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10 POETRY Martin Bojan focuses instead on the strong emotional pull that the past can have on our attempts to start a new relationship.

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Imprints

Dr. Lorin Swinehart examines the nature of solitude, and thinks that contrary to popular belief, it is not even vaguely related to either loneliness or even alone-ness.

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Bridge by Lake

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Uncommon Sense

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20 Child of Month

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Tom Clarkson writes about James Thurber “who set the standard for sophisticated humor and prose style for an entire generation of American readers.�

50 LAKESIDE HAPPENINGS The 12th Lake Chapala Writers Conference will soon be here, and this year the focus is on the various means by which a writer can get published. The outstanding lineup of Guest Speakers will be coming to our sunny shores from as far away as Hollywood and New York City. Contact Herbert Piekow at windsorcottage@ juno.com or Victoria Schmidt at victoriaAschmidt@gmail.com

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CELSITO—A Prince Amongst Paupers —An Immigration Story of Sorts—

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any, many years ago (and seemingly in another lifetime!), two friends of mine in Los Angeles were thinking of buying some property in Ensenada. My wife and I would occasionally accompany the married couple down on weekends to scout out a suitable location for what they hoped would someday be their dream retirement house. During these expeditions, we always stayed at the picturesque Rosarito Beach Hotel, and it was there that I first met a street urchin who has remained indelibly fixed in both my mind and my heart. Celsito was about ten years old, and very frail of frame. Yet he had lustrous brown eyes and a voice deep as a bass fiddle and just as melodious. He was also a very handsome kid. “Señor, I watch your car?” he asked me one morning in the hotel’s parking lot. Nursing a bit of a hangover, and overly familiar with this worthless sales pitch, I rebuffed him with, “Watch it do what?” “I keep this pretty car from stolen.” he answered with a confident smile. Already he was dusting off my car with a rag. “Oh, how can you do that?” I barked, already feeling trapped by his soft brown eyes which were tracking me like radar. “If some peoples try to steal it, I yell loud, police come soon,” Celsito replied, and immediately bellowed out a shattering demonstration of his lung power. As the ringing left my ears, I chuckled. The little Mexican had plenty of moxie. Soon thereafter, he became our unofficial guide. There didn’t seem much about Ensenada he didn’t know, and over the many weekends that intermittently followed, he led my friends, along with my wife and me through the city’s thickets like an intrepid white-hunter steering a safari safely through the densest jungles of darkest Africa. He was also the most audacious

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negotiator I have ever met. No place or person was beyond his purview. Two examples: one night my wife and I decided to catch a late movie. But arriving at the box office, we were informed that the picture had already been running for more than fifteen minutes. I shrugged and forked forth the admission price for the two of us, as well as for Celsito. But at this point, the little guy took charge. Were we not allowed, he sweetly asked the cashier, a slight discount? He politely pointed out that since we had missed some fifteen minutes of the movie, perhaps a reduction in price would be most fair to all concerned. The cashier, flummoxed by this unusual tactic, could only sputter that each ticket had to be paid for in full. She did, however, agree to let Celsito in for free. Another time, in a fancy restaurant, he tried to bargain down the prices on the menu, arguing that because my wife and I weren’t really all that hungry, we would probably leave plenty of food on our plate, which could then be distributed to the underpaid people back in the kitchen. But this time his boldness backfired. The owner angrily ordered him from the cafe, citing some technicality about how all patrons had to be properly shod. Celsito was dressed almost in rags and had never owned a pair of shoes. The following morning, my friends and I bought him a good pair of shoes. But our anemic burst of generosity only seemed to embarrass him. Later I found out why. He didn’t have the faintest idea of how to tie the laces. Some week-ends later, realizing that as talkative as he was, he had nev-


er said a word about his daily mode and manner of existence, I asked him where he lived. “With my abuelita.” he murmured, looking rather bored by such a domestic inquiry. “With your grandmother, huh? But where?” My friends and I had already decided to set up some sort of an educational fund for him. It seemed downright criminal that such a bright and resourceful boy was not in school. “So where do you and your grandmother live?” I repeated. “I want to go see her.” “Oh, we live in nice house. Toilet flushing and everything. But my abuelita too old to talk. Ears, eyes, head, all bad.” I let the matter drop for the moment, but later in mentioning him to someone at the hotel, I learned that the boy had no grandmother and no house, flushing toilets or otherwise. He lived, far as anyone knew, on the street. It was then I decided to try to adopt him: an impulsive and perhaps foolhardy decision, but luckily my wife had also fallen in love with him—and since we could not have children of our own, she seemed vaguely amenable to my reclamation project. A lawyer in Ensenada advised me that if indeed the boy was homeless and without family, there should be no great obstacle in legally adopting him. The tougher task would come in getting him into the United States. I was prepared, however, to cross that bridge when I came to it. What I was unprepared for was Celsito’s reaction. Even after I pitched him on all the marvelous opportunities that awaited him in Los Angeles, he seemed somewhat less than enthusiastic. Finally, over a horchata (a sugary rice drink to which he was somewhat addicted), the truth came out. “Yes, don Alejandro, you like me now. I make you to laugh and sometimes even save you some pesos. But when I go with you and later do no good in school and just cost you many monies, then you and the Señora will have shame for me... also there is persons here who need me. No, better I stay in Ensenada. Then always you remember me with some smiles, eh?” Naturally, I was curious as to exactly who these people were who seemed to need him so badly. But the expression in his eyes discouraged further discussion. It saddened me that I had so abruptly lost the son I had always wanted. Sometime later, after my friends decided to buy property in another part of Mexico, I informed Celsito that we would not be coming back to Ensenada for quite a while. My wife

and I took him on one last shopping trip, and it was then that I had my initial inkling of who he really was. The first clue came when I noticed that many of the clothes and shoes he selected that day were some sizes too small for him. Curiosity aroused, I decided, after we had bid him a final and sad farewell, to follow him. It was still early morning as our cab trailed behind him at a discreet distance. First he stopped in a bakery, (we had left him with the equivalent of several hundred dollars) and then he hurriedly walked on for a few miles until coming to a gulley south of town, just past the city garbage dump. Down in the pit of the deep ditch sat several teetering card-board hovels. The foul-smelling, refuse-littered canyon seemed deserted. But as Celsito started down the steep hill, a few children came out from the huts. Happily passing around the loaves of bread he had bought, he then started to hand out the new clothes. The children were in rags, and many appeared undernourished; but for the moment they were smiling and laughing like middle-class kids greeting a beloved older brother who had just come home. It was a somber, yet curiously uplifting sight which I have never forgotten. That was the last time I ever saw Celsito. Yet over these past several decades I have often thought about him; and always (just as he had hoped) with “some smiles.” He would be about forty by now, and I have no doubt that if he still lives in Ensenada, he’s today its most enterprising entrepreneur, if indeed not the town’s mayor. Now, perhaps that is a bit optimistic, yet over the course of a long roller coaster of a life, I have noticed that the best people almost always change only for the Alejandro better. GrattanDominguez

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A Guide for the Single Guy

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his isn’t a treatise for the veteran of a thousand romantic campaigns, who’s left fingerprints on most of the beautiful Lakeside ladies. Rather, it’s for the new man on the scene, either a new arrival, or one who’s no longer in a long relationship for one reason or another. Here’s how it goes, typically. He surfaces as a single guy. First he shows up at the Ajijic plaza for a while at the Black Coffee and gets to know the regulars there, then he hits a few singles events. He finds out about music and dancing at La Bodega or Adelita’s, and maybe even tries out karaoke at Mama’s Bar. Things go well for a while but then he realizes he’s getting tired of dining alone and in quiet moments confesses to himself that he was never that fond of dancing and he’s not 22 anymore, either. He’s noticed by now that there are quite a few single women at Lakeside. Maybe it’s the beckoning ghost of Neill James, that intrepid woman who settled here in the 1940s and put Ajijic on the map. Whatever the reason, many independent and adventurous single women make their way to the shores of Lake Chapala. And here they are: women of a certain age,—with their own money, and no children to clutter up any possibilities. He likes this. He may start to date a little and will invite a lady for lunch, or dinner if he’s feeling daring. But he’s worried about making a premature choice. He feels pretty good about himself. He’s single and there are all these women. Like my old friends Chuck and Harry. We had lunch a while back, when I was in Washington. Both these guys are single, divorced a long time and currently without girlfriends. And both of them are convinced that women over 50 are desperate for a man. I couldn’t argue with them. They held that opinion and that was that. The like minded single guy down here will say to himself, “Wait! Why should I settle for one of the women I meet at those ‘grab a granny’ socials?”

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He’s in a seller’s market and feels he can afford to be choosy. Consider Jim, who lives in an independent living situation where he has the pick of the ladies but he says they’re too old. He’s 87. Our single guy thinks, “Look at all these beautiful warm-hearted Mexican women!” Why would he want to “grab a granny” if he could have a firm young body pressed up against his pacemaker? He looks around and soon meets a lovely dark eyed lady and the door to Heaven opens. However, she leaves that door ajar and soon her sister comes to visit. Then her cousins. Then Tío Miguel needs a bit of help with his phone bill. He’s glad to help his lady friend’s family, reasoning that he’s making up for the US theft of half of Mexico in 1848, but still he starts to feel overwhelmed with all this attention. He will of course offer to help with the phone bill. He’ll feel flattered at being asked to be a godparent. The requests may just keep coming. He will have lots and lots of drop in visitors. Sometimes these ladies have family members with suspicious histories. Then there’s the matter of the macho ex-boyfriend. Scuba instructor Wayne fell in love with beautiful Gaby, who worked in her father’s burrito joint at the beach. He courted Gaby, taking her for rides on his shiny red BMW motorcycle. The ex took offense and made his feelings known when one night he poured gasoline over the bike, set it on fire, and fled to Mexico City. The local police offered to chase him if Wayne could pay “expenses.” He did that, and a police representative went to Mexico City and came back with the wrong man. Back to our expat. By now he’s learned, too, that Mexican women expect to be pampered and treated very well during courtship. He worries about dipping into his savings. Jerry recently invited a lady out for a first date but she showed up with her


daughter, son in law and granddaughter. He bought dinner for all of them and fortunately had enough pesos to pay for it, but now he’s afraid to take her calls. There are, of course, lots of success stories. Widower Denny married Lety and says he is having the best time of his life. She, like many other Mexican women, is strong, loving and caring. But our single guy is feeling a little discouraged at this point and maybe looking for familiarity. His thoughts turn back to the gringa lady who is fine with the Dutch date, who has her own money, whose family is far up north and not likely to show up and move in. She’s looking pretty good to him by now. He’s tired of mariachi music. It’s too loud for his hearing aids. He needs some peace and quiet. So he takes another look at the expat ladies who are down here. The numbers are certainly in his favor. Not to mention they are considerably lower maintenance. He gives it a try and things look up. The women are friendly and love his attention, for a little while anyway. He might even think of settling down with one of them. He’s still feeling complacent about his prospects. He knows the Spanish word for “handcuffs” is “esposas” but—magnanimously-- thinks he can give up a little freedom.

But his foray into this world can be bewildering. He slowly finds that the freedom-loving ladies down here can be hard to capture. They’ve heard about “esposas” as handcuffs too, and aren’t amused. They’ve grown to like sleeping in the middle of their beds. And don’t get them started on who controls the TV remote. The expat is advised to approach members of this species with caution. The elusive Northern female is prone to feel skittish and bolt when the new man asks some of the following questions: Do you like to cook? Do you want to see pictures of my grandchildren? Do you like dogs? I have six. It’s a dilemma. By here you have it, single men of Ajijic, choices--the beautiful younger Mexican woman with a village of family members, and the independent unencumbered Northern lady with her own money. The choice is yours. In the words of a very successful sports marketing campaign, “Just do it.” Editor’s Note: Look for “Love at Lakeside” Part 2. The working title: “Women, Are You Ready to Move Over?” Sandy Olson

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Forgotten Letters The top of a dusty trunk slowly opens, its rusty hinges creek. The smell of old, once crisp new paper, a clear watermark, frail pages barely stand. The onslaught of time, sepia, tired and worn, the years taken their toll. Envelopes, once tied in rubber bands, brittle and broken, crumbled, with age. Four cent stamps, envelopes adorned, “S.W.A.K., sealed with a kiss. D-liver D-letter D-sooner D-better. Postman, postman, don’t delay, get the letter there today.” A cast of characters, Dave and Bella

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once more step forward and take center stage. An ancient play, dated scenes, written in musty old letters “Do you think she likes me? Not just “likes me, ” I mean LIKES, LIKES me!” That story, so long ago, put to rest in a box. They’ve long since gone separate ways, yet now, their voices cry out from a place that no longer exists. The pull of a bygone time, a fathomless dimension beckons, the distant past. “I miss you so much! Do you still like me? Are we still going steady?” A time warp, it can’t be, and yet…. Here it is!

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Barcelona Beckons

I might never have seen Barcelona had a cruise to Rome not begun there, and that would have been a travel tragedy. Barcelona is not only a different flavor of Spain and a distinctive take on Europe, but a feast of sights, sounds, and tastes that will provoke your thoughts and lift your spirits. Barcelona is full of contrasts that will surprise and delight, beginning with a skyline dotted by grand scale sculptural architecture in cuttingedge Euro style. This is, after all, the birthplace of painter/sculptor Joan Miró (there’s a museum) as well as Picasso’s childhood home (you can visit it).

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Street scene, Barcelona, Spain The window of my high rise hotel right on the coast in the Olympic Village affords a great view of the city. It is the door to a walking time machine that will take me back 1,000 years within 45 minutes. Barcelona is a different flavor of Spain because its history as an independent Cataluña far pre-dates its Spanish nationality. Beginning with the fall of Franco, the Catalan culture has experienced a renaissance to the extent that the Catalan language appears on maps and street signs. The walk from the Olympic Village (’92 Summer Olympics) toward the city along the shoreline begins Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain with a mammoth marina that’s liberally sown with seafood restaurants and bars. (Dinner begins late here, and it’s not unusual to see a family with children sitting down to order at 10 PM.) In the Barri Gòtic, the oldest part of Barcelona, narrow streets are scaled to pedestrians or one-horse carts and buildings for walk-up. It’s easy to get turned around in its Byzantine street plan, but you’re never more than a few blocks from the twenty-first century. Barcelona is the product of cultural overlays beginning with the Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. Subsequent overlays have erased most architectural evidence of them, and the few that remain are treated like antiques under glass. Montjuic is a low mountain that is not only a Barcelona skyline signature, but an important milestone in the city’s past and an integral part of its present. Catedral, Barcelona, Spain


This large, wooded park takes its name from its centuries-old Jewish cemetery, and is home to a collection of sites well worth a visit. Most notable are structures built for the 1929 International Exposition including the Palau Palace and the Spanish Village, a hamlet of streets each representing a different region of Spain. It can be reached from the city center by cable cars that pass over an Eiffelvintage tower on their way up and back. Barcelona’s Catedral is a medieval masterpiece and startling contrast with the Catedral Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is the unfinished masterpiece of native Antoni Gaudi, whose strikingly original architecture reshaped the face of Barcelona at the turn of the last century, and it’s easily the city’s biggest single attraction.

