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16 GERIATRICS Mark Boyer asks the eternal question: can we grow wiser, or do we just grow older? 20 CHANCE ENCOUNTER Tracy McDermott meets an elderly, obviously poor Lakeside ex-pat who’s conducting a yard sale of just about everything he owns—and discovers that he’s “richer� that she thought he was. 32 HISTORY Dr. Lorin Swinehart looks back at the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt, which calls to mind that “They don’t make that superior model of human beings anymore!� 54 FOND REMEMBRANCE Gabrielle Blair, once a member of the famed Bolshoi Ballet, recounts in detail a trip she took back to the Bolshoi and Moscow, a city whose people had undergone several startling changes. 44 PAINFUL RE-ADJUSTMENT Christena Wiseman’s article touches on a common chord here at Lakeside: dealing with the loss of a lifetime partner. Almost no one knows what to say to one who has suffered such a loss, but as Ms. Wiseman so wisely writes, “You have to love them for their good intentions.�

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A Sage for All Seasons


n our January issue, we published a fine Guest Editorial by John Dallas Hicks about the importance of what John called “pathfinders.” Almost all of us can point to people who helped us somewhere along the way. Some served as professional mentors; others as role models. I have been lucky enough to have had several pathfinders, though one of them I never even met. As a boy, I lost my father when I was ten years old, and thereafter went looking for another role model in many places, including the movie theaters in El Paso, Texas. While still a teenager, I first became aware of the man who would be one of my pathfinders, though not of him specifically but of his work: he had his name on some of the finest movies of the late 30’s and early 40’s, films such as Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Guy Named Joe, Kitty Foyle and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. Many years later, as a fledgling screenwriter, I came to know his name, as I pored over copies of some of the scripts to those movies—which had been kindly provided to me by an elderly writer (another mentor) who still worked at the same studio that had produced some of those films. During the late 30’s and mid-40’s, the man I write about here was the premier screenwriter in Hollywood, commanding fees that today would translate into several million dollars per script! He had come a long way from a dirt-poor upbringing in a small town in Colorado. But within seven years, he would fall from grace, become a pariah “unemployable” in his beloved profession and eventually serve almost a year in a federal prison. His “crime” had been the harboring of an idea that the economic theory behind Capitalism—which lay in ruins during most of the time of the Great Depression—might best be replaced by another system


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of government. In this, he was not alone. Hundreds of American intellectuals and professional economists were grappling with the same question. Later, during the most perilous days of WWII, he joined the Communist Party—and later refused to admit to that fact, even though it was his privilege as an American to not incriminate himself; (see the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States), nor have to provide the names of other fellow Communists to the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities. The Committee, fearful that Communist propaganda was “poisoning” Hollywood, subpoenaed dozens of scripts and movies. Only one of them, Mission to Moscow, could be said to be friendly to Communism—and that movie had been ordered to be produced by the President of the United States! After his release from prison, now more of an outcast than ever, the writer and his family moved to Mexico, where he continued writing screenplays (under the assumed name, among many, of “Robert Rich”) for a tiny fraction of his former fee. At one point, he was working on eight scripts at the same time, as he tried desperately to keep his family fed, clothed and housed. But in1953, his fortunes changed abruptly when it was discovered that he had written the Academy-

award winning Roman Holiday (with a major star like Gregory Peck, and Audrey Hepburn, who was to soon become one) though he had used the name of a writer friend as a cover. Three short years later, his number came up again when “Robert Rich” (his favorite pseudonym) won an Oscar for The Brave One, a marvelous little motion picture filmed entirely in Mexico. It was not until 1960, however, that the actor Kirk Douglas finally broke the back of the blacklist by insisting that the writer be billed under his own name for the movie Spartacus. Following hard on the heels of that breakthrough, film producer Otto Preminger openly gave credit to the once-blacklisted writer for the screenplay of Exodus. Then came two other major screenplay credits for Lonely Are the Brave and Papillon—this, the last movie he would ever write. Dalton Trumbo died a short while later of lung cancer. But through it all, he never lost his jaunty sense of humor or his integrity. He just kept writing as honestly as he knew how, never vilifying those who had caused his earlier ruination; indeed he averred that they were all, the accused as well as

the accusers, victims of the 1950’s writers blacklist—which even now, some sixty-five years later, serves as a frightening example of how vile we can become when we forget what the United States of America is all about. Now, people in every corner of the world will soon find out all about Dalton Trumbo. A movie, Trumbo, has just been released, and Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. There has never been a major motion picture made about a real-life scriptwriter, though several have been made about, or have mentioned, famous novelists. Certainly the right screenwriter was chosen to finally honor! Postscript: In an ironic twist for the ages, while Trumbo was in prison, one of his fellow inmates was none other than J. Parnell Thomas, the former Chairman of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. His crime: Federal Income Tax Evasion. Alejandro GrattanDominguez

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H.L.MENCKEN— Writer Provocateurencken %\ 0DUN 6FRQFH


e must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” H.L. makes me laugh out loud. Not a chuckle, mind you, but a full-throated shout of recognition as though he were my contemporary, not my grandfather’s. Not that all his caustic remarks and sly observations of events circa 1910-1940 would be relevant today, but enough of them are germane to make me guffaw. If only he were living and writing at this hour… I was just a lad when father suggested I lay down Sherlock and take up Mencken. Dad referenced Walter Lippman, then Dean of American Journalism, who called Mencken ‘’the most powerful personal influence on this whole generation of educated people.’’ Ernest Hemingway agreed. And so I became acquainted with Henry Louis Mencken of Baltimore, Maryland (1880-1956). A protégé of the great political commentator Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), Mencken learned well. Sample one for a flavor of the other. “The vote is an instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.” Ambrose Bierce “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H. L. Mencken Mencken was the most influential, prolific and acerbic journalist in America in the 1920s and ‘30s, scalding all the shams, scams and hypocrisies of his times. He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, fellow journalists, and politicians (including FDR when he refused to let Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution enter the United States). Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality. He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” One biographer


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characterizes Mencken as a “detractor of middle-class conventions and certainties.” The middle-class he called the “booboisie.” Yes, irreverence and sarcasm marked much of his writing but it was also firm writing, confident, inventive, blunt and hilarious. Whether he wrote about police stations, courts, city hall, saloons, whorehouses, burlesque theaters or concert halls, intelligence graced every sentence. But he was not above writing with unabashed nostalgia in his later years. Here for example is a particularly poignant memory from his reporting days in Baltimore. “I knew cops who were really firstrate policemen, and loved their trade as tenderly as so many artists or movie actors. They were badly paid, but they carried on their dismal work with unflagging diligence, and loved a long, hard chase almost as much as they loved a quick, brisk clubbing. An ordinary flatfoot in a quiet residential section had his hands full. In a single day he might have to put out a couple of kitchen fires, arrange for the removal of a dead mule, guard a poor epileptic having a fit on the sidewalk, settle a combat with table knives between husband and wife, shoot a cat for killing pigeons, rescue a dog or a baby from a sewer and flog half a dozen bad boys for throwing horse-apples at a blind man.” Clearly when he left the newsroom of journalism, he entered the temple of literature. He also entered the halls of academe as a self-styled scholar who researched and published a history of The American Language (her vernacular speech), which he loved. It included a translation of the Declaration of Independence into American English

that began: “When things get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody.” I suppose it’s not too hard to understand that a superior mind would eventually meet Friedrich Nietzsche and form a mind meld—the Übermensch and all that rot. Such nonsense led Mencken (of German descent) to favor the Nazis for much of the war. He came to his senses after Hitler’s Final Solution became known. You may have first heard of Mencken in connection with the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. He called it the Monkey Trial in the daily dispatches he sent to his paper, The Baltimore Sun. After all, trained chimpanzees were performing on the courthouse grounds to mock the idea that men derived from apes. In hindsight he concluded that “…it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.” Advocates of evolution lost that round (John Thomas Scopes was fined $100 for teaching evolution in the school) but didn’t lose the fight. Even today some American creationists, fighting in courts and state legislatures to demand that creationism (cf. “intelligent design”) be taught on an equal footing with evolution in the schools, have conceded that it was Mencken’s trial reports in 1925 that turned public opinion against creationism.* Such reporting earned him a place on the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun as well as notoriety. His honesty can be as shocking today as it was in the ancient days of the first quarter of the 20th century. A few gems: “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

“The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.” “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” Mencken’s famous definition of democracy as “the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.” “We are here and it is now: further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.” “The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.” “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?” “The instant I reach Heaven, I’m going to speak to God very sharply.” (He {Mencken, not God} delighted in “liberating” Gideons from hotel rooms and mailing them to irreligious friends with a note ‘’compliments of the author.’’) His epitaph reads: “If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.” ***** *The 1955 play and the 1960 movie, Inherit the Wind, tell much of the story of the dramatic trial. The film stars Spencer Tracy as Clarence Darrow, Frederic March as William Jennings Bryan (opposing lawyers) and Gene Kelly as H.L. Mencken, an odd choice for many. Mark Sconce

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Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the head Lincoln ‘s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln. Both were assassinated by Southerners. Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939. Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are composed of fifteen letters. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Lincoln was shot at the theatre named ‘Ford.’ Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln’ made by ‘Ford.’

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Lincoln was shot in a theatre and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theatre.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.


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Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

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Milan to Verona by Autostrada My one earlier visit to Italy was on a cruise that left only cravings for more of what was still unseen in the heartland of Northern Italy. The plan for this trip is to drive the countryside within a triangle loosely anchored by Milan, Venice, and Florence, that includes Verona, Padua, Venice, and Parma. Milan has been left for the end of the itinerary, which turns out to be fortuitous. Verona, the first night’s destination, should be a leisurely drive of under three hours, but that plan is derailed the moment the plane touches down. A light rain soaking the runway becomes a deluge in the time it takes to clear Immigration and Customs and point the rental car east on the autostrada. Rain and fog have throttled visibility down to a few car lengths, but heavy traffic includes plenty of trucks. In the no-speed-limit left lane, fast-approaching headlights loom in the rear view until they blow past, undeterred by the weather. It takes nearly two hours to cover the first 60 miles. By midday, though, there’s a break in the weather and the Italian Alps, ever-present on the right side of the auto-


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(QWUDQFH WR WKH &LWWDÂś $OWD %HUJDPR ,WDO\ strada, begin to appear out of the fog and clouds. With a room guaranteed for the evening in Verona, an unscheduled stop for lunch has become suddenly appealing, and an exit labeled “Bergamoâ€? is well-placed. It turns out that there are actually two Bergamos.  The old city, the Citta’ Alta, sits high on a bluff at the edge of the Alps, and the new city is spread out on the plain below. Even by European standards, this place is old, for the Celts were here before the Romans. The daunting climb to the Citta’ Alta was not deterrent enough for Attila the Hun, who destroyed it the 5th century. The city, though, rebounded to become the seat of a Lombard duchy, and after its conquest

&DVWHOYHFFKLR EULGJH 9HURQD ,WDO\ by Charlemagne, a county seat. In the early Middle Ages it was an independent commune, but later became part of the Venetian Republic until both were conquered by Napoleon. After Napoleon’s exile, it became part of the Austrian Empire until it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy in 1859 . This city has lent its name to a regional folk dance style known as bergamask. Shakespeare refers to it in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream as a “Bergomask danceâ€?. The music is characterized by dissonances and irregular intervals that later inspired Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasqueâ€?. The CittĂ Alta is surrounded by 17thcentury defensive walls. It is connected to the lower city by a cable car. With park3LD]]D %UD $UHQD DW ULJKW 9HURQD ,WDO\ ing spaces very limited in the upper city, the funicular is the recommended approach. Lunch at a trattoria in the Citta’ Alta ends with cleared skies. A hotel room awaits in Verona, but with weather delays and the stop in Bergamo, it’s dusk by arrival. Verona’s strategic location between Milan and Venice, astride the route through the Alps to Innsbruck, has made it much contested for centuries. Incredibly, though, it is one of a handful of Italian cities that did not suffer major destruction during World War II. The city’s history is foggy before it became a Roman  town around 300 BC, but the value and importance of its many historical buildings have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the time of its completion in 1356, Verona’s Ponte Scaligero boasted the world’s largest &DVWHOYHFKLR EULGJH 9HURQD ,WDO\ bridge arch. A Roman amphitheater, The Arena, still survives in the Piazza Bra, and only the theaters in Rome and Capua seat more than it 25,000. While little of the original perimeter wall remains, the interior is virtually intact, and it is still used today for theatre and summer opera, fairs, and other public events. As in Bergamo, there are enough sights to keep visitors occupied for a couple of days, but Venice calls, and with the weather now clear, tomorrow’s arrival should be well before lunch.

Antonio RamblĂŠs

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homas Jefferson famously claimed in the Declaration of Independence that the goals for the people living in the American Colonies in 1776 should be “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The pursuit of happiness seems to be widely accepted as a laudable goal even today. But what does it really mean? How well is it working? The concept of happiness is certainly not new. The ancient Greeks had a term for happiness: eudaemonia, which meant, essentially, to be a good person. This meant living according to ethical principles, being guided by reason rather than emotions, and working to cultivate one’s higher values. The Epicureans were


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%LOO )UD\HU the first to introduce the idea of pleasure as essential to happiness. They were far from hedonistic, however, as they believed that pleasure should be constrained by clear guidelines. It wasn’t until the Enlightenment that the term “happiness” came into general use and was thought to be obtainable for everyone. Jefferson, and many other enlightenment thinkers believed that it was an appropriate goal to “pursue happiness.” So what does happiness mean today? People make all kinds of assumptions about happiness. Many who spend money on lottery tickets believe that wealth brings happiness, an oversimplification belied by the fact that many wealthy people are unhappy and many poorer people are quite happy. Just look around us here in Mexico and you will see this. Many retirees connect happiness to leisure and good weather. They long to retire to a warm place and have lots of free time to do what they like. My observation is that some people seem happy with this arrangement, although some are not so happy after all. Good weather may seem important, yet I know many of my friends in Maine are happy despite

its “challenging” weather. Sometimes, a surfeit of leisure leads to boredom and a sense of purposelessness. Life is about more than just amusing ourselves endlessly. The results of the Harvard happiness study, conducted over 75 years and published by The Atlantic in 2009, reveals what other smaller studies have also shown: happiness is not a function of money, climate, even health. There were two most important predictors of happiness, according to the study. The first is finding love. The second is “finding a way of coping with life which does not push love away.” It is not surprising, then, that those who have strong social connections are the happiest. These connections can be found in close families, church groups, neighborhoods, or close friendships. It is a bit surprising that people can be happy with less money, poor health, and YES, even in cold snowy climates! Some of the ancillary conclusions of the study address other aspects of happiness. People who abuse alcohol and drugs, presumably to find inner peace of a sort, drive others away and are often miserable and lonely. The study found that people can find happiness at any point in their lives. Many have walked away from “successful” lives to find more simple happiness. As we might expect, money and power do not guarantee happiness. Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton concluded that “increases in emotional well-being” does not increase with an annual income beyond $75,000 a year. Of course, this conclusion also implies that those with minimal financial resources may not be so happy. Maslow predicted this. People cannot be happy if their basic needs: food, shelter, and safety are not met. Those of us who are working hard to be happy should ask ourselves how much responsibility we have to help make it possible that everyone can find happiness. For many poor people living in an affluent society, the “pursuit of happiness” is a nice idea but may be difficult to achieve.

