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Carol L. Bowman writes about a ritual that has gone on for centuries with very little modification and still lives on in Patzcuaro, Mexico, among many other places in the country.

11 MEXICAN CUSTOMS Leah Jewall lived through the recent torrential rainy season on the west coast and was inspired by the way the Mexican people handle disasters— natural or otherwise.



Bridge by Lake


Uncommon Sense


Joyful Musings


Thunder on Right


Wondrous Wildlife


Faith and Fables


Stay Healthy


Hearts at Work


Welcome to Mexico


Lakeside Living



Magnificent Mexico

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New Lease on Life


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Mel Goldberg posts the final installment of his travels to Peru—and like any good writer has saved the best of last.


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22 CANINE CARE Jackie Kellum writes about one of the most common diseases that a dog can get: mange. The good news is that it is treatable.

28 MARRIAGE MAINTENANCE Bernie Suttle is coming to realize that there’s some truth in the old saying that “Men are from Mars” and “Women are from Venus.” The main problem is that we don’t share a common language.

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Guest Editorial by Fred Mittag

“Bring ‘Em Home, Send ‘Em To College”


bama was methodical and wanted to hear all views about a strategy for Afghanistan. But the consensus resulted in a flawed decision. Helen Thomas wrote that Obama failed to mention the greatest contrast between Vietnam and Afghanistan – the draft. Students at the University of Houston discussed regularly how conscription into Vietnam would disrupt their lives. Many in the volunteer Army are those for whom other opportunities seem remote, often blacks and Hispanics. Despair, plus the romance of the uniform, are the attractive magnets of death and injury. But not enough, so we make Erik Prince a billionaire by relying on the far more costly mercenaries from Blackwater – killers beholden to Prince more than to General Petraeus. Politicians glorify our “brave soldiers” and honor their “sacrifice” – then reject sacrifice for the rest of us. A war tax has been proposed to pay for Afghanistan, but met immediate hostility. David Obey, a Wisconsin Democrat, said, “I am damn tired of a situation in which only military families are asked to pay any price whatsoever for this war.” For his colleagues, however, blood spilling from volunteers is O.K., but please don’t make us pay taxes! Widespread unemployment distracts the public from interest in the war. There is bipartisan agreement that we should expand warfare without paying for it. The Bush tax cuts for the rich have greatly reduced revenue. Instead, we borrow from China to pay for our wars. Frank Rich asked in a recent N.Y. Times column how putting more troops in Afghanistan would “vanquish” Taliban forces. Their headquarters is in Pakistan – where U.S. troops may not tread. The Nation noted that it’s a myth that the greatest danger to American security is a terrorist attack from Afghanistan. The 9/11 attacks were launched in America, and al-Qaeda operates freely in several countries. The Taliban is homegrown, making this a civil war. President Karzai’s last “election” was a fraud, and with


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only a 10% literacy rate, few people understand the issues. Tribalism produces constant intrigue, conspiracy, and betrayal. Corruption is out of control forever. We have just learned that American military bases are guarded by infiltrated Taliban. The Powell Doctrine states “Every resource should be used to achieve decisive force against the enemy, minimizing U.S. casualties and ending the conflict quickly.” “Quickly?” Bush diverted troops from Afghanistan to Iraq and we are now in the tenth year. There are incongruities, raising the question of what our mission really is. How will we know when we have won? Nobody will sign surrender papers; it will be a subjective judgment. “War Against Terror” is an abstraction, like “war against evil.” Timothy McVeigh of the Oklahoma City horror was a Christian American. Abstraction causes problems in the detention of prisoners whose status remains legally uncertain. Al-Qaeda is stateless, and resides in a number of places. They are criminals and the Nation believes that “The best way to keep Americans safe from terrorism is through effective intelligence, expert police work and judicious homeland defense. These practical measures cost far less than war and occupation in Muslim lands, which arouse hatred of the United States – and give strength to Islamist extremists.” Afghanistan is a dilemma. We will lose whether we stay or leave. We should therefore concentrate our nation building at home, including health care, education, the economy, and infrastructure. How about a train tunnel under the Hudson, Governor Christie?




eople come and live in Mexico for many reasons. The most often quoted is the weather and the fact that it is less expensive to live here than anywhere else in North America and so your retirement buck can bring you a better quality of life in Mexico. Within Mexico there are many choices depending on your own personal ideas about lifestyle and whether you prefer to live in proximity with other expats or would rather be far away from them. The writer has lived half his life as an expat in one country or another and enjoys the expat lifestyle and mixing both with nationals and other expats. Some Americans move to Mexico for the above reasons plus one more: The desire to escape the political madness that seems to have enveloped the USA. The writer arrived here while the 2008 presidential campaigns were running hot and strong and was dismayed to find that some local expats were fully involved in getting out the US expat vote for one candidate or another. This is not a new phenomenon for citizens of the USA, one reason being that they do not enjoy any tax breaks while living abroad, or the tax breaks that do exist are only for people working abroad and receiving high salaries. So as long as the US government is taking a slice of your retirement income, why not exercise your right to vote? It is a fair question. Now we have the next major election in the USA and the different groups are winding up again. This time there is a “Tea Party” group added that seems to have some people worked up; if letters to the editor in the expat publications are anything to go by. As the unelected spokesperson for those who came here in part to escape political madness NoB, the writer asks if USA politics is so important to you why did you decide to live in Mexico? Are you perhaps having your pie and eating it too? After every election we learn of new types of voter fraud and vote tampering, together with just plain inefficiency in vote counting, so how important is your vote any-

way? No doubt it gives satisfaction that you have done your duty as a citizen. But since you don’t live there how much of a citizen are you? Who has more need to vote in the USA, a US citizen who has lived legally in Mexico for ten years, or an undocumented Mexican who has lived in the USA for ten years? So as the unelected spokesperson for this virtual committee I propose that once a retired US citizen has lived permanently abroad for two years, he or she loses the right to vote. We remain citizens but may not vote. In return for which he/she is no longer required to pay US taxes for services not received. Now do I have your attention? So here’s the suggestion: All you Democrats Abroad, Republicans Abroad and Tea Partiers get together and form an ad hoc committee for the purpose of having legislation enacted that will allow you to give up your vote in return for no taxation. Remember your history “no taxation without representation”. Do you really think you are being represented while living in Mexico? Kindly don’t ask me to be involved, I’m strictly an “ideas” guy.


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THE NIGHT OF THE DEAD —Lives On in Patzcuaro, Mexico By Carol L. Bowman


he pristine sky glistened with starry constellations and the waters of Lake Patzcuaro reflected the half moon glow that showed the way. Mist rose as the coldness of midnight’s breeze whipped around our necks. Captain Fidel moored his launch, the Carmela, through the darkness from Patzcuaro pier toward our anticipated destination. We passed by Janitzio Island where boat after boat deposited hundreds of visitors coming to see the Night of the Dead celebration on Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. The noisy crowds and hawking vendors on shore resembled a spectator sporting event rather than a solemn, moving experience. We sighed with relief as Fidel veered our boat away from the confusion. Rosie Elia, our expert guide from Ajijic, assured us that the secret of Patzcuaro’s November 2nd Noche de Muertos”(Night of the Dead) tradi-


tion lay on an untouched P’urhepecha island village, ahead. Our eyes searched across the black water and saw only darkness, but Rosie promised special things. Ahead, a lone, empty dock jutting from the lake’s edge awaited our arrival. This island will remain nameless, the secret kept intact. One Janitzio is enough. We lumbered up the steep stone steps and upon reaching the plateau, the clangy sound of church bells calling the souls to return shattered the silence. Village children, given the task of ringing the bells, performed their duty well. Elderly P’urhepecha women, wrapped in traditional black and neon blue rebozos, pushed wheelbarrows piled high with grave offerings over the rutty, cobblestone path. We followed in silence. A dim light illuminated the cemetery entrance, as smoke from candles drifted through the crisp night air. We entered a world unknown to us, fearful of being considered in-

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truders, trudders but eager to be accepted participants. We came to witness the most solemn commemoration and respect for the deceased through the vigil rituals of the Night of the Dead. The funerary wakes practiced by the P’urhepechas, (known as Tarascans in pre-Hispanic times) interwoven with the Catholic rituals honoring the dead through All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd resulted in a blended religious period for the indigenous communities in western Mexico. In Michoacán, celebrations begin October 31st when families gather flowers, candles, food and other offerings to prepare home and gravesite altars; November 1st represents the day of the “Little Angels” vigil for deceased children and single persons, followed by a midnight, November 2nd to dawn gravesite wake for departed adults. The celebration of mass and feast of offerings at the cathedral on the Day of the Dead, November 2nd concludes the commemoration. Upon entering the sanctity of the cemetery on the Night of the Dead, the aura of solemn homage and tribute, urging departed souls to travel back to their loved ones, mesmerized me. The color of the sun, represented by bright orange marigolds,

or cempoalxoachitl fl ooded my sens sensflooded es. Handmade three meter candles, which lined gravesites covered with marigold petals, provided a lighted path for the soul’s journey, while simple altars constructed of wood and wrapped tight with flowers acted as headstones. Favorite foods, fruits, breads, candies, sugared skulls and even articles of clothing worn by the deceased person decorated the altars. Glasses of water or bottles of Tequila on several graves stood ready for the souls, thirsty from their long journey. With candlelight glow brightening the 2AM night and the smoky smell of copal wood burning, families huddled on the frosty ground, faces showing grief, pride, even joy. The sensual and emotional bombardments proved staggering. To reduce the feeling of invasion, we brought gift offerings. Rather than being gawkers with cameras, we presented our offerings to family members to modify our role to “participant.” I searched the faces of mourners and gravesites for a prospective recipient of the candle I brought. Economic means showed. Families with sufficient funds create elaborate altar offerings, with numerous candles, embroidered tablecloths and flowers galore, while

others manage only a few flickers of light, no altar and a sparse bunch of posies. The number of offerings in no way reflects the level of a family’s grief. I spotted an elderly man, staring at the three candles adorning the grave. His wife, murmuring out loud, in P’urhepecha language, was possibly trying to communicate with the spirit of the deceased. The gravesite next to them had at least twenty candles. I approached the old man, holding out the long, waxed stick and said to him in Spanish, “Quisiera dar su familia un regalo de una vela.” He smiled with a gentle understanding, dug the candle in the soft earth and motioned for me to sit for awhile with the family. His wife, in halting Spanish, mentioned that they were visiting the grave of her husband’s father. The tribute these people pay to departed family members made me feel reverence for them and shame for myself. I wondered how many people from my culture would sit by a grave from midnight to dawn on the cold ground on a frigid night at 6000 feet above sea level to welcome back the souls of departed family members. I knew the answer-none. We walked among the dead, but I experienced a cemetery full of life. The positive energy expended to

keep contact with deceased loved ones reveals the extraordinary nature of the Mexican people. I shall not forget the images of that night; that tender smile, the acceptance of a gringa’s intrusion, the frosty boat ride across Lake Patzcuaro. These rituals have gone on for centuries with little modification. Despite the Spaniard’s attempt to destroy the religious beliefs of native people in favor of Catholicism, through a blending, the indigenous customs regarding life and death remain alive and well. To experience The Night of the Dead ceremonies is to understand Mexico.


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erself and I consider ourselves fortunate to have made many new friends during our first four “snowbird” seasons in Lakeside. It is even more gratifying that a number of them live within driving distance of our Northern home in Richmond Hill, Ontario so we can get together in Canada as well as in Mexico. So we were delighted this summer when Sandra and Mike Shea, who spend their winters in Chula Vista, invited us to stay with them in their lovely home near Kingston, Ontario. The fact there was a Regional bridge tournament nearby at the same time was just the icing on the cake. And even when we weren’t at the tournament, a deck of cards wasn’t far away. It was during a session of “kitchen bridge” at chez Shea that Sandra found a killer defence to give me an opportunity to go wrong and I quickly jumped at the chance! Herself opened the bidding 1NT and with Sandra and Mike silent throughout we quickly bid to a reasonable club slam. My bid of 2 spades was a transfer to clubs and North’s rebid of 2NT showed a good tolerance for clubs, at least three to a high honor. 3 hearts and 3 spades were cue-bids showing first round control and 4 NT was Roman Key Card Blackwood. 5 diamonds showed 0 or 3 key cards, the King of trumps (clubs) and the four Aces being the pertinent cards. Normally, transfers to the minor suits show 6 + cards in the suit but as this was a friendly game, I decided to experiment a little and do it with


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only a 5 card holding. If partner had been unable to show adequate support for clubs (by by-passing 2NT and bidding 3 clubs) I would have had the option of placing the contract in the likely very safe 3 NT. Against my small slam, Mike led the Spade 10 and when dummy came down I could see that I had no losers outside the trump suit and if I could limit my losers in clubs to one I would be home free. I won the spade in hand with the King and led a small trump towards the dummy. I noted Mike’s 9 of clubs with interest – if it was an honest card, I hoped that it was accompanied by the Ace or the Jack (not both!) and if I could guess which I could make my contract. I played the club King in the dummy and Sandra followed smoothly with the 3. Now it seemed to me that Mike must have the club Ace so I confidently played dummy’s club 5 to my 10 only to see Mike scoop up the trick with his Jack! Sandra was sitting there smiling with the contract-setting Ace of trumps. Note that if Sandra takes the club Ace immediately I will have the very real option of cashing the Queen to drop Mike’s Jack and therefore make my contract. Sandra’s duck was a sparkling play indeed. Questions or comments: email: masson. ken@gmail. com


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The Resilience of Our Mexican Friends By Leah Jewall


riends from San Ignacio had stopped by for tea. Fifteen minutes later the torrential downpour started, and now two hours later I’m writing this with my bare feet in a puddle of water, listening to the sounds of drumming and chanting floating in my window from my neighbors across the street. My friends had left hurriedly, as I did my best to sop up the water blowing in through the windows and trickling steadily down the walls. ll When the downpour had subsided, I heard activity and happy, carefree singing in the street; those who had been forced to seek shelter were now making their way home. For many Mexicans the events of the last couple weeks have not been disastrous or life-changing; rather they view these natural occurrences as nothing more than an inconvenience. The Mexican people accept natural disasters as a normal part of life, and adjust to the change in rhythm as needed. I asked a friend who lives near a stream in San Ignacio if she had had a problem with flooding. No, she replied calmly, “but the hillside came down on our house.” The damage was significant and she’s talking about it in the same tone of voice she’d use to talk about the price of rice in the local market. A neighbor told me he couldn’t find his dog, but he heard he had been seen in San Ignacio. There was no bus service, there were landslides, people were staying off the roads, so he walked there in the rain. He found his dog, then walked all the way back, joyful that he had located his pet, full of gratitude and without one word of complaint. Now you take the Taquería Cheos. This has to be a prime example of never giving in and never giving up. A good part of the kitchen remains intact, so they moved a few of their red tables across the street outside the car rental business next to a computer place, and they go back and forth to the kitchen, serving their customers. Open for business, no problem. I observed people crossing the bridge in the first few days when the river was still raging just a few

feet beneath the broken cement. Young women carrying infants of a few weeks crossed two thin boards to get across without missing a beat. Small children played near the edge, their bikes teetering precariously. Emily Carr, the Canadian artist and writer who spent so much time with the indigenous people of the Pacific west coast, comments on this non-combative harmony with nature in contrast to her own frustration in her book, Klee Wyck, published in 1941. “I’ve learned to defy the element’s meanness towards my canopy, materials, temperament. Indian people and the elements give and take like brothers, accommodating themselves to each others’ ways without complaint. Indians are comfortable everywhere.” When I asked a Mexican friend why he had waded across the river that day when the water was waist high and the current still so strong as it roared to the ocean, he replied, “Because I was in a hurry to get to the other side. You do what you have to do.”


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Conditional Probability: Not So Simple


ast spring, Lakeside resident Charlie Smith sent me a New York Times article entitled “Chances Are” by Steven Strogatz. The article discusses the importance of examining the actual numbers when assessing probability. The article presents the following scenario: Assume a population of women 40-50 years of age, with no symptoms and no family history are screened for breast cancer. “The probability that one of these women has breast cancer is 0.8 percent. If a woman has breast cancer, the probability is 90 percent that she will have a positive mammogram. If a woman does not have breast cancer, the probability is 7 percent that she will still have a positive mammogram. Imagine a woman who has a positive mammogram. What is the probability that she actually has breast cancer?” What do you think? What does your intuition tell you? Ninety-five percent of US physicians he asked estimated the chances to be about 75%. Some physicians estimated as high as 90%, others as low as 1%. The actual answer is nine percent. Why? Consider that if 0.8% of women in this sample actually have breast cancer, then, out of 1000 women, we could expect this to be 8 women, 7 of whom would have a positive mammogram. Of the 992 women who did not have breast cancer, 70 could be expected to have a positive mammogram. Thus, of the 77 positive mammograms, 7 would be positive, or 9%. Seems easy when you look at it

like this. But, Bill Frayer most people would estimate higher. Nine percent seems counter-intuitive. So what does this demonstrate, other than many physicians do not have a good working knowledge of probability and statistics? I think the basic lesson to draw from this is that statistical probabilities, especially conditional probabilities, are confusing, and that it is important to translate these probabilities into actual numbers. Once we do this in the above example, the answer is quite obvious. Often, in media reports, medical research is reported briefly in terms of percentages or probabilities. Because the actual research study is not explained carefully in the report, it’s easy to draw incorrect conclusions or overestimate the results. Here’s another example from the Times article. During the OJ Simpson trial, the prosecution demonstrated that OJ had abused his wife, suggesting that it was then likely that he had killed her, arguing that abuse tends to escalate and often leads to serious injury or death. The defense lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, trying to argue that this is really not the case, produced the impressive statistic that for every 1200 men who slap or beat their wife, only one goes on to murder her. Good point? Not really. If we assume this statistic is correct, we can expect that for every 100,000 battered women, 40 will be murdered. Since the murder rate for women, by anyone, is 1 in 20,000, we could expect that out of that 100,000 battered women, an additional five would be murdered by someone else. So, out of the 45 expected murders, 40 would be expected to be committed by the abuser. Therefore, the batterer is the murderer 90% of the time. Not the point Dershowitz wanted to make! So what’s the point of all this analysis? First, it’s true that most people do not have a good understanding of statistics and probability, including professionals who have to use them in their decision making. The actual meaning of statistics can be counter intuitive. It’s important to look at the actual numbers before we decide what a particular statistic actually means.



