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PUBLISHER Richard Tingen

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COVER STORY

Bill Dean writes about two things close to his heart: railroads and Mexico, and how they came to affect each other in ways many people do not know.

20 WONDERFUL WILDLIFE Lorin Swinehart tells us about one of the most mysterious and under-appreciated creatures in all of God’s green acres: the wolf. Lorin knows whereof he speaks, having been a forest ranger for many years.

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Anita’s Animals

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Front Row Center

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Imprints

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Uncommon Sense

Sales Managers Omar Medina Bruce Fraser

Carol Bowman appraises Dr. Paul Scanlon’s Memoirs of the German Princess, a historical novel set in late 17th FHQWXU\ /RQGRQ²DQG ¿QGV /DNHVLGH Scanlon’s book absolutely fascinating. An additional bonus is that the book is written in the literary style of the era in which the story is set

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Hearts at Work

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Conservative Corner

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Profiling Tepehua

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Bridge by Lake

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Art Critic Rob Mohr Roving Correspondent Dr. Lorin Swinehart

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Another writer relatively new to Lakeside, Rosemary Grayson, has led a colorful life that includes posing for a Playboy Centerfold and handling such unpredictable creatures as gorillas and Hugh Hefner.

46 BOOK REVIEW Mark Sconce reviews Mexican Mornings, a collection of essays by Dr. Michael Hogan, long-associated with the world-famous American School in Guadalajara. Among his favorite topics are WKHVWUHHWFORZQVDQGWKH¿UHHDWHUVRQ the streets of the capitol of Jalisco.

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hots have been fired at 74 American schools and two military bases in the 1 ½ years since the Sandy Hook massacre. With few exceptions, they were fired by young white males at other white Americans. The statistics tell us we should be more fearful of gun lobbyist Wayne LaPierre than al-Qaeda. In the decade following 9/11, only 33 Americans were killed by Muslims, while 150,000 were killed by guns. That’s a ratio of 4,545 to one. There is rage in America. We see it on clogged freeways, called “road rage” where frustrated drivers will get out of their pickup and assault another driver, shoot him, or bang into another vehicle with a bigger one. And then there are the endless shootings. Texas has an organization called “Open Carry Texas.” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is up for reelection. His campaign advertises his support for an open carry law. Small groups of them go into chain restaurants with assault rifles and ask for service. They assure startled customers that they’re not there to hurt anybody – they’re just exercising their Second Amendment rights. Well, thanks for the assurance, but maybe it would be better just to leave the assault rifle at home – or not to own one in the first place. Rage is also visible in the Tea Party’s racism. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled “You lie!” during an address by President Obama to a joint session of Congress, normally a dignified event. Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R-TX) is fine with his campaign calling President Obama a subhuman mongrel, meaning mixed-breed dog. There’s a lot of rage directed at Muslims, with defacing of their mosques and attempts to prevent their construction. And there’s plenty of hatred of women, with Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute – multiple times, for the

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Elliot Rodger, An Enraged Young Man (1992-2014)

hateful gratification of millions of listeners. Hate and rage, hate and rage. One of the most shameful examples of rage, doubtlessly based on racism, was the behavior at the California town of Murrieta. Three buses of 140 Central American children were prevented entry into the city by an angry mob. They were carrying plenty of signs as they blocked the street. Signs that read, “Go Back to Mexico.” “No Illegals Allowed.” Things like that. The government was trying to carry out American law and moving the children to expedite their hearings. As Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, the protesters were interfering with due process of law. And there were the obscene chants. The children must have been terrified. The event was made festive by waving American flags all over the place. Ironically, the U.S. is responsible for many of the problems that plague Central America because of ruthless right-wing dictators we propped up there. As Chris Matthews described it, our hands are not clean. A case study of rage that surely has wide application is that of Elliot Rodger, 22 years of age. His father is a movie director and Elliot drove a BMW. Elliot’s rage drove him to kill six people. Rage is a great stimulus for action and loss of judgment. A Hollywood screenwriter and family friend, Dale Launer, knew Elliot Rodger to be shy, with a crippling lack of confidence, and an inability to take action of any kind. When he did finally take action, it was tragic. On a video he made before his shooting spree, Elliot compared his gun to his sexual organs. He com-


plained on the video about women sexually rejecting him and was bitter that he was still a virgin. He complained that beautiful women gave their sexual favors to other men, but not to him. He said about his new gun purchase, “Now I’m the alpha male.” That seemed like a powerful confirmation of the Freudian idea of a gun being a phallic symbol. That might be the motive for those men who have been going into restaurant chains in Texas brandishing their assault weapons. Freud might say they suffer feelings of sexual inadequacy

and guns make them alpha males, just like Elliot Rodger. The video that Elliot Rodger made is available on YouTube. Knowing now what he was about to do, the video is unnerving. Young Elliot smiles with satisfaction when he describes the killing he is about to do, saying, “This is the day of retribution.” It was no accident that an English rock band in 1975 named itself “The Sex Pistols.” Fred Mittag

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813 was the year that José María Morelos, then leader of Mexico’s independence movement, summoned a group of delegates to ponder over a Constitution. In that same year a young chap in a coal mining region of England was shooing cows off wagon tracks. His name was George Stephenson, and it dawned on him that a steam engine rigged to a coal wagon might make the wagon go faster than a horse could pull it. So he concocted a steam wagon and dubbed it “Blücher.” It would be just a matter of time before steam locomotives would crisscross much of the industrialized world. But in 1821, when Mexico finally gained independence from Spain, structuring the new nation superseded building railroads. Mexico began by crowning an Emperor. When that royal experiment didn’t go as planned, Mexico sent its Emperor packing. When he returned to Mexico hoping to regain his crown, he was met at the dock and hauled off to a firing squad. Then a succession of 49 administrations ruled during the 34 year period ending in 1857.* With that kind of chaos, foreign rail barons had to wonder whether Mexico was a good place for them to do business. It wasn’t. That meant years more of mule caravans and stage coaches. And it meant dirt roads. The most famous of them was El Camino Real (The Royal Road). Before the Spanish Conquest it was an Indian footpath from present day Veracruz on the Gulf Coast that zigzagged some 200 miles into Mexico’s interior to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. The Conquistadors used it as the invasion route to plunder Tenochtitlan. It took the Conquistadors nearly three months to make the trip but they had canons and heavy armor to lug over the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains. Over 300 years later, in 1825, a gentleman from South Carolina by the name of Joel Poinsett (from whom the Poinsettia plant got its name) took the same route. He went that way because it was the least bad way to get to where

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he was going. He was the United States Minister to Mexico and was headed for his new post in Mexico City. A steamboat first took him from the United States to Veracruz. He then set out on the Royal Road to Mexico’s capital reclined on a couch strapped to two mules. In time El Camino Real extended north from Mexico City all the way to present day Santa Fe, New Mexico. It had been the gateway for Spain to expand northward and for priests and friars to make Christians out of Pueblo Indians. “Gateway” maybe, but “expressway” it was not. Caravans could expect to travel 10-15 miles a day. Camps along the way were little more than watering holes. Terrified travelers kept their eyes peeled for Apache warriors. There was one particularly treacherous 90 mile waterless shortcut in the north known as “Jornada del Muerto” (Journey of Death). The stretch was aptly named after 574 travelers perished on their way to El Paso in the year 1680. Travel did not get much better until after 1848 when the U.S. Army began building forts north of the Rio Grande. By then railroads were booming in the Unites States, but there were not any in Mexico. President Juárez (1848-1872) hesitated to build railroads. He thought they could be used by outsiders to invade Mexico. His presidency was interrupted by the French occupation (1864-1867). During that occupation France installed Maximilian as Mexico’s Emperor. Maximilian tried to build a segment of rail connecting Mexico City and Veracruz but his Imperial Railway Company went broke before the first train whistle blew. The French were soon overthrown and then it was Maximilian’s turn to face the firing squad. With Juárez again in office, foreign investors took a second look at Mexico. But it would not be until the tenure of Juárez’s successor, Lerdo de Tejada (1872-1876), that the Mexican Railroad Company (Ferrocarril Mexicano) completed a line to Veracruz by tunneling through mountains and bridging steep


canyons. Without British expertise it would not have happened. President/Dictator Porfirio Díaz (1876-1911), as might be guessed from his nickname “Strong Man,” was fully committed to the iron horse. For him it was full steam ahead. Trains were to be the lynch-pin for industrializing Mexico. There were just about 400 miles of railroad track when he entered office; when he left office there were about 15,000.** He moved Mexico into the 20th century, but at the price of a tenyear Revolution that would claim over one million Mexican lives. Railroads, of course, did not cause the Revolution, but they had more than a little to do with it. Consider the following: The Irony. Díaz’s nemesis was the revolutionary leader Francisco Madero. It was Madero who wrote the book that sparked the Revolution. If that wasn’t enough to infuriate Díaz, Madero then went on whistle-stop tours preaching revolution from the rear of Díaz’s trains. Foreign Investment. Díaz’s trains were financed by U.S., British, and French private investors. That did not sit well with countless Mexicans, especially folk hero Pancho Villa. Legend has it that he and his band of outlaws financed the Revolution by robbing trains. Part of that legend has been documented in the archives of Wells Fargo: On April 9, 1913, Mexican Train No. 7 was chugging through the northwestern state of Chihuahua. Pancho and his men ambushed their way aboard No. 7, butchered a passenger, heisted bars of silver (then worth about $160,000), and then held a Wells Fargo agent hostage until they could convert the silver to pesos. Wells Fargo paid up quietly not wanting to be seen as siding with the rebels.*** How could Wells Fargo, much less Díaz, have guessed that the trains would help finance the Revolution? Governance. Trains created commercial and agricultural centers sprawled all over Mexico. Pockets of political activity sprouted up in distant centers making it hard for Díaz to keep the country under his thumb. Attitudes. Trains changed mindsets. Trains had been thought to be just for rich people – men in top hats and ladies carrying parasols. True enough, but ordinary folks were suddenly able to board trains too. They may not have sat on red velvet chairs, but they were able to see how the privileged lived and to realize that the world was not without opportunity. Could they join the ranks of the well-off? New Working Class. Before Díaz’s time, Mexico’s infrastructure had been largely built by compulsory free labor. Mexico’s rails, however, were built in the early stages of Mexico’s market econo-

my. Rail workers were paid wages and were provided housing, clothing and meals. When land was taken for tracks, both peasants and plantation owners were compensated for what was taken from them. This is not to suggest that everyone was treated fairly, but everyone knew they had rights, and the Revolution proved the people would exercise those rights. Waging the Revolution. And trains became assets of warfare. Trains transported federales to put down revolutionary hot spots. Rebels responded by blowing up railroad bridges and tearing up track. Locomotives loaded with explosives called máquinas locas (in English, “crazy machines”) barreled down tracks aimed at troop and supply trains. Fast Forward. Today the country boasts a strong system of freight trains. Passenger service is essentially nonexistent save for some tourist and commuter trains. But that too may change. In 2013 President Nieto announced a five year infrastructure plan that is to include bullet trains. Should that happen, Mexico would more than make up for its late start. Blücher’s Epitaph. Little could George Stephenson, in the coal mines of England over 200 years ago, have possibly imagined that his “Blücher” would be such a game- changer in faraway Mexico. Footnotes: *(Administrations) Teresa Van Hoy, A Social History of Mexico’s Railroads-Peons, Prisoners and Priests, (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008), p.1. ** (Miles of Track) Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman & Susan M. Deeds, The Course of Mexican History, 7th edition (New York Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003) p. 425. *** (Pancho Villa) Kathleen Scalise, University of California Berkeley News Release, “Surprising New Information on Pancho Villa….”http:// w w w.berkeley.edu/news/media/ releases/99legacy/5-3-1999.html

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treet dog Vs. Dog in Crisis. The August article briefly described what a street dog looks like. A Dog in Crisis looks different. This dog mostly likely is new to living on the street, or has been injured or ill and not doing well trying to survive in this inhospitable environment. It probably does not have an owner that is in the area and does not belong to a neighborhood dog family/pack. The dog is not skilled in finding available food. It can be seen nervously darting in and out of traffic. It may be so emaciated that it’s ribs and backbone are showing, or may actually be injured. This type of dog may have skin sores and lesions, limping and clearly in pain. Some dogs may show signs of disease, such as wheezing, open wounds, bleeding, infected eyes, etc. Occasionally this dog may be so badly matted that its ability to move, see, or go potty is hindered. Another type of ‘crisis dog’

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can be a very young puppy that is by itself. The next part is crucial – what to do? IF you take on the responsibility for the care of a dog in crisis, in what should be referred to as “Rescue Care” [ not foster care – that’s a totally different item ] there needs to be a well thought out plan establishing health goals and the ultimate “destination” of that dog. After a thorough search for a possible owner proves unsuccessful, determine your involvement. This may sound cruel, and the intention is not to discourage people from getting involved, but once you cross that threshold of involvement, you are making a total commitment

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for this animal. When a person takes it upon themselves to rescue an animal from its ‘environment, that person is assuming total responsibility for the total care [ and cost ] of that animal during “rescue care” time. This rescue care must include a plan from the onset that addresses finding a home for that animal by the end of rescue care. If the rescuer at the beginning knows he/she is not going to keep the animal, or changes his/her mind weeks later about not keeping the animal , they cannot assume that the Vet caring for the animal has room and is able to take over housing this animal until a home is found. Likewise, it cannot be assumed by the ‘rescuer’ that at the very end of the rescue care time, the animal can be just “dropped off” at a shelter without having had an already previously established agreement with the shelter to accept the animal. Frequently shelters are at full capacity and may not have a vacancy. They may also have circumstances/restrictions regarding what age or type of dog, etc., that the shelter cannot / will not accept. Rescue Care is not Foster Care. Foster Care is a very short term situation where the animal is brought up to health standards to be adopted

into a permanent home. The key point is that there is an already established relationship between the shelter and the person who will be providing temporary care for this particular animal. This care normally is for a few days, possibly a couple of weeks, very rarely more than that. There should be an established verbal or written agreement regarding what each party [foster parent & shelter] is responsible for. Items should include costs, length of time, Vet use, treatments, seeking a home for this animal, and return of this animal to the shelter. Shelters always need Foster Parents.


