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18 DEFINITIONS G.T. Finlay thinks the word “America” is one of the most misconstrued in all of the English language—and in his article he sets out to prove it!



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Michael Cook lost the sight in his right eye, but now manages to see some things he never did when his sight was perfect in both eyes.


Uncommon Sense

32 OBITUARY Lakeside has lost Anita Henry, one of the most erudite and highly educated women to ever grace our fair shores.

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42 NOVEL IN PROGRESS Rob Mohr, long one of Lakeside’s best poets and short story writers has turned his formidable talent to WKH ZULWLQJ RI KLV ¿UVW QRYHO²DQG here offers some advice that could SUR¿WDOOEXGGLQJQRYHOLVWV 48 PROFILE Kelly Hayes-Raitt asks the question “Can a single photograph really ¿QLVKDZDU"´:KHQRQHFRQVLGHUV the work of Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Nick Ut, the answer seems to be . . . yes!

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Follow the Money!


ood movies can not only be highly entertaining, but instructive, as well. A recent viewing of All the President’s Men, the 1974 Robert Redford/Dustin Hoffman movie about the two young reporters with the Washington Post whose investigative skills would eventually bring down the Nixon presidency had a few key scenes where the advice “Follow the Money” would eventually also spell doom for several of Nixon’s merry little band of mischiefmakers. The shadowy figure dispensing the advice (always late at night in an underground parking lot) was much later revealed as having been Mark Fell, a high-level official with the Federal Bureau of investigation. That advice has been much on my mind as I, along with many others here at Lakeside, try to make some sense of the debate over climate control. But one thing sure: the people who are most heavily invested in denying the premise of mainly man-made global warming are exactly the people who would financially profit most if the governments of the world fail to take any meaningful action to curb such warming. Such people are the men and women who run the major gas and oil corporations and the politicians and/ or paid advocates who are so deeply in their pockets. Still following the money, it is established fact that some 97% of the world’s scientists whose expertise is mainly in this field believe that the planet is headed for catastrophe unless such warming is drastically curtailed— and equally obvious that they have little if any financial motive for taking such a position. Indeed, for many of them, their lives have been turned upside-down because of the scientific conclusions they have published. To combat such conclusions, many politicians are disposed to start any discussion on the subject by saying, “Well, I’m no scientist but—” Usually such an admission would cancel any further consideration of their opinions—but in the current Alice in Wonderland atmosphere in Washington and elsewhere, ignorance has become an attribute!


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Yet for some time now, the headline for the crisis could well be: GLOBAL WARMING: Case Closed. In the summer of 2013, a U.N. Report offered irrefutable proof that the planet is headed for catastrophe—and that human activity is altering our world in profound and adverse ways. Shortly thereafter, The New York Times stated that “Babies being born now could live to see the early stages of global calamity.” One of the many irrational responses from the global-warming deniers was from the CEO of an oil company, who while accepting some of the statements made by the world’s most prominent scientists regarding the imminent dangers of global warming, has bemoaned “But what good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” On a somewhat related subject, most of those screaming for another war in the Middle East (“Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” is one of the many mindless chants one hears these days) might change their minds if members of their immediate families were drafted to be the first to go overseas. They also seem to have a profound case of Selective Amnesia: have they forgotten that the last two wars in that part of the world turned out to be unmitigated disasters? Even George Will, the Intellectual High Priest of the Far Right, has called the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan the two greatest foreign policy blunders in all of American history! Meanwhile, we are left to wonder how many of the advocates of the fossil fuel industry would still be so steadfast in denying global warming if members of their own families were the ones placed most Alejandro Grattanat risk? Dominguez

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n 1984, a new wave of of foreign residents de-scended on the sun-ny shores of Lake Chapala.. Among the new arrivals were e June and Cody Summers. Curi-ous to know more about the e aarea, rea, June asked local realtor Richard d Ti Tingen where she might find some historical information. “If you want a history in English,” Tingen told her, “you’ll have to write it yourself. And while you’re at it, why don’t you write a newsletter for Chapala Realty?”

PUBLISHER Richard Tingen In September, 1984, Volume 1, Number 1 of El Ojo del Lago rolled off the presses. A scant eight pages long, it featured the artwork of Angel del Palacio, who also designed the publication’s masthead, and included profiles of two of Lakeside’s most distinguished resident writers: Neill James and D.H. Lawrence. With Diane Murray acting as Editor, the Summers’ researched and wrote El Ojo del Lago through its first year of publication. “The greatest reward,” says June, “was that it got us into the community fast. We went to all the local events, met people, visited local landmarks, and tried all the restaurants. It gave us a sense of belonging.” It did the same for the throngs who came in search of the retirement


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paradise touted in books such as Tom McLaughlin’s The Greatest Escape. Through El Ojo del Lago they learned about “La Rusa” Zara, the Ratays, Helen Kiffland Manwell, Betty Kuzell and other colorful foreign pioneers. They were introduced to the area’s many talented artists. They got a crash course in Mexican history, culture and traditions. June gathered such an abundance of material that she was soon able to write her history, aptly titled Villages in the Sun. In the decade since El Ojo del Lago first appeared, the area has undergone tremendous changes. In 1984 the Chapala-Guadalajara highway consisted of two unmarked lanes to the airport, and four lanes from there into the city. Chapala’s Avenida Madero was surfaced with dusty, crumbling tarmac, not today’s tidy paving stones. Power failures were frequent, and a two to three year wait for a new telephone was the norm. No one shopped on the strip at San Antonio—there were no shops. No Hamburger Helper, no Sara Lee, no Häagen-Dazs. The Lake Chapala Society had just relocated its headquarters from Chapala to Ajijic. Lakeside Little Theatre was presenting plays on a tiny, improvised stage at the Chula Vista Clubhouse. The only place to go for a night on the town was the Posada Ajijic. And the newest trend in home entertainment was the Betamax. As the Lakeside area has grown and changed, so has El Ojo del Lago. No longer an in-house organ for Chapala Realty, it has evolved into an eclectic journal with wide readership appeal, its content clearly reflecting the community’s unique cultural blend.

Significant modifications were introduced in 1988, the year Tod Jonson and Joyce Vath took charge of the editorial staff. They brought in new writers and added more pages. They enlarged the format to accommodate advertisers eager to reach the area’s English-speaking residents. According to Richard Tingen, who remains as the periodical’s publisher, their greatest contribution was the creation of the annual El Ojo del Lago Awards. “Tod saw the necessity of recognizing people who selflessly give time and effort for the benefit of the community. He is still the brains and brawn behind the awards. Few people appreciate the extent of his work and dedication.” El Ojo del Lago welcomed Rosamaría Casas as its new Editor in May, 1992. After retiring from the Mexican Foreign Service, she was delighted when the State of Jalisco awarded her the 1991 National Short Story Prize for her book Amor de Mentiras, a collection of 14 narratives. Eager to take up writing fulltime, she fled Mexico City for the serene north shore of Lake Chapala. She promptly joined the Ajijic Writers’ Group, seeking ideas and manuscripts from fellow members. The greatest dividend of her career as an editor, she says, has been “meeting so many wonderful writers.” She is proud to have provided a valuable forum for local wordsmiths, and notes a few of the publication’s recent accomplishments: Jim Tuck’s column Inside Straight was picked up for syndication by Continental News Service of San Diego, CA. Clips from El Ojo del Lago helped Tuck seal the deal. Meanwhile, his book The Holy War in Los Altos is soon to be published in Spanish by the State of Jalisco, thanks to a review printed on these pages. El Ojo del Lago was mentioned in Michael J. Goodman’s September 20, 1992 cover story for Los Angeles Times Magazine, after staff members helped the sportswriter land an interview

with the elusive Fernando Valenzuela (Ed. Note: Formerly a phenomenally successful pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers). And last year Casas received a letter from Dr. Dan Hazen, head of the Latin American-Iberian department of the Harvard College Library, praising the quality of El Ojo del Lago, and requesting a complete collection of the publication to be included in the library’s archives. While long-time residents have witnessed many changes in the community in the decade since El Ojo del Lago commenced publication, they acknowledge that the area’s main attractions are still the same. Chief among these is its glorious weather. We continue living close to nature, and without costly climate control. Property taxes are still inexpensive, as are human services, especially domestic help. Publisher Richard Tingen points out, “Residents enjoy luxuries and comforts here they would never be able to afford in Canada or the States.” The congeniality of the foreign community is another perennial plus, according to Tingen. “Anyone who settles here is different from the average Joe. You have to have adventure in your veins to come here in the first place,” he observes, adding, “Being a foreigner gives you an immediate common ground with others, so it’s easy to make new friends.” He extends heartfelt thanks to the friendly readers who for ten years have given purpose to the prodigious pursuit of publishing El Ojo del Lago. (Ed. Note: Following Rosamaria Casas, the next editorial team came in during the latter part of 1994, and continues to this day.) Dale Hoyt Palfrey

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commentator on CNN, addressing the hideous assassinations in Paris, said that in reacting to them we non-Muslims must be careful not to foment a backlash against “normal Muslims.” Who are “normal Muslims”? They must be those who believe and act as the commentator considers normal for Muslims, which is absurd. The fact is that the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam, tells Muslims that sarcasm directed at the religion’s prophet or other criticism of him is prohibited and that those who violate that prohibition must be killed.  (Remember the fatwa proclaiming that Salman Rushdie must be killed for having insulted Muhammad in a novel.)  Recall the assassination of Theo van Gogh for making a movie criticizing Islam. His collaborator on the movie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, remains a stated ob-


Fareed Zakaria ject for assassination, and just last year Brandeis University reversed its decision to award her an honorary degree because main-line Muslim groups complained about her criticisms of Islam. We non-Muslims appreciate Muslims who do not implement the Koran’s command, but they cannot be considered to be more “normal” followers of the religion than those who would follow it more strictly. Consider the views of Christians

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concerning homosexuality. Their sacred script, the Bible, plainly states that men who have sex with men should be put to death. Most Christians, although they know that, and may even believe that it is what their god has commanded them to do, choose not to act on it, which we who do not think that homosexuals should be killed appreciate.  We may applaud them as “enlightened” Christians, but they cannot claim that their belief is based on their Bible.  Some Christians do believe that the command to kill men who have sex with men should be carried out. That was recently illustrated in Uganda, where, with the encouragement of Christians from the U.S., Christians passed a law invoking the death penalty for homosexuality. Who are the more “normal” Christians, those who do, or those who do not, carry out what the sacred text of their religion says that their god has commanded them to do? (I am ignoring here those Christian homosexuals who maintain the absurd position that their sacred text does not really mean what it plainly says.) Devout Muslims know that the sacred text of their religion commands them to kill people who insult their prophet.  Statements of Muslim lead-

ers following the outrage in Paris could not honestly claim otherwise. It can only be said that those who do not act on that command are appreciated by non-Muslims. I recently heard an uncelebrated commentator from India or Pakistan, I cannot remember which and it makes no difference, addressing the continuing violent conflict between Muslims and Hindus in those countries, to which little attention is paid in U.S. media.  All violence, he said, has its roots in religion, and since people cannot agree on religion, they must simply accept the fact that people have different religious beliefs and agree not to fight over them. The root cause of religious violence is religion—all religion—which evidence shows is harmful to humans and their societies. Authentic Islam is currently inspiring violence, just as authentic Christianity did with the Crusades and the burning of heretics and witches (and as authentic Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism is also doing now).  Religious violence will not end until all religion—all belief in the existence of supernatural entities and forces, for which there is not a scintilla of evidence—and all other superstitions, are replaced by reliance upon science and reason to guide our lives.

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Making Tequila

The Siete Leguas tequila distillery is located in Atotonilco El Alto, about two hours’ drive east of Guadalajara, and this familyowned distillery drips with tradition and pride. Although most well-known tequila brands are now owned by multinational corporations, more than 100 distilleries still make nearly 1,000 brands of Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco tequila, including boutique brands and others available only domestically. Tequila has a long history.  The Aztecs fermented a beverage called


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pulque from the agave plant long before the Spanish arrived, and when the conquistadors ran out of brandy they began to distill agave.   Today’s tequilas are typically 75-80 proof. By law, tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco, where it’s so popular that it often accounts for half of liquor store shelf space. Just as with wines, regulators police tequila’s ApHarvested agave piñas are oven-baked pellation of Origin label to assure the purity of the product. More than 300 million plants are harvested in Jalisco each year, and also as with wine, terroir is critically important. Agaves from the highlands are larger and have a sweeter aroma and taste than lowland agaves, which have a slightly herbal fragrance and flavor. Planting, tending, and harvesting the agave plant remains a man-

ual effort that relies upon know-how passed on through generations of the jimadores who harvest it. Ripening of the plant is promoted by regular trimming of the stalk which grows from the center, which prevents it from flowering. When a plant is


ready to harvest, jimadores trim away the leaves to reveal the pineapple-like core of the plant – the piña, which can weigh up to 250 pounds. Once harvested, piñas are oven-baked to %DNHGSLxDVDUHPLOOHGWKHROGIDVKLRQHGZD\ break complex starches down into simple sugars before shredding or mashing. Extracted agave juice ferments for several days in large vats to produce a low-alcohol wort, which when twice-distilled produces silver tequila. Some tequilas are aged in wooden barrels to mellow the taste and lend color.  In recent years, regulators allowed the creation of a new tequila category called “extra añejo,” which must be aged a minimum of three years. Many growers believe that increasingly hot and dry summers resulting from calentamiento – global warming – are causing agave to mature more quickly, at the expense of sugar content.  It typically takes eight to twelve years before an agaShredded piñas are loaded into disWLOOHU\YDWV

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ve plant is ready to harvest. Now it’s on to the tasting! Note: While 7 Leguas maintains an office within the city, the distillery is located on the outskirts of town nearer to the agave Antonio Ramblés fields.

