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Robb Howard relates the fascinating history behind the Canadian Confederation—which was brought on by an attack led by (of all people) Irish warriors!

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9 LOCAL CUSTOMS M.A. Porter introduces a controversial question: why is it that many ex-pats think it will turn the local economy upside-down if anyone dares to pay their Mexican labor anything much more than the pitifully low minimum wage? 14 GRACEFUL AGING Scott Richards thinks that when it comes to taking a more honest, reality-based view of the art of living and the grace in dying, we can all take lessons from our Mexican hosts. 27 PROFILE     

    a highly-accomplished Lakesider whose many achievements include writing the book You Don’t Know Jack, which became the basis of the hit HBO movie about Jack Kevorkian (aka “Dr. Death�). 62 MEXICAN SURPRISES A long list of things about Mexico may surprise even those among those who consider themselves highly knowledgeable about our adopted country.

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By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez HEMINGWAY—Half a Century Later



          Yet both the man and his work continue to loom large over the literary landscape, much as did Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro atop the setting of one of his most famous short stories. Given that the author has been repeatedly savaged by modern-day literary critics, his style lampooned and caricaturized, and even his sexual preferences brought into question, the mystery deepens: why can’t the world 

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tounded to learn that Hemingway had rewritten the last page of A Farewell to Arms@8 26/    words right,� was the author’s simple explanation. Also lost in the hoopla was the sensitivity that he had hidden so well over the years but revealed in his deeply touching memoir, A Moveable Feast. As for his unique style of writing, the citation for his Nobel Prize for Literature reads, “For his forceful and stylemaking mastery of modern narration.� Not bad—but not quite enough. Hemingway had little regard for “the literary boys� who considered poetic prose more important than compelling stories and memorable characters. Rather than “pretty up� his work with decorative adverbs, adjectives and phrases, he put his stock in unique nouns, muscular verbs and some of the best dialogue ever written. His style is suggestive rather than  2 

 remake A Farewell to Arms781E  producer asked a famous screenwriter to list as a lead-in to the screenplay itself all the scenes in the novel. Later, the producer was furious, claiming the writer had left out several of the book’s best scenes. In reality, those scenes were never written, but simply inferred—and if that’s not great writing, they should come up with another definition of “great.� Call it subliminal story-telling—and yet another reason why Hemingway’s work continues to enthrall readers all over the world. Alejandro Grattan


Finding Meaning And Purpose For Our Lives


few months ago I wrote a column featuring one of my favorite songs‌ “What’s It All About, Alfie?â€? In that column I tried to explore some of the nuances of choices we have as we grow older and hopefully wiser. My inspiration came from a devotional by Pastor Rick Warren where he stated: “You were saved to serve God. The Bible says, ‘It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan’ (2 Timothy 1:9 LB). “God redeemed you so you could do his “holy work.â€? You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value.â€? It was a powerful devotional. So I had to ask myself, how do we go about finding our place, our purpose, or role and function? First, we must believe in the power of LOVE and second, we should love not only ourselves but those in need as well. God did not put us here JUST to serve HIM, he put us here to serve others and by doing so we serve HIM. That is what I concluded to be “What it’s all about.â€? “One of the items in Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a picture of a plain bar of iron. It is valued at $5. The same bar of iron has a far different value, however, if it is fashioned into different items. As a pair of horse shoes, it would be worth $50. Made into sewing needles, it would be worth $5,000. Formed into balance springs for fine Swiss watches, it would be worth $500,000. The raw material is not what is important. What’s important is how the raw material is developed!â€? I believe that each of us has been given talents and abilities— some have received more, others less, but we all have received some unique gift from God. As Christians, we also enjoy spiritual gifts which flow from the Holy Spirit of God. I now understand more fully that the value of these raw ma-

terials (gifts), however, are moot unless we develop and use our talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts as a force for good in this world. Solomon, in Proverbs 2, said: “If you live a God-honoring lifestyle, you will receive God’s reward.� That was the advice he gave to those living a moral lifestyle. He also gave the same advice to those who were living selfish wicked lifestyles. He let them know that their actions would always lead to ruin.� One of the ideas I once had was that my success in this life was my doing, and that God was out there somewhere simply observing the happenings but taking no action. I now realize that God was walking alongside me even when I strayed from the chosen path He had set for me. I believe that’s true for you as well. And circumstances weren’t really circumstances but had His mark on the outcome of all my experiences – both good and evil. But we do know this: “God is good and all-knowing� - nothing catches him by surprise, not the car out of control, the malignant tumor, the hurricane, or the disease. So even as we wonder and question the reason and cause for each event, we can be confident that God knows and that in everything, even the senseless tragedy, He is working.� Shalom!

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Did you thank the Irish?


n army of 23,000 men, mostly battle trained veterans of the American Civil War. 500 Mohawk Indians trained in the French and Indian wars and 100 Black veterans of the American Civil War. Scattered along the border, trained and ready to attack... Canada. In the 1850s, the United Irishmen and their militant arm, the Fenian Brotherhood, correctly forecast that the political climate in the United States was going to lead to a civil war. When war came in 1861, the Fenians had raised military units comprised of Irish immigrants in the major cities of the eastern and southern


states. These units joined both sides in the war with the goal of gaining the experience and skills necessary to fight England for Ireland’s independence. The leadership of the Fenians, John O’Mahony and William Roberts, believed that a successful invasion of the Canadian provinces, known as British North America, would give them leverage and bargaining power in their struggle with England for Irish independence. In April of 1866, a group of 700 members of the Fenian Brotherhood massed on the eastern coast of Maine at Eastport for an attack on Campobello Island, New Brunswick. Campobello controlled

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access to the Bay of Fundy and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Before the invasion began U.S. forces arrived and dispersed the Fenians. Although the attack never took place, the people of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia saw their vulnerability and began to campaign for a Confederation of Canadian provinces. Prior to this, the Maritime Provinces had been unreceptive to joining the other provinces. The Fenian forces then adopted the name, the Irish Republican Army, the first use of this name and wore green uniforms with buttons embossed with “IRA”. The IRA had secured an understanding with President Andrew Johnson, formerly President Abraham Lincoln’s VicePresident, that U.S. forces would not interfere and would recognize, “any accomplished facts”. The U.S. had sold the IRA all of its weaponry including 3 warships in Brooklyn harbor. The IRA assembled along the border of Canada under the command of Major General Thomas, “Fighting Tom”, Sweeny. The strategy was a three-pronged attack on Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. On May 31st, 1866, an advance party of 1,000 to 1,300 troops under Colonel John O’Neill crossed the Niagara River near Buffalo, New York into Canada. The IRA forces captured Fort Erie and cut all telegraph lines and the Buffalo and Lake Huron railroads before they proceeded inland. In March of 1866, 10,000 Canadian Militia had been placed under arms to counter the Fenian threat. This militia was ordered to defend against the IRA advance from Fort Erie. On June 2, at Ridgeway, Ontario, the Canadian Militia and a company of the Queens Own Rifles were defeated by the IRA and forced into retreat. Shortly after the IRA had crossed the Niagara River, the U.S. Navy gunboat, Michigan, prevented supplies and 5,000 reinforcements

from crossing into Canada. Colonel O’Neill’s forces without supplies and reinforcements rested at Ridgeway and then returned to Fort Erie. Before reaching Fort Erie they were attacked by another Canadian force which they defeated and sent into retreat. The IRA left Fort Erie and crossed back into the U.S. where they received a hero’s welcome. The last major attack by the IRA was led by General Spier and his Executive Officer, General Mahon with a force of 1,000 men. They crossed from Vermont into Canada on June 7th defeated the Canadian forces and occupied Pigeon Hill, Missiquoi County, Quebec. They plundered several nearby towns and retreated to the U.S. when the U.S. Army seized their supplies in Vermont. Unknown to the Fenians and their U.S. supporters, President Andrew Johnson had been in reparation negotiations with Britain for their support for the Confederacy during the Civil War. As a result of these negotiations, strengthened by the U.S. actions against the Fenians and IRA, the British paid the U.S. $15 million dollars. The American people, angered by President Johnson’s betrayal of the Fenians demanded his impeachment. He survived the congressional impeachment by 1 vote. The Fenian action failed to end British rule in Canada and did nothing for the cause of Irish independence, but a few months after the attacks, the Canadian provinces united as a confederation under the British North American Act of 1867. The battle of Ridgeway became known as, “the battle that made Canada.” So, on July 1st, as you toasted the 144th birthday of the Confederation of Canada, I hope you lifted a glass to the Irish who gave the formation of the Confederation a little push. CHEERS!

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f you have a good gardener, you know how it feels: That special guy who’s always out there, toiling to create lush beauty just for little old Señora. Oh, and the wages that you pay him. I’m lucky enough to participate in the aforementioned situation: I have a gardener who has been with my house for over 10 years. He’s a natural botanist and takes great pride in his work. He works from the minute he passes through the gate until he departs. He continually seeks to please by offering creative ideas, and warns me about plagues well in advance. He washes my windows and takes care of the swimming pool. When we travel, he comes over every day to check the house (verified by our house sitter) and is kind to our pets. Swoon! Due to circumstances beyond his control, my gardener recently found himself in need of more work. So I decided to help him by advertising his qualities to various expatriates. It was a big success – nine people lined up to interview him; most of whom I did not know. Because I care about my gardener, I thought I’d ‘vet’ these applicants before I passed the opportunity on to him. My husband thought this might be folly – after all, I am not my gardener’s mother, nor could I fully predict the dynamics between my gardener and another employer. But I had to do it. I’m glad that I did because after conversations with various ‘vettees’, my gardener was able to land two jobs in gardens where he’ll be challenged – which he enjoys – and for people who are respectful and who will pay a fair starting wage. He is quite pleased. But I am also glad that I did the vetting because I learned something about expatriate sensibilities. I pay my gardener well and many of the vettees told me that I was paying him too much. If we expats pay more than market rates, they explained, we upset the economy down here. I am not an economics expert, but I cannot see how paying my gardener another 15 pesos an hour is going to send Mexico’s inflation rate into the cosmos. Sure, if I can’t buy another margarita because I pay my gardener so well, then the waiter makes less. But my gardener no doubt plows that money into the mi-

