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For one of the few times ever, our cover story is about a local celebrity--and for the first time ever, the story comes by way of a charming poem written by Mark Sconce.

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24 BOOK REVIEW Karen McConnaughey reviews Margaret Van Every’s collection of tanka poems, a very short form of poetry. Karen’s take: “I savor Margaret’s love of Mexico in every delicious and delectable piece of poetry.”

26 LOCAL PROFILE Mary Roam writes about Julie Mignard, an abstract artist who seems to have a definite design behind what might at first resemble little more than colorful chaos.

32 TRAVEL Carol Bowman’s fifth and final installment of “Journey to the End of the World.” The trip concludes with a trip around Cape Horn, which was first made (and historically noted) by Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

50 POETRY Rosemary Dineen writes about something of great interest to many people here at Lakeside whose time has begun to dwindle away. It’s a poem that should be reassuring to those of us who agree with Woody Allen on the subject of death: “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want to be present when it happens.”

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Guest Editorial by M.A. Porter

Hanging with the Atheists


hat is it with atheists? Those who don’t believe there is a God. That by mere chance of environment touching evolution, all earth-creatures came into being. That the need for a comforting, all-powerful deity was chemically sprung in our frontal lobes after experiencing threat. That all religions were established to hold sway over intellectually lazy people for political reasons. I have no problem with this personal credo even though mine is, for the most part, established to the contrary. That when we consider the universe into which we have evolved, we can see God’s hand in all things – science, math, philosophy and art. That we are incapable of understanding everything that emanates from the divine. That we are free to immerse ourselves in the teachings of our personal holy man and realize truth. This has set up some uncomfortable dinner parties of late because I find myself in a social set populated by expat atheists. There I am, sipping my wine, and someone will pop up with, “Have you seen what the Christians are up to?” Disgusted eye-rolling ensues as someone speaks of dropping bombs to do some good. This makes me nervous because my family’s faith tradition is Christian and I am called to both stand up for Jesus and admonish people that peacemakers are blessed. So, I choose to model nonviolence and just listen for awhile. Then I offer: Well, you know, not every Christian chooses to politicize the faith. In all of my Bible studies, Jesus clearly taught us to avoid that. This usually shuts people up. Some, though, can’t help themselves. They repeat the mantra found in the first paragraph and lend a look that implies, “You’re an idiot.” So I say: You know, I respect your right to non-belief. Can you not respect my beliefs? My faith teaches, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Is this not also your standard? They claim, yes, it is. So I add: Well good, then you’ve got a basic tenet of Christianity down pat. This they cannot tolerate. “That’s


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a load of crap. crap Respecting others is just basic human decency,” is the summary response. So I retort: Yes, but human beings at their basic level are not decent – in any age, scratch the surface of society’s thin skin and witness its perpetuating infection with hatred. Through time, we have had holy men and, due to male insecurity, only a few women come along to enlighten us on affirming life and livelihood in our respective cultures. This is historical fact. Usually, the subject gets changed by then. But sometimes the most fervent unbeliever goes off on a rant about religious wars and how the fight over whose God reigns supreme has been brutal and is never-ending. Sometimes I just let it drop. But sometimes I add: True. But might then we have been better off without the reproduction of our tribes? And, trade routes? And, the concept of profit in industry? Because those things have started unrelenting wars, too. This never flies. The unbelievers cite religion as the root of all evil, and Christianity as its main nutrient. I just smile and, right before my husband puts an elbow in my ribcage, I conclude: Well, I will love you nevertheless! Pass the wine, please. Jesus turned water into wine, wasn’t that divine? Because I’m not interested in converting save through example. And, I’m comfortable with my Christianity because, at its core, it’s a story that guides me quite well. That it is currently being tarted up by political campaigns does cause me pain and I’m doing my part to stop it. But the mortal lashings of mankind cannot diminish its brilliance, believers or not.


A BALLOON IN CACTUS By Maggie Van Ostrand

“A Mexican Village”


his story could take place in any village in any state in the paradise that is known as Mexico. The names of the people may be different, but the stories will be the same. Once upon a time, a man named Tomas earned the title of village Solver of Problems. He was awarded such a noble title because, when his aged mother, Maria, bought a stone house located at the corner of the local elementary school, she inadvertently inherited a terrible predicament: For decades, little boys had been relieving themselves on its cornerstone as they passed on their way to class each morning as a Rite of Passage, or what we might call a “guy thing.” No one could recall the origin of this apparently overrated tradition. Maria, whose ancient back had become as curved as a question mark, was very unhappy. Due to the acrid odor coming from the cornerstone, no one walking by would be able to enjoy the succulent smells emanating from her cocina window. Maria was well known throughout the village for her delicious chocolate molé. No one had ever tasted any better molé than hers. It was devotion to cooking that had turned her hands into gnarly knots and it had become increasingly difficult to hold a spoon to stir the chocolate. Although she had learned to compensate by spinning the spoon between her wrists, she was now faced with a new problem. If passersby were unable to smell the wonderful spices and chocolate cooking on the stove, no one would come in to buy molé. Without an income, she could not survive and would be forced to give up the little stone house and move in with her children. Though she loved all her children dearly, she did not want to move in with them. She turned to her eldest son, Tomas, to solve the dilemma. Though they all loved her dearly, Maria’s children did not want her to move in with them. Tomas assured his mother that she soon would be free of the problem forever. He called upon his brothers and they worked into the night while Maria slept. The solution to Maria’s problem was, to

Tomas, a simple one: Into the stone they carved a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. From that moment on, the cornerstone was regarded as a sacred place, a place where a boy should cross himself and bow his head in passing (or get swatted by his mother). And that is how Tomas came to be the village Solver of Problems. Another man in the same village is Eduardo the policeman. Some time ago, Eduardo and three other policemen with hungry families walked across the street and reluctantly robbed the bank. Riddled with guilt, Eduardo went to confession, then returned to the station and consulted with the other men. They returned all the money to the bank, and arrested themselves. After a week the villagers went to the jail and begged the policemen to release themselves. Why? Because every single villager was desperately needed in church to pray to the Virgin of Zapopan for long overdue rain to fill their depleted lake so they would have fish to eat. Eduardo and his men happily obliged. Forty hours later, it rained for six straight days and nights and the fish returned to the lake. If you listen for the music of Mexico, you will surely hear it. It can be heard in any village in any state in the paradise that is known as Mexico.


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Peter Morse Moir aka “Pedro Loco” The Raw Data Born: Sometime in September 1945, somewhere near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Graduate: Dalhousie Law School Home Town: Vancouver, B.C. Marriage: First wife, Patricia. Second wife, Patricia II. Children: One. Grandchildren: Two. Nickname: Ripped Years in Mexico: Eight Religion: Spiritualist. Favorite Food: Huevos Rancheros Favorite Book: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (by Jean-Dominique Bauby) Favorite Authors: Mark Twain and William Shakespeare. Favorite Quotes: “Does there have to be a reason for everything?” “Everyone has a right to build a castle in the air.”

The Real Story Pedro Loco—A Sobriquet When down the stony streets I stroll Through Ajijic each sunny day, Two things I know will fill my soul, And one has earned a sobriquet. That’s not to slight the other one: That gentle breeze from off the lake That mitigates a blazing sun, The way that wine a thirst will slake. Ah, here comes Pedro’s flowered hat, It’s Pedro the Magnificat! (He’s really Peter Morse Moir, Whose surname rhymes, of course, with lawyer). Look, Pete’s sombrero—flower-crowned! A haberdasher’s droll delight. And feathers also may be found Adorning this Vancouverite. With walking stick in either hand, He steps with care down Colon Street, Resplendent in his costume and Expression that’s so sunny sweet. Again I note his long white beard, Again I think of Santa Claus. I know that some folks think him weird, But most of us would mourn his loss. His Gnostic cross and Christ-like robes Announce a spiritual soul, Impatient with all homophobes, So quick these days to pigeonhole. He’s photographed much more than most. They all admire his saintly smile, And Mexicans are proud to host This Gringo of such subtle style. “Hola Pedro! Como estas?” “Que bueno. Que bueno. Paz . Paz”. His burro, Vino Blanco, is As white and bright as Chardonnay, Although with hooves of cherry fizz And eyebrows red as Beaujolais.


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Is that his rig I see? Aha! A beatific burro cart, A surrey fringed in peau de soie, Conveyance for a happy heart. She pulls her master down the street, As patiently as burro can, Awaits tortillas as her treat And brays approval of the man. Both she and Margarita range, Alive today because of him. No malnutrition, pox or mange Or even age has turned them grim. But grim may be the human scourge Of our Remembrance of Things Past: Alzheimer’s path and Pedro’s merge, And he well knows the die is cast. Not one to dwell on Fortune’s lapse, Don Pedro summons sunny smiles. An inner reservoir he taps, And looks ahead to many miles. “It’s good at times when memory’s done,” Says Pedro to his burro pet; “Those arseholes in my life, for one, I’ve long forgot without regret. “I hide my Easter eggs myself, A single book is all I need; Once read, forgotten on my shelf, Brand new again when I reread.” Next time you need a drink or two, Go find Tequila’s fine Republic. Demand a Pedro Loco, do— Their drink to quench a thirsting public. Not being loco, Pedro knows, It’s just a friendly sobriquet. Affection here in Mexico Will carry one a long, long way. So hail to Pedro, once called Moir! And isn’t it ironic That Ajijic’s own expat lawyer Has now become iconic? By Mark Sconce

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erself and myself recently played this very interesting hand against Beverly and her partner, Ian Morris. I was sitting West and when I sorted my hand the first thought that occurred to me was: “how many spades will I bid this to?” You can imagine my surprise when Beverly, who was the dealer on my right, opened the proceedings with a bid of 2 Spades. In the early days of bridge, any opening bid at the two level showed a very strong hand but in the modern game, most people play 2 Diamonds, 2 Hearts and 2 Spades as “weak 2’s”, ostensibly showing 6 to 10 high card points and a reasonably good 6-card suit. South certainly had the prescribed number of spades and points, but the quality of her suit might have been questioned by some sticklers. I had to do some quick thinking when this unexpected bid hit the table. Although I had 18 high card points of my own, I was really stymied when it came to finding a bid. I would love to have been able to make a penalty double but that just wasn’t in the cards, as double in this seat would have shown a totally different type of hand, one that was short in spades but with support for the other suits. The only possible bid available to me would have been 2 No Trump, showing 15 to 18 high-card points but the “shape” of my hand was not ideal. After a few seconds for thought, I judged to pass. A not inconsequential part of my decision-making was the desire not to place too much pressure on my partner. Had I gone into the tank for 30 seconds or more and then passed


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it would have been patently obvious to herself that I must have a lot of spades but no clear bid and if she had a borderline bid of her own, my hesitation could have caused her an ethical problem. In any event, my fairly in-tempo pass coupled with East’s absymally poor hand meant that Beverly had bought the contract of 2 spades. Now I had to choose my opening lead in very rare circumstances. Fortunately, my sequence in the trump suit made the spade King an almost automatic choice, as I wanted to cut down on the number of trump tricks declarer could make by taking ruffs in her own hand. There really wasn’t too much declarer could do in the circumstances and, when the dust had settled, the defense had taken five spade tricks, one heart and one diamond, defeating the contract by two tricks and giving East West a better score than we could have achieved by playing the contract ourselves (+200). As we put the cards back into their boards, declarer turned to me and asked: “Does this mean I am going to be written up?” Yes, it does, Beverly, it certainly does! Questions or comments: email:





d. Note: This marks Dr. Stong’s debut column. He has served as a volunteer engineer with Lakeside local governments for the past eight years in regards to water supply, waste water treatment, streets, malecons and the general area of infrastructure planning. At Lakeside he advises on lake shore improvements. Welcome, Dr. Stong!)

Lake Chapala Fishing Industry Currently the most plentiful fish in the lake are tilapia, carp, catfish and charal. Since no water has flowed out of the lake in over 30 years it is becoming saltier and thus the variety of fish today has changed with time. With the measure of pH to define if water is more acid, lower than 7, or more basic, higher than 7, note that the lake is at about 8.7. In that the pH scale increases by 10 as you go from 7 to 8 and by 100 as you go from 7 to 9, the 8.7 pH means the lake water is about 80 times more alkaline than normal. Native fishing is surely a mystery to most readers of this English language publication. So let us try to define an initial view which may at some point assist the fishermen in better planning their industry which has been on the decline for over 20 years. Readers with better knowledge may then step forward with better numbers to be emailed to the author. Analysis: Fishermen unions/cooperatives - 66; Fishermen - 3000 but only 1000 are believed to each day fish seriously; Wives, children and others dependents of fishermen - 24,000; Days of fishing/year - 250. Based on visits with fishermen the following estimates are presented that suggest an average of a 75kg catch/day/fisherman. This may amount to 2-3 kg of charal, 20 carp and 80 tilapia for each fisherman which he is in turn able to sell wholesale for about 220 pesos/day (6-8 pesos/kg for tilapia and carp, 50 pesos/kg for catfish and 10p/kg for charal). Retail price is often up to three times the wholesale. The current unwarranted claim by a university out of New York that there is excessive mercury in the carp is now reducing almost over night the income of fishing families by a third. In reality the proper reporting

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of these student’s very small sample, 6 carp, should have been stated as having a median value of 0.4 ppm (parts per million) which might then be compared to the 1.0 ppm limit of the USA-EPA. A plan has now been prepared to test 250 carp to be taken from 25 locations about the lake to offer a statistically valid assessment of mercury levels with a 95% level of confidence. It is anticipated that funding for this effort will soon be provided by the 9 municipios about the lake. Given 350,000 people about the lake the catch of 124,000 fish a day, perhaps 620,000 fish a week, suggests an average of 2 fish a week per person. In reality it is assumed the fishermen families eat 3-5 times the average per person. Over all it seems about 10% of the natives are in the fishing industry, perhaps down from 30% half a century earlier. Aquaculture, raising fish along the lakeshore or in pens inside the lake, may offer a better future for this industry. The consumption of grain to produce a kilo of beef or pork is 4-8 times that required to produce a kilo of fish. An existing commercial facility at Jamay which produces over 150 tons of tilapia per year is an excellent example of modern technology and efficiency.


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What’s Right? What’s Wrong? (Part 2)


ast month I discussed the ethical framework proposed by Emanuel Kant. Kant suggested, with his categorical imperative, that ethical decisions should be made using clear rules to which everyone can agree: It’s wrong to lie. It’s wrong to steal, etc. This “rule-based” ethical framework is appealing because of its black and white clarity. Under Kantian ethics, you know what’s right and wrong, once you agree on the rules. Of course, this model of ethics has a downside, as it does not account for the more ambiguous situations when it might be permissible to bend or break one of the ethical rules. There clearly are situations when it might be permissible, even ethically justified, to lie. Imagine you are visiting a friend in the hospital who is not well. She asks you, “How do I look?” Perhaps the truth is she is pale, emaciated, and looks to be on death’s door. Yet, it would be the rare friend who would speak the truth in such a situation. You’d more likely either tell her she looks better. Telling the truth, in this situation, might be considered unnecessarily cruel. So most people would likely break the “Do not lie” rule and, well… lie. We call these kind of lies white lies because they seem justifiable. This type of ethical reasoning is called Utilitarian Ethics. Utilitarianism emerged in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as articulated by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. This way of thinking about moral decisions puts more weight on happiness and well-being than on inviolable rules. The operating maxim of Utilitarian Ethics is to act in a way where you will produce the greatest good for the greatest number. It is a way of using quantifiable reasoning to make a moral judgment. In the example above, if you tell your friend the truth, she will feel badly which may actually negatively affect her


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health, and you will feel badly for making her feel badly. But, on the other hand, if you lie and tell her she looks wonderful, she will feel good and so will you, the greatest good for the greatest number. This type of reasoning is used to justify taxation. Forcing people to pay money is generally not a pleasant option. It can only be justified if you can provide a greater amount of good for more people as a result. Typically, taxing the rich to pay for programs which benefit more people is considered moral. Some people are getting hurt, but many more people are benefitting, so Utilitarian Ethics would deem this ethical, the greatest good for the greatest number. But Libertarians who may use Kantian logic to suggest that minimal government is always best, find increasing taxes, even for social programs, ethically suspect. Utilitarian Ethics are not always justified. Say a researcher has developed an experiment which will prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which causes between 2000-3000 infant deaths each year in the US alone. The hypothetical experiment would, however, unavoidably cause the deaths of 10-15 infants. Using Utilitarian Ethics, it’s a no brainer. Sacrifice 10-15 infants once to prevent thousands of unnecessary SIDS deaths later. Yet, even if you find Utiltarian Ethics appealing, I doubt you’d approve this experiment. Kantian Ethics would kick in; it’s wrong to kill babies for any reason. Most people would classify themselves as Utilitarians. We use this reasoning to justify such choices as euthanasia, abortion, use of medical marijuana, and telling occasional white lies. Next month, I’ll continue our discussion of Ethics and examine the concept of Ethical Development.


