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FEATURE ARTICLES

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Carol Bowman and her husband Ernie tour Havana in a brand-new (looking, anyway) 1951 Chevy convertible, visiting Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts and ending up at his former home, which is even older than the Chevy.

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Gloria Marthai visits a Mexican circus, 

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circus people are a breed apart: passionate, charismatic and absolutely fearless. No wonder so many of us once wanted to run away to join a circus.

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Uncommon Sense

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Bridge by Lake

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Joyful Musings

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Welcome to Mexico

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Child of Month

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Anita’s Animals

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Heart at Work

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New Lease on Life

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Thunder on Right

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Magnificent Mexico

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Grape Expectations

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The Poets’ Niche

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Stay Healthy

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Focus on Art

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Ed Tasca recently did a virtual tour of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Deeply $% "  

%  &  '* day creation of the world. The Old Testament version was never this funny.

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Judy Lacy reports on Mexico’s state-ofthe-art cosmetic surgery procedures, and the highly unusual compassion that comes with them. So, (paraphrasing Shakespeare) to snip or not to snip, that is the question?

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Lorin Swinehart, a high school friend of Jim Tiptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, had heard nothing about him for over 37 years, when he came across a book of Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poems in a library in Ashland, Ohio. Soon thereafter, they rekindled their friendship, and Lorin, a  ! $&"   ! +   umnist for the Ojo. Good work, Jim!

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ote: Given the events e here at Lakeside e past few w over th the d weeks, we have decided oriial that to re-run an editorial d several s was first published se e diffiyears ago. In these ould nott cult times, we should rse e make things worse by “turning up thee volume.” Instead, we should stay le calm even while ely ly remaining extremely vigilant.) Counter-Productive Conversation William Shakespeare said it best (as he did almost everything!) some 400 years ago, when he put something like the following words into one of his immortal plays: “He who steals my purse steals nothing. ’Twas mine, ’tis his, has served a thousand masters. But he who filches from me my good name, steals that which not enriches him, but makes me a poor man indeed.” Here at Lakeside, this same type of theft occasionally reaches alarming proportions; perhaps one price we pay for living in a “paradise.” In our tiny corner of Mexico, news travels swiftly, unfounded gossip even faster. Yet among people of character and accomplishment (and there are thousands in our midst), such feckless activity is easily cast aside. These people are far too busy leading active and productive lives, as they quietly go about adding to the culture and beauty of our area, even as they work to improve the lives of those less fortunate amongst the Mexican population. However, the spreading of unfounded rumors is an act of omission, as well as commission; the former more insidious, as it can affect even those who would never engage in the dissemination of malicious gossip. It goes something like this: you’re at a gathering, and someone voices a vile and unsubstantiated rumor about a person you respect, or a situation you know is not true. Yet rather than challenge the gossip monger, you remain silent. Then, when other people, aware of your friendship with the person under attack, or knowledge about the situation, turn to get your opinion, you mutter, “Oh, really? I didn’t know that.”

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Such a response only serves to further validate the rumor, and hence speeds it on its character-crippling or hysteria-inducing way. Yet this response is, if not commendable, at least understandable. Most of us here at Lakeside have already fought the major battles in our lives, and have come to Mexico hoping to live in peace with our neighbors. The last thing we want is to be disliked. So we remain silent, even in the face of callous character assassination, or the promulgation of unfounded rumor. Many Mexicans, however, are made of stronger stuff. It is rare for one Mexican to unjustly condemn another. Among these people, the spreading of hateful gossip or unconfirmed stories are considered a game for fools; an act which they know diminishes the dignity of not only the person defamed, but the purveyor of the rumor, as well. We foreigners would do well to emulate the behavior of our hosts. But if conscience cannot guide us, there is in Mexico yet another “regulator.” This country has the most stringent slander and defamation laws in all of the Americas. In the U.S. and Canada, a person is often allowed to say anything he pleases about anyone he wishes, regardless of how unfounded or harmful it might be. But in Mexico, such words against a private citizen can quickly land their purveyor in jail. I sometimes think our hallowed right of freedom of speech is often squandered on imbeciles and knaves. Perhaps Mexico, in this one regard, is far more enlightened than its two “freer” neighbor- nations to the north. Alejandro Grattan


CALL TO A NEW GENRE By Janice Kimball

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fter eight years of full time study I earned a Master of Fine Art from the University of Illinois, Chicago. I was 50. A young professor told me that even though I was so old I would always be considered a “young artist.” He was wrong….well, almost. At 70, I have developed a feeling of mastery over what I am working on in the realm of visual arts. For instance, when I am painting I feel in command of my brush and my paints. When I designed and built the home and studios where I now live, an acquaintance remarked, “Good grief, what in the world are you doing?” I told her I knew exactly what I was doing. I imagine that whatever our passion is, we advance toward its zenith. I believe for an artist to reach the point where her work becomes an extension of who she is with an inimitable strong voice is to have arrived in the land of maturity. I am still searching for that land; I get sidetracked by walking down garden paths. While walking down the path of words I developed a passion for them. The path has turned into an avenue, one whose end I cannot see in the distance, a road travelled that will never end up in the land of maturity for me, as there is not enough of my lifetime left to get there. I feel my greenness in writers’ groups who speak a new language. Passages of their writing inspire me while I grapple to hear more, impeded by my loss of hearing. In the genre of writing as art, the computer screen is my canvas, my tools on the bar above it. There is no sureness as my two fingers pause above the keyboard, as I scan across the bar above my screen in apprehension. In single file, waiting to be opened are the words: File, Home, Insert, Page Layout, References, and I know I need an assistant to help me. Although I will never reach the once sought after land of becoming

a master in my new art genre, it does not stop me in my quest to create a written work that is unique, brilliant. My stalwart efforts and commitment in stepping into my scenes hopefully will compensate for my weaknesses. I carry with me on this new venture the many lessons I have learned in the past, insights common to all artists. I know the importance of multiple layers of meaning to create a great work, of timing, of the ebb and flow that necessitates life. I feel I have denied myself the opportunity of reaching full maturity as visual artist in my desire to become a creative writer of substance as I can only afford one passion at a time. I do this knowing that I will never write with the sureness that I achieved as an artist in the past, but the call of the unknown beckons and I cannot turn back, for who can turn back from one’s calling? (Ed. Note: Janice owns Aztec Studios and Gallery in West Ajijic on the Carretera facing Rancho Del Oro) janicekimballmx@gmail.com janicekimball.com

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hat a better way to start our quest to visit Ernest Hemingway haunts in Havana, the city he adopted as his creative playground from 1939 until 1960, than to take a vintage coupe to his finca, La Vigia (Lookout). Warm Caribbean air breezed through my hair and nostalgic thoughts flooded my mind, as I nestled into the roomy backseat of the 1951 Chevy convertible. Carlos, our enterprising young driver, drummed his fingers on the leathercovered steering-wheel of this 64 yearold, glistening like new, Detroit-born set of wheels. He sang a salsa tune and maneuvered the sunflower-yellow beauty around pot-holes and past colorful, clapboard houses as we buzzed through the city. Martha Gillhorn, Ernestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third wife, preferred larger quarters than his small room on the top floor of Los Ambos Mundos Hotel in Old Havana. In 1939, she rented the house built in 1886 on the 15 acre property, situated ten miles east of the capital in San Francisco de Paula. Hemingway used the royalties from â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Whom the Bell Tollsâ&#x20AC;? to purchase La Vigia in 1940 for $12,500. We squeezed-out from the backseat when we reached the finca. I envisioned Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal alighting from a classy car to enjoy a weekend with Ernest. We scaled the same steps to the main house that Hemingway used routinely for twenty yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;drunk, sober, depressed or enchanted with himself. No access is allowed inside the cream-colored one-story with square columns on the porticoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;but huge open doorways and large windows provide visitors a periscopic view of the daily life of Ernest Hemingway. Items, frozen in time, remain exactly as Ernest and his fourth wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway, left them when the writer returned to Idaho in 1960 to receive treatment for depression. I scanned the rooms and found his favorite, well-seated chair, bottles of Gordon gin, African trophies of ĂŠland and water buffalo heads mounted on every wall, thousands of books lined-

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up on shelves and bull fighting posters. On a footstool, lay a Time Magazine with John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo on the cover. Ernest divorced Martha in 1945. Mary, his last wife, designed and supervised the 1946 construction of a four-story tower, separate from the main house, with the explicit use as a writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshop for her husband. The top floor perch offered dramatic views, excellent light and a quiet ambiance. Up the narrow, winding, exterior staircase to the fourth floor we went, scrunching past visitors trying to come down the same way. Awed by the relic of a typewriter sitting mid-point on the desk, I wondered if Hemingway pounded out the pages of The Old Man and the Sea in this very place. It turns out the climb was in vain. We learned he hated the tower, never wrote one word there, and turned the building over to his eleven cats. They loved it. La Vigia, restored and reopened to the public in 2007, ranks as the most popular museum in all of Cuba and receives more visitors than the Museo de la RevolucĂ­on. Ernest Hemingway, 52 years after his death, remains a greater icon for the Cuban people than Fidel. Not once in seven days did I hear the name, Castro, mentioned by the common people. Our driver, Carlos, darted from doorway to doorway of Hemingwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior space, snapping pictures on his new piece of 21st century technology. He proudly announced that the Cuban people can now own cell phones. His enthusiasm resembled a child with a treasured toy. Soaking up more Hollywood vibes, we passed the cracked, dilapidated, empty swimming pool, the infamous site of Ava Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;skinny dippingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; escapades. Stored in an open-air structure beyond the pool, Hemingwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boat, Pilar, which he brought from Key West for the International Bill Fishing Tournaments, drew crowds. We hopped back into the convertible for a short jaunt to the slip in the nearby fishing village, Cojimar, where Hemingway docked Pilar much of the time. The quiet inlet waterway provid-


ed a backdrop for The Old Man and the Sea. The bar adjacent to the neglected pier, with its rich mahogany wood, seemed to be caught in the 1940’s and devoted to Ernest. While he was writing his Nobel Prize for Literature, he used to sit in this bar, with a drink in one hand, a pen in the other. Every inch revealed Hemingway portraits and photos of him catching marlins or posing with trophies. Carlos pointed in the distance to the site of the future Hemingway Marina and the 650 room, $150 million Hemingway Hotel. I learned that tributes to our American icon are being built by China. The US is missing out big due to the embargo. The hot Havana sun made us fear ‘Death in the Afternoon,’ so we urged Carlos to turn that Chevy toward La Habana Viejo and Hemingway’s favorite watering holes: La Floridita on Obispo Street, and La Bodeguita del Medio, west of the Cathedral. La Floridita served up Hemingway’s favorite libations, frozen daiquiris, which would chill even ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro.’ His

barstool, roped off with velvet swags, gave pause to the thought that Ernest immortalized the daiquiri in Islands in the Stream. La Bodeguita, ‘A Clean Well-Lighted Place’ it is not, resembles a pigeon-hole joint with graffiti-filled walls, where ‘Papa’ downed many a mint-fresh, rum mojito, a concoction he made-up. I had to scribble over someone else’s mark to leave my own ink behind. Both of these “Hemingway drank here” spots have become so famous, so overrun with European and South American tourists, that the joy of breathing-in a Hemingway moment will never be possible again. In his acceptance speech upon winning the Nobel Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest said, ‘Writing at its best is a lonely life.’ With just about every establishment in Old Havana trying to claim at least one ‘Hemingway sighting,’ he would never believe, nor be able to tolerate the fact that ‘In Another Country,’ he has become ‘The Light of Cuba’s World.’

Definition: The EXPArTexpo will be held at the “Baby Boomers 50+ Living Show”, the 8th and 9th of June 2012 at Ajijic, Jalisco. We were glad to select Ajijic for representing the most popular Retirement & Expat destination for North American citizens, and because we conceive it as a highly organized community, formed by individuals with a strong sense of belonging, commitment and involvement towards the society they are part of. One of the favorite pastimes of retirees is ART. Knowing this, AMAR has organized an exhibition of art for the Expat Community living in Mexico, the EXPArTexpo. In this context, this is the first event in Mexico dedicated to foreign people that have seen Mexico as their home and want to support, promote and develop Mexico’s cultural life. This event will transcend borders and highlight what foreign people do for Mexico but also the benefits that Mexico gives its retired and expat residents and recognize the place that they have earned in this country. We will also count with local and Mexican artists in order to highlight the unification of both national and foreign individuals in the Ajijic community, which makes it a richer, diverse and accepting society. AMAR recognizes the great mix of

cultures that retirees develop in Mexico; they discover a new way to express their feelings, how they are living and interacting with its environment and the relationship with other retirees from different countries and with local people. This art is not with the view of their own countries: it is with the view of retirees abroad. EXPArTexpo aims to emphasize this “Third ART” that Expats are developing in Mexico. Date and time of Exhibition: Friday 8th of June from 11:00 am to 19:00 pm Saturday 9th of June, from 11:00 am to 19:00 pm Place: Hotel Real de Chapala Address: Paseo del Prado Núm. 20, Fracc. La Floresta, Ajijic, Jalisco Phone: 01 (376) 766.0014 Some of the participant exhibitors: Luz Preciado: Casa Luz Ajijic, www.casaluzajijic.com Norm Tihor: Photographer Robert Murphy: Ferry Furn Designs, www.ferryfurn.com Janey Marquez Belva y Enrique Velazquez, www.mymexicoart.com Ajijic Art House Dianel Aldana prjalisco@amar.org.mx

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UUNCOMMON NCOM MM MON CCOMMON OM MM MON SSENSE ENSE        Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happened to Conversation?

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remember, years ago, when people started to use answering machines. I used to feel nervous that I would have to deal with one of these devices and think of what to say if I was asked to record a message. By the time I retired from my teaching job in 2007, it was not unusual for a caller to be noticeably disappointed when I answered my phone. The caller would say something like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there...â&#x20AC;? My picking up the phone would require that the caller speak to me, in real time, rather than leave a message! How disappointing. Although I now feel comfortable with answering machines, I am reluctant to dive, head first, into adopting all the newest forms of electronic â&#x20AC;&#x153;communication.â&#x20AC;? Despite my personal misgivings, the world  does appear to be moving on without me. We were recently driving through the United States on multiple highways and turnpikes. I was astonished that, at the service areas, were numerous, stronglyworded warnings not to text while driving. To me it seems insane that anyone would try to do such a task while driving. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much different than reading a newspaper while driving; I guess people do it, but, really! Driving dangers aside, I wonder what is happening to the skill of conversation. How many people (including me, I admit) become so absorbed in using the computer that they block out or fail to hear someone who is trying to speak to them?   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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  also a matter of degree.  I have heard of families that sit in the same room with their laptops communicating, silently, with one another on Facebook.   I suspect that many younger people, who have never lived in a world where simple face-to-face communication  was the norm, are simply not learning how to talk to one another. I notice it in stores, sometimes, when I try to talk to the clerk about something unrelated to our transaction. There is not a lot of skillful conversation coming from across the counter, to say the least. How many otherwise bright, thoughtful twenty-somethings cannot hold an in-depth conversation which involves listening and responding appropriately and thoughtfully to what your partner has to say? How many relationships are damaged, or never adequately develop, because our â&#x20AC;&#x153;communicationâ&#x20AC;? technology is making it difficult to communicate in an effective manner?  I have recently been trying to settle an insurance claim resulting from vandalism to our car while in Texas. I was on the phone for over an hour the other day trying to get this settled, and I was transferred five times to different people who only saw a small piece of the situation. Needless to say, no one apparently had the authority to explain to me what the outcome was going to be. So who designs these user-unfriendly systems? My guess is that it was designed by people who, themselves, are not comfortable with face-to-face communication, and who design the system to minimize it.  Ugh!   I think the implications of this phenomenon are serious. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a supreme irony that the very inventions which supposedly increase the speed and efficacy of our communication are, actually, making real, honest  communication increasingly difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.  ~Stephen Mallarme


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dvancing players are always seeking fresh ways of improving their bridge knowledge. One of the newest and best sources is the Internet where countless bridge sites offer everything from every convention ever invented to real-time coverage of tournaments from around the world. Among the best of these sites is Bridge Base Online. Watching tournament play on BBO is an enjoyable and educational experience as famous players show their stuff, often for the benefit of thousands of spectators at a time, and with expert commentators to explain bids and plays that might be unfamiliar to the viewers. While most of the time we are treated to clever bidding, great declarer play and excellent defence, occasionally a hand will emerge that befuddles even the best of players, much to the delight of their cyber-audience. Such was the deal in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diagram played at a tournament in England. East dealt and began proceedings with a bid of 1 diamond, intending to show his 5 spades by bidding that suit twice later on. Little did he know what was to transpire as the bidding progressed. South decided to mix things up a bit by making a pre-emptive jump overcall, despite the adverse vulnerability and West showed at least a five-card heart suit and good values. North now raised the ante a tad by supporting his partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit at the 4 level and East was faced with his first dilemma. He realized that the contract could possibly be played in any of 3 suits (spades, hearts or diamonds) with the level to be determined by his partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exact holding. He wanted to bid 4 spades but was afraid that that

might not be considered forcing by West. After considerable thought he emerged with a bid of 5 no trump which the analysts concluded meant: â&#x20AC;&#x153;pick a slam.â&#x20AC;? When the bidding returned to West, he must have sensed that his partner had fairly even distribution (outside the club suit) and as he, West, had substantial extra values not yet shown, a Grand Slam must be in the offing so he bid 7 clubs, returning the decision to East. Now all would have been well if East had simply chosen either of his long suits but for some reason he got it into his head that West held a very good heart suit and believed his jack and nine holding would complement it nicely. After two passes, the auction returned to North who was staring at an almost certain heart winner and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist the temptation of doubling. East now felt that he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picked the best suit for his side and introduced spades for the first time at the seven level, which would have produced a wonderful result for his side! However, understandably, West couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visualize Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actual hand and believed that surely his partner held the ace of clubs for this bidding and so bid 7 no trump! South was very happy to double, lead the club ace and continue the suit producing the first seven tricks for his side for 1,700 points! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that East and West have had a number of heated conversations on this hand in the intervening months! Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ gmail.com Ken Masson

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ANDY ROONEY ON SEX!

