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Herbert Piekow writes about an intriguing Spanish priest who lived in Mexico during one of its most fascinating periods.




June Nay Summers places the origin of Mariachi music right here in our own state of Jalisco, with many of the song lyrics based on myths and fables.


Editor’s Page



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Kathy Koches contradicts the old adage about how “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never KXUW PH´ DQG RႇHUV LQVWHDG Âł'RQÂśW VD\ something permanently hurtful because you are temporarily upset.â€?

34 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Despite all the recently-passed positive legislation in several countries, including Mexico, Tom Nussbaum reminds us that pursuing such a union is still not for the faint of heart.


Uncommon Sense


Lakeside Living


Welcome to Mexico


Profiling Tepehua


Child of Month


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46 A FOOL-PROOF METHOD -RKQ &RPDQGR RႇHUV D ³&DQœW 0LVV´ method for meeting woman here at Lakeside: get yourself a puppy and then go walking with it!


48 POLITICAL HISTORY Henri Loridans reminds us that though the two major presidential candidates in the upcoming election in the US of A DUHEDGO\Ă€DZHGVRPHRIWKHJUHDWHVW presidents have had serious glitches in their own character.

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Ah, Persistence!


etting: A prestigious employment agency in Washington, D.C. Time: Sometime late in 1858. As scene opens, a tall, solemn-looking MAN enters and walks stiffly toward a RECEPTIONIST. His gaunt features and melancholylooking eyes immediately make her wary. RECEPTIONIST: Our deliveries are made down the hall. MAN: No, I’m... I’m looking for a job. RECEPTIONIST: (with jaundiced eye) Well, I doubt that we have anything for someone of your ...type. But you may fill out our standard application form... it’s probably a waste of both your time, as well as mine. The MAN takes a paper from his long black coat and hands it to her. She looks as if she’d half-expected him to draw forth a pistol. MAN: I’ve brought along my resumé. Thought it might save some of that precious time. The woman reluctantly takes the resume. An awkward silence. RECEPTIONIST: Not much of a conversationalist, are you? MAN: (a gentle smile) Depends on with whom I’m conversing. RECEPTIONIST: (glancing at resume) Not much of a record, either... let’s see (reading from paper) 1831— Failed in business... 1832—Defeated for the State Legislature...1833— Failed in business. Again ...1834— Elected to State Legislature. 1835— Sweetheart died... 1836—Suffered nervous breakdown. Well! If nothing else, you’re certainly honest! MAN: (a glint of pride) Yes, I’ve been called that.


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RECEPTIONIST: (reading on) 1838—Defeated for Speaker...1843— Defeated for Land Officer...and defeated for Congress..,1846—Elected to Congress...1848—Defeated for re-election...1855—Defeated for Senate...1856—Defeated for Vice-President...1858—Defeated again for Senate...(slightly stunned) Gosh, Mister, you’ve certainly had more than your share of ups and downs! MAN: (quietly chuckling) That’s a fair assessment, yes. RECEPTIONIST: But I just don’t think we have anything in the office at the present time that you’d be right for...but if I may make a suggestion? MAN: I’d be most grateful, ma’am. I obviously could use a little help. RECEPTIONIST: Well, why don’t you try running for president? Seems like you’ve tried everything else! The MAN smiles and backs toward the door. MAN: Funny you should say that, ma’am. I’ve had the same thought myself. RECEPTIONIST: Oh, better get your name, just to have it on file. MAN: (pausing at door) Name’s there on the resume. And thank you for the kind advice. The man quietly exits. The woman ponders for a moment, shakes her head, then drops the resume into a waste-basket and goes on with her work. The End (or maybe the Beginning) Alejandro GrattanDominguez

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ixteen years after Cortez conquered the Aztecs, Diego Durán was born in Seville, Spain. As a boy of five Durán´s family sailed from Spain to seek their fortune in the new world, research did not say if the family was successful, but it did reveal that when the family arrived they were not rich. I imagined the young Durán hoping that their ship would be attacked by pirates, but the young boy probably did not realize that pirates attacked ships sailing back to Spain with their gold. Durán´s first home in New Spain was in Texcoco, then about fifteen miles from Mexico City. Today Texcoco is a part of the vast Mexican Capitol


City, but in the mid 1500´s this was a provincial town, earlier it had been the learning center of the Aztec Empire and after the Spanish conquest Texcoco became the refuge for some Aztec priests and many of the former royalty. Durán’s playmates were the children of the Aztec royalty and it was from his playmates and their grandparents that he learned the Nuatal language, history, legends and beliefs. Later, when he was Catholic priest, Durán used the Nuatal tongue to convert the indigenous people and to write three books about the Aztecs. When he was a boy Durán would listen to the Aztec elders and adult family members of his playmates

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these proud people told the tales of the dying Aztec culture. He was a firsthand witness to the conflict between the Spaniards and the Indians as they evolved into the inhabitants of New Spain. In 1556, at the age of nineteen, Durán became a Dominican priest, the Dominican order did not come to Mexico until 1525 and so, like Durán, they were a young order in Mexico. As a priest Durán did his best to educate his fellow priests in the language and ways of the indigenous people. He said, “You must learn Nuatal otherwise you will not know if the native peoples are just agreeing with you, or if they are mocking you.” Durán also campaigned for more tolerance. He also warned his fellow Dominicans to be on guard because some natives used church feasts to drink too much, as they did during the previous pagan ceremonies. Many of the early priests and missionaries were intent on destroying the native religions and ways in order to convert the indigenous peoples. Padre Durán worked diligently to adapt the church and the native ways, to bring some harmony between the two. He was conflicted because on the one hand he was a Catholic priest first assigned to convert the heathens; he was also an educated person who realized the validity of the former Aztec culture. At the same time Durán disapproved of the Aztec tianguis as he felt the Indians preferred socializing at the market to praying at church. He was horrified at the Indian bathing practices where both sexes and all ages bathed communally; he felt that human nature was base and that naked flesh of the bathers would tempt people into immorality. When he was in Oaxaca he knew of the Muxe, men born with a male penis, but who lived their lives as women and who were both honored and respected people of their communities. He was conflicted with trying to both understand the Aztec culture and to reconcile the teachings of his Catholic Church. As a priest, Durán realized the best way to truly convert the native of New Spain was to understand who they were, what they believed, to know their histories, learn their fables and speak their native tongues. The Dominican order sent Father Diego Durán from the capital of Mexico City to the remote area of Oaxaca, where as a young priest he frequented native pueblos and rural native areas. While in Oaxaca Durán wrote three very important works about the Aztecs, a history of their own recollection, a book about their religious practices and an atlas done in picture graphs in the style of the Aztec codices. The first Book of the Gods and Rites,

written from 1574 to 1576; The Aztec Calendar, only two copies were published in 1579 and Duran´s Historia de las Indias de Nueva España, published in 1581 and often referred to as Atlas of Duran. The Atlas is a unique document because it is a pictorial manuscript, much like an Aztec scroll, it has a series of 78 paintings with accompanying text, in Spanish. This Atlas depicts the entire Aztec history from the migration of the Aztec people to the Spanish conquest and the destruction of their capitol Tenochtitlán. Both the Atlas (pictorial) and History (written), begin with the people setting out from the seven symbolic caves, (this reminds me of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome on the seven hills above the Tiber River). Finally the Aztecs arrived at Chapultepec; it ends with the death of Moctezuma. The History is full of paintings of birds, reptiles, various animals and the kingly jaguar. Scholars probably make the parallel that many of the animal and bird representations of other cultures are similar in power to those of the European eagles and lions that symbolize power and strength, just as the Aztec depicted these same characteristics with figures from their zoological pantheon. The Historia de las Indias de Nueva Espana is a remarkable collection of 344 folios which includes drawings in Aztec style accompanied by Spanish texts. The drawings may have been done by literate Aztecs, or by Durán. Research was not clear on this, but the original manuscripts were secreted away from the prying eyes of the Holy Inquisition and was never used for education, as intended. While Padre Durán was compiling his texts and drawings in far off Oaxaca, the Inquisition came to Mexico, run under the auspices of the Dominican priestly order of which Durán was ordained as a priest; what a conflict this must have been for the Catholic priest and friend of the Aztecs. In Mexico the Inquisition focused on both the Aztecs and the Jews who left Spain for New Spain. Often both were outwardly practicing Catholic, but adhered to some of their original practices. In reading I learned that the Inquisition was often more forgiving of the Aztecs because they could more easily convince the Inquisitors that they believed in the Catholic Church, plus the Jews usually had more money and items of value that the Church could confiscate. I found it interesting that the Inquisition stayed in Mexico until 1820, long after it had been banished in Spain. Nowhere did I read that for this reason, Durán´s completed works