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he Last Romance is a bittersweet comedy by Joe DiPietro, who is best known for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, as well as writing the book and lyrics for the long-running off-Broadway show I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Last season Ann Swiston successfully directed Over The River And Through The Woods by the same author, a sentimental Italian family play also set in New Jersey. The central figure in the story is “Ralph Bellini” who is an 80-year-old widower living with his slightly younger sister “Rose.” One day Ralph decides to take a walk in the local dog-park. There he meets “Carol Reynolds,” an attractive white-haired lady, and her little Chihuahua “Peaches.” Kenneth Bridges plays Ralph with just the right mixture of Italian machismo and gentle humor. The author gives him some entertaining lines, as he attempts to draw Carol out of her shell, and his performance was much appreciated by the audience. Candace Luciano is excellent as Carol, whom she portrays as shy and reserved while gradually warming to Ralph’s charm. As they get to know each other, he reveals that in his youth he was a talented opera singer and once tried out for the Met. They actually called him back for a second audition, but somehow he never got the telephone message. Meanwhile, Rose is clinging and possessive and doesn’t want to let Ralph out of her sight. Peggy Lord Chilton does a wonderful job with this fussy and unsympathetic role – evidently Rose was married once but hasn’t seen her husband since he left her for another woman 22 years ago. All three actors are entirely believable and live within the skin of their characters. I should also mention Ken Yakiwchuk who provides a cameo appearance as a younger Ralph singing some magnificent arias – the music by Verdi, Mozart, Leoncavallo and others is a special and very enjoyable feature of the play. The ending is totally implausible and not in the least romantic. Carol (who must be wealthy) buys tickets for Ralph and herself to fly over to Italy, and go to the opera at La Scala in Milan. This

is Ralph’s dream trip, but his manipulative sister does her best to prevent it, in Ralph’s best interest of course. It turns out that Carol’s husband, who had a stroke some years ago, is still alive albeit on life support and kept alive by machines. This destroys Ralph’s idea of a proposal of marriage and a contented old age with Carol, and as a result he stays home rather than take the trip of a lifetime. Not exactly a happy ending, except perhaps for Rose. Overall, it was a charming evening and director Ann Swiston has succeeded (once again) in bringing a deftly written DiPietro play to the LLT stage, with excellent acting and music. The minimalist set was effective, and Peaches was on her best behavior and perfectly cast as Herself. Congratulations also to all involved backstage, including Win McIntosh (Stage Manager) and Sandy Jakubek (Assistant Stage Manager) – it was professionally done and a bright start to the season. Next up is Bedtime Stories, a comedy directed by Roseann Wilshere, opening on October 3 and running through October 12. Expect some verbal fireworks! Michael Warren

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For the Incas, all roads led to Cusco. The city’s name is a corruption of the Inca word for “center,” and it was for them the “navel of the world”, the place from which roads to the four compass points linked the capital with the four regions through which it administered the empire. The Incas’ mark on the city was largely erased by the Spaniards’ campaign of cultural genocide, but in the old city – as in Ollantaytambo – the conqueror’s architecture sits atop original Inca walls. Those walls rise, man-high, around narrow, tourist-packed streets that feel at times like walking through Flor&XVFR¶VKLVWRULFFHQWHUVWUHHWYLHZ ence. The old city comes alive at night, and there are easily enough good restaurants in Cusco to suit every taste and budget. Plan to stay no less than a couple of days and at least as many nights here to take in the essentials. The Spaniards were intent not just upon conquering the Inca, but upon obliterating the symbols and practices through which Inca society had been bound together. Their obsession with building Catholic churches upon the ruins of Inca palaces and temples created two of the city’s most prominent attractions – the Qorikancha and the Cathedral de Santo Domingo. The vast Plaza de Armas is Cusco’s center and a great place to people-watch, but it’s also the address of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and older, adjacent Iglesia del Triunfo. The cathedral is constructed of stone scavenged from Saksaywaman, the great archeological site in the hills above the city. This UNESCO world heritage site was once occupied by the Inca’s palace and armory. Work on the cathedral was finished more than a century after the church was completed. It’s now a major repository of Cusco’s colonial art, archeological artifacts, and religious relics. They’re all so fragile that photos &ORLVWHUHGFRXUW\DUGDWWKH&RQYHQWRI6DQWR'RPLQJR are no long permitted… so this attraction has to be seen firsthand to be experienced, and it’s not to be missed. The sprawling Convent of Santo Domingo is built upon the site of the Inca Qorikancha, a religious complex of five temples that was the spiritual heart of the empire. Above ground, the only hint of its origins is the curved wall of perfectly fitted stones upon which the convent church now sits. The cloistered courtyard within gives no further clues as to what lies beneath. In two places, though, precise construction of the original Inca chambers is laid bare.

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Into the perfectly formed chambers are set windows and doors that narrow from bottom to top in earthquake-resistant design. The Inca technique for mortarless walls used stone pins and catches to bind the blocks together. It has survived dozens of earthquakes, including the massive quake of 1650 that leveled most of the Spanish construction above it. On a gold plaque is transcribed a copy of an earlier map showing the location of all structures in the original complex. The short walk to the Qorikancha from the city center is already halfway to Cusco’s artisan market, located at the

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mornings. A giant statue of Christ with arms extended looks out over Cusco from the hills above. Behind it are the ruins of Saksaywaman, sitting astride the compass-point entrance to the Cusco which it once controlled. About half an hour’s drive from the city center, this site is draped across the hills. Significant portions remain unexcavated, so it’s not as comprehensive as archeological sites seen earlier. It does, however, boast one particularly unusual feature: An open-ended cave through which mountain breezes create a natural freeze-drying effect which the Inca found wellsuited to the task of mummification.

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Days in Cusco may be filled with museums and monuments, but evenings are for walking the, narrow, warmly lit streets of the old town, and for checking out the great dining scene. (There’s still plenty of time this evening to try an alpaca steak and a quinoa beer.) Time spent in Cusco flies by, but in Peru all good things seem to lead only to more good things. To m o r r o w morning, Peru Rail’s Andean This Inca cave used the elements Explorer heads to cure corpses into mummies south on a daylong trip that follows the Urubamba River valley to its headwaters before it emerges onto the high plains. On its way to Lake Titicaca, it passes through the highest point of the trip – 14,170 feet. (The scenery will take your breath away, too!) Antonio Ramblés

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s we all know, the eighteenth century was a time of great progress and hope. The era we now call the Enlightenment was a time of revolution in many respects. The medieval order in Europe, dominated by religious thinkers and tremendous violence, seemed to be coming to an end. In North America, colonials were founding the first modern democracy based on the theories of John Locke, given form in The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  In France, Montesque was advocating a government based on the separation of powers and Voltaire, along with other philosophers, was promoting freedom of thought and expression and religious freedom. Mary Wollstonecraft was laying the groundwork for Women’s equality with her seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. The development of revolutionary technology was beginning to revolutionize agriculture and manufacturing. For the first time, the concept of “progress” took on a moral dimension, promising a better world for humankind. The stage was set for the Industrial Revolution and a previously unimaginable prosperity and security.  What happened? Well, in many respects, we have achieved many of the enlightenment ideals. The US and Europe have developed enduring democracies.  We have made tremendous advances in medical technology and public health and have improved the quality of life and lifespan of humans around the earth.  We have established political systems that have institutionalized freedom

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%LOO)UD\HU of religion and expression. And yet, when we look around the world at the suffering and violence, it seems as though we are still fighting the medieval battles in terms of religious coercion, subjugation of women, and even the spread of disease, starvation, and poverty.  Chris Hedges has pointed out that no utopian system has ever been successful in the long run, and many have ended in violence, intolerance, and utter failure. I think he’s right. Just consider some recent ones: the Nazi plan to purify the gene pool, the communist workers’ utopia, and the Islamic Jihadists. All promised a so-called utopian society, yet brought failure, bloodshed and cynicism.  Those of us who have put our faith in the idea of science and rational thought, although we may not have considered it, were, in a sense, visualizing a utopian vision. After all, if we could get people to abandon superstition and religion and embrace the scientific method, critical thinking, and rational assessment, couldn’t we create a more perfect society?  The problem with utopian thinking is that it does not take into account the fact that humans are fallible and imperfect. They will act in their own self interest rather than in altruism. They will go after short-term solutions even if they compromise their long-term goals.  It is obvious that the infrastructure of science and technology have been co-opted by a corporate culture which uses it to maximize profits, often at the expense of human suffering. So now we have  gross inequality, insufficient food and medicine in many areas, and girls and women being mistreated in the name of religion around the globe. The enlightenment ideal of human progress cannot be realized with science and technology alone. Scientists do not speak in a language that addresses morality; they focus on means, not ethical ends. We can throw out religion, but, as the Dalai Lama points out, human welfare lies within ourselves. We cannot find it in money or technology. We must, in the end, work to uphold the enlightenment ideals in our own lives, practicing love and compassion.


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panning most of the 20th century, Lifelines: An American Dream, by Antonio RamblĂŠs, is about two families. One family has its roots in West Virginia coal country, the other in the Abruzzo foothills of southern Italy. Both families seek a better life, and eventually their lives converge in Cleveland, Ohio, the setting for much of the novel. Rather than a single character, the protagonist is really the two families, who struggle against oppression, toward economic stability and love, and toward the American dream. The main characters are so provocatively and carefully delineated that a novel could be written around each of them. Aside from a flash-to-the-future opening chapter, the novel begins in Italy, where Umberto Arellano, with no immediate family left, is forced to sell the farm his family had owned for generations. He decides to leave Italy—the year is 1920—and seek a better life in America, where his only link to America is the address on “a picture postcard of the Statue of Liberty that his cousin Fillippo had sent from America just before the Great War.â€? Umberto, who believes that “everything will be possibleâ€? once he is in America, is cautioned by his new friend, the old woodcarver Paolo: “Perhaps, but it is not good to look so far ahead that you do not watch where your feet are stepping today.â€? Around the same time, another family, the Kimbroughs, is living in Jessup Gap, West Virginia under very poor conditions—there “was no movie theatre, soda fountain, or pharmacy in nearly thirty miles.â€? Worse yet, they lived almost like slaves, under the thumb of brutal mine operators. The men risked their lives daily in the dark bowels of the West Virginia earth. Without success, “United Mine Workers had been battling for collective bargaining in West Virginia for nearly thirty years.â€? Jesse Kimbrough, survivor of a recent cave-in, is determined to help better the lives of his fellow workers. Ultimately, though, inspired by his father’s character, it is his son Cyrus who is able to escape. He settles in Scioto Forge, Ohio with his new wife Pearl, but some

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years later, still seeking a better life, they move to Cleveland where Cyrus can work in the steel mills. In almost alternating chapters RamblĂŠs tells the story of the two families but we are well into the novel before their lives become interwoven. Eventually it is the children of the Italian immigrants and the migrant West Virginians who meet and marry, and begin the story of the united families. Much of the second half of the novel is about Morgan, the great grandson of Berto, the now old Italian, and Morgan is of course also the great grandson of Jesse Kimbrough, the courageous and now long deceased coal miner. Being a journalist Morgan, who represents the best qualities of both families, allows RamblĂŠs to revisit some of the major events of the 20th century—wars, assassinations, popular music, movies-although these revisits of history were introduced early in the novel. Ultimately, a major theme in Lifelines: An American Dream, and in most literature of lasting value, is love, ordinary love between men and women but also love of family, and united families. One Italian mother gives this advice to her reluctant daughter: “Loving is something that you learn to do, not something that strikes you like a bolt of lightning.â€? (Antonio RamblĂŠs is also the author of Laguna Tales, a collection of interlinked short stories set around Lake Chapala in central Mexico, available electronically on Amazon. He writes a popular, and beautifully illustrated, travel blog, at antoniorambles.com.)


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To The Attention of Lorin Swinehart: Hola Lorin, I read your piece about Thoreau and I was enchanted. You are an excellent writer. But what really impressed me about your piece was how well you know Thoreau’s writing and how skillfully you painted his portrait with so few words. Hoping that you might have written a book, I searched for you on Amazon and found a very interesting sounding book about your spiritual journey was no longer available. I was disappointed because I’d love to read it someday. I was glad you also had a fine letter to the editor in the same edition of El Ojo. That’s how I finally found your email. (Couldn’t find you in any directory.) Have you thought about speaking at Open Circle? I have a couple of times. It felt good to share my ideas with a

pretty open-minded audience. I hope to be able to meet you in person. Barbara Hildt 766-4164 Ajijic barbarahildt@gmail.com Dr. Swinehart Replies: Dear Ms. Hildt, Many thanks for your kind letter regarding my column on Henry David Thoreau. I regard him as one of America’s greatest spirits, one whom we should have heeded more closely than we seem to have done. It is always great to know that one’s writings are appreciated by readers and, in this case, to know that there are still Thoreau enthusiasts out there. Lorin Swinehart

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Sadness, longing, deep despair, Disappointment, I don’t care What’s my problem, here’s the plan Make me happy, if you can. One thing’s sure to do the trick Whether I’ve been sad or sick Take me shopping, let me play This will take my blues away. Small tianguis, giant mall Chic boutique, I love them all Dresses, jeans, a purse, new shoes Jewelry’s sure to fix those blues. Housewares, knick knacks, gadgets too All will make me feel brand new A “shopaholic” I may be But retail therapy works for me!

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he haunting, almost surrealistic song arose from somewhere deep inside the Superior National Forest on that chilly night beneath the Harvest Moon of September. Our group consisted of eight wolf enthusiasts and two guides. I had feared that the long drive from Ohio to The International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, would go unappreciated by our lupine friends. At first, our attempts to communicate with wild wolves earned us only the sound of the wind whispering through the aspen boughs overhead. Then, a distant yipping followed by longer ululations rising to a cre-

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scendo, as two wild wolf packs sang into the night. My wife LaVon said, “My Lakota Sioux ancestry felt them call even before we heard them.” I do not know what the wolves were saying, and I am unaware of what message they were hearing from us. Wolves howl to communicate over long distances or for the sheer joy of it, never at the moon. As the packs neared our position, their calls increased in magnitude. Then, the howling abruptly ceased. In the starry vastness overhead, Cassiopeia gazed vainly into her mirror and Orion continued his pursuit of the pristine Pleiades. Once again, there was only the wind in the aspens.