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great slice of Barcelona life. Don’t miss the Mercat de la Boqueria, a great open market in the finest European tradition where you can find everything from fish to flowers. The Mercat fronts on La Rambla. You haven’t experienced Spain unless you’ve had jamon Serrano. Great historical and cultural sites, and engaging coastal setting, and delectable dishes make Barcelona a lot of bang for a single port-of-call, and it will lead you to agree that Barcelona IS the most European of SpanAntonio RamblÊs ish cities.

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Gaudi devotees are continuously raising money to complete it and work continues to this day. The place is thick with tourists from Japan, where Gaudi has acquired cult status. Gaudi’s residential architecture may be smaller in scale, but equally original and instantly identifiable. For anyone whose appetite for Gaudi remains unsated, his work at the Parc Gßell garden complex will completely fulfill. If Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s heart, then La Rambla is Barcelona’s soul. The origins of La Rambla predate the Roman occupation. It’s the Champs-Elysees without auto traffic, an urban promenade that lets you crisscross the boulevard at your own pace. Here among the throngs you’ll see mimes, street musicians, and a

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here is no question that bridge is a complex game with myriad conventions, systems and treatments available to help players achieve their goals. It is no wonder that many newcomers have difficulty in determining which methods to adopt and when to use them. My advice to rookies is to keep things simple and use as few conventions as possible such as Stayman and Blackwood until they feel comfortable with the basics and then slowly introduce new techniques after a thorough discussion with partners. When teaching people who have had introductory lessons elsewhere I am frequently surprised by a “rule” that has been instilled in them, namely: “When partner opens 1 club he wants me to bid a major if I have one”. I admit there is some merit in bypassing a bad 4-card diamond suit to bid a decent 4-card major in an otherwise weak hand but a number of players took the concept to bizarre lengths on the illustrated deal played at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club in Riberas. Herself and I were sitting East West when our opponents had this auction. North opened a perfectly normal 1 club but the wheels fell off almost immediately when South ignored his fine 7-card collection of diamonds to bid his pathetic four card heart suit. North now innocently showed her spade suit which in turn put South into a real pickle. He now belatedly bid 2 diamonds, which many people play as the Fourth Suit Forcing to Game convention that didn’t have to show any diamonds at all! North was still in the dark regarding the true na-

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ture of her partner’s hand and correctly showed him she preferred his first-bid suit. In a vain attempt to undo the damage, South now bid his diamonds for a second time which should have shown at least 5 hearts and 5 diamonds. Once more South did the right thing and showed a preference for hearts, at which point South finally gave up the ghost and passed. This ghastly contract had no chance of success and declarer actually went down 3 tricks for a complete bottom board in match-point scoring. What was missing in this whole scenario was just a little common sense. Had South simply responded 1 diamond in the first round of bidding, North could now have bid 1 heart had she held 4 cards in that suit and the major suit fit would have been found. As it happens North would still have shown her four card spade suit and the partnership could have ended up in a sensible no trump or diamond contract without hearts being mentioned at all. In discussing this hand later with a much more experienced South I was dismayed to find that he too had responded 1 heart and once more the diamond suit got lost in the shuffle, if you will forgive the pun! His rationale? He only had one bid and wanted to be sure his partner knew he had a major. If a good 7-card diamond suit with an outside king doesn’t qualify for two bids, I don’t know what does! Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ gmail.com Ken Masson


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The Persistence of Binary Thinking

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omputers work on a binary logic system. Their circuitry is essentially arranged as a series of switches. Each switch has only two options: on or off. If the switch is not on, it is off. If it’s not off, it’s on. Simple. Unfortunately, I think, many people’s brains are operating on a similar logic. Not really, of course. Our brains are considerably more complex, but for many, a binary logic system is comforting. The most obvious example might be political logic. Many people these days are able to avoid complex thinking by affiliating themselves with a political party or cable television network. Which team are you on? If your team wins, the other team loses, and vice versa. Competition is good. Builds character. We play to win. If we win, things are good. If the other team wins, things are going to be bad. Simple. Zero-sum game. Of course, thinking this way is easy and comforting. We know what side we’re on. We know who to root for, how to vote. But, we see where this has gotten us: endless partisan fighting, gridlock, and uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinners. The fact is, we tend to utilize this type of thinking in many contexts. If you go to college, don’t worry about school loans, you’ll always get a good job and be able to pay back your loans. Not always true. It depends on what you study. It depends on the economy. It may depend on your gender or ethnic group. It may even depend on luck. Not so simple. Want to lose weight? Of course. Looking for a simple system? Yes. There are many. Try being vegan. Follow the Paleo or Atkins diet. Just be low carb. Or no, the problem is wheat or gluten. It used to always be fat, so we all tried low fat diets. Now fats are not so bad, sugar is the culprit. You might design your diet

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around your blood type. That may be the answer. Not likely. Losing weight and keeping it off is a complex process. It doesn’t lend itself to binary, black and white thinking, as much as we would wish it so. Maybe this is why many people who successfully lose weight gain it back. I think it is in our very nature to look for clear, simple answers. This was a large part of Trump’s appeal. His deal-making, aggressive approach to politics appealed to people because it was binary thinking. If the US wins, China loses. If China gains, we lose, very bad. Free trade is bad because other countries gain jobs. We lose. Very bad. Obliterate ISIS. Huge good. Build a wall. Keep illegals out. Problem solved. People like this because, on the surface, it makes perfect sense. In reality, this type of oversimplification doesn’t pan out. Pulling out of trade agreements may save a few jobs, but many more are inevitably lost to automation. Protectionism will also raise the cost of goods sold at Walmart. People won’t be happy about that. Eliminating ISIS would be wildly popular, but it might be more like whack-a-mole. Good luck with that. Building a long, high wall, well...you get the idea. Maybe this has always been a problem; I suspect it has. We all like simple, elegant answers. We don’t like complexity because it makes us have to think about how things are more gray than black or white. We don’t really like gray. When politicians explain that things are complicated and gray, we think they’re equivocating and we vote them out of office. We tend to keep the ones which provide clear, clean, binary answers. Now, here we are.


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Angela Izel, L.F.

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ngela was born in 2009, she lives in Ajijic. At the age of three (3) months her mother noticed that she had a small pimple in the left eye. She took her to an Ophthalmologist and she was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. She was treated at the Torre de Especialidades Oftalmologicas in Guadalajara. Primary congenital, or infantile, glaucoma is elevated pressure with onset in the first year of life. It occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births and results in blindness in approximately 10% of cases and reduced vision (worse than 20/50 in about half of all cases). The mother came to our clinic in Ajijic in April 2013 and we have helped pay for transportation and medication (eye drops) since that date. Angela has had 7 procedures done since she was born and the last one in May 2016 was to insert a valve in her left eye to release the pressure that occurs on the optic nerve. She will have the same procedure done on her right eye in the spring of 2017. She is in school, a good student; however, she has difficulty with strong lights and can only read big

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prints. We have reimbursed the family a total of 48,112 pesos. We see families at 3 locations, Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you be interested in learning more about us, please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (766-4375). I invite you to join us at our monthly meeting on the second Thursday of every month at the Real de Chapala at 10:00 am when we present a Child of the Month. To visit our website: www.programaninos.com


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t was one of those wild winter days that remind one of the children’s book Winnie-thePooh and the Blustery Day. The temperature had dropped precipitously, and a strong, gusty wind had roared down out of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, drenching the area in a cold rain. During a break in the precipitation, I set out on one of my daily “yomps”. I prefer the British military term yomping to hiking or sauntering. Along the way, I halted for long moments to listen to the song of the wind buffeting the treetops in a nearby stand of evergreens. There is no sound more exhilarating than that of wind among treetops. I wondered how

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often people in our bustling, multitasking, high tech world stop to listen to the wind, probably all too few, a sad state of affairs given that silence is vital to the health of the spirit. The Psalmist advises, “Be still and know that I am God,” and Jesus himself often wandered off alone to pray on the shores of Galilee or among the Judaean wastes. Stillness implies far more than an absence of external noise, as necessary as that is, suggesting another silence, that of turning off the tap, dialing down the volume on the continual deluge of dialogue and monologue, witticisms, resentments, anxieties, frets, worries, regrets and dissatisfactions. Not wishing to have my inner

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peace invaded, I have always made it a rule to ignore the clanging phone, the uninvited knock at the door. Uninvited callers are either determined to sell me something or convert me, their efforts leading to exhausted energies and dashed hopes. Shutting down the outer monologue in order to preserve the inner one sometimes requires determination and an iron will. While pausing in inner and outer silence to watch the wind in the treetops that day, my reverie was pleasantly interrupted by the scree of a large red tail hawk who swooped low over my head and roosted on a lofty branch until his mate arrived to join him in a series of aerial pirouettes. For long minutes, I observed them whirling and pivoting overhead, sending their joyous cries reverberating among the rooftops. Had I been trapped in an overheated room, glued to a computer or TV screen, I would have missed this crystal moment. Inner stillness is a prerequisite for such an experience. Solitude is not loneliness, not necessarily even alone-ness. One can cultivate inner solitude and be at one with oneself even in a crowd or a traffic jam. And yet, some distance between oneself and the chatter and clatter of one’s fellows is vital over the long haul. Thoreau went to the woods in order to reduce life to its essentials and see what it had to teach. Thomas Merton has much to say on the subject. “Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.” Anne Morrow Lindberg found the shell of a whelk that had washed ashore on her island retreat to be a perfect symbol of the inner solitude she sought. She had gone there to find herself. If we must find ourselves, then perhaps we have lost ourselves. Hectic, manic, multi-tasking busy-ness is generally the culprit that fosters stress and anxiety and underpins one’s alienation from self. Merton again says, “What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?” Gearing up for a wilderness backpacking adventure serves as a metaphor for life. An item that weighs a few ounces while preparing for the trip will weigh many pounds after a few miles on a rugged backcountry trail. Everyone requires the basics: Food, water, clothing, shelter, fire. Anything else is extraneous. While preparing for a wilderness sojourn on Michigan’s North Manitou Island, after too many years of being mired in civilization, I laid out all my supplies on my patio and found them excessive. There were, of course, necessities, tent, sleeping bag, backpacker’s stove, propane tank, a

few extra items of clothing, rations for ten days, stainless steel cup, bowl and spoon (anything that can be eaten can be eaten with a spoon). I eliminated my treasured pair of binoculars as too heavy and my machete, since fires were illegal on that wilderness island anyway. Reduce your gear to the basics. Unnecessary items will drag you down into the nether regions. Whether wandering among western peaks or northern forests, I have known the wisdom of keeping the sticks and pieces of one’s life to a minimum. What if, I often ask others, one knew that agents of the Gestapo, the KBG, the Inquisition were to arrive at any moment to whisk one off to a darkened dungeon, never to be seen or heard from again? How many electronic devices, how many items of heavy furniture would you burden yourself with on your way out the window? There were pioneer women who, contemplating the trek along the westward trails to unknown destinations in California or Oregon, refused to heed the advice wiser heads, were unable to imagine a life in the golden West without great-grandfather’s half ton oaken bureau or Aunt Bertha’s collection of antique pickle castors. As overburdened mules and oxen neared the western mountains, those “treasures” were of necessity cast aside to molder away under the onslaught of wind and rain, convenient targets for the arrows of disgruntled Indians. So it is with attics, garages and basements that serve as repositories for life’s clutter, requiring transportation to the next attic, garage and basement whenever one is required to relocate. In the end, all the junk is passed on to one’s heirs, who, if they are wise, immediately offload it into donation boxes or the local landfill. To minimize or simplify is an easy task. I was once privileged to move from a three bedroom, three bathroom house into a single room with a single small closet in park ranger quarters. I cast off everything that didn’t fit. Given my almost congenital intolerance for clutter, it was a most liberating experience, and I never missed a single item, not even among the almost 3000 books I parted with. I retained Thoreau, Lindbergh and Merton. Go forth in silence, solitude and simplicity. What you leave will be superfluous. What you find will be yourself. You will be blessed by the music of the spheres as the wind sings among the treetops. You may even meet a pair of beautiful hawks. Dr. Lorin Swinehart


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Down.” In formal Obedience work this means lying squarely with the paws and head pointing straight ahead. For regular daily use lying quietly on the side is all right but rolling around and semi out of control is not acceptable. COME. This means that the dog is to briskly come to you from a distant position and to sit directly in front of you within touch. Make sure you ONLY use this word for this reason. HEEL. With this the dog is expected to walk with her shoulder even with your leg at all times, to maintain that position regardless of your pace or direction, and to sit automatically when you stop. STAY. The dog is to remain exactly in the spot and body position you asked for and to hold that position until you release him or direct him to another action or position. WAIT. This means the dog is not to proceed any farther forward. This is different from the “Stay,” which means “Freeze.” “Wait” means “Stop all forward motion.” This is useful when opening doors, groping for keys, lifting packages, or checking for traffic etc. FREE or THAT’S ALL. This is a release cue that tells the dog to relax. It’s like saying “All done.” We don’t use “Okay” because it is very common in conversation and can be confusing for the dog. There are a few “Correction” words such as OFF which is self explanatory, OUTSIDE and INSIDE which are directives, and LEAVE IT and DROP IT which are corrections. Directive cues are given in a pleasant but emphatic tone of voice and corrective cues are given in a firm tone of voice that indicates strong disapproval. Your release cue is given in an enthusiastic and happy tone of voice. Art Hess


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

The Deported Cheri Dodge I’m so sorry to hear of their plight but understand from others who have tried to stay in the US without going through the legal steps how it hurts their families. I just know if I tried to stay in another country without the proper papers I would be in danger of being caught and made to pay the piper. I went to school with a Mexican friend and knew her family what a different story. They did the right thing and are here contributing to our great country now to the third generation. David Baird Nicely done, Herbert! In Defense Of Lima Beans Bob Brandson Hola Juan....I mean John. You are a truly gifted writer. I really enjoy your musings and insights into lakeside life. You may not recall me, but I was the white bearded dude who hung out with the late David Helton last winter. We would meet at Mama’s Bar for Friday Karaoke nights. I’m hoping to return next month, but we shall see. Que le vaya bien! Keep up the great writing! BBrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr To My Sons Gerri Beautiful! Lucky sons. Abraham Lincoln And Mexico Mikel Miller Kudos to reviewer Mark Sconce for his remarkable in-depth review of this important book. It makes a great gift

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for anyone who wants to pay homage to Lincoln before or after his birthday Feb. 12. Now available from Amazon http://amzn.to/1qGubOw in paperback, eBook, and audible versions. Enjoy! Christy Wiseman This book should be required reading, or at least on a supplementary reading list for history students in the United States. This book was such an eye opener to me and I appreciate all the research which went into it. I know we have the saying, “My country, right or wrong,” but this way of acquiring land from a weaker, neighboring, sovereign nation to make it part of that “my country” is unconscionable in my opinion. The irony in this is that had Lincoln been president 12 years earlier, considering the mutual respect and friendship he had with Benito Juarez, this never would have happened. When we wish for transparency in our government’s dealings, we need to be prepared for the reality of what that transparency may reveal; truths of behaviors that may humble us to a degree we had heretofore never imagined. This may bring us to the enigma of “Does the end justify the means?” It is up to each of us to settle that answer within ourselves and then perhaps to decide on how we might act on our conclusion. I do not love my country any less for having the truths in this book revealed. It is what it is, a ‘fait accompli,’ as are many actions of my government over which I have no control except to a very small extent at the ballot box, the results of which I’ve agreed to respect, but I do love and empathize with Mexico more than ever, if that is possible.


