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0DUJDUHW9DQ(YHU\WDNHVDFORVHORRNDWDERRNVXEWLWOHG A Book of LivesFRZULWWHQE\WKHÂżUVW0H[LFDQ$PHULcan US Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

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6 CONUNDRUMS Dr. Lorin Swinehart studies a long-time anomaly: How so many avowed Christians can follow the dictates of a woman who built a quasi-religion based on VHOÂżVKQHVV DQG FDOORXV GLVUHJDUG IRU others far less fortunate than themselves.

10 CANINE COMPASSION John Ward scathingly addresses an unknown (as yet) serial killer of dogs here at Lakeside, labeling the culprit a psychotic personality, (among other less complimentary characteristics.)

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12 Imprints 14 Bridge By Lake 16 Uncommon Sense

30 HUMOR

23 Front Row Center

Tom Nussbaum takes us through a rather surrealistic trip as he merrily surfs through a myriad of TV channels.

24 Anyone Can Train Dog

40 INSTANT RELIEF When John Hicks morosely mulls over his age, he reminds himself that from a geological standpoint, he is still incredible young. Hey, whatever works!

32 Welcome To Mexico

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n December 17, 1927, twelve- year-old Marion Parker was abducted from her Los Angeles school by career criminal William Edward Hickman, who had previously committed at least one murder and a string of armed robberies. Because she recognized him as a former employee in her father’s bank, Hickman strangled the pre-teen and proceeded to sever her arms and legs, disembowel her and stuff her with rags. He later admitted that she might have been alive when the dismemberment took place. Since her father insisted upon seeing his daughter before paying a ransom, Hickam wrapped her corpse in a blanket, wired her eyes open so as to give the impression of life, and placed her in the back seat of his car. Once the ransom was collected, Hickman flung her mangled corpse onto the pavement before her father’s horrified eyes and sped off. Hickman later insisted, “What is good for me is right,” when questioned about the immorality of his deed. After a lengthy trial during which his insanity plea was rejected, Hickman was found guilty and hanged. Far from the superman he imagined himself to be, it was reported that he went whimpering and trembling to his fate. The philosopher Ayn Rand—actually more a shrill and angry ideologue than one who seeks truth through reason--praised Hickman’s “unrestrained self-interest”, referring to him as, “A genuinely beautiful soul,” and, “The best and strongest expression of a real man’s psychology I have heard.” Apparently, Rand did not consider Marion Parker or her bereaved father beautiful souls. Rand proceeded to model her most prominent literary characters on Hickman, including “Howard Roark,” protagonist of her novel The Fountainhead, and both “Hank Rearden” and “John Galt” in Atlas Shrugged. Of Roark she said, “He was born without the ability to consider others,” “He can never realize and feel

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other people,” and, “Other people do not exist for him. He does not see why they should.” An unrepentant sociopath, Rand’s concocted theories, known as objectivism, that manifest nothing more unique or edifying than a crack-brained form of Social Darwinism that would have given Herbert Spencer pause, a concept of the ubermensch that would cause Nietzsche’s Zarathrustra and Jack London’s “Wolf Larsen” to blush. In Atlas Shrugged, her characters, who appear mired in an imaginary disintegrating social and economic world, repeatedly express their defeatism by asking, “Who is John Galt?” a shadowy inventor who epitomizes Hickman’s—and Rand’s—sociopathology. It would seem that all ethical considerations begin with a simple question, “How would you like it if the shoe were on the other foot,” a concept that is fairly universal. We rise above the sort of self interest advocated by Rand when we accord to others the same sort of treatment we wish for ourselves. However, any suggestion of generosity or sacrifice drove Rand into paroxysms of rabidity. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan took hypocrisy to stratospheric levels during the 2012 presidential election when, after repeatedly conducting Ayn Rand seminars and stating , “Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism,” he discovered to his shock and horror that she was an atheist, a reality that the rest of us were fully aware of as college sophomores over fifty years ago. Given that Rand openly scoffed


and sneered at Christianity throughout her career, even printing antiChristian greeting cards to be distributed at Christmas, Ryan’s professed innocence regarding her atheism is in itself miraculous. Ryan now identifies St. Thomas Aquinus as his favorite philosopher, and it is to be hoped that he reads the works of the great saint with better understanding than he would have us believe he ever did Rand’s. Andrew Puzder, who was Mr.Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor before removing himself from consideration, has said that he perceives no incompatibility between Ayn Rand’s views and Christianity, an assertion that could only be uttered by The Man with Two Brains, given that Rand condemns all acts of altruism and all charitable and empathic impulses. Mr. Trump himself has called himself an Ayn Rand fan and has said of The Fountainhead, “It relates to business and beauty and life and inner emotions.” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has called The Fountainhead his favorite book, and both former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford have identified themselves as Rand acolytes. Given Ayn Rand’s stone-cold characters and her habit of creating straw men to serve as targets for her bile, her work would probably have been consigned to the literary scrap heap long ago, appealing only to the philosophically befuddled and to naïve college sophomores, who, one can hope, soon get over it. Her contorted vision has found fertile ground, however, among Libertarian Party purists and Tea Party populists, as well as a few wealthy, frenzied ideologues in possession of unlimited funds with which to contaminate the airwaves with demagogic bloviations aimed at the resentful, the unlettered, the naïve, and the stubbornly ignorant. It is ironic that those who compose the modern approximation of Karl Marx’s lumpen proletariat are heavily represented among the ranks of the Tea Party, a faction of the body politic that Rand would have despised as worthless untermensch. The industrial West, including the United States, did pass through a world closely parallel to the abysmal society imagined by Rand and the Objectivists, that period labeled “The Gilded Age” by Mark Twain, a time characterized by sweat shops, insufficient incomes, sixteen hour workdays, child labor, horrific working conditions in factories and mines, killer smog, a devastated landscape, vast poverty and despair, and conspicuous consumption by the mana-

gerial class (partiers lighting their cigars with $100 bills, while people across the street lived in squalor). That was 19th century America. Rand would have it all back, only worse. Many of the robber barons of the Victorian Age did, late in life, experience a change of heart and turn to philanthropy, sometimes competing with one another in their generosity. Rand would be outraged by such acts of kindness. To her, unbridled self-interest is the only virtue, manifested in unrestrained industrialism and, one can only conclude, kidnapping, murder and mutilation. She entitled one of her diatribes “The Virtue of Selfishness.” Rand also condemned environmental protection. After reading Atlas Shrugged many years ago, I tossed it aside in disgust when her protagonist swooned at the sight of beautiful, pristine southwestern Colorado turned into a smoke belching industrial hell. I found the entire novel to be cold, lifeless, soul-numbing, with even the sex scenes as alluring as the mechanical coupling of automatons. In the dystopian society promoted by Rand, there would be no Social Security, no Medicare, no public education, no environmental protection, no municipal services whatsoever except for the few who could afford them, no Food and Drug Administration, and no minimum wage. Rand even condemned the Sherman AntiTrust Act as penalizing success. Salvation Army buckets would remain empty. Pleas for contributions to worthy causes, from CARE, Doctors without Borders, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the ASPCA, the World Wildlife Fund and all others would go unanswered. Tales of disease and the starvation of infants in faraway lands would occasion no sorrow and inspire no humanitarian impulses. If a corporation like Mylan chose to raise the price of lifesaving EpiPens by 600%, there would be no consequences. A presidential candidate seeking some sort of sexual gratification by groping the genitals of unwary females would not suffer at the polls. Air would become unfit to breath, and water undrinkable. Earth would become a ravaged cinder, incapable of sustaining life. Oliver Twist would be answered with a firm no, when he pleaded, “Please, Sir, may I have some more?” Does the current crop of so-called conservatives relish the prospect of such a world, or do they simply not give a Dr. Lorin damn? Swinehart

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LOTERIA CARDS AND FORTUNE POEMS: A BOOK OF LIVES (San Francisco: City Lights Books) 1999

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t’s a mixed compliment when one’s race, gender, or sexual preference modifies the noblesse of an achievement, and yet we can say hooray, another barrier broken. Juan Felipe Herrera, first Chicano US Poet Laureate, has the added distinction of having been granted a second term of office. To understand Chicano literature, we must first understand the meanings of Chicano and Chicanismo. The term Chicano, with ethnic, political and cultural implications, was invented by Mexican Americans to describe themselves and it has been used since the early 20th century to designate people of Mexican origin born in the US. The term gained popularity and was used with pride after the United Farm Workers movement of the ‘70s, led by Cesar Chavez. Chicano is distinct from Latino or Hispanic in that it specifically honors its cultural derivation from Mexico—her history, political struggles, Meso-American prehistory, and family-centered society. Chicano literature, also known as Brown Lit, has been around by that designation at least since the 1960s though few of us are familiar with the names of noted Chicano writers like Abelardo Delgado (“Awesome Americaâ€?), Trinidad SĂĄnchez (“Why Am I So Brown?â€?), and Rodolfo Gonzales (“Yo Soy JoaquĂ­nâ€?). Ironically, the poster poet for Chicanismo, Juan Felipe Herrera, though son of Mexican migrant workers in California and perfectly fitting the Chicano definition, breaks radically from the mold owing mainly to his level of education. He obtained degrees from UCLA, Stanford, and the Iowa Writers Workshop, and is now an Associate Professor of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno. In his poetry, he commands an intellectual perspective combined with a “hipâ€? voice/persona, seldom if ever resorting to the well-worn theme of confused cultural identity at the core of Chicanismo. Described as poet, performer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist, he comes with a slew of impressive awards including the Pen USA Literary Award for Poetry, 2008, and Guggenheim Fel-

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lowship for Creative Arts, 2010. For his book Half of the World in Light, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2008. Other distinctions include Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011, Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015, and the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 36th L.A. Times Book Prizes 2016, as well as US Poet Laureate, 2015, 2016. Herrera is clearly an anointed member of the literary establishment. This review is about an unusual collection of poems entitled Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives. The work is a collaboration between Herrera and Michoacån graphics artist Artemio Rodríguez, whose linocuts accompany each of the poems. The book draws its inspiration from the popular Mexican parlor game of Lotería that was rooted in an Aztec game with astrological and religious significance. The game is played with a deck of cards, each of which displays an image that may appear on a player’s board (instead of numbers as in Bingo). A caller draws from the deck and announces the image to the players in obscure poetic clues. Players whose board contains the image put a bean on that image until someone’s board is filled. Pictures are as whimsically diverse as the nopal, bad government, scissors, the Zapatista, fire, the scorpion, sadness, and the prodigal son. It is ingenious, this union of illustrations and poetry based on Lotería—a blend of concepts and iconography


of Mexicanidad and Chicanidad. The Mexicanidad is rendered by Rodgríguez in visually dense, evocatively intense cartoons, stylistically naive while sequestering impenetrable meanings. Chicanidad is reflected in obtuse street jargon suggesting the absurdity and pain of humans vis-a-vis their social, political, and religious institutions. The prevailing attitude is that of the sociopolitical culture of protest that dominated El Movimiento during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Herrera personally knew and was influenced by Allen Ginsberg and the Beats of San Francisco. Rodríguez’s images were the departure points for Herrera’s poetry. Rodríguez, in fact, had drawn these lottery images after first moving to the US in 1994, before he knew Herrera. In his bio in the book, we are given this account of the drawings that became the visual half of the collaboration: . . . [Rodríguez] began to feel that he must count for the life and the world that he had left behind on the other side of the border. This was when the idea of creating a personal lotería began to take shape, and it quickly expanded in directions the artist had not anticipated. It grew from the nostalgic remembrance of a country and a culture into a project of universal scope, an attempt to redraw and . . . recreate the world and its contents . . . . In this blend of the visual and verbal arts, a Bingo confluence of Mexico and the US, we’ve got the perfect expression of Chicanismo, verdad? You can call me the freezing child below the tit, but I’m not getting much nourishment. Herrera’s poetry increased my understanding of Brown Lit as if I had wandered through a museum displaying cultural curiosities from a distant place and era. I groove on the sound of the poetry and a craziness about it, but it is witty in a way I don’t quite get and the cleverness doesn’t touch my heart. I have the feeling that the udder is beyond even the grasp of his fellow Chicanos. It is, in the end, a well-wrought game. It’s fun if you’re in on it, but most

of us are just window shopping. Ultimately, we can’t make ourselves like what critics say is good. Take, for example, New York Times critic Stephen Burt, who praises Herrera as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.” I fail to see much ethnic identity or pride in his work, though I agree that it is irreducibly individual. There was a time I would have felt inept for disagreeing with the appraisal of a NY Times critic. I can’t find any Chicanos in these parts or I’d ask them what they think. Upon discussing Herrera with several educated Mexicans, I discover I’m not alone. They, too, are intrigued with the drawings but haven’t a clue about the meaning of the poetry. As we near the historical moment when brown becomes the color of the majority in the US, perhaps we might ask whether there is still a need for this special category of literature. It already seems to be doing away with itself. Margaret Van Every

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ou must be a very brave man… not that it takes bravery to buy poison and place it into raw chicken and drop that poisoned chicken in various locations for dogs to find and eat, no, that doesn’t take bravery, that takes a certain psychotic personality disorder with sociopathic tendencies. That takes an enormous degree of psychological damage. In fact, enough psychological damage that it would allow cruelty most normal people wouldn’t be able to muster against a decent, domesticated animal which shows only love and loyalty to its owner. I say you are brave, not in any positive interpretation of the word, but in a low, cunning, hateful way, because

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if you are ever caught… I do not want to get into threats, but there are only a few ways your capture would resolve. Either, the person who caught you would make sure you are turned into the police. This would be the least of your worries. Since cruelty to animals is now a crime punishable by a prison term, you would be eating beans and tortillas for years while some of the animal loving prisoners passed you around for their sexual amusement. Far worse than that fate, is being caught by those who would not turn you in to the authorities. There are those who love their dogs more than they love life. There are those who understand the ancient pact made between man and dog when first we domesticated them and used them to

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defend our families, our homes, our livestock, to be companions when we needed companionship and in some cases there are those who consider their dogs as part of their family. Of that category there are those who would pick your bait up, follow you home and force you to eat your own poison. That would be the most merciful thing to do, because, on the other hand, there are those who say: “Why should someone as decent and brilliant and productive as Stephen Hawking have to live the way he does, in a wheelchair, unable to speak or function without the help of sophisticated machines, slowly deteriorating and in constant pain when there are people like you - a psychopathic, dog murdering, pile of human feces, a suppurating pustule polluting the world, walking around on two unbroken legs and using his able bodied circumstances to kill dogs?” Those people might see a terrible injustice in the world that needs righting and may put you in a bath-chair the rest of your miserable life, blubbering to your caretaker about how you hate dogs through a mouth full of broken teeth. Yes, indeed you are a brave man. You’re not too bright though, are you? I mean, Mexico has children running around the streets playing in the

sunshine, laughing and having fun without a care in the world. What if one of those children picked up one of your poisoned leavings and ate it? You would be responsible for the death of a child. How would that feel to you? If you are smiling now, you should definitely seek psychological help and pray that you are kept in a rubber room the rest of your life. If you are not smiling now - quit while you can, because you are taking an enormous risk on several fronts. John Ward


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For reasons unclear this remaining blog entry from my Argentina trip has remained parked in “draft” mode for over two years, but the experience is far too rich not to share, and it’s a fitting epilogue! A taste for Malbec honed during my visit to Mendoza and regularly refreshed to this day is a constant reminder of a entire delightful day spent wineryhopping. A privately guided tour and tastings at three Mendoza wineries is my only real splurge on this trip. The cultivation of grapes %RGHJD1RUWRQ0HQGR]DJUDSHVRQWKH and the making of wine has vine

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been a part of Argentina since the Spaniards and Jesuits first arrived almost 500 years ago. British investment funded the development Argentina’s railroads and Edmund Norton was the British engineer responsible for pushing the track through the Andes. In 1895 he began importing French vines to establish the winery in Mendoza which still bears his name. It’s just one more aspect of the Anglo-Argentine connection which emphatically contradicts the message of the brief Malvinas conflict. All of the Mendoza vineyards I visit have two things in common. One is the canopy screens suspended above the vineyards to protect them from frequent hailstorms peculiar to this microclimate. I’m told that the Argentine air force is actually employed to seed storm clouds in order to blunt storm development. The other is an irrigation system that stores mountain runoff in dammed lakes and delivers it to the otherwise arid region either as drip irrigation or the older field-flooding method. Interestingly enough, historical accounts confirm that the Spaniards found upon first arriving in the area that indigenous peoples had employed a similar method to irrigate their crops there for centuries. The quality of this memorable day has lots to do with my tour guide Cecilia and her remise driver Roberto. Cecilia speaks excellent English and patiently endures my torrent of questions about daily life in Argentina that have nothing whatsoever to do with Mendoza or wineState-of-the-art equipment at Bodega Norton


making. A designated driver notwithstanding, they wisely determine that a scheduled first tasting a bit before noon strongly suggests a 3-winery limit to my day. They couldn’t have chosen three wineries capable of delivering a more diverse experience. Bodega Norton. The view from the Norton vineyards of the snow-capped Andes, rising high above the two lower, nearer ranges, is postively breathtaking.   Norton was among the first of the Argentine wineries to make a name for itself in the States when Argentina began in the ’90s to shift from production of inexpensive wines for domestic consumption to quality wines for export. The vineyards and winery are now privately held by the Swarovski family of crystal glass fame, and their investment has updated it into a state-ofthe-art winery. The tasting room is contemporary Bodega Norton cellars

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in its design and the vats are all stainless steel, but there’s lots of charm remaining in cellars racked with miles of bottles! Bodega Alta Vista. More history remains intact at Bodega Alta Vista than at  Norton even though it, too,  is now owned by a multinational winemaker. Most interesting here were the old concrete vats still in use. In order to maintain the proper temperature during the coolest months of the year, the original owners stoked wood fires under the vats. Bodega La Garde.  If I had in my mind’s eye an image of the quintessential Mendoza winery it’s Bodega LaGarde, which has been family owned and operated since 1897.