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Joyful Musings By Joy Birnbach Dunstan, MA, LPC, MAC

Eat to Live or Live to Eat?


e’re entering the holiday season, with its emphasis on social gatherings centered on foods and feasts. While this may be a gastronomic delight, it can be devastating to the waistline. Food issues abound in a variety of ways: for some this is an excuse for excess, for others it is a time of denial. For many, food issues are a serious problem all year ’round. Try to picture someone with an eating disorder, and you’re likely to think of an undernourished young woman, probably around college age. But while young women still account for the majority of people with eating disorders, they’re not the only ones suffering from this serious, potentially fatal problem. Recent research finds that the number of men affected is rapidly increasing and that eating disorders in the elderly are so prevalent that the majority of deaths from anorexia nervosa occur in women over age 65. This surprising fact makes sense when we consider that anorexia is often fueled by a desire to have control when a person is feeling otherwise powerless. For the elderly, refusing food may be the one thing the person still feels able to control—food intake. Refusing food may also be a protest aimed at loved ones, expressing that the person is quite distressed about restrictions on their activities or limited family visits. For elderly people living alone, limited food intake can also be an esteem-preserving response to not having enough money for groceries. Even more serious, refusing food may be a passive effort to commit suicide arising from hopelessness, despair, and depression. As we age, taste buds grow less sensitive and appetite decreases. Certain medications blunt taste and sense of smell and a variety of illnesses also reduce appetite. So food restriction may be due to psychological or medical issues, or a combination of both. At the other extreme, an elderly person living alone may be especially susceptible to feeling isolated and lonely. In truth, any of us at any age, may struggle with these feelings. As a way of coping, food can become a

source of comfort or an escape from boredom. There are three basic eating disorders, and they all include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. A person may have one or a combination of them. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Bulimia nervosa is a secretive cycle of binge-eating followed by purging through various methods such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercising. Compulsive overeating is characterized by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While all eating disorders have complex and varied underlying emotional issues, they are often fueled by media that bombards us in so many ways and from so many directions. One study found that after only three minutes looking at a fashion magazine, 70% of women felt depressed, guilty, and shameful. Media images convey a definition of beauty that is unreasonable and unattainable by most of us, and place an inordinately high value on youth. Consider this: The average American woman is 5’4”, weighs 140 lbs, and wears a size 14 dress, while the “ideal” woman—as portrayed by models, Miss America, and screen actresses—is 5’7,” weighs 100 lbs, and wears a size 6. These ideals have gotten progressively smaller over the years. Models of twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less. Marilyn Monroe, gawked upon by many a man as a gorgeous sex symbol, wore a size 14. And if Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours to accommodate her impossible proportions! So enjoy those holiday feasts, and make a practice of eating healthy all the year through. Editor’s Note: Joy is a practicing psychotherapist in Riberas. She can be contacted at joy@dunstan.org or 765-4988.


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The T he N National ational Bird Bird Ben Franklin, it might be recalled, Entreated all his fellow men: “Forget about the eagle bald, Wild turkey is American. “Bald eagles are bad characters, But turkeys are respectable. We shouldn’t be viewed as predators And turkeys are delectable. “Wild turkeys winging overhead Are such a sight to see Compared to one lone eagle, Jed, Perched high in yonder tree.” “We’re going with the eagle, Ben, On watch and soaring overhead. Your gobblers don’t inspire men; Stern gaze is what we need instead. “In short, we need an emblem To symbolize our nation, And turkeys don’t engender Americanization.” Yes, that’s the way it happened, friends, And yet it seems ironic That turkeys and Thanksgiving Are more and more iconic. Mark Sconce


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ear Sir: Responding to Micki Wendt’s September ef-

fort: Point One The ‘Bush’ deficit. Our current record deficit came from the Democratic Congress seated in January 2007, President Obama’s huge payoffs to his Democratic constituency which gave no positive economic impact and to Barney Franks activities prior to 2007 subverting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit and securitization standards. He improperly pressured banks to increase mortgage origination to buy more Democratic votes. Point Two The ‘TP and Republican relationship’. The Tea Party will endorse Republican and Democratic primary candidates who adhere to the basic conservative ideals of over 70% of Americans. It will never ‘merge’ with any party. Point Three The Military-Industrial Complex (referenced by President Eisenhower) is essential to the security of the United States and is peopled with America’s best, brightest and most honorable people performing better than other countries industry. President Eisenhower warned against the tendency of some people and companies to behave wrongly without constant vigilance by the Government and a free press utilizing investigative journalism. Point Four ‘Afghan and Iraq view’. The TP supports a strong national defense with a vigorous response to Terrorism and the subversion of the American system forcing a new form of government or culture. Point Five The TP is simply not Racist. It has renounced racism continuously yet people spread this disinformation for their own ends. The TP rally’s have been unique for

their absence of improper conduct and there have been almost no documented examples of placards or incidents. No Video evidence of this has been produced. Such misconduct has been documented of the far left. Point Six ‘TP Federal spending priorities’. Any political party in power guided by TP principals would downsize Government greatly and would focus on programs to strengthen the private sector, particularly middle market companies and exporters. What the public would get would be an administration answerable to an awakened and vigilant public not believing in an elitist Government minority telling us what to do and how to live our lives. Point Seven Comparing slave labor over a hundred years ago (when the south had about 5% slave labor) to labor today ignores all facts and reality. The average compensation of organized labor today, especially Federal Employees, is well above the general publics, cannot be fired and has very low productivity. Many Unions are slaves to their officers who strip them of their earnings through special assessments and provide for super seniority for themselves. The closed shop is the pen to which the workers are confined. Point Eight Suggesting the founding fathers and the constitution are out of date in the examples of modern society you name is inaccurate. The genius of the founding fa-

thers is that these documents are still fresh for these challenges. Lacking today are character, ethics, morality, respect and fear of a higher power. Point Nine Sealing our boarders against illegal entrance, drugs and weapons of mass destruction needs no explanation - not doing so does. I am not officially empowered to respond for Tea Party members (non radical, non violent Americans) but I attend their meetings and apply some experience and wisdom. Gordon Ferrie, Mirasol, 765-4198


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By Paul Jackson paulconradjackson@gmail.com


little over a handful of years ago there was a giddy enthusiasm. Mexico, Canada and the United States, would come together in both an economic and political union much the same as the 27nation European Union with utterly free movement of products and people between the three nations, a uniformity of many laws, and a single currency. The presidents of the USA and Mexico and the prime minister of Canada started meeting on a regular basis and became affectionately known as “The Three Amigos.” All too sadly that enthusiasm has dissipated mainly because of 9/11 and world terrorism turned the attention of Washington elsewhere, and then came the current worldwide recession and economic and financial crisis. Add to that the drug cartels and mass illegal immigration from Mexico to the USA and the dream was shattered. Yet we should start working again on a Union of North America - the integration of the three huge countries - because such a union would be enormously beneficial to all three nations. It would, in a very real way, simply being an obvious followup to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was first signed by President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1988 for the USA and Canada, and then by Presidents George H. W. Bush, Carlos Salinas and Prime Minis-


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Paul Jackson ter Brian Mulroney in 1992 when Mexico came into the family fold. The proposed total Union of North America even had a tag-name ‘NAFTA 3’. Although NAFTA was initially opposed in Canada and the USA by Big Labor and much of the Liberal Left - In Canada “American industry will buy us out, and in the US, “All our jobs will move to Mexico” - these fears remain unproven. We now have the trilateral largest trade bloc in the world, and the agreement has created a growing and increasingly more prosperous middle class in Mexico. Economist Adam Smith said it all back in the 1700s. The European Union - which started off with just six member countries and a pact over coal and steal production in 1951, became the European Economic Community in 1957, and the 500-million population EU in 1993 points the way: Aside from totally free movement of products, people and capital, there are no passport controls between the 27 nations, there is a 751-member European Parliament and a European Court of Appeal - to which all nations belong and must accept approved laws and decisions, and 16 nations now use a single currency, the Euro. Laws passed by the central in-

stitutions range from uniform food addictive rules to the abolition of capital punishment in all member nations. Sure, the Germans were frothing because they wanted no preservatives in their beer, and the Brits still insisted on selling beer in pints and not liters but the union works. Incidentally, NAFTA has already committed the three nations on our continent to mutual cooperation in environmental and labor agreements. We’re still on the way, despite setbacks. When talk of a North America Union comes up, one objection is that the USA and Canada will be subsidizing the poorer nation of Mexico. That argument was put forward as membership of the EU grew and countries such as Spain, Portugal and the destitute former Eastern European nations freed from Communist rule entered. It proved false. The poorer nations actually became richer, and by helping them become richer, the rich nations became richer too. Sadly, Greece has now been found to have been cheating financially on the multi-nation deal, and has to be bailed out by other nations - but that’s just one passing

scandal. The union would also put an end to illegal immigration and the exploitation of illegal immigrants. Legal immigration would be a simple matter, and shady operators would not be able to employ Mexicans as slave laborers. Mexico would have to fully open up its state-controlled petroleum industry to foreign investment and competition, and that would spur an economic bonanza. The bottom line is still: For the benefit of all three nations, we should rev-up the move towards an absolute economic and political union of Mexico, Canada and the USA. Conservatives should back it because it makes economic sense, Big Labor and the Liberal-Left because it makes moral sense. Just one fly in the ointment: A decade ago the single currency of choice for the union was to be the US dollar - but since then the US dollar has lost 20% of its value and looks like losing another 20%. The Canadian dollar is now being bought up in many countries as a safe and secure reserve currency and is over-priced, so perhaps the single currency should be the Mexican peso.


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Wondrous Wildlife By Vern and Lori Gieger

wildlifemexico@wildtravellers.org 765-4916

Sea of Gold


t’s that time of year when many feel that familiar chill in the air, a change of season; for some this also means a change of scenery and not just for people. Many species migrate to a more agreeable environment, for a variety of reasons, whether they are following a food source, or simply could not survive the cold weather. Most here know of the famous monarch migration; however lesser known but just as spectacular is the mass migration of the Golden cownose ray. Thousands of Golden cownose rays can be seen gathering off the coast of Mexico, as they migrate to the Yucatan area. Gliding


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silently beneath the waves they turn the vast blue green sea into shades of gold resembling a flurry of autumn leaves gently drifting with current; truly an awe inspiring sight to see. The cownose ray is a smaller species of ray. The average size varies from one area to another. The females tend to be slightly larger than males. The largest male reported had a 37.8 in width; the largest female a 41in width. Cownose rays are somewhat diamond shaped and have the long, pointed pectoral fins typical of the rays. Their fin width is approximately 1.5 to 2 times the ray’s length and the long, slender tail is about 1.5 times the length of the body. The

head extends beyond the fins. Unlike any other rays, the rostrum (nose) is moderately notched; hence the name cownose. Cownose rays like other rays are primarily bottom feeders. They prefer a diet of mollusks and crustaceans. When feeding, they cruise the bottom with a fluttering motion using senses of smell, touch, to find food on or in the substrate. Their pectoral fins are used to create suction to remove substrate over prey. Sediment is also removed by sucking it through the mouth and expelling it through the gill slits. Teeth in both jaws of these animals are arranged to form hard flat plates. Hard-shelled prey is crushed between the plates. Cownose rays mature very slowly and both males and females generally exceed half of their adult size before breeding. In mid-summer after a gestation period of 10-12 months, only one pup is born. The larger the female, the larger the pup. The pup emerges tail first with its pectoral fins wrapped around its body. Its spines are pliable and encased in sheaths, preventing injury to the female during birthing. The natal sheath is discarded and the spines harden soon after birth. The pups resemble miniature adults and are independent at

birth. Mating occurs again shortly after the birthing process. At this time their populations are threatened. A major concern factor in the conservation of this species is the low reproduction rate due to slow sexual maturity and the fact that only one pup per year is produced. If the population is ever over-fished or otherwise further depleted, recovery would be a very slow process. For those who enjoy unique adventures, observing the biannual migrations of these dazzling marine animals, would certainly be a memorable experience.


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OF O F FAITH FAITH A AND ND F FABLES ABLES By Bob Haynes bzhaynes@gmail.com

The Connection Between God And Dog


n a column written months ago, I spoke about a beautiful song written by Wendy Francisco called GoD and DoG. Not only did I fall in love with that song; I also became an instant fan. Wendy now has a book version of the beautiful sentiments she transmitted in her song. I quickly ordered it and it came today in the mail…. The book is “a very moving reminder that the unwavering devotion dogs have for their owners is a reflection of God’s essence.” While looking for the book GoD and Dog, I ran across another book, by another new writer, Marti Healy. The book’s title is “The God-Dog Connection.” The author says the book contains; “Things about God and Faith I’ve learned from the dogs and cats in my life.” This book also came in the mail and I immediately opened it and read it cover to cover. I am still savoring the message of the connection between God and Dog that we all somehow know but fail to conceptualize sometimes. I believe both these books would make great Christmas presents for children and grandchildren and perhaps also for old codgers like me. One of the chapters in Marti’s book that reached out to me in a special way was the chapter entitled “Be a Teacher.” In that chapter the author speaks of her dog Pookey and how she took over the training of a young puppy named Hollywood who visited them while his parents were on a trip.

Listen to these marvelous words: “In one long weekend, she (Pookey) housebroke him (Hollywood), taught him how to drink water out of a hose, how to build a fort out of the woodpile, how to chase butterflies and eat bugs, how to dig a hole and bury a bone. She also instructed him about coming when you’re called, respecting cats and defending civilization as we know it against UPS trucks. When Hollywood’s mom and dad came to pick him up, they were amazed at this new-found maturity.” Marti continued by taking that example and turning it into a discussion of our relationship with God. Like Pookey, she said… she believes that God wants us to “witness” or minister about our faith to others… especially to our own children. She said, “I think we need to be living examples to them – give them positive, faith-based, moral, role models to imitate.” Why, did she make that statement? Here’s what she said next and it is now etched in my brain: “Christianity…religion…faith… these are always just one generation away from being lost forever. Our next generation needs us – no less than Hollywood needed Pookey – for gaining life skills and spiritual lessons, for learning about God and love and being the very best human beings we can be.” (Bug eating, of course, is optional.) I was surprised by my wife Marci when she returned from a day trip to visit her daughter and grandchildren. As she opened the door she sang out “Happy Anniversary to you!” even though it wasn’t our anniversary – yet. It was then that I saw what she had brought home with her… a very familiar dog, “Angel” who lived with her daughter. Because “Angel” was alone all day while the kids were in school and her daughter and husband worked, they decided to give her to us and when we were out of town, Angel could then return home to her other loving family. I do believe there is a connection between God and the animals that become ‘family’ for us. Shalom!



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MANGE By Jackie Kellum


hen the word “Mange” is said, all sorts of horrifying scary images come to mind. Although it is not something you would want for your cat or dog, it is manageable. There are just a few basic things to learn about this condition, so you can become an educated pet owner, and an advocate for your pet. There are three types/species of mites that cause Mange. Sarcoptic mange is caused by mites that burrow into the upper layers of the animal’s skin, and lay their eggs. Sarcoptic mange can be passed to other animals by direct contact. Demodectic mange is cause by cigarshaped mites normally found in the skin’s hair follicles and oil glands. This type of mange is not contagious. Cat and dogs do not pass this type of mange to each other, and it is usually seen in puppies but can occasionally develop in older dogs or cats. Cheyletiella mites are also called “walking dandruff” because they are large enough to be seen with the naked eye as they move around in the skin. What to look for: Symptoms usually start with hair loss and severe itching on the elbows, armpits, the hock [the bones that form the ankle/heel of the dog], chest and ears. It then rapidly spreads to the face, eyelids, neck , feet and belly. As the infection worsens it can spread over the entire body. Small red pustules often develop along with yellow crusts on the skin. Because of the severe itching and resultant scratching, the skin soon becomes traumatized and a variety of sores and infections can develop as a result. If the infec-

ti goes untreated tion t t d or iis mistakenly it k l treated as an allergy, the skin may darken due to the constant irritation, and the surrounding lymph nodes may become enlarged. Making the diagnosis: The standard method is to perform a skin scraping identifying the mite under the microscope. Unfortunately, on average, only twenty percent of the infected pets will show Sarcoptes mites on any given scraping. Therefore, if a pet has a positive skin scraping, the diagnosis is confirmed. However, a negative scraping does not rule out sarcoptic mange. Therefore, most diagnoses are made based on history and response to treatment for scabies. Treatment: Treatment consists of topical, oral, or injectable medications to kill the mites, and antibiotics to control secondary bacterial infections. Treatment may need to be repeated. If the diagnosis is sarcoptic mange or Cheyletiella mites, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean all bedding, brushes, etc. Prevention: There are several products that have been shown to be extremely effective, safe, and convenient, such as: “Revolution” - a monthly topical application , which also provides flea and tick protection. Frontline Plus, Frontline Top Spot, and Frontline Spray are also labeled for use as aids in controlling sarcoptic mange. Discuss with your vet which product and dose is best for your cat or dog. Can you catch scabies from a dog or cat? Dogs and cats are infected by different types of mites/scabies than those which infect humans. When canine or feline mites land on human skin, they fail to thrive and produce only a mild itch that goes away on its own. This is unlike human scabies which get worse unless the condition is treated. If your cat or dog shows any signs of skin irritation, it is wise to take your pet to your vet to have him/her examined and treated, rather than guessing what it might be and hoping it will go away on its own.



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ear Sir: Some Americans, especially Democrats, may have thought that the hypocrisy of the Bush administration—epitomized by the famous “Mission Accomplished” banner before the fighting in Iraq intensified—could not be surpassed. But Obama has done it! By reducing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to “only” 50,000 and relabeling them “non-combat” (they will, of course, retain all their weaponry, be stationed in U.S. bases that have every appearance of permanency, and be on call to fight), Obama has outdone Bush by proclaiming The End of Combat Operations in Iraq! The American people are eating it up. Every newscast on U.S. TV is celebrating this great achievement, as reporters fall over one another to interview service members who performed so heroically in killing intransigent Iraqis. The Iraqis, of course, still don’t have electricity for more than four hours a day, if they have it at all, and many of them lack access to clean drinking water and other basic ser-


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vices, including a decent education, while suicide and roadside bombings continue to maim and kill them. But, hey, they’re able to vote, and they’ve only been without a functioning government for five months so far, while politicians seek to prevail in religious and ethnic conflicts that their “liberation” brought to the fore. Most important, American corporations will be making money from Iraqi oil. Meanwhile, education in the U.S. continues to deteriorate—with mass layoffs of teachers, terminations of school buses, and pupils being required to bring their own supplies, even toilet paper, to school, where they can, however, in Texas and other leading states, learn that

the U.S. was established by god as a Christian nation (Muslims out!), the greatest country the world has ever known. Roads and bridges continue to crumble, pollution of water and air increases, and global warming advances. Americans die because they can’t afford health care and some American children go hungry, while the U.S. Supreme Court expands the rights of corporations and limits those of citizens, and the votes of legislators are bought and sold with increasing openness. But what’s to worry? Waging war has become the natural condition of American life, a “new normal” in a catch phrase of our time. How much education does it take to follow orders and, as declared by a recently promoted U.S. general, have fun shooting bad people, especially if one has had adequate religious indoctrination? And isn’t the military a great answer to unemployment among the minimally educated young? (Of course, as daily incidents in U.S. malls, offices, clubs, and schools show, one doesn’t have to join the military in order to enjoy shooting people, but in the mililtary you can do it with impunity, even praise.) “Entitlements” such as Social Secu-

rity and Medicare may have to be cut to support war--since what is spent on it can only be increased--while avoiding taxes on the corporations and their wealthy owners who profit from it. But that’s surely a small price to pay for postponing the complete collapse of the U.S. empire. An achievement in Afganistan comparable to that in Iraq may be possible in only ten or so more years. So, Americans, enjoy your iPhones and iPads, the modern equivalents of Nero’s fiddle, and on to Iran! Kenneth G. Crosby San Antonio Tlayacapan


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STAY HEALTHY! By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D.t mdjmcordova1204@yahoo.com www.mdjmcordova.com 376-766-2777

Immune and Auto Immune Disorders Part II


hy do people over 50 die from diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, lupus, hepatitis, and kidney disease (to name a few) when young people seldom die from the same diseases? Finding the right Balance in Life when it comes to our health issues is a difficult task, but if you want to live a long and healthy life, we must all take charge of doing the right things to stay healthy. Poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and mismanaged stress all impair immunity. We all want an instant fix for every sniffle, cough or tummy ache. Advertising bombards us with information telling us this illness is abnormal and we run quickly to the local drug store for help. Consequently, our view toward illness is largely one-sided and unbalanced. Nature created illness for a reason. It is usually a signal to slow down, get more rest and rebuild your immune system with pure water, good food and nutritional support. It is not a signal to run to the nearest pharmacy and buy over-the-counter remedies. Illness is a part of the longevity process! Disease is not the same thing as illness. Illness is a cold, sore throat, earache….. Disease is cancer, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, tubercu-

losis…. As we age the Natural Killer cells decline and the ones produced are less active. Those are the ones needed to kill cancer, for example. The Thymus gland when you’re young turns white blood cells into Tcells for the brain and the NK (Natural Killer) cells. By age 65, the average person has ‘no’ Thymus gland function. Nature has equipped us with a number of immune weapons, most notably the ability to generate tremendous amounts of heat, known as fever. You don’t get a fever every time you get a cold. Fever is a weapon. It is a powerful immune tool to kill bacteria and viruses. But what do we usually do at the first sign of fever? Run to the pharmacy to buy medicine to eliminate the fever! The good news is you can strengthen your immune system and reverse a lot of the aging process. Your metabolism is the factor that makes good food, regular exercise and vitamin supplements really effective. For most people, the immune system starts to go “out of whack” starting at age forty. Don’t overdo it on supplements. Each person is different based on your ability to digest food and your metabolism. Some people think that if a little bit of something is good, a lot more will be even better. Not true. Everything is being processed through your liver and kidneys and if your body does not expel the excess, it can remain in the body and be more harmful than good. Stay Healthy. Some of the information in this article was obtained from The Metabolic Plan - Stay Younger Longer by Stephen Cherniske, M.S.