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e have often envisioned a time when we would have to endure a world taken over by technology. Such has been the theme of much science-fiction literature and films. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis envisioned a holocaust-like underworld where workers were subservient to huge machines. Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times envisioned a similar world where workers were made to conform to the ridiculous tempo of giant assembly lines. George Orwell’s 1984 depicted a future where Big Brother monitored citizens via large television screens in every home and workplace. Artificial intelligence run amok was the theme of Isaac Asimov’s robot stories. The same theme was central to the Terminator movies,


%LOO)UD\HU where machines finally outwitted humans and become their masters. Steven Hawking has also suggested that we need to be careful of how we develop computers lest we let them become our masters.  I think Aldous Huxley may have actually been closest to the truth with his classic Brave New World in which the people were “decanted” instead of born, genetically engineered to be satisfied to carry on a particular role in society.  In this world, the people were not alarmed about the emergence of overpowerful technology.  In fact, they would take soma and happily go about their lives, unaware that they were heading into a technological oblivion. 

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Writer Neil Postman has suggested that our modern world is, indeed, more like Huxley’s, as we are content with our consumption of material goods, mesmerized by media, and unaware that even our voting patterns are being manipulated by moneyed interests and corporate profits. We have always been concerned about technology replacing human labor.  Since the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Henry Ford’s assembly line, futurists have been predicting that machines will replace humans, and indeed they have.  Fortunately, technology has created many new employment opportunities as it has made other jobs obsolete.  I remember reading some oped writer opining about this trend back in the 1970’s, predicting that as technology, particularly robotics and computers, took over more jobs which were being done by humans, the work week would continue to shrink and we would all share in the economic benefits of greater efficiency.  There was, of course, some historical precedent for this.  Laborers in the late 19th and early 20th century had traditionally worked upwards of 60 hours a week.  Labor laws and Scientific Management

eventually reduced the typical work week to 40 hours. Therefore, it was not unreasonable to assume that as machine efficiency continued to increase, the work week might shrink further, guaranteeing that we would all continue to receive a good wage for, perhaps, twenty or fewer hours a week. Of course, it didn’t work out like this.  The greater technological efficiency has benefitted the owners of the factories and workplaces, as Marx predicted, to the detriment of the working class. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has recently suggested that new technologies do not just replace manual labor, they are also replacing knowledge workers.  He cites two of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy: health care and education.  He predicts that technology will soon be doing tasks in these two areas which humans have always done.  “We’re on the verge of a wave of mobile health apps for measuring everything from your cholesterol to your blood pressure, along with diagnostic software that tells you what it means and what to do about it.”   In education, he predicts” the jobs of many teachers and university professors will disappear, replaced by on-line courses and interactive online textbooks.” Where will such developments lead?  Presumably it will displace more workers and lead to even greater income inequality.  Do we need to consider some completely new economic model?  I think of that 1970’s prediction that increased efficiency will lead to shorter work weeks and more leisure time for everyone.  Of course, such an egalitarian outcome, where everyone shares in the benefits of technology, would require a conscious effort to redistribute wealth.  It may sound socialistic, but free-market capitalism, left unrestrained, may lead to a dystopian future sooner rather than later.

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ost seniors ne n never eve v r get enough exexercise. In Hiss wisdom God decreed thatt s seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for ther their glasses, keys and o other k king. things thus doing more walking. d saw And God looked down and that it was good. a anas an nThen God saw there was m He e other need. In His wisdom a ation made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good. So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best in-


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terest even though you mutter under your breath. Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older #9 Death is the Number 1 killer in the world. #8 Life is sexually transmitted. #7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. #6 Men have two motivations: hunger and hanky-panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. #5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. #4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. #3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. #2 In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. #1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your butt tomorrow.

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ew words in the e EngEng glish language e have have ha e such a diverse meane mea ea an ing and emotion as “America” m merica” ” when used as a substitute u forr ute the U.S. As recently as 1991 1991,, Webster’s dictionary defined d d America as “the two continents of c North and South America ica ca extending from” etc. And that was all! Now it lists U.S.A. as a meaning also. What changed this meaning, and why? In my view, it was George Bush’s prominence in 2000 when he became President. Prominent people, be they head of state in leading countries, or entertainment persons, or just the media itself, influence the use of words, phrases and mean-


ings. iin ngss Mr Bush almost exclusively called the U.S., cu cl “America. ” “A A The Brits use America ic 98% of the time. The Th he e U.S. Americans use both. b bo th. The Latinos do not use u se it i at all except when what some call tthey hey mean m “The Americas”. Indeed, they take it as a belittlement or somewhat of an insult! To them, this usage means the only country in America of consequence, is the giant and overpowering U.S. Most Canadians, I estimate 90%, do not use it, but have seldom thought about why. Of those that have, some will bristle and come on strong like

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the Latinos. This non use by Canadians is strange given the impact and influence the Brits and the U.S. Americans have had on Canadian history and culture. Is the Canuk emotion similar to the Latinos but too far hidden to recognize? It was Ben Franklin in his writings before independence that put a name to the founder group. He named it “The United Colonies of North America,” others followed. Later they dropped the “North” Clearly they were not referring to a country called America, because no country existed. It suggests the original use “of America” was to describe and distinguish themselves geographically from the other British colonies all over the world. It was a geographic name not a country name. One has to conclude that this was still the intent in the Declaration of Independence which just substituted “States” for “Colonies” Even today, the official seals of the U.S. President and the U.S Army read only The United States. One might wonder would the U.S. be called “America” today if the founders had kept the word “North” in their name, or if the expansion had stopped at the Mississippi, before the Louisiana Purchase. Would they call two countries “America” if “The Confederate States of America” had been successful in separating, or if, west of the Mississippi had become a different country? On a lighter plane, if the U.S. is “America,” does it not mean the northern states of the U.S. are collectively “North America”? Is it not true that Mexico, Canada, Brazil, etc, are more American than the U.S.? All of their states or provinces are within America, not so for the U.S.! My accent, citizenship, and residency say I am an American. If I were German or Japanese I would be a European or an Asian. But if I call myself an American, I create confusion. Does that make sense? The reality is, the Brits, and the U.S.

Americans are not likely to change their usage. It is too imbedded. I like to assume they are oblivious to the belittlement rather than doing it intentionally. Related to that, over the ages, Canadians have had to swallow how unimportant and hence ignored they are, to and by, Brits and the U.S. Americans. Or at least until they have a war to fight. We are not ignored when they need a partner to shed blood in combat. Canadians and Latin Americans will have to continue to accept we are of “little consequence” to the millions of people that use “America” as a country. Maybe it is just sloppy habits that many have never thought it through. I know it was my business interface with Latin American business executives that jarred my thinking and started my research. That said, while we must endure usage by others, I am personally very disappointed and saddened when the occasional Canadian uses it to mean the U.S.. Are they not, in fact, belittling their own country, and others? There was recent survey by the CBC television network. It surveyed 1525 Canadians from all generations and walks of life. This survey probes among other issues, Canadian views of their culture, whether it is unique, and whether it needs protection to survive. 76% of those sampled replied that their culture is unique and special. They went on to state that their distinguishable culture is to be treasured and defended. 47% percent expressed the concern that their culture can be “completely swallowed up by (read U.S.) American and other foreign cultures”, if Canadians are complacent. As stated earlier, the media is a powerful influence on the use of words and meanings. If I had to pick one media voice that violates the above distinctiveness of the culture, I would pick the CTV television news department. CTV have more of a U.S. leaning in their content than any other media. Their news contains proportionally more U.S. news than their competitors and others. Indeed, sometimes to the point of reporting U.S. trivia. It follows that there is seldom a newscast when they do not substitute the word America for the U.S. That is sad, and over time it is bound to influence usage. And it is clearly in conflict with a unique element in our existing culture. It is out of step with virtually all Canadians. Is this what Canadians in the survey feared for our culture when they said “completely swallowed up by U.S. American and G.T. Finlay other cultures”?

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I See Things The two of blue is one and the light in the right has gone The day no longer exists to cast long shadows So I hold onto the memory of beauty that it did see And hence the left it holds the key To focus not on thee But things that go on beyond the realms of reality True blue the eye of creativity Because I see things The star burst flashes The floating periods Have given way to orbs A trinity of owls Who morph again into faces dressed in gowns They dance then blend into one entity Then split So doth giving rise to inspiration My orbs become not just an illumination But a message of transcendental energy of thought Because I see things I think now that I see more than I did before That gives me succor to my heart my core A blade of grass is tipped in virgin dew And in the sun it sparkles and drips of you Barefoot you walk and bathe as they kiss your feet Blades penetrate, make love to nature’s beat And nature comes for you Because I see things She skips in a water colored dress

So therefore I must call upon the rain To wash away her dress and see the beauty of her naked form And to lay her down upon the virgin dew And let nature kiss her spine and levitate her to meet her death So nature can come for you Because I see things. I have a blind side now so therefore I experience night and day, each and every day My head is now a lighthouse so as not to miss a thing I hear a bird a song to sing I turn to see the beauty and the majesty It looks at me the one blue eye I see A Jackdaw looking at my silver chain Swoop down dear heart and steal my pain Because I see things For I am blessed in morn I sleep on my right So when the dawn kisses them open I see the light The day is good for I have one sight What dreads me more is that I wake to a universe that has no stars Therefore imagination will prevail Because I will still see things My memories and imagination will become my eyes and pen And touch will give it form And the colors of my memories will paint a breast of black or white or Mocha be For the visual will rest within my hands because I see My eyes will close upon your pillowed breast And rest Because I feel things Sometimes in worried sleep I feel a presence in my room He has a beady scarlet look I think he wants more than my silver chain He wants to inflict emotional pain Because the eye of the beholder is not yours to steal Be gone Jackdaw for you are not real You are cold Because I feel things So if all is lost to night I will weep for just a little while And the voices of strangers will electrify my senses They are new memories and the hug will tell me everything And as her breasts meld into my chest The eyes of my chest will tell me if they are large or small Or if her blouse or dress is cotton Because I feel things For then the keys below my finger tips will explode in intimacy So when her bra falls like a red maple leaf I will not see the beauty but I will hear it rest upon the floor I will smell her perfume dabbed subtly on her cleavage It is then my eyes will trace the beauty of her gift That will nourish all my senses Because I feel things My senses now become a pallet of oils as I mix my lips with fingertips I hear whispers on her breathe The air eludes her The unknown canvass is taking shape Into a vision that takes us to a place called lost I touch her eyelids which sleep in sensations For she is me now How do I know Because we see things We feel things We hear things We are blind to the outside world

By Michael Cook


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FRONT ROW CENTER %\0LFKDHO:DUUHQ The Dixie Swim Club By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Directed by Barbara Clippinger


hese authors worked together on TV’s “Golden Girls” and there is a sitcom quality about the cute one-liners in this play about female friendship. The five characters came together as members of the college swim team, and ever since they’ve met every year in a beach cottage in North Carolina. The play spans 55 years, and we watch them grow older each summer as they share experiences and live and love and drink martinis. “Sheree” is the team leader, a health nut who is super organized and addicted to early morning jogging. There is a running joke about her disgusting hors d’oeuvres made out of seaweed and bat poop (or something) – the other girls spit them out when she’s not looking. “Lexie” is the beautiful one, self-involved and given to plastic surgery and multiple marriages. Meanwhile “Dinah” is a lawyer and archetypical career woman, steering clear of marriage and children. “Vernadette” is a disaster area, with an abusive husband and children either in and out of jail or in and out of various cults. As someone says in the play, her life is one long country western song. And finally there’s “Jeri Neal” who is an ex-nun whose first appearance displays her very pregnant belly. She’s certainly left the convent! It’s a charming little play if you leave your critical faculties at home, and just enjoy the entertaining lines and the teary ending. The actors do well in their contrasting parts, and play off each other with pace and humor. Candace Lu-

ciano is excellent as southern belle Lexie, and Georgette Richmond lives her part as successful lawyer and martini-drinker “Dinah.” Sharon Lowry comes across realistically as the sweet and bubbly Jeri Neal – this was Sharon’s first appearance at LLT, and I look forward to seeing her on stage again. Patsi Krakoff looks the part as clean-living “Sheree,” while Lynn Phelan steals the show as the hapless (but undefeated) “Vernadette.” She gets a clap from an appreciative audience with her defense of southern biscuits, which they’ll have to pry from her “cold dead hands.” Finally Graham Miller has a fun cameo role between scenes as the local real estate agent, complete with bicycle. The set was perfect for the play – you could almost smell the sea breezes. I congratulate Paulette Coburn and Sherolyn Gregory for excellent set design and decoration. Barbara Clippinger chose a light-hearted and poignant play to end the season, and the cast rewarded us with a delightful performance. Win McIntosh was Stage Manager, Sandy Jakubek Assistant Stage Manager – it took a lot of teamwork to make this play, with all the scene changes, run smoothly without a hitch. So ends an eventful and successful Season 50 – now we can look forward to Season 51! Michael Warren


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Red Bird

A red bird sits alone on a branch, he sits alone, he does not sing. It is a moment lost in time black branch blue sky red bird. There is no fruit upon the branch, only a cankered pod a knot of wood and a bright red bird who sits alone silently watching.

By Michael Warren

Dear Sir: In the latest issue of Ojo Del Lago I read yet another biased political piece by Marita Noon. (Keystone Pipeline). I presume your magazine is not a political publication so therefore why is there no alternative viewpoint to hers? Her latest piece is full of half truths which can be fact checked at www. On this particular


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subject see http://www.factcheck. org/2014/03/pipeline-primer/ Please either fact check her articles or get another writer to offer an alternate viewpoint or better yet leave political pieces alone.  Thanks,  Allan Stephenson Our Editor Replies, You just did, sir.