cro-economy of his barrio. So, it probably evens out. I feel the wages that I pay my gardener to be fair. (Re: Above bragging.) Every six months, I sit down with my gardener and give him an employee review, much as I did with my former employees in the USA. We talk about how he’s doing, what he needs from me, I document it and we shake hands – and guess what. He improves. So, at one of these meetings two years ago, I gave him a significant raise. And, recently, he took on more responsibility and promised that he could do the work the same amount of hours. He has followed through, and I have rewarded him again. By my calculations, after talking to the vettees, I conclude that I pay my gardener 22 percent above what they claim are “market rates.” He’s worth every penny. And, I have recently investigated how we can begin paying our gardener’s IMSS costs, as he will soon be losing his coverage if the private gardens in which he works can’t pony up. Which, they don’t have to. But I mentioned the IMSS angle to several vettees, one of whom grew frustrated with me and hung up. One vettee said, “I need to keep my costs down.” Which, I understand. Another said, “Why would you do that?” So I asked her, do you not have good medical coverage in Canada? She sputtered and said, “Yes, of course.” So I asked, why then do you not want your gardener and his family to have good coverage? I had the same conversation with a US citizen who, I know for a fact, routinely flies first class to the USA to access health care services. She answered that she doesn’t want to participate at that level of expense with someone as insignificant as a gardener. (Okay, so maybe she didn’t say “insignificant”, but that’s what it felt like.) One US citizen who has lived here for years said, “Mexicans don’t care about IMSS anyway. They can go to the health center for free.” None of them made my “good vettee” cut. They also won’t become friends. (Ed. Note: This is a touchy subject that I have long thought should be mentioned to our wonderful readers. Luckily, Margaret relieved me of that duty in a far better way than I could have ever performed it.)

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great way for advancing bridge players to further their skills is by watching top players in the heat of battle. Since the advent of the Internet this has become easier than ever with websites such as Bridge Base Online regularly covering high-level matches showing the play as it happens and with expert commentary for the benefit of viewers. Three times each year the American Contract Bridge League organizes North American Bridge Championships in cities across the continent. These tournaments attract some of the leading players from around the world competing in a variety of events including a grueling knockout team game that is as much a test of stamina as bridge expertise. The illustrated deal occurred in the final round of the team game at a recent NABC. While most of the play in the final was of a high standard, the players showed that even at this lofty level, mistakes can (and do!) happen. The bidding began quite normally with Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening of 1 spade and Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response of 2 diamonds which in their system was forcing to at least game. But at this juncture the commentators could not decide what exactly 4 diamonds meant. Some thought that it was a straightforward jump raise while others felt that it was Roman Keycard Blackwood. If it was the latter, then the response of 5 NT would have shown 2 keycards (the heart ace and the diamond king) plus the diamond queen and a useful void. But whether a void in partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first bid suit could be considered useful is highly debatable and


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it is quite conceivable that at this point North and South were actually on different bidding planets! In any event, North now threw in a bid of 6 clubs that convinced South they belonged in a grand slam so he promptly bid 7 diamonds which West just as quickly doubled. As you can see, dear reader, there was just one flaw in this contract, that being the absence of the ace of trumps. The North-South partnership were naturally crestfallen by this result as the match had been virtually tied at this late stage of the contest and this was very likely a major swing against their side. After all, surely their counterparts at the other table would avoid the same mistakes they had made and arrive at the more sensible small slam contract in diamonds. But as that esteemed philosopher Yogi Berra noted, it is never over till itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over and the North-South pair at the other table actually contrived to have their own flight of fancy and actually arrived at the same 7 diamonds contract, though by a slightly different route. But either out of a misguided sense of sportsmanship, or just a feeling that it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any difference, West neglected to make a penalty double and saw his team take a small loss on the board! There is hope for the rest of us if the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great players make mistakes that we and Great Aunt Gladys probably would get right. Questions or comments: email: masson. Ken Masson


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etâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tie President Harry Trumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience to that of President George W. Bush and ponder how long it will be before an objective and fair assessment is made of Bush just as was later made of Truman. When Truman left office in 1953 his popularity was among the lowest of many presidents before him, but now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regarded as one of the most perceptive and finest presidents of the 20th century. On leaving office himself, Bush had been so scorned by the fraudulently-named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Liberalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Left that the general climate against him was one of revulsion. Yet what is seemingly unfolding now may well eventually show that like Truman, Bush was a president of prescience and courage, and as with Truman he changed the world for the better. Bush believed if democracy could be achieved in just one Muslim country in the Middle East it could spread like wildfire to country after country, toppling the sheik despots and dictators who reign and suppress their own nations, and bring freedom to hundreds of millions of people,  and end the loathsome subjugation of  women. Well, democracy has almost been built in Iraq, and newspaper headlines tell day-by-day of the surge of unprecedented protests and rebellions in other Muslin nations run by corrupt fanatics. President Hosni Mubarak has already fallen in Egypt, and so has Zine el-Abidine Ben-Ali in the North African country of Tunisia. The treacherous Moammar Gadhafi is finished in Libya.  Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bashar Assad and Yemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ali Abdullah Saleh cling to power amidst chaos. Truman was surely a gutsy fellow who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a darn or a damn what anyone thought of him: So he dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and forced the Japanese into submission, instituted the Truman Doctrine to contain Soviet Communism from spreading from the captive Eastern European states to Western Europe, forged the Marshall plan to rebuild

Western Europe and prevent its voters from falling for communist malarky, and put in place loyalty checks and oaths for public office holders in the USA, thereby tossing thousands of communist sympathizers out on their rear-ends. A noble move. After all, they had vowed to overthrow the democraticallyelected government of the USA by â&#x20AC;&#x153;violent meansâ&#x20AC;? if necessary. Again, the so-called LiberalLeft tried to paint President Ronald Reagan - who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen to this nonsense about detente with Moscow - the Kremlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real aim was world domination - as a dimwitted fool - but Reagan just went out and destroyed the Soviet Union and freed hundreds of millions of people in the Kremlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastern European slave states. Now, no one mocks Reagan. Reagan, like Truman and Bush, knew one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enemies with namby-pamby kid gloves. One follows President Theodore Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.â&#x20AC;? Coincidentally, Bush is already a hero across Africa for his campaign to stop the spread of AIDS and help those afflicted with this dreaded disease. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m for the likes of Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan and Bush - and for the coming positive re-assessment of George W. Bush. How about you? 

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any of your friends and relatives north of the border undoubtedly worry about your safety in Mexico. This is understandable, of course. The American and Canadian media make it appear as though the entire country is rife with violence. We who live here do not feel particularly threatened. But how great is the risk of driving in Guadalajara at night? What is the risk of crossing the border at Nueva Laredo or Tijuana? What is the risk of traveling in Michoacan now? The fact is, according to David Ropeik, an international consultant in risk perception and risk communication at Harvard, even bright people get it wrong. We often underestimate significant risks and overestimate trivial ones. Some of the risks that many people worry about the most are nuclear radiation (from all sources), vaccines, and genetically modified food. The overwhelming evidence suggests that these pose little serious risk to us. On the other hand, people seem more than willing to assume more serious risks without worrying. Climate change may make large portions of the earth less habitable, regardless of its cause. People willingly over-eat non-nutritious, fatty food despite the very real health risks of obesity. And, of course, many drive while texting or talking on cell phones, clearly dangerous. Why is this? One factor seems to be our sense of how much control we have over the risk. Plane crashes are


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*  particularly scary because they are completely out of our control, while we do not worry about the exponentially greater risk of dying in an automobile accident because we believe we have more control over that risk. We will poison ourselves with dangerous fast food, additives, and overuse of drugs but well become fearful and indignant of pesticides in our food, less dangerous but out of our control. We also fear risks which will cause more suffering, diseases like cancer, more than we fear a quick death from heart disease, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suffer less, even though heart disease is a bigger killer. We fear man-made risks, like radiation from technology, more than natural risks, like radiation from radon or from the sun. Ropeik believes that this â&#x20AC;&#x153;gapâ&#x20AC;? between perceived risk and actual risk extends to all segments of society. Interestingly, people who value hierarchical, individualistic structures in society, often conservative thinkers, fear things that might break down the status quo, like progressive tax systems and welfare for the poor. Those who value a system which will require that we all work together to solve problems, are most fearful of the increasing power of corporations or rich individuals who may not share their values. The fact is, both groups overestimate some risks and conveniently ignore risks which conflict with their personal values. Liberals ignore the risk of government over-reaching and control, while conservatives overlook the risk that corporations will cause severe environmental problems. The fact is, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to survive and prosper, we will need to find a way to rationally, objectively, assess real risk. Only then will we be able to act on those risks which present real danger and endure those which are not likely to cause much harm. What do you fear? Are you ignoring significant risks to yourself while worrying about insignificant risks? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take that drive into Guadalajara but be careful about what you eat while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there!

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y mom tells me the world feels like it is changing too fast for her to make sense of it anymore. I used to look at her like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d dropped in from another planet. It all looked normal enough to me. The drug culture of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s frightened her as she struggled with raising two adventurous teenagers. Magical mystery trips on exotic hallucinogens were way more frightening than the alcohol that flowed at her own teenage parties. There is a constant barrage of news about abuse and violence. Mom grew up hearing news on the radio or reading about it in the newspaper in black and white. Seeing graphic video of these events in living color almost as they happen makes the world look much more scary than the world she grew up in. And nowadays, technology is pretty much unavoidable. Mom has had a cell phone for years (my brother insists she carry one for emergencies), but she still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t retrieve her voicemail or program anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone number. She wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider using a computer until she discovered online bridge. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adapted some since then, but only minimally. She still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surf the web or send personal emails (it takes forever to type using only two fingers), but even without calling her, I now rest easy knowing sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alive and well each day as I receive her many forwarded jokes and stories. For years, I adapted and embraced a brave new world. Change was welcome and exciting. And for the most part, it still is. To a point. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting tired of it myself these days. The number of changes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen come and go is mind-boggling. I once had a large collection of records (remember those?). Then everything went to cassette (I skipped right over the 8-track phase), and I industriously recorded my albums onto tape. That project wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even complete when CDs took over. Now I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even bother owning music; I just â&#x20AC;&#x153;streamâ&#x20AC;? audio

from somewhere-out-there. Years ago, I worked as a typesetter. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a career that has gone obsolete in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digitized world. How many of you worked a job that has gone the way of the dinosaur? With the increasing insanity in society these days, at least my career as a psychologist is not likely to go obsolete any time soon! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a quote from Ogden Nash taped to my keyboard for many years: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.â&#x20AC;? Oh, how true! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so much change and innovation a human being can accept and accommodate. Maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real reason we have limited lifespans. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mounting number of new things that baffle me these days and make my head spin. It often feels like my head is full and just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage another â&#x20AC;&#x153;upgrade.â&#x20AC;? When I visit the States, newspapers are filled with ads for stuff I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even identify. Pretty soon, the newspapers themselves are likely to disappear. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly asking my son what something is or getting his help to make it work. He looks at me like I just dropped in from another planet. I wonder how long it will still all look normal to him? Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at or 765-4988.