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IIt’s t’s not nott dementia; dementia; it’s it’ss multitasking multitaskin ng By Bernie Suttle


t the end of any given day when I have regained any item I had misplaced or couldn’t find I consider it a very good day. Our affluent society is quick to identify with diagnosis, create a professional class of caregivers, establish facilities for and identify with a strong name any usual but slightly abnormal human behavior. For example, last week my wife said to me, “Please take the big travel bag down from storage and place it on the wicker table in the washroom so I can start packing it for our trip to Mexico. I understood what she had asked me to do and was happy to get right to it. As soon as I arrived in the washroom, I saw folded towels on top of the wicker table that would need to be removed to accomplish my task. I thought to myself, “There might be more in the dryer that should also be put away” so I opened the dryer door and sure enough there were. I diligently folded those towels and put them on top of the wicker table with the other towels. Then I realized that I should clean the lint trap, thinking, “That’s the right thing to do when you’re done using the dryer”. So I opened the trap, cleaned the filter of its lint and threw it in the trash. I wanted to do a good job. Getting back to the towels, I took all that

I had carefully folded to the linen closet where they belong but in so doing I noticed that the handle to the linen cupboard was lose.” I’ll fix that right now,” I said to myself. “All I need is a Phillips head screwdriver”. I went to the garage where my toolbox was stored to look for the screwdriver and alas I spied a small fry pan on a shelf next to the toolbox. “That’s an odd place for a frying pan,” I thought. “I better ask the misses wether it’s to be saved or taken to the thrift store”. This was how I ended up appearing before my wife with Phillips head screwdriver in one hand and fry pan in the other. She looked up with a concerned expression, smiled and asked me kindly, “Is the big bag ready for me to pack?” I was slow to respond, not wanting to list all the things I’d been doing and because, for the moment, I’d really forgotten all about the big bag. This was not my first muddled experience when trying to accomplish “A” while also dealing with “B”,“ C” &”D”. I remember the day I tried to carry too many things to the garage, most of them for the trash, and subsequently, after searching all over, including the downtown streets where I had been that day, my wife found my lost wallet in the trash barrel. And now this. When this kind of activity is witnessed in today’s society one can be put on the road to the “Golden Years” complete rest home. I know that should the day come when they take me away I’ll be screaming to all that will listen, “ It’s not dementia, it’s multi-tasking”.



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Hearts at Work —A Column by Jim Tipton

“You May Say that I’m a Dreamer”


his year in Mexico we’ve been celebrating even more than usual, because it is both the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Lately my wife Martha and my daughter Gaby and I have been playing several times a day John Lennon’s inspirational song Imagine. John Lennon helped to create a revolution in music. 2010 marks the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth (born during a German air raid over Liverpool), and the 30th anniversary of his much too early death. When he was seventeen John Lennon’s mother bought him a cheap Gallotone Champion guitar, “guaranteed not to split,” although his aunt, with whom he lived, warned him that “you’ll never make a living out of it.” His schools labeled him as “hopeless,” “a clown in class,” “wasting other pupils’ time,” and when John decided to enter Liverpool College of Art, he failed all of the entry-level examinations, and only through the intervention of his aunt and headmaster was he allowed to attend. He quickly acquired a reputation for disrupting classes and ridiculing teachers, and he was threatened with expulsion for his antics. During a life drawing class, John strolled to where a nude model was posing and then sat on


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her lap, posing with her. Before long he dropped out of Liverpool College, but by then he was already busy making music. When he was 18 John wrote his first song, Hello Little Girl, which later became a UK top ten hit. Dozens of hits were to follow, usually in partnership with equally talented Paul McCartney. Some that come to mind are: “All You Need is Love,” “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Let it Be,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was the Beatles first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, 1963. “Imagine,” a favorite of our family, was written after the Beatles had broken up and John was on his own. It became the title song of his second solo album, Imagine (1971), and almost immediately it rose to #1 throughout the world. Ten years later, after his death, it

again became a #1 hit in the UK. It is easy to find on YouTube (and with Spanish lyrics for your Spanish-speaking companions). The message is clear and simple, and eternal. Here are the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Imagine”: Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one A better world begins by imagining a better world, a world without political boundaries, without religions with their competing ideas of a heaven and a hell, without so much attention to accumulation and so little attention to sharing. Try imagining this better world. Yes, people may say that you’re a dreamer…but you’re not the only Jim Tipton one.


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By Victoria Schmidt

Dying in Mexico


he arrived on August 19, 2010 after years of dreaming of living in Mexico. She died on October 5, 2010 just four days shy of her 63rd birthday. Barb was one of my dearest friends. Soon after arriving from Canada, she went to a Mexican doctor who within a few weeks diagnosed a medical problem her doctors in Canada had missed. She had been diagnosed previously with COPD-stage 4 and had moved down to Chapala with the hopes that the climate and altitude would ease her breathing problems. It did. She was much more active in Mexico. But then we received the devastating diagnosis that she only had a few weeks to live. The specialist in Guadalajara told her she was “a year too late.” Her condition was inoperable. Barb showed me her living will, and told me about her wishes. But I had also heard that in Mexico, her English language living will, or advanced directive would not be honored. Together we discovered that there were important documents that needed to be prepared in order to have her wishes honored here in Mexico. She needed to have her wishes stated in Spanish. In order to avoid an autopsy, she needed to be under the care of a doctor, and the doctor’s name had to be included in the paperwork. In that same document, she needed to have her wishes to be cremated stated, and it needed to state who would receive the remains. It also contained her name, address, martial status, and her passport number. This needed to be signed in the presence of a Notario, and then certified by the Notario. The second document was the statement of how she wanted to be treated medically in the event she was unable to make her own medical decisions. Again, this had to be in Spanish, and the name and address of the person who would make those decisions had to be included. This, too, had to be signed and certified by the Notario. The doctor, who cared for her, renewed her faith in the Medical profession. He was kind, caring and compassionate. He treated her


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with respect and dignity. While she was dying at her home, he gave her ‘round the clock care. He kept me, and her family updated on everything that was going on. Her family was shocked that a doctor would come to the house, let alone, come every six-to-eight hours. After she passed away, my husband and I sat with her. I left only to attend to the funeral home where I signed the orders for her cremation. Meanwhile, as always in Mexico, the news of her death traveled quickly. The Mexican family that had helped her with her laundry and other errands, but who also came in and checked on her when I could not, all stopped by to give their condolences before the funeraria had even collected her body. When the funeraria came to collect her, they treated her with such tenderness and respect that it brought tears to my eyes. When I picked up her cremated remains, I had to show my identification and have it copied for the Mexican government, and then I received copies of her death certificate. Again, the people who helped me through this process were kind, respectful, and recognized my loss. My advice to any ex-pat living in Mexico is this: even if you have no property, and have a will from your country of origin, and have advanced directives about your health care, please take the next step and make sure you have the proper documents for Mexico. It will make things much easier for those you leave behind. Throughout this entire process, I was buoyed by the love and the support of my many friends, but also by the love and respect I felt from the many Mexican people who barely knew Barb, but took her in as one Victoria Schmidt of their own.


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ear Sir: T h o m a s Muthee gained fame for breaking witch spells. Sarah Palin says she became governor of Alaska because Rev. Muthee prayed for her. She is one of the darlings of the Tea Party. Sharron Angle is running for the US Senate in Nevada. Ms. Angle supports incorporating Mosaic Law into Federal Law. This would reinstitute slavery and the stoning of women who disobey their husbands, gays, and unruly children. The only amendment remaining on the Constitution would be the Second. Speakers joining Palin, at the Tea Party rally in Nashville, TN, were Rick Scarborough (Truth Exalts America - Patriot Pastors’ Tea Party), Roy Moore (take back our land), Joseph Farah (Pray Obama Fails.), Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the House Teabagger Caucus, and Glenn Beck. These


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people want the USA turned into a Christian Theocracy controlled by Mosaic Law. Ron Paul of Texas wants to deny citizenship to certain people born in the USA. Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul said he would support amending the Constitution to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the United States. Rand Paul said, “I have a Tea Party mandate.” Any person or party is judged by the company they keep. These are only some of the kooks the Tea Party endorses. What does

this say about the Tea Party? The mantra of the Tea Party is the return to “Constitutional Principles.” One of the main Constitutional Principles is “no god.” Very few of the Founders believed in any of the Middle Eastern gods. The Christian god was deliberately excluded from the Constitution. There was no god on the money or part of the National Motto. “IN GOD WE TRUST” was not in the Nation’s Capitol. James Madison, “The estab-

lishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of equal rights, as well as of Constitutional principles . . . Better also to disarm in the same way, the precedent of Chaplainships for the army and navy, than erect them into a political authority in matters of religion.” Tea Partiers, please work to return the US to Constitutional Principles. Get god and religion out of the government! Hank Shiver Chapala


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AS A ST THE HE T TACO ACO T TURNS URNS (And takes the world with it) By Beth Berube berubebeth@yahoo.com

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler – Let the Good Times Roll


y disposition is markedly improving. In a twist of good fortune, my last hormone stopped pitching a fit and is resting peacefully. And just in the nick of time because there are two momentous occasions just around the corner and I certainly don’t want them spoiled by a dose of bad attitude. First, of all, my birthday is in a few days which means my husband Larry will be expected to pony up a willing attitude and do my bidding. It really does make a day a special one indeed. Secondly, carnival is coming up and oh, how I do love a parade! A few years ago I had the good fortune of laying over (airline speak) in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. That is


one crazy party! Anyone who has been a Jerry Springer guest in the past is there. After the parade ended, I headed for the French Quarter and almost drowned in a sea of cleavage. When I finally came up for air, I spotted a coed hottie teetering precariously on her buzzed, bonehead boyfriend’s shoulders. Her ponies were un-tethered from the hitching post and bangles rained on her from a balcony above. Today’s treasure, tomorrow’s trash. This woman flashed for a nickel necklace! I wondered what she would do for a toaster oven. My favorite parade ever was in a small town in Washington. I went with some friends to see a concert and the next day we decided to poke

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around and soak in the local flavor. The main drag was blocked off and townsfolk were crowding the sidewalks. In the distance I heard a deep rumble. The local high school drill team came first, followed by the Model T Ford Club. What came next though knocked my socks off. It was a procession of High Octane Harvesting Machinery. There were tractors, balers and tillage tools. All of them spit polished and shined up for the big event. A Godzilla green John Deere combine with screaming yellow rimmed satellite dish size tires lumbered down the street. A cutie pie farmer guy was sitting the cab. He rakishly tipped his straw hat and smiled at us. If I was a farm girl, and my prom date picked me up in that combine I would be delirious. The downside is that it would take all night to get to the dance. As you may have already surmised, I am easily amused. The annual Fat Tuesday parade is in Barra and winds through the towns of Jaluco and Melaque. It’s a perennial crowd pleaser and last year I had the pleasure of helping some friends design and decorate a float. Our theme was “Feliz Carnival from Your Neighbors to the North.” We set an Arctic White backdrop with a giant inflatable snowman “masthead.” Ar-

tificial snow was piled up to look like drifts and icicles hung from white spray painted palm fronds. We even donned white outfits with fur trim. A moveable ice palace diorama right out of Dr. Zhivago. For the most part I am composed and ladylike type person. A sensible shoe-wearing woman who rarely drives more than 5 m.p.h. over the speed limit. Put me on a float however, and I become a gum poppin, hip–hoppin, Abercrombie shoppin’ Aphrodite. For three hours I am an exalted goddess of a whitewashed rolling trailer tossing candies to ecstatic spectators. I forgot how to be a grownup and it felt good.


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Phone: (376) 766-4774 or 765-3676 to leave messages Email: kdavis987@gmail.com PAST EVENTS: The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic featured Mexican cooking at their September meeting, complementing that with one of the best speakers on Mexican cuisine. Cristina Potters has lived in Mexico since 1981 and now lives in Morelia. Her award winning website www.mexicocooks.typepad.com. At each meeting members present foods in two different categories. Professionals judge on taste and presentation while members choose People’s Choice. In the Mexican Main Dish category, Wayne Palfrey won 1st place for his Chicken Poblano Cream Sauce. Pat Carroll won 2nd place for Lomo de Cerdo Con Salsa Ciruela, and Lydia Cortez won 3rd place for Hebrada Res Con Papas. Strawberry Tres Leches Cake made by Marti Hurley won 1st place in the Mexican dessert category. Phil Posner won 2nd Christina Potter at CASA place for his Almendrada Con Crema De Ron, and Susan Hood won 3rd place for her Lime Tequila Mousse. People’s Choice winners were Marti Hurley for her Strawberry Tres Leches Cake and Louise Drummond for her Chiles en Nogada. All who would like to join in learning about, preparing, and enjoying good food are encouraged to call Patrick Winn at 766-4842. He can also be reached by email at patriciowinn@hotmail.com, and would be delighted to invite those interested to come as his guest. On October 8 Acciόn Voluntaria presented checks of $14,000 pesos each to participating orphanages, all from our area. This was a distribution of the funds raised during their stupendous Noche Bicentenario (Bicentennial Night) dinner at the Old Train Station. Acciόn Voluntaria was organized this year to coordinate work for their common necessities. Bravo! EVENTS TO COME: For November 5 at noon, Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs invites us to the upcoming Fashion Extravaganza: Everything Old is New Again. The show will be held at the magnificent Villa Siluetta, the private estate of Mark Henderson on Ocampo Prolongaciόn in Alceseca. The elegant event will feature gently used or new designer and quality clothing, donated by local women and businesses. The items will be modeled and sold by live Checks to Orphanages, Nancy auction. Unsold items will be available Medina, Monica Lopez and at the School for the Deaf Thrift Shop, Casa Nuevo, across from Seven-ElevMargarita van der Hoek en in Riberas. Last minute donations may be made through Leslie Martin at 766 – 2592, or barbjsherritt@hotmail.com. A complimentary glass of wine awaits each guest at the door. Then sit back and enjoy a delicious luncheon catered by Leslie Martin. Few tickets are left. They may be picked up at Diane Pearl’s Gallery at Colόn and Ocampo, or contact Cece Girling at 766 – 3964 or email cecgirling@yahoo.ca or Debrah Fry at (387) 763 – 2599, email


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frydo71@gmail.com. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to provide professional education for deaf children. The Lakeside School for the Deaf provides all types of hearing aids to improve their quality of life. For more information, check out the website at www.lakesideschoolforthedeaf.org. November 6, 7 p.m., at the Jocotepec Cultural Center, an art show called “Revolution II: The Other Revolution” will be held. It will be an evening of poetry, music and the artVilla Siluetta work of six well-known Lakeside artists - Antonio Lopez Vega and Jesus Lopez Vega from Ajijic, Francisco Gonzalez and Victor Manuel Santillan from Chapala and DePaul Durham and Isidro Xilonxochitl from San Juan Cosala. The opening recep-

Joco art show poster tion will offer welcome cocktails but the art exhibition will continue through the end of November. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Jerelyn Fyvolent at 387-761-0813 or email jeredepaul@yahoo.com. November 11, 4 p.m., there will be a poetry reading and book launch at Galeria Dos Lunas (now renamed Sol Mexicana), Colon #13 in Ajijic. Four local poets will read from their published work: Jim Tipton, Judy Dykstra-Brown (Prairie Moths), Margaret Van Every (A Pillow Stuffed With Diamonds) and Michael Warren (A Particular Blue). Free wine, beautiful poetry and a chance to get your copy signed by the author. November 12 – 14 (hours 10 - 5 on Fri – Sat, 10 – 4 on Sun), Feria Maestros del Arte returns for the 9th Annual Expo at Club de Yates Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club). This art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico, based on strenuous criteria. In addition to the 72 artists’ craftsmanship, highlights include a booth with the “best of the best”, tequila tasting, a daily fashion show, music and a rebozo spectacle. Admission is $50 pesos. This is one of Lakeside’s most popular events! On November 16, 11 a.m. there will be a reading and book signing at Casa del Sol, #7 Javier Mina, Ajijic. Delicious coffee and munchies will be available. Humor is Jay White’s specialty. You may have already read the amusing stories Jay wrote for his year long Ojo column, Havoc in Motion. Now he has compiled those into a book by the same name with additional short stories, poems Feria Christmas (Pinto’s and lyrics. Enjoy: Mama and the Brand New Nacimientos) figures

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lousness, ignorance or arrogance, man seems hellbent on destroying all wildlife on this planet. We have already successfully eliminated an appallingly long list of plants, fish, birds, reptiles and mammals and are seriously threatening thousands more. Though some have been destroyed because they were viewed as threats or because of their commercial value, many more are victims of man’s casual destruction of their habitats. We kill or drive off their natural food, divert or pollute their water supplies, c u t

down their forest homes, pave over their hunting grounds and poison the very air they breathe, all in the name of progress o r, even worse, profit. Isn’t it time we stopped scorning environmental activists as “doom-sayers,” “treehuggers” and “animal freaks” and took a realistic look at the future? Make no mistake, it is not “just” plants and animals at risk. Certain highly specialized human groups, like the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, are already menaced and others are sure to follow. If we do not take up the fight for animal survival, who knows? Homo sapiens may soon head the endangered list. For more information—and what you can do to help—call Vern and Lori Geiger at Lakeside Wildlife Rescue and Rebab. (Tel. 765-4916;e-mail 1geiger@prodigy.net.mx) Those who persist in ignoring animal rights should be warned that Mexico’s protective laws have sprouted teeth. Hefty prison sentences and/or punitive fines are now the order of the day and possession of any part of a protected animal, even a crocodile skin belt, is a Federal offense.

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preColumbian times. Great kings ruled from jaguar thrones, elite warrior knights wore jaguar skins into battle and several gods possessed jaguar aspects. His brown-spotted yellow coat closely resembles that of the leopard and adult males can be six feet long and weigh 220 pounds. Beauty and size were his downfall as long as fashionable ladies demanded costly furs. Even now, only an estimated 15,000 jaguars occupy an enormous range stretching from southern Arizona to Chile and their numbers still dwindle. Although some are still taken illegally for pelts or shot for killing livestock (not their natural prey), the major threat is fragmentation of the thickly forested or swampy habitats they prefer.

but there have been no confirmed sightings in either country for decades. By 1977, when the two governments initiated a recovery program, only four males and one pregnant female could be found. These formed a breeding nucleus that, by 1998, had increased the captive population to over 150 and allowed a few carefully monitored family groups to be returned to the wild. Male #156 was almost immediately shot and killed but female #128 successfully produced the first semi-wild litter. By 2000 there were some 220 wolves. Few actually run free, but there is cautious hope for eventual survival and re-establishment.

