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Rob Mohr takes a close look at the life and work of Javier Zaragoza, the man responsible for the largest mural at Lakeside, and a painter long considered the “Dean� of our local artistic community.



Editor’s Page



Uncommon Sense


Bridge by Lake


Joyful Musings


Welcome to Mexico


Child of Month


Anyone Train Dog


Hearts at Work


New Lease on Life


Thunder on Right


Lakeside Living


Magnificent Mexico


The Poets’ Niche


Stay Healthy


LCS Newsletter

Dr. Lorin Swinehart looks back at the assassination of Leon Trotsky, once the second most powerful man in the early days of the Soviet Union—and that Trotsky was murdered in Mexico only adds spice to the story.

Roving Correspondent Dr. Lorin Swinehart

Mel Goldberg offers his ideas on the drug wars, which are very much the same policies that most politicians in Mexico would like to see implemented.

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Editor’s Page        !   The Unsung Mexican Heroes Of WWII


ntil yesterday, I had never heard of Charlie Foster. Today, I’m writing about him. One of the benefits of being a writer is the fact-checking, because you can end up with provocative information. That’s how I found out about Charlie Foster. An ace flier is defined in the dictionary as a fighter pilot who has destroyed Escuadron 201 display at the National Mufive or more enemy airseum of the United States Air Force craft. Charlie Foster was a officers and 300 enlisted men were World War II ace with the 201st Fighttrained in Mexico, then given addier Squadron. What’s more, Charlie’s tional flight training as P-47 fighter heroism beyond the call of duty netsquadron at Pocatello Army Air Base ted him a Congressional Medal of in Idaho, and were then attached to Honor. the 58th Fighter Group in the PhilYet no one made a movie about ippines where they began combat Charlie Foster, the way they did operations. They wiped out machine about Audie Murphy, a famed Medal gun nests, dropped 181 tons of of Honor-winning World War II hero, bombs and fired 153,000 rounds of in To Hell and Back. No HBO miniseammunition, acquitting themselves ries about Charlie was made by Tom well and bravely. Seven of their pilots Hanks and Steven Spielberg the way were killed in action. they made Band of Brothers, the one The Fighting 201st wasn’t the about WWII’s 101st Airborne Divionly heroic group of Mexicans. In a sion’s Easy Company. No Hollywood town called Silvis, just west of Chistudio made an Oscar winning film cago, runs a street once named Secabout the 201st, as they did about ond Street. It’s not much of a street, the Civil War’s first all-black volunnot even two blocks long, muddy in teer company in 1989’s Glory. But in spring, icy in winter, dusty in sumits way, Charlie’s tale is as special as mer. On this single street, 105 men those famous stories of heroic acparticipated in World War II, Korea tions. and Vietnam. It’s the street where Joe What makes Charlie’s story Gomez, Peter Macias, Johnny MuĂąos, unique is that his real name isn’t Tony Pompa, Claro Soliz, and Frank, Charlie Foster, it’s Carlos Faustinos, a Joseph, and William Sandoval grew Mexican citizen. Carlos fought beside up together. They worked for the American airmen in the Pacific Therailroad, like their fathers who had ater and was a member of the elite emigrated from Mexico. These young “Esquadron Aereo de Caza 201,â€? also men, raised to revere freedom, went known as the Fighting 201st. to war without hesitation Not only did this information surThe two Sandoval families alone prise me, but so did the fact that Mexsent thirteen; six from one family; ico declared war on the Axis powers seven from the other. According to on June 11, 1942. Imagine that. Can’t the U.S. Defense Department, this you just see kind, agricultural Mexico little street contributed more men to declaring war on the Big Bad Wolves military service than any other place Hirohito, Mussolini and Hitler? But of comparable size in the United Mexico did indeed declare war, and States, standing alone in American they put their men where their colmilitary history. lective mouth was. In a letter to Frank Sandoval, Claro It was at that time Mexico orgaSoliz described Second Street as: “... nized the 201st Fighter Squadron, Really not much, just mud and ruts, a select group of Mexican pilots, inbut right now to me it is the greatcluding Carlos Faustinos. Thirty-five


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est street in the world.� He never saw it again. Not one of these boys came home alive. In honor of their supreme sacrifice, a monument listing the name of each man now stands in Silvis, Illinois. Second Street has been officially renamed Hero Street USA. Next time you’re in the mid-West, you might want to visit this street of heroes just to say thank you. Maybe these stories weren’t sensational enough to be covered by CNN, but they happened just the same. (Ed. Note: Bravo, Marge, for a

fine article, and yet another salute to the heroic actions of both Mexicans and Mexican-Americans during WWII. In researching my first historical novel, I too made surprising discoveries—such as that the latter group became, in ratio to their numbers, the second most highlydecorated ethnic group in the entire history of the United States. They also won—again in ratio to their numbers, the most Congressional Medals of Honor. Mexico has much of which to be proud—and we are proud to bring some of that history to our readers.)

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woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except for one lady who was blind.  The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her seeing-eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.  He could also tell she had flown this very flight be-

fore because the pilot approached her and called her by name, saying, “Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?� The blind lady said, “No thanks, but maybe  Buddy  would like to stretch his legs.� All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a seeing-eye dog. The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines.

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Lakeside’s Master of Murals —Javier Zaragoza  %


n 1994, Javier Zaragoza and thousands of other artists lost their jobs when studios producing hand-painted billboards to entice buyers cruising the highways of the United States, closed because of the advent of computergenerated graphics. Removed from his lucrative career, after a brief stint painting the sides of long-haul-semitrailers, Javier was forced to return to his home in Ajijic, Mexico, unsure of how his artistic talent might sustain his family. Javier’s return proved a providential gift to Mexico of a master muralist. Javier reflected on how the son of a fisherman at the bottom of the economic ladder had became a productive artist, how he had studied with Neill James from the ages of seven to fourteen, and how she changed his life. “We had nothing. Neill worked hard to sell our paintings, and the small income from my art made me feel that my life had value - that I had value. She changed Ajijic. The art and cultural education she provided the children, her library, and her teaching changed our awareness. We learned to think for ourselves while being awakened to a broader world. Neill James had a heart for helping. Everyone she touched was changed by her actions. The community of fine artists who today live and work at Lakeside are a tribute to Neill’s wise intervention.� When Javier was fourteen Neill, James obtained a scholarship for him in the Art Academy in San Miguel de Allende, drove him there, and stayed with him until she was sure that he was in a safe, caring home. He studied at the academy for the next two years before he returned to Ajijic, where he did his first major mural for the church in Ixtlahuacan. At sixteen he had ar-


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rived as an artist and mural painter. Soon after, he journeyed to the US where he became a respected billboard artist in a major California studio, work he continued for eighteen years. “During the time I was in the US, I had a secret dream of coming home to Ajijic. Suddenly, when I was fired, my dream of coming home became reality. The universe, when you least expect it, kicks you in the backside and pushes you into a new place. It kicks you back so that you can go ahead. I could only hope that somehow I would find a way to support my family in Ajijic.� Javier and his family returned home with little money and a bag full of hope. For the first few months he set up his easel in front of the village scenes he wanted to paint and tried to sell his paintings to those who came to watch. The first month he sold one painting for 2,000 pesos. This was sufficient to sustain his family. As he became known, he sold one or two paintings each month. After eight months, confident in his ability to support his family working as an artist, he opened an art gallery. Soon foreign residents and local people

began asking him to teach them how to paint, so the gallery became an art school as well as an exhibition space. Javier continues to teach in his gallery located on Constitution #50, Ajijic. Looking back, he smiled as he shared, “My family is first and foremost in my life. My wife has always worked with me and helped me with my art work.” Their home is warm and welcoming and filled with paintings by both Javier and his wife. His wife’s two sons live with them. Both were exceptional young men in their exercise of social graces. Javier’s other four children live in California. One is principal of a school, two are teachers and the fourth is a coach. His family’s harmony is evident. After eight years of working as a studio artist and teacher, Javier felt challenged to try something new. Remembering his past as a billboard painter and his early success with the painting he did for the church in Ixtlahuacan, he felt drawn to paint murals of his people’s history. In 2008, providence again intervened when he was asked to paint the arcade facade of the city building in Ixtlahuacan. “For a mural painter an instinct for proper scale and the use of evocative colors and realistic human forms to enable the story, are essential. My murals, with their roots in the land and people of Mexico and Jalisco, tell their story and their history.” In his paintings and murals Javier uses local people as models. The faces are those that reach forward out of the rich history of Jalisco and Mexico, and give his murals a sense of place throughout time. He prefers older faces lined with years that express the joys and hardships of life. Javier added, “Murals are the people’s art, they are both my subject and audience. They pose for me when needed and allow me to use their likeness as I work. Seeing people they know in my murals means a lot to the fami-

lies here. My models are people I encounter in the village who are now among my best friends, the people I love. They include, “Don Tono,” Antonio Barrera, a seventy-five year old fisherman. Life on the lake is etched into his face. (cover photo). Don Toño fishes the lake every day, knows each class of fish and all the tricks needed to catch them. In Ixtlahuacan, Javier’s murals of the history of the Mexican people cover the entire arcade facade of the city building. Portraits of important leaders are each twenty feet high and can be seen from any vantage point in the central plaza of the town. Above in a center panel two indigenous groups are in conversation with each other, perhaps recounting the story of the arrival of the Spaniards. Adjacent, a third group of men and women participate in a ceremonial dance around a blazing fire, seeking intervention by the gods for an abundant harvest. An enormous tree in the background is a reminder of the full growth forest that once covered this land. A large center panel contains portraits of Jose Maria Morelos (1765-1815), and Porfirio Diaz-(18771910). Jose Morelos was a priest who planned the second stage of the War of Independence. He also organized the Congress of Anahuac, the first true legislative body in Mexico. Porfirio Diaz served as ‘elected’ president of Mexico off and on from 1877 through 1910. Above and between the two men, a battle in the fight for independence is portrayed. Recently members of the Catholic Church in Ixtlahuacan have invited Javier to finish the work he began at 16 by adding additional murals. Javier shared, “It will be an honor to continue this work.” He also plans to restore his evocative mural of indigenous life on the side of the town office just off the central plaza, in Ajijic. In his significant mural at the entry into Chapala from Ajijic, the history of Lakeside is rendered in a series of panels each showing a different stage in Jalisco history. Mildred Boyd called the mural, “An artistic miracle.” Without question the Chapala Mural is the largest and most effective historic mural painted in Mexico during the first half of the 21st century. (cover photo) “My love for my village and my people is great. I want their history to be a vital part of life for communities around Lake Chapala. I have been invited to do murals in major cities in Mexico, but my life and my work are here.” This writer feels honored to share Javier Zaragoza’s story.

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was listening, recently, to some kind of an expert who was advising students and parents on how to prepare for college. He was making the very reasonable point that students ought to consider majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. His point was that if you are planning on attending college and borrowing tens of thousands of dollars to pay for it, you had better be sure you can afford to make the loan payments. Point taken. This advice was opposite that I received from my father in the 1960’s. He suggested that the purpose of a college education was to “live a good life� not to simply find good employment. Studying art, philosophy, music, and literature, he argued, enriched one’s life in many, often immeasurable ways. My dad was a wise man, and I majored in English. I don’t regret it. I would argue that, more than ever, the world needs leaders who regularly read literature. By literature, I am not referring to Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, Ann Rivers Siddons or John Grisham. I am, of course suggesting we need to spend more time reading the likes of Homer, Shakespeare, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Faulkner, Keats, and Frost. We need to read the classics of literature which have endured for generations as well-written and meaningful works which contain universal wisdom. In other words, it is more important that we be challenged than amused. Why? What do we gain by investing the time and energy to read great literature? Reading literature requires us


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to read about different kinds of people, from different cultures, living at different times that are living through challenging situations. This helps us overcome our ego-centric view of the world today and our problems. By reading about the challenges fellow human beings have faced, we can develop empathy and compassion for other people. This is essential to understanding the complexities of living in modern times. Reading literature is challenging. It’s often difficult and complex, and requires us to pay attention and consider the author’s broader meaning. It is not passive amusement like watching TV or reading a thriller. It requires an active mind and helps us keep our cognitive skills honed. When we read literature, we confront characters and ideas with which we may not agree. We may, for example, not like particular characters but understand, in a complex way, why they act as they do. Struggling with complexity helps us avoid oversimplification and, hopefully, makes us more compassionate. By reading the great works of literature, we more acutely understand the trends, and tragedies, of history. Great leaders in the past have read classic literature and often wrote poetry themselves. By reading widely, we connect ourselves to the past and, perhaps, avoid getting too impressed with ourselves and our limited point of view. Looking at the past through literature generates great humility. Don’t you think we could use a little more of that these days?



ne of the most exciting contracts to bid and make is the Grand Slam. It is a very rare occurrence – the statistically minded have calculated that it only happens in about 0.02% of the hands or roughly 1 in 5,848 deals. But when you are fortunate enough to be dealt the right cards it is important that you and your partner are able to bid them to the optimum contract. The diagrammed hand, which was played at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club in Riberas, offered those playing in the North-South seats an opportunity to achieve this rare result. South began proceedings by opening 1 diamond. Although holding 15 high card points, South felt that the useless doubleton in spades together with the 5-4-2-2 distribution indicated that a suit bid was preferable to opening 1 no trump. North, holding 19 high card points, was delighted to hear his partner’s bid and he responded 1 spade. In the early days of bridge, most Norths would have responded 2 spades to show a big hand but as the game advanced it was found that this was an unnecessarily space-consuming bid and most players now use jump-shift bids to show weak, not strong, hands. Now South felt that 1 no trump was an appropriate rebid as the concern about the poor spades had been abated and she had stoppers in all the other suits. This was all that North needed to hear as he launched into the Gerber Convention, the preferred way to check for aces and kings after a no-trump bid. North’s 4 clubs asked South to tell how many aces she held and her 4 spade bid showed 2 aces.

