recounts some of the adventures of growing up in the Catholic Church which, as he matured, failed to provide him with the kind of spiritual support he needed. He tells of his and his twin’s first confession and first communion. These tales of coming to grips with religion were very funny to me in a painful sort of way. Having walked the same walk as a Canadian American in Ohio, it amazed me how similar if not congruent our experience was. It may be that those who have limited religious background will not be able to identify with the puzzlement of a child faced with the dissonant truths of the Catholic faith, yet the story pointed to the universality of experience that we all have despite our various social and cultural backgrounds. Being neither a poet nor a poetry critic allows me to speak to his poems with disarming freedom. These are not

poems as you might think of them, words and ideas molded into specific stylized forms, tormented at times by the requirements of pentameter and rhyme. These works are prose-like vignettes which use the highly distilled language and the special intensity of thoughts and feelings that are characteristic of poetic expression. Some are fun, some tragic. His lusty and fractious relationship with his creative muse is just amazing. Perhaps the accessibility and immediacy of these poems comes from their lack of adherence to traditional forms. In any case, if you are not prone to reading poetry you may want to set aside your trepidation and start here. Please do not judge this book by its cover. To look at it one might well imagine a ponderous, dour and weighty tome. Yet it is so filled with a panoply and richness of emotions, events and ideas that the contents truly belie the seriousness of the cover! This book is available on Amazon and at the author’s website: www.armandogarciadavila. com. Get it, it will be a wonderful addition to you library and your life!

Clare Gearhart

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By The River Arno

Every morning, on Calle Lungarno in Florence, the townsfolk would see the grand poet, Dante, at the foot of the Santa Trinita Bridge. There, connected the two sides of the Arno River. And there, his daily vigil, stood he content with no greater patience. Over time, onlookers vexed and puzzled, somewhat a folly, the great poet, a statue. The townspeople would laugh, and look to the sky, in the event a bird might wont to perch. A chance he might see her, perhaps even a word. And so, he’d wait. For, he knew, certainly hoped, more so, fervently prayed, one day she would appear.


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And all the while, she, Beatrice, his beloved muse to the poet that she were, yet knew not, even though she guided his every thought, his very existence. His faith unshakeable, one day her grace, by Grace would appear, with wont, simply, to traverse the bridge. And so, through the years, the question begged, even taunted, and one day, courage garnered, one brave soul, queried. “Master, all these years, your patience inexhaustible and yet, she has never given you so much as a worthless brass florin, or even a mindless second look. How can your patience be? Why is it that you wile away the hours, and waste away the years, only to torture yourself?” He smiled, and simply retorted, “What if my beloved Beatrice were to appear in this very place, and smile, and I am not here to see it?”

—By Martin A. Bojan—

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s I was sitting ng in my recliner ner er llisslast night, I li nat attened to sounds emanating from throughoutt tth the he ccomomhouse. They were not co ing from the stereo surround round d sound system or from a C CD D playing on the intercom co om but sounded as sweet eet as any orchestra my wife e and I ever heard. A few minutes earlier, the humming of the garage door told me that my family had arrived. Now, from the office, I could hear my daughter listening to something on the computer for her college classes. Listening closely, there was the sound of the washer entering a spin cycle and the dryer doing its thing. Sally was in the kitchen washing the pots from dinner while the dishwasher was whirring away cleaning all the plates and glasses. Our son-in-law could be heard taking a hot shower in the guest bathroom while the barely audible sounds of a door slightly creaking from the patio bath all put a smile on my face. Humming, spinning, flushing, creaking, water running, etc. are all sounds that most of us take for granted and that we all never give a second thought. That is, until you do not have them and that is what happened to us. The new school they are building down the street has kept causing the loss of electricity so we were told CFE was putting in larger lines to the transformer. Apparently, when power was reconnected, there was such a strong


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surge of electricity, it set my computer as well as the surge protector on fire, blew out the motors to both our garage door and to our tenant’s gate, blew out the pump for the aljibes and the water filtering equipment, burned out part of the electronic chips in the washer, and completely fried some of the dimmer switches inside the house. That all occurred eight days previously and it was only today that everything was returning to normal. We were once again in touch with the outside world. There was no more opening the huge garage door by hand every time we left and returned. The stack of dishes as well as all the pots and pans that had accumulated in the kitchen were disappearing. Clothes that had overflowed the laundry baskets many times over were finally being cleaned and hung up. There would be no more buckets of water from the pool to flush the toilets. And, the prospect of taking a hot shower before going to bed was something we all could barely wait to enjoy. So, all these sounds, that we never pay any attention to, were now music to the ears.

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hile standing in one of those endless lines at a farmacia in Guadalajara, I entertained myself by watching people. This farmacia is attached to a small laboratory that manufactures a special medication my husband must have. But it is also a neighborhood pharmacy, stocked with basic necessities of a neighborhood farmacia. Surrounded by Mexican families, I watched the people in front of me--a mother holding her infant in her arms, with her toddler son clinging to her leg. The woman standing with her, I assumed was her sister. They chatted back and forth, and the little boy stared up at me with his deep brown eyes as he held onto his mother’s jeans. He was obviously sick. He looked extremely tired, and had a runny nose, which his mom would wipe for him. After what seemed an hour of waiting, they finally had their turn at the counter. The young mother presented a prescription, and waited. The medicine was brought out. Then there was a discussion, and two containers of baby formula were pulled off the shelf. The cashier rang up the total. By this time, I was at the counter at the next station, and my order was in the process of being filled. I looked at her cash register, and could see the young mother going through her purse, and talking to her sister, who immediately began to dig


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through her own purse, and to check her pockets. Without knowing Spanish it was clear to me that there wasn’t enough money to pay for the order. One of the containers of formula was returned, and the new total was given. Still there was not enough money. I looked at the mother’s face, and I could see her looking from her infant to her sick son. It was obvious to me that she was attempting the impossible. She was trying to choose between the needs of her infant, and her sick son. She could only pay for one, which shall it be? She turned away from me and spoke to her sister again. People in line seemed impatient. I looked at the cashier, and pointed to the formula and asked “¿Quanto?” “Seventy pesos” he replied. I pointed to my cashier and then at myself, and he understood immediately. My cashier rang up the order and he put the formula in the mother’s bag along with her son’s medication. He told her the new total and she looked surprised, and he nodded towards me. I just smiled, said “Buenos Tardes” and walked away quickly, so as not to embarrass her. I didn’t do it to make myself feel better, or to endear myself to a stranger. I did it because I could not stand to see a mother having to choose between the needs of her two children. For me, seventy pesos was a paltry sum, but for her, it was much more. I wondered, how often she had to make those kinds of choices? How hard it must be when the minimum wage is about $88 pesos per day, and how very little that wage will buy for a family with growing children. We met again in the lot, where she came to me “Muchas Gracias” she said, I answered with the only thing I knew to say. “Da nada.” I wish I could have told her more. As we drove out of the parking lot, everyone in her car waved to us. I think about them often, and wonder how they are doing. And I wonder how many families there are like hers, and Victoria Schmidt who helps them?

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San Miggueel Offerrs Master Claasses for Wrritters witth Worldd-Claass Insstrucctors %\6XVDQ3DJH


here are no finer, more sought-after writing teachers in the world than the faculty who teach at the annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende. The Conference has persuaded four of the most acclaimed teachers to stay in San Miguel for an additional week, after the Conference, to teach weeklong, in-depth workshops. If you are a dedicated writer, passionate about taking a giant leap forward with your work, or giving yourself a thrilling head start with a project you have been putting off, one of these in-depth workshops can change your writing life. If you write for personal reasons, journaling, “morning pages,” or writing to work through loss or transition, take advantage of one of the finest personal writing guides in the world, as close as nearby San Miguel. The offerings include in-depth workshops in poetry, memoir, fiction, and personal writing. Each workshop is limited to twelve participants, for maximum personal time with the instructor for each student. Using Memoir Writing to Explore your History, your Beliefs and your Strengths in a Conflicted World with Laura Davis When the world around us is polarized and the future is uncertain, this workshop offers a way to clarify what you believe, find your own steady center, and determine what gifts you have to offer a conflicted world. This memoir workshop will help you explore which path is most authentic for you so you can livewith calm rather than confusion, paralysis or fear. Master teacher Laura Davis will use guided writing practice to help you explore your deepest values and beliefs, find inner stability, and discover the strengths you need to face uncertainty in an unstable world. The Mesmerizing, Unforgettable, Compelling Narrative Voice with Susan Brown Find the elusive holy grail of all


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story telling: a mesmerizing narrative voice. Highly acclaimed writing coach Susan Brown will help you find your most compelling voice for memoir, or create a spellbinding narrative voice for fiction. Then, through carefully designed prompts and exercises, you will learn how to project and sustain this voice on the page. Writing Poetry, Memoir and Novels with Judyth Hill Master poet, author, journalist, editor and writing coach, Judyth Hill will lead an invigorating five-day workshop, combining creating fresh new work, developing and moving forward on your current project(s), developing a practice of Passionate Revision, and working on your endgame: queries, pitches, and giving great readings. Open to writers in all genres and at all levels, this inspiring, drop-down–deep workshop will invigorate your writing and move it to the next level. Writing Poetry & Short-Form Prose: A Multi-Genre Workshop with Cecilia Woloch— Poet/novelist/memoirist Cecilia Woloch will lead an intensive workshop focusing on both generative writing strategies and strategies for revision. Open to writers in all genres and at all levels, the workshop will provide a jumpstart for those wishing to develop new projects and will be helpful for those seeking inspiration and discipline for keeping their writing practice on-track. Registration For complete information and to register, go to: www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org and scroll down to “Five Day Post-Conference Workshops.” The workshops may be taken in addition to the Writers’ Conference or entirely separately. Many writers choose to buy individual tickets to several keynote addresses during the Conference, and then to take advantage of one of these in-depth writing experiences with an unusually gifted and highly sought-after teacher.

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The Aztec Way Of Poetry %\5RQ%DUQHWW


he Aztecs of Mexico have gained a bad reputation for their practice of mass human sacrifice. The Franciscans who arrived in New Spain around the time of the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521 were horrified by what they regarded as an abomination of the Devil. But to the Aztecs it made perfectly good sense: human blood was required by the gods to ensure the survival of the universe. Whatever we might think today of such beliefs and practices, there was another quite different side to the Aztec character: the way of poetry through flowers and songs. The Nahuatl spoken by the Aztecs at the time of the Conquest was a rich language with a copious vocabulary capable not only of expressing the vast store of native literature but the new religious concepts brought in by the Franciscans. In its classical form, as


it was spoken in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Nahuatl was a superb vehicle of high literary expression and resounding rhetoric. The history of Nahuatl literature may be divided into two periods: prehispanic and Spanish Colonial. Down to the time of the Conquest three types of Nahuatl poetry flourished: epic, dra-

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matic, and lyric. Most of the genuine native literature was destroyed during the Conquest, except for later compositions in Nahuatl under Spanish Colonial influence. However, enough has survived to give us a good idea of its form and content. The authenticity of the surviving Nahuatl poetry is guaranteed by many parallel studies of Mesoamerican art and archaeology. Nahuatl poetry has a definite rhythmical regularity but does not follow a rigid or fixed metrical pattern; rather it is characterized by groups of syllables and the repetition of phrases and sentiments (e.g. “Where the eagle raises itself up/where the eagle screeches/ where the eagle feeds...”). Also very common are parallel phrases, or semantic couplets, where the second half echoes the sentiment or general meaning of the first half. For example, “I have come/I am standing here...” (from a poem by Temilotzin of Tlatelolco). This structural feature is also characteristic of the Hebraic poetry of the Old Testament. Very common too is the coupling of two words to form a third meaning, such as ‘in atl, in tepetl’ (water, hill = city) or ‘in atl, in chimalli’ (arrow, shield = war). This construction is also used to form the names of gods, such as Tloque, Nahuaque (“He who is near and close by,” ie. sun or god in general). Stylistically, Nahuatl poetry is elaborate and highly polished. Examples of poetic diction include such phrases as ‘in chimalli xochitl’ (flowers of the shield) or ‘xockihuehuetl’ (the flowery drum). In the 16th century Fray Bernardino de Sahagun recorded twenty hymns addressed to Aztec gods in this highly stylized poetic diction. Believing them to be the work of the devil, the pious Franciscan did not translate them, leaving it to present day scholars to unravel the complex metaphors and the archaic diction of these poems. The addition of otherwise meaningless syllables, such as ‘Ohuaya’ or ‘Yehuaya’ at the end of lines in many poems, probably indicates some kind of musical accompaniment to the singing or chanting of the poems. In content Nahuatl poetry is largely religious or metaphysical, although other types are found. Some idea of the themes dealt with by Aztec poets may be gleaned from their literary classification, for example, “Songs of Warriors” (Yaocuicatl), “Songs of Princes or Chieftains” (Teuccuicatl), “Flowery Songs” (Xochicuicatl), “Songs of Desolation or Adversity” (Icnocuicatl). For the all-powerful Aztecs war was always a favorite theme. In some of the war poems are miniature epics with heroic themes worthy of the great Indo-European epics, such as the Greek Iliad or the Indian Mahabharata. One

such poem begins: “The city endures surrounded by circles of jade...” and goes on to invoke the protective deity of Mexico-TenochtitIan, here referred to as Ipalnemohuani (literally, “He through whom everyone lives”). The god comes flying toward the city in the guise of a blue heron, the totemic symbol of the Aztecs, who were said to have come from Aztlan (“The Place of Herons”). The Aztec concept of poetry is summed up in the phrase: in xochitl, in cuicatl (“the flower, the song”). In Aztec thought this metaphor meant not only poetry but art and symbolism in general. In 1490, according to one old Nahuatl manuscript, Tecayehuatzin, Prince of Huexotzinco, an independent city-state in Puebla, summoned poets and wise men to his house to discuss the meaning of true poetry. The invited guests express many different views. One thinks that through flowers and songs one can thereby invoke the “Giver of Life.” Another doubts not only the reality of art but the very existence of human beings on the earth. During the dialogue Tecayehuatzin asks: “Flowers and songs, or, it may be art and poetry; is this perhaps the only truth here on earth? Or perhaps flower and song are the only means of expressing true words.” The issue is still in doubt. But finally the host has the last word, expressing a sentiment with which all can agree. As in the “words of a dream” (“...itlatol tenrctli.”), he declares, the discussion of poetry, flower, and song at least brings old friends together again. Today poetry has lost much of its influence in the world but it is still of great importance, for through it we can enter the minds and the hearts of other peoples in other places at other times--including the supposedly bloodthirsty Aztecs. It is difficult to define poetry, because fashions change with time and circumstances; but, if we as listeners or readers can avoid the extremes of praise or blame and our ears and minds are attuned to it, true poetry will strike a chord. Perhaps old Tecayehuatzin was on the right track after all. If you happen to visit the National Museum in Mexico City and you too are horrified by reconstructions of the tzompantlis, or skull racks, upon which the ancient Aztecs used to hang the heads of sacrificial victims, think kindly of that gentle band of poet-philosophers who, some thirty-one years before the holocaust of the Spanish Conquest and the advent of European “civilization” gathered together as old friends to contemplate the meaning of flower and song, art, and symbolism.

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urdle the language barrier by learning Latin American hand and voice signals. These vary from one culture to another. The following are distinctly Latino: The Wagging Finger--is the way to say no, definitely and finally. No one questions this dignified and simple way of saying “No.” Just move the index finger of either hand from right to left. The wig-wag of the finger o evis an important part of Latino eryday life. The Latino women have developed it into a fine art as they move their index finger independently from the rest of the hand. Everywhere you go, on the street, in stores and markets, you see the wig-wag. Stopped for a red traffic light, the lady behind the car window wig-wags at an approaching salesman. Through street windows at home, on the plaza, anywhere those super-salesmen abound, you will find wigwagging. Have you wig-wagged today? If you haven’t tried it yet, do so! You’ll like it. PSSST!- In bygone days, on the American stage and in B movies, the villain identified himself when he surreptitiously summoned the heroine thusly. But in Latin America, the “Pssst” is a polite way of saying, “Come here, please.” You can use it at football games to summon the torta


(sandwich) man, at restaurants to get the waiter’s attention, or, from your window to bring the scissor grinder to your door, “Pssst!” always gets the attention of the person wanted and no one else pays attention. Arm Signals-to hail a bus or taxi to a stop, raise your arm out at a 45 degree angle from your body. You can stand on your head, or do the funky chicken until you’re blue in the face but that is the only signal to which they will respond. Thumping Signals-One thump means “Go!” Two thumps means “Whoa!” Thumping is used in many ways to help drivers of trucks and buses as they maneuver in, out, back, and through traffic and tight places. The thumping may be done by driver’s helper from a runway on the back of the truck, to guide him in backing up. Or, in a crowded passenger bus, passengers in the rear may guide the driver in the same

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way. Ahorita-means right now! It is the smallest length of time in which anything can be done and is usually accompanied by a hand signal. This is done by holding the thumb and forefinger with a space of about one inch between them. The space may vary as the shortest length of time expands and contracts. This hand signal is widely used by drivers in situations on narrow streets. The driver in front of you will stop and give the sign to the car behind him. The space between the thumb and forefinger depends on how long he intends to hold up traffic while he goes about his business of unloading passengers or cargo. The driver’s ahorita may last from one to five minutes and sometime, he turns a deaf ear to the wild horn-blowing behind him. While the policia understands his signal, other drivers toot and toot, and the tooting has a meaning all its own. Depending on the consecutive number of toots, a whole dictionary of swear words can be recited. A five-toot is the worst of all Spanish oaths-and where else in the world can you find cursing more colorful! Mañana - a courteous way of never saying “no” without committing oneself to say “yes.” An example: “When will you be back to clean the tinaco (water tank), Hilarioso?” “Mañana, Señora.” Hilarioso shows up a week later. He works a couple of hours and promises to return mañana or en la mañana (tomorrow in the morning), or, if that proves impossible, pasado mañana (the day after tomorrow). The reasons for dalliance are many. Half of the Latino calendar is marked with fiestas. And fiestas come first. There are birthdays, Saints’s days, national holidays, pueblo holidays. Lots of fiestas and

they always come first! Mi Casa Es Su Casa--- “My house is your house” is the ultimate Latin courtesy. It should not be taken literally, however. Don’t pack your suitcase and expect to move in. This expression is used so automatically it is practically devoid of meaning, except to convey a feeling that you are welcome. Latin courtesy is a highly refined art, of which exaggeration is a part. For example, shaking hands involves a few nice exchanges: buenos dias in the morning, buenas tardes until dark, buenas noches after dark. Como esta usted? (How are you?) and other concerns about your health start off even business conversations. There is no hurry in Latin America. The Latin abrazo (embrace) is performed every time you meet. The ladies touch cheeks while giving a small abrazo. Men, however, will give a very hearty abrazo and thump each other with great gusto each time they meet. This act between men is not considered effeminate; it shows real feeling. Smiles: The face of Latin America is a happy one. The best way to show your goodwill is to smile. You’ll always get a big one back. Gracias-This Spanish word for “Thank you” comes from the heart. Muchas gracias, or many thanks comes first. Muchisimas gracias, “Thanks a great deal” is next. Finally, mil gracias or a thousand thanks. When it is spoken, notice the warm light in the Mexican’s eyes. You have a friendship that will last forever. Adios-means more than goodbye. This customary Spanish word for “good-bye” means “Go with God”. Don’t journey on by yourself. Walk with God. The original Spanish phrase for “Go with God” was shortened to “Adios.” You will hear it in passing, instead of hola, hello.   And so I’ll close this article by saying ... ADIOS!