American Black Bear

Mexican Gray Wolf Little is known about the lobo because, by the time scientists got around to studying them, they were almost extinct. These smallest and most genetically distinctive of the wolves once ranged the south-western United States and most of Mexico. Now, no wild wolves remain. Ranchers long ago exterminated U.S. populations,

Ursus americanus is usually, but not necessarily, black. He can be brown, cinnamon, blonde or even bluish white. Though he relishes anything from grubs to carrion and can survive almost anywhere, he prefers lush vegetation with

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plentiful supplies of fruits, nuts and roots. Mature males can weigh as much as 600 pounds though they average only 150-300. Females weigh in at a mere 90-150 pounds. Except for mothers with cubs they are usually solitary foragers and, for such powerful beasts, amazingly non-aggressive. They do hunt small animals and occasionally bring down a young deer or moose but ordinarily pose no threat to humans. Canadians regard black bears as agricultural pests, game animals or fur bearers and only seven of the United States classify them as endangered. In Mexico, perhaps because shorter hibernation makes them a more constant presence, only four small, isolated populations remain and human encroachment, poaching, road kill and degradation of habitat are seriously threatening even their survival.

Scarlet Macaw Nineteen varieties of parrots and macaws are native to Mexico and virtually all are threatened with extinction. In

the past four decades species that once enlivened the cloud forests of Central America with their brilliant plumage and raucous calls have almost disappeared. Habitat destruction, trapping for the pet market and illegal hunting have reduced the wild population of great green macaws to an estimated 25 to 35 breeding pairs and the scarlet macaws to three small groups totalling little more than 1000 birds. Averaging three feet in length with a scarlet body and splotches of brilliant yellow, blue and purple on wings and tail, the scarlet macaw is truly spectacular. He is also extremely intelligent and long lived, even in captivity, and with few natural enemies except man himself. Unfortunately, that would seem to be quite enough.


highland cloud forests, they make short seasonal migrations to the humid lowlands in search of the fruits that are their main diet. Like hummingbirds, quetzals must feed while hovering and the enormous cost in energy dictates that 70% of their waking hours are spent foraging. From an Aztec emperor’s magnificent head-dress to milady’s fashionable bonnet, the plumage of this lovely bird has long been prized for human adornment and, despite protective laws, is still taken illegally. Once again, its own beauty and human greed have landed a species on the highly endangered list.

Gray Whale Both our oceans once supported large populations of gray whales. Essentially harmless plankton feeders, they made yearly migrations from Arctic waters to warm tropical spawning grounds. Unfortunately, whale oil was a valuable commodity. East coast whalers, having hunted Atlantic populations out of

existence, rounded the Horn to continue the slaughter.

Only the advent of cheaper coal-oil for lamps and, later, electric lights saved the Pacific grays. Still, when international agreement made them a protected species in 1940, both populations were reduced to only a few hundred each. The western group remains imperilled but the eastern population, every one born in Mexican waters, has made an amazing and heartening comeback. More than 20,000 gray whales now make the 10,000 mile journey from Alaska to Baja California and, in 1995 the species, though still protected, was removed from the endangered list. It can be done!

Quetzals are 14 to 15 inches long not counting the filmy, twofoot tail coverts which, like their bodies, are a shimmering emerald green. Breasts of scarlet, black wing tips and black-andwhite under-tails complete the magnificent plumage. Born in the

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Olds – sneaking a drive brings hilarious results Mama & the Backward-walking Chicken – animals trained to do what? The Vagabond – two boys try to rescue a man they find under a bridge And much more – 180 pages Jay White taught for 30 years at universities across southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Then he wrote the Havoc in Motion monthly column for El Ojo del Lago, winning the Ojo award for fiction. Havoc in Motion can be found at Diane Pearl’s Colecciones on Colon at Ocampo. The price is $200 pesos. There is still time for Christmas mailing. On December 4, 10 – 5, St. Andrew’s Outreach Regalorama will hold the mother of all garage sales at Calle San Lucas #19, Riberas del Pilar. They need gently used clothing, jewelry, household and electrical items – gather up and deliver to our Jay White waiting trucks at Centro Laguna Shopping Center on November 6 & 7, 10 – 5. The mall will offer promotions that day – how about lunch at the mall? If preferred, call the Church office, 765 – 3926 for pick up from your home or you can drop off items at the Church weekdays 9 – 12. Find treasures and fashions, yummy homemade baked goods, jams, pickles, candles too. The tea room offers tea or coffee and scones for refreshment, spaghetti for heartier appetites. There’s a 50/50 raffle, too. It’s always a fun day with proceeds to help Lakeside charities. December 13 will be a super Holiday Cocktail Supper Party to celebrate Love in Action and their work with children. All are invited to enjoy fabulous food, an open bar, music and entertainment, in a beautiful private residence in Ajijic, thanks to the generosity of the benefactors. All proceeds will go to the Love in Action Center. Tickets are $1000 pesos and limited to 200. Make your reservations early through Bettina Rigby at 766 – 0149 or bettinarigby@hotmail.com or Dixie Topham at 766 – 5987 or dixielt@ gmail.com. You can read more about the facility at www.loveinactioncenter.org. Mulitple Events: #10 - The American Legion post #7 schedule for November: Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers Nov 3 – 9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate (Note new hours!) Nov 5 – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yard Sale Nov 11 – 11 a.m. – Veterans Day/Remembrance Day (at 11-11-11) Nov 19 – 5 p.m. – Spaghetti Dinner (early bird) Nov 22 – 9 a.m. – noon – Departure for Beach Trip, return Nov. 26 Nov 25 – 2 p.m. – American Thanksgiving Dinner, usually a sell out! For information, call 765 – 2259 or www.americanlegionchapalapost7.org November 6, 10 - 3, The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Annual Craft Fair is scheduled. Children’s Art and that of local artisans will be shown. The fair is open to all. There will be plenty of food and drink, and the Garden Club will sell its popular plants. The Wild Animals Rescue group will show animals. The LCS Singles Mix & Match group has held four get-togethers on the LCS back patio. For Oktoberfest, lederhosen, keg beer and bratwurst were popular with the over 107 singles who attended, and a day tour of Tapalpa was sold out. The official website is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mixandmatch/. Events in November will include dance lessons, dancing, dining in local restaurants as a group. For more information, check out the website or call 766 – 2228. Lakeside Little Theatre news: November 6 – 14 is the November show of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Shirley Appelbaum directs this sophisticated comedy with a touch of the paranormal. Auditions for this season’s musical, Adler & Ross’s The Pajama Game, will be held November 12 – 13. Director Peggy Lord Chilton seeks 10 women and 10 men. She is also looking for a volunteer Costume Director for the show. Performances are February 26 through March 8, 2011. For scripts and information, contact Peggy at pchilton@live. com. The Lakeside Little Theatre encourages and welcomes everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays. If you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing and other positions. Contact Don Chaloner at 766 – 1975 or email at 77dondo@gmail.com. MAS MUSICA (Music Appreciation Society) began the concert season with a party for members including the marvelous soprano voice of Jillian Cox who performed arias and popular songs. Season ticket prices remain the same as last year at $1500 pesos, $1200 pesos and $1000 pesos. All performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta. The scheduled season is: Nov. 16 – Jalisco Classical Ballet Company presents a Suite from the “Nutcracker” and several “Pas de Dix o Quatra” - a stunning evening of dance.


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Dec. 14 – Chris Wilshire and his 18 piece Chamber Orchestra will delight guests with unforgettable performances of Corelli, Grieg, Holst, and Copeland Jan. 13 – Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Guadalajara’s world-class symphony with an “Enchanted Evening in Paris – 1910” Feb. 15 – Bob Milne, Ragtime and Jazz piano virtuoso and historian, is sure to hold us spellbound during this final exciting event of the concert season The Nutcracker MAS MUSICA is always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please contact Beverly at 765 – 6409, bjely49@hotmail.com. Also, refer to web site MASajijic.com. November 19, 20, 21 The Naked Stage presents Rabbit Hole by Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Fred Koesling. This 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama premiered as a film September 2010 at the Toronto Film Festival starring Nicole Kidman. Rabbit Hole is an emotionally complex play about a contemporary suburban family trying to work their way back to normalcy in the face of life altering events. The story unfolds gradually as an intense drama often spiked with rich character humor. The Naked Stage is now located at Teatro Pequeño on the north side of the carretera just west of Pemex in central Ajijic. Reservations are a must. Donations: $80 pesos. Call 765 – 2530 or email thenakedstagegroup@gmail.com. December 7, 8, 9 & 10 The Naked Stage offers up its Second Annual Christmas Turkey with Hams, a goofy Ajijic Christmas party. Reservations. Donations: $80 pesos. Call 765 – 2530 or email at the above address. VIVA! La Musica Season tickets (auditorium, 7:30 p.m.) are still for sale at LCS (10 – 12): Single tickets are $250 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members. Bus trips to the “Live from the Met” Opera series – Viva plans to run a bus to each of the 11 operas to be shown in the Teatro Diana this season. These are Saturdays. Nov. 13 Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Dec. 11 Don Carlo (Verdi) Jan. 8 La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Feb. 26 Iphigene en Tauride (Gluck) Mar. 19 Lucio di Lammermoor (Donizetti) Apr. 9 Le Comte Ory (Rossini) Apr. 23 Capriccio (R. Strauss) Apr. 30 Il Travatore (Verde) May 14 Die Walkure (Wagner) Bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Sundays): Nov. 14 Grieg Piano concerto, operatic arias and duets Nov. 28 Verdi Requiem Call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 to reserve seats for any of the above and to arrange payment. Jay Koppelman is an international awardwinning photographer. His newly released book is called The Through Line – A Journey from Darkness into Life in Mexico. Illustrated with 80 photographs, the book includes 20 inspirational quotes and culminates five years of photographing the Lake Chapala and San Miguel de Allende areas of Mexico. He has been featured on the BBC and in photo books Endless Journeys, Deliquency in Society, La Familia, El Mexico de Los Mexicanos. See his blog at thethroughline.wordpress.com or email archonimages@hotmail.com. This beautiful book sells for $250 pesos. It is available at his new Studio 18 where many of his photos are hung or at amazon.com. Studio 18 is at Colon #18, two doors down from Bancomer; the phone number is 766-3745. Jay Koppelman

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of the month

By Rich Petersen

Albino Trinidad Gaytán Alejandre


am hoping you u won’t mind that I write again aboutt a little boy featured a little more than one yearr ago. His progress over thee past year has been quitee amazing, and he was thee “special” child presented att our last monthly meeting. This is two-year old d Albino Trinidad Gaytán n Alejandre. Albino is thee youngest of three children n and lives with his parentss and siblings in Ajijic. His Mom, Gabriela, is a housewife and Dad, José Trinidad, is an automobile mechanic. As you can see in the photo, Albino’s head is not as big as you would expect for a two-year old. This is an anomaly known as microcephaly. I have written in the past about children born with hydrocephaly where the size of the head is much bigger than normal; microcephaly is just the opposite. The child’s head at birth is much smaller than normal and concomitantly the brain is much smaller. There is a risk of mental retardation, but not in all children, many of whom will have normal mental development. Causes for this condition are varied, and include: exposure to hazardous chemicals/substances, exposure to radiation, lack of proper vitamins and nutrients in the mother’s diet, infection, prescription or illegal drug use, alcohol consumption, and maternal diabetes. None of these factors seem to be present in Albino’s family, however. Albino’s parents have been diligent in pursuing tests and opinions about their little boy’s condition and in learning how to help him. A year ago it seemed doubtful he would begin to develop normally, but after another year of twice-weekly therapy (both at the Chapala DIF and at the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara) plus daily home therapy from his parents, Albino is showing marked improvement. While he would still be considered “slow” for his age, his parents and I have seen marked im-


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provement. Mom has learned several therapy techniques to use at home so Albino doesn’t go one day without the proper stimulation and exercise. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for microcephaly. Since microcephaly is a life-long condition that is not correctable, management includes focusing on preventing or minimizing deformities and maximizing the child’s capabilities at home and in society. Positive reinforcement hopefully will encourage a child like Albino to strengthen his self-esteem and promote as much independence as possible. He will be prone to delayed motor functions, speech and facial distortion, short stature, hyperactivity, possible seizures, and poor coordination and balance. Physical and developmental therapy, plus medications and lots of love are the current options. At our meeting last month Albino was attentive to what was going on, played with several of his toys and gave all of us a couple of great smiles. Remember—to learn more about Niños Incapacitados and the work we do, and to meet one of the children we are helping, please attend our regular monthly meetings at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta on the second Thursday of each month. We have coffee and socializing beginning at 10:00, and the meeting starts at 10:30. Bring a friend. Thanks to all of you who have signed up for our new “Sustaining Niños” program by contributing monthly to the organization! To learn more, see our website: www. programaninos.org.


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: Joyful Musings, October 2010 issue


ear Sir: I was gratified to read the article by Ms. Dunstan about Clinical Depression. She succinctly identified many hallmarks of this disease that can often be debilitating and painful. I would like to expand a bit on the information that she presented in her article particularly as it concerns men. She noted that with depression, “women are affected at nearly twice the rate of men”. A very interesting and apparently conflicting statistic is the one comparing suicide rates in men and women. In the United States, men were three times more likely to commit suicide. As she stated, it is true that many more women are diagnosed with depression. However, this statistic is confounded by two factors. One is that women are much more likely to go for help. The second is that women are more likely to exhibit the “classic” DSM-IV (the diagnostic bible of psychiatry) symptoms of depression. In my experience, men often deal with underlying mood disor-


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ders, depression or anxiety, very differently from women. They are more likely to self-medicate with alcohol or street drugs. They are more likely to exhibit difficulties with managing their anger and their aggression than with displays of sadness. Thus, they are much more likely to receive diagnoses related to addiction or anger management than diagnoses of a mood disorder. I would add a final note to her advice. Certainly, chronic sadness is one sign that you should seek help but so is chronic anger and irritability. If you find that you cannot remember the last time you had a joyful moment, it may help to find out why. Dr. Maritza Freyslinger Clinical Psychologist San Juan Cosalá


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AN NEW EW L LEASE EASE—oon nL Life! ife! By Judit Rajhathy, B.A., RNCP, D.Ac.

Hiromi Shinya, M.D. A lifesaving genius of our time



our body has a miraculous ability to heal itself. . . medicine can support your body through an emergency, surgery can be necessary in certain circumstances, but it is only your own body that has the ability to heal.” (Dr. Shinya, The Enzyme Factor) There are very few true heroes in the medical community for whom I have utmost respect - those who are willing to take a stand that opposes traditional scientific approaches. One of these amazing doctors is Dr. Hiromi Shinya, clinical professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Chief of the Surgical Endoscopy Unit at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shinya’s main claim to fame is that he is the doctor who actually invented the colonoscope in 1968 and then later the ablation device that snips out polyps during the colonoscopy procedure - a test that has saved countless lives. And yep, we are going to discuss your intestines once again. The old adage in the complementary healthcare world, “death begins in the colon” is now bonafide truth. Cancer Connection “Looking at the dietary history of cancer patients, I usually find that they have had a diet consisting mainly of animal protein and dairy such as meat, fish, eggs and milk... for women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer, the probability of discovering an abnormality in their colon is high.” (Shinya, The Enzyme Factor Diet) What really blew my mind is seeing the colons of people with breast and prostate cancer and then again after following Shinya’s diet for only three months! The tissue changes from dark, inflamed mucosa to healthy pink tissue. It really is quite incredible. There is no arguing that lifestyle changes bring about healing. I urge you to take a look on You Tube. Simply type in: Dr. Hiromi Shinya and you can view his colonoscopies. The connection of diet and disease has never been made more obvious.


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Diet According to Shinya the diet that he advocates is able to report clinical results of a 0% cancer recurrence rate. His goal however is to change this to a 0% illness rate by helping people change their lifestyles. It is obviously time to listen up and pay close attention. Better still check out his colonoscopies online on you tube and see the results for yourselves! I am still in awe about these transformations...why and what diet? The ideal meal should consist of 85% from unrefined plants and 15% from animals, preferably fish; it really is that simple. Plants are full of fiber while animal foods are not, hence affecting greatly the mobility of our intestinal tracts. Chewing one’s food thoroughly - 50 70 times - is also of great importance. First, it helps with weight stabilization since you feel full faster and then will eat less. Second, it can kill parasites inside your mouth before they enter the rest of the digestive system. Third, the food will get digested and absorbed completely thereby reducing the chance of creating toxins from undigested food. Chronic constipation is outright dangerous. Stagnant feces sets the stage for cancer - colon, breast and prostate - as in many cases they are connected. The worst possible lifestyle habits are excesses of alcohol, coffee and tobacco. Margarine, dairy products and meats are also high on the list. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and unrefined grains are preferable. Drinking 6-10 cups of water every day but never with meals and avoiding late night snacks is desirable. And of course regular exercise is a must so see you at the gym! Judit is the owner of Change of Pace Fitness Center, central Ajijic. She can be reached at 766-5800. Judit Rajhathy

Art+ Ajijic


ost of you will remember the FERIA ARTES AJIIC of last February. For the first time, for two full days, Ajijic had its own professional art fair with 55 exhibiting artists, great music, sideshows of food artists, exotic food offerings, not to mention the beautiful setting of the show in the new and still unopened Centre Laguna in front of Walmart. In total, about 1350 art lovers visited the show, an unrivaled feat in Ajijic’s history, which the hosting organization of professional artists LAGUNA ARTES PLASTICAS and its director, the sculptor Rainer, vowed to repeat during the coming winter season. The new show which has now announced its final future name as art + Ajijic will take place for three entire days this coming December 3rd to 5th, on the upper football field at the corner of the tianguis street and the Carretera (where the globos are launched). Opening hours will be from 11 am to 6 pm daily. With more than 100 professional participating artists, this show will have a similar format but a much larger setting than last time. Each artist will have their own illuminated booth and the entire event will be held under a giant tent, including 4 restaurants, a cafeteria, wine and tequila tasting booths, food artists, and of course, music and dancing for those who need more than just art. A special section will be devoted to an exhibit of art works by talented young children, as well a booth to promote wall art in Ajijic. All art exhibited will be juried and three cash prizes will be awarded to the three best art works of the show. A very attractive 40 page art + ajijic catalogue will be distributed gratis to the visitors. Visitors will

also be able to participate, at no cost, in a lottery of numerous and very valuable art works donated by the artists of LAGUNA ARTES PLASTICAS for this occasion. And, for the first time, you will be able to pay for your purchase of art works by credit card. To avoid any misunderstandings, the entry fee to the show will be 50 pesos per person, exactly the same as last time. This fee is only a partial contribution to the considerable costs of making such a quality event possible. The primary purpose of art + ajijic is not only to be a cultural event but first and foremost to serve as an efficient and professional sales tool for our local artists who have few other means by which to promote and sell their work in Jalisco.