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Are We Age-ing—Or Are We Sage-ing? %\ 0DUN %R\HU


y father was dying over an extended time, and he was extremely worried and agitated. My mother had already died from what was supposed to be a routine surgery. I am an only child, and I was also taking care of my mom’s father who had outlived his two children. I was in my 40’s at the time, and I had no positive role models for aging. My father’s and grandfather’s fears became my fears. One day I received a phone call from my grandfather’s doctor saying that my 93-year old grandfather’s leg had lost circulation and was becoming gangrene. The recommended solution was to cut off his leg. I talked with my grandfather about what he wanted to do, and he said the decision was mine. My grandfather was a rugged guy who had worked hard for the railroad for 44 years, and he had even gotten beaten badly for breaking through the railroad union picket lines during the Depression years so that he could feed his family. I made the decision for the hospital to cut off my proud grandfather’s leg. It was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. It was at this traumatic time in caring for my father and grandfather that I realized I needed a better view on aging. I heard that world-famous Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in Boulder, Colorado, was starting a non-denominational two-year Spiritual Eldering training program that presented ways to experience the “golden years” as a cherished gift. I signed up, and traveled quarterly from Phoenix for Reb Zalman’s precious programs. While there is no rule book for aging, I found that there was a wealth of profound topics that other talented and wise people had significantly pondered: world traditions of eldering finding life purpose and relevance brain-mind revolution new models of elderhood developmental stages of life


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encountering our mortality resurrecting unlived life harvesting life wisdom healing painful memories journey to our future self mentoring ethical wills creating legacies While it may seem that the “elder years” are simply a continuation of our lives, the fact is that it is its own distinct developmental stage in the life process and requires a different view and function. It is a shift from a largely “doing” life to a largely “being” life. We also have greater time for reflection, and this can feel good and it can feel bad. Reb Zalman frequently asked the question: “Are we age-ing or are we sage-ing?” We have the choice of being bitter, petty, or frustrated, and we have the choice of finding new meaning and purpose in our lives as elders. I graduated as a certified trainer from Reb Zalman’s first group of the Spiritual Eldering Institute almost 20 years ago, and have continued to practice the tools he taught. I’m now retired in Ajijic. I don’t consider myself old. I consider myself an elder. There is a role and purpose we all have to play in our relationships and community. It may not be achievementoriented any more, but it helps if we are focused on who we are being and how we are growing. This sometimes may not go well, but that’s also part of learning. Many of you may remember the book and movie Tuesday’s With Morrie. This true story of a dying professor who becomes a life mentor to a former student is testimony that the value of our lives is not about self-centeredness, but it is about how as elders we impart our love and acquired wisdom with others so that their lives can be enriched. There’s an enormous difference between opinions and wisdom, and our elder years offer us an opportunity to learn the difference. There are many tools for developing wisdom, but here’s an easy one to

try: Write a letter of appreciation to someone who made a difference in your life. Be clear and specific about what they did and how you became a more complete person because of it. This can be a family member, friend, colleague, or even someone who once hurt you. The letter can also be written to someone no longer alive. After writing this letter, write two or three more. See how your view starts to shift as you think of how others have influenced your life and also think of how you can positively influence others, even in small ways. I recently visited an 82-year old

friend who was recovering from a near-death experience. She said: “I’ve never been this old before, and I’m still trying to figure it out.” Our ultimate gift as elders is to break through the mundane and harvest our wisdom, so that we add value to our lives and also value for others. Mark Boyer

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was standing nd ding g in line to ge get et an n ice cream cone c w the other day, when d off the person ahead ve e me ordered “nieve de tuna.” Tunaa w ice cream?! Now g I’ve been living m most in Mexico for almost ad nev veight years, and I ha had nev-yyuck!! er heard of this--yuck! e It sounded awful.l. The ou unter girl behind the counter ye, but never batted an eye, d the cussmiled and served m what looked tomer, handing him like some sherbet.. ask what the Of course I had to ask--what heck was it and what did it taste like? Turns out “tuna” is a type of fruit or more correctly, it is a cactus flower. It most closely resembles a prickly pear in taste and it makes a delicious sherbet. I just had to try one. Not bad, I decided! When we were in Mexico City several years ago, we had the pleasure of dining at Mason del Cid. This famous restaurant serves Spanish food and the theme is El Cid, the famous Castilian nobleman and military leader in medieval Spain. While we were awaiting our feast, we were told that we would be entertained by some tuna. “Singing fish?” I thought, “Now that is really weird.” Little did I know that these tuna were students from the nearby University. In 1212, the first Studium Generale was founded in Palencia-an institution that would give rise to what we now know as universities. These “general studies” and their successors were attended by young people, including sopistas, the forerunners of the present-day tunas. The sopistas were poor students, who made the most of their musical talent by strolling through the towns, visiting streets, squares and convents and entertaining people in return for a bowl of soup and a few coins to help them pay for their studies. At night they played beneath balconies, serenading the women they had their eyes on. They were


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ca al called sopistas s not only betas ccause ca use of the real soup p their efforts were rewarded with, b but also because it was often said of them tth that they lived lived dee lla sopa boba-a collo oq colloquial expression that is more or less equivalentt tto “sponging.” The tunaa costume is probably one pr e of the most ccharacteristic ch aracterris and autthentic hentic p parts of the whole tradition. ttr The striking black bl b costume has hardly changed at all over the centuries, and is very similar to the clothes worn by the original students at Spain’s first universities. Another characteristic garment is the long cape, which is clasped around the neck and flows open in front. Besides being traditional, this cape also serves to keep out the cold whenever the tuna is out serenading. The cape also provides a suitable surface for sewing the coats of arms of all the towns and countries that the tuna has visited on his travels, and is adorned with multicolored ribbons with affectionate dedications from won-over women--or even his mother. Like the tuna song goes, “cada cinta que adorna su capa guarda un trocito de corazón” (every ribbon that adorns his cape holds a piece of somebody’s heart). Do you remember the old Star Kist Tuna commercials, where poor old Charlie the Tuna was always being thrown back, as he was not good enough to be a Star Kist tuna? Somehow he always comes to mind when I hear the word “tuna.” Sorry, Charlie, not this time. But maybe if you practice your singing a little more you can join a tuna group one of these days. Kathy Koches

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here are some things that cannot be learned quickly. Time, which is all we have, must be paid for their acquiring. But because it takes a lifetime to learn them, the little new that each man gets from life is very expensive and the only heritage he has to give.” —Ernest Hemingway An old truck sits in front of the house across the street from us in Ajijic. Four stickers on its rear window summarize a life: the U.S. Marine Corp insignia, a Texas flag, logo of the Minnesota Vikings football team, and a Christian fish. An oversized banner flaps against the house. “For Sale! Price Reduced!” A handwritten note taped to the gate says its owner is leaving tomorrow. We wander over to have a look. There are a few belongings spread out for sale on the lawn. The pickings are slim and I suspect they have always been slim. We spot the owner and shout a friendly “Hello!” He turns to watch us coming. He is a tall old man and his stooped shoulders belie the powerful giant he must have once been. His face is leathery, lined with bawdy stories, and his eyes are ready to laugh. He shakes our hands. “Come on in and I’ll show you around.” The house is rough around the edges and worse for wear. Just like him. He shudders with a ragged cough and pulls out a Marlboro. He tells us he is selling to raise a hundred grand to bail out his kids’ failing business in Texas. As we tour the place, he reels out lines of his story. He was born in 1938, the son of a Minnesota businessman.


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He married three times. He moved to this town, the finest place he has ever known, some 20 years ago. I ask if he came here alone. He says he lived here with his wife. “She died three years ago.” I respond with the expected, “I’m sorry.” He mutters flatly, “I’m sorry too.” As we walk through the house, I spot a few dirty dishes and full ashtrays. He says his maid takes care of things now and has become like his mother. I wonder if his own mother was as neglectful. We stand around the yard and trade stories. He shows us the tattoos he got in the Marines. We ask where he served. He says he missed being sent to Nam but grins wickedly about his service in Lebanon. We ask no more questions. He tells us he’s getting another tattoo in Puerto Vallarta next week; a Celtic Cross. He is obviously a man of symbols. As we start to leave, he gives me his card and asks us to visit again when he returns in two weeks. I am surprised to see a poem printed on the back. He doesn’t seem like the poetry type. He watches me reading it and tells me his father recited these words for him every morning. “Be Strong. We are not here to play, to dream, to drift. We have hard work to do and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle, face it, ’tis God’s gift.” The words clearly sum up the man before us. I keep my head bowed as his words mingle with those of the poem. Their weight and value settle deep within me. I gently tuck the man’s legacy into my pocket as we turn toward home. (Ed. Note: Tracy McDermott is, in her words, “a painter of stories and a writer of portraits. She is currently writing a book on social sharing travel and occasionally resides in the San Francisco Bay area when not wandering in search of new material.”)

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his play was first produced in New York in 2011 and was nominated for two Tony awards that year – Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play (Frances McDormand) with the latter winning. So I naturally expected to see a well-written play and moreover something unusually thought-provoking. I was not disappointed. The lead character “Margie” is played with considerable skill by LB Hamilton, an experienced actor/director who is a welcome addition to the theatrical talent at Lakeside. In the opening scene, Margie is being fired from her job at the Dollar Store for persistent tardiness. At once we see the multiple aspects of her character. She’s poor and she’s desperate – a single mother with a retarded daughter – so she’s mean and feisty and willing to lay a guilt trip on the manager. After all, she went to school with his mother in the same poor area of South Boston. But ultimately she’s defeated, as she always knew she would be. It’s the story of her life. Greg Clarke is entirely believable as “Stevie” the manager, and I also enjoyed excellent performances from Rosann Balbontin as Margie’s pushy friend “Jean,” and Patricia Guy as her landlady “Dottie.” Jean suggests that Margie go to see “Mike” who has made good as a doctor and has a smart office downtown. Evidently Margie and Mike dated for a while when they were both in high school


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thirty years earlier. Maybe he can help her find a job – he’s also a Southie, and they’re “Good People.” The second Act takes place in Mike’s home in Chestnut Hill, a swanky area of Boston. This is where the play gets really interesting, with a tense interaction between Mike and Margie. If this were a British play, we might think it’s about class differences, while in the US it’s about hard work and making money. But does this make you a good person? The author suggests that maybe being good is a luxury only poorer people can afford. Russell Mack is extremely convincing as the pathologically ambitious doctor – this must be his best ever performance. And Connie Davis, in her first speaking role at LLT, plays his wife “Kate” with just the right amount of edge, covered up by bourgeois politeness. Margie suggests that Mike could be the father of her retarded daughter, but he refuses to believe it and in any case he tells her that he had a career to make and would have dumped her. Kate also rejects the idea, and in the end Margie heroically denies it. She’s just too nice for her own good. Lynn Phelan has done a wonderful job in bringing this subtle and intelligent play to the Lakeside stage. Congratulations also to Beth Leitch as Stage Manager. My only quibble is that the sound effects were at times too loud, and drowned out some dialogue. I must also mention the ingenious set, with smooth transitions from back alley to kitchen to doctor’s office to bingo hall in Act One, and a marvelous layout for the doctor’s home in Act Two. Special thanks to Rob Stupple for his Set Design and the Set Construction crew for their work. Overall, this was an excellent and well-acted show and incidentally confirms that serious plays can be successfully performed here at Lakeside. Michael Warren

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of the month

Santiago (Santi) C.T.


anti was born in 2011, he lives in St Rosa de Lima with Mom and Dad. He had a normal birth and was a normal child until he was thirteen months old. Then he stopped walking, had convulsions, could not eat and did not talk or make noises anymore. The parents took him to Hospital Civil and after many tests he was diagnosed with OMS or Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome. The symptoms are random and rapid eye movements in both horizontal and vertical directions, unsteady, brief, repeated, shock-like spasms of several muscles within the arms, legs, inability to speak and more. In his case, the disorder has


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been designated “idiopathic” attributed to a viral infection. He was also diagnosed with Encephalopathy which is also a viral infection of the brain. He cannot walk, talk, eat and he is limited to a wheelchair. He is undergoing speech, physical and swim therapies at Teleton on a weekly basis and is followed by his doctors at

the Zooquipan Hospital in Zapopan. He still has many seizures which stop him from getting better, he is on medication for the seizures and his doctors are hoping that he will stop having them long enough for him to regain cognitive functions. We are paying for his medication, equinotherapy, special tests and transport to and from Guadalajara and for fittings and repairs to his wheelchair which was donated by Teleton. Since 2012 we have reimbursed the family a total of 168,000.00 pesos. As Clinic Director for Ninos Incapacitados, I thank you once again for this opportunity to present one of our kids. I invite you to join our monthly meetings at the Real de Chapala in Ajijic on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am to meet our “Child of the month” and learn more about our organization. We have three clinics: Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you want to visit a clinic please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (7665452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (766-4375). Please visit our website at:

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The Annual Valentine’s Ajijic Tournament came and went with a lower attendance than usual over previous years. This was due, at least in part, to the price per session of $12 US (or 230 pesos) per person, which for Canadian participants is expensive due to our weak loonie. If this tourney is going to stay alive and well the American Contract Bridge League, which governs the game in the US, Canada and Mexico, will need to address this issue.


There were some bright spots, however, like the sterling play of Alain Turcotte and Louise Menard who won 2 pairs events outright and finished tied for third in the Swiss teams. They have consistently shone since they arrived in the fall for their first full season in Lakeside. Herself and I had a less triumphant outing with a few modest placings to show for our efforts. The diagrammed hand was one of our successes which I believe contains

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a good lesson for those who like to rush into the bidding where others may fear to tread. Sitting North in a duplicate event, Herself opened her 19 pointer with 1 diamond after West passed as dealer. East passed and I responded 1 spade. Now West made a takeout double to show the other two suits which I believe was an unwise decision being vulnerable, holding only 9 high card points and in the middle of a live auction. This did not unduly disturb Herself who promptly raised me to 4 spades to end the bidding. West led the club queen and when dummy came down I saw that we were in a very sound contract. However, as this was matchpoint scoring, I wanted to notch up as many tricks as I could in an attempt to beat out as many pairs as possible holding our cards. A quick mental review of the bidding suggested that West was likely to hold nine or ten cards in clubs and hearts and would therefore be short in the other two suits. With this in mind, I won the first trick in dummy, cashed the spade king and then played a low spade to the jack. I was duly rewarded when West showed out and I drew the last trump. The remaining cards were friendly to

our cause and I emerged with all 13 tricks for a top score on this board. Most experienced bridge players follow the mantra “8 ever, 9 never” which simply means that when you hold 8 cards in a suit missing the queen you should always (or “ever”) try a finesse to capture her majesty. However, when you have 9 cards between your two hands you should consistently play for the drop by cashing the ace and king (or “never” finessing), unless the opposition bidding gives you any clues to do otherwise. Circumstances alter cases, as they say, so in this instance I was able to change my normal strategy based on the information West had unwittingly provided. Of course, there was no guarantee East held the trump queen but all the evidence pointed to a strong likelihood. So the next time you are tempted to enter the fray with questionable values, bear in mind that you might be giving useful information to the opponents. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ Ken Masson

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Hearts at Work $ &ROXPQ E\ -LP 7LSWRQ Being Grace Full


have, as Theodore Roethke has in his poem “I Knew a Woman,” observed women “lovely in their bones,” who “moved more ways than one”; I have seen women who “moved in circles, and those circles moved.” Decades after reading them, Byron’s classic lines from “Hebrew Melodies” still thrill me: “She walks in beauty, like the night/ Of cloudless climes and starry skies,/And all that’s best of dark and bright/Meet in her aspect and her eyes.” The Yoga Journal video, Yoga for Beginners featuring Patricia Walden, begins with Patricia in her incredibly flowing walk over the sand dunes of Death Valley. One of the joys I experience almost daily is observing a woman, or man, move with body grace. Some years ago a British study proved that African women could outperform British soldiers when carrying heavy loads. The women walked with grace. And they also arrived at their destination breathing more easily than the soldiers. They did this by carrying their loads on top of their heads or with a forehead strap, and then walking with a very unsoldierly “swinging” motion. The fascination I had in the early seventies with the television series Kung Fu had more to do with watching David Carradine walk than it had to do with Kung Fu and its corresponding eastern philosophy. Curiously, David Carradine himself, although initially acting, years later became what he had been acting (became what he had been walking). His book Spirit of Shaolin is a record of that becoming. When the series ended after sixty-two segments, Carradine writes “I


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was in superb physical condition and totally shattered emotionally—ripe for rebirth. I assumed that was the end of me and martial arts, but I had underestimated both myself and the spirit of Shaolin.” A fascinating reference to Kung Fu and the “lightness of walking” appears in Levitation by Steve Richards. Referring to the ability some unusual people possess to make the body lighter or heavier by will (I personally have seen this demonstrated by the Aikido Master, Tom Crum), Richards writes: “Something quite similar is cultivated in China by the masters of kung-fu, where it is called ch’in kung, or light walk. Michael Minick writes about this in The Wisdom of Kung-Fu. He says that there are several training methods. “In one, the artist walks along the brim of a large jar filled with water. As he learns to maintain his balance, the jar is emptied, a little at a time. After years of work, he can walk easily along the rim of a completely empty jar, without tipping it over.” And, “In another technique, the artist walks over very thin paper which is spread over loose sand. The object is to walk the distance of the paper without leaving footprints. Masters of ch’in kung…. are said to walk on freshly fallen snow without leaving a trace of their steps. “ Many of us who walk, long for this “lightness of being.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his funeral address for Henry David Thoreau, writes that Thoreau “could not bear to hear the sound of his own steps, the grit of gravel; and therefore never willingly walked in the road, but in the grass. On mountains and in woods.” But, these are simply examples of overtly graceful walking. To the careful observer, equal grace can be detected in people where we would least expect it. When I lived in Michigan, the neighbor to the west, a kind and simple farmer named Lester, lived alone with his elderly brother. Lester had had polio as a boy,

leaving his right foot completely turned inward so that he had to walk on the outside edge of it. He nevertheless was able to move over his fields and among the trees and birds he loved with more grace than many a ballet aspirant. And so, the matter of grace is not solely about what everyone would agree to be beautiful movements, but more about doing the best with what we have, with whatever body has been given to us for this incarnation. Years ago I volunteered a tiny bit in the building of Wilderness on Wheels in Colorado, a miles long boardwalk through the mountains where those unable to go hiking in the

conventional sense could go, often with their families, on a wilderness jaunt, and even fish or camp out. I loved to watch the joy in their faces as in their wheelchairs they whirled and moved with grace through time and space. Well, something to ponder. How can we move with more grace through time and space? How we move is, of course, a product of “how we be,� of what we are inside. See you on the path! Jim Tipton

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PROFIL LIN NG TEPEH H UA %\ 0RRQ\HHQ .LQJ President of the Board for Tepehua



peration Smile, based in Guadalajara, has been active in Mexico for ten years. You can learn more about it on www.operationsmile. org for local news, and add “.mx” for their international news. A little baby girl was sent to the Tepehua Free Clinic, having been rejected with sympathy from all the local Clinics... they could not help her. Baby Karla was born with a cleft palette. Mother Ana Cecilia begged for help, and Baby Karla stole the hearts of the volunteers at Tepehua. Months went by with visits to the doctor to bring Karla’s weight up. Thank you to Dra. Angelica of the Maskaras Clinic and the tenderness of LuLu in GoLab who gave their services pro-bono. Karla is now almost a year old. The Shriners Hospital in Tijuana finally accepted Karla for the operation, but couldn’t fly her there until March. Then Operation Smile stepped in through one of its founders, Ruben Pettersson, of Rotary Ajijic. Karla had the operation on Thursday, Feb. 18th in Guadalajara. This author had the honour of being there at Operation Smile to watch the proceedings. We were


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escorted down to the ‘scrub’ room to literally strip and put on scrubs. The operation took three hours. As they were bringing Baby Karla out of the operation room to be taken to her mother, who had been waiting hours for her baby, another honour as the baby was placed in this author’s arms. Not considering myself at all spiritual, I was touched by something intangible, a moment in time that stood still in a quiet I have never felt before. With a nurse trailing behind me with the drip, and my out-sized scrubs, I carried this precious life to the surgery lift, and the door opened to the ring of faces waiting. The electric moment when mother held her baby and we all shuffled to the ‘care’ room, where Karla and Ana Cecilia were to spend the night, before walking out the door to a new life. We were all touched by a miracle that day, but it was engineered by the intervention of doctors from all over the world who spend two weeks every year using their skills to change the lives of so many. That day alone they operated on 117 babies. 117 Mothers walked through the doors with their hearts breaking with happiness. Karla will be in the care of Operation Smile until she is 18 years of age. Next year she will have the palette operation, then years after that her teeth will need realignment. The Tepehua Community Clinic will closely monitor Karla, and will be the keeper of any donations that come in to be held for whatever medical expenses Ana Cecilia will have in the future. Support Operation Smile if you can. Visit their operation on the web site. Not just Baby Karla was given a new lease on her life, but think of the thousands of children all over the world who are touched by the miracle called Operation Smile.