Joyful Musings By Joy Birnbach Dunstan, MA, LPC, MAC

Living Life on Purpose


e’re so lucky living here in Paradise! But for some, paradise has left them floundering for structure and purpose. Retirement is a different experience for everybody. Some people would gladly work here but cannot get a permit from the Mexican government for their particular occupation. Others would be happy to continue their old job if only they could do it long distance from south of the border. Some people yearn for the collegial atmosphere of the workplace, but not the actual work. And many people are thrilled to never again do whatever they did before, but they have no idea what they’d rather do instead. Seemingly positive changes like retirement and increased leisure time can create confusion or depression. Many people adjust, quickly filling their days with rewarding activities. For others, the transition is more difficult. For those who defined themselves by their job, they may find themselves temporarily lost without that identity. So create an intentional alternate identity for yourself by pursuing activities that express your true self. Do like Dolly Parton suggests, and “find out who you are...and do it on purpose!” In retirement, we can choose what we do with our heart instead of the budget in mind because working and receiving money are no longer directly related. We can select what we’d like to do. Work is no longer what we have to do and play what we want to do. Our work and our play can become one. Retirement is the perfect time to “go for the flow.” Flow is a concept defined as a state of deep absorption that occurs when people are thoroughly focused on a challenging task that meshes perfectly with their abilities, interests, and strengths. You may have experienced flow sometime when hours disappeared like minutes while you were completely absorbed in

some engrossing activity. Consider enriching your own life by learning new skills and increasing the challenges you face each day. It’s important to have goals. Goals give us a reason to get up in the morning. If you’d like to bring more happiness into your life, consider the wise words of Helen Keller: “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Life is about more than pedicures and cocktail parties. Give some thought to what things bring you joy or might bring a satisfying sense of accomplishment, and then make a plan to do them. People pursuing dreams in their mind and heart are already on the road to success. Take five minutes to list all the wants you have in our life, your “bucket list.” Then circle your top five choices and prioritize them, and begin to consider how to make them happen. If you find yourself not wanting to face the new day because it’s just the same as the previous one, consider developing new interests or exploring pursuits you didn’t have time for in the past. One of the treasures of Lakeside living is the multitude of options we have available here. There’s something for every taste and style, from the solely intellectual to the purely hedonistic, from highly structured organizations to no-commitment, drop-in activities. If it’s something more exotic or extravagant you’ve always wanted to try, budget a little every week to help make that dream possible. Go for the flow, and you just might discover an artistic streak or unexpected talent you never knew you had! Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at or 765-4988


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Not all Chest Pain is Cardiac Pain By Mary Molinari, RN


orothy panicked, certain she had had a heart attack. A week later, after numerous cardiac tests, she was told her heart was fine. So what happened? Dorothy is one of the 25% of the population who experience chest pain, in some form, during a lifetime. She is also among the many people who have chest pain that is not caused by the heart. This is called non-cardiac chest pain, aka “atypical chest pain, functional chest pain, or irritable heart�. Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is defined as a recurring pain that is similar to heart pain (angina) in people who do not have heart disease. The pain is usually felt behind the breast bone (sternum) and often described as dull, burning or squeezing pressure-like sensation. It may or not radiate to the neck, arms, back, or jaw. The duration varies but it is not unusual for the pain to last several hours. Both men and women are affected; however, it is twice as common in women, especially among the young and middle-aged. Because the pain is similar to cardiac pain, physicians frequently attribute this pain to the heart and the person commonly undergoes further cardiac studies. The causes of NCCP can be grouped into two categories, esophageal (the most common source of NCCP) and non-esophageal. Esophageal There is a physical relationship between the esophagus and heart. They are located in close proximity to each other in the chest cavity. Pain sensation arising from either organ travels through the same nerve fibers to the brain. As a result, the pain from either organ can have very similar features making it difficult to differentiate cardiac pain from esophageal pain. Esophageal conditions causing NCCP include gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal spasms (uncoordinated muscle contractions) and occasionally a disorder called achalasia where there is an absence of esophageal muscle contraction. By far the most common cause of esophageal NCCP is gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as GERD or acid reflux disease. Sixty percent or more of persons experiencing NCCP have GERD which


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results from stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. This produces heartburn and chest pain. Treatment may include drugs to control acid reflux and esophageal spasms such as anticholinergics, and produces approximately 80% positive response rate for persons with GERD-related NCCP. Non-esophageal Non-esophageal sources that can cause NCCP include: musculoskeletal problems of the chest wall (muscle inflammation), or spine, lung disorders, pericardial conditions (the layer of tissue that surrounds the heart) and even digestive problems such as ulcers, gallbladder, and pancreatic diseases. Treatment is focused on the underlying condition such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for inflammation. The Role of Stress and NCCP Some people with NCCP have been found to suffer from stress, depression, anxiety or panic disorders. It is not clear whether the stress disorder came first or the chest pain led to the emotional condition. Chest pain associated with anxiety and panic attacks is usually accompanied by a feeling of impeding doom, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating and insomnia. Use of anti anxiety medications is often the main component of treatment and in some situations referral for appropriate psychiatric consultation and treatment. Noncardiac chest pain is common and can be a debilitating condition impacting on an individual both physically and psychosocially. The good news is that most people can have complete relief of their symptoms if the appropriate cause of noncardiac chest pain is identified. But given the overlap in symptoms between cardiac and noncardiac chest pain and the seriousness of missing (failing to diagnose) heart disease, all persons who present with chest pain should initially undergo a cardiac work-up.


So The Tea Party Is Mad, Eh? Courtesy of Bernie Conroy


e are told by the Tea-Party that they are “mad and can’t take it anymore” and that the rest of us should be too! Folks, we had eight years of Bush and Cheney, but NOW they are getting mad?! • They didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President. • They didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed energy company officials to dictate energy policy. • They didn’t get mad about gas prices when Bush and Cheney friends at the oil companies raised a gallon of gas price to more than $5 and posted highest profits in the history of U.S. for 8 years straight (Bush presidency). • They didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative identity was revealed. • They didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act, which allows torture and disregards personal rights for Americans, got passed. • They didn’t get mad when Bush and Cheney illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us, Iraq. • They didn’t get mad when Bush and Cheney spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war, Iraq. • They didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq. • They didn’t get mad when they found out about torturing people. • They didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans. • They didn’t get mad that Bin Lad-

en was not caught when Bush had a chance to do so. • They didn’t get mad when they saw the horrible veterans’ conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. • They didn’t get mad when Bush let a major US city drown like a Third World country. • They didn’t get mad when Bush gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich. • They didn’t get mad when, using reconciliation, a trillion dollars of our tax dollars was redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage, which costs over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides. • They didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark (when during the Clinton presidency we had almost a Trillion dollar surplus), and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark. They finally got mad when a government decided that people in America deserved the right to get treatment if they are sick and can not afford to do so. Yes, an illegal war, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with the Tea Party. They are partying not with tea, but with sucking the blood of ordinary Americans.


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“The scriptures are infallible. They are the word of God!”


ecause of their inflexible belief, religions cannot admit to even the possibility of being in error, though most are based on the limited wisdom of two thousand some years ago. The books are written in the ambiguous words common to those times and kept alive by the “salesmen of God.” The ‘wisdoms’ that this literature offers is at best peripherally applicable to our times and circumstances, but the violence and deprivations associated with religions have kept pace with improved technology and the increased populations of the world, thereby making religions the greatest scourge of mankind. The advent of weapons of mass destruction that can be produced by virtually anyone who puts his mind to it, coupled with the unambiguous demands in the old texts to kill all who disagree with the religious ideas contained within – ideas that in some religions are chanted many times a day–have led to hundreds of suicidemurders by fanatics and the death of many thousands of innocents near and far. It should be obvious to even the most pious among us that this monster has grown to unacceptable proportions and must be eradicated sooner, rather than later – if indeed there is enough time to be a ‘later.’ However, there has been a revolution since World War II that has changed the attitudes of many millions toward religion. Today there are some 1,100,000,000 people around the world who are Atheists, Agnostics

or NonReligious, making them the 4th largest ‘religious’ group in the world. They represent a hope that normalcy in the world may yet prevail and that it should be possible to ‘defang’ religions by removing their deadly tenets, without taking away “the opium” that people crave as was noted by the philosopher Karl Marx in the late 19th century. Dr. Harris, in his book “The End of Faith,” mentions that doubts about the feasibility of accomplishing this cannot be entertained because “there is no reason whatsoever to think that we can survive our religious differences indefinitely.” This needs to be done if we hope to survive. Indeed, failure to inspire the developing world to pursue ends that are compatible with a global civilization will result in a very dark future for us all for there is no foundation within Christianity, Islam, Judaism or any other religion for tolerance and religious diversity. We must dispense with the dogma of faith to reestablish the basis of human cooperation, to accommodate our need to be connected to the world and to one another. We must choose leaders who desire to help create a better life in this world, but who are without strong religious convictions, and convince those who prop up faith to make and advocate the changes necessary to make faith compatible with life on this side of the grave. We are bound to one another. We cannot continue to allow faith and religion to cloak our iniquities: ignorance, hatred, greed, and prevent our ethical intuitions to intervene. We are all interdependent and here for such a little while. Let us not waste our time but let us be kind to each other, help each other flourish, and approach our common challenges with reason, honesty and love.



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peer across five decades of political journalism and conclude one of the gravest errors a party can make is to underestimate its political opponents. Another is to maliciously mock or malign with mendacity one’s opposite numbers on the political spectrum. If you denigrate or degrade your political opponents you can never then seek an accommodation with them and bring them on side. Let’s stress ‘opponents’ rather than ‘enemies’ because a democratically-constituted party or movement is exactly that--an individual or an entity with a differing viewpoint. An enemy is an individual or body of individuals who do not believe in the democratic process. Only bitterly partisan individuals would fail to see the difference. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, with a bestselling autobiography and commanding $100,000 and up a speech, is a formidable presence on the American scene. Actually, a refreshing presence. Perhaps she seems giddy at times - yet having an optimistic, infectious personality is surely preferable to the infamous rants of 2004 Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean. Democrats write off Palin’s influence at their peril. Same with the Tea Party movement. Its rapid spread coast-to-coast is almost breathtaking. Its members are full of energy. They represent a groundswell of opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies and philosophy. Again, it would be foolish and naive to write them off as fanatics. They are nothing of the sort. Was the Massachusetts loss to Republicans just a passing aberration, or

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something more? Some Democrats contend it was just that: a fluke. Wiser Democrats take Scott Brown’s Senate win more seriously. They worry, as they should. Republican wins of the New Jersey and Virginia governorships may not mean as much as the GOP’s win of Massachusetts, but they obviously have significance. Note that Obama put his name behind Democratic candidates in all three races, campaigned to the last minute in all three states, and yet his party was rejected in all three. Look at other whispers - no, gales - on the wind: Fox News - with the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity is now by far the most popular cable news channel. How about the almost overnight popularity of Glenn Beck? I initially considered Beck a comedian, but now find myself increasingly drawn to him. Beck’s research is impeccable, his stage act equally so - even if somewhat theatrical. What gives here? It is that something of great moment could be happening out there. So what should the Democrats’ reaction to these trends and individuals be? First, they should listen. On some issues the Populist Right may - no, perhaps, must - have some valid points. Secondly, Democrats should think hard how to ameliorate the concerns, frustrations and anger being expressed by their opponents. Building a bigger tent is the way to win in politics. You do that by reaching out - in a rational way - to your opponents. Not showering them with scorn.


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Wondrous Wildlife By Vern and Lori Gieger

The Art of Flying


alconry is an art requiring long hours of constant devotion and skill. Historically, falconry was a popular sport and status symbol among the nobles of medieval Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia; in Japan the sport is called takagari. Birds of prey were quite rare and expensive, and the process of raising and training a hawk or falcon required a great deal of time, money, and space, it was typically restricted to the noble classes. In Japan, there were even strict restrictions on who could hunt as well as which types of animals could be hunted, and where, based upon rank within the samurai class.


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In art and in other aspects of culture such as literature, falconry remained a status symbol long after it was no longer popularly practiced. Eagles and hawks displayed on the wall could represent the noble himself, metaphorically, as noble and fierce. Prints or paintings of falcons or falconry scenes could be bought by wealthy commoners, and displayed

as the next best thing to partaking in the sport, again representing a certain degree of nobility. The falconer’s traditional choice of bird was the Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon. In ancient times, a person’s rank could be told by the hawk he possessed. Bird species used in Western Europe tended to follow specific guidelines, however people often used whatever species they could get hold of. Through the captive breeding of rescued birds, the last 30 years have seen a great revival of the sport, with a host of innovations; falconry’s popularity, through flying exhibitions at sporting events, fairs, etc. has never been higher in the past 300 years. Making use of the natural relationship between raptors and their prey, today, falconry is used to control pest birds and animals in urban areas, landfills, commercial buildings, and airports. The most popular and most practical falconry nowadays is done with the Harris’s Hawk, and to a lesser extent with the Red-tailed Hawk. However, Goshawks are excellent hunters, and were once called the cook’s hawk; but they can be stubborn and unpredictable. The acceleration of

a short-wing from a stand-still, especially the Goshawk, is astonishing and a rabbit surprised at any distance from its burrow has little hope of escape. Short-wings will dive after their prey into cover, where the tinkling of their bells is vital for locating the bird. In many cases, modern falconers use radio tracking to locate their birds. In the United States, falconry is legal in most states. Falconry is not a casual hobby; a falconer must have state and federal licenses to practice this sport. First one must pass a written test, have equipment and facilities inspected, and then serve a minimum of two years as an apprentice under a licensed falconer. An apprentice license allows the falconer to possess no more than two raptors at a time. After a minimum of five years at General level, falconers may apply for a Master Class license, which allows them to keep three raptors for falconry. Both state and federal regulations must be complied with by the falconer. In Mexico, falconry is not popular. All wildlife is protected by federal law, and it is a federal crime to even possess a bird of prey without proper documentation.


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It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood


ver since my young adult days, the children in our neighborhood and in our church all called me “Mr. Bob.” I don’t know why but that name followed me from place to place and now my grandchildren have taken up the same greeting, “Mr. Bob.” My wife used to say it was because I reminded them of Mister Roberts – a good guess except the children of today don’t even know who he was. When my children were little, one of their favorites (mine too) television shows was Mister Roberts. I know it sounds corny, but I loved to hear the opening song of that show. Maybe you remember it: “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? So let’s make the most of this beautiful day.” What you might not have remembered were these words that also went with that song: “I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. So let’s make the most of this beautiful day: since we’re together we might as well say, would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?” The simplicity of Mister Roger’s demeanor, even through the medium of television, as he put on his cardigan sweater to sit and talk with children all around this country stays with my children through this day, even though they are grown women with children of

their own. Through the years I have come to the realization that there is more to the definition of “neighbor” and “neighborhood” than meets the eye. I know now that neighbors and neighborhoods can reach out over significantly long distances, even continents. For me, I am so blessed to have a number of really “neat” folks I call friends and neighbors. People who love me and who I love as well. They are the ones who call sometimes “Just to check up on you,” as one says… they are also ones who go way out of their way to be helpful. Years ago, a Pharisee came to Jesus with a question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Another famous story about “neighbors” is found in the Book of Luke when he described the parable of the Good Samaritan. At the end of the story when Jesus had described the actions of a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan, Jesus asked: “Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man? The answer given by the lawyer was “The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus replied, “Go and do likewise.” Lieth Anderson, author of the book “Making friends with God” described the impact of Jesus’ reply in this way: “With that story, Jesus changed the definition of a neighbor from who that person is to what I do in relationship to other people.” Anderson continued by saying: “The issue is not whether a person is a Jew or a Gentile or a Samaritan; black, brown or white, rich or poor, a good guy or a bad guy… it’s what I do to help others. Not who they are or what they do. The difference is both astonishing and transforming.” Just a thought! Shalom!



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ear Tilly and Tommy, I absolutely loved your article in the Ojo!!... congrats. I adopted a six-monthold Border Collie from the animal shelter about six months ago. He was very shy. Now that he has found his “niche,” he has blossomed, except for one bad habit. He comes up behind you, jumps on you & sticks his nose into your butt. Please, any training suggestion? Marilyn Hi Marilyn, In some parts of the animal kingdom, such behavior is simply a way of saying “hello, getting to know you.” You have two options: you can rave and rant, or buy yourself a water pistol and cool of your dog with a well-aimed squirt. With the heat being what it is during this intemperate season, your Collie will probably much prefer the second option. So you stay cool, too! And now for a wonderful story from an anonymous contributor: A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain-link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up. “I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.” With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially-made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.” With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. “How much?” asked the little boy. “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”



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A PILLOW STUFFED WITH DIAMONDS By Margaret Van Every Librophilia 2010 150 pesos Review by Karen McConnaughey


im Tipton says in his introduction to Margaret Van Every’s delightful book of poems, “Those of us who love poetry have something else to celebrate this year… Margaret’s…collection of tanka, A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds, [is] a remarkable collection of short poems that…celebrate life in Mexico.” I couldn’t agree more as I savor Margaret’s love for Mexico in every delicious and delectable piece of poetry. This book pays poetic homage to life in Mexico, with all its beauty, love and romance, celebration of death, longing, joy, fun, laughter, music, incongruities, and even some warts. It doesn’t color everything rosy, but at the end you heave a sigh of contentment because… wow…you live in Mexico! To appreciate the experience, you must read Tipton’s introduction describing what tanka (sing. and pl.) is. Though it dates back 1400 years, it’s a new art form for me. It has been described as the “grandmother of haiku.” The tanka form used throughout the book is a five-line, untitled, unrhymed poem that evokes a single moment with vivid precision and emotional truth. Those of us who live in Mexico can start relating to the fit of tanka to subject from the very first example: Crossing this frontier, hearts pound, palms sweat. We dread we’ll get the red light, strangers will unlock our bags, rifle through our secrets. Who among us cannot appreciate this moment in time, and wonder at Margaret’s ability to express the whole experience in one tiny five-line poem? From those who never liked poetry before to those who find the internal rhythm of tanka exhilarating, this book is a feast that teaches you there is much to be gained by paying careful attention to everyday objects and events. For instance: The open window admits the mixed aroma of jasmine and skunk, inseparable fusion


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in the night air, in our bed. Margaret’s poetry delights in word play and sometimes titillates the reader with double entendre. Who would think that the phrase “your music is insincere foreplay,” would be addressing a mosquito or “her blossom spent by dawn” not refer to a night of passionate romance--unconventional images that have you back-tracking to fully grasp the picture that has formed in your mind. Margaret’s tanka are beautifully illustrated by Robert Burke’s superb graphics suggesting ancient Aztec stone rubbings. This book is simply a work of art that should be read and enjoyed by anyone living in Mexico, and especially by those in the Lake Chapala area who can easily visualize the person and place in “Her bright rugs hung high lure tourists on the beach.” In many of her poems, you will recognize local people and events. She has a talent for making the reader pause and think about this unique area we choose to call home. If you like well-written poetry and delight in the richness and diversity of Mexico, I highly recommend A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds by Margaret Van Every. You won’t be disappointed. And I guarantee, after reading it you will find yourself ‘thinking in tanka’ as you go about your day of ordinary tasks. The book is available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Galeria di Paola, Lake Chapala Society, Change of Pace, and Coffee & Bagels. A dramatic reading followed by a book signing will take place at Sol y Luna Little Theatre on June 8, 4:30 p.m. All are cordially invited.