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The Long And The Short Of It By Rebecca Kool


arrived in Nagoya, Japan in the fall of 1994, fresh off burnout from six years in the hotel industry. At age 50, beset by wanderlust, I cast off the shackles of ownership, packed all my worldly goods, and set off for an adventure in the most foreign of foreign countries. Soon afterward, I became friends with several American women who helped me navigate the language and culture roadblocks. We traveled everywhere by Japan Railway, the most efficient way to see the country. In March, we set out for a festival that centers on phallic worship. The Taagata Shrine in Komaki is just outside Nagoya. The central theme is that the sexual joining of male and female elements is necessary to ensure abundant crops. Taagata’s festival emphasizes the male member,


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represented by replicas in varying sizes, including ones carved out of huge logs. My friends and I are best described as “ample.” We three cut quite a swath and many Japanese openly gaped at the large, blond, loud gaijin. The throngs parted like the Red Sea, allowing us to board the train without the usual push and shove. After transferring to a local train crowded with others bound for Komaki , we ended up standing next to one another, hanging onto straps-overweight Kewpie dolls swaying

with the rhythm of the train. Japan’s two major religions, Shinto and Buddhism, form an integral part of its culture with both religions emphasizing group ceremonies and celebrations. Every major shrine and temple around the country—and there are thousands— has an annual festival. Matsuri are street processions held to honor the deity of the temple/shrine. Most include a mikoshi, a portable shrine in which the spirit of the deity can be moved about. Carrying the mikoshi through the streets was thought to spread the purifying power of the deity and neutralize any evil in the vicinity. Carried along by the crowds to the heart of the matsuri, we found food, loud music, and wall-to-wall people. The shrine altar bulged with realistic replicas. Outside, a larger than life stone carving, splendidly erect, stood waiting for parents to hoist their girls atop while they prayed for her future fertility. Fortified by sake, we eagerly awaited the main event—the parade with a larger than life phallus on wheels. Dainty kimono-clad women led the procession, each reverently holding a phallus. Well-lubricated, frenzied men presented the mikoshi

to the hysterical crowds. Does size matter? In Taagata it sure does! Eager for a photo and encouraged by the lead man, I inched my way forward, dragging someone else with me. We were positioned, my hand strategically placed. I was shoved closer to the giant member and told to embrace it. I’d had my fair share of sake so I was happy to oblige, hamming it up for the crowds who cheered me on. We ate some unidentifiable foods, and munched on chocolate dipped bananas as we walked to the station. Standing at a crosswalk, I was startled to find a man standing close to me. Through body language and gestures I guessed that he was asking me if I’d enjoyed myself. I gave the North American hand signal for “OK.” The next thing I knew his hand flew to my breast! Perhaps my gesture was misinterpreted but I doubt it. I think some people just get turned on by the festivities.... and the sake. We raced to get seats; soon the warmth of forced-air heaters settled the passengers. I closed my eyes and wondered what my three grown children would think of their mother’s day at the festival!


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HAVOC IN MOTION By Jay Raymond White Published by Whoopinhell Books, 2010 Reviewed by James Tipton


avoc in Motion, Jay Raymond White’s new book is a collection not only of the fine pieces that appeared in his column, also called “Havoc in Motion” in El Ojo del Lago (November 2008-October 2009), but also of more than two dozen “Poems and Lyrics” and almost a dozen short stories, concluding with the remarkable “Quinceañera” episode from his novel The Rattler of Zacatecas, which has been favorably compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. Most readers of El Ojo del Lago will be delighted to rediscover the story of “Great Uncle Pete’s Teeth,” in which, while Uncle Pete is waiting on her wedding day for the arrival of his daughter Clara, he chokes on a strong pull at the whiskey jug, causing his mail-order dentures to shoot out, at the same time his old black and tan hound catches them and takes off running. And who can forget “Grampaw Bailey and the Tupelo Mule”? That “Tupelo Mule was a bona fide pseudo-equine nightmare,” a mule that could kick in any direction “with all four legs simultaneously.” Or the tale of his mama and his dad’s brand new Olds (“’Opal,” he instructed her, ‘it’s okay to sit in the Olds and dream about it as much as you like; just don’t touch anything.’”), or Mama and the Garter Snake (“Mama loved all animals as long as they had legs.”), or the tale of “Mama and the Rottweiler,” or the “Mama and The Studebaker” (this was after she wrecked his Olds, and this time his Dad said, “’Opal Lee,

that Studebaker right there does not exist. Do you understand me?” A lovely photo of his mother, who “in her fortieth year (1951), might have been mistaken for Elizabeth Taylor coming and Susan Hayward going,” appears on the Acknowledgements page. “Short Stories” includes powerful pieces like “A Nest of Sparrows,” in which a strange young man is taken in, against the wishes of her husband, by a woman who had lost her son in Vietnam; and “Last Bus to Charleston,” in which a sailor returns home, ready to take over as head of a troubled family, only to discover the family itself has changed and some dark secrets are ready to be revealed. There are vignettes like “Juárez” in which the narrator, about to land in Juárez, begins to imagine the worst: “Avenida Juárez is dead. The shops closed; the restaurants closed; the bars and bistros closed…boarded… locked, abandoned.” The “Appendix” includes excerpts from both The Rattler of Zacatecas (2001)—written because the author “wanted to depict the assassination of Pancho Villa just as I believe it must have happened, and then how Villa’s death affected the lives of those of my characters who variously loved him and despised him”—and his novel in progress, Yaqui Wind: “The Yaqui Wind rolled in out of Mexico every spring, through the passes of the Sierra Madre and across the deserts of northern Chihuahua, picking up speed every foot of the way because there was nothing at all to impede it.” Yaqui Wind again displays White’s fascination for the Mexican revolution: “It was just such a wind that blew Pancho Villa into Columbus, New Mexico in the spring of 1916. And he sacked the town. And he burned it to the ground.” The book is available at Diane Pearl’s Colecciones in Ajijic, or through the author at whoopinhell@ yahoo.com.



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ainting is a passion that, for me, operates outside the twin arenas of need and greed. Oh sure, I was pleased when a San Francisco gallery asked me to submit slides this week. Pleased, and enormously flattered. One of my oldest dreams is—oops, was—to exhibit in important cities and make a big name for myself as a painter. Retirement in Mexico has changed and rearranged my priorities. I’m still painting, of course. My yellow wallpaper still life with seascapes series are more colorful than ever. More skillful, more confident. As a painter, I am coming into my full powers. Yesterday I painted my first ever face of Frida Kahlo. She looks like she is about to open her mouth and say something. I have collected images of and by Frida Kahlo for years. I must have deeply intended to paint her at some point. How happy I am to have met and won this point. I knew that if I could properly accomplish the portrait—embedded as a trompe l’oile postcard behind the still life of mangos and Mexican pottery—the rest of the work would line up behind it. “The Not So Still Life” is a book I ordered on Amazon. One of the ones I had when I lived in Santa Fe. It fell to the art books dealer, or I donated it to the library. I don’t remember. I do remember that I thought humidity and tropical heat would destroy my books. Which turns out not to be the case. An artist separated from her art books is a sorry proposition. You have to shed your stuff to achieve escape velocity—but I dream of my art books as others may dream of suc-


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cess in love and work. My own aspirations to success in love and work are delimited by my greatest desire to always and forever do what I want, when I want, however I want, for as long as I’m still having fun. I don’t like marketing my work, so I don’t. An art teacher at the Taos Institute of Arts said you could buy yourself an international reputation as a painter simply by placing ads in such publications as Art News and Southwest Art. Phooey. Another way of interjecting yourself into the art world is to attend art openings, where you then proceed to schmooze your head off. No thanks. I’m a painter. I just like to paint. Haven’t we all wished wished wished when we were working— whether the successive day jobs I undertook as a dreaming writer/artist, or doing the career ladder mambo, cha-cha-cha—for someday, when we would be released from indenture, free to do or not do, exactly as we please? Clap your hands! Stamp your feet! A big holy YES for all of us escapees from the machine. Retirement gives us the entitlement. We are all rightfully entitled to freedom now from other people’s expectations, and other people’s demands. If this is true, if this is truly how I feel, why oh why did I cast myself into an unholy alliance with a life coach in the States to provide “writing and editing” services to her? I

would be her ghostwriter for an unspecified period of time. Hoisted on my own petard of need and greed. In exchange for a cheap computer we got at Costco that, as it turns out, is programmed in Spanish and the punctuation is in wonky places—not your standard keyboard. I sold myself cheaply. Now it turns out, she wants “us” to investigate putting her work onto Kindle, and formatting it to be published on Amazon. Hello? If I were technologically savvy, or even had the slightest ambition to become so, would I not do this for my own novel, instead of

blogging it so everyone can read it for free? Of course I would. Lincoln freed the slaves over a hundred years ago. When I make a bad decision, I don’t have to ride it, ad infinitum, to the gates of hell. I’ve e-mailed the coach that I changed my mind. I will give her back the cheapo computer on her next trip to Puerto Vallarta. There are no perfect people, is my excuse. Think nice thoughts. website: santafekitchenstudio. com blog: http://outofthearmchair. wordpress.com paintings can be seen in Puerto Vallarta at Galeria International on Morelos and in the Marina.


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his is Chance. He’ss one happy, hand-some dog. That wass not the case when we took him m in some weeks ago. He suffered d from a bad case of mange, an n infected bite puncture wound d and was in fear of everyone.. Like it or not, off he went forr surgery to clean the wound, gett antibiotics and endure a drain for twelve days. He had shots for the mange and baths to soothe his healing skin. Gradually he began to trust his caretakers. At his young age, he’d never felt so good. He went for walks with the other dogs on leashes. Finally, no longer contagious and a bit more social, he was let out to romp in the main play yard with other dogs. This is where I caught up with him, having such a great time with a bunch of other rambunctious dogs that he had little time for this visitor with a camera. (Did he remember I took his picture when he wasn’t feeling or looking so great?) He ran over, slapped his fat puppy paws against the fence, smiled for the camera, oh, so briefly, and dashed away. But you can see, like all stars seem to know how to do, he made the most of this brief photo op, beautifully framing his fine features. I spotted Peluda in the same crowd with Chance. Not so long ago this lovely, gentle young shepherd/collie mix was fearful of being near so many active dogs. Now here she was in the middle of the action, rolling around, sometimes at the bottom of the pile, pretend bit-

ing and getting harmlessly shoved around in return. The volunteers all say that the Shelter’s play yards are one of the best features of our new quarters. Dogs normally are social creatures; they’re happiest with companions, but many of the down-on-theirluck dogs we take in display fear, aggression, extreme timidity or nervousness. Without the yards, the socialization process would take so much longer. With three yards, the caretakers can choose carefully how the dogs are mixed together to become friends. Chance, at first necessarily penned by himself, growled at the other dogs and was powerful enough to do harm. Within weeks, he was playful and confident with all the others; even the puppies now cuddle up to him. Peluda, who loved people, snapped at other dogs out of fear. Gradually, she was introduced to quiet, non-threatening types in the smaller middle yard with the watchful caretakers nearby. To everyone’s amazement, she moved on to the big yard and the bigger guys and held her own with the exuberant types like Chance. Still, her favorite friends for quiet times are the little pups, Louisa and Joanna. The play grounds make all the difference in their behavior and it’s a joy to watch them and see how suitable they are for adoption into good homes. Chance and Peluda are less than a year old and each one is intelligent, sweet and very personable. Of course, if you’re strictly a cat person—and why is that?—you’ll be more likely to check out the antics at the Cat Center. Which is fine, for there’s always a show of funny, playful behavior there, especially from the kittens. But you’ll also see some beautiful young grown-ups, too. They’re all irresistible. Come in and see for yourself.



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I Was Playing Hooky When They Discussed Dangling Participles By Scott Richards


ords, just five little letters, a rather small amount of the almost infinite group of collected symbols that we have created and chosen to express our emotions real, or imagined. Words are our units of communication, the elements of language representing fear, joy, or indecision. They are a vast repertoire of sounds commanding us to react, tremble, laugh, exaggerate, pity, triumph, or die. Yet despite our impressive literary arsenal, our words, or choice of them often leave our attempts to communicate misconstrued and less understood than the squeaks of the simplest animal. At first glance, “Words” does not appear to be a very dangerous collection of letters. None of them sharp, or combative in appearance, yet when adequately poked, tasted, deleted and rewritten, they are exposed for what

they really are; individual worlds of their own colliding in a dictionary soup in my head at night far too often ignoring my pleas to line up in some worthwhile manner by daybreak. Dawn arrives and with it an eerie foreboding, a questioning of last night’s keyboard exercises, the intended meaning of each word and its relationship to the next. Is it drivel? A series of ill-placed, or uninspired entries creating a sentence I only thought was good? Early man might have had it better with only mental pictures of antelope, cooking fires and a full belly roaming around in his wordless brain. Too few words had yet been developed to create such anxiety and indecisiveness I feel using this word, or another. Just imagine, literary bliss on the savanna. True communication was at its peak with the few grunts that had taken on certain accepted meanings. It may have been the last time people truly understood each other; me hungry – see mastodon - yum. But man was lazy and didn’t feel the need to enhance the grunts so sentence structure, adverbs and adjectives would have to wait many frustrating millennia to plague the efforts of this writer. Even nouns were slow to develop, allowing the same grunts to cover a broader range of items and meanings to maintain the simplest, most uncomplicated form of language. Clearly though, a prehistoric discussion using a handful of words would be void of depth, color, humor, or opinion, but would also be free of the sometimes painful efforts of nimbly assembling today’s vocabulary into a pleasing, readable format. I’m not sure which would be worse, not being able to express it in words, or not expressing it well. I believe the joining of letters is and will always be mankind’s greatest, continual aesthetic torture for those resigned to breathing, eating and possibly mastering an adequate command of those five little letters, words.



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THIS WORLD of OURS By Bob Harwood bharwoodb@hotmail.com

Perspectives For A New World


n today’s world, issues can no longer be viewed through the limited lens of one’s culture, religion, country, or economic and social class. Attitudes must adapt to the ever accelerating pace. What is happening in brief years today in China, India or Brazil is analogous to the centuries during which the empires of Greece and Rome, Spain and Britain came and went. I wrote recently on how the life span of intellectual property protection crafted in the 1790s has failed to keep pace with this changed meaning of time. Lawyers become the principal beneficiaries in endless litigation. We need new standards for rewarding artistry and innovation, but in keeping with today’s mean-


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ing of time. Far too much of our planning is done with an eye on the past rather than the future. The inexorable pace of climate change will wreak havoc for us, let alone our children, if we fail to respond appropriately. 2010 has been the hottest year on record with catastrophic floods in Pakistan, unprecedented temperatures in Russia and major natural disasters on every continent. China, albeit serving more than four times the population, has overtaken America as the #1 con-

sumer of fossil fuels. But China is also positioning to take the lead in green energy technology. Summer and winter weather extremes everywhere underscore the growing impact of global warming. The ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us that oceans are deteriorating even more rapidly than the atmosphere. It is a wake up call to wean ourselves off oil altogether, not just foreign oil. As I write gender equity is another very active, multi-faceted file. In many American families women are now the primary wage earners as well paid, unionized men swell the ranks of the unemployed. Yet average remuneration of women is just 70% of that of their male counterparts. Is it high paid union members themselves, now de-facto members of the middle class, who are becoming obsolete? Would a higher minimum wage for vast numbers of ordinary people be a more worthy priority? On July 15th Argentina passed a law enabling gay couples to marry and adopt children, the first South American country to do so. But on July 16th the Pope lumped in one proclamation the ordaining of

women priests and pedophilia as sins against church doctrine. Social progress, on slavery, on apartheid, on women’s rights in the church or in Iran have always been uphill battles against tradition. And in an interdependent world we must think globally, not retreat disastrously into protectionism in response to economic crises on our own doorstep. When I complain of some trivial inconvenience I pause to compare my lot with that of the vast majority of the world’s seven billion people. When I run the hot tap to get yet hotter water or the cold tap to get yet colder water I ponder the countless women who trudge miles daily to retrieve a bucket of water. We can no longer think in terms of my country, my class, my religion or my ethnicity, let alone my constituency. Studies project that in Canada my white species will soon become a visible minority. Just as Provincialism had to be set aside to build nations, now Nationalism must be set aside to build a better world.


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FR RON ONT R ROW OW C CEN ENTE ER R By Michael Warren Our Lady Of The Tortilla By Luis Santeiro Directed by Sally Jo Bartlett


his season’s kick-off play, Our Lady of the Tortilla, is a wacky mix of comedy and family confusion. Playwright Luis Santeiro based his script on the true story of a New Mexican woman who saw Christ’s image in a freshly baked tortilla. Here the setting is New Jersey and the image is of the Blessed Virgin, and we are invited into the livingroom of the dysfunctional Cruz family. Sally Jo Bartlett has succeeded in assembling a Mexican/ American cast who are able to give the play a genuine Hispanic flavor. Unfortunately, some of the dialogue is lost because of accent and pronunciation, or because it is delivered while turning away from the audience.


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Amaranta Santos is delightful as the pious unmarried “Dolores” – she cooks mounds of tortillas, and prays to a dead actor to help her find lost objects. She is on stage for most of the play, and acts as a foil to the rest of this crazy family. Lara Gallardo – a newcomer to the LLT stage – delivers her one-line zingers with terrific flair and struts her stuff as the sexy mother of the family “Dahlia Cruz,” while her sons “Nelson” and “Eddy” are capably played by Joel Gomez and Zane Pumiglia. The relationships are a bit of a stretch, as Dahlia looks younger than her sons – we can

only suppose that she was a child bride, and that her sons have been weaned on beer and tortillas. Joel Gomez – also a newcomer to the LLT stage – plays Nelson as an innocent and bewildered young man half-way between two cultures. He is embarrassed by his family and the excess of loopy decorations – plastic cacti, plaster saints, cheap pictures of the Virgin – that fill the living room. He has a WASP girlfriend “Beverly” (played by Denae Dobko) who actually likes all the Hispanic stuff, so his fears are unfounded. It’s sad that he insists on apologizing for his lively family. Denae Dobko is sweet as the enthusiastic girlfriend, and delivers her lines with great energy. Meanwhile Zane Pumiglia has fun playing Eddy, the tough elder son who has a girl outside, apparently sleeping in his truck. We don’t actually see Kathleen Morris as Eddy’s girl “Valerie,” but we can certainly hear her yelling from outside, probably for more beer. As it turns out, the miracle of the Virgin in the tortilla is not a major feature of the play. Instead, it’s an uplifting element in the general confusion of

this wacky family – and of course a vindication of the devotion personified so well by Amaranta Santos in her role as Dahlia’s sister Dolores. The play is not exactly a comedy, though it has some comic moments. Perhaps it says something about the power of prayer. Sally Jo Bartlett has successfully brought a challenging play to the stage, with a cast that had some rough edges at the beginning. But there was a lot of energy onstage, and the audience certainly enjoyed themselves. I should also mention the amazing set, designed by Graham Miller and decorated by Roberta Hilleman. Thank you to Sally Jo and to Stage Manager Jerry McDonald, and to all who contributed to this lively production. Next up is (as they say in Monty Python’s Flying Circus) something completely different – Blithe Spirit – a sophisticated comedy by Noel Coward. The spirits will be summoned in November – the play opens on November 6.