were quietly sent to an archive in Madrid, Spain where their knowledge remained hidden for nearly three hundred years, but that may have been the reason the texts were not used as intended. The works which Durán recorded “for the glory of God and The Blessed Virgin Mary, subject to correction by Mother Church,” were never used. Perhaps the Dominican Order was fearful of what might happen to their powers of Inquisition, or if they were simply mystified by the revelations. What is interesting is that even though the documents were safely secreted away in Madrid they were never forgotten. A sad fact is that many of the drawings were cut out and pasted over some of the text, some of which can be read through the overlaying images. Scholars do not know what is missing, or where in the sequence some of the images were in the original codex, scholars use their knowledge of Aztec history and logic to determine the sequences of the paintings, but some of their assumptions could be incorrect. I could not find an explanation as to why Durán´s codex was taken from Mexico, nor why it remained hidden until the mid-1800´s. I did read that the Emperor Maximillian was interested in the Aztec culture and that

he knew of the Durán documents, but how had he learned of these supposedly secreted transcripts was not explained. If Maximillian knew, then why was the Aztec history hidden for several centuries? This perplexed me and I do not know if it was because of the presence of the Inquisition, or because no one really thought the works of any great importance. Who desecrated the original Durán codices also Herbert W. remains a mystery. Piekow

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hat would a week without Anita’s Animals be like? First, there would be a blank spot at the Wednesday Ajijic tianguis. This would be very unusual as Anita has been there faithfully for many years during the summer heat, winter cold, some days with [rain] down-pours and on all holidays. People will not find a better place to gets used books, and a wide variety of clothing and household items at very reasonable prices. Besides Anita being there, it is a place that has knowledgeable, caring volunteers who help people who might have questions about pets, community resources, etc. or who just want to chat – a sort of meeting place. Anita works 365 days/ per year and takes a three week vacation every 5-6 years. More importantly, where will the


rescued, sick or injured kittens, cats, puppies and dogs go that she would normally take in? Yes, there are other shelters who share the on-going work of taking in abused - abandoned animals. The hard reality is that all the lakeside shelters generally operate ‘at capacity’ during the entire year. To gain perspective of the loss of Anita’s presence even for one week, a headcount was made during a typical week. During the count week, these were the numbers: In-coming: 43 kittens, 12 adult cats, 31 puppies and 30 dogs! Now you may ask, why take them in? If she does not take them

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in, the choices will remain: stay on the street and starve, continue abuse, die of illness or injury or get killed – not good options. During this same week’s count, there were adoptions, that count was: 25 kittens, 12 adult cats, 15 puppies and 16 dogs. Local town people or those who find an injured animal on a near-by road, who do not have transportation or the financial means to pay for Vet care come to Anita seeking help for animals. These animals require immediate care, transportation to a Vet, or a safe and caring place during an animal’s recovery period. One such example was a sad one. Some drunken sob took a machete to a large female dog. She had a huge deep gash in the middle of her back from her neck to her tail. The person who found this wounded dog along the road brought her to Anita for help. Anita got her to the Vet for immediate care, and paid for these services. This girl remained with Anita for many months while Anita administered the necessary medications and provided wound care three times a day. The dog recovered physically and her soul was healed, so she would trust humans again. Anita then found her a loving home and caring parents.

Anita coordinates with a Jalisco State Vet who makes somewhat regular visits to Anita’s facility. During these scheduled visits, Anita contacts those people who ask for Anita’s help who live locally or on the far end and the opposite side of the lake who do not have access or finances for spay-neutering surgery for their animals. Anita helps with the animal’s transportation and pays part of these medical costs. Anita acts on the long view solution of the problem of pet over-population and the burden it places on all shelters. If you can help avoid unwanted animal births, there is less of a crisis placed on the shelters. Sterilization is a more humane approach, rather than facing the harsh reality when some people use cruel abandonment, poison or other horrifying means to eliminate unwanted animals in their community. Before rumors start – Anita is not sick, she is not closing her sanctuary nor is she stopping her animal rescue work. This is just a reminder that Anita’s Animals needs your continued support via cash donations in person at the Wednesday tianguis or web site PayPal , so she can continue to help this community with its abandonedabused animals. Thank you!

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,035,176 %\$QWRQLR5DPEOpV DQWRQLRUDPEOHV#\DKRRFRP The Other Side of the World


s I board the twelve hour flight from Seattle to Shanghai, my mind is churning at the prospect of seeing up close and personal what I’ve otherwise seen only from a distance and through a Western lens. Except for Made In China labels on products sold worldwide, China occupies an obscure place in the American consciousness. My only genuine connec-



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tion to the place I’m about to visit is my love of Chinese food, which I plan to shamelessly indulge. In Europe and the Americas, the stamp of Western culture upon three continents creates common and familiar frames of reference. In China I will 6KLEDR]KDL%XGGKLVW7HPSOH&KRQTXLQJ3URYLQFH be unable to speak or read the language. Religion, social customs, laws, and the political system will be alien. And little of what I’ve been taught about China by American media seems likely to shed much light on the subject. Since China’s great “opening up� in 1978, its Communist government has been morphing it from a managed economy to a market economy. Headlines tout China’s economic ascendancy, but China has remained for Americans a distant and little understood culture since the two nations first began trading in the 1840’s as an outcome of the Opium Wars. As recently as the 1930’s, China remained to most Westerners as remote and mysterious a place as the polar ice caps or the heart of Africa. Misconceptions and stereotypes about China and its people were reinforced by media portrayals like the Charlie Chan movies, the Terry & The Pirates comic strip, and  Flash Gordon’s Emperor Ming. It was not until Claire Chenault led the Flying Tigers into combat support of the Chinese that American perceptions were first refocused. Even today it is not well known that China suffered nearly 20 million World War II casualties, including 8 million civilian victims of Japanese war crimes. 3DQGDDWWKH&KRQJTXLQJ=RR By  the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, China and Japan had already been at war for four years. After Mao Zedong’s Communists swept Chiang Kai-Shek’s Nationalists from power in 1949, China was seen by most Americans through the lens of antiCommunist hysteria, punctuated first by China’s entry into the Korean War and then by the Cultural Revolution. Americans first began to see China differently upon Nixon’s historic visit to Beijing, but Cold War mentality still survives in perceptions of China as threatening adversary, if not on the battlefield then in the global marketplace. I’m more interested in how the growth of capitalism in China stands against the commonly held American conviction that a capitalist economy and democratic form of government are inextricably linked. The idea of this trip is to see not just the mega- cities, but towns and the rural interior.  Not just to tour popular sites, but to gain some insight into what makes the Chinese people and society tick. 7KH*UHDW:DOOMXVWQRUWKRI%HLMLQJ My lessons begin

'UXP7RZHU;LÂśDQ with arrival at Shanghai’s Pudong International airport.  It’s bright, cuttingedge modern in design, and antiseptic. The terminal is so vast that the view down its long concourse seems to reach the vanishing point. Such scale offers a lesson that will be often repeated in the coming days:  There’s enough “Bigâ€? in China to give any Texan an inferiority complex. I am surprised at the almost non-existent presence of police or military.  Sharply uniformed Immigration officers are hospitable, and efficient.  Passengers with nothing to declare are waved around Customs. The guide is waiting with a car.  The trip to the hotel on the city’s near west side takes nearly an hour on modern expressways, and on this Sunday evening traffic is brisk. In the darkness outside, city buildings are lit up by light sculptures and giant-sized video screens.  The only place I’ve seen more lights is in Las Vegas. Right outside the window is an exhibition hall built and given as a gift to the people of China from the former Soviet Union.  The Chinese seem to be having the last laugh. Back home it’s morning and even though I’ve slept through much of the flight, I’ll be dragging by mid-day unless I get some sleep tonight.