Next North made the bid of 5 clubs which asked South to show how many kings were in her hand (while guaranteeing that the partnership held all the aces). South now bid 5 spades to show 2 kings and North paused for reflection. North could count 8 tricks off the top in aces and kings. The queen of spades and the queen of clubs assured 2 additional tricks so could the total be increased to 13? North reckoned it could as he had one more important piece of information to go on: South’s original rebid of 1 no trump had, by partnership agreement, shown a holding of 2 or 3 spades. The odds were in favour of the spade suit producing 6 tricks and that would bring the total to the desired 13. The last piece of the puzzle from North’s point of view was whether to place the contract in 7 spades or 7 no trump. As this was a match point duplicate event, the decision was easy: 7 no trump is worth 10 more points than 7 spades and so that was North’s final bid. One additional consideration in choosing no trump over spades: the contract could not be scuttled by the partner of the opening leader ruffing the first trick! I hope the next time you and your favourite partner have the necessary combinations of cards that you will be also able to enjoy the thrill of bidding and making a Grand Slam. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ Ken Masson

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At The Cemetery

The dead below, the living above We dance our dance and then we die The sun is shining on the stones With messages of hope and joy. The baby sleeps within her crib We come each year with flowers She’s always young while we grow old We dance around our tears. And earth is turning, turning slow A never-changing dance Of marigolds that glow and die Beneath the lonely stars. Michael Warren


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-R\IXO0XVLQJV  *   +  . MA, LPC, MAC The SMART Road to Recovery


here are more paths to sobriety than I have fingers to count them on, but until this month the only local program available has been Alcoholics Anonymous. While AA and its 12-step program has been phenomenal in its success reaching and helping millions of alcoholics and addicts achieve and maintain sobriety, it doesn’t appeal to everyone. Some people struggle with its wording or its focus on spirituality and might appreciate a slightly different approach. Beginning on June 27, there’s a new recovery option in town: SMART Recovery. Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a sciencebased recovery support group that was started in 1994 to provide a recovery environment based on cognitivebehavioral principles rather than the spiritual focus that is the foundation of AA. For those of you saying, “I don’t have a drinking or drug problem,� don’t stop reading just yet. SMART groups are open to persons struggling with any sort of compulsive behavior that is creating problems in your life. Gambling, shopping, food, and sex are examples of some other common addictions. SMART has a four-point program that addresses both short-term and long-term strategies for creating and maintaining change in your life. t#VJMEJOHBOENBJOUBJOJOHNPUJWBtion. Motivation is perhaps the single most important factor in a successful recovery, and SMART offers many comprehensive tools designed to develop and maintain the motivation needed to let go of unwanted behaviors. Motivational interviewing techniques, the change plan worksheet, and the cost/ benefit analysis are three such tools. t $PQJOH XJUI VSHFT 6SHFT TFSWF as cues that trigger behaviors. SMART provides tools to understand and overcome them, turning urges into triggers for coping skills, rather than compulsive behaviors. t.BOBHJOHUIPVHIUT GFFMJOHTBOE behaviors. Learning to live in the real world and deal with everyday problems and emotions is an important

part of recovery. SMART uses Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, as a tool to help learn to deal with life on a day-to-day basis. We act as we feel and we feel as we think, therefore our thoughts govern our actions. The objective is to modify behaviors by changing our beliefs and the thoughts they generate. t-JWJOHBCBMBODFEMJGF1PJOUGPVS of the program concerns finding a balance between short-term gratifications and the achievement of longterm goals and satisfactions. We learn to set goals in all areas of life – goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, and realistic. SMART Recovery encourages a holistic approach, designed to help achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Lifelong attendance is not expected of participants. Some people leave the program when they’ve gained enough tools to feel healthy and ready to live a clean and sober life on their own. Others choose to become volunteers to “pay it forward� and help others to recover. SMART is a program of self-empowerment based upon the belief that the power to change addictive behaviors resides within each individual. While it is accepted that religious or spiritual beliefs and practices can be a helpful and supportive part of a recovery program, spirituality is not a part of this program. Some people find that SMART combined with AA make a powerful recovery plan. For more information on SMART Recovery, you can look on their website: or email: Or simply show up and check out one of the new weekly meetings beginning June 27 in Ajijic: 3:00 pm on Wednesdays in the Sala at the Lake Chapala Society. The meetings are free-of-charge, but a hat will be passed to defray expenses. Find out if it might help you to get SMART. Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at or 765-4988. Check out her new website:

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By John Ward A Not-So-Brilliant Idea for a Movie Script


he scene opens on a carwash owned by Geraldo… this is not that important since Geraldo never appears in the film and the Car Wash is never seen again. 1. Jennifer, whose real name is Heather reaches for a Coke. 2. Rex the filling station pump jockey is unaware that Bill Drool is on the way to kill him and his parakeet Nobby. Nobby has a diamond in his nest with which he hopes to attract a mate, but the diamond really belongs to Shirley who dresses as an anthropologist every Thursday. 3. Errol a homeless man enters the shop dragging a dead dog – Flimbo. He wants to sell him. Flimbo was killed in a freak laundromat accident and this will break the heart of his gangster owner Julio de Matosh, half-Portuguese half-Creole dwarf, with a dysfunctional family and an eyepatch. 4. Jennifer leaves a red lipstick stain on the neck of the Coke bottle. 5. We see in the reflection of her glasses that Car Wash operator “Ohio Jack” is approaching her. A tear runs down her cheek. 6. Harry Lyons the product of a broken family and the result


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of an incestuous relationship between his mother and his older brother Frank, walks into a bank owned by Gary Fistjamb. (Remember that Gary Fistjamb was an orphan who kept himself alive by becoming the neighborhood exterminator, using only an olive fork and a tube of Chapstick.) 7. Maggie Dragbottom hasn’t a clue who is knocking at her door, mainly because she’s actually at the home of her life-long friend Susan Boozhound the third when the knocking occurs. The knocking man leaves. 8. A man sitting on a trashcan explodes. 9. Errol, who has been unable to sell Flimbo the dead dog is seen at a hobo camp turning, Flimbo over a low fire made from local spruce, aspen and styrofoam. 10. Tommy Shitewallop the town undertaker and Exotic Restaurant owner lifts a fork to his lips and growls as his sister Blight Shitewallop tries to get a whiff of the new dish. The End (Ed Note: Thank Goodness!)

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If it bleeds it leads‌


he Houston Chronicle ran an article on April 29th announcing, yet again, how dangerous life is in Mexico. “Expatriates Caught in the Crossfire� was their headline, first page, above the fold. This was a particularly frustrating article for me to read, as the reporter who wrote the article was talking not about a border town or Mexico City, but Lakeside. The reporter had actually been here, walked among us and talked with us. The photos published with the article were taken at the American Legion, where people spoke of their daily comforts and safety of living in Mexico. One woman was misquoted in the article, and she confronted the reporter after the article was published, and the reporter blamed his editor. At the time this article was printed, it was one of those overblown stories about Mexican violence that we all point to and shake our heads. Is there violence in Mexico? Yes, of course. Just as there is anywhere else. Chicago, is having a bad stretch with 244 gang killings so far this year. They are even thinking about calling out the National Guard. But we don’t get asked if we are afraid to live in Chicago. Newspapers need to draw attention to their paper in order to make money. So they sensationalize the news. The Houston Chronicle used “crossfire� in its articles 176 times in the past 90 days. Another story printed recently in USA Today did a better job. It discussed the topic, and even quoted some local Mexicans but it still focused solely on violence. Recently, was interviewed by a woman reporter from Reuters out of Mexico City. She spoke with me, another woman, and one of our waiters on the telephone. The resulting article came out under the by-line of a man I’d never spoken to, and appeared on, and in the Chicago Tribune, and perhaps in other places. The article did quote me, and was correct for the most part. As a wordsmith, I chose my words

carefully. They altered my statement that something had crossed my mind, to say “She panicked.� That certainly was more sensational, but not correct. Yet their story was the most balanced piece yet. In trying to get local Mexican newspapers to interview the USA National Commander of the American Legion on his visit to the Lakeside area, I was asked if he was going to address the “safety of Lakeside.� When I said “No.� They weren’t interested. The visit of a man who has shared the room with the President of the United States shaping policy that effects all veterans, was not a sensational topic. While it is true that our “paradise� was recently touched by violence, and our sense of safety may have been temporarily fractured, the full story is that problems came to light, and were addressed. The authorities worked hard to quell the rumors and disseminate correct information and maintain calm. While Mexican neighborhoods solved their problems in their own ways. These are terribly responsible and resourceful people. In one neighborhood, the neighbored met nightly and watched every single vehicle that drove through. Another neighborhood pooled their limited resources and is installing a video surveillance system. The Guardian Angels are setting up a training program for volunteers. Expats donated towards special cell phones for the police, and a fund drive was conducted for the families directly affected by the violence. And slowly things have returned to “normal.� I think that even when the unimaginable happens, when the worst things occur in nature or, as in this case, a senseless act, it brought out the best in people. This community will not fall to violence. This community is fighting back. But you aren’t going to see that headline in the Houston Chronicle. Victoria Schmidt


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of the month

By Barb Corol


scar is the youngest of five children and lives with his family in Jocotopec. Oscar was diagnosed with Sindrome Cornelia de Lange often termed as Bushy Syndrome and more commonly referred to as Amsterdam Dwarfism. Niños Incapacitados sees its fair share of rare and unusual disorders, however Sindrome Cornelia de Lange is a first for us. Sindrome Cornelia de Lange is a genetic disorder that can lead to severe developmental anomalies. It affects both the physical and intellectual development of a child. Although the exact incidence is unknown, Cornelia de Lange likely affects 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 newborns. Statistically it affects both males and females alike. Cornelia de Lange syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body. The features of this disorder vary widely among affected individuals and range from relatively mild to severe. This syndrome is characterized by slow growth before and after birth, intellectual disability that is usually severe to profound, skeletal abnormalities involving the arms and hands as well as distinctive facial features. The facial features include arched eyebrows that often grow together in the middle, long eyelashes, low ears, small, widely spaced teeth and a small upturned nose. Many affected individuals also have behavior problems similar to autism. Additional signs and symptoms can include excessive body hair, an unusually small head, hearing loss, short stature, and problems with the digestive tract. Sometimes those affected are born with an opening in the roof of the mouth called a cleft palate. Seizures, heart defects and eye problems have been reported in people with this condition as well. In the past many children with Sindrome Cornelia de Lange did not live past childhood as their medical needs were not known. However therapeutic interventions, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy can help the child with this syndrome reach his or her full potential. Oscar is one year old and became


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a member of Niños Incapacitados just two months ago. The family is struggling financially and requires loans to enable them to provide the appropriate care. At the moment, little Oscar’s treatment plan includes multiple x-rays, blood work and hormone therapy. He is also taking an anticonvulsive medication. A blood transfusion is scheduled for July. To date, Niños Incapacitados has reimbursed the family 6000 pesos. As Oscar develops it will become more evident as to the degree of his physical/developmental manifestations and whether or not he will fall in the range of mild to severe. For the time being, Oscar appears to be doing fine and mom Claudia says he is a happy child. He is well loved by his siblings who are indeed spoiling him. Rich Petersen who usually writes our “Child of the Month” articles, is taking a well deserved break for a couple of months. As Director of the Jocotopec Clinic, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to 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. Please note that Niños Incapacitados regular monthly meetings are suspended for the summer months. They will however resume again in September. Niños Incapacitados clinics in Chapala, Ajijic, and Jocotopec continue. If you would like to see firsthand what we do, please do not hesitate to contact Rich Petersen (376-765-5511) or Barb Corol (376-766-5452) to arrange a visit. If you would like to learn more about Niños Incapacitados, please visit our website at www.programaniñ


ear Mr. Grattan, My name is Eliana Herrerías. I was born in Mexico City and work actively in the animal welfare area. Mexico is slowly heading to a culture of more respect and compassion towards animals. This was not the case before. Nowadays, more and more groups are raising their voices towards an ethical evolution that allows us to live in a civilized society where any form of violence is not tolerated. Therefore, I want to thank you deeply for having published in Ojo de Lago magazine a wonderful article by Lory Geiger, called “ Bullfighting Atrocities.” A clear, direct and strong article about the REAL situation involving bullfighting. I was unfortunately born in a very famous family in the bullfighting world. My cousin is main business man and only administrator of the Main Bullfighting Arena in Mexico City. I was never proud of this barbaric practice. It desensitizes our species towards the pain and suffering of others. We teach children to see normality in what is not normal: torture, suffering, death and cruelty. This is where violence encounters a great nest to reproduce in an already too violent

society. So I hereby wanted to send you my deepest thanks for being part of this ethical evolution Mexico needs so much in times of heavy violence. I hope this is the beginning of many more articles that will create awareness and help us redirect our wrong attitudes and behavior towards other living beings we share our planet with. Time for an ethical evolution. Thank you. Eliana Herrerías Mexico City

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Anyone Can Train Their Dog  # /

Using Head Halters in Dog Training


head halter is the only training collar that gives the owner control over a dog, helps a dog instinctively understand that the owner is the leader, and causes NO PAIN! Head halters offer an alternative to traditional training collars and help the handler to stop pulling dogs. How Do They Work? Head halters have two soft, adjustable, nylon straps that are fitted to a dog’s head so that no pressure is ever applied to the dog’s throat. Each strap is fitted separately and performs a different function. The neck strap sits high on the dog’s neck, just behind the ears, and is snug so that only one finger can be placed beneath it. When a dog feels pressure on the back of his neck, he instinctively relaxes and calms down, just as puppies do when their mother picks them up by the scruff of the neck. The nose strap is left loose and sits at the base of the muzzle so that the dog can eat, drink and pant. It’s NOT a muzzle! When fitting the nose strap, it should be loose enough to just touch the fleshy part of the dog’s nose when pulled forward but no looser. When gentle pressure is exerted on the dog’s muzzle, it sends the same message that a pack leader does when he gently but decisively grasps a subordinate’s muzzle – “Hey you! Cut it out - I am the leader.” Thus when a dog feels pressure at both key points he receives a very powerful message from you “Calm down - I am the leader.” How does a head halter stop pulling? Besides giving the messages described above, a canine head halter works similarly to a horse head halter. If you control the animal’s head you control the animal. If a dog wearing a head halter forges ahead of his owner, the tension on the leash causes his head to turn and make him look at his owner. With his head turned, the dog must wait until the owner catches up with him so that the tension is released and he can resume walking. If a dog lags behind his owner, tension occurs on the neck strap and he is compelled to catch up with his