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I had long dreamed of visiting the wolf center. Wolves have received a bad rap from mankind, fueled by tales of The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and outrageous portrayals by the entertainment industry. The history of man/ wolf relations is a tale of cruelty and destruction, all instigated by man. Wolf attacks upon humans have been vastly exaggerated. Healthy wolves are terrified of humans and flee from them. Nearly all reported wolf attacks involve either wolf/dog hybrids or animals infected with rabies. John Muir said, “The web of life consists of many strands. Remove one, and all suffer.” Mankind’s destruction of wolves by means of traps, poison, firing from aircraft and other abominable practices has had dire consequences, causing elk and deer populations to soar, leading to overgrazing and disease. Coyotes grew in numbers and expanded their ranges as wolves have disappeared. Livestock predation is a concern to farmers and ranchers in areas where large predators have been reintroduced, but less than 1% of cattle losses can be attributed to wolves. Many times, coyote kills

have been blamed on wolves. Improper and illegal disposal of livestock carcasses can attract wolves, as can the practice of pasturing cattle in forest areas, especially when calves are present. Proper management practices can minimize livestock losses to wolves. The grey wolf subsists primarily on elk, deer, raccoon, beaver and other wildlife. Unlike human hunters, wolves cull the old, weak and sick from a herd, fostering healthier ungulate populations. A gray wolf feeds once every seven days and consumes 20% of his body weight, with a 95% digestion rate. Today, wolves are making a comeback, thanks to a growing public awareness of their role in the balance of nature and to reintroduction programs. The grey wolf population is estimated at 56,000 in Canada, 6-10,000 in Alaska, 1,600 in the western US, and 3,600 in Minnesota and surrounding states. The Mexican grey wolf of the Southwest and the Carolina red wolf are hanging on precariously. Presently, there are only an estimated 83 Mexican grey wolves living in New Mexico and Arizona, and a lawsuit by environmentalists is forcing the government to develop a sound management plan. There are a mere 130 Carolina red wolves. Red wolf restoration has benefitted Carolina farmers by diminishing the population of exotic species like nutria. When red wolves cull the raccoon population, endangered sea turtles benefit from fewer raids on their nests. Increasing numbers of grey wolves in the West have reduced the excess elk population, causing aspen, willow and other trees to flourish and songbirds to return. We need our wolves, as we need all creatures if we are to foster a healthy and enduring ecosystem. I am overjoyed that I have finally met my wolves.


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istorical fiction can be a fascinating read, as actual characters and events that have shaped history unfold. Dr. Paul A. Scanlon, in his first novel, ‘Memoirs of The German Princess’, does this brilliantly, as he lifts the reader into the backdrop of late 17th Century London. The author allows Maria von Wolway of dubious German royalty, later known as Mary Carleton, but who always considered herself ‘The German Princess,’ to relate her own tales, exploits and tragedies in the form of first person memoir. Scanlon, with a PhD in literature from the University of Dublin, has taught English literature all over the world, completing his last eleven-year stint in Oman. He, along with his wife, Marit, returned to write and relax in Ajijic two years ago. Attributed to his emphasis on Elizabethan prose romance and his exhaustive year-long research on the colorful German Princess, he takes the reader magically into the late 1600’s through dialogue and vernacular commensurate with the times. Detailed descriptions of the environs and events in London which impacted on the life of this intriguing woman, including the devastating plague, the Great Fire and the intricacies of the London Theater, bring the period into focus. We can hear the sounds, smell the odors and taste the fare of London during this era. I found it refreshing that a contemporary author could capture the unique historical perspectives in England, as well as in Jamaica, where Mary Carleton suffered banishment by the courts for her unsavory exploits and highway robberies. Her involvement with pirate, Captain Henry Morgan in Port Royal, Jamaica further demonstrates her determination to stray from the norm of the aristocratic woman of her generation. Dr. Scanlon first came upon reference to this little known figure when he was editing Daniel Defoe‘s 1722 novel, Moll Flanders, for a Canadian press. “Imbedded in a footnote was a reference to The German Princess as a possible influence on Defoe,” said Paul describing how he came upon this historical character. “There was a question mark next to her name and the question

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mark remained whenever I came upon it. I became intrigued- ‘who the devil was she,’ I thought.” And so the spark of investigating and writing about this, at times celebrated, yet more often controversial, individual became Scanlon’s quest. Referring to the depth of the landscape of 17th century London and Jamaica, Paul said, “Having led such an adventurous life, which took the heroine to different parts of the world and thrust her into many difficult and interesting situations, I soon found that my reading had to keep pace with her exploits. The language of the age seemed to me to be an important feature of the work…” Scanlon has managed to capture it all. A real page turner, ‘Memoirs of The German Princess’ not only relates the story of a flamboyant historical figure, but also exemplifies the plight of women, daring to be bold, in the male dominated society of the time. Even until her demise at the end of the gallows’ rope, she continued to maintain her dignity as ‘The German Princess’ while writing her memoirs from her prison cell. Mary Carleton has been referred to in later recounts as the ‘first British feminist.’ (Ed. Note: Join Paul at Oasis Cloud Café’s, “Meet the Author” event on Oct. 29, 2014, 11AM when he will discuss Memoirs of the German Princess in depth. Paperback available on amazon.com at $12.29 and electronically on Kindle at $4.95, Nook, and lulu Marketplace ebook.)


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fner’s door. After a swift translation, thanks to a classical British education, I rang just the same. A disembodied voice asked who I was and who sent me. In deepest BBC Received Pronunciation, I gave my name and said Playboy Magazine had done the honors. Thinking I was in London, their receptionist refused me his telephone number but gave his address. I had sweated in the Chicago Greyhound bus station phone kiosk with my case stowed in a locker. The taxi dropped me outside “The Mansion” in North State Parkway. An enormous oak paneled door swung open and I was in. Well, not quite. You see the western world’s biggest playboy has very special security.

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It was not what you’d think. This gorgeous big black lad was wearing a white wig, buckled shoes plus doublet and hose. He opened the door. The pantomime clearly started now. Passing a suit of armor, which was mercifully silent after the speaking bell, I was shown into a vast windowless clockfree ballroom. After that triumphant door stepping, I seemed close to nailing my story. Here was the ace reporter bringing back a major scoop to little old England. At 20, smitten by scoring top points in the media with a super hot exclusive, I had this cracking number lined up. I was on a student bus ticket in the USA at 99 dollars for 99 days. There was a waft of pipe tobacco, strangely not sulphur, and he walked in. ‘I’m Hef,’ he said. It was 2.30 pm. He was in a stylish silk paisley dressing gown and pajamas. I got the interview. He gave me his direct phone number. I politely refused his offer to pose for the centerfold and scurried away. A month later, days before catching the student flight back from New York, I was in a hotel room with another British student. I had had a drink. She dared me ring. The next thing I knew I had arrived at O’Hare Airport to be met by a sleek limousine. Driven by a lovely black chauffeur, it had a white

telephone in the back, all courtesy of guess who? With test shots in the bag after a hilarious few days at the Mansion, I concentrated on studying in England. Hef and I negotiated on the phone about when I could make it back to do the photo shoot. Naturally it was agreed to fit my schedule. His name came through the loud hailer in the college coffee bar. It meant nothing to the pimply multitude. It was October 1963. I was in my second year Honors Degree at Exeter University, in Devon. J. K Rowling of “Harry Potter” global fame is a fellow alumnus. Meanwhile, all I could see were my massive headiness in the South Westerner, our weekly undergraduate newspaper. My idea was to run it as an interview with one of America’s up and coming millionaires. No one had heard of Hugh Hefner in the UK. By October 1964, his name was everywhere. So it seemed was my topless centerfold photograph as a fledgling career graduate trainee for Procter and Gamble just started. Aghast, I walked into a London news agent to see wall-to-wall Playboys. Then a man in front of me opened one up and there I was. Surely bad taste to whisper, “I’m behind you.” Oh, and they had given me a new name, Rosemarie Hillcrest. I had put my foot down about using my real name, you understand. So in good print tradition, the multimillion dollar Playboy Corporation used a local girl. I had turned up at just the right moment to launch the London Playboy club and Playboy Magazine big time in Britain. By contrast, my timing was appalling when proudly presented to The Beatles. Jetting back from the US, they had pored over the October 1964 issue. I too had been in the US with no grasp of their meteoric rise. Travelling, I spared myself US TV, newspapers or radio. Just into my graduate management training, came an invitation by a colleague’s father, the owner of the Kings Hall, to this new group’s debut concert in Northern Ireland. I happily pitched up. Vaguely, I wondered why I must step over fainting girls to get in. Ringo mouthed, “I told you she was British.” Then their press man diminutive, Derek Taylor, a Daily Express reporter and I plus a sulky pouting groupie were invited to join ‘the boys’ in their hotel suite. The staff formed a guard of honor. Still I didn’t get it. I concluded that not much happened pop-wise in Belfast at the time. John Lennon begged me to autograph my centerfold shot. I graciously gave in to his request. I never thought to ask for his.


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beloved Buddhist story goes like this: Two monks, one mature and the other still a student, were walking down a gentle path that ran beside a river. As they were walking and talking about Buddhist practices, they saw two bullies walking toward them. The older monk smiled as the bullies approached and wished them a good afternoon. The younger monk, although worried, attempted a smile and wished them a good afternoon as well. One of the bullies pointed to the other side of the river and said, “We need to cross that river, but we do not want to get our feet wet.” The older monk continued to smile at them. The younger monk stared at his feet. “You will carry us across,” the bullies ordered. The two monks bent over, allowing the bullies to jump on their backs, and then set out to wade across the river. Once on the other side, the bullies jumped off and without even a thank you walked away. The monks re-crossed the river and resumed their morning walk. Hours later, the younger monk spoke. “Those two bullies have made me so angry. What right did they have to do that to us?” The older monk smiled. The younger monk said, “Aren’t you angry that we had to carry them across the river?” The older man rested his hand on the shoulder of the younger monk and said, “The difference between me and you is

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that you are still carrying yours.” I have told this charming story many times, partly to offer it to others, but partly to continue to remind myself about the importance of being detached from anger, or if angry, of simply witnessing it in myself rather than being driven by it. That young monk was angry, but the older monk taught him how to respond. Likewise we are often hurt, and we ourselves can become angry, when people cast, like a net, their anger over us—often taking us by surprise. I was involved romantically for too many years with a woman who was proud of “being in touch” with her anger, no matter how inappropriate or irrational her anger was in terms of the situation or the person she chose to attack. She would, for example, regularly return home from her group therapy sessions to release still more anger on to me, even as I was preparing dinner for her, even though hours later she would sometimes acknowledge I was not responsible for her anger of that moment. I asked her one time, “If I was on my deathbed, and you came home so angry from your group therapy sessions, and you knew for certain that anger was not about me, would you still feel the need to take it out on me?” Without hesitation, she answered, “Yes, of course…I don’t want to get cancer!” Well, some situations are so preposterous that you simply need to turn and walk away. Best to let every bully like that slip off your back and head down their own dark road alone while you return to the path that is truly your own. Indeed, why should we let others determine how we are going to think, or how we are going to feel, or how we are going to live? What bullies do we still carry on our backs? Time to let them slip off and be on their way. Only then can we step back on to our own shining path. Jim Tipton


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Dear Sir: I was stunned by Robert L. Nipper’s hate filled words in the September El Ojo Del Lago. His comments reminded me of a previous visit to Ajijic. I was living in Ajijic on 9/11/01.  Like many I sat staring at the television in disbelief  as the World Trade Center towers collapsed, killing thousands.  After several hours of watching, I went to at a restaurant which had the television showing the tragic events.  While the diners sat glued to the television, one elderly man said so all could hear.  “If they’d had a little better aim, those terrorists could have gotten rid of two problems. Yeah, they could have aimed for Harlem and gotten rid of the niggers and Clinton.”  Harlem is largely African-American and former President Clinton had recently moved into an office there.  I was speechless as were the oth-

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er diners by the man’s remarks. He laughed and said he was only joking.  Really?  Making a joke out of racial hatred and the deaths of thousands of innocent people.  Seeing that no one found his “joke” funny, he quickly paid his bill and left. His car was a creamcolored Cadillac, with a Bush-Cheney bumper sticker. Coming back to Ajijic this September,  I see the tone has not changed amongst the Lakeside conservative community. Ultra- conservative Republicans in the US have turned the party into the party of hate.  They hate Hispanics, African-Americans, gays, women’s right to choice, the poor, immigration reform, Hillary Clinton and mostly President Obama.  Conservative talking heads spew out thinly veiled racist remarks when talking about the Hispanic or African-American community.

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Rush Limbaugh, the spokesman for many of the conservatives, stated on his show that any woman who uses birth control pills before marriage is a whore. Glenn Beck on Fox News promoted a gold buying scheme that swindled elderly, retired investors out of millions of dollars. Mr. Hannity also tried to make a Nevada rancher who is an avowed racist into a national hero. The conservatives in Oklahoma have given their full support to candidate Scott Esk who believes that gay people should be stoned to death.  Mr. Esk has stated that although he wouldn’t sponsor a bill for the stoning to death of gay people, if someone else sponsored it, he would certainly sign it. The thought of gay marriage drives conservatives nuts even though a large percent of the population has no problem with it. Conservatives such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh spew their “Marriage is between one man and one woman” slogan.  In both those cases marriage for them seems to be between one man and one woman, and then a younger woman, and then an even younger woman, etc.  Sarah Palin, another of the conservatives beloved heroes went on television and gave a near orgasmic speech lauding Vladimir Putin, stating that he is a great and wonderful leader.   I could

go on, but this is enough for now. Mr. Nipper and his ilk with their snide, divisive,  hate-filled comments do not help the United States of America.  They divide us and make our country look weak and fractured, but then maybe that is the aim of conservatives.  Now I have two strong memories of Ajijic.  The hate-filled racist remarks of the conservative Republican on 9/ ll and conservative Mr. Nipper’s snide, self-righteous, bigoted article in the September issue. Steven Karker Portland, Oregon, USA znevetsz@yahoo.com


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olly Swanson, author of the book, Set Up & Sold Out; Find Out What Green Really Means, wrote about her book, “It is a revealing look into the secret side of environmental politics.” She asks, “How many Americans have heard the term sustainability? Do we know what that term means in the context of environmental greenness?” Look, I want clean air and clean drinking water as much as you do. I recycle and have taken rapid transit and carpooled for years. I am an advocate for protecting whales and baby seals. Ask a majority of Americans about their environmental concerns, and they would respond similarly. So, how dangerous is the term “sustainability” and what is the agenda behind it? All movements toward being green are not a bad thing. However, there is a faction of the green movement that is a Communist front bent on control.