The city has crept to the winery’s edge in the years since it was built, but it still retains all of the charm of an old country chateau. Scattered across the grounds are winemaking implements from a bygone age. A master chef serves gourment meals in a beautiful dining room, and it is here that we lunch fashionably late in the day.  The atmosphere is serenely otherworldly, auRestaurant at Bodega LaGarde thentic and timeless. I could sit here until the moon rises, but I have a morning flight back to Buenos Aires.   The Malbec here is exquisite, and three bottles of the 2007 D.O.C. are headed for my bags and on to the States. Antonio Ramblés

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One of the first lessons that new bridge players learn is the Blackwood Convention and there is often a good deal of excitement when they get to bid it as it usually means a slam may be in the offing. However, as in most things in life, the exception proves the rule and this month’s deal played at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club contains a good lesson for players of all levels. North dealt and opened one club which caught South’s attention as that player, holding 18 high card points, anticipated his side could be heading for slam territory. South responded one heart and North showed his spade holding with his rebid. This in turn led South to rebid two diamonds, a convention know as Fourth Suit Forcing To Game, which said nothing about diamonds but simply informed North that their side could not stop short of game unless East-West entered the fray and were doubled for penalties. It also asked North for a further description of his hand. South was hoping his partner would be able to bid two hearts showing three card support or, failing that, two no trump showing a diamond stopper, but being top heavy in the black suits North had to compromise with a bid of 3

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clubs. This caused South some concern until he remembered an agreement he had with this partner: “If the first time no trump is bid is at the four level, and a trump suit has not been agreed or implied, then that bid is not Blackwood but merely quantative and invitational”. Fortunately for the partnership North was on the same wavelength and after due consideration passed the bid of four no-trump. As can be seen, that is the optimum contract as West had a normal diamond lead and, with the heart queen off side, 10 tricks were the maximum available. Some players who believe that four no-trump always has to be Blackwood (or its newer variation, Roman Key Card Blackwood) will have some difficulty including this alternative theory in their repertoire, but a close examination of the illustrated hand will show it was the only logical bid in this case. There is no downside I can see. If South had wanted to show a six card (or longer) heart suit he could simply have bid it at the three level knowing partner could not pass as they were in a game force situation. Similarly, South could have bid three clubs, three diamonds or three spades (to show four or more in the suit) before deciding where the contract should be played. Without a clear agreement as to the meaning of four no-trump in this case, South would have had only two unappetizing alternatives after the call of three clubs: a gross underbid of three no-trump or a bid of Blackwood which would get the contract too high. If you wish to add this treatment to agreements with your favourite partners, be prepared for some lengthy discussions as old habits die hard but in the long run it will pay dividends if you can win them over. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@gmail. com Ken Masson


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ou may have read about the melee at Middlebury College over the invitation of a controversial speaker to address the student body. When Middlebury professor Allison Stanger invited Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute to campus, they were met by an angry mob of students who physically confronted them and sent Dr. Stanger to the hospital. Charles Murray, you may remember, is the author of the 1994 book, The Bell Curve, which many attacked as racist because of the connections it drew between race and intelligence. Dr. Stanger herself disagreed with many of Murray’s ideas but had invited him to campus at the request of several students who wanted to hear him speak. Dr. Stanger, appropriately, thought it would be a good way to demonstrate a “free and fair exchange of views” in her classroom. Obviously, the panel discussion never took place, to the detriment of education at Middlebury College. These events are not uncommon. I remember receiving an explanatory letter from the president of my alma mater, Brown, in 2013, when a group of Brown students objected to a speech by Raymond Kelly because they believed he was guilty of racial profiling. The students shouted and booed so loudly when Kelly tried to speak, that the event had to be canceled. I remember when two students approached me when I was teaching at my community college in Maine and informed me that they could not read the book I had assigned in class. The reason they gave me was that the book presumed that the theory of evolution was correct, and they were born-again Christians and could not read something that was against their religious beliefs. I could go on. The degree of intolerance on college campuses to contrary ideas is well-documented and unfortunate. As I replied to my students, “You don’t have to agree with

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%LOO)UD\HU everything you read or hear on campus, but you are here to be exposed to new ideas. Besides, how can you disagree with something you don’t completely understand?” Where is a better place to be exposed to new and challenging ideas than a college campus? No one said education should be comfortable. Confronting ideas with which you are inclined to disagree is difficult, but necessary. I think this controversy on college campuses reflects a larger problem with our society. People, liberal and conservative alike, do not like having to think about arguments with which they disagree. That’s why people seek out news outlets which reflect their own biases. If you only hear opinions you can enthusiastically agree with, you are necessarily uninformed. If you are not exposed to and do not thoroughly understand what your opponents are arguing, you do not really understand all sides of an issue. You have not really earned the right to have an opinion on the subject. Those who have been reading this column for the past ten years will recognize my bias here. One of my major academic interests was teaching critical thinking. In order to think clearly about an issue, you have to have a clear understanding of all its aspects. You cannot be intellectually complacent. You cannot just hang out with like-minded people and never confront difficult ideas. When you engage in honest dialogue with an intellectual or political opponent, you soon discover that he or she is not a complete idiot. You might even learn something if you come out of your comfort zone. Universities should obviously be places for the free and honest exchange of ideas. But so should churches, coffee shops, and workplaces. We need to do something to emerge from our tribalism, before it’s too late.


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slight but unmistakable glint of light caught his eye. He rolled over in his sleeping bag to see if Martha was awake. Her sleeping bag was flat, as if she had made a bed so it would be warm when she returned. Perhaps she’d risen early in order to find a handy “bathroom bush” nearby. Dan unzipped his bag, stood up, and pushed open the tent flap. The sun was rising behind the mountains, and he could hear the stuttered call of birds, happy to be alive and in flight.   He looked around.  Martha was gone.  Maybe she had hiked down the deer trail

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to wash up at the lake. Brr.  A slight breeze was lifting.  Dan slipped into his sandals, grabbed his sweatshirt and headed toward the lake. The water was incandescent. Streaks of morning light shone up through its glassy surface. Dan scanned along the shoreline—broken branches, the sound of water lapping, birds flitting across the brightening sky.  No Martha. He began to worry.   Against habit, he shouted Martha’s name. “Martha. Martha, are you here? Yell if you are.” He paused to listen. Silence, and the eerie feeling that he was alone in this vast wilderness. He saw a large branch at the edge of the woods behind him, picked it up, and placed it conspicuously at the place where he had stood—a marker, so he would know where he had first begun to walk. Then, if he didn’t find her, he would discover the branch, and walk in the opposite direction.   Thirty minutes later, Dan turned back and discovered his branch at the shore. He paused for a moment, and then decided to return to the campsite before continuing his search in the opposite direction. As he climbed the trail upward through the woods and was finally within view of the campsite, he stopped, suddenly, and could feel his heart pounding. He knew this feeling: it was panic. Either he was lost, or everything he had once possessed was gone:   the tent, camp chairs, sleeping bags, and his hiking boots. He ran the last few yards to the site. The ashes from the evening’s campfire had cooled. This was their campsite. He looked around, terrified. His backpack had vanished, too, and with it, his drinking water, bear spray, map, wallet and car keys. He heard a sound above him and looked up into the trees. The suspended bear bag, once heavy with food, now flopped back and forth in the wind.


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It’s a symptom of their stage of life, a product of their age. Adolescents have to disagree and posture, pout and rage. That teenage chemical is now rampaging through each vein, bringing self-doubt, embarrassment, confusion and disdain. Nothing so discomforting as advice of a parent. Teens crave emancipation, but go through with it? They daren’t. They may neglect their family time in favor of their friends. The list of what is wrong with you? Somehow it never ends. If you could just dress better, they might find it easier to admit you were their parents when they run into you. But as it is they meet your eye, their own eyes simply narrowing. They walk by like a stranger. To address you would be harrowing. You rip your jeans and cut your hair so it looks freshly tumbled, but you cannot please them. If you try, you will be humbled. “Gross,” they’ll say, “You’re not a kid, so why attempt to be one?” But if you keep your present look, they’ll say that you are no fun. How can one be as old as you and not know anything? For their advice, they’ll go online to consult the I Ching. Ouiji boards and seances bring advice from the past. It seems words really ancient contain more of a blast. So parents, do not anguish if you can’t reach your at-hand kids, Just wait ’til you have passed away and talk to your great-grandkids!

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Afterglow look to the East when the sun is low pause with willing eyes to seek what finer hues in contrasts show we rise at dawn, rough plots to hoe, another trek to another week, look to the East when the sun is low through afternoons we tread on slow our senses dull, none bespeak, what finer hues in contrasts show vain ambitions fail to grow, tempests rage yet do not speak, look to the East when the sun is low tell, what timeless craft do artists know to refine a lissome blush of cheek what finer hues in contrasts show do not succumb to that undertow step out of time, let light critique what finer hues in contrasts show look to the East when the sun is low

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Editor’s Page - March 2017 Herbert Piekow This is one of those stories that renews faith in all humanity. In my heart I hope that Celsito has succeeded and that he remembers you as fondly as you do him. Editor’s Page - March 2017 Mohr Nice to know who you are through this story, and where your heart is. You are the man I have respected and with whom l have shared friendship thru the years. Great story. Rob Tired, Just Tired Bonnie Hall You wrote from the heart my dear friend, and I think many of us should take what you wrote to heart. Most of us are retired, we shouldn’t always be in a hurry or feel stressed. We should all step back and be honest

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with ourselves, and then make time for ourselves. Thank you, Kathy, for your words of wisdom. I love you my friend! The Lakeside’s “Mister Bojangles” Mark Gulko Thank you for this lovely story. We’ve only lived here a short time but have met Paul, heard about him a little. But this filled in so many blanks. Tom Nussbaum Without personally knowing Paul Katz, I have always suspected he had a fascinating story to tell and was worthy of an El Ojo del Lago article. Thank you Tom Eck for doing it. It was time. Thank You, Mother! Gabrielle Blair A touching story with tons of sentiment without being cloying and sentimental.


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ary Richards has created a play that is tailor-made for community theater, and for older actors and audiences. “Reginald Herring” is a widower, and he decides to sell his New York home, pack up and move to a retirement community in Florida which he describes as “God’s Waiting Room.” The theme of the play is that life goes on, and romance is always possible even or perhaps especially when one is older. The “joke” is that poor bewildered Reginald is pursued by several women, simply because he’s alive and available. Shades of Ajijic! Richard Miller plays Reginald with some skill. It’s a big part and he’s onstage throughout. I felt that there could have been more character development, though he doesn’t have too many interesting lines. Richard

is a newcomer to LLT (though not to the stage) and we were lucky to have him available for this play. His very attractive neighbor “Sheila Haskett” is well played by Florette Schnelle who has a lot of fun being the femme fatale next door. She entices Reginald with casseroles and golf lessons, and he has a hard time keeping his eye on the ball! Meanwhile he is also taking piano lessons from “Bev Perkins” who is caricatured by Mary Hunt with a weird southern accent. Mary is a really good actor, as we saw earlier this

season in Outside Mullingar – here she throws caution to the wind, and the audience appreciated her crazy performance. Reginald’s best friends in New York are “Ernie Cabella” and his wife “Doris” who are played by Greg Clarke and Judy Long. Ernie is delightfully outspoken and disgusting, and Greg lights up the stage whenever he appears. Unfortunately the author kills him off in the first Act, though he has some entertaining cameo appearances as a ghost in Act Two. After Ernie’s death, Doris comes down to Florida for a visit with Reginald and tries to revive a long-ago moment when he kissed her one summer evening. Judy Long does a good job as Doris, and is sadly sweet when Reg rejects her for the sexy woman next door. Doris was too nice for her own good. Though it’s probably not in the play as written, I would have liked to hear glasses smashed offstage. The blocking and the set design were ingenious. Paul Kloegman moved the play along with professional smoothness, and we knew exactly where we were as the characters moved around the stage. The lighting had to be spot on – well done, Garry Peerless and Rick Bleier.