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When I was born, I was given a choice - a big pecker or a good memory.... I don’t remember what I chose. 2. Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom factory. 3. A wife is a sex object. Every time you ask for sex, she objects. 4. Impotence: nature’s way of saying, “No hard feelings...” 5. There are only two four letter words that are offensive to men - ‘don’t’ and ‘stop’, unless they are used together. 6. Panties: Not the best thing on earth, but next to the best thing on earth. 7. There are three stages in a man’s life: Tri-Weekly, Try Weekly and Try Weakly. 8. Virginity can be cured. 9. Virginity is not dignity, it’s lack of opportunity. 10. Having sex is like playing bridge if you don’t have a good partner, you better have a good hand. 11. I tried phone sex once, but the holes in the dial were too small. 12. Marriage is the only war where you get to sleep with the enemy. 13. Question: What’s an Australian kiss? Answer: The same thing as a French kiss, only down under.

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14. A couple just married were happy with the whole thing. He was happy with the Hole and she was happy with the Thing. 15. Question: What are the three biggest tragedies in a man’s life? Answer: Life sucks, job sucks and the wife doesn’t. 16. Question: Why do men find it difficult to make eye contact? Answer: Breasts don’t have eyes. 17. Despite the old saying, ‘Don’t take your troubles to bed’, many men still sleep with their wives! To the men who need a laugh and the women with a good sense of humour!


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bout 12% of the U.S. population or 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. That number soars to about 30-40% for those over 65. Because the onset of hearing loss is usually insidious, gradually worsening over the years, it is easily ignored. Most of those affected can still hear sounds and think the real problem is that other people are mumbling or speaking too softly. They often ask others to speak up, repeat what was said or speak more slowly. A lot of marital discord happens when one spouse doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear what the other is saying. Unable to hear well in social settings, a person may gradually stop going to the theater, movies, or out to restaurants with friends or family. Over time, they are likely to become increasingly frustrated and socially isolated. For years, social isolation has been a known risk factor for depression and other major health problems.  Dr. Frank Lin of  Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging reported that â&#x20AC;&#x153;A decline in social engagement and the resulting loneliness is one of the most important determinants of health outcomes in older adults.â&#x20AC;? And now there is another major risk associated with hearing problems. A study published last year by Dr. Lin and his team of researchers showed that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. The greater the loss, the greater the risk. Although the reason for the link between the two conditions is uncertain, the researchers suggest that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The brain dedicates a lot of resources to hearing,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the clarity of words is garbled, the brain gets a garbled message. It has to reallocate resources to hear at the expense of other brain functions.â&#x20AC;?

Thus, the overworked brain may lose â&#x20AC;&#x153;cognitive reserve,â&#x20AC;? the ability of healthy parts of the brain to take over functions lost by other parts. Regular hearing tests should be part of your basic health regimen. Optimally, the test should be performed by a trained audiologist, not just a hearing aid salesperson. If a significant hearing loss is discovered, properly  fitted hearing aids may be an important next step. One woman whose life was transformed by hearing aids commented that she understands how hearing loss could lead to dementia because she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;forgetfulâ&#x20AC;? when she did not hear what she should have heard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that she forgot things; rather, she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard them to begin with, and the strain of constantly trying to piece things together was taking its toll. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear anybody, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay attention,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You shut yourself off from the world, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think very well, your memory gets bad and you get kind of dull.â&#x20AC;? Sadly, hearing loss goes untreated for about 85% of those who have it. Compounding the problem is that most insurance, including Medicare, does not pay for hearing aids, and many people cannot afford the thousands of dollars that quality aids and auditory training can cost. Perhaps with continuing research and recognition that hearing loss is more than just a minor inconvenience, insurance companies may begin to pick up the bill because it is less costly than the many potential physical and emotional problems that might result. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for them to wise up. Wise up yourself, and have your hearing checked. Do what you can to make sure you stay in touch with the world around you. Your family and friends may all appreciate it too. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at joy@dunstan.org or 765-4988. Check out her new website: http://joydunstan.weebly.com.

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ear Sir: Chance meetings between strangers, especially in Ajijic, can prove to be significant in quite unexpected ways. I found the following experience to be a timely reminder, and I pass it on to your readers in good faith. Last month I struck up a conversation with a most interesting man who turned out to be a thinker and an informed voice on environmental issues – issues which are now entering the realm of human attention; opening, for the first time in history, human awareness of the vital link which exists between all forms of life, both vegetable and animal (this includes you and me); that when this link is broken through human ignorance, or simply thoughtless killing of everything that moves, our human survival is deeply threatened - what we kill eventually, by its loss to the whole, will kill us. We depend upon the bees, the butterflies, the birds, as well as on all other forms of wild-life which together with us form a symbiotic union of mutual support. We do not, and cannot live in isolation from the life that surrounds us; so, move over human, there is room for all of us in your yard. The man I was talking to turned

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out to be a specialist in the study of birds – no wonder that he was giving wings to my awakening consciousness! He left me with the message (he said to be passed on to friends, family and neighbours) that “This is the time of year when birds in the wild are raising their chicks”; he went on to say, “Be mindful of this while tidying up your yard; pruning your trees, cleaning out the nooks and crannies round your house and garden, especially ornaments such as wall hangings and open metal sculptures, hidden places where birds may have built a nest and now are feeding their young chicks; those chicks are, in a most profound way, your future and your survival.” He added, “Building empathy for other life forms is the first step to developing a Reverence for Life, and a Respect for Self.” He shook my hand; turned and walked away leaving me with the thought that something important had just taken place. We had not even exchanged names! This is Ajijic – full of light and learning beyond the walls (both physical and psychological) that contain us – if only we will see it, hear it, and embrace it as an essential part of Self ! In writing this, I am left with the disturbing thought that ‘it has been the animals’ (wild and domestic) misfortune to have been born into a world overrun by the Human Species.’ John Cawood johnclintoncawood@prodigy.net.mx


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id you ever wonder what you were meant to do in life or what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be ending up being. A doctor? A truck driver? A clown? (Well, I did make that.) And at what age did you find out? Well, it took me a long time compared to some people. My first encounter with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Bizâ&#x20AC;? was when I returned to the University of Virginia after having served in the Army during Korea, still not knowing what was ahead for me. An aptitude test told me I should be in Business Administration! Wrong. But there I was doing just that. Anyway, while I was sitting in class, a stranger came looking for horseback riders who could jump horses for a scene in a motion picture filming on a farm outside of Charlottesville. I raised my hand. (I only jumped a horse when I had to but was a pretty fair rider). $25 a day. Wow! So I reported at the designated time the next day. One slight problem. I was given a cute little dog and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do with Safito, so I just took him along. I reported at the set, got into my riding outfit and picked out a horse. We were â&#x20AC;&#x153;riding to the huntâ&#x20AC;? led by someone, a lady. A car drives up and stops for the horse peeps, the female leader of the hunt reigns up, looks at the passenger. He looks at her. Close up lady, close up male passenger. Then we ride off. End of scene. OK? We rehearsed, and rehearsed and rehearsed. We took a break in our starting positions while our lead rider changed to someone else. Oh my God, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson! I had never seen a more breathtaking female in my entire life. I almost fell off my horse. We rehearsed again and again. Finally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roll it, speed, mark, ACTION!â&#x20AC;? Away we went. You might think I fell off or something drastic, but the scene went well. The assistant director released the first team (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the actors) and brought in the second team (the stand-ins). Anyway, we did the scene again while the cameras were getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;pickupâ&#x20AC;? shots: Closer of horses jumping, horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feet, closer on riders, etc. AII the time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fantasizing about meeting Liz. AII of a sudden, a scream from the base camp. I could see a bunch of crew people huddling around Liz. Come to find out, Liz happened to have one of

the three Yorkies in existence in this country and my little dog Safito was humping Elizabeth Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yorkie! Needless to say, I never got to meet Elizabeth Taylor. But Safito became the â&#x20AC;&#x153;talk of the town.â&#x20AC;? No one on the set could determine who the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad dogâ&#x20AC;? belonged to, so I kind of hung around until everyone left, then picked up Safito and went back to my dorm. If you are ever in Marfa, Texas, where the Hudson characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge ranch was photographed for Giant, drop in to the local hotel. In the lobby is a picture of us riding to the hunt. It was an embarrassing moment for me, but it sure did put a big smile on Safitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face! (Ed Note: Despite Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rocky entrance into show biz, he went on to a successful career in Hollywood, working in important jobs on several of the most famous TV series of the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as more than a few exceptional movies of the same era.)

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leanor Roosevelt once said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.â&#x20AC;? Well then, Mexico has been my greatest by-product. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just returned from that dreaded trip into the land from which I ran. I was not chased. I was disillusioned. What I saw happening to my country of origin I could no longer abide. The people who inhabit that country are not bad, but they have become isolated and oblivious. In a land of plenty, I saw empty, unfulfilled lives. As we drove from the airport, we experienced culture shock. We drove through 10 miles of a freeway lined with nothing but stores. I was struck by the obscene presence of rampant consumerism. I remembered divesting myself of all my years of accumulation and spending on items that were completely unnecessary to daily life. I gave that up when I moved to Mexico. But seeing all those shopping centers and mallsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; made me realize how so many of the priorities of daily life in the USA have warped. Days later I opted out of driving through my old neighborhood where the condominium had four units sharing a common entry. I lived there for three years before any of the three other residents took time to say anything other than a brief â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiâ&#x20AC;? as they passed me in the hall and rushed into their home. We ended up being great friends, but we had wasted three years of friendship. Here, my neighbors are friends, and while I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know them all well, we always have time for each other. Here there is genuine respect for people. Oh, sure, there is an occasional opportunist or con, but the majority are leagues above these isolated few. I think of this as we greet each other as we pass â&#x20AC;&#x201C; friends or strangers, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. There is always time for pleasantries. Passing through the TSA security in the Phoenix airport, a tall-self-

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important TSA agent barked at me over his folded arms â&#x20AC;&#x153;You bumped the machine! Go back though and this time donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bump it!â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been squeezed into a too-tight airline seat for nearly three hours, wheeled to security where they removed my shoes and took away my cane. I was unsteady on my feet. I responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sir, I just got out of a wheelchair, you took my shoes and my cane. I am handicapped and this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy.â&#x20AC;? Did he apologize? Flinch? Nope. He just stared at me, with his arms still folded across his chest. We had a long layover. I was able to watch people, and listen to their conversations. Where once the United States was first among education, I found many to be uninformed. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d comment about a story on the news clearly not understanding the situation. Everything I saw and heard reminded me of the psychiatric diagnosis â&#x20AC;&#x153;narcissistic.â&#x20AC;? The public has a personality disorder. Self-centered. Complaints centered around gas prices, bad investment return, income taxes, and nobody seemed to take responsibilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just assign blame. While I listened, I thought about Mexico. Many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about gas prices, because they cannot afford a car. Investments? On a daily wage of $56 pesos? No big concern about ROA there. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all dealt with the luxurious infrastructure the low, low tax rate of Mexico affords us. Poor roads, inconsistent utilities, and underfunded police are the result of their low tax rates. Do the residents of the United States appreciate how fortunate they are? I think not. Yet every day, I see smiles on the faces of the Mexicans I meet. I hear whistling, and humming as they work at hard physical labor. Happiness seems to be their by-product as well. Victoria Schmidt


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ALDWIN PARK - A line is expected to form at a Los Angeles County animal shelter Monday, when a Labrador retriever who made worldwide headlines for her loyalty will be placed for adoption. The black Lab is now named Grace by workers at the shelter in Baldwin Park, in the San Gabriel Valley. She was photographed standing guard in a busy La Puente street last week next to the body of a dog that had been struck and killed in heavy morning commute traffic. A passing Good Samaritan spotted the animals on Hacienda Boulevard and placed traffic cones around them before alerting animal control workers. Los Angeles County animal control workers retrieved the dead dog and the black Lab, and sent the passer-byâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos to a wire service. The story hase since moved animal lovers around the world.

(Ed. Note: How many humans would do this for their partner?)

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By Rich Petersen

José de Jesús Cortez Sánchez

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ur child this month is 9-month old José de Jesús Cortez Sánchez. He is the youngest of three children who lives with his parents in Chapala. José was born with a cleft lip and palate. You may have seen children with this birth anomaly, not that uncommon actually, occurring in approximately one in 700 newborns. These children have an elongated opening in the upper lip that may range from a small notch in the upper lip, to an opening that extends into the base of the nostril. The cleft lip may be below the right or left nostril, or below both nostrils. (NOTE TO READERS: this condition used to be called “hare lip,” but this term is now considered insensitive, hence the term “cleft lip/ palate.”) Causes for a cleft lip/palate are multifactorial, i.e., many contributing factors: genetic (inherited), tobacco or alcohol use during pregnancy, some prescription drug interactions, and also the mother’s nutrition. Surgery to correct this deformity is actually uncomplicated, and should be performed within the first one-to-three months of age, the goal being to close the gap in the upper lip, place scars in the natural skin curves and to repair muscle so that the lip appears normal during movement. Little José de Jesús’s surgery had to be postponed because of a couple of bouts of a cold and fever, plus the little guy wasn’t gaining weight. Not being able to eat enough is the number one problem in children with a cleft lip/palate because due to the lip/ palate deformity, they cannot achieve sufficient suction on a nipple (natural or otherwise) to take in the necessary calories. Prior to surgery, cleft palate/ lip babies must use a different type of nipple on their feeding bottles, a nipple which here in Mexico costs $25-30 USD, and these need to be replaced several times a month. José has had his first surgery and is already eating better according to his mother, Ana Yésica. When we first met him he could not smile in a “normal” way, but at our last meeting he was able to smile much more easily, especially when given a small teddy bear to play with.

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Niños Incapacitados has been assisting José and his family with reimbursement for the special nipples, for transportation to and from Guadalajara to see his doctors pre- and post-op, and for the medications he needs right now to avoid any infection. In Mexico this type of surgery is free of charge for any newborn, excluding of course any medicines or special circumstances. In Guadalajara there is a special hospital called the Hospital for Reconstructive Surgery where these procedures are done. Also there is a worldwide organization called “Operation Smile” which travels to almost every country to provide free cleft lip/palate surgeries to children. When they are in Mexico, Niños Incapacitados is notified so we can refer any of our children to them so the surgery can take place perhaps sooner than would be expected. Little José will require at least two more surgeries as well as some speech therapy before his face is fully back to “normal.” We will keep you posted on his progress. NOTE: Niños Incapacitados “takes the summer off” as far as regular monthly meetings go; thus, we will meet again on Thursday, September 13. Same time and place---10:00 a.m. in one of the meeting rooms of the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta. Please join us to learn more about what we do and to meet another of “our” children. Our bimonthly meetings with parents and children to reimburse them for medical expenses does continue throughout the summer, and fundraising activities are ongoing. And over the summer you will still read about some of our children here in the Ojo.


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By Gloria Marthai

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here was a time when elephants and prancing ponies paraded through cobbled village streets to announce the arrival of a circus. Today, pickups with loud speakers blare the news. Legendary and glitzy, the mystique of the circus has appealed to both simple and sophisticated societies for hundreds of years. The recent beach encampment of a small â&#x20AC;&#x153;big topâ&#x20AC;? for six days in San Pedro Tesistan was even more exciting because of its real proximity. The vehicles of modern nomads include trailers, cars, campers, pickups and flatbeds, and all encircle the main tent. The performing animals (such as a pair of caged African lions) graze along the perimeter. A Peruvian guanaco hastily tries to work up saliva to spit when someone draws near, while a gangly, long-limbed black monkey leaps from branch to branch. Large extended families, descended from strong, proud generations of circus people, still caravan throughout Mexico to bring delight to even the most remote villages. Their diversity astounds, fascinates and mystifies. There are five performances,

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none of which is repeated. The circusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repertoire seems endless. Young kids peddle candied apples and cotton candy while the villagers anxiously await the fanfare that heralds the entrance of batontwirling young women in sequined leotards. Chiapas-born Cados Martinez, charismatic owner and manager of this circus is dark-skinned, with his long locks tied back in a pony tail. He speaks with passion about his family. His children and grandchildren perform, as does his wife, who while on her back with her legs up, twirls flaming torches with her feet. In the finale, the newest baby of the group, wrapped in a sequined blanket, makes a whirling debut. Concentration is paramount to survival on the trapeze and high wire. Months earlier, when a traffic accident claimed the lives of two of the performers, the trapeze act went on that same night, as the brothers of the dead men laid aside their grief to make sure the show would go on. However, for all their valor and unique talents, the circus performers live simple lives, replete with all the usual problems. The women wash and cook, raise children. TV antennas top each trailer. Everybody works at maintenance, animal care and training. In off-hours they practice their specialties in the big tent, which serves as the center of their temporary community. There they chatter and discuss and their trained poodles can simply be dogs. But mounting costs now threaten these small traveling circuses. The lions alone consume 50 kilos of meat every day. The indomitable circus spirit, however, has prevailed for centuries, and hopefully it will continue to enthrall many generations to come. Long live the Mexican circus!