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ver the last few weeks I have seen two excellent performances at the Bravo! Theater. At the end of January there was a rerun of Visiting Mr. Green by Jeff Baron, a play which has had over 400 productions in 45 countries and has been translated into 23 languages. Eighty-six-year-old widower “Mr. Green” is almost hit by a car driven by young corporate executive “Ross Gardiner.” Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into drama, as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened. Roger Larson and Ken Yakiwchuk are both accomplished actors, and are totally believable as these two disparate characters. Larson’s performance as the grouchy old Mr. Green is extraordinary as he hobbles around the stage in carpet slippers, and berates Jehovah for the loss of his beloved wife. Later he also berates Ross for being gay, which is “against God’s law.” Yakiwchuk begins the play as an unwilling visitor, and gradually becomes a loving friend to this miserable old man. It’s a touching transformation, and I congratulate the director Jayme Littlejohn for giving this little play such a powerful emotional punch. This is what good acting is all about. I should also mention Stage Manager Diane Jones and Production Manager Kathleen Neal. Dana Douin designed the well-constructed set. Speaking of good acting, this is what Roseann Wilshere teaches at her Actors

Studio. Meeting weekly at Bravo! Theater, participants learn how to perform a scene in accordance with the principles set out in Michael Shurtleff’s book Audition. Finally they put on a show, eight scenes from various plays. I went to the show last week, and was impressed by the high standard of acting achieved by a group of so-called “beginners.” First we saw a moving little scene from The Gin Game, with Pam Pettus and Johan Dirkes as the old couple in a retirement home. Then Rosann Balbontin and Marie-Lyse Jacobs Mullen interpreted Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang, an entertaining spoof on reincarnation set in a sort of purgatory called the Bardo (a word taken from The Tibetan Book of the Dead). Next was a powerful scene from Account Balanced by Valerie Bunce, very well acted by Sharon Lowry and Linda Freeman. The last scene before Intermission was a crazy first-date interlude from Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang. Dennis McCary and Judy Long hammed it up in great style. After Intermission we had a strong political piece from Top Girls by Caryl Churchill – Judy McKinnon and Chris L’Ecluse were entirely believable as sisters at two ends of the debate in Margaret Thatcher’s divided universe. Then we saw two brief interrogation scenes from my play The Perfect Alibi. The Inspector was played by Pierre Blackburn in the first, and by Norb Michel in the second scene. Dennis McCary and Rosann Balbontin were good in supporting roles. I should also mention Johan Dirkes for being a convincing dead body. The evening ended with a chilling scene from Honor Among Thieves by Elliott Hayes, excellently performed by Pam Pettus and Chris L’Ecluse. Overall, a great group performance and a tribute to the effectiveness of Roseann Wilshere’s coaching skills. Michael Warren

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towel, a small bar of soap, and a disposable Aztec washcloth, which was a wad of coarse sisal that was perfect for exfoliating the week’s grime and some dead skin, too. The priceless thing one bought for that pittance was privacy, the scarcest commodity of all in a poor village. Here was one of the few places where they could lock the door, and that made it a convenient alternative to la Gloria (heaven), colloquial for theno-tell motel. There was a vestibule with hooks for towels and clothes and there were single and double shower rooms, both lined with wide cement benches. For the pueblerino it was luxury on a scale with a spa. They could open a valve and the cubicle filled with steam. They could inhale moisture during the dry season and relax in a quiet sanctuary apart from the deafening buses and radios on the nearby street. There must have been a time keeper or people would have steamed in bliss for hours. These days, in all my travels in Mexico, I have yet to see a public bath house in even the poorest villages. During one year of my time in Cuernavaca, 1978, I shared a live-in studio with Mexican starving artists, and they had their own version of a shower. Outdoors in the laundry space, they had rigged a bucket high up, which they filled with water that trickled over the shivering bather through a tube pinched off with a clothespin. The water in the bucket was just barely enough for one shower if used sparingly, plus perhaps a hair washing if the hair was short. But did I mention that the water wasn’t heated? Thus, you can bet it was used sparingly, especially during the winter when it was torture just to be naked outdoors, let alone naked and wet. Getting back to public toilets, if you were a jeans-wearing gringa, your reduced intake of fluids risked dehydration. In an emergency there were a few public toilets where you paid a career gatekeeper a few pesos to use a smelly, unhygienic stall with a seatless commode and no sink. As a bonus,

she gave you a few sheets of paper directly from her hand, and might I say she was skilled in the art of portion control? Even though public toilets today are more plentiful and cleaner, the advice of resident Mexicans is still to always BYOP. The other thing that hasn’t changed in 40 years is what to do with the used tissue. The Mexican rule is to never flush the paper down the toilet lest it clog the ancient pipes. The hand eventually learns to automatically drop it into the basket at the side of the toilet. Now some newfangled systems in Costco and at malls confuse the hand. There are signs saying to please put the paper in the toilet, but the hand, an incurable creature of habit, continues to drop it to the side, if only on the floor. Where have all the bath houses gone, you may wonder, and why are the Mexican señoras now emboldened to wear trousers and those teensy-weensy skirts? As you would hope, indoor plumbing has greatly improved since the ‘70s. The government census for the years 2000-2010 reports that Mexicans living in houses without sanitary drainage dropped by two-thirds from 9.9% in 2000 to 3.6% in 2010. Those without piped-in water went from 11.2% to 8.6%. It is common that those with indoor toilets flush them only once or twice daily with a bucket of water hauled into the house from an outside source, as they lack piped-in water for that purpose. Sanitary drainage requires only pipes and gravity, whereas incoming piped water requires pressure-holding plumbing and pumps driven by electric or diesel power. Both sanitary drainage and piped-in water are crucial for public health. Let us hope Mexico will continue to make this a priority. Then the only thing lacking will be—as it is now—an adequate Margaret Van water supply. Every


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and ever-productive mind – produced ponderings of profound pensivity such as “All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.” At other times, equally on target, he opined – which well applies to many presently in public office: “You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.” Similarly, were he alive today, might he have been speaking about our culture’s penchant for political correctness when he stated, “You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.” Succinctly, he spoke of reality, often tinged with humor. “It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.” Similarly, with a delightful twist, was his review of a new wine, “It’s a naïve, domestic, little Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its presumption.” On a broader, philosophical plane he said, “There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.” And is not this tragically accurate and profoundly all too correct? “The difference between our decadence and the Russians’ is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.” Or, “The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.” At the age I am this day (but only for a few hours more) he observed, “I’m 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I’d only be 48. That’s the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40.” A bit darkly, he stated, “One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He

began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.” A lover of all creatures canine, he asserted, “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” Two of my shorter favorites are “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility” and “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” And at the sake of showing my own banality, there seems something somewhat profound in his statement that, “One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough!” Or how about the more substantive, “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” That’s simple, direct and absolutely astute. In turn, does this not give one cause for contemplation: “There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” Then, again, there is his profound and oft repeated, classic comment that “Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.” Our mother tongue – and its effective employment – can be the source of simple delight or used as a well honed and effective instrument to educate both he did well. Hence, for those already familiar with this superlative communicator, consider the preceding as but a refresher. For those previously noninitiated, I encourage tattooing into your daily consciousness that, “Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.” Accordingly, please now consider yourselves “Thurberized!”


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Wish List of a Youngest Daughter Off and on, I’ve been wishing my Dad and I could go fishing. I guess my sister could go along so long as she does nothing wrong like catch a fish bigger than mine or tease or hum or brag or whine. Perhaps she’ll sit back in the bed and not up in the cab instead, so Dad and I can be alone— the truck a sort of “private zone.” He’ll hit the bumps real hard so she will wish she were in front with me. Just like I always pray and pray her friends and she will let me stay with them, when they come for the night and play without me, door shut tight. Marvelous fun had down the hall, but not with me. I am too small. That’s why, when Dad tells me a joke, I’ll laugh real loud until I choke; and my sister, sitting there behind might feel left out, but I don’t mind. And when we get to where we’re going, to the stock dam, cattle lowing, Dad will bait my hook for me and sister, too, and then we’ll see who will catch the biggest fish. I guess it’s obvious that my wish is that I’ll catch the biggest one, and sister will go home with none!

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cereal they made especially for YOU!” I couldn’t believe it! “Well, she said, you are very “special” and they made this cereal just for you and named it “Special K” for Kathy.” Really? Yep, I bought the whole story, hook, line and sinker. We bought a big box and I carried it home in my lap. When we arrived home, my older sister came out to the car to help unload the groceries. Of course I would not let her even touch the box of “my” special cereal. The next morning, at the breakfast table, I proudly announced that I was going to have my “special” cereal, and proceeded to tell my sister that Kellogg had made it just for me and SHE couldn’t have any! My mother must have talked to her when I wasn’t around, because she didn’t say a word or even laugh at me (although I’m sure she wanted to!) As I remember, no one else in the family was even allowed to taste this “special” cereal for at least a year! I just went to Costco the other day, and there it was – a big display of “my” cereal with the big red “K” on the front. I grabbed a box, put it in my cart, and was, just for a moment, that little five year old girl again, whose mother had made her feel very “special” that long ago morning. Kathy Koches


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Phone: 331-283-8529 Email: sandyzihua@hotmail.com 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. March 12 Faith v. Reason Presented by Otto Rand  Otto Rand argues that faith and reason can harmoniously coexist; they are not mutually exclusive. He examines the four major scientific challenges to religion and shows that all are met without discrediting either faith or science. His analysis involves declarations of the Church and pronouncements of famous scientists.  March 19  The International Populist Movement and How It Impacts Investment Markets Presented by Yann Kostic & Tom Zachystal  From London to Washington to Paris, the populist movement is creating profound shifts in governing philosophies. What does this mean for investment markets? Maybe a surprising change in leadership, with radical changes in policies and direction. What are the short and long term consequences for investment markets and your portfolio? March 26  Drug-Free Pain Management Presented by Mitchell Perey Mitch will deliver an entertaining and possibly life-changing talk on pain relief and healing without drugs, drawing on his success with personal pain issues and client experiences. He will also discuss ways to overcome undesirable habits. Following ancient and modern practices of guided visualization, Mitchell has been helping people learn to work together with their “Inner MD” to potentiate healing, reduce pain, and imYann Kostic prove their lives. April 2. Food from the Hood: Converting Inner City Land to Farms Presented by Skip Wiener In 1989 Skip Wiener, a native of West Philadelphia, began to run children’s garden and farm programs (http://www.urbantreeconnection.org). Over two decades, seven acres of overgrown, derelict, open-air drug markets were converted to ecological teaching and learning gardens and inner-city farm production.  We can explore the use of this community development model at Lakeside. IT’S MOVIE TIME AGAIN The annual Sunday at the Movies series sponsored by Democrats Abroad is happening now. Here are the offerings for the next weeks. March 12 Hidden Figures the incredible untold story of three brilliant African American women working at NASA. The trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. March 19 13th March 26 Zero Days April 2 Requiem for the American Dream The movies are shown at Cinema del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza, Ajijic. The price is 60 pesos. For more information, contact Info-MXLake Chapala @DemocratsAbroad.org. Proceeds from the movies support the Lakeside Voter Registration program. ON THE BUS TO GUADALAJARA Here’s what’s in store musically in the next couple of months, thanks to Viva la Musica. Jalisco Philharmonic at the Degollado Theater Sunday March 12: Lalo: Spanish Symphony; Márquez: Danzon No. 2; Debussy: Iberia. (Bus departs at 10.30 am) Thursday March 16: Dvorak: New World Symphony; Corigliano: Clarinet Concertó with Jeslán Fernández, clarinet. (Bus departs at 4.30 pm*) Sunday March 26: Verdi: Nabucco Overture; Saint Saens: Samson & Delilah - Bacanal; Respighi: The Queen of Sheba. (Bus departs at 10.30 am) *Thursday trips stop in a fine restaurant area for dinner before the concert. Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to noon. The cost for members is 450 pesos and 550 for non-members (ballet tickets are slightly more). ONE NIGHT ONLY! Don’t miss this one. Mac Morison’s upcoming annual show, Simply Standards,” is a trib-