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Hearts at Work $&ROXPQE\-LP7LSWRQ

“To Be a Fool”


ssac Bashevis Singer, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature, includes in The Collected Stories, the charming tale, “The Spinoza of Market Street.” Dr. Nahum Fischelson, a scholar and son of “the late Rabbi of Tishjevitz,” lives alone in a garret in Warsaw, and has, for the past thirty years, been studying the philosopher Spinoza’s Ethics: “He knew every proposition, every proof, every corollary, every note by heart. When he wanted to find a particular passage, he generally opened to the place immediately without having to search for it. But nevertheless, he continued to study the Ethics for hours every day with a magnifying glass in his bony hand, murmuring and nodding his head in agreement. The truth was that the more Dr. Fischelson studied, the more puzzling sentences, unclear passages,


and cryptic remarks he found.” Dr. Fischelson, a bachelor, often stood at the single window in his room and looked up at the heavens, “thickly strewn with stars.” He rarely looked down toward Market Street below, a “half-lit bedlam,” filled with thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, rabble whose behavior was “the very antithesis of reason.” He knew that “these people were immersed in the vainest of passions, were drunk with emotions, and according to Spinoza, emotion was

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never good.” Existing on a tiny pension, living in his attic room where he cooked his meals on a kerosene stove, putting on his widebrimmed black hat once a week to go out and buy provisions, Dr. Fischelson “had isolated himself completely and had become a forgotten man,” and furthermore he was weakened by a mysterious illness, “his intestines seemed about to turn themselves inside out.” But, in the dark corridor leading to his room, there was another door, “cluttered with boxes and baskets, in which the odor of fried onions and laundry soap was always present. Behind this door lived a spinster whom the neighbors called Black Dobbie. Dobbie was tall and lean, and as black as a baker’s shovel. She spoke with the hoarse voice of a man and she wore men’s shoes. For years Black Dobbie had sold breads, rolls, and bagels which she had bought from the baker at the gate of the house.” One afternoon Dobbie received a letter, and needing someone to read it to her, she knocked on the door of Dr. Fischelson’s room, and then receiving no answer pushed it open to discover Dr. Fischelson “lay fully clothed on his bed; his face was as yellow as wax; his Adam’s apple stuck out prominently; his beard pointed upward.” She screamed, certain that he was dead, but when she threw water in his face he opened his eyes. The “street” had entered his life. Several times a day Dobbie “prepared soup for him, left him a glass of tea.” Dr. Fischelson continued to study the Ethics, but now “he could make no sense of the theorems and proofs with their many references to axioms and definitions and other theorems.” Dr. Fischelson and Dobbie, apparent misfits, fall in love, and, to the astonishment of the locals, they marry. Following the ceremony, “Dr. Fischelson lay down on the freshly made bed in his room and began reading Ethics. Dobbe had gone back to her own room.” But Dobbie returned “wearing a silk nightgown, slippers with pompoms, and with her hair hanging down over her shoul-

ders. There was a smile on her face.” And at this point, “Dr. Fischelson trembled and the Ethics dropped from his hands.” That night powers “long dormant awaked in him. Although he had had only a sip of the benediction wine, he was as if intoxicated. He kissed Dobbie and spoke to her of love. Long-forgotten quotations from Klopstock, Lessing, Goethe, rose to his lips. The pressures and aches stopped. He embraced Dobbe, pressed her to himself, again a man as in his youth. Dobbie was faint with delight; crying, she murmured things to him in a Warsaw slang which he did not understand. Later, Dr. Fischelson slipped off into the deep sleep young men know.” Waking early, Dr. Fischelson got out of bed and quietly walked up the steps to his single window and looked up at the sky. “In the higher sphere, apparently, little notice was taken of the fact that a certain Dr. Fischelson had in his declining days married someone called Black Dobbie.” Filled with joy, he “breathed deeply of the midnight air, supported his shaky hands on the windowsill and murmured, ‘Divine Spinoza, forgive me. I have become a fool.’” What a delightful story, about the unexpected, about the world rushing toward us to heal us, about the wisdom of “the street,” about the wisdom “being a fool,” about the wisdom of being able to discard conventional wisdom, to discard the “rational” thing to do. Many of us at Lake Chapala, merely by moving here, have disregarded conventional wisdom, the warnings of others; and because of this we have experienced a reawakening of our lives. Nevertheless, all of us still have some of Dr. Fischelson in us—hanging on to some interior “book of truth” that we ponder behind locked doors and gated communities— but the street below our window is calling to us, and who knows what lovely new experience is waiting just around the corJim Tipton ner.

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%\5LFK3HWHUVHQ Mario de Jesús M. O.


ecause this little guy has made such amazing progress in the past three years, we at Programa pro Niños Incapacitados del Lago want to update you on his status and well being. Although from the photo Mario would appear to not be very aware of his surroundings, I can tell you first-hand that at our last members’ meeting in April, he reacted to ambient sounds and stimuli; he laughed and even managed a smile. I mention all of this to underscore the changes we have seen in Mario in the past three years since he was featured as our “Child of the Month.” Even more heart-warming is the progress since his birth in 2006. A little history—Little Mario was born at 25 weeks’ gestation (5-1/2 months) and weighed less than one kilo at birth. In addition to such a premature entrance to the world and the problems accompanying that, Mario was born with hydrocephalus (sometimes referred to as ‘water on the brain’), retinopathy (a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing two pounds or less), pulmonary distress, and as if these weren’t enough, his right leg was malformed and the doctors thought they might have to amputate the limb. For the hydrocephalus, Mario underwent surgery to place a drainage valve in his head, a common procedure that fortunately was successful in this case. He spent over three months in the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara recovering from this surgery and allowing his immature lungs to develop so he could come off a respirator. He was at home for a month and then had to undergo two surgeries on his right eye to repair the damage to his retina caused by the retinopathy. Fortunately the malformed leg healed and amputation was not necessary. His mother enrolled him at Teletón (Mexico’s very competent therapy clinic), which he attends 3-4 times per week for various therapy modalities. Progress was static for many months, even as Mario continued to grow and react more to his surroundings. One very important incident has given Mario a new chance. This may sound a bit like a “telenovela” (soap opera), but


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life takes many turns for most of us. Mario’s birth mother and father separated several years ago, and Mom was left to care for him by herself. In the interim she had another child who fortunately suffers no serious problems, and most of Mom’s attention turned to her. Some time later, Mario’s father began living with a new partner, herself a mother of three, and she has “adopted” Mario as if he were her own child. The change in Mario since the entrance of his stepmother into his life has been dramatic. She and her own children started interacting with Mario, playing with him, including him in their games and conversations. He has his own play space in the house where he can see and hear everything around him. The stepmother accompanies Mario to his therapy sessions and sees to his every need. The little guy is thriving and doing so much better that we who see him every month are at a loss for words to describe the improvement. Granted, he still has to be cared for 24/7, and will always have to be, but his life is so much happier. We at Niños Incapacitados have been very gratified to see the progress made by this little guy. If you would like to learn more about what we do and meet one of “our” children in person, please attend our regular monthly meetings at 10:00 on the second Thursday of each month in one of the meeting rooms at the Hotel Real de Chapala. We do not meet JuneAugust as so many of our members are away for the summer. For more information about Niños Incapacitados, see our new and improved website: Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

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

THE DEATH OF JOHN RILEY— REVISITED Carlos Mayer Greetings Doc Hogan, congratulations for your investigation about Riley’s death, hugs to you. LAKESIDE LIVING - APRIL 2015 Marjorie Huffine Wow! What an active and involved community! It makes me wish that I too lived there. Keep up the good work! Marjorie UNCOMMON COMMON SENSE APRIL 2015 Rich Hey Bill, what about last week’s Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law. It gave you the right to discriminate because of your Religious beliefs. The Gay community thought they were being targeted but the Jews didn’t like the idea too, for obvious reasons. But when the business community threatened to boycott the

State, the politicians had a change of heart and “fixed” the law. Money talks. So funny how the Governor saw the light, overnight. THE GHOSTS AMONG US - APRIL 2015 Rich Wow, great article. That explains extremists Muslim beliefs. All Religion, for that matter. Maybe more early education in critical thinking would help. MEXICAN RUNAWAY BRIDE Herbert Dear Ms. Valverdel, what a well written article. Of course your readers all want to know the unanswerable question. What happened next? Where did they all go in such a hurry? What was the hurry, did the bride need to use the restroom? I enjoyed your style of writting, you included senses and you captured my attention. Good Job!

&8LE;IP Strung out, stretched, securely pinned, Wriggling, squirming in the wind. I on hammock beneath clouds and blue sky, Idly ponder the question why Should captured laundry hung out to dry, Remind me of ancestors long gone by, Who, washing and scrubbing, engaged in that chore, Will always link women of nowadays and yore. Just look at us Moderns, with no need of our hands To pound and smack laundry while squatting on sands, Beside rivers, on rocks, skin roughened and raw. ‘Tis still the labor of women, but not on this shore. We have gadgets and gewgaws, time-savers galore, To cram more in the day, then go out and buy more. We rush, have no time. Ah! where is the pleasure Of buying those items and hording our treasure? I find myself musing, hammock a-sway Of my faraway sisters who’re washing today, In community, a gathering with gossip and chatter. What have I gained, does my wealth really matter? I’ve time on my hands and so much more leisure. What have I lost and how do I measure The closeness, shared toil, with children at play, Of women at work, one and all, on wash day?


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—Anita Corinne Henry—

Anita Corinne Henry passed away March 31 in Ajijic, Mexico. She was born December 8, 1945 in Missouri to Joseph Milton Henry and Emily Elizabeth Lyle Henry. Anita attended Clarksville High School and received a BA and a MA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She was a life-long teacher and taught many years as a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty was French Language and Literature. She also traveled extensively in France, Russia, Egypt and many European destinations. Anita moved to Ajijic in 2008. She loved and appreciated Mexico, and made many friends here. She particularly enjoyed live performances of Mexican music. In addition, she was a valued member of the Ajijic Writers Group as well as a volunteer instructor of English at the Wilkes Center. She will be

l missed. i d greatly She is survived by her son Walt Gray, IV of Los Angeles, CA, her sister Reba Sue Haake King (Charles) of Corydon, IN, and her loving nieces and nephew Elizabeth Haake and Amy Chudzinski (Neil) of Austin, Texas, and David Haake (Holly) of Corydon, IN. A Celebration of Life was held at the Nueva Posada last April 18th. Written by Clare Gearhart

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ow could I forget? I’m laying flat on nothing…a “bed” of bright light surrounded by blinding light walls as if a million watts of sunbeams had exploded all at once. A transparent figure appears at my feet. I’m frightened. The apparition speaks in a soft reassuring voice. “It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” In an instant my upright body is fused with the opposite wall of light. It grips me from head to feet. I can’t move. On another wall, there’s an opening that leads to a place from


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which even stronger rays are tugging at me but I can’t break away. Again and again, I thrust both hands towards that place where my deceased mother is waiting. As I reach out, wrench and twist, I call, in a slow, desperate, guttural voice, “Ma-ma. Ma-ma, Ma-ma.” I’m awakened by my husband who says, “You woke me with your thrashing ... did you have a bad dream?” Was I experiencing the “light at the end of the tunnel” and changed my mind when I was rudely torn away from my destiny?

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Sandy Olson

Phone: 331-283-8529 Email:

PAST EVENTS SATURDAY MORNING AT THE MOVIES And this one was fun! Thriller in Ajijic was written, produced and directed by John Ward. It was first shown last August but he let us see his talent again with a replay last month for a very appreciative audience. The plot, if you can call it that, described the process and problems of putting on the Thrill the World flash dance to the music of Michael Jackson. Local people played the parts. There were way too many people to mention, so I won’t do it. If you get a chance to see Thriller in Ajijic some other time, John Ward go for it—it’s hilarious. The web page for the movie: Donations from the film go to the Chapala Cruz Roja. The next flash dance is October 26, and will be choreographed again by Elliott Joachim. Elliott says: “We strongly encourage people of all levels, including the ‘hideously challenged,’ on the dance floor. The dance is broken up into very digestible pieces, and the emphasis is on fun, camaraderie and community, and NOT on choreography.� Rehearsals start in September. Learn about the upcoming flash dance at ttwajijic.blogspot. mx/. Also, look for a notice in the Guadalajara Reporter. LOVE THOSE SINGLES The LCS Singles group is open to all who are single! Their next event is planned for later in May. They can be contacted by e-mail at Also, their new website can be found at under Activities and Events, which also has a link for contacting them if you would like to join or learn about events.

TEXTILES: Gethyn Soderman, Janice Kimball and Francisco Urzua, Kitt Vincent. WATERCOLOR: Stephany Andrews, Enrique Velazquez, Marcia Lavender, Jeanne Winton.  JEWELRY—METAL: Benjamine (two awards)  JEWELRY—NON METAL: Ena Rickendorfer (first and second) and Marti Hurley Lopez. A GREAT END TO THE SEASON The Dixie Swim Club, directed by Barbara Clippinger, was the final and very well received Lakeside Little Theatre production of the 2014-15 season. Season tickets are now available for the LLT 2015-16 season, which also promises to be exciting. The plays are as follows: October 2-11 Murder by Misadventure November 6-15 Stepping Out December 4-12 Rumors January 15-24 Good People February 19-March 6 Nunsense March 25-April 3 Other Cast members left to right: Georgette Richmond, Desert Cities reserve season tickCandace Luciano, Sharon Lowry, Lynn Phelan ets,To email tickets@lakesideDQG3DWVL.DUNRIIˍ or contact the Box Office at (376) 766-0954. The 1100 peso prices includes an annual membership and a reserved seat at each of the six shows. CARING FOR CAREGIVERS It’s important to note that we are an aging population here at Lakeside (you hadn’t noticed?) Modern science has gifted us with longer lives but hasn’t figured out how to deal with some of the problems that arise—dementia being one of them. Local resident Karin Miles was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia herself and

A Congenial Group Enjoying an Evening at Just Chillin’ WHAT A BUNCH OF WINNERS The Ajijic Society of the Arts—also known as ASA—held its 33rd annual show at the Ajijic Cultural Center in March. This event is also known as the President’s Show. ASA president is the dedicated Deena Hafker. She is responsible for organizing the whole show, from start to finish—a monumental task. Each category in the show had a first, second and third place award. There was the every popular Best of Show award, won by Jennifer Miller, and the People’s Choice award where attendees voted for favorite pieces in the show. These artist winners were, in order, Gythen Soderman, Marcia Lavender, Herschel Clepper, and Inak Gieysztor. In order of award, the following artists and their categories were as follows: ACRYLICS: Marian Decker, Melody Peterson, Linda Dunn, Maryann Linhart. DRAWING/PASTEL: Betty Peterson, Inak Fieysztor (second and third). CERAMICS/POTTERY: Frank Howell (first and second) MIXED MEDIA: Rick Present, Ken Gosh, Kim Eagles, James Roberts. OILS: Jennifer Miller, Allan Stephenson, Mimi Gula, President Deena Hafker Myrna Shreve. PHOTOGRAPHY: Ardelle Holden, Jerry Wolfe, Val Decker.  WAIT, THERE’S MORE‌.. BASKETRY/SCULPTURE: Jan Steinbright, Herschel Clepper, Jan Steinbright.