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ormally this columnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main focus is educational information for pet parents. However, this month, one section is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot buttonâ&#x20AC;? topic. For many weeks I have listened to personal stories from folks who have rescued a cat / dog who had been left behind when their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;caregiverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; left for parts north without making plans for the care of their scared animal. Generally, these conversations include describing the character of these individuals who have done such a horrific thing. The word â&#x20AC;&#x153;niceâ&#x20AC;? has never been uttered, with most of the descriptive terms requiring editing. It also left one wondering what that kind of person would do with a human family member if they eventually become an â&#x20AC;&#x153;inconvenienceâ&#x20AC;? too. Two such separate rescue situations really irked folks - two rescuers found a â&#x20AC;&#x153;de-clawedâ&#x20AC;? cat left behind to fend for itself. For those not familiar with the term de-clawed, we are not speaking about trimming a catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toenails. It is not a medically necessary surgery, it is amputation of the furthest bone of each toe and has a painful recovery. During the time of recuperation, the cat still has to use its feet to walk on despite the now altered foot conformation, and scratch in their litter box , all regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Cats instinctively know that they are at risk and in a weakened position, leaving them prey to predators both indoors and especially if outdoors. These two defenseless cats now need to find a home where they will be safe and loved. We are into our hot weather months, and especially need to think how this weather will affects our pets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially dogs who go out of the house with you. Most people have heard that you should always carry water for you AND for you dogs on your walks, and walk your dog only in the early morning or early eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just because of the sun and temperatures, but

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because the surfaces they will walk on can be harmful to their delicate feet. Think of it this way: would you walk barefoot on asphalt or concrete in the middle of the day with the sun blazing down? Why would you think your dog has less sensitive feet than you? For those who drive and may think it is fine to take your dog with you on your errands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; consider this. Pets suffer the same problems as humans, like overheating, dehydration and sunburn. Heatstroke occurs when your dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body temperature is high for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to brain/ organ damage, heart failure and even death. Simply parking in the shade or leaving the windows open is not enough. Windows collect light and trap heat inside the car, rapidly sending temperatures to dangerous and deadly levels. Some disquieting information: a carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside temperature [parked in the shade] can increase as much as 40 degrees in an hour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with 80 percent of that increase within the first 30 minutes. On a mild 70-degree day, a closed car can heat up to 124° in a matter of minutes. On an 85F degree day, the temperature inside a car with windows opened can reach 102 F degrees within 10 minutes! Please consider, if you are not willing to sit in your car, with the windows opened, but, no air conditioning running, while your spouse/partner â&#x20AC;&#x153;just runs in to do get some thingsâ&#x20AC;?, why would you have your dog do this? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puppy and kitten seasonâ&#x20AC;? has already begun. Please help with donations of kitten/puppy food, newspapers, cash to help pay for vaccinations, and etc. Thank you! www.anitasanimals.com


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ike many local ex-pats, I came to Mexico from the US. Naturally, I noticed many differences. I tend to notice differences in unusual things. Fortunately my travels have included most of the globe and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed that the ubiquitous fly is an excellent reflection of the local culture. For instance: whereas in the US flies are scared, careful and quick to dash away as they are not tolerated at all, in Mexico the flies are quite bold, voracious, casual and secure in their right to exist. In Mexico the old saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You catch more flies with honey than garlic,â&#x20AC;? is completely invalid. Try ordering something smothered in Garlic at a restaurant and watch your table guests increase exponentially when the dish is served. Since this is such a â&#x20AC;&#x153;live and let liveâ&#x20AC;? culture, when you swat at flies to make them get off your food, they have a kind of bemused attitude and look at you as if to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Si, hola Gringo, I see you waving, how many times are you going to wave at me? By the way this is delicious Huachinango - good choice!â&#x20AC;? I once had occasion to fly to Europe. On my way to London from Rome I stopped in Gerona, a pretty little town near Barcelona. Upon arrival I noticed that the airport had a lot of flies buzzing around. I thought there must be a feedlot nearby and started employing an old boarding-school game of catching the flies and slamming them onto the ground to kill them. As I was catching and slamming in Gerona, I noticed several odd looks I got from the locals. Paying little attention I made my way to the nearest hotel. When I arrived, I noticed that the hotel had an inordinate number of flies buzzing around the reception area, as well as in the small attached restaurant. As I continued my game of catching and slamming, I began to notice raised eyebrows and distasteful looks on the faces of the hotel staff and other guests. I assumed it was because I was handling flies and this was considered unsanitary. Later, in my room, I started to read through some of the tourist brochures and came upon some historical information about Gerona. Apparently, in the year 1285 Gerona was caught in the Aragonian Crusade. Peter the Great was fighting to preserve his throne, threatened by the French army led by Philip the Bold. The French soldiers marched into Gerona, boldly, and headed for the collegiate of Saint Felix, in which lay the body

of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patron saint, St. Narcissus. They opened the sarcophagus and, miraculously, a large crowd of flies emerged. According to the graphic description of Bernat Desclot, a monk from Ripoll who recorded this event in 1288, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the flies entered the nostrils and the anuses of the horses, which drove them so crazy that they fainted and fell.â&#x20AC;? The record does not mention the orifices of the French soldier the flies entered, but the casualty list was calculated as up to 4,000 horses and 20,000 Frenchmen. Miraculously, the flies found that the French exuded the exact sort of aroma they found irresistible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; go figure. Philip the Not-so-Bold-Anymore had to retreat. A carpenter, devastated by the sight of the exposed body of the saint, volunteered to build a box to house the remains of the body. The next day, another swarm of flies emerged from this box and headed for the French army camp outside the city and bit ferociously both animals and humans of French origin. The French were beaten and left Gerona in panic. Both Peter the Great and Philip the Damn-I-Wish-Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d-Been-Bolder died shortly after this prodigious event, roughly within a month of each other, boasting a score of nil - nil. However, this was not the only occurrence. The next time was in 1653. After more than 500 years, the memory of the fly defenders had faded. The French went for Gerona again. In a notarized document signed by French officers, they told of blue and green flies that miraculously came out from the sepulcher of the saint and attacked the French. Once again, Gerona was saved by the holy fly cavaliers and, for lack of deodorant and adequate personal hygiene on the part of the French, Gerona remained a Spanish possession. Flies emerging from the sarcophagus of a dead man didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem all that miraculous to me and nor did the fact that they found the French soldiers irresistible, but the locals still see the flies as holy saviors and here I was catching and slamming them to the ground! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure but I may be on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;No-Flyâ&#x20AC;? list in Gerona.

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By Dr. Lorin Swinehart Jack Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tales Continue to Challenge and Inspire

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ne blazingly beautiful autumn day, my wife LaVon and I bumped and rattled over a washboard road for miles on end in order to visit a wild wolf sanctuary in the New Mexico outback. Later, the staff explained that the resident wolves had been neglected or abused, previously adopted as pups by people out of kindness or naivete. Each wolf was provided with his own run, about the size of a building lot, surrounded by a chain link fence. I have dreamed of meeting a wild wolf for years and, while these majestic specimens were not wild, I was ecstatic over the opportunity to meet them. No author has been more identified with wolves than Jack London.

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of novels and short stories that continue to command the attention of readers to this day. He was a tough, gutsy, gritty, no-nonsense character. His philosophy is evident in his famous short story â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Build a Fire,â&#x20AC;? wherein a solitary traveler trudging across the wintery wastes of the Yukon perishes in the cold, victim of the hubris that inevitably leads to defeat. The travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powers of reason fail to equip him for survival. His dog, guided by instinct, survives, trotting off to find other humans who can provide food and fire, as his master lies dead beneath the canopy of indifferent stars. One lives or dies by oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wits, and no deity comes to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rescue when those wits fail. In The Call of the Wild, a much beloved California ranch dog is kidnapped and sold into a life of cruelty before morphing into the leader of a wolf pack. In White Fang, the tables are turned when a savage wolf dog is rescued from dog fighters by a kindhearted young man and lives out his years in peace back on a California ranch. Growing up in poverty and forced at an early age to work long hours under grueling conditions on the waterfront and in the canneries of Oakland, California in order to supplement the family income created an indignation at social injustice and a sympathy for the underdog that endured for the rest of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days. He bore an inner philosophical conundrum in his life and in his writing, calling the Bolsheviks who overthrew the Kerensky government and brought about the formation of the USSR his brothers and yet arguing for a Darwinian, deterministic view of nature and society. As a dog lover, I am both saddened and angered by the cruelty in the pages of Call of the Wild and White Fang, but in the harsh Darwinian world depicted by London, such is the natural course of events. Violence occurs among wolves, and vi-

olence occurs among men. He once spent long months masquerading as an unemployed sailor to live among the impoverished slum dwellers of industrial London and penned a masterwork, The People of the Abyss, revealing the scandalous conditions arising from the same predatory societal traits that he observed in the wilderness. Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories represent the naturalist school of literature, often referred to as realism in high gear, portraying a harsh, unforgiving world where only the physically and mentally fit survive or deserve to. Such tales feature larger than life characters lacking conscience or moral restraint. Darwin, Spencer and Nietzsche provide the philosophical foundations. Stylistically, he appears to reject the Nietzschean ubermensch concept in his novel The Sea Wolf when he depicts the cruel Captain Wolf Larson facing death, blind and helpless, while the narrator muses that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had too great strength,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodbye, Lucifer, Proud Spirit,â&#x20AC;? the narrator recites, as he consigns Larsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mortal remains to the icy waters, perhaps Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of burying the ubermensch motif with him. London may never have resolved his conundrum, arguing for natural selection and survival of the fittest on the one hand but remaining a softhearted socialist on the other. Possibly the dichotomy is not Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alone but bisects the very heart of western society and thought. In 2010, while I was working as a ranger near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, our daughter Hope and I trekked off into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge one evening as members of a wild wolf howling expedition. Slogging through intense heat and stifling humidity, we provided a banquet for tiger stripe mosquitoes and yellow flies, which, in turn, were gobbled up by flotillas of dragonflies and tiny brown bats. Twice from different parts of the swamp, Carolina red wolves answered the calls of our guide. I think Jack London would have approved. My enchantment with wolves endures, and I am disappointed by recent decisions to remove them from protections provided by the Endangered Species Act. Friends ask me what I plan to do on the day when I finally meet a wild wolf. I intend to shake his paw. Lorin Swinehart


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recently reread Nathaniel Hawthorneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkable novel, The Marble Faun, so filled with insights about artists and art. Describing Miriam, a central character in that novel, Hawthorne tells us hi h you that she had â&#x20AC;&#x153;dark eyes, into which might look as deeply as your glance would go, and still be conscious of a depth that you had not sounded, though it lay open to the day.â&#x20AC;? Only yesterday, after ordering English style fish and chips in a Riberas eatery, I discovered among the hundreds of available books that line the

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of him regarding the young woman whom he has been trying to help: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a time in all such things when eyes look into eyes, with vision narrowing and intensifying until there is nothing left but the eyes, searched and searching. This is a strange and tingling thing that narrows the breathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but it is a communication, and once it has happened there is an awareness beyond words.â&#x20AC;? That â&#x20AC;&#x153;strange and tingling thingâ&#x20AC;? has something to do with waking up to the present, the now. Being immersed in the eyes of the other, immerses us into present, indeed into a different consciousness, one without words, where we become deeply alive, no longer dragging the insistent past behind us, no longer living in some imagined and even feared future. Anthropologist Helen Fisher suggests that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps it is the eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not the heart, the genitals, or the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is the initial organ of romance.â&#x20AC;? In a study called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Effects of Mutual Gaze on Feelings of Romantic Love,â&#x20AC;? published in the Journal of Research in Personality, forty-eight men and women, total strangers, were placed together for several hours, each being instructed to have various levels of eye contact with the others: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Subjects who were gazing at their partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes and whose partner was gazing back reported significantly higher feelings of affection than subjects in any other condition.â&#x20AC;? In Walden, which I have also been rereading, Henry David Thoreau writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could a greater miracle take place than to look through each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes for an instant?â&#x20AC;? Remember that Frankie Valli hit in the late 60s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Take My Eyes Off of Youâ&#x20AC;?? In How to Make Almost Anyone Fall in Love with You, Leil Lowndes tells us that â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who love each other not only indulge in much more eye contact while talking, but they are more hesitant to take their eyes off each other, even after they finish speaking.â&#x20AC;?

Curiously, we also tend to respond to large pupilsâ&#x20AC;Śso much so that for centuries drops of the hallucinogenic and even toxic plant belladonna (Italian for â&#x20AC;&#x153;beautiful ladyâ&#x20AC;?) were used by women to dilate their pupils. Dr. Eckhard Hess, who fathered a science he called pupillo-metrics, discovered that the male response to a woman with large pupils was twice as strong as to the same woman with small pupils. The same was true for the female response to a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pupils. Dr. Hess also proved that we can consciously manipulate our pupil size. When we are stimulated by what we look at our pupils expand. As you gaze at attractive facial features, your pupils will expand. As you think warm thoughts they will expand. When you are deeply relaxed they will expand. Regardless of whether your intention is romantic, looking deeply into the eyes of another, looking into that dark mystery that poets have made so much of, does draw us into the present. When we develop relationships with certain people through that presence which comes through looking into each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes, words then (and all of their limitations as well) become a minor thing and our future relationships with those persons changes. Later in that John D. MacDonald novel our friend Travis McGee, again in the presence of that attractive young woman, finds himself looking â&#x20AC;&#x153;into blue, down into blue, teetering on the edge of blue depths.â&#x20AC;? He reflects that people genuinely getting to know each other are â&#x20AC;&#x153;using and knowing, learning and giving, new signs and signals in a private and special language, freshened heats and scents and tastes, sweetened gasps of fitting thus, knowing this, learning of that, rediscovering the inexhaustible here, the remorseless now.â&#x20AC;? Jim Tipton


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emember when gradeschoolers around Christmas time would craft tableaux, done with finger-size clay people and animals, set in crepe paper and lichen terrain and depicting the venerable stories of the bible and of creation. They were charming and irresistible. I for one miss them. And I suspect the children who crafted them miss doing them as well. Thankfully, adults have also taken on the task of bringing bible stories to life. A Creation Museum in Kentucky, consisting of 70,000 square feet of carefully-rendered biblical stories, graphically demonstrate that God did indeed create the world in six days, and the day after rested. (And, judging from the state of things today, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been resting ever since.) Anyway, I did a virtual tour of the Creation Museum and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share this report with non-believers, in the hopes I can pluck them out

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creatures just evolved. The logic of Mr. Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convoluted math goes something like this. After a billion trillion random mutations, algae became fish. After another billion trillion mutations, fish walk up on the beach and soon find themselves leaping about in herds, totally puzzled. After yet another billion trillion mutations, the herds decide to stop leaping about and learn to walk upright and brush their teeth. Enter Homo sapiens, almost all with a bad back. Now, evolutionary theory goes this way: those individuals whose DNA is struck by random advantageous adaptive changes go on to spread their genetic material all over the place (even when most of them should probably be home reading a good book); and those whose DNA is not advanced by these changes become part of the fossil record, and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discovered for millions of years until they turn up face down â&#x20AC;&#x201C; looking totally bewildered. Along with this bit of sophistry, some smart aleck always pipes up, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What about the dinosaurs?â&#x20AC;? Well, the museum explains this in short order as well. Dinosaurs were there on the Ark with Noah, although probably confined to steerage. The Museum displays a full-scale

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reproduction of the Ark, several football fields in length, and easily capable of its reputed biomass cargo. And by all accounts, it was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-inclusive,â&#x20AC;? except for the Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinner-Dance, which was extra. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the latest workable theory. The science of creationism is brilliantly simple. It proposes a single principle: that nothing starts by itself, unless you have misread the instructions and assembled it improperly. Scientists have a name for this and it appears in every science book ever written. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called Point A. You will never find anything more scientific than Point A. You need it to get to all other points. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the evolutionists hurry you along with this â&#x20AC;&#x153;turtles turning into cows and cows shape-shifting into monkeys and monkeys turning into the noisy family who live upstairsâ&#x20AC;? business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not true. Now, a good, clear Point A, science holds, will almost always get a good story going in the right direction. And what would be a good story? Who can argue with a good man sitting around in the sun hoping for a good woman to come by? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a universal. I have never seen a man who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, down deep, sitting around in the sun hoping for a good woman to come by. If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lucky, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come along before he gets sun stroke. The result, of course, is an intimate evening together groping their way through points B, C, D, E and need I say, F. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another point. Take the question of where evolution is going. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going anywhere. If we were really evolving, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we be Klingons by now. And wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t people calling themselves the King of Saudi Arabia and the Queen of this or that start to feel like boneheads. Of course, they would. There is no such thing as evolution. Just ask the monkeys! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re perfectly happy just as they are and were, living in trees, covered in bacilli and laughing at our breast implants, dreadlocks and nose piercings. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also tell you to stop saying that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re related to them. They hate that more than we do.