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Americans have been conditioned to believe “green” is good, that we care about our future world’s condition. What Americans don’t understand is that these “Greenies” advance their political plans as solutions for environmental protection by generating fear through their rhetoric. They suggest environmental doom is imminent to pass legislation that will, according to Ms. Swanson, “control individual opportunities and actions, control business, and end private property rights”.

“Think Globally, Act Locally,” you’ll hear. This political effort utilizes the fate of mankind to justify massive changes to our social and political society. Governmental control is manifest through law upon law being passed. That happens if public opinion allows it to happen. Khrushchev said, “America will accept socialist program upon socialist program until one day they wake up and find they are under Communist control.” Prophetic words! The Greenies are bringing a curriculum into our schools to finish the indoctrination of our children. They focus on the very young because they need their votes to carry on their agenda in the future. Watch for terms like “sustainable environment” and you will discover it no longer refers to methods for recycling, or environmentally sound usage of our natural resources. International laws will supersede America’s laws, and the Constitution will become void. The term is “Compulsory Green Living,” espoused by Jonathon Porritt, political activist, and leader of the green movement. One billionaire in particular, Maurice Strong, profits from this gimmick. Strong, a Communist, has shrewdly positioned himself, disguised as an environmentalist, to destroy American industry. Maurice Strong is the creator of the sham called “Global Warming.” He pays American environmentalists groups like the Sierra Club to file suits, perform environmental anarchism, and generally wreak havoc on American industry. We have seen this in the timber industry, beef production, agriculture, coal mining and oil exploration. Meanwhile, Strong is dumping millions into the Brazilian oil fields, and other industries competing with American production, along with his cronies George Soros, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Al Gore. Some environmentalists, huh? The UN says Americans will be required to lessen consumption of our natural resources by 75%. It calls for Americans paying to bring such things as electricity, oil production, drinkable water and enhanced agricultural capabilities to third world nations. I hope you heard that! We will be required to lessen consumption via this “green movement” and bring the very things they say we need to use less of to other countries! It’s called spreading the wealth, folks! A basic precept of Communism. The Agenda 21 document confirms this. Someone will write in saying I’m smearing a benign effort to save the planet. Don’t let them sell you that bill-of-goods.


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any people are drawn to, and yet puzzled by, apparitions reported here in Mexico, and around the world throughout history. Usually the receivers of these visions are humble sorts of people, not really seeking the celebrity limelight. Yet their amazement and sincerity gain the attention of the devout and curious alike. After many years of study and research of such apparitions, I have found a common thread and most plausible explanation for the majority of these blessed occurrences. Follow along this trail of insight with the understanding that you may open yourself to new ideas. Of course, you have the option to resist the whole thing. From extensive research, I have come across those who can receive a manifestation that is clearly beyond there normal experience. Most often the image seen is imbued with an overpowering sense of love. Sometimes this being is floating, as though to touch foot to ground is meaningless to them. Sometimes this being walks among us and certain people can see the holiness, or feel the touch imbued with divine and powerful healing love. Divine help is offered and the ready ones receive. Most all such ready ones come away with a knowledge that God is Love, beyond all earthly concept; and a sense of mission that we are to forgive one another as in-

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nocent children of that God of Love. In many cultures, people interpret this core-reaching penetrating love as that of the ultimate mother, The Divine Mother. Here in Mexico, in Lourdes, Fatima, and many countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas, people have seen such spiritual apparitions in the form of a young, beautiful and beatific mother. Other cultures have a wider comprehension of such nurturing energies as taking on a sense of male or female. Some will say that such high divine love is of a source beyond gender. Some use the term Ascended Masters to include apparitions of both genders who communicate on occasion to individuals, and sometimes small groups. Some see cross-gender spiritual messengers as Angels, with or without wings; some see less formed columns of lights. From the preponderance of all such occurrences that stand the test of scrutiny, the sincerity and magnitude of changed awareness of the recipients, I conclude that one divine Truth extends Its Love and penetrates our world: Those who are ready receive. Those least distracted by everyday mundane worries, often in a neutral solitude of a natural setting, receive the clearest detail. This profound Love comes from One Source, some would say the Holy Spirit.  The collective message is to receive our status as beloved sons and daughters, with the task of forgiving one another.


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THE DOGS Excelente!! good done!! love. Jim CHARLIE KLESTADT—Cruz Roja, and Blessings Cate Howell My husband and I always enjoy reading your articles, but this article on Charlie was especially welcome, since he contributes so much to life here at Lakeside. So here’s a request: start a regular series of articles on people who make things happen here. There are many people here who lend their talents to non-profits and other worthwhile causes, and I for one would really enjoy reading about them, where they came from, how long they’ve been here, their thoughts on life here. Thanks!! “TALK LIKE A HOOSIER PIRATE” SPANISH Morris Cottingham OK, I want to talk like a Hoosier Pirate, but saw NO links to where classes are

held, or what to do next to learn Spanish Piracy. Please send info/links, and thank you for a very helpful article. Karen Doyle Likewise - where could one get lessons on how to learn HOOSIER SPANISH. I could not find any info. Where to get further information??? Cindy Paul jajaja Well, maybe I should mention that I’m no longer teaching the massacre of beginning Spanish. This kind of survival Spanish tactic can come in very handy for the nearly hopeless, though. Why not teach yourself? Just learn a few words every day and refuse to conjugate any verb! - CP JALTEPEC — Where Dreams Come True Sheila Turner What are the dates of your Christmas dinners? Sheila

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PAST EVENTS 1$.('67$*( The September 1DNHG6WDJH show was a comedy, The Supporting Cast, directed by Collette Clavadetscher . 6((06/,.(2/'7,0(6ÂŤ From left to right: Peter Luciano, Barbara The /DNH &KDSDOD .D\DN Club met in September at the Pruitt, Sharon Lowry, Joan Lowy Warren, grand opening of Maria Isabel Michael Warren. (Not pictured: Judy Long). Restaurant. Owner Leonardo Cornejo generously supports the club and even has plans to buy his own kayak. 7KHFOXEÂśVÂżUVWPHHWLQJZDVRQ-XO\7KHUHZHUHSHRSOHLQDWWHQGDQFH Today there are 32 members. They started with two recreational kayaks and two blowup kayaks. Now the club has 31 kayaks and more are coming. Pictured are some of the founding members. Paula Haarvei was the ÂżUVW ZRPDQ WR SDGGOH across Lake Chapala. Anyone interested in kayaking can come to From left: Commodore Wayne Renz, Maureen lunch at Maria Isabel at Renz, Lamont Fournier, Paula Haarvei, Dave noon on Thursdays to Clark and Quinton Cobb. meet the members. The restaurant (formerly the Old Posada) is at the foot of Colon in Ajijic near the pier. *2,1Âś727+(&+$3(/ÂŤ and gonna get married‌.and that’s just what they did. 'HQQ\$OOLVRQ and his lady Leticia VillaseĂąor had a beautiful ceremony at Capilla El Rosario on the Ajijic Plaza. It was a double celebration; Denny celebrated his 80th birthday two days before. Over a hundred guests attended a reception later at Villas Ajijic. Denny’s son Wade Allison rode his motorcycle 4500 miles round trip from Minnesota to attend the wedding. RED CARPET REVELS 7KH ÂżUVW HYHU 5HG &DUSHW *DOD 3UHPLHUH RQ$XJXVW  RI WKH ÂżUVW HYHU IXOO OHQJWK ÂżOP SURGXFHG DQG VKRW LQ the Ajijic area went off without a hitch. “Thriller in Ajijicâ€? was a smashing success. At least 350 people attended, which allowed produce-screenwriter-director -RKQ:DUG to hand 16,000 pesos to the Mexican Cruz Roja of Chapala, Local theatre actors and UHJXODU IRON ÂżOOHG LQ WKH UROHV with aplomb. The simple and amusing story centers on the organization, auditioning and rehearsing of the annual “Thrill WKH :RUOG´ Ă€DVK GDQFH ZKLFK is held in Ajijic and around the world at the same exact time. There’ll be another showing around the end of November. :+$7$%800(5 Two recent robberies have seriously impacted operation of 7KH-RFRWRSHF6FKRRO for Special Children: one at the Nuevo Bazaar in Riberas and the other at the school in Jocotopec the day after parents’ enrollment fees were collected. In addition to these losses, existing funds are further stretched, as the school’s enrollment dramatically increased by 30 per cent this term. If you can offer any help, please contact Mary-Dale Wilson at wilsonmd611@gmail.com or Shirley Kollin at bklynborn113@gmail.com.

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7+(6+2:0867*221 At the last minute /DNHVLGH /LWtle Theatre was unable to secure the right to produce Gods of Carnage. With incredible speed, they moved into action and are instead showing Bedtime Stories, a comedy directed by 5RVHDQQ :LOVKHUH and starring &KHW %HHVZDQJHU &ROOHWWH &ODYDGHWVFKHU -DPHV /HRQDUG 7LQD /HRQDUG-XG\/RQJ.DWKOHHQ0RUULV 'RXJODV 3LQNHUWRQ (G 7DVFD 0LFKDHO:DUUHQDQG.HQ<DNLZFKXN. Bravo, LLT! The show runs the same dates as those scheduled for Gods of Carnage. Some tickHWVPD\VWLOOEHDYDLODEOH7KHSOD\UXQVWKURXJK2FWREHU7KHER[RIÂżFHLVRSHQIRU one hour before curtain time. There is no performance on Monday, October 6. Tickets are 225 pesos, or you can still buy a season ticket for 1100 pesos for the entire six-play season. OASIS CLOUD CAFE 2DVLV&ORXG&DIp hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Writers Luncheonsâ&#x20AC;? and other special events at their cafĂŠ in Riberas del Pilar at Calle San Luis #330. On October 15-XG\'\NVWUD%URZQwill read from her new rhymed book, Sock Talk (A Christmas Story)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a humorous portrayal of a young girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to reeducate an eccentric aunt whose habit it is to give socks as Christmas presents. The book is illustrated by ,VLGUR;LORQ]yFKLWO. Paul Scanlon will present his historical novel Memoirs of the German Princess on October 29. The subject is Maria Von Wolway and memorable events of her career, including the horrors of the plague and Great Fire, the colorful world of the London theatre, the slave markets of the Caribbean, and Captain Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bloody exploits on the Spanish Main. The social hour starts at 11:30, the readings at 12. Lunch follows. For reservations call 765-765-3516 or email: info@oasiscloud.mx. MUSIC HATH CHARMS We heard from -RKQ.HHOLQJ9LYD0XVLFD3UHVLGHQW, about exciting musical offerings from now to the end of the year. 7KXUVGD\ 2FWREHU  at 7.00 p.m. Violin and piano recital featuring Robert Markus, violin, and Rosa Maria Valdez, piano, playing works by Brahms, Moncayo, Carrasco, de Falla and Bartok. 7KXUVGD\ 1RYHPEHU  at 7.00 p.m. The Revueltas String Quartet with Diego Rojas and Cesar Huizar, violins, Manuel Olivares, viola, and Yalissa Cruz, cello. Program includes Rudo by Domingo Lobato, Five Novelettes by Glazunov and American Quartet by Dvorak. 7KXUVGD\'HFHPEHU, at 7.00 p.m. Christmas Concert with the Hermosillo family singers and their friends Hector Lopez and Paty Hernandez , back by popular demand. These concerts will be in the Auditorium at 4.00 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos and will be on sale at the Auditorium, Diane Pearl Colecciones, and LCS ticket booth Thursdays & Fridays 10-12. $1')857+(5025(ÂŤ Viva will also be running a bus trip to each concert in the fall season of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, alternately on Fridays (departure 4:30 p.m. with a stop at a nice restaurant), and on Sundays (departure 10:30 am). )ULGD\ 2FWREHU  Pictures at an Exhibition, Joshua Dos Santos, Guest Conductor; Mozart, Serenata Notturna; Tchaikovsky, Suite No.4 in G major; Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel) 6XQGD\ 2FWREHU  Bruckner Titanic, Marco Parisotto, Conductor; Bruckner, Symphony No.8 in C minor. )ULGD\1RYHPEHUOpera: Carmen 6XQGD\1RYHPEHUOpera: Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore Note: prices may be higher for the two operas. )ULGD\ 'HFHPEHU  Homage to Richard Strauss, Marco Parisotto, Conductor; Strauss: Salome op.54: Dance of the Seven Veils; &RQFHUWR IRU +RUQ 1R LQ (Ă&#x20AC;DW Major (Horn: Stefan Dohr of the BerlĂ­n Philharmonic); Ein Heldenleben, op.40 Tickets are $300 pesos for Viva members, and $400 pesos non-members, obtainable at the LCS Thursday and Friday, 10 to noon. For information phone Marshall Krantz 766-2834.