Left to right: Instructor Wayne Renz, Katherine Smith, Gail Footit, IsaEHO9DQ5RRQ6YHQ1LOVHQ3DXO%HQQHWW chose to be proactive. She has started a support group for caregivers and others, called Memory Minders. One of the first activities growing out of this group is an exercise class organized by Wayne Renz, who also happens to be Commodore of the Lakeside Kayak Club. The class met for the first time last month. It’s devoted to exercises that help to strengthen the immune systems, cultivate energy and nurture the body. Sharing hugs is an important component, too! Other activities of Memory Minders have been visits to local nursing homes and a presentation on healthy and pleasing meals. For more information about the class and the general schedule, email YOU TOO CAN BE A STAR Theater lovers got to see experienced professionals and actors new to the stage in a presentation last month at the Bravo! Theatre, in seven scenes from well-known plays. Roseann Wilshere was the director, with support from Bravo Director Jayme Littlejohn, who both appeared in the showcase presentation. The Bravo! Actors Theatre Workshop is run by Roseanne Wilshere. It focuses on scene study, with workshop presentations throughout the year. Anyone may join the workshop, which meets on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The participation fee is 50 pesos. The theatre is located at Rio Bravo 10B in West Ajijic. For information about the workshops, theater and coming productions, email

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Back row from left to right: Kathleen Morris, Roseann Wilshere, AlysVRQGH-RQJ1RUE0LFKHO'RXJODV3LQNHUWRQ-D\PH/LWWOHMRKQ Front row left to right: Lynn Paris Drebes, Tina Leonard, Judy Long, %DUEDUD3UXLWW3DWULFLD*X\'LDQH-RQHV SQUEAKY WHEEL READINGS La Rueda (The Wheel), a coffee gallery in San Juan Cosala, stages monthly readings in English. They are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30. Writers in April were Margaret Van Every, Robert Drynan, Rachel McMillen, Patricia Hemingway, Mel Goldberg, singer/songwriter BeckyMcGuigan, Judy Dykstra-Brown and Larry Kolczak The next reading will be on Wednesday, June 3. Singer-songwriters are welcome if they write their own music and lyrics. Writers who want to read, or those needing further information, can contact Judy Dykstra-Brown. Email her at Please join the group for dinner at Viva Mexico afterSinger/Songwriter Becky McGuigan wards. Directions: At the only stop light in San Juan Cosala, turn towards the lake.  Go one block and turn right at the plaza (on Porfirio Diaz.) Drive two blocks or so, past Viva Mexico on your right.  La Rueda is a half block further west on the right hand side of the road.  Look for the large wheel sculpture on its roof. THAT’S A GOOD LOOKING BURRO‌ and Sheldon James and Restaurateur Yves are handsome, too. On Easter Sunday Sheldon presented Yves with a photo of Vino Blanco, the burro that lives at Yves’ restaurant here at Lakeside. The back story: a year ago a visiting lady brought Vino Blanco an Easter hat and took this picture. Sadly, later that day the hat slipped and she (the burro, not the lady) decided to eat some of it and that was the end of the hat. Sheldon James and his friends wanted to commemorate that event with this year’s gift to Yves of the photo. The burro was formerly owned by the late Pedro Loco, a colorful expat. The last three years of Pedro’s life he was unable to take care of Vino Blanco and his good friend Yves generously offered to take responsi- Sheldon James and Yves and bility for her. One year before Pedro died he sold her Vino Blanco to Yves for a symbolic peso. Vino Loco can be found daily enjoying the good life at Yves Restaurant at Poniente 493 in Rancho del Oro. She won’t be wearing a hat, though Yves says she has a special one for Mexican Independence Day on September 16. Save the date. HE’S DONE IT AGAIN Our local literary light Jim Tipton has won the Penn Cove Literary award for his story, “Plumber of the Year.â€? This is the fourth time in three years that Jim has won this award for fiction under 1000 words. He’s also won many others for his short stories and poetry. Congratulations, Jim! His story is available to read online at whidbeystudents. com/2015/10/april-news-2015.

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JAZZ AND NO COVER CHARGE The Blue Velvet Jazz Quartet will play every Thursday in May at 7:30, Ocampo 71 Snack Bar, Ajijic The quartet also will perform on Saturdays—May 9, 23 and 30—at 7:30, Lago Cafe Ajijic, Carretera Poniente. Find the Blue Velvet Jazz Quartet on Facebook: blue velvet.jazz trio THE NAKED STAGE IN MAY The next production of Naked Stage—May 29, 30 and 31— is Match, by Stephen Belber. It’s  directed by Georgette Richmond. Cast members are Ken Yakiwchuk, Collette Clavedetscher, Fred Koesling  Here’s the plot: “A reclusive, eccentric Juilliard dance instructor and former choreographer is visited by a  Seattle couple  under the pretense of interviewing the dancer for a thesis on the New York dance movement in the 1960s. However, as the couple’s true intentions are revealed, he finds himself unable to dance around the impact of decisions he made long ago.â€? Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. The box office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m. The email address for reservations: Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50, after which seats will be sold to those waiting without reservations. Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. The box office opens at 3:15. TOUCHING THE PRESENT Twice a year, in the spring and fall, Heart of Awareness Community sponsors a live-streamed workshop from Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. This spring, a Touching the Present workshop is held May 29-31. The fee is 300 pesos and includes brunch following the final session on Sunday morning. The featured speaker is Pema ChĂśdrĂśn, a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. The workshop will be held at Guadalupe Victoria 101A&B, Ajijic. For more information for this , Heart of Awareness website: www.heartofawareness. org. To register, email: Pema ChĂśdrĂśn NEWS FROM VIVA MUSICA Viva Summer in the Village Concert Series These performances are at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorio. Thursday, June 25 Sergio Parra Piano Recital. Beethoven’s Pathetique Piano Sonata; Johannes Brahms, Prelude No.5; and Isaac Albeniz, Asturias. Thursday, July 23 Daniel Estrada, clarinet, and Hans Peter Aull, piano. Robert Schumann, Romances; Camille Saint-Saens, Sonata Opus 167; Francis Poulenc, Sonata (1962) and Arturo Marquez, Zarabandeo.  Thursday, August 20 The Serenata Piano Trio: Areli Medeles, cello; Robert Markus, violin; and Rosa Maria Valdez, piano, will perform works by Antonin Dvorak, Manuel Cerda, Alfredo Carrasco, Leo Janacek, Eugene Toussaint and Manuel Ponce’s Estrellita, written for Jascha Heifitz.  Viva concert tickets are 200 pesos and are available June 1 at LCS Thursdays and Fridays 1012 (not in May), at Diane Pearl Colecciones and the Auditorio. Another Viva Event The new professional ballet school in Guadalajara, Joven  Ballet de Jalisco, is presenting Romeo and Juliet at the Degollado Theatre. Reviews of their productions have been excellent. Viva is proposing to run a mini-bus to the Sunday, June Pianist Sergio Parra 14 performance (10.30 a.m. departure) if there is sufficient interest. Bus trip tickets will be $400 pesos for Viva members, $500 for nonmembers. GROW YOUR OWN‌. ‌vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 at the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. George Radford will be in charge of the May 13 meeting.  He will re-discuss the importance of proper Ph levels in our soil and how important correct levels are to grow vegetables well.  He will also demonstrate his new Ph tester. Club founder John McWilliams will return to Ajijic for the June 10 meeting.  At that time, Kathy Stamford will give a presentation regarding the importance of honey bees, pollinators and other beneficial insects in our gardens. Member Chris Logan has recommended an informative and enjoyable website regarding the important role that mushrooms play and about fungi in our soil: stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world #t-8476 New veggie club members are welcome. They can contact John at mcwilliamsmx@gmail. com or by phone at 376-766-0620.

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Dear Sir: Bill Frayer’s article, “In God We Trust,” brings to light how the Christian Right is striving to rewrite the history of the United States as part of its campaign to force religion on others. They claim that the U.S. is a Christian nation, founded by Christians for Christians. Nothing could be further from the truth. The First Amendment of the United States of America along with the U.S. Bill of Rights ratified December 15, 1791, guarantees freedom of religion. In 1796, President John Adams signed into law the The Treaty of Peace and Friendship which states in Article XI that the Government of The United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion. That enshrines the “Wall of separation between Church and State.” Of all the signatories of the Decla-

ration of Independence, only John Jay believed in the divinity of Christ. The rest, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington, did not. Jefferson took a razor and tore the pages of his Bible that defied reason and contradicted science. Of the nine who signed the Declaration, eight were Deists, Unitarians, Agnostics or Atheists. And most were Freemasons. Today, no declared unbeliever could even run for the office of dogcatcher in the U.S. of A. Religion has trumped science. What a pity. As Rabindranath Tagore, India’s sage, poet, philosopher and Nobel Laureate, put it, “Man loses humanity when it comes to religion.” Hemant R. Canaran

—At 67— I guess that it’s too late for me to live a life of sin. I’m simply going to have to make do with the life I’m in. Although life’s dance has furnished me with many a wild whirl, my past is littered with false starts at being a bad girl. It seems that dirty dancing doesn’t fit my constitution, for somehow I just seemed to fail the sexual revolution. Strange sexual positions never seemed to please. They only did my back in and ruined both my knees. It’s much too late to try to build a palate for champagne, for experience has taught me that it’s safer to abstain. The guilt I felt for shoplifting had just one resolution. I felt the only answer lay in complete restitution. Cocaine made my nose drip and pot just made me fat. And that’s how I got into the position where I’m at. Too chubby now for hot pants and too frigid for them, too, I’ve found that there is only one more thing for me to do. Rather than complete the acts that formerly I would, it’s easier to only do the tame things that I should. So though I must confess my bad girl days are at a halt, I’ll admit I am a paragon merely by default! —Judy Dykstra-Brown—


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In order to improve in any pursuit it is prudent to take advice from the experts. With the explosion of bridge websites on the Internet there is a wonderful opportunity for enthusiasts not only to read the written word of masters but to actually see them in action. Bridge Base Online is one such site where you can watch top-flight competitions from all over the world at virtually any time of the day or night. I was watching a match between Ireland and England when the illustrated hand came up. It was late in the contest and the Irish, sitting North and South, were trailing by a considerable margin and needed to make something happen. Holding 10 high card points and anemic spot cards, North passed and East opened 1spade. While some players may have bid 2 clubs, South decided to pass, as did West. Now North made a balancing takeout double. After East passed South jumped to 3 clubs to show a good hand in context. North now showed his 5 card heart suit and South, needing a “swing” result, gambled on a bid of 3 no trump. When this was passed around to East he made a conventional call known as a “Lightner Double” which specifically asks for partner to lead dummy’s first bid suit. West obliged by leading the heart 10 to show his partner that he had no heart higher. At this point the experts who regularly commentate on this website all agreed that it looked like the Irish pair had bitten off more than they could chew as there were only 6 sure tricks in view. Declarer called for the


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jack which was won by East’s queen and that player continued with the spade King, ducked by South. Now East was beginning to feel some pressure as he had difficulty in choosing his next lead knowing that whatever he did was likely to benefit declarer. After some thought, East exited with a low heart on which South discarded the diamond 5 and was covered by West’s 8 and dummy’s king. Now declarer felt he was in control. His next move was to play dummy’s last spade to his 9 and when that held he ran all his 5 club winners and East was inexorably squeezed. He tried pitching the heart ace (a card he was known to hold) but this did not fool declarer. After all the clubs had been cashed, South had 7 tricks to his credit: 1 heart, 1 spade and 5 clubs. The last four cards in his hand were the ace and jack of spades and the 10 and 8 of diamonds while the beleaguered East had come down to the king and 10 of spades, the 9 of hearts and the ace of diamonds. All that remained for South to do was to exit with a low diamond which East was forced to win and when that player had cashed the heart 9 he was forced to play one of his spades giving declarer the last two tricks and his contract. A truly brilliant display of card reading by the Irish South had got his side right back into the contest. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@ Ken Masson

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d. Note: For several years, Mr. Mohr has been the Ojo’s superb Art Critic, and during those same years has also been one of our magazine’s top writers and poets. What follows is his “battle plan” for the writing of his first novel whereby he will join with those scribes that face “the loneliness of the long-distance runner” in the struggle to not only immediately capture the interest of a reader but then hold him for several hundred pages. We think our readers will be interested in what goes into this arduous process.) “Our life is but a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.” —Annie Dillard After a three-year-struggle—sorting out ideas, sifting through emotions, and writing an unending number of scenes, and some thirty chapters—my novel, tentatively named, Bolivia Darkness, has reached a place where the characters are alive and taking charge of their own lives. Caught within the novel’s web, I finally comprehend the lonely corner writers are driven into, the complex scope of the work required, and the difficulty of bringing feeling and emotions to life. On reflective days, I wonder why, yet even then, on some significant level, I realize this seemingly unending project is my life’s most important work. My writing happens within a spontaneous process where I join fragments from experience and memory in a complex yet unified story. Maria Popova calls this the organization of “an endless rabbit hole of discoveries.” Inside that warren, sensual ‘seeing’ collides with my unsatisfied desire to understand who we are, and why we exist. Memories, emotions, experience, and sensed understandings exist in a state of disarray, like a house in complete disorder, but then collide in a single creative flow that goes where it will be driven by its own consuming force. Only then does my input begin to find stable form in scenes and chapters that awaken and surprise even me. Jerome Bruner called this unifying of experience and memories, “a creative process that is antic, and serious, and silent ... one which pulls up biological taxonomies from within the mind.”