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recent film, The Revenant, features Leonardo de Caprio as mountain man Hugh Glass, who in 1823 was abandoned by his companions after surviving a near fatal grizzly attack but trudged, floated and crawled 200 miles to find help at Fort Kiowa. During his ordeal, Glass took shelter inside the carcass of his own horse, dined on raw meat left behind by wolves, and encouraged maggots to eat away at his gangrenous flesh. Man-against-nature survival epics seem to capture the imagination. One is reminded of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s voyage to civilization across 700 miles of life-threatening Antarctic seas, as well as Slavomir Rawicz’s account of the perilous trek by a small band of Polish POWs who escaped from Stalin’s Siberian gulag and crossed Asia to freedom in India during the darkest days of World War II. One dark night in 1914, deep in the gloom of the Amazon rainforest, former President Theodore Roosevelt’s companions quietly discussed his imminent death. Exhausted and wracked with a malarial fever of 105, suffering excruciating pain from a leg injury and bacterial infection, TR wafted in and out of consciousness. His companions had seen others die in the jungle. They


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knew that he could not endure much longer. At one point TR had selflessly considered suicide by means of the lethal dose of morphine he always carried with him, hoping to free his exhausted companions of the burden he had become. But now, he set his jaw in that world famous grin, determined to struggle on. All his life, TR had advocated and lived what he called “the strenuous life.” While managing his North Dakota cattle ranch, he often set off alone to round up strays in the Badlands. Sleeping in a frozen puddle during a snowstorm one night, he turned to a fellow cowpoke and exclaimed, “Isn’t this fun!” Serving as deputy sheriff, he once captured a gang who had stolen a barge. Marching the suspects for days across the prairie to jail, he never dared to sleep or let down his guard, knowing that he would be murdered by his captives, a theme repeated in countless western movies. During the Spanish-American War, he led the Rough Riders on their historic charge up San Juan Hill. While on the campaign trail in 1912, an assassin’s bullet penetrated his chest, but he stubbornly continued on to his next rally and delivered his speech. As President, he once set off on a three-day horseback trip with John Muir to explore Yosemite. His big game hunting trips were legendary, causing Muir to once ask when he was going to stop the adolescent practice of killing large animals. Still, he sailed off to Africa to collect specimens for the Museum of Natural History as soon as his second term ended. Failing in his bid for a third term as President, at the head of his Bull Moose Party, TR jumped at the chance for a new adventure, exploring the remote, mysterious, unmapped River of Doubt, a dark band that vanished into the Brazilian rainforest. The crew consisted of Roosevelt’s son Kermit, the famous ornithologist and explorer George Cher-

rie, as well as 22 others. Colonel Candido Miriano da Silva Rondon served as TR’s co-commander. The expedition was a disaster from the beginning, After a two-month long trek by boat and mule across 400 miles of plain, jungle and desert, the group set off in seven overloaded and unwieldy 2500-pound dugouts. The rainforest harbored many dangers: Hostile, sometimes cannibalistic CintaLarga Indians with curare tipped arrows; white water rapids requiring long, grueling portages; alligators; poisonous reptiles, especially the deadly coral snake. Schools of up to 100 piranha could reduce a large animal or a person to bones in minutes. There were nine foot piraiba catfish, known to prey upon humans, anacondas weighing up to 300 pounds, biting black flies called piums, malaria bearing mosquitoes, bot flies, inch long candiru catfish that enter the human body through any orifice, especially the urethra, causing painful death. According to some accounts, candiru could swim up the stream of urine to enter a host’s body. Cutting open one piraiba, the men found a monkey’s arm and head. After observing local Indians with missing fingers and toes, they decided to no longer feast upon piranha. Never to be outdone, Roosevelt

called the trip, “My last chance to be a boy,” but, even though he was in better shape than men half his age, it nearly spelled his end. Along the way, three men died, one by drowning, another by murder. The murderer, whose victim had caught him stealing food, was abandoned to his fate and never seen again. Indian arrows killed Rondon’s loyal dog Lobo. Six dugouts were lost, requiring the men to construct new ones. Food ran out. Day and night, tropical downpours inundated the unhappy travelers. Crude surgery had to be performed on Roosevelt’s leg in a mud-floored tent, with no anesthesia and to the infernal buzzing of clouds of piums. By journey’s end, he could no longer sit up in his canoe, and he had shed 55 pounds, one third of his body weight, but, as always, the old Rough Rider triumphed and went on to fight another day. Like Hugh Glass, Theodore Roosevelt was a revenant, one returned from the dead. The River of Doubt today bears his name, Rio Roosevelt. Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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he pavement was wet. It was hideously cold through the thin silk dress. My shoulders become slowly soaked, and then the skirt clung round my thighs. That new bouffant hair was intact. Nothing came through for a few seconds time to glimpse legs, trousers and high heels marching along in the sulpherous yellow street lamp light. I was at ground zero. A metallic slam of the Embassy Club’s security door marked the evening’s end. Manchester, the UK’s second city, is a live wire metropolis without London’s terrifying drawbacks. What Manchester thinks today, London thinks tomorrow, proud Mancunians boast. It’s an extended family. With a China Town, a flourishing red light district and a swelling organized crime wave, in the early 70’s the city was set for a big future. Yet I despised Manchester’s pseudo familial chumminess. Such chumminess was the problem. My landlady had taken pity on the prospect home alone for me that evening. My petty thief, drug dealing, guitar playing boy friend was a million miles from wowing them in some appalling working men’s club. Still it helped pay the rent minus the booze bill and pot for the evening. Maureen was a homely woman, in looks and demeanor. Perhaps that was essentially the secret of her success as a madam. The girls looked to her for so much more than just their work place. And vitally the clients adored her. She was touchingly concerned about the disabled son of one. He was perhaps the UK’s top comedian at the time. Oh, and such a celebrated family man, too. Twenty five years later in Barbados, at a party thrown by a multimillionaire gay TV impresario friend of our family, we finally met. He was sincerely concerned I had just been widowed. I had no heart to mention mutual friends. Though yet to burst on to an unsuspecting public both sides of the pond in 1994, back in 1970, Whalley Range, Manchester at a call girl establishment, nestled the Spice Girls in prototype.


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Maureen’s corporate mission statement was: Give them what they want, what they really, really want. Ground floor and first floor were vaguely look alike Scary, Sporty and Ginger Spice. But next floor was Baby Spice to the life. Blonde hair in bunches, soft toys, lisp the full Monty; she hit the spot. Top floor was the star, our own wannabe Posh Spice. Modeled on Shirley McLaine as Irma La Douce in the film, she too came with the green tights and poodle. I and a chap called Steve were on the marketing side. He lived in the basement. I shared a comfortable little second floor flat with my musician boyfriend, whom later I had arrested and imprisoned for domestic violence. In my defense, he was 6.4 and weighed 240 lbs. Steve’s marketing expertise was based on his whizz kiddery with electrics. His specialty was electric guitars and sound systems. It was the flowering of the working man’s clubs in Manchester. So the place sprouted a hellish harvest of miserable piss poor and useless guitar players with even more piss poor equipment. My boyfriend was one such. So Steve had a unique selling proposition. Musicians could choose to relax in any one of five rooms on site for while you wait repairs. He made our introductions to Maureen. She needed a more snazzy front than poor little Steve, who incidentally was also the only rubber fetishist I have ever knowingly encountered. I was a rising corporate star. What better for the police to see me marching out daily and early with briefcase and white shirt? Even more Kosher, I was happy to chat to the local police sergeant about my work. Since he was often there, enjoying post prandial chess with Maureen, our conversations over many a lazy late afternoon tea, were happy and relaxed. So imagine Maureen’s horror and embarrassment when I was physically ejected from the club, where she had so proudly introduced me that eve-

ning. It had all snowballed. Maureen tempted me out after a couple glasses of wine at home. I warned her that I didn’t drink. Predictably I fell for the ‘what’s the harm’ argument. Steve, Maureen her mink and I then swept off to the Embassy Club. It was below street level, so we took an elevator, manned by a couple of friendly heavies. At the entrance desk, trouble started. They refused to allow Steve in. He was wearing a polo necked shirt and perforce had no tie. I weighed in with words to the effect: “What in this latrine?” I hung onto the gate of the elevator stretched horizontal by the heavies shouting, “I write for a national newspaper, you know!” But outside, I was laughing from my prone pavement position more so I could rant, “I’ve been thrown out of better joints than this,” than from the fast fading effects of the wine. M a u r e e n’s parting shot effortlessly topped mine. Clacking in her stilettos passed me, still lolling on the wet flag stones, she hissed: And I fort yer wuz a bloody Rosemary Grayson lidy.

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emember “seedless.” Growers and farmers worked for decades to breed out seeds from oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, grapes and watermelons, a humiliating thing to do to any living thing. And, of course, years ago nuts were around for one reason only: so you’d crave another martini. Well, seeds and nuts are back. They’re in everything these days. And most of them come from Mexico and Central America. Aging boomers are racking up health benefits galore, and soon restaurant menus will offer nut and seed dishes for every palate and dental history. Mayan nuts are said to be packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, E and sometimes


Y and W. But, apparently the nutrientrich nut hasn’t been known by many locals as a source of food. What might help is if someone put those pinkie-nail sized bar-code stickers on the nuts, declaring each O 62, N 21, G 47, not to be confused with Bingo balls. The other reason locals aren’t eating the nuts is that they may not be terribly tasty. The only way to promote, distribute and sell such a food is if someone zapped them with honey and cinnamon and a preservative, so they could be shipped to New Jersey and hijacked. This will ensure distribution and sales, or else. Before the rediscovery of the Mayan nut, we were all heavily into the mus-

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tard-sized Moringa seeds. These tiny seeds are so robust in nutrients, you only need one or two seeds a day. Best way to serve Moringa seeds is to stuff one or two (remember, these are potent), into a pint of Oreo Cookie ice cream and eat the entire pint. (You’ll thank me for this tip.) It’s been reported that this plant has been used to treat illnesses for some 5,000 years, actually predating the more modern “eye of newt.” Now, there’s more. Before the Moringa, everybody was snatching up sacks of Chia seeds. These are the seeds that grow fur on pottery animals, a remnant of days when seeds were not taken seriously and, well… were used to grow fur on pottery animals, a novelty one notch above Mr. Potato Head, and also more effective against irritable bowel syndrome. Before Chia, there were Flax seeds. These seeds, roasted and topped with Sesame seeds, Rape, Hemp and Aramantha seeds and a few of your favorite tree nuts, produces something almost as tasty as the forest floor itself. Studies have shown that Flax seeds may lower cholesterol and prevent gall stones. (However, over-ingestion of Flax can produce neurotoxic cyanogen glycosides and immunosuppressive cyclic nonapeptides, which can lead to problems breathing, convulsions, total

paralysis and, even worse, a fake French accent. Consult your doctor before taking Flax seeds. If you have an inflection lasting more than four hours, seek medical help immediately.) Before Flax there were the ubiquitous Sunflower seeds, popularized by baseball stars who spit them all over one another. Sunflower seed mania did not last long, but they were a staple of good nutrition and may have been the first seed to get packaged in children’s lunches, until children used them to spit all over one another. Before sunflower seeds, everybody remembers the raving madness over Pumpkin seeds, with fiber so thick, floss couldn’t remove it from gums, with the minerals rich in zinc, magnesium, potassium and 100% of your daily-recommended requirement of helium. Before sunflower seeds there were Pomegranate seeds. These vegetarian favorites are packed with anti-oxidants as well as essential amino-acids (even some non-essential amino-acids whose names nobody knows, not even nutritionists, because they’re not essential and were never on the test). I took Pomegranate seeds for months for arthritis in my left hand to make it possible for me to type the letters q and c. These claims are still being questioned. Now, it must’ve taken centuries for these seeds and nuts to be found and proofed and then have some Homo erectus genius toast and mix them into trail mixes. She would have been one of the unsung gatherers of hunter/gatherers we hear so much about. What an amazing basket of seeds, herbs, nuts, leaves, roots, stems and petals they discovered, fearlessly and brilliantly, obviously by trial and error, either while the men were out clubbing things to death or, more likely, using the men as test subjects: “Honey, try these. Not sure, yet. Gave them to the dog, and well, the little mutt disappeared.” Ed Tasca

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Sandy Olson

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PLAYS! OPERA! BALLET! After a fine start last season through its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, Lakeside Little Theatre has broadened its Playhouse Series, to be a key offering throughout the year. Also, an agreement with London’s Royal Opera House will enable the theatre to present several operas and ballets. Here are scheduled performances in March through August. Romeo & Juliet ballet, created by Kenneth MacMillan, March 5-6 A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, with Mark Strong, April 16-17 La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, April 30-May 1 Everyman, a play by Carol Ann Duffy with Chiwetel Ejiofor, May 14-15 Award Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor Giselle by Marius Petipa, May 28-29, The Royal Ballet As You Like It by William Shakespeare with Rosalie Craig, June 18-19 Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, July 16-17 Cavalliera Rusticana/Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo, August 13-14 Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Tickets (200 pesos) can be purchased at the LLT box office every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. CELEBRATION OF WOMEN Sunday, March 6 will mark the beginning of the 38th annual world-wide celebration of the International Women’s Day, bringing attention to women’s issues, health, freedom, rights and contributions to their communities across the globe. As part of Rotary International, the Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club will present a weeklong series of special events in the Lakeside area from March 6 to March 12, each celebrating a different aspect of women’s lives here in México and around the world. To learn more, check: In connection with International Women’s Week, Guadalupe by Geraldine Classen Lake Chapala Painting Guild will mount an exhibition of related paintings at the Cultural Center Ajijic on March 6, to run through March 10. The paintings will be juried by well-known Ajijic/Guadalajara photographer, Xill Fessenden. Participating artists are Lois Schroff, Inak Gleysztor, Cynthia DuBois, Carol Ann Owers, Winnie Hunt, Geraldine Classen, Anita Lee, Nancy Gray, Sonia Mocnik, Gwynne Lott. OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. Here’s the program for the month. March 6 The Birth of an Idea Presented by Janice Kimball This talk explores how the creative mind works, where ideas come from, and how to jump start the creative process. Janice is a visual artist, weaver, author, and retired college instructor. She is author of Three in a Cage and The Joy of Art. You can read more about her history and current endeavors


