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z DIRECTORY z PUBLISHER Richard Tingen

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez Tel: (01376) 765 3676, 765 2877 Fax: (01376) 765 3528 Associate Publisher David Tingen

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COVER STORY

Ed Lusch examines the nature of myths, and comes close to saying that some of them here in Mexico might actually be . . . true.

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VOLUME 29 NUMBER 9

Graphic Design Roberto C. Rojas Sandra Hernandez

Associate Editor Jim Tipton Contributing Editor Paul Jackson Contributing Editor Mark Sconce Drama Critic Michael Warren Art Critic Rob Mohr Roving Correspondent Dr. Lorin Swinehart Sales Managers Omar Medina Bruce Fraser

&RYHUE\Dani Newcomb 14 HISTORICAL Dr. Lorin Swinehart draws a compelling picture of the legendary Tecumseh, one of the greatest military tacticians of all time, today regarded as a great hero in Canada, whose government has erected statues and issued a commemorative postage stamp in honor of this Canadian leader.

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Editor’s Page

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Uncommon Sense

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Bridge by Lake

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Joyful Musings

The Ojo remembers Robert Kleffel, an ex-pat who gave back so much to his adopted country of Mexico. Rarely has a foreigner been held in such great esteem by the Mexicans here at Lakeside.

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Welcome to Mexico

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36 Front Row Center 40 View from South Shore 46 The Poets’ Niche 48 The Ghosts Among Us 53 LCS Newsletter

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Editor’s Page By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez For Greater Glory (La Cristiada)

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movie dramatizing the Cristero Rebellion opened recently in Mexico. The film, mainly shot in Mexico, features several wellknown Hispanic actors such as Andy Garcia, Santiago Cabrera and Eva Longoria and deals with one of the dramatic moments in Mexican history, would be expected to do very eerry ry well down here—but apparently such was not the case. Historical background: from 1926 to 1929, the Mexican government under President Plutarco Calles put into effect a series of anti-clerical laws aimed at decimating the power of the Catholic Church. Such measures included deporting priests and bishops. Such measures had been percolating since the time of Benito Juarez in the mid-1800’s. Juarez, one of Mexico’s most revered figures, was elected president five times, his last term ending in 1872. He had turned back the French occupation of Mexico, and thereafter instituted liberal democratic policies that were not nearly as indulgent with the Church as had been the case under the Emperor Maximillian. Some argue that Juarez’s democratic and religious reforms would not have reached anywhere near the levels implemented by the Calles government some half century later—but just how far did his regime actually go? The movie is too long and too short; short because it leaves much of this complicated history unexplained, too long because at 2 1/2 hours, it seems interminable. The script is far too simplistic, working in black or white mode, when the material would have been far better handled in the less absolute color of gray. The first-time director (known basically for his superb work in special visual effects) does wonderfully in the action and battle scenes, but fares far less well in bringing the characters to life, or even making them believable. Andy Garcia, a charismatic and talented actor (see Godfather III, which Garcia stole right out from under Al Pacino’s nose) here seems little more than just another Latino-looking actor. As for all the female characters in the story, some played by stunning-looking actresses, not one makes much of an impression.

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Peter O’Toole fares even worse, seeming to have wandered in from another movie. Type-wise he’s all wrong, and then is given nothing but pious homilies to mutter. Reuben Blades, playing President Calles, is one of the very few acting stand-outs. The film treats a very complicated situation in a very simplistic way. One doubts the wide-spread viciousness of the Calles regime, even while amused by the sanctimoniousness of the Cristeros. The movie is pitched at an over-the-top level that works against itself, much as did Mel Gibson’s near-hysterical handling of The Passion of the Christ. The action scenes, however, are beautifully done, and the locations well chosen, giving the movie great visual scope; but sadly, it’s like a huge and expensive frame of a painting that is much too small for it. The production overpowers the story. Further, the script is so one-sided that the Cristeros come out looking like reincarnations of some of the Apostles and the other side might as well have been the Gestapo. There is very little complexity or contradiction in the story. Watching it reminded me of another  movie set in Mexico: Juarez, with Paul Muni, Bette Davis and Brian Aherne. Shot in 1939 over several months in and around Vera Cruz, for years the film was the second most expensive movie ever made,  trailing only Gone With the Wind—but talk about complexity: it was  Monarchy vs. Democracy, king vs. president—and both were honorable men! It’s a great picture—and one highly recommended for those who would like to learn Mexican history in a most Alejandro Grattan pleasurable way.


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oised to begin the perfect retirement in Mexico, Bob Brown was diagnosed with cancer and given less than a year to live. He died three weeks later. His widow, Judy, chose to relocate to their dream home, alone. This book is about that journey: “It is a story of grief and redemption, learning, change, remarkable love and frustrating adaptation to a new life. It is the story of nursing a dying husband at home alone, as he wished it to be, the seeming end of a love story that somehow managed to stretch out for years after his death – a story that continues even now that I finally feel free to reach out for what might be the next big love of my life.” Judy’s portion of the book consists of journal entries, emails, poems and essays written during her ordeal. Co-author, Dr. Anthony Moriarty, provides a professional perspective in alternating chapters. Their dialogue makes the book unique, giving “contrasting sides of the picture: spiritual/clinical; personal/objective; emotional/detached.” Dr. Moriarty writes: “nearly 2,400,000 people die in the US annually and each leave an average of four mourners. Most people muddle through their grief in a very personal way, isolated in their pain despite incredible numbers of those who experience the same intense feeling of being alone.” Readers of this book who are caretaking a dying loved one or grieving someone’s loss will realize that they have company. Both authors are honest in confronting the complex emotions death brings. For instance, Judy finds Bob “cantankerous” and experiences relief when their ordeal ends. Dr. M comments that this stage is “only the eye of the hurricane. Soon the storm of grief will be upon her.” And make no mistake, it is a storm. Judy describes her initial reaction: “I take turns wailing, looking

at myself in the mirror to set myself straight and doing things like thinking, walking, crying, and watching videos of “Absolutely Fabulous…” Dr. M observes that “the end of a life does not necessarily bring about the end of a relationship.” Judy knows that moving to a new country gives her “new ways of perceiving the world.” Over time Judy realizes that the purchase of Bob’s dream house in Mexico was his final gift to her. She is tempted to participate in Mexican death rituals but opts for life instead. She sees signs that she interprets as Bob attempting to communicate with her. Dr. M calls this “superstitious thinking,” one means of coping. Another is expressing oneself through art. Judy is a writer and she makes memorial boxes called retablos which is cathartic for her. The authors address negative reactions associated with grief, including guilt, loneliness, withdrawal and anger, but Judy learns grief’s positive lessons including the liberation of widowhood: “Yes, I have lost my life’s companion of fifteen years, my art collaborator, my loyal supporter and the love of my life. But I’ve also lost my severest critic, the man who for fifteen years usurped my side of the bed…and left his shoes strewn like unstrung pearls throughout the house.” The book ends positively. After many years of pain, Judy is ready to date again. Now she knows that “grief holds the seeds of life. If you refuse to learn the lessons grief teaches, the gifts it gives, then you are, in a sense, refusing life.”

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nthropologists will tell you that one common denominator existing in the history of all cultures is a preponderance of myth and legend. We have all heard of many of them: leprechauns, Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, Atlantis, gods and goddesses, stories from religious text and the list, of course, goes on and on. Most of these myths are metaphorical; meant as morality lessons or guides to notions of proper behavior. While many myths have ardent supporters, their enthusiastic belief is usually in contradiction to fact. But sometimes a tale combined with eyewitness accounts, physical evidence and...historical narrative can make one seriously wonder if even the most unlikely myth might, in fact, be true. Such is the case with the giants of Mexico.  In 1539, the Spanish explorer Coronado, along with 300 soldiers and 800 Indians, set off from Mexico City westward bound for the Pacific Ocean. Upon reaching the province of Sonora, an advance party was sent to the coast to rendezvous with Coronado’s supply ships. The group did not spot the ships but returned to Coronado’s army with an Indian guest in tow whose height held the Spanish awe-struck.  The historian and member of Coronado’s expedition, Pedro de Castañeda, wrote in his account of the journey, “They did not find the supply ships but they brought back an Indian so large that the tallest man in the army reached only to his chest. It was said that other Indians were even taller on the coast.”  Other historians have written that a tribe of Indians called the Seri lived on the island of Tiburon (shark) and the adjacent gulf of California’ s coast in Sonora. They were of enormous stature, some over eight feet tall. (The Seri Indians, of which only 650 remain, still live on the coast of the Gulf of Cortez. They say they descended from giants who lived on Tiburon Island.)  Another historian of the 16th cen-

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tury, Fray Diego Duran, spent his lifetime studying the Aztec and other indigenous Mexican cultures, becoming a highly respected expert on their language and history. During his 32 years living with the Indians of Central Mexico, he said he had several contacts with giants. In his book on the history of Mexico, Duran writes, “It cannot be denied that there have been giants in this country. “ I can confirm this as an eyewitness account for I have met men of monstrous stature here. I believe there are many in Mexico, who will remember as I do, a giant Indian who appeared in a procession of the Feast of Corpus Christi. He appeared dressed in yellow silk—and he was all of three feet taller than all the others.” In another section of his 78-chapter book, Duran wrote, “These giants had abominable customs and ate raw meat from the hunt. Enormous bones of the giants have been found which I myself have seen dug up at the foot of cliffs many times. These giants flung themselves from precipices while fleeing from the Cholutecs and were killed. The Cholutecs had been extremely cruel and treacherous to the giants, pursuing them from hill to hill, valley to valley, until they were destroyed.”  Joseph de Acosta in his book,  History of the Indies, says, “When I was in Mexico, they found one of those giants buried in one of our farms...of whom they brought a tooth to be seen which was as big as a fist of a man; all the rest was proportional which I saw and admired.”  Bernard de Sahagan, a foremost authority on the Aztecs, wrote in his multivolume history of Central Mexico, “The giants of Quinametin were Toltecs and they built Teotihuacan and Choluta.”  The above eyewitness accounts were written by 16th century historians and many more accounts of Mexican giants exist in the historical record. Some recount huge Indians of enormous strength, one of whom hoisted a log onto his shoulder that six Spanish soldiers could not lift; others report


thigh bones as tall as a man and mummified bodies from the Copper Canyon of eight feet in length. Whether these huge beings were giants existing among normal-sized tribal people, or tribes unto themselves, is unclear, but the Spanish seem to have bumped into them in many areas of Mexico and in southern Florida, Alabama and the lower Colorado River.  The conquistadors found the word Quinametzi “grandes hombres deformes” or Quinames “grandes monstruosos” consistently applied by the natives throughout Mexico to describe giant humans.  Are the accounts of giants written by Spanish scholars like Castaneda, Sahagan, Duran and others simply the embellishment of stories heard from indigenous peoples to bolster scholarly reputations for historical chronicling? Did myth become “eyewitness” accounts? Quite possibly, but myth is often founded on grains of truth.  A recent theory espoused by some anthropologists argues that tribes or races of giant humans eight to nine feet tall once were the dominant humans of all North America including Mexico. An aggressive and warlike people, tribes fought against each other diminishing their populations. Races of average-sized people, far more numer-

ous, possibly more mentally advanced, eventually killed off the remaining giants. There are hundreds of accounts of giant human bones and skulls being unearthed from many locals in Mexico and the US, and even burial sites of giants containing dozens of remains. The question is: where are the bones?  In private archeological collections? Locked in the cavernous basement of the Smithsonian? In tribal burial grounds? Theories abound but no one seems to know for sure. Ed Lusch

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y friend, Luis Romero, recently sent me a copy of a book review from the New York Review of Books, thinking I might find the subject interesting. The book Against Autonomy, by Sarah Conly, argues that government and other organizations are sometimes justified in using coercion to require people to make choices “for their own good.” This topic has been the focus of much debate already.  John Stuart Mill, the utilitarian philosopher, has argued that it is indefensible for government to compel people to act in a particular way to prevent harm to only themselves. This is a popular libertarian position. For example, most would agree that the government should not prevent people from eating an unhealthy diet even if eating such a diet increases

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their risk of premature death. Of course, we already accept some forms of government coercion. We are required, in the US and Canada, to obtain prescriptions before we purchase many medications. We are forbidden to drive without insurance or without a seat belt. And we are forced to pay taxes to support policies with which we may strongly disagree. In the United States, one of the most contentious examples of government coercion revolves around the “individual mandate” requiring everyone to purchase health insurance.  Sometimes, the argument for coercion is justified by the evidence that people who choose to behave irresponsibly are, in fact, causing harm to others. Those who forego medical coverage, for example, are still cared for in

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emergency rooms. When they cannot pay their bills, the cost is necessarily passed on to others. Conly argues that what she calls “coercive paternalism,” or forcing people to behave in a particular way, is sometimes justified.  Many people have a “present bias” which may cause them to focus on present circumstances rather than the future. Even though they may have a long-term goal of living a long, healthy life, they are blinded by the present and have trouble exercising the selfrestraint necessary to stop smoking, exercise and eat a healthy diet. Conly believes it is justifiable to “help” people accomplish their long-term goals by limiting portion size in restaurants, for example.  If the benefits of the coercion outweigh the costs (usually, the loss of autonomy) then, she argues, the coercion is justifiable.  If there is a more effective method for achieving the same ends, without coercion, like a public education campaign, the coercion is not justifiable. The most controversial coercion she proposes is a ban on cigarette smoking. She believes that the huge benefit to public health, and the lack of any other effective, non-coercive measure, justifies such a draconian step.  Of course, such paternalistic, “nanny state” measures are controversial and

not likely to be passed. Nevertheless, as we decide what the proper role of government should be, we must consider what types of coercion we will accept.  We accept some types of coercion and reject others.  Where should we draw the line? Note: I received feedback from a physician friend on my January column on over-diagnosis of medical conditions.  While he generally agrees with the column, he disputed the fact that “normal” blood pressure was once considered 160/100. He noted that level has always been considered high and should be regulated by medication.


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ne of the most common adages at bridge is: “Against a no trump contract, lead fourth best from your longest and strongest suit.” I would agree with that in principle but would add “with some exceptions”. One of those exceptions occurred in the illustrated hand. North dealt and opened the bidding with one diamond. He would dearly have liked to hold another club so he could open 1 no trump but in the circumstances 1 diamond was the best he could do. Although East had a nice collection of cards, and 14 high card points, she correctly concluded that she did not have the right shape to enter the proceeding at this stage so she passed. This is a particularly important lesson for less experienced players who feel that they must get into the bidding with the equivalent of an opening bid regardless of their distribution. With eight high card points and no four card major, South responded 1 no trump. North, holding an intermediate hand raised to 2 no trump and South carried on to game. Note that North was not too concerned about his singleton club as his partner’s failure to bid a major, or raise diamonds, strongly suggested he had some club length. West was paying attention to the bidding and realized that his partner must have substantial values but just had nothing to say. Looking at his own miserable collection, he decided to forego the lead of a heart and instead try to find a suit that would accommodate his partner and so chose a spade. His decision was entirely based on logic: South was known not

to have as many as 4 spades as he had bid no trump over his partner’s opening salvo. In turn, North was virtually guaranteed to have a maximum of 4 spades based on his bidding, therefore East was very likely to have 4 or more cards in that suit. West led the spade 5 and met with spectacular success. Declarer called for the 4 and East played the 8, keeping her other cards “surrounding” the dummy. Declarer won with the queen in hand and took the diamond finesse which East ducked smoothly. It seemed to declarer that the diamond king was onside so he attempted to get back to his hand with a club and East made another good play by winning the Ace, for the defense’s first trick and effectively shutting South out of his own hand! East now cashed the spade Ace and continued with the Jack (on which West pitched the heart 7 to show a high card in that suit). Declarer was now sunk. He was forced to cash the diamond ace and continue that suit which East won to cash her last spade. And now all that remained was to put declarer back on the table by playing the heart queen for West to eventually take the setting trick with his lone high card, the heart jack. West and East had combined beautifully to defend this hand. The moral of the story is: when you are on lead and have a very weak hand try to lead the card that gives your side the best opportunity for success Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@gmail. com Ken Masson

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wish I had a list of all those things I keep meaning to get done but somehow never quite get to. Maybe with a list to look at each morning I’d consider my options and select something to accomplish that day. Then again, if I had to face that long list each morning maybe I’d be overwhelmed by so many things needing to be done, I’d do nothing at all. I remember the last time I moved. I planned to sort my overflowing files and send everything no longer needed into the trash. But of course, just like I’ve done too many times before, I packed everything, promising myself I’d sort it at the other end.  Yeah, right. The rods in my file cabinet are bowed under the weight of excess paper work.  Letting go of old belongings has never been my strong suit. Fortunately, I’m good at organizing and putting away all this stuff so it looks neat and tidy, and I can generally find whatever I need. But the flip side is that that also makes it easy to accumulate and accommodate more.  Last week I wore a pair of earrings someone gave me when I was in seventh grade, and I still have two casserole dishes in my kitchen that I got free for opening a bank account in 1971!  Am I cluttered, or just sentimental? What happens if you’re a great accumulator but a poor organizer? Life can get pretty stressful. Important items get lost, time is wasted

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trying to find things, and home can become a chaotic mess. You might start your day frustrated and anxious before you even get out the door because you’re running late after hunting for your cell phone and you couldn’t find the keys to the car. Clutter is often the result of procrastination. When you put off throwing things away or putting things where they belong, you end up with clutter. And procrastination, strange as this may sound, is often linked to perfectionism. If you’re a perfectionist, you want to do everything perfectly, and that takes time. Often that ‘time’ never comes, and tasks stay undone rather than be done imperfectly. Of course, there are other reasons clutter accumulates. Some tasks are just too unpleasant or boring to ever reach to the top of the to-do list. Some folks have trouble organizing and others don’t have appropriate places to put things away. If any of this sounds familiar, here’s a few strategies to help you clear the clutter out of your life. Tell yourself that getting one or two small tasks done in a day is a lot better than just thinking about accomplishing twenty someday. Pack items you haven’t used in ages in a box and set it aside for a year. If you haven’t missed it by then, get rid of it. Purchase lots of bins and boxes and cubbies to put things in. Find pretty, colorful, or stylish ones so it’s fun to put things away. Make lists and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off one task at a time. These simple strategies can help your productivity while reducing your stress level. Life will never be as you expect it and maĂąana will be as busy as today. Creating order out of chaos can be quite satisfying if it’s done in small chunks. Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at joy@dunstan.org or 765-4988 or through her website: http://joydunstan.weebly.com.