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owner. The First Time You Use a Head Halter on Your Dog Most dogs become accustomed to a head halter after an adjustment period. During the acclimation phase, it is very important that your dog associates wearing the head halter with good things. Plan on making the first few training sessions with a head halter short, no more than 5 minutes in length, and be prepared to give your dog several small delicious treats (hot dog, chicken, etc) to reward calm behavior. Dogs’ initial reactions to a head halter boil down to a few types. Approximately half of the dogs take a head halter in stride and if you are one of the lucky owners of this type of dog, you will soon be on your way enjoying walks with your dog. Some dogs will sulk at first and will lie or sit with their heads hanging low. These dogs need to be “jollied” out of their bad mood with treats and praise. You can lure the dog into walking by holding delicious treat slightly in front of his nose. Sulky dogs also seem to do better when they have something to think about other than the head halter so the sooner you can get them out walking around your neighborhood the better. A few dogs resent head halters and will struggle to get them off. Not surprisingly, these dogs tend to be more willful and head-strong and are the ones that need a head halter the most! If your dog acts up and struggles to get the head halter off, apply steady, upward tension to the leash so that he will receive the correct signals from the leadership and maternal points. Maintain tension on the leash until he relaxes. As soon as he relaxes, release the tension and give lots of praise and delicious treats. After a few corrections, even the most willful dog soon learns that it is better to be relaxed with a head halter than struggle and receive the tension applied by it. Art Hess

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MURDER OF LEON TROTSKY IN MEXICO —Leaves Many Unanswered Questions By Dr. Lorin Swinehart


n August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky, Marxist philosopher and a major figure in the Russian Revolution, was working quietly in his study in his home on Avenida Vienna in the Coyoacan section of Mexico City, when Ramon Mercator, an undercover agent of the NKVD, ancestor of the infamous KGB, drove an ice axe through his skull and into his brain. Trotsky remained conscious, insisting that his attacker be kept alive and interrogated. He survived, following emergency surgery, for a full day before succumbing to his wound. Mercator had been planning his attack for some time, having be-


The Late Leon Trotsky friended Sylvia Ageloff, a close associate of Trotsky, while studying at France’s Sorbonne in 1938. Using aliases, Mercator followed Ageloff to New York, then to Mexico, where he inserted himself into Trotsky’s social circle. An ardent Communist and son of a Cuban revolutionary who fought for the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War, Mercator was recruited by NKVD

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agent Nahum Eitingon when Trotsky’s anti-Stalinist diatribes became more than the Soviet dictator could endure. Stalin wanted to send the world a message that no critic was beyond the reach of his secret police. Trotsky first became involved in revolutionary activities in 1896, later becoming a Marxist. His revolutionary activities earned him several periods of imprisonment and exile. Early on, he argued for the overthrow of the Romanov Dynasty, rather than merely focusing upon improving the conditions of the working class. His relationship with Vladimir Lenin was often a stormy one, as he fluctuated between the Bolshevik insistence upon a small, highly disciplined party and the Menshevik argument for a larger, less organized party. Trotsky later joined with the Bolsheviks. Winston Churchill once defined Soviet foreign policy as, “A puzzle, inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma.” The same can be said of any attempt to unravel the mare’s nest of factions and conspiracies within the Communist Party in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution and the downfall of the Romanovs. The Bolsheviks and Mensheviks underwent numerous schisms following the failed 1905 revolution. When World War I broke out, most argued for Russian neutrality, with Lenin even calling for a Russian defeat. Resentment against Czar Nicolas and the Romanov Dynasty grew in intensity as Russia was bled white by huge casualties on the Eastern Front. When the 1917 revolution broke out, Trotsky returned to Russia from his refuge in New York City. Following the downfall of the autocracy, Russia’s brief flirtation with democracy ended with the overthrow of the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky, who, bribed by offers of vital economic aid from the western allies, remained committed to the war against Germany. The German High Command, exacting a commitment from Lenin that he would

pull Russia out of the war, smuggled him into the country clandestinely in a railroad car. By this time, the Russian people, sickened by the war, were ready to support any faction willing to end it. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ceded 25% of European Russia to Germany, and, more importantly, freed up thousands of German troops to mass on the Western Front. Trotsky transformed the Red Army into a force of three million and led it to victory during the Russian Civil War, defeating the White armies still loyal to the deposed Czar. Several western nations, including the US, supported the Whites. Trotsky was Lenin’s second in command, and designated successor. However, Joseph Stalin manipulated himself into the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party and filled positions in the party with people loyal to himself. Trotsky was out of circulation because of illness when Lenin was felled by a stroke. Joseph Stalin jumped at the opportunity to seize power for himself. Trotsky intensified his criticism of Stalin’s increasingly dictatorial reign, insisting that the revolution was being betrayed. Trotsky was removed from all official roles and expelled from the Communist Party. Finally, in 1929, he was deported. Trotsky first found refuge in Turkey, then France, Norway and finally Mexico, where he lived in the home of the artist Diego Rivera, until he had an affair with Rivera’s wife. Trotsky continued to speak out, finally forming the Fourth International, a parallel Communist Party opposing the growing power of Stalin. He expected to be assassinated. Mercator was later found guilty of murder by a Mexican court and sentenced to twenty years in prison. He was released in 1960, moving first to Cuba, where he was warmly welcomed by Fidel Castro, then to the USSR, where he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medal. History is rife with questions. What if Trotsky had succeeded Lenin? Would he have avoided the draconian measures of Stalin? Would the mass murders of the Kulaks and the Great Purge have occurred? Would there have been a Gulag Archipelago, a Cold War, a Cuban Missile Crisis, a Vietnam War? Trotsky’s writings profess the highest of ideals, but questions remain. He, too, might have been unable to resist the temptation to absolute power. Assassinations leave many of history’s questions unanswered. Lorin Swinehart

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exico should end any attempt to stop drug shipments into the US and work to solve its own problems. Under President Calderon, Mexico got in bed with one devil, the United States, attempting to do its bidding with disastrous consequences. Calderon made a government crackdown on warring drug cartels the hallmark of his six-year term, which expires in December. His center-right party, PAN (Partido Acción Nacional), will probably lose the coming election because people believe that the crackdown has not worked and has caused the current violence. The US media publishes stories suggesting that drug addiction and the consumption of narcotics north of the border continues

because Mexico has failed. What has Mexico’s partner in the War on Drugs done? Allowed a flow of guns, especially assault weapons, from the United States to Mexico, which sabotaged the work of Calderon’s government. Calderon singled out the high number of gun shops along the U.S.-Mexico border, suggesting a deliberate attempt to profit from the Mexican market. Clearly

if the traffic of illegal weapons from the United States continues and Washington doesn’t reinstate a ban on assault weapons, it will become impossible to halt the violence in Mexico. Yet “Operation Fast and Furious,” a sting operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, authorized weapons to be purchased illegally in order to track them to senior drug cartel members, but agents lost track of hundreds of weapons in the process. Equally as bad, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration instituted a drug money-laundering scheme which transferred millions of dollars to Mexican drug cartels, giving narcotics traffickers laundered drug proceeds in a failed attempt to discern how those funds would move, and to whom. Now it is time for the people of the United States to take responsibility for their actions. Ron Paul said the prohibition of drugs is less successful than the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. Otto Pérez Molina, the president of Guatemala wanted Latin American leaders to end the prohibition entirely. Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderón, called for a national debate on the issue. Colom-

bia’s president, Juan Manual Santos, welcomed any solution that curtailed the power of organized criminal gangs who thrived during prohibition. George Shultz, the former US Secretary of State, former president Jimmy Carter, and Fernando Enrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and chairman of the global commission on drug policy, have called for more effective drug policies. But the US government continues to believe that throwing money at the problem will solve it. In 2010 the U.S. Federal government spent more than $15 billion dollars in the War on Drugs - $500 per second. State and local governments spent at least another 25 billion dollars. Law enforcement made an estimated 1.6 million arrests for drug abuse violations, thirteen percent of the total number of arrests. An arrest for violating a drug law occurred every 19 seconds. In 2011, the U. S. government tripled its spending with more than $1,700 per second on a losing War on Drugs. But the availability of drugs increased along with a significant increase in drug related violence here in Mexico. Are there any realistic solutions? Should Mexico bring in the military? Should the US move to legalization? Should the Mexican government deal with the cartels? Mexico does not have the troops, the money, the equipment, or any of the things necessary to increase the military involvement. De-criminalizing or legalizing drug usage in the United States may or may not solve the problem. The cartels exist. Eliminating them is like trying to stop an avalanche by standing in its way. If the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) wins the presidency in July, they do not need to make deals with another devil. It is not possible to sit down and talk with the cartels, or shake hands with them. For five and a half years, Calderon’s government has concentrated too much of its resources on fighting drug trafficking. Mexico needs to use its resources on what matters to the Mexican people and deal with the violence and crime that hurt them. Not on drug trafficking. It is time for Mexico to stop worrying about what matters to the U.S. CHECK OUT MY NEW WEB SITE: http://www.wix. com/goldmiel/authormel Mel Goldberg


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Hearts at Work #  * 01 

“To the time left she will show no mercy.�


hile reading the latest issue of Iron Horse Literary Review—published at Texas Tech University in Lubbock—I discovered “Heliotrope,â€? a fine poem about aging. The poet Leigh Anne Couch (who, incidentally, is managing editor of the venerable The Sewanee Review) writes that “I wanted to turn the cruelty women often apply to themselves and their aging bodies inside out, transforming that anger and fear into motivation for a more attentive life.â€? In “Heliotrope,â€? a woman stands before a mirror which “strikes like a water snake‌on the only face she’d been given to live in or out of.â€? A “small pamphletâ€? sighs that “even on a good day you look old.â€? But facing herself, she realizes that, after all, she is in “this day,â€? a day in November, where falling leaves seem to announce “this is birdâ€? and “this is dirt.â€? The immediacy of everything that surrounds her begins to draw her out of her body-bound and mindbound self; and as she begins actually to feel “her feet on the old tile,â€? she begins to “forgive the face its indiscretions, its hackneyed lines‌.â€? Toward the end, we understand it is not yet joy that the woman feels, but at least it is acceptance; she is beginning to love what is‌and again we see that word “forgiveâ€?: “Her squandered face she can forgive.â€? With that forgiveness comes a recommitment to the Present, to the Now, to living wisely and fully in the Now where she might no longer be bound by the definitions of herself that relentless time has so mercilessly beaten into her mind and her body. Indeed, she is ready now to turn the table on time. She announces in the final line, “To the time left she will show no mercy.â€? In “Heliotrope,â€? the poet makes the rewarding decision to show time “no mercy,â€? to become attentive, and thus she moves beyond the woman in the mirror and takes her first steps toward a new and powerful sense of


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presence. Eckhart Tolle, in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightment, taught me most clearly how the ego exists only in time and how the present moment is the biggest threat to the existence of the ego because only past and future are important to the ego. The ego “is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without itâ€?—it wants to convince us— “who are you?â€? But, in fact, when you are present, the ego no longer exists. The domain of the ego is the past and also the future. Only the “present moment holds the key to liberation.â€? However, when you are present, Tolle tells us, “You no longer are the emotion; you are the watcher, the observing presence. If you practice this, all that is unconscious in you will be brought into the light of consciousness.â€? Remember that when you are time-bound and mind-bound, emotions always want to take over and they will almost always succeed‌ “unless there is enough presence in you.â€? Much of this is summed up with: “If you no longer want to create pain for yourself and others, if you no longer want to add to the residue of past pain that still lives on in you, then don’t create any more time, or at least no more than is necessary to deal with the practical aspects of your life. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation. Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment.â€? Jim Tipton

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good friend might recce, ommend one, of course, but once we make up ourr aminds he or she is the golden cag duceus, someone will come along e and explain how they made the err same choice and now can no longer blow their nose without reflexivelyy gesturing obscenely in Italian. The fact is, it’s almost impossible to decide which doctor can do the best job. Unless, for example, someone needing a gall bladder operation went and had the surgical procedure done in one place, had the gall bladder put back, and then went and had the operation done and undone in two or three other places, taking notes on each of the three occasions, and making sure no one cheated. That said, I’d like to provide some simple guidelines on how to choose a health care provider. First, and most importantly, find a physician with a caring personality. For example, take Dr. Kagas, my former doctor north of the border. Dr. Kagas was always available on a moment’s notice. It is the principal reason I remained his client for four years. The reason he was always available at a moment’s notice is that he had no other patients, and the reason he had no other patients is that he had the personality of a roof dog. In stark contrast to Dr. Kagas is my current physician in Mexico, the pleasant and optimistic Dr. Ortega (not his real name, not even his real face), but a pleasant professional (like most here in Mexico).