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ute to The Great American Songbook, the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20thcentury. You’re in for an evening of music, romance and your favorite jazz standards sung by Mac and his special guest vocalists Judy Hendrick and Cindy Paul. A special treat will be Alexis Hoff and Christine Moily performing highlights from the musical Chicago, on stage at the Lakeside Little Theatre this month. It’s showing on one night only, March 14. The venue is Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza. The door opens at 6 pm and the show is at 7 pm. Tickets are only 350 pesos. They go on sale by February 15 and are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Chica’s at the Laguna Centro Mall. Once again this year the show will benefit “Ajijic Cares”, a program that goes into our local schools educating and providing free testing for AIDS, HIV and STDs. WE LOVE RIBS AND SHRINERS, TOO The Lake Chapala Shrine Club is pleased to announce their Eleventh Annual Ribfest. This event will start at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 15, at the beautiful Cumbres Garden event center located above Chula Vista Norte Colonos. Parking is available and shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from Black Coffee at the corner of the carretera and the libramiento. This year’s Ribfest promises to be bigger and better than ever. Adelita’s will cater the ribs and waiters will provide individual table service. The Ajijic Jamm Band will play popular music sets for your dancing and listening pleasure. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle (Save your tickets for extra bonus prizes this year). All funds raised from the 400 peso Ribfest ticket donation will be used by the Lake Chapala Shrine Club exclusively for the transportation and treatment of Lakeside children. Tickets are available from any Shriner, at Diane Pearl Colecciones, O & A Investments or by emailing davidheccles@hotmail.com or calling David at 331-0171724 or Perry King at 763-5126, pking1931@gmail.com LAKE CHAPALA WRITERS’ CONFERENCE This 12th annual gathering of writers will happen March 15-17 at Hotel Danza del Sol in Ajijic. The conference schedule includes an opening reception, workshops, lectures and panels. The conference finishes with a wrap party and raffle drawings on Friday, March 17. The cost is 2500 pesos. Registration includes two lunches and beverages during breaks. For more information, contact Victoria Schmidt at victoriaAschmidt@gmail.com. AND THERE’S MORE We hear from Jaltepec Centro Educativo…   Their annual March Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 16. It starts with a no host bar at 6 pm, with Timothy G. Ruff Welch playing cocktail music starting at 6:30. Hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by students will be offered Writer, Historian and and a three course dinner will follow at 7:30 pm.  The cost Presenter Michael Hogan will be 450 pesos per person, with proceeds going to the Jaltepec General Scholarship Fund. Call Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email her at buckthorplm@gmail.com for the menu or for more information. LET’S WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Niños Incapacitados does it again with an inspired theme. The gala will be held on Thursday, March 16 at the Hotel Real de Chapala, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. For inspiration in what to wear to the Walk on the Wild Side Gala, look to https://es.pinterest.com/elcorazonc/. The ticket cost is 550 pesos per person. Contact Sue Williams at 766.0487 or email her at suwillms28@hotmail.com. Ticket payment and pickup information is TBA. LAST CHANCE FOR THE SEASON The Lake Chapala Painting Guild will hold its last show of the season at the Cultural Center Presidencia Antiqua (the yellow building on the left at the corner traffic signal as you enter Chapala from the direction of Ajijic). The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 17 from 6 pm until 8 pm. The show will remain in place until April 3. Note: Lois Schroff, member of the Guild, will host a painting demonstration at Sol Mexicano on March 16 and 17, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

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NOT DEAD POETS AND HAPPY HOUR The Not Yet Dead Poets Society is proud to announce the publication of some of their best work in a collection called Romancing the Muse.  Those who love the poems of poets not yet dead will want to attend a special reading on Wednesday, March 22 from 3 to 5 pm at Maria Isabel Restaurant/Bar (formerly the Old Posada). Drinks will be 2 x 1 while  the Muse will be romanced, and signed copies of the new book will be available for purchase at a special discount. NYDPs include Bill Frayer, Mel Goldberg, Kenneth Salzmann, Jim Tipton, Margaret Van Every, and Michael Warren.  Judy Dykstra-Brown, though Not Yet Dead,  will unfortunately be away for the reading. GOD’S WAITING ROOM—OR NOT The next show in the Lakeside Little Theatre’s season is Second Summer. It’s directed by Paul Kloegman.

Mary J. Hunt, Florette Schuelle, Judy Long, Richard Miller, and Greg Clarke. Here’s how it goes: A good-natured and affable man, widower Reginald Herring has now become somewhat bitter after the death of his beloved wife, Mabel. Herring reluctantly sells his business and home and moves to Florida, or, as he calls it, “God’s waiting room,” to live out his final years alone. What Herring finds instead is a world of new possibilities when single women his age discover this new, available man. Second Summer is about the rebirth of an older man who finds the long dormant teenager in himself still exists. After all, “It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.” The show dates are March 24-April 2. The curtain is at 7:30 pm in the evenings, and 3 pm for the Sunday matinee. Make sure you get your tickets early. LLT Box Office hours are 10 am to noon every Wednesday and Thursday plus 10 am to noon every day during the show, except for Sunday. For phone reservations, call 376766-0954. Messages are okay. Also email at tickets@lakesidelittletheatre.com. The curtain is at 7:30 pm in the evenings, and 3 pm for the Sunday matinee. Make sure you get your tickets early. LET’S FACE IT-MOST OF US ARE MORTAL St. Andrew’s S Anglican Church, Calle San Lucas 19, Riberas el Pilar, will host a program on palliative care and hospice in Jalisco on Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 am to noon. The presenter is Wendy Jane Carrel, MA. She’s a Spanishspeaking senior care specialist who will review palliative care and hospice options in Jalisco, and describe current models and what one might expect. She serves as an advisor and liaison for senior housing, end-of-life support, and disposition of remains. She is presently assisting with the implementation of a palliative care/ hospice model for Mexico created by Juntos Contra El Dolor.  See www.WellnessShepherd.com  All are welcome and there is no charge. 

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A B AND C…. The Ajijic Book Club will meet at Just Chillin’, located at Constitución #32, on Tuesday, March 28 at 4 pm. The focus of the meeting will be Shanghai Loved and Lost by Elizabeth Shaen. The book is the true story of the Colterjohn family in Shanghai, China, from 1926 to 1949. For more information see the ABC website at http://computerguyajijic.com/abc/BookReview.asp?BID=21. Elizabeth Shaen Colterjohn will be in attendance. ABC welcomes new members. NAKED STAGE Their March offering is the riveting and super timely play Dry Powder, which deals with the heartless acquisition of big money by private equity firms.  This show is directed by Phyllis Silverman and the cast includes Don Chaloner, Jon DeYoung, Alfred Kirk- Libby Colterjohn land, Geoffrey Long, and Jacinta Stringer.   Performances will be March 31, April 1 and 2.  Reservations are recommended. The new suggested donation is 100 pesos.  Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  For more information and reservations, email nakedstagereservations@gmail.com. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.  SUCH A DEAL—FOUR FREE CONCERTS Lake Chapala Chorale director Cindy Paul has announced plans for an ambitious 2017 season, following up the new group’s enormously successful debut last December. Songs of Longing and Inspiration, Part I will be presented in early April and Part 2 will happen in October.

The April schedule: Saturday, April 1, 6 to 7 pm, Little Chapel by the Lake Sunday, April 2, 4 to 5 pm, Cultural Center, Ajijic Plaza Monday, April 3, 7 to 8 pm, Presbyterian Church Tuesday, April 4, 7 to 8 pm, Chapala Train Station The Lake Chapala Chorale is an unaffiliated, 22-voice singing group whose goal is to impart joy through the power of vocal music. Says Cindy Paul, “You will come away from this concert renewed, revived, and profoundly inspired.” Write to LakeChapalaChorale@gmail. com for concert, audition, and “flashmob” information. WE WON’T MISS THE NEXT ONE The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic sold—and over sold!--- two days of cooking classes last month with Celebrity Chef Greg Couillard. He was named by Now Magazine, in 2001, “the most influential chef in 20 years.” Says Monica Molloy, “There are not enough superlatives to describe all of the amazing Indian/ Thai/ Mexican fusion dishes he prepared!” For more information about CASA, future cooking classes and membership, con- Michele Lococo, Vice President, Greg tact casalakeside@yahoo.com. Couillard, and Special Events Coor-

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hile packing to move to Mexico, I had visions of all the time I would have on my hands. I’d finally get to finish those scrapbooks started so many years ago. I envisioned myself stretched out on a chase lounge sipping exotic fruit drinks, soaking up the sun while reading books I never before had the time to read. What a delicious fantasy, and one that remains to this day. I knew I would be spending time at the spa and touring Mexico one day-trip at a time. This, too, has remained beyond my reach. I laughed when I packed my alarm clock, thinking I’d have little use for it. After all, it’s retirement. Once settled, I became involved in one organization and then another. There were warnings from new friends: “Be careful, you can get too involved.” And I thought I was being careful. But soon my time was not my own. That alarm clock I thought would have no use for was waking me daily for one meeting or another. Those scrapbooks are still in their original containers, gathering dust in storage—there are just too many other things to do here. I joke with people telling them I’m tired of being retired. It is exhausting! I ran into a friend enjoying a leisurely lunch the other day,

and she told me that her husband isn’t very happy here. He is bored. “Bored?” I responded in disbelief. “Is he involved in anything here?” I asked. “No. He said he was retired and that he didn’t want to get involved in anything.” She said. Aha! And now he’s bored. I handed her a copy of the Ojo del Lago and said, “Look in the back, I’m sure there is something there that he can find to relieve his boredom.” At Lakeside, there are over sixty organizations…organizations of every kind. He can volunteer for an organization, or find a group of people to play cards with. He could teach or mentor some of the area children. There are theatres, movie theatres, choirs, orchestras, and many charity events. The weekly calendars are full of fund raisers, silent auctions, dances, fashion shows, and jazz renditions. There are discussion groups, singles groups, and dance groups. In the nearly ten years since our arrival in Mexico, my husband and I have seen many changes here. New malls, more shopping, different restaurants, schools, classes, and day trips. There simply isn’t a lack of things to do! And if there is something you want to do, and can’t find an already established group, or function, it can be created! The weather here is so perfect, it rarely gets in our way of enjoying each and every day. Retirement isn’t the end. It is the next chapter. I challenge people to widen their horizons. Do things they have never done before. I still haven’t settled down to finish those scrapbooks yet. Maybe in another ten or twenty years when I slow the pace! Victoria Schmidt

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Conchita at Lakeside

Every day she pushes two hand-trucks loaded with tapetes and blankets and bolsas, one at a time down the cobblestone street to a grove of trees by the lake. She unties the huge plastic bundles and strings those ropes as clotheslines from tree to tree in the grove, using only her own, old body in an athletic dance of lassoing and knots.

straight to the lake. Her arms begin their dance, her fingers performing as if on their own. Conchita weaves, the rhythm of her motion like the lapping waves, ageless and unceasing. Yet around her seems to sparkle something of a trickster spirit. Today, my water bottle ruptures— When I jump up, Conchita points at the growing puddle and grins. Is that pee? Ha Ha Ha! Raucous as the parrot overhead, she teases me. The weaver with a twinkle coaches the serious poet, teaching me wordlessly You must laugh about it all. From separate worlds, meeting at the sacred lake, we laugh, the weaver and the poet. You and I who see her working cannot know her childhood, cannot imagine what mother or aunt

Then with a long forked pole, she bends to her tapetes, each sewn to a stick and with part of a hangar embedded. One tapete at a time, Conchita thrusts them above her head, hanging them thusly on her lines. Each blanket, too, she lifts with the pole that is taller than she is. The straps of her bolsas, she loops on a giant circular hook, strung low for customers to browse. She lives in a little room up the street from the lake, this short and sturdy woman from Oaxaca. Spanish neither her native tongue nor mine, we speak for the weaving of spirits more than words. The braid down her back is still mostly black, gray only over her forehead above her dark and lively eyes. Hijos? I ask. No, her response. From her arm-sweep gesture, I cannot decipher if her hijos are dead, or never were. On Sundays Conchita builds her shop and sits like a bodhisattva to tend it. But Monday through Saturday, reliable as the afternoon, she weaves the web of her tienda and then without a costume change, transforms to Spider Woman, Weaver Goddess. Around a eucalyptus trunk, she fastens one end of her backstrap loom. She seats herself on the earth at the exact stretching distance for the tension of her loom, and removes her plastic shoes to go to work. Her strong feet point

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from a long ago time and place, taught her to weave and laugh. I cannot know Conchita’s longings, or comprehend the mettle it takes each day for her to stay at her work, at her life, with wit. At the end of a day, even when she sells no weavings at all, Conchita’s laugh resounds like the call of a solitary free bird. When darkness starts to descend, somewhere Conchita finds the force, this old woman weaver in Ajijic, to dismantle her whole tienda and haul it away again. Like the imprint of an egret’s wings on the sky over Lake Chapala, each dusk Conchita’s presence beneath the eucalyptus trees— vanishes.