The sound cues worked perfectly, and we really thought there were two pianos being played on stage. Congratulations to Karen Lee on sound. Win McIntosh, as Stage Manager, kept everything on track backstage. So ends Season 52, with a light comedy that our audiences enjoyed. Front Row Center will be back in the fall with an overview of the plans for Season 53. Michael Warren

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ur dogs already know how to come, sit, down, etc. so the training process really is communicating to the dog the how, what, where and when stuff. Since training is twenty percent technique and timing and eighty percent repetition, often a simple adjustment to timing or technique can make our efforts more meaningful to our dog. I recall a suggestion to get our body down lower and less threatening to young and small dogs having an amazing effect on a Pomeranian that initially came on as shy and intimidated. In less than a minute the dog was more comfortable and less threatened and very quickly responded to quiet cues and rewards. So let’s explore a few tips. *Set you and your dog up to succeed. This is the standard, make it easy simple and fun and use a familiar place with zero distractions. Equally important. Remember to check your attitude. If you’re having “a bad hair day” back up and “let the air out of your tires.” Your dog reads your mood and often a happy smile makes it a lot easier for him to understand and accept. *Many times a small change in the timing of offering the reward helps the dog to more easily understand the what and when of his successes. If we are late “marking” the student’s achievement either vocally or with a clicker, the dog can wind up confused and wondering if he was rewarded for

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the sit or some associated activity or just being fed a treat. *Don’t inadvertently punish your dog by calling him to you and then ignoring him when he responds to you. It’s not uncommon to see someone say “Let’s go, Buddy, time to go home” and when the dog responds and comes, the person turns and walks toward the vehicle when the dog is ten feet away. No acknowledgement, nada. And the dog says to himself, “Hey, what am I, chopped liver? You won’t even recognize that I came when called. Well next time I won’t acknowledge you.” *Remember that every time you allow your dog to do that which you don’t want him to do (pull on the leash, bark at the door, etc.) you are reaffirming in his mind that what he is doing is acceptable to you. *Check your treat, or reward. It must be highly aromatic. Smells good like dead fish at the lake. Very tasty, like baked chicken liver. About as big as the end of your little finger and easy to ingest so it doesn’t disrupt the momentum of your training. *When you are training your dog and starting to add words to his actions make sure you say the word AFTER the dog starts the movement. If you say Sit before he moves and he does not yet know what that word means he will not Sit because he doesn’t know what you mean. At this point it is just a strange noise because he doesn’t yet have anything to tie the word to. It would be much the same if a person in a strange country looked at us and said “tiao.” If we didn’t respond, the person might then repeat “tiao,” possibly louder because he assumes we are not only stupid but also hard of hearing. When we still don’t do what he wants he might leave in disgust. Oh yeah, if you didn’t respond properly it’s probably because you didn’t recognize “tiao” as being the verb to skip, or jump, in Mandarin. These are a few simple examples of the importance of technique and timing and how they can help you to get more success from your training. Loose Leashes and Happy Tails. Art Hess


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ell, here we are in our beloved La Manzanilla again, our tenth year! So far, every day has been perfect, with clear skies, bright sunshine and warm ocean lapping the soft sandy beach dotted with pelicans and fishermen, cool nights with stars and a glowing moon overhead, our wonderful writers group, fascinating literary readings, fabulous Mexican cuisine... Day and night being moved by and moving to live music of every sort, from reggae to blues to jazz, to rock and roll, mariachi and some I can’t quite name. The moment we stepped off the airplane into this warm and embracing country we began to relax and feel the dark clouds in the north starting to dissipate and have less and less impact on us. Gradually we find ourselves breathing deeply again, feel our consciousness drifting to positive and joyful thoughts, experiences and expectations. Laughing with friends and strangers. Dreaming dreams of love and a bright future. It’s remarkable how warmly we have been welcomed this year, especially by the Mexicans and Canadians who flourish here, as they express sympathy, concern and caring for those of us from the US. There are of course many jokes (the Mexican proprietor of one of our favorite fish tacos restaurant sporting a red hat creatively re-woven to read “Make America Mexico Again”), but mostly the Mexicans and Canadians just want to

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tell us how sorry and sad they are about what has happened to and is happening in the U.S. Their distress is deep and authentic, as though worried and feeling compassion for a dear brother, sister or friend who has suddenly become quite ill. They express concern about and for us, as well as about Trumpism’s impact on their own country, the planet, the entire world. So even here in this paradise of beauty, gentleness, music and dancing, where life is usually good even when it is hard, the dark specter from the north is being felt. Nevertheless, it is not nearly so overpowering as it was in the US, where it was beginning to be unbearable, where breathing was getting difficult and conversations revolved heavily around “I can’t believe it!” “What is happening?” and “What should we do?” We cannot say strongly enough how refreshing and revitalizing it is to be here amongst so many who are not “American” in the sense it is often used –i.e. the U.S.— but are Americans from the north and south of the U.S., from countries that seem so much more healthy than ours currently is and who are holding us with love and caring, and standing with us, invoking light and healing on our behalf. So, we are good and getting better, seeing things at home in a bigger perspective, and we send all of you very much sunshine, warmth, light, lightness and love.


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o protest President Donald Trump’s alleged proposed cuts on cultural programs, including the entire elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, participating theaters in April throughout the United  States  and other countries screened the film 1984 based on the novel by George Orwell. The story centers on  Winston Smith, whose job is to rewrite history for the Ministry of Truth. Orwell’s novel depicts a dystopian future with a Big Brother government that manufactures its own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes enemies. To rebel against Big Brother’s tyranny, Winston  begins a secret diary, an act punishable by death. The theaters  chose April because that is the month in which Winston starts his diary. What distressed me was its similarity to the Presidency of Donald Trump

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who has espoused Big Brother’s authoritarian philosophy. Trump’s lies are tasteless and more typical of an elementary school bully. He repeats his lies and his listeners are amazed in disbelief. His utter disregard for truth, given in a tone of anger and narcissism, brings us back to Orwell’s portrayal of an authoritarian head of state, who maintains power

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by falsifying reality and constantly repeating the falsehoods. Since fighting lies becomes exhausting, it is easier to accept them. When Trump uttered the ridiculous story about the three million illegal voters or that President Obama wire-tapped him — stories that no one actually believed to be true—he did not really care if anyone believed him. Once lies that big are made public, rational discussion becomes impossible. That was the Big Lie theory popularized by Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany during WW II. The technique, coined by Hitler in Mien Kampf, was to tell a lie so colossal that people would believe it because they could not conceive of a leader distorting the truth so brazenly. CNN’s Jake Tapper, who announced publicly that there was no evidence to support Trump’s assertions, gave credence to them by asking Trump whether there ought to be an investigation. An honest investigation would turn up no proof of these charges. But that’s the trap. A secret commission would question witnesses and might honestly conclude that there was some minuscule evidence of voter fraud. Then Trump would be able to use his commission’s findings

to continue his lie. Republicans in Congress would then be able to use the voter fraud issue to pass laws to turn away minority voters. When Trump appointed Steve Bannon as an advisor, it was as insane as Caligula, the mad Roman emperor, appointing his horse to the Roman Senate. But the Republican Party is now in the majority and they refuse to get into disputes about the Emperor’s personnel choices, admitting only that he’s an unorthodox kind of Emperor. When authoritarianism is based on an irrational ideology, well-meaning people say that it can’t last, whether it’s the theocratic revolution in Iran or this first truly autocratic administration in American history. But what if people are wrong? Trump’s politics may be incompetent, inconsistent, and contemptuous of truth and reason. It does not matter because his base believes him. They believe competence, consistency, and the accumulation of evidence have historically allowed educated people to act as if they are superior. Having experienced this imagined condescension, conservative intellectuals hate those who oppose and demonstrate against the demagogue, whom they may even dislike. But if they must choose, they will choose the demagogue because they accept the concept of schadenfreude, taking pleasure in the misery of others. They would rather make their opponents miserable than make themselves happy. There is, however, a positive side: the women’s marches—the unified, peaceful, mass protests against Trump’s policies. Perhaps this will be the first of many. Although their slogans sounded a bit like Winston’s secret writings in 1984, let’s hope Mel Goldberg they continue.


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’m a chronic channel-surfer. I click from one TV channel to another faster than a dominating Jeopardy! champion rings in. In fact, I frequently click the remote before the picture has appeared on the screen. It is as if I were having a premonition, as if I have a gift from God that tells me that the channel I have just clicked on is airing programming that is neither important, nor interesting, nor relevant to me. Or, perhaps, it is just too depressing. “. . . Good Morning, America, with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan. And here is George”. . .” We have a breaking story. Let’s get right to the news.

David Muir is in our nation’s capital where the president was . . .” “. . .named the Biggest Loser last night on the season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. The now-svelte 39-year-old Schenectady tattoo artist lost 164 . . .” “. . .kilos of cocaine were found in a barn on the Kentucky farm of a retired Army general. The general insists he knows nothing about the drugs, claiming he had rented the space to one of the state’s . . .” “. . . Senators 4, Chicago Black Hawks 3 in what many ice hockey fans say was the most violent game they had ever seen. Senator Forward Gregor Szabrezhniskova received

two black . . .” “. . .cocktail dresses designed by Home Shopping Network favorite Lance Pierce for only $39.99, plus shipping and handling. One dress features a sequined neckline while the other dress has spaghetti straps and . . .” “. . .Ragu Sauce, the favorite of great chefs around the world. And now diet Ragu is available at great stores everywhere. Just ask your grocer to show you where you can find . . .” “. . .his penis. That now makes three celebrities photographed exposing themselves. First it was Justin Bieber, then Orlando Bloom, and now . . .” “. . .Mr. Ed on Déjà Vu TV weeknights at 10, followed by John Ritter, Suzanne Somers, and Joyce DeWitt in Three’s . . .” “. . .an orgy. The Alabama congressman, the priest, and the former NASCAR champ claim they were drugged in a Kentucky barn where they had been invited by . . .” “. . . an unnamed senator who told Fox News. . . “ “. . . alternative facts is a euphemism for lies, Kellyanne. You didn’t present alternative facts, you, plain and simple, presented a pack of . . .” “. . .gum for people with sensitive teeth, or who wear . . . “ “. . . the wrong-sized bra. Today Lila Pomerantz, Victoria’s Secret bra expert, will show us how to shop for the perfectly-fitting . . .” “. . .condoms in our high schools. It is shocking and unbelievable. They’re available in the nurses’ offices, the bathrooms, and . . .” “. . .on The Gospel Hour with Reverend El Roy Dinwiddie at 7 o’clock Sunday morning. This week’s sermon will be aimed at our youth and unmarried adults. It will be about abstinence and . . .” “. . .The Big Bang Theory Thursday at 8. What will Sheldon do when he thinks he is about to be awarded the

Nobel Prize, but all he wins for his historic discovery . . .” “. . . are tickets to Ellen. Just upload your videos of your dogs, cats, goldfish, or gerbils doing stupid things like. . .” “. . .voting for Donald Trump. Many of his supporters are now asking themselves . . .” “. . . ¿Estoy loco, Lucy? No puedo encontrar mi tambor de conga. ¿Dónde está?” . . . “Oh, Ricky, lo rompi . . .Waaaah! . . . Está en la basura porque . . .” “. . .of the liberal media, namely CNN and its lying reporters like Anderson Cooper and . . .” “. . . Kim Kardashian . . .” “. . . will be nominated by the president to serve on his cabinet as Secretary of. . . “ “. . . Twitter. His latest 3 a.m. tweet inappropriately asked . . .” “. . . Corinne, will you accept my. . .” “. . . Rose Nyland and my other roommate Dorothy Zbornak and her mother Sofia. . . “ “. . . Vergara on a special episode of . . . “ “. . .Idiotest tonight on Game Show Net. . .” “. . .work those abs Work ‘em. Three more.Two more. One. . .” “. . . moron like the guy who decided to put childproof bottle caps on medications specifically for arthritic senior citizens or the man who created. . .“ “. . .the Manitoba Curling Championships live from . . . “ “. . .New York, it’s Saturday Night . . .” “. . .dead from gunshot wounds. Witnesses say the assailant was dressed as a clown and resembled . . .” “. . .Canadian sportscaster Don Cherry who will interview Wayne Gretsky, Patrick Chan, and . . .” “. . .Frederick Douglass who died 122 years ago and who should be remembered and respected by all American’s, whether they are Black, or . . .” “. . . orange like President Donald . . .” “. . . Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers tomorrow at 8 on Turner Movie Classics. “ I clicked again. Suddenly, there was silence. The screen was frozen. A sign faced me announcing, “Attention, You are not currently subscribed to this channel. Please select another channel.” Oh finally, I thought, something sensible I can watch. And I did. Tom Nussbaum

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here is a story down here that goes something like this: A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the Mexican. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?” “I fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife.

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In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.” The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.” “And after that?” asked the Mexican. “With the extra money the larger

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boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City from there you can direct your huge new enterprise.” “How long would that take?” asked the Mexican. “Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American. “And after that?” asked the Mexican. “After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.” I smile at this story, because it reflects a belief I have adopted since moving to Mexico, and that is that Americans have it all wrong. We sacrifice so much for “success” that we end up missing out on what we should be living for. It seems that in the USA, people are so focused on making money, that we’ve lost track of what is really important. Family time has been whittled down to next-to-nothing. Moms and Dads are off to work, and the kids

to school. After work and school activities and overtime monopolize time. The family may meet and greet as they come and go each day, but they have to work to find time to even be with one another. But family and faith are the priorities for Mexican people. A job is something you do to put food on the table and a home for the family. Even extended family gets into the picture. If someone in the family needs help—the entire family is there to assist. I know of one family where the son needed a car in order to attend college. Everyone pitched in: Mom, Dad, Siblings, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Many people gave a little, and they were able to get a car. And they will all be there when someone else needs a hand. That’s the reciprocity of family love. The many Mexicans I encounter on a daily basis are kind, respectful, loving, and giving—even to strangers. There is a genuine caring for people and love of life. They live “in the moment,” embrace each day and love life. It’s my hope the USA can find this again.

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A LIVELY VIVA SPRING Viva la Musica is presenting a nice array of musical productions this spring. Here is what’s going on in May. It’s important to get tickets soon. Jalisco Philharmonic Friday May 12 Sibelius Violin Concerto with Liza Ferschtman, violin. This is part of the May Festival. (Bus leaves at 6:30 pm). Tickets are 600 pesos for members and 700 pesos for nonmembers. Opera Saturday May 13 Der Rosencavalier by Richard Strauss, with Renee Fleming and Elina Garenca in a new production. (Bus leaves at Soprano Renee Fleming 10:30 am). The cost for members is 450 pesos and 550 for non-members. Ballet Friday May 21 The Hunchback of Notre Dame by the Ballet de Jalisco. This will be an open air performance inside the historic Cabañas Cultural Center in downtown Guadalajara. (Bus leaves at 6:30 pm). Tickets are 600 pesos for members and 700 pesos for nonmembers. Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to noon. Note: tickets for bus trips should be purchased at least a week in advance as Viva needs to purchase the theater tickets a week ahead of the performance. And Later This Year… Viva is planning to offer a “Summer in the Village” Series, priced at 300 pesos per concert, or 800 pesos for the package of three events. Details will be announced later. OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. May 7  Local Government’s Efforts to Protect and Sustain Lake Chapala Presented by Cara Pratt, United States Peace Corps Response Volunteer Have you ever wondered what local Mexican government entities are doing to protect our natural environment in the Lake Chapala region? Learn about aquatic weed management, environmental education, efforts to combat and adapt to climate change, and the creation of natural protected areas surrounding Lake Chapala, Cara Pratt grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After graduating with degrees in Environmental Policy and International Relations from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she joined the United States Peace Corps in rural Paraguay working in grassroots environmental conservation. Cara spent four years promoting reforestation in Paraguay, and now joins us as a United States Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in natural resources management with AIPROMADES (Inter-municipal Association for the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Lake Chapala) in Chapala. May 14 Memories of a Madwoman Presented by Susan Weeks Some of us have been blessed with loving mothers who nurtured and supported us throughout our lives. Others of us have not been so fortunate. Yet we can all celebrate Mother’s Day in our own unique way. Susan Weeks shares her personal experience and offers insights into what makes this day so special. No matter the circumstances of our backgrounds, we have been given the gift of life and for that, we can truly be thankful.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Susan Weeks has led a nomadic life (Mexico is her eighth country of residence), with numerous professions, including administrator, editor, international tour director and spiritual leader, and has had varied scholastic interests. Susan is a Licensed Unity Teacher, and is pursuing ordination as an Inter-Faith minister. May 21  Clarifying Cross-Cultural Conundrums Presented by Dr. Linda Sonna Psychologist and author Dr. Linda Sonna will discuss the differences in Mexican and North-of-the-Border world views, values, attitudes, beliefs, and customs that commonly confound intercultural encounters.  Dr. Sonna served as professor of multicultural counseling at Canada’s Yorkville University for ten years and was a nationally self-syndicated columnist. She authored ten parenting books and recently released a memoir of her mother’s years in Mexico entitled Tortilla & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Smuggler. Dr. Sonna immigrated to Mexico in 2005, where she lived in San Miguel de Allende until moving to Lakeside this