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“I have a headache,” is all I have to say and Dr. Ortega beams on me like

Left, Dr. Kagas upon hearing my latest prostatitis issue. Right, Dr. Ortega said prostatitis is nothing to worry about until it reaches your cheeks.

a surgical lamp, asking what I’d been doing before the headache struck, what my diet and drinking habits were like, and if my wife had been getting enough sleep. His questions are so carefully targeted into my eyes, that I take extra thought and time to answer them. I also discover that I have such confidence in this happy, friendly face that no matter what this man prescribes for me – self-induced vomiting, prayer vigils, colonoscopy, even voodoo - I will oblige. (Well, maybe not the colonoscopy.) The point is that a dedicated medical practitioner who is glad to see me and who appears ever reassuring is one of the best treatments medical science can offer a sick or

even just distraught patient. Second, make sure your doctor is up-to-date on his professional knowledge. One way to do this is to check the magazines he/she has in their waiting room. If the magazines are severely pawed over and feature Roy Orbison on the cover, you may be looking at a person decades behind in his diagnostic techniques. Do it politely, but ask him how many leeches he prescribes for irritable bowel syndrome. If he says, six, drop him. Everyone knows it’s now 14. Third, do not engage any doctor whose office attire includes feathers. Fourth, find out if your doctor/ candidate has other patients. If you find him or her tiling his own sanitario when you visit, you may wish to look further, even if you are amazed at the quality of the tiling. Fifth, A subset of the item above would be if your candidate was far too popular and brought groups of patients into the exam room with, “Okay, everybody with rheumatoid arthritis wait in this room and strip to the waist.” Sixth, be suspicious of any doctor who hangs an outsized painting of a Katrina doll behind his desk. Seventh, avoid any practitioner who received their accreditations through Craig’s List. Eighth, investigate further any doctor who recites chapter and verse from Deuteronomy while treating you. Finally, test the doctor’s attentiveness to detail by telling him you manage your blood sugar levels by dancing naked at midnight around your pencil-cactus tree. If he doesn’t schedule you for a visit with a mental health therapist, lose him and report him. But you might also want to introduce him to Ed Tasca your single friends.

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must admit I am a spin addict. And of all the different activities I have taught and tried over the years, it is what I keep coming back to. You do not need to be coordinated, musical, competitive or especially talented. I have been spinning for several years, both in Mexico and in Canada—and the absolute best, most fun, most effective class is right here at Lakeside, close to Chapala. It is such high energy with the most amazing music, involving all the riders even in song! I swear this class is worthy of a You Tube production. What is Spinning? “We’re going up an incline now - nearing the top - ahhhh! Lean into it - turn up your resistance! Okay! We made it right to the top! Let yourself go - release your tension - down we go - the other side of the mountain!” These are the words you often hear in a spin class as you pedal on a stationary bike specialized to perform these functions - all to funky music. Why Spin? Burn baby burn! A good spin class lasting an average of 45 minutes burns as much as 500 calories! I have seen pounds melt away in a very short period of time. t Great cardiovascular workout! Varying the intensity gives you even better results. It has been proven that interval training is more beneficial than one long spurt. One song is slow and another fast. And you move your legs, your body in time to the music. t Low impact! Unless you have serious knee issues requiring a knee replacement, spinning can be less impact than a treadmill, stair stepper and even an elliptical, depending on your particular issues. And because you are in a class with hot music, and other motivated teammates you are working! t Progress at your own speed!

Eaach Each h bike bik b ikke has ike haas a dial h dia di d ial al that that concon trols resistance so that you can monitor your own tension. If you are a beginner you ride at less tension than if you are a seasoned rider. t Time flies when you are having fun! Group energy, group sweating and spraying, great music and a fabulous instructor who is riding with you - what else do you need? t Toning your butt, legs, and yes, even abs! Only three spin classes a week, using some good resistance, standing, leaning forward and back, crouching and sitting will work the entire body. t Mental strength and self-discipline! There are good spin days and not so good spin days - depending on many things - mainly what you were doing the night before or how much rest you have had. It helps you push through your own resistance. It is excellent in increasing endorphins - your ‘feel good’ hormones! t Detoxification and hydration! If you are working hard in a spin class you are sweating profusely which is great for your body. I can easily go through a 1.5 liter bottle of water during one class. Using an electrolyte drink can be useful as well. Come and try a spin class. Join my addiction! Judit Rajhathy is the author of the Canadian best-selling book, Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness and can be reached at: 7654551 or at www. Judit Rajhathy


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t has been five decades yup, fully 50 years - since the hangman’s noose last swung in Canada. Since the last two people were executed in the Land of the Maple Leaf in 1962 every criminal found guilty of first degree murder has been sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 25 years. The death penalty wasn’t officially abolished until 1976, but after 1962 Canadian prime ministers - who had the authority to commute the penalty did so. Some claim 25 years behind bars is a far harsher punishment than the actual death penalty. With the death penalty one lived for perhaps one day in absolute fear and then it was over. But a minimum of 25 utterly regimented and boring years behind bars surely drags out the sentence. Compared to the USA, there are very few murders in Canada, but when one occurs it tends to be extremely gruesome.

Paul Jackson Clifford Olson raped and murdered 11 little boys and girls and died, befittingly, one might say, of cancer after languishing for decades behind bars. Recently there have been cases of two men and their girl friends luring other young girls to their horrific deaths, and of Colonel Russell Williams of the Royal Canadian Air Force - a man who ferried Queen Elizabeth across Canada on her visits - and with all the prestige and privileges just about anyone could have, raping and murdering two women and committing other sexual obscenities against other women. Now, think about this: The RCAF colonel had the world in the palm of his hands and now he will spend the rest of his life as some common criminal sitting in his cell with no hope whatsoever. Worse, those who commit heinous murders - especially against

children or young women - are held alone in ‘protective custody’ because if they were allowed in the general prison community they wouldn’t last very long. So it’s solitary confinement, with just a portable TV and a CD player for companionship. Opinion polls, usually taken after some particular gruesome murder, and usually involving children, repeatedly show two-thirds of Canadians favor a return of the death penalty. But only this spring Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper ruled out opening up the discussion, as have his predecessors. Having visited a maximum prison where ‘lifers’ serve their time I can tell you there is a vacant look in the eyes of the inmates. It makes one shudder. Life for them is, in reality, basically over. Frankly, I’d rather go quickly than languish on day-after-day, month-after-month and year-after year. But in Canada I would have no choice - Williams himself tried to commit suicide, but was caught just in time and now new restrictions are placed on him. He has to serve his time - a lifetime of misery with no hope. What do you think?

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grateful for your permission to print your short poem. Although I remain single am I not married to all whom I look upon with love?  $   %

As expected, Canada celebrated Dominion Day July 1, 2012 with wild enthusiasm as did the USA, leaving a lasting mark on July 4 It seems everyone wanted to CELEBRATE! LCS’s celebration was a huge success with great music by the ever reliable Tall Boys and a potpourri of wonderful food provided by Roberto’s Restaurant. The turn-out was rather spectacular with classy gals and gents.    6 5 readers & writers 8    9   to see who will make the list of best nominations in  '

essay or poetry, humorous, * , historic or human interest, plus other categories during calendar judging year of 2011 and 2012. For those wishing to submit material for either the July, August or September issues, rush your material to the El Ojo so that you may qualify. There is not a writer at Lakeside that isn’t anxious to       Former Lakesider John Hoopes has had his publisher release “Lake Chapala Serenade: II: Max and Carlotta Go to Mexico.� Part 2 is as interesting as Part! Write to bellamagicbooks@ 4 ( 6  9  has recently written Ojo stories on Jack London, Ernest H e m i n g w a y, Jack London and John Richard Tingen Steinbeck. In our June 2012 issue, Swinehart wrote a stirring *    +   ' ; % * 

Swinehart, originally from Ohio, with a BA in Science and Education, later earned a Masters in English Literature. He has taught in Indian schools in New Mexico, is a former National Park Ranger and also involved with the famous Sierra Club as District Co-ordinator. He wrote and published a short memoir, Trails of Laughter, Trails of Tears. Dr. Swinehart will be a “Roving Correspondent� for El Ojo Del Lago. We are proud to have him with us. 0#   4  9      when a man can put into words the following which allows you to know exactly what he is saying. Jim Tipton, we are most

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Another health tip: DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T WASTE THAT LEMON/LIME PEEL Simply place a whole lemon in your freezer. Once frozen, shred the it and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle into your liquor drinks, wines, vegetable salads, ice cream, soup, tea, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice < 

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unexpectedly wonderful taste. Now that you have learned the lemon secret, new treats awaits you. /  ;<          lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice itself. L/L peels are health body cleansing rejuvenators that eradicate toxic elements in the body. L/l *a citrus* is a miraculous product that some experts believe can kill cancer cells. Some feel it is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. Citrus trees are known for many varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat this fruit in different ways: pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc. It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. The lemon plant is a remedy against cancers of all types. Some believe it is useful against all variants of cancer. It is considered also as a anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, which is effective against internal parasites and worms, regulates high blood pressure and an anti-depressant, that combats stress and nervous disorders. The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, which says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, lemon extracts destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas. The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug most often used in chemotherapy throughout the world to slow the growth of cancer cells. To YOUR Health! < >% ?0      59 @ (((2 ? Answers are at the bottom of these riddles! 1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms.    > >  "" '   

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LA Rams. Krakov has made a fortune in high-tech. One of his novels, The Aztlan Kid, is set during the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, and more than worth the read. BUT, out of his tech imagination, it contains a startling reversal: he speculates on how the world might today be much different if the Aztecs had won, rather than the Spaniards! Rob lives at Lakeside with his wife, Patsi. Both of their sparkling personalities were on display on the LCS grounds in 2011 when most Lakeside authors came together to show their craft talents. Yep, it is believed Robert Krakov sold out there, too. Erratum: High brow, >    5J  . we omitted the names of   9  &  )" 660 3 5  $  3   & FDR, and of  

 *per who was P.V.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joanne Cimini. Both were omitted because of delays at press time. The NAKED STAGE Cast in rehearsal for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Saybrookâ&#x20AC;? audiences had a grand time attending two Woody Allen one-act plays â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;RIVERSIDE DRIVEâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;OLD SAYBROOKâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;presented in June. Both acts delighted the audiences and left them thoroughly entertained, and perhaps accepting, or not, of the madhouse that life can be. Craftily directed by Betty Lloyd Robinson, the cast is busy emoting in this sceneâ&#x20AC;Ś Woody would be pleased. 0 3 5   K%  > 0 Q  presenting Someone Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Watch over Me, a play that focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are kidnapped and held hostage by unseen Arabs in Lebanon. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? As the three men strive for survival, they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with each individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempting to maintain sanity under the watch-

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ful eye of both captors and supposed comrades.We are made witness and accomplice to humor based on something apparently ghastly, the loss of rationality. In this play, author Frank McGuiness explores the daily crises endured by hostages whose strength comes from combined communication, but subtle and mundane, also through humor, wit, and faith. Insightfully directed by the talented Collette Clavadetscher and

presented by the Naked Stage July 27, 28, and 29th. Reservations a must! 766 5986 Reserve NOW! 6  #  1  *  %  , the originator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orquestra Tipica of Chapala,â&#x20AC;? with musical instruments from Equador. The orchestra plays traditional Mexican music that has been written by Mexican composers. The music is amazingly colorful, varied and complex in its rhythms. They have delighted the people in villages around the lake have nostalgic sounds that are cherished by the older generation. 0 6 5 Little Theatre was  9   

. energy and creativity during the month of June. Eight aspiring directors and more than 20 actors participated in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop,â&#x20AC;? rehearsing four days each week and culminating in three performances open to the community at very affordable ticket prices. There were nine separate and diverse scenes, ranging from Shake- Left to Right...Dave McIntosh, Candace Luciaspeare to Tennessee Williams. Each no, Ken Yakiwchuk, and Jack Vanesco, rehearsrehearsal provided ing Richard III the budding directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with hands-on experience under the watchful eye of Workshop Coordinator, Dave McIntosh. LLT was delighted that several young Mexican performers participated in the workshop, including those of a talented family from Cajititlan. This Workshop is part of LLTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing effort to provide the best possible theatrical experience to its audiences as well as the opportunity for its members to learn or improve their artistic and technical skills. Coming up next are workshops for theatrical lighting and sound which will include elements of operation and design. #11 8   8   ago, Post #7 had the grand experience of masterminding a dinner >    %  tor, then newly appointed American Legion Commander Paul Morin. Thinking that this could never happen again with such an honored guest, everyone brought out all the good stuff. The Eagers of La Nueva Posada were more than eager to help in every known way to make it an event of events. It turned out exactly that way. Now has come American Legion Post #7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Victoria Schmidt, a lady with magic gloves, brilliant as newly minted gold bullion, and sharp as a needle, who has arranged for us to meet the newest International American Legion Commander, Mr. Fang Wong, here on the shores of Lake Chapala. During his short stay, Commander Wong charmed everyone in sight. Everyone seems to feel that in his hands, the American Legion can strike new heights in aiding all the right causes for which he is already famous. It behooves the entire country to fall in behind this man who is determined to see that our honorable service personnel are praised for their work and receive the compensation they deserve for keeping us as free from danger as they possibly can. Commander Wong is a leader who is not afraid of politics. He stands up for correct"   


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Jaltepec Wins National Competition — AGAIN!  5     


he Entrepreneurial Expo Competition began in April for ten talented Jaltepec students, each hoping to secure a place in the national competition held May 15th in Mexico City. The annual entrepreneurial expo is sponsored and judged by the Business Incubation Department of the Pan American University in Guadalajara. Any student who wants to start her own business after graduating could enter the contest and win a spot to compete with students from five other schools in Mexico. Preparing for the competition proved to be a valuable learning tool. They had to put together a complete business proposal, prepare an attractive display of their products, and answer the judges’ questions. The young ladies were well spoken, and attractively dressed in chef’s jackets and hats. Their ability to answer the judges’ difficult questions reflected their exceptional level of preparedness. Each student had ten minutes to explain their business concept to the judges, and then the judges had ten minutes to question them and help them refine their plan. Questions included, “What makes your business different from others in your area?” “How will you decide on a location?” “What steps will you take for food safety?”


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“What will be your monthly operating expenses?” “Will you work seven days a week?” The prize money for winning the competition in Mexico City was 5,000 pesos for third place, 10,000 for second place and 15,000 for first place. But the winners are not handed a check. The Business Incubation Department oversees the opening of the business, and the prize money is then spent on necessary equipment and other set-up expenses. The four winners of the competition at Jaltepec set off for Mexico City with high hopes. The prize money and prestige that comes with winning the competition is life altering for these young women and their families. They were not disappointed. The four students from Jaltepec walked away with the first, second, third and fourth place prizes. First place went to Sandra Perez for her fried potatoes Las Morenas. After graduating, Sandra will establish her business in Yahualica, Jalisco. Second prize was awarded to Nayeli Rodriquez for her Napool Pizza. Nayeli plans to open her pizzeria on the south side of the lake in Tizapan. She will bake her delicious pizza in a wood oven. Bertha Rodriquez received third prize for her Birrieria Las Comadres. Her business will be in her hometown of Sayula. Fourth prize went to Karla Gonzales for her Pizza D’Gustti. Karla and her family already have started selling her pizza on the weekend in Tlaquepaque. Operating a business and working together has been a driving force in uniting her family. The results of the contest once again reflect the high level of education offered at Jaltepec, the only Technical University en Hoteleria in Mexico. With their goal of helping young girls whose financial circumstances would normally prevent them from gaining any kind of advanced degree, each student becomes a winner. A heart-felt congratulation to the students and staff of Jaltepec for winning the national competition two years in a row.