on her website She invites you to join her for a reception following Open Circle, venue to be announced. March 13 The Psychology of Investing - Making Better Financial Decisions by Understanding the Way We Think Presented by Yann Kostic, MBA, and Tom Zachystal, CFA, CFP Understanding the biases that drive our decision-making can help us make better financial and life decisions and take the stress out of financial planning for our future. March 20 Living in an Indian Ashram Presented by Patricia Hemingway Patricia will share her experience of living two and a half years in an ashram in a small village an hour outside Mumbai, which was Bombay in 1986 when she arrived there. Find out what got her there, what made her return two more times, and how the experience affects her now, 25 years later. March 27 Beating Breast Cancer without Surgery, Chemo, or Radiation Presented by Sheryl Malin Everyone lives in fear of a cancer diagnosis. The diagnosis brings with it the horror of being subjected to terrifying surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which can have side effects as bad as or worse than the disease. This is the story of how Sheryl beat cancer without surgery, chemo, or radiation. April 3. The Unseen Heroes of the Stage Presented by Elves You May Know Before a theater production ever makes it to the Lakeside Little Theatre or Bravo! Theatre, a dedicated crew works behind the scenes to develop the magical sets that bring the play to life. This program will demonstrate how these theater sets are constructed in the realtime building of a set on the Open Circle stage—all in 45 minutes. GROW YOUR OWN….. ……..vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 in the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. In February John McWilliams discussed and demonstrated how to set up a worm composting bin, and we’re sure that was fascinating. The next meeting will be on March 9. There is always a plant exchange ad a “show and tell” of what’s going on with each person’s garden. New members are welcome. They can contact John at or by phone at 376.766.0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: and VIVA MUSICA’S SPRING SEASON… …at the Teatro Degollado Thursday March 10: “Haydn Plus – Cello Extravaganza” – Haydn, Paganini, Faure, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky; conductor Seikyo Kim. The bus departs at 4.00 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara. (A lot of people are talking of going to this one.) Sunday March 20: “Shostakovich 19 – Stalin Code” – Paganini, Violin Concerto No.1, with violin soloist Ivan Perez; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10; conductor Marco Parisotto. The bus departs at 4 p.m. The concert starts 6 p.m. Thursday April 7: “Jalisco Talents” – Schubert, Symphony No. 8, Ponce, Mexican Balad Conductor Marco Parisotto with piano soloist Santiago Lomelin; conductor Jose Kamuel Zepeda. The bus departs at 4 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara. Sunday April 17: “The Art of Mendelsohn” – Mendelsohn, Violin Concerto with violin soloist Leticia Moreno; and Symphony No. 5. The bus departs at 4.00 p.m. The concert starts 6.00 p.m. Symphony and Met opera bus tickets are $350 pesos, ($450 for non-members), available at the LCS Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon. All Viva buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic. ANOTHER VIVA OFFERING “Live From the Met” at Teatro Diana Saturday April 9 Madame Butterfly by Puccini; featuring outstanding soprano Kristine Opolais as Butterfly and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton. Bus departs 9.30 am. SAINT PADDY’S DAY The folks at the American Legion know how to throw a party and this time it’s a St. Patrick’s Day event, needless to say on March 17 (but I said it anyway). It starts at 1 p.m. with a social hour, to be followed at 2 p.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and dessert. Music is furnished by Noe and The Men in Black. The cost is 150 pesos per person. AND HERE’S ANOTHER PARTY… You still have time to make a reservation for one of the fine dinners at Jaltepec Centro Educativo on March 17 as well, a fundraiser to help culinary students in the program. There will be a no host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner follows at 7:30. To reserve places, call Linda Buckthorp at 766.1631 or email

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her at Tickets are 400 pesos per person; they can be picked up at Multiva Bank on the financial side after March 10. The chefs need a head count by March 15, so don’t delay! AND—FINALLY--ON MARCH 17 (WHAT A BUSY DAY) Viva Musica presents a concert by pianist Jorge Verdin and his jazz group: Jesus Eleazar, saxophone; Gilberto Rios, bass; Angel Madrigal, drums, playing a program of jazz standards and some of their own compositions. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Auditorio. CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN “The Sound of Music” is the theme of the musical lunch and fashion show on March 19 at 12:30, to benefit the Villa Infantil Orphanage. The children will sing selections from the movie, along with local lights Mac Morison and Judy Hendrck. Cugini’s Boutique will offer a fashion show as well and attendees will have a gourmet lunch too The event is at Las Caballerizas at the Racquet Club on March 19 at 12:30 p.m. The ticket price is 300 pesos for person. They can be found at Yoly’s, Cugini’s Boutique, and Mia’s. You’re invited to bring also a non perishable food item. All proceeds from the event go to villa Infantil orphanage.. MAYBE THERE’LL BE RUGELACH Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. On Thursday, March 24 at 3 p.m. the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation will celebrate with a community party. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the entertainment and the traditional festival buffet. The price for members is 70 pesos and 100 pesos for non-members. The synagogue is located at Santa Margarita 113, in Riberas de Pilar, one block north of the carretera. For further information, email Barbara Appel at SEE BEHIND THE WALLS… Now see beautiful homes on Behind the Walls Home Tours to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec. The next tours are March 24 and April 14. Tickets are 200 pesos. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier. Tours leave at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Jessie Wynant at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or Leslie Martin at 766-2274. SHE SHATTERED THAT FRAGILE HARMONY The Lakeside Little Theatre presents Other Desert Cities on March 25 through April 3 (There is no show on Monday, March 28). It is directed by Russell Mack. This award-winning play is about a family with secrets, conflict and compassion, just like the families we left up north. The fragile harmony of Christmas is shattered when daughter Brooke arrives bearing a soon-toBack: Peter Luciano, Collette Clavadetscher, Damyn be-published memoir full of family secrets. Young. Front: Candace Luciano, Debra Bowers Tickets are on sale at the Box Office on March 16 and 17, then on March 23 through the run of the show, from 10 to noon, except Sunday. Purchase tickets online: tickets@ or call 766 0954. They are also available one hour before the curtain. NAKED STAGE HAS MOVED! Here’s a nifty failure-proof map….. The address is Hidalgo (the carretera) #261 in Riberas del Pilar, on the mountain side, across from the Catholic


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church and near the corner of Calle San Lucas. Look for the LTH sign just beyond Car City on the left when approaching from Ajijic . Naked Stage’s next production is scheduled for April 1-3. Broadway Bound by Neil Simon reintroduces us to the Jerome family whom we first met about five years ago in his Brighton Beach Memoirs. The two sons--Eugene and Stanley-- are now trying to break into big time comedy writing. The show is directed by Phyllis Silverman. Find more Information about The Naked Stage on their Facebook page (The Naked Stage, Riberas del Pilar) or . For reservations, email BAGPIPES AND KILTS What a grand night and what a great birthday celebration was enjoyed by the 235 guests at the Niños Incapacitados’ annual Robbie Burns Supper last month. Bagpipes played Scottish tunes to welcome the guests, many of whom wore tartans: men in dress kilts, ladies in tartan dresses, skirts or tartan plaidies. Scottish Country Dancing was led by Phyl Gaskell and her Scottish Country Dancers. The traditional Grand March piped everyone in to dinner. All proceeds from this successful event went to provide needed medical aid to more than 160 children in the Lakeside. DOES YOUR DINNER TABLE LOOK LIKE THIS? Mine doesn’t either. This beautiful setting was created by the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic’s culinary team, which donated a dinner for eight as a prize in Niños Incapacitados’ last fundraising gala. The floral centerpiece was done by the Lakeside Garden Guild. CASA is planning a similar donation for Niños’ “Diamonds and Denim” gala this month (undoubtedly sold out by now). CASA celebrated its 30th anniversary at the awards banquet on March 1. Top winner this year, measured in points and three first places (a Bing Award) is Rick Feldmann. The members meet on the third Monday of the month. Membership is open to anyone who likes to cook (and eat!), for a modest 150 pesos. For further information on membership, email THEY WERE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY Last month 46 members of the Ajijic Society of the Arts went to Tonalá, on a bus trip organized by John McWilliams and Megan Tingen. John says, “We were met at the overpass before entering Tonalá by two tourist bureau representatives and three policemen who escorted us around for the day and cleared traffic for the bus. We were treated like royalty.” They visited a glass blowing studio and were able to blow glass themselves, then visited the Galeria Bernabe and an artists’ museum. The day ended with a good restaurant meal. A good day, to be sure.

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he 672th meeting of the Ajijic Writers’ Group is now in session. Please come to order. Let me repeat that number, ladies and gentlemen—the 672th edition of the Ajijic Writers’ Group. Alejandro Grattan did the arithmetic, and since he was the co-founder of our group 28 years ago, he ought to know. However, as he also noted, “Any way you slice it, that makes me pretty damn old.” But young at heart! You know, we Lakeside Writers take a certain vicarious pride knowing that D.H. Lawrence, Somerset Maugham and Tennessee Williams, among others, worked on their masterpieces here in Ajijic and Chapala. But what about those who were also talented if less lionized and were members of the Writers’ Group back when. Members who wrote novels that made the NYTimes Best-seller lists, another whose script won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and another whose script was nominated for the British equivalent of the Oscar. One member had her work translated into twelve languages, and yet another wrote the very first novel set against a MexicanAmerican background, that being the hugely successful (published by Doubleday, and translated into ten languages) Chicano by Richard Vasquez. Or Ray Rigby and his movie The Hill, which starred Sean Connery. Another name would be Jim Tuck, a longtime columnist for the Ojo and early member of the group—who wrote and sold some 400 articles to


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various magazines and newspapers in the US, Canada and the UK. More recently, Roberto Moulon whose book, The Iguana Speaks My Name, was reviewed favorably in the prestigious Kirkus Review. Then of course those

current members whose talents are also impressive. I would name names but . . . well, you know who you are. Can we agree then that it is time to pay tribute to the man who set the stage some 28 years ago for all of us here? His seven novels (including the award-winning The Dark Side of the Dream), hundreds of El Ojo del Lago editorials, almost two dozen screenplays, award-winning movies, and of course the trenchant critiques here at our meetings all give witness to his talent, and the willingness to share his professional expertise with all of us. It is time to say Thank You, Sr. Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez! PS: Coffee is still only Five Pesos and propinas are still welcome.

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or forty years my husband had been promising to write me a love song. He was a wonderful musician so I knew he could write something I would cherish. He never did. The closest he got was when he was dying and he came out of his coma long enough to tell me he’d decided to live and would write that love song. I asked him what the name of my song was. He said it was “What Do I Need You For” and it was beautiful and with that he went back into his final sleep. My brother-in-law who was in the room chuckled and said, “Well THAT could be taken either way!” And I said, “Yes it could and that’s the beauty of it because when you are in a committed


relationship, some days it’s one way, and some days it’s the other, but he said it was beautiful so that is enough for me. Sometime later I met a friend at a theater performance and I was smiling and enjoying friends and she said, “Christy, I mean no offense, but you look much too sparkly and happy to be a grieving widow.” The connotation in my mind was that if I had really loved my husband, I would look sad and not enjoy anything for years, but maybe that isn’t how she meant it. I gave public opinion and the stereotypical idea that “the longer you make your grief public the more you loved your partner,” a thought and decided to follow the exhortation of

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Jonathan Swift 1667-1745, instead who said, “May you live each day of your life.” We all need to make our own choice. Mine was that I would honor my husband more by living each day of my life as he had done, rather than forgetting joy and basically dying with him. When you lose a spouse or partner or ‘significant other’ that you have loved and shared years, possibly decades with, it breaks you. There is no sadness like it. It isn’t that the person has suddenly achieved sainthood and that you no longer are aware of the imperfections that person had. You still know the things that used to annoy you; the personality characteristics that would occasionally upset you. What is so destructive is your own failing in the things you didn’t do, like listen better, or hold hands more or know more ways to make the other person more comfortable as they were dying. Even if the dying was quick, you still berate yourself for your imperfections and wish you had another chance to be better. But physical death is final. It is forever. There is no “one more time.” And one is a lonely number. People handle grief in their own time and in their own way, but those

outside the circle of kindred spirits (those who have not been through it) don’t understand. They tell you: “You are so strong.” “You are handling this so well.” “I’m so proud of you.” or other such nonsense that lets you know that they have absolutely no clue about the hell you’re enduring. Sometimes I just want to die too. Sometimes I just want to scream. Sometimes I just talk to that special person and hope somehow he can hear me. Sometimes people bring up his name and suddenly I can’t even talk for the lump in my throat. Sometimes out of the blue, I feel overwhelmed. Most of the time these are private moments, which is more comfortable as I can let go and drain for awhile the flood of tears that are mine to shed and NOT others to see. Friends don’t know what to say so some pretend it didn’t happen. For me the best expression of caring and understanding is a hug. It says what words can’t. So how do I react to these well meaning and very dear friends when they ask how you are? “Just fine, thanks, and you?” It is a gentle lie and what friends want to hear - and most of the time it is true and I’ve been assured that “things will get better.” I

hope it is true. One of the things nobody discusses is the loss of intimacy. Here is the person whose body you shared, you knew every inch of it, this body which housed the person you loved and with whom you had shared so many memories. This person who you knew how to please and who knew how to please you. This person who knew the subtle hints that you wanted to enjoy his body once more or whose hand you held or arm you reached for which gave you such comfort and such a sense that all was well with the world. Now even touch is gone, but your feelings aren’t gone and your need for intimacy seems greater than ever. I think doctors and priests or ministers avoid this area of loss because they don’t know how to deal with it. Sensing that, you avoid sharing your feelings on the subject too and no grief counseling seems to address it either and soon you realize you can’t discuss this area even with your close friends. Not even with those who have lost a spouse. Why? They might not understand or share your feelings and then you’d feel more cut off than ever and you might feel you’d lost the respect of your friends. After all, you are now supposed to settle into your role as grandparent, add some pounds

and forget you were ever a sexual being, something you almost forgot if you’ve watched your husband through a long process of dying - almost, but not quite. _____________________________ I read this to the Ajijic Writers’ Group and one lady said she wanted the words to the song. He died before he could write them, but someday when I hear the music, I Christena will already know Wiseman the words.

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RIDGE OF SPIES—This Steven Spielberg movie has received enthusiastic reviews from critics and generally positive responses from audiences. It is a dark and moody movie based on a true story during the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviets in which Tom Hanks plays lawyer James Donavan who is given the unpopular task of defending suspected Soviet spy Rudolph Abel, played magnificently by Mark Rylance. Spielberg and his team masterfully nail the period with perfectly designed scenes, Tom Hanks charmingly holds the unfolding plot together, but Mark Rylance’s expressive and yet restrained performance was the highlight for me. I thought the opening 20 minutes when we are introduced to the characters of Donavan and Abel were vastly interesting, but then it proceeded to often feel ponderous and too predictable to me in its technical execution. BROOKLYN— A beautiful, quiet, nostalgic view of a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 50s. Thoroughly enjoyed the sweet and unforced pace of this movie and the subtle eloquence of Irish actress Saoirise Ronan who masterfully plays the lead role of Eilis Lacey. Eilis seeks a better life in the U.S., and yet finds herself torn between her life in Ireland and life in the U.S. In many ways, this movie explores the theme of finding one’s true life and home. In my opinion BROOKLYN and ROOM are the two best movies of the year. SPOTLIGHT—Based on the true story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative Spotlight team as it uncovered the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophile priests in 2002. While it becomes clear that there was an implicit agreement among many people that the sanctity of the Roman Catholic Church was above reproach, this event shines a light on


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how we are all complicit when we choose not to do the “right thing” or even worse -- choose to do nothing. This is an intriguing film in which there is no real hero. Instead it is a straightforward story of an investigative team that is challenged to discover and tell the truth. Spotlight is ultimately an important film about our humanity and commitment to inconvenient truths, and the closing notes of the movie offer a haunting statement. THE REVENANT—This film is relentless and of epic proportions in themes of revenge, survival, and man vs. nature, but also has quiet moments of unexpected humanity. My guess is that there are only about 30 pages of actual dialogue, and the rest is Emmanuel Lubezki’s stunning cinematography that complements, juxtaposes, and extends the story with a fierce serenity. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the performance of his career, and Alejandro Iñárritu shows that he is truly one of the great directors of our time. This is not a movie we will soon run to see again, but it will remain a hauntingly deep and unforgettable visual experience that further defines the power of story and cinema. JOY—Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for an actress Oscar. JOY is based on a true story of inventor Joy Mangano. It is at times inspiring to see a person vigorously pursuing her dreams against the odds. The movie started, however, with several engaging stylistic choices and then oddly switched to a realistic and fairly straightforward story approach. While it is an intriguing story, Lawrence seemed at times to weave in and out of character and the story moved through the plot without ever quite reaching a fully empathic emotional level. THE BIG SHORT—How several traders and hedge fund managers made fortunes because they bet that the U.S. housing market’s decline would cause an economic

collapse in 2008 of bonds contrived from sub-prime mortgages. While major banks engaged in fraudulent, criminal activity, the U.S. government bailed them out at the expense of taxpayers. A few financiers became extremely wealthy from this shuffle and many U.S. citizens never recovered from their losses of jobs, homes, and investments. The movie jumped around too much for my taste, but it’s a masterful portrayal of how the financial system of the U.S. is easily rigged. (Ed. Note: Mark Boyer is an alumnus of the Yale School of Drama Di-

recting Program, and has worked professionally for theatres on the U.S. east coast and taught Theatre at the University of Illinois. His plays have been produced by professional, university, and c h i l d r e n ’s theatre companies. He lives full time in Ajijic with his wife Marianne.) Mark Boyer

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was warned about them. Disrespectful, unruly… and even dangerous. And those were the compliments. “The class from hell,” my colleagues described them, as I sat in the Teacher’s Lounge, awaiting my first foray into a substitute teaching assignment I was now beginning to regret. I entered the classroom early to prepare for the next hour’s battle, wrote my name on the board, and waited for the invasion of twentyfive ninth grade students, about to get a lesson in the English language. Ironically, it was I who got the lesson. They entered. Some pushing, some shouting and others throwing the wadded test results of their previous mathematics class. With my arms folded, I stared at them for about a minute. Finally, a low murmur. I decided to try to break the ice with some humor. “Hello, I am your substitute today.” Pointing to the board, I continued, “My name is Mr. Eck. It’s like Beck, but I couldn’t afford the “B”. Not even a smile; and, as a substitute, I couldn’t threaten them with bad grades if they didn’t laugh at my corny attempt at humor. A towheaded kid with the onset of acne raised his hand. “Mr. Eck, my name is Tom Reddick. That’s pronounced “Red Dick.” Now the class laughed. I was tempted to ask how he got his name, but thought better of it. “Oh, so we have some comedians here. Well, let’s go for it. We’ll start with vocabulary. I will give you a word, and since I’m a substitute, you need to come up with a substitute definition-- any definition that you like… the funnier the better.” The class now came alive. I’ll show those little farts, I thought.