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“What sets the world in motion is the interplay of differences… by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, we weaken life in favor of death.” Octavio Paz (1914-1998)

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athy Chalvignac, who has practiced her creative magic in Ajijic for the past twenty two years, paints persons from indigenous cultures in a studied effort to record the visual reality of their presence in a world which is rapidly losing all traces of cultural uniqueness. While the web of media makes our common culture increasingly two dimensional, many have forgotten that each indigenous culture, with its array of attributes, defines a distinct way of being human. Indigenous cultures we destroy or displace,

with our growing need for resources and desire to produce and sell uniform goods, eliminate forever crucial understandings of what it means to be human. Each human culture comprises a complex of contrasting spiritual, material, creative, intellectual, and emotional responses to life, which includes community practices, creative expressions, and culturally formed material structures. Cathy’s work to save the visual presence of a culture perpetuates understandings that the dissertations of anthropologists and historians fail to do. Cathy’s focus and technical prowess form paintings that startle with their vivid, pulsating use of color and light. Beginning with one or more photographs, Cathy orders, on a stretched canvas, the essential elements re-

quired by the painting, while rejecting those that are not helpful. Rather than copying photos she transforms and enhances photographic elements, much as artist do when working with live models --- consider Caravaggio’s (1571-1610) use of models. When I asked why her paintings took so long to complete, she observed, “I want to be faithful to the details.” In a significant change in direction, she recently began to paint the backs of her models so that the viewer would need to use their imaginations to fill in what her subjects might be thinking, doing, or saying. Following the lead of Early Mediterranean mosaics (800 BCE forward), and post Impressionist Pointillism of George Seurat’ (1859-1891), Sunday Afternoon on la Grande Jette, and Paul Signac’s (1863-1935), Norma, Cathy, with a small tipped brush, applies points of two or more colors of saturated paint to create the details of indigenous clothing that pulsate with light and color which appear to come from within the painting. These points of paint are blended by the viewer, and perceived as broad areas of contiguous color. The effect is that of a surface with subtle variations of hue filled with

sparkling jewel like elements that reflect the ambient light. (photo) Her recent paintings evoke an emotional response that reminds me of The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt, (1863-1918), a gilded painting of a woman and man in a loving embrace. They are adorned in Art Nouveau dress arrayed with gem like elements of vivid colors and random forms that cover their clothing, then escape, and flow in shimmering waves out into the foreground and into the background. The effect is sensual, and evokes some mystic world fixed in a distant reality. Cathy Chalvignac combines these

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pointillist divisions of intense colors, with areas of pre-blended paint that form flowing cloth, the individuals faces, skin tones --- and the integrated backgrounds of her paintings. (photo) The distinction between Pointillism and pre blended colors is made clear when we consider Vermeer’s, Woman in the Red Hat, whose face glows with an inner light created by strong dark/ light contrast and his perfect blending of colors --- and Lucian Freud’s, Self Portrait, where blended paint become flesh. Cathy’s staunch focus on painting, she often paints twelve hours a day, coupled with her commitment to indigenous peoples, elucidates her significant growth as a painter. She studied fine art for three years in Paris and Nice before coming to Mexico, where for several years she painted murals in homes. In 2002 she moved over to canvas were she often spends a month finishing a single work. With a lilt of happiness in her voice she shared --“My home is a small paradise, where, surrounded by nature, old trees, birds singing all day, I create in peace. And I walk everywhere, knowing everybody --- always surrounded by the warmth and kindness of Mexicans.” I was gratified to meet, and get to know, this very generous and socially committed woman. She is a gift to life in Ajijic. “ … in diversity there is beauty and strength.” —Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Cathy’s paintings may be seen on 16 de Septiembre, #22, while the paintings mentioned in this Rob Mohr article may be seen through this link— https://goo.gl/photos/ZxkNdc9fgTet8j5TA


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agnicide is defined as the killing of a prominent person, usually, though not always, by an obscure someone anxious to have his or her brief fling with fame. In literature, we have the spectacle of a magnicide that kills not persons but reputations. Tolstoy claimed Shakespeare was overrated and Mary McCarthy characterized Lillian Hellman as “a bad writer, every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’’’ I have no such divided feelings when I contemplate attacks on Marcel Proust. I consider Proust not only the greatest writer of all time but pretty close to the greatest genius of all time. Though he was in poor health his entire life and died at the relatively early age of 51, the breadth of his knowledge and the depth and acuity of his insights are almost beyond belief. Proust could write with dazzling brilliance on such diverse topics as art, music, architecture, history, society

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was ten years old.” Throughout the vast body of Proust’s work there is a consistent focus on two cultures: the Jewish and the homosexual. He was, as noted, half-Jewish and wrote extensively about the role of Jews in French society, particularly during the tense period of the Dreyfus Scandal. His sexual orientation was predominantly gay though he did have relationships with some highly desirable women. One was the celebrated courtesan Laure Hayman, who would regularly visit Proust in his famed cork-lined room. On the gay side, Proust practiced both activism and voyeurism. He had a financial interest in a male brothel. Returning to the theme of magnicide, a singularly witless gutter attack on Proust was mounted by the English critic Andrew Sinclair in The London Times. Commenting on what he perceives as Proust’s lack of qualification to produce a major literary work, Sinclair writes that “Proust never worked for a living, never married, never had children, nor understood many of the things which occupy most people’s lives. He spent his latter years in a cork-lined room, writing and revising and sleeping, leaving only at night to go to grand occasions or male brothels. Such a life is not exactly good material for discovering wisdom.” This has to be the stupidest critique

ever written. Does Sinclair believe that Proust would have been a better writer if he had held a nine-to-five job and presided over an Ozzie and Harriett household? It is precisely because Proust did have the financial independence to lie in bed all day working on his novel and then go out to grand social functions and, yes, male brothels, that he was able to acquire the material that went into his masterwork. Beneath his decadent exterior, Proust had a hard core of integrity and courage. During the Dreyfus case, Proust fell out with many of the aristocrats he had so carefully cultivated when he became an ardent advocate of the wrongfully accused officer. Some may argue that, being half-Jewish, Proust didn’t have much choice in the matter. This is not the case. Such full Jews as the publisher Arthur Meyer took the anti-Dreyfus side: Proust, a baptized Christian, could easily have done the same. I’ll conclude these comments relating an incident in which my admiration for Proust turned out to be the cause of domestic discord. A few years back my wife and I were in Paris. I was gathering material for a talk and slide show to be titled “The Paris of Marcel Proust” in which I would show transparencies relating to Proust’s life and career. One port of call was the Bois de Meudon, southwest of Paris, where Proust had fought a duel. We went out there on a chilly, drizzling May afternoon and to make things worse, I got fouled up with the map and took a wrong turn. My wife, who is Mexican, was getting increasingly annoyed. Finally, exasperated, she said: “Why couldn’t that pinche Proust have fought his duel in one of those nice Paris parks instead of coming out to this God-forsaken place?” To that, I must admit, I had no snappy Proust-like Jim Tuck comeback.


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Ken Sherman and Associates will speak about what book publishers and Hollywood is looking for. He will also be taking pitches, so here is your opportunity to meet an agent and talk about your writing. New York editor Sandi GellesCole will speak about working with an editor, which is always recommended before submitting for publication. Well-known authors Rachel McMillen and Michael Hogan will talk about writing and where stories come from. Three publishers and a printer will discuss the best options for getting your book printed. Independent book publisher Mikel Miller is well known locally and Judith Briles has earned a remarkable reputation as a book doctor and private print options. Guadalajara printer Carson Groppe will talk about having your book print ready. Each of these outstanding presenters is available for private consultations, but you must register. Forms are available at Diane Pearl’s, corner of Colon and Independencia, Ajijic. If you would like an electronic registration or have questions please e-mail Herbert Piekow at: windsorcottage@juno. com or Victoria Schmidt at victoriaAschmidt@gmail.com


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eonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is related to opioid withdrawal among infants whose mothers use opioids during pregnancy. “The rising rate of baby addicts to opioids has spread panic about opioid’s most vulnerable victim...the fetus. Newborns are ‘victims’ and mothers are ‘villains’. Rhetoric that is dangerous from a public health prospective” So stated the Influence News in March, 2016. “Treating the mother as though she is a threat to the child does not protect the baby but jeopardizes a potentially loving relationship”. It also puts shame on the mother for her addiction. There are still states in the USA where using drugs during pregnancy is a crime and means jail time whilst pregnant.

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pressor in treatment for detoxification, anxiety and depression. Pain killers are one of the major ingredients found in death from overdose. They are powerful depressants, easy to get and easier to get addicted. Interestingly, more addiction to opioids occurs in rural areas. This is because rural people tend to be more stoic, seldom seek medical help and tend to treat themselves. When in pain, they do not go to find the cause, they pop a pill. There is pain in some pregnancies, and swallowing codeine and other painkillers does not have the stigma of using morphine heroin, crack cocaine or marijuana. It is an accepted pain killer. Methadone is a synthetic opioid, and used for the same purposes. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, women on methadone during pregnancy can breast feed their infant quite safely and it is recommended for the health of the infant. “The benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the tiny bit of methadone in breast milk”, Dr Steven Patrick, researcher at Vanderbilt University This is why, building the CRREAD Rehabilitation Center in Santa Cruz, for women with a dependency on drugs and pain killers, and allowing pregnant and nursing women into the detoxification program, is essential. It will build

healthier families, and a safe environment for both mother and child. The reason for lack of health rehab centers for women is because of the baggage we carry. The few rehab centers there are for women will not accept pregnant or nursing mothers for obvious reasons - it is a dangerous situation where anything can go wrong. Taking care of an addicted infant takes knowledge. Men can walk out of the door with the noble act of “getting clean” on his mind for his family. A woman cannot do that; she has babies or family to think about. She uses her dependency even more so she can function. Being pregnant often gives the woman initiative she needs to be clean, but she needs help, a support system outside the family. The CRREAD Rehabilitation Centers have been around for a long time for men, and to see them reach out to care for women addicts is a breakthrough for women’s maternal health. Working with the maternal health program of the Tepehua Community Center, Chapala, is a match made in heaven. Each center will support the other in knowledge. CRREAD will supply the brawn and Tepehua the medical brain. And vice versa; their knowledge of addiction is greater than ours. We hope to break ground soon. With free labor we can start on ground work, but we will need financial help with bricks and mortar. As donations come in we will buy more bricks, and if we have to buy and build one brick at a time, we will do it. Addiction has touched all our lives, and when this Author was “coming up”, pregnant women could smoke, drink etc, and medical facilities had no idea how it affected the babies. In rural areas where poverty prevails, they are still not educated on the dangers to the fetus. Dependency is not a shameful thing, not doing something about it is. When the facilities are not out there because of your gender, it is society’s shame, not the victim’s. We can make the light at the end of the tunnel brighter.


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ear Sir: I would like to take issue with the issue Gene Raymer took with the January Edition of the Ojo del Lago. When the founding Fathers (of the USA, north of the planned wall) wrote the documents on which their nation was founded, they certainly did not anticipate extremists carrying bombs into airports as Mr. Raymer so amusingly points out, (adding in parentheses: “At least I don’t think they did” much to the mirth of everyone reading his letter). In fact he is wrong. They were very aware of people carrying explosives into public places like, for instance Guy Fawkes who carried gunpowder in barrels which was stacked under the houses of Parliament to blow the useless bastards to Kingdom Come, but who was thwarted by guards whose salaries were paid by the British Taxpayer to protect and so allow the Parliamentarians to continue to make laws maintaining the status quo…. just like the US today. He says that “free speech” should become “modified,” because it would be ludicrous to shout “Bomb” in an airport. The Founding Fathers of the US wrote the document for people to read (and adhere to whether they liked it or not). If you could read the document and understand it, you probably had the brains to know that if you were in an airplane full of people who expect to travel safely, you would know that if you yelled “Bomb” the crew would have to react to what you said to protect all the passengers. The fact is: you are free to shout “Bomb” if that pleases you but you have to expect people who hear you to react as if you are sincere in that warning, because their right to self protection supersedes your right to be n Berk. Also when this modification happens, who will decide the ex-

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tent to which it is modified? Is the writer on the side of those who say you cannot use “Masterpiece” anymore, because it has the connotation of being something a man achieves to the exclusion of women? Does he think we must now say “Personhole” instead of “Manhole,” “Chairperson” instead of “Chairman,” “Mentally Challenged” instead of “Mentally Disabled?” How about the word “Sight Impaired” instead of “blind?” Some of these modifications to free speech are already in place and I would venture to guess that his “Life Partner of equal standing in the eyes of the law who is of the female persuasion” hears about his discontent with these and other speech modifications on a continuing basis. Regarding the Orange Peril, who used his free speech to describe how he attracts women, while speaking to his favorite sycophant, and his plan to drain the swamp, it is obvious now that he hasn’t done so, but, in fact has filled it with more alligators and cotton mouth vipers. His cabinet is a Fascist’s wet dream. The “Build the Wall” slogan is being taken seriously and although the writer lives on the other side of this wall, in this beautiful country, he supports a man who hates the country and its citizens and wants to wall them out of the US. In addition, his candidate spoke against the Electoral College system. He also said the elections were rigged, something I agree with, but having recognized that, he wasn’t honest enough to then say: “I cannot accept this position, because it was gained through a rigged system.” He took the position anyway, which shows he’s a dyed-in-the-wool hypocrite—a word that might easily be applied to anyone who lives here and supports Trump. John Ward


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bus line. I can take Route 622 to shopping malls in Zapopan, to the Minerva where I go to the doctor or catch a connection and go down Hidalgo to the very heart of the city. Because of an incident in my youth I should have a fear of any bus. When I was in the sixth grade my school bus hurtled down a narrow farm road without brakes; our driver drove the fully loaded school bus into a farmer’s field. The school bus rolled over three times. I survived, but spent three months recuperating in a hospital, I continue to have internal problems due to the accident, the broken ribs mended but a colonoscopy is impossible and I only have a partial pancreas. To get home from the Lake Chapala Writers Group I take the directo from

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Ajijic to Guadalajara, I always ask the driver to drop me off by Parque Gallo where I catch my number 622. Recently as I boarded an old faded blue and white bus it felt as though we had been hit from behind; I lurched, lost my balance and was thrown to the floor. I landed on another gentleman and then three other people fell on top of me. Too late I scrambled to retrieve my glasses, but they got stepped on. I held the bent frames when someone pulled me to my feet and a woman, whom I suspect was in her thirties, insisted I take her hard, yellow plastic seat; the yellow seats are reserved for “old people” and expectant mothers. I accepted, not because I am old, but because my face was bleeding and I felt a little unsteady. Another bump, this time I nearly slid from my seat, directly behind our driver. Then I heard a tearing sound I looked over and saw our side mirror snap as an empty Busman employee bus scrapped alongside us. Our driver turned to the driver of the other bus and they exchanged words that exceed my Spanish vocabulary. The light turned green and suddenly both buses sped forward through the intersection. I and my fellow passengers were trapped in a bus racing down Calle Olimpia, we seemed to be competing with the

other bus for some sort of medal. Our packed bus pushed forward against an empty Busman bus our group swayed helplessly and it surprised me that not one person begged to be let out, cursed or otherwise made a peep. Suddenly we came to an abrupt stop and again I nearly slid from my uncomfortable seat. Both buses had stopped for the red light at Olimpia and Revolucion, no one breathed as the empty bus seemed to press against ours. We were hood to hood waiting for the green light, our driver yelled at the other driver who seemed more focused on the light than the words our driver hurled through his opened window. The light changed and I braced for the regular left turn; the aggressive Busman driver cut in front of our bus and headed up Revolucion against traffic, a quarter block and he swung left onto a narrow one way residential street, we were following close behind. By now our driver was on his cell phone and racing down the street narrowly missing parked cars. With one hand he steered and manually shifted his bus full of silent passengers as he yelled license plate numbers and other information into the phone clutched in his right hand. Our crowded bus chased the empty bus down the normally quiet street I prayed that no child would dash out to retrieve a ball. Both buses sped through the darkening street, normally my bus would have made several stops by now, but we were not on our “normal” route. Without warning or slowing our driver swung his bus to the left and drove a couple blocks to our regular street. When he stopped, at a designated stop, everyone including myself, quickly and silently exited. Like a lemming I followed my fellow passengers to another old blue number 622 and dutifully handed my damp and crumpled bus ticket to the new Herbert W. driver. Piekow