Dear Editor: With regard to “The Last King of Mexico,” written by Dr. Lorin Swinehart (March 2013 edition), I have just one point to clarify. As a native Texan, somewhat familiar with that state’s history, I question the statement, “There followed [after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821] the Mexican War with the United States, during which Mexico lost vast territories in the north, including Texas and California.” That Mexican War (1846 – 1848) won for the United States: California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Texas had already won its independence and had become the Republic of Texas in 1836, 10 years previously. Texas, already an independent republic, voluntarily joined the Union on December 29, 1845, but not as a direct result of the victory of the United States over Mexico as suggested in the article. Regards, Don Williams Our Columnist Responds: Dear Mr. Williams,

You are, of course, correct. My sister, her husband, my niece and two nephews are unrepentant Texans, and I am surprised they didn’t catch it. As I remember, Texas was independent for about 13 years. Interesting time in so many ways. I know that there was a dispute over the border with Mexico, the U.S. claiming it was at the Rio Grande, and Mexico arguing that it was the Nueces River. President Polk used the dispute as a pretext for war, depending upon one’s viewpoint, not the most edifying chapter in our history. I admire good scholarship. If you have not already done so, I recommend Hampton Sides’ book Blood and Thunder; A Saga of the West. For me, it is an honor to be a part of the El Ojo staff. Wonderful group of people, and some have become good friends. Many thanks for your input. God Bless,  Doc Swinehart

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n the night of March 9, l768, a great meteor streaked across the skies of southern Ohio, heralding the birth of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh on the banks of a spring near the village of Chalahgawth, not far from the Little Miami River. The heavenly event caused the newborn to be named Panther in the Sky. Possessing outstanding leadership and oratorical skills, he was destined to leave his mark upon history. Following the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers—a decisive victory for the United States—and the subsequent Greenville Treaty, Tecumseh knew that white invaders would never rest until all Native Americans were dispossessed or eradicated. Tecumseh, who refused to sign the treaty, later denounced Indiana Governor William Henry Harrison for tricking a group of drunken chiefs into signing a “whiskey treaty” ceding 3,000,000 acres of Indian land. He inspired all Native peoples to form one nation, to stand together against the white man’s perfidy. Tecumseh’s brother Tenskwatawa, known as The Prophet, a recovering alcoholic, envious of his more accomplished sibling, provided spiritual impetus for his Pan-Indian Alliance. In 1808, they established Prophetstown at the confluence of Indiana’s Wabash and Tippicanoe Rivers, where Native Americans gathered from across the continent to hear the Prophet. Harrison, disliking and distrusting all Indians, kept a close eye upon the activities at Prophetstown. He attempted to discredit the Prophet by daring him to make the sun go dark. Tenskwatawa accurately predicted a solar eclipse, causing his credibility to soar among his followers. Seeking to consolidate his alliance, Tecumseh travelled back and forth across the South recruiting the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee,

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C k and Creek d Seminole SSeminole. i l Thro Th Throughout h gho h t his hi sojourn, a comet flared in the skies overhead, affirming to his listeners that Panther in the Sky was a messenger from the Great Spirit. When the Choctaw spurned his entreaties, Tecumseh warned that he would stamp his foot, causing their villages to fall down in ruin. He had predicted the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811, the worst cataclysm to strike North America in recorded history, wreaking havoc throughout the South and Midwest, even causing the Mississippi to flow northward for a time. Native Americans everywhere were further energized by these mystical occurrences. In Tecumseh’s absence, Harrison tricked Tenskwatawa into a frontal battle, resulting in the destruction of Prophetstown and all its supplies. Suffering numerous casualties despite the Prophet’s assurance that the white man’s bullets could not harm them, many lost confidence in Tenskwatawa’s powers and began to wander off. With war brewing between the US and Great Britain, Tecumseh now had no choice but to ally himself with Great Britain. At the time, Britain was fighting for its survival in a lengthy war against Napoleon Bonaparte. Congressional War Hawks perceived an opportunity to seize Canada while Britain was preoccupied, assuming that Canadians would flock to the US banner, regarding the invaders as liberators. However, with a mere 6,000 regulars to defend such a vast territory, the British were forced to rely upon Canadian and Native American forces, a role that both were eager to fill. Tecumseh commanded all Native American forces, up to 50,000 men, in return for British promises of a


Native American homeland occupying the lands between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Citing violations of maritime law and accusing the British of inciting the Indians, the US declared war upon Great Britain on June 18, 1812. Poorly trained and led, US forces were repeatedly defeated at Michilimackinac, Fort Dearborn and along the Niagara River. Tecumseh proved himself a master strategist. At Detroit, utilizing excellent psychological warfare techniques, Tecumseh convinced the aging General William Hull that he was hopelessly outnumbered, causing him to surrender without firing a shot. Michigan, and parts of Maine, Vermont and New York fell to British and Native American arms. The U.S. Army suffered one of its worst defeats ever at Michigan’s River Raisin. Sadly, Tecumseh was not present to prevent the massacre of POW’s. Not until the failure to take Ohio’s Fort Meigs after two lengthy sieges, because of British General Henry Proctor’s miscalculations, did Tecumseh’s forces meet their first major defeat. At Meigs, Tecumseh, who always despised torture, intervened to prevent yet another massacre of POW’s and chided Proctor for failing

to control his men. On September 10, 1813, a fierce sea battle raged on the waters of Lake Erie. U.S. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet triumphed, cutting off Proctor’s lines of supply. Harrison’s army moved northward, retaking Michigan and threatening the British stronghold at Fort Malden, Ontario. Proctor was forced to retreat eastward, leaving Tecumseh’s dwindling forces to fight alone. The subsequent defeat at Moraviantown on Canada’s River Thames was catastrophic. Having prophesized his own death, Tecumseh was killed in the fighting, spelling the end of his Pan-Indian confederacy and the dream of a permanent homeland for his people. Within thirty years of the death of Tecumseh, nearly all Native Americans were moved west in a series of forced migrations, the most infamous being the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Today, however, Tecumseh is remembered as a great hero in Canada, where statues and a commemorative postage stamp honor his memory. Lorin Swinehart

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ne of the great things I love about Mexico is that medical doctors make house calls. Oh, they all have their offices and appointments are the norm. But there are doctors in Mexico who understand the concept of simply being too sick to go to the doctor. They will come to you. I’ve had that experience several times with my husband since we moved here. It is a luxury we try not to abuse. There are many concepts of medical care that are different here than in the USA. The doctors seem to be genuinely concerned about the health of their patients. They ask questions I was never asked in the USA. They focus on your life, your family, your diet, and your eating habits. Changes need to be made? Instead of reaching for the prescription pad, they start by changing diets and life styles. Our doctor actually did write a prescription to my husband to improve his eating and sleeping habits! No pills! I had a doctor even ask me what kind of pets I lived with. And every doctor I have had here has helped me. I am healthier now than I was in the USA. And so is my husband. Our doctor takes the time to get to know us as people. Here we are more than a number on a chart, or the name of a disease. I find this care extends also to the doctors who care for our animals. Vet-

erinarians understand the needs of their patients. My husband and I had four animals. Sometimes, it was just too difficult to get them all to the vet. In Minnesota, we found one vet who would come to our home to tend to our animals. In such a vastly populated area there was only one who would come to our home. But here in our charming corner of Mexico, almost every vet will make house calls when necessary. Today was one of those days. Actually it was one of our darker days. Our rescue dog, Boo, had reached his limit of problems that could be fixed medically. Boo, was initially rescued from a puppy mill, and was named Sergio. We found that name meant “servant.” After the horrible treatment in the puppy mill, his serving days were over. Since he seemed to be afraid of everything when we first got him, we named him Boo. His fear of going to the vet made another trip there too traumatizing, and we wanted his last day to be free from as much trauma as possible. I contacted the doctor, who came to our home, so that we could hold our Boo in our arms, in his own home, with his brothers around him, and have him put to sleep surrounded by love. We are forever grateful for the loving care this doctor gave to our Boo during the five years he cared for Boo, and in the last moments of Boo’s life. Boo went peacefully and is now out of pain, and the remaining animals, two cats and a dog respectfully watched the process as if they understood. After the doctor left, each animal approached both my husband and me to try to ease our pain. There are people who believe that animals are too “dumb” or “stupid” to understand. These people clearly have never owned a pet. We feel blessed to be surrounded by so many professionals who care about their patients, be they human or animal. Victoria Schmidt

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REMEMBERING ROBERT KLEFFEL

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obert Kleffel, a beloved member of our community at Lakeside, passed away on April 4th at the age of 78. A native of Los Angeles California, Robert attended UCLA where he graduated with a degree in business. Until 1980 he lived in Santa Monica where he taught business courses at Santa Monica High School. Students at the high school occasionally asked him for his autograph because he was the regular stand-in for Clint Walker in the popular television series, Cheyenne. After earning his Master of Science degree in finance from UCLA he became an instructor of economics and finance there. He also worked for the Beverly Hills National Bank as Director of Research and was a Planning Commissioner and Chairman Pro Tem for the City of Santa Monica. And, he still found time to sing in musical presentations alongside celebrities such as Jane Russell, Harve Presnell, and Connie Stevens. In 1980, Robert and his wife Bonnie moved to Olivenhain, California where they founded Business Economic Services, Inc., providing real estate research, financial feasibility studies and maquiladora operations. Along with this business, Robert was a trustee on the board of Mira Costa College for six years and Vice President of Mainly Mozart, the leading classical music celebration in the San Diego / Baja California area. In 2000, he and Bonnie moved permanently to Mexico where Robert quickly integrated himself into the local culture and the local communities around Lake Chapala. Almost immediately, he became a force for education in the Lakeside area, developing many educational programs and helping to provide financing and other resources for many scholastic programs and institutions. Particularly significant was his role in the founding of Instituto Technológical Superior de Chapala (where the new auditorium is named in his honor). Those institutions he helped to raise funds for include The Little Blue School in Chapala, the kinder-

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5REHUW.OHIIHO garten in Atotoniquillo, CONALEP, the Wilkes Education Computer Center in Ajijic, and the Instituto Tecnológico. Robert taught English Literature at Instituto Loyola; and he taught English at CONALEP, Instituto Tecnológico, Hacienda Federal, DIF in San Antonio, the Municipality of Chapala, and to doctors of Central de Salud, as well as to many other students and professionals, often free of charge. To his family, friends, and students, he was “Don Roberto.” Robert also served on the board of the Association for Sciences and Humanities and on the Arts and Culture Board for the Municipality of Chapala which oversees the education needs of approximately 10,000 district students. Robert and Bonnie developed an education scholarship program which was able to send many students through school with expenses paid. He was also active in the writers’ community at Lakeside. He often amazed his audiences by reciting his heart-filled stories solely from memory. He regularly wrote for area publications including El Ojo del Lago, Lake Chapala Review, and MexConnect. His wine column, “Grape Expectations,” appeared each month in El Ojo del Lago. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Bonnie, and by his son Mark and his adopted daughters Karol Ramos (and husband Rommel Cedano), Iris Ledezma and Laura Ortiz and his grandsons Casey and Jose. A memorial was held at the Robert Kleffel Auditorium at the Instituto Tecnológico Superior on the Libramiento last April 28th. Submitted by Mark Kleffel


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Anyone Can Train Their Dog %\$UW+HVV artthedogguy@yahoo.com Forget the Problem—Concentrate on the Solution!

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n this part we will work on the solution for the first two problems we mentioned, running to the door and barking, and begging at the table, because the solutions are the same. I ascribe to the process of “getting the dog’s attention, redirecting the attention, and rewarding the dog for performing the redirection.” In this exercise it’s important that we have the right mind set because we are setting out to teach a skill as opposed to the old idea of curing a problem. At this time we want to think of the solution as being entirely divorced from the problem(s) and view it like a skill we can show off to our friends and in addition it can be a skill we can use to resolve problems. Mechanically we are simply going to teach the dog to go and lay down and stay on his bed or in his crate for an extended period of time until he is invited to move. You see, if our dog is happily on his bed he can’t perform these other undesirable activities. We start off by placing his bed where it is that he will be able to be part of the regular activities of the environment he usually shares with the household. Next take five high value treats. This is no time for chintzy pieces of kibble, we want real motivators here. We want zero dis-

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tractions, just you and the dog. You start about 4 or 5 feet from the bed. Now show him you have a “lure” in your hand and say “go to your BED” with the accent on the word bed. In the future this will be the only command. With the lure (treat) you direct him to the bed and when he is on the bed you say SIT and move the treat from an area near his nose and between his ears and back toward his tail. When he sits we move the treat down between his front feet and when he assumes a down we say “good dog” open our hand and give him the reward and say STAY. Repeat this process from this close in position four more times and take a pause. Shortly you repeat the exercise with happy enthusiasm for another 5 times and you continue until you have done 20 repetitions. Between reps he stays on the bed and is congratulated for doing a good job. This becomes a fun experience for the dog if you approach it as fun happening and not just a boring training exercise. This onus is on you to make this enjoyable for your dog. After a few days of successful sessions from the short distance you gradually increase the distances. Once the dog will enthusiastically run to his bed from various distances we try having him go to the bed from different rooms or places in the house so he is foolproof. Our goal is for him to run to his bed and lay down as soon as he hears the one command “go to your BED.” At this stage he is always rewarded. Remember there must be a reason for the student to perform the task. You’ll notice that we haven’t concerned our self with the problems of barking at the door, begging, or whatever other undesirable activities we may have to deal with. At this time, we simply want him to happily master the task of going to his Art Hess bed on command.


GRAFFITI BUSTERS WINNING THE BATTLE!