Tomorrow it begins. What To Expect: This trip begins with three days in coastal Shanghai and continues overland to Nanking, embarkation point for a twelve day cruise down the Yantgze – China’s Mississippi River. It wanders inland through lowland farms strung between robust cities. It passes ancient temples, formal gardens, and artisan workshops.  And it continues through the canyons of the Three Gorges and the locks of its great dam. Before boarding a plane for Xi’an in Chonquing, there’s an early morning visit to its urban park zoo and pandas.   Xi’an is an ancient capital of China.  A walk through its historic city center is a must, but it’s better known as the archeological site of the Terra Cotta Army. The trip ends in Beijing, with visits to a centuries-old residential neighborhood, to Tianamen Square and The Forbidden City, and to the Great Wall. Antonio RamblÊs

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his was a fun event, which opened the curtain on Season 52 at the Lakeside Little Theatre. Ed Tasca wove together some historical facts in the life of Mark Twain, and sprinkled in some of his sayings, to create an amusing and instructive monologue. Mark Twain once telegraphed to his friends that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. And indeed, here he was large as life on the LLT stage. Ed Tasca was entirely believable as the famous humorist, chatting to us in his book-lined study, complete with cigar and whisky decanter. Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain) had a rich and interesting life, and during the evening we got to know him and to enjoy his gentle humor. The show was also enlivened by some song and dance numbers from the period, and a couple of interludes with “Huck Finn” and “Tom Sawyer.” Judy Hendrick sang for us a tuneful rendering of “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” and later, to give the show a Mississippi flavor, Mac Morison gave a virtuoso performance of “Ole Man River” from the 1920’s musical Showboat. What an amazing voice! Bob Hendrick introduced the evening as “Master of Ceremonies” and to open the show we had five riverboat dancers kicking up their heels. Allyson Dejong, D’Le Beatty Tobias, Maritza Freyslinger, Pamela

Johnson and Joanne Stuart were the Mississippi belles. The multi-talented Graham Miller sang and also played an Irishman and later a soldier who would rather be home. Diana Rowland was excellent and suitably severe as Miss Watson, who features as Twain’s conscience. When she wasn’t reminding him of his duty, Diana also showed up in cameo roles as a Victorian Lady and a Nurse. A feature of the evening was the appearance of local students on the LLT stage. Justin Cogswell, who has just finished primary school, played Huck Finn by the river, while in another scene Andrew Higareda was Tom in the famous fence-painting story, with Mia Bradley Supan as young “Becky” begging him to let her paint. In the river scene, Roland McKoy was believable as “Jim” who was Huck’s escaped slave friend. It’s good to see that LLT is reaching out to the schools, and giving these young actors a chance to learn the difficult art of appearing natural on stage. Well done, Justin, Andrew and Mia! Barbara Clippinger put the evening together with great skill, and she was assisted by Sandy McKoy as Stage Manager and Michelle Devine as Assistant Stage Manager. I should also mention the artful set design by Holly Haas and Beth Cathcart, and the clever use of the rotating stage. It was an enjoyable after-dinner entertainment, and a lot of credit is due to the talent of Ed Tasca as both writer and actor. Of course the other star of the show was the very cute dog S’Koocha who took a well-deserved bow at the final curtain. Michael Warren


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have been thinking about the Russian-born British social philosopher Isiah Berlin lately. My friend at Lakeside, Luis Romero, shared one of Berlin’s essays with me a couple of years ago. In it, Berlin discusses the role of pluralism in Western liberal democracies. He was a proponent of values pluralism. In his view, a free society should encourage and appreciate differing values and policies, freely debated, so that individuals can make good choices about public policy. In Berlin’s view, it is impossible to predict, with certainty, all the consequences and permutations for any specific proposal. In the long run, he believed, societies are better off to have free and open disagreement. This, he believed, will lead to progress, even though it may be incremental and less dramatic than people may wish for. Berlin went on to argue that Utopian systems were doomed to fail. Whenever such an idealistic system is proposed, it is, by definition, theoretical. It will surely not work out as conceptualized by its creators. In fact, he argues that whenever a Utopian system is actually implemented, or even attempted, it invariably leads to less freedom, and often violence. This is because implementing an ideal system requires that everyone conform to the ideal model. Think of Lenin, Mao, and Hitler. They were all seeking, in their own mind, some Utopian ideal. All resorted to violence. All failed. Berlin concluded that these strongly idealistic systems were doomed to fail, primarily because they necessarily had to abandon pluralistic values. I believe Berlin’s ideas about pluralism have relevance today. As we become more polarized, we have less trust in one another, many become more certain that their ideas are “correct,” leading to less productive dialogue and more rigid thinking. The problems we are facing are difficult and complex and do not lend themselves to easy answers. Yet politicians, speaking to often uninformed voters, pander to them by offering oversimplified, unrealistic, ideas which may


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%LOO)UD\HU be emotionally satisfying but are unrealistic. Politicians on all sides can be guilty of this. Obviously, building a wall on the Mexican border, suspending immigration based on religion, and magically bringing back steel manufacturing and coal mining are good examples. They may appeal to certain voters emotionally, but they cannot be implemented. Other ideas that appeal to a wide swath of voters include free health care, free college tuition, and a guaranteed annual income for everyone. Such goals are desirable, but they would not be easily achieved. In critical thinking, we often speak of logical fallacies. The relevant fallacy here might be called the perfection fallacy: the perfect is the enemy of the good. In other words, if we can’t provide a perfect solution, it’s not worth providing half a loaf. I would disagree. Incremental changes, over time, are more effective than sweeping changes. And perhaps more importantly, small changes can actually be achieved. There have been historical moments when great crises created the opportunity for large-scale changes. FDR’s New Deal comes to mind. It completely transformed the role of government in citizens’ lives. Even though portions of it were rolled back, it fundamentally changed our society. But the opportunity for such massive changes come along only rarely. Usually, change is difficult and incremental and is hammered out after lots of debate, give and take and compromise. Unfortunately, the political environment today is not conducive to such pluraliatic debate. People are looking for simple answers. We will not get them. The sooner we realize this, the better off we’ll be.

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hen I was a very young girl I loved reading fairy tales. I believed in ogres and witches and I dreamed of beautiful princesses and handsome princes who lived in golden castles surrounded by moats. I believed that everyone lived happily ever after. As I grew older I started reading comic books. I was caught up in the adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin and Captain and Mary Marvel. I especially liked Mary Marvel. She was beautiful and very brave. I believed in their super powers as strongly as I had believed all the fairy tales. One day, after reading the newest adventures of Mary Marvel, I began to think about flying around and helping people. It didn’t seem that hard, I just had to have a cape a little magic and a lot of faith. The more I thought about it the more excited I got. I was sure I could fly! I ran up the stairs to our attic and found the box marked costumes. I quickly opened it and dug around until I found my red riding hood costume and hurried to my bedroom and in minutes I had cut off the hood and shortened the cape. I found some yellow paint and painted a big yellow lightning bolt on the back of the cape, then tied it around my neck and went out into our back yard to test it.


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There was a very tall ladder leaning against the side of our garage. I climbed up to the roof and looked out over the homes of our friends and neighbors. It was so beautiful up there, the lawns all looked greener, even the houses looked nicer. I wondered if anyone was watching me. I hope I do this right, just in case. Lifting my arms straight up I shouted “Shazam!” I leaped into the air and plummeted straight down, landing right on top of my mom’s prized hibiscus bush! Mom would have to be in the kitchen. She looked out of the window just as I went whizzing by. She ran out and knelt down to make sure I was okay. Except for a few scrapes and bruises I was fine. Then she saw her hibiscus bush. She shouted some words of her own, and none of them were Shazam, but they had the ability to turn me into a very remorseful daughter. While I was sitting in my room, feeling bad about mom’s hibiscus and worse about my failure, I got to thinking about Mary Poppins and how she flew around with an umbrella. ‘Tomorrow,’ I thought, ‘I’ll get dad’s golf umbrella and go up on the roof again – away from any bushes this time. Shazam! I whispered and fell asleep.