Strolling On The Malecon

Strolling on the malecon accompanied by an occasional yawn in the very early dawn is an hour of our precious life albeit shared as husband and wife.       

while we nimbly run and dash, I in my slinky black and blue, such sporty clothes for all to view, hubby wearing varied things, anything the new day brings. Grandma clutches a little child, a darling one so meek and mild, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of other Mexicans too and many a hard-working crew cleaning up the telltale messes from yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great excesses. Mexicans dress like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cold while we northerners are more bold baring our arms and legs so white as if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only seen the night, while strolling on the malecon in the very early dawn. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s umpteen dogs a plenty, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve counted more than twenty, some like bullets whizzing by almost knocking me to my thigh, some are docile, led by masters hoping to avoid certain disasters, other dogs think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the boss as they cavort and criss-cross, some in packs frolic and bark stopping only to leave their mark, while strolling on the malecon in the very early dawn. The waves are soothing at the shore                      

near the rowboats parked at the edge almost looking like a shoreline hedge. As we walk, the looming mountains stare at the panoramic malecon we share, I stare back in awe at that far land across the Lake Chapala so grand, while strolling on the malecon in the very early dawn. Catherine A. MacKenzie Email:

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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS  % ) 3Z4  GewĂźrztraminer -BonardaTannat


ewĂźrztraminer GewĂźrztraminer is a great wine to enjoy on its own as an aperitif wine. For many GewĂźrztraminer is an acquired taste. There is no other wine quite like it. GewĂźrztraminer is unmistakable from other white wines in its personality and flavor. It ranges from dry to sweet, depending on its style; however, it tends to have a lot of tree fruit flavors, like apple, peach and pear, and a sweet spice taste. Its full bodied nature makes it much more difficult to pair than most white wines. GewĂźrztraminer goes great with creamy cheeses like Cottage and Fromage, and also a bit harder ones like Mozzarella and Jarlsberg. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good choice for accompanying dishes like fried calamari, onion quiche, bacon and pineapple pizza, and dishes prepared with curry and coconut milk. Mineral and soft gardenia aromas abound on the nose of this wine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really pleasant bouquet. The palate is crisp from near-perfect acidity. Apple, peach and citrus flavors make it quite tasty. The finish is elegant and interesting with perfume notes on the back of your palate. Because of its spicy nature, people tend to think that this wine would complement other spicy foods. This is not a good idea. Gewurztraminers are often high in alcohol, and have an oily texture. Thus, mixing a high alcohol beverage with spicy hot food will only set your mouth further on fire. Instead, pair a Dry Gewurztraminer with foods like rich fowl dishes, such as turkey, duck, foiegras, or goose. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also find that Gewurztraminer goes well with German dishes like pork chops, roasted ham, non-spicy sausages and veal. If the spice is not hot, like cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that Gewurztraminer is an excellent tablemate. Finally, dry Gewurztraminers are excellent with egg dishes. Cono Sur â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gewurztraminer- Chile$9.50 Dollars Bonarda Wines-Bonarda, an Italian grape, was brought to Argentina by Piedmont immigrants in the first part of the 20th century. In most vineyards Bonarda used to be planted in a mix together with Barbera, many old vineyards are now 100% Bonarda.


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Robert and Noemi Argentina makes a fantastic Bonarda grape, and it is the second most widely produced red grape, whereas it is rare to find a Bonarda in Italy now. There are some parallels between Bonarda and Merlot. Thirty years ago Merlot was used for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the past, in Argentina, it was mainly used as a blending grape, to mass produce cheap table wines. Now Argentine winemakers are working to further develop the Bonarda and there are fantastic 100% varietals being produced. Wine experts have even considered the Bonarda to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the future of Argentina.â&#x20AC;? Most Bonardas tend to have low to moderate acidity. Cherry, plum, and raisin are all common descriptors for this wine. Santa Ana Homage- Bonarda-Argentina-$9.80 Dollars Colonia Las Liebre- Bonarda- Argentina-$13.50 Dollars Tannat Wines When it is summer time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to grill up some steak and there is no better wine to pair with steak than a full bodied Tannat. The Tannat vine was introduced in Uruguay by Basque settlers in the 1870â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Although considered Uruguayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national grape, Tannat is also grown in Argentina, Brazil and in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Puglia region where it is used as a blending grape. Tannat makes a red wine of intense purple red color with violet tones; they have the aroma of red fruits and spices. In the Las MorasTannat, the aromas are definitely okay with tobacco smoke and leather, the appearance is great, and it tastes like dried fruit with a hint of vanilla and pronounced tannins. The tannins are certainly the best part that lingers on your palette for several seconds. Las Moras- Tannat- Argentina$11.00 Dollars Isla de Lobos-Tannat- Argentina-$10.50 Dollars NoemĂ­ Robert

THE THOUSAND CUTS By Margaret Zielinski

I You run for sheer pleasure cycle every day by the river your body light, invisible hurry past the bent figure leaning on a cane blocking the aisle in the grocery store, you groan at the old lady fumbling in her change purse impeding your rush to do important things you live with eyes closed. II Now you use a walker are grateful to souls who slow and smile and hold a door you pass a wheel chair and know the stairs and steps the icy sidewalks the curbs that hold her prisoner when she goes home the cup of coffee she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite reach the ringing phone beyond her grasp the comb she drops and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t retrieve the drooping plants crying out for water the thousand cuts.

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y doctor recommended that I have a lab test to determine whether or not I might be hosting either an amoeba (a one-celled protozoa) or an intestinal parasite such as a worm. I have been coming to Mexico for years and these types of internal hitchhikers are common. A lab test resulting in a positive diagnosis would send most people sked addling to their nearest pharmacy in search of prescription drugs to eradicate gastro intestinal ailment perpetrators. I am conflicted with a precept too elusive to define. But I will try. I am well into middle age, but do not

fight middle age spread. Am I blessed with a belt bulging inhibitor? Is it biological or pathological? Does it matter? Awash in muddled emotions, I Wikipedia “intestinal parasites”. My spirits are not buoyed by the definition. Parasitism is a type of non mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at expense of the other, the host. I imagine pint sized parasites sequestered inside me waiting to share a meal. I lovingly think of them as my babies; hairless babies with no arms or legs, but with healthy appetites. If I crave a Big Mac with fries and a shake, no worries. Have two. There is nothing non-mutual about our relationship. The boys down there are working double time on my behalf. So what if I have a little waxing and waning diarrhea from time to time; my biggish contemporaries with their underactive thyroids are besieged with bloat now and then. I approach a two-story white building. Bold, blue letters above a window spell Laboratorio. I have all the necessary paraphernalia and paperwork from my doctor with me. Now, all I have to do is walk in and wait for the analysis. I reach out and pull on the door handle. It is locked. I am relieved. I guess I will have to come back mañana, but for now, I think I would like a big, juicy hamburguesa.

$77(17,212-25($'(56 In our June issue, we ran an article on page 61 entitled “Our Mexican Dog’s First Winter,” which carried no name of author. In a note at the end of this lovely article, we asked for help in identifying the writer so we could give him/her the proper credit. In short order, Peter Gibbon, one of our regular contributors, called to identify the writer—but only seconds prior, we had received an e-


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mail from the author herself. Julie D’Costa. She and husband Ivan are again living in Canada, and had read her article on-line. Our readers will remember Julie for having written for us many insightful articles about water. She reported that their little Mexico dog, Buddy, was as she wrote us, out playing in the snow, so all’s well that ends well, as Billy Shakespeare would say.


ear Sir, Congratulations on printing Lori Geiger’s article on bullfighting. It is time bullfighting be discussed and described for what it is – inhumane slaughter. Reasons for not condemning it are immediately put forward by those who would defend it, saying it is culture, tradition, does not promote violence, is a sport, a source of employment for many Mexicans and in short the bull should die in the plaza because that is what he was bred for. Furthermore one is a visitor in the country and should respect the beliefs and traditions of the people and treat them like the sacred cows they are. In fact, not one of these arguments is valid. Recently at a peaceful anti-bullfighting demonstration on Colima’s main square, organized by young Mexicans from Colima, some ten pro-bullfighting arguments were debunked one by one. Their arguments are difficult to refute, for instance the ones that address bullfighting as tradition, art and culture. They state that no tradition justifies the perpetuation of violence and torture, bullfighting is not contemplated in any fine arts classification and no artistic action can be exempt from ethical responsibility. Art is representation, the corrida is execution. (See their website ) Of course Picasso and Hemingway are immediately cited as having been artists who lauded the fiesta brava as an art form. They might have been artists in their own right, but certainly were not known for their compassion or consideration of the rights of fellow beings. It was further argued that only bulls and fighting cocks are not protected by general animal-protection laws in Mexico. There are separate laws governing the treatment of these poor unfortunates. Is cruelty not always cruelty independently of whether the victim is human or

animal? Such arguments would not be necessary if there was integral respect for all living creatures. Unfortunately even today this still is not the case. Tourists to Mexico attend these events out of curiosity or because it’s the thing to do, without stopping to wonder why such ‘sport’ has been banned in their own countries. They only help to perpetuate what is after all big business, and that’s the bottom line. Animals are thinking, feeling beings with emotions, memories and capable of acts of pure altruism. The fact that many people cannot appreciate this does not change the fact. They suffer the same way humans do. Why should this be acceptable? Many Mexicans feel this way, but do not voice their opinion because they are harassed, even receiving death threats. Posters protesting bullfighting are quickly removed by lackeys. But animal protection groups throughout Mexico are speaking out and no longer accepting animal suffering as an irrefutable part of their culture. People like you who are not afraid to speak out for animal rights will bring about the changes we need in awareness and thinking. And not just for animals, but humans too! Kind regards, Lucille van Straaten

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The Poets’ Niche By Mark Sconce


kphrastic is not a geologic age like the Triassic or the Jurassic. Rather, like this column, it is just another niche in the history of poetry. And, like so many things we accept as established, ekphrasis was first conceived, defined and utilized by the ancient Greeks. Ekphrasis simply meant description, but today it implies a vivid or dramatic description of a work of art—a painting, a sculpture or some other objet d’art. In other words, art describing art. Describe it to a blind man with all the skill the poet can bring, including his feelings about the piece--his interpretation. The ekphrastic tradition begins with Homer’s description of Achilles’ shield in the Illiad. Two cities radiant on the shield appear, The image one of peace, and one of war. Here sacred pomp and genial feast delight, And solemn dance, and hymeneal rite; Along the street the new-made brides are led, With torches flaming, to the nuptial bed: The youthful dancers in a circle bound To the soft flute, and cithern’s silver sound: Through the fair streets the matrons in a row Stand in their porches, and enjoy the show.

And what could be more Grecian than a Grecian Urn? O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede Of marble men and maidens overwrought, With forest branches and the trodden weed; Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought As doth eternity: Cold pastoral! When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’--that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats (1795-1821) Henry David Thoreau reminds us, “It is not what you look at but what you see.” An eye-popping example would be X.J. Kennedy’s take on Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh, A gold of lemon, root and rind, She sifts in sunlight down the stairs With nothing on. Nor on her mind. We spy beneath the banister A constant thresh of thigh on thigh— Her lips imprint the swinging air That parts to let her parts go by. One-woman waterfall, she wears Her slow descent like a long cape And pausing, on the final stair Collects her motions into shape. And finally, as William Butler Yeats asks, “O, body swayed to music/O, brightening glance/How can we know the dancer from the dance?” Matisse’s Dance Natalie Safir (1990)


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A break in the circle dance of naked women, dropped stitch between the hands of the slender figure stretching too hard to reach her joyful sisters. Spirals of glee sail from the arms of the tallest woman. She pulls the circle around with her fire. What has she found that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep losing, her torso a green-burning torch? Grass mounds curve ripely beneath two others who dance beyond the blue. Breasts swell and multiply and rhythms rise to a gallop. Hurry, frightened one and grab on--before the stich is forever lost, before the dance unravels and a black sun swirls from that space.