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I’ll start with something embarrassing and challenging. “Flatulence,” I wrote on the board. No one even snickered. A few looked perplexed, but not Reddick, who shot up his hand. “Mr. Eck, a ‘flatulence’ is an emergency vehicle for picking up someone off the road who has been flattened by a steam roller.” I laughed, and the class followed. I wasn’t certain that they really understood the humor, but I soon found out that they were much more clever than I imagined. All they needed was a nudge and a forum. “ Let’s try some more,” I said. “Coffee.’. “The person getting coughed on,” said a diminutive redhead in the front row. “Gargoyle.” “Olive-flavored mouthwash.” I think the kid was Italian and might have been serious. Now we were rolling. The class was competing for laughs. Some were even suggesting the words and their crazy definitions, such as “testicle”--a humorous question on an exam. Trying to steer away from what might be inappropriate for that age group, I asked, “How about the meaning of ‘negligent’”? One rather portly girl, who let me know that her father was lawyer and used the term all the time, confidently spoke up. “’ Negligent’” means absentmindedly answering the door, when wearing only a nightgown.” I learned from Mark Weisman, who should have been named “wise guy” that “circumvent” was not a verb, but a noun. It describes the opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men. From two students who might have had firsthand experience, I

found out that to “abdicate” is to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. And that “flabbergasted” is being appalled by discovering just how much weight you have gained over the holidays. I was not sure why his definition had any relevance to his stage in life, but Carlos Mendiguia insisted that “balderdash” refered to rapidly receding hairline. Invariably, the off-color remarks re-surfaced. Reddick suggested that a Pokémon was a Rastafarian proctologist. I could have responded that “rectitude” was the formal, dig-

nified manner adopted by a proctologist who was not a Pokémon, but I opted to be oral retentive. As the bell rang, hoping for one last response, I asked the class not to scatter “willy-nilly” out of the classroom. From the back of the room I heard, “Mr. Eck, we’re never ‘willy-nilly’.” That would mean we were ‘impotent.’” Of course, it was RedDick. Tom Eck

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hange is one of the constants in the Universe. Every day change is in our lives. As expats, when we reached out to live in Mexico, o either as a “snow bird,” a “sun bird,” or as a permanente, we all took on big changes in our lives. Here at Lakeside, we have expats from many nations. We have a wonderful mix of Nationalities here, and we live in the rich culture of Mexico. We all handle the changes differently. Some learn Spanish, others do not, still others attempt to speak Spanish but they don’t feel confident. We often joke amongst ourselves about the many rules or laws here that change so often. First we don’t pay for parking, then we do, now we don’t…. but maybe we will. Immigration is in constant flux. We watch administrations come and go, and the clean sweep of a new administration, yet life does manage to go on. Yet one thing many of us are guilty of is trying to impose our own culture onto the pre-existing culture here. As USA Citizens, or Canadian Citizens mostly, we try to re-create what is familiar to us here. However many of us, including myself, have at one time or another assumed that “our way” is the best way to accomplish a task or a goal. When what is really good is to take the time to learn the Mexican way, to understand that there are customs and traditions for us to learn to better fit into the surroundings and harmonize with others. We might even find out that there is a different way to accomplish a task…even an easier way and most of the time it is a less stressful way. As expats we represent our Country of Origin. What we do reflects on us. I recently read in a weekly periodical, that someone


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i t d h lf as th t ” anointed herself the ““poster” police and runs around removing posters from posts, etc. because they aren’t supposed to be there. Me? I read the posters to find out where and when the event is. I admire the graphic designs used. She sees it as trash; I see it as a poster someone paid good money to produce. And, as a resident of Mexico, I don’t feel it is incumbent on me to enforce Mexican laws. In fact, I was told that it is best if we expats don’t help unless asked. I’d like to end the issue of the “noise” in Mexico once and for all. I’d be willing to bet there are few countries that know how to party and have fun like the Mexicans. They have deeply held religious beliefs, pay tributes to many saints, and they celebrate. If you are an expat who wants peace and quiet… why did you chose to move to Mexico… a country known for its loud music, dancing and fireworks? Do I love the nine days of Carnaval? Not always, since I live a half block from the bandstand. But the people are excited, friendly, happy, and enjoy this celebration and they deserve to do so. There is so much excitement in the air. The Queen Candidates collect funds for their handpicked charities. So if we may not love the noise, we can arrange to be elsewhere for the part of the celebration that may keep us up far too late. Better yet, go and join the fun. Remember, the only constant in the Universe is change. Enjoy it while you can. Victoria Schmidt

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ecause of the attacks in Paris, London, and Garland, Texas, there is a misperception that most terror attacks are committed by Muslims. How many times have we heard “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims” on the Fox entertainment channel. Not long ago Steve Emerson, a self-styled expert on Islamist extremists posted a story on Fox that Birmingham, England, is now closed to non-Muslims. That news came as a surprise to Prime Minister David Cameron and the residents of Birmingham. The Prime Minister said, “I choked on my porridge and thought it must be April’s Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.” Mr. Emerson issued an apology. It is true that people who claim to be Muslim have committed horrible acts of terrorism. There have also been acts of terrorism committed by Christians, Jews, and even


Buddhists. But the media has failed to report any of them. In fact, the majority of acts of terrorism in the United States and Europe have been committed by people who are not Muslim. An FBI report on terrorism in the United States found that 94 per cent of the attacks between 1980 and 2005 were committed by non-Mus-

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lims. And extreme left-wing terrorists accounted for nearly one fourth of them. Since the 9/11 attacks, Muslim-linked terrorism has claimed the lives of 37 Americans, according to a 2014 study by the University of North Carolina. This includes the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the first U.S. fatalities from MuslimAmerican terrorism since the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009. During the same period of time, almost 200,000 Americans have been murdered. But what about Jewish, Buddhist, or Christian terrorists? In Europe, Europol has reported 84 per cent all of terror attacks have been carried out by ethno-nationalist or separatists. Acts of terror have been committed by Jewish settlers in attacks against Palestinian civilians and the vandalizing of mosques and Christian churches. France’s FLNC terrorists have carried out rocket attacks against police stations in two French cities in advocating independence for the island of Corsica. The Frente de Liberación Nacional de Córcega (National Liberation Front of Corsica ) carried out bombings, aggravated assault, armed bank robberies and extortion through what the group called revolutionary taxes. Their assaults were mostly aimed at public buildings, banks, tourist infrastructure, military buildings and other symbols of French control and not against people. The majority of their attacks took place in or around the cities of Nice, Marseille, and Avignon. In 2014, the militant group announced it would cease its armed struggle. In Greece, the left-wing Militant Popular Revolutionary Forces shot and killed two members of the right-wing political party Golden Dawn. The left-wing group claimed responsibility for the killings of 22-year-old Manolis Kapelonis and 26-year-old Giorgos Fountoulis, in a “political execution.” The group said that the killings were just the start of the group’s campaign against Golden Dawn and its members. In Italy, the anarchist group FAI, Federazione Anarchica Informale (Informal Anarchist Federation) sent a bomb

to a journalist in one of its terror attacks. The group has been described by Italian intelligence sources as an anarchist terrorist group with a belief in revolutionary armed action. One of the worst terror attacks ever in Europe occurred in 2011 in Norway, when Anders Breivik murdered 77 people, many of them students. His manifesto stated his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and pro-Christian Europe agenda. Buddhist terrorists have attacked Muslim civilians in Myanmar. In Sri Lanka, some Buddhists went on a violent rampage burning down Muslim homes and businesses and killing Muslims. Have you heard of these incidents? If Muslims had committed them the media would have had experts analyzing the events for weeks. Robert Lewis Dear drew national attention after he attacked the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility and killed three people, including a policeman. Attacks like his occur at one out of every five reproductive health-care facilities. Has the media referred to Anders Breivik or Robert Dear as “Christian terrorists?” Of course not. This was not Muslim terrorism so it did not fit the agenda of the corporations sponsoring the media. That’s the same reason the media doesn’t have experts discussing stories about the thirty people every day killed by gun violence or the three women killed each day by domestic violence. But the media has experts discussing how to stop Muslims from killing any more Americans. Not all terrorists are Muslims. In fact, Muslims actually comprise a very small percent of those that are terrorists. We certainly do need to be aware of the dangers posed by Islamic radicals. In 2013, five people were killed by toddlers accidentally firing a gun. Perhaps we also need to beware of toddlers. Mel Goldberg

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t is nearly 12:30 midnight and we have not long ago got back from the Bolshoi New Theatre. Our hotel is close enough to the centre of Moscow so we walked home rather than take the Metro, incidentally, the deepest underground I have ever experienced. The New Theatre is smaller than the main Bolshoi Theatre with its 6 tiers, but it is still a very sizable opera house with three tiers and reminds me of my all-time favorite opera house in Venice, La Fenice where I performed so many years ago with London Festival Ballet, with its delicate green, pink and gold interior. This one is green, a lovely olive green, with green plush armchair seats, very comfortable, exquisite


green and gold curtain and with much less gold leaf than the main stage. The enormous chandelier is beautiful crystal, and the domed ceiling has frescoes of Bakst’s costumes from the Diaghilev period. Some of the audience was very dressed up, but others, as we were, were dressed very casually. Many people in Russia, in Moscow particularly, have pots of money, with black smart cars and chauffeurs. I have never seen so many hugely tall women before, long-legged and lanky, with silky hair down to their waists, beautifully dressed with tons of make-up. Do I ever feel like a hick! I normally wear no makeup anymore, but in the last few days I’ve started putting on a bit of eye-liner and

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mascara just to feel more dolled up. They opened with Russian Seasons, a new work by Alexei Ratmansky, a modern ballet, bare stage, simple costumes, each of the six couples in a different color and performed to a modern score (the composer was in the audience). I have to confess I struggled to stay awake. It was beautifully danced, but I didn’t like the music, found the movements repetitious, and the same old modern ballet with quirky things thrown in that I find tedious. It didn’t help to have some beery smelling men behind us yelling BRAVO! to burst our eardrums every time a dancer did a trick, just part of a professional’s technical skill, but that they thought was incredible. The second ballet was Balanchine’s Apollon Musagette with music by Stravinsky, which I had seen years ago danced by the Canadian National Ballet. I was surprised to find that I still liked it and was reminded that Balanchine was a truly inspired choreographer who broke new ground, taking ballet perhaps for the first time into its now current modern form and he always had something to say, be it an abstract or a story ballet. The closing piece was The Classical Symphony, a delightful piece for seven couples by Uria Posokova to Prokofiev’s upbeat music of the same name, some of the melodies in it reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. The women wore the cutest golden tutus, like miniature hoops, and the men were all in black. I liked this piece best of all, but once again had to contend with the beer bellies yelling Bravo if some fouette pirouettes were done or a series of barrel turns! I have become an old crab! I’m pleased to say that I think our major Toronto-based company, the National Ballet of Canada, does not compare too badly at all with what we saw tonight. We won’t be going to St. Petersburg. We started this trip in the Crimea at Evpatoria on the Black Sea for twelve nights, and are spending 12 nights in Moscow and then leave for London this coming Sunday; then on to Mexico for

the winter. It’s turned very cold here in Moscow, about 3 degrees in the day with icy winds and below zero at night. The puddles have turned to ice. I’m so glad I brought a few warm things and best of all, my hat with rabbit’s fur lining and pull-down ears. I was in the Bolshoi Theatre in 1985 when I came on a trip with dance students and teachers arranged by my Russian mother-in-law who was head pianist of the Ryerson University Dance department. The country was still recovering from the hardship of the Soviet era, but even then, those who could afford to go to the theatre, dressed up as best as they could. Our trip started in Minsk where we attended classes and rehearsals and performances. Then we went to Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, an incredibly beautiful city, but so cold in February. At one of the palaces on a tour, I took off my gloves to take pictures and almost got frost bite! My mother-in-law had connections, so while the rest of the group had an excursion to the Hermitage, she and I were able to watch two classes at the Kirov School on Theatre Street, one girls’ class and one for boys. They were stunning. Visitors were normally prohibited, so we were very lucky to know Serge Sorokin, a well known balletomane and dance historian who got us in, all very hush-hush. That is a story on its own for another time. Unfortunately there was no ballet on at the Maryinsky at the time, but we did see an amusing operetta called Dorothea at the Mali Theatre (which means “little” as opposed to ‘bolshoi’ which means “big”) also on Theatre Street. Our final stop was Moscow where, after a great ordeal, we obtained tickets to see Romeo and Juliet at the Bolshoi, not the original version with Ulanova and not a comfortable experience as we were in a side box with terrible sight lines and where I had to stand to try and see anything. Incidentally the part of Juliet was danced by a ballerina called Pavlova, but of course not the famous Anna Pavlova.

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hen people work together they can create marvelous results. A short time ago, three middle aged Mexican women from Guadalajara arrived at Anita’s with a pregnant dog. They were not related to each other, but were neighbors. There was a pregnant dog living on the street near where they lived. No one owned the dog nor was caring for her. Although they had limited money, they fed the dog. They heard some people talking about the dog, saying as soon as she had her puppies they would take them and sell them. But these same people did not provide the dog with any food. These women had heard about Anita from a friend who had been helped by Anita a year earlier. Money was pooled for the cost of gas for the drive to Anita’s. They also knew that Anita supported her rescue work by donations. When they arrived they had a large bag of clothes as a donation. They had asked their family and friends to help them and made the effort to clean the clothes and fold them neatly before placing them in the bag. During the hour visit there was a lot of conversation, and the topic of cats came up. One woman had a few rescued cats at her house, and was looking for adoptive homes for them. She mentioned she had one cat that had ‘funny ears.’ It turned out to be a Scottish Fold cat. Anita had had a lakeside woman ask her several times in the past if she had any SF cats. At those times Anita did not have


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one until these kind women visited. They returned a few days later with this unique cat so it could be adopted. The end result was, because three Mexican women did a good deed, a lakeside person who had been searching for a special kind of cat has one available now for adoption. At the last monthly pet food drive held at the LFA pet food store, a woman inquired about Anita’s health. She had heard a rumor. Like all rumors, the majority are not based on fact or firsthand knowledge. Rumors at times seem to take on a life of their own. Anita and the shelter cats/dogs live at the same location. Their care is full time work for Anita. Yes, there are times that Anita is a bit tired because she had been up during the night to check on her cats/ dogs, especially pregnant ones. No, Anita is not ill. No, Anita is not stopping her rescue work. No, she is not running off with a rich, handsome Bavarian Prince and no, she is not joining a rock and roll band. The best way to handle all rumors, is to consider the source and evaluate if that person has a personal agenda or motive, or is just mean-spirited. When you check ‘rumor’ in a dictionary, the definition does not associate the terms fact or truth in this communication exchange. Before perpetuating a rumor, talk to the person who is rumored about and see for yourself what the facts are. This will take some effort, but consider this – you might be the next ‘target.’ Each of the dog shelters, “Lucky Dog,” “The Ranch” and “Anita’s Animals” all share a common concern for the welfare of our communities’ abused and abandoned dogs. They each work in a somewhat different ‘style,’ however this does not stop them from communicating and cooperating with each other. At times if there is a need because of unique circumstances, they accept a dog from another shelter, for the benefit of that dog. It’s called Team Work.



e ar are e en ene energetically er ergetically connected in ways that cause all of our hearts to beat at the same time in just twenty seconds of gathering together, and why one person laughing or crying causes others to as well. The research literature shows that the essential impulse of all life is the will to connect. According to Lynn Taggart’s book The Bond, deep connection is the quality most essential to human nature, we were never meant to live a life of isolation and self-serving survival. The important point here is that people experience the greatest stress and the most serious illnesses as a result of being isolated from others. An enormous body of research reveals that the root cause of stress, and ultimately illness, is being isolated. Our modern devotion to competition has created a habitual inclination to pit ourselves against each other, which is most toxic to our species. This being against each other is the poster child of emotional alienation. Lifestyle risk has less to do with someone having a heart attack than does alienation and isolation from others, from our own feelings, and from connecting to a higher power. Heart disease can actually be viewed as a disease of emotional disconnection. Brigham Young University pooled and analyzed data from 148 studies that averaged seven years each and concluded that relationships of any kind, good or bad, improve people’s odds of survival by 50%. They found that isolation was the equivalent of smoking fifteen cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic, and it’s twice as harmful as obesity. Their findings show that strong individuation and preoccupation with self is extremely bad for our health. So why are so many emotionally disconnected when having good connection is so vital to the health and wellbeing of people? According to the insightful book Fear of Intimacy, by Robert Firestone, PhD and Joyce Catlett, being

The research shows that we choose between fully investing in life in spite of its temporal nature, or we are accommodating to death and defend against death anxiety by limiting our gratifications and denying our zest for life. In other words you can go against your innate human need to connect attempting to avoid the pain of loss, or you can understand that loss can’t be avoided because dying is inevitable and spare yourself the negative emotions associated with it. Learning this is invaluable because we are predominately feeling beings by nature and negative emotions have a

damaging affect on all our vital aspects. Most negative emotions and feelings are attributable to fear. Our emotional aspect affects how we experience our lives more than any of our other human aspects. It is essential to understand that emotional connection is the main determiner of whether our lives feel good or bad and to improve your life by improving your emotional connections, starting with the connection you Anna Elena have with yourself. Berlin

close to another anoth her in in a loving lovi lo ving ing relationship rel elaati makes one aware that life is precious, but must eventually be surrendered. If we embrace life, we must also face death’s inevitability. Some are negatively predisposed toward those who tempt them to lower their defenses and inadvertently expose them to potential pain, loss, or rejection again by seeking to emotionally connect, even though it is essential in order to flourish. According to findings from Dr. Firestone’s more than 20 year research project involving couples and families, people are afraid to realize their dreams. They have an intolerance of affection that is especially notable in close relationships. Intimate relationships between couples and families were the most resistant to further development, which can easily be associated with their finding that people tended to maintain negative attitudes about themselves. What appears to be beside the point of emotional connection, our own negative views of ourselves, is actually the source of emotional disconnection. The research literature has led me to believe that people reflect how they feel about themselves onto others. This is huge if the emotional connection you need is to have a life partner. It is essential to understand that it’s difficult to get someone great in your life if you don’t feel great about yourself. Talk about the most important emotional connection of all‌ the connection we have with ourselves and our elusive emotions has got to be it. The way we feel about ourselves, more than any other element of living, determines how we experience our lives. The key to our experience of life is held within our own self views. If you find connecting with people challenging, learning how to feel good about connecting with yourself is the most beneficial place to start, and is more than worthwhile. The next best place to focus your attention on is learning how to come to terms with the temporary nature of our physical lives.