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The Magic of Famous People Players Comes to L akeside


hat you see is sensational…What you don’t see is inspirational.” Diane Dupuy Black light puppetry is a very special and magical art, and the world-renowned and superbly talented Famous People Players have been working their magic for 44 year. Dressed in black from head to toe and illuminated by black light, the players are invisible while manipulating


glow-in-the-dark puppets of famous people like Liberace and Elvis Presley or wonderful, fantastical creatures of land, sea and air. And they’re bringing their magic to Lakeside in March with special fundraising performances for the School for Special Children. It all began when Diane Dupuy, the company’s founder, was being bullied at school because of her ADHD (attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder). To lighten her spirits, her mother made her some puppets and she began to perform with them. Creating a show for children with disabilities and her discovery of black light theatre led to the formation of Famous People Players in 1974. What appealed to Diane most about black light theatre is that the players’ invisibility means that they are judged solely on their performance. The audience is totally caught up in the colors, music, movement and the skill of the players. All of the members of Famous People Players have disabilities. An early show featured Liberace. He saw them

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perform and was so flabbergasted that he booked them on the spot to open his show in Las Vegas. It was truly the stuff dreams are made of. And they went, they succeeded and they performed with Liberace for 10 astonishing years, both in Las Vegas and around the world. Next came two runs on Broadway, along with performances in China, where they were the first foreign company to perform, as well as Korea, Singapore and the United States. After two decades of constant touring, the troupe began to raise funds for its Dine and Dream Theatre in Toronto. Actor Paul Newman fell under their spell and contributed generously to their new home. He was not their only famous admirer. Phil Collins provided financing for the theatre’s sound system, and singer Anne Murray was also a generous contributor. They are a non-profit organization and have never received government funding. Theirs is a remarkable story and Famous People Players have been featured in numerous talk shows, specials and documentaries, including the CBS movie Special People about the founding of the company. Famous People Players celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 with “Made in Canada” narrated by Dan Aykroyd. The company also branched out last year by introducing a program to include international students. The company has become so much more than a group of talented performers. In addition to their professional success, they raised millions of dollars for their restaurant and theatre and continue to break down barriers and make significant headway in reducing the stigma attached to intellectual and developmental disabilities. They inspire people to achieve more, while making their own dreams come true. Diane was awarded the Order of Canada in 1982 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work in the theatre and dedication to the integration of people with disabilities. She has received five honorary degrees and is an outstanding motivational speaker. Her daughter Joanne has stepped into her shoes as Artistic Director, and Diane continues to write, speak and act as international advocate for people with disabilities. Everyone in the company learns to work in all aspects of the Dine and Dream Theatre: performing, props,

cooking, waiting, administration and so on. As Diane has said: “It’s their company, their home, they run it. It’s a journey that I treasure with my whole heart and soul -- I just love it!” Their patrons love it too. One said after a visit that: “Amazing doesn’t do it justice. The chicken was mouth-watering and the show wow to say the least.” Another enthused that the acts were clever, yet ingeniously simple, the music was fun and the imagery very engaging. A great evening for all ages especially if you’re imaginative and enjoy having your sense of wonder tantalized.” Someone else said af-

ter a visit: “Incredible! What a way to break boundaries!” And another regular customer said: “We come in with a smile and leave with an even bigger one from being part of this unique experience.” While some of the puppets fit over a hand, some are 10 to 15 feet tall and take four puppeteers to manipulate. The skill it takes to manage that in total darkness is extraordinary. The colours are vibrant, funny and lifelike, and the choreography is outstanding. Their music is all familiar and appeals to adults and children alike. They promise their audience to make their eyes pop, their ears pop and that we won’t hear a pin drop or catch our breath until the show stops. Thirteen members of the company are coming down to Lakeside in March. Although they’ve travelled all over the world, this will be their first visit to Mexico and they are very much looking forward to spending time in our village on the lake. In addition to performing two fundraising concerts, they will also put on a special show for The School for Special Children, including their families, faculty and special guests. Come and be part of the magic of Famous People Players on March 6th and March 7th at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are 400 pesos for a center seat and 350 pesos for the side seats. Tickets will be sold at the Ajijic Auditorio box office. Be sure to buy yours now. They will go quickly.

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Painting Reinvented – Works by Ricky (Rk) Granna


dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” —Vincent Van Gogh Fine Art is not always what we expect. During my first interview with Ricky Granna I felt a strong sense of deja vu as we talked and explored his remarkable figurative works ripe with psychological, symbolic, and metaphorical overtones that forced me to reflect on the meaning of art today. Each of his subtle and complex paintings evoked a sense of mystery and wonder. They inculcate Renaissance, and Baroque understandings, but his unique vision distinguishes his paintings as cutting edge, contemporary art. His deft drawings are provocative. Some are finished works while others, equally well executed, are compositional sketches for his larger paintings. In each, his refined compositions, mature understanding of color and consummate ability to draw are evident, and give birth to a rich journey through art history, one filled with endless surprises, creative illusions, and storied fantasies awash with juxtapositions of space and time, and inventive thought provoking passages. They engage viewers as Leonardo da Vinci’s imaginative works have done


for centuries. They alter perception, offer escape from today’s ugly realities, enable encounters with the unknown, journeys into other ages - awaken genetic memories, and universal consciousness. We are mystically drawn into an ambrosial space where sensuality dominates - sight, insight, sounds and smells all are encapsulated in a previously unknown, never experienced world the artist has created to delight our spiritual and mental core.         His drawing of a seated woman dressed in a 16th century frock, with hair enclosed in a hennin typical of the age, which has been transformed into a lighter than air craft propelled by sails, is one of several done as part of the conceptual stage in the development of a painting. The seated, well-dressed lady, clearly wealthy, is launching a small balloon with her hands, which suggests

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new birth while the larger craft attached to her head is mature presence. These, plus several small craft floating in the space around her, exist beyond the realm of possibility. Not surreal, but more a unique mixing of elements from various historic times in a conceptual framework that is both visually and mentally challenging. The drawing is both reality and fantasy in the same moment. The line qualities—variation, movement, length and width, dark and light—demonstrate Ricky’s consummate skill with pencil and pen, and reflect his love of drawings done by Rembrandt (1606 -1669), and Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519). From these preliminary drawings, Ricky, a child of the electronic, digital age - collocates a mockup of a finished painting using Adobe Photoshop, where through a creative process, the components of the work, complete with historic details and colors, are assembled and placed within a frame. Guided by this Photoshop image, Ricky uses his scaled T-square and ruler to draw a large scale copy on a primed canvas.  He then begins painting the actual painting with the sensitivity of an accomplished artist. Each stage of the process entails creative changes that enhance and give life to the original concept. In the manner of Caravaggio (1571 - 1610) who, seeking realism, used drinking companions, vagrants, and prostitutes as his models for his religious paintings, Ricky works from models that have character, and strength of presence, people who he encounters within family, from the streets of Chapala, and the internet.   “Like Rembrandt, I try to capture the souls of the people I draw.” —Ricky Granna Ricky’s use of dark and light, and contrasting strong and muted colors to create depth, is evocative of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 -   1519), Antonello da Messina (1430 - 1479), Caravaggio, and other Renaissance artists. But his sensitive nature is distinct from the violence present in Renaissance culture. Caravaggio, for example, after a tennis match that he won, killed his opponent in a fight over a prostitute. A mesmerizing novel, Sudden Death, by Alvaro Enrigue, captures the rich story of Caravaggio, the Renaissance, and tennis as a form of duel. “Since I was a boy I liked to invent

things, as did Leonardo da Vinci. I used to scare my mother with my inventions.”    — Ricky Granna Granna’s provocative painting Bruma evokes hidden events about which the woman cannot speak. Her white collar with tatting worn over a black dress indicates she is part of a religious community. The symbolically- exaggerated Napoleonic hat reflects dress in the (1640s), as well as symbolic meaning embedded within the fabric of the painting. Perhaps the woman is Hester, who had a child out of wedlock, the subject of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, her neck scarf a symbol of the letter she was forced to wear. Bruma forces viewers’ reflection and wonder. Within the painting, Ricky’s use of a blue grey background, which reappears in the tones of the woman’s face, visually unifies this world full of unanswered questions and symbolic meanings. Viewers must unlock the keyhole in the clasp between her breasts and discover what in hidden within.     (Photo 2) Ricky’s exhibitions in Paris, New York,

and South Korea were sold out. In 2016 he was in the final group of six in the Kitsch worldwide contest in England. He has exhibited in group shows, and individually, throughout Mexico. Ricky’s art will be exhibited in both Guanajuato and Guadalajara in March, 2018, and during October, 2018, in Chapala. *The link below will take you to several of Ricky’s stunning works. https://get. Rob Mohr google.com/albumarchive/111258927866130698336/ album/AF1QipO_26awIoQkdZft1r257NxZC3PkWGMBmXxZlOl/AF1 QipMpEsPUSxL2dqae05VRVgU YIFOfnjP9hRXuR2sB?source=p wa#6508829076396702482

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d. Note: This is the first of an ongoing series about the adventures of “Mildred and Suzette.” The author is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and a newcomer to our pages. Welcome, Katie!) Out of respect for their adopted country, and in order to support the local economy, Mildred and Suzette, friends since the Beatles stormed the U.S., were just finishing their second margarita and commiserating over their inevitable physical decline. Mildred looked down at the wilted roses on her brightly-colored Mexican blouse. “Gravity is a curse,” she said. “Huh?” Suzette asked, wondering if the sky were falling. “Kind of reminds me of birds migrating south,” Mildred said, gazing at an egret on the shimmering lake. Suzette, instantly understanding that Mildred was not talking about the seasonal habits of either the egret or the pied-billed grebe, licked a bit of salt from the rim of her glass. “I used to like my birds.” Mildred nodded, depressed. She motioned to the waiter and tapped her glass for another — for the sake of the economy. “They were a matched set,” she said, almost in tears. “They still are,” Suzette said. “They’ve just got a new parking place.” “They were practical, too,” Mildred said as the waiter removed their empty glasses. “Blouses and dresses and bathing suits wouldn’t have been the same without them.” “Yeah,” Suzette said. “They made spouses smile, babies burp, and summers fun.” “They were a good thing,” Mildred said, re-adjusting her blouse. “Yeah, but you know what they say,” Suzette said. “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” “And fall,” Mildred added, feeling more depressed by the minute. “And fall,” Suzette finished. “Then… boom,” Mildred said, pointing downward. “It’s a law of physics,” said Suzette,


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who was a science major in college and knew these things. “My Grandma Daniels — she had 10 kids — used to think they were a nuisance. When she got tired of wearing what she called her ‘flopper stopper,’ she’d let those birdies fly free.” “What a visual,” Mildred said, reminded by a sharp brain pain not to gulp icy drinks. Suzette continued, lost in her favorite memory of her grandmother. “‘Dang things,’ Grandma would say, tossing them—literally tossing them—over her shoulder like a pair of skinny water balloons.” The waiter, a handsome middle-aged charmer named Eduardo, brought fresh drinks and a big smile for the two gringas, who seemed to be feeling much more relaxed than just an hour before and would surely leave a larger tip than the soda sippers at the next table. “I was mesmerized, thinking I’d do that trick when I became a granny,” Suzette continued, undaunted. “Unfortunately, however, since my inheritance was from the less benevolent side of the family, I’m unable to replicate grandma’s finest trick.” “What a shame,” Mildred said, promising to limit her friend to one drink next time. Suzette smiled, the cloud formation over the distant mountains reminding her of an army of Amazon women. “Nonetheless,” she said, “I make bets with myself when they’ll make it to my belly button.” Mildred sighed. Her friend had a point. “I know what you mean. Once in awhile I glimpse myself in the mirror. It’s like omigod, didn’t I see me in one of those old National Geographics!?” Suzette leaned in and whispered. “I have a theory why this happens, you know.” Mildred cocked her head, intrigued. Suzette paused, her eyes narrowing into slits. “Mammograms.” “Mammograms?” Mildred asked,

putting her glass down too hard on the table and absentmindedly mopping her spill with the tip of Suzette’s shawl. Suzette nodded with authority. “Mammograms are important. Mammograms save lives. But…” Mildred winced, getting it. “But… think of a lump of clay squeeeeeezed the thickness of a pancake in a steel vise,” she said pantomiming the painful process. “Exactly!” Suzette said, looking around to make sure no one was listening. “I’ve found the solution though.” “No!” “Yes!” “What?” “It’s a secret.” “Right…” Suzette leaned close to Mildred. “Men-o-grams!” “What?” “Mammograms for men — but different!” “Huh?” “Suzette looked proud of herself, the sage instructing her grasshopper student. “It’s simple. Step one. Pick the body part that needs regular screening.” Mildred looked confused. “Use your imagination,” Suzette said, rolling her eyes toward Eduardo. Mildred’s jaw dropped. “You mean…” Suzette continued, a little too gleefully. “Step two. Place the body part in the vise. Step three. Activate.” “Isn’t there an easier way?” Mildred said, always the compassionate one. Suzette was turning into someone Mildred didn’t know. “Step four. Ignore his screams,” Suzette said, almost manically. “After all, it’s for his own good’ — as if you haven’t heard that a million times.” Mildred inhaled sharply. Suzette’s smile was diabolical. “Step five. Fix yourself a margarita and wait. Mark my words… within months, a prestigious lab of male researchers will announce a miraculous medical breakthrough! And voila! Women will get a painless and unvise-like way to detect mammary malfunctions.” Mildred ran her finger around the rim of her glass as she considered the possibility. Suzette went in for the kill. “And we’ll stay perky a whole lot longer, too.” Mildred shot upwards like a Mexican firecracker, raising her glass to the sky. “To menograms!” “To menograms,” Suzette said, clinking her glass with Mildred’s and feeling very scientific indeed.

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en don’t like me. I know, I know. I shouldn’t say it. Thoughts are things. The Laws of Attraction tell us that what we say goes, but only for the person saying it. So, by openly stating what I have long suspected to be the truth, am I not just inviting the gods and goddesses of abundance to abandon me, and not ever grace me with a new boyfriend, or a third husband? Well, they don’t give bicycles to fish. My friend, that whale watching tour has left the dock. Not only has that boat sailed, but the cavorting whales blowing through their blow holes and shooting straight up in the water, to the unbearable excitement and thrill of everybody, have already cavorted, blown, shot, excited and thrilled every camera-toting passenger. Every camera-toting passenger has bought their commemorative t-shirts, hats, and shot glasses. Sweetie. Darling. You are not on the boat. I have not had a boyfriend in six years. I have not had a date in six years. Oh wait. There was one, a department store Santa Claus in the off season, whom I picked out of the personals. Santa Claus is nice. I extrapolated from his career choice that he would be nice. Oops. After my handsome old preppy boy bad boyfriend in 2003, all I put on my list of requirements for a boyfriend is kindness. Not counting the hidden


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agenda. Smart, funny, cute... I do not think I ask too much. Do I? Even if I don’t, I still have worstman-in-the-room syndrome. It is a syndrome I made up, but it is very real. In any given room full of people, half of them men, I will navigate unerringly to the one guy who is a nasty piece of work. As sure as God made little green apples. As sure as frog’s fur. The Santa Claus guy? Dope smoker. I am Presbyterian. I don’t smoke anything. Santa Claus boy was looking to get laid. Not me. I was looking for someone I could love as much as I loved bad Gary. But no. I shouldn’t ask for that. I was addicted to bad Gary. It was love, and not love. So I left the Santa Claus guy at the table. He asked to meet again. “No,” I said. Ok, so that date didn’t work out. Surely there must be someone I could go out with? Nobody asks. Nobody approaches. All the men in my life are friends. Sometimes I imagine that I see fear in men´s eyes when they look at me. I think they suspect that I am far more like the black lab street dog who is starving, and who has broken his teeth from eating rocks than I am like the fluffy white lapdogs that you see chauffeured around Vallarta in shiny silver SUV’s. I think men like the lapdogs type more than the street dog. I mean, I am still cute. Fat, fattish. We can’t all be skeletons. Why would we want to? Someone cool must want to be with me. But who? Whom? I’ve already dismissed and deflected the approaches of the yummy barefoot beach guys. The logistics of dating anyone, when subjected to a cost-benefit analysis, tells me the time and energy is a river of no return. Maybe the men feel this way, too. Maybe I am too much of a joker. Good thing I found Puerto Vallarta. I can live in peace and quiet. Paint my paintings, feel my feelings. I can enjoy men at a distance. A distance is probably a good place for me to be at with men. I offer truth, love and joy. But a man would have to go through my inner black dog of the broken teeth to get to me.

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he showed up at our front door one October evening and after dinner she told us about her new home in Mexico. We should come down soon, it was beautiful. We were thinking Mexico? We bit. We flew. We were conquered. Nine trips and nine years later we were still in the throes of trying to be retired and still trying to sell the second home and still wondering if we should sort our stuff. Then our theoretical timetable turned into a dominating tyrant with the realization that these people were serious and really wanted to pay all cash for the townhouse and we had better start packing. We should have been prepared, I was unloading a truck that I had just finished loading in the heat of the day


before and which I was going to have to load again in forty-eight hours as soon as I took care of some paperwork. I was certain that some where we did something wrong. We had paid

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extra to get passports in a hurry, we acquired FM threes in a week’s time, but now we still had to go to the Mexican consulate to get our list of stuff approved. I leaned my sweaty head against the side of the truck and recalled that someone had said that nothing good came easy. Maybe I read it. After hitting more than a few bumps in the road to our personal paradise we were sitting on our veranda watching the sun set over Lago De Chapala I still felt that we had not gotten it right. Maybe it was all those unpacked boxes. Our so-called freedom was compromised by - stuff. I know when I looked into my three... that’s right, three tool boxes, I found tools I had used once and never would again. I found tools I forgot I had. I found one tool that I hadn’t the slightest idea what it was for. The other day we saw an old man slowly, painfully crossing the highway. The traffic had halted to let him cross and cars were stacking up behind the first car that stopped. No one honked. When the old one made it to the opposite curb, the drivers all headed on to their destinations without complaints. Now there’s a tool I almost forgot - patience. I realized I didn’t have to beat every

train to the crossing any more. Anyway, Ajijic is a town where when we pass through we have to drive slowly to miss the bumps so we might as well smell the flowers and see the people. It’s the only way. A few years ago an engineer in one of my workshops latched on to a beautiful contract job in Germany. He received per diem, travel expenses, extra time, plus a guaranteed ten thousand dollars for a two-week programming job that he could do blindfolded. I got a call from him after the first five days. The only subject he discussed was how he hated German food. This man didn’t get it - he couldn’t cope with even temporary dislocation. That triggered a thought. We were planning to become expatriates in Mexico; therefore we would have to deal with that not on our terms but on Mexico’s terms. This why I hate to hear expats suggesting that things should change here. Change will happen here without our instigation. I wonder if the space between their ears is so full of where they came from that they can’t see where they are. One early dawn, just as daylight grayed the sky, a mischievous cloud ripe with rain hovered over the lake and threatened to gloom our day. The sun however took a look over the rim of a mountain and colored the cloud with assorted pinks and reds and oranges. Having met its match, the cloud sullenly, with great reluctance, headed west and let us have our day. Like the cloud change here will, in its own time, slowly overtake the present. It will happen to Lakeside on its own terms. We don’t need to accelerate it. We are happy with what we see and feel here now. The magnificent trees that form an arch over the road at La Floresta greeted us the other day when we drove into Ajijic as the setting sun sketched patterns on the road. This was our personal Arc De Triomphe. We were here. We didn’t have to chase the clock. We got get it right, after all.

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“The Desert Fox”


t the beginning of WWII, Erwin Rommel was appointed commander of the troops guarding Hitler’s headquarters and he became personally known to Hitler. In 1940, he assumed command of the 7th Panzer Division. He quickly understood the tremendous possibilities of mechanized troops in an offensive role. In 1941, Hitler appointed Rommel commander of the German troops to be sent to North Africa to help the Italians. He came to be called the “Desert Fox” by both friend and enemy, because of his audacious surprise attacks. His reputation soared and Hitler promoted him to field marshal. In 1944, the German high command entrusted Rommel with the defense of


France’s Normandy coast against a possible Allied invasion. He soon became doubtful that Germany could win the war and also doubted Hitler’s capacity to accept reality and make peace with the Allies. Some of Rommel’s friends came to him and told him it would be his duty to take over as head of state in the event that Hitler should be overthrown. Rommel did not reject the suggestion, but on the other hand, these men never revealed to Rommel that they planned to assassinate Hitler. The Allied invasion of Normandy began in June, 1944. Rommel tried on several occasions to point out to Hitler that the war was lost and that he should come to terms with the Allies. In one letter, Rommel described

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to Hitler the overwhelming superiority of the enemy in artillery, tanks, and air power. But supplies for the German Army were arriving only sparsely. He said that the German troops were fighting with heroic courage, although the unequal battle negated their efforts. He concluded, “I must ask you to immediately remove us from the inevitable conclusions of this situation. As commander, I feel obliged to express this clearly.” In July, at the height of the invasion battle, his car was attacked by British planes and Rommel was hospitalized with serious head injuries. By August, he had recovered sufficiently to return to his home to convalesce. The attempt to assassinate Hitler was on July 20, 1944, but it failed, with terrible retribution among all the families of those involved. The visit of the conspirators with Rommel soon came to light. Hitler did not want Germany’s most popular hero to be taken to court and then to the gallows. He sent two generals to Rommel with a cyanide pill, with the assurance that his name would remain unsullied if he avoided a trial – and that his family would remain safe. Rommel understood that his wife and son would be killed if he disobeyed. He told his wife what he must do, and then left with the men. They parked the car and

he took the pill. Hitler declared a day of national mourning and he was buried as a national hero with full military honors. The official story was that he had died from his wounds in Normandy. Historians regard Rommel as a humane and professional soldier. Rommel made sure captured soldiers had adequate rations. He once drove by a POW camp where a British soldier recognized that it was Rommel and saluted him. Rommel returned the salute. When he captured some British commandos, Hitler ordered them executed, but Rommel ignored the order and placed them in a POW camp and then had afternoon tea with them. In another case, a British commando was killed in a mission to assassinate Rommel, and Rommel ordered him buried with full military honors. When Rommel was in France, Hitler ordered him to deport the country’s Jewish population and Rommel disobeyed. Instead, he wrote several letters to protest the treatment of the Jews. Such stories gained Rommel unusual respect from people such as Winston Churchill and U.S. General George S. Patton. When Rommel’s involvement in the plot to kill Hitler became known after the war, he rose in stature. The 1951 American film The Desert Fox made him even more famous. During the war, Winston Churchill, in parliamentary debate, spoke of Rommel as a “daring and skillful opponent and a great general.” This caused the British Parliament to consider a censure vote against Churchill. Writing about Rommel years later, Churchill said, “He deserves the salute which I made him in the House of Commons. He also deserves our respect, because although a loyal German soldier, he came to hate Hitler, and took part in the conspiracy to rescue Germany by displacing the maniac and tyrant. For this he paid the forfeiture of his Fred Mittag life.”