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ave you noticed any graffiti in Ajijic or Chapala lately? The answer is probably, “No”. That would not have been the case a couple of years ago. Ajijic and Chapala were both saturated with the ‘Urban Art.’   In fact, it was hard to go a block or two in any direction without seeing a defaced wall. Graffiti generally appears in one of three forms: Tagger’s, who have an insatiable need to scrawl something on any surface that isn’t moving; Gangs, who want to mark their territories; and Lovesick Youths who want to alert the rest of us of their undying love. In 2010, The Ajijic Garden Guild decided to take on a graffiti clean-up project as a part of their community beautification efforts. A handful of volunteers were recruited, paint was purchased, and the cleanup began.  It soon became apparent that this was going to be a big job, and the costs were significant.    Enter the Chapala Association of Realtors, who saw the merits of a graffiti-free community, and agreed to fund the project.  That support from the C.A.R. continues today. The first stage of the project was to clean up the graffiti in Ajijic, section by section. The Plaza area and the area in and around the beautiful Amistad Park & Malecón were the first to be tackled, followed by the rest of the village, and then pushing outward in all directions, little by little. It was a battle of wills, where the volunteers hoped that speed and persistence would win the war. The goal was to remove the graffiti within 24 hours of its appearance. A wall would be cleaned, and within a day or two the graffiti would reappear. Nevertheless, the diligence of the volunteers soon paid off, as the majority of the tagger’s finally realized they had been defeated by a dedicated army who simply were not going to allow the graffiti to remain. What had initially been an extremely time-consuming job, requiring many volunteers, became a small

group (about four volunteers for all of the Ajijic area) who are now able to maintain the situation with just a few hours each week. Last year, seeing the amazing success of the Ajijic graffiti clean-up, a group from Chapala decided to try to emulate that effort. The contrast between a graffiti-free Ajijic and a graffiti-covered Chapala was readily apparent. Using the same system as the Ajijic group, and sharing the funding provided by the Chapala Association of Realtors, the work began, with the same results.  What began with a large group is now down to five or six, who are able to maintain the drastically improved municipality. All of us owe a debt of thanks to The Ajijic Garden Guild, C.A.R., and the many volunteers who have worked so diligently to make such a positive difference. What you can do to help:  The most important thing is rapid removal of graffiti. If you find graffiti on your home or business, paint over it right away. If it re-appears, remove it, again. After a while, they’ll move on, looking for someplace their tags will remain. Let’s not allow them to find such a place in Ajijic or Chapala. Perhaps other areas will want to emulate an anti-graffiti program in their communities.  Clearly, with persistence and some elbow grease, it can be done.

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CHILD

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his smiling face belongs to 9-year old José Adrián Chavarría Reyes. José Adrián lives in Ajijic with his parents and two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. Mom, Silva, is a housewife and Dad, Noé, is a carpenter. A year and a half ago José Adrián was diagnosed with A.L.L.—acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells. This cancer affects the ability of a person’s lymphocytes in the blood to develop normally. These unformed cells are known as “blasts” and do not fulfill their task of fighting infections. These unformed cells grow quickly, crowding out normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets that the body needs.

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and were able almost immediately to contact doctors at the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara. Blood tests were performed and the diagnosis was clear--the beginning of A.L.L. In the U.S. there are about 4000 new cases of A.L.L. every year, mostly in children under 10 years of age. It is of the essence that treatment be started as soon as possible since, as I mentioned, this is a very fastgrowing cancer. His doctors have prescribed at least 120 weeks of chemotherapy, both oral and intravenous. To date he has completed 15 weeks, usually in sessions once or twice a week, but now being cut back to once a week. José Adrián is tolerating treatments very well, even though the first few days after treatment leave him tired and nauseous. In the photo you see him with a pretty good shock of hair, but when he and his parents first enrolled in Programa pro Niños Incapacitados, his head was a bit more bare as a result of his first sessions of chemo. José Adrián’s parents came to Niños Incapacitados to request help with the transportation costs to and from Guadalajara. Their insurance does cover the chemo treatments and hospital stays, but they have no one with whom to leave their other children, so everyone must go to the hospital. In addition, the

motion of the bus makes José Adrián sick to his stomach, so that is not an option. (For those of you who don’t know, a round-trip bus ride to Guadalajara now costs 100 pesos except for small children who can ride on their parent’s lap.) thus, Niños Incapacitados is paying the gas money for a relative who drives them back and forth. José Adrián is doing very well and we hope his leukemia will go into remission so that he does not have to undergo a bone marrow transplant, a quite serious last resort for patients who do not respond to chemo and/or radiation. We wish him all the best, of course. At our last monthly meeting he told us in a very adult way about his treatments, naming certain medicines and procedures. This is a smart kid! If you would like to learn more about Niños Incapacitados and what we do--and if you would like to meet one of the children in the Program--please attend our regular monthly meetings at 10:00 in one of the conference rooms at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta. The May meeting on the 9th will be the last until September as so many of our members are away for the summer. Nonetheless, our work in helping families pay for medical expenses continues no matter what the season. Please join us on September 12th.


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Hearts at Work $&ROXPQE\-DPHV7LSWRQ “Not so long ago….”

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n one more year my dear old dad (James Robert Tipton) will be one-hundred years old! He was born in August of 1914, a month after World War I began. Wyatt Earp was still alive. I was born in January of 1942, a month after Pearl Harbor. Wyatt Earp´s beautiful wife Josie was still alive. My grandma Emily (Emily Danford King) was born in 1873 in Wentzville, Missouri. This was thirteen years before Custer’s Last Stand (1886) and eight years before Wyatt Earp shot his way into history at the Gunfight at the OK Corral (1881). Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of the beloved president, died in 1882, the same year Missouri outlaw Jesse James, a few counties away, had been shot in the back by “the traitor Bob Ford.” In 1882 my grandma was a little girl, nine years old. Incidentally, Jesse’s brother Frank James was still alive when my dad was born (Frank died in 1915). My grandma’s father Ambrose (Ambrose Grandaddy King) was born in 1837, during the time the United States was at war with Mexico. The United States itself was just a little over sixty years old. My grandma, born before Custer’s last stand, born before the Gunfight at the OK Corral, born only eight years after the Civil War was over, often rocked me to sleep in her old soft lap when I was a baby. I cried like a baby when she died in 1961. We are not far removed from what seems like so long ago and far away. The Biblical “span of man” is 70 years, according to the King James Version of Psalm 90. (Methuselah purportedly lived to the very ripe old age of 969… perhaps he followed to the letter those incredibly strict dietary rules of the early Hebrews.) Taking the Biblical span of man, 70 years, and taking the current age of the United States (2013-1776 ) at 237 years, the lives of four people, laid end to end, would contain more time (280 years) than the total history of the United States! Years ago I used to teach a survey of Western Literature beginning with Homer’s The Odyssey (around 800 BC). On the first day I would stand before

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my class and announce that their 40 lifetimes (each of threescore and ten), were they laid end to end, would cover all of the time that had elapsed since the early Greeks and Homer, 800 BC to the present…this one little class. Of course to college students what really caught their attention was the notion of being laid end to end. Back in 1964 my favorite professor told me he had known a woman whose best friend, as a little boy walking with his mother, had seen Samuel Johnson, a famous British man of letters, strolling through the streets of London in 1780! Professor Cordell in 1964 was 69 years old. When he was a young man he had known a woman 85 years old whose best friend was her grandfather. So, let’s follow that one back for fun. Cordell in 1915 was 19 years old. The woman, 85 then, would have been born in 1830. Her grandfather, assuming he was 55 when she was born, would have been born in 1775, and as a young boy could certainly have seen Samuel Johnson in London in 1780. A colleague when I was a college professor told me he received his Eagle Scout award in 1943, and it was presented to him by an officer of the Confederate army…wearing his Civil War uniform! I still have my greatgrandfather’s sword awarded (along with a commission to second lieutenant) to him—Ambrose Grandaddy King—for bravery after he captured two rebel soldiers on Lookout Mountain, one hard autumn afternoon in Tennessee, back in 1863… not so long ago. Jim Tipton


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PROFILING TEPEHUA %\0RRQ\HHQ.LQJ PRRQLH#\DKRRFRP Part Five

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epehua Centro Comunitario, Chapala is trying to keep the privacy of cultures, religions, dignity of Indigenous peoples intact. We are not there to change beliefs or dictate— but to bring about change through education. Using world knowledge to blend and form a stronger middle class. All societies gain from group support. Keeping women out of the work place because of continuing  pregnancies is the worst thing for any society. They are needed to balance scales in decision making. In 2011, Fox News Latino stated,” Mexico is the largest market for erectile dysfunction aids in the developing world, with about 200 million dollars in sales every year since 1998. Mexico was chosen to try ‘Viagra Jet’ tablets that can be taken without water at the moment needed.” Instant erection. Contraceptive use and Viagra are more common in urban areas of Mexico, ignoring the Church, among educated women/ men, than in rural sectors, where education is lacking and availability of contraceptives and Viagra in various forms, unavailable.   The Tepehua Centro Communitario is slowly introducing small industry to women, teaching them how to package and sell, introducing education concerning maternal health and benefits of family planning. They have also started a savings system, whereby the women can save a few pesos every week, not to be touched except for educa-

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tion or extreme emergencies. Tepehua Centro is a charity organization, what they do for the women/ children is free. An organization called FINCA, The Foundation for International Community Assistance, started a women’s program in Mexico. If women wanted to start their own business, they could borrow money at six percent a month. The loans were small. This started in Mexico’s Southern Sierras, known as Microcredit or Microfinance. It is not charity, it is business. The loans are only for women, who have the capacity to carry through with a business deal. Quote from Lifestyles, “In Mexico, the best run little village lenders have grown into something closely resembling a bank. That is something rare in Mexico. Banks are for the middle and upper classes.” Most of the small loan institutions started in Mexico in 1990’s, modeled on Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, run by Muhammad Yunis. Village banks


based on the Yunis model have started around the third world, all to help women. These are services no poor person ever had in Mexico before. They relied on local barrio loan sharks, who loaned 1000 pesos for emergencies and fiestas...at 100 pesos a month in interest until the loan is paid back. Village Community Centers like Tepehua Centro Comunitario can be started in any barrio in Mexico. It takes a small group of people, with compassion and the ability to lead and the willingness to help other women rise above the hand they

have been dealt. The poverty trap is brutal when there is no place to turn but inwards. Tepehua Community Center applauds local dentists and doctors who have stepped forward to donate valuable time to the Center’s Clinic, and to all volunteers who give their most valuable of assets: time. An organization is as strong as the volunteers. The women of Tepehua are rising above themselves. They are forming strength by working together as a village—  helping a village help itself.

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SHAME %\1HLO0F.LQQRQ

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he Olympic Games in London caused me to rethink my position on apologies. I now realize that alone they are meaningless. In order to be significant an apology must be accompanied by excruciating, overwhelming, gutwrenching shame. This was brought home to me by the awe-inspiring contrition of Paula Findlay, a young Canadian tri-athlete who came in last after suffering dizzy spells during her event. “I feel so bad,” she said crying. “I just want to apologise. I feel terrible. I’m really sorry to everybody, to Canada.” The handwringing, soul-destroying remorse was dramatic. The headline read, Paula

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Findlay embodies the Olympic Spirit. I had no idea that shame was emblematic of any type of spirit. Her performance reminded me of a Chinese athlete who won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics four years ago. In a subsequent interview he said that he had put the medal on his wall so that daily he would be reminded of his shame. This year, in London, another Chinese competitor, Wu Jingbiao, broke down after winning a silver medal in men’s weight-lifting. “I’m ashamed, for disgracing the motherland, the Chinese weight-lifting team and all those who supported me,” he sniffled. “I’m sorry.”

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Bulgaria’s top female wrestler, Starka Zlateva, commenting on her silver medal performance said, “This is a big shame and disgrace, but there is no going back. I will have to carry my cross.” In Australia, the news media frequently referred to the shame incurred by the Australian swim team. They won fewer gold medals and more silver than they did four years ago. So, the lesson is that an apology is not enough. One must be ashamed beyond belief and then expiate that shame by parading it in front of the entire world, preferably accompanied by an act of penance. Over a cappuccino last Monday it occurred to me that what’s good for the Olympics should be good in other fields. As a favour to runners-up everywhere I offer the following examples: Nobel Prize for Literature: While the Nobel committee does not announce second place many wellknown writers have either been passed over or failed to gain nomination. Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, Emile Zola, Graham Greene, Vladimir Nabokov and Salman Rushdie have all been denied the Nobel medal. As a favor to every literary second banana, I’ve prepared the following remarks: I vow never to write again. There is no greater shame than not finishing first. I wish to apologize to my country, my agent, my publisher, bookstores everywhere and my family for the trash that I have been foisting on the world. No words can convey the absolute degradation and no amount of repentance will erase the shame I feel. Of course, another book is out of the question. When informed of the committee’s decision, I immediately dug a large pit and filled it with tinder after carefully placing my latest manuscript on the bottom. After this interview, I intend to light the tinder. When I am satisfied that the manuscript has been burnt beyond reconstruction, I will cast myself into the flames. My hope is that by this meagre act, my shame will be carried skyward along with the

smoke from the smouldering manuscript so that neither will ever again irritate literary sensibilities or a reader’s nostrils. Medical school graduation: Let me say how badly I feel for standing second in the class of 2012. I must apologise to the university, the medical faculty, to my parents, to hospitals and to doctors everywhere. My career is finished before it starts. The distance between first place and second is the same as that between a precise incision and a sliced artery. There are no words to adequately describe my disgrace so on the conclusion of this interview, I’m going straight to the hospital morgue where I intend to disembowel myself using a scalpel that I placed there earlier for exactly this situation. Guilty verdict at a trial: It is unforgivable for me to have lost this case. I wish to apologise to my client, Al, his family and every other Chicago citizen. I willingly offer myself as retribution and, as an act of contrition, I have purchased ready-mix cement and piano wire which will be available to any of Mr. Capone’s colleagues who wish to meet me near the river—shall we say 10:30 this evening at the Clark Street Bridge. Signed, Michael Ahern, Lawyer. Target Shooting: I wish to apologise to my family, especially my brother Frank and to my colleagues for my loss in this latest competition. It is the first time I have come in second and the shame is unbearable. I would like to perform an act of penance but unfortunately I’m already dead. Signed, Jesse James. Adventure travel: I feel terrible. The sheer humiliation of coming second, especially to a Norwegian poltroon has left me emotionally drained. I’m frozen with mortification. A finish line means naught when you arrive second. There is nothing for it but to bow out, swallow my shame and return home. It seems useless to plod on. Signed, Robert Falcon Scott. I’m sure that there are other fields where second place finishers can expiate their shame publicly. I would like to explore them but unfortunately I’ve just discovered that another writer has already published similar examples. It’s so embarrassing. I’m leaving now to leap off a bridge. (Ed. Note: Neil is the author of Tuckahoe Slidebottle (Thistledown Press) which was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Humour Award and the Howard O’Hagen Short Fiction Award.) Neil McKinnon


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unteers, this was an outstanding success all around. Next year’s 2nd Annual Rotary International Women’s Day Golf Classic will be on March 8, 2014. ,Q0DUFKWKH&XOLQDU\$UWV6RFLHW\RI$MLMLFEHWWHUNQRZQDV&$6$IHDWXUHG ,ULVK PDLQ GLVKHV DV ZHOO DV SLHV DQG WDUWV LQ WKH GHVVHUW FDWHJRU\ The following photo shows the winners of the main dish category. In May CASA will feature the food of India. CASA food is scrumptious. Please note that Pam Ladd is a winner and also the CASA photographer. To learn more, check out their website at www.ajijiccasa.org. In the March newsletter from NixRV,QFDSDFLWDGRVWKH\WROGDVWRU\ RI D OLWWOH JLUO It is particularly heartwarming: Alexa C.R.’s smile lights up the room. She was born with a perforation in the cornea of her right eye and is currently being prepared for an ocular prosthesis. It is urgent that Alexa’s eye socket be reconstructed as soon as possible so that her face and head can develop normally. At present she’s being Âżtted with a Âłspacer´ to keep the socket open. This will be changed several times as she grows until she can have a permanent prosthesis ÂżtAlexa smiles ted and matched to her left eye. The total cost, even with a discount, will be $23,000 pesos. As NiĂąos Incapacitados usually does with such a large sum, they ask the parents to contribute one third of the cost. Alexa’s parents have so far raised $7,000 pesos. If you would like to help, please visit programaninos.org and click on “how to donate.â€? April 16 La Bodega hosted the Doo Wops, reviving songs from the 50s & 60s $PHULFDQ%DQGVWDQGJerry Morse and Jack Fallon sang some of our most beloved songs. Can you still do the dances from back then? $SULO  ZDV Âł2QH 'D\ Without Shoesâ€? at the Chapala malecon near the Beer Garden where people gathHUHG WR GRQDWH FKLOGUHQÂśV shoes and to participate in D JOREDO YLGHR There was Doo Wops at La Bodega entertainment and an art installation of unusual shoes from around the world, thanks to Lorraine Kulig, representing the Shoelanthropists. 2Q$SULO  /DNH &KDSDOD 6RFLHW\ KHOG D IDUHZHOO SDUW\ LQ WKH JD]HER IRU 0DU\$OLFH 6DUJHQW ZKR LV UHWXUQLQJWRWKH86DIWHUDOPRVW \HDUV/DNHVLGH She volunteered at LCS for almost the entire time that she has been here. She served on the board for 18 years, managed the Wilkes Education Center and the Student Aid program. Most recently she acted as Volunteer Coordinator. Mary Alice served as LCS President, has been working the service desk for years and is an LCS Life Member. COMING EVENTS: 0D\  5HG 3LDQR LQYLWHV \RX to bring music, art and theater IULHQGV WR $PD]LQJ *UDFH D ÂłGLYLQH´ GLQQHU WKHDWHU The Red Piano is at Morelos #14, ½ block from Ajijic Tango Restaurant and a half block from the pier. There’ll be a BBQ with two salads served at 6 p.m. Dinner and dancing for $250 pesos. For reservations, call 766 – 2876.