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A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMEDY The October production of 1DNHG 6WDJH is November, by David Mamet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directed by Barbara Clippinger. It runs October 24, 25 and 26. The play is a contemporary comedy about a president named Charles Smith and is set a few days before the election, in which he is running as an incumbent. The action unfolds over one day and involves â&#x20AC;&#x153;civil marriage, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.â&#x20AC;? Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. Directions: west on the carretera from Ajijic, south on Rio Bravo, about two blocks down behind Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant on the east side. Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available at 3:00 p.m. Director Barbara Clippinger 7KH ER[ RIÂżFH RSHQV DW  DQG WKH VKRZ VWDUWV at 4:00 p.m. The email address for reservations: nakedstagereservations@gmail.com. Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50, after which seats will be sold to those waiting without reservations. The donation is 80 pesos. '21Âś70,667+()$6+,216+2: NiĂąos Incapacitados is hosting a fashion show, with the sponsorship by Cuginiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opus Boutique. The event showcases local fashionistas: textile artist /\QQ GilEDQN, with pieces from her award winning Dunes Relaxed Fashion Line; and jewelry and accessories by Barbara Milagros, Flo Rhodes and EstheOD9HODVTXH]. The event will take place on October 29 at 3 (the gates are open at 2:30), at Aldama #31 in Ajijic. Tickets are 150 pesos per person, for sale Cuginiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opus Boutique or by calling 766And here are some of the models 3940 or 106-1281, or email fashion.ppni@gmail.com PRACTICE THOSE PUTTS Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to dust off the clubs and start practicing your putting! The XIth Annual &UX] 5RMD &KDOOHQJH on October 30 at 9 am will be here before you know it, with the opportunity to sink a hole in one for a car or a golf cart. Join your friends at the Golf and Country Club de Chapala, Vista de Lago for fun, food and comradeship 7KH UDIĂ&#x20AC;H RIIHUV D JROI holiday at Las Hadas or a week in a luxury condo in Puerto Vallarta. if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t registered yet call the pro shop at the Country Club de Chapala at 763Putting Along with Instructor Sergio Flores: Maggie Pye, Sue Biesendorfer, Fran Smartt and 5136. Players and comida tickets can be purchased at Rebecca Cummins the course. Player tickets are available through the Pro Shop at the club (1200 pesos includes meals, game, and cart). Barbecue dinner only tickets at 250 pesos are available at the club and at the LCS Red Cross table. For more information on how you can participate as a player, diner or support the event as a sponsor, call 766-4990 or 766-4443. -2&27(3(&,61Âś77+$7)$5 <RXÂśOOPLVVDWUHDWLI\RXGRQÂśWJRWRWKHRSHQLQJUHFHSWLRQRIWKH/DNH&KDSDOD 3DLQWLQJ*XLOGÂśVÂł5K\WKPVRI/LIH´H[KLELWLRQLQ-RFRWHSHFDWWKH&XOWXUDO&HQWHU VRXWKZHVWFRUQHURIWKHPDLQSOD]D RQ)ULGD\2FWREHUDWSP

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7KH VKRZ FRQWLQXHV through November 20. Participating artists are %HWW\3HWHUVHQ&DURO$QQ2ZHUV*HUDOdine Classen, Lois Schroff, 6WHYH $FKV 9DUQ :LQQLH +XQW &\QWKLD GX %RLV ,QD *LH\V]WRU 1DQF\ *UD\ $QLWD /HH (IUHQ *RQ]DOH] 0DULDQ 'HFNHU 0DULDQQ /LQKDUWDQG+HOHQ.UXVWHY 6+2:67233(56  /RV Cantantes del Lagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bi-annual fundraising concert, is coming up on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican

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Church, in Riberas del Pilar, Chapala. This concert is always a fun opportunity to see individual performances from some of the Los Cantantes members. 7LPRWK\ * 5XII :HOFK is the music director. It usually sells out quickly so get your tickets early. Tickets are 200 pesos and are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Miaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique, or from any Cantantes member, also from their new website: www. loscantantesdellago.com. You can check them out also on Facebook and YouTube. 7KLV \HDU WKH )HULD 0DVtros del Arte theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;CelHEUDWLQJ WKH $OHEULMH´ ,W ZLOO WDNH SODFH 1RYHPEHU  7KH KRXUV DUH )ULGD\  6DWXUGD\WRDQG6XQGD\ to 4, at the Club de Yates de Chapala.

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*52:<2852:1ÂŤ â&#x20AC;Śvegetables, that is. The $MLMLF2UJDQLF9HJHWDEOH*URZHUV meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 at Azul Frida Restaurant, Carretera #61 in West Ajijic. The next meeting will be on October 8. New members are welcome. They can contact John at mcwilliamsmx@gmail.com or by phone at 376-766-0620. 648($.<:+((/5($',1*6 La Rueda, a coffee gallery in San Juan Cosala, stages monthly readings in English. 7KH\DUHKHOGRQWKHÂżUVW:HGQHVGD\RIHDFKPRQWKDW5HDGHUVWKLVPRQWK were %RQQLH3KLOOLSV-HUHP\0RQURH0DUJLH.HDQHand.HQQHWK6DO]PDQ. Directions to La Rueda: at the only stop light in San Juan Cosala, turn towards the ODNH*RRQHEORFNDQGWXUQULJKWDWWKHSOD]D RQ3RUÂżULR'LD] 'ULYHWZREORFNVRUVR past Viva Mexico restaurant on the right. Writers who want to read, or those needing further information, can contact Judy at 387-761-0281 or email her at jubob2@hotmail.com. 1(:%,(6'2,1*,75,*+7 A few years ago it was a common storyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the couple comes down for a look-see at our little corner of paradise and buys a house in two days. We have no idea how this turned out for most people but there had to be a lot of opportunity for buyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; remorse. Two Orlando, Florida residents recently joined the scene at Lakeside and, sensibly, are taking their time before buying or even signing a long term lease. Left to right: Eric Bailey and Frank Jett Eric and Frank are cheerful about their experiences. Vultures in the trees over their patio, the 15 gallon water heater for the four person bathtub, problems with both the phone and telephone lines, water backup on the property: none of these issues have dampened their spirits. Their plan is to thoroughly investigate the area before making any decisions, so they are buzzing all around in their golf cart and getting to know the Lakeside ins and outs- and what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up on the real estate websites. Way to go, guys!


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he term “cruelty to animals” describes many things, slaughter to eat, for clothing, for research; when it is only for pleasure of humans, it is called ZOOSADISM, which is the precursor to sociopathic behavior, as observed by Ernest Borneman. It can also cause intense sexual pleasure in some deriving from sadistic cruelty to animals. According to Wikipedia, the current civil laws in Mexico condemns physical harm to animals, even those viewed as property by owner. In Dec. 2010/12, the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District reformed the penal code, establishing abuse and cruelty to animals as a criminal offense, provided

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animals were neither a plague or a pest. Abandoned animals are not considered a plague. Law provides penalties of six months to two years and can be increased with repeat offenders. The link between those who abuse animals and those who abuse their fellow man is clear. According to ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund), children involved in violent households have likely been abused, and represent one-

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fifth of animal cruelty cases, children who witness animal abuse will become abusers. The cockerel and dog fights are passed down from father to son in Tepehua, fights are in restricted areas and the animals have very little room to do anything but fight for their life. Never has the author seen women and girls at these occasions. The boy is given a bird or puppy, and is taught how to train them by older men. Of course it is against the law, as is domestic violence, but implementation of the law is a different thing. This form of entertainment is part of the culture. Bull fighting in rural areas is less brutal than in the cities; the rural arena is more entertainment, the bull is never killed and goes from arena to arena...a tired old bull that is used to the antics of the caballeros. Local cowboys cannot afford to kill their prized possession, the bull. It is a fun event where instead of the audiences tossing roses to the caballero of their choice, they toss cold beer. Ex-pat and local Animal Rights Activists have a hard road ahead, but just starting awareness is the first step, and that has been taken. Tepehua has a long way to go for Human Rights and Animal Rights, but there is no doubt that change is coming. Mexico is tak-

ing notice of the link between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence—especially on local government level. Live “toys” of children in Tepehua are puppies, chicks, little bunnies, and other little critters that are as vulnerable as children themselves. As each species age, they become less lovable and are put aside. How did it get so unbalanced? Lack of education. With education comes compassion, and the vets at Lakeside certainly have that. So please assist the organizations that are attempting against all odds, to balance the scales. Tepehua has many animals running wild in the streets, beaten and abused, because they do become pests. They follow the smell of food, of bitches in heat, urinate and defecate in areas close to the people. To keep the strays out of their life, people become abusive to protect their young children. Family planning is also a new thing in Tepehua; too many children cause stress emotionally and financially and breeds abuse. Education has come to Tepehua, and the people are open to change, not of their culture, but their knowledge for a better life. A life they can take control of and not leave it up to God. Moonyeen King. President of the Board for Tepehua.


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a restaurant and smell refried beans cooking. The only people I talk to are the Mexican busboys and gardeners. My Spanish was never that good but it makes me feel great to “connect” with a fellow Mexicano and they seem delighted to be able to use their native tongue if only briefly. Fortunately, I have a dear friend who recently moved to Austin, Texas, after living in Mexico for five years. She understands what I am going through and said it would take me about three months to go through my “grieving” process. Repeatedly I asked her why I was feeling like this after only three years in Mexico. Her answer was simple, and complicated also. “It is the music, the flowers, the smells and most of all, it is the people, the wonderful, warm, friendly Mexican people. No where else will you find such friendly people.” She is right, it is many things and all of them tug at your heart and soul. I shall cry more tears over the next few months, of that I am certain. But I also know that I shall return, as someone famous once said. He did and I will too. Mexico, mi Mexico, ‘till we meet again.

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Guadalajara and Jalisco as one is likely to find. “Jalisco IS Mexico” seems as apt a slogan for the author as for Tapatios. He begins with Mexican insects, The Crawling Things of Paradise—the ants, praying mantises, mosquitoes, tics, fleas, weevils, crickets, earwigs, fruit flies, and lady bugs we expats have come to know and love, not to mention slugs, corn earworms, night flying moths, grasshoppers, and cicadas, too. Appreciate the “ubiquitous

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daddy longlegs” who eat flies and gnats, but beware the “brown recluse, deadly and silent” and other feared arachnids—scorpions and black widows. But on the lighter side: “Delicate and lighter than dandelion puffs, the phosphorescent dragonflies swoop through bees, gnats, mosquitoes, wasps and assorted bichos. Angelic and rainbow-hued in the sun, they are neither negligible nor demure. They make love on the wing: joining bodies firmly, doing an aerial arabesque, and then swooping off together like perfectly matched figure skaters, or a pair of Blue Angels over the Nevada desert.” And where you find insects, you find birds. The white and cattle egrets, “small Sinaloan crows and large Chihuahuan ravens that caw raucously in the rain,” barn swallows, yellow tanagers, starlings, palomas “cooing and rooing,” and oh, those magnificent hummingbirds, “ruby throated, bright and quick as summer lightning, glittering like shards of colored glass. Sometimes, too, broad-billed (hummers) that come with glittering blue gorgets and dark green wings like bright clear messengers from an old Inca god.” Another of my favorite essays describes the Street People of Jalisco. Dr. Hogan is quick to point out that

this generic name Street People is “demeaning” and hurries on to properly name each group beginning with the Vendedores de Chicle (Chewing gum Sellers), “usually young Indian children who sell Adams Chiclets to the people in cars stopped at traffic lights.” Children with large black doe eyes who “could be the subject of a UNESCO poster (Save The Children) which could melt the hardest heart.” While stopped at traffic lights, you might have enjoyed watching Los Payasos (The Clowns) costumed and miming, hand standing, tumbling and cart wheeling. You might tip those boys as much as you would the Lavaparabrisas (Windshield Washers) who actually wash your windows whether they need it or not, just like the mime… Dr. Hogan takes special interest in Los Tragafuegos (Fire Eaters) whose displays, while fascinating, are extremely dangerous and ultimately lethal. “Literally a dying breed. He is fairly cocky; a bit like a prize fighter. After he finishes his performance, he struts up to each car and collects a handful of coins. On a good day he can average about $20, which is the salary of a grammar school teacher here.” So, these are some of the street people of Guadalajara, along with Los Cantantes (The Singers) and Los Transitos (Traffic Police). “A colorful lot and mostly hard-working. They are generally good-natured and they are unfailingly polite. Their contribution to the ambience of Guadalajara makes it unlike any other city of comparable size north of the border. Too bad it is not an exportable commodity.” Get to know Dr. Michael Hogan: www.drmichaelhogan.com (Ed. Note: Go to amazon.com to check out Michael’s many fine books, including his celebrated The Irish Soldiers of Mexico.) Mark Sconce


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Dear Sir: The Declaration of Independence was illegal. Well, at least until now. That’s because Thomas Jefferson wrote it on paper made of hemp, a common crop in colonial America, grown by both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. In 1937, hemp was placed under the Controlled Substances Act, the main federal drug law. A provision in the 2014 farm bill signed by President Obama removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. And farmers are rejoicing. Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant, but has a lower content of the chemical that makes marijuana desirable for some people. People cannot get “high” on hemp. For Canadian farmers, hemp is worth $1 billion a year. It’s a major crop in France and other places. In WWII, parachutes used a hemp webbing to strengthen them. A fiber of hemp is stronger than the same size of steel. Hemp is used in making strong rope. Hemp requires half the water that wheat does and provides four times the income. Canadian farmers have been clearing $250 per acre by growing hemp. By comparison, soybeans, a major crop in the U.S., clear $71 per acre. Hemp seed is a rich source of oil that has been analyzed to have a

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high content of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps prevent coronary heart disease. It contains sterols that lower cholesterol. It contains elements that are also found in spinach, beans, raw vegetables, and asparagus. It has a substance that is known to be useful against degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s. The list goes on, making oil from hemp seed almost sound like a miracle drug. Hemp fiber is used in making Mercedes door panels that are stronger than steel. Hemp is used as insulation in buildings, and is better than fiberglass insulation. A utility company in Kentucky will start planting hemp on soil damaged by coal and tobacco as soon as the new law goes into effect. They will use the fiber harvest for clean biomass energy. Plants, through photosynthesis, transform sunlight into chemical energy. This energy can then be converted into gases or liquid fuels that burn cleanly and can power turbines to produce electricity. The 77-year ban on hemp seems like willful ignorance. How it could have lasted so long, with so many practical reasons against it, is simply unfathomable. Fred Mittag Freethinker1@mac.com


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According to doctors at Shriners, the location of the gap in the back often dictates what kind of adaptive aids or equipment a child with Myelomeningocele will need. Those with a gap high on the spinal column and more extensive paralysis often need to use a wheelchair, while those with a gap lower on the back may be able to use crutches, leg braces or a walker. The family left Niños Incapacitados for two years, returning again in 2012. Since her return, Yaneth has been experiencing urinary and kidney problems and has had numerous tests to determine the best course of action. In February of this year she was finally accepted at Teleton and attends twice weekly for therapy. Yaneth now uses a “pulmonary pump or self inflating bag” to help increase her lung capacity. Yaneth is one of the fortunate ones as she has a very caring and supportive family. We have paid for all medications, hospital consults, braces, therapy sessions, transportation to and from Hospital Civil and Teleton, studies, X-rays and just recently a new wheelchair and several miscellaneous apparatus. To date, Niños Incapacitados has paid out 85,000 pesos. As Director of the Jocotopec Clinic, thank you for the opportunity of presenting another of our children to you. If you would like to learn more about Niños Incapacitados, please visit our website at www.programaniños.org or call Rich Petersen (376-765-5511) or Barb Corol (376766-5452).