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ohn Hoopes novel The Spy in Love is a tale of industrial and political espionage set on the shores of Lake Chapala as we entered this millennium. In July 2000, after ruling Mexico for 71 years, the political Party PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) is replaced by its right–wing opposition party, Pan (National Action Party) thus, as always, introducing opportunities of wealth and power for those with influential connections. It is in this environment that Young Fonzo Suarez, a junior member of the powerful Suarez Family of Chapala, appears to stumble through life seizing every opportunity that comes his way, and if they don’t he ventures out to find one. No matter if you are a chubby, bumbling fool, lacking all hint of sophistication, if you have ambition, determination, and the right connections, regardless of the society, Mexico included, you may still climb the chain of power and achieve wealth. At least that is the premise that I saw unfold in this wonderful tale, of an unscrupulous young man, deeply in love with an older gringa woman, climbing a web of intrigue as he ventures from one crisis to the next. Each new plot offers conflict upon conflict, until we finally believe he is about to achieve his objective, but as any great writer will do, John Hoopes sets yet another obstacle in our protagonist’s path, keeping his reader on edge. The author displays a strong knowledge of Mexico’s business culture and its contrast with that of her northern


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neighbor. He further allows that corruption may exist within either. John’s knowledge of the Lake Chapala region lends authenticity to his story, and for those of us familiar with this area, it brings a pleasant familiarity with his characters. His development of characters is carefully crafted; every detail of each scoundrel, and there are many, is inserted with such expertise that we must recognize each one as someone we have met. John Hoopes offers a literary experience to delight every reader. The protagonist begins his adventure displaying great naivety in love, business, and politics, though throughout the increasing levels of intrigue, he learns and matures. Towards the end his uncle, who as his chief overlooking his work as a spy, when he notices, Fonzo as a wounded animal, hungry, prowling, and determined, says, “You’re very clever, nephew, suddenly you have a lot of gusto for this kind of work. I think you will be doing well.” However, like most young men even through the end, he still maintains naivety in matters of the heart, and has many lessons to learn in the years ahead. I recommend this book to all at lakeside for a pleasant evening’s entertainment that may change the way we look at those around us in the future. John assures us this is pure fiction, but like us, John Hoopes lived here at lakeside, and worked in this environment. I don’t know, it is pure speculation, but most authors I know draw on real life when writing a novel. (Ed. Note: The novel can be found on amazon/Kindle.)

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efore the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”). Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the

French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, “See, we can still pluck yew!” Since ‘pluck yew’ is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F’, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as “giving the bird.” And “yew” thought “yew” knew every plucking thing.

In last month’s issue, we published an article entitled Milk Maids (# 46) that did not carry the name of its writer. He had not listed his name on the article itself, but we liked it so much that we decided to run it anyway, knowing that we could later list his name, once we knew it, which is: Steve Griffen.

We’ll use this space to again ask that all of contributors always carry their names on their submitted articles. The names might be on the e-mails but quite often the two get separated and then we have to rely on the memory of our editor, which like that of some of our wonderful readers is not what it used to be.

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fly on Mexican airlines all the time. Living at Lakeside and working full-time for a US publishing company, I have regular occasion to experience the Mexico business travelworld. In an aviation landscape that is maturing and hitting its stride, these are giddy times. And the news is all good, especially for GDL and Lakeside residents. If your idea of an ‘escape’ is five ‘tope tossled’ hours on a bus to PV, think again. A rainbow of Mexico experiences is now more affordable and convenient than ever. During the past couple of decades, stability is not a term commonly associated with Mexican aviation. This is ironic, since the now bankrupt Mexicana de Aviación was an aviation pioneer, launching the continent’s very first commercial air service back in 1921. The 1980-90’s saw a flurry of new carriers come and go—some via consolidation, other by debtors and some by maintenance violation grounding. When Mexicana Airlines ceased operations on August 28, 2010 it was a body blow to both international and domestic service. Aeromexico ruled the skies and barriers to entrance kept competition weak. A dearth of competition sent airfares to some of the world’s most expensive per seat mile. Even the shortest of flights would set you back no less than $200US and up, per leg. Over the past six years, a solid roster of Mexican carriers clawed their way to profitability. Interjet (profit-


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ing from Mexicana’s demise), Volaris (Mexico’s bare bones fare leader) and VivaAerobus (with Ryanair investment) now vie alongside Aeromexico (itself now being gobbled up by suitor Delta Airlines). Add tumbling fuel cost sto this competitive environment, and the result is a previously unheard array of low cost choices and ‘wow’ innovation. I’ve flown GDL-CUN-GDL for a mere $140 US. My trip to Mexico City next week is $120 US (including $1,005 pesos in taxes). That’s a pretty slim profit margin. However, the marginal yield has not stopped the carriers from innovation. Here are some of the quirkier offers: Volaris: When I booked GDL-SJD last month, Volaris offered me a camel ride excursion. When I flew to Cancun last week, I was given the chance to ‘bet’ against the house: if my flight wasn’t within 30 minutes of scheduled arrival, I get $100 US credit. As luck would have it, the flight was two and 1/2 hours late, but I had declined to fork over the two bucks. Maybe next time. Interjet: last September was Tequila Month, and the carrier poured copious shots of top-shelf tequila to its smiling customers. Interjet is also the comfort leader (and my personal favorite), with no charge for extra legroom and comfy leather seats! AeroMexico: want to upgrade to Clase Premier? Aeromexico offers a sliding scale to ‘bid’ for an available seat. I can also click to add $7 dollar trip insurance or a carbon offset. Today, a perfect storm of falling fuel costs and a solid roster of carriers gives rise to a new era for Mexico’s domestic air customers. So next time you contemplate an overland to the coast, ask yourself , “What about Cabo or Playa del Carmen?” (Ed. Note: Greg Custer and wife Jane are Lakeside residents and have 30+ years promoting Mexico and educating travel agents around the world.) Greg Custer

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d. Note: Over the next few months, we shall be running excerpts from Jose Amador’s excellent collection of short stories entitled Mexican Memories. The book sells for 90 pesos and can be found at most book stores at Lakeside.) I remember Tarcisio perfectly. We were companions and friends at school, and he excelled at everything. In school he always received the highest grades. He rode horses well, he participated in the rodeos, and he even liked to sing. Besides, because of his good looks and happy disposition, women liked him. One of the clearest memories I have of Tarcisio is playing hide and seek, because he was difficult to find. However, he wasn’t good at working. He didn’t enjoy work, so he dreamed of marrying a woman with money and helping her to manage it. Then Cupid, trying to help him, thought that Gertrudis, daughter of the deceased Serapio and Mercedes, would be the perfect candidate. She was single and had inherited, among other properties, the Los Guayabos ranch. To provoke a meeting, Cupid led Tarcisio to a cattle branding at that ranch. I went as his companion. As he entered the cattle pens, while Gertrudis centered her attention on him, he treated her with indifference. For good reason: she was homely, explaining why she hadn’t married. But this time the “little procurer angel” had decided to remove Tarcisio’s resistance toward her. So Cupid hurled toward my friend arrows carrying information: about the cattle, the land, and Gertrudis’s other possessions. They all hit the target of his ambition. That was one of the last times I saw him, for I had already gone to live in Mexico City, where I remained trapped for life. In spite of time and distance, I continued to get news of the town and the people. One piece of gossip told me of the simple wedding of Tarcisio and Gertrudis. That wedding was an unattractive picture! I forgot to tell you that besides


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being ugly, Gertrudis always wore pants and boots and looked mannish. To finish criticizing her, she was bossy. On one of my journeys to the town, Tarcisio and I met, and we immediately embraced our old affection. In that moment I realized his conversation and facial expressions were guarded. The plans he had imagined, to help his wife with her business, had failed, as she had not allowed his participation. To hinder their relationship even more, I think that Gertrudis was barren, and a marriage without children rarely can solidify. To finish wearing away his dreams, my friend had to work fattening pigs in the pens of the old ranch house. While doing this job, a few months after our meeting, something happened to him that would change his life. One afternoon while he fed the animals, one of the pigs, as it leaned against a pilaster to scratch itself, knocked down part of the column. A pitcher lay uncovered and Tarcisio broke it, finding it full of gold coins. He took the coins, leaving only broken shards, with one coin lying among them. That night, without telling anyone, Tarcisio disappeared into thin air. Today, ten years later, neither his family nor his friends have seen his face. Some people say he was kidnapped and killed. Others believe the river dragged him under, together with his horse and his treasure. It’s also said that he went crazy and ended up in an insane asylum. The people of the town keep mak-

ing these foolish remarks. They are all lies, because I know he left to follow his dream. I was right. Yesterday, while I watched on television a bullfight in Seville, the camera panned the barrier surrounding the bullring for a few seconds, and then for three seconds it focused on Tarcisio. He was smoking a cigar, accompanied by a pretty young woman, and between the two was a little boy. Those five seconds were sufficient time to realize he was savoring happiness.

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s this you? You come down to visit Mexico and, after just a few days, you decide to buy a house. You may have seen the house once. You are unfamiliar with the neighborhood, unfamiliar with the construction methods here, and you’ve only recently met the realtor. You’re not insane.  In your previous life, you probably never made such a big decision so quickly. So why would you put your caution on the shelf and do this? If this is you, you are certainly not alone.   Chances are, your emotions are trumping your clear thinking.  You’ve come down to check out the Lake Chapala region, found it very appealing, and, even though you know it is probably not the best idea, you take the plunge. You may have been blinded by your enthusiasm with living in Mexico or you may be fearful that you’ll never get such an opportunity again. Of course, you may be lucky. The house may be perfectly fine, and you may have made a sound decision.  Or, you may find that, after living in the house, it is not what you really want or that the house has many problems.    Emotions are very different from logical thoughts. Feelings like excitement, fear, love, pity, impatience, despair, greed, and anger can overwhelm good judgment and literally make it impossible to think clearly. We all have emotions. They’re an essential part of living. In fact, help make living worthwhile. Love makes our relationships rich; fear keeps us safe from harm; and anger is a natural response to injustice.  Problems occur when we have difficulty realizing that our feelings are indeed preventing our ability to think clearly. It’s important to try to clearly distinguish between our conscious thoughts and our feelings.   When we fail to do this, we can become confused and overwhelmed by our feelings. A good example of this is when we become angry at someone. The intensity of our anger can overwhelm our rational thinking, and we are apt to say something we later wish we had not said!  We may buy something on impulse that we cannot afford. Or we may  avoid  doing something rational and necessary, like getting a medical test, because we are afraid of what the results may be.   


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So how %LOO)UD\HU can we avoid being dominated by our emotions? The first step is to recognize when we are feeling strong emotions. This awareness is called metacognition: being aware of our thinking process. Good thinkers practice metacognition when they feel strong emotions.  A woman who becomes very angry with a friend realizes her strong emotion and says to herself, “I am feeling very angry, and I can’t deal with this situation now.  I need some time to cool off.” In fact, people who experience strong emotions at critical times almost always benefit from taking some time to let their emotions cool. This tends to let their clear thinking kick in.  This is why it’s generally a good idea to take extra time to make important decisions.   An important decision is one which could have great consequences if you make a poor judgment.  Any decision involving spending lots of money, disrupting people’s lives, or affecting your safety or health could fall into this category.   Those of us who have decided to live as expatriates in Mexico have to make many important decisions. We are bringing a lifetime of experience to our new lives here. We need to think clearly about whether it would be better for us to buy a home with our nest egg or to postpone such a decision and rent a home here. We need to learn how to live on less money and to manage our finances so we don’t run short (our emotions may urge us to eat out more than we can afford to!) We have to figure out how to plan for future health crises even though our emotions may tell us not to worry. And, of course, leaving our families behind and moving here may have created conflicting emotions for us, and we have to decide how to deal with these new realities.   It’s easier to live happily if we are able to recognize that we are complex beings who rely on both our thoughts and our feelings to function well. The trick is in learning to keep track of which is which.

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Sandy Olson

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

ARTISTS…… Lorraine Farrow will host a show and reception at her gallery Sol Mexicano on Friday, February 9 for sculptor Robert Burns Wilson, painter Adriana Perez and photographer Karen Spencer. The gallery is at Colon #13. The reception will be held from 3 to 6 pm. The show will run until March 4. VIVA GOES TO THE OPERA Here is the lineup for the next Viva la Musica Live from the Met bus trips. Saturday February 10, 11 am. Elixir of Love by Artist Bob Wilson and LorG. Donizetti (2.59 hours) Bus departs at 9.30 am raine Farrow Saturday February 24, 11.30 am. La Boheme by G. Puccini (3.16 hours) Bus departs at 10 am Saturday March 10, noon. Semiramide by G. Rossini (3.50 hours) Bus departs at 10.30 am Saturday March 31, 11 am Cosi Fan Tutte by W. A. Mozart (3.56 hours) Bus departs at 9.30 am Trips to the opera at Teatro Diana are 450 pesos (550 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801. Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara. VIVA ALSO GOES TO THE SYMPHONY Sunday February 11: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2; Conductor Case Scaglione; Sunday February 18: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1; Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4; Conductor Marco Parisotto Sunday February 25; Mahler Symphony No. 5; Conductor Marco Parisotto Sunday March 11: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Serenade for Strings; Conductor Marco Parisotto Sunday March 18: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3 Sunday March 25: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Abdiel Vázquez) and Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances; Conductor Marco Parisotto Viva bus trips to the symphony at the Degollado Theater are 450 pesos (550 for nonmembers). and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801. Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance. AND MORE ARTISTS…. Ajijic Society of the Arts will present its Open Studio 2018 on February 10 and 11. This is your chance to visit more than 50 local artists, who will be showing their work in their studios and in local venues, such as the Lake Chapala Society. Admission booklets, priced at 50 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Ken Gosh Gallery and Studio and at the Lake Chapala Society on Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the ticket area by the front entrance. JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Artist Robina Nicol Once again Lakeside residents are gifted with fascinating Sunday afternoon films sponsored by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation, February 11 THE WOMEN‘S BALCONY (Israel 2017) This Israeli hit is a warm comedy. The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultra traditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the “women’s balcony” in the synagogue. February 18 PAST LIFE (Israel, Poland 2016) Past Life tracks the daring late 1970’s odyssey of two sisters—an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist—as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.


February 25 TO BE OR NOT TO BE (USA 1942) Starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard ( in her final screen appearance) as husbandand-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. They become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. Tickets are 80 pesos. The films are shown at 1:30 at the Cinemas del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza. A portion of sales goes to benefit a selected Lakeside charity. 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 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. February 11 The Love Poetry of Jim Tipton Presented by Roseann Wilshere, Tony Wilshere, and Cindy Paul. Directed by Rosann Balbontin. A long tradition at Open Circle has been to feature the love poetry of Jim Tipton during St. Valentine’s week. This year, owing to health challenges, the reading has been lovingly assumed by distinguished professional actors Roseann and Tony Wilshere and Cindy Paul. Jim Tipton has published in The Nation, Esquire, American Literary Review, and countless other journals and anthologies. His book Letters from a Stranger (1998) won the Colorado Book Award. Other books include Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror (2008); Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village (2009); To Love for a Thousand Years (2012); and All the Horses of Jim Tipton Heaven (2009/2015). Books written in the Japanese forms of Haiku and Tanka have been translated into a dozen languages. February 18  DNA: The Operating System of Life Presented by Dr. Morris Schwarzblat DNA has the instructions to determine the behavior of every cell of all living organisms. Technology to edit and change these instructions has fantastic implications for our health and well-being. Dr. Schwarzblat will discuss the changes and implications that these technologies will bring in the near future. Dr. Schwarzblat is a nuclear physicist with ample experience in academia, research and industry in Mexico and in Canada. He is currently Director General of Science and Technology Development at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology of Jalisco. February 25 Opera As You Like It Presenter: Ad Líbitum Compañía de Ópera de Guadalajara Opera Ad Líbitum from Guadalajara is one of Open Circle’s annual favorites. This year’s program will pay tribute to the classical opera repertoire as well as to Mexican music. The singers are María de Jesús Cárdenas (soprano); Teresa Banderas (mezzosoprano); José Maria López Valencia (tenor); and Ricardo Lavín (baritone). These vocalists have received multiple awards and have established a name for themselves nationally and internationally. They will be accompanied by an ensemble of musicians: Juan Pablo García (piano), Monserat Velázquez (bassoon), José Luis García (violin) and Juan Fernando Magdaleno (violin). March 4  Annual Update on the Condition of Lake Chapala and Surrounding Communities   Presented by Dr. Todd Stong He will tell us about the level of the lake and the long-term prognosis of the regional water supply. In addition, he will speak about the very serious matter of children dying from kidney disease related to unidentified environmental pollutants in villages to the east of Mezcala. Dr. Stong, a Licensed Professional Engineer, is in his 16th season of volunteer service to county governments and villages surrounding Lake Chapala, with a focus on water supply, wastewater treatment, and job creation. He  was a CNN Heroes nominee in 2016. Please note that Dr. Stong’s presentation will adjourn at noon. FEELING THE ROMANCE? Catch a very special Valentine’s Dinner Show this February 14! “It Had to Be You” is a collection

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of favorite standards presented by a remarkable trio with Cindy Paul on vocals, Jorge Verdin on keyboard, and Jim Barto on trumpet, and accompanied by a nice dinner at La Bodega. Dance your heart away on Feb. 14 from 6 to 8 pm, one night only. Get reservations and tickets from La Bodega for 300 pesos or 350 at the door, if available. Tickets include dinner and the show. For information call 376-766-100 FIDDLE AWAY Lakeside Little Theatre’s latest production is Fiddler on the Roof, one of the great musicals of our era.. It’s directed by Dave McIntosh. Show dates are February 16-27. The Cast: Zion Dutro, Katie Hartup, Beth Leitch, Kina Dutro, Helena Feldstein, Gavo Casillas, Kathleen Pharis, Don Chaloner, Bob Hendrick, Olivia Reeser, Carol Kaufman, Trinity Dutro, Garry Peerless, Robbin Del Nagro, Patrick DuMouchel, Mark Donaldson, Trinity Dutro, Julian Labadie, Joy Cook, Greg Clarke, Allyson De Jong, Dan Cook, Connie Davis, Zane Pumiglia, Dennis McCary, Greg Custer, Jeff Kingsbury. The Band: Judy Hendrick, Daniel Medeles, Chuco Soto, Gilberto Rios, Jorge Verdin The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees at 3 pm. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm. Tickets are 300 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office, 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. Email: tickets@ lakesidelittletheatre.com or call (376) 766 0954.  NEXT UP AT BRAVO! THEATRE… It’s an encore production of  I, Claudia  starring Jayme Littlejohn in a one woman show playing four different characters.  .  This encore is being directed by David Wharff.  It is a touching and very funny look at a 12 year old’s view and experience of life and family that reminds us of our youth (and how lucky we are to be past it!). Tickets are 250 pesos and will be on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique. Show dates are February 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm and February 18, 21 and 25 at 4 pm. Or email mymytickets@gmail. com. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE The next Naked Stage production is Seascape, Jayme Littlejohn by Edward Albee. It’s directed by Randy Warren. This is one of Albee’s most cherished plays, a fantastic story of what it means to be alive It’s the winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show runs February 22. 23 and 24 at 4 pm. Donation is 100 pesos. The Box Office and Bar open at 3 pm. Reservations are by email at:  nakedstagereservations@ gmail.com  The Naked Stage is on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from The Cast: Jean Llewellyn, Stan Rawson, Suki the Catholic Church and O’Brien, Fred Koesling in front of the Baptist Church.  Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church. CHECK THE CHANGE Northern Lights Festival de Febrero has a date change for one of their concerts. “Married to the Job” will now be presented on February 28 at 4 pm at the Auditorio in La Floresta instead as previously advertised. Please check their website for update.