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have all these unfinished paintings in notepads, on napkins, in files, on the computer. If only I could with a brush stroke, lay them visible to the ear. Where does a stroke of inspiration come from? Is it always there waiting in the wings, or is it an accumulation of many things coming together at just the right moment. You know it’s coming, but you have no idea what it will be, how it will start, how it will grow, or how it will end. You just know you have a painting or a poem inside you; first the feeling, then the thought, then that first expression in a line, a word, a brush stroke. I imagine it to be a common occurrence in all creativity, the

first note of music, the first bud on a plant, the first glance that leads to romance. I have no doubt that moment of creativity is solely, and privately, an individual expression that only the writer or painter can experience. With me it can be something I feel, read, taste, and see; as if all the senses have a hand in the formulation of the thought. It is more than just experiencing and responding. That would put creativity in the realm of reaction and we are so much more than that. Most of my poems have begun with a single word or a phrase that spills out on the page as an opening line and then the poem seems to take

on a life of its own. It is opening door after door on the unknown until you come to one that beckons you to enter and sit down at a table where pen and paper are ready for your thoughts and feelings. Each poem kick-starts with a word or a line, and what follows is an exploration, an embellishment, a rounding out of that which originates in those first few lines, for example: “This haven for lost souls I have journeyed to.” “Sweet silence is music to the soul.” “Imagine a songbird responding to your voice.” or “My hands are making love to you all the time.” What would be the single thought that escapes the painter’s mind, and lands boldly on the surface of a potential work of art? In watching mi esposa over the years playing in acrylic, I have recognized a process similar to my writing of a poem. In the beginning, or only because what came before has been relegated to the hallways of the mind, comes the board: non-descript, flat, a scrap of itself, followed by an idea, germinating in a whitewash of preparation for the possibility of a translation from thought, to inspiration, manifested in a stroke of fancy. Will assumes itself, a dynamic impulse takes over; a dab becomes a smudge, a toe dip of

color and light, and from the surface of her imagination, Napoleon’s army, trampling the white Russian landscape in table red. The subject becomes an object of reflection assuming its place in space and time. Sometimes her creation takes on a semblance to what others might think, and she in a doubting fashion, blinks. Here the mind plays her soul, the painting becomes an expression of self—she hates it, she loves it—it’s not paint it’s grout! Or, she marvels at what appears as a surprising shift of light, and just the right colors, layer upon layer of pure delight. In the evolution of a thought expressed with a stroke of a brush, there comes a point, not unlike a lovers blush, or the feeling of fulfillment, that it is what it has become, the sum of all its parts—and she has nothing more to say. When the act of creation becomes an object of expression, regardless of the form it takes, as with a mother and child, there comes a time to leave it alone. I imagine painting like poetry to be cathartic, therapeutic, liberating, healing and very personal. It exposes oneself to the elements laying bare ones’ innermost feelings and emotions before an imaginary audience. It is letting go and not being afraid of expressing ones’ feelings. There’s something about putting the pen down and letting a poem go, something akin to an orgasm of expression. In the end, the difference between her final product and my completed poem may be only in the audience that experiences it. The painting becomes prominent in a visual space that one comes across in passing, and is a constant reminder of that final brush stroke; a poem, if published, is relegated to a page in a book, on a shelf, and hangs in the John Thomas heart of memories. Dodds

MID-MONTH BONUS! Bob’s Story—A Winter’s Reflection is Bob Koches’ personal thoughts on aging and spirituality, topics that should greatly appeal to our readership. The article can be found at http://chapala.com/elojo/index.php/ mid-month-articles Each mid-month, we offer superb articles that while a bit too long for our print version are perfect for our digital format. Check it out!

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ow Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth It Is To Have A Thankless Child” —King Lear (Shakespeare) Act 1, scene 4, After my mother died, my father came to live with me in Arizona. He needed special care because of his Parkinson’s Disease. He had the type that caused muscle rigidity and his medication had to be adjusted regularly. Too much and he became agitated and had hallucinations. Too little and the stiffness prevented him from moving. When he started to forget things, I feared the cause was more than old age. After an examination, we returned to the

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doctor’s office to discuss his findings. Sitting in the two chairs across from the doctor, we waited as he opened a folder. “I’m afraid the results are what we suspected.” My father voiced the question I wanted to ask but didn’t have the courage. “The lab tests are conclusive, then? No mistake?” “It’s unlikely,” the doctor said quietly. “You have the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.” “How long, then, before it takes me over. Before I no longer recognize people and things?” “There’s no way to know. It could be years.” We left the doctor’s office, walk-

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ing silently that morning, staring at the ground. The verdict dogged our heels, pulled at our coat sleeves. “Well,” said my father after a few minutes, his usual good humor returning. “I’m hungry. Let’s get something to eat before I forget how to use a knife and fork.” I tried to smile, but only succeeded in wrinkling my lips a little. Over the next few months, I realized that the doctor’s prediction was wrong. The disease came on inexorably, like the tide at night, eating away at the shore. Each week another facility was lost. One morning before I went to run some errands, I made his breakfast and placed his medicine next to his plate, as I always did. When I left, he was sitting in his lift chair in his bedroom, watching television and flipping channels. His attention span had become short, so he didn’t stay with a program longer than a few minutes. I suspected he didn’t comprehend even the simplest shows. When I returned several hours later, his food and medicine were still on the table, untouched, exactly where I had left it. I went into his bedroom where he was still sitting in his chair. “You didn’t eat.” “I must have. I’m not hungry.” He forgot to bathe unless I reminded

and helped him. When he did, he refused to use soap. I reminded him to brush his teeth, but he rarely used toothpaste unless I put it on his brush for him. One day as we were driving through the cliffs that surrounded our small town, he asked me a strange question. “How did these mountains get here?” “They’ve been here for millions of years.” I was about to explain tectonic plate pressure, up-lift, and erosion, but I stopped. “I guess no one really knows.” He lost the ability to read, and even to speak in coherent ideas, but he never did forget who I was or what a fork was for. His favorite meal was breakfast, and we went out often. We always went to the same restaurant, a place where they knew us well. I always ordered him the same thing: a Belgian waffle, covered with ice cream and chocolate sauce. He always poured maple syrup on the whole thing, and ate it all. I filled up just watching him eat. I loved to see the shimmer in his eyes and the smile on his face when the waitress brought his plate to the table. He was indeed like a child. I thought of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” but I knew that unlike that old man, there would be no recovery. My father and I had not always seen eye to eye but he had done much for me and I was determined not to be a thankless child. He had difficulty walking. One morning, his arm around my neck and my arm around his waist, I helped him from the car into the restaurant. The waitress, a woman in her fifties, younger than I was, hurried over to hold the door for us. “You’re a good son,” she said to me as I helped my father shuffle to a table and sit with my assistance. “You’re a very good son.” Now, years after my father died, I take some comfort in those words, wanting to believe he would have said them himself had he Mel Goldberg been able.


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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Heavy strings 6 Talk about, with “over” 10 Undermines 14 Japanese poem 15 Reverberate 16 Go on a __ 17 Tiny particles 18 Experts 19 Ca. University 3DFL¿F6WDQGDUG7LPH 21 Separate hair 23 What a mosquito bite does 25 Writing 26 Escudo (abbr.) 27 Confort 30 Garage 34 Decree 35 Woman 36 Pot 38 Valentines Day colors 39 Wrath 40 National capital 42 Yank 43 Billions of years 44 Exhaust 45 Small amount 48 Arm parts 49 IOU part 50 Second letter (Greek) 51 Turn on the computer, again 54 Singer Billy

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55 Future Farmers of America (abr.) 58 Chilled 59 Admit 61 Large religion 63 Fossile fuel 64 Carved Polynesian pendant 65 Sister´s daughter 66 Stake 67 Dueling sword 68 Unripe DOWN 1 Bloke 2 Makes hot cereal 3 Rampage 4 10 meters (abbr. for dekameter) 5 Doubts 6 Hub 7 Account (abbr.) 8 Her 9 Panty hose 10 Like some S.W. walls 11 Flex 12 Mound 13 Baths 22 Wood chopper 24 Cooking measurement 25 Tiny nail 27 September (abbr.) 28 Hatred 29 Slang 30 Rebound 31 City in Yemen 32 Ancient German letters 33 Fish 35 Place 37 Pinches 40 Moving forcefully 41 Continent 43 A Salt 46 What a student does 47 The other half of Jima 48 Teensy 50 Kind of knife 51 Costa __ 52 Economics abrv. 53 Lick 54 Gag 55 Run away 56 Visage 57 Prayer ending 60 Dignitary 62 Title of respect


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:('1(6'$<0$5&+ DP/&61-3DWLR Order of the Day 1. Call to Order 2. Establishment of Quorum 3. Reading of Order of the Day 4. Receipt of Minutes AGM Minutes of the March 17, 2016 5. Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report 6. Ratification of 2016 Financial Report 7. Receipt of the 2017 Budget Projections 8. Receive Report from External Financial Auditor for 2016 & Authorize the Board of Directors to Open a Bidding Process for the Next Three Year Audit Periods and Choose the External Financial Auditor for 2017. Ratification of this Appointment Shall Take Place at the 2018 Annual General Meeting 9. Ratification of Membership Categories & Dues t$PNNFSDJBM.FNCFSTIJQ$BUFHPSZ 10. Ratification of Reserve Fund Deposit 11. Report on Annual Objectives & Reading of Proclamation of Initial Campus Master Plan 12. Election of Board Officers & Directors-at-Large 13. Granting Power of Attorney 14. AGM authorization for the Board of Directors to approve the 2017 AGM Minutes. 15. Adjournment Candidates for election are: Nick Hanson, Roberto Serrano, Janis Sirany.

Exhibition of Artistic Embroidery Friday Night Neighborhood Movies at the Wilkes Education Center, Galeana #18, Ajijic Movies Start at 7 PM Marzo Marzo Marzo Marzo Marzo

3 La era de hielo 5 Disney 10 El seĂąor Fotografo Cantinflas 17 Shrek 24 Los descendientes Disney 31 El gran pequeĂąo

All movies are projected in Spanish.

Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4, 10:00 - 14:00 (2 P.M.) The exhibit will display the work produced by the 20 local women who participated in the six-month course of Artistic Embroidery (or â&#x20AC;&#x153;thread paintingâ&#x20AC;?), sponsored by the Lake Chapala Society and conducted by Ma. Lupita Vega Velasquez.

Artistic Embroidery Classes by Ma. Lupita Vega VelĂĄsquez Begins March 6, 2017 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. March - August 2017, in the Ken Gosh Pavilion or Sala.

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

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This traditional art and craft form is available for children (grade 5 and up) and adults. While the classes are in Spanish, English speakers can easily follow the visual instructions. The classes are free for LCS members. No registration required.


Warren Hardy Spanish Language Classes

Thursday Film Aficionados

Spanish language classes for LCS members will begin on Monday, March 6 and continue through April 29. Classes meet two days a week for an hour and a half each session at the Wilkes Education Center (Biblioteca) on Galeana in Ajijic. The program is based on the Warren Hardy Spanish language course designed for the adult student. Several levels of instruction are available appropriate depending on the student’s level of proficiency. You may register for the upcoming classes at the LCS or online.  The program manager will answer questions and register students every day from February 27 to March 3 from 10:30 to 1:30 at on the Blue Umbrella Patio. Tuition for the course is $750 pesos; the course textbook is an additional $670 pesos. Other instructional materials may also be purchased separately. For more information about the Spanish classes or LCS membership, visit the website  www. lakechapalasociety.com. or call the Service Office at (376) 7661140.

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

Introduction to Spanish Classes for LCS members is a casual class offered for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases useful about town for shopping, and information about the Lakeside area and Mexican culture.  Classes are held each month starting the first Tuesday of the month and continuing for three weeks. March classes start on Tuesday, March 7, and will be held at the LCS campus from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Learning materials are provided. Tuition is $175 pesos. Sign up at the LCS office during regular office hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through  Saturday. Signup quick and easy at www.lakechapalasociety.com.

March 2 Moonlight 2016 USA

This timeless story of human self-discovery and connection is a chronicle of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. Nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. (106 minutes) March 9 I Am Nojoom, Aged 10 and Divorced 2016 Yemen A ten-year-old Yemeni girl asks a judge in Sana’a to grant her a divorce from a horrible marriage. Yemen’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Watch this film to gain great insights into life in this part of the world. (92 minutes) March 16 Manchester by the Sea 2016 USA    A family drama that is one unforgettable production, shown as close to St Patrick’s Day as possible. Nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Discussion of film to follow. (132 minutes) March 23 The Eagle Huntress 2016 Kazakhstan Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress. Spectacular cinematography. (85 minutes) March 30 Queen of Katwe 2016 Uganda/USA The true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda. Her world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair. (120 minutes) Please note: for all members-only programs, you must be a member of LCS to attend and your membership must be current through the duration of the program.

Attention U.S. Citizens: *Fees for passport services are currently based on the exchange rate of $21 MXN per $1 USD. t Simple passport renewal: $2,310 Pesos / $110 USD t Renewal age 15 and under: $2,205 Pesos / $105 USD t Lost or stolen passport: $2,835 Pesos / $135 USD t Notary services are $1,050 Pesos / $50 USD per impression. Consulate employees cannot accept cash or credit card payments during off-site visits. The staff of the USCG will accept only peso-denominated Banamex bank checks. It has been confirmed that the Banamex branch in Chapala can issue this type of check. It is very important that the checks be made out to “United States Disbursing Officer” or they will not be accepted for payment. The Banamex branch is located at the following address: Av. Francisco I Madero 222, Col. Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jal., Mexico Tel: 376 765 2271

Follow Us on Facebook Now you can follow us on Facebook. Keep up on all things LCS. Like us at www.facebook.com/lakechapalasociety.