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MY KID COULD HAVE PAINTED THAT! (Or Undderrstaanddingg Absstractt Art)) By Mary Roam


colorful and outspoken artist has come back, and more of her startlingly vibrant abstract paintings are likely to be seen around the area. Many already hang in homes here. Julie Elizabeth Mignard says she feels more at home here than in the United States. “I’m healthier and happier here,” she says, “and my art work reflects that.” Her interest in art began early, on the tray of her highchair, and the medium was pablum. Her parents encouraged her artistic bent. “When I was a young child, my mom put me in Saturday art classes,” she recalls. This was in Springfield, Missouri where Julie grew up. “All through grade school I was artsy. I was often chosen to demonstrate drawing at school activities.” Laughing, she remembers she was not the student picked to do arithmetic problems on the board. The works she creates now appear to be clear-cut examples of Abstract Expressionism, which she partially defines as “an art technique used by animals, and by very small children before they even draw stick figures; it’s scribbling and smearing.” She says the urge to paint and smear the way she does “is just primal.” It produces in the viewer the inkblot effect. “We see random designs, and our minds want to process them into a picture.” That’s the effect when people have them in their homes. “They tell me they see different pictures every time they look at them. That’s what

makes me enjoy painting them, and it is why people enjoy living with them,” she says. A book she discovered twelve years ago helped in the development of her style. It was The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. “Basically, it let the repressed artist in me out of the closet, and it taught me about the artist child in me. When I go to put paint on canvas in an abstract way, that’s who’s doing it; the part of me who’s doing it is this little bitty girl. Then when she gets done. I, as an adult, stand back, look at it, and do whatever I need to, to finish it in a manner that’s pleasing to me as an adult artist.” So the trained artist takes over, skillfully blending into the work the elements of composition, contrast, harmony, depth, rhythm and balance. “My paintings are never symmetrical, but when people look at them, they often say they like the balance,” she says. “That’s what keeps me doing it, the ongoing pleasure people tell me they get from it. When you first look at it, it may look like a sloppy mess, but then you begin to see multiple pictures appearing,” Julie says. Creating her paintings consumes the majority of her energy. Once in a while someone comments their child could have done a similar painting. Her answer: “Anyone can make an Abstract Expressionist painting. The me who paints this is about four years old. But nobody can stay in a four-year-old persona. You have to have the adult artist to add control.” “What makes you an artist is having the overwhelming urge to create something new and different, day after day. When a person paints a different abstract painting every day for ten years, there has to be some authentic art there,” the painter says. “This is my work, and I give it my whole heart and soul.”



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STAY HEALTHY! By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D.

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Specialist (Edited by Maria Montenegro)



ou might have heard about ‘Gluten’ and the importance of a ‘Gluten-Free’ diet. Gluten consists of the proteins glutenen and gliadin and is found in grass-like grains such as wheat, barley and rye. It is a chewing gum-like substance used in many foods that you eat on a daily basis and is part of the outer covering around rice and wheat. It is used as an additive for protein in food and also to add texture and elasticity in foods. Like many other foods, the pesticides, antibiotics and other products added in the production process today are different than it was 15 years ago. Many of these additives are directly linked to cancer, disease and allergic reactions that we were never exposed to in the past. Gluten is part of that process.


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Unfortunately, too many decisions involving food processing are motivated by profit instead of health and nutrition. Certain people react to gluten as to an allergy, but the negative impact to everyone from an auto-immune standpoint is what you need to understand better. Medical studies in recent years show that our bodies do not digest gluten properly. As adults, you can become allergic to foods or environmental exposures that were previously no problem for you. There are three types of Gluten health issues that you should be aware of: Celiac Disease Non Celiac - Gluten Sensitivity Wheat Allergy or Wheat Intolerance Celiac disease involves the lower digestive tract and can be diagnosed by a blood test and clinical data. The body reacts to Gluten and creates tiny hairs on the intestinal wall that absorb nutrients, not allowing them to pass on to other parts of your body or be absorbed in the blood stream. This can eventually result in serious health problems if not treated properly. Non Celiac or Gluten Sensitivity is harder to diagnose, but if symptoms are present, a Gluten-Free diet is probably best to confirm or rule out the condition. Some minor symptoms may include bloating, gas and bowel irregularity. Major symptoms consist of severe headache, anemia and, ultimately, various cancers if not treated early. Wheat Allergy can manifest itself in many ways and is sometimes confused with Gluten Sensitivity. You may have stomach pain or many other symptoms, even hives. Normally a wheat allergy will create sudden response or reaction to a product, whereas gluten reaction to the body is experienced over a longer period of time. Also, if you are Lactose Intolerant, adding gluten to the diet can cause additional health problems.

Candida is a fungus that occurs in the mouth, intestines, vagina and skin. It is a common problem and is usually not serious unless the growth becomes extensive. If you have Candida, Gluten may worsen the condition. Try to avoid foods and drinks unless labeled ‘Gluten-Free’. Some Items to Avoid: Products with Barley, Rye, Wheat Cereal/Oats Certain Flour Beer Most Sauces/Gravy Candy/Cookies Cakes, Pies Crackers/Croutons Pasta Salad Dressing Certain Soups Good Items not containing Gluten: Fresh meats, fish & poultry (not breaded or marinated) Fruits, Potatoes, Vegetables, Most Dairy Products Wine & Distilled liquors Certain other products may contain gluten such as lipstick, lip balm, medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent, and certain toothpaste. Trace amounts in the diet can

cause damage even though you may not have signs or symptoms. Stay Healthy! The more you know about products, foods and drinks that can cause harm to your body, the healthier you will be. If you have gastrointestinal disorders first see your Physician. Comments and questions are always welcome. Dr. Cordova is an Internal Medicine and Geriatric Specialist who lives full-time in Lakeside. 376-766-2777


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The Continuing Adventures of Mildred and Suzet te… By Katie B. Goode

The Reluctant Cougar


uzette sighed as Eduardo walked away from their table, the heat melding his once crisp shirt to his taut muscles. “Did you ever think about dating a younger man?” Mildred asked, trying to remember if her husband, George, ever had muscles. “Well, I had dinner with Earl last night and he’s five years younger than the last guy I dated,” Suzette said, brightening. “That makes him only 15 years older than me!” “Oh! I forgot! How’d it go?” “I was mesmerized.” “Really?!” Mildred said, knowing the scarcity of single men in the area and hopeful for her single friend. Suzette spiraled her finger in an upwards motion. “He had this curly hair growing on top of his nose. It must have been an inch long. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.” “Well, if you’ve got it…” Mildred said, trying to be encouraging. “At least this one was ambulatory, right?” “And he had a successful business somewhere in northern Ontario. Selling pig feed I think.” “So! He isn’t looking for, as they say down here, a nurse or a purse! That’s promising.” “Yeah, no nurse or purse, but getting ready for a hearse,” Suzette said, staring into her margarita. Mildred watched Eduardo move between the kitchen and terazza as he delivered the day’s special to two other lunch ladies who seemed, from their body language, to be flirting with him. “Cougars!” Mildred said. “What?” “You know. Women who prey on younger men.” Suzette laughed at the thought and smiled at Eduardo as he passed by. Mildred gave her a knowing look. “No way!” Suzette said. “I admit to admiration, but I’m hardly the huntress. Besides, I read cougars are 30 or 40-somethings. I think that puppy has barked,” she said, oblivious to her mixed metaphor. “Well then, maybe there should be another word for women of an


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‘indeterminate age’ interested in men for whom World War II is a history lesson, not a life experience,” said Mildred. Suzette nodded in agreement. “A guy who thinks ‘stroke’ refers to his tennis or golf swing, not his medical records.” “A man who talks about show biz acts instead of cataracts.” “A guy who uses a scuba tank, not an oxygen tank.” Mildred and Suzette sat quietly, reflecting on the possibilities. “I think you should go for it,” Mildred said finally, looking over at Eduardo. “Eduardo? Don’t you dare!” Suzette hissed. “Oh, Eduar-do!” Mildred called. Eduardo moved to their table, his stride youthful and full of purpose. “Señoras?” he asked, his smile glistening white. “Suzette was just admiring your painting of that beautiful woman,” Mildred said, pointing to the nearby wall. “Is that your wife?” “No, no, Señora,” Eduardo said, proud that the restaurant had hung a few of his paintings. “No tengo esposa.” “Ohhhh…,” Mildred said, turning to Suzette. “What was it you wanted to ask Eduardo?” Suzette froze and gazed up at the handsome 40ish waiter, thinking maybe Earl wasn’t that old. And maybe he’d even shave his nose for her someday. “Mas margaritas, por favor?” Suzette asked, her voice a squeak. The two friends looked at one another and burst out laughing as a confused Eduardo shook his head and walked away. Gringas, he thought.


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By Carol L. Bowman Photo by Ernie Sower

Climbing Cape Horn


he ship’s blast sounded as we entered the channel surrounding Hornos Island at dawn. At last night’s briefing, the lead naturalist spelled out the sobering facts. “We never know if we can make a safe landing by zodiac at Cape Horn until we actually enWe made it to “The End of the World.” ter the channel. It depends entirely on the atmospheric ning the Cape Horn Lighthouse. conditions.” Two days before, the Completely isolated, cut off from winds peaked at 110 miles per hour. civilization and enduring the harsh, The Chilean Flag atop was ripped inhospitable conditions, the current to shreds, leaving an eerie empty naval serviceman, his wife and two pole. There would have been no young daughters, aged 4 and 7, took landing that day. on symbols of the bravest of souls. “If disembarkation is a ‘go’, Breathless, I reached the sumthen participants need to follow mit. Off in the distance, our goal, the team’s directions to the letter. the Albatross Monument, waited. This is not fun and games. This is In 1992, the Chilean Navy erected serious stuff and participants must this symbol of the dominant bird accept that before they board the of the southern seas for the Cape zodiacs.” Horn Captains’ International BrothThe entire ship buzzed before erhood. Dedicated to the memory first light as we waited on the obof the men who lost their lives in servation deck for the fate of our the Southern Ocean, fighting the expedition. Miraculously, the merciless, prevailing forces of Naconditions proved so stable, the ture, the project received funding wind so minimal, the entire team from maritime companies, public seemed shocked, even worried that and private organizations and indithis could be the “calm before the viduals. Rising up from the highest storm.” Crew members could not point, the monument, measuring remember the waters being this flat, 22 feet in height and constructed the surf this quiet. of ten steel plates, was designed by How could perfect weather be sculptor Jose Balcells, architectural this unsettling? The atmosphere professor at Catholic University of remained stable and by 7AM, we Valparaiso, Chile. headed down the stairs to board the I trudged on another 300 woodzodiacs, prayers answered. The baren plank steps across the uneven tenders, now playing alternate roles, terrain atop Cape Horn. The condonned protective frogmen suits to stant wind, normally bowling visiward off the frigid waters. They tors over, was eerily absent. The stood knee deep at Cape Horn’s landing team seemed almost revlanding site to steady the zodiacs erent about this disquieting calm so occupants could safely make the and acknowledged that our visit jump to the steps. would be earmarked as one of the The first 160 steps proved steep most unusual, serene landings. This and heavy breaths sounded as the rare experience turned our goal of group ascended. A crew from the reaching Cape Horn into a unique Chilean Navy loaded the incline treasure. elevator with fresh water tanks and Leaving the monument, group other supplies for the current lightmembers retraced their steps back house occupants, as we arrived. A to the living quarters attached to the seaman from the Chilean Navy, lighthouse, where the fearless, milialong with willing family members, tary family greeted visitors with a must spend one entire year man-


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thankful respite from their solitude. I wondered exactly what it would be like to be stranded atop Cape Horn for an entire year. They deserved respect for their sacrifice. I looked back on the spirit with which the people of Patagonia and the southern tip of South America accept their lives of isolation and self reliance. Amazingly, they thrive in the midst of harsh environments and minimal resources. As we returned to the ship, pensive thoughts about the experience remained unspoken. Chatter seemed unnecessary. One more sur-

prise awaited the group as our good fortune continued. The captain’s steady voice came over the intercom. “The strange calmness of the waters allows us one last privilege. Rarely, perhaps one in ten expeditions, can we actually sail completely around Cape Horn. The fierce conditions that exist, where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, generally present such danger that we never even consider this path. But today, you will experience the route of Ferdinand Magellan around Cape Horn. You are among the privileged few.”


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Phone: (376) 766-4774 or 765-3676 to leave messages Email: Every spring I rejoice at the joys of nature in Mexico. Back home, heat means summer. Here summer is rainy season, and the cobblestones turn green with grass. And spring, while it is hot, is also a time for baby birds and for flowers. PAST EVENTS: In May CASA, the Culinary Society of Ajijic, offered the good smells of Indian, Asian and Oriental foods. The judges were Trudy Crippen, Clay Swinburn and Bill Murphy, who all have extensive experience with Asian and Indian cuisine. While the judges made their choices, Maru Kent, a cookbook author who has studied foods and cooking techniques around the world, made a special presentation on Asian and Dianne Pretti, Mary Ann Waite, Oriental cuisine. CASA winners for May The main dish category was for an Indian/Asian/Oriental dish; Diane Pretti won first place for her delicious General Tso’s Chicken. Louise Drummond won second place for her Indian Butter Curry, and Third Place went to Patrick Winn for his Curry Chicken over Coconut Rice. Candy and Cookies took center stage in the second category, where Mary Ann Waite won first place for her Triple Chocolate Truffles, which were made in several layers. Cheryl Davis won second place for her Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee. First time presenter Susan Hood won third place for her Charlie Chan Mystery Delights. People’s Choice was won by Joe de Leon for his Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple & Veggies, there was a tie for the dessert category in which Cheryl Davis won again for her Toffee, and Karen Rowland won for her Chocolate Hazelnut Delights a la Mente. All who would like to join in learning about and enjoying good food are encouraged to call Patrick Winn at 766-4842. He can also be reached by email at patriciowinn@ and would be delighted to invite those interested to come as his guest. On May 4 the Lake Chapala Writers Conference presented a certificate to the Hotel Real de Chapala in thanks for their support of the January conference which held its sixth conference this past January. The conference has been highly successful in bringing interesting topics and speakers covering everything from Harriet Hart, representing the fiction vs. non-fiction to how to find Writers Conference, presents publishers. Some want to know certificate to Luz Elena Urciaga how to inject humor. Others want Herrera of the Hotel Real de to understand how to define and Chapala for their support. build characters, or plot. In today’s market, however, the “most asked” question is how to find a publisher. Having the facilities to host a conference and providing for all the detail support for a large group is something the Hotel Real has done very well. EVENTS TO COME: On June 8 at 4:30 p.m. Sol y Luna’s pocket theater, Rio Bravo #10A, of-


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fers a performance that combines poetry with acting. Open to the public, no fee. If the 4:30 performance fills up, there will be a second performance at 5:30. The poetry is tanka, five lines, usually of ordinary life with a twist in the last line. The actors are some of our favorites: Jeritza McCarter, Fred Koesling, Ed Tasca, Dilia Suriel, Amaranta Santos and Carlos Rodriquez. The author of these intriguing short poems is Margaret Van Every, a local writer who has acted professionally in the States, Florida most recently. There will be a no host bar, and books of the tanka poems, entitled A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds, will be available for signing following the performance. Here is a sample of Margaret’s tanka: Some have fled the cold, some, humidity and heat. Others left the stress – to find they can’t endure the ennui of Paradise. On June 18 – 20 the Naked Stage presents Under the Skin. This is the theater where the plays bite back. “Under the Skin” is a grueling relationship drama you won’t want to miss. Directed by Kristine Moily, the shows will be at Sol y Luna in West Ajijic, $70 pesos per ticket. All performances start at 4 p.m., reservations a must. Not for children. Mark your calendars also for July 16 – 18 when the group performs “The Dixie Swim Club.” For more information or to make reservations, call 766 – 2044, or email Walking the Mourner’s Path is a non-denominational ministry which believes grieving is a natural part of living. Danny and Kay Borkowski completed the course of study as Bereavement Facilitators in April. At most ten participants meet once a week for eight weeks, each time for 90 minutes. This is a non-profit ministry; however, there is a charge for the program materials. If you would like to learn more about the program, visit and if you are interested in participating in a local program, perhaps beginning in July, please contact Danny or Kay at 766 – 2495 or November 12 – 14 the Feria Maestros del Lago (Artisan Fair) will return to the Chapala Yacht Club (Club de Yates) down behind the malecon in Chapala. Behind the malecon, you ask? Yes. Take Madero down to the last street at the lakefront; turn left and follow it to the Yacht Club. Parking may require a short walk. We’ll give you more details later, but already artists are lining up from all over Mexico. They bring the culture of Mexican Indians prior to the arrival Thin Walled Pot of the Conquistadores, and the skills are breathtaking. Everything that you might savor is available: from oversized rebozos (scarves) to Ojeda knives to masks and dolls that represent of each region, household items, clothing, beautiful pots (even some that won’t hold water), decorative pieces that leave viewers in awe. For instance, obsidian, formed in volcanoes, can do more than cut with a precision that rivals surgical lasers but can also be carved into decorative pieces that bring the culture to life. Entertainment includes ancient dances and costumes, music, food and drink, performances of other kinds, and sometimes surprises. I love this fair and hope that you will mark your calendars so you won’t overbook in the fall. This, you will want to attend. Mulitple Events: The American Legion post #7 schedule for June: Saturdays: 9 – 1 p.m. McLegion breakfast Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers Jun 2 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.: US Consulate (no Social Security) Jun 4 – 8 – 1 p.m. Yardsale Jun 10 – 5 p.m. Music and Magic Dinner Jun 11 – 9:45 a.m. World Cup Soccer Kickoff: Mexico vs So. Africa Jun 21 – 5 p.m. Parmesan Chicken Dinner Legion watches Jun 24 – 3 p.m. Lone Star

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A rtistically speaking the old

world had little to teach those whose ancestors had been creating magnificent works since time began. The most ancient ruins have yielded statues and murals of awesome beauty and power. In the colossal Olmec heads and the painted walls of Teotihuacan; in the tiny Jaina figurines and the Bonomapak murals and, after the Conquest, in the lavish display of saints and virgins in countless churches, the consummate skill of generations of artists is everywhere evident. Small wonder, then, that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the art world was rocked by a veritable explosion of works by Mexican painters. The real wonder is that it had not happened much sooner.

Jose Maria Velasco

he was a master of perspective and light and often won prizes in foreign competitions, his talents were largely ignored in his own land until a retrospective exhibition in 1942 gained him the belated recognition his work deserves.

Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) Orozco, who has been called “a plastic interpreter of the Revolution”, was born in Ciudad Guzman, but his family moved to Guadalajara and on to Mexico City while he was yet a child. He showed early interest in art, attending drawing classes at San Carlos, but temporarily abandoned it to study agriculture for three years. He he would spend most of his life and exert a profound influence on the coming generation of rebel artists. Perhaps the influence was mutual. It was Velasco’s stubborn refusal to adhere to what he considered outmoded academic standards that, in 1907, lost him the professorship he had held for forty years. There was no hint of rebellion, however, in Velasco’s paintings. He was a landscape artist in the best European tradition whose work has been compared with Corot’s. But Corot never had such landscapes to paint. Velasco felt compelled to study anatomy, botany and geology in order to capture the dramatic panoramas of Mexico with loving fidelity. Though

Diego Rivera


(1840-1912) Born in the village of Tematzcalcingo to a family of artisans who eked out a meager living by weaving and selling rebozos, Velasco showed early artistic talent. After the family moved to the capitol in search of a better life the boy was accepted at the San Carlos Academy of Art, later called Bellas Artes, where, as student, assistant and full professor,

spent the next four years acquiring a thorough grounding in all aspects of his chosen profession. By turns, he worked as illustrator, caricaturist, etcher, lithographer and watercolorist, but his true love was frescos and, when the renaissance of mural painting began in 1922, he had found his element. Inspired by the events of 1910, his paintings are powerful indictments of the social, religious, historical and political forces which had culminated in such tragic violence. They often take an ironically allegorical form: “Mexico”, as a woman serenely riding a tiger along a path of thorns or “Victory”, as a grotesquely fat female nude leading an army of skeletons through rivers of blood and flame.

returned to the Academy in 1906 and

(1886-1957) Born in Guanajuato to middle class parents, Rivera showed precocious talent in many fields. He might have become an engineer, a surgeon or a military strategist, but his true love was art and, thanks to his early physical and intellectual development (and lies about his age), he entered San Carlos when he was ten. His portraits and landscapes won him a government grant for European studies. In his travels he learned about art, flirting briefly with impressionism and cubism, but he also observed the oppression of workers under capitalism. The two great passions of his

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by Mildred Boyd Lenin, Rivera promptly reproduced it in Mexico City, adding Marx, Trotsky and a caricature of John D. Jr. for good measure.

David Alfaro Siqueiros (1899-1974) While others contented themselves mostly with depicting rebellion, Siqueiros was so busy storming the barricades it is amazing he ever found time to paint. At 15, he spearheaded (and won) a six-month student rebellion at San Carlos, then went on to help overthrow Dictator Victoriano Huerta. By 22 he was a captain on active duty with the Revolutionary Army and, later, a lieutanant-colonel with Franco in Spain. He expressed his partisanship for Stalin by leadlife, art and Communism, would give birth to murals that were masterpieces of Marxist propaganda, but he was not above having a little fun along the way. A strolling family group shows a child (Rivera) holding the hand of a fashionably-dressed woman clinging to the arm of her pompous little husband. A grown-up Frida Kahlo stands behind them. No one seems to notice that the “Mother” is a grinning skeleton wearing a live feathered — serpent boa. And, when the Rockefellers destroyed his Radio City mural, Man At The Crossroads, because it included a portrait of

ing a machine-gun attack on Trotsky’s Mexican hideaway. When not engaged in open warfare his equally aggressive activities as a union agitator, including publication of the Communist-inspired El Machete, earned him many jail sentences as well as several periods of exile. But he never stopped painting. During one “internal” exile in Cuernavaca he produced over 100 canvases. His imagery is powerful; his message sometimes ironic, but always unambiguous and damning. An emaciated baby cries alone amid the detritus of war. A bound prisoner kneels to reveal a back criss-crossed with bleeding lacerations from the whip. “Revolution” is symbolized by a peon on a magnificent white steed galloping across a banner-strewn battlefield and a group of whiteshrouded matrons with tragedy-tilled eyes in gaunt, stoic faces is entitled The March of Humanity.

depicts the Conquest, not as vicious rape, like Rivera and Siqueiros, but as the inevitably stormy mating of cultures that produced modern Mexico. His work, he claimed, was not abstract but “perfectly realistic for it tries to reduce form to its essence.” Because he failed to share the idealistic enthusiasms of his colleagues and spent much of his working life abroad, he has been called “rootless” and “unpatriotic”. This is hard to understand. Tamayo is best known for his smaller paintings depicting gauntly minimalistic Indian figures, blazing with color and more powerfully suggestive of the quiet tragedy in the lives of his people than walls full of jingoistic violence.


Rufino Tamayo

(1899-1991) A Zapotec from Oaxaca who spent years as a draftsman at the Museum of Anthropology fervently admired all things pre-Columbian; so much so that his personal collection of artefacts now fills a sizeable museum in his home state. Oddly enough, his paintings are mostly non-political and his mural, The Birth of Our Nation,

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The Lake Chapala Society finished the 2009 budget year with revenues exceeding expenditures by 200,000 pesos. Results will be posted. Thanks from LCS to two anonymous donors who paid to have venetian blinds made for the office, providing a calmer and cooler environment. There is now a drop box near Video Rentals for the new Thrift Shop and for the July Fiesta (see below). Bring your un-needed clothing, household items and electrical equipment to the drop box. You can phone Richard Williams at 766-1303 to make arrangements for larger household items to be picked up directly from your home. Also, LCS needs volunteers to help in the Thrift Shop, Monday – Saturday, 10:30 - 3. LCS will train and work around your schedule. Health Services Blood Pressure Monday & Friday, 10 – 12 Cruz Roja Sales Table Monday – Saturday 10 – 12:30 Hearing Aids Monday, 2nd & 4th Saturdays 11 – 3 IMSS Monday & Tuesday 10 – 1 NY Life/Seguros Monterrey Insurance Tuesday & Thursday 11 – 2 Optometrist Thursday 9 – 5 Safe Insurance Wednesday 11 – 2 Skin Cancer Wednesdays (2nd & 4th) 10 – 12, Sign -up Crime Prevention Seminars presented by LCS & Ajijic Masons Speaker Jim Jensen, Law Enforcement Professional June 15 – December, 3rd Tuesday every month, 2 – 4:30 p.m. in the Sala Seating: max. 40 for each session Admission: 50 pesos per session, tickets at LCS Tickets until June 14 Transfer old VHS to DVD at Video Rentals office, $50 pesos each; save your favorites. July 2 & 3 is the LCS Fiesta -- BAZAAR, BARGAINS & BAR-B-Q Donate goods to be sold (box near the Video Rental office). Clean out whatever you no longer use and donate your surplus stuff to Lake Chapala Society’s first Bazaar & BAR-B-Q and Children’s Art Sale. At the Bazaar, there will be plenty of books and videos from the LCS Libraries, and Children’s Art. Throughout the fiesta there will be a musical ambiance. Hot dogs and chili will be fired up on the grill, drinks served up at the bar. Admission free to members. To make arrangements for free delivery of heavy items, please contact Patricia Doran (766-2228) or VHS to DVD Lakeside Little Theatre news: conversions at LCS Lakeside Little Theatre presents Summer Studio 2010. Conducted by Graham Miller, this is a workshop for novice and experienced actors as well as backstage crew members who want to increase their general theater knowledge. The workshops are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21, Orientation & Sign-up meeting, 11 a.m. at the LLT. June 2 – 25, Acting Techniques Workshop June 28 – July 3, Scene Rehearsals July 5 – 11, Dress Rehearsals & Public Performances For information & sign-up, contact Graham Miller at 765 – 3693 or milrau@ Free to 2009 – 2010 LLT members. Non-members $100 pesos. Love in Action has recently extended the hours of their new Bazaar from 11 to 3, Monday through Friday. The Bazaar at Pedro Moreno No. 76 in Chapala has a range of useful items at very reasonable prices. The profits currently go towards the Center’s weekly food expense and a small stipend to a Bazaar staff person. Donations of all kinds are needed. Besides clothing in good condition for all ages, big sellers are non-clothing items such as knick knacks, small appliances, towels, bedding, cooking utensils and furniture. While paperback books for adults do not sell well, children’s books do, even in English. Mary Anne Molinari and Anabel Frutos are co-managers at the Bazaar. Special thanks to volunteers John and LLT offers Workshops Paula Tormey, Dorothy Slaiman, Gill Gil-


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brath, Anne Curtis and Dina Oropeza who have given many hours. However, more volunteers are needed to staff the Bazaar. If you have time for a few hours per week, contact Mary Anne at 7660175 or Friends of Love in Action are asked to pay a visit to the Bazaar located to the left of the entrance to the Love in Action Center on Pedro Moreno. Take the Ajijic-Chapala Carretera to Hidalgo, make a left at the light onto Madero, go past the Pemex and take the first right onto Pepe Guizar Boulevard at the boat sculpture just before Soriana. Drive several blocks down to where you see an orange hardware store building on the left. Turn right onto Av Los Patos and drive two blocks to LIA at the end of this short street. VIVA! La Musica summer schedule starts Beethoven with the Philharmonic. The orchestra will play all the Beethoven symphonies; bus trips depart: Jun 6, 10:30 – Beethoven symphony No. 5, Tedesco guitar concerto Jun 11, 4: 30 – Brahms piano concerto No. 1, Beethoven symphony No. 2 Jun 20, 10:30 – Beethoven violin concerto, Beethoven symphony No. 7 Jun 25, 4:30 – Mozart clarinet concerto, Beethoven symphony No. 4 Jul 2, 10:30 – Beethoven symphony No. 6 and No. 8 Jul 9, 4:30 – De Falla, Reineke flute concerto, Beethoven No. 3 Jul 18, 10:30 – Beethoven symphonies No. 9 and No. 1 Please call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received. Tickets are $200 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members. The bus will stop for dinner at a good restaurant in Guadalajara before Friday evening concerts. Season tickets (auditorium, 7:30 p.m.) go on sale at LCS June 1 – June 17 (10 – 12): members $1,100 pesos $1,250 for non-members. Single tickets are $250 pesos for members and Opera Rigoletto $300 pesos for non-members. Add $50 pesos for the opera. Jun 17 Piano Trio: Joel Juan Qui, Chris Wilshere, Igor Konstantin, Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio and Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio Jul 15 Jalisco State Chorus Aug. 19 Issac Ramirez, cello; Andres Sarre, piano Sep. 14 Ensemble Filarmonica: Luciano Perez; soprano, Dolores Moreno Oct. 21 Rigoletto, a fully staged opera, conducted by Luís Rodriquez VIVA still needs volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please call Rosemary at 766 – 1801, rosemarykeeling@gmail. com. Doorways sometimes have a way of talking to us. This lovely front door is opened by Dilia Suriel, our local Latina Jazz singer, writer and computer wizard. The door is decorated by lovely Mexican ironwork which serves to reinforce the wood against break-ins, and notice the six hinges on each door. Not to discourage insurance! But a fortress can be beautiful, no? And the “fort” inside is home.


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THIS WORLD of OURS By Bob Harwood

Financial Chaos And Reform


n our irretrievably interconnected world there is an urgent need for far more stringent regulation of the financial sector to avoid future crises and costly bailouts. Goldman Sachs, facing a civil law suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, was subjected to an unprecedented grilling before Congress. Now federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal fraud investigation and further investigations are underway at home and abroad relating to their murky collateralized debt obligations. Major powers are pressing for an international tax on financial institutions to avoid future public sector bailouts. Greece’s riots in the streets and looming bankruptcy raised fears of a contagion spreading to other European debtor nations until the EU and IMF came forward with a trillion dollar emergency rescue package. On May 6th , the day of an inconclusive British election, a massive error on Wall Street triggered by an automated trading system designed to trigger sales and purchases on multiple markets, often to profit from minute fluctuations. Whatever the outcomes of current debates what are the basic issues that must be addressed? Consumer protection is clearly one. Greater integrity and transparency must replace hair splitting distinctions between legal and ethical conduct. Documents subpoenaed by Congress included internal


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Emails deriding packaged securities promoted to one set of clients while those in the know were betting on the failure of those very products. Paulson & Co. made billions betting the nation’s housing market would crash. Derivatives do have a legitimate role to play. Farmers incur expenses during the growing season while crop prices are determined by the supply demand balance at season’s end. Futures contracts protect both parties. School bus operations contracting with school boards hedge against wild swings in the price of gasoline. Exporters and importers in long term contracts guard against major swings in currency exchange rates. But President Regan’s ideologically driven deregulation of the financial sector gave birth to a flood of exotic derivatives far removed from the value of underlying assets. Bundling these in turn hid them yet further from scrutiny. Presumably arms length rating agencies, eight of which are now under investigation, failed to flag derivatives bordering on fraud. Major banking institutions must return to legitimate commerce rather than short term, at times rigged, casino operations. One proposal suggests a wall between banking and trading to

avoid conflicts of interest. This would drastically reshape the industry but can one party really serve clients with diametrically opposed interests? Another proposal calls for a tax on all banks to ensure that taxpayers are not on the tab in the event of massive failures in future while opponents argue that the existence of such a fund could invite risk taking. To my mind a superior solution would focus on a broader application of the Tobin Tax principle for which economist James Tobin won a Nobel prize in 1981. He proposed a tax, global in scope, that would penalize short-term excursions in and out of another country’s currency. His focus was to provide a painless way to raise billions of dollars, pennies at a time, to fund desperately needed third world projects. Today it would be the ideal mechanism to ensure that developed nations respond to the UN Secretary General’s urging that they get back on schedule on their commitment to contribute 0.7% of their gross domestic product to Third World development. But I suggest expanding the Tobin principle to embrace trades not just in currencies but also in stocks and the ever more complex

array of instruments that so often lack transparency. This would stabilize markets by penalizing short term speculation but would have no detrimental effect on legitimate longer term investments or penalize legitimate hedging derivatives such as those I have described. But it would deter speculative casino style in and out trading—gambling if you will. As always the devil would be in the details. The UN’s Ban Ki Moon points out that economic recovery, impoverished country development and the existential issue of climate change are all interwoven, cannot be neglected because of the financial crisis. He is looking to the June G20 meeting to push for a green recovery to the global economic crisis. As we take coordinated action on financial regulation we must avoid a destructive retreat into protectionism. We must honor our commitments to Kyoto and to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The world will be watching, I will be watching, as our leaders address these issues Bob Harwood this month.


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ear Sir: The pope went to Portugal and prayed for priests not to “fall short of their sublime vocation or succumb to the temptations of the evil one.” Some observations: 1. If the vocation is “sublime,” it shouldn’t need prayer to save it from sin. 2. I suppose the pope would split a hair and say the “calling” is sublime, but not always the practitioners. But given that a sublime vocation is subject to such horrific scandal, if the pope’s prayers can turn this around, why have popes waited until now to pray? 3. The “evil one” seems like a “whipping boy” more than anything else. 4. If a priest is in sin and needs the prayers of the pope, is that priest still a reliable intermediary to God for his parishioners? 5. The pope is the Vicar of Christ on earth, and if his prayers don’t get through to God, and priests continue to follow the “evil one” – well, then I know that my own humble prayers, without the benefit of Latin or a papal ring, don’t have a chance and I’ll give it up. Janice Joplin had a song that ridi-


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culed the fundamentalism of her home town of Port Arthur, Texas that included lines like: “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz,” and “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV,” and “Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town – I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.” The pope’s prayer must be, “Lord, please give me celibate priests.” I wish him luck, since he thinks celibacy is part of the “sublime vocation,” but as for me, I have more faith in a Texas lottery ticket. Fallen Protestant ministers, at least as demonstrated by Rev. Ted Haggard and now Rev. George Rekers, have the maturity to hire somebody from an outfit like rather than violate the innocence of children. Not only that, but once disgraced, they resign, rather than find refuge in another parish. Fred Mittag Villas de San Pablo


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By Peter Rosenberg


his is a directt dispute to thee article writ-ten by Bob Harwood d on The Israeli Palestin-ian Conflict that wass published in the Ojo,, April issue. He claimss that people are scared to o critique Israel as it may y be deemed anti-Semitism m but that is exactly what his preposterous story does: it promotes an anti-Israel position which, in turn, promotes anti-Semitism. I have nothing against the Palestinian people. As a matter of fact, my wife and I, on a recent trip to Israel, got along with, and liked them, more than we did the Israelis. However, it is these same people that do not wish to co-exist in Israel but take the country over, forcing the Jewish people out. The town of Jericho is a walled Palestinian community that Israelis and tourists cannot visit. Jerusalem is divided with a wall, separating it


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from Bethlehem, and the gun positions are not manned by the Israelis to keep the Palestinians out but by the Palestinians trying to keep Israelis out. Tourists must leave their buses, walk through the DMZ, and board a Palestinian bus with Palestinian tour guides to see Bethlehem. It had all the bearings of the Berlin wall all over again. Israel is a tiny country, smaller than most states in the US. To suggest land be swapped to create a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital is ridiculous. The proper solution is that both sides

learn to co-exist in this tiny space and do it without UN interference as Mr. Harwood suggests. An outside military force would only increase violence and anti-Semitism and suggest to the world that the US no longer supports Israel, giving the Arab nation a signal it would be okay to invade. We have all seen how successful these military forces have been throughout the world. I cannot even begin to say how ridiculous his statement is that the Israeli Palestinian conflict is the cause for 9/11, the war in Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan. The truth of the matter is that the Muslims pretty much hate everyone else, not just the Jews, and are on a methodical Allahdriven mission (so they believe), to take over the world. 9/11 had nothing to do with Israel just as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have nothing to do with Israel. To suggest otherwise is not only false but definitely tries to fuel anti-Semitism. Europe is fast becoming a Muslim territory. Mosques now outnumber churches. There are huge communities in all the major cities that are strictly Muslim and, outside women who have entered these areas and not had their heads covered, have been attacked and beaten. Tourists are warned not to go there. In some countries, schools can no longer teach anything contrary to Muslim beliefs. And, Muslims are infiltrating every level of government. All this has nothing to do with Israel just as 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had nothing to do with Israel. To suggest otherwise is not only false but definitely tries to fuel anti-Semitism. Mr. Harwood adeptly pointed out that Muslims outnumber the Jews 100 to 1. But it is the Muslims that keep attacking Israel while Israel, who just wants peace, is forced to defend itself. If the Muslims do not want 100 to 1 casualties, the solution is very simple: stop attacking Israel

and the Jewish people. The loss of children is always sad but how many children has Israel lost over the years by unprovoked attacks from the outside, by car bombs, or suicide bombers? Mr. Harwood condemns Israel for threatening a preemptive attack on Iran for developing weapons of mass destruction. One cannot blame Israel as the Muslims would not hesitate for one second to use them on Israel or anyone else they felt they had a right to do so in their “holy war.” Israel, on the other hand, has them and never used one and never will unless it was for retaliation. It is no different than the US and Russia. Further, isn’t a preemptive strike exactly our reason for attacking Iraq and threatening Korea? An old Tom Lehrer song on nuclear bombs comes to mind. “Egypt’s going to get one too. Just to use on you know who. So, Israel’s getting tense. Wants one in self-defense. The Lord’s our shepherd says the Psalm. But, just in case, we better get a bomb.” Finally, I would like to point out another 100 to 1 ratio to Mr. Harwood. The Muslims have one thing they have ever contributed to mankind and that is oil. This one product has made them wealthy and it is this money that is used to finance most of the terrorism. If it wasn’t for oil, most Muslims would still be riding around their deserts on camels and sleeping in tents by an oasis. The Israelis and Jewish people have 100 or so Nobel prizes, made vast contributions to science, medicine, agriculture, computers, and nearly every other aspect of humanity. Actually, this ratio is probably closer to 1000 to 1. Mr. Harwood writes under the pretense of being neutral but, in reality, if one reads his story carefully, the underlining anti-Semitism comes through loud and clear.