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hy apologize for grey hair, it looks good with black. So does white in case you go straight there not pausing at salt and pepper. Concentrate on all the things we are no longer expected to do, speeds we must maintain, or goals no longer sought. Why grieve so young, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up on life. Move to Mexico, live again and then die. Head south and rejoice we are all still breathing. Take control of the later years, in case we forget, they are the only ones left to do things our way. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste them idling in a resentful society where age is a plague, where people avoid you in case some of your oldness could rub off on the young and wrinkle-free. How the American society is so petrified of ageing and death is amazing. We are the international dealers in death and yet we are the least equipped to look into the mirror and see old age planting its tendrils. Westerners in general seem the most embarrassed of this natural process. They are made to feel guilty for ailments, age spots, a limp, things that used to be up are now mostly down, or forgetting to zip a fly. We all go through the motions of life and death, but not everyone sees it as a negative. Take the reins, head south and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop until there are smiles on the faces of the old people. North of the border versions of life and living read like a handbook for


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the rich and famous. Be good looking, make money and then spend it disguising the inevitable. Face lifts, hair color, lypoâ&#x20AC;ŚS--- happensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;live with it, not die because of it. Instead of being kicked to the curb in a country mortified after thirty, the elderly can live here gracefully, with respect and even admiration of past accomplishments. I have met and talked to many souls that have come down near what they figured was their end wanting to at least die somewhere warm and found a rebirth in their seventies, or even later. Who is to say someone is done with living, the IRS, Emily Post, Vogue? Dare to start and maybe even finish those projects never attempted while mired in tax returns and baby diapers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Geriatric Time, so make the most of it. Take a page from our Mexican neighbors on the natural course life takes from the womb to the grave. Admire their more honest, reality- based view of the art of living and the grace in dying. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let a case of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oldiesâ&#x20AC;? stand in the way a moment longer. Quit dying and start living, there is really no other choice for the brave. The inevitable will come, but what will you be doing when it does?

Letter to the Editor


ear Editor: I have to agree with David Harper in his Letter to the Editor in the June issue of El Ojo in that I have concluded the magazine’s political philosophy enunciated primarily by two columnists is predictably statist in their tiresome advocacy of more government control of everything. A third columnist told us we lack common sense if we don’t believe the establishment’s bogus 911 report. Since El Ojo celebrates the beauty of individualities at Lakeside and elsewhere I have to consider its political disposition a sad inconsistency typical of big government advocates: Exhibit A – You’re a marvelous individual but bureaucratically administered and enforced universal health care paid for by Marxist redistribution of your wealth is what we decide is better for you. This is a letter not an article so I’ll leave it at that.

Your Canadian conservative voice has tarnished credentials for me when he fails to understand the natural law right to self-defense as the foundation for the 2nd Amendment (yes, I’ve talked to him personally about this), and with his presentation to us of FDR and Nixon as underappreciated conservatives. Please! Now I’ll go back to enjoying the rest of your publication that celebrates individual freedom and expression skipping over the advocacy of the tried and failed scams of the new world order. Best regards, Martin E. O’Connor San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco martinedwardoconnor@yahoo. com 331 356 3614

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Wondrous Wildlife  0  / 1    Toadzilla


exico is home to some of the tiniest wild creatures and to some of the largest, but this guy truly is king of toad family. The Giant Toad also known as the Cane Toad or Marine Toad is one of the largest toads in the world and is the largest species in its family. These guys weigh in at four to five pounds and grow up to nine inches in diameter. Thankfully the myth that toads can give you warts is just that, a myth; or one could get a whopper of a wart from these guys. The giant toad can be found from Texas to Peru, Giant Toads are not picky eaters and will consume just about everything they find. They will even eat pet food left out around residential areas, as well as, carrion, and garbage. They have also been known to eat snakes, birds, and small mammals, such as mice. Their primary food source, however, is insects, including ants, termites, crickets, and beetles. Because of their voracious appetite these toads have been introduced as a natural pest controller, the giant toad or should we say the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orkin Toadâ&#x20AC;? keeps pests in their place. They are a huge help to the agriculture industry as they clear out hoards of insects that would otherwise destroy crops. Australia, Hawaii,


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and Florida to mention a few have imported them to control pest populations that were destroying sugar cane crops, hence the name Cane Toad. Toads are amphibians, so they can be found on dry land or in water. The female is bigger than the male, but that seems to be the only difference between the two genders. The skin is reddish-brown to greenish-brown across the back, covered in many hard warts, and light gray, yellow, or white, on the underbelly. Reproduction in the Giant Toad is quite interesting in that either sex is capable of egg laying. Male toads have an ovary that will become active if something happens to damage the testicle. Toads breed all year long, and each female can produce two clutches of eggs each year. Females will lay anywhere from 8000 to 35,000 eggs at a time; though few survive to adulthood. Only 0.5% of these toadlets will live to reach maturity, which is one to two years of age. Amazingly, the eggs may hatch anywhere from one day to a week. The tadpoles have a tendency to gather together underwater, feeding and swimming, and this makes them vulnerable to predators. It takes about two months for them to develop into a small toad. Although they may seem quite defenseless they do have a resource to make them an undesirable meal. They have large sacs, called parotid glands, over the shoulders that are filled with venom. This venom is released over the skin as a defense mechanism as it will often make a predator sick if the toad is eaten. Giant Toads are able to expel the venom quite a distance, and it comes out as a thick, white substance that can cause paralysis, blindness, and even death, depending upon the species involved. In modern times the toadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toxins have been used in new ways; in Japan as a hair restorer and in China during cardiac surgery to lower the heart rates of patients.

Marilyn We loved her years ago, before the lines of age could ever mark her face, before the history books defined her place in wax museums and in cinematic lore – before we knew her, we had loved her so as one might love a memory of snowwhite skin and rosy lips – and more we loved her for she seemed to need our love, we wanted her to feed upon our unfulfilled desire. Even in life she was not really there, she had become an icon to us then – and if she’d lived, with crow’s feet round her eyes, I and a million other men would love her, filled with our still-young memories. Michael Warren

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Anyone Can Train Their Dog  "

Daily Walks And The Excited Dog


he daily dog walk is not only your best training and exercise opportunity, it is also the highlight of your dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. The problem is many dogs get so overly excited with the prospect of going for the walk that they become impossible monsters. With the jumping and crazy activity plus the fight just to get the leash on, they continue this foolishness by pulling the owner down the street and ducking into and behind every tree, gate, or whatever they encounter until the owner says â&#x20AC;&#x153;to heck with this stuffâ&#x20AC;? and the dog walks become history. Luckily it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be that way, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s change things. Before we start the process just pick up the leash, walk to the door and if the dog starts to act up in any way you walk back to the kitchen counter and leave the leash. In a few minutes you start again and until he sits at the door and accepts having the leash put on while he remains quiet you simply quit and let him settle. No talk, no hands, no direction. JUST STAND THERE. Trust me he will eventually figure things out and when he does sit quietly you say good dog, put on the leash and proceed to the door. When you get to the door he is directed to SIT and WAIT while you open the door. If he moves, you repeat the sit and wait process. When he finally waits until heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asked to proceed you go through the door


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and take a few steps and ask him, no direct him (in a calm but assertive voice) to sit. No matter if he jumps, charges, barks, yelps, or whatever he is expected to sit. When he cools down and â&#x20AC;&#x153;lets the air out of his tiresâ&#x20AC;? you reward him with a small treat and calmly turn around and go back into the house, walk to his bed, ask him to sit and remove the leash. Repeat this exercise every half hour until he will accept the leash, quietly walk to door and sit and wait until heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited to proceed out the door and will sit readily on command as soon as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside. If you make a concentrated effort you can teach this procedure in one or two training sessions with concentrated effort. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for the real walk. Equip yourself with a pocket of treats (pieces of kibble will do the job) and with the dog on your left side on a loose leash with at least six inches of slack you take a couple of steps and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go.â&#x20AC;? As long as the dog walks along at a normal pace with his head and shoulders beside your left knee you praise him and keep walking. Just in case heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those that charges off and decides heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading the parade on a tight leash hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all you do. STOP, STAND STILL. When he figures out youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going anywhere heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually sit whereupon youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give him one of those treats youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got stashed in your pocket. Now start again and try for three or four steps before he gets out of position. But persist. As soon as he leaves the magic zone you STOP. This time he will sit sooner. As you proceed with the stop, sit, treat process, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that his walking in the correct position becomes longer and when he gets out of shape and you stop he will be sitting much quicker. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon to have a dog figure this out in a single lesson to where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk beside and sit automatically when you stop. Good Luck LOOSE LEASHES,  HAPPY TAILS. Art Hess

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oe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum waterquality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised. All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor. Joe begins his work-day. He’s one of the lucky ones who has a job with very good pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation be-


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cause some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune. It’s noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. Joe has to pay his Fannie Maeunderwritten mortgage and his belowmarket federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. He plans to visit his father this evening at his home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