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y cellulite is almost gone!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I dropped three dress sizes in six months!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My aches and pains are diminishingâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;My coordination is so much better!â&#x20AC;? These are the testimonials I heard from patrons in a fitness center in Toronto where they incorporate vibrational exercise equipment. It is still very controversial as to whether turning to this exercise mode is enough to reach a workout goal or whether one should use it as a warmup before beginning another form of activity. I tend to think the latter. Vibrational exercise technology originated with the Soviet Space Program. Russian scientists found that the longer their astronauts spent in space, the more they suffered from reduced bone density and muscle tissue. By using this type of equipment they found that not only could they stop bone loss but actually could increase bone density and strengthen muscle tissue. Hence, they were able to spend more than 420 days in outer space versus the American astronauts who trained on conventional fitness equipment and had to return after just 120 days.  Today it is used widely both in the fitness and physical therapy industries as well as in professional sports, rehabilitation centers. Vibrational training is increasingly used in both beauty and wellness applications. Celebrities and athletes around the world are using this equipment, including Madonna, Gwen Stefani and champion Lance Armstrong. How Does It Work? Vibrational equipment is basically a platform that creates a vibration that is sent through the body. One can stand, sit, lay down and/or concentrate the platform on certain body parts. Because it causes all muscle groups to move by applying constant consistent vibrations rapidly and at specific frequencies, it is believed to cause tendons to stretch and blood flow to increase, thereby improving blood oxygenation. And all this without any exertion!   Touted Benefits of Vibrational Equipment Improves balance and coordination Improves muscle tone Improves bone density and fights osteoporosis

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Increases blood circulation Prevents sports related injury by warming up muscles Helps to burn fat, especially belly fat Decreases recovery time after workouts Reduces back and joint pain Decreases muscle stiffness Improves lymphatic drainage Reduces cellulite Boosts your bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural collagen production Increases flexibility Aids in detoxification Relaxes the entire body Vibrational training is also used in cases where neuromuscular re-education is needed - i,e. Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and multiple sclerosis. It is also used for peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. Therapists are even incorporating vibrational training into their rehabilitation programs after surgery, strokes and even some cases of spinal cord injury. Apparently the type of movement is very important and there are many cheap knock offs on the marketplace. Moving in three fields, up and down, side to side, and back and forth, each direction having its specific functions is what most of the positive research indicates. When the machine moves up and down it improves muscle tone; left to right and front to back movements improve balance and coordination. Often people feel an itchy sensation when starting to use the machine but this is simply the body releasing lactic acid and activating the metabolism. Does Vibrational Training Replace Diet and Exercise? Heck no! Wishful thinking perhaps, but several studies have indicated that vibrational training can play a very beneficial part in trimming belly fat and many anecdotal stories of women reducing their cellulite is enough to get me to either buy one or get me to a gym that has one! (Judit Rajhathy is the author of the Canadian best seller Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness.  She can be contacted at 7654551 or through her website: www.juditrajhathy.com.) Judit Rajhathy


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anadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal government estimates one million Americans have now immigrated to the Land of the Maple Leaf. Considering Canada - second largest nation geographically in the world - has only the same population as California thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a number. And more Americans - tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands - could soon be on the way here. But I am getting ahead of myself. It seems two distinct types of Americans immigrate to Canada. One type might be described as of the liberal-left: They know crime rates are way, way lower than in the USA, and environmental laws much tougher. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;freeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; universal health care program - no one ever gets a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or a hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill - has been in force for decades and so have a wide range of other social programs. The other type might be described as  of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;entrepreneurial conservativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Paul Jackson bent. They are adventurous, and want to build their own small businesses and know competition is less grinding here. Both groups are welcome  - and fit in well. They assimilate quickly - after all, they speak the same language - well, almost, since Canadians use British spelling    pronunciation - and our cultures are largely the same - except no one carries a gun here. In the 20th century, the first real wave of Americans came in the 1920s when oil was discovered in Alberta. They were mainly from Texas and Oklahoma, and today, with oil overflowing in Alberta, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated fully 10% of the population of Calgary is American, or of American heritage through their parents or grandparents. During the Vietnam War, many draft-evaders - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll avoid the term draft dodgers so as not to upset the sensi-

bilities of some at Lake Chapala - came ahead of the draft boards sending them an unwelcome memo. Others left it too late, got called up by Uncle Sam, and headed here claiming refugee status on a matter of conscientious objection to the war. Generally, they were granted it. With the coming of the Iraq War, a handful of American soldiers have fled to Canada claiming the same refugee status, but since joining the US military is now voluntary, and this small group can legitimately described as deserters, Canadian authorities have generally rejected such claims. What of the future? Canada beckons to Americans. Unlike the USA, labor shortages are already showing up in various regions. Within the next several years, oil-rich Alberta alone expects to face a shortage of 70,000 skilled tradesmen. And within the next decade, across Canada as a whole, it is expected there will be a shortage of 500,000 skilled tradesmen. Where best to get them - why, the USA. Canada already takes in some 250,000 legal immigrants a year from around the world, but when it comes to professionals and skilled tradesmen their qualifications often do not match up to Canadian standards, so many take on menial jobs. Obviously, because pro-

fessional associations and unions in the USA demand standards basically equal to those of Canada, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a much easier fit. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end with a chuckle, while legal American immigrants can claim all the benefits available to the average Canadian, if they actually want to obtain Canadian citizenship all immigrants have to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth, the Head of State of Canada, and to the British Monarchy. That would surely have the Revolutionary Fathers of 1776 turning in their graves! paulconradjackson@gmail.com

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There are so many kinds of awful dame He’d foolishly invited to his bed, He said he’d never make that crazy same Mistake again – a new mistake instead. The poetess who sang and wept and bled, She read him odes from Russia and Ukraine And brought her bearded friends to smoke in bed – There are so many kinds of awful dame. The sexy broad who beat him with a cane, It wasn’t as much fun as she had said – Indeed he got no pleasure from the pain He’d foolishly invited to his bed. The feminist who took him to Sex-Ed, She told him that all men should take the blame The world was in a mess and underfed – She nearly drove him crazy and insane. The bitch who stole his money and his name And maxed out all his credit cards and fled – Ah well, he’ll not make that mistake again, He’ll find a lovely new mistake instead. So the neurotic was at least well-read Though high on pills and alcohol and shame, Her Freudian love was mostly in her head – He’d lived and learned and lived and learned, he’d claim But then – there are so many kinds of awful dame. By Michael Warren

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June, is already â&#x20AC;&#x153;busting out all overâ&#x20AC;? and giving us moments to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;singing in the rain.â&#x20AC;? There is total joy in both things so stay cool and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sing out, Louise!â&#x20AC;? Vincent Van Gogh paint     7      .  % 0  5 2 in June of 1889, the year before he died at the early age of 37â&#x20AC;ŚBy most standards a brilliant artist, he only sold one painting in his lifetime and died a lonely and tragic death. We at Lakeside will let him rest in peace as we note that June seems to be a great month for art! Now is a good time to visit the local art galleries, and per %  Q 

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9.    %5''; was just in town to visit his uncle Alejandro, who happens to be the editor of the Ojo. Juan attended Cal Berkeley, majoring in Musicology, and has played with several prestigious groups in San Francisco. Nikki Grattan, who has visited Lakeside several times, has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and while still in her teens wrote a %  & & $    % 

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throughout the years, it is only natural that the sequel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom of the Operaâ&#x20AC;? titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Never Dies,â&#x20AC;? (which is being released during June) should attract absolutely all Lakesiders. A short synopsis: the Phantom has been waiting ten long years for his beloved Christina, but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting 25 years for him. And at last, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Never Diesâ&#x20AC;? is also being released on DVD this spring. Good thing, too, because seeing it once is simply not enough. Webber has composed a new score, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as stunning as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom.â&#x20AC;? Webber takes us to melodic places you could never imagine. What makes this musical work, in a word isâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś EVERYTHING! ) 6   + < One doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a poet to enjoy an avocado when the mighty avocado Phantom of the Opera trees of Mexico are alive with ripening green or black knobs of the most delicious and nutritious of â&#x20AC;&#x153;eatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? It is a big seeded fruit that survives in Mexico by the billions. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thank whoever it might be that is in charge of the propagation, spirit, and ripening of the avocado! One of three founders of CASA (Culinary Society of Ajijic) Lakesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved (but late) Ektor Carranza was marvelous at making a lip-smacking delicious guacamole. His touch was extraordinary because he used all the right things to make it outstanding. Ektor was Mexican, so he knew what was really needed. Ektorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipe of the tingler of all times: Guacamole ah la Carranza. This was his favorite recipe. 3 or 4 any size avocados depending on how much you wish to make for an opening dip or salad. 6 to 8 tomatillos, squeaky clean  $ $ {  % %%%"

  

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When a Mayan housewife broke her favorite pot, it

was no great loss. She simply tossed the pieces on the midden heap and started rolling out pieces of clay to make herself a new one. Perhaps this time she would try something new; an incised design or maybe a different color slip. She, and the thousands like her over a period of three and a half milennia, had no way of knowing that, in so doing, they were helping future generations write the history of their times. To archaeologists, every potsherd is a veritable treasure trove of information. Everything about it, from the chemical composition of the basic clay to the shape, size, color and style of decoration of the piece itself, has a story to tell. Given enough such shards, scholars can establish a pottery sequence that answers many questions. Where and when they were made? Who made them? Did that particular site have trade relations with other cultures? Painted pots   are even more informative. What gods did they worship? Who were their rulers? How did they dress? Make war? Amuse themselves? Mayan ceramics have been divided into seven major periods, each with a number of subdivisions. Their technology changes very little throughout all that time but styles vary dra matically from the simple Mamon to the highly ornate Tepeu and beyond.

Preclassic (2,000 B.C.-A.D 250) The earliest known Mayan pottery was discovered in Belize and although radiocarbon testing suggested a date as early as 2,500 B.C., there is some debate on the accuracy     perts, however, agree on 2,000 B.C. as the latest possible date. Almost all the Swazey pieces are purely utilitarian but they are surprisingly well made and elegantly shaped.  ample shown here,

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though fairly late in the period, retains that graceful simplicity.       around the body and the inside neck of the jar was achieved by painting red stripes over an under       The piece, dating from 50 B.C. and standing about four inches high, was one of the many grave offerings discovered in a mass burial on the North Acropolis at Tikal in Guatemala.

Early Classic (A.D. 250-550) A dramatic change in ceramic style heralded the appearance of a new era. It was neither technique nor materials that changed, but rather the way all the elements were combined. Vessels became taller, thinner walled and more delicate,       decoration became more elaborate. Possibly inspired by trade goods from Teotihuacan, potters began adding legs to their larger pieces. This tetrapod bowl, with a lid modeled in high relief and topped with the head of a mythical serpent-bird          !      "       slip with the deeply incised feather and scroll motifs accentuated in red. It is roughly 11 inches in diameter and is dated A.D. 300-400.

Late Classic (A.D. 550-800) Marked changes in style again signaled the beginning of a new period, the most dramatic being the burgeoning use of     #       bands of stylized motifs or glyphs with only an oc     $  %#&'(()      * egantly dressed in a pink huipil and wearing a lavishly feathered headdress on her aristocratically deformed head. She seems to be presenting a severed human head to some equally resplendent lord, who wears an animal headdress and flourishes a bloody spear. The glyphs and the black background indicate that ibis was a funerary offering. The cylindrical vessel,      tall and dating from


A.D. 750-800, was found in Tikal.

Terminal Classic (A.D. 800-1000) The end of the Mayan domination had little effect on the skill of its potters, but possibly because of the       style of decoration did change and, in the case of polychrome ware, not for the better. Line work became sloppy and colors less vibrant while subject matter tended more to the doings of gods than of ordinary people. Among the changes were the assignment            colors and the introduction of Fine Orange ware, using a slip material thought to have been imported from Tabasco. Much of ibis style was produced as trade goods. This plate, with its winged god or demon crudely painted in subdued reds and blue-greens on an orange background, clearly reflects the deterioration in artistry. It comes from the Campeche coast, is about 12 inches in diameter and dates from A.D. 700-900.

ard pottery was utilitarian redware with no particular artistic merit. All the  + !!        !   household worship. This head, with its prominent nose, snaggle toothed mouth, receding chin and prominent cheek bones, is skillfully modeled to show all the classic aspects of old age, yet the colors are crudely applied and the piece is without glaze. It has been tentatively  "/  god of the Mayan pantheon, in his aspect as an old man The head, nearly nine inches tall and dating from A.D. 1250-1400, was found at the Yucatan city of Mayapan.

Early Postclassic (A.D. 1000-1250) Although well-made trade goods continued to be produced in quantity in the Gulf Coast lowlands and new styles like the Balancan Fine Orange and the Guatemalan Plumbate wares were introduced, overall quality continued to deteriorate. This  !                unfavorably with earlier works. The painted face, hall red, hall blue with white outlines and no hint of glazing is that of the rain god, Chac. It was found in a cave shrine near Chichen Itza and was probably used in rituals invoking that god. The vessel is roughly 12 inches high and is dated A.D. 1000-1250.

Late Postclassic (A.D 1250-1519) The ceramic arts played only a minor role in the last two or three centuries before the conquest. Plumbate ware had disappeared entirely and, although Fine Orange pieces continued to be produced for trade, the stand-

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ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Ojo de la Aqua.â&#x20AC;? Art lovers from the Lake valley, city of Guadalajara, and all other surrounding areas should pay a visit to this extraordinary cultural center. Ask any commercial business where the Cultural Center is, and they will tell you: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right in the heart of downtown on 16 de Septiembre. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one with all the color!â&#x20AC;? This exhibit opens June 8 at 7:00 p.m. for an unlimited stay.  ' ..   > In the May issue of the Ojo we announced that Lakeside writer/actor, Ed Tasca, recreated a remarkable likeness to the 1936 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, while FDR was vying for his second term as President of the USA. To complete the spotlight on this production written Angela Cook as and performed by Mr. Tasca was the stunning Eleanor Roosevelt Angela Cook as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Other cast members also did a superb job: Jonny Kottler, Harry Hopkins (as special assistant to FDR), Betty Lloyd Robinson, Frances Perkins (Secretary &  "   ! $    % Q

cabinet) plus the Narrator, Florette Schnelle,   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;all under the skillful guiding hand of director Betty Lloyd Robinson. SING ~~ SING ~~SING; 200,000 Girls Scouts from all around the world will gather on June 9th, 2012 at the base of the Washington Monument to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls Scouts.â&#x20AC;? Along with speeches and presentations, the featured event will be a sing-along that may be the largest sing-along ever in recorded history. ) @ 7 $  # >  ' JK    @  /Q  7 > celebrations will take place over an extended weekend from June 2nd through June 5th. Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world on June 4th to commemorate her 60 years,. She was Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, and was sitting up in a tree in Kenya gazing at the wildlife below when her father King George VI died in 1952â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and at that moment she became the Queen of the United Kingdom at age 25! Queen Victoria is the only Queen to have reigned longer and to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee. +5+   

>)3 ! Auditoriuml There was standing room only at the new auditorium on the campus of the Instituto TecnolĂłgico Superior de Chapala on Wednesday, May 23. Friends and educators gathered to celebrate the naming of Queen Elizabeth the recently completed structure, which is now &  ) 3  !+  rium. Dr. Morris Schwartzblat, President of the Instituto TecnĂłlogico, after enumerating the educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enormous contributions to the Instituto, lifted the veil from the beautiful plaque which will be permanently mounted near the entrance. Robert Kleffel and his charming wife, Bonnie, made short speeches that delighted the audience. We are all very proud of you! Viva la Educacion! !'   5  ' cer League happened on Friday, May 11, when an enthusiastic crowd gathered in the San Juan Cosala parish to honor young members of Jugando Robert Kleffel and Dr. Morris Unidos Soccer League. Juan Tolen-

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tino and Alicia Salcido translated into English, as bright new uniforms and shoes were distributed to the smiling players. At a time when Lakesiders are concerned about crime, it is vital for the community to promote wholesome sports activities to occupy the minds of kids which will keep them out of trouble.   + !     + $

of any kind. Already it has yielded surprising results, with members showing increased respect for their elders, their peers, and themselves. Generous donations from local individuals, Restaurante Viva Mexico, and the Racquet Club came forward to give the twelve teams shoes, uniforms and equipment so badly needed, and remained to cheer on the teams. Other members of the public can help by donating to this worthwhile cause. An ongoing need for expense coverage is expected, and any donation will be a big help and certainly appreciated. To make donations and be a part of this huge educational development plan, please call: Judy: 387-761-0199 or judiekeck@sbcglobal.net, Alicia: 387-761-0185 or 915-613-0234, or aliciasalcido2003@yahoo.com, or John: 387-761-0041 or email johnanddee@prodigy.net.mx 0    .. 2=      > When Lakeside musical director Timothy Ruff Welch and talented Jaime Littlejoihn get together to celebrate the musical talents of Los Cantantes del Lago, you know it is going to be an afternoon of sheer entertainment. June 17th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church. Tickets are $180 pesos and can be acquired at Diane Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colecciones, Miaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique, or from any production member of Los Cantantes. E-mail cantantesdellago@gmail.com $  '   margarine and butterW9Margarina and mantequilla?) *Both have the same amount of calories. *Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine. *Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. *Butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. ^   $      ! $ +    &! 

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f you enjoy a finely crafted Chardonnay youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to love a glass of Viognier. It was once fairly common in the Rhone area of France but now it is rare. In 1965, the grape was almost extinct when there were only eight acres in Northern RhĂ´ne. In the New World, Viognier is growing in popularity. During the last ten years there has been a huge increase in Viognier production throughout the world and more recently we have begun to see bottles on our supermarket shelves - challenging the monopoly of Chardonnay. Viognier can be a difficult grape to grow because it is prone to powdery mildew. It has low and unpredictable yields and should be picked only when fully ripe. When picked too early, the grape fails to develop the full extent of its aromas and tastes. When picked too late, the grape produces wine that is oily and lacks perfume. When fully ripe the grapes have a deep yellow color and produce wine with a strong perfume and high in alcohol. The grape prefers warmer environments and a long growing season. Viognier Pairing This is a great wine to have on its own with a few appetizers. Salty and fatty snacks such as cashews, beer nuts, and Macadamia nuts will keep you happy with this wine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to sip while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re preparing dinner. Viognierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tropical fruit flavors really shine when paired with fruit dishes, such as a tangy fruity barbecue sauce, mango chutney, plum sauce, or pineapple salsa. You want to stay away from sharper acidic sauces, such as raspberry vinaigrette. Viognier pairs well with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter dinners. Turkey, ham and duck all have a sweetness to them that this wine loves. Slow cooked root vegetables, like turnips, carrots and squash, along with sweet potatoes have the same sweetness which brings out this wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flavors. Try not to pair it with lighter foods. The wine is so expressive that the dish will be lost. Avoid very tart or sharp flavors, like vinaigrettes or other acid-based

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Robert and Noemi dressings, as well as high heat dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;since Viognier is often high in alcohol, it will make the food seem even hotter. Escorihueda Gaycon - Viognier $6.00 dollars -A best buy. Today, Viognier wines are produced in one of the oldest wineries in the New World located in Argentina. The climate of Mendoza is ideal for this difficult wine. Escorihuela was founded in 1884 by Miguel Escorihuela GascĂłn. This winery has lots of history. For instance, it is believed that Escorihuela GascĂłn was the first winery to ever bottle a 100% Malbec wine and the brand â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carcasonne Red Wineâ&#x20AC;? was President Peronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite wine. The winery is an historic landmark in the history of Argentine winemaking, yet it houses some of the most advanced winemaking technology in the world, and also has the best restaurant in Mendoza. It is called 1884 and is managed by the local star chef Francis Mallman. Two Other Viognier Wines to Try Crane Lake-Viognier- California$8.00 Dollarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;On the nose you will smell green apple, lime, and stone fruit. On the palate you will taste apple, lime, lychee, melon and vanilla. Yalumba - Viognier-South Australia- $16.00 Dollarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Golden in color, the Yalumba Viognier is an enchanting wine with aromas of lemon and honeysuckle with hints of spice. On the palate it is rich, luscious and silky with juicy tropical fruit, citrus and lychee. Hot Weather Wine Warning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The room temperature in your home during this time of the year is about 80 degrees. Red wine should be served at about 60 degrees, thus if you serve your red wine at room temperature it will be a disaster. Put your red wine in the fridge for at least ½ hour before serving. NoemĂ­ Paz licorespaz@hotmail.com Robert Kleffel bkleffel@hotmail.com


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To Snip Or Not To Snip By Judy Lacy

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e live in a paradise, the weather is near perfection, the people become like family, and there are more activities to get involved in than we have time for. So, what could make life better? Your first answer would probably be more money. Some of us won’t be able to change our financial status unless we inherit, go back to work, or cut our expenses and stop enjoying this beautiful area. I’m personally not willing to do that. The second answer might be a healthier body. With the proper eating and exercise regime, we can certainly improve ourselves. But, you may still have some “old people” attributes—you know, those soft and spongy abs, batwing arms or turtle neck. I know I can’t look like I did when I was twenty and I’m perfectly happy knowing that time has moved on. Actually, I don’t regret those years of enjoying great food, a very relaxed exercise program, maybe a bit too much wine now and then.