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f there is one thing life has taught me, it is this: There are only two kinds of people. It is just that simple. People are either dog people or cat people. Of course, some of the dog people are lap dog people and some prefer big dogs. This, obviously, refutes and complicates my theory. But cat people are all alike, provided they have only one cat. If, however, they have multiple felines, they become crazy lady cat people and this contradicts my theory because each crazy lady cat person forms a unique individual subdivision. It also is problematic if the crazy lady cat person is male. Another method of dividing people into two groups is by their grooming habits. Some people are bath people and some prefer showers. Again, two options. Quite simple. Unless, like me, you enjoy showers and bubble baths,

in which case you sit on the shower floor, lean against the back wall, and laze in the bubbles. There are only two kinds of sleepers, however: people who like to cuddle and those who are not cuddly. This only becomes an issue when an intimate relationship develops between a cuddler and non-cuddler. Or when a cuddler falls asleep on a bus. Coffee drinkers come in two types,

too. They either drink their coffee black, as God intended, or mutilated with cream and/or sugar as followers of Satan do. The technological age has created two basic types of people, the technologically savvy and the technically challenged, like me. Oh, I know how to use my laptop, cellphone, and Scotch tape dispenser. I just wish I could find the end of the damn tape roll without having to dedicate an entire afternoon to the project. I also believe there are only two types of people at parties, the ones gravitating toward the salty snacks and those lured by the sugary ones. I, however, tend to be attracted to those snack bowls or platters with the most naked party guests around them. When it comes to astrology and the zodiac, there are clearly two kinds of people, believers and non-believers. I used to be a believer. But since I stopped having birthdays, I had to give up my zodiac sign, too, and, thus, an entire belief system. So says my astrologer. But isn’t that just typical of a Libra with a rising Aries? There were two kinds of music fans during the 1960s when I grew up: those who loved The Beatles and those who preferred The Rolling Stones. I definitely preferred the Fab Four. Today

the choice is between England’s One Direction and Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer. I still prefer The Beatles. And that brings me to pop culture. People either follow it religiously, remembering celebrity names, record titles, film casts, television programs, and a plethora of other trivial tidbits. But many others cannot be bothered with such minutia. I, for one, am a pop culture freak; for example, I can name all the Kardashians without vomiting. When it comes to outlooks on life, people are either optimists or pessimists. You know, the perennial question: Is the glass half full or half empty? Well, I’m an optimist and there isn’t anything halfway about me. I see that glass as totally full, even overflowing. Of course, I believe the water in that glass is polluted. Socially, there are two kinds of people. There are those who are friendly, warm, and outgoing and those who are shy, loners, hermits. I belong to the first group. I am a very social person; I love people and see each individual as worthy of kindness and respect. (Now shut up and leave me alone or I will smack you upside your head so hard you will wish you had never started reading this column!) Oh, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. That was uncalled for. Besides, I’ve just read what I’ve written here and realize my entire premise is faulty. There are way more than two kinds of people in the world. Mankind is much more complicated than that. How could I have been so simplistic and, frankly, stupid? I understand now that if we could divide the world into only two kinds of people, it would be much simpler than I ever thought. We’d be sorted by those who get my sense of humor and those who don’t. I, sadly, fall into the latter group. Tom Nussbaum



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Dear Sir: I can hardly contain my excitement at the news I have to share with you. In the January 2016 El Ojo, you ran a poem I wrote called “In Solitary,” about Albert Woodfox, who was being held in a Louisiana prison. I am overjoyed to tell you that I received a letter from Amnesty International telling me that on February 19th, on his 69th birthday, Albert Woodfox had been released after having been incarcerated for 43 years, 40 of which was in solitary. This is the longest period in history that any US prisoner has been confined in such conditions. On December 10th, 2015, on Human Rights Day, Amnesty International ran an event called “Write for Rights” in which members were encouraged to write to prisoners across the world

that were being unjustly held. I was one of many who chose to write to Albert Woodfox. I sent him a letter written on a card with a lovely picture of Lake Chapala and included my poem. I also wrote to the Attorney General of Louisiana, urging him to release the prisoner. He was the person who was most instrumental in blocking the release of Mr. Woodfox, in spite of the federal judge having exonerated him three times from the crime he did not commit. I sent a copy of this letter to the US Ambassador in Ottawa. I am enormously encouraged that it is possible for the power of ordinary people standing together for justice to actually affect change. Sincerely, Gabrielle Blair

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Language of Love I don’t have the words to tell you how much I love you, but this I know: I am not at fault for trying, for Pablo Neruda, who in the still of night, with his sonnets, ripped the future words from my mind, giving them to Matilda. “…when I hold you I hold everything that island, time, the tree of the rain, everything is alive so that I can be alive: without moving I can see it all: in your life I see everything that lives.” I am bereft of the words to tell you how much I love you, for that knave Robert Browning, in the middle of the night, ran off to Paris with Elizabeth, and plucked the future out of the very words I could have penned to you NOW. “You are around me for once, you beneath me, above meMe—sure that despite of time future, time past, -This tick of our life-time’s one moment you love me! How long such suspension may linger? Ah, Sweet— The moment eternal—just that and no more— When ecstasy’s utmost we clutch at the core While cheeks burn, arms open, eyes shut and lips meet!” I cannot find the words to tell you how much I love you, for Walter Rinder’s Spectrum of Love, deftly captured the thoughts penned up inside of me, and in the silence of the night left me speechless. “When I touch you, / or kiss you, / or hold you, / I am saying / a thousand words.” Even to this day, this hour, I can only repeat what has been said; therein lies the beauty of words, like sunsets, never the same, and blossoms erupting in beauty over and over again, and the very scent of you, a breath of color in moonlight, the sound of my heart beating to the rhythm of your soul repeating over and over again, when lips meet, how much I love you.

John Thomas Dodds


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“... all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” Henry Miller 21st Century art confirms Miller’s astute observation. Works by Elizabeth Skelsey, and Isidro Xilotl, (both Lakeside artists), along with those of Su Xinping (Inner Mongolia), and world acclaimed paintings by Rose Wylie (New York), were born in this transitional cauldron. They exhibit inner sensitivity, the creative magic, and skill required to endow their works with life that awakens, and shapes emotions, dreams, and visions within receptive viewers. Important is their focus on a narrow well defined path, one where their creations reflect the essence of who they are (their souls) in ways that are subjectively felt and understood. Each of these artists creates emotionally charged works that spark a sensual exchange between themselves and their audience. 21st Century objectives that spring from the artists lives, thoughts, and feelings, coupled with their spiritual, emotional and intellectual capacity to create, differ significantly from artists in the proceeding century. Their paintings, as significant paintings do, defy imprisonment in the cultural period in which it was created, just as the spiritual impact of 200,000 year old cave paintings is undiminished today. Their works, are active at the furthest reaches of communication jarring human understanding in

ways that hit the viewer with soul corrosive impact. In contrast, when these essential

and George Romney (1734-1802), both of whom conveyed a rare view of the dehumanization of humanity by the elite. Ensor’s painting, The Intrigue - a fatalistic and bizarre painting of an upper class group, all wearing masks to hide their identity as they ridiculed the poor. Romney in Procession of the Damned expanded this dehumanizing perspective in a visual vernacular rare in the history of art. Rose Wylie (1934-) has taken a different path. She returns to childhood to create surprising fantasies as she plays with paint in ways that

evoke a quality of life that makes us wonder about where we got off track. Her painting, Film Notes, with stark vocabulary, redefines what painting is about. Our new century, even as it holds on to the coattails of the past, has new worlds and new surprises in store for all who love art. Enjoy this link to works by 21st Century Artists. Rob Moore

elements are choked by material disbelief marked by an absence of meaning, the art becomes purposeless. Art that is decorative, that functions as entertainment, or adheres to popular forms of art that permeates our culture, is born dead, devoid of the essential spiritual or emotional connection between the artist and viewer. Such art quickly becomes invisible. Elizabeth Skelsey’s painting, Death, (photo), and a similar emotionally charged work, Motorcycle Riders, (Photo) by Su Xinping, radiate the strength of emotion created by Francis Bacon (1909–1992), Edvard Munch (1863– 1944), and Lucian Freud, (1922-2011). Like Bacon’s baroque darkness, lifted from Rembrandt, Munch’s raw emotional power, and Freud’s estranged, psychological view of humanity, Elizabeth’s painting hits the viewer with the absolute desolation felt at the death of a woman’s lover. Black, vaporous forms suggest the infinite ‘nowhereness’ of death, as the woman reaches across to cradle her dead lover’s breast in a vain attempt to restore life. Su’s, Motorcycle Riders, shouts with equal power against the cage of grinding poverty. Their works embody deeply psychological statements, that speak beyond the boundaries of comfortable culture. Isdro Xilotl (el Chivo), another Lakeside artist, shows signs of this same energy and focus. His painting (Red Rage), portrays a procession of socially elite members of Lakeside society who party ignoring the poverty surrounding them. Isdro shouted,“ I wanted to strike out against them. I killed them on canvas. Their figures became the red of my rage.” His works reflect the social disdain expressed by James Ensor (1860-1949),

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The Ojo Crossword

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ake Chapala is dramatically bordered to the north by a steep rugged mountain range called “Sierra de San Juan Cosalá.” Accentuated by huge basalt rock formations, its summit reaches well over 7,500-feet in elevation. There are a number of challenging trails within these mountains established by the locals over many years to help gain access to various natural resources, including firewood, building materials, and plant food. Unless you are an avid hiker, most people are not aware of a natural phenomenon that occurs in these mountains. Shortly after the rainy season begins in June and lasting till

entitled “Wildflowers & Glimpses of the Lake Chapala Area.” Also included in this DVD are strategic scenic views and brief moments captured in the lives of the local people. Most is unseen by the eyes of those simply looking from a distance along the Lakeside Area below. As an extra, this DVD is complimented with melodious background music, plus a double bonus concert selection featured at the end, performed by renowned Paraguayan Harpist Ismael Ledesma. “It is my hope that this DVD will stir up in the hearts of its viewers a greater

awareness and appreciation for the natural beauty and some cultural elements of the local people that can be found within the Chapala Lakeside Area, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.” Frank van Werkhooven, Photographer and DVD Editor * All PROCEEDS from this DVD will help to support the children at “VILLA INFANTIL Guadalupe y San Jose” ORPHANAGE located in Jocotopec, Jalisco, MX for a minimum donation of only $200 pesos. Where to obtain copies of this DVD go to: http://www.

the end of November their slopes experience a complete transformation. Once parched ground and dead-appearing vegetation quickly turns into a living “paradise” rich in diverse and lush plant life. Wildflowers increase profusely as the season progresses to the point of becoming a “natural botanic garden” by August and September, a refreshing display of many colors. Some flowers only last a short period of time and the opportunity to view them is gone quickly, while others continue much longer. Over a 9-month growing season more than 115 different wildflowers have been captured on camera and are now part of a DVD presentation

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60 years of “People Helping People”


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March 2016

From the President The Lake Chapala Society could not carry out its mission in the community without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. LCS has a core group of 70 volunteers and as many as 250 volunteers during the high season. Our volunteers help make the LCS campus a welcoming and inviting place. The LCS volunteers are our ambassadors and without their commitment and energy, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today. On behalf of the LCS Board of Directors I want to express our appreciation for the support, commitment, energy and effort of all of our volunteers. More Information from the Campus Committee Two weeks ago the Campus Committee sent emails to qualified architectural firms in the area asking if they were interested in participating in a “Request for Proposal” to redevelop the LCS campus. Several expressed interest and three firms participated in site visits on February 19 to tour our facility to better understand our needs and desires for the future. The Request for Proposal asks each firm to provide a master plan for construction, renderings of their concepts of the new buildings and the cost for the project. We expect to receive their proposals later this month. Once we have their information the LCS Board of Directors will conduct meetings with members and other stakeholders to provide more detail about future redevelopment plans and seek input relating to design, functionality and green space requirements. More information will be forthcoming after the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for March 17 at 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. LCS Back Patio Order of the Day 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.


Call to Order Establishment of Quorum Reading of Order of the Day Adoption of Minutes - Annual General Meeting Minutes of the March 18, 2015 President’s Report Ratification of 2015 Financial Report Receipt of the 2016 Budget Projections Receive Report from External Financial Auditor for 2015 & Ratify Appointment of External Auditor for 2016 Ratification of Membership Categories & Dues Ratification of Reserve Fund Deposit Report on Annual Objectives Election of Board Officers & Directors-at-Large Granting Power of Attorney Reading and Adoption of 2016 AGM Minutes Adjournment

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LCS Money Management Seminars LCS presents two important money management seminars for ex-pats living at Lakeside presented by Tom Zachystal and Yann Kostic, financial advisors with extensive domestic and foreign money management experience. Seating limited to 40. Sign up in the office LCS members only. Money Management for Expats Living in Mexico Monday, March 14 10 a.m. to 12 noon Expatriates have specific financial concerns, issues and needs that cannot be addressed properly by a regular broker or financial advisor. Specific risks such as foreign exchange, geopolitical risks and accessibility to funds play a crucial role in an expat financial life. This presentation will explore such issues and present some alternatives not available in Ajijic up to now. Money Management for Senior Women Living in Mexico Wednesday 16 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Women have a different relationship with money and investments than men do: women must plan for a longer life expectancy (8.8 years) than men. They must understand their own investments to feel confident and to ensure that their goals for their loved ones are met, and their own financial well-being and independence are also preserved. This presentation will explore these issues for overseas residents and present interesting alternatives.

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Based on TED Talks in the Sala Tuesdays, 12 to 1:15 March 1 - Hosted by Fred Harland. Ecologist Carl Safina asks: “What’s going on inside the brains of animals?” Can we know? Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures that share the Earth with us. March 8 Hosted by Bill Frayer. Cognitive scientist Laura Schultz presents “The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies”. How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic well before they can talk. March 15 Hosted by Fred Harland, features microbial researcher Rob Knight: “How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are”. Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses and everywhere else on and in, our bodies. “What motivates me, from a pragmatic standpoint, is how understanding the microbial world might help us improve human and environmental health.” March 22 Hosted by Ron Mullenaux, features Dr. B.J. Miller asking: “What Really Matters at the End of Life”. At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? Miller, palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. March 29 This seminar, hosted by Fred Harland, features Geneticist Jennifer Doudna’s address: “We can now edit our DNA. But let’s do it wisely”. Doudna participated in developing the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 that allows human genome editing by adding or removing genetic material at will. This enables fighting genetic diseases (cutting out HIV, altering cancer cells) as well as, potentially, opening the road to “engineered humans.” Because some applications of genetic manipulation can be inherited, Doudna and numerous colleagues have called for prudent use of the technology until the ethics and safety have been properly considered.