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DINNER THEATRE AT LA BODEGA – SINGING ON A STAR #2 Snowbirds and other Lakesiders who missed the Lake Chapala Chorale’s big Broadway revue “Singing on a Star” last October will be thrilled to know that the group is doing an encore presentation this March, with favorites and new numbers. Pick up advance tickets at Diane Pearl Colecciones for 300 pesos or 350 at the door, if available. The price includes a mouthwatering grilled chicken dinner as well as the show. Show dates are March 9, 11, 16 and 18, all from 5:45 pm to 8 pm, with dinner service beginning at 5:30 pm. HELP THEM TO HELP KIDS The Lake Chapala Shrine Club will be hosting their Twelfth Annual Ribfest Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 1 pm. The event is at the beautiful Cumbres Garden Event center located high above Chula Vista Norte Colonos. Ample parking will be available for up to 350 cars and there will also be shuttle buses providing transportation from Black Coffee, located across the road from Wal-Mart, starting at 12:45 pm. Funds raised from the 500 peso Ribfest ticket donation will be used to provide physical examination of Lakeside children under 18 years of age, to determine if they qualify for treatment locally or for transportation to the Mexico City Shrine Hospital. Tickets are available from any Shriner, at Diane Pearl Colecciones, O & A Investments or by emailing davidheccles@hotmail.com or David at 331.017.1724 or pking1931@gmail.com telephone 763.5126. WHITE NIGHTS, WHITE LIGHTS CASA Table for the A beautiful table service, and a gourmet meal 2017 Winners cooked and served by members of CASA, is a highlight of the live auction at “White Night, White Lights,” the Ninos Incapacitados annual gala/dinner dance. The event is on Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 10 pm, at the Hotel Real de Chapala. Organizers suggest a dress code of white, either festive attire or business casual. They say, “Be prepared for a lovely evening under the stars, and a gala full of light, sparkle and enjoyment.” Musical entertainment is by Great American Songbook Francis Dryden, Paul Brier and Jimmy Bardo. The ticket cost is 550 pesos. For tickets contact Sue Williams at 766-0487 or email suwillms28@hotmail.com. MEL GOLDBERG DOES IT AGAIN He says, “This is the haiku and photo that won in the 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo-Haiku Contest:   “the sea  silent as lips of men sleeping in its depths” More from Mel next month…. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE Many of you visit La Manzanilla in the winter months. Just a little north of La Manz is Boca de Iguana and the fabulous restaurant/B&B, Chantli Mare by the Sea. When you are there for one of their fine meals, please be aware that the paintings on the walls are the works of members of Ajijic’s Lake Chapala Painting Guild. The paintings and their prices will be in place from mid-December to mid-March.

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ear Editor, In her “sponsored” article, “We Must Not Forget Our Past” (Ojo; Jan.; page 8), Phyllis Ewing repeats a falsehood almost word-for-word and attempts to build a case around it, using as props brave and honorable people like President Dwight Eisenhower, Anne Frank, the Founding Fathers, and none other than Holocaust victims, to cloak what is in reality a bigoted screed against people of the Muslim faith. I will not dignify the falsehood by repeating it, but it pertains to schools in the United Kingdom considering a ban on teaching students about the Holocaust because it might offend resident Muslims. Such a claim came from a 2007 email circulated among Christian extremists and anti-Muslim activists and afterward became a popular passalong with white supremacists and the immigration-fearful. The email has routinely been proved false ever since, even by august news organizations like the BBC -- the British Broadcasting Company -- and the Holocaust remains required curriculum in all British schools, where age appropriate. The Holocaust was a horrendous act of systematic, state-sponsored murder of a religiously and culturally distinct people. Of course it is vital to remember it in memorials, preserving and interpreting records, and teaching it to the young so that they might establish a society where it is unlikely to be repeated. Mrs. Ewing is a selfproclaimed history buff, so somewhere she must have asked herself, “Why do things like the Holocaust happen?” Well, I have a hint for her/him: Lies, and people repeating them without question because a political force has asked you to do so. The Holocaust was tacitly approved when Germans, manipulated by the Nazi party, began to repeat lies about their Jewish neighbors: Jews were from an ‘alien race,’ cheated in economic matters, enslaved their workers and farmers, had a brutal and offensive religion, endangered the survival of the Aryan race with intermarriage. These things and more were printed and reprinted to mislead people into defining the Other, the enemy within -- the Jews -- as the culprit in


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German national economic stress. It was aided by preachers in pulpits and Nazi-aligned intellectuals, all who burnished the propaganda with their distorted reasoning under the guise of national urgency, making it more palatable and easier for ordinary Germans to turn their heads when atrocities began to happen in the streets. After setting the stage, the gruesome, efficient murder-machine rattled fully to life, operated by willing citizens who killed millions of innocent Jewish men, women, children -- from tiny infants to budding teenagers -- among other victims, all of which Ms. Ewing detailed for us. However, she left out millions of others who were systematically murdered by the Nazis, too -- homosexuals, the mentally and physically disabled, opposition party members, political prisoners, undesirable ethnic groups, and prisoners of war—All in order to usher in the Third Reich, where Germany could be Great Again. The case can be made that, by repeating such a falsehood about people of the Muslim faith, Ms. Ewing herself participates in the same type of propaganda campaign as the one that assigned power to the Nazis and ushered in the Holocaust. At the end of the article, it conflates the tragedy and horrors of the Holocaust with the removal of historic statues of the Confederacy, an act that would have been considered righteous to even the defeated General Robert E. Lee: “I think it wiser,” the retired military leader wrote about a proposed Gettysburg memorial in 1869, “…not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.” The article’s forced analogy was not only ridiculous, but insulting to the people who suffered the horrors of the Holocaust. If the writer of the article wishes to call herself/himself a history buff, I would suggest she/he consider that, unchecked and unstudied, history tends to repeat itself. She might rethink the ways in which she is part of the real problem of “forgetting our past.” Margaret Porter Ajijic

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<280867&/26(7+('225$1' 029(21 %\5RJHU-RKQVRQ He called her often, oh far and wide, Said he wanted her right by his side, Another woman was with him and kept The bed warm on the side where he slept. You must close the door and move on. She wanted to get his calls, Needed someone to talk to, after all, Her relationships had not been the best, She kept saying no to all the rest. You must close the door and move on. Safe, as those calls might have been, They were hollow; her heart could not win, Why wasn’t he here to hold her hand? And be there for her, why? Take a stand, You must close the door and move on. (Gentleman Two of Lady Two) He worked at it alone, so hard to resolve, So many problems with a threat to dissolve A relationship he thought could be strong’ And her family just cheered him along. But you must close the door and move on. The lies were there from month one, Communication collapsed, she would run Hide her stress, see her shrink, pop a pill, He saw the need; let me help if there is a will. No you must close the door and move on. Now his health takes a turn for the worse, Doctors say, it’s the lady, she’s a curse. Friends, even family mystified’ That’s enough, trust is gone, oh those lies. You must close the door and move on. (Lady One and Gentleman Two) We met; we were good from the start, Conversation, touching, feelings from the heart, We’d talk ‘til we lost track of time, What we’ve both been though in life is a crime. See, you must close the door and move on. Future’s bright, love abounds, “Is that joy?” The wise lady, cautious, goes slow, a bit coy, Friends and family must approve of this guy. Fear is fading, trust is growing, I see why. We’re closing the door and moving on. He brings her to him, holds her tight, won’t let go. She almost believes, this is the man to love her so, That together they’ll finish their years, Able to forgive those in the past, all those tears, Oh, you must close the door and move on.


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n all my 23 years as the editor of this magazine, I have never seen it happen before. Over those same years, we often published articles and stories that have found sizable favor with our readers, as recorded by Letters to the Editor and the number of hits on our website, Chapala.com. Ordinarily, in the first week of the publication of any given issue, a strong response from the reading public might be reflected by the number of â&#x20AC;&#x153;hitsâ&#x20AC;? for that article on our website. Anywhere near 500 â&#x20AC;&#x153;hitsâ&#x20AC;? is a substantial indicator of the impact that article has made on our readership. In our recent January 2018 issue, an article entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Cannot, But I Canâ&#x20AC;? by Karl Homann quickly registered within one week of its publication the astounding number of more than 10,000 hits. The article, a Lakeside variation of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pay It Forwardâ&#x20AC;? world-wide movement, obviously touched a sizable number of people, and in doing so reflected great credit

on both Mr. Homann, as well as our local community. The Lakeside area has long been a haven for compassionate residents and the large number of local charities is but one indication of that. El Ojo del Lago takes this opportunity to salute both Mr. Homann, as well as all the wonderful people who inhabit this, our beloved little corner of Mexico. AGD



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Writing And My Relationship With It :DUG G %\-RKQ:DUG


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yss was always e. In difficult for me me. the first, second nd d and third rd d grades, there were no ball-w points, biros orr fountain f pens where I grew up, p,, in Africa. I was enrolled coned d at a local con nvent where stickk wielding nunss taught the alphabet habet b t and d made d us write with “dipping” pens that you dipped in ink-wells and which got more ink on your fingers than on the page. If any ink actually got on the page it was usually in one big blob with spider-web like tendrils radiating out over whatever it was you were writing. Fortunately there was always a nun conveniently close to crack your knuckles when this happened, as a form of negative reinforcement or alternatively a means of expressing frustration at suffering a life of chronic vir-


ginity. Writing, g under those ciru cumstances was, c u understandably, laborious and an n something to be b e avoided. Later, in p primary school I teacher had a teache er called Mrs. DuHeadmaster at St. TToit, oit, wife of the H Marks M Ma rks Boarding g School and TorChamber. tture tu ree C h mbe One day she ha asked sweetly to write aas skked ked us sw ke about our family routine at home. We now had fountain pens that you didn’t have to dip in an inkwell every three letters, but which also managed to cover your thumb, index and middle finger with ink. In my essay on family routine, I made the mistake of leaving the “e” out of the word “clothes” when I wrote that my mother put on her clothes to go for a run and I was teased, berated and humiliated mercilessly by Mrs. DuToit and the rest of the class as she shouted “Her

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CLOTHS!? She put on her CLOTHS??!! As you might imagine, this and other similar incidences further dampened my enthusiasm for writing. I was eight at the time. Still later in high school, having given up hope of ever being able to write, I would dread the inevitable essay writing homework. According to my very British teachers I was just shy of qualifying for government assistance due to my moronic and irretrievably cretinous writing style. Hell, even Word for Windows just put a red line under the word Cretinous! In undergraduate school, some of my professors in Rome, Italy where I studied at John Cabot International College, saw some promise. I wrote a film script and won the accolades of several professors. When I got to Duke University in North Carolina my writing for my psychology degree achieved acceptability! I was thrilled. My father then decided I wanted to be an accountant and insisted I go to graduate school in accounting. Writing thirty page papers on the benefits of a capital lease as opposed to an operating lease lacked a certain… oh I don’t know – spark, interest, excitement, inspiration? Although my professors, I grant you, would be very excited about reading my views on the subject, they would hand the papers to a woman who purported to be an English professor. She was one of those beautiful but awful people one runs into from time to time through the course of one’s life. If I had the temerity to spell labor with a “u” as in labor, the correct way, since English is the language adopted by Americans, I lost ten points per original English spelling! That was an immediate “B” from an “A” which the paper would have obtained. Programme instead of program (the latter of which I prefer) and cheque instead of check, all wrong and, lamentably, grade killers. By the way Word for Windows has put a red line under all of them. Eventually I wrote for a couple of

magazines and a couple of newspapers and was able to become a little more creative without some professorially pretentious poltroon pontificating about my imperfect prose. Now my screen is covered in flecks of spit. I shouldn’t have read that part out loud. Every now and again, I write for the Ojo del Lago, not so much to be published, which is always great, but because I am so inspired by the editor of this magazine. A man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, avoided arrest in more countries than I have visited and made something amazing of himself. A man who went from sleeping in his car while writing, directing and producing movies, to sleeping in someone else’s house. A man who would sacrifice all to save a dog and has looked after at least three hordes of dogs during his lifetime, while, and at the same time, writing, reading and editing other people’s work, inspiring others to write, running a writer’s group in town and always encouraging people to explore their abilities. A man of taste, who would never think of wearing a striped scarf with a polka- dotted dress. (That last part is to check that he really reads the stories he is meant to be editing.) You can see him in Ajijic and Chapala. He walks around with a shillelagh in his hand looking for writers who don’t attach their names to article submissions. One piece I wrote actually healed a mother-daughter breach and I am very proud of that. It is a musical about runaway children and the horrors they face living on the street. I was informed by a mutual friend that this mother and daughter had not spoken for years. The daughter had dropped out of school, shaved a swastika in her hair on one side and a cross in the other side. She had pierced every available flap of skin and dressed in a way that even people who admired the “Grunge” look were appalled. They went to see the musical together and afterwards they stayed up until 4 am. Talking. The next day they went to buy her a new wardrobe and she agreed to go back to school. I don’t know how long the new relationship lasted, it’s not easy being a parent or an adolescent, but I was proud just to have provided that opportunity. So writing has been difficult and frustrating, but also difficult and gratifying. You will notice “difficult” is always a characteristic. Unless you don’t care what you say or how you say it, writing takes work, but work well worth doing. John Ward

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ate for the meeting, Matador ran down Calle De Las Olas. Damn, he thought, I was so sure I’d be on time this week. The chairman singled him out often and not because he thought that Matador deserved a commendation. When he turned the corner, he crashed into somebody. “Get out of the way,” he snarled and looked up into the most beautiful blue eyes he had ever seen. “Pardon me,” he stuttered. She gazed at him exuding quiet confidence. “In a hurry?” she inquired and he could not remember a single syllable that would make sense. “Never,” he finally muttered and kept staring. “Bonita,” she introduced herself and seemed to wait for him to answer. Instead of replying, he turned around as if he wanted to leave, but ended up in a full circle until he faced her again. “Yes, you are,” he said with a sigh. He discerned by her raised eyebrow that she expected a different reply. “I mean, Matador,” he supplied and bowed. He waited and snuck a glimpse from underneath his lowered head to see if she watched him. “By any chance are you going to the summit?” she asked and Mat realized how tardy he was, as they bolted up Calle Revolucion. At the entrance to the bull ring they


stopped to catch their breath. Without discussion he slumped down and tiptoed inside. “And there he is. The least dependable of them all,” a booming voice declared and Mat cringed. After straightening himself, he stood facing the chairman while trying to suppress a goofy grin. “Sorry I’m late,” he offered. He tried to see where Bonita had slunk off to, but she had disappeared. ‘El Jefe’ Kahuna was big. He had been elected two years prior and managed to whip the group of misfits into shape. They were considered the most skilled scavengers in the Chapala region. Leon, the oldest of the group was fourteen, two years Kahuna’s senior. At election time they had gotten into a huge scrap; the group had formed a circle to cheer on the future leader of the alliance. The result had been vicious. Both pugilists had fought to the blood and half of one of Leon’s ears had been left on the floor. It gave him a rakish appearance, not an entire misfortune, according to what the ladies told him. El Jefe cleared his throat and the congregation shut up. “It has come to my attention,” he began and displayed his signature menace stare, “that some in our group prefer to sleep all night, rather than rummaging through their assigned streets and properties.

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An outraged murmur arose within the assembly and heads were swivelling to find the culprits. As per the unruffled expressions all around, the guilty parties must have been skipping the meeting. Though some of them gaped at Matador, he took a wide stance of defiance against their antagonism. Once or maybe twice, perchance a few more times, he had overslept for roll call and they never let him forget it. Okay, the other time he had eaten all the tacos he had found without sharing. Maybe they were still mad about the occasion where he had filched the chicken right from under Cerdo’s nose; served him right, that ceaseless muncher. After all, his nickname was pig, for howl’s sake. They resented him because he was the best-looking of them all. They saw how all the girls singled him out. His mom always told him that his cocky attitude would get him killed or maimed some day. “Excuse me.” A high-pitched voice was heard among the buzz and duly ignored. “Excuse me?” Expecting a bashful female, everyone was astonished when they spotted the very tall speaker. “Gigante,” he introduced himself and ignored the snickers. “I’m new to the area. I would like to join the group.” Disgruntled scoffs were audible among some of the ruffians. Snippets of ‘never enough,’ no more sharing, ’get out’ could be heard. The voices of dissent were silenced by Kahuna. “I decide who joins the band of thieves,” he bellowed. A couple of goons were jostling and pushing each other instead of showing respect, but they soon changed their minds when El Jefe charged at them. “These are the sections assigned to every unit”, he announced after returning to the elevated steps. “Your task is as follows.” Matador stopped listening when he spotted Bonita on the opposite side of the loop. To his chagrin, her focus was on Kahuna. “I cannot reach the bags. They’re hanging too high,” somebody wailed and staring down at the brown-haired runt who had complained, snuffles broke out. When he stepped forward, the hilarity among the group grew. “It’s not funny,” he whined as he backed up on somebody’s toes. Immediate retaliation maneuvers between a few of the comrades pushed and prodded the doomed perpetrator around. Kahuna barked, “Name?” Before he managed to announce his moniker, the little guy’s nose began dripping. As he shook his head, snot flew all around. “Enano,” he cried as one of the hoodlums scuffed him behind his ear and he landed face first in the dirt.