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Stories and story-telling have long been the way our experiences, and the information we catalogue may become a comprehensible whole able to impart wisdom. My novel, as an expanded story, too long to recite, adds poignant reflection on the profound perplexity of living. It is these reflective and creative roles the novel format provides that have led me to create a multifaceted story which focuses on the characters’ emotions and motivation. My intent is the creation of a dramatic novel that provides insight, and that sensually expresses the characters’ state of being while critically questioning the meaning behind their actions. One of my great challenges has been to create effective dialogue which avoids being idle conversation, and has the power to move and enhance the story. Dialogue must carry the action, foreshadow what is coming and reveal and give life to each character. In my novel, Maria Helena says to Mark, “You live in the past.” The narrator tell us that Mark’s reaction was to instinctively deny the truth she had touched, but the weight of her words, coupled with her tone, became the catalyst for his transformation. “Yes,” he answered, “I feel the cold of one frozen in place.” The story evolves from the interactions of four principal characters that are connected by diverse circumstance. The primary male character reflects much of my own experience and the minutia collected from my lifetime of reading and exploration. He is motivated by emotion, progressive understandings, and his struggle to forego ego-centric life in favor of community. Three of the four principals are each, for different reasons, torn between two futures that seem impossible to resolve. Tension abounds. Driven by circumstances beyond their control, the characters evolve and move to new levels of awareness and understanding. The resulting story (and backstories) are filled with contrast, sensuality, and the essential threads that insure continuity. The structure of my story does not lead step-by-step through time, but

rather, as Alice Munro suggests, “becomes a house where you go inside for a little while and wander back and forth.” Within this structure, scenes and chapter are governed by a psychological flow that both challenge the reader while maintaining a sense of discovery that pulls them forward.  The whole, in part illusion, is filled with challenge, deception, and mystery.   The story opens when Mark  MacLeod is trapped in Bolivia during a right-wing revolution. He is incorrectly identified as a communist agent, and pursued by Colonel  Alfredo Ovando Candia who is emotionally driven to eliminate any progressive threat to his vision for Bolivia. Maria Helena Abana, director of a Bolivian community development agency that provided Mark access to work within local communities, convinces her brother  Joaquin  to hide Mark at their family hacienda in a high mountain valley above the small village of Santa Lucia de Milagros. She, for unexpected reasons, decides to stay and care for Mark at the hacienda. From there the story explodes outward into the broader reality of Bolivia, and inward as the feelings, sensibilities and needs of the characters emerge. While this outline is sequential, the novel flows like a twisted psychological river full of cascades and waterfalls.

Within the novel there are three back-stories.  The first focuses on Mark’s marriage, his work with marginalized communities, and his active participation in an earlier revolution. The second reveals Maria Elaina’s self-doubt and sense that her life is incomplete. The third uncovers the tense story of Elizabeth’s, Mark’s wife, inner resistance to their life together. Each creates dynamic interactions, challenges to relationships, and conundrums that force difficult choices. At this point my characters have personality, purpose, dreams, quirks, and emotions that reveal both shadow and light in their being. My task, as novelist, has become the creation of the space and environment in which they live, and on the literary side, to merge the precision of poetry and the adventure of intuition within a perturbative blend of sensual and intellectual passages that unify as a meaningful whole. I love letting my imagination have free play to create new worlds, and new ways of being human, and to understand more completely what it means to love. Rob Mohr

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THE GHOSTS AMONG US %\)UHG0LWWDJ “The King of the Courtroom�


ssie Briggs, my high school government teacher, provided us a field trip to the Harris County District Courts in 1956. I saw Percy Foreman in action. People used to say, “If you’re in trouble, get a lawyer. If you’re guilty, get Percy Foreman.� What I remember from seeing him in a courtroom was his size and his voice. He was 6’5� and somebody described his voice as that of Zeus, coming down from Mt. Olympus. Lawyers are taught to dress in conservative pinstripes. Not Foreman. He often wore a bowtie and flashy sport coat. He made himself the center of the show for strategic reasons, to divert attention from his client. His client on our school fieldtrip was a pretty blonde barmaid who had shot somebody dead. The case was in the jury selection process, called voir dire. Texas allows both prosecution and defense six peremptory challenges, the rejection of a juror without cause. Any additional challenges must be based on cause, which pretty much can only be bias. Foreman had an instinct about whether jurors would be favorable to his case, and discharged the ones who might decide against him. The pretty defendant we saw on our field trip sat in a sexy dress with her legs nicely crossed. Foreman was an expert at leading people to say biased things and thereby disqualify themselves. Foreman partly won his cases before they were even tried, by having the best possible jury for his cli-


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ent. Percy attended court a lot as a kid in East Texas. His father was the sheriff, and Percy always took the front seat. He said, “Big trials of train robbers and murderers were the primary form of drama then. That and revival meetings.� As a boy, Foreman once preached to an old cat and her six kittens, and said he converted them to Christ. He was good at oratory and it was his mother who advised he had an aptitude for law practice. Foreman’s fees were high, but he would accept anything in payment. He had a huge warehouse of antiques, jewelry, and forty cars. He was the largest private landowner in Harris County. Foreman briefly represented Jack Ruby in the Lee Harvey Oswald killing. But he dropped the case one week later, claiming Ruby’s family was trying to dictate to him. Foreman represented James Earl Ray in the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He once defended a woman for murdering her husband and made her the abused victim. He littered his table with whips, similar to ones her husband had owned, and Foreman dramatically cracked a whip in court, giving the jury a jolt. The jury acquitted her. Foreman had dramatic talent and used it to make his arguments to juries, bellowing, whispering, sobbing, and whatever it took to win a case. In the 1952 trial of an alleged gangland killer, Foreman argued that the defendant’s confession had been beaten out of him by Harris County Sheriff Buster Kern and Texas Ranger Johnny Klevenhagen, and was witnessed by a deputy named Kain. In his closing argument, Foreman pointed to Kern and Klevenhagen, who sat in the front row of the court-

room, and shouted, “Kern, Klevenhagen, and Kain! KKK! They Ku-Kluxed this defendant! They tortured him to make him confess! Who among you can say you, too, would not have confessed to this killing—innocent though you be—if these pistol-packing, blackjack-wearing, handcuff-carrying, booted and spurred officers of the so-called law had predetermined you guilty and decided you were going to confess?” As soon as the jury acquitted the defendant, the sheriff and the ranger vaulted over the railing and assaulted Foreman, who was already using a crutch because of a sprained knee. When released from the hospital, the bruised Foreman grinned and said to the press, “I harbor no malice toward these poor, misguided minions of the law.” Foreman took three or four bright young lawyers into his firm and became their mentor. Today they are rated as among the top lawyers in the country. And they still always ask themselves, “What would Percy do?” In 1987, Percy Foreman, at 86, received an award for World’s Best Lawyer. Suddenly, standing onstage with a beautiful plaque in his hands, he seemed not to know where he was. The auditorium was packed with

young lawyers and a despairing murmur arose among them. At last, slowly, Percy Foreman said, “You know, I feel like the cowboy on the corner with a saddle in his hands. I can’t remember whether I lost my horse or found a saddle.” Before long, his heart failed. He ended up in intensive care in Methodist Hospital in Houston and died a few days later. The Harris County Courthouse closed down that morning, an unprecedented tribute to a legend. Fred Mittag

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SUCCESS IN 24 HOURS! Written by Carole and Terry Baker


elcome to the Spring 2015 edition of the Jaltepec Centro Educativo newsletter, whose objective is to keep you informed on various aspects of Jaltepec on a quarterly basis. Jaltepec has been a Tecnico Universitario en Hoteleria since 2001. Students coming to the institute with a Preparatoria Certificate complete their full two-year program and graduate with a Degree en Hoteleria. The focus is on young Mexican women who wish to enter the Hotel and Hospitality industry. Young women from all over México apply on an annual basis and are selected based on qualifications and ability, plus their capability to fund the first four

months of tuition. In some cases the students and families are from very poor situations, and these students require addition financial support through being sponsored for the remaining two years of the program. Every year Jaltepec hosts events to raise scholarship funds for these deserving students. On January 28th an Open House luncheon was attended by those who had expressed interest in Jaltepec’s provision of career opportunities in the Hotel and Hospitality industry and the role it plays in improving young women’s lives. During the Open House, guests and potential sponsors are given a brief 30-minute presentation on Jaltepec’s history, its role, the students and how it is evolving as an institution. It included a guided tour of the facilities prior to a luncheon prepared by and served by the students themselves. Following the delicious lunch the attendees met those students in need of Sponsorship, with an overview of their current situation and financial need. It is with great pleasure that we announce that all seven students were successfully funded within the first 24 hours, a first in Jaltepec’s history! On behalf of the students, their families and Jaltepec, we thank all who sponsored the 1st and 2nd year students this year and in the past.



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an a photo really finish a war? I asked Nick Ut that question. Ut snapped the powerful photo of the little girl running naked down a road after being burned from napalm dropped on her Vietnamese village. The photo not only earned Ut the Pulitzer Prize, but it is widely credited with helping end the Vietnam War. At 64, Ut still works for the Associated Press, although now he covers more Hollywood than Hanoi. But he does believe his searing image of 9-year-old Kim Phuc contributed to the end of the war. “Everyone tells me some story,” Ut, a native of Vietnam, says during a phone interview in heavily accented English. “One [American] soldier said, ‘I never go back to Vietnam because of your picture.’ Another soldier said he came home early because of my picture.” The Vietnam War was dubbed “The Living Room War” because, for the first time in U.S. history, it brought Americans face-to-face with the horrors of war. Nightly, photos of body bags and burned villages greeted families gathered around their TV sets, fueling antiwar chants of “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” The George W. Bush Administration learned from Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s public relation errors. Before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, Pres. Bush declared there would be no civilian casualty count and no photographs of flagdraped coffins. Ut describes an even chillier dictum to suppress media coverage. “Vietnam was a different war than Iraq. In Vietnam, they allowed media coverage, so you could go anywhere you wanted, both sides.” “But today, [photographers and reporters] are controlled by a government that doesn’t allow media freedom. In Iraq, all my friends say, ‘Nicky, I don’t think we can take a picture like [you did in] Vietnam. We are not allowed the freedom to take a picture just anywhere.’” And that censorship is not just in


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war zones, Ut remarks, but in Los Angeles, too, where he sometimes photographs shootings. “If I go to back to Vietnam or China today, I have more freedom to take pictures. But here in LA, it’s difficult. Something happens, they close a whole 10 blocks. There’s no way I can get through there. There’s more control of the media.” Even if photos can’t stop wars, they can start or maintain them. From the Facebook video of a fruit vendor in Tunisia who lit himself on fire in protest of government corruption – an act that sparked the Arab Spring protests across northern Africa and the Middle East – to the chilling YouTube videos of the Islamic State’s barbarism in Syria and Iraq, images are now more easily shot by any amateur with a smart phone. As images have morphed from news to propaganda, ethics have eroded, too. “Today you see a big difference for journalists,” Ut laments. “There are people with iPhones and video cameras everywhere. If something happens, I have to shoot over those people, too!” But Ut, who was wounded three times while covering the Vietnam War and whose older brother, also an AP photographer, was killed documenting the war, is more interested in talking about the healing that his famous picture has brought into his life: “It was early morning. I looked through the black smoke and saw the children running and the one old lady carrying the little boy. I saw the girl running. I thought, ‘What happened? The girl has no clothes!’ “I saw her left arm was burned so badly and her body…I put my camera down. I had two canteens of water and put the cool water on her body. Her body was so hot from napalm. Then her aunt came running and we carried her to a car. She cried all the time. She said, ‘I think I’m dying.’ We took her to the hospital right away – 40 minutes away. “Then I ran to AP Saigon. We developed the black and white film. My editor said, ‘Nicky, what happened to this girl with no clothes?” So I told the story

of the napalm bombing her village and burning her clothes. “[AP in] NY called me and said, ‘Nicky, your picture is on the front page of every newspaper and TV station in the world.’ “We went back to the village early the next morning. There was still smoke from napalm and the dead bodies and the Viet Cong. People crying. A woman [kept] screaming ‘where is my daughter? Where is my daughter?’ It was the mother of the girl. I said, ‘Your daughter may be dead, I don’t know.’ “We went to the hospital. I’m so lucky next day they transferred her to

the main hospital in Saigon. “I see her [Kim Phuc, now a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador] often. This year, her son is getting married. I’ll fly to Toronto. They called me and said, ‘Uncle Nicky, you come…’” (Ed. Note: Kelly Hayes-Raitt is completing a book about the Iraqis she’s met and blogs at w w w. L i v i n g L a r geI This essay originally appeared in The Argonaut newspaper, where Hayes-Raitt has a bi-monthly column.) Kelly Hayes-Raitt

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egardless of the best of intentions, our pets sometimes get out of the house and are lost. This can happen even to a pet which has been classified as a ‘an inside house only’ pet, or a pet which has never run away before. It CAN happen. Prevention is the first action to be taken. Take and keep a recent picture of your pet in case you need to make a lost cat/dog poster. Despite being an ‘inside’ pet, have your pet wear a collar with an ID tag at all times. ID tags are inexpensive to have made, and it can help facilitate a quicker recovery. The following places make pet ID tags: The LFA pet food store, Vet. Memo on Constitution in Ajijic, the pet food store next to Soriano, the pet food store next to Café Magana restaurant and the pet food store in West Ajijic on the Carretera. No matter where you live, you can find a place close to you where you can have one made. On the tag list the essentials: your phone number and Recompensa! (Reward). If you can take your pet on a walk in your immediate neighborhood, it may help him know where his house is located. In the event your pet gets out, time is of the essence in starting the search. Do not wait a long period of time in hopes he will reappear. Call your friends, talk with neighbors, especially your neighborhood kids – they see everything, and let them know of our lost pet. Spread the word! While you are walking in your neighborhood, call your pet’s name, and stop and speak with every person


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you encounter. The more people that know about your lost pet, the more likely the one person who spots your pet will call you. Make posters and fliers. Keep it simple: “LOST DOG (or cat)!” Info should include: a recent photograph, indicate where [cross/streets / city not your address] and when [date] the pet was last seen, a phone number and Reward! Visit and distribute fliers to all your neighbors, veterinary clinics, rescue shelters, grooming places, large stores with bulletin boards, and pet supply stores in your area. Post a lost dog notice with your pet’s picture on local web boards, such as the web-board. Give stacks of flyers to friends and family and have them go door to door. Provide flyers to local people like the gas delivery man, the garbage pick-up men, water delivery men, etc., and anyone else you know who gets around the neighborhood in their daily routines. On an on-going basis check local web boards to see if anyone has posted a notice that they have found a dog that might sound like yours. Keep visiting the shelters with the picture of your pet. You might find someone you haven’t talked to before who has information. Also, check where you posted your flyers to make sure they’re still there and haven’t been covered or removed. Do not give up! Keep working on the search until there is a hopefully happy reunion. And when you have your pet back at home, after all the joyful hugs, share your glad tidings with your friends, neighbors, searchers, update your web board postings and remove the lost posters. The next article will review helpful information in the event you find a dog. Anita’s Animals is a kitten/cat and puppy/dog sanctuary located in San Juan Cosala. Donations of pet food and money helps pay for vet care, vaccinations, spaying-neutering and the continuation of this rescue work that Anita has done for over twenty years.