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

EDITOR’S PAGE - SEPTEMBER 2016 Tiger lol: This is a beautifully elegant answer to a rather thorny problem: What to do about the people who write laws with titles designed to make them look good, but content which serves mostly to tighten their personal control and expand their little empires. I feel the need to comment here on an issue which I fear the good people on the Left will hammer you for. You very correctly said the Right freed the slaves and gave Equal Rights to women and minorities, while the Left fought them tooth and nail. The Leftist Democrat argument to that telling bit of history is to attempt to trade their racist roots for the righteous actions of the Right. “The Parties Switched Ideologies!!!” they will insist. When pressed, the words “Nixon’s Southern Strategy!!” will be spewed forth. Yes. The GOP traditionally did very poorly in the racist southern states (with their silly notions of Equality and Minority Rights.) Leftist Racist Democrats held sway, and the GOP wanted more voters there. Duh. There isn’t a single shred of evidence to support that notion. A bit of innuendo and a change in voting patterns 50 years later, does NOT a “paradigm shift” make. There are no records of Southern Voters suddenly changing parties en mass in the Sixties. There are a VERY small number of Democrat politicians switching to Republican over that period, but in no more significant numbers than any other period in American history. So, when they assail you for daring to point the truth out to them about their deeply hate-filled, racist past, rest assured you were right the first time; the Left is a horrible place to govern from, and socialism kills. Norman Opdenhoff Well said. Our current candidates are a reflection of how broken our political system has become. Marcel Woland It looks like another paradigm shift if not an act of magical shape-shifting has occurred in the smokey, mirrored kingdoms of our enfeebled Western politics. The Democratic Party has become the party of perpetual war, extra-judicial murder, political retribution and repression, neo-McCarthyism, massive corporate donations and a surly, lightly veiled anti-Arab variety of antisemitism. If the pathetic (and probably complicit) Bernie Sanders picked the pockets


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of the struggling citizenry, the Clinton Foundation has trawled the International Corporate sector and the various quasi-dictatorships of the Middle East and beyond. Clinging to my calming mantra of “a pox on both your houses” I was surprised to find that the unspeakably vulgar and pretentious Trump has been increasingly seeming less disgusting than the pretentious and vulgar Lord and Lady MacBeth-Clinton. But what most intrigues me is how the citizenry has managed to not notice that the US is no longer a Democracy or a Republic but a sort of rotating Oligarchic Dual Dynasty, with interregnum caretaker governments like Obama’s to do the metaphorical ‘clean up in aisle four’. Voting, under the circumstances, appears to be a masochistic act of selfmockery. Sad to say, Canada is little better, with another Trudeau in power to finally undo the nation-building which his father began, like a snake eating its own tail. Reflecting on our long-suffering Continent compared to the days of, let’s say, Juarez, Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau, I am reminded of what Hamlet said, comparing his dead father to his usurper uncle Claudius: “So excellent a king, that was to this, Hyperion to a Satyr.” Marcel Woland I almost neglected to say that I found the editorial stimulating and one that opened the doors to discussion. Thank you. But my lengthy earlier post is proof of that already. As for a solution? I do not know of an example of an oligarchic dynasty lightly letting go of power. There was a recent example in the USSR of Gorbachev, but that was not a dynasty, and certainly not a dual one. I fear I will just keep singing my morning song: “A pox on both your houses.” THE CLUTTER IN THE ATTIC Dotty Anderson Tommy! Have you been listening to my conversations with my husband? Love this article! Keep on writing. :-) NONE DARE CALL IT MURDER Alexander Maidan None dare call Western perpetual growth resource extraction murder either. Though it surely is. Christians believe that the blood of martyrs nourishes the faith. It is hard to disagree. Thank you for sharing this story of a martyr’s struggle and victory.

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otwithstanding the pickling and pruning of the average generation the most widely seen cognitive change associated with ageing is that of the Procedural, Episodic, Working, and Semantic memory. The functioning or lack of is uniquely personal and can be of some concern. Personally this memory/recall thing doesn’t really bother me until I think about it. If you live long enough all the closets in the upper house become cluttered with stuff you only go looking for when something or someone plants a seed, otherwise out of sight, out of mind. I know I’m not alone when I leave my mind behind—climbing the stairs, entering a room going after something that, just an interminable second ago, was the most important priority, focus, quest on my agenda, only to return to the origin of the thought to re-enact what it might have been that I was after. Perhaps it’s not that my motor skills are any less vibrant than when I was younger—I still remember how to ride a bike, it’s just that I’m not all that interested anymore in pedaling about, and I still could walk, talk and chew gum at the same time if it weren’t for my dentures. When it comes to how to do stuff I may have forgotten a few things, but now I know how to find it on YouTube or Early grade school left me with just one off the top of my head episodic


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memory: the little old lady teaching grade 5 periodically zoning out and starting to take her clothes off in the front of the class, and someone always running to get a nun. Those mental tags about where, when and how information is picked up don’t sit out there on a garage sale table waiting to be plucked, they have to be searched for, and the search gets a little more interesting with the ageing process. Working at trying to manipulate the present is like trying to alter the past, and processing information is more work than the curmudgeon in me generally wants to deal with. Irritability comes on when decision making demands a perceived unreasonableness. I know if I pay attention I just might learn a thing or two, and if I’m lucky it will stick. Seemingly patience has become my patron saint of forgetfulness. It allows me to abdicate responsibility in the land-offorget-me-nots where grey cells become the dandruff of should haves and oops, maybe, if only I had remembered what I ... Sometimes it’s just lazy mind. With the esposa a walking rolodex, I don’t really have to dig deep in the recesses of the skull for the names of people that I meet, and when searching for the meaning of things, Google has usurped my semantic memory, transferring recall from my cerebral cortex to my fingertips. Do we really need to remember every name, place, event, taste, smell, song etc., why not take every new encounter as a surprise—a fresh face, a familiar but exotic smell, a subtle and refreshing taste, an exquisite moment, the feeling brought on by sound of the Moonlight Sonata. I have learned, and keep reminding myself, I need only to be the keeper of the world around me to relive the memory of all that I have known and cared for. I need to be joyful of memory and open to what comes along when it does, and when it does I’ll be sitting in the first pew, knowing it will unfold in its own time at the altar John Thomas of love. Dodds

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ariachi music is said to have originated in Jalisco. As far back as the 1860’s, the music was played during wedding ceremonies. The French word for marriage is mariage, and as it was pronounced in Spanish, it sounded like “mariachi.” The music and the men who played it came to be called Mariachi, and in time would become symbols of machismo, and of Mexico and its music. Their costume today is that of a charro (cowboy), complete with a brace of six-shooters. Musicians say it is not easy to become a mariachi, or to remain one. Only those of a certain mindset and heritage find it a rewarding life. Not everyone can do it. The music must come from a heart bursting with deep feelings. But what about their instruments? Many were first brought to New Spain (as early Mexico was called) by Jesuit priests. Those first Indian instruments were of the wind whistle variety, drums, and but the simplest of one-string instruments. The missionaries taught the Indians to make and play more complex string instruments such as the harp and violin. They also taught them the choir singing which was the predominant form of music in Europe during that era. Today, much of the music of Mexico is deeply rooted in its fables, myths and stories of the past. One such story concerned a young woman named Adelita. She was brave and beautiful and desperately in love with a certain sergeant. And so she followed him wherever he and his unit went. Sometimes, late at night, when Adelita was sound asleep, the sergeant would softly strum a guitar and sing of his love for her. “If Adelita were to leave me for another man, I would follow her over land and sea, Over the sea by warship, over land in a military train.