“His nickname is dwarf, what a fitting name for a pip squeak like you, “one of them sniggered. “Gigante,” el Jefe boomed, “you and Enano can work together.” The assembly was losing magnitude as their attention span was short. It took some time for order to be restored. “You will concentrate in the Upper La Floresta area,” El Jefe declared. Excitement mounted, everybody knew that incredible stuff could be found in the upscale area. Matador had heard enough and made his way around to where he had seen Bonita. In a deliberate move he stumbled into her back and held his breath as he waited for her reaction. A painful jolt catapulted him out of his romantic notion. Staring into the cold eyes of El Jefe, he was on the verge of peeing on himself but managed a respectful bow. “Chief,” he said and yawned. An unfortunate habit when he was anxious. Something dawned on him when he saw Bonita standing beside Kahuna. Although, how this blue-eyed, fairhaired beauty could be enamoured with the bald-shaven colossal and not tumble nose over butt over his incredible physique and raven long-haired mane, he couldn’t fathom. But rules were rules; and this one said, don’t touch the boss’ female. To signal how unintentional his physical contact had been, he crouched down as if he had lost something in the tumble. When he looked back up he watched their backs as they sauntered off. The meeting had been adjourned. Everybody had received their assignments, apart from Matador, of course. Nobody had left the bull ring yet, when several gun shots jerked them out of their complacency and they bolted toward the exit. Seconds later they had dispersed into the night. Except for Mat; he was invisible as he ran along the outer edge of the field, straight towards the shadow on the other side. While aiming, the man yelled at the fleeing pack. He never quite finished his tirade, calling them damn dogs, flee-ridden mongrels. With a flying leap, the alleged, least dependable of them all, sank his teeth into the man’s behind, thus preventing the killing of any of his compatriots and disappeared into the night. Though, he did not get the girl, henceforth, the bull-ring in the small Mexican town of Ajijic was known in the canine world El Dominio de Matador. Hildegard Hintz

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ear Sir: Firstly, I apologize, I don’t have access to a computer, but felt compelled to write to you about Mr. Bill Frayer’s article— “Uncommon Sense—When expert opinion is questionable,” As a Canadian, and a physician who lived in the Ajijic area and worked in family practice and emergency medicine for a number of years, I know the importance of trust and clinical security one must have in his or her physician on clinical guidance. Mr. Frayer wrote an excellent and thought-provoking article about his personal medical and his personal challenge as a patient. Happy to read, it worked out as a physician trained in clinical practice— undergraduate M.D. Mexico, post grad US internships, I know how personally frustrating and psychologically debilitating it is for a physician to make the wrong clinical decision for his or her patients. Medicine is vast and each physician has their own expertise in medicine, and yet all of us have made mistakes in our clinical judgments including myself. In the same July issue, P.52, “A New Lease—On Life,” by Judit Rajhathy, “Many are Nutritionally, Not Medically Ill,” is an outstanding medical article. We as consumers, she states, must take responsibility for our, own health. Judit is right on the money about our


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health care—the key is preventive medicine through diet and exercise. We look after our investments, homes, etc., and yet we spend little investment in preventive medicine, until we become sick. Lakeside is so very fortunate in physicians and health care providers in preventive medicine. I have been reading your excellent magazine for years and have read countless testimonials about outstanding physicians, some trained in the U.S. I remember reading Victoria Schmidt’s articles on how much she admired Mexican medicine. Some feel it is superior to the U.S and Canada according to your writers. I have had the privilege as a Canadian working in Canada, USA and México in the emergency medical services, it doesn’t matter where you train it is your responsibility to treat patients as you would liked to have been treated in medicine. Remember the golden rule in medicine, a good oral history and clinical exam are the most important foundations in medicine, not just ordering a large amount of tests. Take charge of your life and health care, don’t be afraid to challenge your physician, ask for a consult if you are not happy about your diagnosis. Research your illness; learn all you can about it. Start exercise, eating right; it is never too late. Stop smoking, cut back on alcohol, assess all your medications. LCS is another network of excellent medical resources and health lectures. This is an outstanding organization of medical advice—while living in México over the years I had the honor and privilege to give many lectures in family practice and emergency medicine. As Judit Rajhathy stated in her article, we only have one body—treat it with care and respect, eat right, exercise. As I now think about my first day of medical school my professor quoted from the father of medicine. Hippocrates —“Life so short, the craft so long to learn. Stay healthy and spiritual in mind and body.” Dr. Brian W. Jones MD A.C.L.S Canada

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Ancient Gold

Compared to the riches hes of Peru, gold was relatively rare in n meso-America and, though gh h quills filled with gold dustt were sometimes used ass a medium of exchangee and the glittering metal al was called the “excrement nt of the gods”, it was far less ess valued than jade or even n plumes for personall adornment or ritual offer-ings. Nevertheless, when Fray Bartolome de lass Casas first viewed the treaeasures Cortez had sent to Charles V, he judged them “So rich, and made with such artistry they seemed a dream and not fashioned by the hands of men.” The goldsmiths who produced the cartwheel sized golden sun and the jewelry and figurines in the form of ducks, shrimp, monkeys and tiny bells were as skilled as any European artisan. They knew how to “marry” gold and silver, weld precious metals and plate copper with gold. They also worked exquisitely in repousse, inlay and filigree and were familiar with the sophisticated technique of lost-wax casting. The Mixtec artisans of the 15th and 16th centuries raised the craft to new heights. The tombs of Monte Alban have yielded many treasures, which, by happy accident, escaped being melted down to satisfy Spanish greed. Their artistic value far exceeds their intrinsic worth as mere gold. Disk, Chichen Itza Literally thousands of golden offerings have been dredged from the depths

of the Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza. Unfortunately, most of them had been ritually “killed” to release their spirits before being offered to the gods. This thin gold disc was crumpled into a ball but remained intact so that it could be painstakingly unrolled and copied. The artist’s sketch shows the original design which depicts an enemy warrior triumphing over two native Maya during the Toltec conquest of the Yucatan (c. A.D. 990). Pectoral This piece from Veracruz, dating from the late Classic (1250- 1521), is an excellent example of the goldsmith’s art. Thin, molded sections and fine wire are combined to cre-


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ate an image with half-closed eyes, a scanty stylized beard and wicked fangs. He p wears a pendant, ear spools and an elaborately feathered and flowered crown. He stan st tan and ds about ds a stands four inches high and has been variously identified as the dead man among whose grave goods it was found or a representation of the god of fire. Necklace These ten jaguar masks and the thirty eight gold beads that separate them aare, unlike most llost lo os wax castings, virtually identical in vi ir shape, even to the sh ha fine details like bulgfi fin iing in g eyes, wickedly curving fangs and cu evenly spaced holes for stringing. They were produced by the ingenious eve method of coating pre-molded clay and charcoal forms with a thin layer me of wax before enclosing the whole in the final mold. The surviving segment measures a little over ten inches and comes from a late post-classic me Mayan tomb (c. A.D. 1500). Ma Ear Spools Ear ornaments, the bigger, the better, seem to have ge been mandatory attire for gods, be kings, priests and nobles. Every ki painting shows men wearing pa enormous ear spools and most en statues have pierced ears that st once held them, but few of on those have survived. Even fewth er boast the elegant simplicity of this pair of golden circles which have a surprisingly modern feel. Found in a Mixtec tomb, they measure over one-anda-half inches in diameter and are believed to date from as early as A. D. 1250. Mask Xipe Totec, as the god of springtime and planting, is shown here wearing the flayed skin of a sacrificial victim to symbolize the regeneration of life from the seemingly inert husk of the seed. The closed eyes and sagging cheeks of the dead face contrast dramatically with the opulence of the tasselled crown, ear spools and lip plug. Considering that the image is less than three inches high, the wealth of fine detail is amazing. Pendant Four intricately worked golden plaques, one above the other, form an ornament that once adorned the chest of a priest or a god/king of the Mixtec. At the top we see two gods playing ball with the grinning skull of the death lord between them. The second tier is the sun disk while the other two are symbols of the moon and the earth, giving the whole an astronomical significance. It is finished off with the usual fringe of tiny bells. Skull Hardly a thing of beauty by modern standards, this grinning, hollow eyed skull is yet an interesting example of the jeweller’s engineering skill and, perhaps, his macabre sense of humor. The toothy lower jaw is a separate piece, attached by loops to the upper, and so finely balanced that the slightest movement sets it flapping up and down in a ghastly semblance of gibbering conversation. The sweet sound of dangles of tiny jingling bells, one of which is missing, only adds to the horror.

Ring This image of Quetzalcoatl in his aspect of the wind god, Ehecatl, is typical of the elaborate rings for which Mixtec jewellers were justly famous. The large butterfly shaped nose plug gives the open-mouthed face a feline look. The elaborate crown features a moveable, free-swinging tassel guaranteed to give anyone but a god crossed eyes, and the dangling earrings are in the form of, you guessed it, tiny bells. Obviously, such a jewel as this was never intended for everyday use. Bell Though, as we have seen, small bells adorn most Mixtec jewelry, larger ones are less common. This two-inch example takes the form of Xolotl, the dog faced god, who represents yet another aspect, or alter ego, for Quetzalcoatl. The gracefully swirling head-dress and fine jewelry do little to improve the misshapen face with its twisted mouth and sparse beard. Xolotl was associated with human illness and deformity, which account for the tiny golden tears rolling down his cheeks. Labret Many nobles, especially those of Central Mexico, pierced their lower lips for wearing plugs in the form of animals, birds or, as in this particularly fine example, serpents. The sinuous curves, scaly head, basilisk eyes and fearsome fangs of the reptile are all faithfully portrayed. A final, frightening touch of realism is added by the forked tongue, which is hinged to flicker back and forth in an uncannily lifelike manner at the movement of the wearerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lips.

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vidently, John Pielmeier was inspired to write this play after seeing an article in a newspaper about an event that occurred in a convent in Brighton, New York, just outside the city limits of Rochester. However, the play is entirely fictional. There are only three characters – the psychiatrist “Dr Martha Livingstone”, the Mother Superior “Miriam Ruth” and the young nun “Sister Agnes.” A dead baby has been found strangled in a waste-basket in Agnes’ room, and she is on trial for first degree murder. Martha Livingstone is the court appointed psychiatrist who is required to report on Agnes’ sanity. All three roles are extremely de-


manding, and are very well acted by Deborah Spitz, Jacinta Springer and Johanna Labadie. I could have been watching a Broadway production, and I was completely engrossed as the play unfolded. Much credit is due to director Paul Kloegman for the inspired performances by these three actors. It becomes apparent during the play that Agnes is far from sane. She is a hysteric personality who was

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abused by her mother, and had an abnormal childhood without contact with other children. At times she displays elements of Multiple Personality Syndrome, and she also suffers from stigmata in the palms of her hands. To escape her pain, she takes refuge in God, and sings in a voice of extraordinary clarity and beauty. Both the psychiatrist and the Mother Superior seek to protect her in different ways. Dr Livingstone, who has her own problems with the Catholic Church, would like to prove her innocence of the crime of which she is accused. And Mother Miriam Ruth, who feels that Agnes is innocent in a spiritual sense, would like to keep her safe within the walls of the convent. Ultimately, both are disappointed in a couple of shattering scenes in Act Two, as Agnes reveals under hypnosis what actually happened and how she returned the baby to God. Johanna Labadie’s performance as Agnes is extraordinary, while Deborah Spitz and Jacinta Springer bring a remarkable level of intensity and realism to their respective roles. We are fortunate to have such talented actors in this town, and this play proves (if proof were needed) that LLT is fully capable of producing serious drama. I congratulate Paul Kloegman on

successfully bringing this thoughtprovoking play to the stage, and thanks also to Stage Manager Margo Eberly, and Co-Producers Geoff and Judy Long. I should also mention the spare and beautiful Set Design by Sheron Brackenbury. Next up is what promises to be a very entertaining musical event, Fiddler On The Roof, which opens on February 16 and runs through February 27. Michael Warren

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very January there is a spate of robberies around Lakeside, and every January there is an attempt to break into Tepehua Centro Comunitario A.C. Although the old front door took quite a beating it remained firm, like an old friend. They broke windows and left graffiti on the wall, which was quickly removed by the recovery team.  Failing to open the doors, they climbed over the roof. The only place they could penetrate was the kitchen where they stole all the food for the children’s Friday comida and a blender.  Everybody knows who they are but nobody is talking. I have a feeling the people will take their own revenge. These are the very boys we hope our gymnasium of 2018 can turn around. We were lucky that no one was in the center. We lost very little, everything is repairable. We are now repairing most of the windows, replacing them with plexiglass, putting screens and bars up, sealing doors not needed that lead to the street...but it is all doable.  If you look for it, there is a bright side to anything life throws at you, just look harder for it. It adds to the urgency of getting young boys off the street. Boys


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in the recovery program that actually make it have told their stories. One such kid was Ed Latimore, from Pennsylvania, who reached a level of fame with his book “Not Caring About What Anyone Thinks”. Ed spent his childhood in housing projects and ghettos, areas which promote many things that imprison you in that environment forever, such as teen pregnancy, a rap sheet, violence and drugs. He learned things too, that only experiencing it can teach you, that can also give you an advantage in life if you survive it. Some of Ed’s advice: Always have good manners in the hood, it defuses violence. Expect to be robbed, neglected and betrayed. Money is NOT the root of all evil; NOT having money is. Crime does pay - that is why the threat of prison rape means nothing. When you live in poverty and crime, you can always find something to be grateful for. Life is like poker, it is how you play the hand you are dealt. It is not easy, but anyone can change their life. Thank you Ed Latimore. I wish you were here in Mexico to talk to the boys of the Barrio in Tepehua. They need the wisdom of only those who have been there and done that. On the flip side, the prison of poverty and crime also has an appeal that smacks of freedom for those raised in secure homes...the appeal of the hood and the streets traps many a kid from a good home. We have our own Ed Latimores who are willing to give the gymnasium therapy their best shot, they are grateful to have beaten the odds themselves, and want to share knowledge with the boys. We need your forgotten work out machines...to help our forgotten kids.

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MEMORIES BEGONE! Juan Carlos Martinez The History of people should not be part of oblivion. The new generations are more insensitive, perhaps because the era of the cybernetic keeps most of the memories. But the smells, tastes, sounds and other perceptions of our senses are not easy to remember. Books take us through the times, yes, there are still things that must pass from generation to generation. Like good values, good feelings that produce good people and build a better world. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS BLOT ON PARADISE? Christy Wiseman Excellent article showing the greater rift occurring between our generation and those coming after. The new culture is far more abrasive or perhaps just more bereft of more articulate vocabulary. When my oldest son used the “F” word with a casual air, I reminded him that I was his mother and to please not use that word in my presence. He has honored that request and apparently passed it on to his brothers. We are old. I love this stage of life and being among others who share my “decrepit contentment.” We are only as irrelevant as we allow ourselves to be. I’m pleased to find that there are many younger people who seem to value civility also. Maybe it’s just the ones I choose to be around? I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY STATEROOM Gabrielle Blair I have enjoyed Part 2 as much as Part One. How well I remember on my first visit to St. Petersburg in 1985, then still called Leningrad, how our hosts

would save up for a long time to be able to offer us a feast when we went for a meal. The table would be groaning with goodies, food that they would never have been able to eat on a daily basis, but that were essential to offer guests in the truly hospitable Russian way. Let’s keep optimistic and never say never. A reflection like this one does its bit towards keeping the dream alive that a friendship between the US and Russia might be more of a “perhaps” rather than a “never.” WE MUST NOT FORGET OUR PAST Spinoza62 I think your rather convoluted thinking of somehow connecting the Confederate public square statues in the US with the Holocaust is terribly flawed. The Holocaust is thoroughly documented in history books and numerous expansive museums in 34 different countries. A powerful new huge museum was just opened in NY called “The Museum of Jewish Heritage.” Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is a worldclass powerful statement to the horrors of Nazism. Despite what Trump says, Confederate statues of people fighting to maintain slavery belong in museums too- not the public square. You don’t see public statues of Hitler in Germany. Iran saying the Holocaust didn’t happen to irritate Israel is a joke and educated Iranians don’t believe it anyway. Eisenhower, who was instrumental in integrating the military, would not object to those offensive Confederate statues being moved from the public square and placed in museums. MY HEART’S REJOICING Jerry Wow, this article really hit home, for I received an unexpected letter today and excitedly opened it feeling like a young boy receiving his first Valentines card. Emily Ms. Wiseman seems to always come forth with meaningful and caring articles. I always feel grateful when I’m finished reading what she has written. SHE CANNOT—BUT I CAN! Mikel Miller This is the best article I’ve read in El Ojo in the past six years. It contains insights and lessons for all of us who are expats living in Mexico. Congrats to author Karl Homann for writing it.


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fter 17 glorious us ewinters at Lakee side in Ajijic we spent the last winter in the snow infested lake-effect region of upstate New York. Why? It’s complicated, the rea-sons not for this writing. The lake we enjoy during the summer closes down in the winter, although some folks do live here all year round. This year we decided to join them and had a fabulous winter. The temperatures were relatively warm and the snow did not fly as far south from the lakeeffect zones of the Great Lakes. Usually the snow plow doesn’t go down our street because it is a dead-end and no one lives on this street in the winter. This last winter we lucked out. A neighbor four houses down from us let his niece and her boyfriend live there during the winter to wait out her pregnancy. A special county task force was


convened and it was decided that the street would be snow plowed just in case she needed emergency assistance. The US Postal Service does not deliver mail on our street but no special US Postal Service task force was convened to help the young couple down the street. The US Postal Service said there is no place for their mail delivery truck to turn around so there is no mail delivery. So let me see if I understand this rationale. The US mail truck is the size of my coffee table and the county snowplow truck is the size of my house and the US mail truck

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can’t turn around. Our mail box is on the corner of the main road as the mail truck services that part of the street. One day I came out for the mail and the post box was gone. It was laying 20 feet from its original birth place. The once-friendly snow plow had whacked it. I now understand the meaning of air mail. I called the county highway department to bark at them for the new twist in their snow service. The county superintendent would not pay for the new mailbox. He explained: “We just don’t do that.” “Why again?” I inquired. “Because we just don’t do that.” He claimed he had his mail box whacked four times in two years in an attempt to appease me. He failed to see the irony that his employees were trying to send him a message. And may I add, via air mail. The next day I decided to fix the mail box myself. When I approached the mail box it had miraculously self-healed itself as it was standing where it once was lodged. Hold on, there was something wrong though. The mail box was about a foot lower than before. I stared at the mail box only to discover it had been jammed into the snow bank

and was tittering on its last legs with each breath from the gusting winds. I can’t prove it, but someone in the county highway department was laughing. Well, I always like to have the last laugh. I drew up plans and a list of materials to construct a four foot deep hole and place an eight inch steel casing into the hole and fill the casing up with concrete. I was going to lace the snow plow eating structure with reflective lights with a warning that would read: “I know where you live.” My wife thought I had flipped, but my buddies and our beers thought otherwise. The hole-digging went slow because the ground was half frozen and the beers interfered with a task that was supposed to be straightforward. At about inches into the hole, several blisters later and two buddies gone home, a county official stopped by and informed us such a structure so close to the road needed a special permit. We didn’t like the amount of time the permit would take so we offered him a beer if he would look the other way. We realized at our last offer of three beers that he would not relent. When I looked down at our blistered hands, the empty beer cans on the ground and each other’s half-frozen red faces I realized I should hire a hole drilling outfit. Fortunately the mail box wasn’t down long enough to miss the weekly delivery of the Penny Saver and Costco coupon mail outs. Home Depot was gracious enough to accept the material returns without a re-stocking charge. This winter will be void of snow plows, mail delivery and feeding the wood fire. We are returning to Lakeside. Chuck Pattinian

7KH*XLWDULVW Enfolded, resting in his lap, His body moulds to fit her shape. Eyes shut, he listens to her sounds, Invokes the muse to guide his hands. Holding her with firm embrace, He plucks and teases out her chords, Like lover grooming knotty braids. Fleet fingers putter over wood, Then shock with smacking palm, An echoing drum! A change of mood and gentle touch, Recall gurgling brook and lullaby. On bolder note, evoking Spain, He strums Flamenco’s rhythms strange. The final chord, languid, sustained, Lingers, touching somewhere deep: Memories of Granada and Alhambra nights, Of castanets and wild heel beats, The smell of fires and past romance, A warm embrace and sensuous touch.

—By Gabriella Blair—

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he 2018 Lake Chapala Writers Conference will have a new venue, it is in the auditorium behind Plaza Jardine Restaurant, (Often referred to as El Jardine), on the Ajijic Plaza, just walk through the restaurant and have the opportunity to change your writing life. But first you must register for the 2018 conference, forms can be picked up at Diane Pearl´s, or you can request a registration form from a committee member. It takes a team to plan, organize and bring about any successful conference. Each year there are challenges and decisions that require cool heads and thoughtful minds to make certain the correct presenters deliver a meaningful, informative and consistent message, keep the finances and a hundred small details. The Lake Chapala Writers Conference is fortunate to have a small and cohesive group of volunteers. Victoria Schmidt uses her talents as both financial manager and registrar. Mel Goldberg manages the book sales as well as the raffle table. Carol Bradley is the conference Mistress of Ceremonies and manages our public image. You can follow us by liking Lake Chapala Writers Conference on Facebook. My main duty is to invite our presenters and manage a few other details. We try to bring articulate and inspirational presenters who are willing to share their writing and publishing knowledge while helping our writing community grow through inspiration and knowledge about writing and publishing. The 2018 Conference will offer plenty of opportunity for growth, inspiration and knowledge with a lineup of talented speakers. Award winning writer Jennifer Wilson will share her writing techniques when she tells about Writing True Stories their pitfalls, pratfalls and Other Important Details. Ms. Wilson is a university writing instructor, she has been a reporter, English teacher,


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newspaper and radio editor. Her writing has been published by National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet and a long list of other notable publications. Her award winning memoir, Running Away to Home, is a wonderful story about returning to her ancestral home with her young children. She will share details about writing a memoir. Internationally-known writer Samantha Waltz won her first writing award when she was eleven years old and since that time she has worked as an editor for Mademoiselle, written several books and has had over 60 personal essays published. Ms. Waltz will share her knowledge of writing and selling the personal essay. We all have experiences, shopping at the tianguis, travel, raising children, taking care of a dying spouse and each of us lives through these events in a different way, experiences that can be shared through writing. Ms. Waltz is a great resource for how to write and get our unique perspectives published. Roberta Rich is best known for her well-researched and fast-paced sixteenth-century novels of renaissance Venice and story of the Jewish midwife Hannah. Ms. Rich is not only a creative writer she is also an inspirational speaker who is willing to share her writing experience and tell us the ingredient editors look for and readers want to read. Toronto literary agent Beverly Slopen will be taking pitches for your novel or other writing projects. She will talk about Working with an Agent and the Agent/Writer Relationship. Publishers do not accept a manuscript unless it is represented by an agent and this opportunity to meet and pitch your work can only happen during the Lake Chapala Writers Conference. Whether you write for a few friends or for a large audience marketing is important and Pat Chase will share her knowledge about building a writers platform, she will talk about

helping writers build an on-line presence. The 13th Annual Lake Chapala Writers Conference will be held March, 7,8 and 9th at the Plaza Jardine Restaurant, there is an auditorium in the back of the restaurant. We promise inspirational speakers, good food and fellow writers. Registration forms are available at Diane Pearls on Colon Street, or you can e-mail windsorcottage@juno. com, victoriaashmidt@gmail.com. Registrations received by February 27, 2018 pay $2,000 pesos, after that date the charge is $2,500 pesos. Re-

gistration includes: Friday evening cash bar and an opportunity to get acquainted. All sessions on both March 8th and 9th, these dates include coffee, lunch and refreshments during breaks. Paid registrations received by February 27th will give you a ten minute opportunity to pitch your book idea or manuscript to Beverly Slopen. For $500 pesos Roberta Rich will critique part of your manuscript. Don’t miss this opportunity because it won’t happen for another year!