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The Right To Die By Rosemary Dineen


t’s alright to die Bodies come and bodies go It’s alright to die It just might make you feel better ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We whine and grouse, fuss and fret Stretching, exercising, yogaing and yet Why don’t we just kick back, relax Let it happen, yes own Death.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s no great hurry Let’s do our dance, sing our songs But what’s all this need to stay around so long When our song is over/our audience will tell us So Let’s get off the stage and try another, who knows Maybe up high, or way down low It’ll be one or the other, for sure, we all know ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s alright to die Bodies come and bodies go It’s alright to die

It just might make you feel better ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our cash is running way too low To doctor, labs, prescriptions, that’s where our pesos go I say enough, I’m not going to this anymore. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s alright to die Bodies come and bodies go It’s alright to die It just might make you feel better ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s like climbing Mt. Everest one steps at a time Why would we ever want to do this climb? All this pretending to hear what’s said Buying batteries for aids, why do they always go dead One more pacemaker, I don’t know Maybe yes, maybe no And why not skip that next doctor’s appointment Instead let’s raise a ruckus in town with some friends When our eyes give up, refuse to see And our brain are always scrambling Come on, let’s give it up, roll over It just might make us all feel better



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By Rich Petersen

Abraham de Jesús Gamboa Quiñónez


iños Incapacitados “takes the summer off” from June through August as far as its monthly meetings, since many of our members and volunteers are gone during these months. But, we do not stop supporting our families whose children suffer from serious illnesses. This month we revisit one of our needy children and bring you up to date on his progress. This is Abraham de Jesús Gamboa Quiñónez. Quite a name for a 9-year-old little guy, no? Abraham is seen here with his mother María Magdalena, a housewife who lives in Chapala with her husband Carlos and five other children. At birth Abraham’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck so that he suffered from asphyxia during several crucial moments and therefore he now suffers from a slight degree of mental slowness. Nonetheless, he attends the “Blue School” in Chapala and is doing well. This is a school for children with special needs. While an infant Abraham was prone to convulsions, again due to the lack of sufficient oxygen immediately following birth. Fortunately the convulsions no longer occur, but during the treatment the doctors found that one of his kidneys was malformed and was not functioning as it should. There is a small blockage which inhibits the free flow of urine from the kidney to the ureter that has resulted in his left kidney only having 34% of its normal function. His right kidney function is 66%. A human being can get along just fine with only one kidney, so at present Abraham is being monitored closely for any sign of kidney or urinary tract infection. He is on no medications at present because he is free of infection. Niños Incapacitados has paid for his latest kidney function test (a gamma gram) as well as bus trips to and from the Hospital Civil. The group has also paid for glass-


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es for Abraham since another consequence of his oxygen deprivation is short-sightedness. His teachers noted immediately that he was having trouble seeing the blackboard in class and also was having trouble reading. With his new glasses Abraham is doing very well in school. Since we last told you about Abraham, he has had his kidney drain removed and is doing well. He was worried about having to undergo another “procedure,” and his mother had to work closely with the psychologists at the Hospital Civil to reassure her son that all would be well and that he wouldn’t die. You can imagine the tears when he himself told us that he was afraid he wouldn’t see his mother again. But, you can see from the photograph the bright eyes and winning smile of this young man. He loves to play tag and hide-and-seek and he would love to have a bicycle of his own to ride around town. At the end of his visit to our meeting last year, Abraham wouldn’t leave until he had shaken the hand of every one of the group, always with a smile (and a peck on the cheek for the women). Please mark Thursday September 9 on your calendars for the resumption of Niños Incapacitados’ monthly meetings—10:00 in one of the lower meeting rooms at the Hotel Real de Chapala where you will have a chance to meet another one of the children we assist with medical expenses, and learn about how you can help with fundraising or other volunteer work. For more information, please visit our website: www. or email us at


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oliticians are clamoring to tell us how we need to change the way we are being governed and that we should pick them because they know how to do it. It’s not of course just a United States problem. Just what is a good country? Some countries are or have become complacent about the poor, the


homeless and the low income, the immigrants, the retired folks and here

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come the middle class. Of course, some countries have never been able to make these basic things a priority and in countries where there has been assistance available to those in need, the inability of countries to adjust to more challenging times and maintain the level of support and not lower it, is rare indeed. More people than ever are concerned and some level of fear has begun for those who have counted on the government programs to supplement their needs for things like health care and a minimum quality of life. So, some of those people who have said, “I love my country” may be asking themselves, “What is happening in my country?” “Why can’t I afford to live there and why do I feel like I want to move?” Unsuccessful attempts or no attempts by governments to ensure a minimum quality of life are beginning to cause fear or at least concerns in counties that have been very good examples of taking care of their citizens. Isn’t it interesting that a country can force its citizens to fear so that they feel they need to take some personal action to ensure or protect their quality of life? Isn’t it equally interesting that people cannot be forced to “love their country.”

Is there a prescription for a country to become a loved country by its citizens? I think so. Try this. The leaders of any country must be strong in sincerely wishing that it does not want any of their citizens to fear the government. Any country’s greatness in years ahead will come from providing their people with a way of life that assures health and prosperity. The country’s streets must be safe and their legal and government institutions stocked with truth and confidence. For those super powers and super power wannabees, it matters not that a country can annihilate the world a thousand times over. What matters is that a country can feed its people, can cure their sicknesses, can provide for their comfort, and it can assure a prosperous nation for generations. Only then can a country move forward. Did I see a hand raised that you can name such a country? These thoughts are extracted from a speech in a fictional novel by a person who wants to be the new tsar of Russia. I think that perhaps the author could add a footnote stating, “I do not have a problem if this speech is plagiarized by anyone attempting to provide leadership to their country.”


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Feathered Friends By John Keeling

Vermilion Flycatcher


t Lakeside we see more than two dozen species of flycatchers. Most of them are not brightly colored, and usually the sexes have similar plumage. The vermilion flycatcher, however, is different – the male has a startlingly bright scarlet head and breast, while the female is quite plain with a streaked whitish breast and a hint of pink in the vent area. They are the size of a sparrow, only six inches long. This is a local resident species common here and throughout Mexico. It has a wide range of occurrence, being found from Texas and New Mexico in the north to Argentina in the southern hemisphere, and also on the Galapagos Islands. In the extreme northerly and southerly parts of the range, the birds tend to migrate to warmer latitudes in the winter. It is adaptable to open forests, dry scrub areas and deserts, but really enjoys farmlands and gardens. Once you get to recognize this brightly colored flycatcher, you will notice it everywhere you go on the lakeshore. Typically you will see this bird at the exposed end of a high branch of a tree or bush, waiting patiently for insects to fly by. Then suddenly, it will take off in pursuit, intercepting an insect or chasing it until it is snapped-up in the beak, and subsequently looping back to the starting point or to another observation post nearby. Occasionally

it will drop down to the ground to catch insects. The food list includes dragonflies, beetles, crickets, flies, termites and spiders. In late March the male establishes and starts to defend a territory. He performs aerial displays to impress a female, as well as bringing her insects. When she is ready, he takes her on a tour of the best locations for a nest in his territory, crouching and shaking in each potential nest position. She builds the nest in a chosen location, usually in the horizontal fork of a small branch. The nest is a loosely-built shallow cup of plant stems and similar materials held together with spider’s web, and lined with feathers. Both male and female will actively chase away other birds of the same size that come near the nest, but will slink away if a larger bird appears. She lays three eggs, which are cream colored with dark-brown blotches on the big end. She sits on the eggs for 13 days during which time the male feeds her with a steady supply of insects. After the chicks hatch both parents are kept busy for a month, feeding the young in the nest for two weeks until they can fly, and also for another week or two while they just sit around on branches waiting to be fed until they are strong enough to catch their own food. By mid-May it is time for the same pair to start the whole mating and nesting process one more time. They certainly keep busy. John Keeling and his wife lead the ‘Lake Chapala Birding Club’ which is a group of people interested in birds. To receive notices of bird walks etc., leave your e-mail address at



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Anyone A nyone Can Can Train Tra ain n Their Their rD Dog og By Art the dog guy


t’s said that the only thing two dog trainers can agree on is that the third guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. That being the case let me share with you some of the basics that work for me These are four rules that most everyone agrees on. In order for the student to perform a task there must be a reason. This is called MOTIVATION. This can be positive or negative, but remember that in most cases the student wants to repeat the positive reasons and doesn’t want to repeat the ones associated with negative motivation. Next is BE CONSISTENT. All signals and voice commands must be consistent and all people involved with the training process must be consistent with their expectations. We have to always stay on the same page so we don’t send mixed signals and confuse the student. PERSISTENCE. Once we start a task it must be completed. It’s not important if it’s not to the highest standard at the outset (we improve the quality with practice) but the student must complete the task or he learns to compromise and only performs the task when he feels like it. PATIENCE! PATIENCE! PATIENCE! Remember if the student doesn’t perform the task he’s telling us he doesn’t understand what we want so if the student didn’t learn the teacher didn’t teach. Okay those ideas are in all the training manuals and here’s the rest of what you have to know. Clearly identify the task which you wish to teach. Break it into the smallest teachable, learnable, and achievable parts. Show the dog clearly and precisely what you want done. Give the command, signal, and/or cue. Upon even the slightest achievement, give praise and rewards. If necessary give correction; positive achievement earns praise and reward, negative reaction receives no response. Make achievement a positive and rewarding experience. Make the desired action easy to achieve and the undesired action non rewarding. TEACH, PRAISE, REWARD…. REPEAT REPETITION REWARD PERSISTENCE Teach only one step at a time. Do not proceed until your dog has HAP-

PILY mastered the task at hand. If your dog doesn’t do what you want, you have to assume that he doesn’t understand what you want Never ask your dog to perform a command you cannot enforce. The best correction is the one you only have to give once. REMEMBER PATIENCE * PERSISTENCE * PRAISE Avoid getting impatient. He’s not trying to make you mad he’s simply telling you he doesn’t understand. All the time you spend with your dog you are either teaching him or he is teaching you. You are either teaching or unteaching. Teaching is not repeating what he “likes” to do. You find out what he doesn’t like to do or finds difficult to do, and you teach him to do it happily with positive repetition. If you only practice what’s easy for your dog to do, he will never improve and master new tasks. TEACH * REWARD * REPEAT REPETITION * REWARD * PERSISTENCE WITH PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE, PRAISE & TIME YOUR DOG CAN AND WILL LEARN REMEMBER YOUR GOAL IS…. A DOG WHO IS AN ENTHUSIASTIC, HAPPY ACHIEVER So there you have it! Faithfully follow and accept the above principals and philosophy and you can get the job done. If you want a few specifics watch for us next time or if you have a pressing problem e-mail L O O S E LEASHES HAPPY TAILS Art Hess


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Hearts at Work —A Column by Jim Tipton

“The Seven-Day Mental Diet”


hen I moved to Lakeside some years ago, I managed to reduce the possessions of sixty years down to what would fit into a little delivery truck, 6’ wide, 6’ high, 7’ long. Boxes of beloved (or what I thought were beloved) books filled up over half of that limited space. I remember listening to a sociologist on National Public Radio talk about Americans and their addiction to accumulating things. I had been raised in a simple household (two hundred years of Quakers on my father’s side) where I studied Emerson and Thoreau, and by temperament in tune with both I adopted many of their maxims. I took to heart Thoreau, “We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without,” and Emerson, “To be simple is to be great.” That NPR sociologist I had tuned

into said said, however however, that in England England, people store their clutter and accumulations in their attics; in France, in their garages; in Germany in their basements; but in the United States we need all three—attics, garages, basements—to store our clutter, and often a rented storage unit as well. Moving to another country forces us to reconsider “the things” of our lives, and some of us actually feel “lighter” (and happier) because we have let the burden of too many

A NEW LEASE—on Life! By Judit Rajhathy, B.A., RNCP, D.Ac.

Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life


e have so much to learn from our Mexican friends and neighbors - mañana sounds better and better every day! To party, dance, celebrate - live in the moment and not think too much about tomorrow... or yesterday...maybe today. We Create Our Own Thoughts Thoughts are only that - thoughts - and they come and go moment to moment. We can lightly dismiss them as they arise and let them go, simply watching them like objective observers or we can get caught in them, obsessing over and over about what usually turns out to be nothing but drama, totally unrelated to reality - usually just figments of our imaginations. And think of the energy they consume! Most of our thoughts are steeped in past events or future anticipations - rarely are they about the moment because if they were we


would be so busy being in the moment that there would be little room for thinking about the moment...we would be simply experiencing it. Love and fear are our two primary emotions - all other emotions are just sub-categories - under love are all the positive feelings such as acceptance, forgiveness, joy, serenity and under fear are all the negative emotions such as guilt, anger, depression, and resentment. Love and fear cannot coexist - either one or the other occupies our consciousness at any given time. Which do you choose? We Have the Power of Choice Always We can choose to live in fear or live in love. On a physical level, liv-

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things slide off of our backs. In Walden, Thoreau writes that everything we own we must pay attention to, must give energy to. Another idea, out of Eastern thought, is: never own more things that you can list on a sheet of paper. And never own so many things that you do not remember everything you own. Some days, I think a beloved rice bowl, a pair of favorite chopsticks, and the beautiful moon might almost be enough. We also accumulate thoughts, most of which are clutter, and periodically we need a thorough (or should I say Thoreau) cleansing of those thoughts, reducing them to a sacred few, rather than letting those that are not sacred pile up in disarray, to pull at us like old papers we have saved but will never look at again. A recent Truth Journal, (www. based on the ideas of Paramahansa Yogananda), says to go on a mental cleansing diet, during which we consciously select our mental attitudes and thoughts. “For one week,” Truth Journal suggests, “cultivate an optimistic mental outlook by expecting the best outcome for everything you do and for all

emerging events. Creatively imagine your near and distant future circumstances as being harmonious and satisfying. Avoid being judgmental or opinionated. Renounce anxiety and worry. Renounce gossip and meaningless talking. When you have experienced the positive results of a seven-day mental diet, permanently adopt it.” Wow! Talk about cleaning your room! A little pamphlet that has helped me through life is As a Man Thinketh, written over a hundred years ago by James Allen (available as a free download). Allen writes that “A man is literally what he thinks.” He adds, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Another passage you might post on your morning mirror: “Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.”

ing in fear can devastate our bodies by distressing our organ systems, eventually causing imbalance - diseases of the gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, liver, heart, kidneys, etc. The flip side is that if we immerse ourselves in positive thoughts we encourage our bodies to be healthy - along with our minds. How empowering it is that we have choices at any given moment! We can choose to operate from fear or love - to be sad, angry or happy and grateful. We can simply be the eye of the hurricane where it remains calm no matter what turbulence surrounds us. External events will continue to happen - it is how we choose to view them that counts. Even though stock markets crash, people around us become ill and die, tragedies occur, we can choose to engage in positivity. Happiness is a choice - always. How Can We Live in ‘Now Consciousness” The experience of a regular meditation practice can help propel us into being in the now and hence, be in a more positive mode - the two can go hand in hand. Meditation is simply the practice of harnessing our thoughts, observing them, and gently labeling them as ‘thinking’.

Thoughts will rise and wan like the waves of an ocean. The goal is to not get stuck in the waves. This daily practice can then extend outward into everyday experience. Try creating and sending out only positive thoughts for even a day and see how it will enhance your life. And my positive thought for the day is, “See you at the gym!” Judit is the owner of Change of Pace Fitness Center, central Ajijic. She can be reached at 766-5800. Judit Rajhathy


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The World of Wine By Ceci Rodriguez

Syrah Or Shiraz


yrah – the classic red grape of the Rhône Valley - has been reinvented by Australian winemakers with so much success that they have given birth to a style of wine that is all their own. They have even given it their own name, Shiraz. Of all the well-known red grapes varieties, Cabernet might be the ubiquitous crowd pleaser; but Syrah is the variety that has succeeded in beguiling winemakers all over the world from the Rhône Valley – its spiritual home – to Australia, and lately in México, Chile, Argentina and California. There are various theories about the origins of the grape. One is that it was brought to the Rhône from ancient Persia, in the saddlebags of returning crusaders. Another is that it is indigenous and has been used to make wine in the area since Roman times. Other investigations point to it originating in the city of Syracuse, Sicily. Of all its different Rhône guises, the most legendary is Hermitage, the expensive and longlived wine admired by Thomas Jefferson. The true origin does not matter; the important thing is that wines made of Syrah or Shiraz are rich and complex, both manifestations are great, and the difference between the styles is due to the weather where they are grown. Australian Shiraz is one of those wines often described as “food wine.” The term is a euphemism for a wine that would taste much too

overpowering on its own and needs to be tempered by the soothing effects of the food. Also the wines such as Syrah are not intended to be drunk on their own. As a recommendation: try food sufficiently rich, with bold flavors, and avoid anything that is too subtle. Want to decide which is the one you prefer? Try all options you can find at lakeside, from Chile, Argentina, México, Australia, and France, and of course, you will have some beguiling tastings, as your senses will be very pleased. You can be sure that none of these choices will disappoint you.