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month. May 28 Celtic Faery Lore   Presented by Gale Park Gale will explore Celtic legends and lore about the faery folk through storytelling and testimonials. These faeries are not Disney confections with tiny wings and glitter wands. They are powerful beings of the natural world who in the Celtic lands were highly respected and even feared. Belief in faeries’ existence is not required to enjoy learning about the folklore surrounding them. Gale Park is a writer, artist, and mystic who has explored and practiced various forms of spirituality from an early age. Since 2000, she has studied shamanism and druidry, with a special focus on ancient Celtic traditions. She recently returned to Mexico after living in an off-grid cottage in the mountains of East Tennessee. She Gale Park is working on a book about the wheel of time and the seasons, which is basically a Celtic version of a Native American medicine wheel. June 4 Opera Ad Libitum:  Opera as You Like It Presenter: Ad Líbitum Compañía de Ópera de Guadalajara Returning to Open Circle by popular demand: María de Jesús Cárdenas (soprano); Teresa Banderas (mezzosoprano); José Luís Villarruel (tenor); and Ricardo Lavín (baritone). These vocalists are at the top of their careers, have performed at prestigious venues with major orchestras throughout Mexico, and have sung a wide variety of roles and won numerous awards. Their program for us will include arias from the operatic works of Mozart, Bizet, Bellini, and Rossini. They will be accompanied by Juan Pablo Piano on piano. LINCOLN AND MEXICO Some of us had the privilege of hearing Michael Hogan, writer, historian and university professor, speak at Open Circle about his newest book, Lincoln and Mexico. Michael has since written a play, Lincoln and Mexico: The Untold Story, which was produced recently in Guadalajara to rave reviews. Now the play is coming to Lakeside on May 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm. It will be shown at the Lakeside Little Theatre. You will not want to miss this one. Synopsis: The play recounts the story, discovered by a history teacher, of how Mary Todd Lincoln helped the Mexican envoy eliminate the French from North America. The play has two storylines: the main one is the history of the United States and Mexico from 1863-1867; the second, set in modern times, is that of the students and their history teacher, Mr. North, at a small school in Guadalajara. Call LLT at 376.766.0954, or email tickets@lakesidelittletheatre.com for reservations and tickets. The last word is that tickets are 100 pesos. TWO LOVELY EVENINGS On May 11, at 7 pm, Mauricio Allera Malo, a student from the Department of Music at the University of Guadalajara, will perform at the Old Train Station in Chapala. The program starts with a Bach Prelude and Fugue. Following is Sonata Number Ten by Mozart. Jumping ahead in history, Allera will play Chopin’s Etudes Nos. 1 and 5, Opus 25 and Ballade No. 3. The program will continue with two Debussy Preludes. At the end he will perform The Suite Cubana, composed by Manuel M. Ponce, “The Pride of Mexico.” Then, on May 27 at 7 pm The Tapatío Guitar Quartet, “Guitarreto,” will present a selection of Latin American pieces from their album “Eurolatino.” Tickets are 100 pesos and are available at the door. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…. John Stokdijk founded the Ajijic Book Club last year and has developed a sizeable core membership. The group reads nonfiction. Some of the past guest presenters have been local writers: David Bryen, Libby Coulterjohn, Jack Prins, Connie Davis and Gary Fish. John says, “In my fifties I began looking forward to retirement, knowing that it would afford me more time to read. But my anticipation soon returned into frustration. Yes, I have John Stokdijk

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more time to read, but I also have more time to discover books that I would like to read. My Amazon wish list is growing at a rate far beyond my capacity to read.� ABC welcomes new members and currently has several book selection opportunities available. For more information on membership, open to all, contact John at abc.lakeside@ yahoo.com. FORTY YEARS? Going from the flower power of 1977 to new blooms in 2017, the Lake Chapala Garden Club has just celebrated its 40th anniversary and appointed a new board of directors.

Top, left to right: Nancy Miendo, Secretary, Karen Calderon, Tours, Karen Rowell Treasurer, Judie Keck, President. Front row, left to right: %DUEDUD%DNHU5DྡHV7UDF\5HXWHU9LFH3UHVLGHQW5RVHPDU\*UD\son, Public Relations, Sandy Feldmann, Speakers. Judie Keck, 2017 president, says, “Lakeside has changed dramatically since the late seventies. To mark this new flowering, we have attracted key speakers, including leading academic Professor David Truly. His forty year academic study is an eye opener on the way we are now and how we got here today.â€? Another speaker will be leading hotelier Michael Eager, of La Nueva Posada Hotel, with anecdotes about changing times in tourism. Other speakers with gardening themes will be celebrated garden specialist Francisco Nava and irrigation expert Antonio Ricalde. The club has also commissioned a poem by poet, author and Ajijic resident John Dodds. John’s portfolio includes nine published books of poetry over the last 50 years. His debut presentation is planned for the celebration lunch on July 19 at the San Remy restaurant in Ajijic. The Garden Club promotes an interest, appreciation and better understanding of botanical subjects, including but not limited to all plant materials, their care and use in the home and garden. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact them if you would like to join one of the meetings as a guest. There is a garden tour before the meeting, followed by lunch, a raffle and a speaker. For inquires, check the website: lakechapalagardenclub.org AN EXCITING YEAR TO COME Lakeside Little Theatre has announced its offerings for the 2017-18 season. Look for further announcements. Season tickets will be available in September. THEY LEARN HOW TO LOVE The Naked Stage play for May is Chapatti and is directed by Rosann Balbontin. It runs May 26, 27 and 28.  It’s a dog—it’s an Indian pancake—it’s Chapatti, an earnest, compassionate look at loneliness and our universal need for companionship, whether in the form of pets or other people. The play speaks to everyone, but especially to the heartache and seclusion often felt by older men and women. This tender story is about two people who learn how to love. Dan is a longtime bachelor whose only

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companion is Chapatti, named for his master’s fondness for Indian flatbread. Shedding the dog is at the top of Dan’s mind, part of a process of jettisoning everything that still tethers him to existence in his twilight years. But when he and Betty run into each other at the veterinarian’s office, and then later in their neighborhood after Left to right: Rich Petersen, Liz White, Mary Hunt, a rather involved Fred Koesling (and somewhat forced) series of events, she resolves to draw him back into life--both his own and hers. Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  Reservations are recommended. The new suggested donation is 100 pesos. For more information and reservations, email nakedstagereservations@gmail.com. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.   FOODIE STARS CASA members celebrated in style at their Annual Awards Banquet at La Mision Restaurant with a private catered and cooked to  perfection dinner for 39 guests on March 27, to honor their winners throughout 2016 and to celebrate the end of  their 30th year. YOUR GARDEN CAN LOOK LIKE THIS The Veggie Growers Club has been meeting for three and a half years. They meet at Huerta Organic CafĂŠ, Hildago #212 The top three winners were from left, Monica in Riberas del Pilar on the Molloy, Michele Lococo and Judith Greenberg. second Monday of the month at 10 am, unless members are notified by email that they are meeting at a member’s house. Members discuss problems with growing vegetables at Lakeside, local pests and how to treat them, composting and all matters related to growing vegetables. Sometimes guest speakers give presentations. Members also share seeds and starter plants. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 12 at 10 am. For more information call John at 766.0620. To be sure, the 16th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte doesn’t happen until the weekend of November 10-12, but it’s not too early to consider getting involved. We’re told that this is “the most incredible folk and indigFounder John McWilliams enous art show in Mexico. Buyers and collectors come to the Feria to purchase the highest quality Mexican art at the best prices available.â€? Check Face Book to learn more and sign up to volunteer for this important event.


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self-respect by reminding myself that I had not been active in amateur theatricals for years and have lived abroad for decades, quite out of touch with American drama. Still, my ignorance seemed more to me than coincidental. It seemed, I suspected, part of a larger context – that of my own mortal limitations. I used to view my body as a crude time machine from which I could survey the illimitable past as I slowly cruised into the future. I could wonder at the evolution of the cosmos, the age of dinosaurs, the cave paintings of Cro-Magnon man, the Parthenon, the wisdom of the Stoics and so on. At my leisure, I could wander from century to century, millennia to millennia, eon to eon. Granted, I traveled into the past (or the future) via my imagination, but my life had a breadth beyond the cradle and the grave , or so I felt. Mapes, Smith, and Howard; Baker, Guirgis, and Miranda, however, have convinced me that I am more timecapsule than time machine. I mean no disservice to my imagination, but I no more travel in time than an oak can be said to be mobile because the earth is spinning. I am as rooted in time as a tree is rooted in the ground. Irrespective of its length, my life is bracketed by my birth and my demise, so in reality, I am embedded in time. I am tethered and my mind fattens on the fodder allowed by the length of its astonishingly short tether. Mapes and Baker roughly demonstrate the tether’s reach. Do the names of these six playwrights compel you to contemplate your significance in the infinity of Time? Probably not. It is unlikely that we are tuned to the same channel. Although we naturally share some perspectives, we view the world through different windows - so much so that the lesson I drew from the lives of these writers may seem contrived or alien to you. I assure you, however, that they were instrumental in helping me discover my personal niche in time. I am convinced that we all have one – a niche in time. If you have not yet found yours, you may, as I did, find it in a totally unexpected way.


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City known as the place where “Man Becomes God.� Born into a family of Toltec healers, Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the spiritual knowledge of his people. Ruiz teaches that as children we learn how to behave in society: what is good and what is bad, what to believe and what not to believe, what is beautiful and what is ugly, what is right and what is wrong. As kids, we don’t choose these beliefs. We learn them from our parents, teachers, religious leaders, friends and the media and become programmed to carry them with us into adulthood. These self-limiting beliefs are deeply ingrained agreements about how to live. Ruiz calls this acceptance of hand-me-down beliefs “the domestication of humans.�

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Wanting praise and approval, we value ourselves by our ability to live up to these agreements. Fear powerfully reinforces them: fear of rejection, fear of not being good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, and so on. We develop an Inner Judge who constantly evaluates all we say and do, and we have an Inner Victim who feels guilt, shame and unworthiness if we don’t measure up. Living with fear depletes our energy, or personal power, leaving us feeling hopeless, helpless and exhausted. If we instead follow Ruiz’s Four Agreements based on love and acceptance, we can maximize our energy thus restoring our personal power and transforming our lives. I consider these the four basic rules of life. * Be impeccable with your word. This agreement reminds us to have integrity in all we say: say what you mean and mean what you say. Our words are our most powerful and magical tools. They are the seeds of opinions, thoughts and ideas, and they have the power to create or destroy. Never use the power of your words against yourself or others. Through the power of words we can clear up communication problems, heal relationships, and create enough personal power to break our old limiting agreements. Depend-

ing on the seeds we sow, we grow feelings of hate and rejection or love and acceptance. * Don’t take anything personally. Each of us lives in our own personal dream, and what we think, say and do comes from the agreements that we have in our own minds; they have nothing to do with anyone else. By the same token, others’ opinions have nothing to do with us; they stem from the agreements they live by. There is nothing to take personally. When we believe that whatever is said or happens is about us, we feel hurt and take offense from things that are not about us at all. A huge amount of freedom is gained when we take nothing personally. * Don’t make assumptions. We make assumptions when we think we know what others mean, or when we think they know what we mean. The problem with all those assumptions is that we believe them as the truth and then we blame others for the assumptions we have made. Assumptions set us up for misunderstandings and create big dramas for no reason at all. Have the courage to clarify what someone means rather than assume you know. Clear communication is the foundation of all positive relationships. * Always do your best. When we do our best, we avoid self-condemnation and blame. Our best is constantly changing. It varies with the knowledge, expertise and other resources we have at the time. Some days our best is better than others. What’s important is simply to do the best we can and forgive ourselves when it is not perfect.      When you hear the Inner Judge chastise you against an old self-limiting agreement, you can say to yourself, “I did my best� and move on with no regrets. What sort of agreements do you live by? Recognize those old agreements based on self-limiting ideas and replace them with the Four Agreements to enhance your personal power and gain true freedom of the spirit.


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non-existent, proficiency in English. This is where I enter the picture. My name is Donna Pearce and I am an ESL instructor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Mexico holds a special place in my heart because I adopted my daughter, Maggie, from Instituto Cabañas 18 years ago, and because my parents, Elaine and Phil Landray, have wintered at Lakeside for the last 31 years. I am passionate about language learning, because I believe that language is power and in the summer of 2016, I had the chance to put that belief into action. In conjunction with the Modern Languages department at

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Brock, I designed an ESL course to teach English to the Mexican migrant workers in the Niagara region. The course was delivered by Brock undergrad students who were themselves enrolled in a blended learning course (SPAN 3F80- Immigrant and Community Outreach Internship) that required them to complete an online academic components, as well as 60 hours of volunteer work with the Mexican migrant worker community. The course design presented numerous challenges. First, we had a limited time frame, one class a week in each of two centres for roughly ten weeks. Secondly, we had to accommodate a range of proficiency levels, from beginner to advanced, in one classroom. Finally, some of the students were not literate in their first language, necessitating a somewhat different approach than is found in a “traditional” classroom. Nevertheless, the workers also presented some incredible strengths, most importantly a group of learners that was highly motivated and hungry to learn. Many of them rode miles on their bikes after long days working in the fields just to attend the classes.

My solution to the aforementioned challenges was to design a course that was fully bilingual, such that I could use the students’ first language, Spanish, to facilitate the acquisition of their second language, English. The course was implemented using a team-teaching approach, wherein at least two teachers were in the class at all times, one of whom was trained in teaching ESL and one of whom was bilingual Spanish/English. The curriculum was comprised of five stand-alone, thematically designed units based on the tasks that the migrant workers needed to accomplish to facilitate their lives in Niagara, such as grocery shopping, visiting the doctor and banking/ sending money home. The lessons mainly focused on speaking, since oral communication was deemed most important, but each unit also included a “real world” writing task, such as filling out the medical clinic registration or completing a Western Union money transfer order, using the actual documents (referred to as “realia”). Were we successful? Only the students can say for sure. However, the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, so much so that one of our centres has implored us to begin a new series of classes for early-arriving workers starting in February. Where do we go from here? Hopefully, the program will continue. PS: El Ojo Del Lago has previously published an article by Donna in January 1999 when she adopted her daughter, Margarita (Maggie), from Hospicio Cabanas in Guadalajara. The title was “Maggie’s Story” and it was followed up a couple of years later by Marlene Robertson’s update on Maggie’s progress in Canada.  As a matter of interest, she is 28 years old now and has earned a B.A. from Brock University.


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charity organizations as they find them. It has been a pleasure to have them this year at Tepehua, William Mekemson, Edgar Ruiz and Nicole Robertson. We hope your bus stops here more often. We were honored this year by the American Legion, Texas, National Membership Director Billy Johnson, Vice Commander Paul Espinoza, and Local Legionnaire Clay Johnston. These larger than life Legionnaires really stole the children’s hearts... the women’s too! The American Legions locally, Post 9 and Post 7 have long been supporters of Tepehua Community Center. May the wind always be at the backs of men and women in uniform everywhere. As Director of the center I have seen so much goodness in strangers. Goodness in the guys next door, so much more goodness than evil, in spite of the things going on in the world of politics and warfare. A younger world reaching out for stabilization. It feels good.


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A Prayer To Guide You This is a prayer to guide you, knowing the angels are beside you. When the chaos of the moment clutters and clouds your mind, and the choices that confound you are fogged by the choices left behind, center and embrace the stillness in order to find inside what it is that you need to do, and what you need to change about yourself? Believe you can make a difference, knowing you are not the savior of this world. Be aware that if you delay any longer in making positive moves, you will deplete your energy. You will no longer be able to walk through the door your angels hold open for you. Knowing that what you resist will always persist, do not avoid the issues that confront you, for they will always be waiting in the shadows you have yet to leave behind. Of what you say and think, always take care, for your words and thoughts have wings. They can drag you into a place of despair, or lift you up, to a better space than here.