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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Distress call 4 Wand 9 Zips 14 Some 15 Native 16 Influences 17 Football assoc. 18 Vacate 19 Parker 20 Cleave 22 Dozes 24 Epochs 25 Germ 27 Hoopla 31 Cozy rooms 32 Leases 33 Irony 34 Use 36 Formal statement 38 __ Rico 40 Last work day 42 Cola 43 Light emitting ___ 44 Also 45 Cowboy John 47 Ditto 51 Green Gables dweller 53 Brand of sandwich cookie 54 Eye 55 Secret plan 57 Nuisance 59 Shinbone 62 Compelled to go


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65 Adam’s wife 66 In a tilted position 67 Extreme 68 Sport’s official 69 Banter 70 Measuring instrument 71 South southeast DOWN 1 Filed 2 Ablaze (2 wds.) 3 Living in a wooded area 4 Sledge 5 Very large book 6 American College of physicians (abbr.) 7 Overweight 8 Covering to keep away flies (2 wds.) 9 Invitation abbreviation 10 Flooded 11 Calorie 12 Leer 13 Concord e.g. 21 Releases 23 Advertisements 25 Sego lily’s bulb 26 Compass point 28 Young Women’s Christian Association 29 Feel sorry for 30 Airport abbr. 32 Rodent 35 __ Lanka 36 Does 37 Utopian ideas 38 Lowest in rank 39 Onto 40 Pale sherry 41 Fish eggs 42 School group 43 Change color 45 Date 46 Round Table King 48 Winner’s opposites 49 Figures it out 50 Painter Georgina ___ 52 Tales 56 Bog 57 Goddess 58 6th month (Jewish calendar) 59 Make lace 60 Frozen water 61 Snake 63 Wing 64 Type of partnership

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hours. It took me four and a half. This was not a climb for anyone out of shape or unaccustomed to high altitude. The view of Macchu Picchu from Huayna Picchu was remarkable. The climb back down was as difficult as the climb up. We returned to the village of Aguas Calientes and then to Cusco to prepare to travel to the jungle along the Amazon and Mari単on Rivers. My experiences of fishing for piranhas and boating with pink river dolphins will be the subject for another time. www.authormelgoldberg.com


it very distinctive and showing the masonary skills of the Inca. Large polished granite blocks were rounded and fit perfectly with each other without the use of cement or mortar, an amazing feat five hundred years ago. The sun, of prime importance to the Inca, was part of the sacred myth of their origin. Our guide, who was Quechua (and of Inca descent), also told us the Incas never engaged in human sacrifice like the Aztecs. Although awed by Machu Picchu, we were astonished by Huayna Picchu, which means Young Peak in Quechua. The mountain, almost 9,000 feet, towers above Machu Picchu, twelve hundred feet below it. We were excited when we were told it could be climbed via a trail built by the Incas, a series of huge stone steps. Everyone attempting the climb was required to register, listing both name and age. The ages ranged from eighteen to twenty-five. At seventy, with my son at forty-four, we became the oldest pair that year. When a young climber asked if I really expected to do it, I explained I planned to try. If I failed, I would return without shame, having made the attempt. The average time for the climb was noted at three

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By RM Krakoff


(Continued from last month) manda reappears moments later wearing an oversized Kansas Jayhawks sweatshirt. Donald gawks at her long, tanned legs and wonders if she is wearing anything under her shirt. Amanda glides into the chair across from the couch where Donald’s eyes are fixed upon her legs. She curls her legs over the arm of her chair, never revealing her rumored undergarments. Donald watches this scene feeling giddy. Nothing seems real. Amanda asks him if there was one thing in his life he wanted most. Before he can answer, she raises her glass of white wine and toasts, “May all your dreams come true, my friend.” This movement hikes her sweatshirt up to the line of demarcation. Donald is all eyes and ears… but he can’t find his voice. “I’m serious, Daniel, if you could have anything in your life what would that be? More money, more love, fame…to be revered? What re-


ally matters to you?” “Love is only reported in my life. Money is elusive for a CPA. Fame and reverence are things one reads about. I guess I’d like to do something important … maybe help others. Give something back to the world – I don’t know.” “Don’t you have to have something before you can give something back?”

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“Suppose so.” “Su “How “Ho would you like to have it all, Da Daniel?” She stands and walks over to the couch. “Actually, it’s Donald, and I really don’t understand what you mean.” “Sorry, Donald, it’s only that I have it in my power to change your life, make you rich, famous and loved. Make it so people will remember your name.” “Okay, I’ll bite, why me?” “Why not you? If not you, who then?” “Look, this evening, the wine … my head is spinning. Are you just playing with me?” “No, dear boy, this is all very real.” Her voice is a deep whisper and the words very real turn his ears very red. Amanda sits next to Donald, very near. Her hair brushes the side of his face. It has been centuries since he last smelled a woman’s scent. He leans his face towards hers and their lips meet. Within a few seconds he finds out that all Amanda is wearing is the oversized sweatshirt. For a moment, it crosses his mind that he is being played. Fortunately, his second brain is in full control and that thought is fleeting. This scene is replayed over the next three nights. Dinner, drinks, small talk and sex. Donald doesn’t complain. He’s no longer certain what is reality. He’s afraid he will wake up a poor slob, lonely accountant again. He ceases thinking about Amanda’s question, “what really matters to him and his life,” and only thinks about the next sexual session. On the fourth night, Amanda speaks. She tells him that he has only sampled the good life and that there is so much more awaiting him. She asks him to help her make him wealthy and famous. The good life, good food and alcoholic beverages have mellowed Donald. The amazing sex has turned him into a lap dog. She tells him that he needs to experience a truly life altering experience. She feels he would greatly benefit by doing something that is completely foreign to his upbringing, his character and even his scruples. Donald, having enjoyed the most amazing sex in the last three days, couldn’t agree with her more. Amanda continues explaining her thoughts. Without a truly new life-altering experience, he can never grow to be the man he wants and more importantly the man she wants. “I go to bed with men, not boys, Donald.” At least she remembers my name,

he thinks. “What exactly do you want me to do?” Amanda tells him of a huge payment being made this Friday from Wal-Mart to Dolly Madison Bakery in North Topeka. It will be a wired transaction and since the banks are closed until Monday morning, the money will sit in electronic limbo over the weekend. Amanda wants Donald to break into the Dolly Madison offices, hack their financial systems, and transfer the funds to a Cayman Island account already open in his name. He is to transfer $27 million to that account of which $20 million is his to keep. Amanda will receive $7 million for her efforts in brokering the deal. Blood drains from Donald’s face. He needs water. Amanda watches his reaction with concern. She is close to the deadline and finding a substitute at such a late date would be difficult. Not impossible, since Amanda has already earmarked Brent Tucker. Unfortunately, while he is a viable candidate due to his unseemly character, he’s a crappy accountant. Amanda refuses any further sexual advances and later that evening he agrees to her plan. Besides, she’s right. I need to do something life-altering. Amanda has obtained a security badge and the main door pass key and hands them to Donald with last instructions, “The guards eat their lunch at noon on Saturday and won’t be near the main door until after 1:00 pm. You have an hour to get in, hack the system, make the transfer and get out.” Donald is sick to his stomach in fear and calls Amanda several times to end this insanity. He hangs up before her phone can ring. He is more fearful of her than the impending crime. The Dolly Madison offices are low security. The first part of the plan goes well. Entry, hack and transfer. Most of the fear has dissipated by this time and Donald’s confidence is soaring. Amanda was right about shaking up his life. Unfortunately, Donald has taken too long. He approaches the main door as the security team is making rounds. He manages to duck behind some potted palms. He turns toward the back door of the building in search of another exit. He uses his pass card to open the office to warehouse door. It works and he’s in. Unfortunately, the card does not have unlimited access during nonbusiness hours and a silent alarm is tripped to both local police and the guard station. Without knowledge of danger, Donald makes his way

around the cases of Zingers, Donut Gems, and Pound Cakes. He arrives at the back door and freezes as a bevy of guards bears down on the warehouse. He hides behind a nine foot stack of Zingers, where he sits holding his knees and begins to sob. The sound of police sirens snaps him out of his self-pity. Jail is all he can think of. He jumps and runs back toward the office door. Fifteen feet before the door, he sees an open case of Dunkin Stix breakfast snacks on a conveyor belt. Without thinking he clears some of the contents out, climbs in and seals the carton as best he can from the inside. For hours he sits in silence as security guards and police search the building. Determining that nothing has been taken or tampered, authorities assume the system malfunctioned and leave the building. Later, Donald emerges from the case, heart racing, drenched in sweat, with the smell of sugar and cinnamon permeating his clothes. He still has the problem of not being able to open either door without triggering another alarm. That night the guards make their rounds at the rear of the building.

He waits for them to clear the area, opens the rear door and breaks for the darkened driveway. He locates his car, parked blocks away, starts the engine, makes his way home and swears off seductive women forever… women and Dunkin Stix snacks. The next day, he drives to the Kansas City airport, boards a flight to La Guardia, takes a connection to Grand Cayman Islands. He arrives at the Butterfield Bank in time to transfer the money to a bank specializing in foundations. The money is earmarked for charity and Donald doesn’t use any. He dubs the account the Amanda Foundation, sits on the beach for two days, dines on seafood and returns to Topeka by Wednesday. Back at work, he apologizes for his sudden illness – flu, he says, and is careful not to reveal his sunburned arms. Amanda calls. “What happened? Why didn’t you call? Did you make the transfer?” “Oh, so sorry Amanda, I’ve been terribly busy. I’m afraid there were a few hiccups. The money was fortunately —or unfortunately diverted —depending how one looks at it.” Her anger is seething, “You make

no sense. The money is either there or not. Have you cheated me from my share?” “Amanda, thank you. I really needed a life-altering experience. You were right, and I’m a changed man.” Before she could start berating him, Donald continued. “I’m thinking you really need one yourself. Go experience something really foreign to you. You need to get back in touch with your roots…Did you know that charity begins at home? Oh, and Amanda, money is, after all, the root of all evil!” The End


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News LCS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Saturday, November 6, 10 - 3 the LCS Annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on the grounds at LCS. This is a popular event that features the art work done by the children who attend the year-long Saturday Art Classes as well as new works from the Mexican and non-Mexican artisans. Admission is free. Children’s art and their charming gift cards will be on sale in the Gazebo. Remember, this is the opportunity for these would-be artists to get exposure and reinforcement of their talents. Innovative offerings from the other exhibitors are showcased on the back lawn. For the home and garden, the Garden Club brings in lush plants and flowers from their gardens and these are always fast sellers. The Wild Animal Rescue group provides entertainment and education for the whole family with its assorted live specimens. Of course there is always plenty of good food and drink available. The back gate opens at 8:30 for the vendors to set up and the LCS Cooks will be serving a gourmet breakfast from 9 to 11. There will be pumpkin chocolate chip, banana nut and french vanilla pancakes with sausages and fresh fruit and juice or coffee all for $50 pesos! The bar will be selling $20 peso Bloody Marys too!

November 2010 NEW CONCESSIONAIRE ARRIVES We welcome Marisol Pavón Peralta and the Coffee Kingdom to LCS. The Patio Café will host a new and expanded menu, so come and try the new goodies.

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK I’d like to thank Eve Reid for her assistance as Newsletter Editor. Her resignation leaves a void that I hope can be filled by an equally energetic volunteer sometime very soon. Take care Eve! Fortunately for me, Eve’s shoes will be filled next month by Bridget Darby. See her contact information on the back page. As we near year’s end, a lot of work is being done. As I reported last month, the septic tanks near the cafe and in the Neill James house have finally been attached to the town’s septic system. This means (hopefully) no more backed up septic tanks and open baños for all! Our wireless coverage in the back area of LCS went down a few months ago. I would like to thank Polo González, our hearing aid technician for his generous donation to get it up and running again. I’d like to thank the donors that supported the purchase of a new computer lab at the Wilkes Education Center. The new lab is scheduled for installation on November 5. Classes will follow! Volunteers have upgraded the library work room and soon the will do the library itself. The fish ponds are looking great, and once again the pumps have been resuscitated.

Starting at 11:30 we will be serving all-beef hot dogs and a nacho bar with lots of toppings. $30 pesos each. Bring your appetite!!

A new computer database is in the works that integrates membership, the Neill James and the “Tape Worm” video libraries into a single package. It will be on line by the end of the year.


Finally, I would like to thank Peter and Georgina Barker for their years of providing a quality café service to LCS. Their generosity and friendship are greatly appreciated. We wish you and the Secret Garden Restaurant the best of luck!

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LCS News LIBRARY NEWS Volunteers in the LCS Neill James Library continue to make progress in their efforts to shape a Library that is both reader-friendly and easy to operate. Our most recent step was an inventory of all books in the collection. That effort went very well, despite the glitches and hitches that occur with computer systems. Currently we are in the process of analyzing the data we obtained, correcting problems we uncovered and planning the future of the collection. We are deeply grateful to the LCS volunteers and members who contributed time and labor to the inventory effort. A heartfelt thanks to Susana Douglas who spearheaded the project and to Lemar Allen, Phil Armstrong, Nancy Creevan, Dan Davies, Ann Flaningam, Suzanne Foster, Nancy Hagen, Cate Howell, Martin and Elizabeth Inwood, Andrew Jackson, Erin Knox, Joyce Lawrence, Stella Mellor, Deborah Neil, Connie Poli, Jill Ann Scaggs, Bayard Shaver and Phil Weston. Your participation was and continues to be invaluable to the quality of our Library. Donations have zoomed and we sincerely appreciate receiving books. We make an effort to find a good home for each one by adding it to the collection if we need it, switching out donated copies that are in better shape than ones we own, or offering extra copies for sale in the reading room and at our book sales. Unsold or unusable books are then donated to the Casi Nuevo Thrift Store. Book sales and our share of the thrift shop sales yield income for the purchase of new books. We have an ongoing need for couriers driving down from the US to bring us books. It saves us the shipping cost and possible customs duty into Mexico which frees up money to buy more books as well as the extra cost of purchasing books in-country from local retailers. Finally, many thanks to our readers who offer book suggestions and recommendations. We look forward to having couriers bring us books you want on the Library shelves. Book Sale – November 6 at the Craft Fair

NEWS from the TOP This month the Board lost a valued member. Wendee Hill has returned to life in Canada after almost 20 years in Mexico. We wish her well with her new endeavors. We welcome Sharon Smith onto the Board to fill the vacancy. Look for Sharon’s profile in next month’s newsletter.

LCS will be closed on Two days in November!! Monday, 15 - Revolution Day Thursday, 25 - U.S. Thanksgiving

November 2010 LCS LEARNING SEMINARS via TED Volunteers Bill Frayer and Fred Harland will be hosting the LCS Learning Seminars every Tuesday at noon this season via TED Internet podcasts. November 2, chaired by Bill Frayer. Featuring Stefana Broadbent discussing how intimacy can be enhanced via the Internet. Broadbent is a cognitive scientist who has spent decades observing people as they use technology, both at home and in complex workspaces. She explains how her research shows that communication technology is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules. November 9, chaired by Fred Harland. Featuring Shai Agassi discussing how the widespread use of electric cars can be feasible. Agassi, a world-leading software entrepreneur, has entered into contracts with Renault, and with both Denmark and Israel. Designed to make us oil-free by 2020. November 16, chaired by Bill Frayer. Featuring Michael Specter, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who discusses the danger of science denial. In his new book, Denialism, he asks why we have increasingly begun to fear scientific advances instead of embracing them. November 23, chaired by Fred Harland. Featuring Half the Sky by award-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn. She argues that by developing the untapped potential of the millions of women who are now left uneducated and denied their basic rights, we could transform the developing world. November 30, chaired by Bill Frayer. Featuring Oliver Sacks discussing what hallucination reveals about our minds. Sacks is a ground-breaking neurologist -- and a gifted storyteller, who has enriched our knowledge of the infinite variations of human psychology. Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome -- when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations.

REMINDER - It’s time to renew your membership. If you want to be listed in the 2011 Directory you will need to renew by -

December 15.

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LCS News NOVEMBER EVENTS LIBRARIES Book & Video M-SAT 10-2 Talking Book TH 10-1 MEDICAL/HEALTH INSURANCE Blood Pressure M+F 10-12 Cruz Roja Sales Table M –F 10-12:30 Cruz Roja Monthly Meeting 1st W 2-4 Hearing Aids M & 2nd + 4th SAT 11-3 Sign-up IMSS M+T 10-1 NYLife/Seguros Monterrey Insurance T+TH 11-2 Optometrist TH 9-5:30 Sign-up Skin Cancer 2nd + 4th W 10-12 Sign –up TioCorp Bupa & Plan Seguros M 10:30-1 INFORMATION Ajijic Rotary Club M 10-12 Becerra Immigration F 10-1 Information Desk M-SAT 10-2 LINK M 10-12 Loridan Legal T 10-12 Los Niño’s de Chapala /Ajijic F 10-1:30 US Consulate 1st W 12-2 Sign up 11:30 AM LESSONS Children’s Art SAT 9:30-12 Country Line Dancing T+TH 10-11:30,Show LCS card Exercise M+W+F 9-10 Have Hammers Workshop M 10-12:15, F 3:30-5:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+TH+SAT 2-3:30 Spanish Conversation Club T 10:30-12 No Registration Storytelling Class TH 11-12 Tai Chi Chuan Exercise W 10-11 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AA Lakeside M+TH 4-6 AA Women TH 10:30-12 AL-Anon/Al-aTeen M 6-7 Beginners’ Camera W 12-1 Computer Linux Class F 9:30-10:30 Computer Windows Club F 10:30-11:45 Creative Writers’ Group M 2-4 (Closed group) Digital Camera Club W 10:30-12 Discussion Group W 12-1:30 Film Aficionados 2nd+ 4th+ Last TH 2-4:30 Gamblers Anonymous W 12-1 Genealogy Last M 2-4 Great Books 1st + 3rd TH 2-4 (Closed group) Green Group 1st T 3-4:30 Individual Counseling M-TH 3-4 Ends 11 November Lakeside Friends of Animals 1st TH 2-3:30 Learning Seminars T 12-2 Mac OS 1st M 12-1:30 Mac User 3rd W 3-4:30 Mah Jonng F 10-3:30 Masonic Lodge #31 2nd + 4th W 4:30-8, 4th T 3-4:30 Mix & Match Singles 1st W 5-8 Music Jam W 2-3 Needle Pushers T 10-12 Open Circle SUN 10-12:15 Scrabble M+F 12-2 Tournament Scrabble T+TH 12-3 Transition Mexico 2nd M 11-1:30 TICKET SALES M-F 10-12:30


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November 2010 VIDEO UPDATE Thanks to the efforts of Ken Caldwell, we now have a spiffy looking suggestion box. There are pre-printed forms making it easy for you to address some of the concerns that we have regarding your interests. Drop by and fill out a form. There is plenty of room for you to vent your spleen or tell us what a great job we are doing. If nothing else, drop by and see the great job Ken did. Keep an eye on the color coded catalogs. The black one, which contains all of the latest arrivals and all of the series that we have in our inventory, will be updated every month. To save paper, the others will be updated annually, except for pertinent handwritten entries. HERE’S SOME NEW STUFF The second season of DEXTER is now available. A new series has been added, MAD MEN. Somebody requested it and it looks pretty good. DEXTER and MAD MEN are posted on the board. MAD MEN is reviewed in the black catalog and looks pretty good. Let a volunteer know what you think. WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE Ref. No 5198 What’s Eating Glbert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class. Centered around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie’s severe mental condition. JOHNNY DEPP, LEANARDO Di CAPRIO Drama – 7.8 on a scale of 10 DEATH AT A FUNERAL Ref. No. 5185 Daniel is a decent young man, married to Jane, still living at his father’s home. When his father dies, it is up to him to organize his funeral. On this painful morning, the suitable grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father’s friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such circumstances will be a hard task. Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work. MATTHEW Mac FADYEN, KEELEY HAWES Comedy – 7.3 on a scale of 10 Spending a few days NOTB (North of the border – ain’t that cute?) If there is room in your luggage and you can slip in a few videos to bring back to LCS, we would appreciate it. There is no cost to you and each person can legally “bring in” 10 DVDs. Or, if you have visitors on the way, they could act as a mule also. Contact the volunteer on duty in the video library for details. Thanks.

Transfer VHS tapes to DVD discs. If somebody wants a copy of a DVD that you currently have, we can do that, too. $50 pesos a transfer..


Do Ya Wanna Dance? Then take a lesson! When: November 3. Where: Lake Chapala Society back patio area Time: Cumbia lesson 4:30 followed by wine and beer from 5 - 7. CASI NUEVO THRIFT SHOP

Thanks to all the members and non-members who have dropped off goods and used the drop box at LCS. The Wilkes Center is receiving a meaningful share of the proceeds! Remember, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”. Go through your utility drawer, even the slightest item is worthy of a peso or two and those little bits really add up. Think of empty jars and perfume bottles and arts & crafts supplies. Think of CDs and DVDs. Think of games, magazines, books, fabric remnants and patterns. Working phones and appliances. Tools, picture frames, costume jewelry, belts, scarves and shoes. Furniture and other items that are too large for you to move can be picked up free of charge and taken to the store. And if you feel like having a good time, think of volunteering!

The Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Show Tuesday, Nov. 9. The show will be hung in the gazebo and on the back patio beginning at 10 am. In addition to the many types of quilts and quilted wall hangings, there will be a number of Day of the Dead themed quilts from a special quilt challenge. The show, which was very well attended last year, is free but will only be up for one day. So please plan to come and see what your friends & neighbors have been making.

The Talking Books Library extends its most sincere thanks to the anonymous donor who recently gave us so many recorded books. Our patrons who like to listen to books on tape or disk are delighted with the number of new titles. Our resources are slim so your generous donation is deeply appreciated.


Back after a summer break, the music jam is starting up again, every Wednesday at 2 outside the LCS Video Library. In a music jam players sit in a circle and take turns choosing the tune the group will play. Instruments are acoustic (no amplifiers). This jam is just for fun and not for professionals. Beginners, singers and listeners are welcome!

FILM AFICIONADOS Films and discussion 2nd Thursday in the Sala at 2 pm THERE WILL BE ONE FILM THIS MONTH ON THE BIG SCREEN November 11 - TEMPLE GRANDIN Claire Danes gives the performance of her life as Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who defies the odds to achieve success. Danes won an Emmy for her performance. This is one unforgettable film that you do not want to miss. For LCS members to get on the Film Aficionado email list to receive notices and reviews of upcoming showings you can email: mak1939@gmail.com.

LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: 766-1140 Office, Information and other services open Monday – Saturday 10 to 2. Grounds are open until 5 LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Howard Feldstein Vice-President - Fred Harland Sr. Director 1 - Tod Jonson Sr. Director 2 - Jack Shanks LCS Education Director - Mary Alice Sargent

Secretary - Lynn Bishop Sr. Director 3 - Sharon Smith Executive Director - Terry Vidal


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DIRECTORY Tel: 766-5493 - CASA DEL SOL Tel: 766-0050 - CASA SENORINA Tel: 01 800 836 3595 - CASA TRES LEONES Cell: (045) 331-350-6764


* AIR LINES - AEROMEXICO Tel: 01-800-021-4000

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* ANIMAL CLINICS/PET SHOP - ANIMAL CARE Tel: 766-3062 - DEE’S PET CARE Tel: 762-1646 - FURRY FRIENDS Tel: 765-5431 - PET SHOP - SALUD ANIMAL Tel: 766-1009

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* ART GALLERIES/HANDCRAFTS - ART+ AJIJIC - CATHY CHALVIGNAC Tel: 766-1153 - DIANE PEARL COLECCIONES Tel: 766-5683 - EL PALOMAR Tel: 01 (33) 3635-5247 - FERIA MAESTROS DEL ARTE Tel: 765-7485 - HECHO EN MEXICO Tel: 765-4689 - SOL MEXICANO Tel: 766-0734 - STUDIO 18 Tel: 766-3745 - THE AJIJIC ART HOUSE Tel: 765-5097

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* BEER & LIQUOR STORES - BETO’S WINE & LIQUOR Tel: 766-5420, Cell (045) 333-507-3024 - MODELORAMA Tel: 766-2678, 765-2055


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* BOUTIQUE / CLOTHING STORES - ARATI Tel: 766-0130 - CUGINIS OPUS BOUTIQUE Tel/Fax: 766-1790 - FIAGA BOUTIQUE Tel: 766-1816 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131 - LEATHER GALLERY Tel: 766-2845

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- VENTILADORES DEL OCCIDENTE Tel/Fax: (33) 3631-6619, 3634-9982

- AJIJIC DENTAL Tel: 766-3682 - C.D. MARÍA LUISA LUIS VILLA Tel/Fax: 766-2428 - C.D. SANDRA ANAYA MORA Tel: 765-3502, 765-5444 - DENTAL EXPRESS Cell: (045) 331-121-6518 - DRA. ANGELICA ALDANA LEMA DDS Tel. 765-5364 - DRA. DOLORES RUSSELL D.D.S. Tel: 766-2881, 766-0075 Cell: (045) 333-108-7727 - DR. ALBERTO DON OLIVERA Tels: 765-4838, 765-4805 - DR. FRANCISCO CONTRERAS Tel: 765-5757 - DR. HECTOR HARO, DDS. Tel: 765-3193, 765-6974

- LAKESIDE HEARING SERVICES Cell. (045) 33-1511-4088

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- MAILBOXES, ETC. Tel: 766-0647, Fax: 766-0775 761-0363, Fax: 761-0364

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- CHANGE OF PACE Tel: 766-5800 - STAND BIKE Cell: (045) 33 3814 5913

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- AJIJIC COMPUTING Tel: 765-4156 - CAFE INTERNET AJIJIC Tel: 766-3626 - COMPUTERLAND Tel. 765-7595 - NEW WORLD TECHNOLOGY Tel. 766-4343

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- ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 42, 43 - CABO DO MUNDO- INTERIOR DESIGN Tel: 766-0026 Pag: 29 - CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING Tel: 766-3626 Pag: 13 - DDR ARQUITECTOS Cell: (045) 33-1282-7502 Pag: 22

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- FUMIGA Tel: 762-0078, (045) 33-1155-7059 - FUMI-TECH Tel: 766-1946, Cell. (045) 333-369-3737 - MOSQUITO TRAP Tel: (376) 765 5973

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* HOTELS / SUITES - ADOBE WALLS INN Tel: 766-1296 - CASA DE MARINA Tel:763-0973 - CASA HUMBOLDT Tel: 01-55-5568-0871 - HOTEL LA ESTANCIA Tel: 766-0717 - LA MISION Tel: 322-222-7104, 322-222-4822 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, Fax: 766-2049 - LOS CROTOS Tel: 764-0067 - MIS AMORES Tels: 766-4640, 4641, 4642 - QUINTA DON JOSE Tel: 01-800-700-2223 - VILLA BORDEAUX Tel. (01-387) 761-0494 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152

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* INSURANCE - EDGAR CEDEÑO - MEXICO PROTECT Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 Pag: 34 - LLOYD Tel: 766-0152, 766-3508 Pag: 23

* INTERIOR DESIGN - ELEMENTS Tel: 766-5826 - JAIMAH Tel: 01(33) 3825-3019, (322) 22 121 98

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* MALL / PLAZA - AJIJIC PLAZA Tel: 766-0383 - CENTRO LAGUNA Tel: 01 (33) 3560-2670


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* GOLF - ATLAS COUNTRY CLUB Cell: (045) 33-1024-8669

- EL TIO SAM Tel: 766-5664, 01 (33) 3811-0364 - TECNICOS UNIDOS Tel: 765-4266

- MAGO’S OFFICE Tel: 765-3640

- ARDEN MEXICO Tel: 765-3540 Pag: 39 - INTERIOR & FURNITURE -RICARDO FERNANDEZ Tel: 766-4331 Pag: 33 - MUEBLES ORNELAS Tel: (33) 3823 1703 Pag: 67 - TEMPUR Tel: (52) 333-629-5919, 333-629-5961 Pag: 33

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- CUSTOM MADE HOME ELEVATORS Cell: (045) 33-1234-5867


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- ELIA NAVARRO GOMEZ Tel. 766-2323 - JAMES DON SALON Tel: (387) 763-1933 - MARY KAY Tel: 765-7654 - NEW LOOK STUDIO Tel: 766-6000



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- ACTINVER Tel. 766-3110 - CIBANCO Tel. 766-1642 - MULTIVA Tel: 766-2499 -O&A Tel: 766-4481

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- CAR CITY Tel: 765-2550, 765-4171 - GRUPO OLMESA Cell: (045) 33-3806-9231 - LINEA PROFESIONAL Tel. 766-2555, Fax. 766-0066 - RON YOUNG-MECHANIC Tel: 765-6387

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- FMC Tel: 766-3596 - GUGAM ARCHITECTURE Tel: (33) 3070 9368 - HOMESERVICES Tel: 766-1569 - TEKNOVENTANAS Tel: 01-800-581-0957 - WARWICK CONSTRUCTION Tel: 765-2224 Cell. (045) 331-135-0763

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- PURITAN POULTRY Tel: 765-4399 - TONY’S

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* MEDICAL SERVICES - BERNARDO LANCASTER JONES MD Tel: 765-7777/ (78) (79) Pag: 26 - DERMATOLOGIST Tel: 766-1198, 765-2400 Pag: 65 - DERMIKA Dermatologic Center Dra. Monica Ramos Tel: 766-2500 Pag: 22 - DR. FERNANDO PRIEGO Tel: 765-7777 Pag: 74 - DRA. MARTHA R. BALLESTEROS FRANCO Cell: (045) 333-408-0951 Pag: 19 - HOSPITAL ANGELES DEL CARMEN Tel: (01) 3813-0042 Pag: 12 - INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST & GERIATRICS Dr. J. Manuel Cordova Tel: 766-2777 Pag: 16 - ISILAB Tel: 766-1164 Pag: 30 - PINTO OPTICAS Tel: 765-7793 Pag: 14 - RED CROSS Tel: 765-2308 - SURGERY HOST Tel: 766-3145 Pag: 63

* MOVERS - BALDERAS Tel: 01 (33) 3810-4859 - LAKE CHAPALA MOVING Tel: 766-5008 - SEYMI Tel: 01 (33) 3603-0000, 3603-0256 - STROM- WHITE MOVERS Tel: 766-4049

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* MUSIC/THEATRE - TEATRO DIANA Tel: 01 (33) 3614-7072 Pag: 37 - THE NAKED STAGE READER’S THEATRE Tel: 765-2530 Pag: 63

* PERSONAL ASSISTANCE - JUSTUS HAUSER Tel: 763-5333, Fax: 763-5335 Emergencies: 01 (33) 3441-8223 Pag: 05 - NEWCOMERS ILSE HOFFMANN Cell: 33-3157-2541, Ilse40@megared.net.mx www.mexicoadventure.com/chapala/guadalajara.htm Tel: 01 (33) 3647-3912


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- COLDWELLBANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, movile: (045) 33-1175-9632 Pag: 68 - FOR RENT Tel: 766-3799 Pag: 66 FOR RENT Tel: 765-6462 Pag: 75 - HACIENDA LA CANACINTA Tel: 766-4971 Pag: 69 - RIBERA RENTAL CENTER Tel: 765-3838 Pag: 69 - ROMA Tel: 766-3163 Pag: 17 - SANTANA RENTALS Cell: 315-104-3283, Pag: 60 - VILLAS DEL SOL Tel: 766-1152 Pag: 50

- SERVICIO BELTRÁN Tel: 765-3949 - WATCH & CLOCKS Tel: 765 5190, Cell: (045) 33-1331-9226

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* RETIREMENT/REST/NURSING HOMES - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-4187, Fax: 765-5815 - THE BLUE HOUSE Tel: 766-1256

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* SATELLITES/ T.V. - AJIJIC ELECTRONICS S.A. DE C.V. Tel/Fax: 766-1117, 766-3371

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* SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS - FRIENDS OF VILLA INFANTIL Tel: 387 761-0002 Pag: 24 - EL BAZAR DE LOS NIÑOS Tel: 765-3147 Pag: 74 - LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY Tel: 766-1140 Pag: 66-69 - LAKESIDE SPAY & NEUTER CENTER, A.C. Tel: 766-3813

* SPA / MASSAGE - CASA DE MARINA Tel:763-0973 - CHARLIE’S MASSAGE Cell: (045) 331-044-4834 - GOLDEN AGE Tel: 766-3989 - LA BELLA VIDA Tel: 766-5131 - MONTE COXALA Tel: (387) 761-0111, 761-0326 - RESPIRO SPA Tel: (045) 33-3157-7790 - SUNDANCE SPAS Tel: (33) 3613-22-14 - TOTAL BODY CARE Tel: 766-3379 - VILLA BORDEAUX Tel. (01-387) 761-0494

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* POOL MAINTENANCE - EQUIPMENT AND POOL MAINTENANCE Tel: 766-1617 Pag: 28 - TECNO AQUA Tel: 766-3730, 766-3731 Pag: 66

* PRINTING - LAGO SUR Tel: 766-2816



- MARTHA HERRERA-Professional Photography Cell: (044) 333-952-3416 Pag: 50

- DR. ARTURO DANIEL SANZ Tel: 765-7777

- AMBAR Tel: 766-4300 Pag: 37 - ARELLANO Tel: 766-4696 Pag: 42, 43 - BEV. & JEAN COFELL Home Tel. 766-5332 Office Tel. 765-3676 Pag: 52 - COLDWELL BANKER CHAPALA REALTY Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124, Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 Pag: 84 - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-3841-8867 Pag: 53 - EL DORADO Tel: 766-0040 Pag: 02 - ESFERA INMOBILIARIA Tel: 01-800-466-3733 Pag: 33 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: (387) 763-1974 Pag: 28 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 766-5124 Pag: 62 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Cell: (045) 33-1469-7664 Pag: 50 - FOR SALE BY OWNER Tel: 766-5991 Pag: 36 - GEORGETTE RICHMOND Tel: 766-2129, 766-2077 Pag: 13 - HACIENDA LA CANACINTA Tel: 766-4971 Pag: 69 - Isla Dorado Tel. 01-800-777-6060 Pag: 61 - LLOYD REAL ESTATE AJIJIC Tel: 766-3508 Pag: 23 - MICHEL BUREAU Cell. (045) 333-129-3322, Home: (376) 765-2973 Pag: 61 - MIGUEL R. ROMAN Tel: 765-6557 Pag: 59 - MONTAÑO REALTY Tel: 766-1134 Pag: 58 - MYRON’S MEXICO Cell: 33-1065-7688 Pag: 48 - Palma Real Tel: 01-800-777-1515 Pag: 57 - PETER ST. JOHN Tel: 765-3676 Pag: 32 - RAUL GONZALEZ Cell: 33-1437-0925 Pag: 47 - REAL ESTATE SERVICES Tel./Fax: 766-5750 Pag: 30

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* REAL ESTATE - 1ST CHOICE HOMES LAKESIDE Tel: 765-2484 Pag: 55 - ADALBERTO PONCE Cell: 331 303 7764 Pag: 28, 51 - AJIJIC HOME INSPECTIONS Tel: 766-2836 Pag: 10 - AJIJIC REAL ESTATE Tel: 766-2077, Fax: 766-2331 Pag: 03 - ALL IN ONE REAL ESTATE SERVICE Tel: 766-1161 Pag: 05

- AJIJIC TANGO Tel: 766-2458 - ALFREDO’S CALIFORNIA Tel: 765-2245 - CASA DEL WAFFLE Tel: 766-1946 - CHAC-LAN Tel: (387) 761-0111, 761-0326 - CHILI BANG BAR Tel: 766-1919 - COFFEE & BAGELS Tel: 766-0664 - DAVID’S CAFE Tel: 766-2341 - EL JARDIN DE NINETTE Tel. 766-4905 - EL RISCO Cell. (045) 33-3662-7365 - GO LE CLUB Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 - HACIENDA AJIJIC’S Tel: 766-4906 - JOLANDAS