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0D\7KH1DNHG6WDJHSUHVHQWVDGRXEOHIHDWXUHRIWZRRQHDFW SOD\VIURPWKHDQWKRORJ\7KH%HVW$PHULFDQ3OD\VRI Director: Collette Clavadetscher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotlineâ&#x20AC;? by Elaine May is about a neurotic woman with HQRXJKXUEDQDQJVWWRÂżOODQHLJKERUKRRGZKRFDOOVDVXLFLGHFULVLVKRWOLQHODWH RQHQLJKW7KHFRXQVHORUZKRJHWVWKHFDOOLVRYHUZKHOPHGÂąLWLVKLVÂżUVWQLJKWRQ the job. This is a dark and desperate but wildly funny piece. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spelling of Coynesâ&#x20AC;? is by Jules Tasca and tells the tale of a house painter in his forties, scheming to marry an 80 year old woman to inherit her money. His ÂżDQFpHLVUHOXFWDQWWRJRDORQJZLWKLWDWÂżUVWEXWVXFFXPEVWRKLVÂłKRZORQJFDQ VKHODVW"´UHIUDLQZKHQVKHÂżQGVRXWWKHROGZRPDQLVZRUWKPLOOLRQV$WWKHFRQFOXVLRQRIWKLVIXQQ\ORRNDWJUHHGRQHÂżQGVRXWKRZORQJVKHFDQODVW$QGIRU those of you familiar with Ed Tasca, a frequent actor at either the Naked Stage or the LLT, yes, Jules Tasca is his brother. A talented family. For reservations email nakedstagereservations@gmail. com or call Michelle Boudreau at 765-6408. Naked Stage presents minimalistic play readings for adult theatre lovers at 4 p.m., donation $80 pesos. Bar opens DWSPER[RIÂżFHDWSP Prior to or after the Reading, Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is open for lunch and dinner. After the Readings, the manager Daniel is offering 2 x 1 Dinners and 2 x 1 Margaritas. The Naked Stage is located in Plaza de la Ribera (Formerly y Luna). Drive West on the Angle Ortizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beautiful craftsmanship Sol Carretera from Central Ajijic. reveals a touch of fun in this pot Turn South on Rio Bravo. The theatre is behind the Don Pedro Restaurant two blocks down on the left. And meals will be served. November 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17 the annual fair for Mexican art will be held at the &KDSDOD<DFKW&OXEHere is just one example of what there is to look forward to. Potter Angel Ortiz Gabriel, has his studio-house-workshop located in TonalĂĄ, Jalisco. As is customary his calling is a family affair. His vocation was learned from and taught by his grandparents Cruz Gabriel and MarĂ­a Felix Bautista. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a livelihood. It is a lifestyle passed on through generations. Angel has been working with clay since he was 11 years old. As you look at the pot above, maybe you can discern whether the fern-like design is actually carved into the clay or whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an LOOXVLRQFUHDWHGE\ÂżUVWUDWHDUWLVWU\ $OOHQ 0F*LOO KDV DQRWKHU ERRN RXW FDOOHG 'DLV\ &KDLQV DQG 0RQVWHU *DPHV DFROOHFWLRQRIVKRUWVWRULHV Diversity is the name of the game for this varied potpourri of the real and surreal. The 27 stories in this collection run the gamut from funny to frantic, fearsome to fantastic. Stories of time travel and time lost, eternal love and prolonged reYHQJH%HWZHHQWKHVHHSDJHV\RXÂśOOÂżQGKXmor and horror, gruesome and gay, sensuous encounters to sinister soliloquies. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet a hodgepodge of characters, from people to ghosts, victims to victors, eternally famous to determined wannabes, heroes to out-of-body escapees. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone! The e-book can be bought at JMSbooks.com, Amazon.com, B&N.com.

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Mulitple Events: len McGill The American Legion post #7 schedule for May: Sundays: 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers 0D\¹¹SP%HHUEDWWHUIULHGÂżVKZLWK)UHQFKIULHVDQGFROHVODZ pesos, partial order $50 pesos. May 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. brief Memorial Day ceremony, followed by 2:30 p.m. pit URDVWHGSLJHWFSOXVLFHFUHDPĂ&#x20AC;RDWVSHVRV For information, call 765 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2259 or check www.americanlegionchapalapost7. org /DNHVLGH/LWWOH7KHDWUHQHZV

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Season Tickets for Season 49 go on sale September 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 from 10 to 1. If you have any questions about season tickets, email Paula McTavish through the LLT at lakesidelittletheatre@gmail.com. In the meantime, enjoy the summer. Next season, in response to both audience and volunteer wishes, Opening Night will be Friday, as is the custom in NY. Each show will start on Friday evening, followed by an evening performance on Saturday and a Sunday Matinee. The theatre will be dark (closed) on Mondays, giving cast and crews a rest. Shows will resume Tuesday evenings and run through the following Sunday matinee. All Current Saturday Opening Night Season Ticket Holders will be contacted soon so they may change to Friday if desired. Monday night season ticket holders ZLOOEHJLYHQÂżUVWSULRULW\IRUQHZVHDWVFXUUHQWO\XQVXEVFULEHGRQDQ\RWKHUGD\ Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For full listing of shows, ER[RIÂżFHDQGWLFNHWLQIRUPDWLRQDQGWRJHWHPDLOXSGDWHVJRWRwww.lakesidelittletheatre.com%R[RIÂżFHKRXUVDUHÂąDQGRQHKRXUSULRUWRHDFKSHUIRUPDQFH6XQGD\ER[RIÂżFHDFFHVVLVMXVWSULRUWRDVKRZ&XUWDLQWLPHLVSP ZLWK6XQGD\PDWLQHHVDWSP7RFDOOER[RIÂżFHÂą The Music AppreFLDWLRQ6RFLHW\RI$MLjic (MAS) announces WKH  Âą  season: Memories of the 20th &HQWXU\ Nov 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;the Boogie Woogie Babies as the Andrews Sisters and Michael Holmes as Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Bette Davis and Carol Channing performing old-fashioned USO style show. Dec 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a double program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Boogie Woogie Babies Dueto de MoscĂş: Oleg Vasiliev (cello) and Elena Kuzmina (piano) from Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Colima and Eduardo Leon on the Classical Flamenco Guitar with Jorge Acosto singing Spanish and English favorites. -DQ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Classical FX returns from the Washington, DC/Kennedy Center Opera Company to wow us again, performing opera, Broadway hits and gospel. Mar 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bob Milne and his ragtime piano, a big hit from his last visit here. All Saturday evening performances will be at the Auditorio de La Ribera at 7 p.m. The following day, MAS will offer a Brunch Concert at 1 p.m. at El Piano Rojo, Morelos #14 (handicapped entrance on 16th de Septiembre). Season tickets are on sale now at Diane Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Charter Club Tours. Center section tickets are $1200 pesos, others at $1100 pesos. Individual tickets are $350 pesos. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at MASajijic.com or call 766 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0010. VIVA La Musica: Viva la Musica 2013 Summer Sunday concert series - all are at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Riberas del Pilar. Jun 16, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rosa Maria Valdez, Piano: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Ponce and Carrasco Jul 21, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cronopius String Quartet & Cuatemoc Garcia, Flute: Bocherini, Reicha, Shostakovich, Gamboa and Ginastera Aug 18, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Isaac Ramirez, Cello & Andres Sarre, Piano: Toussaint, de Falla, Faure and Piazzola and 20th century music program 6HSSPÂą1XU\8ODWH)OXWH 'DYLG0RVTXHGDSUHOXGHĂ&#x20AC;XWH *XLtar: Solo Guitar Bach, Ponce and Turini, Flute and Guitar Bach, Oliva and Pujol Buenos Aires Suite Oct 13, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tania Tourby, Piano, Konstantin Zumbilov, Violin, Robert Nelson, Violoa and Yalissa Cruz, Cello: Mozart, Brahms Piano Quartets 7LFNHWVDUHDYDLODEOHDW/&67KÂą)ÂąRUDW'LDQH3HDUOÂśVFRVW pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Discount for Viva members purchasing 5-concert series (5 for price of 4, a 20% discount). In light of such discounts, the membership fee for Viva at$250 pesos is advantageous for those who want more than one performance and/or to take part in next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trips to Guadalajara for musical performances. VIVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals are: - to offer concerts by bringing outstanding Mexican and International performers to Lakeside - to sponsor bus trips to concerts in Guadalajara and other cities, and - to support talented Mexican music students to complete their musical educaWLRQE\RIIHULQJWKHPÂżQDQFLDODLG


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FRONT ROW CENTER Guest Reviewer Harriet Hart Not Now, Darling Directed by Shirley Appelbaum b um bau

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s a naïve prairie girl I moved to London, England in 1970 where I landed a job as receptionist in a Mayfair publishing firm. Within days, I realized that my main task was to keep wives and mistresses, husbands and lovers, apart. Sitting in the audience of the final performance of Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of Not Now, Darling, a British farce set in London in 1969, I time-traveled back. Do the Brits really behave this way? In my limited experience, indeed they do! Co-author playwright Ray Cooney is a master of his genre. One critic says: “Cooney’s farces combine a traditional British bawdiness with structural complication, as characters leap to assumptions, are forced to pretend to be things that they aren’t and often talk at cross purposes to hilarious effect.” This style of writing forces the audience to pay close attention in order to follow the shenanigans on stage. The play is set in Bodley, Bodley and Crouch’s Fur Salon in London’s West End. The lead, Gilbert Bodley, played by seasoned actor Fred Koesling, is a convincing cad. The plot revolves around Gilbert’s scheme to purchase a mink coat for his mistress-to-be by selling it to her gangster husband at a reduced rate, while he in fact pays for it. His partner, Arnold Crouch, played by Lakeside newcomer, Orry Robb, is shocked at his partner’s plan. Robb was perfect as the stick-in-the-mud, prissy furrier. Florette Schnelle made a fetching Janie McMichael, the sexpot prepared to do anything to get her mink, including stripping naked and screaming from the salon’s balcony. Peter Luciana played her slightly sinister husband, who secretly plans on buying this very mink coat for his secretary, Sue Lawson, played by the lovely Candace Luciano. Both wife (Florette) and secretary (Candace) are fantastic in their roles as gorgeous girls who aren’t afraid to insist on getting their way, although the former is deliciously conniving and the latter simply and sweetly

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stubborn. Georgette Richmond made a convincing suspicious wife and coowner of Bodley and Bodley, while Collette Clavadetscher shone as the long suffering employee of the salon who secretly lusts after the straight-laced Mr. Crouch. Michael Warren was a superb, befuddled exNavy commander whose wife, Beryel Dorscht, keeps misplacing him. Newcomers to the stage, Beth Cathcart and Chet Beeswinger rounded out the cast playing a model and Sue Lawson’s jealous husband and gave charming performances. In director Shirley Appelbaum’s hands, the play was quick-paced, witty and thoroughly entertaining. Scantily clad ladies popped in and out of a storage room or the liquor cabinet, underwear and furs were dropped off the balcony and husbands frequently appeared in the doorway looking for misplaced wives. It could have been confusing, but it wasn’t. No matter how mixed up the characters were, the audience was always one step ahead of them thanks to Appelbaum’s directing. A special nod goes to stage manager Karen Lee for pulling it together and to set designer Dana Douin and her crew. The set was perfect as were the costumes: fur coats, mini dresses and even Vidal Sassoon styled wigs, all appropriate to the period. Not Now, Darling wound up a successful 48th season as Lakeside Little Theatre’s biggest box-office draw this year. Well done cast and crew. I’m looking forward to season 49. Harriet Hart


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

EDITOR’S PAGE - APRIL 2013 Linda Steele That was great! There are so many things in this world that we don’t understand. Thanks for sharing. THUNDER ON THE RIGHT - APRIL 2013 Charlotte Lewis Perhaps he’s angling to be the new commissioner of the NHL. Imagine the signs in the crowd in the off chance he became a beloved NHL commissioner: “Stephen Harper for PM... oh, wait...” STUPIDITY IS CONTAGIOUS Edward Toews I feel, once again, that you qualify fully for the article you have just composed. LITTLE WORDS Janet Krince I remember my grandmother recit-

To the Attention of Paul Jackson I was very surprised by your article and assessment of Stephen Harper. You appear to be wearing rose-colored glasses. This man has put the party ahead of the country and systematically squashed democracy after promising transparency. His mode of operation is to push bills though parliament before the public is aware of what he is doing. This is a party of secrecy with total disregard for the environment. Oil & Gas and drug companies control the power in Canada as they do in the U.S. What is going on in Canada is a travesty of what we have called democracy. “Every plank and promise on his election campaigns have now been passed and implemented.” You are missing the how. The promise of transparency and representation of the voters, most of whom did  not vote for him, most bills reached first reading under a closed committee system; the public only get to know what’s going

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ing this poem to me when I was a little girl- I loved it then but through the years I forgot the middle of the poem. I was so pleased to find it again and am thankful that it was posted on the internet. STUPIDITY IS CONTAGIOUS Sylvia Fukami An excellent study to start the day off . . . good fun ROBERTO MOULUN—Voice of the Spaniard Alison Anderson Roberto, Leo and I have been missing you. How wonderful to find you and read about your book. I recently emailed, but didn’t get any reply. Please get in touch with me. Lots of Love, Alison

on when they get to second reading with little or no time to address the concerns of the public. I am surprised that you write on a subject with so little understanding and knowledge. There is a huge undercurrent in Canada who opposes Harper and he came to power on a split vote  and was very much in the minority. The majority of Canadians DID NOT vote for him, the system failed us as Canadians and needs to be changed. I knew Stephen’s father many years back and know he would be turning in his grave to see what his son has done to our country.   Perhaps you could take a wider perspective next time you write. However, I am sure he knows his hockey facts! How did he have time to do this and run the country? Sincerely, Andrea Steell  Canadian


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ou’re not really a local resident until you have taken a trip all the way around Lake Chapala. This is a double-dog dare. It’s what hooked me on living on the south shore. There’s really no other way to know the full beauty and majesty of this lake, how different she looks from all angles, until you go. Then you know. From the rivers that pour into its eastern end, the tall craggy cliffs of the southeast, to the fertile loam fields of the southwest and western shore you will be constantly amazed that this is all the same lake. It’s about a hundred miles around, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your ride. But how you get yourself around the lake is up to you. There is a legend of a man named Gregorio who once lived in Ajijic, who rode his beautiful white horse all the way around the lake with a group of his loyal friends. The group and their horses were not in the best of shape, and it took them about ten days, or about ten miles a day. This was a year that the lake was extremely low; it must be done right before the rainy season. The group had many adventures, but the best part of the tale is fording the river where there is no bridge, using ropes to keep the horses from washing out with the current. If you ever run into one of Gregorio’s friends (Gregorio is no longer with us) be sure to ask about the tale, as it grows larger with each telling. The tale ends with Gregorio laughing heartily and then sleeping for three weeks afterwards. For the truly adventurous at heart, at any time of year, just hop on a local bus pointing towards the next town, and repeat. Just do it. There is always a bus to the next town. Be sure to pack a backpack because you will need to do several overnights. Most towns have one or no hotels. Many travelers tell of gentle townspeople taking them in for the night, or letting them pitch tents on their lawn if you happen to travel