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You are up to this momentary struggle and strife, this daunting challenge of your changing life. You are whole, you are focused, you are here and happy doing nothing more than something that gives you joy, and brings you peace of mind. You deserve the best that life can offer, and you must begin to do for you. Visualize it. Taste it. Feel it. And most of all believe that what you are looking for is waiting on the other side of the door, and through it effortlessly, you will slide.

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Barbara Clippinger many fascinating and off beat people Barbara met at the fairs. She says, “It was fascinating. I loved the carnies. I got to meet people like the Flying Wallendas and members of the Cotton Club Review.” Barbara enrolled at the University of Miami at age 17 where she was a cheerleader and danced in school musicals and summer stock throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Then she met a choreographer who changed the course of her life when he said, “You could be a working dancer. You should go to New York.” Barbara had met a girl named Anya Flesh (more about her later) at the Kansas City Starlight Theater. She and Anya both wanted to see more of the world so at age 18 they went to New York and rented an apartment in a brownstone building for $75 per month (this has been a while). The landlord was a theater person and let them reduce the rent to $35 if one of them was out of town performing. Later Anya got married and Barbara’s career progressed. They eventually lost track of each other.

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After being in New York for two months she had another adventure, She went to South America with a vaudeville company and danced there for six months. The members of the troupe weren’t paid and were stranded there. Her father sent her $100 and six of them lived on it for a week. Unlike the aspiring dancers in the movies who are waiting for their big break or at least a bit of employment, Barbara always had work. After she danced in Europe for a year she got an act together, “The Linden Trio,” hired an agent and got bookings. We know from her Lakeside Little Theatre bio that she was a dancer and assistant choreographer at the Latin Quarter in New York for two years, as a “June Taylor Dancer” on the Jackie Gleason Show for two years, and with “Golden Boy” on Broadway with Sammy Davis Jr. Barbara does remember one five month period between jobs. She went to the University of Miami and enrolled in a year-long PanAm flight attendant school. When she interviewed for a job they said, “Get your teeth fixed and come back.” She didn’t. Here’s our first mention of Ajijic: in her 40s Barbara dated a man who had his own plane. Together they flew all over, to Mexico, and someone mentioned Ajijic around that time but she had heard about all the old people here and wasn’t interested. What did interest her was discovering Bali and those “wonderful handmade things.” She and the airplane guy started a business and imported Indonesian crafts and goods for two years. “You’ve had a lot of fun,” I say. Life did take a serious turn when she went back to school at Fullerton State University in California and got a master’s degree in psychology. She applied that knowledge in her work as a program director for a battered women’s shelter and later as director in a homeless shelter, for a total of about 15 years. By now Barbara had a husband who was turning 65 and they were looking for a place to retire. She remembered

Ajijic and “all those old people” and decided to come down here and look around. She checked into a B&B and in less than 24 hours found a note on her door asking her to choreograph a Lakeside Little Theatre production. Also, at dinner in Ajiic she met a woman who amazingly was Anya Flesh’s neighbor in Florida. Barbara moved here with her husband in 1997. She called Anya, the former 18 year old roommate, after a 40 year hiatus, and Anya came to visit Barbara in Ajijic and decided to move here. Barbara says, “Anya directed some wonderful plays and a couple of musicals and I choreographed them for her.” Later single, she met Mac Morison in a show and thought he was “a fabulous singer.” They were married in 2013. Barbara says, “Would you say something about how lucky I feel to have met Mac and married him at this time of her life?” Well done, Barbara! Barbara says she’s retired but she’s helping Mac in his March variety show, Simply Standards, at Club Exotica, and they’re planning a nice vacation to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia. It’s hard to believe that this talented and energetic lady is going to disappear from the local entertainment but we certainly hope she doesn’t! (Ed. Note: I was present when the LLT first opened its doors in 1987. Rocky Karnes, a well-known Hollywood character actor {The Caine Mutiny, It’s a Wonderful Life}, directed the first play, Don’t Drink the Water, and I directed the second production, Arsenic and Old Lace. In the years since, I have seen more than a few superb LLT productions, many of them directed by either Richard Vath or Anya Flesh. Richard was a theater director by profession, having supervised many plays all over America for New York’s Nederlander Organization, while Anya, also a professional stage director, had been responsible for several unforgettable LLT productions ever, including Cabaret and The Miracle Worker. Richard Vath and Anya Flesh are considered among the finest directors to have ever been associated with the LLT, but in the opinion of many, Barbara Clippinger must now be added to that same elite group. Her production of the Hollywood and Broadway Revues, and this season’s Chicago (along with her other wonderful shows) , have more than earned her inclusion in such a distinguished group. Sandy Olson


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are to be a Woman with a Capital M is the full translated title of Ilsa Picazo´s book A trévete a ser Mujer con Mayúscula M. This is not a autobiography although some might call her book one because she does tell her story of coming from a background of abuse and takes the reader through her three marriages to the place and person she has become. Ilsa comes from a well-educated family, her parents were scientists, but there are secrets in every family. She shares her own secrets in the hope that her life can help inspire women to form friendships which helps them to become strong women who not only think well of themselves, but of forming friendships where women help one another to overcome bigotry and the taboo of sharing their stories of abuse and low self-esteem. Thrice married, Ilsa is not afraid to confess that marriage and having children is not the only option a woman has. She shares the fact that children do not always have to like their parents, nor do parents always have to like their children, but they should respect one another. Respect begins by respecting one’s self and then growing from that point. She says this; “I aim to identify their innate power and how to use it to advantage. . . . Avoid being the victim of age-old family blackmail via hidebound tradition. . . . Building a strong circle of female friends can be a vital counter measure.” In her book Ilsa shares her own journey of discovery and recovery. She encourages women of every age to stand up for themselves, to stand together and to be strong as change is never easy it

takes courage along with determination and a will to make a better life for yourself, your girlfriends and your daughters. Although this book is only available in Spanish it does make an excellent gift for your maid, the daughters of your household help and for any woman fluent in Spanish who continues to struggle with self-worth and change. Mothers Day is coming, Mexicans pay homage to their mothers on May 10´th and this is an excellent gift for mothers and their daughters. This book is a perfect graduation gift for a young woman who will soon be faced with adult decisions about sex, careers, families and friends. For some, the subject is still taboo, but as Ilsa says it is time for women to empower themselves for we are not second class citizens, but together and individually women are a power. Atrévete a ser Mujer con Mayúscula M by IlsaPicazo is available at Diane Pearls or, you can order on Amazon or through Ilsa´s website: ilsapicazo.com The cost is 250 pesos. Herbert W. Piekow

MID-MONTH BONUS! Sally Assante’s Miss Emily’s Pickles is a charming memoir about growing up in the renowned Garden District in America’s most beguilingly picturesque city, New Orleans. The article can be found at http://chapala.com/elojo/index.php/ mid-month-articles Each mid-month, we offer superb articles that while a bit too long for our print version are perfect for our digital format. Check it out!

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y husband Bert and I left England in Februbruary 1960, with ten other young oung ou ng g people. Each of us had been accepted as members of the Wycliffe Bible Translators, also known as the Instituto Linguistico de Verano en Mexico, a Christian mission with the mission of translating the New Testament and other useful pamphlets, such as Health Primers into primitive languages which had not yet even been reduced to writing. Before leaving, we were each given a list of the required ‘jungle’ equipment which we could buy in the United Kingdom at most local ‘Army Surplus’ stores. There were ten of us Brits travelling together to Mexico, for the first part of our very necessary 65 months of jungle training. Bert and I had been married almost

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twelve years. Durtw elve l ing his WWII years in Europe and India, Bert strongly felt he wanted to become a Christian missionary. I was not so keen because of my experiences as a child. My father, who was a physician, and the medical director of a Mission for poor people in East London, had to endure a life-long struggle to survive and maintain his family on a paltry stipend, even after giving the mission 50 years service! Mexico was a very different kind of world. At that time many stretches of the Pan-American Highway were only partially paved and bumpy travel by bus was not what we were accustomed to. We had traveled to the U.S. on the United States liner from Southampton

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to New York. And then on to Laredo by Greyhound bus, but the change of bus on entering Mexico was quite an experience. After negotiating Inmigracion we were transferred to a ‘first class’(?) bus to Mexico City. Inmigracion proved to be a challenge. The official was disconcerted le when faced by our group! All ten of w us were lugging identical duffles, u stuffed with the basic necessities required for our six months experience of living in the Mexican jungle. Each of us had an air mattress, jung bag made of lightweight a sleeping sl blue Dacron plus ‘jungle hammocks,” machetes, and insect repellent, mosquito nets, a mess kit, and a few personal items. Obviously all those identical bags seemed suspicious to him, and after clearing nine of us the official had had enough! The last of our group was told to open his duffle and take everything out. One man had bad luck when punching the Custom light! The official rummaged through everything and was frustrated on finding nothing contraband. The fact that the rest of us were laughing convinced him that he must have missed something! Finally he gave up and told the man he could repack his duffle. The Mexican bus was supposed to be ‘first’ class,’ but the seats were barely upholstered, with

wafer-thin plaid vinyl ‘cushions.’ The windshield was covered with pictures of saints, Guadalupe, and other Mexican favorite ‘santos,’ topped by a thick, red velvet fringe. Our driver barely squeezed past long lines of loaded donkeys and mules. We saw men staggering under heavy bundles dangling from their foreheads supported by hemp lines. It was anyone’s guess if the driver could even see the road at all past his windshield religious art gallery! So, my husband Bert and I first travelled to Mexico from our native United Kingdom, as new members of an unusual missionary society, serving primitive locations where the indigenous people rarely spoke the national language, but speak languages never studied or even reduced to writing. Even though we were Registered nurses, we knew we would have to spend months, or even years, learning about the structure of languages. To meet these requirements we attended linguistic courses in London and at The University of Oklahoma to be able to meet those requirements. For my Master’s Thesis, I studied Potawatomi, an American indigenous language, while Bert studied Kiowa, another ‘native American ‘ language. Jungle training included many new experiences, learning to build homes for ourselves using nothing but jungle materials, building ‘mud’ stoves, and learning to prepare simple meals from the foods available, mostly bought from native villages. We also had to learn a little about butchering, the men who already were hunters really enjoyed this and also we were taught how to follow a faint trail through the jungle. We were given books about survival techniques, similar to those given to the troops in Viet Nam, and the care and use of our machetes, our only tool. To Be Continued (Ed. Note: For many years, Iris Slocombe was the pastor of the Anglican Church in Riberas de Pilar.)


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From pre-Columbian times the peoples of Mexico have been deeply religious. It is not, therefore, surprising that even the poorest village has a church or that many of them should be impressively large and lavishly embellished with gold, silver and statues. Among those there is usually one especially beloved image who often gives the village its name and is its patron saint. Though cherished and always the focus of an annual fiesta which can last for a week or more their influence is limited. There are a few legendary miracle workers, however, who are worshipped by the entire nation. The Virgin of Guadalupe The First Lady of Mexico is not the wife of the President. That honor is reserved for the Virgen de Guadalupe who first appeared on December 8th, 1531. A humble peon and new convert named Juan Diego, who has recently been canonized, heard heavenly music and a sweet voice calling his name and beheld the Lady “radiant as the sun” who asked that a church be built on the spot where she stood. This place, the hill of Tepeyac, had long been sacred to Tonantzin, Aztec Goddess of Earth and Corn, until Archbishop Zumarraga ordered the destruction of all pagan shrines. Tonantzin, also a virgin and a mother, had been so deeply mourned that it was widely believed this new Lady, if not her reincarnation, had been sent to take her place. The local Franciscan Fathers were more sceptical and it took several incredible events involving Castilian roses blooming where only cactus had grown and the miraculous appearance of the Lady’s portrait imprinted on Juan Diego’s mantle to convince them, but the shrine was built. The miracles continued. Besides numerous cures she is credited with abat-

ing a terrible epidemic in 1544 and causing the disastrous flood of 1629 to subside. In 1754 a Papal Bull declared her Patroness and Protectress of New Spain. So she has remained and December 12th, the anniversary of her first miracle, is a National holiday. El Señor de Chalma In 1533, in a remote and savage area, two Augustinians preached with little success to people who worshipped and feared Otzocteotl, God of the Caves, a cruel deity who still sometimes demanded human sacrifice. Impressed, but fearing to abandon Otzocteotl in favor of this unknown God, they promised to think it over and give their answer in three days. When the two friars and their few converts proceeded to the cave bearing a simple cross with which they hoped to replace the dread idol, they found there was no need. The idol lay in pieces on the floor of the cave and in its place stood the crucifix of the Senor de Chalma! All traces of paganism had disappeared and the cave was filled with flowers and incense. The miracles began at once. He rid the area of dangerous animals and poisonous reptiles, rescued any who were in danger and convinced sinful couples to repent. So many pilgrims flocked to worship that, in 1683, a huge new church was built with the Señor enshrined on the altar. The crowds were so enormous that a schedule was set up by area; January for Aztecs and Otomis; February for Zapotecs; etc. Even so, the tiny village of Chalma is constantly besieged by the thousands encamped around it. The Virgin of the Remedies This tiny image, barely a foot high, came from Spain in the baggage of one of the conquistadors. When Cortez ordered the Aztec idols thrown down from their temples, she was all they had to replace them. Needless to say, she was often seen, along with Santiago, leading the way to victory and was given the title of La Conquistadora. On the Noche Triste, when the Spaniards were driven from Tenochtitlan, it was she, they say, who powered Alvarado’s miraculous leap to safety. Unfortunately, the little Virgin was lost in the confusion and was not found until 20 years later when a series of miracles established her identity and importance. Her shrine was always favored by those of Spanish descent. When Hidalgo gave his famous cry for freedom in 1810, invoking the name of the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe, the Royalists immediately countered with Our Lady of the Remedies. The two Virgins must have been surprised to find themselves leading opposing armies, especially when a battle flag bearing either image was captured and shot as a traitor. La Virgen de la Candelaria Is a small figure molded of vegetable paste who, during an native uprising in 1542, disappeared and was later found in a remote hut, battered and stripped of her regalia. Once restored to her worshippers she began performing miracles. When a circus performer acciden-

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tally stabbed his daughter in the throat everyone thought the child dead. The frantic mother, however, rushed her to the church and appealed to the virgin. The child lived without a sign of the terrible wound. The grateful father took the image to a shop in Guadalajara where two beautiful young men promised to mend it. When he returned the Lady was waiting in perfect condition but the youths, now believed to be angels, had disappeared. In 1732 the first stone was laid for the present sanctuary and an annual fair in honor of the virgin was authorized. It begins on February 2nd, lasts for 15 days and is attended by thousands of pilgrims, many of whom walk great distances in fulfilment of vows. The Virgin of Zapopan The Virgin of the Conception, no more than ten inches tall and dark skinned, is another Jalisco miracle worker who came to fame during the Miston uprising. When Father Antonio Segovia displayed her at the height of a terrible battle, the natives immediately surrendered. Many of the former rebels settled in the village of Zapopan and Segovia made them a present of the image. Many miracles have been reported and many honors have been conferred on her, including a generalship in 1821. In 1734 she was made Patroness of the Rains and, during the rainy season from June 13th to October 4th of every year, she visits every church in Guadalajara and its vicinity. Since there are many churches, she can spend only a day or two at each one but she is always greeted with great joy and sent on her way with sadness. Streets and houses are decorated with blue-and-white streamers, triumphal arches of flowers and palm fronds are constructed all along her route and great crowds of the faithful follow her special car.