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he word Mexico Me exi xico co is derived from m an ancient ntt Mayan word meann-ing “all night celebrara-tion using explosives.” ess.” I happen to be a foreigner ne er who loves Mexican firework festivals. stivals. There e is a wonderful shindig g each year in n the Melaque town square uaare on St. St.. Patrick’s Day. There are re e plentyy of activities like parades ades and rodeos but the main attraction is the lighting of the Castillo. The Castillo is the evil clown of all fireworks displays. It is a sequoia tower with layers of pinwheels. A flame runs up the fuse lines which set fiery pyrotechnic events into motion. The euphoric crowd expects to see people set on fire. That is what makes this event so much fun. There are no disclaimer warnings nailed to the structure. There are no lawyers hiding in bushes waiting to pass out their cards to flaming victims. The fuses are lit and fire continues its upward journey, pinwheels spinning, making a hellish shrieking noise. Young boys with cardboard shields over their heads, dodge burning chunks of debris. This spectacle is nothing like the Shamu Show of Seaworld where you can seat yourself out of the “splash zone.” Hair scorching, crotch-seeking, flaming projectiles

spray the crowd ssp iin all directions. TThis is truly an event the whole e family will enjoy. ffa One On ne year, there was amusement park set a amu an us behind up behin nd the plaza with kiddy llots lo ts of kidd dy rides. My girlffriend fr iend and d I decided to try out It slams o ut Tilt-A-Whirl. Tilt--A you back and forth while frantically gyrating and doesn’t end until your head falls off. I could feel the loose skin on my face being hideously flattened and pressed to one side. Finally, the discombobulating ride ended and we were allowed to disembark our death cab with all the six-year-olds. Susan and I were clutching each other trying to regain our equilibrium. The carny ride started again before we had a chance to clear out onto the midway area. The whirling bucket passed inches from my head. None of the mothers seemed to be the least bit concerned. They were smiling and waiting while their agile progeny sidestepped the cabs like seasoned boxers slipping punches. In this country awareness is not legislated. It is learned. If your IQ is lower than a taco and the Tilt-A-Whirl kicks your ass, you better learn to duck the next time.

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n the evening of February 3, 1971, while conducting a routine drug raid, accompanied by fellow officers, New York City policeman Frank Serpico was shot in the face with a .22 long rifle slug while his arm was jammed in a doorway. According to Serpico and to civilians on the scene, his fellow officers did nothing to extract him from the doorway and did not issue an Officer Down call. It was left to a neighbor to summon an ambulance. Forewarned by a suspect in an earlier case that his own people were out to get him, Serpico had asked, “Who? Italians?” only to be informed that, no, his fellow cops were out to silence him


and get revenge for his outspoken role as a whistle blower uncovering layers of corruption and ineptitude in the NYPD of that era. Serpico had always been the cop to break the mold, to refuse to live down to the stereotypes of either the public at large or of his fellow officers. He preferred the performances of symphony orchestras, the ballet, the opera, the writings of Thoreau and the poetry of William Butler Yeats to the continual braggadocio of sexual exploits and team sports that typified squad room conversations. Everything about him aroused the suspicion of his peers. Presaging such popular TV cop shows as Toma and Bar-

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etta, he developed elaborate disguises while working undercover to bust drug dealers and prostitution rings. Perhaps his most unique disguise was that of Antoine, a Belgian diamond merchant, but he would also appear as a utility worker, a rabbi, an Amish tourist, a beer salesman from Germany, a Spanish businessman, a hobo, a derelict, a wino, a street sweeper, a construction worker, even a British attorney. With his thick beard, jeans, sandals, love beads and intentionally shabby appearance, he appeared in a myriad of roles while serving on the “whore patrol”, arresting prostitutes and their pimps. A crack shot on the police range and an accomplished martial artist, Serpico kept in top physical condition by running on the beach, practicing karate exercises, bicycling, riding horses, and working out in the gym. While serving as an infantryman in the US Army during the 1950’s, Serpico spent his leave time in Tokyo, where he learned Japanese. As a police officer, he found his language facility an asset, becoming fluent in Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic and Russian. While off duty, Serpico earned a BA in sociology and vacationed in exotic locales like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, once even joining a lady friend in Finland and subsequently another in Sweden. He shared a tiny apartment in Greenwich Village with his English sheep dog Alfie. He regularly visited specialty shops where he purchased only the best Polish sausages, cheese, salami, and Turkish coffee. Frank Serpico was a man of the world, a Renaissance man. It was Serpico’s refusal to look the other way in the face of widespread corruption within the ranks of the NYPD that earned him the hatred of his fellow officers. From earliest boyhood, Serpico had been obsessed with becoming a cop. At the academy, unlike many others, Serpico saw his future role not as a job but as a calling. An uncompromising idealist, Serpico believed in the depths of his soul that a policeman must exhibit stricter standards of conduct than civilians. He simply could not accept a world in which those standards were so blatantly violated. Early on, as a uniformed patrolman, Serpico refused to accept free meals in restaurants or to engage in “cooping”, taking refuge from winter weather and sleeping while on duty, as many of his peers were doing. While serving as a plainclothes man exposing racketeering in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, Serpico became painfully aware of corruption among his peers and grew ever more determined to combat it. Superior officers and public officials, fearing a public backlash,

were more interested in hushing up shakedowns, bribes and payoffs from illegal gambling operations than in closing them down. Corruption was so rampant that many spoke openly of accepting “clean money” for overlooking less serious offenses like gambling and prostitution and minor traffic infractions, as opposed to “dirty money” from narcotics violations. Cops battled crime everywhere except among themselves. Omerta, an attitude of silence, lack of cooperation with authorities, and steadfast refusal to report illegal acts provided a “blue wall of silence” behind which corruption flourished. Omerta demands retaliation against informers, referred to as snitches or rats. Crooked cops began to treat Serpico as a rat, and threats were made against his life. After years of frustration, as one official after another promised action but failed to deliver, Serpico went to the New York Times in 1970, contributing to a front page expose, causing Mayor John Lindsay to form the Knapp Commission to investigate corruption, prosecute offenders and establish guidelines for dealing with future violations. My good friend, the editor of this publication, has shared with me his view that there is no human better than a good cop and none worse than a bad one. We hear more about bad cops than we do about good ones these days. Cops save lives every day, often at the risk of their own. Serpico believed that a cop’s job is to help people. Nearly all would agree. Still, the bad ones cannot be overlooked. On July 26, 2017, Nurse Alex Wubbles was handcuffed, arrested and treated in the most savage manner by a Salt Lake City police officer after she properly refused to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient in the emergency room. The video of the incident was only released to the public on Thursday, August 31. Given that Nurse Wubbles had acted responsibly and ethically, following hospital policy and the law of the land, the incident is an embarrassment to all peace officers everywhere. No one intervened. Perhaps, as Thoreau says, they were all, “Too timid to risk themselves in the name of doing right.” I have been privileged in the course of two careers to work alongside many police officers on all levels. Without exception, I have found them to be persons who exhibit the highest of ethical standards, courage, even temperament and professionalism. The Salt Lake City cop’s actions strike me as an aberration, albeit one that requires a firm response, and he has since been removed from duty. Despite TV cop shows that portray police work as a series of ongoing gun duels rivaling those of the Western

Front, 95% of all police officers on all levels never fire their weapons once during the entirety of their careers other than on the range. The treatment accorded Nurse Wubbles was barbaric. Sad to say, all too many members of minority groups have suffered a similar fate at the hands of bullish officers. Dr. Ali S. Khan, formerly Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in charge of combatting biological warfare, tells in his recent book The Next Pandemic about how he was held in small windowless room and interrogated over and over for hours by police at the Chicago airport because he was brown skinned and had a “Muslim sounding name”. US Senator Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican of African descent, reports that he was stopped by police seven times in 2016, sometimes for reasons as flimsy as driving a new car in the “wrong” neighborhood. Even more disturbing is the recent miscarriage of justice involving the acquittal of Arizona policeman Philip Brailsford who shot and killed the unarmed Daniel Shaver as he begged for his life. Frank Serpico is now 81 and, following many years of exile in Switzerland and the Netherlands, lives in a tiny cabin

in the upstate New York wilderness. As a consequence of his wound, he remains deaf in one ear and still carries bullet fragments in his head. He continues to receive hate mail and death threats. The only thing he ever wanted was to be a good cop, and bad cops took that away from him. Serpico’s “own people” did get him. Still, he paved the way for others, like those whom I have been privileged to know, to continue being good cops. Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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One of the first adages aspiring bridge players learn is “Eight Ever, Nine Never”. This refers to the best way to play suit combinations when you hold 8 or 9 cards in a suit missing the queen. The theory is that with just 8 cards you should always finesse for her majesty but when you hold 9 cards you should play for the drop. But like many things in bridge – as in life – there are exceptions and it would have been beneficial to the declarer of this month’s hand to be aware of them. The bidding was competitive which always leads to some uncertainty as to what the final contract should be. East passed in first seat and South opened 1 heart. West took advantage of the vulnerability to make a weak jump overcall of 2 spades and this put North on the spot. With 11 high card points and four hearts North had to decide whether to make a conservative bid of 3 hearts or the more aggressive 4 hearts. Even though the queen of spades was of dubious value on the auction, North decided to take a shot at the heart game. East pondered whether to enter the fray by bidding 4 spades which could have been a good non-vulnerable save against 4 hearts but decided that with 2


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aces and the trump queen there was a reasonable chance of defeating South’s contract, so he passed. West led the jack of spades, which would not have been everyone’s choice, but with East holding the Ace, no harm was done. When the jack held the trick, West continued with a spade which was ruffed by declarer. Without much further thought, South led a small trump to dummy’s ace and another one back to his king, only to get the bad news that the “nine never” maxim had failed him this time. Even with careful play from then on, declarer lost a trick in each suit (he took the normal club finesse, losing to the doubleton queen). What South had failed to take into consideration was the fact that West’s bid of 2 spades altered the probability of where the queen of hearts might be. The theory of vacant spaces states that when the distribution of one or more suits is known, the probability that an opponent holds a particular card in any other suit is proportional to the number of vacant spaces remaining in his hand. Therefore, any missing card is more likely to be with the opponent who is known to hold fewer cards in another suit. Thus, with West having shown a probable 6 card spade suit (leaving 3 spades in the East), there are 10 vacant spaces in the East hand versus only 7 in the West, making the odds in favor of finessing East for the queen of hearts. Of course, if West had opened the bidding at the one level, or made a takeout double, it might have been necessary to place the queen of hearts with him to justify his bidding. That’s what makes this game endlessly fascinating! Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@gmail. com Ken Masson


ear Sir: Re: “We Must Not Forget Our Past” written or sponsored by Phyllis Ewing I am not sure where the quote from a second person—military ex-pat from Arizona—in Ms. Ewing’s article ended, or whether the whole article was his view. I would like to comment on the contents, regardless of who wrote it. Following a story about how General Eisenhower after discovery of the concentration camps in 1945 made people take note of the horrible facts in various ways, the author made a statement that seems intended (I think) to raise a concern about omitting facts of history—a beneficial enough goal. However, the article quotes falsehoods and slanders about the UK school system, and it ends with a plea for not removing the statues of historical figures, including those of the American Civil War (on both sides, I presume the author meant). To say it bluntly, the author (in a roundabout way) comes to the conclusion that the statues of racist and horrible men with a past (deeds, not just opinions) in the US Civil War need to stay around—men that have no reason to be admired and held up as examples of heroes in this day and age. To connect the view that the statue of those “heroes” should remain with the desire to be truthful about history, is misguided and the author seems confused about the issues. There are some inaccuracies I would like to point out. The statement that the UK is debating to take out the history of the Holocaust out of the curriculum is false and based on chain emails from a source that wants to sow fear about Muslims and alleged influence on the non-Muslim world. I am repeating parts of the website that dispels fake or biased information: “This email forward claims that teachings about the Holocaust have been removed from the United Kingdom (UK) school curriculum because their inclusion may offend Muslim citizens. However, this claim is unfounded. The UK government has  not  banned the teaching of the Holocaust in schools, nor is it planning

to do so. In fact, according to the BBC, “In England, teaching children about the Holocaust is compulsory.” While other UK countries such as Scotland and Wales have their own school curriculum and while Holocaust teaching is not compulsory, it is certainly not banned and is generally encouraged.” The false information in the message probably arose out of confusion generated by a  Historical Association report  commissioned by the English Department for Education and Skills. The report states, in part: “Teachers and schools avoid emotive and controversial history for a variety of reasons, some of which are well-intentioned. Staff may wish to avoid causing offence or appearing insensitive to individuals or groups in their classes. In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.” It cites the case of one school that did not select the Holocaust as a topic: For example, a history department in a northern city recently avoided selecting the Holocaust as a topic for GCSE coursework for fear of confronting anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils. SO FAR the quote from the website (http://www.hoax-slayer.net/holocaust-ban-in-uk-schools-chain-email/). Using the author’s quoted story of General Eisenhower in reference to preserving a nasty history, I might give an example: To leave the statues of Hitler and his henchmen Goebbels, Eichmann, etc. after the Second World War around Europe, would indicate that the modern-day Germans still like Hitler and his regime and they feel that it was the right thing to do at the time of the terrible Nazi reign. The German state did not do that. Instead, it preserved some of the concentration camps as museums, and educate their children about what happened here, and they have erected new memorials laying out the history of the Holocaust and how it all hap-

pened, to educate against racism and hatred. The US southern states could entertain taking a similar avenue as the German state did, to preserve their terrible history of the Civil War and honor the sacrifice of the many black Americans who have suffered in the US. This may be a warning to all to check the facts before jumping to conclusions and so (possibly unintended) perpetuate fear and hate. Johanna van Zanten Temporary resident of Ajijic 34a Angel Flores/376-766-1243

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t is hard to believe, but the sixteenth season of the very prestigious classical/jazz music festival is just around the corner. From February 16 to March 2, a collection of some of the world’s very best musicians will happily descend on Ajijic to form the 2018 Northern Lights Festival de Febrero. The Founder and Artistic Director, Chris Wilshere, tells us he is thrilled to have performers this year from Canada, the U.S., the UK, Vienna, Belgium, and Moscow! It is hard to imagine that performers of such international acclaim are delighted to come such distances to entertain us here, so far away.  However, the reasons are several:  first and foremost is the warm welcome they have always received here Lakeside, not only as enthused audience members, but also as guests in the many homes of billeters, who graciously give them a warm bed and a dose of Ajijic hospitality. They also love the convivial atmosphere of their central “rehearsal home” where they consume three meals a day (about 1500 meals total!) and do most of their rehearsing. It means that they have a wonderful experience with fellow musicians, sharing ideas and stories. Finally, it is of course hard to beat our February weather, especially since they all come from the cold northern climate! This year, the Festival will feature again (after his first visit two years ago), the truly astonishing violinist Julian Rachlin from Vienna.  When Julian performed last time, on his 1704 Stradivarius, the audience was mesmerized.  All those involved in the Festival are confident he will do so again! The Festival opens with a “light classical” performance by Canada’s famous Quartetto Gelato, entertaining us with virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, blazing gypsy showpieces, and a world accordion champion! Not to be missed. And speaking of accordion, Alexander Sevastian, along with his colleague Colin Maier on oboe, will dazzle us in the Salon Series showcasing JS Bach. This program was released on the Canadian label Analekta. On  Wednesday Feb 21, the main “Gala” performance will be held, featuring Julian Rachlin and the orchestra performing masterpieces by Mozart.  Julian will then be joined by Sarah McElravy to perform Mozart’s famous duo for violin


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$PDOLD$YLODQ and viola - Sinfonia Concertante. If you are a season ticket holder (a patron), you will have an invitation to the wonderful after-concert party, with wine and jazz! The following day will find us enjoying the Manhatten Chamber Players at the beautiful new Haus der Musik. These performers, led by Luke Fleming, are New York based, and perform chamber music at the highest level. For lovers of opera, the Festival has a special treat for us. Daniel Moody will be returning to Ajijic and amazing us with his beautiful voice. And this year, audiences will be delighted to hear a superb soprano, Amalia Avilan. Amalia hails originally from Columbia, but is now centered in Brussels. These are two performers you must see and hear!  (Note that the original date and the originally scheduled singers, have both changed. The old date was Feb 18. The new date is Feb 28). Jazz will be back! Richard Underhill and his sax, along with Eric Saint on guitar, Daniel Barnes on drums, and the Festival is excited to have Canadian vocalist Elise LeGrow attend for her first visit to Ajijic! The quartet will perform Feb 17 at the Nueva Posada, and  Feb 26  at the Avocado Club.  Be there! Saturday the 24th  at the Auditorio will be a date to remember.   “Julian Rachlin and Friends” is a concert that will thrill audiences with the drama of Beethoven and Shostakovich.  A concert like this is a very rare event.  Chris, the Artistic Director, says that a concert of this caliber should definitely be on your calendar. Those who have been fans in previous years know that the Gryphon Trio is a special treat. Jamie Parker on piano, Roman Boris on cello, and Annalee Patpatanakoon on violin, provide us with superb musicianship.  The Gryphon Trio is Canada’s premier trio, having graced au-

diences with numerous recordings and innumerable performances. The Festival series Finale is always a bittersweet evening for everyone - musicians and audiences alike. Featuring four different soloists and three different concertos, it’s an evening of virtuosity. Violist Juan Miguel Hernandez will be joined by artistic director violinist Chris Wilshere to perform the Atterburg Concerto, Alex Sevastian performs a new work for accordion, and David Fung bids the Festival adieu with Mozart’s piano concerto. It will be a remarkable evening! During the entire two weeks of the

Festival, there will be ten students from various parts of Mexico, attending under scholarship provided by the Festival. They will receive multiple lessons from the musicians, master classes, and will attend the musical events. They will be accommodated in the village, and will have their meals with the Festival players, giving them the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and have a truly memorable experience. This, as we have been reminded by Chris Wilshere, is one of the Festival’s key goals: bringing world class musical opportunities to up and coming future virtuosos from Mexico.

Just For Today… %\.DWK\.RFKHV Just for today, I m going to put aside my fears, worries, cares and woes. Just for today, I am going to look at the beauty, joy and wonder that life has given me. Just for today I am going rejoice in a friend’s good news, celebrate a friend’s joy and be grateful that I am surrounded by such loving people. Just for today, I am going to be aware of the beauty of nature; the beautiful lake, the flowers, trees, birds and butterflies with whom I share this space I call my home. Just for today I am going to be grateful for good health, the abilities I still retain and the many things I can still do and enjoy. Just for today, I am going to tell those I love that I appreciate them and need them, and I am going to enjoy my loving little dog and the joy she brings to my life. I do not know what tomorrow may bring; joys, pain, happiness or sorrow. But just for today I will be still, drinking in life and living in the moment. And I will be grateful.