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How many farmacias?


s there anything you don’t like about Mexico?” A reader asked. Well, there is so much that I love about Mexico, that it makes this a difficult question to answer. Of course, like many, I don’t enjoy the potholes or the topes or heavy traffic, but that isn’t unique to Mexico! Thinking about an honest answer to this question, I guess I would have to put shopping for our medications at the top of the list. The lack of instructions on the box in English is my first problem. I don’t want to depend on my poor Spanish to make sure I’m taking the correct dosage.


So many drugs are available over the counter here, that you have to make sure you know your medication, and its generic name. One popular farmacia here taught me a good lesson. I asked for my medication, and they gave me the name brand. The Mexican woman in front of me was getting the same thing, but they gave her the generic. When I discovered that, I thought back and realized that has happened before. So I handed them the name brand box back and asked for the generic. I guess the assumptions are that all gringos are rich? Between my husband and I, we take a lot of medication, and it

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eats up a good share of our “disposable” income. Each week my chore is to get the medications from the farmacias. When we lived up north, I called in my refills and picked them up when I was ready. Then I’d just go and pick up the order. I stalk the famacias for our supplies. I say farmacias in the plural because rarely have I ever found one farmacia that has all the medications I need--usually it takes two or three. Remember, this is Mexico. They don’t believe in heavily stocking their stores. They pick the top one or two items and stock them. Most of the owners can’t afford to keep their money tied up in inventory. So the farmacia parade begins, and I make several stops until we have all the medication we need. Of course, medication and supplements often require separate stops, as those stores seem to be in competition. Except for Vitamin B. You can get that almost anywhere! Also, you need to do the math on your prescription. Your doctor may prescribe the medication for three weeks, two times a day. But I’ve bought medication in a box with only one capsule. I can buy one box of one of my medications, but it only has 10 tablets in. So slightly reminiscent of those cursed story problems in math quizzes, I’m standing there trying to figure out how many boxes I need to purchase to get enough pills for the prescription. Often times, the doctor will prescribe a low dose and tell us to score the pill, splitting a larger dose into a smaller one. But they gave me capsules at the farmacia, which of course, I don’t notice until I got home. Capsules can’t be cut. Learning the Spanish name for the American drug is the next hurdle. I end up marking the boxes with the condition the drug treats, because sure enough, by next week, I’ll have forgotten. I bring the empty

box to the farmacia to get the correct refills. At least that helps the language barrier at the counter. Back at the farmacia, I’d like to warn you about a cultural item that can catch you. Mexican culture wants everyone to be happy and pleased. They do not wish to disappoint. So when you ask if the drug is the same as another drug, if you are not careful, you’ll get a “si.” This was a mistake I survived when I first got here. I couldn’t figure out why my blood sugar was so low. I had a rough week. When I went to set out my medications for the next week, I realized the drug I was given had two medications mixed together, not just the one. The drug was not the same. I do miss the knowledgeable pharmacists. Here, many of the farmacias have young people who hand out the drugs but cannot catch interaction problems or remind you to not eat grapefruit while taking this medication. My substitute has been the Internet. When a new drug is prescribed, I look it up and study it to make sure there are no problems with other medications I am currently taking. We also had a culture shock when almost all our drugs came in blister packs. I hate blister packs! Ah, but those of you returning to northern climbs cannot be smug, because soon they will be the standard there as well. Not unique to Mexico, but has anyone ever wondered why almost all the pills are white? Pills are round, oval, or long; most of them are white. And I swear, the older I get, the smaller the markings are on the pill. They are too easy to mix up! One night I had one pill on my night stand for my cat’s asthma, and one for me for sleep. I took mine, gave him his. I had a restless night, and woke up to find my cat barely moving! I thought he’d had a stroke. He’d get up take a step and collapse. I ran and picked him up and as his flaccid body lay in my arms, I realized I had mixed up the two small round white pills and given him mine by mistake. I was sure I’d killed my cat, but the medicine wore off, he survived, and I never took two meds out at the same time again! I do, however, enjoy the lower prices of the drugs here in Mexico. A month worth of my anti-inflammatory drugs is $20 pesos! That I like! So, I’m off to run some errands, which I’m sure, will include at least one stop at a Victoria Schmidt farmacia!

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The Ojo Crossword


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56 Sacred poems 58 Skinny 59 Gall 61 Thai (alt.) 62 Auto 63 Burial sites 64 Internal Revenue Service 65 Mutate 66 Mongolian desert 67 Disks 68 Overgrown


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he dolphins are re here!” called my wife LaVon from the next room. I hurried out on to the deck,, where w er wh ere e I spied perhaps a dozen of our ur finny finn nnyy friends engaging in a finely coordicoor ordi dnated strategy, herding a schooll o off fish h against the shore. A few appeared arred d to be “surfing”, riding the waves right g up ght onto the sands to better capture ure e and d gobble up their prey. Farther out, halfway to where ere the overhanging heavens caress the watery rim of the Gulf Stream, a struggle was taking place. A flock of pelicans were busily crashing onto the surface in ungainly five point landings, the better to stun their prey. Each time, a dolphin would shoot to the surface among them, causing them to flap off in squawking fury. This game went on for some time, until the combatants headed elsewhere, a bit of drama beneath the azure skies of coastal North Carolina, attesting to the playful nature of dolphins. For many years, my wife and I have sought sanctuary from the gray skies and deep snows of Ohio by defecting to this fascinating coastline. The dolphins are part of the allure. They are sensitive, social, highly intelligent creatures, possessing larger brains than humans. They navigate, communicate and hunt for food by means of an acute sense of hearing. Damage a dolphin’s hearing and you kill the dolphin. Dolphins are mammals that breathe air. Each year, hundreds die horribly from being trapped beneath gill nets, trawls and other instruments of industrial fishing. These deaths are completely preventable. Dolphins are exposed to injury and death every day around the globe. Now, huge oil companies plan to initiate, with the blessing of the federal government, a program of seismic blasting to seek undersea gas and oil deposits along the Atlantic coast, a plan that will endanger approximately 138,000 dolphins and whales and threaten millions more. Seismic Air guns are towed behind ships, blasting every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks and months on end. The reports, many times louder than a jet engine taking off, disturb, harm and kill marine life, endangering local fisheries and the people who depend upon them, and disrupting coastal economies. The coastlines of Mexico,

Canada and other naC a ttions ti io o are not immune to tthis th thi hiiss threat. TThe American Petroleum le um m Institute argues that, “Seismic “Sei “S eism sm m testing has been proven p pr oven to be safe,” but one must m ust view vvi the proclamations spokesmen with of corporate corp great skepticism. More energy can be produced and more jobs created by harnessing offshore wind than by drilling for fossil fuels. Along the Carolina coast alone an estimated 82,000 new jobs would be created by offshore wind production, while only 36,000 would result from oil and gas drilling. According to the World Wildlife Fund, in 2010, seismic blasting conducted by Rosneft, a Russian gas and oil exploration company, caused endangered gray whales to flee from their crucial feeding habitat near Sakhalin Island. The Russian government stubbornly persisted in these activities, refusing to acknowledge protests by many nations, organizations and individuals. In 1992, whales off the Newfoundland coast suffered hearing loss after seismic blasting was conducted in the area. Alaskan whales have also been found to have hearing damage following such exploration in that region. Many seashore communities have passed resolutions opposing gas and oil development along both coasts. Seismic blasting places the camel’s nose under the tent, leading to gas and oil drilling and potentially devastating leaks and spills along fragile marine environments. Billions in tourist dollars can be lost. It remains for concerned citizens to place the lives and wellbeing of harmless sea creatures ahead of demands for cheap seafood and the schemes of oil companies. As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has observed, “As part of nature, we are commanded to ‘serve and protect nature’, avoiding cruelty to animals and acting as guardians of the integrity of the environment.” Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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Message From the President On a sunny mid-April Sunday morning, instead of enjoying our gorgeous weather, the Lake Chapala Society Board of Directors met to plot a course for the next year. We considered our strategic objectives: Improving the member and community perception of Lake Chapala Society Optimizing programs for relevance now and the future Re-engineering the campus for current and future needs :HLGHQWLÂżHGWKHIROORZLQJNH\SRLQWVZHVKRXOG focus on: Growing our membership Increasing our services to the Mexican community Promoting our education programs Integrating ex-pats into the local culture. Based on our strategic objectives and the key issues we developed these initiatives for LCS committees to work on this year: Prepare recommendations for a marketing plan to increase member and community awareness of programs and services offered by the LCS Develop tools to measure community and member perception to determine the effectiveness of the marketing plan and our program and service offerings Prepare recommendations to enhance the community education programs Develop a process to evaluate and prioritize existing and new programs Submit a plan to re-engineer the LCS campus Develop an annual giving and legacy giving plans We also discussed celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Lake Chapala Society and created an adhoc committee to plan the festivities. This committee, FKDLUHGE\<RO\0DUWLQH]LVSODQQLQJDÂżHVWDIRUWKH entire community to celebrate not only our accomplishments of the last decades but also our hopes and aspirations for LCS in the future. In my articles over the next year I will keep you up to date on the progress of these initiatives. Ben White, LCS President


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/&6 &RPPXQLW\ (GXFDWLRQ 3URJUDP %HQHÂżW Show Cuginiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique will present a fabulous summer fashion VKRZDW/&6WREHQHÂżWWKH/DNH&KDSDOD6RFLHW\&RPPXQLW\ Education Program. Featuring the award-winning Dunes Line, Mi Capricho, stylish menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shirts, and wonderful original jewelry, the show will take place on Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. on the LCS campus. Tickets are $150 pesos available at LCS and Cuginiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique, located at Morelos #15 in Ajijic.


The Service Desk has openings for substitute volunteers. You need a friendly, outgoing personality plus the ability to function under occasional pressure. The job involves operating a computer-based point-of-sale system, (weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll train you) and the ability to make change, etc. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work four hour shifts. This may become a permanent one-day a week position. The Membership Desk has vacancies on both Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers can work two or four-hour shifts (four hours preferred) and should have some experience with computers. The Information Desk has an opening on Friday. Volunteers should have spent enough time at Lakeside to be at least a little familiar with directions and locations, etc., most important is that they be friendly, helpful and a great representative of LCS! Four-hour shift. The Library is looking for someone in reasonably good physical condition who can lift and bend, is familiar with computers, and can sort materials alphabetically. This position requires working four hour shifts. If you enjoy our services and our marvelous books. We need your help. Working in the library gives you the RSSRUWXQLW\WRH[SORUHDOORIWKHÂżFWLRQDQGQRQ ÂżFWLRQ ZRUN DYDLODEOH KHUH LQ /DWLQ $PHULFDÂśV largest English-language library. We need a Warren Hardy Spanish Language Program manager who will work with teachers at the beginning of each term and assist with signing up, evaluating, and placing potential students. Position requires working a week at LCS prior to each term for evaluating and signLQJ XS VWXGHQWV DQG DWWHQGLQJ WKH ÂżUVW GD\ RI HDFKVHVVLRQWRFRQÂżUPVWXGHQWHQUROOPHQW The IT Department is looking for volunteers who have experience building computers, installing software, and working with networks including overall troubleshooting. Position involves climbing stairs several times a day. The Special Events Coordinator is looking IRU YROXQWHHUV WR KHOS ZLWK ÂżHVWD GHFRUDWLRQV greet guests, and collect tickets. If you have a ELWRIĂ&#x20AC;DLUDQGDUHDQRXWJRLQJSHUVRQZKRLV good with your hands, this may be for you. The Garden needs volunteers to plant, trim, weed and generally maintain our lovely gardens.