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recently joined the Monarch Butterfly migration when I traveled to the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in the state of Michoacan, Mexico where millions of Monarch’s from Canada and the northern United States, have been hibernating each winter for recorded history. Every year millions of these butterflies gather here safe from predators, waiting for spring. Sebastian Jannelli, of Greenpeace, reported in July of 2015 that “Over the last two decades, Monarch Butterfly populations have declined by nearly 90 percent.” We rode the last two kilometers on horseback the added climb of 500m as the mountain rose to a height of 3100m (2 Miles) above sea level. From the car park, we had walked the first 20-minutes up the paved pathway to the entrance of the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, and the horses. The personally imposed rest stops attested to the lack of oxygen in the air at this altitude, and how steep the walkway was. This is technically in the Tropics, but at this elevation, a warm jacket is required. It can snow up here. The thirty people had traveled by tour bus up the winding mountain roads through the villages of Angangueo and Ocampo, to the car park at 2400min the small village of El Rosario, Michoacan, Mexico. The car park has Baños and tarp covered restaurants. The last bathrooms are at the end of the 20-minute walk to the entrance of the park where the horses were waited to carry us the rest of the way. There is also the option of hiking to the top. This year (2017) was my first visit to El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary. After the 20-minute horse ride up a winding trail with a 30-degrees lope, we reached the end of the horse trail and the start of the 10-minute hiking trail into the forest and the butterfly colony. The Monarch colony is roped off from the trail and looks at first like large bunches of grapes hanging from the pine trees these are hibernation clusters. On bright, warm days when

the sunlight brings heat to their waiting bodies, large numbers take short, spectacular flights through the forest clearings. It appears to be flights of pure pleasure, but it is more likely to be for the practical reason of soaking up the sun’s life-giving energy as they wait for the call of Spring and their flight north. Monarch’s reach their hibernation ground starting in November each year where they form the great hibernation clusters hanging from the pine trees huddled together for warmth. It is one of the wonders of our world to see Monarch’s like this in their pale and drab faded hibernation colors. Yet we may be the last generation privileged to see it. A butterfly has four distinct stages, these are; egg, larva, pupa and adult butterfly. For the mighty Monarch, this takes about a month from egg to adult. For the annual migration, it takes about four of these life cycles to reach the hibernation grounds. The adult Monarch will live up to six weeks during the migration seasons but will live the four/five months of the winter in a hibernation cluster huddled together for warmth. Monarchs feed and breed only on the milkweed plant. Monarch’s along with other pollinators are threatened by habitation loss and herbicides. Mexico has taken a stand with the creation of the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary. This sanctuary protects the Monarch Butterflies when they are in their vulnerable winter hibernation stage. But there is another problem. A problem caused by the Monarch itself and its lack of diversified feeding/breeding habits. Milkweed habitation in Canada and the US is being destroyed by housing construction, farming, and herbicides. We have reduced the number and size of the Monarch milkweed feeding grounds. If the Monarch’s cannot get to milkweed during their migrations and summer breeding times, they will not be able to feed or reproduce the following generations, their very survival is at risk. I was at the El Rosario Butterfly

Sanctuary in early March on a chilly day with only occasional periods of warm sunlight breaking through the cloud. Even these short burst of warmth caused hundreds of butterflies to rise from their grape-like hibernation clusters and follow the sunbeams as they moved slowly across the forest clearings. They are getting ready to migrate north with the expectation the essential milkweed will be where it has always been. Next season will see the opening of gift stores along the tourist route from the carpark, with its food stands to the base of the trails, high on this mountain. The box-like store shells were under construction as we walked past. This has been a Mexican government-inspired project to help the local villagers glean every tourist peso possible during the three-month butterfly winter season. But will visitors come if the Monarch Butterfly die-off continues? Will people come to see where the extinct Monarch Butterfly used to come for their winter hibernation? “Late in March we usually get a spring snowfall.” Rosa, my guide at the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary informed me. “As the snow melts, the Monarch’s will start to leave this unique mountain top and head north. Then over the

following three-day period, they will all be gone.” She said with almost the sad/happy look of a mother seeing her young child off to school on their first school bus. “They will return next year.” She added with a note of uncertainty in her voice. Then Rosa gave another sad afterthought “In past years the butterflies covered this mountain top, not just the relatively small area that you are looking at today.” “Are we the last generation to see Monarch Butterflies in their millions?” “What are we in the collective countries of North America going to do about it?”

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LCS’ Board of Directors Three Year Strategic Plan The Board of Directors at the Lake Chapala Society recognizes the need to develop long-term strategic plans to ensure successful implementation of our mission to improve the quality of life for everyone living at lakeside. On March 16 and 17, the Board of Directors met to develop a plan for the next three years. t Identified who are we as an organization with the goal of getting everyone “on the same page” t Identified strategic initiatives for the Campus, Program, Community, and Fund Development Committees t Developed a path for committees to identify and prioritize actions to achieve our strategic objectives In preparation, each participant developed a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats.) to focus on the challenges and opportunities for LCS’ role in our community. Based on these analyses, strategic goals were identified for each committee: t Campus – continue to re-engineer the campus infrastructure to meet current and future needs t Community – continue to improve the membership experience and community-wide participation in LCS t Program – continue to optimize all LCS programs to assure relevance t Fund Development – develop a three-year funding plan to ensure delivery of programs and services Committees are now identifying strategic actions through (SMART) analysis to implement these goals: t Specific – who is involved, what do we want to accomplish, and what necessary constraints/requirements exist? t Measurable – can we track progress and measure outcomes? t Attainable – is the goal reasonable and within reach? t Relevant – is the goal worthwhile, does it fit with our organizational goals? t Time bound – can we set a reasonable time frame to achieve the goal? By June 15, each committee will present its three-year strategic initiatives to the Board of Directors for approval. Submitted by Ben White, Chairman of the Board

Magic Jack is Back! LCS members and non-members can make calls to the USA and Canada, (including all 800 numbers) that are charged international fees from a Mexican land line. Magic Jack is available to LCS members for 20 pesos and 40 pesos for non-members.

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Looking For Retired CPA’s The LCS Finance Committee is seeking former CPA’s to assist in conducting its duties. LCS proudly boasts three years of external audits by international accounting firm Grant Thorton. If you are interested in joining our team please contact Michael Searles at: treasurer@lakechapalasociety.com.

2017 Surveys We want to give our membership a heads up that 2017 will be a year that we revive our 2012 membership survey so that we can track our progress and redirect as needed for the future. It, along with several other surveys, will appear in your mailbox throughout the course of the next year. Please help LCS by participating in these confidential and anonymous surveys.

Lake Chapala Society is Closed May 1 - Mexican Labor Day


Wanted!

U.S. Consular Fees Have Changed Again

Blood Pressure monitoring group is looking for volunteers with medical/nurse education to take blood pressure on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the LCS campus. Garden Crew needs volunteers to trim, plant, weed, and maintain our lovely gardens. Information Technology is looking for volunteers familiar with IT support, networking and wireless functionality. Position requires climbing stairs several times a day. ¡Que Ganga! needs full time or part time volunteers Mondays and Thursdays. Contact Lucy Mora at 342 100 2081 or online at lucyojitos81@hotmail.com. Special Events needs volunteers to greet guests, collect tickets, and help with fiesta decorations. If you are an outgoing person and have a bit of flair, this may be for you. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, see the website at volunteer@lakechapalasociety. com or fill out an application in the Service Office.

Fees for USCG services vary with the exchange rate for the Mexican peso. Please confirm everything here: https://mx.usembassy.gov/ embassy-consulates/guadalajara/lake-chapalaajijic-services/ It is very important that the checks be made out to “United States Disbursing Officer” or the consulate will not accept it for payment. Use the Banamex located in Chapala at Avenida Francisco I Madero 222, to obtain them.

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

Introduction to Spanish This is a casual class for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases useful about town for shopping, and information about the Lakeside area and Mexican culture.  Starting the first Tuesday  of the month and continuing for three weeks, the next session will start May 2, on the LCS campus from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Learning materials are provided. Tuition is $175 pesos. Sign up at the LCS office, or an our website www. lakechapalasociety.com.

Warren Hardy Spanish Classes The next session of Warren Hardy Spanish language classes for LCS members will begin on  Monday,  May 8 and continue through June 23. Classes meet two days a week for an hour and a half each session at the Wilkes Education Center (Biblioteca) on Galeana. The program is based on the Warren Hardy Spanish language course designed for the adult student. Several levels of instruction are available to suit the student’s proficiency. Register for upcoming classes at the LCS Service Office or on line.  The program manager will be available to answer questions and take registrations every weekday from May 1 to May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at LCS on the Blue Umbrella Patio. Tuition for the course is $750 pesos. The required course textbook is an additional $670 pesos. Other instructional materials may be purchased separately. For more information about the Spanish classes or LCS membership, visit the LCS website  www.lakechapalasociety.com. or call the Service Office at 766 1140. This is a members only program. You must be a member of LCS to attend and your membership must be current throughout the program.

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

Library News You may have noticed that the library no longer offers books for sale at our various events and celebrations. Gently used books are for sale in the Magazine Room located between the Service Office and the library workroom for only five pesos for paperbound editions and 10 pesos for the hard covers. The Magazine Room is still home for our extensive collection of magazines on many subjects of interest: cooking, crafts, decorating, history, science, travel, politics and of course, National Geographic. We operate on the honor system. Borrow as many publications as you wish and return them at your leisure. Don’t forget our collection of jigsaw puzzles are available there, too.

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Video Library Additions May

May Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in required (C) Membership card required Health Insurance * IMSS & Immigration Services Lakeside Insurance Broker

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Health and Legal Services * Becerra & Galindo Services Thur 10:30-12:30 Sat 10-12:30 Blood Pressure Fri 10-12 Hearing Aid Services (S) Mon+2nd+4th, Sat 11-4 Ministerio Publico Wed May 3 & 24 10-2 My Guardian Angel Tues 10:30-12:30 Optometrist Claravision (S) Thur 9-3 Skin Cancer Screening (S) 2nd + 4th Wed 10-12 US Consulate** Wed May 17 10:30-12:30 Sign up Lessons(C) Children’s Art Sat 10-12* Children’s Chess Sat 12-1 Clases de Bordado Artistico Mon 3-6, Wed & Fri 4-6 Exercise Mon+Wed+Fri 9-10 Exploring Spanish (new!) Wed 1-2:30, Sat 11-12:30 Fitness Thru Yoga Mon+Fri 2-3:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga Tues+Thurs 2-3:30 Introduction To Spanish Tues 12-1:30 (S)+ cost Line Dancing Tues+Thurs 10-11:15 Photography Club 1st Mon 12-2 Strength and Balance Exercise Tues+Thurs 8:45--9:45 Warren Hardy Spanish Classes Mon-Sat Sign-up+cost Libraries Audio Thur 10-12 Book & Video Mon-Sat 10-2 Library of Congress Books*/ Talking Books Thurs 10-12 Wilkes Mon-Fri 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* Social Activities (C) All Things Tech Fri 10-11:30 Bocce Ball (new!) Tue + Thurs 10-11 Bridge 4 Fun Tue + Thurs 1-5 Discussion Group Wed 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness Mon 10 -12 Film Aficionados Thurs 2-4:30 Games Group Mon1-4 Needle Pushers Tues 10-12 Scrabble Fri 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12:30 TED Learning Seminars Tues 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble Tues 12-1:50 Service and Support Groups * Al-Anon (in Spanish) Mon 6-7:30,Wed 5:30-7:30 Information Desk Mon-Sat 10-1 Lakeside AA Mon +Thurs 4:30-5:30 Open Circle Sun 10-11:30 Toastmasters Mon 7-8:30 p.m. Ticket Sales Monday-Friday 10-12 a.m.*

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The library needs couriers to bring back DVDs to help us keep our inventory current. We order them on-line, pre-pay them, and have them delivered to the address of your choice. If you can help, email Tom Keane at keanhombre@prodigy.net.mx. Thank you. Fences #7578 Denzel Washington, in one of his best yet, as a working man coming to terms with missed opportunities and the current events of his life. Elle #7567 A French film that will keep you guessing, amused and entertained. There are nebulous rape scenes necessary for theme of the movie.  English subtitles. Hacksaw Ridge #7575 A WWII army medic, Desmond T. Doss, becomes the first man in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Amistad  #7564 In 1839, a Spanish owned slave ship is captured off the coast of Long Island which causes a major controversy in the United States.  Anthony Hopkins as John Adams.  Historical drama. Hotel Rwanda  #7566 Don Cheadle as the hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. Moonlight  #7579 A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.  Oscar for Best Picture. Monsoon Wedding  #7584 A comedy about a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world for an arranged marriage in India.  Comedy. English sound, English subtitles. Three Series:  Doctor Thorne  #7577,  Victoria  #7586 and Grantchester #7580.  British productions of the usual high quality. We are always open to suggestions for films to add to our inventory. Please leave your name, email address and film titles so we can get back to you.

Bocce Ball Now Playing at LCS Play bocce on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 4 from 10 to 11a.m. on the LCS front lawn. A ball sport derived from ancient games played in the Roman Empire, bocce is similar to lawn bowling and French petanque. Its present form originated in Italy and is played around Europe and in other areas where Italian immigrants have settled including Australia, North, and South America.

Information Desk Knows (nearly) Everything Visiting Ajijic? Thinking about settling here at Lakeside? Any questions you may have about housing, attractions, goods, transportation, activities, legal and immigration matters may be answered by the well-informed volunteers at the Information Desk just outside the library. The Information Desk is open daily to everyone, members and non-members, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.


TED Talks Learning Seminars May 2, 2017: My Stroke of Insight Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: she had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story of recovery and transformation. May 9, 2017: Don’t Take Consciousness for Granted Lawyer turned Hollywood producer, public speaker and author Simon Lewis found ways to recover—physically and mentally—beyond all expectations following a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma. He tells how his remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them. May 16, 2017: Life’s Biggest Questions How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think. Quantum physicist Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself. May 23, 2017: A Brain in a Supercomputer Neuroscientist Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses. May 30, 2017: Computers That Can Learn. What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave ... sooner than you probably think.

Upcoming Bus Trips Wednesday, May 24- Galerias Mall/Costco Shop major retailers including Best Buy, Sears and restaurants Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang and more, also shop nearby Costco, Sams and Super Walmart. Cost $350 MXN for members and $450 MXN for non-members. Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta.

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. May 4 A Street Cat Named Bob 2016 UK The true story, based on the book of the same title, of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (97 minutes) May 11 The Founder 2017- USA The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’innovative fast food eatery, McDonalds, into one of the largest restaurant businesses in the world. A terrific performance by Michael Keaton. (109 minutes) May 18 Toter Mann 2001 Germany Middle-aged lawyer, Thomas, meets Leyla at a suburban swimming pool. Their paths keep crossing and he gets up enough courage to ask her out. When he wakes up he finds both Leyla and his computer are missing. This is the fifth film with the German director Christian Petzold and great actress Nina Hoss whom we’ve seen at LCS.  (88 minutes) May 25 Breaker Morant 1979 Australia This phenomenal film, set in South Africa during the Boer War, is one of the greatest anti-war films as well as one high on the list of alltime great Australian films. (107 minutes)

LCS History Project The LCS History Project continues to collect materials, memorabilia, and photographs relating to Lake Chapala Society’s more than 60 year history here at Lakeside. We are especially interested in artifacts and photographs relating to LCS’ time in Chapala prior to moving to Ajijic. As part of our ongoing program, we archive our annual membership directories. We are missing: 1969, 1972, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989. If you spot one of these somewhere, please bring it in. If you have memorabilia, letters, photographs or directories related to LCS, Neill James or Ed Wilkes please contact project director Marianne O’Halloran at 766-4685.  

In the Service Office Renew your membership, sign up for programs, purchase LCS event tickets, drop off envelopes to be mailed, buy U.S. postage stamps, make copies, register for Post Life, purchase Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks, get your membership directory, search the lost and found and so much more!

THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - George Radford (2019); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2019); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Matthew Butler (2018); Dee Dee Camhi (2019); Nicolas Hanson (2019); Cate Howell (2018); Geofrey Kaye (2018); Roberto Serrano (2019) Janis Sirany (2019) 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 lcsnewsletter2016@gmail.com Note: The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions according to time, space availability and editorial decision.