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And if I die in battle, and they are going to bury my body, Adelita, I pray in God’s name that you will cry for me.” The song sounds better in Spanish, with the shouting and the bugles. One can dance to it, drink to it, cry to it, or even fight right alongside it. The tune is La Adelita, and it would become immensely popular during the time of the Mexican Revolution; whether there was ever an actual Adelita, her name came to signify the thousands of women who went to war with their man: riding the rails with him, her rifle blazing, or charging forward on her horse, pistolas blasting. Mariachi musicians who emerged from the revolution adopted La Adelita as their signature song, and today the tune is still a great favorite in every part of the Republic. But Adelita was not the only woman of that era to be immortalized in song. There was also La Valentina and Marieta, two other bold women who had followed their men into war. Indeed, songs sprang from many surprising sources. Pancho Villa’s favorite horse inspired a ballad named after the animal. Another well-known tune was called La Cucaracha, named after Villa’s big black car. All of these songs became known as corridos, a name derived from the Spanish word “occurido” that signifies an actual event. Like the minstrels of Europe, the Mexican musicians used to travel from town to town carrying news and gossip. Always they were asked what was happening elsewhere. Their musical replies came to be called corridos. Today, new songs are written that present a different side of Mexican society. But it is the music of the mariachis that continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the Mexican people. Que Vivan Los Mariachis!

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am not a morning person. I never have been and never will be. When I was an apprentice carpenter, I had to be on the job by 6 a.m. Thank goodness my Journeyman (supervisor) understood about night owls, his wife was one. He made sure coffee was available and that I worked without using a power tool until after 9 a.m. I’ve heard how early birds describe their morning. “I pop out of bed just before the sun rises. I listen to the birds singing, I breathe in that cool, fresh, dewy air and I’m ready for the day.” Holy cow! Really!? Not even a cup of coffee in your system? Recently, I had to force myself to be a morning person for a month, while house and pet sitting for friends in Ajijic. The house is beautiful! It’s bright and sunny with many skylights. It is located out on the rural west side of Ajijic, close to the lake. There were three dogs and a cat to take care of, well, four dogs if you count our own Schnauzer. My husband and I live in an urban area in Zapopan, so we were very excited for this opportunity to hang out in beautiful Ajijic. The time came for us to take over and we were instructed on feeding the animals, how the appliances worked, and


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when to expect the gardeners. Our friends were excited to be on their way, and after they left, we sat out on the back patio to savor the quiet tranquility. Suddenly a shrill and loud buzzing started coming from a nearby tree. It almost sounded like electric static. We were baffled until I found out from the Internet that it was a large bug called a ‘Cicada.’ This lasted four days in a row. That night, we were settling into the big, comfortable bed, when, Holy Crickets Batman! At home, we have one lonely city cricket who sings to us at night, but here there seemed to be a whole colony of them just outside the window. Ok, I figured if I can tune out my tinnitus, I can tune these guys out too. It took me about three days to accomplish this. The next morning, sunrise through the skylights lit up the bedroom. It didn’t even occur to me when I was admiring how bright and sunny the house was during the day, that it would also be bright and sunny way too early in the morning. Even our Schnauzer groaned. I rolled over and closed my eyes, but a wet nose on my eyelid told me our charges were hungry. The large variety of birds, a crowing rooster and neighing horses in the neighborhood also told me it was time to get up. During the month that we were in Ajijic, I learned to make sure that the coffee maker was ready the night before, so all I had to do was hit the ‘brew’ button in the morning. I could feed the animals on auto-pilot, and I learned to appreciate the cool, fresh, dewy air. We had a wonderful break from the city and I got a lot of writing done. But, it will take some late nights and late mornings to get my biological night owl back on track. Teri Saya

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cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration. Good Thing To Know. From The Mayo Clinic. How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night? Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Something else I didn’t know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist! Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body: 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse. Mayo Clinic on Aspirin -   Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened.


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Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame. 1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system. 2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar). Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks -There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say “heart attack!” - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ........ DO NOT LIE DOWN! A cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this information, shares it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you?  “Life is a onetime gift” Glenda Roman

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t Jaltepec Centro Educativo Tecnico Universitario en Hoteleria, the long awaited Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016 arrived on August 21st. After two years of hard work, studying, and perseverance this Class is excited not only because of their graduation, their Technical Degree, and seeing the pride in their parents’ faces but also the realization that it is time to say farewell to the very close friends that have been made during their two years at Jaltepec and that now a new phase of their lives is about to begin which will present many challenges. Naturally we wish all the graduates success and all the


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best that life can give them. As proud sponsors of the graduates, it is wonderful to observe how they evolve and blossom over the two years at Jaltepec. As we only see the students on an occasional basis, we can appreciate the remarkable changes that occur in them over a period of time. In 2014 at the March Sponsorship Dinner, we met shy, young, and reserved girls. In 2016 we enjoyed seeing them graduating as young women full of self-confidence, radiant and ready to start their new careers. It is already October and soon Jaltepec will host its annual festive Christmas at Jaltepec Dinner and Luncheon event. The Dinner Event will take place on Tuesday November 29th and the donation per person is $650.00 pesos. The Luncheon Event is Wednesday November 30th and the cost is $550.00 pesos. The formal invitation will be sent out by mid-October with the full menu wrapped around a complete Roast Turkey Dinner, as well the Christmas Concert “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago” under the musical direction of Timothy G. Ruff Welch. Please RSVP before Friday November 21stto: Linda Buckthorp @ 7661631 or by email to buckthorplm@

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ne of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received was from an author, whom I respect. He called me a “wordsmith.” I much prefer this to being called a “grammar Nazi!” I remember my grandmother telling me the old adage “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Sound advice, but unfortunately not followed by most people. In fact, in today’s society, bullying and public humiliation have become rampant. Even the most loving family can be guilty of “hurtful words.” When I was a child I suffered from allergies, mostly to flowers, perfumes and scents. Back in the 50’s people didn’t understand allergies or even recognize them as the cause of many problems.


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I sniffed and sneezed every spring and summer, and was constantly rubbing my nose to try and alleviate the itching. I well remember my father saying, “Stop rubbing your nose; it is making it red and soon you will look like Bozo the Clown!” I wanted to stop; indeed I tried to stop, but of course I couldn’t do it. And so my suffering was made ten times worse by the humiliation and fear engendered by those “hurtful words” which I believed. There is a little poem that comes to mind on this subject. It goes like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can also hurt me. Sticks and stones break only skin, while words are ghosts that haunt me. Pain from words has left its scar, on mind and heart that’s tender. Cuts and bruises now have healed, its words that I remember. Nikki Sex says: “Strange how mean words can return to ones thoughts, years after they’ve been callously thrown at you. They replay in your mind, spiking a sense of remembered pain. Nasty name calling can be an ugly memory that stabs unexpectedly—not unlike a nightmare where you wake up crying. Sticks and stones, may break your bones—yet, cruel names can hurt you.” Now I know my parents loved me, and did not mean to inflict pain by their hurtful words, but all these many years later, I still remember them. Words once spoken cannot be taken back, or unheard. Sometimes even the most wellmeaning words can inflict pain and hurt on another person. I believe it is important to think carefully before you speak, or as my dad used to say, “Put your brain in gear before you put your mouth in operation.” To quote Jason Versey: “’Sticks

and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.”’ This is a lie. What we say matters. T The unkind things we comm municate can spoil the best o of relationships; even with tthe deepest of regrets… w what lingers is a stain of h hurt that may fade but will n never truly go away. The w wounding words we say aare like feathers released in a harsh wind, once said; we w will never get them back.” With today’s political cclimate the “hurtful words” aare a daily occurrence. We aare bombarded with name calling calling, ra racist and bigoted remarks, and words that incite anger, fear and unrest every time we come in contact with the media, be it television, newspapers or online social media. I have had to make it very clear to my social media friends that I will not discuss politics on line, nor will I put up with any “bashing” no matter whom the target is of these “hurtful words.” I do have some friends who hold views that are 180 degree opposite of mine, but so long as we “agree to disagree” we can remain friends. I have actually lost a few friends along the way, but perhaps I am better off without them; at least I no longer have to subject myself to their “hurtful words.” I was always taught that it was okay to express your feelings, but that one should “fight fair” in any verbal battle. I have lived with the love of my life, my husband Bob, for over 31 years now, and we have a hard and fast rule. We never say hurtful words to each other, never resort to verbal abuse in any disagreement, and always respect each other, even when we disagree. Is this the secret to our happiness and success? Perhaps. It certainly is a factor in the harmonious relationship we have. A very good rule to remember is this: “Don’t say something permanently hurtful because you are temporarily upset.” It is amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart. Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out. “We navigate our whole lives using words. Change the words and I believe we can change and improve life. Be careful with words, because once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.” Kathy Koches