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of the month

By Barb Corol Angel Majia Chavez


ngel was born with a cleft palate coupled with an abnormal growth. He is now 18 months old and the ‘after’ picture is post his reconstructive surgery, the first of many he will undergo in his young life. Mom, Rosa Maria, was destitute at the time of Angel’s birth having been abandoned. She became very depressed. She had nowhere to go, felt alone and unwanted and now had a baby to care for who had his own needs. Shortly after birth, baby Angel was rushed to the Hospital Civil as he was having trouble breathing. Tests revealed he had Klebsiella Pneumoniae and any infection caused by this condition can be fatal if not treated with the correct antibiotics. Unfortunately, baby Angel had developed both lung and urinary tract infections. His condition was critical. Given his delicate condition, the doctors deemed it crucial that Mom stay in hospital during baby Angel’s recovery which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She was instructed on how to care and feed him properly and she learned that in cases of a cleft palate, correct burping was very important. She was also trained on how to use an epipen. This will help alleviate bronchial spasms and wheezing that baby Angel might experience. He would leave the hospital with a cocktail of medications to help combat infections and boost his immune system. During the intake, the social worker learned that Rosa Maria had an older brother whom they contacted. When baby Angel was released from hospital, they were invited to live with her brother and his family in Jocotopec. Mom was feeling somewhat better about her situation. Rosa Maria’s brother suggested she go and talk to the DIF (Family Development) in Jocotopec to see what


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help they could offer. It was during their interview that DIF recommended she come back on Wednesday as they felt certain Niños Incapacitados would be able to help. Rosa Maria brought baby Angel to our clinic in November 2010. We assessed her situation and agreed she met the qualifications to be a Niños Incapacitados client. Rosa Maria knew baby Angel needed to have the reconstructive surgery. We provided her with the necessary funds and directions to the Reconstruction Hospital in Guadalajara who performs this type of surgery free of charge. We then arranged to get her an appointment with a doctor in Jocotopec who has since taken her and baby Angel on as patients. Since the surgery, Niños Incapacitados has paid for multiple x-rays, medications and a dental retainer. Baby Angel has also started daily therapy which we are covering. Rosa Maria sees a ray of light for her and Angel given all the new supports she has in place. In the meantime Angel is scheduled for more reconstructive surgery in August of this year. Rich Petersen, who normally writes our “Child of the Month” articles, is being given a much deserved break for a few months. As Director of the Jocotopec Clinic, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to tell you about some of our children. It’s too far for them to travel to be introduced at one of our regular monthly meetings, so this is an ideal forum for you to meet them. To learn more about Niños Incapacitados, please visit our website at www.programaniñ or call Rich Petersen (376-765-5511) or Barb Corol (376-766-5452).

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Labor by Hand


ometime I take my dog for a walk in the early morning light just as the sun breaks over the horizon. The village is different at this time of day. It is quiet. There are very few vehicles on the road. I may pass an early morning jogger, or another dog walker, but I see very few people. One constant in the half-dark moments of the early morning are the people who clean the streets. One day I realized that late risers probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a second thought to the people that rise before the sun, and show up at their assigned street to clean it. The workers collect the trash others have carelessly tossed to the ground, and with brooms, they sweep the streets. I watch them as they make their way down the street, working meticulously, bagging, bending, sweeping, and bagging some more. It is hard work that is tedious, repetitive and boring. Yet they are there each morning. As I walked, I wondered how many streets must they clean? How long do they work? What kind of pay do they get? I understand that there are some streets that they clean, and there are others that they do not. I remembered


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a street where I used to live that was not cleaned by the village. After walking around and through empty bottles of beer, juice or soda cans, and wrappers of all kinds and I finally began to carry a trash bag and a grabber and picked up the trash when I walked my dog. Later that day, I noticed another Mexican hard at work at a construction site. All alone, he worked with a pick-ax. One man versus hard rockâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one strike at a time he labored in the sun. I think of all the Mexicans I see using hand tools. Mops instead of vacuums, hoes instead of powered tillers, shovels, rakes, and push mowers abound. There are very few power tools used by the workmen I see. Power tools are expensive. They require electric power or gas to run. Those are expensive as well. Even the road workers use hand tools. I was surprised when a few days later I find that the man with the pick-ax at the construction site is gone, and in his place, I see a bulldozer. Surprised, I remember all the construction in Mexico, with men making their own cement, sifting sand through a strainer screen, moving the sand by wheelbarrow, carrying bricks by hand, I had reached the point where seeing this was the norm. A bulldozer moving the earth took me back. Perhaps in the USA standard equipment included bulldozers along with spinning cement mixers, and jackhammers, electric saws, power hammers, staple gunsâ&#x20AC;Ś yes, this is a different country with its own pace. With all the power and timesaving devices in the USA, whyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyone always in such a hurry? Mexico has its own way of doing things. There may be easier ways or quicker ways of doing things, but are Victoria Schmidt they better?

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YOU DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T KNOW HARRY! By Tod Jonson


n a crowded, celebritystar-studded night in our Ajijic auditorium (May 3, 2011) Harry Wylie became the latest LIFETIME ACHIEVER here at Lakeside, being the only local author ever to write a book which was turned into a 5-time top award-winning movie. Harry Wylie was born and educated in Nova Scotia. I believe it was Robert Stanfield, once (Premier of Nova Scotia) who made the statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that the greatest export of N.S. is brains!â&#x20AC;? Harry did his best to live up to it, and so he did!  At an early age, Harry wanted to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;depart southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to warmer climates, but only made it to Detroit. Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocation was primarily in the auto industry, and he ended his working career as president of an automotive engineering support company.   While living in West Bloomfield, MI, Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delightful wife Arlene, along with daughter (Sandra Lee) and sons (Sean and Fraser) had the good fortune to have Jack Kevorkian as their next-door neighbor, a man who enriched their lives with his wit, savoir faire, artistic abilities, and assemblage of erudite friends. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) was the first US physician who openly assisted in euthanasia. When Kevorkian was imprisoned for 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;25 years in state penitentiaries, Arlene and Harry were two of ten allowable visitors; they visited him monthly for eight years.  The state of Michigan literally severed outside communication and eventually most people actually thought Jack was dead.

man, and Danny Huston. It was first aired on HBO April 24, 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a very controversial first for HBO.                   The movie was filmed on Staten Island, NY and in Detroit, MI. during the fall of 2009. During September of that year, the Wylieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were on the set as â&#x20AC;&#x153;actorsâ&#x20AC;? in a scene depicting a 1992 event which the Wylieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually attended.  As it turned out the film had Emmy written all over it for actor Pacino and HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best film of the year!â&#x20AC;?  While the book and film were becoming famous, in private life Harry was now an officer in the Canadian Armored Corp. He was also one of 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;ice

curling champsâ&#x20AC;? representing the US in a 25-day, 41-game tour of Scotland in 2002. Harry claims they â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;beat the hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out of the Scots.  Harry and Arlene, married 45 years, first visited Ajijic seven years ago. They now spend their time between Ajijic, the Gatineau Hills in Quebec and visiting their children in Alberta, near Canton, MI, as well as Atlanta when he is now writing his second book: The Second Fathers of Confederation.   You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know Jack has now gone into the second printing, under this title.  LCS has a lending copy of the book.

 2  To enlighten the public to Kevorkianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plight, Harry decided to come out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;retirementâ&#x20AC;? and write his first book. Although Jack approved of this venture by signing over his â&#x20AC;&#x153;life rightsâ&#x20AC;? to Harry, he would not contribute a word to the book. Three years later, the original book, Between the Dying and the Dead, was published in the UK and USA. Major critics were very positive.   One stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I had assumed was Wylie would produce an essentially worshipful work that was more hagiography than biography.  Fortunately I was wrong.  It is a much better book, and tells us what the forces were that shaped Jack Kevorkian.â&#x20AC;?   Readers everywhere have felt the same, and the book became wildly popular.  HBO acquired the rights to Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book as well as Kevorkianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;life rights.â&#x20AC;?  Two years transpired before a full length movie titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know Jackâ&#x20AC;? (which actually was the original title of the book but was scratched because the first publishers were British and were unaware of the American vernacular) was produced. The movie, directed by Barry Levinson, starred Al Pacino (winning best actor of the year three times) and co-starred Susan Sarandon, Brenda Vaccaro, John Good-

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Hearts at Work "% & 3( 

â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śin respect to fellowshipâ&#x20AC;Ś.â&#x20AC;?


n a rather fine film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Capt. Jack Aubrey, played by Russell Crowe, master and commander of the British ship Surprise, has orders to chase down and capture or destroy a much larger French ship in the lonely waters off the coast of Brazil in 1804. A young midshipman named Hollom is a misfit among these rough and sometimes difficult-to-discipline men. Late one night the lonely and disconsolate Hollom lifts up a cannon ball, cradles it against his stomach, and jumps into the deep blue. The following morning Capt. Jack calls his men to the upper deck for a short service. Setting aside the


ff d to h l Bible offered him h he says simply but eloquently: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The simple truth of it is not all of us become the men we once thought we might be. We are all Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creatures. And if there are those among us who thought ill of Mr. Hollom, or spoke ill of him, or failed him in respect to fellowship we ask Your forgiveness.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In respect to fellowship,â&#x20AC;? is there any among us who has not failed others? Or thought ill of others, or spoke ill of others? Only yesterday, while leaving our bi-monthly Ajijic Writers luncheon, I was reminded by someone for whom I have the highest regard of the Buddhist commitment to: Right thought. Right speech. Right action.