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Video Library Additions March March Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required Health Insurance * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Broker Tues+Thur 11-2 San Javier Hospital Services Last Fri 10-12 Health and Legal Services * Becerra & Galindo Services Thur 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure Mon+Fri 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th, Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed Jan 4+18 10-2 My Guardian Angel Tues 10:30-12:30 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-4 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12:30 US Consulate** Wed Jan 11 10:30-12:30 Sign up 10-11:30 Lessons(C) Chair Yoga Fri 2-3 Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Chess Sat 12-1 Clases de Bordado Artistico Mon 3-6, Wed 4-6 Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Fitness Thru Yoga Mon+Fri 2-3:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga Tues+Thurs 2-3:30 Introduction To Spanish Tues 12-1:30 (S)+ cost Line Dancing Tues+Thurs 10-11:15 PEP Gardening Tues+Wed+Thurs 10-11 (S) + cost Photography Club 1st Mon 12-2 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 11:30-1:30 Strength and Balance Exercise Tues+Thurs 8:45--9:45 Warren Hardy Spanish Classes Mon-Sat (S) + cost Libraries Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books*/ Talking Books Thurs 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* Social Activities (C) All Things Tech Fri 9:30-11:30 Bridge Class Mon Jan 23 (S) Bridge 4 Fun Tue + Thurs 1-5 Conversaciones en Espanol Mon 10-12 Creativelymindful Art Wed 11-12:30 Discussion Group Wed 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness Mon 10 -12 Film Aficionados Thurs 2-4:30 Game Group Mon 1-4 iPad Beginners Wed Jan 25 11:30-1 (S) Learning TED Seminars Tues 12-1:15 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Neill James Lectures Tues 2- 3:30 Philosophy Group Wed 10:30-11:45 Scrabble Mon+Fri 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12:30 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 Service and Support Groups * Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA Mon +Thurs 4:30-5:30 Open Circle Sun 10-12:30 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 p.m. Ticket Sales Monday-Friday 10-12 a.m.*

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If you are going north this summer and coming back to beautiful lakeside, or, if you have someone coming to visit, we would be tickled pink if you or your visitors would bring back a couple of DVDs to help keep the video library current. We order them, prepay them on-line and have them delivered to an address of your choice. All you or your visitors have to do is stuff them into your luggage. They don’t take up much room. If you can lend a helping hand, please send me, Tom, an email at keanhombre@ prodigy.net.mx. Thank you. Here are a few new additions for March: The Accountant #7516 CPA Ben Affleck as “The Terminator”. Snowden #7525 The story of the world’s most wanted man. Unconditional Love #7528 Kathy Bates as an abandoned wife who flies off to Great Britain to attend the funeral of a rock star, meets the rock star’s lover and convinces him to help her find the rock star’s killer. It’s a comedy, of course. 9/11: Decade of Deception #5712/13/14 & 15 Four documentaries considering the “Myths of 9/11” The Dressmaker #7517 A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge, and haute couture starring Kate Winslet. Memories of a Geisha #7524 In the 1920’s a nine- year old girl is sold to a geisha house and over a period of years goes from the lowliest of servants to the most coveted of geishas. Don’t Think Twice #7519 The trials and tribulations of an improv troupe struggling to get to the top in “The Big Apple” Let the Right One In #7534 a somewhat comedic vampire film, the likes of which you have not seen before. A couple of oldies but goodies: Working Girl #7531 with Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith, Shawshank Redemption #7521 with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, and Crimson Tide #7318 with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman We are always open to suggestions, please leave your name and email address so we can get back to you.

Bridge Classes Offered In addition to the Level One bridge class currently running, there will be two other bridge classes offered depending on the level of interest expressed by our members. Both are free, user-friendly and designed for those who know a little but want to learn the game and those who want to expand their skills at partnership play. The Level Zero class is for those who have never played contract bridge before. (If you feel a bit rusty, Level One is appropriate for you.) Level Two is for people who play together often and may play some Duplicate Bridge and want to improve your competitiveness. Contact Karen Schirack at kslcs@live.com with your name, member number and class preference. Please note: for all members-only programs, you must be a member of LCS to attend and your membership must be current through the duration of the program.


TED Talks Learning Seminars

Neill James Lectures

In the Sala Tuesdays from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Members only. Bring your card. March 7 Host Pete Soderman introduces  biologist and environmental lawyer  Vicki Arroyo’s presentation: Let’s Prepare for Our New Climate.”  Arroyo says it’s time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world local examples of thinking ahead. March 14 Host Fred Harland features Dave Isay: “Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear”. Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global - and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app. March 21  Host Bill Frayer introduces Jonathan Haidt’s talk “Can a Divided America Heal?” How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America - and provides a vision for how the country might move forward. March 28  Host Reba Mayo features  human geographer Danny Dorling: “Maps That Show Us Who We Are, Not Just Where We Are.” Our concept of the earth has changed dramatically over the past few decades as gradual, incremental changes were replaced by rapid tumultuous alterations. Dorling graphically reshapes the world in startling images based on data such as population density, energy use, water resources, weather patterns, and food crops. The good news is that many of our concerns are being changed for the better.

Tuesdays in the Sala at 2 p.m. Members only. Bring your card. March 7 Host John Milton presents “Is NATO Useless or Not? A Look at Current Issues From the European Perspective.” This presentation will briefly cover the origins of NATO, membership expansion after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and current issues affecting it and the European Union. This talk will seek to help people unfamiliar with NATO better understand it and its ties to the European Union, which are also now affected by Brexit. We will review the degree to which NATO is considered necessary, and even critical, by its member countries.

Children’s Art Cards Our wonderful cards are available at Café Corazon.

Bus Trips March Please note: the increase in cost for the LCS bus trips reflect the steep rise in the price of gasoline in Mexico . Wednesday, March 1 Costco/Mega and The Home Depot on Lopez Mateos Cost $350 pesos for members and $450 pesos for nonmembers. Meet at the sculpture in La Floresta; bus departs promptly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 Tlaquepaque Find upscale retailers and fine dining in a wonderful historic, architecturally significant, pedestrian-only zone in Tlaquepaque. Cost $350 pesos for members and $450 pesos for non-members. Departs at 10 a.m. from La Floresta. Thursday, March 16 Guadalajara Zoo This excursion includes bus transportation, a train ride, a safari park and an aquatic show. The cable car ride is extra at $43 pesos. Although food and drink will be available for purchase at the zoo, we suggest you bring your own bottled water and a light bag lunch. Cost is $440 pesos for members and $540 pesos for non-members; purchase tickets at the LCS service desk. Bus leaves from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, Costco/Mega and The Home Depot on Lopez Mateos Cost $350 pesos for members and $450 pesos for non-members. Meet at the sculpture in La Floresta; bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Costco Returns to LCS Costco returns to the Blue Umbrella Patio Tuesday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to open or renew memberships and to offer information about specials and sales.

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 AM to 2:00 PM Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2017); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2017); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Matthew Butler (2018); Dee Dee Camhi (2017); Lois Cugini (2017); Barbara Hildt (2017); Geoffrey Kaye (2018) Yoli Martinez (2017); George Radford (2018) 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 mediateam@lakechapalasociety.com 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: Mercedes Benz C350 Sport. 2006 model with 147K carefully driven kms. &RPHDQGORRNDQGPDNHDQRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU(PDLOĂ&#x20AC;Djijicgmail.com. FOR SALE: Honda Civic excellent condition. 80,000 miles, 2002 automatic. up to date paiments, Jalisco plates, If you are interested please call at (045) 332-312-3380. FOR SALE: 2011 Honda Accord EXL. Priced to sell at 190,000 pesos. Low miles. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2016 Hyundai Grand 10, Only 5216 miles. Priced to sell: $150,000 pesos. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L (leather) with ONLY 60,000km. Regularly maintained. New Michelin tires. New battery. I have driven it and would buy it myself but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a Mexican-Guanajuato titled/plated car. MP150,000. Email: rsteadman@gmail. com. FOR SALE: 93 BMW 325I Canadian plated, needs engine work (no compression) otherwise in good shape. Would be of interest to mechanically inclined who wants a project. If interested email at blackslakz@hotmail. com. FOR SALE: Volkswagen Thing (Safari). 1978, very good condition. Hard and soft top. 2QHRIDNLQG$VNLQJ86RUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU Please call cell. 331-545-8331. FOR SALE: Buick Regal 1999, Price: $38,000 pesos. FOR SALE:1LVVDQ3DWKÂżQGHU miles. Jalisco Plated. Price: 93,500 pesos. Email: avilatr10@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: Nissan MARCH ADVANCE TA 2012, Automatic, Air Conditioning, 30,000km, 1.6l , 4 cylinders. Price: $120,000pesos. Contact Cel: 331-671-7611. FOR SALE: 1983 Mercedez 300d turbo diesel for parts only. Needs glow plug replacement. Price: $18,000 pesos. Call: 331252-1613. FOR SALE: Mexican plated, 1998 Ford 150 XLT, Extender Cab Pickup. V6 engine with 5 speed transmission. A/C, Cruise conWURO 3ULFH  86' ÂżUP  7R YLHZ WKH vehicle write to richard.barbi@gmail.com or call Richard at Cell: 331-116-6081. We are located in Chapala. FOR SALE: 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - 6 cylinder, automatic, good looking car, fun to drive and runs great. Mexican plated and paperwork in order. Price: $2200 usd. Telephone: 333 -142-0012. :$17(' A friend of mine is moving to the states and would like an economical US plated car. Call if you are willing to sell and get your car out of the country. Mike 331330-1050. PS She may be willing to trade her Jalisco plated, 2012 Nissan March in exchange. It has 63,000 kilometers on it. FOR SALE: 2004 jeep grand cherokee ltd suv. Gray exterior black leather interior automatic transmission 4x4. Power seats.10 disc changer, Quadra-drive tire pressure monitoring system, towing package. v8 engine. Jalisco Plate. Asking $125,000 mxn. Please Call: 331-431-7368. mikenan@prodigy.net.mx. FOR SALE: 2008 Versys 33000 miles, Jalisco plates. Top and side luggage racks, engine guard. LED M-09 Headlights with double Rigid LED Spots. Yamaha R-1 Shock. Price: $70,000 MXN, OBO Cash only. Email: don.tiemann@gmail.com. FOR SALE: I have a Sears cartop carrier for sale in Chapala. Key/lock/instalation hardware all intact. Price: $1,500 pesos. Call: 331-540-8947.

COMPUTERS

FOR SALE: Vonage phone system.

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Original price $48USD, will sell for 600 pesos. Email: chalpo@yahoo.com. :$17(' Looking for Shaw TV service for my home in Agua Escondida. Cell: 331571-9596. FOR SALE: HP 8460 P Laptop--5500 pesos. Corel I5-2.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, DVD, 14 in. Windows 7 Call Mike: 331330-1050. FOR SALE: MX2 G box for sale. Ideal for downloading and viewing TV and movies from the internet. Asking 50usd or peso equivalent, Call: 333-390-3933.

PETS & SUPPLIES

:$17(' I am searching for a ragdoll FDW ZLWK D KHDOWK FHUWLÂżFDWH DQG QHJDWLYH for feline leucemia. There are a few NOB if someone would consider picking it up and bringing here. Email: lois.atkins@gmail.com. FREE: 6 month old Pit mix very loving DQG Dá&#x201A;&#x2021;HFWLRQDWH DOO VKRWV HWF QRW \HW QHXWHUHG+HZDVUHVFXHGRá&#x201A;&#x2021;WKHVWUHHWDERXW months ago and has been in training for his forever home and has now graduated with honours. 6 month old Pit mix. Will be a medium size dog about 40 pounds. contact : robcameron321@gmail.com. :$17(' Need good used dog crate-rigid plastic airline approved that will accomPRGDWHUHVFXHG\HOORZODEWKDWZLOOĂ&#x20AC;\WR7Rronto. Please help. Robert 766-3505. FOUND: Found small dog wearing sweaterRoaming the streets of Ajijic around Donato Guerra, and Marco Blanca, almost always seen around 9:30 AM. Its back right leg is badly injured. Email: jockyellott@gmail. com. Cats need sitter: We have a pair of rescued kitties about 5 months old which are completely indoor cats (for now). All shots are up to date and we just had them spayed. We are going back to the states for about 5 months unfortunately. Please reply and let me know if you or someone you know would be available for this gig. Email: chapala.10. efaferal@spamgourmet.com. FOR SALE: Need soft sided pet carrier. Dimensions no more than 11 inches high, 8 inches wide, 11 inches long. Call: 850-5191190 - 766-2853. FREE: I was rescued from the roadside heading out near Mezcala. I had not been fed and was near death. With help, I visited a vet and have been receiving treatment and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve responded fabulously. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m waiting to become your life-long mate. Please message those taking care of me, and/or call 376-763-5049. Email: 1soulprovider@gmail.com

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

FOR SALE: Mabe top loading electrical Washing Machine. 3 Years Old. Call 331-252163. FOR SALE: White GE Fridge from Tio Sams. Price: $20,000pesos. Call: 331-2521613. FOR SALE: 4 Bluetooth wireless Digital Camera Security System. Price: $1,200pesos. Call: 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Any one traveling between Bermuda and the East cost of the United States of America. Razr V3m Phone. USB Charger cable and Motorola Vcast blue tooth ear piece for hands free driving comes with it. Call: 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Complete Matrimonial White Wicker Bedroom furniture set with Space Foam mattress. Call: 331-252-1613 FOR SALE: Bar cabinet $2,500p. Wicker love seat cushion & pillows $6,000p. Wicker FKDLUFXVKLRQ SLOORZS5DWWDQFRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH table $2,000p. Area rug 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-4â&#x20AC;? x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-4â&#x20AC;? $300p. Potted palm $800p. Call: 331-252-1613.