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efore the U.S. commits to a “limited,” “support troop” reinvasion of Iraq, can we please hit the pause button and consider non-military options? Yes, ISIS is a brutal offshoot of al-Qaeda that stretches from the Mediterranean in northwest Syria to the Persian Gulf in southeast Iraq and needs to be stopped. The questions are how and by whom. The U.S. has many options. Will the White House exhaust them all before sending our men and women back into battle? Here’s my plea to Pres. Obama and members of the U.S. Senate and Congress to stop ISIS peacefully: 1. Consider all the steps between doing nothing and dropping bombs. The world witnessed a miraculous example of successful diplomacy last summer: It was considered a “done deal” that Washington would unleash limited bombing on the outskirts of Damascus to punish Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons. Then a seemingly off-thecuff remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set in motion a diplomatic solution that resulted in Assad turning over his stash of chemical weapons, thereby successfully ridding the world of one of the last major caches of chemical weapons – and avoiding more casualties on America’s conscience. Disarming proved to be much more successful “punishment” than bombing. This tactic worked because Obama’s threat to bomb Syria was perceived as real.

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Could this tactic work again? 2. Stop considering Syria and Iraq in separate vacuums; a regional viewpoint is necessary. For example, the regimes of Syria’s Assad and neighboring Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki (who has just retained political power by being named vice-president) are allied. They share a common opposition to ISIS. Yet, the U.S. funds the Iraqi government while also funding fighters who oppose the Syrian government, ignoring that some of those opposition fighters affiliate with ISIS and spill from Syria into Iraq. Thus, American tax dollars support opposition fighters trying to undo a government supported by American tax dollars! 3. Stop justifying military funding, arming and intervention in Syria or Iraq by referencing human rights abuses. Yes, it’s excruciating to view photos of hundreds of children gassed to death and not want to punish, but the larger truth is every side in Syria and Iraq are engaged in human rights abuses. Adding more troops, guns or military money does not suddenly make governments, soldiers or insurgents more humane. 4. Work regionally to cut off supply routes of weapons. Fewer weapons means less fighting and fewer casualties – and fewer generations of traumatized children raised to believe violence is the only option. Syrian rebels’ weapons flow through Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. The U.S. should be a leader in negotiating a regional effort to stem this flow of weapons; instead it provides weapons to Syrian fighters assuming they won’t land in ISIS fighters’ arms.


5. Dry up the black market for crude oil and gas. After benefitting from oil and gas takeovers in eastern Syria, ISIS has seized oil facilities in Mosul and Kirkuk and is selling the Iraqi crude at a deep discount on the global black market, raising $3 million/day and making it the wealthiest terrorist organization on the planet. It’s estimated they could make $1 billion/year. 6. Engage the United Nations. The U.S. is about to assume the presidency of the U.N. Security Council. ISIS creates an unusual opportunity for opposing factions to work together: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Gulf States and the U.S. and its western allies all see ISIS as a security threat. On Sept 24, the Security Council will consider a U.S. proposal to “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join terrorist groups. It is estimated that 12,000 rebels from 74 countries have joined extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. While stemming the flow of fighters is a good step, it is open to abuse. And it’s a bit like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. Better to engage the U.N. in pressuring countries to stop arms movement and black market oil purchases. Uniting opponents to ISIS is

a unique opportunity to get these countries to suspend their proxy wars. 7. Stop doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. Iraq didn’t have any terrorist groups until after the U.S. invasion. Al-Qaeda bubbled up in 2004. If 100,000 U.S. troops couldn’t wipe out al-Qaeda in Iraq, why do we think we can now without another full-scale war? Targeted “air strikes” (i.e., bombing) lead to political instability and the perpetuation of extremism. Are these suggestions more complicated? More time-consuming? More challenging? Yes. But they are far less destructive for Iraqi, Syrian and American children forced to grow up assaulted by war. If you agree, make your voice heard! To sign this petition, please visit: http://petitions.moveon.org/ sign/stop-isis-peacefully?source=c. em.cp&r_by=2911153 (Ed. Note: Kelly Hayes-Raitt is a citizen journalist who has reported from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the West Bank. She is writing a book about her experiences and blogs at www.LivingLargeInLimbo.com.) Kelly Hayes-Raitt

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nally ll get it.” “Most of them have some religion, Sir. That should help”. “Yes, religions are OK as long as they don’t cause conflict and harm. I don’t need their prayers as much as they need to pray.” “Humans have developed great medical sciences, economic systems, transportation miracles, moon shots, agricultural wonders, but they have not yet resolved the needs of mankind. They can’t use God for anything. All they can do is appreciate the world given to them.” “No, Gabriel, I like them; hold off on the floods. I believe in them whether they believe in me or not. They can do it. I just wish they would stop hoping for me to solve the problems that they have caused and take care of them themselves. I’d like to send all those bags of requests back to them marked ‘RETURN TO SENDER’ and as to the golfers I can only say, ‘Keep your head down and follow through on your swing.’”

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Bill Merritt died on March 25, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 67. Bill was a 12-year resident of Ajijic and had returned to Canada two years ago to receive treatment for a long-enduring battle with brain cancer. In this respect Bill was a 21 year survivor and regarded by his doctors as something of a medical miracle. A gifted musician, Bill was honored in Canada by both the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba for his work in arts and culture. He was the Business Manager of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 17 years and a co-founder of the Win-

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nipeg International Children´s Festival. A member of several prominent bands in Canada, Bill was best known in Ajijic for his work with Ronnie and the Juniors and other rock oriented bands. Away from music, Bill was notable for his unfailing good humor and zest for life. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Luci, children Lisa and Bill, son-in-law Scott, and granddaughters Grace and Violet, who will miss him forever. A celebration of his life will be held in Ajijic on October 17. For information, close friends should call Luci Merritt at (045) 331-545-6589.


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trapped. So, highly against James’ wishes she ran back in the building. On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapsed. James heard about this and fell on his knees in tears. Against all known odds, Daisy made it out alive, but this time she was carried by a firefighter. “She led us right to the people, before she got injured,” the fireman explained. Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives. Daisy was the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York City.

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lam hands crop up relatively infrequently so it is important not to miss those that do come your way. Alas, the North South pairs in the diagrammed deal let a golden opportunity slip by when this hand was played in a Toronto area bridge club. North certainly did not have slam aspirations when he opened his modest collection 1 diamond, as I suspect would every player in the room holding that hand. East was happy with his cards and overcalled 1 heart, the same call with which he would have opened the bidding had North passed. Note that East did not jump the bidding with a pre-emptive 3 level bid as his hand was too good for such an action. South had no problem finding a1 spade bid, guaranteeing at least a 5 card suit. This was duly raised to the 2 level by North and this in turn drew a 3 heart bid from East. Now South made the most crucial bid of the auction: 4 clubs. Since a 4 level call of any denomination was committing the partnership to at least a game bid, 4 clubs had to be an invitation to slam and asked North to describe his hand further. Unfortunately North was not on the same wavelength and, considering his hand to be a rock bottom minimum, quickly signed off in 4 spades. North’s problem was that he didn’t pause to ask himself why his partner was showing a club suit at this juncture. If he had, he would have realized that his hand had grown in stature as his ace and queen of clubs would be immensely valuable to his partner. Instead of bidding a pedestrian 4 spades he

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should have made a cuebid of 4 diamonds announcing that he had first round control of that suit. This would have been a very encouraging sign to South who would now have bid 4 hearts to show control of that suit. North should not waiver at this point but continue describing his holding by cuebidding 5 clubs. Now it would be easy for South to bring the auction to a close by bidding 6 spades. There was very little to the play. West led a heart which declarer won in hand with the singleton ace. Crossing over to dummy with a diamond, South called for the spade 10 and it didn’t matter whether East covered or not as declarer could draw all outstanding trumps in 3 rounds. With trumps taken care of, declarer turned his attention to clubs. He cashed the ace and queen, discovering that West had a club winner coming to him. After the club trick was conceded, South could win any return and claim 12 tricks. Interestingly enough, when this hand was played in a club duplicate game, no North-Souths managed to bid the slam. There is no record of how the bidding went at other tables but if South managed to show a black two suiter at any table I would have expected some would have been rewarded by reaching a mathematically sound small slam which would have made with either the spade king onside or the enemy clubs breaking 3-2. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@gmail. com Ken Masson


Dear Sir: I’m really, really late in dropping you a line to tell you about some gratifying results that came La Ola’s way because of the article that you and Herbert collaborated on. You may recall that at the time of the article La Ola (Ojo cover story-“This House is a Home,”) was being falsely maligned. Immediately after your article that unfortunate situation ceased to exist and all of us at La Ola were able to relax and pay attention to the needs that the kids so generously present on a daily basis. Several substantial donors, who became aware of us in The Ojo, made contributions that more than covered tuition’s, books and uniforms for all our girls. Thank you! One man tracked me down through two mutual friends and we met at the place Linda (Buckthorpe) and I call “The Office.” It’s the Black Coffee Cafe. He brought a nice donation of cash and asked that I introduce him to La Ola. After one visit the girls had pierced his heart with the “heart hooks” they use to entrap and hold volunteers like me. He’s hooked! We have a young lady whose desire is to become an architect. The man is an architect and ever since his first visit he has been teaching architectural drawing to our young lady. She’s excelling and getting a big jump on her university training. He has filled his heart with a worthy challenge that he finds fulfilling and gratifying. From time to time people still come

to visit La Ola because of your, and Herbert’s visit. We even had a British lady with beautiful marketing skills come to help promote La Ola. Thanks just doesn’t cut it, but, thanks! Sincerely; Don Leach Donleach@prodigy.net.mx Our Editor Replies: The entire Ojo Family is always gratified when our articles reap such a worthwhile harvest. A major vote of thanks should go to Linda Buckthorpe for first making us aware of La Ola. One correction, however: every word in the article was written by Herbert Piekow. I simply offered a suggestion or two. We wish you and La Ola much continued success.

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see him every single day walking down one side of the carretera or the other. He is always in motion, with a sort of awkward gait that is punctuated as he limps as he places his damaged right leg ahead. It seems as though he might have once suffered from a stroke. His right arm dangles loosely from his shoulder. He carries a bag in his left hand. And he wears an old, oversized sombrero, which flops about each time he takes a step and protects him from the elements. He makes good time as he walks. His clothes are always clean, so I know he must have a home somewhere. But I see him several times a day, always walking. In my mind, I would play out different scenarios about who he is, where he is going, what he is doing. At first I thought he must have some sort of job he was walking to or from. But as his frame became more familiar to me, I realized he probably couldn’t do much labor for his job due to his disabled arm and leg. As time has gone on, I found myself looking for him along the road. As if my day wouldn’t quite be complete until I’ve passed by him at least once. If I don’t see him, I worry that something may have happened to him. One day I was parked outside of a farmacia, and he walked up, placed his

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bag outside, went inside the farmacia, then returned, sans purchase. He then looked into the trash bin, moved things around until he found something and pulled it out. It was a can, which he pulled from the bin as if it was pure treasure. He carefully placed it into his bag, replaced the lid on the bin and went to investigate the next bin, and he sneered as it didn’t even yield him so much as a soda can. “So that’s what he does!” I thought. Now I was brokenhearted. No more mystery for me. He roams from Chapala to Ajijic and back every day in search of cans to recycle. That is his work. This is his meager contribution to his family’s income, and while I feel sad, I am amazed at the amount of time and effort he spends each day for such little reward. I watched as he walked further up the street limping on his right leg, with his hat flopping with each stilted step. And I make a silent vow, that I will collect the very few cans that we use, and I’ll save them, and I will one day place them near one of his stops. Hopefully that small gesture will repay the daily pleasure I take in watching him go about his daily task. Victoria Schmidt


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ow to start this story? Because it is about evil…and how many of you have faced evil? I don’t mean the normal, every day type of bad things that happen to everyone, but the evil that raises the hair on the back of your neck, and makes you turn around when no one is there; evil that is so dark and black that you are afraid without knowing why. This is that kind of story, and it happened to me. It began when I was dating a witch, albeit a white witch, but still a witch. She had an apartment on the Portland park blocks, near Portland State University, where she was a student. It was on a night, much like tonight, that I visited her, when she informed me that the

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apartment was haunted. I said, “Oh, OK…fine!” and thought, “If you believe in that kind of thing.” Then came those fleeting moments as we sat around in her apartment. You know the kind. A feeling; a wondering. Was that a shadow that just passed? Nah, it couldn’t be. That kind of moment; one of doubt; one of illusion. But as the evening wore on, the shadow moved more and more until it didn’t become a question of doubt, but a certainty. And then it happened. As I was walking through the apartment, down the corridor, I had that feeling. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I had a feeling of panic, anxiety, and felt that something evil was lurking behind me. I turned and there was, not a shadow, but a darkness, an emptiness, something so black that it was evil incarnate. I shuddered. It was as if I was facing something demonic. As it approached me I could feel that it wanted to suck all the good out of me and leave me empty and in despair. I turned and ran out the front door, shaking and shuddering. Was it true? Did it really happen? It is hard to tell. I know, though, that I had seen the face of evil. Don’t believe me? Well then be forewarned. Someday you too may get that feeling and see a fleeting shadow. I hope you never have to face the dark emptiness of that evil spirit.


Dear Sir: I came across a July issue of “Ojo del Lago” and decided to look at what was inside. I saw a letter to the editor written by Ed Knudson that was shocking, to say the least. He attacked some fellow named Robert L. Nipper for an article Mr. Nipper had written that appeared in the June 2014 issue. I was intrigued by what Nipper had written that so infuriated Knudson, so I set to task finding a June issue of “Ojo”. Finding that issue, I immediately scanned it until I came across what Robert Nipper had written. What I found was a very well thought-out piece on what the Preamble of the Constitution means to Conservatives. Period. Knudson called Nipper a “bigoted jerk”, an “ugly American”, and a name I found interesting because it depicts Knudson’s bigotry…an “ugly Gringo”. He called Mr. Nipper ignorant; knowing nothing about American history. Knudson suggested Christopher Columbus, Plymouth Rock, and Jamestown were all myths! It became evident Knudson was a Canadian that professes to know more about American history than Americans. Robert Nipper had not mentioned any of the three supposed myths Knudson was referring to.