Dear Editor: Thank you for the inspiring and insightful article about Days for Girls/ Lake Chapala by Margaret Ann Porter about the new non-profit effort to educate local teenage girls about their bodies.  Study after study has shown that when teenage girls -- no matter where in the world they live -- learn about their menstrual cycles and nor-

mal hormonal changes in a non-judgmental manner, they are less likely to get pregnant unexpectedly, less likely to contract an STD and more likely to delay their first sexual experiences. Bravo to the El Ojo editorial staff for spotlighting this program. I can’t wait to return to Lakeside to volunteer! Kelly Hayes-Raitt

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e all t a l k to our pets. It’s a part of our nature, but in reality they don’t care what we are saying. But because you speak different languages, communication can be difficult at times. What if you had a link to your pup’s brain and could get a clue on what he’s thinking? Here are some things your dog probably wants to say to you. “I know how you feel.” Your dog wishes you knew that he knows how you feel. In reality, it goes much further than that. Your dog not only knows how you feel, but he will feel the same. He will be happy when you are and stressed when you are. “I like a little variety in my life.” We tend to give our dogs either too much routine or not enough. In many ways, you should compare your dog to a toddler in the sense that he needs some routine. Keeping in mind that a strict routine is not the best. Otherwise, your dog will end up waking you early even on weekends or holidays asking to be fed due to a set ‘routine’ you have established. “Sometimes I get ‘cabin-fever.” Some dogs get destructive or hyper when trapped in a home all day. This behavior is their way of telling you that they need to get out and do something. Your dog wants you to know she was bred to run, play or hunt and needs this activity in her life. If your dog seems antsy be sure to take her for a walk each day. Your


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furniture will thank you. “It’s not just a yawn.” Dogs don’t just yawn when they’re tired. Yawning can also be a sign of stress or fear. If your dog is yawning a lot around someone unfamiliar, that’s a sign that she’s not quite ready to meet that person. To make things more confusing, dogs can have a relaxed yawn when they’re comfortable with you too. “ I’m bringing you a gift.” You might think that he wants to play fetch, especially if he’s bringing you a toy. What your dog may be doing instead is giving you a gift. It’s a leftover of the dog’s hunting instincts, only he’s bringing you things he thinks you’ll like or need instead of dead prey . “I don’t misbehave out of revenge.” Many pets parents think their dog chews up things to ‘get even’ for punishing them or for not paying attention to them. Dogs don’t really do revenge. They will break the rules out of fear, anxiety, frustration or some other need. He didn’t eat your shoes to get even with you for not taking him to go shopping with you. He just missed you while you were gone and didn’t know what to do with his frustration and anxiety. He missed you and it is his way of getting out anxiety because they feared you might not come back. Plus your shoes smell like you and that makes him happy. “ I really do know how you feel.” Dogs are amazingly skilled at perceiving our emotions. When you are upset or in a bad mood, your dog knows. He’s not very skilled at figuring out what triggered that emotion. He does not know if he did something, or something the cat did, or something altogether different. This makes your emotions contagious to your dog. He just wants to comfort you. Go ahead and let him console you when you are sad. It will make him feel better too. Learn to talk with your pet. Jackie Kellum

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he top one pererrercent of earners rs e would reap the lion’s share of benefits under a new tax cut proposal unveiled by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans this week, according to analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center  released recently. The estimates, which congressional Republicans criticized as unfounded, starkly contradict what the president and White House officials have been telling lawmakers and the public. “By eliminating the tax breaks and special interest loopholes that primarily benefit the wealthy, our framework ensures that the benefits of tax reform go to the middle class, not the highest earners,” Trump said Friday at an event aimed at small business owners. “Wealthy Americans are not getting a tax cut,” White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn told ABC this week. But the top one percent would see their after-tax income rise by 8.5 percent in 2018 and 8.7 percent in 2027, the analysis shows. Benefits for the bottom four-fifths of earners would range from five-tenths of a percent to 1.2 percent in 2018 and from twotenths of a percent to four-tenths of a percent in 2027, the study found. The top one-tenth of wealthiest earners would fare even better — enjoying an average tax cut of $722,510 in 2018 and $1,022,120 in 2027. In that final year, 80 percent of all benefits would go to the top 1 percent, and taxes would rise for some upper middle class families — many of those making


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roughly $150,000 $300,000 ro roug ughlyy $1 $150 50,000 000 to $300 00,000 0 per year — because of the plan’s repeal of itemized deductions. Overall, the government would take in $2.4 trillion less in revenue over the next decade, the center’s study said, ballooning annual deficits and the nation’s cumulative debt. Senate Republicans unveiled a budget Friday that projects accommodating the tax cuts with just a $1.5 trillion increase in deficits — a $900 billion difference. House and Senate Republicans still haven’t written legislation that would implement the tax plan. Before they do that, they will try to pass a budget through both chambers that paves the way for the Senate to consider tax cuts through an expedited “reconciliation” process that requires just 50 votes. Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House’s tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, slammed the Tax Policy Center’s findings Friday. “This so-called study is misleading, unfounded, and biased. TPC makes a variety of overreaching and unrealistic assumptions about policy decisions members of Congress still have to make as we draft pro-growth tax legislation,” Brady said in a statement sent to reporters. “Republicans are unified in delivering tax reform that will lower taxes on middle-class Americans, ensure they are able to keep more of their hard-earned money, and grow our economy. We will deliver on this promise and our bill will improve the lives of all Americans.”

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mong the greatest mystery novelists of all time, Agatha Christie, became the most published novelist in history, outsold only by The Bible and Shakespeare; she enjoyed the highest accolades and awards an author could ever possibly achieve. One of her greatest mysteries however was carried out in real life- on Friday Dec 3rd 1926, Agatha Christie, at 9.30pm, kissed her daughter Rosalind goodnight, left a hand written note for her secretary, then climbed into her Morris Cowley and drove off into the night. The following morning her car was found by a small lake called Silent Pool near Guildford, Surrey, with the lights still on, her fur coat and suitcase on the seat, but no sign of the famous author- she had vanished. In the weeks leading up to this day the Christie household was not a happy place; her mother had passed away earlier that year and now her husband, of twelve years, was openly having an affair with a younger woman, named Nancy Neele. It had led Agatha into a state of confusion and insecurity: she was psychologically fragile, confused, lonely and desperately unhappy. Her husband, former World War fighter pilot, Colonel Archie Christie, now perceived as a provincial bore, spent most of his time away from his family and, after a trial reconciliation that failed, he requested a divorce from Agatha. Days after her flight from the house the newspapers ran front page news of this famous author’s strange disappearance and a massive manhunt ensued with over 1000 police, tracker dogs, volunteers being employed- even the Silent Pool was dredged on the assumption that she may have committed suicide. Speculation was rampant: had she taken her life, or was this just a publicity stunt to promote her recently published best seller The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Suspicion fell on her husband, whose affair with his mistress was now public knowledge. Eleven days later, in the Swan Hotel, Harrogate, some 200 miles north of London, Agatha was recognised by

a member of the band playing for the guests. She had checked in the hotel the day after she had abandoned her car in Guildford, and strangely, she registered her name as Mrs. Neele, her husband’s mistress’ name. Within hours her husband, accompanied by police, identified his wife at the hotel, and after a brief interrogation, the husband declared to the press that his wife was suffering from amnesia. Evidently, she mixed with other guests over those 10 days, playing bridge, dancing, having conversations, and yet no one had a clue that she was indeed the missing famous mystery writer. Despite these claims of memory loss, many people were suspicious: some thought that this was an elaborate shot at revenge against her wandering husband, and that amnesia was just a ruse. Several doctors seemed to support the fact that the troubled author was in a ‘fugue’ state thus supporting her memory loss. But then the question begs how would she recall the name of her husband’s lover, that she used when she checked in at the hotel. Opinions were greatly divided; Edgar Wallace, the mystery writer said of the affair, “A typical case of mental reprisal on somebody who has hurt her.” That would seem so very probable, coupled with the likelihood of a nervous breakdown. She divorced her husband soon after these events and she later went on to marry the famous archaeologist, Sir Max Mallowan, with whom she was happily married until she died in 1976. There is a final chapter to this story that ponders credence. Agatha Christie was reticent about those 12 days of her life from thereon after. However, she wrote several novels later under the non de plume “Mary Westmacott,” one of which was titled Unfinished Portrait, a story of a woman, named Celia, who after a failed marriage, had thoughts of suicide. Later, her husband said of this novel, “In Celia, we have more nearly than anywhere else a portrait Robert James of Agatha.” Taylor

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From the President Generous Gift to LCS On December 20, 2017, The Lake Chapala Society received a very generous gift from the estates of Irene B. Chiara and Edith B. Kvalik for $175,000 USD. The executor of these estates, Sandra Burhop, designated $100,000 for the LCS Financial Aid Fund and $75,000 for the Capital Campaign for the revitalization of the LCS Campus. Ms. Burhop stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of Irene and Edith I am very pleased to make this contribution to The Lake Chapala Society. They were both committed to education and I am convinced LCS will be a responsible steward of these funds.â&#x20AC;? The LCS will use this generous gift to expand its financial aid program to help students attend college, and to help LCS to build modern classrooms to expand its popular, free English as a Second Language program. Gifts like these enable us to expand our services to the Mexican community. I encourage you to consider adding LCS to your will to help us expand our mission and help improve the quality of life for everyone living at Lakeside through our education programs.

The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) 7th Annual Open Studios Tour - Sat. - Sun., Feb. 10 - 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ASA has generously supported the LCS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Program (CAP) for many years. In addition, many ASA members lead or take part in the annual Summer Art Camp held each July. ASA donates half of the proceeds from the Open Studios Tour booklet sales to the LCS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Program. Tickets can be purchased at the LCS ticket sales area until Friday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased during the Open Studios Tour at any of the participating studios. Lake Chapala Society will be hosting seven ASA artists on its grounds. They will be demonstrating their techniques, as well as exhibiting and selling their art. Some children from the CAP Program will also be exhibiting.

Chapala Expat Info Fair February 27, 10 AM - 1 PM The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara is organizing a consular information fair-PLUS, for lakeside expats. Details are still in the works at the time of printing. The intention is to invite the Canadian consulate and others including Mexican Immigration, DIF, Transito, etc, to share information in a fair like format, where you can visit their booths and ask questions and receive answers. Follow us on Facebook for up to date information.


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LCS HEALTH DAY Monday, February 19, 2018 10:00 - 1:30 Shots (pay the day administered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; prices subject to change) Patio area: 10:00-1:30, NO sign-up required for Flu or Pneumonia shots *Note: MUST SIGN UP for Zostavax, Typhoid, and Hepatitus series shots in LCS office. Zostavax, Typhoid, & Hepatitis series cannot be taken with any other shot *Note: Flu & Pneumonia may be taken together Flu 500 pesos Pneumonia for Life (Prevnar 13) 1600 pesos Pneumonia - 5 year 650 pesos Zostavax (Shingles vaccine) 2,500 pesos Hepatitis A & B series 1,200 pesos each shot (est.) Typhoid 700 pesos Blood Pressure Check: 10:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 free Glucose Screening: 10:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 free *Note: eat a high carbohydrate meal 2 hours before testing, i.e. pancakes, oatmeal, granola, fruit, honey, etc. Hearing Services: 10:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 hearing screenings - NO hearing aid repairs free *Sign-up sheet in office for those interested in purchasing hearing aids 20% discount on hearing aid orders that day Medication / Supplement Consult: 10:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 free How to Die in Mexico:12:30, Sala free By Cynthia Guzman, Funeraria San Francisco All Health Day services are open to the public: No membership required.

Update on 2017 Annual Giving We want to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Annual Giving drive. We essentially met our goal of $200,000 MXN by receiving, $195,794.27. Actually a few donations came in that would have taken us well over the top at the beginning of January, but we have to enter those into the 2018 Annual Giving drive. Donations to our Annual Giving fund help support LCS and all of its functions. When you consider everything that LCS does for its members and this community you will quickly realize that we do it on a shoe string budget, and membership dues alone are not enough! Once again, thank you in believing in the LCS mission and the confidence that you have in LCS!

LCS is Closed February 5 Constitution Day

Introduction to Spanish

Prueba México Series Continues

This casual class for the beginner covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary, phrases useful about town, and information about Lakeside and Mexican culture.  Two sessions in February for three weeks each session, The first session begins Tuesday, February 6, from 12 until 1:30 p.m. in the Gazebo, the second session runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ken Gosh Pavilion. Tuition is $175 pesos. Warren Hardy Spanish Classes Next term runs March 5th thru April 30th

Buying & Brewing Great Coffee Instructor Kevin Knox is a 28-year veteran of the specialty coffee industry and author of the highly-regarded book: Coffee Basics. You’ll learn about Mexico’s coffee growing regions and get an overview of the best coffees available. Learn the best home brewing methods, tips on improving the quality of your coffee, taking into account our altitude, water and limited brewing and grinding equipment available here. There’ll be plenty of time for questions! The course fee is $150 pesos. Classes are held March 7, from 10 to12 p.m. on the South Campus. Min/max students required: 15/20. (Must be 15 years old or older) Enrollment is from January 29 to March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LCS Service Office. Open to LCS members only. Membership must be current. No refunds.

The Mexican National Chili Cook Off Needs You! With the 40th Anniversary of the Chili Cook Off happening February 23, 24, and 25, 2018, it’s time to get organized. The MNCCO is Lakeside’s biggest annual charity event and raises money to support 8 different Lakeside charities. We need of volunteers to put up posters now, and install signage at the event before the opening day. Helpers are also needed to work with admissions, volunteer check-in, raffle ticket and food ticket sales, and at the souvenir and T-shirt booth. Most importantly contestants are needed for the Chili, Salsa, and Margarita contests, as well as judges. Volunteers can work various times during the three days and get free admission on the days they volunteer. Call Volunteer Coordinator Sandra Nichol at 765-6329 funnyfacenichol@hotmail.com or Contest Coordinator Carol Bouchard at 766-3167 jacqueandcarol@hotmail.com .

Up Coming Bus Trips Thursday, February 8  Guadalajara Zoo Cost is $540 pesos for members and $680 pesos non-members which includes bus transportation, admission plus train ride, safari, and aquatic show. Cable car ride is extra at $43 pesos. Bring bottled water and a light bag lunch. There will be food and drink available for purchase inside the park also. Tickets on sale at LCS service desk. The bus will leave from the sculpture in La Foresta promptly at 9:30am. We will depart the zoo promptly at 3:30 pm. Wednesday, February 21 Tonala and Tlaquepaque Shop colorful Tonala for home decor and handicrafts. In Tlaquepaque find upscale retailers and fine dining in an historic, architecturally significant, pedestrian-only zone. Cost $370 pesos for members and $470 pesos for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 9 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta. Thursday, March 1 Costco and Home Depot Lopez Mateos Shop Home Depot for home and garden needs, then on to Costco and Mega. Cost is $370 pesos for members and $470 for non-members. Meet at the sculpture in La Floresta; bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Follow Us on Facebook For all things LCS, you can like us at www.facebook.com/lakechapalasociety. If you want to keep up with LCS events, just click the ‘Follow” button under the header on Facebook.

Let’s Get Festive with Papel Picado Papel picado, an ornamental Mexican handicraft that is traditionally made with cut silk paper. to decorate festivals such as the Independence Day or Guadalupe’s Day, and especially the Day of the Dead celebrations. Using special paper and tools - “fierritos”  and hammer,  learn to make the intricate symmetrical designs.   Instructor Sara Ulloa is a very well-known local papel picado maker. Course Fee is $340 pesos. Registration begins January 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LCS Office and ends March 2. Classes run March 7 and 9, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be held in South Campus Board Room. Min/max students required: 15/20 (Must be 15 years old or older). Open to LCS members only. Membership must be current. No refunds THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A. C. - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. LCS Courtyard RAIN DATE March 15, 2018 Order of the Day 1. Call to Order 2. Establishment of Quorum 3. Reading of Order of the Day 4. Receipt of Minutes Annual General Meeting Minutes of the March 8, 2017 5. President’s Report 6. Ratification of 2017 Financial Report 7. Receipt of the 2018 Budget Projections 8. Receive Report from External Financial Auditor for 2017 & Ratification of Appointment for the 2018 Financial Audit 9. Ratification of Membership Categories & Dues 10. Ratification of Reserve Fund Deposit 11. Report on Annual Objectives & Presentation of Draft Campus Master Plan 12. Election of Board Officers & Directors-at-Large 13. Granting Power of Attorney 14. Annual General Meeting authorization for the Board of Directors to approve the 2018 AGM Minutes 15. Adjournment

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Video Library January February Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in (C) Member card Health Insurance * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Broker Tues+Thur 11-2 San Javier Hospital last Fri 10-12 Health and Legal Services * Becerra & Galindo Services Thurs+2nd+4th Sat 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure Mon+Fri 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd and 4th Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed Feb 21+28 10-2 My Guardian Angel Tues 10-12:30 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-3 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12 US Consulate** (S) 2nd Wed Feb 14 10:30 Sign up 10 Lessons(C) Chair Yoga Fri 2-3 Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Chess Club Sat 12-1 Children’s English Class Sat 9:30-10:30 Clases de Bordado Artistico Mon 3-6, Wed & Fri 4-6 Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Exploring Spanish Wed 12-1:30 Sat 11-12:30 Fitness Thru Yoga Mon 2-3: Help with Tech Issues (S) by email only Feb 1+22 10-11:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga Tues+Thur 2-3:30 Introduction to Lakeside (S) 2nd Thurs 9-1 Introduction To Spanish (S) Tues 12-1:30, 2-3:30 cost Line Dancing Tues+Thurs 10-11:15 PEP & Prueba Mexico Series (S) cost-check office for details Photography Club 1st Mon 12-2 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 11:30-1 Stretch and Balance Exercise Tues+Thurs 8:45--9:45 Tai Chi Chih Fri 10-12 Tech Help Desk Thurs 12-2 Warren Hardy Spanish Classes (S) Mon-Sat check office Write-to-Prompt Writers’ Group Thurs 10-12 Zumba Gold Wed 10-11 Libraries Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books*/ Talking Books Thurs 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* Members Only Social Activities (C) All Things Tech Fri 10-11:30 Bridge 4 Fun Tue+Thurs 1-5 Conversaciones en Español Mon 10-12 Creativelymindful Art Wed 11:30-1 Discussion Group A Wed 11-1:30 Discussion Group B Wed 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness Mon 10 -12 Film Aficionados Thurs 2-4:30 Games Group Mon 1-4 Mah Jongg Wed 2-4:30 Neill James Lectures Tues 2-4 Next Chapter Book Group 2nd Thurs 1:30-3 Scrabble Mon+Fri 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12:30 TED Talk Learning Seminars Tues 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 Service and Support Groups * Al-Anon (in Spanish) Mon 6-7:30,Wed 5:30-7:30 Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 ASA Board Meeting last Wed 10:30-12 Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Mon 1:45-2:45 Lake Chapala Painting Guild 2nd Fri 1:30-3:30 Lakeside AA Mon +Thurs 4:30-5:30 Needle Pushers Tue 10-12 Open Circle Sun 10-11:30 Smart Recovery Mon 2:30-4 Taller Mujeres Prosperidad Thurs+Fri 5-8 closed group Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 p.m. Ticket Sales: Monday-Friday 10-12 a.m.*


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Great news for distant and local members: all video rentals now have a five day return period! The LCS Video Library has some of the best films, foreign and domestic, and we’re always on the lookout for more films that will interest LCS members. If you have any suggestions about good movies, old or new, please give the title, your name, and your e-mail address to the volunteer on duty and we’ll get back to you. We can also copy your old videotapes onto compact discs: $50 pesos for members and $75 pesos for non-members. Don’t forget to check the tables and shelves outside the Video Library for previously viewed DVDs at bargain prices. The Video Library needs volunteers to bring DVDs to help keep our inventory current. We order them online, pre-pay them and have them shipped to the address of your choice. Contact Tom Keane at keanhombre@prodigy.net.mx.

New Medical Service Glucose screening will be held the first Tuesday of the month, beginning February 6 in the LCS Talking Book Room from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fasting is preferred; diabetics should stay with their usual routine. Open to the public.

Need Help With Tech Issues? The Tech Help Desk will be open for individual consultations on a first come, first served, basis to LCS members only on the Neill James Patio every Thursday from noon to 2 pm. No registration required. A tech expert will be available to help with questions and issues you may have with your tech devices. Members are encouraged to bring their portable devices--phones, tablets and laptops--so that questions can be answered and problems solved on the spot.

Introduction to Android Instructor Mike Goss’ class also applies to phones and tablets. Do you know how to reboot your phone/tablet when it stuck? Do you know how to use copy and paste? Do you know how to backup your data on your phone/tablet? If you can answer “yes” to these questions you do NOT need this class! We will cover the very basics of using these Android devices including these items as well as buttons, installing applications, screen ICON management, good apps to have and many other items. In the Sala Thursday, February 1 from 10 to 11:30 am. Open to LCS members only. Register via email to lcs.tech.training@gmail.com with your name, LCS member ID, and class title.

Cell Phone Hints and Tips Can your family call your cell phone? Can you call your family? Can you call a US 800 number? Do you want to keep your US number but move to a Mexican cell phone to save money? We will cover all this and more in this class. In the Sala on Thursday, February 22 from 10 to 11:30 am. Register by email only at lcs.tech.training@ gmail.com with your name and LCS member ID and the name of the class.  