Mark Sconce

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STAY HEALTHY!  *(    .(+( Internal Medicine & Geriatric Specialist Special Nutritional Concerns: Add Years To Your Life.


s there a single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Ageâ&#x20AC;? diet that can help all elderly people live Longer, healthier lives? No, but we can offer some nutrition strategies: The maladies you accumulate as you age are unique to You. If You have Hypertension (High Blood pressure), you will be advised to avoid salt. People with Diabetes are told to avoid simple sugars and diminish carbohydrate diets. Although there is little evidence that your need of vitamins change as you age, and supplementation results so important, other nutritional needs do change. For example, there is reason to believe that your requirements for Proteins increase. At the same time, your need for energy may decrease. Thus, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reduce the calories in your diet, you probably will gain weight. Obesity, in turn, puts you in risk for many ailments such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So it is important to work at maintaining proper weight, especially as you age. Nutrition strategies: Variety and moderation are the keys to a healthful diet, at any age. A balanced diet ensures proper intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and other food elements. Moderation controls calories and is especially important with regard to consumption of alcohol. Drink plenty of water. Insufficient intake of water is a common cause of constipation, very frequently in elderly, and finally can lead to kidney failure If you have specific ailments, your physician or a registered dietitian will provide dietary advice tailored to your needs. These recommendations require changes in lifelong habits or food preferences. Be assured that the self-discipline required is well worth the effort. It may enhance your health and even add years to your life. CONSTIPATION: Many people define constipation as not having at least one stool per day. This is a simple definition and

is not accurate. The range to normal stool patterns varies widely from individual to individual. For one , it may be a bowel movement one to three times a day, and for another it may be only once every 2 or three days. Constipation means a decrease in the frequency of your normal bowel habits. In addition, with constipation, stools often tend to be harder in composition and the act of defecating occasionally may be painful. Evacuating stools can be difficult, or there is a sense of incomplete emptying of stool from the rectum. Constipation can be caused by an improper diet, changes in diet, horary zone, dehydration, medications herbs included, or the most important, elderly inactivity. Some times it is a symptom of an underlying disease such as cancer or tumors in colon, glandular disorders or depression. You are not necessarily constipated more frequently as you age. WHAT CAN BE DONE? The vast majority of cases of constipation are not serious. If the signs and symptoms described above are of recent onset, see your Physician. He or she will review your particular situation and your dietary habits to see whether they are the cause or causes. Your physician may perform an examination, obtain appropriate laboratory tests, and probably recommended examination of your colon. Continue to be as active as you can. When you feel the urge to go the bathroom, do not delay, holding a bowel movement can foster constipation. Avoid commercial laxatives because over time, they can aggravate your constipation. Dr J. Manuel CĂłrdova is a Geriatrics Specialist and his medical practice is at Lakeside. Dr. Cordova


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is dizzy aunt —Verti Gogh

*The brother who ate prunes— Gotta Gogh *The brother who worked at a convenience store -Stop N Gogh *The grandfather from Yugoslavia—U Gogh *His magician uncle—Where-diddy Gogh *His Mexican cousin—A Mee Gogh *The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother—Gring Gogh *The nephew who drove a stage coach—Wells-far Gogh *The constipated uncle—Can’t Gogh *The ballroom dancing aunt—Tang Gogh *The bird lover uncle—Flamin Gogh *An aunt who taught positive

thinking—Way-to-Gogh *The little bouncy nephew—Poe Gogh *A sister who loved disco—Go Gogh *The brother with low back pain— Lum Bay Gogh *And his niece who travels the country in an RV—Winnie Bay Gogh *I saw you smiling—There ya Gogh!

R E A D E R S A D V I S O RY !


e here at the Ojo are continually asked about articles that we have previous published, and where they can be found. As for our regular columns, hundreds of them can be found by going to our web site,, and then clicking on ”Columnists.” The monthly contributions of many of our columnists, both past and present, are listed, with some of the articles going back ten years. For regular articles, a reader can go to the slot at the upper right slot of our Home Page, and type in the name of

either the writer or the article. Some of the material goes back twenty years. As always, we thank our readers for their continuing interest in El Ojo del Lago!

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Wills in Mexico  ) + 


hen there is no Mexican Will, decisions are left up to the courts. However, if all of your property in Mexico falls under general law or contract, then a Mexican Will may not be required, e.g. bank accounts with designated beneficiaries. But if you own â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuffâ&#x20AC;?, you need more. For example, where property is owned 50/50, if the couple does not have a Mexican Will and there are children, the surviving spouse will probably be disinherited. Most couples want a Will for this reason alone. A simple Mexican Will can cost from $150 to $600 USD although once a year they can be had at a reduced fee. It often occurs in September. Are US and Canadian Wills valid in Mexico? Yes. However, a Mexican Will is faster and cheaper. Mexican Wills are also valid in the US and Canada. Again, it is wise to have a Will for every jurisdiction in which you have property. Your executor locates the property, prepares an inventory, pays all debts, and is generally in charge of administering the estate. When possible, the executor should live in Mexico. Mexico does not have an estate tax or deemed disposition rules. However, the settlement of an estate still has expenses, e.g. attorney and appraisal fees, transfer taxes, bonds, etc. Are other estate planning documents recommended? A Mexican Durable Power of Attorney would come into effect upon disability of the owner and allows decisions to be made affecting property in Mexico. Good idea. Medical directives should also be prepared to give caregivers guidance in health care choices, especially regarding incapacity. This document is especially important when the person is not married and is dependent on family, doctors, friends and neighbors. Estate planning refers to complexities of international estates: family relationships, ancillary probate processes, US estate taxes, survivorship


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issues, special planning situations, etc. Mexico has no such legal reference. So here are some tips: 1. Make sure you know what your Mexican Will says. Have it translated. 2. If the Mexican Will is silent on the matter of prior Wills, all prior Wills are revoked by operation of Mexican law. Sometimes this is not your intention. Be clear. 3. Coordinate all your Wills to achieve your goals. A Mexican Will should cross-reference any US or Canadian Will, and visa-versa. 4. If your only Will is Mexican, and you own property abroad, include a residuary clause â&#x20AC;&#x201C;they are important in the US to avoid presumption of an intestate estate (as if there is no will) wherein some assets could be distributed and taxes paid in the US from the residuary unless specifically directed otherwise. 5. Consider also: a) Simultaneous Death Clause presumes that one predeceased the other. b) Testamentary Clause directs the executor to create trusts: Mexican, US or Canadian. c) No Contest Clause discourages heirs from contesting the Will. d) Letter of Intent guides the Executor so that Will need not be cluttered, requiring expensive re-doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s if you should change your mind. There are no codicils in Mexico. Include digital estate matters, e.g. online banking or investments, Facebook, Email accounts, LinkedIn, Twitter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; provide ID Names and pass codes so your Executor can shut them down. Include special instructions and bequests of personal property. Summing it all up, the small cost of a Mexican Will and a Durable Power of Attorney is well spent for peace of mind from knowing your wishes will be carried out. The full length version of this document can be found at Click on Blog at top of page, right end. Type in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arranging Your Will and Testament.â&#x20AC;?

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Pet Peeves

Misused words are my pet peeve; The more I hear, the more I grieve. Below are some examples— Some fine and classic samples. “Heart-rendering” is one such peeve (It hurts to even say it), Please let me be remembered As the man who would gainsay it. For rendering (let’s clarify) Is what we do to lard; “Heart-rendering” would terrify This lily-livered bard. Heart-rending is the phrase we need To indicate a pain That lacerates the heart, indeed, And makes us all humane. “Ek cetera” is another one I wish would disappear, And bring back old et cetera, So Latin to my ear. “Affect” for “effect” makes me cringe, (The net effect is pain), It’s out there just beyond the fringe Affecting my poor brain. There’s “Calvary” for “cavalry” (Ms. Malaprop would grin), But others, not so merry, Would consider it a sin. Flout and flaunt are oft confused, But scofflaws flout the law, While ostentatious people flaunt And rub our nerve ends raw. And finally there are “tenets, Which are our principles, But landlords look for “tenants” Who are their principals. And “irregardless” I believe Is, ipso facto, a pet peeve. Mark Sconce


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ear Editor, At about what point, I wonder, does what is intended (one must suppose) as a “humorous” bit of writing become tacky? In “The Charm of Creationism”—Ojo Del Lago, June, 2012, Ed Tasca achieves that distinction right out of the gate--creationism isn’t a “charming” concept to a rational person, Ed, it is merely silly, and the assertion that the First Woman was fashioned by some Ghostly Creator from the rib of the First Man, who then, in the First Act of Divine Incest, impregnated her and thus initiated the population of the Earth, transcends the limits of mere silliness and passes into the boundless empyrean of pure stupidity. Such an idiot’s concept as creation of the Universe by a Divine Being ranks right up there (from the same Book) as talking snakes, women turned into pillars of salt, Holy Ghosts who leave virgins with Child by whispering in their ears, men surviving three days in the digestive tracts of fishes and “the Parting of the Waters.” I do not wonder that, during your edifying virtual excursion through a Kentucky Creationist Museum you were titillated by Bible stories brought to life by adults—they, doubtless, are de-

scendent of the folks up in Tennessee (prototypical Tea-baggers) who brought us the Scopes Monkey Trial, or those in South Carolina who founded the Ku Klux Klan as “a religious organization dedicated to the obedience of the Word of God, particularly as it applies to the eradication of scientific lies propagated by Athiests, Papists, Negroes and Jews.” –George Wallace At the end of your insipid diatribe against science you suggest your reader go to the monkeys for answers about evolution. Why would you think that to be of benefit when we have you, a nobler beast further along the chain of evolution—the haranguetang. Jay White Mirasol Ed Tasca Replies: Dear Jay, Sorry you are so upset about the little satirical article. But I have to tell you, based on other commentary, you appear to have the oddball distinction of being about the only person in the village who didn’t get the joke. Have you ever considered taking a writing course?

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

OUR HOME Judith ONeil Very pictorial, makes you want to go and see for yourself the beauty of nature at her best!

Hospital in Brideport, Connecticut, I knew him at that time as a nurse at that hospital. If the same person, he visited my parent’s home on several occasions. He is a lovely person.

ROBERTO MOULUN—Voice of the Spaniard Patricia Pettit Pace If this is the same Roberto Moulon who worked during his residency at St. Vincent

LINCOLN AND THE COPPERHEADS — Yesterday and Today John Oscar Lundgren Sure Joseph Goebbels would agree with this rant!

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THE PHONE BOOK Book Review by RM Krakoff


was recently traveling to a trade show in Los Angeles and my hotel room was devoid of reading materials. My Kindle’s battery life had expired; there were no magazines and not even a Bible in my room. I was making my morning stopover to the lavatory without the confidant of a good book. I was obviously in some trouble and as luck would have it by the nightstand I located the local telephone directory. I entered the bathroom, nestled in place and began to read. My first observations were this was obviously non-fiction literature. There were no illustrations, no table of contents and no preface. The story jumped in immediately with the primary character, Adam Aaron. The author, someone named Pacific Bell, a non de plume if ever I saw one, introduced this character to the reader; however, I must report that we do not encounter Mr. Aaron again throughout the story. Not to be confused with Aaron Adams who appears on page 3. Could it be that the author is having his way with us? After a few pages I recognized the author’s unique style—the entire book is written alphabetically. How clever, how original, I thought. I am not a conspiracy maven wearing my tinfoil cap, but there is something I must report here. Every name was followed


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by a secret code. A long string of numbers and dashes to the immediate right of each character. The author didn’t go into detail about these numbers, so one may assume that these are code for Kennedy’s assassination or 9/11 Twin Tower destruction. Mr. Bell continued to introduce character after character. The names flew by and after twenty pages or so one lost track of them. This leads me to my chief critique—the book binding is too weak for the number of pages. This makes reading, even the simple act of turning pages, an unbearable chore. If there is a hard-back version available, buy it. As the pages flew by I anxiously awaited some kind of conflict. Even a recurring character would be welcome. But no, the author was hellbent on building his cast of characters. I will say that this book is G-rated, suitable for the entire family. There are no profane words—although some do come close. On page 83 there is a new character named Amos Frick and another new personality introduced on page 232 where the author refers to a Margaret Schydt. Okay, one other complaint. The typeface is too small and after a while all those serifs begin to run together. Personally, I think that Mr. Bell could have edited much of the cast out of the story, such as everyone of the Q’s, X’s and Z’s, simply to speed things along. As a competent reviewer I am always searching for interesting tidbits of lore. Try as I did, I could not locate the name of this book’s publisher. One can only assume that the author has self-published. This may explain the substandard binding. My overall impression of this book is that the overall story is weak but it certainly offers a cast of thousands. I recommend this book only to people who like people. Score: 5 out of Robert Krakov 10

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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Caring 5 African nation 10 Beers 14 Water (Spanish) 15 Armor plate 16 Jar 17 The public good 19 Notion 20 Grande 21 Disorderly 23 Household cleaner brand 26 Partly frozen rain 28 Metronome marking 31 Adjust 32 Use the keyboard, again 33 United States 34 Ponder 37 Unyielding 39 Coming 40 Capital of the Ukraine 42 Asian nation 45 Vexing 49 Kimono sash 50 Tiger-lion 53 Unhappiness 54 Escudo 55 Grown-up 56 Positive electrode 58 Ethan that led the Green Mountain Boys 60 Food and drug Administration (abbr.) 61 Scarce 63 Structural


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69 Nearly horizontal Entrance 70 Pull down 71 Bible book 72 Removes the water 73 Satiny 74 Male deer DOWN 1 Football conference 2 Gone by 3 Spirits 4 Cuban dance 5 Teenage group 6 Chop 7 Grow older 8 National capital 9 Sleeping 10 Car rental agency 11 Lucky insect (2 wds.) 12 Vane direction 13 Body of water 18 Cooking fat 22 Music player 23 Acid drug Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; Â&#x192;>%  25 Eye infection 26 Lounge 27 Long-term- memory 29 Pounds per square inch 30 Crazy 32 Tyrannosaurus 35 Cell stuff 36 Bought alternative 38 Wall plant 40 Tangle 41 Hotel 42 Football player Montana 43 Abdominal muscles (abbr.) 44 Historical northern France 45 Both 46 The other half of Jima Â&#x2021; >%  " 48 â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the right!â&#x20AC;? 51 Utopian ideas 52 Gunwale 56 Admiral (abbr.) 57 Arrests 59 Allows 60 _lore 61 Radiation dose 62 Atmosphere 64 Avenue 65 Ball holder 66 Gashed 67 Also known as (abbr.) 68 Lower limb