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with one. If you have a car, life is easy, just hop in early one morning and drive. The road goes both ways, so pick a direction and go. You’ll probably get lost at some obscure turn but don’t worry, the locals are always ready to help point you back in the right direction. Just be sure to triangulate the directions they give you by asking three different people, otherwise you may end up in Mexico City because they did not want to disappoint you by telling you they’ve never left their village and don’t know how to get to the next town. At the far east end of the lake, from Ocotlan to Cojumatlan de Regules, you will be driving far inland without the lake in sight. This is because the bridges do not cross close to the lake. Just enjoy the countryside. When I drove around the lake I just used a map and picked the next town as we went along. But now there is a recommended scenic route around Lake Chapala that was developed by the Amigos del Lago. Perhaps you won’t get as lost as we did, but you also may not have as many adventures and meet as many new friends. Here is the link: http:// www.amigosdelago.org/around/ driving.php For the least adventurous, but still willing to take me up on my double-dare to go around the lake, there is a Charter Club Tour around the lake every Wednesday. You just book your seat and show up early Wednesday morning. You will get the full treatment with an Englishspeaking guide, lunch at a quaint cafe, and highlights of the architecture and history. Charter Club Tours is located in Ajijic at the main corner of the carretera and Colon in the Plaza Montaña Center. However you choose to do it, GO! Let me know the tales of your own around-the-lake adventure. Kerry Watson


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Security fund â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not contributed to it. Frayer is illogical when he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet the political focus of liberals is to shore XSŠWKHVHŠROGŠV\VWHPVŠE\ŠLQFUHDVHGŠWD[DWLRQŠRIŠWKHŠULFKŠDQGŠVRPHŠUHGLVWULEXWLRQŠRIŠZHDOWKŠWRŠWKHŠPLGGOHŠFODVVŠŠŠŠ But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not working.â&#x20AC;? Quite to the contrary, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the tax cuts for the rich that are redistributing the wealth to the top 1% and deVWUR\LQJŠ WKHŠ PLGGOHŠ FODVVŠ +HŠ PDNHVŠ a strange differentiation between ÂąZRUNLQJ²Š SHRSOHŠ DQGŠ JRYHUQPHQWŠ ZRUNHUVŠ 'RHVŠ KHŠ QRWŠ WKLQNŠ WKDWŠ JRYHUQPHQWŠ ZRUNHUVŠ KDYHŠ MREVŠ WRŠ SHUIRUP"Š 3XEOLFŠ VHFWRUŠ HPSOR\HHVŠ KDYHŠ been hard hit with layoffs, including cops and teachers. What Frayer is talking about, withRXWŠ QDPLQJŠ LWŠ LVŠ LGHRORJLFDOO\Š GULYHQŠ ÂąVXSSO\ĂľVLGH²HFRQRPLFVŠYVŠDFDGHPLFŠ .H\QHVLDQŠHFRQRPLFV :KDWŠ KHŠ FDOOVŠ ÂąELJĂľJRYHUQPHQWŠ 1HZŠ 'HDOĂľW\SHŠ SURJUDPV²Š WKDWŠ KHŠ says are â&#x20AC;&#x153;unsustainableâ&#x20AC;? are precisely what are needed today, but which FRQVHUYDWLYHVŠ EORFNŠ 7KRVHŠ 1HZŠ 'HDOŠ ÂąELJĂľJRYHUQPHQW²Š SURJUDPVŠ ZHUHŠ successful and pay dividends to this GD\Š ,Š UHWLUHGŠ IURPŠ DŠ VFKRROŠ EXLOGLQJŠ WKDWŠKDVŠDŠSODTXHŠDWŠWKHIURQWŠHQWUDQFHŠ that says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Built by the WPA, 1938.â&#x20AC;? 9DVWŠ DUHDVŠ RIŠ WKHŠ 8QLWHGŠ 6WDWHVŠ DUHŠ supplied with electric power because RIŠWKHŠ+RRYHUŠ'DPŠDQGŠ7HQQHVVHHŠ9DOOH\Š $XWKRULW\Š ERWKŠ IHGHUDOŠ SURJUDPVŠ 2QO\Š ÂąELJĂľJRYHUQPHQW²Š FRXOGŠ KDYHŠ ½QDQFHGŠ QXFOHDUŠ UHVHDUFKŠ WKHŠ VSDFHŠ SURJUDPŠ DQGŠ FRXQWOHVVŠ RWKHUŠ SURMHFWVŠ ZLWKŠ DOOŠ WKHLUŠ EHQH½FLDOŠ VSLQĂľRIIŠ IRUŠWKHŠHFRQRP\ 7KHŠ .H\QHVLDQŠ HFRQRPLFVŠ RIŠ LQvesting in the infrastructure, investing in education and green energy, and putting people back to work, would UDLVHŠ ZDJHVŠ DQGŠ VWLPXODWHŠ DŠ YLEUDQWŠ HFRQRP\Š 7KHŠ FRQVHUYDWLYHVŠ KDYHŠ blocked this. Instead, they preach ausWHULW\ŠORZŠZDJHVŠDQGŠPRUHŠZHDOWKŠIRUŠ WKHŠ¹MREŠSURYLGHUV²ŠDŠFUXHOŠMRNHŠPHDQing those who are so rich that they are off the charts. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create jobs, by the way. There is no equivaOHQF\Š ¯Š HLWKHUŠ PRUDOŠ RUŠ DFDGHPLFŠ ¯Š EHWZHHQŠ VXSSO\ĂľVLGHŠ HFRQRPLFVŠ WKDWŠ favors the wealthy and Keynesian HFRQRPLFVŠWKDWŠSURYLGHVŠWKHŠJUHDWHVWŠ JRRGŠIRUŠWKHŠJUHDWHVWŠQXPEHU Fred Mittag


Bill Frayer Responds: ,Š DSSUHFLDWHŠ P\Š IULHQGŠ )UHGŠ 0LWWDJ´VŠUHVSRQVHŠWRŠP\Š$SULOŠFROXPQŠ+HŠ suggests that I â&#x20AC;&#x153;bestow a false equivalency upon conservatives,â&#x20AC;? when I criticize both the right and the left of outPRGHGŠWKLQNLQJŠ,QŠIDFWŠERWKŠVLGHVŠDUHŠ defending a world view which needs WRŠHYROYHŠ $OWKRXJKŠ,ŠDPŠUHFHLYLQJŠDŠJRYHUQPHQWĂľEDVHGŠ SHQVLRQŠ DVŠ LVŠ )UHGŠ LW´VŠ QRWŠGLI½FXOWŠWRŠVHHŠWKDWŠZLWKŠWKHŠKXJHŠ QXPEHUŠRIŠSHRSOHŠUHWLULQJŠDQGŠIHZHUŠ ZRUNHUVŠWRŠVXSSRUWŠWKHPŠWKDWŠPHGLFDOŠ DQGŠUHWLUHPHQWŠSURJUDPVŠZLOOŠQHHGŠWRŠ EHŠDGMXVWHGŠWRŠDFFRPPRGDWHŠWKHŠQHZŠ

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riday evening my husband, who shall be known as MOTH, (Man Of The House) and I were sitting in the living room idly watching TV and checking our email when out of the corner of my eye I noticed the MOTH suddenly sit back in his seat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong?â&#x20AC;? I asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bat in the houseâ&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you sure?â&#x20AC;? I replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big butterfly.â&#x20AC;? Fascinated I got out of my chair and looked around the living room just as a black triangle sailed over my head like a stealth bomber.  As I turned to get a better look at the intruder, it made a second pass - so I ducked. Meanwhile, the MOTH was running around shutting inside doors and opening outside doors in hopes the creature would fly out on its own. No such luck.  It vanished and so we waited. Ten minutes later it flew across

the room again and the MOTH opened the door to the kitchen while it made a very graceful landing on the cafĂŠ curtains. After opening both doors to the outside, the MOTH (armed with a broom and a towel) skillfully poked at the curtains until something black fell out. The MOTH shrieked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yikesâ&#x20AC;? and the chase was on. Showing mercy on our household, the bat headed for the open door to freedom, to find dinner and a place to roost for the evening and the MOTH and I settled back into our easy chairs and returned to the TV.   Just another day in Mexico. P.S.  We filled all the large trash bags we could find with crushed newspaper and stuffed them up the two fireplaces to keep the flora and fauna in their proper place!

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LOOKING FOR A HAPPINESS PLAN —A Profile of Jim Cook By Angela Cook (no relation!)

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s Jim Cook talks in his unassuming way, place names, Indigenous words, Spanish words fall easily off his tongue. He brings to life the beauty of the geography and place, the incredible history, the diversity of the people, the religious, political, historical, and cultural meaning deeply imbedded in this magical place called Mexico—arts, fiestas, Revolution Day, Semana Santa, the life of Zapata and Villa—Ole’! His eyes twinkle as he speaks the tales. It has always been that way. Jim grew up a “Navy brat” with adventurous parents. “Now 97, my mom got her first computer at age 93 so she could Skype with us!” Jim recalls stories his father told about Mexico, but he and wife Carole hadn’t considered retiring here. Still, when things began to downturn in the US economy, they looked for a place to pursue their desire to hike, explore, and to flourish. A little over five years ago, the couple retired, left the US, and came here to Ajijic to live at the foot of these ancient volcanic mountains. Carole calls their move south “Mexico on Training Wheels”. They are pleased with their choice of Ajijic—the village, the roosters, the horses, the character, and the beauty. “We love to hike and here we meet adventurous residents from all over.” Jim has helped to develop a robust hiking community here at Lakeside. Always fascinated by history, Jim soon began to blog about their adventures. As the two of them researched places to explore in their newly adopted

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country, trips near and far, short and long became a way of life for them. The blog reflects their desires to see what Mexico has to offer, and oozes their delight in what they find. Q: Jim, you call your blog a photo journal and yet it is so much more. The history, architecture, and cultural anecdotes lend a beautiful sense of place to all that Mexico is. Tell us more. A: Our primary drive and purpose in the beginning was to explore and discover our new country for ourselves. We have been so utterly delighted in what we have seen and experienced, the characters we have met, the history that has come to life for us, our desires now are much bigger than ourselves. We want everyone to experience and to know the Mexico that continues to reveal itself. We want others to travel and we want to show them how easily it can roll out for them too.” Q: What might set the people of Mexico apart, Jim? How would you describe their character and their hearts? A: We find the Mexican and the Indigenous people throughout this country to be warm and generous, forthcoming, and eager to be helpful. This same warmth and generosity seems to be at all income levels. On one of our hiking adventures in a remote area south of Lake Chapala, we came to a tiny village called Citala. The one tienda there sold cerveza, so we wandered over. We rested on the porch of the tienda and sipped our beers. There were some hombres mexicanos across the way, also enjoying their cervezas. Although our Spanish was muy basico at the time, we exchanged greetings and a conversation ensued. We told them that we were delighted with their area and would love to camp here. ‘Are there rules?’ we wondered. The response


was hearty guffaws. ‘Rules? What rules? Do what you want here. You are welcome.’ So there you have it! Q: Why Mexico for you and Carole? A: “Carole and I have had so many amazing experiences, both ordinary and extra-ordinary. While hiking in the trackless jungle of the Yucatan, we walked into a clearing at one point, and before us was a stunning palace. Carole and I were the only people around anywhere! It was ‘knock your socks off’ awesome. All we could do for a few moments was stare and catch our breath. We really, really want others to have these experiences, and often, if they can.

Jim and Carole’s blog brings much of this to paper and the photos are great. In the blog he includes profiles, local lore, names eating and lodging places to enjoy, and includes directions for getting there. And, Jim and Carole want you to know that the real joy is in being there and in experiencing the discovery for yourself. To learn more, go to: Jim and Carole’s Mexico Adventure h t t p : / / co o k j m e x . blogspot.mx/ Angela Cook

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The Poets’ Niche %\0DUN6FRQFH PVFRQFH#JPDLOFRP Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-?) My monthly column explores the life, time and inspiration of great poets. While the collected works of this month’s poet may not yet qualify him for greatness, what he actually did qualifies him for courage. Some of you may remember his name. Yevtushenko. He made quite a splash back in the ‘sixties when the de-Stalinization program got under way in the Soviet Union. Khrushchev’s thundering denunciation of Stalin, his policies, and his methods before the 20th Congress of the Communist Party set the stage for a rueful look back over the last 30 years of Stalinist rule. Yevtushenko would write poems like this: And when the climate alters/What if we then discover Branches incapable of shapely growth,/Since we have got used to deformity? But he had to be careful. The Old Guard was still powerful and censors lurked. Greater artistic freedom was perilous because no one quite knew the boundaries anymore. Yevtushenko tested the boundaries and barely stayed on the left side of the line. But when he published A Precocious Autobiography in England in 1963, he was recalled and his privileges were withdrawn. And the authorities were none too happy when they saw a photo of Yevtushenko bantering with President Richard Nixon during the poet’s USA tour, a tour that included fawning fans who swooned over his good looks and on-stage personality as orator and showman. No, this was un-Soviet, even deviant behavior. “My poetry, like Cinderella…washes the soiled linen of this age,” he would declaim. He wrestled with the dead hand of the past: Someone is still living as of old,/attempting to knife whatever’s new. Someone still glares in the Stalin manner,/ looking at young men askance. Someone still untamed and restless/fiercely grips the hour hand and, in striving to drag it down,/hangs on to history’s clock. Dead hand of the past, your grip on us is still quite strong. Dead hand of the past,/you’re a dead hand to the last. Probably his most famous poem is “Babi Yar,” a reference to a ravine in the city of Kiev where the single largest massacre of Jews (over 33,500 in two days) took place toward the beginning of World War II. His poem broke the long official silence about the connection between Babi Yar and the Nazi Holocaust and implicitly criticized the Government for not memorializing the mainly Jewish victims. The regime maintained that only Soviet citizens were massacred with no mention of Jews. Yevtushenko confronted anti-Semitism. The wild grasses rustle over Babi Yar./The trees look ominous, like judges, Here all things scream silently,/and baring my head, slowly I feel myself turning gray. And I myself am one massive, soundless scream/above the thousand, thousand buried here. I am each old man here shot dead./I am every child here shot dead. Nothing in me shall ever forget! The ‘Internationale’, let it thunder when the last anti-Semite on earth is buried forever. Yevtushenko was also a romantic poet, romantic in his own way: Let lips remember other lips./Their ice and fire. Their gloom and glow. The whole world in them./A world all redolent of oranges and snow… Or this: My beloved will arrive at last, and fold me in her arms. She will notice the least change in me, and understand all my apprehensions. Out of the black rain, the infernal gloom, having forgotten to shut the taxi door, She’ll dash up the rickety steps, all flushed with joy and longing. Drenched, she’ll burst in without knocking, and clasp my head in her hands; And from a chair her blue fur coat/will slip blissfully to the floor… Trans. by George Reavy Mark Sconce

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THE GHOSTS AMONG US %\)UHG0LWWDJ Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916) “The Great Faith Healer”

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asputin was a reputed psychic and faith healer. The Russian Imperial family’s only son and heir to the throne, Prince Alexei, was a bleeder (hemophilia). In 1907 Czar Nicholas II invited Rasputin to the royal palace in St. Petersburg. Alexei fell ill, and doctors thought he would not live, but Rasputin went into the sick room and miraculously revived Prince Alexei, aged four. To this day, doctors cannot explain how he did it. In any case, the peasant Rasputin became part of the royal entourage and quite influential. Alexei’s mother, Czarina Alexandra, believed he was a holy man. Rasputin carried baggage, however. He committed criminal acts of drunkenness and stealing horses and the people wanted to run him out of town. He avoided ostracism by promising to go on a pilgrimage and walked 260 miles to a monastery where he studied the Bible and theology under a famed monk. Rasputin’s wife tolerated his womanizing by saying he was man enough for more than one woman. People bribed him for access to palace officials. Rasputin believed that true Christianity required humility and that a perfect person could not experience humility. Rasputin chased women, drank to drunkenness, and committed criminal acts in order to achieve the imperfection necessary to maintain his Christian humility. The First World War was going

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badly for the Russians because of poor leadership. Rasputin declared that it was necessary that Czar Nicholas take personal command of the war effort. But the czar had no military training and disaster was the result, with many Russians killed or coming home with missing limbs. Everybody had a relative or friend who was a casualty of the mismanaged war with Germany. With the czar absent, Czarina Alexandra took charge of domestic affairs. She practically worshipped Rasputin, which, in effect, meant that he ruled Russia. If he sensed political opposition from a minister, he simply had the czarina dismiss that official. Russians began to suspect Rasputin and the czarina secretly wanted a separate peace with Germany, thus breaking treaty agreements. Some nobles decided the only solution was to murder Rasputin. Prince Felix Yusopov was one of the wealthiest men in Russia and


was quite handsome and happily bisexual. He boasted openly of his homosexual escapades. He befriended Rasputin. What kind of relationship they had is controversial, but for a time, they were seeing each other daily. Yusopov charmed Rasputin into a visit to his palace in the winter of 1916. Yusopov promised a possible sexual encounter with his beautiful wife (who would not even be there). Other nobles, part of the conspiracy, entertained Rasputin with cakes and wine that were laced with enough cyanide, provided by a doctor, to kill five men. The conspirators became alarmed that Rasputin seemed immune to the poison. In desperation, Yusopov shot Rasputin, who fell to the floor. The conspirators went into another room to celebrate. After a while, something made Yusopov go check on Rasputin. He was still on the floor, with no pulse. But then one eye opened and he jumped up and grabbed Yusopov around the neck. Yusopov freed himself and ran to the other conspirators, shouting, “He’s still alive!” Rasputin began running across the courtyard. One of the noblemen gave chase and shot Rasputin, and again, he fell. They dragged him back to the palace where Yusopov, in frustrated

anger, beat Rasputin with a metal dumbbell. It would soon be dawn and they had to get rid of the body. They went to the river by the palace to a prearranged place where there was an opening in the ice. They bound Rasputin’s arms and legs and wrapped the body in a heavy cloth and dumped it in the river. But they forgot to attach weights to the body and it emerged downriver – with water in the lungs, which suggests that he drowned! The conspirators were the czar’s kinfolks, so their only punishment was exile. The czar unknowingly did them a great favor, because revolution was coming and Yusopov was able to live out his life in France until he died in 1967. Back home, the Bolsheviks murdered the entire Romanov family in 1918, including Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra, Prince Alexei, and his four sisters – to make certain the monarchy could not be restored. Rasputin, though devoted to the Romanovs, played an important role in their fall and the rise of Vladimir Lenin and Communism. Fred Mittag

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The Ojo Crossword

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The

LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY

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A FOND FAREWELL: MARY ALICE SARGENT Those who knew you and those who knew of you, recognize your invaluable commitment and service to LCS. Your many contributions over the \HDUV KDYH LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHG RXU growth and development into the organization it has become today. As LCS is poised to enter a new phase of its existence, an era of expanded UHVSRQVLELOLW\DQGLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH to the Lakeside ex-pat and Mexican communities, we recognize that our future successes will be made possible in no small part by your dedication to LCSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-being during your many years of service. As you move into another phase of your life, we, your friends, colleagues, LCS members and fellow volunteers, offer you our great respect, affection and deep appreciation for your indelible presence. We will miss you.