Open to LCS members only. Bring your card. All films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets. All showings subject to change.

Introduction to Spanish Classes Lake Chapala Society (LCS), Ajijic, announces its next round of Introduction to Spanish language classes for LCS members. This is a casual class offered for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases to use about town for shopping, and other useful information about our area and Mexican Culture. Classes are held each month starting the first Tuesday of the month and continue for three weeks. March classes start on Tuesday, March 1st and will be held at the LCS campus from 12:00 until 1:30 PM. Learning materials are provided, and the tuition for the classes is $175 pesos. Sign up is available at the LCS office during regular office hours, Monday through Saturday. Or you can sign up on line at http://

March 3 Mustang France/Turkey 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Lale and her sisters are walking home from school playing innocently with some boys. Their perceived “immorality” sets off a scandal. March 10 The Fool (Durak) Russia 2015 Dima is an honest plumber who suddenly decides to challenge the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 people living in a building in imminent danger of collapse. March 17 A Perfect Day Spain/Serbia 2016 A group of aid workers in Kosovo work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. This movie is already being touted as an Academy Award possibility for next year. March 24 99 Homes 2015 USA A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home. This movie possibly explains the housing “bubble” collapse and financial shenanigans better than The Big Short. March 31 Dheepan 2015 France/Sri Lanka Dheepan, formerly a Tamil Tiger warrior from Sri Lanka, flees to France and ends up working as a janitor outside Paris.

In the Service Office The Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks for registered class members are available in the Service Office. Donations to the kitty fund for the care and feeding of our feline friends may be made in the Service Office, too.

Bus Trips March Forum Mall and Tlaquepaque Wednesday, March 9 Exciting new additon to our monthly trips: the new Forum Mall features major retailers like Home Depot, then to we go Tlaquepaque for decorative home goods. Galerias Mall Thursday, March 24 Major retailers, restaurants, IMAX theater, and casino. Shop nearby Costco, Sam’s Club, and Super Walmart. 300 pesos for members and 350 pesos for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta.

March Seniors’ High Tea The next Seniors’ High Tea will be Friday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. on the Back Patio. Enjoy homemade scones with cream, strawberry jam, tea sandwiches, cookies, and a selection of fine teas. Attendance is limited to 30 people. Register at the Service Desk or call 766-1140 for information. Cost is 50 pesos.

All Things Tech For those of us who are completely clueless about current electronic devices and services, there is a cure for ignorance. The All Things Tech discussions group meets between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. every Friday in La Sala. Drop in any time with your devices, questions and curiosity.

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March Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required CRUZ ROJA * CRIV (Cruz Roja) Sales Table Mon+Fri 10-1 HEALTH INSURANCE * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Tues+Thur 11-2 San Javier Hospital Services Last Fri 10-12 HEALTH & LEGAL SERVICES * Becerra & Galindo Services Thur 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure Mon+Fri 10-12 Drug & Herb Consultation 4th Mon 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed March 2+23 10-2 My Guardian Angel Mon + Thur 10-1 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-4 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12:30 US Consulate** Wed March 16 10-12 Sign up 10-11:30 LESSONS (C) Chair Yoga (C) Fri 2-3* Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Reading Program Sat 9-10* Exercise (C) Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Fitness Thru Yoga (C) Mon+Fri 2-3:30, Sat 1-2:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga (C) Tues + Thur 2-3:30 Laughter Yoga 1st Wed 4-4:45 Line Dancing (C) Tues+Thur 10-11:15 Scottish Country Dancing (C) Thur 11:30-1:30 Stretch and Balance Exercise Tues+Thur 8:45--9:45 LIBRARIES Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books**/ Talking Books Thur 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES (C) All Things Tech (C) Fri 9:30-11:30 Beginner’s Drawing (S+cost) Tues 2-4 Beginner’s iPad (S) (C) Thur 10-12 Bridge 4 Fun (C) Tue + Thur 1-5 Discussion Group (C) Wed 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness (C) Mon 10:15-11:45 Film Aficionados (C) Thur 2-4:30 Genealogy Forum (C) Last Mon 2-4 History Club (C) 3rd Tues 1:30-4:30 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Neill James Lecture Series (C) 1st, 2nd, 4th+last Tues 2-3:30 Open Gaming (open to the public from 2-4) (C) Mon 1-4* Philosophy Group (C) Wed 10:30-12 Scrabble (C) Mon+Fri 11:30-1:30 Senior High Tea (S+cost) 3rd Fri 2:30-5 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12 TED Learning Seminars (C) Tues 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble (C) Tues 12-1:50 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS * Caregiver Support Group 2nd+4th Wed 10:30-12:30 Have Hammer Workshop Demo 1st+3rd Mon 10-12 Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA Mon +Thur 4:30-5:30 Memory Loss Resources Thur 11-1 Open Circle Sun 10-12:30 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 pm

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Video Library Additions - March Please see the LCS web page for reviews and more details about these and all of the other new additions for March. All of the new additions for 2016 are listed in the GREEN catalogs at the Video Library. If you have VHS tapes that you would like to have transferred to DVDs, the Video Library can do it for you. All the new additions for March are television series. One of them, which many of you have been waiting for, is the seventh and final year of Mad Men #7177. And, one that has been missing for a while is Jewel in the Crown #7164. We had one year of Rosemary and Thyme #7153 but now have three years available. Fifteen more series have been added, but you will have to see the LCS webpage or the reviews on the bulletin board at the Video Library to check them out. My personal favorites are Silk (BBC) #7215, Little Doritt (BBC) #7145, Lillie (London Weekend Television) #7137, and Borgen (Danish) #7149. Lie to Me #7141 is interesting - Tim Roth plays Dr. Cal Lightman, a human lie-detector, who’s able to detect any lie from people’s body language. That ability comes in handy when catching criminals, but it also provides him with the misfortune of knowing when someone is not honest with him, sometimes leading to unfortunate situations. Lightman is a cynic and unpleasant character, like the Video Library manager, who’s willing to do anything to find out whether someone is telling the truth. Since all of the new additions for March have three or more episodes on each disc, the rental time is three or more days. Check with the volunteer at the desk for details. The Video Library can transfer your VHS tapes to DVD discs if you so desire. We welcome suggestions regarding movies that may be of interest to LCS members.

Important Reminder! If you’ve updated your post-life records here at LCS, it is essential to contact your selected funeral home to ensure your instructions and contact information are also updated and current. LCS does not provide this service, and funeral home representatives are no longer on campus to make those changes for you.

Costco Returns to LCS Costco returns to the LCS campus on Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Representatives will be on the Blue Umbrella Patio with information about special sales and offers available to members, and to renew or establish memberships.

March iPad Classes The March session of iPad classes begins March 10. Each session consists of four classes held on Thursdays starting March 10, and continuing March 24, March 31 and April 7. Classes start at 10:00 a.m. and finish around 11:45 a.m. in the Sala. E-mail with your LCS membership number if you would like to attend. Please note: there is no class March 17 because of the LCS Annual General Meeting.

We Still Need You

Neill James Lectures for March

Contact the LCS Volunteer Coordinator Rachel McMillen at volunteer@lakechapalasociety for more information. The Garden always needs volunteers to plant, trim, weed and maintain our beautiful gardens. Lake Chapala Society is looking for a volunteer graphic designer familiar with Adobe CS products. Seniors’ High Tea Project, offered the third Friday of each month needs volunteers for this popular monthly event. Events Coordinator is looking for volunteers to greet guests, collect tickets and help with fiesta decorations. If you have a bit of flair and are an outgoing person, this may be for you. Career Project LCS’ exciting new project designed to expand awareness among Mexican youth about career opportunities needs volunteers. Get involved with the Mexican community and educational system by: Recruiting Mexican professionals to become speakers Helping to organize two to three Career Expos a year. Working with the schools to organize the events Evaluating those events Computer skills and Spanish language skills are desirable but not required. Time required for this project is about two hours a week and you may set your own schedule. For more information, contact Glorine Barnhardt at

Held every Tuesday except the third Tuesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sala. LCS Members only.

Scrabble Anyone? If you are an LCS member who enjoys Scrabble or would like to learn to play this challenging game, there are plenty of opportunities in the Ken Gosh Pavilion. Scrabble for Sheer Fun is played Mondays and Fridays 12 to 1:50 p.m. Rules are relaxed: you are free to use a dictionary, there’s no time clock, and you may socialize while playing. Tournament Scrabble for the competitive player is held every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. Players use a timer and can’t use dictionaries or “cheat sheets”. For more information contact

2016 Membership Directories are In

March 1 - Homeopathy: Cure That Wants to Rewrite Science After almost disappearing in the 1950s, homeopathy has enjoyed a recent resurgence. What is homeopathy and does it work? Phil Rylett has a degree in pharmacology, worked as a university drug researcher, and continued his career as a nurse, then as a systems manager for a US federal cancer-prevention program. March 8 - The Moral Side of Economics Roger Heath will show how, in an effort to appear ‘scientific’, economics has not emphasized morality. He will examine the role morality plays in our daily economic activity. The economic philosophers, Locke and Adam Smith, argued that governments must ensure properly functioning markets. A government economist for more than three decades in Ottawa, Heath has coordinated the LCS Discussion and Philosophy Groups and given several Neill James Lecture presentations. March 22 - The Tragedy of the Middle East: Revolutions, Terrorism and Refugees Review the rise of ISIS, the current political state of Iraq and the broader Middle East, and hear stories of the refugee crisis. An extended Q&A session will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions. A naturalized American citizen born in Iraq, Hayfa B. Dalal has a degree in translation studies from McGill University. She spent 2004-2009 working for the US army and the CIA in Iraq. Since returning to the US, she has worked as an interpreter helping refugees from Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. March 29 - How to Communicate With a Spanish Speaker We’ll look at the science of second language acquisition and how this might help us better communicate. Phil Rylett began learning Spanish about eight years ago, while also teaching ESL. Noticing the ineffectiveness of much conventional second language instruction, he explored the science behind language learning, and encountered radical challenges to standard methods of second language teaching.

Come to the service office to pick them up.

Membership Cards Our new membership cards now have a complete expiration date printed on them. Please bring them with you to LCS when participating in members only activities and services, the volunteers will appreciate it.

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THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. President - Ben White (2016); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2017); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2017); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2016); Directors: Matthew Butler (2016); Lois Cugini (2017); Ernest Gabbard (2016); Fred Harland (2017); Barbara Hildt (2017); Yoli Martinez (2017); Garry Musgrave (2017); Pete Soderman (2016); Joan Ward (2016); Immediate Past President: Howard Feldstein. Executive Director - Terry Vidal

The LCS Newsletter is published monthly. Deadline for submissions is the 17th of the month preceding publication. Submit all news items to Note: The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions according to time, space availability and editorial decision.

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FOR SALE: 2012 GMC Terrain SLT every option +front and rear bumper guards. This car is garaged, fully loaded, excellent rubber, and clean. 22500 miles. Edmunds private party value 23,650 US. kelley Blue Book 23,330. PM if interested with reasonable offer. No need to sell. South Dakota title, registration renewed for 2016 and emissions done. FOR SALE: 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander. 4 Cylinder, Proof of Dealer Check-ups, Very spacious, Economical to Operate, Includes 8 months insurance and 2016 registration. Price: $190,000 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Seats seven and easily converted into cargo van, navigation system. Call hm 376-763-5736 or cell 331-735-7066. FOR SALE: Are you returning to Canada, we have a great car to exchange for a similar Jalisco plated car. Our car is in excellent condition, had every service and never had a problem; we want it down here but cannot import it. It has sport shift, individual heating/ cooling and heated seats. No damage at all, in excellent condition, mainly driven back and forth to MX. Price: $10,000.00. Please phone 766-3118. FOR SALE: Mercury Villager GS. One owner well maintained. 7 pass very clean nonsmoker. U.S. plated with current 2016 tabs, and ready to be driven back to the U.S.A. Price: $3800,00 or Peso equivalent. For more info call 106-0691. FOR SALE: Classic bug 17, aluminum rims new tires, engine very strong Jalisco plates, papers on hands paid 2015 newer, paint OK interior call or msg, anytime OBO. $2500 USA dollars or equivalent. Email: FOR SALE: Honda Fit 2009. Only 44,000 miles, Great fuel economy 28/35 mpg, Roomy cargo space 57.3 cu ft with rear and front pass seats down, Magic Seat: rear seats IROG ÀDW 9HU\ JRRG FRQGLWLRQ 3HUIHFW ERG\ $OO service done by Honda dealer, Jalisco plated. Price: $8200.00 USD or peso equiv. FOR SALE: Only 44,000 miles, Great fuel economy 28/35 mpg, Roomy cargo space 57.3 cu ft with rear and front pass seats GRZQ 0DJLF 6HDW UHDU VHDWV IROG ÀDW 9HU\ good condition, Perfect body, All service done by Honda dealer, Jalisco plated. Price: $8200.00 USD or peso equiv. FOR SALE: HONDA XR 250. Excellent runner new tires and rims Excel lots of extras very well maintained Plated for 2016 in my name no less than 20mil. Price: 20,000.00 Pesos. FOR SALE: 2007 VW Rabbit. Hoping to sell here instead of the border, Two door hatchback with So. Dakota plates. Steel wheels with full OEM covers. Tires replaced 3/2014 with Goodyear radials, battery changed 11/30/14 5 Cyl,2.5,150 horsepower. Regular gas. Filter element changed with evHU\ RLO FKDQJH . 1 HQJLQH DLU ¿OWHU DW One owner. Price: $6,000 USD or pesos eq. FOR SALE: GOLF CART-ELC.CLUB CART, new batteries, Price: $2000.00 US. Call: 376 763 5314. FOR SALE: 2007 Ford Focus. Excellent condition. One owner. Price: $130,000. Call: 331-299-7835. FOR SALE: Volkswagen Crossfox 2008.


90000 km, 4 cylinders, Standard Manual, Very Good Condition, Good Tires, (2 replaced recently) Jalisco Plates. Price: $98,000 Mexican Pesos or USD $5300. Contact: 331-1445997. FOR SALE: 32’ Itasca Suncruiser. Queen bed in the back, shower, lots of storage, big fridge & four burner stove. Sleeps 6. Price: $12000.00. Call: 766-3118. FOR SALE: Auto cover made by Coverking. In like new condition. Excellent quality U.S. made 4 layer cover and includes the cable which goes under your car so it can be locked to your car. (Does not include a ORFN )RU D FRPSDFW FDU 3URWHFW WKH ¿Qish of your car from the effects of the sun and dust when you are not using it or storing it while out of Mexico. Call: 331-395-7146 or my email, if interested. Price: $700 pesos.


FOR SALE: Amazon Fire TV Amazon has recently reduced their price to $85 USD. So, I will also (or peso equivalent) for a hardly ever used one with KODI ( already side-loaded. Also, TWO Fire TV Sticks for $40 (or peso equivalent) each. VPN required for Amazon Prime movies and TV, but not for Amazon Prime music or KODI ( Prices DUH ¿UP 30 PH ZLWK \RXU FRQWDFW LQIR FOR SALE: Wireless PCI adapter. TPLINK 54 Mbps wireless G PCI adapter (model TL-WN350g) still in box, new $68.59, now $30.00 US FOR SALE: Ethern/bridge/wireless router. LYNKSYS 2.4 GHz wireless-G Ethernet Bridge still in box new $79.99, now $35.00. NETGEAR 54 Mbps Wireless Router, still in box was $49.69, now $20.00. FOR SALE: Desk top computer monitor 19� (Synch Master 920 WM), bought in 2008. Price: $40 US. :$17(' I am buying used Desktop Computers. Do you have a pl PC gathering dust? call me for quick sale. Thank you – SNS. Call: 331-526-7026. FOR SALE: Total 3 Genuine Canon printer ink cartridges; 1 - CL 41-color. 2 - PG 40-black. Price: $600mx. FOR SALE: /RZ SUR¿OH GHVNWRS LQFOXGHV lcd screen cannot upload pic of lcd screen cannot get it low enough in resolution and to VKRZ WKH ORZ SUR¿OH RI SF QRWLFH WKH PDUNLH next to pc. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: 045-331402-0742. FOR SALE: iTunes U.S. $50.00 Gift Card - Amazon Gift Card - still packaged. Originally $51.95 U.S. (receipt provided) No longer using iPad. FOR SALE: Nintendo Wii. System comes with 8 game discs, remote with jacket, balance board, manuals, and cables. Price: $1700 MXN. FOR SALE: +3 2I¿FH MHW 3UR :L )L printer rarely used. Compatible with Ipad using free HP eprint mobile app. Price: $1900 MXN. Call: 766-1710. FOR SALE: Projector Lamp for Dell 2300MP. Also used bulb--unknown hours-200 pesos. Price: $850 pesos.