TED Talks Tuesdays In the Sala 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Members only. Bring your card. February 6 “Battling Bad Science” Host Phil Rylett, features Ben Goldacre: Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry. February 13  No learning seminar. February 20 “Who Are You, Really? The Puzzle of Personality.”  Hosted  by Gary Thompson, features  Canadian psychology professor Brian Little, who has taught at McGill, Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge universities.  His book, “Me Myself, and Us”, explores how our personality traits work to shape our lives. A selfproclaimed introvert, he compares introverts to extroverts and shows that we can perform against our personal traits to accomplish our goals in this very humorous presentation. He has been described as a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein. He was elected Favorite Professor by three consecutive Harvard graduating classes. February 27 “Lessons from the Longest Study in Human Development” Hosted by Clive Overton, features science journalist Helen Pearson.  For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. The longest-running study of human development in the world has produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.

In Memoriam Bud Gallagher - Former member of the Audit and Advisory Committee, and the Campus Committee Task Group, as well as a regular volunteer at the LCS Information Booth. Bud was also involved in other charities Lakeside. LCS is particularly thankful for his driving force in modernizing our information booth, gather statistics and developing a digital platform for sharing information. A loyal member for many years, LCS will miss him!

Thursday Film Aficionados Open to LCS members only. Bring your card. All films shown in the Sala from 2 to 4 p.m. No food. No pets. February 1 A Fantastic Woman 2017 Chile Una Mujer Fantastica is the story of a resilient woman refusing to live her life according to the demands of others. A timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depth of compassion, that make this a great film worthy of an Academy Award nomination. (99 minutes) February 8 Lady Bird 2017 USA Lady Bird, an artistically-inclined 17 year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California. She’s not perfect, but this sure-fire Academy Award nominee is as close to perfection as a film can be. (89 minutes) Feb. 15 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 USA A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter›s murder after years of failed investigation. Academy Award nominations in multiple categories are a sure bet. (111 minutes) February 22 To be announced The title of this film will be announced by email several days in advance of its showing. Something to do with an Oscar?

Friday Night Family Films Spanish language films for the whole family are shown every Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Wilkes Education Center: Biblioteca Publica de Ajijic at Galeana #18. Free and open to the public. Bring the family. February 2 Coco. February 9 Shrek 4 February 16 El Portero starring Cantinflas. February 23 Un Holograma Para El Rey with Tom Hanks.

In Memoriam Richard Warmowski - A dedicated artist and volunteer for the Children’s Art program for over two decades. Richard and his wife Arlene, became LCS life members in 2014. He helped Mildred Boyd reinvigorate the art program, and played a key role in making it the success it is today. He enjoyed his time with the children, and always felt that he received more from the kids than he gave. Richard was also a member of ASA. A celebration of life will be held in late February.

THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - George Radford (2019); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2019); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Dee Dee Camhi (2019); Nicolas Hanson (2019); Cate Howell (2018); Philip Newbold (2018); Philip Rylett (2018); Roberto Serrano (2019) Janis Sirany (2019) 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 lcsnewsletter2016@gmail.com Note: The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions according to time, space availability and editorial decision.

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:$17(' Pick up truck. Must be single cab Japanese preferred needs to be in reasonable condition and drive well. any age & mileage considered. English Spoken only Des Elwood. 331-606-1745 or 331-743-5049. FOR SALE:  \HDU ROG 9: '(5%< ZLWK  0LOHV0DQXDO 7UDQVPLVsion/Air Conditioning. Never involved in accident. Carport/garage stored. Original and only owner. Email: vivateahora@ yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Good condition 1995 Ford Aerostar Van. Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail.com FOR SALE: Classic C RV, Asking $3500 must be a temp resident or visitor ask for pics. Plate South Dakota and current. Email: BradyHuddleston@ Hotmail.com. :$17(' Want small used pick up, VW Toyota, maybe Nissan, and Dodge. Email: boswelltb@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Two bench seats from 1995 Ford Areostar. Pick up in Chapala. Price: $2,500 for both OBO. Call 376-7656348. FOR SALE: Electric Golf Cart-Club Car, new batteries, new main control box & cylinoid. Price: $2,000 USD. For more information please call: Gordon 763-5314.


FOR SALE: Used Toshiba Laptop. 2007, x86 Intel processor, 1596 Mhz, 1 gig RAM, 60 Gig hard drive. XP SP2. Very powerful for an XP machine. $1500. Battery no longer works, but everything else is perfect. Mike: 765-4156. :$17(' I want to buy a iphone. Email: mike7129@prodigy.net.mx.


FREE: Guard Dog Needs Home, Fabulous Guard Dog. Pure bred Nordic Spitz, 7 yrs. old. Widow/Widower in new relationship need permanent home in loving family for an amazing pet. Call 376-7665856. Interview and visit to your home required. FOR SALE: Pet Carriers, Sherpa Delta medium pet carrier. 18â&#x20AC;?L x 11â&#x20AC;?W x 10.5â&#x20AC;?H. 350p. Teafco Argo Aero small pet carrier. 18â&#x20AC;?L x 11â&#x20AC;?W x 8.5â&#x20AC;?H. Like new, used once. $800p. Located in Fracc. Villa Nova. Email: rkorting@hotmail.com. FREE: I rescued a mom and her 3 pups from a home that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking after them. The pups have been wormed and JLYHQ WKHLU ÂżUVW YDFFLQDWLRQV , KDYH  rescues of my own and really need help LQ ÂżQGLQJ WKHVH EHDXWLIXO SXSV KRPHV , am keeping the mom for now as she is on  GLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQW PHGLFDWLRQV 7KH\ DUH QRW 3LW Bull. They are a mixture of Bulldog and Boxer. Please Call: Jackie Sandler 333479-2509.


FOR SALE: Black evening pantsuit ZLWKFKLá&#x201A;&#x2021;RQVOHHYHV/L]&ODLERUQHVL]H SHWLWH:RUQRQFH%HDXWLIXO%XWWRQFXá&#x201A;&#x2021;V on sleeves. Detached belt. Buttons to waist with front zipper for pants. Liz size ÂżWVPRUHOLNHDLQRWKHUEUDQGV3ULFH


$800. Email: dlemel@dlemel.net FOR SALE: Lazey boy chair, Email: sanbt69@live.com. FOR SALE: Old style TV works beautifully, top of line DVD by Toshiba both have remotes asking $1500.00 ps each. Phone: 376-106 -2160. Email: sanbt69 @live.com. FOR SALE: Have bathroom scales in pounds, telephone radio, sandwich maker all items $200.00 each. Phone: 376-106 -2160. Email: sanbt69@ live.com. FOR SALE: A nice selection of books, both hardbacks and paperbacks, including 40 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? Bathroom Readers - a really fun compilation of trivia, plus DIY books and more. Please see photos for books included. Price: $250mxn, scrubbers1958@gmail.com or 332-617-3588. FOR SALE: 4 Delanghi electric radiators, they are practically new, 750 a piece. Contact me at: 376-766-0944. :$17(' Looking to buy, borrow or rent a wheelbarrow for a week. Email: joe@joemelton.com FOR SALE: Mini blinds white new in box. Email: sanbt69@live.com. FOR SALE: I want to buy a small window AC. It must be a newer model with remote control and not over 5200 BTU. If you have one to sell or know of one, please PM me or text me at 333-949-8770. FOR SALE: In search of good qualiW\ GHVN IRU KRPH Rá&#x201A;&#x2C6;FH XVH SOXV ODPSV GHVN ODPSV WDEOH ODPSV DQG Ă&#x20AC;RRU lamps). Will consider a quality table to use as a desk. Email: msalexg@gmail. com. FOR SALE: New Italica 180cc Cuatrimoto (Quad). I paid, on sale, $34,000 pesos for it. I will sell for $24,000 pesos with all original paperwork. Email: jon.b.pace@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Tables + 4 Chairs. Chocolate w/4 chairs measures 32â&#x20AC;? x 47â&#x20AC;? $2500p. Cherry w/4 chairs measures 32â&#x20AC;? x 47â&#x20AC;? $2500p. Email: julieywayne@ yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Folding Pepsi Tables. 29â&#x20AC;? x 29â&#x20AC;?. Price: $400p each. Email: julieywayne@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Single mattress for sale $1500 pesos. Can deliver within reasonable distance. Call Joe at 719-629-8327 (US number). Email: joe@joemelton.com. FOR SALE: Two folding beds. Great for company. Price: $900 mxn. Each. Email: harrisrjh@gmail.com. FOR SALE: 8 metal folding chairs. The fabric needs to be replaced, but this is an HDV\ Âż[ DQG WKH IUDPHV DUH LQ H[FHOOHQW condition. Price: $760. Call: 332-6173588, Email: scrubbers1958@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Large wooden display cabinet w/6 glass shelves (contents not included). W: 181cm D: 44.5cm H: 203cm. Price: $2975. Call: 332-617-3588, Email: scrubbers1958@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Howard Miller 75th Anniversary Grandfather clock w/manual. Excellent condition. Price: $6230. Call: 332-617-3588, Email: scrubbers1958@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Beautiful dining room table w/drop leaf and 6 chairs. Comfortably

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seats 6. Price: $5750. Call: 332-6173588, Email: scrubbers1958@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Wooden rocking chair with a simple table. The rocking chair is in good condition, the table is a bit rough, but handy for outdoors. Price: $575 Call: 332-617-3588, Email: scrubbers1958@ gmail.com :$17(' Pool Table, Email: sunshineyday2013@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Two wilson triad 3.0 rackets, hardly used, and in perfect condition. 115 sq. in (742 cm sq.) 41/2 ins. 8.6 oz. (243 grams) price each 1,250 pesos RU PDNH DQ Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU$OVR :LOVRQ VKRXOGHU carry case, for one or both rackets. Price: $250 pesos. Email: louis.solo@live.com :$17(' Looking for quality used Rá&#x201A;&#x2C6;FH IXUQLWXUH SDUWLFXODUO\ D ODUJH GHVN ÂżOH FDELQHW V  Ă&#x20AC;RRU DQG WDEOHGHVNWRS lamp(s). Call: 333-456-2436, Email: msalexg@gmail.com FOR SALE: ECCO Fisherman Irving Sandals Never used, it was a gift, wrong number. Talla: EU 43, USA 9 - 9.5, MEX 27.5, Ancho M (regular), Made in ESLOVAQUIA. Email: nunez.chavez.jorge@ gmail.com FOR SALE: ladies full length tartan skirt, Abercrombie tartan, glengarry 100% pure wool, purchased in Scotland, usa: 8, English: 10, waist 26â&#x20AC;? hip 36â&#x20AC;? length 43â&#x20AC;?. Price: $3500 pesos. Email: louis.solo@ live.com. FOR SALE: New Gas Heater, Portable. Propane, either hooked up to gas line or free standing with small tank (tank not included). Virtually brand new; used several hours for one day. Paid $2800 pesos, asking $2000. Puts out lots of heat: 3 settings. Anbec brand. 16 1/2 inches wide X 29 inches high, including the wheels. Black. Email: vamostwo@yahoo.com :$17(' I am looking to buy an acoustic guitar with nylon strings, preferably a Yamaha. Email: jaliscoman@hotmail.com :$17(' I am looking to buy a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tallâ&#x20AC;? ladies Beach Cruiser Bicycle. 28â&#x20AC;? or taller. If anyone has one for sale please message me. Email: cindybeer97@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Sound level meter. Price: $400.00 pesos. Call Allen 669-160-1435. FOR SALE: *ULá&#x201A;&#x2C6;Q L0LF  SHsos. Weller electronic soldering station $850.00 pesos. Allen 669-160-1435. The two have never been used. Email: rockydog85251@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: VOX AGA30 Acoustic GuiWDU $PSOLÂżHU 1HZ &RQGLWLRQ 7XEH 3UHamp, 30W. Price: $2250 Pesos MX. Call Allen 669-160-1435. FOR SALE: M-Audio, Price: $2300 Mx. Call Allen: 669-160-1435. FOR SALE: Conn Vintage CV1 Flugelhorn with Case Satin Finish (couple of small blemishes) All valves and slides in good condition Serial # 123237. Price: $10,000 Pesos MN. Call: Allen 376-7655882 FOR SALE: Dining room Table Sets. NEW Cherry DR Table w/4 chairs 32â&#x20AC;? x 47â&#x20AC;? $4000p. NEW Wood DR Table w/6 chairs 36â&#x20AC;? x 63â&#x20AC;? $5000p. Email: julieywayne@yahoo.com FOR SALE: English custom grade

shoes, shoes black monk style semi brogues purchased in England and worn only two or three times, as can be seen by their condition. Size: uk 12.5, euro 46, us 13, church size 100 price $2000 pesos or PDNHDQRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&RVWQHZWRGD\DSSUR[Lmately $11000 pesos. FOR SALE: .,/1 - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duncan - The Teachers - Plusâ&#x20AC;? model KM400. Working KILN with all accessories. Lowest price for this unit on e-Bay- $500.USD. I am â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving-awayâ&#x20AC;? this KILN for $155.USD (or $3000.pesos). This is a great opportunity for an existing ceramic/glass artist, or a start-up craft business. I am moving out of country. email: HappyPlace4Sale@gmail. com. FOR SALE: Philips 32 inch Digital Widescreen Flat LCD TV for sale - excellent working condition. Asking $1,500 pesos. Please call 766-3103. FOR SALE: I have a 5X5 storage locker at La Floresta Self-Storage pre-paid through to December 1st 2018 but my plans have changed and I no longer need it. My cost was 530 pesos per month. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cancel but I can transfer to a new owner. If anyone needs a storage locker Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll absorb the transfer fee and accept 500 per month (OBO) for the remaining time. PM me if interested. Email: dale@daleboisclair.ca. FOR SALE: Fridgidaire 7 Cu.Ft. Chest Freezer. Price: $2000 pesos. Call 7665856. FOR SALE: Gas Dryer, (Bought new Lava/Seca pair when Washer died). $1200 pesos. Call 766-5856. FOR SALE: Trek Madone 2.1, Bicycle, I paid for it $1350.00 USD, in I want to sell it for $12,000.00 MXN OBO. Email: covame@hotmail.com FOR SALE: I am interested in buying an acoustic guitar with nylon strings and preferably in top condition. Email: jaliscoman@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: Treadmill, Lime pro equipment. Good condition. Price: $6950 Pesos, Irka Campbell. Call: 376-763-5360. :$17(' King Size Bed frame & mattress. Need to buy one immediately. Do you have one to sell? Please call: 7664338 FOR SALE: Propane space heater and tank (about half full), rarely used. Price: $140 or peso equivalent for both. Call: 766-2266. FOR SALE: Floor length oval mirror in bronze metal frame - 73â&#x20AC;? high x 26â&#x20AC;?. Custom made by the former Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Price: $200 US or peso equivalent. Call: 7662266. FOR SALE: Two wooden dressers. One has 8 drawers, 74â&#x20AC;? wide, 19â&#x20AC;? deep and 31â&#x20AC;? high. It has a FOR SALE: Entertainment center, 37â&#x20AC;? wide, 24â&#x20AC;? deep, 77â&#x20AC;? high. For your TV, VWHUHR 9&5 HWF  %ORQGH FDUYHG ÂżQLVK Price: $750 US or peso equivalent. Call: 766-2266 FOR SALE: 100% wool rug made in India. 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Burgundy border with paisley muted colors. $750 US or peso equivalent. Call: 766-2266 . FOR SALE: Grey granite dining room table 38â&#x20AC;? x 60:â&#x20AC;? with six black upholste-

red straight back chairs. Granite top is on two carved cantera bases. $1,000 US or peso equivalent. Call: 766-2266 FOR SALE: 4 wheel red standard size 28 x 17 x 10 inches PROTOCOL suitcase. Price: $400 pesos. Call: 766-4032. :$17(' 2 Queen Size beds, Could maybe do with one double and one queen. Call Donna 331-363-5580. FOR SALE:3KLOLSVLQFKĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQ TV for sale - perfect as a second TV for your bedroom. Excellent working order. $VNLQJSHVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU3OHDse call 766-3103. FOR SALE: Benches, couch, love seat, chair with carved horse heads. Hand carved (horses heads,) chair $1,000 pesos, love seat $5,000 pesos, couch $6,000 pesos. . Located at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kinda Bazarâ&#x20AC;? thrift shop in Riberas del Pilar next to Tepehua and across from the car wash. FOR SALE: Bostonian black leather tassel loafers. Size 12M. Never worn. Comes with cedar shoe trees. $100.00 US. PM if interested or email: lindamark60@yahoo.com FOR SALE: Large Glass Dining Table 120 x 240 cm (approx. 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;), with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;deckled edgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; over â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dolphinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sculpture base. Price: $8,000 pesos. Call 766-5856, Jim or Joan. FOR SALE: We have a lightly used

Sony Bravia 32 in TV with external speakers. Model KDL-32FA400. We are asking $3200 pesos. You pick it up. Call: 766-0095. FOR SALE: 2 fold-up cots. Size 32â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 68â&#x20AC;?. Perfect for extra sleeping space. Quite good condition. Price: $950 pesos each. Email: harrisd47@gmail.com. FOR SALE: I am looking for hiking poles. Drop me a line if you have a pair youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to part with. Email: other.br@ gmail.com FOR SALE: Fireplace Screen in perfect condition. 50â&#x20AC;? wide, 36â&#x20AC;? high at center. Price: $500 pesos. Call: 376-766-5856. FOR SALE: Large Sofa (108â&#x20AC;? x42â&#x20AC;?) and Loveseat (80â&#x20AC;? x 42â&#x20AC;?), lightly used. (2) glass side tables inc., Price: $15,000 pesos. Call: 376-766-5856. FOR SALE: Used beige queen set 1 Ă&#x20AC;DWÂżWWHGFDVHVSHVRV FOR SALE: GE Side by Side Stainless Steel Fridge, 90 inches Wide 70 inches high. Price: $7,200 Pesos. Email: pattierobertson@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Physician recommended medical compression socks. Provide relief from tired aching legs. Improves circulation. Great for travelling. Paid $195 Canadian per pair. Price: $1000 pesos per pair 766-4032. FOR SALE: BLU phone. Bought this

in the States. Cost new $220 will accept $2000 pesos has case and charger in full working order with SIM and unlocked. Call: 376-766-4456. Cell 331-324- 5205 Ask for Susanne. FOR SALE: We have numerous sets of golf balls, makes like Titleist, SFT, Power Distance and many more. All boxed and ready for use. PLEASE CALL SUZI or DAVID: 376-766-4456. Cell 331- 824 5205 or E-mail ssnnkenn7@aol.com. FOR SALE: Sony WEGA Trinitron 29 inch TV model KV-29FS120. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty old it has had limited use in our casita and still has a good picture. Asking price $1,500 pesos. Four inputs on the TV are component (5 cables), 2-composite (3 cables), composite with S-video. Email: 411@shrall.com. FOR SALE: Old Fashion Desk - Wood. Price: $2,000 pesos. Call: 765-2407 or 331-720-6656. FOR SALE: 2 Mexian Albums 45 R.P.M Records. Album of 22 Songs of Amalia Mendoza 45 R.P.M Records. Olso 7 songs of Amalia mendoza, 4 Alfredo Jimenez, 1 Pancho Avitia, 1 Luis Martinez Serano, 1 Emiliano Gonzalez, 1 Maria Ester Aguirre. Price: $500 pesos each album. Please Call: Vi 765-2407 5 to 10 pm. :$17(' Looking for a table 42 to 60

inches long with 4 to 6 chairs all in good condition. Email: anneworthi@hotmail. com. FOR SALE: Used 3 Ellitica Precor EFX546 (Heavy Duty) $ 11,500 pesos each one. 2 Treadmill life Fitness 9100hr $12,000 pesos. Each one. (Heavy duty). 1 Treadmill Life Fitness 9500hr $14,500 pesos (Heavy Duty). Email: chuster_ac@ hotmail.com. Cell: 333-598-5058. Marco. :$17(' Shaw receiver with recording feature. Email: wolfsburg4wd@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Shaw 630 PVR receiver complete with remote and power cord. Free and clear to be activated. Price: $4500 pesos. Call: 766-4032. FOR SALE: Shaw 600 HD receiver complete with remote and power cord. Free and clear to be activated. Price: $2500 pesos. Call: 766-4032. :$17(' I would like to purchase an Schwinn Airdyne Bike or Assualt Air Bike or another brand equal in quality. Email: ShalomBeWell@gmail.com. :$17('/RRNLQJDWRZKLWFKWRÂżWP\ 2008 HONDA CRV, Also might be interested in renting yours for a trip to the states. Call: 333-461-5442.

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El Ojo del Lago - February 2018  

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


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