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s it possible for a middleclass Protestant from Northern Ireland to find love with a quasi-Jewish member of an accomplished Mexican family? Yes, it is. But, like in all relationships, challenges will have to be overcome, hoops will have to be jumped through, and commitment will be tested. The challenges and hoops in this case, however, are more complex, rather unique, and quite interesting. They met in a Puerto Vallarta real estate office in 2004. The Irish one worked there. The Mexican was looking for a rental. They became a couple immediately. But it took nine years for the relationship to become legal and the road they followed to achieve the status and receive the recognition they desired contained several forks, bumps, and detours. Steve Cross, the Irishman with eyes so watery-blue Crayola has not yet given it a name, and Fernando Gomez, whose lineage contains strains of Jewish ancestry on his maternal side, observed from their new home in Ajijic the legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City in 2009 with joy and anticipation. We can go there, they thought, and get married. But while the law had been passed by the Legislative Assembly, all the details, processes, and requirements hadn’t been worked out. Steve and Fernando, seeking a legal marriage and recognition of their commitment to each other, ran into one roadblock after another, among them a six-month residency requirement in the nation’s capital. But no obstacle was more challenging than the need for Steve, as a foreigner, to return to Northern Ireland to get necessary documents. Upon arriving in Northern Ireland, Steve and Fernando discovered that civil unions were legal there and the waiting period for a license was only two weeks, a far shorter period than the residency require-


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ment in Mexico. Besides, they theorized, another roadblock could be set up after we’ve resided in Mexico for the six-months. The duo decided then to remain in Northern Ireland and enter into a civil union rather than their original goal of marriage. In January 2016, through a landmark ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court, Jalisco became the sixth state in Mexico to allow same-sex marriage. Simply stated, this means same-sex couples can go to a civil registry and apply to marry without fear of refusal. In a post-ruling press release, the non-profit group Union Diversa de Jalisco declared, “This is an historic day for human rights and all LGBT people, as well as the state of Jalisco. Legislators will now be forced to change the Civil Code and its secondary laws.” But according to Cross, who speaks from experience and through the filter of having had to jump through hoops and over obstacles, “It seems passing a law in Mexico is different than enacting it. It will take time to work out the details. It will also take time for samesex marriage to be seen as normal. It has had opposition. But the groundwork is laid.” And, perhaps, as legal complications are eased and processes simplified, Steve and Fernando will have the legal term for their relationship modified from civil union to marriage. Marriage should be, after all, marriage. (Tom Nussbaum’ s recently published novel The Dark Blue Heart, which chronicles a statewide initiative campaign to repeal same-sex marriage in a fictitious US state and follows its evolvement from a war of words to civil war, is available on and at Diane Pearl’s.)

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OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. October 9 FIZZ ED – The Lowdown on Fermented Foods & Beverages Presented by Carol Kaufman, Jaime Navarro, and Tommy Arnold All over the world, people are rediscovering the art of making and consuming homemade pickles, sauerkraut, yoghurt and naturally fizzy, probiotic-rich drinks. Three Lakeside fermenting enthusiasts will present a fascinating view of this fermentation craze, including the reasons to consume these superfoods and how to make your own. October 16 Out of the Shadows Presented by John Stokdijk John will share his insights into mental health and mental illnesses. He will also share his life-long personal struggle with maintaining good mental health. John will also address the topic in light of a transition from a career in Canada to retirement in Ajijic. October 23 When the Saints Go Marching In Presented by Rev. Don Beaudreault Don served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 37 years and before that was an English teacher. Along the way, he has been a professional jazz pianist, starting at the age of 17. He has lived in or traveled to 60 countries. One of the places where he served a church was New Orleans. Don will share the ambience of that remarkable place through poetry and song. October 30 End of Life Presented by Dr. Sam Thelin Dr. Sam will discuss the meaning of death and provide an overview of the dying process in natural and diseased situations. He’ll talk about palliative care in terminal patients and in non-terminal patients, and common misconceptions about euthanasia. November 6 The Battle Between War and Peace Presented by David Bryen Most thoughtful people who say they seek peace and are opposed to war acknowledge that war may be justified in the face of certain perils: to protect life, culture, property and sacred beliefs. War is the ultimate expression of the forces of human violence that underlie all the conflicts that threaten the survival of our world, dominate our politics, destroy our relationships and Dr. Sam Thelin put us at odds inside ourselves. Exploring the operation of these forces and the complex paradoxes of war on an individual and global scale may be our most relevant moral responsibility, helping us understand Pogo’s meaning when he said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”. David Bryen currently serves as coordinator of Open Circle. Before retiring to Ajijic he practiced as a Jungianoriented psychotherapist and marriage counselor. He is a poet, author, carpenter and avid motorcyclist. BUTTERFLIES AND BIKES Mariposa Project/Butterflies en Mexico (BeM) is gearing up for its third annual “Exercise 4 Change” fundraiser project, from November 2016 through February 2017. Interested in finding out more? Come to the free orientation meeting at Sky Fitness gym in Ajijic West on October 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. You can also just come to sign up to volunteer or sponsor a program. Here’s how it works: you can bike, run, swim, walk, row, use an elliptical trainer, a treadmill or anything else that can be used to measure your efforts, at the pace you want and in your own time. You will be supporting one or more areas of the Project’s work: anti-violence and family, school and community and apprentice programs. Visit and go to Exercise 4 Change 2016-2017, or call 387-761-0360 for more in-