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cause I wanted to look the way I feel— still young and full of energy with optimism for the future.” Every single one told me they started their quest with questions, optimism, and a healthy amount of uncertainty. They didn’t proceed until all their questions were answered. I asked what they would suggest for a plan of action to make the decision, how would I find the right cosmetic/ plastic surgeon and what steps should I take in preparation for any procedure. Following is a list of these suggestions: Make a list of Board certified cosmetic/plastic surgeon in the area who are currently performing the specific procedure/s I’m interested in. Meet with the doctor/s for an initial consultation to determine their credentials, is the hospital or clinic up to my expectations, does he/she conducted a complete medical history and physical exam prior to deciding what procedure is best for me? Are their any risks relative to my overall health? Do the doctor and the staff speak English and do they really understand what I would like to accomplish? Is this the right procedure for me? Will the doctor give me the emotional support I need? Will he/she be involved in my after care and to what extent? Where will I stay the first few

days after surgery? Contact and interview referrals given by the doctors. Find others who have used this doctor for a similar procedure. Meet with them face to face if possible, or set up a Skype meeting so I can see the results. Ask for before and after photos. What were their fears/concerns and did the doctor and the facility help them through the entire process, including recovery? Most important, would they do it again? Finally, the cost. If I can’t afford to do everything at one time, is the doctor willing to work with me on a “master plan” that works with my time frame and budget? This is very important because some procedures need to be done at the same time—it can cost me more if I do things out of sequence. Here in Mexico, the cost of cosmetic surgery is anywhere from 40 to 75 percent less than the States and Canada. It’s a personal decision so take your time and decide whether a cosmetic procedure would really enhance your life. I’m going to continue investigating until I know what’s right for me. So, if you see me coming down the street looking a bit happier, ask me why. I can assure you it won’t be because I have a money tree growing in my back courtyard. Chances are I decided to do a bit of snipping and tucking.


BULLFIGHTING ATROCITIES By Lori Geiger

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t seems hard to believe that in this socalled civilized age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of barbaric blood-shed continues. Bullfighting should have been banned along with the Spanish Inquisition. Children should never be exposed to this, as many may be scarred for life after witnessing this type of cruelty. Desensitization makes other types of cruelty acceptable as well, whether it is done to a dog, cat, horse etc. What type of person would take pleasure in watching an animal suffer a SLOW painful death? Who can enjoy seeing an innocent animal that has never done them any harm — being stabbed to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the poor defenseless animal body? Many Spanish cities have already banned this practice. The torturing of any animal for amusement should not be condoned. Yes it is a million dollar industry….. But the only winners are those who

gain financial profits. Did you know? Common practices include alleged practices of putting Vaseline into the bull’s eyes so that he can not see clearly, drugging of the more aggressive bulls as well as cutting certain muscles/ tendons, to also weaken the bull. After witnessing the horror of this slaughter, only the most hardened and callous would consider a second visit to the bullring, seeing what the bull has to endure during his last hour of life in the ring. Not to mention the other side of the bullfight, not commonly known to the vast majority of people, the prebullfight treatment. “War is the final destination of hate - The torture of an animal  for pleasure or glory is the ultimate act of cruelty.” —L. Geiger

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JIM TIPTON: The Man Who Falls in L ove with Everything By Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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ome years ago, while browsing in the poetry section of the Ashland University Library, I came across a small chapbook with the title “The Wizard of Is,” written by a James Tipton. I had known a Jim Tipton back in my teenage years at Ashland High School. I had not seen or heard from him in 37 years. We had once been in the same Boy Scout troop, and been infatuated with the same cheerleader back in those halcyon days in 1957 of pony tails and bobby sox. On the basis of those recollections, I wrote to the poet, then living in the wastelands of western Colorado, and inquired as to whether he was the same Jim Tipton I had known so many years before. A month passed, and then one day a large cardboard box arrived in the mail. I was amazed to find it filled with containers of honey, beeswax

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Tipton at age 22- A Vintage Year

candles, and sheets of poetry. The Jim Tipton I had known so long ago as Boy Scout and saxophonist in a jazz band, had grown into a successful professor, stockbroker, entrepreneur and world- famous poet. At the time, he was tending beehives in the rugged backcountry near Glade Park, Colorado, where he owned and operated the High Desert Honey Company. For several years, Jim returned to Ohio in the summer to teach poetry writing to young people at the Ashland University Governor’s Institute. We often got together, sometimes around a wilderness campfire, to swap stories and reminisce about old times. His masterpiece, to date, Letters from a Stranger, was published in 1998 and has gone through several printings. The introduction, written by Isabel Allende, author of House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows and other bestsellers, catches the essence of Jim’s poetry. “Powerful strains of spirituality and sexuality intertwine and sometimes clash. His words flow like desert honey over the western landscape, extolling the joy in the eyes of his brown dog Ananda, the ancient om of bees, the creaking of an old house at night, pondering the loss of old loves, contemplating the ecstasy of new ones, contrasting the raw beauty of wilderness with noisy cities made of steel, probing the pain of an abandoned, damaged soul. He speaks of the healing of the wounded spirit.” Our ships wreck, and we survive; our hearts, stolen by pirates, are not ransomed; but we cannot weep forever for these lost things.


Tipton’s work sometimes juxtaposes opposites: Love and loss, light and dark, masculine and feminine, nature and civilization, good and evil, the yin and the yang of existence. In this quest, he taps into many ancient sources to reveal a spirituality that lies beyond definition. Many commentators have compared his work to that of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. In one poem, he exults, “The day I was born was the day I began to fall in love with everything,” and goes on to say that he, such a magnificent worker of words, did not speak until he was three years old. Mostly, he celebrates life and love and joy. Writing poetry, he says, stems not from some spiritual discipline--it is more like eating donuts or butter cookies or being in bed with exotic women. All women love Jim’s poetry and love Jim, a great bear of a man sporting a snow-white beard, “The captain of a pirate ship,” in Isabel Allende’s words. Allende continues, in describing her correspondence with Tipton following the death of her daughter Paula, “I began to open myself to that voice that was most certainly masculine and strong, but also tender and sensuous.” One commentator has observed, “Every

woman would love to be loved the way Jim Tipton loves.” His work has been published in ten languages and earned the accolades of many critics. Letters from a Stranger is available from www.amazon.com. Since relocating to Chapala, Mexico a few years back, he has published Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror, Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village, All the Horses of Heaven, and most recently To Love for a Thousand Years. He currently writes a popular column, “Hearts at Work,” for El Ojo del Lago, the largest English-language monthly magazine in Mexico.

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jijic has great views of the mountains and beautiful Lake Chapala from nearly every home, that blend in with streets of flowers and perfect Mexican gardens. Then there is Mount Garcia on the south side of the lake, a magnificent mountain that shows its changing moods daily, particularly during the exciting summer months. Sitting on your terraza and watching the lightning and listening to the thunder, brings back those exciting childhood memories and visions of mayhem happening in the heavens. The youthful days of carefree actions and endeavors are instantly returned in your mind linking the chaotic tranquility and serenity to your new found youth. Summer, what a lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the skies that have been blue all day gradually start to reflect the mood of Garcia. He is seemingly upset from the lack of attention from the local population who are enjoying the wondrous beauty of the local fauna and restaurants. He was here first, after all, and his only way to demonstrate that is to puff out his chest and let his annoyance be known. Around about 4.00 pm he huffs and puffs and builds up magnificent clouds around his crest. Many of these cumulous clouds have a deep black depth to them, warning you that he will not be treated without respect and ignored in

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this idyllic setting. As if that is not enough he calls his fellow mountains to rally to the cause and create an atmosphere that sometimes looks like the apocalypse is coming. His continued reign of terror builds up throughout the early evening with the rumbling sound of discontent and flashes of anger. A possible courteous warning sign to the local inhabitants that they had better prepare themselves for a total cleansing of their ways and what is about to happen later in the evening. As the noise continues Garcia starts to cry and realizes that he really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean to frighten anyone; even though his neighboring mountains continue to create flash floods, he promises by sunrise it will be blue skies and fun again. The land does smell cleansed in the morning and maybe the odd house, whose roof has decided that it would agree with Garcia, had their interior cleansed by letting his tears run or drip down the wall or stairwell. Suddenly it is time to smile again with the arrival of those from north of the border who make flattering remarks about his majesty and how peaceful he looks. The echoes from the prosperous restaurants make him smile and reflect on the blue skies, that he permits, as he looks down on Lake Chapala admiring his reflection bouncing out of its depths. Peace and serenity return again with the boaters and swimmers creating ripples of content with their laughter and activities on the Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface and make Garcia appear to have wrinkles of pleasure. Does it last forever? No. Those sun worshippers from the North eventually leave Lake Chapalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural beauty and the second best climate in the world to return home. The locals, who take Garcia in their daily stride, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t echo loud enough praise like those from north of the border, which slowly creates an electric atmosphere for Garcia. Will Garcia change his sentimental ways next summer and stop acting like a petulant child, we doubt it. Such is the life in Ajijic.


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The Poets’ Niche By Mark Sconce msconce@gmail.com T.S. Eliot The Fugitive Poet (1888-1965)

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side from the “T. S. Mrs. Eliot” taunt of yesteryear, first impressions of Thomas Stearns Elliot are confusing and his odyssey puzzling. On one hand, for example, we know he was the exponent and practitioner of Modernist poetry realized with the 1915 publication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. * On the other, he was a deeply conservative man who respected respectability. He declared that he was “…a classicist in literature, a royalist in politics, and an AngloCatholic (sic) in religion.” He solemnly wrote: “Flesh and blood is weak and frail/Susceptible to nervous shock/While the True Church can never fail/For it is based upon a rock.” Born of a family well-connected within the Unitarian establishment of Boston, he nonetheless converted and was baptized into the Church of England in 1927 and later became a British citizen at the age of 40. Unlike many of us at Lakeside, he was a true expatriate! Perhaps our most erudite poet, Eliot, along with novelist James Joyce, could and did lace their works with obscure allusions in Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, and Sanskrit “Datta, dayadhvam, damyate” (Give, sympathize and control) for what it’s worth! Eliot is probably best known for The Waste Land, yet how can we forget the record-breaking musical “CATS” based on his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. (The Old Possum, by the way, is Eliot himself.) Growltiger was a Bravo Cat, who travelled on a barge: In fact he was the roughest cat that ever roamed at large. From Gravesend up to Oxford he pursued his evil aims, Rejoicing in his title of “The Terror of the Thames”. So how does a boy born and bred in St. Louis, Missouri wind up in the graveyard of St. Michael’s Church in East Coker, England? The details are too numerous for this piece, but I can sum it up in a word—Harvard. A first-class education (Comparative Literature) and first-class contacts during his postgraduate years abroad at the Sorbonne and Oxford where Eliot put down deep English roots. While he regarded Four Quartets as his masterpiece and it led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize, literary scholars say that The Waste Land is his most important poem and that poetry has never been the same since. The Romantic movement, with its “mush and self-conceit,” was over. The aftermath of WWI was The Waste Land: April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. But one critic called it “a true picture of the junkyard of the intellectual mind.” You be the judge: And so each venture/Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate With shabby equipment always deteriorating In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, Undisciplined squads of emotion. Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky

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Like a patient etherized upon a table. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I grow oldâ&#x20AC;ŚI grow oldâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I should have been a pair of ragged claws â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Scuttling across the floors of silent seas. We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time *Prufrock-Litton Company was a furniture store in St Louis, which only proves that poets take their inspiration from the oddest places. Mark Sconce

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ture meetings, and heard a speaker describe the voyage that he and his wife took from being active fundamentalist Christians to becoming atheists. The Lakeside Freethinkers appears to be meeting a need. Its objectives are to provide opportunities for socializing and fellowship and for discussion of subjects of interest. Discussion at upcoming meetings will focus on separation of church and state, led by a member who has been personally involved in it, and tax exemption for religious institutions. All freethinkers are welcome to attend. For information, e-mail Ken Crosby at gypsyken@prodigy.net.mx.

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STAY HEALTHY!  #"    %"$ Internal Medicine & Geriatric Specialist Mdjmcordova1204@yahoo.com Dietetic and nutritional Overview PART III

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OW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH? How much should you weight? In the best of all worlds, the answers would be the same. In reality, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The latest version of recommended weight for height comes from 1990 edition of US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by US. Department of Agriculture. Height-weight tables are very controversial. We can not settle the debate, but we can offer insight into what the latest height-weight table means to your health. And now, what is a healthy weight? The dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that you maintain a healthy weight. Figuring healthy weight should be based on three factors: a height-weight table, your body shape, and your health status. Height-weight table: Depending on your age and height, the latest table lists broad ranges of recommended weights. Don´t focus on the numbers alone. The table is helpful only as a guide. Some medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke are related to weight. If losing extra pounds may improve your health, then a lower weight in your height-weight range may be healthier and thus more important for you than it is for someone who does not have a medical problem. What is a healthy weight? There exists guidelines to maintain a healthy weight and these are based on these factors: A height-weight table, your body shape and your health status. The Heights-Weight table depending on your age and height, For example, if you are a 60-year-old man or woman who stands 5 feet 8 inches, you can weight from 138-178 pounds, higher weights general apply to men; lower weights to women. This allows for differences in muscle and bone. Don´t focus on the numbers again alone, the table is helpful only as a guide. Apple versus Pear shape? How excess fat is distributed on your body can be a health risk. Extra weight that settles about your waist (apple-

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shaped body), puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes, additional fat in your hips, and thighs (pear-shapedbody) means you probably don´t have any greater health risks than people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overweight at all . Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Does your shape resemble that of an apple or a pear? One way to determine whether you have the apple or pear silhouette is to determine your waist-to-hip ratio. The distribution of your body fat stores is determined largely by heredity, although the amount is determined by how you eat and exercise customs. Work at attaining and maintaining a lower body weight to reduce weightrelated health risks due to storage of body fat. Remember, some medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke are very related to weight. If losing extra pounds may improve your health, then lower weight in your height-weight range may be healthier and thus more important for you than it is for someone who does not have a medical problem. Review your health Condition Despite what tables say, you may not have to lose weight if you are in generally good health and have a sense of vigor and normal values of cholesterol, triglycerides, sugar and blood pressure. In the end, the weight that´s most healthful for you may be one that you can comfortably attain and maintain through sensible eating habits. Practice a healthful lifestyle, and chances are you will keep your weight at healthy level. To be continued-Dr. Cordova


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hum the Ant Song. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really the title for it, but you know which song I mean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone knows an ant canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move a rubber tree plant, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got high hopes, high hopes. Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant.â&#x20AC;? While I had been writing articles about this enchanted land around Lake Chapala, CNN was talking about a $360,000,000 lottery to be drawn a few days before Easter. The odds of winning were 715,000,000 to 1. Why do they do it? Why do people line up around the block to buy tickets to a lottery with overwhelming odds against them? Because they hope. God bless them, they all have hope. Sometimes when people do really dumb things that get them into the news, we shake our heads and wonder what America or Canada or Mexico is coming to. In the US, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a national debt so enormous that $1 trillion dollars is a drop in the bucket and Congress canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree on what a basically sound budget should consist of. Oh, get serious. Of course, they can resolve this. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about how they look to the folks back home and whether they can get reelected. But, even with shenanigans in Congress and debt that has cost everybody a bundle, people buy lot-

tery tickets that support their state educational budgets and a whole lot more. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. They believe in the dream. America is a beacon of hope to people around the world. While Americans may be foolish one day, guardians another day, and wastrels most days, America as a nation remains everything Miss Liberty symbolizes. So when hardworking folks line up for lottery tickets, they have only one reason for doing it. They believe these tough times precede a new dawn, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why. Millions of people are lining up to prove that there is always hope. So everything really will work out. I guarantee it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be smooth sailing, but people are good. I still get upset at times, but I believe in America and Americans as I believed in Canadians when they had to reduce their debt. Americans will solve their problems. And so will Mexico and Mexicans for there is also an election year here. This is not a promising election year for either the US or Mexico, however. Politicians just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win any more. But, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK. We, the people, know what is right. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show the politicians which way to go. And while they figure it out, we still have hope. Pass it on.