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Yet how easy it is to ignore those who, like Midshipman Hollom, do not â&#x20AC;&#x153;fitâ&#x20AC;?. How easy it is to laugh at them, to scorn them, to scoff at them, to put them down, to turn our backs when they want to be with us, as if the limitations or failures we perceive in them are of such magnitude that at least for the moment we might ignore our own limitations and failures. Indeed, when seen in a higher light than that of ordinary day, those opening words of Capt. Jack Aubrey fall like a hard rain upon all of us: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The simple truth of it is not all of us become the men we once thought we might be.â&#x20AC;? In literature the Misfit is not the same as the Outsider (Mersault, in Camusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Stranger, for example) or the Hero (Odysseus in Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Odyssey, for example), for both the Outsider and the Hero do not define themselves in terms of what others think of them or how they are accepted. But true Outsiders and Heroes are rare. Misfits are common, and most of us have experienced being misfits, not fitting in the way we might hope to fit in. Often in literature and film, the idea of the misfit is dramatized through appearance. The hunchback in Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is deformed, grotesque, laughed at, considered a fool. So ugly that shortly after

his birth he had been deposited on the steps of Notre Dame where he was raised by a tormented and sexually repressed priest. I like the 1996 version in which Mandy Patinkin plays the hunchback Quasimodo; Richard Harris the Archdeacon of Notre Dame, Dom Frollo; and a very young Salma Hayek the gypsy girl Esmeralda, who with no effort at all bewitches everyone. Quasimodo, the monstrously misfit, becomes the hero, swinging down on the bell ropes to rescue Esmerada as she is being led to the gallows after being falsely charged with murder. I like equally well the 1939 version with Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Cedrick Hardwick as the Archdeacon, and the 19-year-old Irish beauty Maureen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara as Esmeralda in her first American role (she had just completed her first major film in England a few months earlierâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jamaica Innâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also with Laughton). In the old fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;misfitâ&#x20AC;? is a beast, literally, and yes hideous, but we come to realize his heart is bigger than any of the hearts around him. Beauty slowly discovers she loves him, and finally, as he is dying, she kisses him, expecting nothing in return. With that kiss the beast comes back to life, now transformed into a handsome prince, and they live

happily ever after. The truth hidden in this story is this: we discover that when we can love, expecting nothing in return, our lives are transformed. What we formerly saw as ordinary—or in the case of this old story even far worse than ordinary— suddenly is transformed into something magnificent. The old black and white film version directed by Jean Cocteau, La belle et la bête (1946), is worth watching. The belle, the beauty, is initially horrified by la bête, but as she gives him more and more of her attention, more and more she begins to see the remarkable soul beneath the

grotesque exterior. All whom we meet, including misfits, have remarkable souls, usually deeply hidden. By giving apparent misfits our attention (complete attention being symbolized by the kiss in Beauty and the Beast), their world (which we suddenly realize is our world as well) becomes a bit more beautiful. Like Capt Jack says, “We are all God’s creatures.”

Jim Tipton

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Chapala, one in Ajijic. The wheelchairs were presented by Club President Mike McCarthy to Dora Cervantes, Presidente of DIF Chapala and wife of Mayor JesĂşs Cabrera Jiminez. Municipal translator Cecilia Pulido Diaz assisted. Pictured below are left to right, standing, Julianna Rose, Donna Man ' < Y' * 

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he Mexican love of music and dance is a heritage from the distant past. Graves from the pre-formative (1800-900 BC) have yielded primitive musical instruments such as bone rasps and simple whistles. By Aztec times the orchestra had expanded to include pipes, rattles, several types of drum, slit 


 as the human voice. Materials varied; gourds, wood, bones, terracotta, conch shells, metal, turtle carapaces and deer antlers all played their part. There were no stringed instruments before the Conquest and the marimba, now so closely         duced much later by African slaves. There was no form of musical notation, so we have no clue to how such music sounded except that it was obviously heavy on percussion and rhythm. The Spanish found Aztec ritual performances â&#x20AC;&#x153;doleful and tunelessâ&#x20AC;? which, since they were mostly aimed at propitiating the numerous and merciless gods, seems             â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs for the Godsâ&#x20AC;? was an important part of the curriculum of students in the calmecac, or State schools. But surely, then as now, the people often raised their voices, played their instruments and danced to their own music for the simple joy of it.


Six men, arms linked and wearing tall, elaborate head-dresses but, seemingly, little else, dance rings around their leader, who sets the tempo by rhythmically shaking what are ap    

   dried gourds. These are identical with the maracas       in any street market today and their distinctive sound is still an integral part of Latin American music. The         and are mounted on a circular base of the same diameter. This charming group is a funerary gift found in a shaft tomb in Colima and dates from the Protoclassic period (AD 1-300).


  !    ing drum is slightly more than three feet tall and is of Aztec origin, dating from AD 1520. The hollow wooden cylinder would have been covered with a taut animal skin drumhead, while the oddly shaped cut-outs in the base were designed to increase resonance. The elaborately carved surface shows Eagle and Jaguar knights above a parade of the Aztec monarchs these elite warriors were dedicated to protect. It was found at Malinalco, where, legend says, it was buried to


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prevent such a sacred object from falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerers.

Hand Drum

This type of percussion instrument was usually held in the crook of the arm and struck with the hand or a drumstick made of wood, bone or antler. Almost anything with a large enough cavity, from clay pots to animal skulls, would do. This example is particularly interesting because, although it appears to be an ordinary turtle shell, it is actually made of painted clay and wears the head of Huehueteotl, the old man god who guarded hearth and home. It was found near the cathedral in Mexico City, in what

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was once the site of the main temple complex of the Aztec capitol, Tenochtitlan.


D r u m s could be of many shapes and sizes as well as materials. This unusual specimen is of beautifully grained and polished wood, about two feet long by six inches wide and cleverly carved in the shape of a reclining warrior with inlaid shell and obsidian eyes. It is of Aztec origin, dating from no earlier than AD 1450, and is unusual in that its tone could be altered by inserting tongues of wood at various points in the two linear grooves running the length of the warriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back. Perhaps the anticipation of a sound beating explains why the poor fellow looks so apprehensive.


      well dressed musician might appear to be just another drummer beating time on turtle shell drum. He is, however, actually rubbing a stick across the natural roughness of the carapace to produce a distinctive rasping sound which would be ampli   

 space between the upper and lower shells. Hollow gourds or clay pots, properly grooved,           nite improvement over the earlier bone and stick rasps. The intricately crafted terracotta       "#  

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No one knows exactly when man discovered that conch shells made excellent trumpets, but they were widely used as such on important occasions in many primitive societies, including the pre-Columbi-

ans. This 15 inch example, however, is not exactly what it seems. It is made of clay and, although the sculptor, working from inside out, faithfully reproduced the intricately convoluted interior and exterior form of a real shell, the sound it produces is more a whistle than a deep, mellow blast. Its actual provenance is unknown, but archaeologists assign it to the Mayan Classic period (AD 250-800).


That this elegantly attired Mayan lord, with his winged head-dress, intricately woven loincloth and massive jewelry, is a musician is proved by the gourd rattles he holds in either hand. What is not so obvious is that he is also a musical instrument, at least until one notices the         back and the mouthpiece concealed in his topknot that make him an ocarina. He stands a little over eight inches tall and still bears traces of the original red and blue paint. He comes from Nebaj in Guatemala and dates from the Mayan Late Classic period (AD 700-800).


This gaily painted ceramic jug may well depict the very earliest example of that musical phenomena known as the one man band. He certainly shows instrumental versatility, if not virtuosity. In his right hand he holds a set of pan pipes which he seems to be blowing lust       held up to the side of his head like an ear trumpet and a clay hand drum is attached to the belt at his waist.    $%"&' inches tall and is attributed to the Nazca culture of southern Peru (AD 250-750).

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2nd is the last day. Concert dates are February 16, 18, 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 29, March 1 and March 2. At least some of these dates will feature performers we all want to see and hear. Check their website at Mulitple Events: The American Legion ( q@ % &% = Sundays......12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers Jul 1..........2 p.m. Canada Day celebrations Jul 4..........time: contact Legion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; US Independence Day celebration Jul 7..........3 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maple Leaf Club (bring botanas to share) Jul 8..........8:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Yard Sale Jul 14..........time: contact Dan Nollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reproduction of Matisseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11th Annual Meatloaf Contest Woman in a Purple Coat (1937) Jul 28..........3 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lone Star Club (Country-Western music) For information, call 765 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2259 or / '  (   


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national celebrations registry of local Mexicans who need and are looking for work of all types is maintained. No pre-screening is provided, just a database of willing applicants. You interview and choose to hire or not. Come to the Chapala American Legion on Monday between 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. or email Rony at and look at the website at The Singles Mix & Match July Activities include a unique opportunity for single Lakesiders to meet and greet other singles. Enjoy beer, wine and soft drinks at the cash bar. They talk about upcoming social events, as well as any ideas you might like to present. Come July 20 to meet in the garden at LCS, 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m., free to LCS members, $20 pesos for nonmembers. After many years of devoted service to the Municipo de Chapala, Tod Jonson has left for the US because our elevation here is hard on his heart. He hopes, and we hope too, that he will be able to spend six months in the US and six months here, but since the future is, at present, uncertain, a special award was presented to him prior to his Charlie Smith presents award to Tod Jonson (left)


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departure. It simply thanks him for being so generous with his time and talent. 3  k '      %   (    %  & %  Z\[Z Located at Plaza de la Ribera on Rio Bravo, in Ajijic, the minimalistic theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;readsâ&#x20AC;? well-rehearsed scripts rather than acting the play with settings, costumes, etc. The plays they present are adult-oriented and quite entertaining. The bar opens at 2 p.m.,  " ~   Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2030; >; 

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please call Ann Pinkerton at 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5986 or email In July there are two one-act plays with performances July 22, 23, and 24 at 3 p.m. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Herbert, a comedy written by Robert Anderson, is a sketch about two old people sitting on a porch and talking. Just talkingâ&#x20AC;Śand of course, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how funny they are. The reading will be directed by Diana Rowland. Also, Collette Clavadetscher will direct the comedy The Whole Shebang, written by Rich Orloff. It is a charming and whimsical comedy about the creation of the universe. To audition for The Whole Shebang, email Collette at Yes, your ticket admits you to both one-act performances on the same day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one follows the other. For August In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl is scheduled for August 26, 27 and 28 at 3 p.m. The play is a fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment and the mistreatment of women in the late 19th century. Jeritza McCarter will direct this comedy. Save these future dates for up-coming productions: Sep 23, 24, 25 Oct 21, 22, 23 Nov 18, 19, 20 Dec 16, 17, 18 Jan 27, 28, 29 Now, for more information on The Naked Stage. The theater is much cooler: the <Z   "   ' ; Z  ZÂ  Z     "


$  Z      '  ater is now much more comfortable during warm weather. Also every chair has been provided with cushions, including the actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stools. And last but not least, Daniel, manager of the San Pedro Restaurant and Gallery at Plaza de la Ribera, and his wife Cirene invite you to stay for dinner following the readings. On Fridays there will be live music. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a 10% discount on meals with drinks. 0Q0"/ !% = Jalisco Philharmonic â&#x20AC;&#x201C;There is now information on all the JPO concerts II Season 2011. Ticket prices remain the same as last season, $250 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members. This is short notice as some concerts have already occurred so if you want to join them, please arrange payment with marshallallenkrantz@yahoo. com right away. Concert #4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, July 1, 8:30 p.m. Bus leaves 4:30 p.m. for the restaurant before the concert. Conductor Leslie Dunner: `  $ ^  Â&#x2019; Â \ $ => `;>  ! ; Â&#x201C;  Â&#x201D;Â & \ $ `;> 