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formation or to register. SEE THEM PAINT Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will be offering demos in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artists and their demonstration dates coming up are as follows: Lois Schroff, October 19 and 20; Geraldine Classen, November 3 and 4. Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited. Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza. W H E R E EXACTLY IS MULLINGAR? Outside Mullingar is a delightful Irish Cast Members: Dave McIntosh, Mary Hunt, Peter Lucia- love story. It’s directed by no, Deborah Spitz and Douglas Pinkerton Ann Swiston Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits in their 50s. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, but she’s watching the years slip away. Cast Members: Dave McIntosh, Mary Hunt, Peter Luciano, Deborah Spitz and Douglas Pinkerton. The show runs October 21-30. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. evenings, and at 3 p.m. for Sunday matinees. LLT Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday plus 10 a.m. to noon every day during the show, except for Sunday. For email reservations: or phone  376-766-0954 (messages are okay). Also, visit the website at for more information on ticket sales, upcoming productions and general information A BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW Once again Lois Cugini, of Opus Boutique, is sponsoring a fashion show. All proceeds will benefit Niños Incapacitados. The date is Thursday, October 27. The gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 3:30 p.m. The ticket price is 150 pesos. There are limited tickets available. They are available at Opus Boutique. The show will be at Aldama #31 in Ajijic. Shaded seating is available. For information, call Beryl and Robert Owen at 766- 2157 or email: (For more information about Niños Incapacitados upcoming events, check their new website: FOR BALLET LOVERS The Ballet de Jalisco will perform a program of exceptional dances at the Auditorio on Lois Cugini Thursday, October 29, at 6 p.m. Viva la Musica is sponsoring this performance by the state’s only professional ballet company. Tickets for this exciting and very unusual performance are being sold at LCS on Thursdays and Fridays from 10-12 as well as at the Auditorio, Mia’s Boutique, and Diane Pearl Colecciones. Viva expects the program to sell out so it’s important to get your tickets as soon as possible. The gala will feature selections from classical, semi-classical, and contemporary ballets.   VIVA LA MUSICA BUS TRIPS “Live at the Met” Opera Saturday October 29 Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni, with Hibla Gerzmava as Dona Anna and Malin Bystrom as Dona Elvira. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 10 ‘L’Amour de Loin’ (Love from Afar) is a new opera by Kaija Saariaho. It premiered in 2000 in Salzburg. It’s a medieval love story with Susanna Philips as Clémence and Eric Owens as Jaufré. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, November 6 Beethoven Lenora Overture, and the Ninth Symphony. This concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Degollado Theater. Seats are double the regular price. Trip cost is 600 pesos for Viva members and 700 pesos for nonmembers. The bus leaves at 10:30 am. Live Opera in Guadalajara Friday November 25: Live Opera Othello with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Choir, with tenor Issachah Savage as Othello, and soprano Maija Kovalevska as Desdemona. The bus leaves at 4:30 p.m., with a stop at a fine restaurant. The tickets are 500 pesos for members and 600 pesos for non-members. The Jalisco Ballet Sunday December 18 The Jalisco Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This is always a Christmas sell-out. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Bus trip tickets are 500 pesos for members and 600 pesos for nonmembers. Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. ZOMBIES AT THE PLAZA Come to the Ajiic plaza on Saturday, October 29 at 5 p.m. to see the annual Michael Jackson’s Thrill the World flash mob event. Val Jones and Dee Grant are busy rehearsing with zombie wannabes now, for the notto-be missed performance. “Zombies,” aka your friends and neighbors under the gory costumes and makeup, get sponsorship to participate and their donations go to the Red Cross. In 2015 the event cleared 200,000 pesos. For more information email A MARRIAGE AND A DOG The Bravo! Theatre’s next production is Sylvia. Roseann Wilshere is directing.   The play, by A.R. Gurney, is a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog.  The NY Times said “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affiar in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy Sylvia.” It is a howlingly funny play!   The production will be on November 3, 4, 5, and 6 and November 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Tickets are 200 pesos and may be purchased from Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique or by emailing WIN A CAR! OR A GOLF CART! The Country Club de Chapala and Cruz Roja Chapala Delegacion are proud to announce the XIII Golf Classic. As usual, there will be great prizes. Win a car from Dalton Toyota or a golf cart, compliments of Lozano, or maybe a dream vacation donated by SkyMed. There are lots of ways to win, even for non-golfers! The tournament is held on Thursday, November 3 at the Country Club de Chapala. Registration at the CCC pro Shop. For information on how you can be a player or sponsor call 766-2054 or 766-4990. KAMA IS “PLEASURE” IN SANSCRIT… …and a pleasurable six day residential yoga retreat is what Latika Pierrette Claude is


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offering from Monday, November 7 to Saturday, November 12 here in Ajijic. Latika says, “Be healed and nurtured from within with gentle yoga.” Local residents who want to attend will have eight two hour classes, a gourmet vegan lunch on Friday at Casa Vegana, a visit to a hot spring spa on Saturday, and participation in other of the week’s activities. To sign up or for more information, contact Latika at 376 106 2131 or e-mail The retreat will be held at the Heart of Awareness Buddhist Sangha at Guadalupe Victoria 101 in Ajijic. THE NAKED STAGE The next Naked Stage production is Time Stands Still. It’s directed by L.B. Hamilton and runs October 28, 29, 30.  It’s set in Brooklyn and revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. Cast members are  Carolyn Cothran, Kevin Leitch, Amanda Miller, and David Goldman, The Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at HidalLatika Pierrette Claude go #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church. For more information and reservations, email For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. DANCE UNDER THE STARS “Dancing Under the Stars” is the theme of the new Lake Chapala Charities fundraiser on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. Dr. Tony Pinto, noted chef, will prepare his famous seafood paella as part of the multi -course Mediterranean supper on Hotel Montecarlo’s beautiful tented terrace. There will be cash cocktail and wine bars, a silent auction and a few surprises. After dessert DJ Howard will switch from dinner to dancing music. Advance tickets are 375 pesos if purchased by November 5. The ticket price goes up to 450 pesos for tickets purchased November 6 - 10, so buy yours now! This promises to be a lovely evening, so tickets will sell quickly and seating is limited. To reserve tables for 6-8 guests and a free bottle of wine to your table, please contact Margy Kassier at or 766-4337. Tickets are available starting October 17 at LCS, the Tuesday market and the Hotel Montecarlo. FERIA MAESTRO DEL ARTE The 15th annual Feria will be held November 11-13, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be 50 pesos. The Feria’s location is at the Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club), Paseo Ramon Corona in Chapala. Check out the website: Or, for Feria questions (general information, volunteering, artists), contact This is a great volunteer opportunity, especially for hosting. Contact Sandra Spencer at (376) 766.1923, or email JALTEPEC DOES IT AGAIN Centro Educativo Jaltepec is preparing for its annual Christmas Dinner and Luncheon event. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 29, and the luncheon is on the following day, Wednesday, November 30. The students will, as usual, prepare the delicious meals. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.” Contact Linda Buckthorp at  or call  (376) 766.1631 to make your reservation in advance.

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s I walk into my urologist’s waiting room, the television blares some sitcom from years ago. Chairs are arranged back-to-back and I choose a seat facing the nurses’ station, next to the magazines. I stare mindlessly at the TV, dreading my scheduled PSA test. A woman enters leading a blind man. He is wearing a handsome blazer and tie, crisply pressed slacks, and shiny shoes. They seat themselves directly in back of me. A young woman takes the seat to my right. The woman behind me says, “Harold, I have to fill out this long questionnaire. I’ll read the questions and you give me the answers. I know your name, Social Security number, date of birth and all that, so I’ll fill that out


later, but right now I need to ask you what I don’t know.” Harold grunts. “The first question, Do you use tobacco? The next, did you previously use tobacco? How many cigarettes a day did you smoke?” Harold says, “Two packages.” She asks, “How many cigarettes are in a package?” He grunts, “Twenty.” “My god, Harold, you smoked 40 of those smelly things every day?” “Yes, I did.” “What year did you start smoking, Harold?” “1952, when I was in the Army.”

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“You smoked all that time until you had to quit so we could get married?” “Yes, Marge, all that time.” Now the incredulous tone of her voice and judgmental style of interrogation cause me to stifle a giggle. “Alcohol use, drinks per day: occasionally, zero, one, two, or three plus? Harold, they don’t even go up high enough for you. I’m going to have to mark three plus. What do you drink: beer, wine, liquor, or other? “All the above.” “Please check all of the drugs you’ve used: marijuana, amphetamines; current, previously, or never? I know you smoke marijuana. I’m going to check that. I don’t know about amphetamines.” “Never used amphetamines.” “Cocaine?” “Yes.” She raises her voice. “Harold, you used cocaine?” Annoyed, “Yes, when I was overseas.” “Barbiturates?” “No.” “Heroin?” “No.” “Hallucinogens?” “Yes.” “Oh, my god, Harold, don’t tell me you took that mind-altering stuff.” “During the sixties. I used LSD.” “Why didn’t I know about that?” “You didn’t ask until today.” The girl on my right laughs and gives me a conspiratorial eye roll. “Next, habits. Caffeine drinks per day: zero, one to two, six to nine, ten plus? Well, they went up high enough to get you this time. I bet you drink six to nine a day.” He sighs. “I guess that’s about right.” “Types of caffeine: coffee, tea, soft drinks?” “All of those.” “Surgical history. Appendectomy?” “Yes.” She tee hees, “Ovaries removed?” “If I had them, I’ll say so.” “Coronary bypass, orthopedic surgery, pacemaker, defibrillator implant, joint replacement.” “I had my knees replaced.” “Prostate removed, kidney stones, kidney removed, bladder tuck, testicles?” “Well, Marge, I did have that vasectomy many years ago, and that’s in the scrotum, so I guess I’ll just say yes. ” “Cataracts?” “Yes.” “Yeah, had your cataracts removed and had those plastic lenses and then after you did that you went blind. We should have sued that doctor.” “Marge, I went blind ten years after I had the cataracts removed.” “Next. C-section, angioplasty, gall-