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ignificant art engages the viewer. We are seized by a force that moves us beyond current definitions of reality. Captured, we find ourselves moving between emotional ecstasy and rapture, outside our social and cultural formation, looking past prejudice and conditioning, to watch the known world vanish, replaced by worlds previously impossible for us to imagine. Lake Chapala Painting Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May, 2012 exhibition at the Old Train Station in Chapala, awoke in me a sense that here at Lakeside, we, artists and lovers of fine arts, are doing something special and unique. An exhibition with works of consistent quality is a privilege to view and to write about. I am sad that there is not space to mention all of the guild members in this column. Lois Schroff, whose jewel-like painting Striving Heavenward is both beautiful and exciting to explore, wrote about the guild, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My involvement in LCPG is centered on creating challenging, competitive venues which will inspire members to become better painters - hence the reason for juried shows.â&#x20AC;? Bev Kephartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handsome small still-life paintings of intimate objects found in her kitchen are appealing and well-composed. One gives vivid life to three ripe tomatoes in a ceramic

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bowl that rests against a large multicolored ceramic cookie jar. It presents an example of the power of solid composition that incorporates a variety of colors and forms. Bev reflected, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mission statement is to further the professional development of brush and palette painters that use oil, acrylic, and watercolor. This is exactly what I needed.â&#x20AC;? Mary Ann Linhartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican MĂŠlange ll reveals a white cockatoo intertwined with a cornucopia of flowers and plants rendered in vivid hues against a patterned background reminiscent of Henri Matisse (1869-1954). The work radiates translucent color. (photo) Julie Mignardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine abstract painting, Flight Pattern of Angels, with strong contrast between dark and light, emotionally and spiritually drew me into a new world where I moved through galaxies in formation. Subtle rose and blue tints impart a solid, resolved feel to the overall work. (photo) Equally interesting, Joan Lowndesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; painting of a strange world cast in green tones, pulls the viewer inward while the overall composition pushes outward, offering a clear example of how push-pull creates focus and interest without depending on objective realism. Clearly the artistic chemistry among guild members is synergistic. Winnie Hunt stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lake Chapa-


l Painting la P i i G Guild ild offers ff a combination bi i of shared passions, common purpose, social connection, and creative stimulation. What more could one want?” Julie Mignard offered, “I am happy to be associated with a smaller group

which facilitates the inclusion of my larger paintings.” And Geraldine Classen added, “I am able to work with other like-minded painters to both develop and promote our art through juried exhibitions.” Three approaches distinguish LCPG: juried exhibitions, shared critiques of member’s paintings, and joint workshops to improve the quality of their paintings. During their joint critiques, analyses of first impressions; consideration of the use of color, shape, line, texture, space, form and value along with design principles such as balance, contrast (conflict), emphasis, movement, rhythm, unity and variety; and interpretation of the emotional and psychological impact provide keys to the professional growth of the participating artists. Members dare to ask themselves, “What does this painting teach us?” New members of all nationalities are welcome. To join LCPG requires completion of an application form, submission of three paintings, and commitment to be an active member of the guild. Contact Bev. Kephart, bevkephartinmex@gmail.com or call 766-3940. Rob Mohr

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THREE STRIKES  3 )

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fter retiring from my airline career as a steward, I decided it would be fun to still stay connected to the travel business, so I took a job with American Factors. AMFAC, among extensive property holdings, owned sixteen hotels in the Hawaiian Islands. Most of these hotels were ranked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deluxe,â&#x20AC;? but there were a few First Class hotels on each island as well. My primary duty with Island Holiday, the AMFAC division I represented, was to invite travel agents to use AMFAC hotels and to tour the Islands courtesy of AMFAC expenseâ&#x20AC;Śin order, of course, to be better able to convince clients to stay at AMFAC hotels. Agents from these various states would assemble in Dallas where they boarded non-stop flights on American, Continental, or United. Now, you would naturally assume that since most of these agents had already sold trips to Hawaii and would hopefully sell many more in the future that they would know something about Hawaii and the other islands. Not so. I was so amazed at the ignorance of some of the agents who were going with me that I would be afraid to let them out of my sight until bedtime.

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Some of the questions after the agents received the AMFAC invitations made me wonder how they ever managed to become agents. You might wonder the same thing after you look at this list of some of their actual questions: What currency do they use there? Do I need a passport? What language do they speak? I hate flying. Can I leave two days earlier by train? Do we take a tour bus to the other islands or do we fly on little airplanes? (This man cancelled even after I assured him the interisland planes were NOT little.) When I read the names of some of the agents I wondered if they were handpicked as a joke, as I had not had that many strange names on one trip ever before or after. There was a Bagdaddy, a Boomsma, a Belcher, and a Walkingstick, although Walkingstick was not particularly unusual for a girl from an Oklahoma Indian family, and her fellow agent, also from Oklahoma, had a rather ordinary name, Armstrong. The worst name on the list was Harney, a man who was so proud of it that his main entertainment in life wasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when he was introducing himself to somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;holding out his hand


and saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Harney,â&#x20AC;? which would bounce that person, usually a female, back about five feet. On this trip I was sitting in First Class when the hostess came up to me and asked me to speak with one of my girls in Tourist who was causing a commotion. Apparently Walkingstick had had more than her share of complimentary drinks and during the movie, she said at the top of her voice, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a really shitty movie.â&#x20AC;? Reluctantly taking charge, I worked Walkingstick back to her seat and told her no more drinks. Her companion Armstrong, in the seat beside her, ran her tongue around the inside of her glass before she handed it to me and winked. I noticed her blouse was now unbuttoned about half-way down. I told them both to behave and go to sleep (which I would attribute to passing out). Strike One. The worst was yet to come.

Little did I know that I was an unpaid pimp bringing two â&#x20AC;&#x153;ladies of the nightâ&#x20AC;? into Hawaii. Later that evening four of us were dining at an outdoor restaurant when we looked up to see Walkingstick knocked into the gutter by a street walker who assumed Walkingstick was cutting in on her territory. Strike Two. We helped the squaw back to the hotel. Walkingstick did not have her key. When Walkingstick started to scream and Armstrong started to scream back through the closed door someone called hotel security. The security guard opened the door and immediately a strange man holding a large pink bra against his face rushed out. Then the security guard returned and moved the squaw to another room. Strike Three. Well, everyone knows what happens after the third strike.

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he knew she was in trouble. She had one week to prepare for the scrutiny that would incur. It would not be easy to face the pronouncement nor the resulting penalty of wrong doing. Would she be able to convince the jurors that her intention had been honorable, though in vain? She knew that all ears would be attuned to her account of progress. The week would be long and challenging. She could almost feel it unfolding before her. The weekly ritual had happened so frequently that there was a certain part of her that was beginning to feel the problem was built in, becoming chronic. Day one of the next seven would give rise to expectation and excitement. She would mull in her mind the possibilities and force herself to feel encouraged about a positive outcome. The desire and effort to turn over a new leaf may, or may not, hold her in good stead. She could never be sure. Day two could perhaps offer new reaffirming hope and she would consciously try to program and stimulate her thoughts toward a fresh approach and a determination to rise above self-doubt. Day three would definitely require a total regrouping experience, and a selfconvincing commitment to impress, in a

positive way, those who would be listening on the appointed day. Day four of the week at hand would produce a ball of anxiety in her belly that reminded her of when she was a child subjected to the approval of parent and teacher. Day five would find her on the edge of frantic as the day of reckoning approached, and she had not yet been able to come to grips with the situation at hand. Day six would usher in a specific panic and despair that would need to be kept in check if she wanted to present herself well at the appointed meeting. Day seven, the day of dread, she would scold herself mercilessly, yet console herself gently, to counteract the psychological effect on her mind. This appointment was, after all, not a matter of life and death! She knew that, of course, but as she prepared her psyche to be in the hot seat, she would grit her teeth, she would force a smile and she would address the moment of truth. She had no homework prepared for the Ajijic Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group.

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he heart has its reasons, which reason cannot know. ~ Blaise Pascal

Have you ever seen or heard the following phrase? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know more than you know you know.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If true, it might easily be used as a proposition in a rhetorical debate or logic or a semantics argument. I just have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gut feelingâ&#x20AC;? that tells me so. My intuition â&#x20AC;&#x153;just may beâ&#x20AC;? sufficient. Let us distinguish between â&#x20AC;&#x153;instinctâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;intuition.â&#x20AC;? The current essay is about intuition, not instinct. Briefly, instinct is a genetically programmed behavior that the human species share with animals. Instinctual behavior is not the result of learning, and it can be seen across all members of a species. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intuition,â&#x20AC;? as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason.â&#x20AC;? Undoubtedly, there are many definitions of intuition, but most are problematic. The conscious act of reflecting on intuition is precisely what intuition is not. Intuition is your brain on autopilot processing information out of the conscious awareness that it is operating. In other words, intuition is non-conscious (or subconscious) thinking. Cognitive science is uncovering a fascinating and complex subconscious mind, a mind that even the Grand Master, Sigmund Freud, never told us about. In this mind, thinking does not take place consciously, rather subconsciously. Thinking literally occurs â&#x20AC;&#x153;out of sightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;out of mind,â&#x20AC;? out of conscious mind, that is. And what about â&#x20AC;&#x153;womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intuitionâ&#x20AC;?? Women tend to excel in nonverbal sensitivity. For example, research suggests they surpass men in discerning whether a male-female couple is genuinely romantic or a posed pair of phonies. Some men are more empathetic than the average woman, but the intuition-gender gap appears real. More than men, women base knowledge on intuitive and personal grounds, and they tend to be more subjective in their preferences and de-

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cision making. There is strong evidence that women are better at encoding and decoding nonverbal information than are men. This evidence has frequently been cited as a possible evidence of a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intuition. In addition, the hormone estrogen, present in greater quantities in women than in men, directly effects the amount of DA (dopamine) released into the striatum, a part of the basal ganglia of the brain. And greater DA release into the striatum in conjunction with reward should lead to the development of stronger representations of P (Predictor) R (Response) relationships that form quickly, this resulting in [apparently superior] womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intuition. The mysterious and much-stereotyped concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;female intuitionâ&#x20AC;? appears to be more than just a cultural myth. Although intuition is a big part of decision making, the negative side of this consciously-thoughtless and sometimes oxymoronic ability of ours may unleash itself with blind fury and lead us astray, and when we least expect it. People sometimes fool themselves, and even the most intelligent people make predictable and costly errors. People from all walks of life and all social strata can be victims of illusory intuitions. Studies suggest, for instance, that people mistake the durability and intensity of their emotions after a romantic breakup, losing an election, winning a game and being insulted. Again, as we have seen, intuition can err. Irrespective of previous bittersweet experiences using our intuition, we must listen to our unseen mind as it whispers creatively, searching for the right phrase, the right metaphor, the right story, the right formula and the right hypothesis. Let us emulate poet Stephen Spender and others who attempt to understand their visual, auditory and sensory inner sanctums and express their sometimes Nobel or Pulitzer Prize level ideas. And remember, contrary to Pascalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart, intuition just may have its reasons which reason can recognize and respect.


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

RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE— 100 YEARS LATER Linda Steele I enjoyed this article! It brought back happy memories of curling up with one of those old Zane Grey novels and spending a snowy day wrapped up in a great story! HEARTS AT WORK - APRIL 2012 Allen Simons Exactly my friend. Ismail familiar with Milarepa. Wise teaching. I place my head in a dragons mouth daily, and if one doesn’t find me I go in search just to keep in practice. Must be a learning particularly available in old age. THANKS Shirley Sieving I have demons in me my friend ever since for the past five months continual sickness, to the point of deep depression with life and myself. I do not know how to get rid of the craziness in my head. Be well my friend, Shirley. TAI CHI - POWERFUL MEDICINE... AND SO MUCH FUN! Win Fiandaca I would like to contact Cindy and start attending her class. HEARTS AT WORK - MAY 2012 Allen Thanks Jim for reprinting this beautiful reminder that even longings can be beautiful. FIREARMS REVEAL LIVES OF TWO LITERARY GIANTS Linda Patmon Ford

This is excellent! As a retired teacher and perpetual student this is enlightening. It gives further insight into the tortured life of Hemingway. His lack of reverence for all forms of life noted here are consistent with the scared, insecure and self-absorbed man he seemed to be. Thank you for this enlightening article. OPERA ON THE BUS - MAY 2012 monte ....yep. Once in awhile the old magic of Mexico, its humanity, bursts through and the gringo-ization of experience lessens its hold. Nice vignette. G Very nice. Yes, these moments in a normal Mexican day, do not cease to amaze those of us who do tend to ‘over-think’. cheers from your former stomping grounds. g. FOUR MOTHERS ON THE BLOCK Judy King What wonderful piece. Thankfully I don’t know how this feels, but have stood beside others who have had to walk this path. My heart goes out to all mothers who suffer this gutwrenching loss. Thank you Margaret for sharing these steps in your journey. THE UNITED STATES LONGEST WAR Ramiro Guzman Thank You Sir for putting the dots on the i’s “The embargo also contradicts human rights, which the people in the United States desire for themselves and claim to desire for the rest of the world.” This short sentence pretty much sums it up.

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OUR MEXIICA CAN DOG’S FIIR RST W WINTER By . . .?

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lmost three years ago, we acquired an Ajijic street dog - a shorthair mixed-breed mediumsized dog with the sweetest disposition ever. He was cared for some time by a local Mexican family who had taken on responsibility for a number of dogs and they had reached their limit. So, we became proud owners of our third pet. What to name this new member of our family? Early thoughts of calling him “Prince” or “Rajah” quickly evaporated as he does not have a haughty or supercilious bone in his body. He loves and is loved by everyone he meets, so we called him “Buddy.” This gentle and docile animal has shown infinite patience. After close to three years, our two cats still refuse to show him any deference or any sign of welcome although they are beginning finally to tolerate his tail wagging and rambunctious ways – a big improvement over the hissing and lashing out with front paws that he has tolerated for so long. He appeared to accept his lot as an annoying inferior presence and learned to ignore them. Many another dog would have simply had the cats for lunch. So, when we moved back to Canada this fall, given his docile nature, the question became: after living his entire life in the perfect climate of Ajijic, how will he adjust to the harsh Canadian winters on Georgian Bay? Would he be able to tolerate freezing below zero temperatures with fierce wind squalls blasting his face and legs with snow and ice pellets? Would he freeze? Would he actually refuse to go out in the cold? We have done what we can to make his transition as comfortable as possible. Daily walks help to acclimatize him. And he is the proud owner of his own winter coat. The waterproof outer layer is lined with a soft warm fabric and even has a “fur” bordered hood. With white snowflakes drifting along his shoulders and a reflective bar along his back, he is one handsome canine. And he knows it! He loves his winter coat and his snowy adventures. Walking along the snow-covered path wearing his coat,

he literally prances with joy. He proudly lifts his head and feet high off the path and greets the wind and snow as i f he were a model making a fashion statement – almost regal in his bearing. (“Prince”? “Rajah”?) Buddy appears to be completely at home on the groomed trails and woods behind our house. But it was just three days ago that we experienced the ultimate test – our first real snow storm. It was around twenty degrees below zero with 25 centimeters of new snow, 60 to 80 kilometer winds, blizzard and white out conditions, and heavy drifting. We bundled up. Buddy even wore a scarf to keep his neck warm and his hood in place. And how did he respond? Were we in for a surprise! Our worries were for naught. Exuberance would be an understatement. When he was off his lead, watching him run was like witnessing joy in motion. He looked like a deer, literally flying along the path. In fact, his tracks could almost have been mistaken for deer tracks – four paws close together then a space of four feet or so to the next paw prints. Amazing and so beautiful to watch. At one point, he ran out of sight and inklings of anxiety came to mind. What if there are coyotes? Would he get lost? Would he come back? I shouted into the wind, “Buddy, come!” After a minute or so he raced back, bounding and leaping along the trail, eyes bright with excitement and an unmistakable smile on his face. He had had the freedom to sniff and dig and rout in the snow banks with his snout looking for hibernating moles. He undoubtedly checked the stream where he had seen mallards only days before. He had run and jumped in the snowy landscape to his heart’s content. And he had a terrific time! Buddy had passed his first test of winter with first class honors! (Ed. Note: When this material was sent to us, there was no name on it. If anyone has an idea of who the author might be, please let us know, as we’d love to give somebody credit for this lovely article.)