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A Refugeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cycle of Despair  $ &  '

(Ed. Note: The poem below is in response to material that Kelly Hayes-Raitt read to the Ajijic Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group. By way of an explanation, Kelly writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2008, I spent the summer volunteering with Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria, through an excellent program coordinated by the Middle         with Abdullah, who I had met in Baghdad just before the war, and shadowed him as he tried to get food rations for his family, medical care for his father and school supplies for his daughters through UN refugee-support programs. My article about our experiences (a chapter in     

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In Iraq, Kelly met Abdullah just three weeks before the war. He lived and worked in Baghdad in comfort; not rich, nor poor. A handsome man with dark blue suit, crisp shirt, and tie of blue, Served her breakfast of olives â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n eggs, with a smile so fresh and new. Olive-skinned and slender, he lived peacefully in Iraq. Treated her as a special friend, and said she should come back, Presented her marigolds, from the garden across the street, And said that if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stay a while, his family she should meet. When the US Marines invaded Baghdad, he asked them why they came. They said â&#x20AC;&#x153;to bring freedom and democracy,â&#x20AC;? was their governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aim. He thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it might be possible they bring a better life for me,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Til violence shattered his home, leaving but one choice; to flee. Five years later in Damascus, he was a destitute refugee. Six, packed in a small apartment, he certainly wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t free. He thought of the soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise of freedom - a sacred vow, Being driven from his home and country, where was that promise now? At a UN refugee center, with four months delay for food, Teachers, engineers, and architects in hopeful patience queued, Standing in blistering sun for detergent, flour and olive oil. Yet unwelcome here in Syria, regardless how they toil. Where lies the promise, of that marine who invaded his homeland. He no longer thinks to return to Iraq as previously he had planned. Now Syrians are rebelling for freedom and democracy, And Five hundred lay dead in Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regime of autocracy. Now the land to which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fled in haste, from freedom here to cower, Is now prepared to fight a war, with support by a western power. And he, his wife, two daughters, sister and ailing father -- God forbid, Must now find a new land, were possibly, they can live as once they did.


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Focus on Art  !   

Secrets of the Mature Artist


orothy Parker wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for cu-

riosity.â&#x20AC;? Want to create quality artworks? The process may not be as difficult as you think. Openness to learning and willingness to share understandings as well as to have your works critiqued within a community of artists will yield extraordinary results. Art (creation) is a process. The resulting works are incidental. When the artist - curious and inquiring - learns to see with deep insight and to experience the world and life with feeling and emotion, the process becomes vital. A creative mind and spirit engendered by curiosity and profound insight give form to your emotions and then to your artworks. Awareness of the subtleties, nuances, the veiled aspects of reality, coupled with the capacity to work with these discoveries and experiences constitutes the way of the artist. A mature artist, with soul and spirit, becomes a revealer of emotions, architect of subversive signs, and a revealer of hidden truths. Within the process of artistic maturation it becomes essential to look at and analyze the art of the past â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of at least the last 200 years. Go to museums, use learning websites like the ones below, copy the artworks of great artists, and, with an open heart and mind analyze the artworks of your friends and associates. Read art journals, art history and Ralph


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Mayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential The Artist Handbook. asp Study under mature, qualified artists, participate in workshops, become part of a group in which works by all members are collectively critiqued or openly juried by a small group of mature artists. Constructive critiques enable the developing artist to be in touch with their strengths and weaknesses. For example within the Lakeside writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community, the critique of one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing has consistently strengthened the quality of the work being done by members. The rate at which we grow as artists and the development of the artistic path we choose are dependent on the mature feedback we receive from other artists. A critique should provide honest and encouraging feedback where each artwork considered becomes a launching pad to a new stage in the search for understanding. Good critiques call on the knowledge, sensitivity, and natural curiosity of each participant. In an ideal critique, several mature artists collectively evaluate artworks done by developing artists. Understanding the essential elements and principles that enable an artwork to hold together as one world or a whole must be understood and practiced. An artist needs to know the rules well before they break them - breaking the rules is how great art comes into being. Good paintings must somehow be aesthetically satisfying while they evoke raw emotion, touch the spiritual, or uncover memories, or shed light on mysteries. Good art always pushes viewers to new understanding of life and art and bring into being a new creation, or a new world never seen or understood before. Successful art awakens, disturbs, pleases, lifts the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirits, scares the hell out of us, and teaches in an unending variety of ways. Rob Mohr

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STAY HEALTHY!  &! %  .!+ 376-766-2777 â&#x20AC;&#x153; STRESS THE OTHER KILLER â&#x20AC;&#x153; PART III Epilog


NTERPERSONAL CONFLICTS: n coping Difficulties in are not always a matter of the individual and his or ten, her circumstances. Often, de e life`s hurdles include dealing with personalityy ee conflicts. There are three kinds: Family, marital, or job- related . FAMILY CONFLICTS: mplex All families are a complex ps. network of relationships. Each member has a different relationship with each of the others in the family. Physicians often recommend family therapy when disruption occurs, in which the Patient is the entire family unit and the sessions include the whole family. When more than one member seems to have serious emotional disorders, or when a pattern of blame has become entrenched, or when an adolescent is particularly rebellious, often problems within a family may be brought to the attention of a professional therapist with a university degree. The therapist does not solve problems for the family but shows families how to understand their problems and how to cope with them more effectively. MARITAL CONFLICTS: Marriage Counselors frequently observe that one of the greatest problems with the couples they treat is that patterns often enter into the relationship regarding unrealistic expectations. Our culture`s romantic view of marriage fosters this tendency. Instead of realizing that they are marrying ordinary human beings with strengths and weaknesses, people tend to idealize their mates and expect nothing short of perfection. Over the life of a marriage, couples typically face a predictable series of transitions. Consequently, researchers often speak of â&#x20AC;&#x153;different marriagesâ&#x20AC;? within a single marriage. Adjustments to the first child and


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subsequent changes in life styles, changess in jobs, loss l of a spouse´s pa parents, and changin ing sexual needs all p present problems. If the marriage is to survive, the couple must communicate and resolve inevitable conflicts eff effectively. At a time of the con conflict in a marriage ,a marr marriage counselor often ca can help bring such issues to light so that the couple can deal with current pr problems in a more mature aand not-so-painful way. Oth Other forms to diminish the stress effects may require interaction with people to decrease any sense of social isolation that they may feel. These may include group sports or hobbies, attending social events, meeting with a group of friends, or talking with a good friend. Be particularly careful about using drugs, either prescribed or recreational, as a management technique. Conscious or regular use of drugs to manage stress can be a manifestation of problems with the substances. Stress is an ongoing and normal part of living. We are constantly called on to adapt to changes within ourselves (such a aging or health circumstances) or in our surroundings (such as a new job, social relationship or family structure.) The reactions to these stressors may be physical or psychological and usually are unpleasant. The fact that they may be unpleasant does not mean that they are abnormal or that they constitute illness. (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Dr Cordova lives full time at Lakeside. He is an Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Specialist and Lakeside Chapala Medical College President.) Dr. Cordova

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Anger - Our Worst Enemy


nger is the real destroyer of our good human qualities; an enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger can. Anger is our real enemy. --Dalai Lama The other day I was the recipient of an unfair blast of anger and I noticed very quickly how damaging anger can be - not only to the recipient but even more to the person who delivers it.  This particular person is known in the area to have outbursts, especially when he feels he is not getting what he wants when he wants - not unlike a small child whose similar behavior manifests in overt tantrums. Not only does anger destroy our good human qualities but it also takes its toll on our physical well-being.  You feel your face redden and your pulse races as someone cuts you off in traffic.  You lie awake at night enraged at the behavior of one of your friends ... you lose your temper at the least little thing and in the back of your mind you keep thinking about how terrible your childhood was . . . tirade after tirade yes, you are an angry person and have no idea how detrimental these feelings can be. Physical Effects of Anger Your body goes into a fight or flight mode and instantly release adrenalin, dopamine, cortisol, noradrenalin and endorphins creating negative effects especially on the sympathetic  nervous system such as constriction of the blood vessels as well as the intestines and may even shut off digestion.  Constant angry outbursts can suppress thyroid function resulting in a slowing down of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s metabolic function; can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels; can raise your heart beat; can create a blood sugar imbalance; and can even impair the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to think clearly.  Muscles become tight, resulting in headaches, grinding and clenching of teeth, migraines, and since the heart is also a muscle, can cause heart attacks.  Obesity and kidney failure are also possibilities.  Prolonged anger is directly


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connecte t d to o sskin kin co ki cond nd ditio itio it ions on such as connected conditions rashes, acne, eczema, hives and warts and many studies have proven that when underlying anger is resolved so too do these conditions. Suppressed anger can also result in addictions, insomnia, eating disorders, depression, self-destructive behaviors in relationships. People who are focused on their problems and pain cannot move forward to fully enjoy life.  Some Natural Solutions Therapy - can deal with repressed anger by helping to release it EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - a tapping approach that releases blockages caused by anger over many years - can be a very quick resolution Talking - with friends once in a while about whatever ails you  can help to diffuse anger, especially if it is not deep rooted. Anger management - some clinics deal specifically with this issue Meditation - helps to calm the body and mind and by focusing on the breath allows some time between an event and the reaction to the event Practicing forgiveness - especially for old issues that created the anger in the first place   Living in Mexico where we are forever learning patience and to let go of just about everything - â&#x20AC;&#x153;No importaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;mananaâ&#x20AC;? are the mantras that we North Americans are here to learn.  So listen up! Judit Rajhathy is the author of the Canadian best selling book Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness and can be reached at or 765-4551. Judit Rajhathy