ESL STUDENT RECOGNITION Our annual recognition ceremony for students who worked hard all year at English as a Second Language (ESL) will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 5 - 7 PM at LCS on the Neill James Patio. Come join the hard working teacher volunteers as we cheer our students on.

May 2013 MEET ADELA ALCARIZ, NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR LCS In anticipation of LCSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expanding role in the ex-pat and Mexican communities, we have retained a new Operations Manager, Adela Alcariz, to assist the Executive DirecWRULQGHYHORSLQJSURMHFWVWKDWZLOOUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWRXU commitment to an environment that promotes respectful collaboration between our two communities. Internationally educated, Adela is a bilingual Mexican citizen with a diverse background in project management across several disciplines. A computer-savvy accountant with a sharp eye for organization and detail, her experience will be a critical element in implementing LCSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vision. In consultation with our Mexican counterparts, LCS will be instituting programs of interest to the entire lakeside communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellbeing, including but not limited to, expanded educational and health programs, shared information on KRXVLQJSHUVRQDOÂżQDQFHEXVLQHVVFLWL]HQVKLSLPPLJUDWLRQDQG the environment. A thoughtful and enthusiastic person, she welcomes your parWLFLSDWLRQVKDUH\RXULGHDVFRQFHUQVDQGVXJJHVWLRQV ZLWKKHU This is a new direction for the Lake Chapala Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reciprocal relationship with the lakeside community. As she remarked in a recent interview, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LCS has a huge goal to pursue... I see the association as the leader in giving the community the tools to dream a better future for themselves. I am sure both communities will help when they see the results. I am very happy to be a part of thisâ&#x20AC;?.

SELF EVALUATION: PREPARING FOR OUR FUTURE In early 2012, the LCS conducted a survey of its members past and present. It asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In your opinion, how important are these LCS activities?â&#x20AC;? More than 400 people responded. The results show the percentage of respondents who answered either â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;importantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RUÂľYHU\LPSRUWDQWÂśIRUVSHFLÂżFSURJUDPVVHUYLQJWKH0H[LFDQFRPPXQLW\,WVKRXOGEHQRWHGWKDWDSSUR[LPDWHO\RIWKRVHZKR answered this question had been volunteers at the LCS at some time, and had some knowledge of LCS operations. As a result, we conclude that strong support for all of these programs exists.

English as a Second Language 85% Computer Classes 83% Student Aid 83%

Summer Remedial Classes 81% Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Classes

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In 2011 the Programs Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal was to evaluate the external aspect of our Community Education Program (CEP). An ad hoc committee, created in August 2011, performed a global assessment of the CEP in light of LCS' long range and strategic plans, and provided recommendations to assure the sustainability of this program. The evaluation committee to that end developed the following statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vision of the LCS â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Community Education Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is to provide an environment in which the foreign community collaborates with the local Mexican community to promote the value of education, and to provide all appropriate tools for personal and professional development to both communities in both Spanish and English.´ Continued on next page.

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Continued from front page. A formal report with recommendations is expected to be delivered to the Board next month. This article will not focus on the conclusions or recommendations, instead it will highlight the work accomplished during the process. Four pro bono surveys were commissioned to look at our â&#x20AC;&#x153;consumer market,â&#x20AC;? the local Mexican community. Designed by Dr. David Truly, adjunct professor at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, the surveys were designed/conducted/analyzed by his university students. To our knowlHGJHWKHVHVXUYH\VZHUHWKHÂżUVWRIWKHLUNLQGVLQFH/&6 has never surveyed its Mexican constituency. They are surveys of the local Mexican community, of ESL Students, of the parents of the youngsters in the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art program and the LCS Volunteers Working in our CEP. 6XUYH\RI0H[LFDQ&RPPXQLW\ This survey was conducted during 2012 and consisted of interviews with 274 people (153 in Ajijic, 79 in San Antonio and 51 in Chapala) who had a demographic and geographiFDOSURÂżOHUHSUHVHQWDWLYHRIWKHWDUJHWPDUNHW Analysis shows the following: â&#x20AC;˘ 56% had not heard of the Lake Chapala Society â&#x20AC;˘ Only 33% knew LCS offered courses to the Mexican community â&#x20AC;˘ Many were not aware of any connection between our educational courses and LCS â&#x20AC;˘ Most thought that a public library was important or very important â&#x20AC;˘ In the survey, 13% said they had taken an LCS course (the majority having taken English Language.) They ranked highly the location, the facilities, the quality of the teachers and the program. Most of these felt the course had helped them in school or at the workplace â&#x20AC;˘ When asked if they or a family member would be interested in taking one of the existing courses, most indicated there would be a strong or very strong interest in English Language, Summer Remedial classes, and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art â&#x20AC;˘ When asked what other courses LCS should consider offering, they answered in declining order: Computer Education, Home Administration, Music Education, and Cooking/Nutrition &RQFOXVLRQ6LJQLÂżFDQWGHPDQGH[LVWVIRUWKHSURJUDPV currently offered. Those who have taken courses (principally English language) express a high level of satisfaction with them.There is a serious lack of awareness by the public: â&#x20AC;˘ Of the existence of the LCS â&#x20AC;˘ Of the courses offered at the Wilkes Education Center â&#x20AC;˘ That there is a connection between the two 6XUYH\RI(6/6WXGHQWV In general, this survey suggests a very high approval rating from its students. From administration to course content, teaching and expectations, the students rated this program very favorably. There were questions that had a large number of missing answers which always lead to question why, but with the exception of a few areas, this study offers a very positive view of our ESL program. Some important aspects that may need some attention would be: â&#x20AC;˘ Scheduling could be an issue for some of the students especially those who are working or have family obligations â&#x20AC;˘ Class size may be an issue for some students and should be monitored

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0RVWRIWKRVHVXUYH\HGUHSUHVHQWHGÂżUVW\HDUVWXGHQWVDQGWKHUH is a noticeable drop off of 2nd and 3rd year students â&#x20AC;˘ This is a relatively highly educated group of students compared to the national average â&#x20AC;˘ The success of this program and continued enrollment appears to be based exclusively on word of mouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; another indicator of the satisfaction among the students â&#x20AC;˘ At this time, the enrollment tends to be very geographically focused on Ajijic 6XUYH\RIWKH3DUHQWVRIWKH&KLOGUHQÂśV$UW3URJUDP This survey suggests a very high satisfaction among the parents of children participating in this program. In many instances, there is a very positive response to questions regarding the quality of the program and its impact on the children. Some general observations are: â&#x20AC;˘ Parents are very pleased with the quality of both the program and volunteers â&#x20AC;˘ Based on the goals of the programs, parents take art seriously and do not feel it is primarily an opportunity to have fun. They consider this an important part of their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education and enrichment â&#x20AC;˘ The impact of this program extends only to the immediate Ajijic DUHDWKHUHPD\EHRSSRUWXQLWLHVWRH[SDQGWRRXWO\LQJDUHDV â&#x20AC;˘ Word of mouth is the primary source of advertising This is certainly a signature program of LCS and bolsters our reputation. 6XUYH\RI/&69ROXQWHHUV:RUNLQJLQRXU&(3 The survey document was distributed to all LCS Volunteers in the month of March 2013. Forty-nine surveys were completed and returned. Analysis of the data yields the following conclusions: A. ESL Volunteer Teachers: â&#x20AC;˘ Almost all are full-time residents at Lakeshore â&#x20AC;˘ Most agree their program is a success â&#x20AC;˘ Most feel the program is important to the Mexican community â&#x20AC;˘ Less than half have prior teaching experience â&#x20AC;˘ Most enjoy teaching in the program â&#x20AC;˘ They tend to feel they are not adequately appreciated by LCS â&#x20AC;˘ Compared to the other volunteers surveyed, they tend to feel their training, their resources for teaching, the facilities, and the openness to discussion for improvement, are all less than adequate Comments: It is apparent that these volunteers know they are doing valuable work. However, many of them tend to feel under appreciated and inadequately supported. B. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Volunteer Assistants: â&#x20AC;˘ Almost all are full-time residents at Lakeshore â&#x20AC;˘ They feel their program is especially successful (more than the other volunteer groups surveyed) â&#x20AC;˘ They feel their program is very important to the Mexican community â&#x20AC;˘ They tend to feel their work is adequately appreciated â&#x20AC;˘ They tend to think that their program resources and facilities are adequately good â&#x20AC;˘ Most enjoy assisting in the program Comments: It is apparent that these volunteers are generally pleased with their work and with the level of support provided. â&#x20AC;˘

LCS extends its sincerest thanks to the members of the CEP evaluation committee: John Keeling (co-chair), Liz Drummond (co-chair), Ben White, Carol Bowman, Bert Slocombe, BĂĄrbara Castro, Jesus LĂłpez Vega, Jennifer Weeks, Inez Dayer, Andy Houck, Glen Smith, /HWLFLD5H\HV7HUU\9LGDODVVLVWHGE\'U'DYLG7UXO\DQG$OLQ9LYHros and Coralie White.


0D\Activities *Open to the Public ** US Citizens (S) Sign in Required &58=52-$ Cruz Roja Sales Table 10-1 Cruz Roja Monthly Meeting 2nd W 2-4 +($/7+,1685$1&(  IMSS & Immigration Services M+T 10-1 Met Life Insurance T+TH 11-2 6DQ-DYLHU+HDOWK%HQHÂżWV 7+ TioCorp Company F 10-1 +($/7+ /(*$/6(59,&(6 Becerra Immigration F 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure F 10-12 Diabetes Screenings 2nd+3rd F 10-12 Hearing Services M and 2nd+ 4th SAT 11-3 Sign-up Information Desk M-SAT 10-2 Loridans, Marquez & Assoc T 10-12 Optometrist TH 9-3 Sign-up Skin Cancer Screening 2nd +4th W 10-12 Sign-up US Consulate 1st W 10:30-12:30 Sign up 10AM ** /&63$7,2 LCS Patio, Bus Trips & Sales Table M-F 10-1 LESSONS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art SAT 10-12 * Exercise M+W+F 9-10 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+TH 2-3:30, SAT 1-2:30 Line Dancing T+TH 10-11:10 LIBRARIES Audio TH 10-12 Book & Video M-SAT 10-2 US Library of Congress Talking Books TH 10-12 ** NJ Biblioteca Publica M-F 9:30-7, SAT 9:30-1 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Beginners Digital Camera W 12-1 Beginners iPad W 1-2:30 E-mail Registration Required Bridge 4 Fun M+W 1-4:30 Conversaciones en Espanol M10-12 Grammar Required Discussion Group W12-1: 30 Everyday Mindfulness M 10:30-12 )LOP$ÂżFLRQDGRV VW UG7+6KRZ&DUG )LOP$ÂżFLRQDGRV QGWK/DVW7+6KRZ&DUG Genealogy Last M 2-4 iStuff Discussion Group F 9:30-10:30 Mac OS 1st M 12-1:30 Mac User 3rd W 3-4:30 Mah-Jonng F 10-2:30 Needle Pushers T 10-12 Scrabble M+F 12-2 Tournament Scrabble T 12-2 Windows Computer Group F 10:30-1:45 6(59,&( 6833257*52836 AL-Anon Step Study M 4:30-5:30 Gamblers Anonymous W 11-1 Green Group 1st T 3-4:30 Lakeside AA M+TH 4-5:45 MS Support Group 3rd W 3-4 NiĂąos de Chapala & Ajijic F 10-12 Open Circle SUN 10-12:15 SMART Recovery W 2:30-4 Trees Without Roots T 12:30-2:30 7,&.(76$/(60)

VIDEO LIBRARY NEW ADDITIONS DOWNTON ABBEY 3RD YEAR # 6123 )/,*+7    A airline pilot saves almost all his passengers when his malfunctioning airliner eventually crashes, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. Oscar nominee for Best Actor Denzel Washington. $5*2  A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIACanadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Oscar for Best 3LFWXUH%HQ$IĂ&#x20AC;HFN $11$ .$5(1,1$      Set in late-19th-century Russian high-society, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a OLIHFKDQJLQJDIIDLUZLWKWKHDIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW&RXQW9URQVN\)RXU2VFDU QRPLQDWLRQVRQHZLQIRUEHVWFRVWXPHV.HLUD.QLJKWOH\DQG Jude Law 7+(3(5.62)%(,1*$:$//)/2:(5  An introverted freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Romantic Drama 8.1 of 10 Logan Lerman and Emma Watson 7+( '867 %2:/      Miniseries Documentary narrated by Peter Coyote. 7+(0(1:+2%8,/7$0(5,&$Âą  MiniVHULHVVKLQHVDVSRWOLJKWRQWKHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQWLDOEXLOGHUVGUHDPHUV and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. The Men Who Built America is the story of our nation at the crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity. Two Alan Alda comedies: 6$0(7,0(1(;7<($5 with Ellen Burstyn and SWEET LIBERTY # 6136 with Michael Caine and Michelle Pfeiffer. Worth seeing again, or for the ÂżUVWWLPH The Video Library can transfer any VHS tapes that you have. (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home movies, of course). DVDs last longer and the machines to play them are still available; at 50 pesos per transfer, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheap.

COURIERS NEEDED! Sorry, folks, but the Video Library was unable to meet our TXRWDRIQHZDGGLWLRQVWKLVPRQWKEHFDXVHZHFRXOGQRWÂżQG anyone available to act as a courier for us. Please keep us in mind when you have someone coming to visit or when you are going north and returning in a timely manner. Ten DVDs do not take up much room in your luggage and all you have to do is pack them. We do everything else. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to take the mail-- members appreciate it Stop by the ofÂżce and pick up northbound mail for fellow members. LCS libraries need your continued support to bring videos and books from north of the border and we always need U.S. postage stamps. If you can act as a courier, contact us at library@lakechapalasociety. com. Thank you.

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LCS LEARNING SEMINARS The LCS Learning Seminars TED podcasts are taking a hiatus for the summer and will resume in the fall. Look for an announcement in an upcoming edition noting new dates, times and subjects to be featured in this popular series.

1(: /22. $1' 1(: ',5(&7,21 )25 CASI NUEVO The Snowbirds are returning to North America, and we are losing volunteer sales people for the store. We need a second sales assistant on Tuesdays beginning April 30. (We try to have two sales assistants each day.) We will provide training. Spanish is not required, but some minimum Spanish is desirable. Hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, but we have some Ă&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\7KLVLVDIXQQRSUHVVXUHMRE,I\RXRUVRPHRQH you know may be interested, please contact me or Jacqueline Smith (smithjacqueline55@gmail.com) at 766-1303.