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AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. Meets every Wednesday 8 am for breakfast at La Nueva Posada. www.aalakechapala.org AA Lakeside- M+TH 4-6 Gazebo at the Lake Chapala Society. www.aalakechapala.org ++(- TH 10:30-12 Sala at the Lake Chapala Society. www.aalakechapala.org A COURSE IN MIRACLES- Meets on Saturday at 2:00 at # 17 B Nicholas Bravo. For information email: clarecgearhart@gmail.com +833/+8+)85+5+$+^K_(85*1September to April meet the 2nd Thursday 4pm-6pm at La Nueva Posada. John Prichard 766-1876 +#8#8@`8)*`8$ - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 10 am. Guests & New Members Welcome. ajijicguild@gmail.com +#8#83+/`1 Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. +#8#8(38)/37*3`61Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. Nueva Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the Nueva Posada. AXIXIC MASONIC LODGE #31- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at LCS 5:00pm. Contact the Secretary at (387) 7610017 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, M 4:30-5:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. AMERICAN LEGION OF CHAPALA POST- #7 General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. +"/38+5/*85%3+5!"&+/5)85/6)^1(Fitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant in Riberas Del Pilar) 3rd Wednesday. Additional info Call Vince 765-7299. AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES- Every Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. +"8*$/+*+1 Working to improve the ecology. See www.amigosdelago.org or contact us at info@amigosdelago.org. AMITIES FRANCOPHONES- Meets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. rvanhoudt@prodigy.net.mx. ANIMAL SHELTER- Provide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. ANITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANIMALS- Free loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. www.anitasanimals.com. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. +3$+)9+443 $+ ) . ;1Theraphy dog visits & Children Reading to Dogs program. Julianna Rose 766-5025, rotariojrose@gmail.com BARBERSHOP MIXED CHORUS- Meets Mondays 10 a.m. Lake Chapala Baptist Church. Contact Audrey 387-761-0204 or Don 376-766-2521. BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, chapalainn@prodigy.net.mx. CARD & DOMINO CLUB- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. +5+$8+5`+!/X+6++1 2nd Wednesday of month, Sept. through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. ++$/++"8)+$6+3+58|5+5/31 Provides funds, obtain cancer treatments. www.casadelaamistad.org.mx. 01-55-3000-6900, 766-2612 /5)3$/$/+33+#8#8- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. X88!1 Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. DEMOCRATS- Meets 2nd Thursday 4pm at La Nueva Posada EASTERN STAR ESTRELLA DEL LAGO CHAPTER #10- 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, www.oesestrelladellago.org. /3*+58"+3!/)1Tuesdays,10 am-12-30pm, Centro Laguna Mall at carretera and libramiento. /!+5!+31For information about HU Chants and Dream Workshops please call Penny White.766 1230 38/5$&8+85+5)89&8;- Financial support for children: www.friendsofvillainfantil.org. Lisa Le: (387) 761-0002, lisale888@gmail.com GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS- Wednesday 11:30-1:30 Ken Gosh Pavilion at the Lake Chapala Society GARDEN CLUB- Meets the 3rd. Wednesday 11 am for lunch at La Nueva Posada. GARDEN GUILD- promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. GERMAN MEETING- 2nd Thursday, 1:00 pm. La Nueva Posada. Call Thea 765-2442 or Werner 763-5446. *$/5)385*+!/X+6++%+1Rehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. X`"+5//$`+)85+8+5/9X/+;1 Fostering ethical treatment of animals. John Marshall, 766-1170, alianzaeducacionhumnitaria@hotmail.com #`583/+*`/$/*`+$++#+3++1Av. San Francisco #3332. ligagdl2@prodigy.net.mx, Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. +!/X+6++$`68+)/38$*/`1Meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. www.chapalabridge.com. +!/X+6++*+3$/5`- Garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed at Nueva Posada for lunch and program. sandy_feldmann@yahoo.com. +!/X+6++*3//5*3`6* Â&#x2013;   + &    $  ! U   " Â&#x2013;%  + U 

Â&#x2013;" <\\ !!!  %  ++ % $ +!/X+6++X385/`1 Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the Nueva Posada. Denny Strole (376) 766-0485 +!/X+6++8/)11 16 de Sep. # 16-A Ajijic, Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. www.lakechapalasociety.org. 766-1140. +!/8$/""`58)+(+3$* Â&#x2021;     $$    +   Q $     *[[ +!/8$/3//)X85!/31For all who reject relief in the supernatural, meets 3rd wednesday. Email gypsyken@prodigy.net.mx. +!/8$/38/5$)X/+58"+1For information contact John at 766-1170 or visit our website www.lakesidefriendsoftheanimals.org +!/8$/+`*X)/3`1 Meets every Wed. from 9 am - 9:40 beginning September 29. For information call Charlene 766-0884. +!/8$/8))/)X/+)3/+.- Balanced theatrical entertainment, English-speaking, 765-5942. +!/8$/X3)X/$/+1 The 4th of each month. Nueva Posada 10:30 am. Call 766-2280, www.lakesideschoolforthedeaf.org. +!/8$/`+)/+6+3)1Meeting 2nd Tuesday at 4pm, Sunrise Restaurant, Carretera, San Antonio Tlayacapan +!/8$/(8$8/3/`/Â&#x20AC;3/X+88)+)851 Rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals. 765-4916. +!/6++5$5/`)/3/5)3+1 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* _      %%          "      

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    %  *Â&#x2019;Â&#x2019;[ 585$/X+6+++#8#8%+ Providing educational scholarships to Lakeside children 376-765-7032, www.lakesideninos.org. 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 Kathleen Phelps, 766-0010. MISION SAN PABLO- Helping 60 orphaned children ages 2-14 yrs, Bonnie Shrall - Bonnie@shrall.com #766-0009. www.misionsanpablo.org. 5+&/+*`/%+!/X+6++`581 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. Gay Westmoreland - 765-5607. 58|85+6+8)+$$/+*%+1Assisting Lakeside disabled children www.programaninos.org , 766-2201. 58|#&/5/+3+&+51Delivers 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 frankdburton@yahoo.com. 6/3+)85"6+853+5+5)58`6!8)X/51 Located at 4 Jesus Garcia in San Antonio Tlayacapan. Tom Music, phone number: 331 547 2726, tmusic3856@yahoo.com. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS- Every Tuesday & Friday 12 pm at Marcos Castellanos 51-A, in Upper Ajijic. Tel: 376-766-5975 or 766-1626. 6+"8+*39"83+``)/6;1 Helping Handicapped Children Through the Magic of Horses. Saturdays 8-2. www.pasosmilagrosos.com RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS- Meets 1st Wednesday at 1:30-4 Gazebo at the Lake Chapala Society. New members welcome. 3)+3`+#8#81 Tuesdays. Fellowship at 12:30 p.m., meeting at 1:00 p.m., Hacienda Ajijic Steakhouse, Carr. Ajijic Pte #268-7. www.rotaryajijic.org. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION- Meets the 3rd Tuesday each month @ 2:30 pm, Bar Tomas, Chapala. Contact rclchapala@gmail.com or 376-765-2602. +885*+!/X+6++1Meets for lunch/drinks-1 pm the 1st Thursday Club Nautico in La Floresta, www.sailinglakechapala.com +5+5)58)+++6+59+);/Â 6+)1Meets last Saturday of the month 6pm, at Cenaduria de Elvira, #127 Ramon Corona, San Antonio SCIENCE OF MIND STUDY GROUP- Discussion Thursday at 10:30 AM, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic; contact Rev. Tim at 766-0920 or tim@revdoctim.com. )8++5!53)X/358*X)+55`+"`8/)8&+1For details please visit: www.scotiabanknorthernlightsmusicfestival.com THE GENEALOGY FORUM- Meets monthly on the fourth Monday in the Sala at LCS, from 2:00 to 3:45. TOASTMASTERS LAGO DE CHAPALA BILINGUAL GROUP- Meets Tuesdays 6 to 7:30 pm. English & Spanish works! Learning center. Independencia 153 San Antonio, Jalisco. For info; Tim at 766-0920 or Maureen 766-2338. email tim@revdoctim.com `&+1` 

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All Saints Lutheran Church Worship Service 11:00 am 4600 Avenida Tepeyac, Guad. Tel. (01 333) 121-6741. Abundant Life Assembly of God Carr. 140 next to Mail Boxes etc, Tel: 766-5615. Center For Spiritual Living Celebration Service, 5pm Fridays, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic. (376) 766-0920 or tim@revdoctim.com. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 7654210. Christ Church Anglican Fellowship Eucarist 10am upstairs in Manix Restaurant Ocampo #57 Ajijic. Rev. Danny Borkowski at (376) 766-2495 or Jim Powers t (387) 761-0017 Grace Baptist Church 5th Sun. Evening service 6 pm, Pedro Buzeta No. 970, Guad. Tel. (013) 641-1685. Lake Chapala Baptist Church Mid-week service, 9:30 am, worship service, 10:45 am. Santa Margarita #147, Riberas del Pilar, Tel. (376) 765-2925, 765-3329. www.lakechapalabaptist.com. 7th Day Adventist meet at Camino Real #84 in La Floresta, 9:30 am, Potluck follows, Tel: 7665708 Little Chapel by the Lake Sun. services 11 am, Chula Vista,. Jal, Tel. (376) 763-1551. Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar, Tel: 765-6968. For information and service times, please call Pres. Elliot Gould. contact us@ lakechapalajews.com. Web site: www. lakechapalajews.com. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Lakeside Presbyterian Church Worship-Sunday 10 am; Bible Study-Friday 10 am; Hidalgo 231A, Carr. Chapala/Joco; Riberas del Pilar Tel. Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-766-1238, or Norm Pifer at 376-766-0616 Website at www.chapalalakesidepresbyterian. org Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 2 services, 9 a.m & 11 a.m. Rev. Winston W. Welty Tel: 765-3926. www.standrewsriberas. com San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sta. Margarita #113 in Riberas del Pilar (on the SW corner of Santa Clara) For additional information call 766-1119 or email to & I+$  $. We are a Welcoming Congregation www.lcuuf.org


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June 2012

PROFEPA CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ART CONTEST RESULTS The LCS Children's Art Program entered 27 pieces into the contest sponsored by PROFEPA, the Mexican environmental agency. The contest's goal was to encourage the participation of children and youth in the care and preservation of natural resources through the creation of artwork that combined creativity and an interest and in improving the environment. Vern and Lori Geiger of Lakeside Wildlife Rescue (Fauna Sylvestre Mexico) informed us of the contest and brought exotic animals to class. Information about the importance of protecting and preserving local wildlife was shared with the children, to inspire thier creativity. Remember, EXTINCTION IS FOREVER. Though our kids didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win, six children from the LCS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Program were among the 10 honourable mentions: 6 to 10 year old category: 11 to 15 year old category: Leslie Montserrat Cano Medina Alma Adela Karina Gutierrez Torres

Fatima Guadalupe Lopez Guzman Jessica Alejandra Garcia Mendoza David de Jesus Flores de la Torre

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The focus of this article is to assess opinions concerning membership dues and what leads to membership attrition. The analysis of the 707 surveys (485 from Current Members, 193 from Past Members, and 29 from Never Members) reveals interesting results. As with all surveys of this type, there is a heroic assumption that the survey respondents are representative of the population being surveyed - caveat emptor! Is the price of dues a serious issue? The survey results suggest that dues are not a serious issue for current members. Only 14% of current members agree that current dues are too high. This is virtually the same for couples and individual members. Over 65% of current members indicated they would support an increase in Â&#x2013;

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individuals. Nonmembers are more apt to agree that fees are too high: 34% for past members and 32% for never members. This implies that the price of dues is not a serious issue for about two-thirds of these two groups. In fact 46% of never members disagree that dues are too high. The data suggest that the price of dues is not a major reason for not joining LCS. Past members indicated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;parkingâ&#x20AC;? was a main reason why they are no longer members. Can we get past members and never members to join LCS? Many â&#x20AC;&#x153;past membersâ&#x20AC;? were members for many years: 8% were members for more than 10 years; 17% for 6 - 10 years; 23% for 3 - 5 years; 52% were members for less than 3 years. The survey could not identify one strong reason why these past members are no longer members. The data suggests that â&#x20AC;&#x153;parkingâ&#x20AC;? is a factor. Past members felt welcome at LCS and generally were interested in LCS activities. They generally found that dues were reasonably priced and the LCS hours convenient. 33 past members strongly agreed with â&#x20AC;&#x153;live too far from LCSâ&#x20AC;?. Comments by past members on why they are no longer members included nine who said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get around to renewing; four complained that dues for     !  +Â&#x161;   

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three said LCS was â&#x20AC;&#x153;too oldâ&#x20AC;? for them. Interpreting survey results aids us in our understanding of how to improve LCS. We hope that past and never members reconsider and become part of LCS, and of course we hope that all current members stay on board. If you have questions or comments relating to the survey please email Ben White at ajijicbenitoblanco@gmail.com.

On April 28, several hundred English as a Second Language students and their dedicated teachers converged on the back patio of LCS for the annual student recognition day. We congratulate all the students and thank all of the volunteer teachers for their hard work.

+@`& 7 Did you ever want to know what it takes to get a U.S. visa for your Mexican colleagues, employees or family? On July 11, the U.S. Consulate will be giving a special presentation in the LCS Sala, beginning at 10:30 AM, on this very subject.

NOTICE THE U.S. CONSULATE WILL NOT BE HERE ON JULY 4TH!! THEY WILL VISIT JULY 11, INSTEAD.

+#8#86+Â&#x192;+3/5&+)85 The organizers of the Ajijic plaza renovation have asked LCS to share information regarding their project, and that they are  +        % {      Â&#x2020; 

spirit of being a good neighbor, we have agreed. The project was a matching grant between the federal and the local government. The local government pledged to do fund raising in the community to meet their match. The federal portion of the money has been spent and now the community leaders are asking the community to make donations in support of the project. If you would like to donate to the fund, LCS will collect money in the  & 

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Casi Nuevo Thrift Shop News: Muchas gracias to all of our patrons who were kind enough to place donated items in the Casi Nuevo dropbox at LCS. We want you to know how grateful we are for your wonderful donations. By now you are aware that Casi Nuevo is accepting consignment articles of household and pool furniture, kitchen appliances, paintings, silverware, glassware, vases, rugs, desks, television sets, vacuum cleaners, tools, and similar items. We share the sales price of each item--70% goes to you. Come visit our newly remodeled store; we are open six days a week from 10 AM to 3 PM. Proceeds help the three charities: School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs, Have Hammers... Will Travel, and the LCS Community Education Program. We will gladly pick up any large donation items at no charge. To arrange for pickup, please contact Jacqueline at smithjacqueline@ gmail.com or telephone 766-1303.

 

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" +44 the laptop computer in the trunk of your vehicle between points of Paraphrasing the message delivered at the community security travel and do not leave the laptop computer (or any other valuable meeting in Ajijic plaza on May 16 - Report, Report, Report! items) unattended in any vehicle at anytime. The Community Security Initiative (CSI) committee sponsored IF YOU ARE A VICTIM: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist an armed criminal the meeting. A result of their works has purchased 10 cell phones, demanding your valuables. Remain calm and avoid any fast, furtive one for each patrol route in the Chapala municipio. The phones movements. Statistics show that most attempts to resist an armed receive incoming calls only and the idea is that if you see a crime robber result in serious bodily injury and/or death of the victim. Be a happening in your neighborhood call the police assigned to your good witness. Record a suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description, license plate number, beat. Stickers and refrigerator magnets with phone numbers and vehicle info, etc. identifying each patrol route were distributed for free. There is a $

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+    #  neighborhoods. Once supplies are replenished, LCS hopes Beginning June 2012 BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING will to have all of the routes available. Below is a complete list of be done ONLY on Fridays from 10-12. They are NO LONGER numbers: available on Mondays. This day change is in effect until further Ajijic - Central 331-149-3980 Atotonilquillo 331-465-0768 notice. New group - SMART RECOVERY - A self-help program for West 333-722-5566 Haciendas/Brisas Riberas 333-722-3720 331-767-4210 ending addictive behaviors through abstinence based on science Chapala - Central 333-722-6099 San Nicolas/Sta. Cruz & humanistic values. Methods include cognitive behavior therapy Guadalupe 333-722-3486 331-789-5033 

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&8$/83+35/( 5+  #  ANOTHER YEAR - A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of a year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen. WAR HORSE - Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson. WILD CHINA - An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau. Co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and China Central Television. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE - This movie is about life in old Mexico. Young Pedro and Tita canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t marry because Tita's mother wants her oldest

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Library Update Things are slowing down at the library now that most of the snowbirds have returned north to the U.S. and Canada. Our library shelves are full of lots of new titles for your reading pleasure. This month, we want to introduce all our wonderful library volunteers to you. Many of you already know the volunteers who work on the one or two days each week that you come in, but in case you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met the rest, we want to introduce you to them now: Lisa Jorgenson and Barbara Wagner (Monday) Bayard Shaver and Nancy Hagen (Tuesday) Tinker LaFata and Dan Davie (Wednesday) Pete Soderman and Susana Douglas (Thursday) Andrew Jackson (Friday) Phil Weston and Mark Schwimmer (Saturday) As you can see, we are short a volunteer to shelve books on Fridays, so if you are interested in helping out in the library, please come in and complete a   %%     $  &

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  * $ 1# [Â&#x2030; The Lake Chapala Society is offering monthly games days free for members. Non-members are welcome to join with the donation of 20 pesos. Show up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and choose among Mexican Train, Scrabble, Rummy Q, Hand & Foot, or try your luck at darts. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the games; volunteers will be on hand to teach you. A no-host bar will be open offering Bloody Marys, beer and wine. The LCS grounds will be open as usual for all the regular Saturday programs and services, as well as El Patio CafĂŠ For more information contact Patricia Doran at 7660794.