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The Ojo Crossword

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2 Singer Estephan 3 Flowers 4 Dalai ____ 5 A cozy room (2 wds.) 6 Lip 7 Chief executive officer 8 Bustle 9 Ego 10 Cocky 11 Water closet 12 High naval rank (abbr.) 13 Aye 21 Junior varsity player 23 Poem 25 Yield 26 Choose 28 Negative (prefix) 29 Baseball glove 30 Layer 32 What a nurse gives 35 Moray 36 Root 37 Furious 38 Become bigger 39 Brash 40 Saturates 41 Jimmy 42 Accountant 43 Greenwich Time 45 Girl 46 Ice deliverer 48 Coves 49 Music player 50 Wasp 52 Expiring 56 Goad 57 Rodents 58 Type of tea 59 Football assoc. 60 Boxer Muhammad 61 Rightful 63 Government agency 64 Decameter

By Bob Tennison Ferdinand, Ferdinand, the bull with the delicate ego, Ferdinand, Ferdinand, the heifers all called him Amigo. Ferdinand, Ferdinand, he’d curtsy and be very polite. Well, he learned how to tango and dance the fandango, But, he never would learn how to fight.


is mother, Carmen Bull, knew he was different, but she loved the difference. On the sly, she was teaching him to dance. She had lost two sons in the bullring in Mexico City, and had no intention of losing Ferdinand. His father, Alejandro Bull, did not share that opinion. He had been a fighter in Madrid, and due to the matador he was facing flubbed the kill twice, his life was spared. He wanted a fighting son, but knew he would have to settle for opening a training school for fighting bulls. After his close call he convinced Carmen to leave her singing career

with the Madrid Bovine Palace and move to Mexico. Crossing the Atlantic on an antique Bull Ship was anything but pleasant, but she remained enthusiastic until they settled on a ranch outside the village \ of a place called Jocotepec. She was not impressed. Sadly, there were no places for Ferdinand to perform. He would entertain at fiestas and frequently at a tavern called The Bull Pen on family nights, but there was no theatre or concert hall nearby. Regardless of limitations, word spread about this fantastic, talented bull, and he appeared many times in Mexico City with a group called the Bullé Folklorico. After his spectacular perfor-

mance in “Bull Moose Lake,” writeups in the city papers made it to the United States and caught the attention of two brothers named Ringling in Sarasota, Florida, and they were determined to find him and include his act in their “Greatest Show On Earth.” They could neither pronounce or spell Jocotepec, and it wasn’t on the old map they had, but they researched until they found its location. Little did they suspect that at the very same time their biggest competitor had also heard about Ferdinand and were already packing up to make the trip. As Fate or Luck would have it, they all arrived at the same time, and the bidding began. Alejandro could see nothing but dollar signs flashing in front of his eyes and knew that at last he would have enough money, regardless of who outbid the other, to open his training school, which he had already named the Bull Session. Carmen would finally be able to get even with all of the boys who had so mercilessly teased and picked on Ferdinand. She had always referred to them as bullies. And then she would be able to resume her singing career with the Guadalajara Teatro de Toros and accept their offer to

star in a new French opera, “Le Bétail Male Sur Le Toit” (Translation: “The Bull on the Roof.”) Ferdinand went on to fame and fortune, and the Bull family was happy at last. Now you can all sleep better tonight finally knowing where the phrase “that’s a lot of bull” originated. P.S. The poem “Ferdinand,” which was later a gong, is from a book by the same name that I read at the age of ten. As you can see, it made a lasting impression, as seventy-five years later I wrote this story. And that’s no bull.


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“Goons In Suits” By Fred Mittag


he Mexican government issued a traveler’s warning to Mexicans not to go to Arizona because of the new immigration law. Boycotts threaten the city of Phoenix alone with a loss of $90 million dollars. But cries of racial profiling have been stoutly denied, although not uniformly. Governor Jan Brewer said frankly that she didn’t know how police would single out illegal immigrant suspects, but that it would be done fairly. A California fan of the tough immigration law, Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray, was not bothered by the same doubts as Governor Brewer. Asked to give a non-ethnic example of how Arizona cops will be able to identify undocumented immigrants, he said, “They will look at the kind of dress you wear, there’s different type of attire...right down to the shoes. But mostly by behavior.”


The congressman has a point. Somebody with a Dutch boy haircut, blond and blue-eyed, wearing wooden shoes, and selling tulips on a Tucson street corner should arouse suspicion. The cops should demand papers. But the new immigration law is not after illegals from the Netherlands. Based on history, the new law is a two-for-one Republican scheme aimed at political power. One, the new immigration law panders to a conservative base now in

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a “Tea Bagger” spasm of lunacy; and two, law enforcement will be set up as a tax-paid Republican political auxiliary. It’s not illegal Hispanics who worry Republicans. It’s the growing population of Hispanics who are American citizens and vote Democratic by more than two-toone. Before becoming the governor who signed the notorious immigration law, Jan Brewer was the Arizona secretary of state. In that capacity she rejected the voter applications of 100,000 citizens, almost 100% Hispanic and a great preponderance of them Democrats. The applications of one in every three Phoenix residents were rejected. Greg Palast, working with Bobby Kennedy for Rolling Stone, looked into this. It’s a felony for a non-citizen to register to vote, but there was not a single prosecution of any of the rejected applicants. Next door in New Mexico, also home to a number of Mexican Americans who vote Democratic, a federal prosecutor was sent on a crazy mission to look for these illegal voters. He looked into 100 complaints but could not find a single fraudulent voter registration. When he refused to fabricate charges of illegal voting among Hispanics, President George W. Bush fired him. His name became famous on talk shows – David Iglesias. Iglesias said that Republican leaders wanted to whip up antiimmigration hysteria with public busts of illegal voters, even though there were none. He said they wanted some splashy pre-election indictments. Iglesias was fired for standing up to this vicious attack on citizenship. As Secretary of State, Brewer used a 2004 law that requires proof

of citizenship to register. The new law that she signed as governor directs police to stop people and demand to see their papers. It’s easy to see orders coming down to the police to check the papers of everybody in a voting line who looks Hispanic – or Dutch. The Arizona Republican state senator who sponsored this latest outrage of “papers, please,” is Russell Pearce. He gave away the real reason for the new law when he said, “There is a massive effort under way to register illegal aliens in this country.” His interest is not in keeping them out, because they are needed to mow lawns. His interest is in keeping Hispanics who are American citizens from voting – by calling them illegals. Pearce told Palast that five million illegals are attempting to register to vote. The police will net a big haul from the voting lines – that is, from the ones who dare to show up. A lot of citizens don’t always carry identification papers with them. A study by Professor Matt Barreto, of Washington State University, shows that minority citizens are half as likely as whites to have the government ID. The numbers become much worse when income is factored in. There are actually Americans who never even had birth certificates. Jim Hightower has written about voter intimidation: “Republicans are notorious for dispatching loud-mouthed white guys in suits to polling places in poor or minority precincts to accost would-be voters, demanding to see IDs and threatening jail time for anyone who violates a technicality of U.S. elections laws.” Hightower calls these intimidators “goons in suits.” Arizona has made it official and turned decent cops into goons in uniform for an odious assignment.




have a confession to make. I have never read ‘War and Peace’. I have never read ‘Remembrance of Things Past’. I have never read ‘A Hundred Years of Solitude’. Don’t you think that retirement in Mexico, with its de rigeur daily siesta and the open hole where work has been, now gives us the chance to fill in the gaps on our book list, read the books we never had time to? Who among us has completely read the great books in the canon of world literature? Not me. And yes, I have the opportunity now. But not the motive. Nietsche said “Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?” I haven’t read Nietsche, either. And I probably won’t. Because I can’t stand to bore myself. I did enough of that when I assumed the various uncomfortable positions one does when one is employed by the man. The heavy books are a one hundred to one long shot. I will leave that sort of thing to people smarter than I. To see what is on my real reading list, as opposed to my imaginary friend who is a huge intellectual, a product of wishful thinking, and to be better off than I am, I go to my bookshelf. This thing is six feet tall. Even though Leann just gave it to me last month, it is already crammed to the gill slits. On the top, I have a purple satin sack of Tarot cards, the Native American deck, that I have not learned to use yet. I have a red velvet Valentine’s candybox heart, a prop for my still lifes. There is my pink cowboy hat, and a plain black lamp. The next shelf down contains six vintage Santa Claus Christmas tree ornaments, a set of gouache paints I bought at the gift shop of the art museum on the Santa Fe plaza, and a pewter drinking glass I have carted around with me through studios in towns, cities, and strange situations like the push-me, pull-you tug of war I played out with my last boyfriend, bad Gary. I see that the books on my shelf divide evenly into categories of murder mystery, action genre CIA/Navy Seals-type adventures, travel writing, writers who write about writing,

self-help, chick lit, literary lit, and art books. Don’t see anything except The Great Gatsby on my shelves that indicate any interest in Great Literature. Oh well. I have committed the last line of Gatsby to memory. “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The other 181 pages are there for show and comfort. Here is a list of my top ten all/ time favorite books. 1. Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch, by Henry Miller. 2. The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, by Thadeus Golas. 3. Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg. 4. Tales of a Female Nomad, by Rita Golden Gelman. 5. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard. 6. The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. 7. The Diaries of Anais Nin. 8. Meetings with Remarkable Men, by Gurdjieff. 9. Silences, by Tillie Olsen. 10. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. Other than this lifetime list of favorite books, I like beach reads. Think nice thoughts. website: santafekitchenstudio. com blog: http://outofthearmchair. paintings can be seen in Puerto Vallarta at Galeria International on Morelos and in the Marina.


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Welcome to Mexico! By Victoria Schmidt

The rains, they will come


he rain birds are singing! It is first sign that the long dry season is about to end. We watch the sky and wonder how soon the rains will come to relieve us from the heat and the dust. There have been thunder and lightening at night in the distances…all positive signs that the rains will soon be here. The rainy season is the most favored time of year in Mexico. When the skies finally open up, with one bountiful rain they paint green the dry grass and brush. The trees spring back to their vibrant colors, and the

constant layer of dry dust is tamped back down into the earth. My first rainy season in Mexico, we were treated to rains during most nights. The sun would rise, and the clouds would disappear and we would have a brilliant day. Then, in the late afternoon the clouds would return, and the rains would come again in the evening. I liked the rhythm of the day. A pre-season ritual among many in Mexico are the friendly wagers people place as to the date of the first rain. Rules are established as to what constitutes “rain.” Is it a sprinkle; a quick downpour; a gutter-to-gutter rainfall that swamps the streets? These are important distinctions to those who wager on the date of the first rain. People can quote you the day the rains came last year, and the year before. I am surprised that a fiesta in honor of the rains is not among the lengthy list of Mexican


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celebrations. Last year, I celebrated in the rain outdoors in my nightgown. The rain was a cool shower after a long spell of blistering heat. Some people love to listen to the rain, while others delight in the sound of the rolling and clapping thunder. Others love the results of the rain and the lower temperatures, while others relish the entire experience. Speculation about when the rains will begin dominates many conversations at this time of year. People have their favorite ways of predicting when the rains will come. Some look for signs in nature: the singing of the rain birds, or lightning in the night sky. Others watch the rise in the humidity along with the higher temperatures. And then there are those who rely on the changes they feel deep in their joints. Personally, I don’t have a system. I suffer through those last hot days, looking towards the skies begging for relief. When people ask me when I think the rains will come, my usual response is “Not soon enough!” Of course, during rainy season, we may experience those small nuisances that the rain brings about. The dog’s muddy paws and the mud we track into our homes, or the leaking windows, roofs, or copulas. At our house, our telephone goes out every time it rains, much to the dismay of the technician who only manages to try to track down the problem on dry days. We all lose our electric a little more often, and those of us with satellite television service experience disrupted service. And who can forget those rivers in the street just after a downpour and the puddles that remain? We all hope for the level of the lake to rise all the while we hope that there is no flooding. But these are mostly minor inconveniences we experience in return for the luscious green vegetation, the crisp clean air, the bountiful harvests and the Victoria Schmidt beautiful gardens.


AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. ACÁ- Teaches youths, families sustainable agriculture, Joco and Jaltepec. Meet 14th of month. For more Information 387 763-1568. A COURSE IN MIRACLES- Saturday 2:00 pm 16 Sept #34, Unit 6, 766-4882 No charge. Ongoing. AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 904 WING- Meeting 2nd Friday of every month in May, June, July & August. From September to April we meet the 2nd and 4th Friday. Contact Don Slimman 765 4141. AJIJIC QUILT GUILD - Meets second Tuesday monthly. Guests & New Members Welcome. AJIJIC SCRABBLE CLUB- Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. AJIJIC WRITERS’ GROUP- Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. New Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the New Posada. AXIXIC MASONIC LODGE #31- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact the secretary at 763-5346 for details. AMERICAN LEGION OF CHAPALA POST- #7 General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES- Every Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. AMIGOS DEL LAGO A.C.- Working to improve the ecology. See or contact us at AMITIES FRANCOPHONES- Meets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. ANIMAL SHELTER- Provide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. ANITA’S ANIMALS- Free loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, CARD & DOMINO CLUB- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. CANADIAN CLUB OF LAKE CHAPALA- Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. Visit CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. CENTRO DE DESARROLLO AJIJIC- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. CHILI COOK OFF- Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. EASTERN STAR ESTRELLA DEL LAGO CHAPTER #10- 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, E.R.I.C.- Provides support for the construction and renovation of educational buildings. 766-2866. GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS- GA Meeting held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM in the Doctor’s office at the Lake Chapala Society Charlie K. at cell: 331-445-2136. 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 Hannes 765-3094. GOLDEN STRINGS OF LAKE CHAPALA, A.C.- Rehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. IRISH SOCIETY OF MEXICO- Meets second Monday 4 pm at La Nueva Posada, Ajijic. Contact Brian Cronin, at 765-5071. JUNIOR LEAGUE DE GUADALAJARA A.C.- Av. San Francisco #3332., Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. LAKE CHAPALA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB- Meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. LAKE CHAPALA GARDEN CLUB- Gardening at Lakeside with garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed of every month at Nueva Posada for noon lunch and program. Contact LAKE CHAPALA SHRINE CLUB.- Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the Nueva Posada. Perry King at (376) 763-5126. LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY - LCS- 16 de Sep. # 16-A Ajijic, Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. 766-1140. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY AWARDS- We benefit all the community by honoring lakeside’s most talented. 766-3232. LAKESIDE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS - Board meets 3rd Thursday at 2:15 every month. LAKESIDE LAUGHTER CLUB- Bilingual group promoting well-being through Laughter Yoga. Wed. 5 PM on beach behind Nueva Posada. Charlene 766-0884, Patricia 765-2449 LAKESIDE LITTLE THEATRE A.C.- Balanced theatrical entertainment, English-speaking, 765-5942. LAKESIDE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF- The 4th of each month. Nueva Posada 10:30 am. Call 766-2280, LAKESIDE WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION- Rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals. 765-4916. LAKE SPAY AND NEUTER CENTR A.C.- Provides shelter and helps curtail the over-population of animals. 766-3813. LCS EDUCATION CENTER- Provides classes in language and other topics for both Anglo and Mexican community. 766-0499. LCS STUDENT AID FUND- Provides financial support to area students to enroll in university, vocational and high school program. 766-0716. LINK- Assisting foreign community. Desk at Lake Chapala Society-Monday, 10 am-noon. LITTLE BLUE SCHOOLHOUSE- Provides financial assistance for students at school for disabled children in Chapala 766-1552. LOS NINOS DE CHAPALA Y AJIJIC, AC Providing educational scholarships to Lakeside children 376-765-7032, LOVE IN ACTION- Shelter for abused and abandoned children. For volunteers and donations. Anabel Frutos 765-7409, cell: 331-351 7826. MAS- Music Appreciation Society. Concerts from fall to spring. Classical music and dance concerts. For info call Beverly Denton, 765-6409. MISION SAN PABLO- Helping 60 orphaned children ages 2-14 yrs, Bonnie Shrall - #766-0009. NAVY LEAGUE, LAKE CHAPALA COUNCIL- Meets the third Saturday for lunch at 1 pm, Manix Rest. 766 4750 or 766-1848. NEEDLE PUSHERS- Sew dresses, knit or chet sweaters for local kids. Every Tues. 10 am at LCS. Call Gay at 766-2902. NIÑOS Y JOVENES CARAVAN- Delivers foodstuffs and used clothing to orphanage in San Juan. Call Reuben Varela, 01-387-761-0828. OPEN CIRCLE- Fostering body, mind & spirit, every Sunday at the LCS from 10 am to 12 noon. 765-3402 or OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS- Every Tuesday & Friday 12 pm at Marcos Castellanos 51-A, in Upper Ajijic. Tel: 766-2575 or 766-1626. PROGRAMA PRO NIÑOS INCAPACITADOS DEL LAGO AC.- Assisting Lakeside disabled children , 763-5010. PASOS MILAGROSOS (MIRACULOUS STEPS.)- Helping Handicapped Children Through the Magic of Horses. Saturdays 8-2. www. RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS- Meets 1st Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Sala LCS. New members welcome. ROTARY CLUB OF AJIJIC- Meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm at Hotel Real de Chapala. Contact at 766-3302. SCIENCE OF MIND STUDY GROUP- Discussion group every Tuesday at 10 AM Lake Chapala Center for Spiritual Living at Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic; contact Rev. Tim at 766-0920 or THE GENEALOGY FORUM- Meets monthly on the fourth Monday in the Sala at LCS, from 2:00 to 3:45. UVA - University/Vocational Assistance (Little Chapel by the Lake a.c.)- Sue Torres, 766-2932 or Lynn Hanson 766-2660. VILLA INFANTIL ORPHANAGE- Provides financial support for children. 766-3396. VIVA LA MUSICA - Bus trips to the symphony, summer concert series, call Rosemay Keeling 766-1801. VOLLEYBALL IN CHAPALA- At Cristiania park Tues., Thurs., Sat. mornings at 10, 333-502-1264. VOLUNTEER HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP- Meeting last Saturday of each month at LCS in sala, 10:30. VOLUNTEERS OF THE CRUZ ROJA- Sponsors fund raising events and provides administrative and support services to the Delegation.

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. 766-9020 or tim@ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishop’s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 765-4210. 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) 7652925, 765-3329. 7th Day Adventist meet at Madeira 12 in Rancho del Oro, 9:15 am to Noon. Potluck follows. 765-2165. 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@lakechapalajews. com. Web site: www. lakechapalajews. com. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 1 service, 10 am. San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. John’s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center behind Mateos in Riberas del Pilar (Santa Margarita 113). For additional information call Steve at 766-5507 or email: Check out our website at

(NOTE: If there is any change in the above, please advise us so that corrections may be made. Call: 765-2877)

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK Over the past 50 years many immigrants living Lakeside have either been a member of LCS, or are members of LCS. You know the impact of LCS on the Lakeside community should not be underestimated. Likewise, the expectations of what LCS can and should be doing Lakeside, should not be overestimated. With membership currently at 2500 members, and growing, the demand on LCS to re-examine informal policies on several issues is ever present. This month I’d like to highlight three: the use/sharing of our database, the use of LCS grounds, and surveys. On an almost daily basis, members and non-members alike make a request to use the LCS grounds to gain access to YOU! A survey conducted last year gave us insight that we should be capitalizing on our assets, and we now have general procedures and rates for non-LCS entities that use our facilities. New revenue helps to offset membership subsidies that fund our programs. We also receive many requests to share our database. The Board has a strict policy - we DON’T. However we have no control over people mining data from the annual directory (and I do apologize for errors of inclusion and omissions in the white pages).