Chapala High School On May 21, LCS will sponsor a career day at the Chapala High School, introducing students to the myriad of options available after high school. The program targets seniors and second semester juniors. LCS is deeply committed to education; we teach art to chilGUHQ(QJOLVKDQGFRPSXWHUVNLOOVWRDGXOWVDQGSURYLGHÂżQDQcial aid to aspiring college students. This program is really about inspiring students to continue their education bringing Mexican success stories into their classrooms. The day will also include motivational speaker Victor Aldana, who embeds part of his message in a rap song. LCS volunteer Glorine Barnhardt has spearheaded this project, hoping to motivate the students and get them excited about life after high school. Selecting both blue and white collar professionals, this program will allow school administrators to focus on the areas of interest that they think will be most appealing to their students. Our job is to provide Mexican professionals in the areas they have selected, and coordinate it all. The logistics involved are a little complicated since the high school has both a morning and afternoon session. The school director, Juan Ramon Alvarez, and his assistants are very excited about this new collaboration. They have asked for a chef, nutritionist, small business owner, auto mechanic, artist, EMT, travel agent, engineer, web designer, real estate agent and others. We expect that over 500 students will participate. If this program is successful, we will expand it to other Lakeside junior and senior high schools upon request. If you want more information, or think you can help, please contact


Our new culinary partner, Just Chillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, has been on board at the cafĂŠ for about six weeks now to enthusiastic reviews from members and guests. Their menu has brought muchneed variety to our offerings. Coffees available include Green Mountain, Chiapas, and decaf for those of you who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for the high-octane stuff. Other beverages, in addition to the usual variety of teas, now include frappes. 7U\WKHXVXDOEDJHOVPXIÂżQVDQGFLQQDPRQUROOVIRUEUHDNfast, and order luncheon fare like tuna salad on avocado, a selection of paninis, quesadillas, French fries and the longawaited onion rings. Mini-burgers are coming soon. Cakes, pastries, granola bars, cookies and brownies round out the menu. The Just Chillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CafĂŠ at LCS is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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MAY ACTIVITIES *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required CRUZ ROJA * Cruz Roja Sales Table Mon-Fri 10-1 CRIV Monthly Meeting 2nd Wed 2-5 HEALTH INSURANCE * IMSS & Immigration Services Mon+Tues 10-1 Lakeside Insurance Broker Tues+Thur 11-2 HEALTH & LEGAL SERVICES * Becerra Immigration Thur 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure Fri 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th, Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed May 13+27 10-2 Claravision Optometrist (S) Thur 9-4 Pharmaceutical Consultation 4th M10-12 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12 :30 US Consulate** Mon May 4 10-12 Sign up 10-11:30 LESSONS (C) Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Sat 10-12* Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reading Program Sat 9-10* Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Fitness and Strenght Thru Yoga Mon+Fri 2-3:30, Sat 1-2:30 Line Dancing Tues+Thur 10-11:15 Thrusday Yoga Thur 2-3:30 LIBRARIES Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books**/ Talking Books Thur 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES (C) All Things Tech Fri 9:30-11:30 Bridge 4 Fun Tue + Thur 1-5 Conversaciones en EspaĂąol Mon 10-12 Discussion Group Wed 12-1:30 English/Spanish Conversation Sat 11-12 Everyday Mindfulness Mon10:15-11:45 )LOP$ÂżFLRQDGRV 7KXU Genealogy Forum Last Mon 2-4 Mac OS 1st Mon 12-1 Mac User Group 3rd Wed 1-2 Memoir Writers 2nd Wed 2-4 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Open Gaming (open to the public from 2) Mon 1-4* Philosophy Group Wed 10:-12 Scrabble Mon+Fri 12-1:50 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS * Have Hammer Workshop Demo 1st 3rd Mon 10-12* Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA Mon +Thur 4:30-5:30 Ninos de Chapala y Ajijic Fri 10-12 Begins Apr 17 Open Circle Sun 10-12:30 SMART Recovery Wed 2:30-4 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 pm 7,&.(76$/(60RQGD\)ULGD\


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There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many good movies available right now. If you have any suggestions, please share them with us. And, as always, we need couriers. If you or anyone you know can help, please let someone in the Video Library know about it. DVDs do not take up much room. Below are some new ones for May. Please see the Video Library display board for more new movies and a variety of others available. Gone Girl  %HQ $IĂ&#x20AC;HFN DQG 5RVDPXQG 3LNH Drama The Imitation Game #6903 Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Drama/Bio Le Confessional #6907 Lothaire Bluteau and Patrick Goyette (Quebec) Drama Saint Vincent #6894 Bill Murray and Melissa MacCarthy Comedy :KLSODVK #6906 Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons Drama/Music Convert your tapes to dvds for $50 pesos each. Just drop them off at Video Library desk.

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Effective Monday, June 1, the Cruz Cruz Roja table will operate on its summer schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costco will be at LCS Monday and Tuesday May 11 and 12, for information about special offers and sales. Join or renew your membership. Please note: the U.S. Consulate will be at LCS MonGD\0D\IURPSP9LVLWWKHRIÂżFHWRVLJQXS RIÂżFHIURPDP ,QWKH6HUYLFH2IÂżFH Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks are available in the RIÂżFH'RQDWLRQVIRUNLWW\FDUHPD\DOVREHPDGHLQ WKHVHUYLFHRIÂżFH &KLOGUHQÂśV$UW&DUGV Our wonderful childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art cards are available at the Just Chillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cafe. 7KH.LWW\)XQG You may make donations to the kitty fund for the care DQGIHHGLQJRIRXUIHOLQHIULHQGVLQWKH6HUYLFH2IÂżFH



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,WÂśV 0D\ DQG RQH RI /DNH &KDSDOD 6RFLHW\ÂśV Ă&#x20AC;DJVKLS community programs, English as a Second Language at the Wilkes Education Center, will be celebrating its annual ceremony of student accomplishment. Lead by program director, Inez Dayer, a team of volunteer ESL teachers including Sandy Jakubek, Harold Tracy, John Munroe and Les Strong have been hard at work planning ESL Student Recognition Day, May 9, 2015, from 5-7 pm located on the back patio on the Lake Chapala Society grounds. Adult students over 15 years of age, who have been studying English through the LCS sponsored program since September 2014, have reason to be proud of their achievements in learning the language and participating in classroom instruction during the entire semester. Friends and families are invited to attend the ceremony and to enjoy light refreshments before and after the formal portion of the SURJUDP(DFKVWXGHQWZLOOUHFHLYHDQHPERVVHGFHUWLÂżFDWH suitable for framing, presented by each classâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s respective teacher. Six levels of English instruction will be honored: Basic, Basic Advanced, Levels II, III, IV and Conversation Class. Maria Huerta, Wilkes Student Liaison, anticipates that EHWZHHQ  DQG  FHUWLÂżFDWHV ZLOO EH DZDUGHG D VLJQLÂżFDQWQXPEHUFRQVLGHULQJFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWLQJZRUNVFKHGXOHVDQG family responsibilities our students face throughout the course of a nine month commitment. Many students have already pre-registered to return to class in September. For adult residents who want to take advantage of this tuition free program (purchase of books required), registration for the 2015-2016 semester is scheduled for August 18- 20, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. at Wilkes Education Center,  *DOHDQD ,QWHUHVWHG LQ YROXQWHHULQJ WR WHDFK" &RQWDFW

:DUUHQ+DUG\6SDQLVK/DQJXDJH&ODVVHV Spanish language classes begin Monday, May 11 and run through June 27. This program uses the Warren Hardy Spanish language course designed for the adult student. The fee is $750 pesos. 5HJLVWHU DW WKH /&6 VHUYLFH RIÂżFH RQ ZHHNGD\V 7KH week of May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the program manager will be available to answer questions and register students at on the LCS campus at the Blue Umbrella Patio. Visit the LCS website

Thursday Film Aficionados Open to LCS members only. Bring your card. All films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets. 0D\)DU)URP0HQ2015 France- Algeria A French teacher in a Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with an accused murderer and then is ordered to turn him over to the authorities. 0D\  ,Q 2UGHU RI 'LVDSSHDUDQFH 2015 Norway Hardworking snow plow driver Nils, has been named citizen of the year. He receives news that his son has died of a drug overdose. Disbelieving Nils soon uncovers evidence of his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder. 0D\7KH3DUDGH (Parada)- 2011 Serbia-Slovenia   A homophobic middle-aged Serbian gangster ends up sacrificing himself to protect a gay freedom parade in Belgrade. This comedy-drama is based on a true story. 0D\ Leviathan 2014 Russia   This Academy Award nominee from Russia takes place in a coastal town where Nikolai is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told his house will be demolished.


7KXUVGD\ 0D\  Galerias Mall The bus will leave from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. returning to Ajijic by 5 p.m. Enjoy a day of shopping at stores like Liverpool, Best Buy, H&M, Sears, and adjacent stores Costco, Super Walmart, and Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a variety of name restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, PF Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Outback Steak House and a central food court. 7XHVGD\0D\ Quick Trip to Costco on Lopez Mateos Sur. This is a short five-hour shopping trip that includes the Mega super store with great selections and prices. The bus will leave the sculpture at La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. and return to Ajijc at 2:30 p.m. This trip is experimental, if you are interested, please let us know. or it will be discontinued. LCS bus trips sell out quickly, so buy your tickets soon in the LCS service office; cost is $250 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members.

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

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

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- CONTINENTAL REALTY Tel: 766-1994, Cell: (33) 1366-2256 3DJ - CUMBRES Tel: 766-4867 3DJ - DON SNELL Cell 33-1005-9129 3DJ - EAGER & ASOCIADOS Tel: (376) 766 1917, 1918 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Cell. 333-137-8426 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Cell. 331-533-3789 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Cell 333-378-4741 3DJ - GERARDO MEDINA Cell. 331-121-7034 3DJ - GEORGETTE RICHMOND Tel: 766-2077 Pag: 11 /25(1$&%$55$*$1 Cell: (045) 331-014-5683 Pag: 41 - LINDA FREEMAN Cell: (045) 333-661-6386 3DJ - LUCI MERRITT Cell (045) 331-545-6589 3DJ - MAGY CARMONA Tel: 766-2612, Cell: (045) 333-190-1271 3DJ - NOÉ LOPEZ Cell: 331-047-9607 3DJ 3(7(567-2+1 Tel: 765-3676 3DJ - RAUL GONZALEZ Cell: 33-1437-0925 3DJ - SANDI ALLIN BRISCOE Tel: 765-2484 3DJ - VISTA ALEGRE Tel: 766-4867 3DJ

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* RETIREMENT/REST/NURSING HOMES - ALICE NURSING HOME Tel: 766 1194, 766 2999 Pag: 49 - EL PARAISO Tel: 766-2365 Pag: 44 - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-3824 3DJ - LA VALENTINA Tel: 766-5179 3DJ - MI CASITA - Nursing Home & Assisted Living Center Tel. 106-2081, Cell. 045 33-1115-9615 3DJ - THE BLUE HOUSE Tel: 766-1695, 766-3558 3DJ



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* PHARMACIES - FARMACIA CRISTINA Tel: 766-1501 - FARMACIA EXPRESS II Tel: 766-0656 )$50$&,$0$6.$5$6 Tel/Fax: 765-5827 - FARMEX Tel: 765-5004


* REAL ESTATE - AJIJIC HOME INSPECTIONS Tel: 766-2836 3DJ - ALL IN ONE REAL ESTATE SERVICE Tel: 766-1161 3DJ - BAP INMOBILIARIA Tel. 33 3915 0589, 33 3647 8646 Cell. 333 954 22 39 Pag: 41 %(9 -($1&2)(// +RPH2I¿FH Pag: 44 - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-3841-8867 3DJ - CHRISTIAN HARRIS Cell: (333) 390-3153 3DJ - CIELOVISTA Tel: 766-4867 3DJ &2/':(//%$1.(5&+$3$/$5($/7< Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124, Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 3DJ

* RESTAURANTS/CAFES - 4 RESTAURANTE Tel: 766-1360 Pag: 19 - AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 3DJ - ARILEO Tel: 106-1627 3DJ &$)(3$5,6  3DJ - CASA FUERTE Tels: 3639-6474 / 81  3DJ - COLIBRI GARDEN Tel: 765-4412  3DJ - CASA FUERTE Tels: 3639-6474 / 81  3DJ - COCINART Tel: 331-395-3810  3DJ - EL ANCLA Tel. 106-2011 Cell. 331-361-5044 Pag: 49 - GO LE CLUB Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 3DJ - JARDIN DE NINETTE Tel: 766-4905 Pag: 11 - HUERTO CAFÉ Tel: 108-0843 3DJ /$&$6$'(/:$))/( Tel: 766-1946 Pag: 19 - LA HACIENDA DE DON PEDRO Tel: 766-4906 3DJ - LA MISION Tel: 108-0887 3DJ - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-2049 3DJ - “ LA TAVERNA”DEI QUATTRO MORI Tel: 766-2848 3DJ - LA PAELLA DE MARIA Cell. 331-438-9706, Tel. (387) 761-0424 3DJ - LOS MOLLETES Tel: 766-4296 3DJ







- DESMEX Cell: 044 (333) 100-2660 - ESUN Tel: 766-2319, 01-800-099-0272 - GREEN HOME Tel: 108-0912 


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* STAINED GLASS - AIMAR Cell: 33-1741-3515


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* SELF STORAGE - SELF STORAGE-BODEGAS CHAPALA Tel: 766-0661, Tel/Fax: 766-1045 3DJ



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FOR SALE: VW Bug. new tires, battery. Paint, interior good for year. Runs Good. Price: $1900.00 US. Call 331-8027272 or FOR SALE: 2014 HONDA FIT. A new model will cost $240,000 peso. Dealer serviced, Jalisco plates, no dents. Price: $185,000 pesos. Call: 765-6325. FOR SALE: 2012 Audi A4 1.8T Turbo. Second owner car, in excellent condition with very low kilometers. Always kept in garage. Curtains on back side and rear windows. Mexican plated and insured until November 2015. Price: $320,000 pesos. Call for more information 045-331-707-7501. :$17(' Want to buy class a motor home in excellent conditions in/out. pls. only in almost new conditions. Cell: 333662-3040. FOR SALE: Coleman Mini Mach Roof Top Air Conditioner 6727, it is used and was in working order when removed from camper this winter. Bought for $600 USD now for sale for $2500.00 pesos. Call: 7661069. FOR SALE: Toyota NEW PRICE Mexican Plate. Leaving for Canada soon .asking $89000 pesos or $6100 American. Great car I will store it if not sold soon Mexican Plated. Email: FOR SALE: So. Dakota plated Van. VG condition. New heavy duty battery, good WLUHVDQGLQWHULRU)UHVKOXEHRLOÂżOWHU%RG\ condition VG. Ask Qs & for pictures & give ur eMail address. Price: $1,500 USD. Call: 376-765-63-48. :$17(' Looking for a used campervan with Mexican plates. 1994 or newer if possible. Not interested in a motorhome, just a van with the camping conversion. contact FOR SALE: One owner Honda CRV EX, 38,000 kms, Honda serviced, cruise control, air bags, 4 cylinders, 2WD. Price: $275,000 pesos. Call: 331-269-2696. FOR SALE: Peugeot Grand Raid. Great vehicle, 5 doors, Mexican plated, swing seats, 5 passengers. Price: $6000.00 U.S. Call: 333-368-7581. :$17(' want to buy a â&#x20AC;&#x153;compact SUVâ&#x20AC;?, Mexican plated. Call: 766-1496. FOR SALE: Ontario, Canada plated 07 Extended Chev Uplander. Must sell due to Permante. Canadian retail price is $6400 and wholesale is $5000. Would accept $3600 Cdm for quick sale. Overall condition is good. Phil 01-387-7610125.