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LINCOLN AND THE COPPERHEADS â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yesterday and Today  + " (


emocrats and Republicans, left and right, are separated by many issues but opposition to war has been one of the most basic principals of the Democratic left in the USA since the party was first formed circa 1800. It first became vitriolic when the Civil War started. Activists hurled hateful words about and attempted to sabotage the war effort in the North. Lincoln, a Republican, was called, among other things: liar, monster, despot, fiend, ignoramus, monkey, etc. (Sound familiar?) Anti-war protestors disrupted recruiting and some of the press spread false rumors in their support and magnified Confederate successes and minimized Union successes in the field. In the South such action would have been considered seditious and therefore it did not happen. In the North, those opposing the war and the newspapers supporting them were called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copperheads.â&#x20AC;? They did much damage to the war effort both psychologically and physically. Lincoln was unsure how best to handle this problem. Mindful of First Amendment rights he was handicapped in a time of war while his opponent had no such restrictions (familiar?). On the subject he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Must I shoot a simple soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of


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a wily agitator who induces him to desert?â&#x20AC;? Against this backdrop Lincoln did illegally override the Constitution a number of times. His governing principal was that a nation must be able to protect itself against expression that causes insubordination or actually obstructs the raising of armies. When the Copperhead press deliberately printed a lie saying that the Lincoln administration had decided to draft (familiar?) 400,000 men it caused draft riots in New York that had to be put down by the army. As a result Lincoln ordered the New York newspapers, the Journal of Commerce and the World to be closed and had their owners imprisoned. General Burnside, military commander in Ohio, also had the Chicago Times shut down. Lincoln illegally suspended the writ of habeas corpus three times during the war. Fortunately there was no ACLU then. One of the leading Copperheads, former congressman Clement Vanlandigham was arrested on General Burnsideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orders after making a speech against the war and denouncing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kingâ&#x20AC;? Lincoln in very unsavory terms. He was tried by military tribunal and sentenced to two years imprisonment. Lincoln decided to commute his sentence to â&#x20AC;&#x153;banishmentâ&#x20AC;? to the Confederate states. He survived the war and even ran unsuccessfully

for Governor of Ohio. Interestingly he died in 1871 when he accidentally shot himself with a gun he thought unloaded. He was defending a client accused of murder and intended to prove that the man who had been killed had killed himself accidentally while taking a gun out of his pocket. In demonstrating this to his colleagues in a hotel room he shot himself and died from the wound. The defendant was found not guilty and so it could literally be said that the lawyer gave his life for his client! General U. S. Grant was also bitter about the copperheads as he had to use troops from the front to guard prisoners in the north from copperheads who planned to release and arm them. In his memoirs he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The copperhead disreputable portion of the press magnified rebel successes and belittled those of the Union army. The North would have been much stronger with a hundred thousand of these men in the Confederate ranks and the rest of their kind thoroughly subdued, just as Union sentiment was in the South.â&#x20AC;? Today, First Amendment rights and the ACLU protect all those who wish to damage the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and attack US Presidents with lies and innuendo. Leaks that damage the US image abroad are somehow considered acceptable, unless of course created by a foreigner. The recent leaks produced by the Australian editor in chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, have been attacked as damaging to the war effort and his arrest has been proposed. But has anything done more damage than the USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own press in plastering Abu Ghraib pictures all over the world? Or hammering away at the illegality of the Guantanamo prison and the failure to give dangerous terrorists held there habeas corpus rights? As Walt Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pogo famously said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have met the enemy and he is us.â&#x20AC;?

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The Poets’ Niche By Mark Sconce

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)


he Guadalajara Reporter headline stared back at me: City’s Goethe* Institute Closes Its Doors. My eyes locked, a memory-dream claimed me: On the train to Frankfurt that night, my sole traveling companion turned out to be a student in his twenties, five years my elder. Our small talk turned to poetry for some reason, and I remember asking him if maybe the German language wasn’t particularly well-suited for recitation. Kurt took no offense whatever, seeing instead a teachable moment, a time to dispel my notion. He began to recite Germany’s greatest poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and proved within a few stanzas that German poetry was beautiful to hear. I also learned what

it means to be a callow youth youth. Who wants to understand the poem Must go to the land of poetry; Who wishes to understand the poet Must go to the poet’s land. Goethe Next station stop, Frankfurt, where Goethe was born into Lutheran circumstances in 1749 and where his house is now a national museum/shrine. I would eventually enroll in Berlin’s Das Goethe Institut , home to German language

studies, history, politics, literature, culture and a fitting memorial to the last great Renaissance man—poet/philosopher, playwright, novelist, diplomat, civil servant, amateur scientist (discovered the human intermaxillary bone), botanist (The Metamorphosis of Plants, 1790), scientific theorist (The Theory of Colors, 1810), meteorologist (The Goethe Barometer), mineralogist (rock hound). “The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable, and to quietly revere the unfathomable.” Goethe All of you know The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, some of you know The Sorrows of Werther, and many of you know his most famous play, Faust, the ambitious scholar who makes that notorious and odious deal with the Devil--his soul for unlimited power and knowledge. “Am I a god? I see so clearly!” But this column’s space allows for only a few of Goethe’s quotations and enchanting lyric poems. Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose? --Tr. By Longfellow Had Goethe visited Ajijic? Mountain peaks are dreaming Mid the silent night; Quiet vales are gleaming In the dewy light. Underneath the moon Birds are in their nest; Wait a while and soon You as well shall rest. --Tr. By Jim Falen for this column** Politically conservative but hardly dour, Goethe penned the following: In the wilderness a holy man To his surprise met a servant of Pan,  A goat-footed faun, who

spoke with grace: ‘Lord, pray for me and for my race,  That we in heaven find a place:  We thirst for God’s eternal bliss. The holy man made answer to this:  ‘How can I grant thy bold petition,  For thou canst hardly gain admission  In heaven yonder where angels salute:  For lo! thou has a cloven foot.’ Undaunted the wild man made the plea:  ‘Why should my foot offensive be?  I’ve seen great numbers that went straight  With asses’ heads through heaven’s gate.’ —Tr. by Paul Carus Given to the sentimental, Goethe was the idol of Romantics. I think of you, whenever sunlight’s glimmer On ocean breaks. I think of you, whenever moonlight’s shimmer Reflects in lakes. I see your face, when over distant ridges The mist appears; In the deepest night, when crossing narrow bridges, The wand’rer fears. I hear your voice, within the muffled surging Of sea’s refrains; In peaceful groves, I hear your voice emerging, When silence reigns. You may be far, but I am still attendant, I hold you near! The sun has set, the stars are now ascendant. Were you but here! --Tr. By James Falen for this column Finally, Germany’s most exalted cultural figure lay dying, age 83, “More light,” his final words. Close friend, Johann Eckermann, reported: “The morning after Goethe’s death, a deep desire seized me to look once again upon his earthly garment. A perfect man lay in great beauty before me; and the rapture the sight caused me made me forget for a moment that the immortal spirit had left such an abode. I laid my hand on his heart – there was a deep silence – and I turned away to give free vent to my suppressed tears.” *For the diphthong challenged, it’s GrrrrrTuh. **I am indebted to Professor Emeritus James E. Falen for his translations herein. Deep gratitude to Fred Mittag for helping me understand Goethe’s Weltanshauung. Mark Sconce


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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nemesis 5 Talk 10 Swiss mountains 14 Adjoin 15 Cafes 16 Weight of a container 17 Sometimes, sometimes not (3 wds.) 19 Black stone 20 Large vehicle 21 Glad 23 Book by Goethe 26 Transparent gem 28 Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation 31 Halloween mo. 32 Cook 33 Fear 34 Levels (2 wds.) 37 Elbow 39 Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister 40 Not minus 42 British princess 45 Truck driver 49 Toilet 50 Conduit 53 Wing 54 North American country 55 United Arab Republic 56 Make into a god 58 Measuring instrument 60 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partners 61 Show 63 Royal lady 69 Am not


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70 Runs quickly 71 Musical repeat 72 Artful 73 20th century black and white photographer 74 Hula ___ DOWN 1 Ditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner 2 Kimono sash 3 ___feeling 4 Jabs 5 Chances of winning 6 Rock group 7 Boxer Muhammad 8 First month of Jewish calendar 9 Writings 10 A spinning toy (2 wds.) 11 Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cord 12 Open forcefully 13 Gender 18 Cashew 22 Legislative assembly 23 Enemy 24 Hovercraft 25 Southwestern Indian 26 Very dry wine 27 Munch 29 Toupee 30 Ball holder 32 ___bon (sweet treat) 35 Complain  Â&#x161; 

38 Ship initials 40 Shut up 41 Drag 42 Contagious disease 43 Aurora 44 Loud 45 End 46 Thai 47 Pixy 48 Shaft of light 51 African country 52 Side road 56 Water 57 Cainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eldest son 59 Lawyer (abbr.) 60 Dining hall 61 Pocket 62 Killed in action 64 Lingerie 65 Long-term memory 66 Cow speak 67 Hoopla 68 Snooze

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he population is aging, so many of the people who currently hold jobs are retiring, opening up jobs for younger workers. The last two presidential administrations fostered and encouraged home ownership, which is building a growing middle class. The current administration, at great cost across the board, is fighting corruption and the invasive influence of the drug cartels. It is difficult and painful... but must be done. If Mexico stays the course, this will bring great longterm benefits. Mexico does have vast oil resources. If they ever allow private professionals to get involved, the country can rival many OPEC members.