Lastly, we frequently receive solicitations to do surveys of LCS members. The surveys are either academic, which we support provided the results are shared with us, or marketing surveys, some that would be beneficial to us as we lack the funds to do them ourselves. These we look at more critically, yet if they have merit, we will take advantage of them. Until we develop new written policies on these subjects, LCS will do its best to evaluate, divert or negotiate with the requestors so that the best interests of LCS are protected and responsibly managed. What do you think we should be doing? Writing fair policies, and applying them consistently, is a high priority, but we would be remiss without your input. If you care, please share your thoughts on these subjects with the newsletter editor (e-mail address on back cover) this month so that I can consider them as I develop policy statements for the board to consider later this year. As a membership organization, your voice is important. Terry Vidal, Executive Director

When we receive requests to use our e-mail list, we evaluNEW MEXICAN LAW ate the relevancy, and if deemed appropriate send a notice END OF LIFE HEALTH CARE to the membership. Presently, we maintain the control of the database and the content of the message. These messages It is now possible to create the legal equivalent of a “Living Will” come from the e-mail address: lcs-announcements@lakeand “Power of Attorney” for medical affairs. Learn about legislation recently passed which addresses rights for the terminally ill and health care professionals’ legal responsibilities.

If you are receiving general announcement e-mail, or other solicitations using LCS as the sending authority, please real- Don’t miss the presentation during the upcoming Health Care Week ize that these may be phishing attempts. If they are not sent at LCS in July. The presentation document as well as the new legby the above LCS email address, or the library (see below) islation in English may be downloaded from: my advice would be not to open attachments and never low blind links.



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We have an annoying glitch in our Library computer system. We’re trying to determine if it’s a human or electronic problem. If you get an e-mail from the Library regarding an overdue book, please don’t immediately go into a tizzy. We’re simply looking for books that appear to be missing that other readers may want. If you get such an e-mail, it’s because the computer is showing that a book is checked out to you. Maybe you have it – maybe you don’t. Please just respond accordingly so we can find and take care of the problem. If you have a book you forgot about, please return it at your earliest convenience. There’s always the drop-box! More new books will arrive in June and we’ll get them on the shelves as fast as they are processed into the collection. Lots of donations have already been added to the New Arrivals shelves. I recommend two recently received crime novels written by Stieg Larsson. His books have been best sellers in 40 countries and made into Scandinavian movies. They offer a decidedly different look at how Sweden is commonly perceived. We have copies of the first two, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played with Fire.” The Mexico Area is slowly taking shape. New hand-crafted wooden bookcases and cabinets have arrived and books are in place. Two new locked cabinets have been designed to contain rare books that cannot leave the Library, and also books by local authors that can be checked out. You will be able to peruse all of them in the room at your leisure. In time, the large reading table will be replaced by a couple of comfortable chairs, at least one reading lamp and a coffee table. We aim to make it a quiet, cozy place for your reading pleasure. Books added to this collection are defined as books about Mexico. We have considered several descriptive names for this collection – The Mexican Collection, The Latino Collection or even The Gillespie Collection to honor the bequest that’s helping to build it. We invite you to throw in your twocent worth. E-mail us at

Transfer your old VHS to DVD A new service offered in the Video Rentals office, only 50 pesos each!

June 2010 PROFILE OF THE MONTH Ektor Carranza As Ektor is very ill at this time I was not able to interview him, but Tod Jonson graciously provided information for this profile. What I learned was that Ektor is a generous, loving man who loves life. He and Tod have been partners for forty-six years and have lived incredible lives—twenty-five of them at Lakeside. Ektor Carranza, a life member and volunteer of LCS, was born into the highly celebrated and famous Carranza family of Mexico on June 24, 1932. As a teenager he studied dance and music and toured with the Hernandez dance group throughout Mexico and the United States. In Los Angeles he joined the Pasadena Opera Company as an opera singer in a production starring Placido Domingo. Ektor stayed in Los Angeles and worked for the Los Angeles Times, graduated from UCLA and went to work for Parsons Graphics as an artist and eventually moved into documentary film production where he met Tod. Together they started their own documentary film company and over the course of a dozen years produced six Oscar nominations and won four. In 1984 they retired to Ajijic. After moving to Ajijic, Ektor became fully involved in the Lakeside community. He has contributed his many skills and talents to many different projects and groups from the arts to food. Since 2001 both men have been working with LCS on the annual LCS directory. In 2001 Lakeside voted both men as Good Will Ambassadors to Mexico. It seems that Ektor has had his fingers in just about every pie at Lakeside over the past 25 years! In 2002 with their great enthusiasm they were the driving force to get the Ajijic community to financially support and sponsor the annual ‘NORTHERN LIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL’. They worked with the Creative Director, Christopher Wilshere of Toronto. We pray that Ektor will recover soon and be back in the thick of things. We wish him all the best during this difficult time.

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News JUNE SCHEDULED EVENTS LIBRARIES Book & Video M-SAT 10-2:00 Talking Book TH 10-12:00 MEDICAL/HEALTH INSURANCE Blood Pressure M+F 10-12:00 Cruz Roja Sales Table M-SAT 10-12:30 Cruz Roja Monthly Meeting 1st W 2-4:00 Hearing Aids M & 2nd & 4th SAT 11-3:00 Sign-up IMSS M+T 10-1:00 NYLife/Seguros Monterrey Insurance T+TH 11-2:00 Optometrist TH 9-5:30 Sign-up Safe Insurance W 11-2:00 Skin Cancer 2nd & 4th W 10-12:00 Sign –up TioCorp Bupa & Plan Seguros M 10_1:00 INFORMATION Ajijic Rotary Club M 10-12:00 Becerra Immigration F 10-1:00 Crime Prevention for seniors 3rd T 2-4:30 Information Desk M-SAT 10-2:00 Loridan Legal T 10-12:00 Los Niño’s de Chapala /Ajijic F 10:00-2:00 US Consulate 1st W 11:30-2:00 Sign up LESSONS Children’s Art SAT 9-12:30 Country Line Dancing T+TH 10-11:30,Members Only Exercise M+W+F 9-10:00 Have Hammers Workshop M 10-12:15, F 2:30-4:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+TH+SAT 2-3:30 Primitive Pottery M 10-1:00, SAT 12:00-3:00 Storytelling T 1:30-3:00 Tai Chi Exercises M 10-11:00 Back Lawn - Bring a mat SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AA M+TH 4-6:00 AA Women TH 10:30-12:00 Computer Linux Class F 9:30-10:30 Computer Windows Club F 10:30-11:45 Creative Writer’s Group M 2-4:00 (Closed group) Discussion Group W 12-1:30 Film Aficionados 2nd4th5th TH 2-4:30 Gamblers Anonymous W 12-1:00 Great Books 1st & 3rd TH 2-4:15 (Closed group) Green Group 1st T 3-4:30 Individual Counseling M-TH 3-4:00 Lakeside Friends of Animals 3rd TH 2-3:30 Mac OS 1st M 12-1:30 Mac User 3rd W 3-4:30 Mah Jonng F 10-3:00 Masonic Lodge #31 2nd & 4th W 4:30-8, 4th T 3-4:30 Needle Pushers T 10-12:00 Open Circle SUN 10:00-12:15 Quilt Guild 2nd T 12-2:30


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June 2010 JULY HEALTH CARE WEEK PLAN AHEAD - Mark Your Calendar for the Following Important Events MONDAY - JULY 12 10:00 – 12:30 - Lab tests * $ Clinic Room Men’s cholesterol panel + PCA (prostate cancer test) – 650 pesos. Results ready July 15 Women’s cholesterol panel + test for breast and ovarian cancer test – 790 pesos. Results ready July 15 TUESDAY - JULY 13 9:30 – 12:00 - Diabetic testing Clinic Room This test is called a “2 hour post prandial” and is a fairly good indicator of any pre-diabetic or diabetic conditions.

Plan to eat a high carbohydrate breakfast (such as pancakes or oatmeal or yogurt & granola, along with toast, fruit, or juice, etc.) TWO hours before your glucose (blood sugar) test. THURSDAY - JULY 15 10:00 -12:00 – Typhoid Shots *$ Talking Books Room Typhoid shots are needed every 3 years to be fully protected – 450 pesos – collected when the shot is given. * ADVANCE SIGN UP NECESSARY IN THE LCS SERVICES OFFICE. $ = There is a charge

Don’t forget - Free Eye Exams Every Thursday! Sign-up outside the Eye Clinic. TALKING BOOKS SUMMER HOURS Talking Books is now on its summer schedule: May thru October from 10 am -12 pm


Films and discussion every Thursday this month in the Sala at 2pm THERE WILL BE FOUR FILMS IN JUNE-ALL ON THE BIG SCREEN! 3 JUNE- TRAIN MAN (DENSHA OTOKO) — this film scored 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes Critic Meter. Inspired by the phenomenal best-seller, which took Japan by storm. In Japanese with English subtitles. 10 JUNE- AMREEKA—A Palestinian family’s emigration on the eve of the Iraq War from the West Bank to small Illinois town. A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit. 17 JUNE- IN THE LOOP—Scarily funny, this BBC produced satire on the WMD intelligence that led to the start of the war in Iraq is at once intelligent, profane and laugh-out-loud hilarious. 24 JUNE- PAPER MOON—Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, this 1973 film stars Ryan and Tatum O’Neal as they romp through Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression in a film you’ll never forget. Films in the Sala at 2PM. Next scheduled film 26 August. For LCS members to get on the Film Aficionado email list to receive notices and reviews of upcoming showings you can email me at: LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: 766-1140 Office, Information and other services open Monday – Friday, 10 to 2 and Saturday 10 to 2. Grounds are open until 5 LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Howard Feldstein Vice-President - Fred Harland Secretary - Lynn Bishop Sr. Director 1 - Dayle Blake Sr. Director 2 - Jack Shanks Sr. Director 3 - Wendee Hill LCS Education Director - Mary Alice Sargent Executive Director - Terry Vidal ◊ THE LCS NEWSLETTER IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY. ◊ DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS THE 15TH OF THE MONTH PRECEDING PUBLICATION. ◊ NEWS ITEMS CAN BE EMAILED TO EEREID39@YAHOO.COM NOTE: THE EDITORIAL STAFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO COMPLETE EDITING PRIVILEGES. ARTICLES AND/OR CALENDAR EVENTS WILL BE INCLUDED ACCORDING TO TIME, SPACE AVAILABILITY AND EDITORIAL DECISION ON THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION.

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* ANIMAL CLINICS/PET SHOP - ANIMAL CARE Tel: 766-3062 Pag: 57 - DEE’S PET CARE Tel: 762-1646 Pag: 67 - LAKESIDE SPAY & NEUTER CENTER, A.C. Tel: 766-3813 Pag: 57 - PET SHOP Pag: 57 - SALUD ANIMAL Tel: 766-1009 Pag: 67

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- EASYCALL MEXICO Tel: 766-4980 - MAILBOXES, ETC. Tel: 766-0647, Fax: 766-0775 761-0363, Fax: 761-0364

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- AJIJIC DESIGNS Tel: 765-5882 Pag: 27 - INTERIOR & FURNITURE -RICARDO FERNANDEZ Tel: 766-4331 Pag: 29 - TEMPUR Tel: (52) 333-629-5919, 333-629-5961 Pag: 50

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- APITHERAPY Tel: 766-0523 - HYPNOTHERAPY - AUDA HAMMETT Tel: 766-4185 - WEIGHT WATCHERS Tel: 01 800 710 3378

- ELEMENTS Tel: 766-5826 - IDEARTE Tel. 01 (33) 3110-0502

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- EDGAR CEDEÑO - MEXICO PROTECT Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 Pag: 44 - LLOYD Tel: 766-0152, 766-3508 Pag: 25 - TIOCORP INC. Tel: 766-3978, 766-3974 Pag: 37

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- ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 38, 39 - ARCHITECT - Arq. Francisco Zermeño Tel: (33) 3700-8329 Pag: 11 - CABO DO MUNDO- INTERIOR DESIGN Tel: 766-0026 Pag: 18, 21 - CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING Tel: 766-3626 Pag: 13 - GOSO GROUP Tel. (33) 1613-7253 Pag: 45 - STUDIO SYNTHESIS Tel: 33-8421-7733 Pag: 28 - THE WATERPROOFING CO Tel: 766-0217 Pag: 63 - WARWICK CONSTRUCTION Tel: 765-2224 Cell. (045) 331-135-0763 Pag: 59

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- CASA ALVARADA Tel: 312-315-5229 - CASA DE MARCO Tel: 01 (387) 763-0973 - CASA DE MARINA Tel: 315-355-8402 - LA MISSION Tel: 322-222-7104 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, Fax: 766-2049 - LOS CROTOS Tel: 764-0067 - MIS AMORES Tels: 766-4640, 4641, 4642 - QUINTA DON JOSE Tel: 01-800-700-2223 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152



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* BEAUTY - ANGEL ESTRADA Tel: 766-4666 - ELIA NAVARRO GOMEZ Tel. 766-2323 - JAMES DON SALON Tel: 01 (387) 763 1933 - MARY KAY Tel: 765 7654 - SARA’S BEAUTY SALON Tel: 766-3518



* BANK INVESTMENT - ACTINVER Tel. 766-3110 -O&A Tel: 766-3508 - MULTIVA Tel: 766-2499

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* AUTOMOTIVE - FERNANDO’S Cell: (045) 331-323-6289 - GRUPO OLMESA Cell: (045) 33-3806-9231 - LINEA PROFESIONAL Tel. 766-2555, Fax. 766-0066 - RON YOUNG-MECHANIC Tel: 765-6387

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- C.D. MARÍA LUISA LUIS VILLA Tel/Fax: 766-2428 - C.D. SANDRA ANAYA MORA Tel: 765-3502, 765-5444 - DRA. ANGELICA ALDANA LEMA DDS Tel. 765-5364 - DRA. DOLORES RUSSELL D.D.S. Tel: 766-2881, 766-0075 Cell: (045) 333-108-7727 - DR. ALBERTO DON OLIVERA Tels: 765-4838, 765-4805 - DR. FRANCISCO CONTRERAS Tel: 765-5757 - DR. HECTOR HARO, DDS. Tel: 765-3193, 765-6974


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- DERMATOLOGIST Tel: 766-1198, 765-2400 Pag: 62 - DERMIKA Dermatologic Center Dra. Monica Ramos Tel: 766-2500 Pag: 22 - INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST & GERIATRICS Dr. J. Manuel Cordova Tel: 766-2777 Pag: 09 - DRA. MARTHA R. BALLESTEROS FRANCO Cell: (045) 333-408-0951 Pag: 19 - HOSPITAL ANGELES DEL CARMEN Tel: (01) 3813-0042 Pag: 15 - HOSPITAL BERNARDETTE Tel: 01 (33) 3825-4365 Pag: 53 - ISILAB Tel: 766-1164 Pag: 35 - PINTO OPTICAS Tel: 765-7793 Pag: 29 - RED CROSS Tel: 765-2308 - SURGERY HOST Tel: 766-3145 Pag: 50


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

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

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- GEORGETTE RICHMOND Tel: 766-2129, 766-2077 - LAGUNA VISTA Tel: 766-5740 - LAS CATARINAS Tel: 766-3592 - LLOYD REAL ESTATE AJIJIC Tel: 766-3508 - MICHEL BUREAU Cell. (045) 333-129-3322, Home: (376) 765-2973 - MIGUEL R. ROMAN Tel: 765-6557 - RAUL GONZALEZ Cell: 33-1437-0925 - RESTAURANT FOR SALE - PV Tel: 322-222-7104 - TOM AND DIANNE BRITTON

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- SUBWAY - TABARKA Tel: 766-1588 - TERRAZA QUITUPAN Tel: 766-3179 - TOMAS Tel: 765-3897 - TONY’S Tel: 766-1614, 766-4069

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* RETIREMENT/REST/NURSING HOMES - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-4187, Fax: 765-5815 - LA SAGRADA FAMILIA Tel: 762-1425, - THE BLUE HOUSE Tel: 766-1256

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Tel: 766-3989 - MONTE COXALA Tel: (387) 761-0111, 761-0326 - RESPIRO SPA Tel: (045) 33-3157-7790 - SUNDANCE SPAS Tel: (33) 3613-2214 - TOTAL BODY CARE Tel: 766 3379

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


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* REPAIRS/ MAINTENANCE - SERVICIO BELTRÁN Tel: 766-4586, 765-3949 - WATCH & CLOCKS Tel: 765 5190, Cell: (045) 33-1331-9226

- AJIJIC ELECTRONICS S.A. DE C.V. Tel/Fax: 766-1117, 766-3371 - SATELLITE SERVICE Tel: (376) 765 26481

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* WATER * SCHOOLS - TECNO AQUA Tel: 766-3730, 766-3731

- INSTITUTO TERRANOVA Tel: 766-2401 - ITTO Tel: 33-3658-3224 - IMAC Tel: 33-3613-1080

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* SECURITY SYSTEMS - S.O.S.E Tel: 765-4921

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- SELF STORAGE-BODEGAS CHAPALA Tel: 766-0661, Tel/Fax: 766-1045 Pag: 33

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- COLDWELLBANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, movile: (045) 33-1175-9632 Pag: 60 - FOR RENT Tel: 765-6462 Pag: 26 - FOR RENT Tel: (33) 3825-8332 Pag: 68 - RENTAL LOCATERS Tel: 766-5202 Pag: 12 - ROMA Tel: 766-3163 Pag: 14 - SANTANA RENTALS Cell: 315-104-3283, 315-100-9955 Pag: 50 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152 Pag: 48

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* REAL ESTATE - 1ST CHOICE HOMES LAKESIDE Tel: 765-2484 Pag: 47 - AJIJIC HOME INSPECTIONS Tel: 766-2836 Pag: 11 - AJIJIC REAL ESTATE Tel: 766-2077, Fax: 766-2331 Pag: 03 - ALL IN ONE REAL ESTATE SERVICE Tel: 766-1161 Pag: 05 - ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 38, 39 - BEV. & JEAN COFELL Home Tel. 766-5332 Office Tel. 765-3676 Pag: 52 - COLDWELL BANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124, Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 Pag: 76 - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-3841-8867 Pag: 49 - EL DORADO Tel: 766-0040 Pag: 02 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: (387) 763-1974 Pag: 56 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 766-5458 Pag: 35 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 766-3870 Pag: 58

- AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 Pag: 74 - ALFREDO’S CALIFORNIA Tel: 765-2245 Pag: 68 - CAFÉ ADELITA Tel: 766-0097 Pag: 30 - CASA DEL WAFFLE Tel: 766-1946 Pag: 03 - CHAC-LAN Tel: (387) 761-0111, 761-0326 Pag: 40 - CHILI BANG BAR Tel: 766-1919 Pag: 27 - DAVID’S CAFE Tel: 766-2341 Pag: 07 - EL JARDIN DE NINETTE Cell: (045) 33-1410-4064 Pag: 28 - GO LE CLUB Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 Pag: 55 - JOLANDAS Tel: 315-351-5449 Pag: 32 - LA BODEGA Tel: 766-1002 Pag: 16 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-2049 Pag: 03 - “LA TAVERNA” DEI QUATTRO MORI Tel: 766 2848 Pag: 27 - LA VITA BELLA Cell: 33-3476-6577 Pag: 40 - LAS CABALLERIZAS COXALA Tel: 766-0744 Pag: 40 - LOS TELARES Tel: 766-0428 Pag: 45 - MOM´S DELI & RESTAURANT Tel: 765-5719 Pag: 11, 59 - NUMBER FOUR Tel: 766-1360 Pag: 25 - PANINO Tel: 766-3822 Pag: 19 - PEDROS GOURMET Tel: 766-4747 Pag: 55 - PEPE & AURORA Cell. (044) 33 1265 7900 Pag: 24



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CARS FOR SALE: 1995 Mazda Protege in good condition. Only drove it three times; I am willing to negotiate the price. Call: Maha Maha at 3311930908 Mexico, 619 753-9649 USA, FOR SALE: Small diesel driven MH. New engine has less than 5000 mi. Sleeps 4, APU, extra fuel tank. See pictures by typing Mnf & Model in Google. Price 2500 USD Contact: Tom Holeman FOR SALE: 2006 CHEVROLET EQUINOXV6 motor. Car is in excellent condition; purchased in Canada last year; has Ontario plates. Only two owners. Price $144,000 pesos. Contact: Brian Way FOR SALE: Mustang 6 cilinder 3.8lts, automatic transmission, power windows, AC, control cruise, airbags, AM/FM, Cd player with 6 speakers. Mexican plates. Price 70000 pesos. Call: (33)38130280, (33)1610-3110 FOR SALE: TSURU Automatic, a/c, in good condition. Price $38,000 pesos .Call (376) 766 5005 or 766 5850 WANTED: Need a US plated car. Would like in good or better condition, low mileage. Must be automatic. Contact: Frank Raimo FOR SALE: 1988 Chevy Super Van, 45220 original miles, has US plates. Very excellent condition. $10,000 USD OBO. Call Alfred at (376)765-6462 FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Mustang, 6cyl/3.8 engine, excellent condition, recent tune up, new shocks, rebuilt A/C, new battery, belts & hoses 120,000 hwy miles S.D. plates. $4,900 USD. Cell. (045) 331-194-4783 FOR SALE: 1993 Mercury Villager (same as Quest, complete power train is Nissan), 7 passenger van, A/C blows cold, non-smoking, one owner, original paint $4,950 USD 763-5015 or US phone 360-384-0919 FOR SALE: 1983 CLASSIC MERCEDES 4 DOOR. Air Conditioner, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Transmission, Leather Interior, Sun Roof, Power Windows, Steering, Locks, good condition, Price $3,000. USD Call: Heinz Stapff at 765-3587 FOR SALE: 1997 Pontiac Bonivile. Engine runs good. Mirrors gone. Dings and dents. Needs paint job. Airconditioner and right side passenger window needs fixing. Price $4000 USD. Call: Heinz Stapff at 765-3587.

speakers, mouse and other extras. $250. USD 765-5773 FOR SALE: Cd Burner, good working order, with spare recordable cd’s and manual call 7653824 BEST OFFER FOR: Wireless Antenna. This antenna enables wireless internet service from internet provider. Call for details. Can install. Price $1800 pesos Call: Regina Potenza at (376) 766-0829 FOR SALE: One year old HP 2400 Deskjet. New ink cartridges installed plus two extra cartridges. Works great. Price 600 pesos. Call: Kevin Knox at 766-3772 FOR SALE: Well constructed laptop travel bag. Has wheels and an extension handle for pulling. Excellent condition. Large enough for a full size laptop. Price $250 pesos. Contact: Wayne Gardi FOR SALE: EPSON chip resetter (7 pin). This is versatility; it can automatically identify the type of ink cartridges, and resets the chip on the cartridge into a full mode. Price $50 USD. Call David at (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: Toshiba Battery Pack (2). These are 14.8V, 3900 mAh. Both work well and hold charges. Price $200. Contact David. FOR SALE: SONY rechargable battery Pack. This works well and holds charge. 14.8V/4000 mAh. Price $100. Contact David FOR SALE: IOMEGA External Super DVD. This is an external DVD Multi Recorder/burner, DVD Rewritable, CD Rewritable (Ultra Speed). Has power supply and USB2 connection. Works 110% perfect. Price $250. Call David at (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: CD-burner. Semi-new cd burner for computer. Price $200 pesos (387) 761-0827 FOR SALE: PCIMCIA /1394 Firewire card. This card allows you to download data, pictures and/or video from your laptop to your computer. $250 OBO. Call: David at (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: PCIMCIA Ethernet card. If your notebook or laptop isn’t set up for wired Internet, you can use this card to connect to a DSL line. $250 pesos OBO. Call: David at (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: Transfer your VHS tapes to your computer Hard Drive and never lose them. Simple to use and all software included. $250 Pesos. Call: David at (376) 763-5248



FOR SALE: Dell Axim x30. 624MHz XScale Processor. 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, extra long life battery, docking station, brown leather case. $1200 pesos. Call 331-062-6911. FOR SALE: Older computer, works good. Comes with Windows XP PRO, Microsoft Office,CD Player & CD burner. Has 13” Monitor, Keyboard and two


FOR SALE: Training your puppy or dog? I have two books that might help: PUPPY TRAINING by Charlotte Schwartz; and NEW COMPLETE DOG TRAINING MANUAL, by Bruce Fogle. Both $100 Pesos for both. Call: James Tipton, 765-7689. POSITION DESIRED: Beautiful, loyal and lovable little girl needs new

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home- have too many, no time. She is purebred, healthy, very athletic; can do incredible twisting leaps to catch a ball, amazing 99% accuracy. Contact: Sherry Hudson FOR SALE: 3 large ‘KOI’ fish and 2 large catfish (bottom fish) All are healthy, but getting too large for the tank. Bring a couple of buckets! All 5 fish for 1,500 pesos. Call: 765-2112

GENERAL MERCHANDISE WANTED: Looking for a portable dishwasher, reasonable price. Call: Dave Paterson at (376) 763-5145 FOR SALE: Twin Firm Mattress and Base. Just used one month. Perfect for your guest room. Firm twin mattress on wood base. Available June 9, 2010. Price $1000 OBO Contact: Regina Potenza. FOR SALE: Three beautiful chairs with footstools, similar to Poang armchairs from IKEA. Two very lightly used and one in box. All are red in colour. $500.00 pesos EACH. Call: 766 5686 FOR SALE: Yamaha piano- organ, model ypr-50 in excellent condition. with manual and adjustable chair. Price 275 USD. Call 7653824 FOR SALE: Sony camcorder, good working condition, with carrying case and manual. Price 75USD Call: John Whiley at 765-3824 FOR SALE: Gently used Undercounter dishwasher Whirlpool model Series 7DU912 in white enamel finish. Perfect condition, $1000 pesos firm and removal by purchaser. “Boss” wants newer model! Call: Jim Wamboldt at 766-3785 FOR SALE: Cistern, Brand new, never used 1200 litre Cistern - selling for half price of new. $1,000.00 pesos. Call: 765 5686 FOR SALE: OASIS OF STONE is a gorgeous large coffee table book of photographs of Baja California, mostly of the largely unknown interior. Sunbelt Publications, 2006. $30US or $350 Pesos. Call: James Tipton, 765-7689. FOR SALE: Want to lose weight? I have for sale (very slightly used) a hardcover edition of Fred Pescatore, M.D., THE HAMPTONS DIET. $100 Pesos. Call: James Tipton, 765-7689. FOR SALE: Surpassing The Love Of Men: Romantic Friendship And Love Between Women; Sex In History; The Art Of Sexual Ecstasy/The Art Of Sexual Magic; and Best Women’s Erotica 2010 Only $250 Pesos. Call: James Tipton 765-7689. FOR SALE: Thyroid problem? I have two books: Living Well with Hypothyroidism, and The Thyroid Diet, by Mary J. Shomon. (Proper thyroid function is vital to successful weight loss). Both for $150 Pesos. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Attention Cormac McCarthy Fans: I have, for sale, in fine

condition, the three novels in his Border Trilogy for only $350 Pesos. Almost impossible to find here locally. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: 50 inch Hitachi T.V very nice. Contact: April Bowen FOR SALE: Mahogany games table, thin carved legs. Top also folds in half, would serve well as lamp table. Just like new. Asking 750 pesos. To view, call 766-4539. FOR SALE: Trundel bed, single bed with second bed lower pullout, excellent condition, has cover and pillows. Price $2,500 pesos obo. Call: Nancy Chaloner at : 766 0093 FOR SALE: 1500 watt electric heater, bought last winter. Works great powerful. $200 pesos. Call: Kevin Knox at 766-3772 FOR SALE: Comfortable computer desk, bought new one year ago $700 pesos (for full-size computer, not laptop). Call: Kevin Knox at 766-3772 WANTED: Would you like to share my Mailbox at Mailboxes Etc.? Have a convenient US mailing address in Laredo and have it all sent here. We can split the cost. Call Diane at 766 3588 or FOR SALE: Complete set of seven videos (VHS), these are the “Total Body Sculpting” series and the “Sculpt Your Body Slim” series. Price $600 Pesos. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Professional Juicer Brand New Waring Pro Juicerator JEX450 juice whole apples in 3 inch chute. Used only four times. Price $ 80 / 1,000 pesos. Call Mitchell AT 765-7455 FOR SALE: New Alto Saxophone (Cecilia), never used. Bought in the States a year ago for $4000 pesos. Will sacrifice for $3000 pesos. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Suzuki Quad – 2008, 450cc, 4x4, automatic, independent suspension, fuel injected, factory rear seat, + foot pegs.730 miles. $68,000 pesos . Call: Julie Hensley at 765-4590 WANTED: 4 curtain traverses (cord opens & closes them) rods: 2 extends to 92”, 1 extends to 106”, 1 extends to 73”, Contact: G. Rolfe FOR SALE: Sony Stereo Headphones MDR-XD400 Never used - still in box. Cushioned ear pads. Price $500 pesos. Contact: Wayne Garding FOR SALE: TomTom One 130 GPS barely used unit, excellent condition. Has car adapter, USB plug and windshield holder. Screen size 3.5. $1200.00 pesos. Call: 766-5686 FOR SALE: Dishnetwork VIP 222k reciever. you can activate this receiver directly to or add it to your existing account. Price $3500pesos. Call: Oscar Montppellier at (33)16103110 WANTED: exercise bike, bicycle with stand, rowing machine, OR any sort of

personal workout machine to help me get in shape. Contact: Jina Jury WANTED: weather proof chaise lounge, looks not important, function very important. Contact: Jan Manning FOR SALE: Iron Window and Proteccion, approx. 73” wide by 39” height 4-panel window, with the middle two panels that open with screening, and attached wrought iron protection with scrollwork detail. Price $1600 pesos. Call Janet at 766-0777. WANTED: Looking for roof bag or small trailer to fit smaller hatchback car (has trailer hitch). Call: Kevin Knox at 766-3772 FOR SALE: 21 Cu Deep Freeze, 6 months old and cost $11,000 new. Comes with all the baskets. Asking $5,500. OBO Call: Myles Beckley at 331-249-2156 FOR SALE: Stainless Steel Waitress Station ideal for a bar or yard. New $14,000. This unit is used. Asking $3,000 OBO. Call: Myles Beckley at 331-2492156 FOR SALE: Excellent condition table top gas deep fryer with double baskets. Also comes with stainless steel table. New $6500. Asking $4,000 or best offer. Call: Myles Beckley at 331-249-2156 FOR SALE: 4 Patriot Dance Lights in excellent condition only 6 months old. $700 per light or $2,500 for all 4. Call: Myles Beckley at 331-249-2156 FOR SALE: 12 Tables $660 per Table. 48 Chairs $180 per chair. 5 Bar Tables $660 per Bar Table. 40 Bar Stools $230 per Bar Stool. 1 Year Old. Call: Myles Beckley at 331-249-2156 FOR SALE: Round leather Equipale table and 4 matching chairs. The leather on the chairs is woven in the back and it is padded and very comfortable. $2000 pesos. Contact: Lauri FOR SALE: Discovery 560 HR Treadmill by Keys Fitness, in good condition. Price 400 USD. Contact: Dave Fields FOR SALE: Work shop/kitchen prep Stainless Steel Top, Strog White Wooden Frame, Two Book Shelves Above Along back, Two full Shelves Below. 48.25”L. x 29.5”W. x 56.25”H. to table top. Needs paint.$1,800 pesos. Call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: Work Shop/Kitchen Prep Table Stainless Steel Top, Strong White Wood Frame, Two Book Shelves Above Along back With Two Full Shelves Below. 76”L. x 29.5”W. x 56.25”H. to table top x 1. Needs paint. .$2,200 pesos. Call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: Bar Table White Wood Frame with inlaid Glass Top & Two Shelves 63.5”L. x 23.5”W. x 37.5”H. x 1. Strong, needs paint. $1,500 pesos. Call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: Memorex 20” color TV. Great condition, remote. $1,800 pesos. Call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: Samsung 27” color TV.

2 years old, great condition, remote, manual & antena. $3,000 pesos, call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: Sony Trinitron 20” TV. 3 year old color TV, great condition, remote and rabit ears with manual. $2,000 pesos. Call Heinz Stapff at 7653587 FOR SALE: $300 each: JAG Full Season 9, JAG Season 10 (Final), CSI full Season 9, Doll House, full Season 1, Best of Dog Whisperer (Cesar Millan), John Adams. Entire Seven Part Miniseries. Call David at (376) 7635248 FOR SALE: King Sut sarcophagus. Full sized. Costs US$950.00 today including shipping inside the U.S. Here it is in the Design Toscano website where I got it years ago and paid more. For more information call David at (376) 7635248. FOR SALE: Wireless spy camera. This is a AJOKA model AJ-007S unit. Price $700. Call David (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: IKELITE underwater SCUBA light. Model MINI-O-LITE. Takes 4 batteries (“C” cells). Works perfect. Used for scuba diving or any other underwater purpose. Good for about 200 feet. $200. Contact: David FOR SALE: UK400 Underwater light. Excellent condition (minor scrapes but works fine. Takes 4, D batteries and tested to 500 feet below water level. Price $400. Call David at (376) 763-5248 FOR SALE: Tasco 7X35. Never dropped. Great condition. Price $200. Call David at (376) 763-52-48 FOR SALE: Pair Midland Walkie Talkies. Model GXT-200, they work fine. Range claimed 6 miles, but maybe 2 with no mountains or large buildings in the line of sight. $200, call David at (376) 763-52-48 FOR SALE: Tasco Binoculars, 10X50. Excellent condition never dropped.$250, call David at (376) 763-52-48 FOR SALE: BMK Model JAZZ. Bought 2005. Under 2,500km. Runs good, loud muffler, electric starter. Currently registered. Sold on Bill of Sale (100% legal in Mexico) since I can’t find the original purchase receipt. $425.00 USD or pesos, call David at (376) 76352-48 FOR SALE: Entertainment ctr. $150,60” round table w/8 chairs $200, hutch & base w/4 doors & glass in front, $200,recliner chair-dk. blue, $200, all in usd, & good condition. 766-6197 WANTED: Looking for a TV/VCR combo. Reasonable price. Bigger screen is better, but will take anything available. Must be in good working condition. Call Jill Flyer at 766-3025. FOR SALE: Mitsui 14” Color TV. Year old, Perfect condition with Remote. First come first served, $600 Pesos. Call: Heinz Stapff at 765-3587 FOR SALE: Lathe, like new. Price

$20,000 Pesos. Call Alfred at (376)7656462 FOR SALE: Fellowes paper shredder, excellent condition. $350 pesos, call (045) 331-194-4783 FOR SALE: Panasonic Fax/copier/ telephone in excellent condition, extra toner incl.$950 pesos. Call 045-331194-4783 FOR SALE: West End automatic bread maker for sale. Used six times. This machine is like new. Comes with manual, one box of bread mix, and a slicing guide. $40 USD or $500 pesos. Call Bernie at (387)761-0827 FOR SALE: Sony speakers from bookshelf stereo system, 13h X 9w X 11d. $500, Call: Karen at 331-364-2195 WANTED: Looking for gently used recliner, reasonably priced. No plaid. Call: Karen at 331-364-2195 FOR SALE: Queen size duvet/cover, shams and bed skirt in rust/gold/green. Excellent condition. $450, Call: Karen at 331-364-2195 FOR SALE: Double espresso and steam outputs comes complete with manuals and electric coffee grinder,

restaurant quality.. Price $2,500 USD. Call: Heinz Stapff at 765-3587

COLLECTABLES FOR SALE: I have hundreds of duplicates of 19th and 20th century Mexican stamps, both new and used, for sale. (Also lots of Peru and Chile). Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Cormac McCarthy, three novels in his Border Trilogy, as well as Blood Meridian, AND, with a two casette cd of Brad Pitt reading Cities of the Plain. Price $350 Pesos. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Original bold signature of Andrew Jackson on Land Grant, probably 1829, co-signed by George Graham,Commisioner of the General Land Office. Price $4000US. Contac: James Tipton at 765-7689 FOR SALE: Large collection of world stamps in old H.E. Harris Citation Album plus stock books of stamps and dozens of full sheets of mint Mexican stamps from the 1980s. Contact: James Tipton at 765-7689

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El Ojo del Lago June 2010

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El Ojo del Lago - June 2010  

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

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