Knudson’s contention that Mr. Nipper is a bigot is ludicrous at best. Nowhere does Mr. Nipper make a statement that could be construed as “bigoted”. He references American immigration laws that should be adhered to. He does not say anywhere that Mexicans are not welcome in America. Nor, does he make a statement derogatory to Mexicans. But, just like Mexico has immigration laws that we are required to follow, so should the immigration laws be followed in the United States. Knudson evidently has a problem with adhering to the law? Knudson accuses Mr. Nipper of breaking Mexican law. Nowhere in what Mr. Nipper wrote was there any suggestion, inferred or blatant, of Mexican law breaking by Mr. Nipper. It was a total fabrication by Knudson who had gone off the deep end into unreality in his letter. I found it interesting that Mr. Knudson, an obvious ultra-leftwing Liberal, did not counter a single thing Mr. Nipper wrote with logic or reasoning. He simply resorted to name calling. I am apolitical in my beliefs, but it is scattered, ramblings of a mind like Knudson’s that probably will get me to vote for a Republican or Independent. Ronald Langley Jocotepec

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IN MEMORIAM —Valerie M. Siegel—

Valerie L. Siegel, 70, died on July 3, 2014. She was born to Carl and Ruth Rose in Charleston, WV on October 9, 1943. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Rose in 1993; her husband and the greatest love of her life, Harold Aryai Siegel in 1999; her brother, US Navy Commander Kenneth Rose in 2001; her mother Julia Rose in 2001; and her step-daughter PJ Siegel in 2004. She was a loving, generous and inspirational mother to Shelly Siegel and Sean Arthurs; grandmother to Daniel Arthurs and Kylie Don Bullian; and a warm, supportive step-mother to Brandy McNeill, Sandra Stimson, Marc Siegel, Kevin Siegel and Trevor Siegel. She worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County from 1987 - 1993; was a teacher at the University of Maryland University College; and was the President of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association in 1991. Valerie’s true calling was as a writer, a traveler, and a teacher of life. While living in the San Diego, CA area, she received her second Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling and worked as a Hospice chaplain. She took an interest in everyone she met and became a life coach to many. With her strength, insight to the needs of others and a deeply connected spirituality, she founded Wisdom Bridge, providing life coach services to those in need. Three years ago she moved to Ajijic, Mexico, where she found true happiness, a new love and

9DOHULHDQG:LQVWRQ co-authored two books “Who Rescued Who: Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them” and the sequel, “Who Rescued Who 2?: MORE Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them.” Summing up Valerie’s life is impossible. The real legacy that she left behind was her spirit, vitality, love and generosity. She taught us how to live. Written by Barbara Harkness (You are invited to join us at Yves’ Restaurant to celebrate Val on her birthday, October 9, beginning at 2 p.m.  Birthday cake will be provided.  You may purchase lunch and beverages from Yves’ menu. Please make a reservation by calling Yves directly at  766-3565  no later than October 5. If you plan to publicly share an anecdote or memory of Val, let me know at barbara.harkness@icloud.com )

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9,'(2/,%5$5<1(:$'',7,216 New for October See the Video Library bulletin board and the binders on WKHFRXQWHUWRÂżQGÂżOPVRILQWHUHVW You Can Count on Me # 6667 Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids after their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. Single mom Sammy, who still lives with her eight year old son in the family home in upstate New York is excited to hear that Terry, whom she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened upon Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival. Drama Laura Linney Mark Ruffalo :KDW :RPHQ :DQW # 6657 Nick, a somewhat chauvinistic advertisLQJH[HFKDVKLVOLIHWXUQHGKD\ZLUHZKHQDĂ&#x20AC;XNHDFFLGHQWHQDEOHVKLP to hear what women think. He wants to rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! +LVÂżUVWWDUJHWLV'DUF\0F*XLUHWKHYHU\ZRPDQZKRJRWWKHSURPRWLRQ he wanted. Just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way. Comedy Mel Gibson Helen Hunt 0\)DWKHUÂśV*ORU\DQG0\0RWKHUÂśV&DVWOH# 6650. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;twoferâ&#x20AC;? These two excellent French dramas are reviewed on the LCS web page and in the green catalogs. French soundtrack with English subtitles. The Ref # 6648 Filmed in 1994, it is as funny now as it was 20 years ago. Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, abandoned by his partner in the middle of a heist, who is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis), their blackmailing son and despicable in-laws hostage. Soon, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driving him nuts with their family problems and constant bickering. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nabbed by the police. Romance and Cigarettes # 6644 Down-and-dirty working class musical love story. Nick, an ironworker is married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with Tula. Nick, a good, hardworking man driven by his XUJHVLVOHIWWRÂżQGDZD\EDFNWKURXJKWKHGDPDJHKHÂśVGRQH:KHQWKH characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. James *DQGROÂżQL6XVDQ6DUDQGRQ Three new series: True Detective with Matthew McConnaughy and Woody Harrelson # 6644 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6666; /DVW7DQJRLQ+DOLID[ # 6668-6666 A BBC production about Celia and Alan who are reunited after 50+ years apart and decide to do what they should have done 50 years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201C; get married; )UDQNOLQDQG%DVK # 6670 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6672 Lawyers and lifelong friends -DUHG)UDQNOLQDQG3HWHU%DVKDUHUHFUXLWHGE\DODUJHÂżUPÂśVPDMRUSDUWQHUDIWHUZLQQLQJDKLJKSURÂżOHFDVH&RPHG\ 6LGHZD\V # 6645 Two men reaching middle age with not much to show for their lives but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. Comedy Paul Giamatti Sandra Oh This is just a partial list of the new additions. Please see the LCS web page or the GREEN catalogs at the LCS Video Library to get a full review of all of the additions for October. Another service provided by the video library is transferring your VHS tapes to DVD discs. The discs last longer and take up less space. The cost is 50 pesos per tape. If there is a movie that you have never seen, and want to see, or a favorite that you want to see again, ask the volunteer on duty if we have it in our inventory. If we do not have it, leave the name of the movie, your name and your email address and we will let you know if and when we might add it to our inventory.


&DVL1XHYR1HZV If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re changing homes and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take it with you RUKDYHWRRPDQ\LWHPVWRÂżWLQ\RXUQHZDERGHOHWRXUWHDP of experts sell your excess household items quickly and make your moving job easier. No item is too small or too expensive. Large consignment items? No problem. We can recommend a TXDOLÂżHGORZFRVWPRYHUWRSLFNXSDQGGHOLYHU\RXULWHPVWRRXU store. We also buy selected items for cash. Be aware that we do not accept or sell electronics. We are an all-volunteer organization and we need additional volunteers. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have a fun job, learn a bit more Spanish and help provide a needed service, contact us at casinuevoAjijic@gmail.com, call 106-2121, or visit us. We are the red store with the corner door across from 7-Eleven in Riberas de la Pilar. Our hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday. Call 376 106-2121 for more information. 3URÂżWV VXSSRUW WKH  FKLOGUHQ LQ RXU WKUHH FKDULWLHV /&6 Community Education Program, School for Children with Special Needs, and Have Hammer...Will Travel.

0HRZ0XFKDV*UDFLDV$PLJRV Thank you for your generous support for our little feline friends. Because prices for pet food have soared, we need more dinero to care for and maintain our little buddies in good health this month. Donation of 20, 50, or 100 pesos will be accepted at the &DIpRURIÂżFH

LCS Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPad classes The next session of Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPad classes starts Thursday, October 30. Four classes held between 10 and 11:45 a.m. in the Sala on consecutive Thursdays. Instruction starts with the basics and then goes on to cover a variety of topics including taking and managing photos, e-mailing, word processing, dealing with problems on an iPad, various apps and use of Safari and other web browsers. If you would like to attend, send an e-mail to lcsipadclasses@gmail.com with your LCS membership number.

7('7DONV,GHDV:RUWK7DONLQJ$ERXW5HWXUQ The TED-based LCS Learning Seminars start November 11 and continue until April 14 (Tuesdays in the Sala from 12 to 1:15 p.m.) with a fascinating line-up of interesting, informative and sometimes controversial talks. The November program starts off with philosopher Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices (Nov 11), followed by business professor Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels, and concluding with food provocateur Michael Hebb: What happens when death is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for dinner?

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$OOÂżOPVVKRZQLQWKH6DOD No food No pets 2FWREHU THE DISCIPLE- 2014- Finland (87 minutes) Teen-age orphan Karl is sent to an island light house as an assistant. This drama, set in 1939, was Finland's submission for the Academy Award. 9 October - 2:00 ALL ABOUT EVE- 1950- USA (138 minutes) Starring Bette Davis, this drama won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This might be the most biting example of hard-boiled wit ever to come out of Hollywood. 2FWREHU ENEMY- 2014- USA (87 minutes) A man seeks out his exact double after seeing him in a movie. Based on Nobel Prize winning novelist Jose Saramago's "The Double." The ending is quite unlike anything you've ever seen. 2FWREHU BELLE- 2014- UK- (101 minutes) Inspired by a true story of the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British Admiral who is raised by her aristocratic great uncle, /RUG0DQVÂżHOG 2FWREHU COMING HOME- 2014- China (103 minutes) Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested as a political prisoner. He returns home but not all is well. Starring the incomparable Gong Li, directed by Zhang Yimou.

1HZDQG5HWXUQLQJ$FWLYLWLHVLQ2FWREHU Toastmasters will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sala. Blue Angel Insurance returns Friday, October 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9RWHUUHJLVWUDWLRQIRU86FLWL]HQVÂżQDORSSRUWXQLW\0RQGD\2Ftober 13. The History Club returns Tuesday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. Scottish Country Dancing returns Thursday, October 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This social dance of Scotland is good fun and great aerobic exercise. Partners not required, beginners welcome.

THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C.

16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco /&60DLQ2IÂżFH   2IÂżFHLQIRUPDWLRQDQGRWKHUVHUYLFHV0RQGD\Âą6DWXUGD\DPWRSP*URXQGVRSHQXQWLOSP LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Ben White (2016); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2015); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2015); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2016); Directors: Lois Cugini (2015); Ernest Gabbard (2016); Aurora Michel Galindo (2015); Fred Harland (2015); Keith Martin (2016); Pete Soderman (2016); Executive Director - Terry Vidal

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

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CARS FOR SALE: Jeep Grand Cherokee. Year 1999. Come by Hotel Perico on the Libramiento to check out the vehicle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in great condition. We are helping a former resident sell the Jeep because his health problems are preventing him from returning to Mexico. The Jeep already has Mexico plates. Price: $55,000 Pesos. FOR SALE: Honda CRV 2012-14 Running Board. Price: $2,200 pesos. Call: 331-269-2696. FOR SALE: White Mercedes ML350. 6 cylinders 3.500 CC Sunroof, 5 places very economic gas consumption great car for a very low price: $125.000 Pesos. call me 3767662430 or cell 3312833206 Rainer. FOR SALE: Minivan. Year 2001. Mexican plated, 7 passenger, 4 buckets plus split bench, power side door, excellent condition, well maintained. Leaving Mexico in 2 weeks. Must sell. Price: $55,000 Pesos. FOR SALE: BMW 323i. One owner, never been on an accident and it is in great condition. Only 74K miles. (Colorado License plates) V6, leather, sunroof, stereo Harman Kardon. 17¨inch rims with new Maxxis tires. Price: $65,000 MXP. FOR SALE: Motorhome. 56000 original miles, Air conditioner, Generator, Sink, Shower, Bed, Toilet, Stove, Microwave and Kitchenette. Price: $4,000 USD. FOR SALE: Dodge Minivan. Mexican plates, emissions tested, tires are good. Price: $49,500. Call: 331-383-7879. FOR SALE: 2004 Ford Mondeo. One owner, never in an accident, bright red, immaculate inside & out, new paint & tires, excellent V6 automatic, fully maintained, mostly highway driven, Mexican (Jalisco) plated, superior midsize predecessor of Ford Fusion sold in Europe & Mexico, big inside, small outside. Price $80,000 pesos. Call 766-2230. FOR SALE: Nissan Altima SL 2006. Mexican 4 cylinder, full loaded car, leather, cheap on gas. Price: $103,000 pesos. Call: 331-269-2696. FOR SALE: 2011 Mazda 3. Very low mileage car with a 4 cylinder engine, one owner, automatic. Price: $170,000 pesos. Call: 331-269-2696. FOR SALE: Tracker 2005. Mexican plated (Jalisco), very good condition, new tires, sun roof, excellent motor, 4 cylinder, well maintained, A/C. Price: $9,000 USD. Info: 331-043-7625 or 331-043-7625 FOR SALE: One owner Malibu 4 cylinder engine, luxury car, new Michelin tires. Price: $165,000 pesos. Call: 331-2692696. FOR SALE: Mercedez Smart For Two 2011, all dealer services, new tires, 3 Cylinder cheap on gas, Price: $133,500 pesos. Call: 331-269-2696.

COMPUTERS FOR SALE: 2 HP printer cartridges 122 tricolor $250p. HP printer cartridge new 75 XL tricolor $200p. FOR SALE: Computer. Refurbed by Sony & new battery & H.D. 2 years ago. Not cheap plastic crap w/no DVD drive.