 

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CARS (+5)/$: Used Motorcycle Dual Purpose. Contact: C.J. (+5)/$: ATV/ used. Contact: C.J. FOR SALE: Mercedes SL 560 Roadster white with gold trim. New leather upholstery and soft top. 2 tops, hard and soft, Euro cover. Manuals, A/C. This is like new classic automobile!! Price: $13,500 USD. Call: (376) 765 4902. FOR SALE: Mercedes Benz. Below blue book value. Great condition, has every option and they all work! 6 cd player. Engine very strong, great gas mileage, great car. Price: $3000 USD. Contact: Lauri Jenson. FOR SALE: 12 ft Utility Trailer. Nice Enclosed Utility trailer with spare tire. Great for hauling, your move NOB or for storage. US plated. Price: $2300 USD Call: (045) 3313301050 or (376) 765 4521. FOR SALE: 2007 GMC Yukon SLT  '    "  ! $ cals, US dealer serviced, fully loaded extended luxury version, newest body style, all wheel drive, tow package, perfect road car, much interior room plus great MPG. Price: $17,000 US (or pesos equivalent) Contact: Bard Spears. FOR SALE: 2002 VW Beetle. Its clean in very good condition and has had regular maintenance. Price: $40000 pesos (Offers considered). Call: (376) 7653147. FOR SALE: 2005 Ford Five Hundred. Comfortable, elegant and gives you 9.6 km/lt. Willing to trade for a smaller car. Price: 80,000 MX. Call: 3310707872. (+5)/$: Nissan, Toyota, or Mazda. Wanted immediately pick-up truck in good condition. Not too old. Call: (376) 766 4456, (376) 766 4087, 3312303374 or 3311383193. FOR SALE: 2011 Cargo Boss. Great on gas, 300cc gas motor, electric carrier in rear, signal lights, 55 km per hour Cargo, 300 kgs, electric winch, auto transmission, 4 speeds, 4 wheel drive. Like new! Price: $73,000 pesos. Call: (376) 766 4086. FOR SALE: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 4 door, excellent condition, mileage 47,300. Price: $6,000 USD. E-mail: il3queen@yahoo.com. COMPUTERS FOR SALE< `&{ Â&#x152;Â&#x152;\\ _

Scan Copy. Bought 7 months ago from Costco in Guadalajara. Very light usage. Works incredibly well. Price: $1300 pesos OBO. Contact: Brian Johnson. FOR SALE: Shaw Motorola 500GB dual tuner HD PVR, DCX3400 receiver, +      '  %  

video recorder with dual 1GHz video tuners. This is for Shaw cable in Canada. Price: $199 USD. Call (387) 761 0162 (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll explain). FOR SALE: Shredder. Portable shredder, 6 sheet capacity with reverse feature. Price: $120 pesos. Contact: Donald Chaloner.

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Lexmark X2690 3-in-1 (Print, Scan, Copy) w/ cartridge. Canon 960i with over 15 cartridges. Price: $300 MXP each or $500 MXP for both. Call: (376) 763 5187. FOR SALE: 2 MAJICJACK, new, never activated, 1 standard, 1 MJ PLUS, you choose your phone number when registering, really cheap international calls, pay-as-you-go. Price: Standard $49 and Plus $69 USD. Contact: JP. FOR SALE: Change bag for used $  $   +  +   & 

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darkroom development, with light proof sleeves for your arms and spacious inside pouch to work in. Price: $350 pesos. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: Computer desk. Can hold 15â&#x20AC;? monitor, maybe larger, pull out keyboard, desk area for writing, bottom shelf for tower, upper shelf to hold printer & another general utility shelf, on rollers for easy moving. Price: $450 pesos. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: Lexmark - 310 Series Photo Jet printer New and has manual and all paperwork, $600 pesos. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: New black ink cartridge, open by mistake. HP C6602A $100 pesos Call: Lorena at 765-3676. PETS & SUPPLIES FOR SALE: Gorgeous Black Azteca / Quarter horse 3 year old. Currently about 14.3 hands, wonderful disposition, very intelligent & willing. Branded plus has current shots & papers in order. Price: $400 US. Call: (387) 761 0177. (+5)/$: Malinois Belgian Shepherd pup, recommended to me as a top breed. Contact: Chris. FOR SALE: 2 qtr horses, 4yr & 5yr old mares, include 1 Mexican saddle w/ all accessories plus misc halters, etc & 50 sacks of feed. Need to sell together, Price: $800 USD or peso equivalent for all. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Bay Azteca /Quarter horse male, 9 yrs. In excellent health, well trained for western pleasure, started on barrels, smart, willing, gentle, very sweet and easy to work with. Has won &  !+   = * Â&#x2021; 

leather western saddle, 15â&#x20AC;? seat, black, low care & ultra lightweight. Price for saddle: $1500 pesos ($110 US). Price for horse: $10,000 pesos (750 US). Call: (387) 761 0177. BEST OFFER FOR: Adopt a beautiful white cat whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for a loving home. Healthy, well trained adult cat, spayed, and up to date with vaccinations. She is affectionate, very good natured, easy to care of, and has also been socialized with children. Contact: E.H. (due to moving).

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FOR SALE: Large travel cage for dog, never used. Price: $2000 pesos. Call: (376) 763 5067. BEST OFFER FOR: Unique Siberian husky puppy. Includes current vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, health   

  +    tact: Nora Steve. POSITION DESIRED: Pet/House sitting. Mature, responsible retired couple. Would love to help you when you go on vacation, business by caring for your pets and home. Need to plan ahead, and would need assignment of at least 4 weeks. References will be provided. FOR SALE: Baby African Grey Parrot excellent domestic pet is considered the most intelligent parrot. Price: $25,000 pesos. Contact: Antonio Perez (only Spanish). GENERAL MERCHANDISE FOR SALE: General Electric Refrigerator. Black and stainless steel. Good size and works really well. Call: (045) 3334019735 or (376) 766 5134. FOR SALE< ; ! ;%    $  % _< Z[Â&#x2019; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â?

or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: High quality, heavy duty treadmill. Milestone 1200, stability extension system in excellent condition. Price: $550. Call: (387) 761 0827. FOR SALE: Lightly used DeVilbis Oxygen Concentrator. In excellent condition. We will deliver to Lakeside purchaser. Price: $800 USD. Call: (045) 331 351 1220 or email: rickandleighinmexico@gmail.com FOR SALE: 3 Sets Golf Clubs. One complete Ladies set used once. One complete menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set used 5 or 6 times. One partial old Macgregor Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set. Each has its own carry bag. Plus thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 travel bag. Price: $100 USD for all. Call: (045) 331 351 1220 or email: rickandleighinmexico @gmail.com FOR SALE: Kayak, fully equipped, 2 persons, 30 feet, good condition. Price: $4,500.00 pesos Call: (376) 106 0843. FOR SALE: Ivory and gold China Cabinet. Price: $800 USD. Contact: Thomas Music. (+5)/$: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for a used washing machine and big fridge (around 15 or 16 feet) in good condition and for a good price. Contact: Aldina Bolick. FOR SALE: Used Gelato display Freezer-9 Flavors. In good condition that holds 9 Gelato trays. Price: $1500 USD or $20,000 pesos, or best offer. Call: (376) 766 7074. FOR SALE: Olympia Typewriter, manual, works well, in carrying case. Price: $220 Pesos. Contact: Dorothea Boucher. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Great Gelato store half a block from the Ajijicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Malecon. Fantastic location. Come and see it! Price: $80,000 pesos. Call: (376) 766 6007.

FOR SALE: Older Toshiba Tv, I measured the width of the glass part only of the screen and it is 21â&#x20AC;? in. It is remote control but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the remote. Price: $800 pesos. Contact: Ricardo Heredia. FOR SALE: Orange beanbag chair. Never used. Price: $350 pesos. Contact: Ricardo Heredia. FOR SALE: Dish VIP722K DVR/ HDTV Dual System 500gb Hard Drive Recorder, 2 Remote Controls. Receiver supports two independent TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Watch live TV while recording on the other TV. Price: $5,000 pesos. Contact: Carol Peel. FOR SALE: Motorola Star Choice Receiver HDPVR 530. Records two program simultaneously. New remote and cables. Price: $4,000 pesos. Call: (376) 763 5401. FOR SALE< [ + &

 

a small matching cupboard. Both desks measure 60â&#x20AC;? x 30â&#x20AC;? & are in good condition. Price: $750 pesos each or $1,600 pesos for all. Call: (376) 766 1920. FOR SALE: Harley Davidson touch lamp new in box. Price: $20 USD or peso equivalent. Cal: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Yamaha nylon string acoustical guitar model G-231 w/stand and hard case Price: $125 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: American Standard hydro jet tub w/4 jets plus cover. 1 1/4hp motor, ll5V slightly used. Price: $300 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Haier brand chest freezer, 5 cu ft. Price: $100 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Gas BBQ, Fiesta Brand w/side burner includes propane tank. Price: $100 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Pine armoire, 3 drawer bottom & 2 door top, 62â&#x20AC;? tall by 32â&#x20AC;? wide. Price: $75 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: Riding lawn mower 13.5hp Yard Machine, 38â&#x20AC;? cut, 6 speed transmission. Price: $500 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: VW Trike, built in 2011, rebuilt engine & transaxle, new tires, rims, carb, Mexican plates. Price: $2200 USD or peso equivalent. Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE< \ Â&#x2013;%   & Â&#x2122;& berglass boat. Refurbished 60hp Johnson outboard, new carpet & seats, galvanized trailer, 6 life vests. Price: $2000 USD peso equivalent. Contact Call: (045) 333 496 5883. FOR SALE: GE Fridge, black ,bottom freezer good size. Price: $5,000 pesos. Contact: Chris. FOR SALE: Sony PRS-600 E-Reader. Includes leather case, clip-on reading lamp, 6â&#x20AC;? paper-like touch screen display, can be read in sunlight. Has 512 U^ *  "  + ! Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;^  

(supplied) or optional A/C adapter. Price: $2,000 pesos. Call: (376) 766-1718.


FOR SALE: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wildwood Bikes. Diamond backs, in great condition, new tires, comes with helmets, pumps, locks, etc. Price: $2,000 each or $3,750 for both. Contact: Brian Johnson. FOR SALE: Twin beds. Sets include wooden bed frame, mattress, mattress pad, sheets, comforter set and 2 pillows. Price: $2,600 pesos each or $5,000 pesos for both. Contact: Brian. FOR SALE: NEW IN BOX- Danby countertop dishwasher, white exterior, stainless steel interior & spray arm. Holds full service for 4, power consumption, can store on microwave cart if low on counter space. Cost nearly Price: $135 USD or $1,800 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: Down â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;throwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duvet, sage green cotton percale top,   +" % 

! ! tween. Like new. Price: $ 250 pesos. Or $18 USD. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: This snuggly, lightweight down duvet. Canadian made of white goose down in quality percale ticking, matrimonial. Price: $600 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177. FOR SALE: Oxygen machine. Bought and never used. Price: $500 USD or best offer. Contact: Lauri Jenson. FOR SALE: Portable Swamp cooler, air conditioner, fan, great for this hot weather. In great condition. Contact: Lauri Jenson. FOR SALE: M.B.T. walking shoes, excellent for posture. Price: $150.00 U.S. or $1,500 pesos. Size 8 U.S. excellent, hardly used. Call: (376) 766 0792. (+5)/$> Need a cell phone for guest -must be pay as you go, registered (I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a CURP) and be able to do text messages. Will pay from $400 to $500 pesos. Contact: Annie. (+5)/$: Looking for someone to share our Mail Box at Home services. The annual fee is $3,459 pesos so half amounts to $1,729 pesos. If interested please call 766-5779. FOR SALE: Nice Enclosed 12 ft. Utility Trailer with spare tire. US Plate. Price: $2,300 USD or peso equivelant. Call: (045) 331 330 1050 or (376) 76 4521. FOR SALE: 29 inch Daewoo TV in great working order. 3 years old and rarely used. Has remote control. Price: $1,500.00 pesos. Call: (376) 766 2268. FOR SALE: Orthopedic queen size mattress and base. Only 3 years old and in great condition. Price: $2,950 pesos. Call: (376) 766 2268. FOR SALE: Sony Hi8 Video Cassette Recorder EV - C200. Includes 8mm re-winder and remote. Price: $250 pesos. Call: (045) 331 705 1632. FOR SALE: Mattress a little too hard. Queen size memory foam pad, 2 1/2 inches thick. Excellent quality. Price: $1250. Contact: Pat Apt. (+5)/$: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking a 3rd party to share our Sol Y Luna Mailbox at Plaza Bugambilias. Save $$ by sharing on a yearly basis. Your share runs only approx. 100 pesos/month. Call: (376) 766 4051. FOR SALE: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Right Handed Golf Club. Set Clubs include #1 and 3 iron woods, 2 utility irons 3 and 4/5, 6,7,8,9 irons, 2 wedges complete with standup bag. Also a few tees, alls, towel, etc. Price: $1200. Contact: Skip Johnson. FOR SALE: Car Top Cargo Box

Sears 15-CAV. Hard-shell, lockable cargo carrier. The roof box attaches to any vehicle with roof rack cross bars. All mounting hardware is included. Price: $500. Contact: Skip Johnson FOR SALE: Shaw Motorola 500GB Dual Tuner HD PVR Receiver. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â?¨Â&#x152;\\ ;+ Â?    ^ ' 

a Personal Video Recorder with dual 1GHz video tuners. This is for Shaw cable in Canada. Price: $199 USD. Call: (387) 761 0162. FOR SALE: This is Michael Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire, 2 year, 24 episodes, Emmy nominated series called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Awful Truth.â&#x20AC;? The 4 disc set is boxed, in perfect condition and has been viewed 1 time. Price: $150 pesos. Contact: Joann Lawrence. FOR SALE: Pasta Maker and Fondue Pot. Atlas pasta maker made in Italy,     %  % % + 



pasta noodle attachment Price: $300 pesos. Rival electric fondue pot with forks. Price: $120 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0259. FOR SALE: Magnet Mattress Pad. Magnetic travel mattress pad for single a bed. Price: $750 MXP. Call: (376) 763 5187. FOR SALE: Wardrobe completely closed in, white canvas with a touch of blue. 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; high, 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;wide, 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;7â&#x20AC;?depth. Has two clear, plastic zipper doors. Inside at one side are pockets for 6 pairs of shoes. Price: $300 pesos. Call: (376) 766 5344. FOR SALE: Star Choice/Shaw Receivers. These are the 401 series, all used and work great with remotes. Price: $500 pesos. Call: (376) 765 4590. FOR SALE: Freezer upright display for sale 73â&#x20AC;? high , 28â&#x20AC;? across, 25â&#x20AC;? deep 5.11â&#x20AC;? high brand new, never used one year warranty it has a button to save electricity. Call: (376) 766 38 62 and 331 302 70 35. FOR SALE: Easy Outdoor Shade Awnings. Brand new in box, never used 8 feet wide x 7 feet high, blocks 80% of the sun. Have 4 for sale. Price: $3,300 pesos each. Call: (376) 766 5686. FOR SALE: Brand New electric scooter never used. Fire engine red lights and horn comes with hydraulic lift and ramps. Price: $2000 USD. Call: (376) 766 4456, (376) 766 4087 and (376) 766 2066. FOR SALE: Various Tools. Drop forged steel wedges, 2 for $100 pesos, long handle shovel, $90 pesos, pitch fork $70 pesos, shop light w. 50ft. cord $100 pesos, (2) Garden Hoses 50 ft. long, $150 pesos each, tool box $70 pesos, heavy duty rope 2 for $30 pesos. Contact: Dorothea Boucher. FOR SALE: Pacemaker Monitor ECG Transmitter Medtronic works over your telephone to your doctor. Set of wrist Electrodes. Contact: Dorothea Boucher. Price $ 200 pesos. (+5)/$: Ladies golf clubs for right hand ladies 3-5 & 7 golf club woods, large heads. Contact: George. FOR SALE: Quarter violin in excellent condition is only missing 1 string. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: (376) 765 5523. FOR SALE: Mans bicycle (black with basket) good condition with gears, easy ride. Price: $900 pesos. Contact: Stephen Stokes. FOR SALE: Bench with large extension, bar, weights (150 LBS). Price: $1600 pesos. Call: (376) 765 5523. FOR SALE: New, fun, costume jewelry! I have necklaces and bracelets,

some with real stones and some with shells. Call: (376) 766-3025. Price: $100 to $200 pesos. FOR SALE: White wood cabinet with shelves in excellent condition white cabinet, closed cabinet doors with some open shelves and one larger counter type shelf. Price: $1,800 OBO. Call: (376) 766 3025. FOR SALE: Voice-activated microcassette recorder includes 3 micro-cassettes (2 never opened), earpiece, and original instruction booklet. Price: $300. Call: (376) 766 3580. FOR SALE: AM/FM/SW/LW Portable radio, very lightweight, good for remote location use, etc. Price: $500 pesos. Call: (376) 766 3580. FOR SALE: 3 toilet covers, wood, white/beige, brand new, still in Home Depot box. Price: $150 pesos each. Contact: Dorothea Boucher. FOR SALE: Orthopedic Equipment, hand/wrist wood excerciser $20 pesos, 2 Orthopedic Patient walker belts $100 pesos each, foot exerciser, wood from Finland $200 pesos. Contact: Dorothea Boucher. FOR SALE< `& Â&#x2013;%% ; 

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(printing paper, post-its, pens, staples, staplers, calculators, paper clips, notepads etc.). Come and make an offer. Contact: J P. FOR SALE: High-quality CYCLONE exercise machine, low-no impact on joints. In excellent condition, though timer needs replacing. Price: $50 USD. Contact: JP. FOR SALE: Moving sell. 52â&#x20AC;? TV, 4 recliner leather theater group, Henredon

bedroom set with therapeutic mattress, rosewood china hutch, tables, lamps, granite dining set & more. Call: (376) 765 2326 for private showing. FOR SALE: 2 Ocean kayaks + safety equip. well-used, never damaged, complete with paddles and safety equipment. Price: $500 USD each. Contact: JP. FOR SALE: Golf Carry Bag. Light Golf Carry Bag. Can also double as a travel bag. Excellent Condition. Price: $400 pesos. Call: (376) 765 7787. FOR SALE: 17.5 oz Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup. Price: $61 pesos each. Call: (376) 765 4035. FOR SALE: A brand new electric scooter comes complete with hydrau & 

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and has lights and horn. Scooter functional and ready to ride. Price: $2000 USD. Call: (376) 766 4456 or (045) 33113833193. (+5)/$: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for retro 1950 (or earlier) Ashtray (usually black glass) that sits on a chrome stand. Contact: Liam Lowe. FOR SALE: Very nice side table with two drawers and a bottom shelve. Color + + !

    

Width 46â&#x20AC;? or 116 cm, deep 17â&#x20AC;? or 42cm, height 30â&#x20AC;? or 77cm. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: (376) 766 4154. FOR SALE: Countertop dishwasher, still in box, brought from Canada. Danby countertop dishwasher, white w/ stainless steel interior & spray arm. Holds service for 4, quick connect to faucet. Price: $190 USD or $2,500 pesos. Call: (387) 761 0177.

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

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