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

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* ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Tel: 766-5961

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* FURNITURE - RECLINERS FOR SALE Cell. 33-3490-3673

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- STEREN Tels. 766-0599, 766-0630

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- HACIENDA DEL LAGO Tel: 766-0907, 766-0937 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-1344

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* INSURANCE /$.(6,'(,1685$1&(('*$5&('(f2 Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 3DJ - NABA - RAINIER PONCE Tel: 3615-9010 / 3615-0495 3DJ 3$5.(5,1685$1&(6(59,&(6 Tel: 765-5287, 765-4070 3DJ - PROTEXPLAN U.S. Toll Free 1-800-608-5743 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-681-6730 3DJ - TIOCORP Tel: 766-4828 3DJ

* LEGAL SERVICES - AJIJIC LEGAL SERVICES Cell: (045) 33 1172 1724 - SOLBES & SOLBES ABOGADOS Tel: 331-520-5529, 333-676-6245

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* PAINTING SERVICES

* RESTAURANTS/CAFES

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- AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 3DJ - ALFREDO’S CALIFORNIA Cell: 33-1301-9862 3DJ $50$1'2¶6+,'($:$< Tel: 766-2229 3DJ - GAUCHERIA Tel: 766-4357 3DJ - GO BISTRO Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 3DJ - GRUPO PASTA Tel: (33) 3615-4952 3DJ )22'/$.(&217$,1(5 Tel: 766-4738, Cell: 33-1131-3103 3DJ - HUERTO CAFÉ Tel: 108-0843 3DJ - JASMINE’S - Classic India Tel: 766-2636 3DJ /$&$6$'(/:$))/( Tel: 766-1946 3DJ - LA CASA DEL CAFE Tel: 766-2876 3DJ - LA HACIENDA DE DON PEDRO Tel: 766-4906 3DJ - LA MISION Tel: 108-0887 3DJ - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-1344 3DJ - “LA TAVERNA”DEI QUATTRO MORI Tel: 766-2848 3DJ - LOS MOLLETES Tel: 766-4296 3DJ - MANIX Tel: 766-0061 Cell. 33-1065-0725 3DJ - MOM’S DELI & RESTAURANT Tel: 765-5719 3DJ - PIZZERIA TOSCANA

* PERSONAL ASSISTANCE 1(:&20(56,/6(+2))0$11 ilsecarlota40@gmail.com, www.guadalajarachapalatravelguide.com Tel 01(33) 3647-3912 Cell (045) 33-3157-2541

* 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

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* PHYSIOTHERAPY - URDI Tel: 766-3793

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* RETIREMENT/REST/NURSING HOMES - CASA ANASTASIA Tel: 765-5680 / 33-3452-5864 - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-3824 1856,1*+20(/$.(&+$3$/$ Tel: 766-0404 - OHANA Tel: (01387) 761-0403

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* TREE SERVICE - CHAPALA TREE SERVICE Tel: 762-0602

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CARS

FOR SALE: 1995 Ford Windstar. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sell it for $38,000 less the cost of the smog check and registration. Phone: 376-765-63-48. FOR SALE: 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT Hatchback. All service documents - Well cared for. 2017 Jalisco plates. I want to trade towards newer and larger SUV type vehicle thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican plated with low mileage (89,000KM) and service records. Call: 7665797 email: crjd01@gmail.com. FOR SALE: looking for good used 4 wheeler, anyone have any input on where to look? Email: boswelltb@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: 2013 Chevy Matriz. State taxes paid, price: $63,000. Call 333-809-9642 FREE: )RUG Y H[SORUHU )UHH RLO ÂżOWHU Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: 2006 Honda Civic EX. Great condition, 187,000 km, 2 Owners, Automatic Transmission, Jalisco Plates. Price $102,000.00 pesos. Cell: 331-005-3109 Alma Rivera. FOR SALE: Italica 125 cc Scooter. One year old. 750 kilometers. Price: $13000 pesos. Email: sldronan@hotmail.com. Call: 001830-203-9099. FOR SALE:0HUFHGHV%HQ]&6SRUW 2006 model with 147K carefully driven kms. &RPHDQGORRNDQGPDNHDQRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOO&KULV 484-645-3574. FOR SALE: 2011 Honda Accord EXL. Priced to sell at $190,000 pesos. Low miles. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2016 Hyundai Grand 10. Pristine condition. Only 5216 miles. Priced to sell: $150,000 pesos. Call Dick at 766-2304. FOR SALE: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L (leather) with ONLY 60,000km. Rear A/C. Used only for longer trips but original owner no longer wanting to use it for that purpose. Mexican-Guanajuato titled/plated car. MP150,000. Email: rsteadman@gmail.com.

COMPUTERS

:$17(' I want a decent all-in1 computer that I can connnect an external mouse, keyboard and if needed, touchpad. Let me know you have and details about it. Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail.com. :$17(' I have a nice Android box (Android 6.0) that is partially setup with Kodi and links to a few streams. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking to pay VRPHRQHWRÂżQLVKWKHVHWXSIRUPH$Q\UHFommendations? Email: mike.a.maloney@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Excellent H.P. Desktop computer with 17 inch Dell monitor and keyboard. Windows 10 upgraded, 64 bit operating system. 2gb ram dual core processor 148 gb. PHPRU\26%XLOG5XQVYHU\ZHOO I moved and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have space for desktop. $ 2500 Pesos (mouse not included) Call: 331039-5150 FOR SALE: Garmin GPS, Nubia 650 with 110 volt charger and car charger included. Mexico, USA and Canada upgrades. Price: $1150 Pesos. Call: 331-0395150. :$17('Single paraplegic father needs a workable computer for 13 year son to continue with schooling. (junior high school requires computer use but no money to rent computer time). Email: mcintosh.barry@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Excellent Hewlett-Packard Desktop computer with 17inch Dell monitor. FOR SALE: Windows 10 upgraded, 64 bits ram, 2 gb, dual core Intel processor. Mouse not included. Price: $ 3500.00 Pesos.

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Email: Lessegel@gmail.com. Call: 331-0395150. FOR SALE: $686 &0%5RR Desktop unit with Intel Pentium Dual-Core (6 *+] *% 5$0 XSJUDGDEOH WR *% 7%QHZKDUGGULYH86%SRUWV US keyboard and mouse. No monitor supplied so only US$300 or peso equiv. Call %ULDQDW FOR SALE:3RUW86%+XE(PDLO egweiss@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Samsung Express M2022W Printer PLUS extra cartridge MLT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; D111L. %RWK SULQWHU DQG FDUWULGJH LV   SHVRV Email: tycobb@tylergwebb.com. FOR SALE: %OXHWRRWK 0XOWL GHYLFH NH\board. Price: $40 or peso equivalent. Email: egweiss@outlook.com. FOR SALE: HP 8460 P Laptop. Core I5*+]*%5$0*%+'''9' in. Windows 7. Call Mike--331-330-1050. FOR SALE: Vonage phone system. Instructions included. Original price $48USD, will sell for 600 pesos. Email: chalpo@yahoo. com. :$17(' Looking for Shaw TV service for my home in Agua Escondida. Cell: 331571-9596.

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FOR SALE: Dog car seat size VPDOO6WUDSHDVLO\ÂżWVRYHUKHDGUHVWLQIURQW or back, $500 pesos. smwschoon@outlook. com. FREE: Two grown Cats need a new home. Interested partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s please call: 376-7657123 or 331-252-1613. :$17(' Would like to buy a hard sided large dog kennel suitable to transporting a dog by air travel. SkyPet or other similar make. Please contact Carol at 766-0450. Email: carolcam@rogers.com. :$17(' I am searching for a ragdoll FDW ZLWK D KHDOWK FHUWLÂżFDWH DQG QHJDWLYH IRU IHOLQH OHXFHPLD 7KHUH DUH D IHZ 12% LI someone would consider picking it up and bringing here. Email: lois.atkins@gmail.com. FREE: 6 month old Pit mix very loving DQG Dá&#x201A;&#x2021;HFWLRQDWH DOO VKRWV HWF QRW \HW QHXWHUHG+HZDVUHVFXHGRá&#x201A;&#x2021;WKHVWUHHWDERXW months ago and has been in training for his forever home and has now graduated with honours. 6 month old Pit mix. Will be a medium size dog about 40 pounds. contact : robcameron321@gmail.com. :$17(' Need good used dog crate-rigid plastic airline approved that will accomPRGDWHUHVFXHG\HOORZODEWKDWZLOOĂ&#x20AC;\WR7Rronto. Please help. Robert 766-3505.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

FOR SALE: 2 Matching Love Seats. Very clean, with no stains. Price: $1600p each. You arrange pickup and delivery. EmaiI: julieywayne@yahoo.com FOR SALE: I have a used exercise bike for $50 U.S. I live in upper Ajijic. Please call if interested at 376-766-3420 or 331-746-1288. FOR SALE: %Xá&#x201A;&#x2021;HW This piece could also be used as a dresser. Solid wood, not sure what kind but dark, blackish/brown stain. 60â&#x20AC;? long...18â&#x20AC;? wide....33 1/2â&#x20AC;? high. Price: $3,000 MX. Willie. 766- 4480. FOR SALE: CFE METER COVER. Painted white, thick metal cage with lockable gate. Price: $25.00. Email: billyking50@yahoo. com. FOR SALE:(OHFWULF'ULOO%ODFNDQG'HFNer 3/8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Price: $30. Email: billyking50@yahoo.com.

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FOR SALE: %DQJ  2OXIVHQ %HR/DE 6000 speakers. Price: $9000 pesos. Send me an email at nadine.and.henry@pobox.com if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll send you a map to our house. FOR SALE: King size bed. Upholstered headboard and base only, rust/pumpkin colored velour type fabric. Price: $4,000 MX. Call: 766 4480....Willie. FOR SALE: Motorcycle 2006 Suzuki - V-strom DL 1000, 52,000 Miles, top box, saddle bags, crash bars, center stand. Ajijic - $65,000 mxp cglane2007@yahoo.com 6HQGSKRQH QDPH FOR SALE: Eucalyptus table. 45â&#x20AC;? round... more or less, not perfectly round but close, top can be removed to relocate. 6â&#x20AC;? thick, 33â&#x20AC;? tall. Price: $4,000 MX. Willie. 766-4480. FOR SALE: %DFNJDPPRQ VHW DQG 3URfessional Poker game. Professional Poker Set in Aluminium case - 300 Chip set. Price: $1,000 pesos each or 1,800 pesos for both. Call Roland 331-143-2361 or email callbackmx@yahoo.com. Located in Ajijic - center. FOR SALE: Sony 40â&#x20AC;? LCD TV + LG or 9,26%OX5D\3OD\HU3ULFH3HVRVIRU ERWK WKH 79 DQG %OX5D\'9'86% 3OD\HU Email: mike@acspaging.com. FOR SALE: Red two person Kayak, 13.6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; long, made of rigid polyethylene, includes two ors. Price: $6,000 pesos. Call: 331-116-6081 in Chapala. FOR SALE: Door with beveled glass in early panel. Dimensions: 50â&#x20AC;? W x 83â&#x20AC;? H, this includes the frame. Doors each: 22.5â&#x20AC;? W. The ÂżUVW  0; JHWV WR KDYH LW &DOO  4480....Willie FOR SALE: Photographers Dream Set. Price: $500Pesos. Sonny Cybershot Digital &DPHUD :LWK 86% &DEOH )XOO\ $GMXVWDEOH )7 7ULSRG Âś;Âś;´ 0DFUR 3KRWR %R[ ZLWK 0XOWLFRORU%DFNGURSLQVHUWVLQ)DEULF;0XOWLFRORU )DEULF 'RXEOH %DWWRQ :DVKDEOH Âś;Âś %DFNGURSV &$//    1613 OR 331-785-7100. FOR SALE:4XHHQ6L]HG%HG%DVH-XVWD base or headboard, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a package deal. Email: imburnen@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Mountain bike for sale, in good condition. Recently did a lot of maintenance. Price $5800 pesos, if interested please call 001-830-203-9099. FOR SALE: Kindle 2. This older Kindle is in great shape with just a slight hairline crack on the upper right corner of the case. The screen is perfect. The battery holds a charge better than my new Paperwhite. No problems with the WiFi. Kindle and charger and all that reading for $500 pesos. Call 376-766-2521 or PM me. FOR SALE: Portable traction device (universal head halter). Price: $200 pesos. Call 331-382-4771 if interested and for appt. FOR SALE: Pool Table. Pool cues are ÂżEUHJODVV DQG QRW ZRRG 7DEOH EDVH PDGH of 1â&#x20AC;? Italian stone. Table surround made of pine wood. Call 331-382-4771 for appt. %X\HUPXVWDUUDQJHIRUWUDQVSRUWDWLRQ3ULFH $25,000 pesos. FOR SALE: :LQGRZV  3UR %,7 OS. On PC Tower with wheeled caddy. 3ULFH 3HVRV RU EHVW Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU &KRFRODWH Colored Desk. Price: $3,000pesos or best Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU 0DWFKLQJ %RRNVKHOI &DELQHW 3ULFH SHVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&ODVVLF796WDQG 3HVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOO OR 331-785-7100. FORE SALE: Complete bedroom set. Queen bed and decorated frame, two nightstands and lamps, Table chair and small

chest. Email: jim_bush@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: One open spot in my Shaw satellite TV account. Cost is approx. $22 USD per month. You must provide your own receivHUGLVKDQG/1%ÂśV7KLVLVQRWDFRPPHUFLDO Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HULQJEXWUDWKHUDVKDUHRIP\DFFRXQWDW cost. Includes both east and west coast US networks. Call me for a list of channels. Call Mike 766-2275. FOR SALE: %RG\)LW (OLSWLFDO %RXJKW DW Walmart for around $3300pesos. Will sell for $1500. Email: spexmex@yahoo.ca. FOR SALE: Canon Power Shot battery charger. Call: 766-1496. FOR SALE: Estee Lauder eye pencil reÂżOOV. color: 17- charcoal, Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a medium brunette. That is no longer me. Amazon is VHOOLQJWKHPDWXVGHDFK%HVWSULFH3HVRV DUH ÂżQH (PDLO SJUHHUPH[LFR#JPDLO com FOR SALE: <DNLPD 5RFNHW%R[ URRI box. Crossbar spacing requirements: 30â&#x20AC;? - 36â&#x20AC;? (76 - 91 cm) .Measures: 92 x 16 x 26 inches (L x H x W). Storage: 16 cubic feet / 453.1 liters Weight: 56 pounds/25 kilo. SKS lock core (lost the keys, it will cost 120 pesos to make a key). crossbars not included. Asking $5000 pesos. Email: goldensassafras@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Golf clubs:Acer 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 irons and pitching wedge, plus Calloway sand wedge and Ping putter. Comes with nice bag and a few balls. $2000. Single mattress. Nice one, used less than three months: $1500. Four beige folding chairs from Costco. Still have labels on them. High quality plastic: $1400 for all four. Call US number: 719-6298327. :$17(' Looking for a 3 or 4 panel privacy screen in all wood or with curtain insert. Email: VLONĂ&#x20AC;HXUV#RXWORRNFRP. FOR SALE:%LF\FOHIRUVDOHFRORUJUHHQ works $1000 pesos for large child or adult you FDQ VHH LW DW 7RGR %XHQR FRQVLJQPHQW DQG resale store. Hidalgo 231Riberas del Pilar. FOR SALE: Cobra fairway woods. )O\=    6HQLRU Ă&#x20AC;H[ KLW RQO\ RQFH RQ range. $4000 for both. Email: davidhf2@yahoo.com. FOR SALE:,QVHFW 0RVTXLWR5HSHOOHQW I have some REPEL-40 bottles left. It has the best commercial product, DEET. I bought a dozen and it is so good I have used very little. I can deliver to Guadalajara and Ajijic area. Call or Whatsapp 333- 1001-555 FOR SALE: Corner sofa to make a statePHQW LQ WKH FHQWHU RI D URRP RU ÂżW SHUIHFWO\ into a corner. Contemporary style cream leather sectional sofa. 3 sections, one with headrest. Total length 545 cm. $16,500 pesos. Call Michael 331- 319-1163. FOR SALE: Two lamp shades white $300 SHVRV&DQVHHDW7RGR%XHQRFRQVLJQPHQW and resale store #231 Hiladgo. Riberas del Pilar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: rvhowardrenz@aol.com. FOR SALE: Sofa grey $4000 pesos. Can VHH DW 7RGR %XHQR FRQVLJQPHQW DQG UHVDOH store #231 Hiladgo. Riberas del Pilar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: rvhowardrenz@aol.com. FOR SALE: White GE Digital Dishwasher $2,500pesos. 3 years old from Tio-Sams on the Libremento Ajijic. Call: 376-765-7123 or 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Samsung Wireless Charging Pad with 2A Wall Charger. Price: $20. Email: egweiss@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Samsung microwave in very good condition, price is $800 pesos. If interested please call 001-830-203-9099.