%(*,11(5Âś6,3$'&/$66(6$5(7$.,1*$ %5($. Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPad is taking a break for the summer and will resume classes in August. August through December classes will be held on Thursday from 10 am and noon in the Sala. Exact dates will be posted in a future edition of the newsletter.

FILM AFICIONADOS Thursdays $OOÂżOPVLQWKH6DOD1RGRJV %ULQJ\RXU/&6PHPEHUVKLSFDUG 0D\1RRQ$+,-$&.,1* Denmark 2013 7KLV 'DQLVK ÂżOP IRFXVHV RQ WKH KXPDQ FRQsequences of modern piracy: the true story of the cargo ship MV Rozen captured by Somali pirates. 0D\SP:+(1:(/($9( Germany 2010 This German-Turkish collaboration tells the compelling story of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage who must not only escape from her husband but also from the cultural prejudices that would bind her. 0D\1RRQ$&+,1(6(7$/( Argentina 2013 Brilliant Argentine actor Ricardo Darin is a bitter, lonely man who owns a hardware store in Buenos Aires. By chance he meets a Chinese man who speaks no Spanish beginning a touching tale of two lost souls.

NUTRITIONAL SEMINAR If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had questions (and which of us hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) about diets and why they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, degenerative diseases, how good nutritional habits affect our quality of life, and how the mysterious glycemic index can be used to prevent insulin from becoming a fat storage hormone, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got something \RX PD\ ÂżQG LQIRUPDWLYH DQG SHUKDSV OLIHFKDQJLQJ <YHWWH Perez d. Alba will present a nutritional seminar from 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 on Thursday, May 9, in the LCS Sala.

0D\SP7+($1*(/6Âś6+$5( Scotland 2013 :LQQHU RI WKH -XU\ 3UL]H DW &DQQHV WKLV ÂżOP from the great director, Ken Loach, is a surprisingly uplifting comHG\DVWRU\RIUHGHPSWLRQZLWKDVRFLDOPHVVDJH7KLVÂżOPLVP\ personal favorite of the year. English (Glaswegian) with English subtitles! 0D\SP7+(*(1,862)%867(5.($721United States 1924 & 1927 Double feature: Sherlock Jr. and The General7KHVHWZRVLOHQWHUDÂżOPV PLQXWHVWRWDO GLUHFWHGE\DQG starring Buster Keaton, will startle you with their inventiveness.

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The LCS Newsletter is published monthly. Deadline for submissions is the 17th of the month preceding publication. News items may be e-mailed to Reba Mayo rebaelizabethhill@yahoo.com; cc to Terry Vidal tqv56431@yahoo.com Note: The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions according to time, space availability and editorial decision.

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FOR SALE: Ford Free Star 2005 LX Plus, One owner only. 6 cylinders all services in agency. All paid up to 2013. Excellent conditions, adjustable pedals, positions steer wheel, reverse sensors, console, three row seats. Price: $94,000 pesos FOR SALE: Receiver Hitch Cargo Basket, Holds up to 500 lbs. has brake light, cargo bag $500 pesos. Price: $2,500 pesos. FOR SALE: U.S. Cargo enclosed utility trailer in excellent condition. 5x8x6, Price: $1000 USD, Call Olga 387-761-0514. FOR SALE: 2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 Truck, Year 2005, Towing package, rack, running boards, bed liner, tailgate extender, oil changes every 3K miles, 4W drive, V8, US plated, sun roof. Price: $14,000 USD, below Blue Book, Call: 765-2703. FOR SALE: Extremely well kept Nissan 3DWKÂżQGHU LQ WUXO\ H[FHOOHQW FRQGLWLRQ <HDU 2000. Everything works! The miles are correct, only 77,000 original miles. All service done on time. Price: $6,000 WANTED: Small Car, Would like to buy a small car with Jalisco plates. Please â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reply to adâ&#x20AC;? with your information. FOR SALE: 2012 300cc automatic 4x4 ATV, Liquid Cooled engine, Disk Breaks/Front & Back Digital dashboard with speedometer, KM & MPH, Temperature gauge, Headlights-Low/ High, Quick electronic start, Can be Mexican Plates and obtain liability insurance. Price: $3,500.00 USD paid in Pesos, Call Bette @ 766-3001 or Email: bqmex@yahoo.com.

COMPUTERS

FOR SALE: P4 1gb RAM, 80gb disco duro, quemador dvd, monitor lcd 17â&#x20AC;? Windows 7, ofÂżFH \ PXFKtVLPRV SURJUDPDV PiV 85*( Price: $1,800. Cell: 333-809-9918. FOR SALE: HP Deskjet460 portable printer, Impresora HP DeskJet 460 portatil seminueva. Imprima desde dispositivos habilitados para Bluetooth como Laptops, cĂĄmaras, celulares, PDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a traves del adaptador incluido. Incluye bateria (rinde para 30 impresiones aproximadamente), tarjeta bluetooth, eliminador 18.5V a 3.5A, ranuras de tarjeta SD MMD, cable usb chapeado en oro de las puntas, disco de instalaciĂłn, caja original, cartucho Negro 94 usado, cartucho Color 95 terminado. Recarga cuesta 25, nuevo cuesta 150. Price: $900 pesos. FOR SALE: Fuchsia Hard-shell Case for Mac, Sin usar. Las compre en USA para un familiar pero su Lap no es la Aluminium Unibody. Cubiertas Hardshell Case for Aluminium Unibody MacBook Pro 13â&#x20AC;?. Transparent Fuchsia Price: $590 pesos. FOR SALE: Laptop Tablet HP Compaq 2710p. Ofrece la funcionalidad de una Laptop XOWUDGHOJDGDFRQODĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLGDGGHFRQYHUWLUVH en tableta con diseĂąo innovador, pesa 1.65 kg.. 2GB en memoria RAM, Disco duro de 120 GB, bateria de Litio, procesador Intel Centrino Vpro 2 (Intel Core Duo CPU U7700 @1.33 GHZ). Dimensiones (21cms alto Ă&#x2014; 29cms anFKR[FPVJRUVRU 3DQWDOOD \VXSHUÂżFLH para escribir con lĂĄpiz incluido) de 12.1 pulgadas, Price: $3000 pesos. FOR SALE: Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, with software CD for PC and Mac. Price: $450 pesos. Call: 376-765-4746. BEST OFFER FOR: Palm Pilot Tungsten E2. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oldie, but a goody, great for phone numbers, shopping lists, calendar is great -has alarm, many apps. Price: $500 pesos. FOR SALE: Desktop Computer. For Sale Desktop computer,4 meg memory, 250 meg drive, XP pro system, US keyboard. No

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monitor. Excellent operating condition. Price: $2,500 pesos. Call: 766-4694 FOR SALE: Printer/Scanner/Copier/Fax, Includes everything you see in photo. CD Driver, 5HIHUHQFH JXLGH LQNMHW FDUWULGJH UHÂżOO NLW  new color #78, box of photo paper. Price: $400 pesos or Best Offer!. Call: 766-3247.

PETS & SUPPLIES

FOR SALE: African Grey Parrot. Call: 333632-5723 in Guadalajara. FREE TO GOOD HOME: Handsome â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mexican mixâ&#x20AC;? male. Two and 1/2 years old. Neutered. Short-haired. 50 pounds. Current on all shots. Affectionate. Excellent with kids, dogs and puppies. Loves to play and go on walks. House trained, sits, stays, comes when called. 376-106-0627. FOR SALE: chestnut gelding, 11 year old, FKHVWQXW JHOGLQJ Ă&#x20AC;D[HQ PDQH DQG WDLO  hands. Excellent trail horse--goes everywhere. Not spooky. Rides out alone or with a group. Will walk quietly if other horses run ahead. Not DIUDLG RI WUDFWRUV EXVHV WUXFNV ÂżUHZRUNV RU other loud noises. Moving to Ensenada--cannot take him with me! $500.00 376-106-0627 FOR SALE: DOG CRATE in great condition. Pet Mate Deluxe Vari Kennel. Brown plastic with Grill windows all around. Separates to make dog bed. Price: $900 pesos. FOR SALE: Plastic dog crate, missing wire front, but a cozy place for a dog to feel comfortable and secure. Free!. SAVE A CAT: We are leaving Mexico with our pets, but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take our foster kitten with us! Nagasaki is a well-mannered adult female Siamese with chocolate brown seal points on a creamy coat and blue eyes. We had her spayed and she is upto-date on her shots. She loves dogs and other cats. We rescued her once already from certain demise, but now she needs a forever home. Email me for more information. FOR SALE: Aquarium, 300-litre aquarium DQG VWDQG DOO VXSSOLHV LQFOXGHG 5HVXQ DLU SXPS$&'&EDWWHU\DLUSXPS6$ $TXD &OHDU SRZHU ÂżOWHU0RGHO  WHVW NLWV IRU DPPRQLD QLWULWH DQG S+ 7 KLJKSHUIRUPDQFHZDWWOLJKW%LR3UR+ZDWW KHDWHUDXWRIHHGHUZKHQDEVHQW 'LPHQVLRQV of tank are 45cm deep, 80 cm high and 103 cm wide. Price: $7,000.00 pesos. Call: (045) 331-382-4771.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

WANTED: hiv medicine, do you have some extra hiv medicine you would like to share or sell, or can you bring it from USA or Canada, please contact me (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to get it here in Mexico). FOR SALE: In room portable air condition, Network Air 1000 -- 7200 BTU, 6.2 A part #AP7300 In room air conditioner, like new. Price: $2,700.00. Call: 766-5686. FOR SALE: Futon and pad â&#x20AC;&#x201C; matrimonial. I bought this for my house, but only was used once and now no longer need it, so technically it is used, but is in new condition.. It is a couch which makes into a double (matrimonial size) bed. price: $275. Will take Pay Pal or pesos or U.S dollars. Email me at Ajijic62@yahoo.com . FOR SALE: 7KLV LV D QLFHO\ ÂżQLVKHG VLGH table with two drawers and a bottom shelve. Price: 1,200 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. WANTED: Motorized treadmill in great working order. WANTED: Propane hot water heater, 60 liter propane hot water heater. Can be new or slightly used. Would consider demand heater that works with solar. FOR SALE: Electric Smoker that could be

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converted. 15â&#x20AC;? cooking diameter. Price: $300p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: 3â&#x20AC;? King Size foam pad 72â&#x20AC;? x 72â&#x20AC;?. Price: $350p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Fireplace Screen. 26â&#x20AC;? in diameter very unique. Price: $350p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Moulinex Vegetable Juicer. Model #864 Electron juicer, fruit, vegetables, juice extractor household. Price: $150p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Precor 931 treadmill. In excellent condition. Price: $1,500 US, or best offer. FOR SALE: Landice L8 Cardio Trainer Treadmill. In excellent condition. Price: $1,500 US, or best offer. FOR SALE: Dishwasherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;industrial. Hobart â&#x20AC;&#x153;under the counterâ&#x20AC;? LX30 Commercial Dishwasher. Wash cycle: 85 seconds/150° F (66°C), rinse cycle: 10 seconds, 180° F (82° C). In excellent condition. Price: $2,000 US, or best offer. FOR SALE: 4 new Watair Atmospheric Water Generators. Makes pure (hot and cold) water from the air all around us. Simplemente crea agua pura del aire (caliente y frio) que estĂĄ a nuestro alrededor. -- $1,000.00 US each or best offer. FOR SALE: Stove- US Range cast iron and stainless steel 4 burner stove with griddle, in great condition. Price: $1,200 US or best offer. BEST OFFER FOR: Wood cutting boards, one very large (for pastry? One 12 inch round, One tear drop for: (turkey?) Make an offer. Many other kitchen items as well: pots, pans, silverware, ETC. Price: $100 - $400 pesos. FOR SALE: Cheap Dish washer. It has hardly ever been used, no need to make installations, has its own wheels, you can use it and store it as you need to. Price: $800. Cell: 333-809-9918. FOR SALE: Two custom made mirrors Identical mirrors with decorative design at a fraction of the original price. Mirror 1: 51x47 inch Price: 1,800 pesos. Mirror 2: 51x39 inch Price: 1,500 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Decorative metal stand. Price: 500 pesos. FOR SALE: Gas heater. As good as new with tank. Price: $ 2,200 pesos. FOR SALE: Umbrella with marble stand. Price: $2,000 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Steam bath with gas. Enjoy a wonderful Turkish steam bath in your own backyard! This bath is as good as new and only a fraction of the new price $5,000 pesos. Call: 376-7664154. FOR SALE: Wooden chest on stand. This is WZRSLHFHVHWFKHVWDQGVWDQGERWKZRRGZLWK metal decoration. Price: $1,500 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Iron framed coffee table. The WRSLVÂżQLVKHGZLWKDWH[WGpFRU DQDGGLWLRQDO glass top is advised). Price: $1,200 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Decorative coffee table. This is an antiqued good size coffee table that will enhance your interior design. Price: $2,000 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Irish Pine Trunk/Chest. This large pine chest is very uniquely decorated and functional as well as decorative. Price: $2,500 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Wooden double door armoire with two shelves and two bottom drawers. Price: $2,500 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Kitchen work table. Wooden work table with granite top. Decorative and functional for your kitchen. Price: $2,500 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Wooden sideboard/table. This sideboard has on the back a fold-out leave so

it can also function as table. Convenient for kitchen or small living room. Price: $ 2,200 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: Brown leather relax chair. This chair offers all the comfort you want and is also a beautiful asset for your interior. As good as new!. Price: $ 4,500 pesos. Call: 376-7664154. FOR SALE: Stunning hand painted sideboard. Very decorative and stylish. A must see! Price: $4,000 pesos. FOR SALE: This is a beautiful swivel chair. Recently newly upholstered, so in perfect condition. Only $2,000 pesos. Call: 376-766-4154. FOR SALE: White leather corner set couch. Top of the line quality corner piece. White leather with adjustable back. Only two years old. New price $25,000 pesos. Price: $15,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Two screen and DVD for car. 2 Pantallas 7 Polaroid para carro. Una Con Dvd Funciona Al 100%. Muy poco uso. Joystick para juegos y juegos. Precio: $1,500. FOR SALE: Bride wedding dress. Vestido de Novia talla tipo 30/32 De $24,000 a solo $15,000. Usado una sola vez en Octubre de 2012. Importado. FOR SALE: Water pressurizer 3/4 HP. HidroneumĂĄtico- Bomba centrĂ­fuga horizontal ESPA PRISMA 15-3M DiseĂąadas para la presurizaciĂłn de viviendas domĂŠsticas. Destaca por operaciĂłn extremadamente silenciosa y capacidad auto aspirante hasta 2 m. $2,500 pesos. FOR SALE: White coach. SillĂłn blanco, mide 1.70 ancho, 70 fondo y 1 metro de alto $900 pesos. FOR SALE: CĂĄmara digital Samsung 10.2 mega pixeles es55 rosa 3X zoom 6.3-6.318.9MM pila recargable. Precio: $600. FOR SALE: CĂĄmara Olympus FE280 Con un cuerpo metĂĄlico y ultra delgado plata 8 mega pĂ­xeles, pantalla LCD de 6,4 cm Con un cuerpo metĂĄlico y ultra delgado, EstĂĄ disponible en plata, azul, negro y rojo y tiene una resoluciĂłn de 8 mega pĂ­xeles, reforzada por el procesador de imagen TruePic III. Con una pantalla LCD de 6,4 cm. Precio: $550. FOR SALE: Blackberry Curve 9300 3g WiFi Como Nuevo blanco. Precio: $1,900 pesos. FOR SALE: Blackberry Pearl 8120. Precio: $700 pesos. FOR SALE: Horno de Microondas Sharp R410DW Carousel 1.3 pies Exterior Fondo: 44.8cms. Alto: 31.5cms Ancho: 55.1 cms. Precio: $900 pesos. FOR SALE: Cold and Hot Water Dispenser. Cooler and warmer for 19liters deposit. Almost new. Extensive use faucets. Compressor like fridge one. Oasis brand. Price: $1,500 pesos. FOR SALE: GPS Mio s305 v2 packed. Price: $1,000 pesos. FOR SALE: B.c. Rich Kerry King Metal Master Warlock Electric Guitar. Like new. Price: $3,500 pesos. FOR SALE: Wilson Golf pink clubs set for /DGLH 6RÂżH SLQN XVHG ZLWK  ZRRGV  and 7) and irons and putter. Includes bag. Price: $2,000 pesos. BEST OFFER FOR: Loom & accories. 8 harness portable looms, includes many shuttles, electric bobbin winder, lots of yarn and string, many extras. All or whatever you need. Weaving books as well. Price: $500 pesos. FOR SALE: Double Hammock and Stand. Wonderfully relaxing double hammock from Cost Plus World Market. Price: $1,500 pesos. FOR SALE: 4XHHQ Ă&#x20AC;DQQHO VKHHW VHWV 100% cotton. Sage, soft yellow or french blue. 0DGH LQ 3RUWXJDO )LWWHG Ă&#x20AC;DW DQG WZR SLOORZ cases in each set. Price: $2,000 pesos per set.