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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. ##6 5[M+TH 4-6 Gazebo at the Lake Chapala Society. AA Women- TH 10:30-12 Sala at the Lake Chapala Society. A COURSE IN MIRACLES- Meets on Saturday at 2:00 at # 17 B Nicholas Bravo. For information email: AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 904 WING- September to April meet the 2nd Thursday 4pm-6pm at La Nueva Posada. John Prichard 766-1876 #*<*<`j<60j<6+ - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 10 am. Guests & New Members Welcome. #*<*<%#66j[ Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. #*<*<k%<0%>%j4[Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. Nueva Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the Nueva Posada. AXIXIC MASONIC LODGE #31- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at LCS 5:00pm. Contact the Secretary at (387) 7610017 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, M 4:30-5:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. AMERICAN LEGION OF CHAPALA POST- #7 General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. #%<#36<3.&%#3)(!#630<340{[(Fitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant in Riberas Del Pilar) 3rd Wednesday. Additional info Call Vince 765-7299. AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES- Every Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. #<+66##(([ Working to improve the ecology. See or contact us at AMITIES FRANCOPHONES- Meets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. ANIMAL SHELTER- Provide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. ANITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANIMALS- Free loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. #%+#0"#22% +# 0 1 $[Theraphy dog visits & Children Reading to Dogs program. Julianna Rose 766-5025, BARBERSHOP MIXED CHORUS- Meets Mondays 10 a.m. Lake Chapala Baptist Church. Contact Audrey 387-761-0204 or Don 376-766-2521. BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, CARD & DOMINO CLUB- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. #3#+<#36j&6#)/#4#6#[ 2nd Wednesday of month, Sept. through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. ##+6##<0#+4#%#3<|3#3%([ Provides funds, obtain cancer treatments. 01-55-3000-6900, 766-2612 30%++#%%66#*<*<- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. /<6<)&&[ Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. DEMOCRATS- Meets 2nd Thursday 4pm at La Nueva Posada EASTERN STAR ESTRELLA DEL LAGO CHAPTER #10- 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, %#3<#%)0[Tuesdays,10 am-12-30pm, Centro Laguna Mall at carretera and libramiento. )#3)#%[For information about HU Chants and Dream Workshops please call Penny White.766 1230 &%<3+&!<66#<3&#30<6"&!<$- Financial support for children: Lisa Le: (387) 761-0002, GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS- Wednesday 11:30-1:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society GARDEN CLUB- Meets the 3rd. Wednesday 11 am for lunch at La Nueva Posada. GARDEN GUILD- promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. GERMAN MEETING- 2nd Thursday, 1:00 pm. La Nueva Posada. Call Thea 765-2442 or Werner 763-5446. 6+30%<3&6#)/#4#6#.#(([Rehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. /j#3+j#0<3#66<#3"/#$[ Fostering ethical treatment of animals. John Marshall, 766-1170, *j3<%6#j+j#+#6#*#%##(([Av. San Francisco #3332., Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. 6#)/#4#6#+j46<#0%<+6j[Meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. 6#)/#4#6##%+36j- Garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed at Nueva Posada for lunch and program. 6#)/#4#6#%3%j4} ^   " >    %  ! ~   ' ^*  " ~ 

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 1  6 5 (($[ Sue Torres, 766-2932 or Lynn Hanson 766-2660. VIVA LA MUSICA - Bus trips to the symphony, summer concert series, call Rosemay Keeling 766-1801. VOLLEYBALL IN CHAPALA- At Cristiania park Tues., Thurs., Sat. mornings at 10, 333-502-1264. VOLUNTEER HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP- Meeting last Saturday of each month at LCS in sala, 10:30. !6j30%&0/%j%*#- Sponsors fund raising events and provides administrative and support services to the Delegation. "30;<       .1         ( ;Â Â&#x201A;@[Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â Â $


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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. (376) 766-0920 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 Worship-Sunday 10 am; Bible Study-Friday 10 am; Hidalgo 231A, Carr. Chapala/Joco; Riberas del Pilar Tel. Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-766-1238, or Norm Pifer at 376-766-0616 Website at www.chapalalakesidepresbyterian. org Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 2 services, 9 a.m & 11 a.m. Rev. Winston W. Welty Tel: 765-3926. www.standrewsriberas. com San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sta. Margarita #113 in Riberas del Pilar (on the SW corner of Santa Clara) For additional information call 766-1119 or email to > $"%  %. We are a Welcoming Congregation


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committees established by the Board under the new constitution, focuses on resource management, in three main areas: Buildings and Grounds; Human Resources and Technology. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an update on recent major activities in each of these areas:

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achieving its mission with renewed energy and clarity. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of the hard working volunteers that dedicate themselves to our work and mission.

Buildings and Grounds Â&#x2014;

Plan for renovations and repairs of LCS and WEC buildings based on a major Buildings Inspection report by Brad Grieve. Â&#x2014;

Initiating the process for a long-range (10-year) plan for buildings and physical plant Â&#x2014;

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development of a comprehensive landscaping plan. Â&#x2014;

Repaired sidewalk lighting on the grounds Human Resources Â&#x2014;

Major on-line survey concerning membership-related issues. This survey is providing guidance concerning membership policies and will lead to some recommendations for change that will be addressed at our 2013 Annual General Meeting Â&#x2014;

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completed later this year Technology Â&#x2014;

A functioning on-site wireless network enabling LCS members to use the Internet on their own computers while at LCS Â&#x2014;

A centralized LCS database Â&#x2014;

New computers at the Wilkes Center, with special free classes for Mexican participants. I would like to express my thanks to the many people who have assisted in all this work: Â&#x2014;

Brad Grieve, P.Eng., for his LCS Buildings Inspection Report Â&#x2014;

Drs. Rick Rhoda and David Truly for their work on the on-line membership survey Â&#x2014;

the many LCS members who completed the survey Â&#x2014;

professional landscaper Robert Conrad for his continuing assistance with the garden Â&#x2014;

the Management Committee Â&#x2014;

the membership and long-range planning sub-committees Â&#x2014;

sub-committee chairs Ben White and Cate Howell for their hard work and leadership Â&#x2014;

Terry Vidal for his advice, oversight and diligence. Sincerely, Fred Harland Vice-President

Security articles continue to appear in the media. Ajijic is surely on the map, and continued media releases have failed to focus on the calm after the storm. To be sure, LCS is working with authorities across Jalisco to keep abreast of the facts and concerns. We are certain that the horrendous events that occurred in May, have not continued and law enforcement is doing everything in its ability to keep the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad guysâ&#x20AC;? out of our area. We have attended S.W.A.T. demonstrations in other municipalities where special training is available. We have excellent relationships with Chapalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Precidencia and continue to support the efforts of CSI. LCS is committed to assisting with security initiatives in any way feasible. We all want a safe and pleasant community. Those of you reading this from north of the border, please understand that we had some very stressful days in May, and the more recent articles appearing in the international press should be taken as follow-up articles. Facts are released at a different pace here,  

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TARDEADA MEXICANA July 20, 2012 3:30 TO 7 PM LCS is lending our grounds to community organizers for a fundraising event to support the Ajijic Plaza remodeling project. $200 pesos per ticket, which includes a buffet, one cocktail, music and a ballet folklorico presentation. Tickets can be purchased at LCS, Diane Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Delegacion Ajijic, and the Casa de Cultura.

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REGISTRATION FOR FALL ENGLISH CLASSES The new school year for English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Wilkes Education Center (WEC) will begin in the middle of September and continue through the end of May. Preregistration will be from August 13 to August 17, noon to 3 PM at the WEC located a short distance from LCS. Although there is no charge for the classes, students are required to purchase their textbooks for $350 pesos. To be eligible, students must be at least 15 years old and *       "  

Classes begin late in September and continue through May. There are vacation periods during the year in December/January and during the Easter season. If you know anyone interested please let them know about registration for these classes. We are also looking for volunteer teachers to teach English to the Mexican community. No previous experience is required only a willingness to share your knowledge of English with our eager students. Volunteers are asked to teach three hours per week. Course materials and guidance are provided. Interested volunteers can contact Inez Dayer at for more information about this rewarding experience. In teaching we receive and learn so much from our students for the little we give them. Come join us!

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WARREN HARDY SPANISH Lake Chapala Society announces the start of their next term of Warren Hardy (WH) Spanish language classes. The seven week term begins on Monday, July 9th. LCS uses the Warren Hardy Spanish language course designed for the adult student. Classes will be held at the Wilkes Education Center. Registration for upcoming sessions will take place on the blue umbrella patio Tuesday and Friday during the week of July 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Class schedules, LCS membership forms, tuition for the seven week term, policies, materials needed, and additional information can be found on the LCS website at www. LCS is located at 16 de septiembre Â&#x2122;}Â&#x192;' Â&#x192;[[ Â&#x2020;>Â&#x2022; Â&#x161;Â&#x203A; }Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;


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DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MISS SHOPPING AT THE CASI NUEVO THRIFT STORE Casi Nuevo Thrift Store and its volunteers are devoted to the education and support of Mexican youth and adults. One of our volunteers spent a day with one of the three charities we support, the LCS Community Education Program, at the Wilkes Education Centre, Galeana #18. She was amazed at the opportunities this center provides: 1. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program with an average enrollment of over 250 students annually and staffed completely by volunteers 2.    

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youngsters graduating to become doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants, mechanics, and much more 3. The Computer Lab where community members learn basic computer skills 4. And of course the Biblioteca Publica, having its origin dating back to Neill James. A community library for Spanish readers. Visit the Casi Nuevo Thrift Store on the carretera in Riberas across from the 7/11 store. Meet passionate North American and Mexican volunteers who are devoted to serving this community. We also need three new volunteers. Casi Nuevo is buzzing with activity and our volunteers are wonderful to work with. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Jacqueline at or 766-1303 Casi Nuevo supports the LCS Community Education Program, School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs and Have Hammers...Will Travel. We accept all kinds of donations and are now accepting consignment items. You can also contact Jacqueline for pickup of large items.

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problem. Try coming in a little later, around 12:00 noon or later. There are nearly always parking spaces within a short block, and once you get in to the library, there are no lines of other patrons waiting to check out their books. This goes for the book library, the video library, the snack bar and most of the other facilities here. Now with the cooler weather is a good time to come back on campus.

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THE CRIME OF PADRE AMARO Ref# 5810 - Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Father _ ' >         !    %%' ! %

Father Amaro into a new life of unexpected challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-yearold girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. GAEL GARCIA BERNAL ANA CLAUDIA TALANCON THE GRIFTERS Ref# 5813 - Lily works for a bookie, placing bets to change the odds at the track. When her son is hospitalized after a beating " > %  >   [ '        

parent has feelings for her child. This causes her own job to go wrong as well. Each of them faces the down side of the grift. ANGELICA HOUSTON JOHN CUSACK THE LAST LIONS Ref# 5815 - This is the jumping-off point for a disturbing, well-researched and beautifully made cri de coeur from husband and !>  % Â ] 

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Botswana who have been Explorers-in-Residence at National Geographic for more than four years. Pointing to poaching as a primary threat while noting the lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pride of place for eco-tourism, an industry that brings in $200 billion per year worldwide, the Jouberts build a solid case for the moral duty we have to protect lions. JEREMY IRONS narrates STRANGE REVELATIONS Ref# 5817 - Jerry is a successful New York psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that he was adopted from a young Catholic girl in England. Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desperate need for a bone-marrow transplant leads him to working-class Liverpool to search for his mother and his possible siblings. Along the way,     %    %>     *  +Â&#x192;ÂĄ ¢ÂŁ^¢

JULIE WALTERS 50/50 Ref# 5814 - Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who are most important in his life. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT SETH ROGEN ARRANGED Ref# 5804 - An Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim ! %  ! %  }     *    _ ]

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noon on July 5. Title will be announced at the movie on June 28 and by e-mail. ALL FILMS IN THE SALA. LCS MEMBERS ONLY. NO DOGS

   + [*  Â&#x192;Â&#x2021; The Lake Chapala Society is offering monthly games days free for members. Non-members are welcome to join for a donation of 20 pesos. Show up between 10 am and 2 pm and choose among Mexican Train, Scrabble, Rummy Q, Hand & Foot, or try your luck at darts. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the games; volunteers will be on hand to teach you. A no-host bar will offer Bloody Marys, beer and wine. The LCS grounds will be open as usual for all the regular Saturday programs and services, as well as El Patio CafĂŠ For more information contact Pat Doran at 766-0794.

K+&3<j3Q ...Continues With Jim Spivey. Selected videos help us understand why becoming conscious and taking actions based on this consciouness may be the way to survive! Programs are about 2 hours long and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free! Location: In the Sala of LCS. Time: 2:00 pm on dates listed. 9 July: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earth - A View From Spaceâ&#x20AC;? Understanding the dynamics of the earthly cycles that effect and affect us continuously. 16 July: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding the Evolving Brainâ&#x20AC;? 23 July: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why We Need Another Theory Of Everythingâ&#x20AC;?

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time, the summertime feast will be catered by Robertoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant and entertainment will be provided by the increasingly world-famous Tall Boys Band â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at least famous in the Americas. They will play two sets of music in the back of the Lake Chapala Society grounds and while they are on break Javier Raygoza, along a couple of other musicians from the popular Orquestra Tipica de Chapala will meander through the grounds, entertaining us with his harp along with a few musicians from his orchestra. Â&#x192;  *   ' %  > ] Â&#x201A;  }* 

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Have Hammersâ&#x20AC;Ś Will Travel is on the Move Yes, literallyâ&#x20AC;Ś Have Hammers is relocating to a larger facility to better accommodate the needs of our students. The opening date is the 1st week of July. Our new facility is located in Riberas del Pilar at Carretera Chapala â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jocotopec No. 110, diagonally across the carretera from the Casi Nuevo Thrift Store at the intersection with San Mateo. (You will have to slow down on the carretera as this is where the new mini-topes were recently installed).