FOR SALE: $1,500 pesos Motorola High Def Shaw receiver, model DSR505 with remote. Price lowered to $1,200 pesos. Email Carolyn at simpsca2000@gmail.com FOR SALE: TV Programs DVD. All origiQDOVLQH[FHOOHQWFRQGLWLRQXQOHVVUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWHGLQ much lower than Amazon price. If interested, VHQG307KH%RE1HZKDUW6KRZ6HDVRQ $9. Email: egweiss@outlook.com. FOR SALE: Mitsubishi EX200U DLP projector. Refurbished: $5500 MX on e-bay. Mine, very lightly used, excellent like-new condition. Will include ceiling mount. $5000 MX. Email: egweiss@outlook.com. FOR SALE: )XUQLWXUH %RWK WDEOH DQG standing lamps with shades each -- for sale; 600 pesos each or 2/$1000. ( 2/$50). Large cream colored large, cozy, easy chair; leather -- $2,000 pesos ($100). 1 wooden rocker; needs repair - $400 pesos ($20 USD). Email: ajijic62@yahoo.com or 766-5723 FOR SALE: Mendoza 22.cal Repeating Air Gun. Price $2500 pesos, if interested call 001-210-418-9798. FOR SALE: AXL Electric guitar. It comes with guitar strap, guitar cover, guitar amp and cable. It has a broken E string, that I have not KDG WLPH WR Âż[ Price $2200 pesos. If interested please call 001-210-418-9798. FOR SALE: 40â&#x20AC;? LED Flat Screen Tvâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 2, LQFKĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQ/('HOHPHQW. Price: $3000 SHVRVHDFKRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU,ILQWHUHVWHGLILQWHUested please call 001-830-203-9099. FOR SALE: I have very nice planters of assorted shapes and sizes. Long ones have stands. They are not chipped or cracked. Priced to sell from $50 pesos to $200. I also have a large wrought iron rack or trellis for hanging plants for $500 pesos. Call: 331319-1012. FOR SALE: 2 mesh chaise lounges. Call: 331-125-8877 or 376-766-4123. FOR SALE: Foldawheel Foldable Wheelchair. Model PW-999UL. Comes with extra battery. Email: nickydanby@gmail.com. FOR SALE: &XLVLQDUW ')3%&1< &XS )RRG 3URFHVVRU %UXVKHG 6WDLQOHVV Steel. Price: $140 USD. Email: tycobb@tylergwebb.com. FOR SALE: Tennis Tutor ProLite ball machine, like new with new battery, Price: $7,500 pesos, Call Gilles at 331-774-3092. FOR SALE: Mabe top loading electrical washing machine. 3 years old. Price: $3,500pesos. Call: 331-252-163 or 376-7657123. FOR SALE: White GE Fridge from Tio Sam. 3 years old. Price: $8,000pesos or best Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOORU :$17('Small computer desk. Please call Dennis 766-5322. FOR SALE: RIVAL toaster oven, still LQ ER[ DVNLQJ  SHVRV %/8 60$57 PHONE DASHJR 4.0 lorded with a new number and three(3) chips. Price: $2000 pesos. Call 376-766-4456 cell 333-104-7455. FOR SALE: Recliner chair very comfortDEOHZLGHVHDWSKRQH%LOO :$17(' Need a full/matrimonial box spring. Not the Mexican platform kind. Email: VLONĂ&#x20AC;HXUV#RXWORRNFRP FOR SALE: Have 15 sheets of owens corning 3/4 inch 4foot x 8 foot R 40 Foamular moisture resistant insulation sheathing Minimum 7 sheet purchase at 300 pesos per sheet or buy all 15 sheets. Price: $4,000 pesos. E mail: schraderlarry@rocketmail.com or text me at 333-949-8770 can deliver locally. FOR SALE: Star Choice Receiver, Remote 505 and Antena. only you need to come

pick up the antena. Price: $1,200 pesos. Please Call: 33-14-67-23-00. FOR SALE: Queen head board dark color swan design dresser to match with mirror and two matching night side tables a must see in H[FHOOHQWFRQGLWLRQ3KRQH%LOO FOR SALE:  IW :HUQHU ÂżEHUJODVV VWHS ladder. Price: $1500 pesos. Call: 331-1258877. :$17(' Urgently need a king size mattress for Mexican paraplegic man and his young son. Can pay reasonable amount for RQHLQ'HFHQWFRQGLWLRQ&DOO%DUU\DW 6036. :$17(' I am working on improving my culinary skills and need a heavy duty, good quality â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kitchen Aidâ&#x20AC;? type mixer mainly for baking. e-mail me is best as I travel thruout Mexico a good deal of my time. richard. barbi@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Almost new car canopy, easy to put up and down. Great for cars during the rainy season. I can take it down or you can so you can see how easy it is to manage. $2000 pesos. Send me your phone number and I will call anyone who is interested. Email: imburnen@outlook.com. :$17(' Looking for a sofa and love seat or a sectional. Email: vivtomh@hotmail. com. FOR SALE: Deluxe large bird cage in powder coated pewter with top play stand and feeding cups. Cage feeding cups swing RXWRQVPDOOVLGHGRRUVIRUHDV\ÂżOOLQJ$OVR have two bird gyms, toys and smaller cage included. Price: $5000 ps. Email: sunnyvogler@yahoo.com. :$17(' /RRNLQJ IRU 12% WUDGLWLRQDO upholstered living room side chairs with carved wood arms, trim and feet. Email: jdbaehr@gmail.com. FOR SALE: kitchen island, with four 29â&#x20AC;? x ´GHHSGUDZHUVIRUSRWV HTXLSPHQW7ZR GXSOH[RXWOHWV%ODFNJUDQLWHPHDVXUHV´ x 41â&#x20AC;?. Comes with two iron bar chairs with leather seats. Only 7 years old. Pickup San Antonio Tlayacapan. $10,000 pesos obo. FOR SALE: Powered Paraglider. MiniPlane Para-Motor ( runs perfectly ) , Seat and Harness, Wing, Spare Propellers ( 2 Carbon Fiber, 1 wooden ). Price: $3,000.00 USD. For more Info: kermitsmith@sbcglobal.net. Frog 376-763-5859. FOR SALE: Spinning bike, Nordika brand, almost new in very good condition. Price sell: $3,800. If you are interested send me an email to: fernanda.ramirez91@outlook.com. FOR SALE: &DQRQUHÂżOODEOHLQNFDUWULGJes, PGI-150-CLI-150, with ink and chip. (I KDYHDQHZGL௺HUHQWSULQWHU These cartridges are suitable for many Canon printers, such as the ones that I have listed, plus others. PIXMA - IP7210-MG5410-MX921-MG6310MG7210-MX721-MG5510-IX6810. Price: $500 pesos. Email: louis.solo@live.com. :$17(' Looking for corner book case and nightstand. Email: sommer_pat@yahoo. co.uk. :$17(' Looking for a mountain bike. Email: adw2011@live.com. FOR SALE: Obus Forme Ergonomic Seat in black. Received from Amazon. Unique design encourages proper alignment of the pelvis and thighs, evenly distributing body weight for extended sitting comfort. Will sell for $500 pesos. Email: arjay333@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Camara. 16,1 Mio Pixels, 5x ]RRP+LVSHHG86%+'0,RXWSXWIRUFRQQHFWLRQ WR FRPSXWHU DQG 79  ,QVWUXFWLRQV 

CD included for only $1,999 Pesos. Call: 331344-3341. FOR SALE: Flower Vase $600 pesos. &DQ VHH DW 7RGR %XHQR FRQVLJQPHQW DQG resale store #231 Hidalgo. Riberas del Pilar mountain side next to S and S auto. Email: rvhowardrenz@aol.com. FOR SALE: Lawn Mower is $5000p 6 months old with original receipt from Sears. Stove is Koblenz $3800p 6 months old with RULJLQDOUHFHLSW.LQJVL]HPDWWUHVVÂżUPZLWK single bases, no stains $3800p. Email: julieywayne@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: %DUHO\ XVHG ;ER[ 2QH *% ZLWK  *DPHV DQG .LQHFW *% hard drive. Email: issaction@icloud.com. FOR SALE:  %OXHWRRWK ZLUHOHVV 'LJLWDO Camera Security System $800pesos. Call 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Complete Poplar Matrimonial sized bedroom set. Call 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Motorola RAZR V3M Verizon 9FDVW SKRQH 6WLOO NHHS LQ RULJLQDO %R[ &DOO 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Complete matrimonial white wicker bedroom furniture set with space foam mattress. Please call 331-252-1613 to view. FOR SALE: 3DWLR )XUQLWXUH %DU &DELQHWS:LFNHUORYHVHDWFXVKLRQ SLOORZV S :LFNHU FKDLU FXVKLRQ  SLOORZ S 5DWDQ FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH WDEOH S $UHD rug 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-4â&#x20AC;? x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-4â&#x20AC;? $150p. Potted palm $400p. Call: 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: 2á&#x201A;&#x2C6;FH )XUQLWXUH 6HW &DOO 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Contemporary queen bedroom set, brass canopy double bed, king size bedroom set, computer desk, glass dining table and chairs. Call for more information Call: Erin cell 850-519-1190 or house 766-2853. FOR SALE: Sharp LC-45D40U 45â&#x20AC;? $4826Â&#x152; KLJKGHÂżQLWLRQ /&' 79 3ULFH $4,000P. Email: luclav49@gmail.com. FOR SALE: 6RQ\ ´ %UDYLD /&'79  /* RU 9,26 %OX5D\. Price: $5500 Pesos or  86' IRU ERWK WKH79 DQG %OX5D\86% Media Player. Email: mike@acspaging.com. :$17(' Looking for a mountain bike. Email: adw2011@live.com. FOR SALE: $2500.00 us electric golf cart club car new batteries new main control box and cylinoid. Gordon 763-5314 for sale $1300.00 us electric golf cart club car. FOR SALE: Nearly new 15G washing machine for sale. This large washing machine is in excellent condition, cold water, brand name is EASY. Price: $3900 pesos. Email: eblu1929@uniserve.com. FOR SALE: %HGURRP 6HW Dresser Headboard Nightstands 2 Swan Designs. Call: 108-1748. FOR SALE: (WKDQ $OOHQ FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH WDEOH LQ D ZDUP PHGLXP ÂżQLVK RQ WUDGLWLRQDO VW\OH legs. There is one drawer in the front for storage space. Measures 46â&#x20AC;?long x 28â&#x20AC;?deep x 19â&#x20AC;?high. $2,000 pesos. Email: luclav49@ gmail.com. FOR SALE: Tilting wall mount for 32â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ´ Ă&#x20AC;DWSDQHO 79V 6ROLG KHDY\JDXJH VWHHO FRQVWUXFWLRQ$GMXVWDEOH79EUDFNHWVRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUODWeral shift ability to allow TV placement. MountLQJSDWWHUQÂżWVYLUWXDOO\DQ\/&'RUSODVPD79 up to 175 lbs. Price: $2,000 pesos. Email: luclav49@gmail.com. FOR SALE:   IW DUWLÂżFLDO &KULVWPDV tree (spruce) with 2 complete sets of light strings included. US$100 or peso equivalent. &DOO%ULDQDW :$17(' I would like to acquire the following (gently) used items that will be do-

nated to a great cause: Small (bar size) reIULJHUDWRUPLFURZDYHRYHQĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQWYGYG SOD\HUDQGDGUDZHUÂżOLQJFDELQHW(PDLO pc_ellis@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: Rocker Leather Recliner. $4500p excellent condition, color is very dark green. Call 106-2103. :$17(' Looking for retro wicker or wicker-look rocking chair for my terraza. Email: karinagmex@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: %OX 'DVK -5 N VPDUW phone loaded with new number and 3chips, cost new $230 used will accept $2000pesos. Vizio hd tv 24â&#x20AC;? great for a bedroom or just as an extra TV. Will accept $2000pesos. Rival Toaster Oven, 4 slices, will accept $500 pesos. Call 376-766-4456 or Cell: 333-1047455. FOR SALE: Rexton digital, 2 channel hearing aids. I paid near US$4,000. I will take US$750 for the pair (or pesos at the current rate). Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail. com. FOR SALE: Wine Making Supplies all for $3000p. The equipment and supplies were about $500 US. It consists of equipment (barUHO VLSKRQV ERWWOHÂżOOLQJ DQG FOHDQLQJ JHDU  and supplies (tannin, yeast nutrient, disinfectant, etc.). Call Jeanne 766-3552. FOR SALE: SINGER INGENUITY 7436 SEWING MACHINE. The SINGERÂŽ 7436 is a fully electronic sewing machine with a full range of utility, decorative, quilting, heirloom and stretch stitch stitches. Email: louis.solo@ live.com. Price: $3000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Two, Solar World 245 Watt solar panels purchased new from eSun in December. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use them so they are for sale DWXVGHDFKRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU(PDLOhitechservices1@yahoo.com. FOR SALE:4XHHQ6L]HG%HGURRP6HW 4XHHQ0HWDO)RXU3RVWHU%HG0DWUHVV%R[ 6SULQJ %HG /LQHQV 6NLUW 3LOORZV  %ODQket Cover $30,000P. Triple Dresser, MirURU  0DWFKLQJ %HGVLGH 7DEOH 3OXV /DPS 3 %HG %HQFK 3 )UDPHG Paintings $6,000P.Email: KHLQ]VWDSá&#x201A;&#x2021;#KRWmail.com. FOR SALE: 6KDZ 6DWHOOLWH 5HFHLYHU  Dish. Three Foot Circular Dish With Two Dual Lnbs. One DSR-405 Analogue Receiver and Remote. Price: $1,000 Pesos. Call: 331-2521613. FOR SALE: Heavy Duty Electric Motor. Originally bought for restaurant ventilator or planned workshop band driver. Never used. Original price. $6,000pesos plus. Asking SHVRVRUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DOO FOR SALE: CPAP AirSenseâ&#x201E;˘ 10 AutoSetâ&#x201E;˘. Therefore, the CPAP is on sale: mxn$20,000.00. Contact: Maga Cuellar, 044-333-130-1931. Rancho San Jorge, Carretera Jocotepec-Chapala. Mail: maga. cuellar@hp.com. FOR SALE: Computer Desk. Price: $1200. Ajijic 766-2853 or 850 510-1190. Email: esolo4691@gmail.com. FOR SALE: I have a closet full of beautifully made menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suits, jackets, pants, shirts - made of silk, linen, wool, cotton, leather. Some are hand made. Most are Italian designers. Pants sizes 32-34 x 32-34. Shirts size 151/2 - 16. Jackets in the 40 size range. Contact Erin 766-2853 or 850-519-1190.

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