Mexico is a young democracy... as it matures, it will get better. Mexico’s proximity... for better or worse... to the United States gives it great opportunity. Both countries must get over immigration and border sensitivities, and if they do, both will prosper in the relationship. The Pan American games are coming to Guadalajara in October 2011… this year! Guadalajara and Lake Chapala will have a lot of exposure during the games…promoting awareness of the area as a tourist, resident or business location. Since Lake Chapala is sponsoring the water-skiing portion, the area looks to benefit from the additional advertising and tourism coming to the area. Drug violence is not a threat to or-

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dinary tourists like you and me. This is according to the Mexican government, the U.S. State Department and Mexican highways are excellent and well-marked. Most major cities are now connected by well-engineered toll roads that have limited access and are patrolled by federal police and Green Angels, motorist-assistant trucks manned by mechanics. Customs offices are clean and customs officials are professional and efficient. Neither used to be the case. Gas stations are also vastly improved. Almost all now include a convenience store and some even have food courts. And the vehicle stock is better than years ago; gone are most of the lopsided buses and one-eyed trucks of the past. “Mexico’s Drug War Doesn’t Stop Tourists” ( – Top Quote: “I live in New York City,” said Shari Prince, the owner of a residential real estate company in Manhattan who returned last month from what she called a “fantastic” five-day getaway with her three daughters on the Riviera Maya, which is just southwest of Cancun. “I’d be more concerned about the crime here than in Mexico.” “Tourism to Mexico jumps nearly 20%” ( – Top Quote: “In a surprising turnabout, international tourism to Mexico showed a sharp increase this summer — a sign that tourists may be putting aside worries about the economy and fears of drug-related violence, analysts say.” “Tourism to Mexico is Up” ( – Top Quote: “In addition to having several of the top sun and beach destinations of the world, Mexico has 30,000 archeological sites, 110,000 monuments and 31 Unesco World Heritage sites. Many places have one or maybe two of these elements, but only Mexico combines all of them in one destination.” “Mexico Tourism Official: Agents Big Part of Resurgence” ( – Top Quote: “Consumers

are now aware that all of these problems are away from where they will be visiting in Mexico,” Sumano says. “People are much more aware and we wanted to thank the travel agent community because of what they have shared with their clients.” AARP‘s website, Ask Peter Greenberg, Question: “Is Mexico Safe for Travel?” Greenberg subtitled his response “Don’t believe the hype, but do be aware of your surroundings” and went on talk about how, yes, there is violence in Mexico but that the majority of the reported violence is focused in a few border areas, far removed from popular tourist destinations like Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya. With its profoundly rich Indian and Spanish culture, its spectacular beaches and charming colonial hill towns, its real estate bargains and its proximity to the United States, Mexico is the undisputed number one destination for American retirees. It boasts thriving expat communities in Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara; San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato; Baja California; and Cancún, in the Yucatan. A quick word about crime and safety in Mexico: Yes, it can be dangerous in the cities bordering the United States (mostly to drug cartel members themselves!). Mexico, however, is also nearly three times the size of Texas, and most of the country is reasonably safe and secure, especially resort areas and tourist destinations. Good news: Mexico held an election, and drug cartels lost Saturday, July 17, 2010 The good news for Mexico and for its relationship with the United States - is that, try as they might to disrupt the political process and dictate the outcome, the cartels failed to do either. Despite violence that included… the assassination of a gubernatorial candidate, many voters turned out to cast ballots - for their choices and not the cartels’. Mexico is growing by leaps and bounds. According to Business Week, Mexico’s middle class “have swelled to record levels.” While many people mistakenly assume that Mexico is an impoverished country, the truth is far from that. Millions of Mexicans have access to mortgages, have solid jobs and are saving toward their children’s higher education. Mexican stocks are outperforming the U.S. stock market. Since 2005, the Mexican stock market has outperformed U.S. Stock markets, according to the S&P 500. In fact, the Mexican market has not only performed better but it’s done at a rate of 10 to 1. Alaska Airlines flies to nine different Mexico destinations and they are offering deep discounts and also offering vacation packages that get you down to Mexico at even lower rates: Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta/Riveria Nayarit, Los

Cabos, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, La Paz, Loreto, Guadalajara, Mexico City. Mexico Will Continue to Accumulate International Reserves in 2011. Their record breaking year in 2010 will continue into this year as Mexico strengthens its financial position, reported the Wall Street Journal. Economists declare that inflation rates in Mexico will be contained throughout 2011 and well into 2012. In fact, many experts expect the Bank of Mexico interest rates to stay put into 2012. Largest Bond Fund Manager says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invest in Mexicoâ&#x20AC;? on Bloomberg Television. Foreign reserves peaked at a record

$113.6 billion in Mexico in 2010, rising $22.6 billion toward the end of the year. Mexican Banks Anticipate Bull Market in 2011: According to the Wall Street Journal, consumer banks have shown double-digit growth in most of their product lines this year. Virgin America airline chooses Mexico as its 2nd International Destination. Mexican GDP Expected to Grow in 2011: The United Nations and the Mexican government both have approximately the same estimate for Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gross domestic product growth in 2011, around 3.5%. This is on top of a 5.3% growth in 2010, as reported by Morningstar.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;IN MEMORIAMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

DIANE WILSON 1948-2011 Diane Wilson was born in San Â&#x20AC;  '    '    

children raised by Jennie and Bryce Wilson. She graduated from high school in Manhattan Beach, California, and planned to have a career in nursing until relocating to Guadalajara in 1968 to wed Salvador Aguilar Garcia. Following her marriage, Wilson and her husband lived in Guadalajara and Mexico City before settling in Ajijic in 1979 to raise three sons. The couple eventually divorced. After taking up residence at Lake   Â&#x203A; 


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to her work, she gained a reputation as one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most knowledgeable and trustworthy experts on Mexican real estate legal transactions. In recent years she took charge as the manager of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ajijic "   Diane was a long-time supporter of Ajijicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centro de Desarrollo, a family planning and reproductive health clinic, devoting her skills and free time as volunteer administrator and

assistant to director Silvia Flores. For more than two decades, she was a stalwart helper at the chili dog booth the Centro de Desarrollo runs for the Mexican National Chili Cook-off charity fund-raiser. Known for her lively spirit and keen sense of humor, Diane lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by her family, wide circle of friends, business colleagues and clients. She is survived by her sons Salvador, Roberto and Gabriel Aguilar Wilson and two granddaughters, all currently residents of California. She also leaves behind her four younger siblings, Rebecca Arredondo and Sarah Wilson of Ajijic, Thurston Wilson and Elizabeth Gomez, both of California.

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AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. Meets every Wednesday 8 am for breakfast at La Nueva Posada. "x<Qk!Q"/<y Meets on Saturday at 2:00 at # 17 B Nicholas Bravo. For information email: "Q*<"Q"3Qk*"k"+">\z2Qk1y from September to April we meet the 2nd Thursday 2pm at La Nueva Posada. Contact Don Slimman 765-4141. "&Q&Q{xQ/31xQ/+ - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 12 noon. Guests & New Members Welcome. "&Q&Q"/</xy Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. "&Q&Q2Q3<_1x#yMeets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. Nueva Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the Nueva Posada. "|Q|Q!"kQ/+1<qX[y Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at LCS 5:00pm. Contact the Secretary at (387) 7610017 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, Monday 4:30 pm, Lake Chapala Society, 16 de Septiembre & Marcos Castellanos Ajijic, Rear Gate. Contact (376)766-5975 AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. "!<Q"k/<1Qk*"#"/"#3yq@ General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. "!<Q"k/<1Qk.*"k$!0"/<k3Qk<#3>y(Located at Fitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant in Riberas Del Pilar) Gen. membership 3rd Wednesday of the month 12:30 pm. Exec. Com. meets 2nd Wednesday12:30 pm. Additional info Call Vince 765-7299. "!Q1Qk3<k"Qk"/<yÂ&#x2014; +     Â&#x2039; >;' Â&#x201C; !  Â  ;    Z > ;  ; <   

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All Saints Lutheran Church Worship Service 11:00 am 4600 Avenida Tepeyac, Guad. Tel. (01 333) 121-6741. Abundant Life Assembly of God Carr. 140 next to Mail Boxes etc, Tel: 766-5615. Center For Spiritual Living Celebration Service, 5pm Fridays, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic. 7669020 or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 7654210. Christ Church Anglican Fellowship Eucarist 10am upstairs in Manix Restaurant Ocampo #57 Ajijic. Rev. Danny Borkowski at (376) 766-2495 or Jim Powers t (387) 761-0017 Grace Baptist Church 5th Sun. Evening service 6 pm, Pedro Buzeta No. 970, Guad. Tel. (013) 641-1685. Lake Chapala Baptist Church Mid-week service, 9:30 am, worship service, 10:45 am. Santa Margarita #147, Riberas del Pilar, Tel. (376) 765-2925, 765-3329. 7th Day Adventist meet at Camino Real #84 in La Floresta, 9:30 am, Potluck follows, Tel: 7665708 Little Chapel by the Lake Sun. services 11 am, Chula Vista,. Jal, Tel. (376) 763-1551. Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar, Tel: 765-6968. For information and service times, please call Pres. Elliot Gould. contact us@ Web site: www. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Lakeside Presbyterian Church + >U`  Â&#x152; ;Â &" ` UÂ&#x20AC;  Â&#x152;

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Blood Sugar Screening for Diabetes LCS Eye Clinic 10-12 2nd & 3rd Fridays of the Month

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Registration for new students at the LCS Wilkes Biblioteca and Education Center for Mexican adults wishing to study English is August 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19, 12 noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm. Classes meet during the day and early evening. There is no cost for the class, but students need to purchase their books on the day of registration. The cost for books is approximately 350 pesos. Classes begin the middle of September and continue through May. There are breaks from class during the Christmas season as well as during the Easter season. We are looking for ESL Teachers, as we still have a few openings. These voluntary positions are very rewarding and not at all demanding. Previous teaching experience is not necessary. The most important requirement is the ability to speak English and a willingness to share your time with our enthusiastic students. For further information please email Inez Dayer at

VIDEO LIBRARY Our members have shown a lot of interest in television series recently. For July, we have the 1st year of THE OFFICE, the 3rd year of MAD MEN, the 4th year of DOC MARTIN, the 5th year of MONARCH OF THE GLEN and the 5th year of FOYLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WAR. There are quite a few more series listed in the orange catalog. We have added a few oldies, but goodies, like THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and DANGEROUS LIAISONS with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, a comedy set in 1760 France with a rating of 7.7 on a scale of 10. Two new (to us) Matt Damon movies, as well - THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY and HEREAFTER. We have tried making our catalogs as user friendly as possible. Please refer to the notice posted with the movies explaining the color-coded catalogs. We are always looking for and appreciative of â&#x20AC;&#x153;mulesâ&#x20AC;? to transport movies from up north. No cost is involved, the movies are ordered, prepaid and shipped to the address of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mule.â&#x20AC;? Have someone coming to visit? They can help, too. Thanks for helping us keep the video library reasonably current. Transfer your VHS tapes or Camcorder cassettes to DVDs for only 50 pesos per tape.

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FOR SALE: Chuck wagon by Honda from USA. This is not a car. It is an open         

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