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¿QH /RZHVW SULFH RQ $PD]RQ LV h t t p s : / / w w w. f i t b i t . c o m / m x / c h a r g e h r email or 376-106-0880 day time only. Price: $110.00 USD OR $2000 Pesos. FOR SALE: 2 used PVC and Aluminum windows 92�X48� and 39�X38� , in excellent condition, one outside metal door and one wood connecting door. Price: $4000.00 Call: 766-5119 FOR SALE: Used aluminum/ pvc windows, sizes 92�X48� and 48�X48�, one wooden connecting door 29�X80� and one metal door 29�X80�. Price: $4000.00 Call: 766-5119 FOR SALE: Boat Sea swirl 21 Feet. Model 2001 type bow rider 10 people max capacity, motor volvo penta inboard open to negotiation. Price: $17,000 us dollars. FOR SALE: Fine China - Noritake Sweet Leilani. 12 place settings plus many serving items. Retails new $1200usd. Asking $200usd. Like new, no chips or scratches. Only used 3 times. Google the description to see pictures on numerous sites Paul Steffen Jocotepec 333-116-1445. FOR SALE: PORTA-BOTE folding boat; tough, white polypropylene hull, 12.5 feet ORQJ LQFKHV ZLGH IROGV WR LQFKHV ÀDW inches wide; weighs 69 lbs., capacity 750 lbs.; EXLOW LQ ÀRWDWLRQ VHDWV KLQJHV QHHG WR EH replaced); 5 hp outboard with 3-gal. remote tank; oars; mast, boom, sail, dagger boards, rudder needs repair; 2-wheel dolly; anchor, line, cushions, folding seat backs, life jackets, etc. To see photos of boat, go to www. Boat & motor cost $2652 USD new. Take everything for $10,000 pesos. Call: 766-5347. :$17(' Basic portable sewing machine wanted for simple sewing jobs. Must be in good condition. FOR SALE: 1997 Hitchhiker Premier 5th wh. 34 ft., rear kitchen, 5th wheel with 2 slide outs. In excellent condition inside and out. Has spent majority of life under cover @ lakeside. Hitch is included. Call Mexico landline from USA @ 011 52 311 258 4097, or Mexican cell @ 45 322 278 5868, or toll free from Canada and the USA 503 980 3349.Interior and exterior pictures are available on request. Price: $8,995. USD. FOR SALE: Portable Air Conditioning 12’000 Btu, just cold, 110V, Remote Control, Timer, Sleep, 5 Speed, Swing Auto, dehuPLGL¿HU GXVW ¿OWHU ,QVWDOODWLRQ .LW $XWRPDWLF water evaporation, Eco-refrigerant R-410A. Brand New sells for $10,399 at sears Guadalajara. Price: $5500. FOR SALE: TV ideal for gaming also hitachi DVD w/remotes both for 1500p 0r one each for $750p call 765-7144. FOR SALE: KING SIZE BEDDING/PIL/2:6 %HGGLQJ RQH EOXH DQG RQH EHLJH ¿WWHG sheet top sheet plus pillow case and pillows sold separate for more info Call: 765-7144. FOR SALE: Moving Items. Electric frying pan. Two matching table lamps orange... tv with dvd player ....toaster, Sandwich maker cooks both sides at once ...telephone ...salt and pepper shakers ..Sunbeam coffee maker with clock timer nonstick frying pan cast iron frying pan...clocks wall and table for more info Call: 765-7144. FOR SALE: Couch Love Seat Chair. Matching couch ( love seat and chair white with gray stripes very comfortable will deliver for more info Call: 765-7144.

:$17(' Furniture and household stuff. Furnishing empty house. Looking for two matching mid-century nightstands. Queen bed and mattress. Double bed and mattress. Mid-century table lamps. Mid-century or modern large coffee table. All sorts of things! email photos to or call 766-5992. Thanks, Rob. FOR SALE: Thule Car Top Carrier. THULE Evolution car top carrier “Atlantisâ€? Model 2100xP, bought 3 years ago, used 3 times. New: $689.95, now $ 300.00. FOR SALE: Braun Electric Shaver. BRAUN Syncro 2576 el. Shaver, new $324.50 now $100.00 plus free accessories: YOU SAVE 185.00 US$ (prices indicate how much you are saving)- Series 3 Replacement Foil & Cutter Set (new shaver head) $28.90 original packing - 7000 Series Syncro Clean & Charge Base new $70.47- 4 Braun Clean & Renew 2-Pack Cartridges $12.98 ea - 2 WILLIAMS Electric Shave Electric Razor Pre-Shave was $16.98 ea. FOR SALE: Video Recorder. TOSHIBA DKVR60KU DVD video recorder/video cassette recorder 6 years old, new $198.50 now $30.00 US. FOR SALE: Audio-video Receiver. PIONEER VSX-821-K audio/video multichannel receiver, new $249.99, now $50.00 US. FOR SALE: Matrimonial bed. MatrimoQLDO ´ ÂżUP PDWWUHVV OLNH QHZ QR WHDUV RU stains. Wood frame and headboard (bought in Tonala). No smoking or pet’s home. Bed in spare bedroom, very lightly used. Price: $5,500.00 Call: 766-5686. FOR SALE: Men’s Hiking Boots. Nevados Brand Men’s Hiking Boots. Brushed light brown suede leather with thick rubber soles. In good condition and have been rarely worn. U.S. Size 10. Very comfortable for going on long hikes. Price: $950 pesos. Call: 331-395-7146. :$17(' Portable Spa. We are looking for a portable spa in good working order. Hot Springs brand preferred, but interested in any available. Please reply by email. FOR SALE: Sony Alpha 100 DSLR. ExFHOOHQW GLJLWDO VLQJOH OHQV UHĂ€H[ FDPHUD mega pixels 18-200 zoom lens comes with Lowepro camera bag. 1 owner. purchased new camera. Price: $250 USD or best offer. :$17(' Weight Bench & Weights. I am looking for exercise weights, weight bench or other exercise equipment. Call: 331-5267026. FOR SALE: Battery for UPS/No Break. 12V, 26Ah power rechargeable SLA battery. Genuine UPG battery. Can be used for computer, wheelchair, emergency exit light, alarm, etc. Price: $550. pesos FOR SALE: 5 Shelf Bookcase. Purchased new 8 months ago. FOR SALE: Computer desk 8 months old. Price: $1000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Bedroom Furniture. 6 drawer dresser $1650 pesos. 5 drawer chest $1650 pesos. 1 drawer night table $250 pesos. Please call 376-106-2143. FOR SALE: Handmade Egyptian, never been used. Mainly burgundy with beige background, some green and blue. Extremely tight weave. The size is 5’ x 7’. Picture available upon request. Price: $25,000.00 pesos. Call: 108-0819.

FOR SALE: Boat. Ski Centurion 18’, 351 Ford Cleveland engine, comes with trailer/ cover. Must sell, owner returning to USA. Price: $3,495. Call: 766-0261. FOR SALE: Bathroom equipment. Indoor Jacuzzi and bidet. Jacuzzi ($484 new) used only one year, includes shower Size 6 ft by 2ft ÂżWV LQ SODFH RI VWDQGDUG EDWKWXE SHsos Bidet ($566 new) has been installed but never used. $3000 pesos. Phone 387-7610517 email jfwmx2@gmail,com FOR SALE: Patio Table & 6 Chairs. 4ft diameter glass top table with 6 chairs. Durable Synthetic wicker. Same table with 4 chairs retails @ $15,900pesos. Price: $12,000pesos. Call: 376-765-7123. FOR SALE: Living room set. Couch, love seat, chair. Light brown. Mexican made. Clean.. Like new no smoking no pets. $5000 pesos. Will sell couch only separately $2500 pesos. Price: $5000 pesos. Call: 766-4105. FOR SALE: Four large Mexican Chairs, coffee table and one high side table, all wood and leather. Price: $250.00. Call: 766-3118. FOR SALE: A Soldier’s Story by Omar Bradley original from 1951. Omar Bradley was Patton boss. Price is higher because it LV VLJQHG E\ 2PDU %UDGOH\ &RQGLWLRQ ÂżQH Pages. Price: $500 Pesos. FOR SALE: Living Room Set: Couch, Love Seat, and Chair. Scotch guard on the fabric. Needs cleaning and repair work on the skirts, but overall it’s in good shape. Price: $7,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Dish USA receiver with DVR model 625 serves 2 TV’s at the same time. Only need one receiver. Record & playback on either TV. Also includes 8 foot Dish antenna. Price: $3500 Pesos. :$17(' Looking for a SCUBA tank to borrow or rent for occasional repairs to our pool. FOR SALE: Computer desk six months old, light wood built locally. Paid 1800 pesos and will sell for 1000 or best offer. Shelving unit with six shelves, 6 months old , light wood, built locally. Paid $2600 pesos, will sell for $1500 obo. Call Murray 331-857-0572.We live in Riberas. FOR SALE: Shelving unit. Built locally by builder next to Mom’s restaurant. Six months old and will sell for $1500MXN. Call Murray at 376-106-2143. FOR SALE: Shaw DSR600 HD receiver complete with remote, power cord and HDMI cable. Free and clear to be activated. $2400 pesos. Call: 766-4105. FOR SALE: Hardly ever used so like new condition Patio Umbrella. I will try to post a picture. Price: $1500 Peso or US equivalent. FOR SALE: One Kirkland lawn lounger presently selling for 3000 pesos new. Call Murray at 331-857-0672.We live in Riberas, mountain side. Price: $1000Mx. FOR SALE: Pressure tank ALTAMIRA Sky35. Refurbished with brand new diaphragm, never used. 35 gallons, 100 psi, 1 inch connect. Price: $3,500 MXN. FOR SALE: Freezer. 7.5 Cubic Ft. Very JRRG FRQGLWLRQ 3ULFH 86 ÂżUP FOR SALE: Twin-Double converts two twin beds into a King bed. Installs in 2 minutes. An 8â€? wide Sheepskin panel covers the center of the beds and a strong 2â€? wide adjustable belt wraps around the sides, safely securing the mattresses together. Removable & washable. Rarely used so it is in like new condition. Price: $450 pesos. Call: 766-1648. FOR SALE: King size Canopy Bed in beige ÂżQLVK ERDVWV D FKDUPLQJ DUFKHG GHVLJQ WKH set includes headboard, footboard and canopy. $4,000 pesos or best offer. Please Call for more details Cell: 333-493-0533. FOR SALE: Bedroom furniture, I have two queen beds with headboard and frame mattresses are in good condition. Two night WDEOHV 2QH DUPRLUH KROGV D ´ Ă€DW VFUHHQ One chest, two mirrors, and a leather love

seat. Style is rustic. Call me for more details Jim 387-761-0162. All for $2500 pesos or $1500 US. FOR SALE: This is a large mirrored headERDUG ZLWK OLJKW ¿[WXUH IRU GRXEOH EHG 3ULFH $400.00ps. Call: 765-7144 make an offer. FOR SALE: King Size Bed Headboard. Walnut color bookcase head board with mirrors and light. Price: $900.00ps. Call 7657144 make an offer FOR SALE: Girls bedroom set Pink and white, headboard, chest of draws; bed etc., for sale Casi Nuevo thrift shop Riberas across form 7-11. On consignment sale by owner. Priced right to sell quickly. Price: $5500 pesos. FOR SALE: Thomasville lighted hutch, excellent condition on consignment at Casi Nuevo Thrift shop by owner. In Ribera’s across from 7-11. Price: $17000 pesos. FOR SALE: Large mesquite china cabinet. On consignment Casi Nuevo Thirft shop, Riberas, across form 7-11. Price: $8000 pesos. FOR SALE: Oster Blender with 10 speeds. Similar model currently selling at Walmart for $599p. Great for making smoothies, etc. Selling for less than half the price at Walmart. In good condition. Call me if interested 331-395-7146. Price: $225 pesos. FOR SALE: Mobile Power - CARS/ EQUIPMENT. By plugging an inverter directly into a 12-volt lighter socket, you can turn your YHKLFOH LQWR D PRELOH RI¿FH RU KDYH SRZHU WR run Equipment, electronics, Cell, camcorder, stereo, laptop computer, 27� TV, small power tools, portable work light and small kitchen appliances. Compact/lightweight, This unit can provide 150,320 to 560 watts. Two three prong plugs and on/off switch. Converts 12 volts to 120 volts A.C. Only used a few times to run my laptop in my car for GPS. Comes with original manual and cables to connect directly to your 12 volt car battery. Price: $675 Pesos. FOR SALE: BLACK & DECKER 12 VOLT CORDLES. Good working condition. Lithium Ion Battery - Holds a charge up to 18 months. 3/8 in. key-less chuck. The 11 position clutch prevents stripping and over-driving screws. Up to 600 rpm with 200 lbs maximum torque. Comes with two driver bit extensions and battery charger. Integrated LED light illuminates the surface for easier drilling in dark places. Compact and lightweight design allows users WR FDUU\ RXW GULOOLQJ WDVNV LQ FRQ¿QHG VSDFHV and with ease. Soft grip handle provides added comfort during use. Call me 331-3957146, if interested. Price: $550 Pesos. FOR SALE: QUALITY MADE MENS WARM COAT. Chester and Peck quality made 0HQœV OHQJWK 8OWUD 6XHGH ¿QLVK DQG OLQHG warm coat. Lined in black fabric with a dark brown collar. Inside pockets. Nice and warm for the cold evenings and mornings here at Lakeside. Size: ETXG. Call 331-395-7146 or email if interested. Price: $795 Pesos. FOR SALE: WILSON TENNIS RACKET, BALLS AN. Titanium light weight. Total new price about $2,000 pesos. A steal at listed price. Call me if interested at 331-395-7146. Price: $800 pesos. FOR SALE: Apple i-phone 4s. Factory unlocked excellent condition. I upgraded to the newer one. Call: 376-766-3536. Price: $200 USD. FOR SALE: Obus Forme Ergonomic 6HDW LQ EODFN UHFHLYHG IURP $PD]RQ FRP ¿UVW week of January 2016. Receives very good reviews. I paid $40 plus shipping and handling but will not charge for S/H. Price: $30 USD. Please call 376-766-3103. FOR SALE: Swivel Rocking Chair. The chair is very comfortable it is light green with stripes. Price: $900.00ps. Call bill 765-7144. FOR SALE: Coffee and 2 matching end tables, French provincial, walnut color call bill 765-7144. FOR SALE: Color TV .Sat. DVD. Cable.

Ready with remote call bill 765-7144. Price: $900.00ps. FOR SALE: TREK Bicycle. Bought this bicycle approx. 5 months ago and have hardly used and want to try something else. Have original factura from company I purchased from in GDL, including owner’s manual. Phone for more details. Price: $12,500 pesos. Call: 045-331-3824771. FOR SALE: Double/Matrimonial size mattress. Reversible style. Hotelero Ortopedico (Hotel Orthopedic) with tempered steel springs. Navy striped cover. Will consider reasonable offers. Photos on request. Price: $1900 pesos. :$17(' Want to purchase a used travel trailer, preferably between 23’-30’. Call: 333-117-7031. FOR SALE: Star Choice Shaw Direct HDTV DSR 505 satellite receiver with remote. Price: $1,700 pesos. Call: 376-766-1316. FOR SALE: Roberts Knee kicker rug stretcher used it one time, almost new. Price: $500.00 pesos. Call: 333-391-0987. FOR SALE: Coleman 40 qt. travel cooler works on 12 volt or 120 volt. Has had very little use. Price: $1000.00 Pesos. FOR SALE: .LQJ 6L]HG ÀHHFH EODQNHW with satin trim. It is 102x90 inches, light blue and is machine washable. Price: $590 Pesos. Call: 766-2275. FOR SALE: 2014 Dual Axle trailer, excellent condition only used to come here,15’ deep 6’9� wide 6’6� high, is registered in Mexico. Se Vende Remolque 2014, 4.60 metro largo y 2.10 metro de ancho y 2 metro de altitud. Price: $6,500.00 US or $97,500 pesos. Call: 766-3118. FOR SALE: *UHDW ZDWFK IRU ¿WQHVV WLPH alarm/heart rate/pedometer etc. Sport line S12. Price: $900 mxn. Ph. 766-3536. :$17(' I need a sat receiver Motorola

DSR319RTC or compatible please call or email 766-4456, Cell: 333-104-7455, Ssnnkenn7@ FOR SALE: ROCKER/RECLINER, beige soft fabric, great condition. Price: $4900 pesos. Call: 766-1071. FOR SALE: .URE\ KDQJLQJ OLJKW ¿[WXUH from Ikea. White frosted globe. 12 inch diameter $300 pesos. Call: 766-4105. FOR SALE: Rustico Furniture, entertainment center coffee and end table, excellent condition Call: 766-1071. FOR SALE: Wilson Tennis Rackets. This is for 2 rackets, used twice, 2 carrying cases, 2 containers of balls. Price: $700p. Call: 1062103. FOR SALE: Rawlings Softballs 4 original packaging. Price: $250 pesos, Call: 7654667. FOR SALE: Two matching end tables, black, wicker, each with one drawer and shelf below. 29� high, 17� square, perfect height for my sofa. Price: $300 Pesos. Call: 376-7664898. FOR SALE: 29 inch color stereo TV by Daewoo, plus stand/cabinet. Flat screen, 3+ AV outlets, remote, owner’s manual, excellent condition, sound and picture. Cabinet is light-colored laminate wood, holds TV on top with 2-door storage area below, 23 inches high, shelf for DVD player. Available in October; can deliver. Price: $1200 Pesos. Call: 376-766-4898.

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