FOR SALE: Canon Pixma Printer/ Scanner/Copier (color and black/white). About 2 years old. Needs a new black cartridge. Price: $550.00 MXN. Call: 7662268. FOR SALE: Roku 2 XD HD Streamer. Access over 600 channels of live TV, movies, music. Live sports. Surround sound. Used little, in original box. Price: $50 US. Call: 765-4951. FOR SALE: Cheap TV Roku IPTV. I have Roku 3 boxes and sticks for sale with are premium IPTV services add to them


you get 300 plus channels with are service all Canadian and US channels and with spanish subtitles plus all rogers on demand and movies that are still in theaters and all paid events like UFC WWE and NETFLIX if you are interested Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll send you channel list and pricing I live in ajijic my email is shawn. FOR SALE: HP Pavilion desktop computer. With keyboard and mouse. From the U.S. Price: $420. USD. Call: 333-391-8305. FOR SALE: Light weight purse size notebook. Price: $1500 pesos.


FOR SALE: Petmate delux 2-door small pet carrier. Price: $200 pesos. POSITION DESIRED: Furry Champ for +XPDQ IULHQG 5RRP IRU RQH PRUH"" %LJ %XGG\ LV HDJHU WR ÂżQG D KRPH ZKHUH KH can run around or go for walks then â&#x20AC;&#x153;pawsâ&#x20AC;? awhile with you or just hang out. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly, attentive, black/rust/tan adult shepherd mix. Formerly a family pet, he plays well with all size dogs and likes children. Vaccinated, dewormed and neutered. Handsomely distinctive, he walks with a limp but you need to supply the tophat and cane! For photos of his handsome self or to meet him call or message 331-831-6354.


FOR SALE: Iron Bedroom set. Wrought iron & wood king size bedroom set, includes iron Canopy bed frame, vanity, 2 nightstands, vanity seat bench, and wall mirror. Price: $10,000 pesos. Call: 331-268-2192. FOR SALE: Panasonic 50â&#x20AC;? LCD rear project. Remodeling and need a Smart TV. Works great, includes remote and brand new projection lamp. Still connected to Telecable/Apple TV/X-Box if you wish to see the quality. HDTV/HDMI/SD. Price: $5,500 Pesos. FOR SALE: Ipad Air 16 GB. Won in a ticket draw. Green with a green hard case. Price: $350 USD. or Peso equivalent. Call: 331-366-7634. FOR SALE: Magnetic Mattress Matrimonial. Was 1,300 dollars new, used 8 years, leaving will take best offer -- I have 2. Price: $800 pesos. FOR SALE: whirlpool dryer good condition. Price: $750 pesos. FOR SALE: Dark Brown leather like. Chair & Ottoman very comfortable has good bones but it has a couple of small tears. Price $1200p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: 2 sling chairs with new umbrella fabric, pale green stripes, very nice looking. $500p each. Great for the back patio or around the pool. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Wood Dining Table. Maple (we believe) table about 4 foot diameter. We have 2 chairs that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match the table perfectly but go with it. Price: $2,500 peso. Call: 765-6325. :$17(' I am looking for a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bicycle in good condition - sns227@gmail. com. FOR SALE: 1) Carved wood/wicker rocker in excellent condition. $900MP. 2) Top of the line full sized wooden frame/matWUHVV IURP )XUQLWXUH $FFHVVRULHV Âą ÂżUP with pillow comfort top. Paid $650-used as spare room bed for 6 weeks. $300US or

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peso equivalent. 3) Cream/tan striped loveseat, extremely comfortable, on castors $1200MP. Call 376-106-2033. :$17(' Looking for child car seat for my granddaughter. Call: 766-1132 FOR SALE: Phillips 26 inch TV. Older style but has good picture. The outside measurements 28 in. wide, 21 in high, 20 in. deep. Complete with remote. $500 pesos. Call: 766-2850. FOR SALE: American made, Vita Hot Tub, seats 6 comfortably, Perfect condition, entirely self-contained, 18 jets, to include energy saver and aromatherapy, interior lights. New marine grade cover (including new Styrofoam), cover has ties down locks. Included with sale is lovely ornate iron step ladder, for ease of entry, Has single/double pump system. Price: $3,699.00 USD. For photos or more info call Christine or Barry at 376-762-1628 or email heltonbcs@aol. com. FOR SALE: UNLOCKED Nokia Lumia 520 Smart Phone excellent condition with TPU cover, charger. You also get these added features with the 520: Audio recorder, Camera, Gps (NO DATA REQUIRED) Phone, Computer, Unit convertor, Pda, Email, Calculator, Skype, Video cam, Translator Mp3 player/music, Alarm, Level, Clock, Timer, Text messenger And more... FOR SALE: tow master, folding tow bar with mounting brackets, portable lights and safety cables. All in good condition, Price: $200 u.s.d or equal. Mail: andyschroder@ FOR SALE: High performance Buffalo N300 router. 300 Mbps single band. Gigabit Ethernet. Price: $50 US. Call: 765-4951. FOR SALE: Complete Shaw Satellite System for sale, 1 year old, paid 11,000 pesos installed, 2 Motorola, HDTV, Doby digital, Star Choice receivers with remotes and 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; satellite dish, asking $5,000 pesos OBO FOR SALE: White queen size sheets for Sale. Bought last year at Suburbia, Price: $375.00 MXN. Contact: 766-2268. FOR SALE: Dulce Gusto Cappuccino Machine. Cappuccino machine that uses pods for the milk and coffee. Excellent condition. If interested, I have numerous boxes of the pods that you can have for free, but they are expired (dry product, should still be good). Price: $750 MXN. FOR SALE: Roku 2 XD HD Streamer. Access over 600 channels of live TV, movies, music. Live Sports. Surround sound. Used very little, in original box. Price: $50 US. Call: 765-4951. FOR SALE: Outdoor Furniture. Three seat settee, two chairs, table made of mesquite wood. Price: $2000 pesos OBO. Call: 766-0887. :$17(' A person with a 3/4 ton pickup. We need a Canadian person with a 3/4 ton pickup truck to help us get a trailer from Baja Sur, we will pay all expenses and pay you $500.00, please phone 766-3118. FOR SALE: Corner cabinet. Glass door on top with 2 shelves. 2 doors on bottom with 2 shelves. 2000 pesos Also Buffet 3 sliding drawers at top. 3 doors on bottom with 2 shelves. $2000 pesos. Call: 7664105. FOR SALE: Zaldi New Kent Dressage

Saddle, 17.5 inch medium tree, excellent nearly new condition. Price: $15000 Pesos. :$17(' Golf Cart or Car Rental. Looking for a monthly rate on a golf cart or car rental approximately November 5 - December 5, 2015. Please shoot me an email: FOR SALE: 2 Rexton Calibra BTE Hearing. Five years old; work great. Got at Costco. Now have new SOTA set. These are digital with two channels to cut down ambient noise. Price: $200 US OBRE. Call: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: Waring Pro Meat Grinder WG-100. Used 3X. All accessories and like new condition. Includes sausage maker. Great if you use it; not a good deal if you use it 1 or 2 times and then put it away. Price: $75.00 US. Call: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: Full DVR set up. Just like LCS. You can transfer VHS to DVD, even if copy protected. This is the same set-up that LCS uses. You can also record from any source that has outputs. You get: Video stabilizer; Samsung combination DVD/VHS player; Phillips DVDR 3390 player/recorder. Price: $2000.00. Call: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: Water pump. Price: $550.00. Call: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: 1/2 HP water pump with WUDQVLWLRQÂżWWLQJWR39&3ULFH2%52 Call: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: Several items. Citizen Digital BP monitor. CH-617. $200. Wireless Video/Audio Camera Ajoka AJ-007S $300. Wagan 150W AC Inverter. $200. Call: 376765-6348 (USA) 818-570-5660 FOR SALE: Large (130cm x 200cm ) Area Rug. Purchased from rug sellers on carretera in Ajijic for $2400pesos. Selling for half price $1200pesos. Soft browns, oranges and yellows. :$17(' Want to buy an RV. Posting for a friend who wants a class a motorhome or travel trailer. He is willing to pay same amount here as it would sell for in the U.S. but not more. Please pm me or e mail FOR SALE: Memory foam mattress double (matrimonial) used 4 months. Price: $2,250. Pesos. FOR SALE: Burgundy leather recliner. Purchased at Furniture for Less. Price: SHVRV ÂżUP  FOR SALE: Break-in prevention. Mexican style wooden furniture with secret drawers to hide laptops, jewelry, money, documents. If you don´t say, nobody will know where your valuables are hidden. :$17(' Looking for a piano bench. I have a Yamaha DGX 505 Portable Grand keyboard. I am sure a regular piano bench would work. If possible, music storage underneath would be great. Call: 045-331382-4771. :$17(' Looking to purchase an Inversion Table please. Call: 376-766-2805. FOR SALE: Heavy duty home Nautilus waist and abdominal machine. Upholstered seat. Very lightly used. 48â&#x20AC;?(120cm) high x 38â&#x20AC;?(97cm) long x 35 1/2â&#x20AC;?(90cm) wide x 150lbs.(68kg). All original manuals. Price: $5000ps. Call: 765-2445. FOR SALE: Mighty Mac chipper shredder model 12PT made by Amerind MacK-

issic, Inc. 7hp Briggs & Stratton engine. Lightly used. Chips up to 3â&#x20AC;? caliper and shreds up to 1â&#x20AC;? caliper. All original manuals. Price: $8000ps. Call: 765-2445. FOR SALE: Clay Cookware. Received two as a wedding gift. $1,000 pesos new. Price: $400 pesos. Call: 376-766-1132. FOR SALE: Delonghi portable air conditioner/heater, never used, all accessories included, instruction booklet. Price: $495.00 US DLLS, OBO. FOR SALE: YAMAHA Digital surround sound home theater system, model yht 100, receiver, 2 main speakers, 2 rear speakers, center speaker and subwoofer plus accessories. Price: $549.00 US DLLS, OBO. FOR SALE: Catamarin Prindle 16 w Trailer. Hulls in excellent condition. No SDWFKHV LQ ÂżEUHJODVV 6DLOV IHHO OLNH QHZ Trampoline, stays, and rudder lines are new, No Mexican registration papers but have pvs. bills of sale. Price: $10,000 peVRVÂżUP&DOO FOR SALE: Unframed painting Robe du Soir by Linda Le Kinff 30 x 24 2005 Seriolithograph in color on paper. Signed in the plate. Price: $50 US. FOR SALE: Unframed painting Morning Social by Itzchak Tarkay 15 3/4 x 24 2005 Seriolithograph in color on paper. Signed in the plate. Price: $75 US. FOR SALE: Unframed painting Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill of Rights by Marilyn Zapp 18 x 24. Price: $50 US. FOR SALE: Unframed print Musical Sphere by Anatole Krasnyansky 25 1/4 x 4 2005 Seriolithograph in color on paper. Signed in the plate. Reg # 1530935494. Price: $50 US. FOR SALE: High end Sea Eagle Fast 7UDFN  LQĂ&#x20AC;DWDEOH ND\DN 1HDUO\ QHZ used 5 times. Seats 1-2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pro Packageâ&#x20AC;?

,QFOXGHV VHDWV SDGGOHV Ă&#x20AC;RWDWLRQ YHVWV foot pump, foot rest, stow bags, carry bag, repair kit. Price: $600 USD; $9,000 MXP, or b.o. FOR SALE: Will buy & Pick up Your unwanted motorcycle. Non plated or us plated OK ! email ZLWKSULFHDQGVSHFLÂżFV FOR SALE: Large wooden computer GHVNZLWKKXWFKSXOORXWWUD\VÂżOHGUDZHU shelves and cupboards. Very attractive and in excellent condition. Price: $2500 pesos. Call: 765-2484. FOR SALE: 17â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1989 Centurion Ski Boat. 351 Cleveland Ford inboard engine, full boat cover, comes with trailer, owner returning to states. Price: $3750.00 USD. Call: 376-766-0261. FOR SALE: PORTABLE A/C ON WHEELS. Hot weather will be here soon. This is a great large room A/C. Economical to use on local 110/115. Includes instructions and remote control. Fedders from NOB. Can also be used just as a fan. Price: $1,350 MXN. Call: 376-766-1213. FOR SALE: 9-DVD BOX SET MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Enjoy the best performances of your favorite rock and soul stars of the 70s on this legendary TV show. Still factory wrapped. NEW - $139USD Now only $1000 pesos. Call: 766-4106. FOR SALE: Two lovely obelisks for your garden climbers. Large one, 9in diameter X 31in high and smaller one 6in diameter X 23in high. Both included in price. Price $250P. FOR SALE: Hanging Bamboo divider 45in wide and 6ft long. I have two. They were bought locally for 850P. I used them on my terrace and they provided privacy but allowed access to any breeze. They are individually priced. Price: $500P. Call: 376-766-5870.

FOR SALE: Shaw Receiver with remote DSR317. Price: $500p. Call: 7654590. FOR SALE: Complete Shaw Satellite System includes Dish, HD Receiver, and Remote. Price: $4,000 obo. FOR SALE: Complete surround sound system complete with remote control. One year old. Purchased for $16,499 Pesos asking 1/2 price or best offer. Speakers and controls. Excellent condition. Price: $8250 Pesos. Call: 765-7061. FOR SALE: red kayak for sale 10 feet long come with paddle and vest red recreational kayak, one person sit in two free lessons. Price: $4000 pesos. FOR SALE: Nebby Nebulizer. Price: $50.00. Call: 376-765-7373. FOR SALE: Tracer 1000 Wheel Chair. Price: $175.00. Call: 376-765-7373.

FOR SALE: Perfecto2 Home oxygen concentrator. Price: $700.00. Call: 376765-7373. FOR SALE: FIRE ENGINE RED. Golden Technology 3 wheeler scooter comes complete with Hydraulic lift and 2 sets of ramps, sadly its owner never got to have the pleasure of riding upon it. Price: $2000usd obo. Call: 766-4456. :$17(' Wanting a set of free weights and bench in good shape. Would prefer metal weights but will also consider the plastic covered type. Call: 765-7628. FOR SALE: Three pair Ecco lace-up shoes size 37, excellent condition. Black leather. Tan Nubuck and Light Tan leather. Make offer. Afternoons 765-7629.

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El Ojo del Lago / May 2015

El Ojo del Lago - May 2015  

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

El Ojo del Lago - May 2015  

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