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Windows XP but upgradable to W7. Docking station and 2 extra 7650ma batteries. Bat life: 4 - 8.5 hours. Weight 3#. I can eMail you specs if you want. Price: $1,750.00. Call: 376-765-6348

PETS & SUPPLIES FREE: Juanita was rescued from the street a month ago, malnourished. She is doing better now, has been vaccinated and treated against worms. She is very affectionate, loves to play, go out for long walks, and to be around people. She likes other dogs. Looking for a nice loving home/ company where to live and who really can take care of her. sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sterilized shortly. please contact me if you want to adopt her and love her!! She will love you back! :$17(' Cat/kitten. Would like another ragdoll kitten (pure). If you know of breeder-- that would be good also. FOR SALE: Large metal folding dog crate, Lifetime brand. Like new. Big enough for lab, border collie. Two doors, cup for wĂĄter. Price: $500 pesos. FOR SALE: WAHL Rechargeable 13 Piece Pet Grooming Kit. Includes self sharpening blade, combs, charger, mirror, blade oil, carrying case, and instructional DVD. Price: $500.00 pesos. 7ZR &DWV )UHH 7R $ *RRG +RPH Cats are brother and sister. Both cats are declawed and neutered. These are my Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cats and she has fallen twice because the cats are underfoot. Looking for a good home for these guys.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE FOR SALE: Felt Red hat with feathers has original price tag of $75usd only $200p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Tool craft rivet tool. Price: $100p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Wooden legs (6) $100p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Lasko Pro Performance %ORZHU )DQ  FRUG KDV EHHQ Âż[HG blows hard $400p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: 2- cold freezer packs for $200p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Like new Toastess Seal a Meal + 2 rolls of bags only $250p. Call: 765-4590. FOR SALE: Three small kitchen appliances Popelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pasta maker Zojirushi home bakery Philips Juicer All in good condition. Price: $750.00 pesos for three items. FOR SALE: 480 Very Good Quality â&#x20AC;&#x153;walk-on strengthâ&#x20AC;? red clay roof tiles (9â&#x20AC;? x 16â&#x20AC;?). They will cover about 500 square feet of roof. Market price for new is $17 pesos/tile. My selling price is $8.00 pesos/tile or OBO. FOR SALE: Finely Handcrafted Leather Quetzal on perch hanger; made by wellNQRZQ7RQDODDUWLVWELUGLVÂżQHO\WH[WXUHG in leather body feathers and tail; total length is approx. 18â&#x20AC;?; mint condition. Price: $30 usd/ $400 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Finely Handcrafted Leather Toucan on perch hanger; made by wellNQRZQ7RQDODDUWLVWELUGLVÂżQHO\WH[WXUHG in leather feathers; approx 12â&#x20AC;? H; mint condition. Price: $30 usd/ $400 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868.

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FOR SALE: Cantera dolphin sitting on wave; approx 20â&#x20AC;? sq. Fun in the garden. Price: $50 usd / $650 mnp. Call: 333-4870868. FOR SALE: Beautiful decoratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terra cotta/gold print double width shower drapery; lined; gold satin rope tie back; H= 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; W= 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In guest bath and rarely used; Mint Condition. Price: $30 usd/ $400 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Unique Log Planter on wrought iron stand; presently used for herbs; very heavy; 4ft. long. Price: $50usd/ $650 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Inscribed cantera planter with wrought iron stand; 12â&#x20AC;? in diameter H= 21/2 ft. Price: $50 usd / $650 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Beautiful solid mahogany mirror; Sheraton style; gilt-edged; H= 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; W= 26â&#x20AC;? Mint condition. Price: $300 usd/ $3,900 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Beautifully distressed solid teak screen from Far East; 3 17â&#x20AC;?panels with decoratively designed wrought iron work; H = 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;? Suitable for inside or outside display. Price: $300 usd/ $3,900 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tful solid wood with inlay detailing; top unfolds; solid brass hardware and piano hinged doors; felt-lined drawers; H=32â&#x20AC;? W=36â&#x20AC;?(top extending to 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) D=18â&#x20AC;?; Showroom Condition. Price: $500 usd/ $6,500 mxp. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Floor Lamp. Brass plated, adjustable height with dimmer. Good Condition TWO AVAILABLE. Price: $50usd/ $650 mxp each. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE:$UWLÂżFLDO )LFXV 7UHH +  IW LQ %URQ]HGÂżQLVK VTXDUH PHWDO SODQWHU Price: $40 USD. Call: 333-487-0868. :$17(' We would like to borrow a DOUBLE BED WITH FRAME (also called a Full or Matrimonial size bed) for use as a prop at the local Little Theatre. The size is 54 inches by 75 inches (137 cm by 191 cm). A folding bed of this size would be idea. Even a blow-up mattress could work. We would need to use it from now until November 17th. We will arrange pick up and return. Please let me know if are willing to lend us this item. :$17(' Does anybody have one of those Sony Beta Videocassette Recorders that were popular in the 80´s in good, fair or working condition that you are not using and want to sell or give away? I still want to see my old videocassettes and need this appliance for that. Call Rick 766 4804 or email me. FOR SALE: Metal shopping cart with plastic bag...great for the tianguis. Price: $100. FOR SALE: 36 jars (20 lg) plus bag of bands and 2 unopened boxes of bands and lids. Many jars unused. $400p. FOR SALE: 2 Bar Stools. Fine pair of Mexican handcrafted wrought iron and leather bar stools with seat backs; 30â&#x20AC;?H. Price: $ 200 usd/pr. Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Dining Table and Chairs. Reproduction of Italian vintage pedestal table with distressed top and ornately decorated base; 4 upholstered comfortable armchairs. Table D- 4ft. Price: 800usd.

Call: 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Antique Mahogany Chair. Beautiful and Comfortable upholstered seat and back barrel chair; circa 1900; matching fabric side table covering and 2 ODUJHĂ&#x20AC;RRUSLOORZV3ULFH86'&DOO 333-487-0868. FOR SALE: Solid mahogany ĂŠtagère; slated shelf tiles, 2 felt-lined drawers and 2 shelves in cabinet below; mirrored back H-7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, W-42â&#x20AC;?, D-22â&#x20AC;?. Price: $400. Call: 333487-0868. FOR SALE: foldable, portable golf cart on wheels. Perfect condition. Price: $300 pesos. FOR SALE: new evaporative personal portable cooler w/remote. washable, perm pad. Price: $999 pesos. FOR SALE: golf bag, brand new, light weight, stands alone. Price: $300 pesos. FOR SALE: portable evaporative coolHU RQ ZKHHOV SHUPDQHQW ZDVKDEOH ÂżOWHU with remote. Price: $1,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Security Steering Wheel Lock. Master Lock 263DAT Titanium High Security Steering Wheel Lock. Used a couple of times. More details on http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-263DAT-Titanium-Security/dp/ B000COX0VU#productDetails. Price: $250. FOR SALE: Semi-Professional Canon Camera SX510HS rarely used almost new condition. Have complete with manual case and all. I am open to offers. Price: $4,000 pesos. Call: 3824-8958. FOR SALE: Rustic Dining Table with PHGLXP ÂżQLVK 6HDWLQJ IRU  8SKROstered chairs are neutral brown. Also have matching hutch. Price: $3,200. Reply to ad or call (331) 456-4175. FOR SALE: Rustic Hutch with mediXPÂżQLVK*UHDWIRUGLVKGLVSOD\DQGVWRUage. Also have matching dining table for 6. Price: $1,900. Reply to ad or call (331) 456-4175. FOR SALE: Jewelry armoire furniture piece...openable top with sections and mirror, 2 doors with necklace hangers, draws below one lockable with key. wood, nice for storage of jewelry or what have you.$1500 pesos. Can see by appt. at my home. Lovely item and practical. They have in Guad. for $3,000 plus pesos and not even as nice. FOR SALE: Trek Jetta Limited Edition ladies mountain bike - 27 gears - not new but infrequently used. Price: $3,000 pesos OBO. FOR SALE: Yamaha Motorcycle, Very nice, low millage, new battery. Price: $15,000 pesos. FOR SALE: Tool Craft 2500W portable gas generator; purchased in July & used approx. 30-hrs. Has two 110V plug outlets. Starts very easily with pull-chord & runs perfectly. $4,600.00 pesos OBO. FOR SALE: Ladies Golf Clubs. Ladies Pro Gear golf clubs (graphite shafts) with a bag for $600 pesos. There is a driver, 3 and 5 woods, and 4,5,6,7,8,9 irons plus putter and wedge. Price: $600 pesos. Call Donna at 766-4636. FOR SALE: This is a 2011 model 110cc Italika with semi-automatic transmission,


no clutch to deal with. It has recent tune ups, a new tire etc. and is Jalisco plated. I will consider trading it for a u.s. plated car or truck. Or sell it for cash. Comes with highest quality helmet, value of helmet over 2,000 pesos. Price: $11,500 pesos. Please e mail me if interested at...schraderlarry@rocketmail.com FOR SALE: Small Whirlpool up-right freezer. Like new. Used only 3 days. Price: $2500.00 Cell: 331-446-1709. FOR SALE: Christmas tree pre-lit, 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; tall in stand, excellent condition; $2,500pesos; miscellaneous Christmas ornaments in storage cases, $1,000pesos. 10% of sale goes to charity. FOR SALE: Piece Hartman luggage set, $2,800pesos; 2 Samsonite 29â&#x20AC;? spinner suitcases, bought in June this year (used once), $3,800pesos; Golf Travel Bag black, $1,000pesos. 10% of sales will go to charity. FOR SALE: Bedding & Blow up Mattress. Queen size comforter set in chocolate brown, NOT from Wal-Mart. Includes: FRPIRUWHU GXVW UXIĂ&#x20AC;H  (XUR SLOORZV  2 shams, 2 small pillow shams. Price: $3,300pesos & $1,000pesos. FOR SALE: Bushnell Ensign Binoculars with case. Price: $1,000 pesos. FOR SALE: YAMAHA Clavinova PIANO. CLP 133 advanced wave memory Stereo Digital Piano And Matching Padded Piano Bench. Price: $1,500.00 U.S. FOR SALE: Tools: Drills, Sanders, Grinder. Makita Cordless Drill with battery charger and 2 new batteries; 2 Black & Decker Sanders; Black & Decker Power Drill; and Truper Grinder. All in working condition. Price: Negotiable. FOR SALE: Large Entertainment Unit/ Wardrobe. Very solid unit, made with old solid timber. The doors are sliding doors,

but I have them off at the moment. With LWV UXVWLF ORRN ZLWK DQWLTXH Âż[WXUHV LW looks great and would suit almost any decor. We have a 40â&#x20AC;? tv in there at the moment to compare, but this unit would also suit as a wardrobe. Dimensions are: - H 192cm, W 172cm, B 70cm. Opening size is - H 146cm x W 105cm. It is heavy and took 4 men to carry it into our house. Buyer to arrange transport. Price: $4,000 MXP OBO. FOR SALE: 1 Queen sized bed (like new) 5000 p. 1 Brown leather recliner (like new) 5000 p. Cell: 331-527-3194. FOR SALE: Gently used, like new, 1 1/2yr old side by side refrigerator/freezer. 6WDLQOHVVÂżQLVK´Z[´K3LFWXUHVXSRQ request. Price: $500 pesos. Call: 376-1062010. FOR SALE: Shaw TV Satellite system. Includes Shaw Satellite dish, receiver and remote. Great condition and works perfectly. Good for all USA and Canadian TV channels. I will also recommend D ÂżUVW FODVV LQVWDOOHU LI QHHGHG 3ULFH $3,900.00 Pesos. FOR SALE: Numerous things for sale. Blue tooth keyboard or keyboard cover combo for Ipad 2/3. SanDisk adapter and Ultra micro 64 GB memory card, $500p. 2 HP printer cartridges 122 tricolor $250p. HP printer cartridge new 75 XL tricolor $200p. Jewelry armoire furniture piece...openable top with sections and mirror, 2 doors with necklace hangers, draws below one lockable with key. wood, nice for storage of jewelry or what have you $1500 pesos. 2 equipale loungers, good condition $400 pesos each. Numerous cross stitch items. Costume jewelry, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Will send pics via email. See by appointment only.

FOR SALE: This is Ironstone (Pottery) service for 12 in burnt orange with beaded black octogon shaped rims from NOB. Includes serving pieces. Each place setting has dinner plate, luncheon (or dessert or salad) plate, soup or cereal or ice cream bowl, cup and saucer. All pieces are still available when needed. This service is dishwasher and microwave proof. Price: $2,995 MXN. Call: 376-766-1213. :$17(' 2 Interior lounge chairs. I want the upholstered kind where the back goes down to some degree and a foot rest pops up. Matching would be nice but not near critical. Fair condition is OK as I can have them redone as needed. As everyone wants, price needs to be reasonable. Call: 376-765-6348 :$17(' Want to buy outdoor loveseat, two chairs, and tables with weatherproof frames. With or without cushions. :$17(' Want to buy stackable washer/dryer in good condition. :$17(' Want to buy a chipper/ shredder, gas or electric. Call: 766-1132 FOR SALE: Whirlpool stainless steel stove hood, purchased at Tio Sam, still in original container, 3 speed fan, 2 light setting, night light and regular light, dimensions 31.5inches long by 17.2 inches wide. Paid over 2000 pesos-decided not to remodel kitchen, so do not need. Price: $1,200 pesos. call 762-1628 Barry or Christine or email heltonbcs@aol.com if you would like a photo FOR SALE: REMINGTON New Hair Clipper set. I tried this for about 5 minutes and I looked like a disaster. Has several clip/combs, etc. Price: $400 Call: 376-7656348. FOR SALE:%HQHÂżW+HDOWK3URGGRXble bed Magnetic Mattress New $1,395 USD now $11, 250 Pesos or best offer.

FOR SALE: Beautiful 4x6 palm wood hardwood beams. 7 pcs at 17 ft. 4 pcs at 14 ft. Build something. Cost $6,000 pesos, make offer. FOR SALE: Glass topped table with solid base and umbrella. Excellent quality. Price: $1,500 pesos. Call: 376-108-0525. FOR SALE: Water Heater. Cinsa de Paso 6 liters purchased June 22, 2014. :RUNVÂżQHEXWWRRVPDOODQGWRRIDUIURP my gas tank to work correctly. Price: $1,900 pesos. Call: 376-766-0944. FOR SALE: PRE-WWII MOVIE Projector. EUMIG P8 8MM and Super 8 in original carrying case from Vienna, Austria, CA 1939. In good working order and FDQ EH FRQÂżJXUHG WR XVH VRXQG WDSH Price: $400 MXP. Call: 376-766-1213. FOR SALE: Pool table 8 foot regulation. New cloth + vinyl cover 48 snooker balls with rack , 2 sets of 8 balls like new made in Belgium with rack + regulation board and 3 lights on a bar + more Price $1,200 U S dollars FOR SALE: A complete SOLOFLEX system for sale complete with leg and upper body extensions. In excellent condition for home use. A total body work out system. A new system costs $15,000 Pesos asking $4,000 Pesos. Ajijic. Phone: 7662763. FREE: Hyundai Elantra (2009) WIX Air Filter #49070. Sold car in US but forgot to LQFOXGHWKHEUDQGQHZH[WUDDLUÂżOWHU&DOO 376-766-3502. :$17(' Looking for someone to share a mailbox at the new Ishopmail located in the Laguna shopping center. Price: $200 pesos per month. Call 7665896.

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