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FOR SALE: &RPSOHWH Rá&#x201A;&#x2C6;FH VHW &DOO 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: American Racing Rims. Paid 1400usd sell for 1000usd. Phone 376-7663536. FOR SALE: Contemporary living room set, contemporary queen bedroom set, brass canopy double bed, king size bedroom set, computer desk, glass dining table and chairs. Call for more information or to make an appointment to see them in Ajijic. Erin cell 850 519-1190 or house 766-2853. FOR SALE: Recliner Chair very comfortable wide seat. Phone Bill: 108-1748. :$17(' Pool table. 7 ft. 7.5 ft., or 8 ft. Email: LC4235@gmail.com. :$17(' Full/Matrimonial Box Spring, not the Mexican platform kind. Email: VLONĂ&#x20AC;HXUV#RXWORRNFRP FOR SALE: Have 15 sheets of owens corning 3/4 inch 4foot x 8 foot R 40 Foamular moisture resistant insulation sheathing Minimum 7 sheet purchase at 300 pesos per sheet or buy all 15 sheets for $4,000 pesos. Currently cost $17.35 u.s, dollars per sheet in the U.S. Email: schraderlarry@rocketmail. com or text me at 333-949-8770 can deliver locally. FOR SALE: Star Choice Receiver, Remote 505 and Antena. Price: $1,900 pesos. Please Call: 33-14-67-23-00. FOR SALE: Queen head board dark color swan design dresser to match with mirror and two matching night side tables a must see in excellent condition. Phone Bill: 108-1748. FOR SALE:  IW :HUQHU ÂżEHUJODVV VWHS ladder. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: 331-1258877. FOR SALE: Shaw Basic receiver. $200 pesos Motorala not high def receiver. Model DSR315. No remote itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost somewhere. Please email Carolyn at simpsca2000@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: $1,500 pesos Motorola High Def Shaw receiver, model DSR505 with remote. Email Carolyn at simpsca2000@gmail. com FOR SALE: kitchen island, with four 29â&#x20AC;? x 12â&#x20AC;? deep drawers for pots & equipment. Two duplex outlets. Black granite measures 66.5â&#x20AC;? x 41â&#x20AC;?. Comes with two iron bar chairs with leather seats. Only 7 years old. Pickup San Antonio Tlayacapan. $10,000 pesos obo. :$17(' I am working on improving my culinary skills and need a heavy duty, good quality â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kitchen Aidâ&#x20AC;? type mixer mainly for baking. e-mail me is best as I travel thruout Mexico a good deal of my time. richard. barbi@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Almost new car canopy, easy to put up and down. Great for cars during the rainy season. I can take it down or you can so you can see how easy it is to manage. $2000 pesos. Send me your phone number and I will call anyone who is interested. Email: imburnen@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Shaw 600 HD receiver with remote, power cord and HDMI all in the original box. Free and clear to be activated. Price: $2800 pesos. Email: john_archer77@hotmail.com. :$17(' Looking for a sofa and love seat or a sectional. Email: vivtomh@hotmail. com. FOR SALE: Deluxe large bird cage in powder coated pewter with top play stand and feeding cups. Cage feeding cups swing RXWRQVPDOOVLGHGRRUVIRUHDV\ÂżOOLQJ$OVR have two bird gyms, toys and smaller cage included. Price: $5000 ps. Email: sunnyvogler@yahoo.com. :$17(' Small computer desk. Please call Dennis 766-5322. :$17(' Looking for NOB traditional

upholstered living room side chairs with carved wood arms, trim and feet. Email: jdbaehr@gmail.com. :$17(' Looking for a corner sofa to make a statement in the center of a room, or ÂżWSHUIHFWO\LQWRDFRUQHU"6HOOLQJJHQWO\XVHG contemporary style cream leather sectional sofa. 3 sections, one with headrest. Total length 545 cm. $19,000 pesos. Call Michael 331- 319-1163. FREE: Philips Norelco SensoTouch Duel Precision Heads. Email: egweiss@outlook. com. FOR SALE: Powered Paraglider. MiniPlane Para-Motor ( runs perfectly ) , Seat and Harness, Wing, Spare Propellers ( 2 Carbon Fiber, 1 wooden ). Price: $3,000.00 USD. For more Info: kermitsmith@sbcglobal.net. FOR SALE: Spinning bike, Nordika brand, almost new in very good condition. Price sell: $3,800. If you are interested send me an email to: fernanda.ramirez91@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Sharp LC-45D40U 45â&#x20AC;? $4826Â&#x152; KLJKGHÂżQLWLRQ /&' 79 3ULFH $4,000P. Email: luclav49@gmail.com. FOR SALE: &DQRQUHÂżOODEOHLQNFDUWULGJes, PGI-150----CLI-150, with ink and chip. (, KDYH D QHZ GL௺HUHQW SULQWHU  These cartridges are suitable for many Canon printers, such as the ones that I have listed, plus others. PIXMA --- IP7210---MG5410---MX921--MG6310---MG7210---MX721---MG5510--IX6810. Price: $500 pesos. Email: louis. solo@live.com. :$17(' Looking for corner book case and nightstand. Email: sommer_pat@yahoo. co.uk. :$17(' English Classes around ChaSDOD"(PDLOmiris1102@live.com.mx. FOR SALE: Sony 40â&#x20AC;? Bravia LCD TV & LG or VIOS BluRay Price: $5500 Pesos or $260 USD for both the TV and BluRay/USB Media Player. Email: mike@acspaging.com. :$17(' Looking for a mountain bike. Email: adw2011@live.com. FOR SALE: $2500.00 us electric golf cart club car new batteries new main control box and cylinoid. Gordon 763-5314 for sale $1300.00 us electric golf cart club car. Email: elojodellago@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Obus Forme Ergonomic Seat in black. Received from Amazon. Unique design encourages proper alignment of the pelvis and thighs, evenly distributing body weight for extended sitting comfort. Will sell for $500 pesos. Currently lists at $45.00 USD + $27.63 USD Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to Mexico. Email: arjay333@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Nearly new 15G washing machine for sale. This large washing machine is in excellent condition, cold water, brand name is EASY. We expected to stay longer in Mexico but sadly had to return to Canada so need to sell soon. $3900 pesos. Email: eblu1929@uniserve.com. FOR SALE: Bedroom Set. Dresser Headboard Nightstands 2 Swan Designs. Call: 108-1748. FOR SALE: (WKDQ $OOHQ FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH WDEOH LQ D ZDUP PHGLXP ÂżQLVK RQ WUDGLWLRQDO VW\OH legs. There is one drawer in the front for storage space. Measures 46â&#x20AC;?long x 28â&#x20AC;?deep x 19â&#x20AC;?high. $2,000 pesos. Email: luclav49@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Tilting wall mount for 32â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ´ Ă&#x20AC;DWSDQHO 79V 6ROLG KHDY\JDXJH VWHHO FRQVWUXFWLRQ$GMXVWDEOH79EUDFNHWVRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUODWeral shift ability to allow TV placement. MountLQJSDWWHUQÂżWVYLUWXDOO\DQ\/&'RUSODVPD79 up to 175 lbs. Price: $2,000 pesos. Email: luclav49@gmail.com. FOR SALE:   IW DUWLÂżFLDO &KULVWPDV tree (spruce) with 2 complete sets of light


strings included. US$100 or peso equivalent. Call Brian at 766-4836. :$17(' I would like to acquire the following (gently) used items that will be donated to a great cause: Small (bar size) reIULJHUDWRUPLFURZDYHRYHQĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQWYGYG SOD\HU DQG D  GUDZHU ÂżOLQJ FDELQHW  ,I \RX have any of these items sitting around your casa unused please let me know and I will pick them up. Email: pc_ellis@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: Rocker Leather Recliner. $4500p excellent condition, color is very dark green. Call 106-2103. :$17(' Looking for retro wicker or wicker-look rocking chair for my terraza. Outlet by Sunrise Restaurant had beautiful ones but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer available. Anyone have DJHQWO\XVHGUHDVRQDEO\SULFHGRQHWRVHOO" Email: karinagmex@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Blu Dash JR 4.0k smart phone loaded with new number and 3 chips, cost new $230 used will accept $2000pesos. Vizio hd tv 24â&#x20AC;? great for a bedroom or just as an extra TV. will accept $2000pesos. Rival Toaster Oven, 4 slice, will accept $500 pesos. Call 376-766-4456 or Cell: 333-104-7455. FOR SALE: Rexton digital, 2 channel hearing aids. I will take US$750 for the pair (or pesos at the current rate). Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Wine Making Supplies all for $3000p. The equipment and supplies were about $500 US. It consists of equipment (barUHO VLSKRQV ERWWOHÂżOOLQJ DQG FOHDQLQJ JHDU  and supplies (tannin, yeast nutrient, disinfectant, etc.). CALL JEANNE 766-3552. FOR SALE: SINGER INGENUITY 7436 SEWING MACHINE. The SINGERÂŽ 7436 is a fully electronic sewing machine with a full range of utility, decorative, quilting, heirloom and stretch stitch stitches. The SINGERÂŽ 7436 also threads quickly and easily with its 6- Second Threading System. Email: louis. solo@live.com. Price: $3000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Two, Solar World 245 Watt solar panels purchased new from eSun in December. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use them so they are for sale DWXVGHDFKRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU(PDLOhitechservices1@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Left Hand Golf Club Set. Steel shaft Cleveland regular shaft irons  WR 3 &OHYHODQG ;/ 'ULYHU VWLá&#x201A;&#x2021; VKDIW  GHJUHH %LJ %HUWKD 'LDEOR    ZRRG VWLá&#x201A;&#x2021; shaft. 19 degree Taylor Made R7 rescue club. 22 degree Taylor Made R7 rescue club. Total 13 clubs. Price: $2,000 pesos. Call: 376-1061193. FOR SALE: Queen Sized Bedroom Set. Queen Metal Four Poster Bed. Matress, Box Spring, Bed Linens, Skirt. Pillows & Blanket Cover $30,000P. Triple Dresser, Mirror & Matching Bedside Table. Plus Lamp $35,000P. Bed Bench $2,500P. Framed Paintings $6,000P.Email: KHLQ]VWDSá&#x201A;&#x2021;#KRWmail.com. FOR SALE: Shaw Satellite Receiver & Dish. Three Foot Circular Dish With Two Dual Lnbs. One DSR-405 Analogue Receiver and Remote. Price: $1,000 Pesos. Call: 331-2521613. FOR SALE: Heavy Duty Electric Motor. Originally bought for restaurant ventilator or planned workshop band driver. Never used. Original price. $6,000pesos plus. asking SHVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOO FOR SALE: CPAP AirSenseâ&#x201E;˘ 10 AutoSetâ&#x201E;˘. Therefore, the CPAP is on sale: mxn$20,000.00. Contact: Maga Cuellar, 044 333-130-1931. Rancho San Jorge, Carretera Jocotepec-Chapala. Mail: maga. cuellar@hp.com. FOR SALE: Computer Desk. Excellent condition. sturdy. 1200. ajijic 766-2853 or 850 510-1190. Email: esolo@yourvillage.com.

FOR SALE: 2 Shaw Direct Receivers (Later Model-Very Small). Almost new, Asking  86' IRU HDFK RU EHVW Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU &DOO  545-8333. FOR SALE: Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW120, Carl Zeiss lens, case, charger & connections included. Only $1,300 Pesos â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Call: 331-344-3341. FOR SALE: I have a closet full of beautifully made menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suits, jackets, pants, shirts - made of silk, linen, wool, cotton, leather. Some are hand made. Most are Italian designers. Pants sizes 32-34 x 32-34. Shirts size 151/2 - 16. Jackets in the 40 size range. Contact Erin 766-2853 or 850-519-1190. FOR SALE: Baby Grand Piano. Pramburger Platinum Series Special Edition Grand Piano made with Babinga Mahogany wood. Mint condition. Price: $12,500USD. Call: (376) 766-2304. FOR SALE: Equipal table. 47â&#x20AC;? round, painted shiny black.....really solid...good condition. $500 MX. Call: 766-4480. Lloyd or Willie. FOR SALE: Stove industrial. Only 3 months used, like new. Price $30,000.00 Email: raul_gc_1989@yahoo. com.mx. FOR SALE: 7ZR YHU\ VWXUG\ Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;ZKLWH lacquered side tables for sale. Measure 2 feet square (66 cm) x 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;9 feet high (52 cm). Provide lots of storage. Good condition. Some peeling on top of the tables but not terribly noticeable. $2000 pesos obo. Erin U.S. 850519-1190 (preferred). Local 766-2853. FOR SALE: Wood and glass sofa table DQG FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH WDEOH VHW &Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH WDEOH PHDVXUHV 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;1 feet (94cm) square X 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5 feet tall (43cm). Sofa table measures 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;4 feet long (1 metro, 30 cm) x 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5 feet deep (43cm) x 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;4 feet high (70 cm). Local 766-2853. FOR SALE: Sturdy brass double bed with comfortable mattress, some bedding and mosquito net included. $5000 pesos OBO. Erin U.S. 850-519-1190 (preferred). Local 766-2853. FOR SALE: Black pedestal glass dining table. Measures 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;2 feet long (1 metro 88cm) x 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; feet wide (1 metro 21 cm). Chairs not included. $2500 pesos. Erin U.S. 850-519-1190 (preferred). Local 766-2853. FOR SALE: Stainless steel portable Barbecue, with gas tank, very nice. Asking $2000 SHVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOO FOR SALE: Black metal scrolled chaise without cushion which can be easily obtained at the patio furniture store by Super Lake. Back is fully adjustable. Sell $1200 pesos ÂżUP30IRUSKRQHQXPEHURUVHQGPH\RXU number to view. Email: imburnen@outlook. com. FOR SALE: Panosol II. It is in excellent condition. $2000p. Email: julieywayne@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: Cisterna 1200 ltr. Price: $2000. Email: chapalaweb1@gmail.com. FOR SALE: I have a Sears brand cartop carrier. It has key/lock and installation hardware all intact. $1,500 pesos. Call: 33-15408947. FOR SALE: Loveseat in good condition and comfortable for sale $2200 Pesos. Dimensions: Length: 67 inches. Width. 36 inches. 331-039-5150. FOR SALE: Perfect condition vinyl Levellors 2 sets Can be re-sized to suit your measurements. Soft grey colour Approx size per set: 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;? long and 10 ft 6â&#x20AC;? wide. Make an offer. Email: poptarte.227@gmail.com. :$17(' Recumbent bicycle new or nearly new in good condition for indoor exercise. Email: anigeran@hotmail.com. :$17(' Does anyone know where I can buy a machine to purify the air in my

KRXVHUHPRYH SROOHQ DQG GXVW VSHFLÂżFDOO\ DQGLISRVVLEOHDGGKXPLGLW\",KDYHUHFHQWO\ had a severe asthma attack and am also undergoing construction with much dust. Email: jubob2@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: ECCO - Irving Fisherman SandalDirect-injected Polyurethane Outsole. Leather-covered Inlay Sole. Textile Lining. ECFSâ&#x201E;˘ Technology. Made in SLOVAQUIA. Size: USA 9-9.5 EU 43 MEX 27.5 Wide M (regular). Color: COGNAC. Price: US$90.00 (original USS 139.95). Email: nunez.chavez.

jorge@gmail.com. FOR SALE: /LIHOLNH DUWLÂżFLDO &KULVWPDV tree, ornaments, lights and many extras, including the tree topper/angel and tree skirt. The tree measures 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2â&#x20AC;? (1.88m) tall x 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 4â&#x20AC;? (1.2m) wide at its base. A steal at $125 USD or Peso equivalent. Contact by email at scrubs1946@msn.com.

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

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