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AA- Meets daily at 10:00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm. Marcos Castellanos 51-A. 766-5961. Meets every Wednesday 8 am for breakfast at La Nueva Posada. ACÁ- Teaches youths, families sustainable agriculture, Joco and Jaltepec. Meet 14th of month. For more Information 387 763-1568. A COURSE IN MIRACLES- Saturday 2:00 pm 16 Sept #34, Unit 6, 766-4882 No charge. Ongoing. AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 904 WING- from September to April we meet the 2nd Thursday 2pm at La Nueva Posada. Contact Don Slimman 765-4141. AJIJIC QUILT GUILD - Meets second Tuesday monthly at 12 noon. Guests & New Members Welcome. ajijicguild@gmail.com AJIJIC SCRABBLE CLUB- Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-3 pm at LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Dan Stark 766-0411. AJIJIC WRITERS’ GROUP- Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10 am. New Posada. Coffee. Meeting followed by lunch at the New Posada. AXIXIC MASONIC LODGE #31- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact the secretary at 763-5346 for details. AL-ANON- Step study, Monday 6 pm, Lake Chapala Society, 16 de Septiembre & Marcos Castellanos Ajijic, Rear Gate. Contact (376)766-5975 AL-ANON- Sat. 10 am, Club 12, Marcos Castellanos 51-A, Ajijic Contact (376) 766-5975. AMERICAN LEGION OF CHAPALA POST- #7 General Membership meets 11 am 2nd Thursday. Tel: 765-2259. AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES- Every Wednesday 6 to 8 pm, Nueva Posada; informal friendly group meet to make new friends. AMIGOS DEL LAGO A.C.- Working to improve the ecology. See www.amigosdelago.org or contact us at info@amigosdelago.org. AMITIES FRANCOPHONES- Meets every 3rd Saturday at 1 pm contact: Roland and Camille at 766-0149. rvanhoudt@prodigy.net.mx. ANIMAL SHELTER- Provide shelter and new homes for dogs and cats. Tel: 765-5514. ANITA’S ANIMALS- Free loving dogs and cats. call (01 387) 761-0500. www.anitasanimals.com. ASA- Ajijic Society of the Arts. Meets every 1st Monday of the month at Nueva Posada, 10 am. ARDAT- (Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy), therapy dog visits and education to prevent animal abuse. Juliananna Rose (376) 766-5025. BRIDGE AT OLD POSADA- Monday 1:15 check in. Mary Andrews 766-2489. BRITISH SOCIETY- Lunch meeting the 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm at Manix Rest. 765-4786, chapalainn@prodigy.net.mx. CARD & DOMINO CLUB- Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Call for times. We will teach; make friends! Tel. 766-4253, Cell: (045) 33-1295-6485. CANADIAN CLUB OF LAKE CHAPALA- Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through April. Social hour: 3:00 pm, program 4:00 pm. Visit www.canadianclubmx.com. CASA DE ANCIANOS- Provides support for elderly citizens, 765-2497. CENTRO DE DESARROLLO AJIJIC- Provides family planning and reproductive health education. 766-1679. CHILI COOK OFF- Providing a carnival for residents raising charitable funds, 763-5038. DAR- (Guadalajara)- Daughters of the American Revolution, meets monthly Sep. through June. Cell:333-897-0660 or Tel: (376) 766-2284. DAR- (At Lakeside)- THOMAS PAINE CHAPTER meets every 3 Wednesday at 12:30 noon, September thru June. Tel: 766-2981 or 762-0834. EASTERN STAR ESTRELLA DEL LAGO CHAPTER #10- 1st Wed. at 1:00 pm at Hotel Monte Carlo. 766-3785, www.oesestrelladellago.org. E.R.I.C.- Provides support for the construction and renovation of educational buildings. 766-2866. DEMOCRATS- Meets 2nd Thursday 4pm at La Nueva Posada FRIENDS OF VILLA INFANTIL (FOVI)- Provides financial support for children: www.friendsofvillainfantil.org. Contact Lisa Le: (387) 761-0002 or email : lisale888@gmail.com GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS- GA Meeting held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM in the Doctor’s office at the Lake Chapala Society - Charlie K. at cell: 331-445-2136. GARDEN CLUB- Meets the 3rd. Wednesday 11 am for lunch at La Nueva Posada. GARDEN GUILD- promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. GERMAN MEETING- 2nd Thursday, 1:00 pm. La Nueva Posada. Call Thea 765-2442 or Werner 763-5446. GOLDEN STRINGS OF LAKE CHAPALA, A.C.- Rehearsals at auditorio de la Floresta. Tuesday & Friday, 3-6 pm. HASH HOUSE HARRIERS- Every Saturday at 8:30 am at La Nueva Posada. IRISH- Meet 2nd Monday 4pm for lunch at La Nueva Posada. JUNIOR LEAGUE DE GUADALAJARA A.C.- Av. San Francisco #3332. ligagdl2@prodigy.net.mx, Guadalajara, Jal. Tel. (33) 3121-0887. LAKE CHAPALA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB- Meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15 p.m.. www.chapalabridge.com. LAKE CHAPALA GARDEN CLUB- Gardening at Lakeside with garden tours and meeting 3rd Wed of every month at Nueva Posada for noon lunch and program. Contact sandy_feldmann@yahoo.com. LAKE CHAPALA GREEN GROUP- Sustainable living for a better tomorrow. Meets first Tuesday of each month, September through May. Lake Chapala Society, 3:00. Everyone is welcome. www.lakechapalagreengroup.com. LAKE CHAPALA SHRINE CLUB.- Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the Nueva Posada. Perry King at (376) 763-5126. LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY - LCS- 16 de Sep. # 16-A Ajijic, Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. www.lakechapalasociety.org. 766-1140. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY AWARDS- We benefit all the community by honoring lakeside’s most talented. 766-3232. LAKESIDE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS- Board meets 3rd Thursday at 2:15 every month. info@lakesideanimalfriends.org. LAKESIDE LAUGHTER CLUB- Meets every Wed. from 9 am - 9:40 beginning September 29. For information call Charlene 766-0884. LAKESIDE LITTLE THEATRE A.C.- Balanced theatrical entertainment, English-speaking, 765-5942. LAKESIDE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF- The 4th of each month. Nueva Posada 10:30 am. Call 766-2280, www.lakesideschoolforthedeaf.org. LAKESIDE WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION- Rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals. 765-4916. LAKE SPAY AND NEUTER CENTR A.C.- Provides shelter and helps curtail the over-population of animals. 766-3813. LCS EDUCATION CENTER- Provides classes in language and other topics for both Anglo and Mexican community. 766-0499. LCS STUDENT AID FUND- Provides financial support to area students to enroll in university, vocational and high school program. 766-0716. LINK- Assisting foreign community. Desk at Lake Chapala Society-Monday, 10 am-noon. LITTLE BLUE SCHOOLHOUSE- Provides financial assistance for students at school for disabled children in Chapala 766-1552. LOS NINOS DE CHAPALA Y AJIJIC, AC Providing educational scholarships to Lakeside children 376-765-7032, www.lakesideninos.org. LOVE IN ACTION- Shelter for abused and abandoned children. For volunteers and donations. Anabel Frutos 765-7409, cell: 331-351 7826. MAS- Music Appreciation Society. Concerts from fall to spring. Classical music and dance concerts. For info call Beverly Denton, 765-6409. MISION SAN PABLO- Helping 60 orphaned children ages 2-14 yrs, Bonnie Shrall - Bonnie@shrall.com #766-0009. www.misionsanpablo.org. NAVY LEAGUE, LAKE CHAPALA COUNCIL- Meets the third Saturday for lunch at 1 pm, Manix Rest. 766 4750 or 766-1848. NEEDLE PUSHERS- Sew dresses, knit or chet sweaters for local kids. Every Tues. 10 am at LCS. Call Gay at 766-2902. NIÑOS Y JOVENES CARAVAN- Delivers foodstuffs and used clothing to orphanage in San Juan. Call Reuben Varela, 01-387-761-0828. OPEN CIRCLE- Fostering body, mind & spirit, every Sunday at the LCS from 10 am to 12 noon. 765-3402 or frankdburton@yahoo.com. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS- Every Tuesday & Friday 12 pm at Marcos Castellanos 51-A, in Upper Ajijic. Tel: 766-2575 or 766-1626. PROGRAMA PRO NIÑOS INCAPACITADOS DEL LAGO AC.- Assisting Lakeside disabled children www.programaninos.org , 763-5010. PASOS MILAGROSOS (MIRACULOUS STEPS.)- Helping Handicapped Children Through the Magic of Horses. Saturdays 8-2. www. pasosmilagrosos.com. RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS- Meets 1st Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Sala LCS. New members welcome. ROTARY CLUB OF AJIJIC- Meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm at Hotel Real de Chapala. Contact at 766-3302. www.rotaryajijic.com. SCIENCE OF MIND STUDY GROUP- Discussion group every Tuesday at 10 AM Lake Chapala Center for Spiritual Living at Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic; contact Rev. Tim at 766-0920 or tim@revdoctim.com. THE GENEALOGY FORUM- Meets monthly on the fourth Monday in the Sala at LCS, from 2:00 to 3:45. UVA - University/Vocational Assistance (Little Chapel by the Lake a.c.)- Sue Torres, 766-2932 or Lynn Hanson 766-2660. VIVA LA MUSICA - Bus trips to the symphony, summer concert series, call Rosemay Keeling 766-1801. www.ajijicviva.org. VOLLEYBALL IN CHAPALA- At Cristiania park Tues., Thurs., Sat. mornings at 10, 333-502-1264. VOLUNTEER HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP- Meeting last Saturday of each month at LCS in sala, 10:30. VOLUNTEERS OF THE CRUZ ROJA- Sponsors fund raising events and provides administrative and support services to the Delegation.

(NOTE: If there is any change in the above, please advise us so that corrections may be made. Call: 765-2877)


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All Saints Lutheran Church Worship Service 11:00 am 4600 Avenida Tepeyac, Guad. Tel. (01 333) 121-6741. Abundant Life Assembly of God Carr. 140 next to Mail Boxes etc, Tel: 766-5615. Center For Spiritual Living Celebration Service, 5pm Fridays, Nicolas Bravo #17 Ajijic. 766-9020 or tim@revdoctim.com. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Services in English and Spanish, 10 am, Riberas del Pilar Bishop Wyvell Tel. (376) 765-7067, Bishop’s residence (376) 766-1532. Church of the Holy Spirit Services Sun. 10 am, Albaro Obregon #119, Chapala Tel. (376) 765-4210. Grace Baptist Church 5th Sun. Evening service 6 pm, Pedro Buzeta No. 970, Guad. Tel. (013) 641-1685. Lake Chapala Baptist Church Mid-week service, 9:30 am, worship service, 10:45 am. Santa Margarita #147, Riberas del Pilar, Tel. (376) 765-2925, 765-3329. www.lakechapalabaptist.com. 7th Day Adventist meet at Madeira 12 in Rancho del Oro, 9:15 am to Noon. Potluck follows. 765-2165. Little Chapel by the Lake Sun. services 11 am, Chula Vista,. Jal, Tel. (376) 763-1551. Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar, Tel: 765-6968. For information and service times, please call Pres. Elliot Gould. contact us@lakechapalajews.com. Web site: www. lakechapalajews.com. Lakeside Fellowship Sun. worship 11 am, Javier Mina #49 Ajijic, Tel. (376) 766-0795. Lakeside Presbyterian Church Worship-Sunday 10 am; Bible StudyFriday 10 am; Hidalgo 231A, Carr. Chapala/Joco; Riberas del Pilar Tel. Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-7661238, or Norm Pifer at 376-766-0616 Website at www.chapalalakesidepresbyterian.org Saint Andrew´s Anglican Church Calle San. Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Sunday 1 service, 10 am. www.standrewsriberas.com San Andres Catholic Church Services 9:00 am. Ajijic, 766-0922. St. John’s Catholic Church Between Av. Vallarta & Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Guad. Sun. 11am. (013) 121-8131. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center behind Mateos in Riberas del Pilar (Santa Margarita 113). For additional information call Steve at 766-5507 or email: trudycrippen@gmail.com. Check out our website at www.lcuuf.org.


FOR SALE: 1992 Isuzu Rodeo, US plated, v/6, 5 speed. $1200 USD or OBO. Call: 331-218-9649 FOR SALE: 1991 4 Cyl. Ford Escord Hatchback. Mexico Plated and runs great, no rust, body needs repair of dents, 14,000pesos. Call 331-218-9649 FOR SALE: 2003 Ford Focus Station Wagon excellent operating condition, low gas mileage great AC. Mexican plated. Call: Bill 01-427-271-1041 FOR SALE: 2001 Lincoln Town CarCartier Edition - Pearl White. Tan Interior. Wood-Leather Steering wheel. Great air suspension. All repairs done by me have been done at the Dealer. Mexican Plates, Electric Trunk. $13,000 USD. Contact: Mark M FOR SALE: Continental, needs some work motor and trans, teirs ext. in good shape. 19,000 pesos Call Terry at 765 2061 or Cell: 331 275 9197 FOR SALE: 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, Selling as is. Needs replating. Air needs to be repaired. $2700 USD. Contact: Fabienne Rapaz WANTED: Want US plated car, had ad before but unable to find car I would like. Contact: Frank Raimo WANTED: Side roof rails for a 20022006 Honda CRV. Will also consider a full roof rack. Price negotiable. Contact: Kevin O’Byrne


FOR SALE: Print Cartridges. Three unopened Lexmark #1 cartridges (combined color/BW). 100 pesos each. 765-2925 FOR SALE: Four foot (4´) semi-new Satellite Antenna with pedestal. $1,000 pesos. (33) 3632-5723 FOR SALE: 200 Watts digital AM/FM Receiver, brand new, still in Box, with remote control. Bought by mistake in the States last month. Call: Ingrid Hill at 766-5779 FOR SALE: Desktop computer with keyboard. Very good...lightly used with Windows XP Home Edition upgrade (with certificate of authenticity). Hard drive cleaned by professional, guaranteed. 150 USD. Call: Dennis at 766-5322 FOR SALE: Magicjack, call unlimited to the United States and Canada. Price 60.00 includes one full year of service, renewal for the next year is only 19.95 for as long as you own the magicjack. Call: (376)765-2326


Stunning Dog – Adoption. My name is Tesla I’m a 3 years old small dog looking for a home and a nice human to be with. Please contact my owner for interview. (Spayed & rabies vaccinated) Call: Pablo Cabral at 331424-1667 FOR SALE: Training your puppy or dog? I have two books that might help: PUPPY TRAINING, by Charlotte Schwartz; and NEW COMPLETE DOG TRAINING MANUAL, by Bruce Fogle. 100 pesos for both. Call: James Tipton, 765-7689.


FOR SALE: Slightly Used Odyssey 2-Ball Mid-Size Long Putter w/cover. Trained & ready to give you the best putting achievement of your life. Call: Aivars at 766-2225. FOR SALE: Double Steam and Espresso Outputs. Restaurant Quality. Excellent condition. Mod Cafe 2M120/2 see www.

lapavoni.com/model.asp?id=313, ours has double steamers and comes with la Pavoni Coffee Grinder. $37,500 pesos/$3000 USD. Call: Heinz Stapff at 766-4474 FOR SALE: 16 Cu.Ft Glass door freezer Excellent condition Restaurant Quality See www.tor-rey-refrigeration.com/freezers/index.htm for specs. Call: Heinz Stapff at 7664474 FOR SALE: Slightly used BOSE acoustic noise cancelling headphones. W/case, charger & adapters. US$140.00. Call: Aivars Taurins at (376)766-2225 WANTED: Need in December or January. 25’ or longer “Trailer” (pull along) to set up on our property here. Good condition. Tires need only to be good enough to get it “home”. e-mail: doslocos9@gmail.com FOR SALE: 2 Maj Jongg Sets. One: 1960’s bakelite w/152 tiles + 5 racks w/chip holders + carrying case. US$165.00. The other: 1960’s vintage plastic set w/144 tiles + 4 wooden racks. US$90.00. Call: Amy at 766-2225. FOR SALE: 27 in. Sony Triniton TV plus Sony CD/DVD player. Both in EXCELLENT condition. 1250 pesos. Call: 766-1390 FOR SALE: Star choice system: Motorola DSR 305 receiver, remote,coaxil cable and satellite dish.1250 pesos. Call 766-1390 FOR SALE: Travel Golf Bag on wheels, used 1 time. Dark blue in color. Call: James Hill at 766-5779 FOR SALE: Commercial Pressure Washer 3500 psi gas powered portable on tires. Wand Jet nozzle with 75 ft. pressure hose & 50 ft of water hose, excellent condition. 7000 pesos. Call: Bill 01-427-271-1041 FOR SALE: Double Bed & Box Spring like new (needs feet/wheels), plus 2 plastic fitted mattress protectors, cotton quilted waterproof mattress cover, foam topper, ivory eyelet bedskirt, 2 sets ivory sheets + 6 pillowcases. 5,000 pesos. Call: Brian Stockman at 766-2230 BEST OFFER FOR: manual wheel chair: 16 inch wide seat, folding. Very good shape. Contact: Gerald Carrasco. FOR SALE: Pro-Form LX360 Treadmill. Seldom used. Excellent condition. Asking $3,500 pesos. Call: 766-2866 (Cell: 333-3938585) or mctdan@gmail.com FOR RENT: POST OFFICE BOX TO SHARE. Will have room for one more person effective Nov 1. $130US per year or $11.00 per month, We have had the box for over 6 years with no problems. Call if interested 766-5243 FOR SALE: Emerson, size [inches] 12 tall, 13 deep x 18 wide. 500pesos. Call: Tom Holeman at 766 4738 WANTED: Want to Buy 12-String Acoustic Guitar. New or Used. Private Party or Dealer. Must be in Good Condition. Please contact Raphael by phone or e-mail. 376766-2771 or doslocos9@gmail.com FOR SALE: 1998 Susuki, V-Twin- 805 cc Maruader only 15 k, original miles like brand new, excellent conditions, jalisco plates. 4500.00 USD. Call: Erendira Mena at 765 2191 FOR SALE: Used 1X - Portable projector w/sound and portable movie screen. Can easily be connected to DVD Player, or Gaming Consoles for large viewing. Excellent sound quality. Great for outdoor patio entertaining. $350 U.S. Call Dale 766-3207 FOR SALE: Unique Dinning Room table and 8 chairs. Great for entertaining. Imported

from Indonesia, hand painted by Chinese artist Shodi. Very sturdy. Moved and doesn’t work in new house. Call: Dave Earle at 7653392 FOR SALE: Almost new SONY VHS recorder/player with remote control. Includes several new blank VHS cassette tapes and the complete Marx Brothers collection. $100 USD. (33) 3632-5723 FOR SALE: Denon turntable with diamond cartridge. Very good condition. Both originally cost $350. Includes 100 goodbrand vinyl records… half are classic music. Accept reasonable offer. (33) 3632-5723 FOR SALE: Small 600 watt Honda Generator. Ideal for power emergencies. $2,000 pesos. (33) 3632-5723 WANTED: seeking rental. single, retired man, non-smoker, no pets, very clean and responsible, local references available. Call: Dennis James at 510-926-3945 WANTED: Looking to borrow a portable baby crib. For Nov. 26th to Dec 6th. 5 month old baby. Call:765-7494 or mikemutter@hotmail.com WANTED: accordion Preferably piano but button OK. Prefer smaller size. Also wanting lessons FOR SALE: Satellite dish and modem. Call: Fabienne Rapaz at 765 4412 FOR SALE: PIANO Wurlitzer, very good condition. Needs to be returned. Has stool Music Books and Sheet music for Sale. $900 USD Call Fabienne Rapaz at 765 4412 WANTED: 4 Drawer File Cabinet wanted. Please call Mitchell 765-7455 WANTED: Someone to share Star Choice (Shaw) programming. Must have satellite dish and receiver. I currently spend $57 U.S./mo., would like to share the cost. Call 766-3025 & we can discuss program packages. FOR SALE: Terrace Table with six chairs, never used - Bought at Liverpool for $1350.00. Will sell for $800 USD. Wicker, medium to dark brown with glass top. Contact: Fred or Frankie FOR SALE: 2 bike bumper carrier. Fits most vehicles. 900 pesos. Tel: (376) 7657198 e-mail: carole_john1969@hotmail.com FOR SALE: Tracker Tundra 20 Really nice boat, 20ft long, capacity up to 9 people, GPS fishfinder $280,000.00 or 25,000.00 dls. e-mail with any questions! juliana109@ hotmail.com FOR SALE: Do you want to add another TV receiver to another room in your home? This is just what you need if you have Dish Network. Asking 600 pesos, Model #311. Call: Julie Hensley @ 765-4590 WANTED: Looking for Martina Cole books. Contact: Mike Mutter FOR SALE: 2 Bedroom sets: 1 wood 475.USD, 1 off white set 650.USD, Matching couch, love seat and chair in soft sage green stripe pattern of soft gold 595.USD, and more. Contact: Jerry Johnson FOR SALE: Large 2 piece Entertainment Center Handmade by “Muebles Rustico” Will hold up to 42” wide-screen T.V. 2 Large drawers, side cabinets and shelves. Natural finish. 2,800 pesos or 250.00 U.S. Contact: Rafael Terracino FOR SALE: Pimsleur spanish audio cassettes, 16 double sided tapes, learn spanish with the pimsleur method. Negotiable but asking 800 pesos. Contact: Diane Ward FOR SALE: LG DVD player and recorder, plays dvd, cd’s, USB, MP3, WMA, JPEG

files, connects to digital camcorders, records TV programs, manual in English/Spanish, nearly new. Asking 750 pesos. Contact: Diane Ward FOR SALE: Good condition 5,300kms. Custom Dinamo 2009 Chopper 150CC white & red, 18,000 pesos. Call: 333-952-8531 FOR SALE: Level 1 and Level 2 Spanish Now!. These are the popular Barron’s Textbook/Workbook in like new condition. List at 37.94 USD for both. My price 150 pesos or 12 USD for both. James Tipton 765-7689 FOR SALE: The Appeal by John Grisham, list $27.95US; Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, list 29.99 USD. These are all Hardcover First Editions. Will sell each for 120 pesos or 10 USD. James Tipton, 7657689 WANTED: Looking for Breville (juice fountain plus) Lightly used or excellent cond. Call Janice @ (376) 763-5664 or vonage 512-663-8691 FOR SALE: Energizer Industrial 9-Volt batteries to run a dog silencer, before we received the batteries we hard wired it. This is $20p for one. Expiration is 2013. Call: Julie Hensley at 765-4590 FOR SALE: Yamaha piano- organ, model ypr-50 in excellent condition, with manual and adjustable chair. 275 USD. Call: 7653824 FOR SALE: Want to lose weight? I have for sale (very slightly used) a hardcover edition of Fred Pescatore, M.D., THE HAMPTONS DIET. 100 pesos. Call: James Tipton, 765-7689. FOR SALE: Surpassing The Love Of Men: Romantic Friendship And Love Between Women; Sex In History; The Art Of Sexual Ecstasy/The Art Of Sexual Magic; and Best Women’s Erotica 2010. All for only 250 pesos. Call: James Tipton 765-7689. FOR SALE: New Alto Saxophone (Cecilia), never used. Bought in the States a year ago for 4,000 pesos. Will sacrifice for 3,000 pesos. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689.


FOR SALE: 10 Lladró figurines (glazed) in perfect condition, S2,400 - 5,500 pesos each. Call: Brian Stockman at 766-2230 FOR SALE: Sweets book indexed catalog and building construction Dated 1906. 500 pesos. Contact: Frank Raimo FOR SALE: Packet of 50 beautiful unused Mexican commemorative postage stamps. Perfect to start your collection of Mexican stamps or to send back north as a special (and easy-to-mail) gift. Jim Tipton 765-7689. FOR SALE: Two World War II US mess kits (1943 Leyse), in fine condition. A perfect gift for that old veteran, that young camper, or for the collector who likes unusual items of historical value. Only $100 pesos each. Call Jim Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: I have hundreds of duplicates of 19th and 20th century Mexican stamps, both new and used, for sale. (Also lots of Peru and Chile). Call: James Tipton at 765-7689. FOR SALE: Original bold signature of Andrew Jackson on Land Grant, probably 1829, co-signed by George Graham, Commissioner of the General Land Office. Price 4000 USD. Call: James Tipton at 765-7689

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El Ojo del Lago - November 2010  

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

El Ojo del Lago - November 2010  

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