FOR SALE: Car Top Carrier. Holds tons of stuff! Perfect for getting back to US. Brand: Sport Rack. Traveled 1 1/2 times to Mexico from Denver. Price: $2,000 pesos. FOR SALE: King mattress- Like new! Very comfortable. Headboard included. No base. Price: $4,500 pesos. WANTED: want to buy topper/canapy 76 inches by 60 inches(5 feet)for Toyota short bed truck. FOR SALE: Karcher 330. Used in working condition. 1500 psi long power cord. Price: $1,500 OBO. FOR SALE: Dish network Vip 722 IKS 500gb working HDMI used in working condition. Price: $7,500. Call: 044-331-335-8699. FOR SALE: Shaw direct receiver model: DSR209 Zero balance ready to activate. Remote, Receiver, LNB 76cms sat dish. asking $1,500 OBO. Call: 044-331-335-8699. FOR SALE: LG Microwave model #MS1145KY White. Microwave is working well and about 2 yrs old. Price: $550 MXN. FOR SALE: Kawai digital electric piano 360 and bench. This piano has a beautiful sound and so many available accompanying sounds. Come give it a try. Price: $650. WANTED: Small row boat in any condition to be used as a theatre prop. Dilapidated condition or even the prow portion only would be acceptable. WANTED: 35mm slide projector in good working condition. FOR SALE: HAYWARD Power-Flo II PUMP Made in USA Volts 115 Horse Power 1.0 price new $4,890 pesos asking $2,450 pesos. Call: 376-766-0149. BEST OFFER FOR: Art Supplies. Drawing and watercolor paper, frames, some brushes, Etc. REASONABLE. FOR SALE: Books about writing, how to get started and ideas when you get stuck. Price: $200 pesos. FOR SALE: The best knifes made (some say) lifetime guarantee and free sharpening when they are in town (Chili cook-off). Several styles - small to big. FOR SALE:$LUULĂ&#x20AC;HJDDOPRVWQHZ0HQdooza - German made. Almost new, pump, no C02, like new Paid 4300, good for varmints or target practice. Some ammo, more available at Wal-Mart. Price: $3,000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Golf clubs. Several sets of men clubs with golf bags. Price range: $1,000--$4,000 ps Lady clubs with golf bag. Price: $1.500 ps. WANTED: Driving to USA. Departing mid May USA. Tx, La, Ms, Al, Ga, Fl. Nice to have company and share expenses. Departure date Ă&#x20AC;H[LEOH FOR SALE: GPS device for vehicles. USAMexico readable. Apprx one year old. Price: $800 ps. FOR SALE: Surveyor Instrument. Construction leveling device with case and including tripod. Gasoline powered cutoff saw for concrete, metal. Rebar. Commercial grade. $4,000 ps. 4 foot construction grade aluminum straight level/ruler. 30s. Price: $1,200 ps. FOR SALE: Magic Jack Plus. Free Calls to the US and Canada. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a computer. New, in package. Price: $1,000 pesos. WANTED: See through dog crate, need a open metal crate for what will be a large dog. FOR SALE: Practically new Jacuzzi 240x240 cm for sale. Must be removed due to new construction. Price: $12,000 pesos. WANTED: We are looking for a good condition washer and dryer. WANTED: We desperately need a comfortable couch. Preferably neutral color in nice condition. Couch and/or love seat, or sectional, or sofa. FOR SALE: Heavy Duty Surge Protector-Koblenz brand bought here-200p used 3 months, Heavy blue vase 10â&#x20AC;?x7â&#x20AC;?opening $100p, Custom made wrought iron frame 18â&#x20AC;?sq. inside 30â&#x20AC;? outside $200pesos. Hand painted wooden chair w/upholstered seat $150pesos. AND MORE. FOR SALE: Specimen Female Sago Palm. We checked prices at the Japanese Nursery, the plants for $7,000 pesos. Asking $5,800 pesos. It is a specimen Female PLANT SO

YOU CAN MAKE OHER PLANTS. We bought a new fancy metal pot for it. If you want to plant it in the ground, we will take $600 pesos off the price. FOR SALE: Taser/Stun Gun. 7.8 Million volts. NON-LETHAL and 100% legal in Mexico. 7KLVZLOOGURSDQ\PDQDQGWKHVRXQGĂ&#x20AC;DVKZLOO make most back off. It will also stop dogs (they hear the ZAP sound and stop in their tracks. I have two. Price: $475. FOR SALE: Security camera system. Included is roll of connection wire that is 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122; long. <RXFDQKDYHWLPHUHFRUGLQJURWDWLQJVFUHHQV motion activation. Alarms for video loss and it will call you on your per-programmed phone number. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on a Toshiba satellite runQLQJ :LQGRZV ;3 7KH FRPSXWHU ZRUNV ÂżQH and even has as I recall, Wi-Fi. The battery is not good but works on A.C. power. Price: $150 US or pesos. FOR SALE: Color Shield hair conditioner. Garnier Nutrisse Fortifying Color Shield CondiWLRQHUIRUFRORUWUHDWHGKDLUĂ&#x20AC;R] PO  Rated 5 stars out of 5 to protect color while nourishing hair. Qty 4. Price: $112 pesos each. FOR SALE: TV and Stand. 27â&#x20AC;? or 100mm. 79/H[XVĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQZLWKUHPRWH1RWWKLQSURÂżOH6WDQGKDVVKHOIDQGLV´RUPWORQJ 500mm deep or 19â&#x20AC;? and 500mm or 19â&#x20AC;? high both are gray in color. Price: $ TV $1000.00 Stand $500.00 MX. Call: 376-765-5138. FOR SALE: Love seat and couch vinyl Photo on request. $ 4,500 peso. WANTED: I take a look at most things. My warehouse art studio is also my home. I need furniture and building materials so let me know what you are getting rid of. Tiles, paint, outdoor furniture, couch, chair. A foto is worth a 1,000 words. Either in good shape or the odd piece that goes well in an art studio. Trades considered. FOR SALE: Weber portable Gas Grill. This is a nice portable gas grill that comes with the rolling, portable stand. I am also including a 4 kilo propane gas tank, all hooked up Over $3000 pesos originally. Purchased at Ace Hardware in Chapala. About 3 years old. Price: $1, 500 pesos or Best Offer! Please call 7663247. FOR SALE: Electric Heater. only $100 pesos. Hardly used, but keeps you warm. Rotates, 2 levels. Please call 766-3247. FOR SALE: Home Theater Speaker System. Add to television or computer for enhanced surround sound. Includes 5 speakers. Works perfectly. No use for it anymore. Price: $400 pesos or Best Offer!. Please call 766-3247. WANTED: someone to share my mail box. $ 136 US for 13 Mos. Call Jerry: 376-766-0397. FOR SALE: 2 Plastic tube shelving. One white, one grey 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 14â&#x20AC;? aprox. Wal-Mart standard plastic shelving. Price: $300 pesos each. Call: 765-7123. WANTED: Need old fashioned ribbon type writer that works to type faxes. $100-$200 pesos. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: 2 Large fold up table. Heavy duty plastic one year old cost $1,050 at WalMart 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-6â&#x20AC;? 6â&#x20AC;?. Price: $800 pesos each. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: SAMSUNG 27â&#x20AC;? TV. Silver With remote and manual. Price: $2,200 pesos. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: Wheeled clothes racks. Two Black iron 75â&#x20AC;?High x 72â&#x20AC;? long very maneuverable clothes racks. Price: $1,300 pesos each. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: Inversion Table. Professional anti-gravity inversion table for athletes and rehabilitation of the spine and brain blood circulation. Price: $3,200 pesos. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: Covered wardrobe rack. Chrome shelving on wheels with two zipper cover. $2,500 pesos. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: 3 pieces iron patio set. 2ft 6 inch diam glass table top. 3 seater couch with cushions.2 seater couch with cushions. Price: $3,200 pesos. Call: 765-7123. FOR SALE: Conair sound therapy (white noise) for bedside. Model #SU2NC comes with electrical plug. Price: $150 pesos. Call: 766-5686. FOR SALE: Brand new, never used, rectangle table and chairs cover (88â&#x20AC;? x 58â&#x20AC;? x 27â&#x20AC;?).

Heavyweight PVC coated polyester, water resistant and fade resistant. Price: $500.00 pesos. Call: 766-5686. FOR SALE: Double bed AA condition, mattress: Ortopedico Stelaris, little used. Includes wooden base, headboard and night table. Price: $5,000 pesos. Tel: 766-3550. FOR SALE: When I built my house I purchased 4 4000v voltage regulators. I only needed 2. Purchase price was $250US each. 2 are still in the box. Price: $165 US. Phone 766-7026 WANTED: Does anybody have a spare HAVAHART Animal Trap, new or used (can someone bring it from the States?)Wish to buy one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an American humane trap specially designed for not hurting or distressing smallmedium animals. Call Rick 7664804 or email me. FOR SALE: SHOWER PANEL mod A030A with 3 sprinkles and waterfall on top of it, massages your body while having a bath, still in box. Price: $2,000. E-mail: leopoldoernesto@ hotmail.com â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 376-766-1833. FOR SALE: LITTLE GIANT submersible pump never used, removes water to 1/8 of surface I have the invoice as well. Price: $1,600. leopoldoernesto@hotmail.com â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 376-7661833. FOR SALE: Scalex Device, Distance & Map Measuring Tool for Construction Estimating. The perfect measuring device for Architects and engineers. Also good for blueprints. Price: $200 p. Call: 765-4590. WANTED: Looking for a used freezer or large fridge/freezer. Would prefer upright freezer but will consider all options. Please contact singsinmex@gmail.com. FOR SALE: One phone is 1 year old and the other is 5 years old. I have upgraded to a more extensive system. Both are in good working order. Any reasonable offer accepted. WANTED: Looking for a guitar amp to play local venues. Tube amp preferred with minimum 15-20 watts. Transistor amp OK with minimum 50 watts. Good condition with 12â&#x20AC;? speaker. Something along the line of a Fender Blues Jr would be perfect but anything will do as long as it sounds decent. Must be purchased before April 15. FOR SALE: Vonage VDV22-VD V-Portal Wired Router **New Model** VOIP. Excellent condition. Price: $100 pesos. FOR SALE: Bookshelf--solid Pine Wood with 7 shelves. 92â&#x20AC;? in height, 39-1/2â&#x20AC;? in width and 11â&#x20AC;? in depth. Inlay design on both outside ends. Price: $1,600 pesos or $120 USD. WANTED: 0RYLQJ ER[HV IURP RIÂżFH ER[ size to small furniture size--we will pick up. Free or low price. FOR SALE: Construction Master Pro Model 4060 This little gadget does everything. $400 Pesos. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: 91 Mexican Train Game full size tiles. Price: $250 pesos. Call: 765-4590. WANTED: I am looking for a queen size bed. Mattress with base only. I have the head board. Good condition please. FOR SALE: Golf Clubs. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-hand full set of Taylor made graphite clubs -adjustable, used very little. Cost over $1,700 USD, sell for $925 USD. Call: 766-0261. FOR SALE: Ocean Kayak Malibu Two (New) Equipped, It was bought for $15,500 pesos Price: $9,500 pesos. Call (Ingles): 765-3772. Call (EspaĂąol): 333-442-2846. FOR SALE: E-Z-GO Golf Cart. Best way to negotiate, Includes custom-made leather cover. Price: $2,500. Call: (376) 7660859. FOR SALE: Jazz-Tap shoes, unisex oxford style w/dance rubber AND taps, padded soles, soft leather, very comfy, like new, womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size 10. $500 pesos. Call: 766-4106. WANTED: driving north, want to share?. I will be driving to California this Spring and would like someone to ride with me to share driving and expenses. Non smoker, please. 'DWHVĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOH FOR SALE: 2 dining room sets for sale. one is a team with 8 chairs for $9,500 pesos. the other is a solid marble top table with a beautiful design and has 6 chairs for $9,000 pesos. Both can be used outdoors in patio. Must see

to appreciate. Call: 01 (387) 763-0908. FOR SALE: Nobel Prize for Literature in German. From 1901 thru 1988. There are 23 Volumes, each selling for 125 Pesos. In each volume there are 3 different novels. They are in perfect condition. Price: $125 pesos per book. Call: 765-2603. FOR SALE: KYB Rear gas shock absorbers IRU&KU\VOHU0LQLYDQVÂżWV3ULFH $400 pesos. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Lovely coffee table with thick beveled glass and sculptured metal base ($150 US or peso equiv) and matching end table of same design ($100 US or peso equiv.) Pictures available upon request. 766-2266. FOR SALE: 2 very nice but unused metal (steel, iron?) chaise lounges, verdigris greenish blue with adjustable backs and wheels, complete with cushions. $125 US each or peso equivalent. Call: 766-2266 FOR SALE: I have a box of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recover onâ&#x20AC;? Acido Acexamico medication (crystals). There are 10 packets in one box. I opened the box, but did not use the medication or open any of the 10 packets. Cost $897.30 MXN. Since I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end up using it, perhaps someone else could? Would like to get $500 MXN if possible, or make an offer. FOR SALE: 27â&#x20AC;? Philco. Silver in Color. Good Picture. Price: $1,200 pesos. Call: 765-4275. FOR SALE: Shaw direct satellite receiver for sale. Plus, satellite dish with LNB. All in good working condition. Price: $1,000 pesos for each. Call: 510-926-3945. email: dennisljames@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Camera - Nikon D7000 which is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new model, almost brand new, & still under warranty. Paid $1,850 U.S. at B & H Photo in New York. Includes video cam in camera. 16.1 megapixels. Comes with total kit: cushioned camera & accessory bag, zoom Nikon lens (18-105), sun shade, battery, batWHU\FKDUJHUPHGLDFDUGEDWWHU\JULS89ÂżOWHU & more. Will sell body & kit without lens, but will not sell lens without the body. Price: $1,350 U.S. FOR SALE: Double Hammock Heavy rope White Good condition. Best reasonable offer. Call: Maryanne or Terry (376) 766-5907. FOR SALE: US Range cast iron and stainOHVV VWHHO  EXUQHU VWRYH ZLWK JULGGOH 3ULFH $1,200 US. Please call (376-765-4521) or email me (livingincommunitymx@gmail.com). FOR SALE: Oval wooden dining room taEOH3ULFH86RUEHVWRIIHUÂś[Âś Please call (376-765-4521) or e-mail me (livingincommunitymx@gmail.com). FOR SALE: Precor 931 treadmill -- $3,000 US, or best offer (livingincommunitymx@ gmail.com) FOR SALE: Landice L8 Cardio Trainer Treadmill â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Price: $2,800 US, or best offer. Please call (365 765-4521) or e-mail me (livingincommunitymx@gmail.com). FOR SALE: Hobart â&#x20AC;&#x153;under the counterâ&#x20AC;? LX30 Commercial Dishwasher. Wash cycle: 85 seconds/150° F (66°C), rinse cycle: 10 seconds, 180° F (82° C) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Price: $2,000 pesos, or best offer. Please call (376-765-4521) or email me (livingincommunitymx@gmail.com). FOR SALE: The John Frieda JFHA Hot Air Brush has 2 heat settings plus cool shot. Titanium ceramic coated barrel gives safe, even heat with no damaging hot spots. Price: $475 pesos. Call 765-7629. FOR SALE: This DeLonghi Safeheat radiator heater features 3 variable heat settings and a thermostat that automatically maintains the selected temperature Price: $300 pesos. Contact me at ernst_graf@yahoo.com or call me at 766-3210. FOR SALE: Squat Rack with 6 levels, heavy duty. Price: $500 pesos. 765-4590. FOR SALE: Roll-up silicone electronic piano keyboard with AC power, percussion, and carrying case. New. Cost $100. Asking $75 US. Call: 766-0884.

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

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