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* PERSONAL ASSISTANCE [*j0j/#j% Tel: 763-5333, Fax: 763-5335 Emergencies: 01 (33) 3441-8223 Pag: 19 - NEWCOMERS ILSE HOFFMANN Cell: 33-3157-2541, Tel: 01 (33) 3647-3912

* PHARMACIES - FARMACIA CRISTINA Tel: 766-1501 - FARMACIA EXPRESS II [&#%#<##)#%# Tel/Fax: 765-5827 - FARMACIA MORELOS Tel: 765-4002

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Tel: 766-5213  - THE SCORE SPORTS BAR Cell: 331-789-5937  - TOMAS Tel: 765-3897 - TONY’S Tel: 766-1614, 766-4069 - YVES Tel: 766-3565

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- HYDROPOOL Tel: 766-4030 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131 - RESPIRO SPA Tel: (045) 33-3157-7790 - TOTAL BODY CARE Tel: 766-3379

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CARS WANTED: Used golf cart or utv. Call: (376) 165 2726. FOR SALE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 2001. Great car to drive around the Ribera. 4x4. All gear boxes have had recent oil changes. Price: $85,000 pesos. Call: 333-4828731 FOR SALE: Pristine Honda Accord. This car is in excellent condition, one hand owner, has never been in an accident. Price: $6,500 USD. WANTED: Honda CVR or equal SUV. Will pay a fair price for an SUV in good condition. Would prefer year from 2004 to 2008, mileage low, any color is fine except for black. WANTED: For Electric Car Project. Looking for a donor car for a conversion to an all electric vehicle, running or not. We have the technology and experience to build the first “Green Vehicle” here at Lakeside. Email: FOR SALE: Chrysler Town & Country van. Mexican plated, very good condition, properly maintained, seats 7 with lots of room for luggage. Price: $4,500 USD/offer. Call: 331 351 1220 or email: WANTED: Used Motor cycle Dual Purpose. FOR SALE: Mercedes SL 560 Roadster white with gold trim. New leather upholstery and soft top. 2 tops, hard and soft, Euro cover. Manuals, A/C. This is like new classic automobile!! Price: $13,500 USD. Call: (376) 765 4902. FOR SALE: 12 ft Utility Trailer. Nice Enclosed Utility trailer with spare tire. Great for hauling, your move NOB or for storage. US plated. Price: $2300 USD Call: (045) 3313301050 or (376) 765 4521. FOR SALE: 2005 Ford Five Hundred. Comfortable, elegant and gives you 9.6 km/lt. Willing to trade for a smaller car. Price: 80,000 MX. Call: 3310707872.

COMPUTERS WANTED: Book Cover Designer. Need a graphic designer to do electronic book covers for publishing on Amazon. I am not a million-seller author. FOR SALE: Star choice TV system. FOR SALE: Change bag essential for changing film outside, for cutting unprocessed film and/or putting it on spool for darkroom development, with light proof sleeves for your arms and spacious inside pouch to work in. Price: $250 pesos. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: Computer desk. Can hold 15” monitor, maybe larger, pull


out keyboard, desk area for writing, bottom shelf for tower, upper shelf to hold printer & another general utility shelf, on rollers for easy moving. Price: $300 pesos. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: Lexmark - 310 Series Photo Jet printer New and has manual and all paperwork, $600 pesos. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: New black ink cartridge, open by mistake. HP C6602A $100 pesos Call: Lorena at 765-3676.

PETS & SUPPLIES WANTED: Owner of found puppy; Poodle mix, approx. 8 lbs, 7-8 months. This puppy was found on the carretera on Monday, June 18th, 2012. If anyone knows of a lost dog with this description please call: (376) 766-1710. FREE FOR ADOPTION: Beautiful male chocolate brown puppy, affectionate, brave and intelligent. Free to loving home! FOR SALE: Puppies. Have both parents on premises (no related). White/brown colors. Price: $1,500.00 PESOS. FOR SALE: 300-Litre Aquarium and stand, fresh water fish(approx. 18); all supplies included (2 pumps, high-end filter, light, heater, etc.). Dimensions of tank are 45cm deep, 80 cm high and 103 cm wide. Price: $10,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Gorgeous Black Azteca / Quarter horse 3 yrs. filly, well started w/ Parelli natural training in a halter, direct/neck reins & takes correct leads, ponies, bathes, free lunges both directions. Wonderful disposition, very intelligent & willing. Branded plus has current shots & papers in order. Price: $ 5,500.00 pesos ($400 US), Call: (387) 761 0177 WANTED: Wanted a Malinois belgian shepherd pup. Recommended to me as a top breed. BEST OFFER FOR: Adopt a Beautiful White Cat, Looking for a loving home for a healthy, well trained adult cat, Very pretty, with one blue, one green eye. She is affectionate, very good natured and easy to care for, and has also been socialized with children. POSITION DESIRED: Mature, responsible retired couple. Would love to help when you go on vacation, business, by caring for your pets and home. Need to plan ahead, and would need assignment of at least 4 weeks. References will be provided. FOR SALE: African Grey Parrot, excellent domestic pet is considered the most intelligent parrots, Spanish spoken only. Price: $25.000.00 pesos. FOR SALE: Bay Azteca /Quarter horse male, 9 yrs. In excellent health, smart, willing, gentle, very sweet and easy to work with. Has wonderful flow-

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ing trot. Wintec synthetic leather western saddle, 15” seat, black, low care & ultra lightweight. Price for saddle: $1500 pesos ($110 US). Price for horse: $10,000 pesos (750 US). Call: (387) 761 0177.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE WANTED: Matching leather or naugahyde couch & loveseat. Call Dan 766-2464. Call or e-mail FOR SALE: Washing Machine, GE 7 cycle heavy duty extra large capacity washing machine, brought from the US, in good working order, white, will deliver if bought before van is sold. Price: $1,200.00 pesos. FOR SALE: DESIGNER SHOES 10M. Designer women’s shoes, size 10 B. Have some brand-new and likenew, name-brand slip-on sandals with medium-high heels, size 10M. Price: $250 pesos per pair. One pair black Crocs: $ 400 pesos. Email: THETIS01@GMAIL.COM WANTED: Step Ladder Wanted, 8-10ft stepladder and in good condition. WANTED: Looking for a used wheelchair. What we have now does not fold and is difficult to transport. FOR SALE: Like new WHITE Kitchen aid Mixer. Only used twice for Christmas cookies. Bread dough hook, Wisk, mixing paddle and stainless steel bowl included. Price: $3,000.00 pesos, Call: (376) 765-6325. FOR SALE: BBQ Charcoal Starter(Makes lighting charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal easy and foolproof. Only used for 4 months. Price: $25 USD. FOR SALE: Shaw Direct (Star Choice) Race. I have two 401 model receivers for 500 Pesos each and two 530 model DVR’s. Pause and rewind live shows or record for later viewing. Price: $4000 pesos each. All have remotes and power cords. WANTED: Need microwave in good working condition. Call: (045) 333-841-7228. FOR SALE: Gelato display freezer in good condition that holds 9 Gelato trays. It is located next to the Malecon in Ajijic. Price: $1500 USD, or $20,000 pesos, or best offer. Call: (376) 7667074. FOR SALE: Bowflex Sport. Excellent condition. Lightly used. Includes books/manuals. Price: $350 USD or equivalent. Call: (376) 765 7319. FOR SALE: HD Visio 26 inch TV brought from the states, never used. Price: $200. Email: email@sea619@ FREE: Panasonic fax & copier machine or Compaq keyboard, they work they are clean and they are free. FOR SALE: Lots of everyday odds

and ends, from glasses to appliances, Clive Cussler books: $200 pesos each. Some items are brand new and still in original boxes. Call July 9 from 10 am to 2 pm. Call: (387) 761-0798. FOR SALE: Electronic Bug Killer, never used, ideal for your house and terrace, 2x6 W ultra violet lights. Price: $300 Pesos. Call: (376) 766-2839. WANTED: Small Efficiency Refrigerator. Right now I’m in the US, but in September I’ll be in Ajijic and I need a small efficiency refrigerator for our casita. Email: WANTED: Searching for an Elliptical Machine in good conditions at an affordable. Price: $1,600, willing to negotiate. Call: (376) 765 6081. FREE: Kumbucha scobys available, easy to make and great for the digestive system. Call: (376) 766 5431. FOR SALE: Used older, sturdy bike for sale. Great for tooling around on the malecon or the bike path, has front shocks, wide seat, rack and brand new tires. It’s a little older and funky looking but it gets you around! Price: $700 MXP. Call: (376) 766 5431. FOR SALE: Four pairs of Authentic Salvatore Ferragamo woman’s footwear (some were only tried on), 3 pairs of boots ankle to knee high and one pair of dress shoes. All include original boxes, size 7.5 AA US. Prices from $800 - $2700 pesos. Call: (387) 761-0570. FOR SALE: Making Hot- WaxDyed Eggs. I have several dye packets (never opened), beeswax, styli, instruction books, and patterns, plus samples of eggs I’ve made. Price: $400 pesos. WANTED: Lake Chapala Hospice AC needs a digital projector and projection screen to be used for informational purposes like showing our documentaries. Right now only limited funds are available. Email: FOR SALE: Wooden trouser hangers; bundle of 5. Price: $40 pesos per bundle. Email: info@theheerenhouse. com FOR SALE: Sears X-Cargo Sport 20 Car Top Carrier, completely assembled and holds up to 100 lbs. Fits most vans, SUVs and crossover vehicles with factory installed or after market roof rack systems rated at 150 lbs. or more. Price: $1,250. FOR SALE: “New Air 12000E” portable A/C unit, with wheels, immaculate condition, original box, “Nano Max” technology requires no water drain or tank, long external vent hose fits any window, compact and ergonomic, 2 speeds, thermostat, timer, remote control, 12000 btu covers rooms to 400 sq. ft. Price: $350 USD OBO. Call: (376) 766 1312.

WANTED: Seeking cushy, comfy long equipale sofa, table and chair set. Prefer bistro height or wicker lightweight for mirador. Also small light patio chairs and table. Call: (376) 7664106. FOR SALE: Honeywell Hepa filtration system air purifier. Price: $25 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: High quality, heavy duty treadmill. Milestone 1200, stability extension system in excellent condition. Price: $550. Call: (387) 761 0827. FOR SALE: Dish VIP722K DVR/ HDTV Dual System 500gb Hard Drive Recorder, 2 Remote Controls. Receiver supports two independent TV’s. Watch live TV while recording on the other TV. Price: $5,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Harley Davidson touch lamp new in box. Price: $20 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Pine armoire, 3 drawer bottom & 2 door top, 62” tall by 32” wide. Price: $75 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Riding lawn mower 13.5hp Yard Machine, 38” cut, 6 speed transmission. Price: $500 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: VW Trike, built in 2011, rebuilt engine & transaxle, new tires, rims, carb, Mexican plates. Price: $2200 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: NEW IN BOX- Danby countertop dishwasher, white exterior, stainless steel interior & spray arm. Holds full service for 4, power consumption, can store on microwave cart if low on counter space. Cost nearly Price: $135 USD or $1,800 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: Down ‘throw’ or child’s duvet, sage green cotton percale top, fleece backing, packed with down between. Like new. Price: $ 250 pesos or $18 USD. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: This snuggly, lightweight down duvet. Canadian made of white goose down in quality percale ticking, matrimonial. Price: $600 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: Nice Enclosed 12 ft. Utility Trailer with spare tire. US Plate. Price: $2,300 USD or peso equivelant. Call: (045) 331 330 1050 or (376) 76 4521. FOR SALE: 29 inch Daewoo TV in great working order. 3 years old and rarely used. Has remote control. Price: $1,500.00 pesos. Call: (376) 766 2268. FOR SALE: Orthopedic queen size mattress and base. Only 3 years old and in great condition. Price: $2,950 pesos. Call: (376) 766 2268. FOR SALE: Sony Hi8 Video Cassette Recorder EV - C200. Includes 8mm re-winder and remote. Price: $250 pesos. Call: (045) 331 705 1632. FOR SALE: Shaw Motorola 500GB Dual Tuner HD PVR Receiver. Shaw’s DCX3400 High Definition Cable Box is a Personal Video Recorder with dual 1GHz video tuners. This is for Shaw cable in Canada. Price: $199 USD. Call: (387) 761 0162.

FOR SALE: Pasta Maker and Fondue Pot. Atlas pasta maker made in Italy, has flat pasta plus spaghetti and broad pasta noodle attachment Price: $300 pesos. Rival electric fondue pot with forks. Price: $120 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0259. FOR SALE: Magnet Mattress Pad. Magnetic travel mattress pad for single a bed. Price: $750 MXP. Call: (376) 763 5187. FOR SALE: Star Choice/Shaw Receivers. These are the 401 series, all used and work great with remotes. Price: $500 pesos. Call: (376) 765 4590. FOR SALE: Freezer upright display for sale 73” high , 28” across, 25” deep 5.11” high brand new, never used one year warranty it has a button to save electricity. Call: (376) 766 38 62 and 331 302 70 35. FOR SALE: Brand New electric scooter never used. Fire engine red lights and horn comes with hydraulic lift and ramps. Price: $2000 USD. Call: (376) 766 4456, (376) 766 4087 and (376) 766 2066. FOR SALE: Various Tools. Drop forged steel wedges, 2 for $100 pesos, long handle shovel, $90 pesos, pitch fork $70 pesos, shop light w. 50ft. cord $100 pesos, (2) Garden Hoses 50 ft. long, $150 pesos each, tool box $70 pesos, heavy duty rope 2 for $30 pesos. FOR SALE: Quarter violin in excellent condition is only missing 1 string. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: (376) 765 5523. FOR SALE: Mans bicycle (black with basket) good condition with gears, easy ride. Price: $900 pesos. FOR SALE: Bench with large extension, bar, weights (150 LBS). Price: $1600 pesos. Call: (376) 765 5523. FOR SALE: White wood cabinet with shelves in excellent condition white cabinet, closed cabinet doors with some open shelves and one larger counter type shelf. Price: $1,800 OBO. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: 3 toilet covers, wood, white/beige, brand new, still in Home Depot box. Price: $150 pesos each. FOR SALE: Orthopedic Equipment, hand/wrist wood excerciser $20 pesos, 2 Orthopedic Patient walker belts $100 pesos each, foot exerciser, wood from Finland $200 pesos. FOR SALE: Moving sell. 52” TV, 4 recliner leather theater group, Henredon bedroom set with therapeutic mattress, rosewood china hutch, tables, lamps, granite dining set & more. Call: (376) 765 2326 for private showing. FOR SALE: A brand new electric scooter comes complete with hydraulic lift and ramps, color fire engine red, and has lights and horn. Scooter functional and ready to ride. Price: $2000 USD. Call: (376) 766 4456 or (045) 33113833193. FOR SALE: Countertop dishwasher, still in box, brought from Canada. Danby countertop dishwasher, white w/ stainless steel interior & spray arm. Holds service for 4, quick connect to faucet. Price: $190 USD or $2,500 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177.

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El Ojo del Lago  

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

El Ojo del Lago  

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