bladder, blood vessel, tonsillectomy?” “Tonsillectomy.” “Hysterectomy, back, lung, valve, stints, hernia, breast, plastic—. I’m just going to mark no unless you say yes. Stroke, angina, anemia, anxiety, HIV Aids, mini-stroke, glaucoma, blood clots, depression, menopause.” “Yes.” “Liver disease, heart murmur, peptic ulcers, varicose veins?” “Varicose veins.” “Erectile dysfunction?” A little louder, “Yes, dammit.” “Blood diseases, kidney stones, kidney disease, thyroid, diabetes mellitus, bleeding disorder, high blood pressure?” “Yes. High blood pressure.” “Psychiatric problems, poor leg circulation, pulmonary embolism, loss of consciousness, convulsions or epilepsy, cancer, abnormal heart rhythm, congestive heart failure, sickle-cell disease, jaundice or hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases?” “Yes, STD.” “Harold! You had VD? You’ve never told me?” He snipped. “You never asked, Marge.” “Harold, I want to know about that sexually transmitted disease. When and where?” “It happened when I was in the Army a long time ago. I had gonorrhea.” “How did you get gonorrhea?” “The same way everybody else gets it, Marge, hanging around with the wrong sort.” “You better not bring one of those home.” “You have to have intercourse to pass it on, Marge. I think we’re safe.” “Okay, I can answer the next few. Here’s one, though. How many times on a typical night do you get out of bed to urinate: zero, one, two, three, four, or five?” “Well, Marge, some days I guess it’d be three or four.” “I’m going to put three; four doesn’t sound good.” “Now then, here’s the last question. How would you feel if you had to live with your urinary condition the way it is now for the rest of your life: no better, no worse, delighted, mostly satisfied, mixed, mostly dissatisfied, unhappy, or terrible?” “Mostly dissatisfied. I came here to find out if I can get it fixed, that’s what I want. I guess I can live with it if I have to. I mean, what other choice is there?” Just then the nurse calls my name and as I am leaving, Marge says, “Harold, I want to know more about this venereal disease you contracted.” “It was fifty years ago, Marge.”

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WRITERS REJECTIONS: Egging the Window to Their Souls %\(G7DVFD


ome on, read this. Just keep reading. That’s it, go ahead, keep reading. That’s it... good. It is this text in any magazine that makes up its marrow, its essential content, something good writers spend hours sweating out just for you. So I hope you appreciate our efforts, BECAUSE... If anything fills up the life of a truly fine and serious writer, I mean after alcohol, it’s rejection. It’s the part readers like yourselves don’t get to see. So I’m going to fill you in on what it’s like. Most rejections of writers’ work are pretty thoughtless, boilerplate and idiotic... but they are still a “No, thanks.” I’ve had my share and here’s a sample, stuff that imbecile behind Wikileaks just released on the internet. To embarrass me among the Pulitzer officials.


Dear Mr. Tasca, Thank you for your patience while we evaluated your insightful, Stay at Home Dads and the E.D. epidemic. Regrettably, we felt it shallow and pompous, given the crude writing, lack of originality and your poor grasp of psycho-social issues. If you’re interested in submitting additional writing, please consider our greeting cards division. Sincerely, Millennial Press PS. Like Us on Facebook _______________________ Here’s one I just received: September 30, 2016 Dear Mr. Tasca We acknowledge that we have taken considerable time to review your Futuristic Fantasy, entitled 1992. What

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an imagination you have, especially the concepts of the Internet and what you called cyber-attacks and Sexting. Wow. Regrettably, much of what you have, has been done... many times now. So for any further submissions of futuristic work, please allow 24 years for us to respond. Sincerely, Random House Publishing _______________________ Dear Ed, Thank you for your submission. As you know we are a small publisher: And need to be very selective in our choices for publication. While your memoir, I Posed for Edmund Munch’s The Scream, has potential, we’ll have to pass. Last year, we published only two books we found worthy: 1. Tibetan Book of the Dead for Dummies by Ronald Dane and 2. The Serial Killer Cookbook by Ronald Dane. Best wishes, Ronald Dane Press _______________________ Dearest Edward, Thank you for your interest in our press. Your writing is superb. Despite this, we feel your chapbook is probably not for us. But we wish you luck finding a home for your splendid “Judas Escariot’s Money-Making Tips.” Yours truly, The Bible Belt Press _______________________ Dear Edgar Tashman, We consider every submission we receive with meticulous attention and individual care, Mr. Edgar Tashman. But we are sorry to say your manuscript slash book of poems slash short stories slash memoir slash travelogue did not fit our current needs. P.S. Because of how much we liked your work, we happen to have a special-rate offer this month on our script counseling and editorial analysis just for people named Edgar. _______________________ Dear Ed, What an amazing job you did on your thriller, How Pokemon Go Led Me

Straight to Jimmy Hoffa. It garnered kudos from everyone here. Unfortunately, we are a local publisher and only publish stories from writers living in Camden, New Jersey, between 16th and 18th St. Best wishes, Camden Global Publishing PS. There’s a fixer-upper available on 17th St. at a steal, if you’re interested in resubmitting. _______________________ Hello Mr. Tasca, Thank you for your submission. We are always desperate for new and engaging stories about minorities. To that end, do you have anything featuring a straight white male? Sincerely, David Duke Triple K Press _______________________ My response letter to rejection letters: Dear Submissions Director: Sorry you passed on my submission. Can you please give me a referral letter for my submission to university, a surefire endorsement for me, given that you are obviously a grad of Trump University. And let me point out some things about me, tricks I’ve learned which, I believe, you overlooked. These all have great marketing and media potential when you accept my work: I’m a raging, ranting xenophobe, which will get me tons of free media attention. I’m in rehab a lot. Over suicidal thoughts I write in Christmas cards. I get into newsworthy barroom brawls, mainly for reading Pushkin out loud at the bar all night. I also have four ex-wives who like to write tell-alls about me. As you know, monogamous writers are all working at WalMart. So you see, I am the real thing. P.S. I am pro-split infinitive, but insist on back-ground checks and a 10-day waiting period. Finally, here’s an acceptance letter I just received: Greetings, Thank you, Mr. Tasca, for submitting your detailed Mesoamerican History, including its many nations, major events, scientific achievements, and of course its influences on Western culture. But can you resend it at 650 words, with a bibliography? Thanks, Alejandro GrattanDominguez Editor-in-Chief El Ojo Del Lago PS. I can go 700 words, if you will agree to deliver our magazine to Jocotepec. Ed Tasca

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here’s something about a puppy. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. There’s something about a puppy that women love. They can’t resist running up to them, bending down and petting them. “Can I hold it?” they implore. The enterprising guy can see opportunity in this phenomenon. It answers the question that stumps so many Lake Chapala single males: “How do you meet women around this place?” Hey guys, the fastest way to meet a woman is to get a puppy! Simply put it on a leash, and go for a walk. It’s sort of like going fishing. The leash is the line and the puppy is the bait. It doesn’t matter where you go. Cruise the Malecon. Mornings are puppy walking time as women take their own dogs for a walk there. What better way to get a conversation started than to sport a four-legged friend? Or maybe you just want to take your puppy out for a cup of java on the plaza. An endless stream of women will stop by to coo over man’s best friend. Try walking down Revolucion on a Wednesday. There are too many people to be able to walk your little one. It’ll get stepped on. Instead, put your bundle of joy in your arms with the rest of your bundles, and it’s sure to catch the eye of some eligible (and ineligible) honeys walking in the opposite direction. There’s only one drawback to this strategy. It works so well, it might become a social crutch. Think about it, if

you don’t meet Ms. Right in first several months, you might need a second puppy, and then a third. I guarantee you’ll meet a lot of women, but if success eludes you, you might want look somewhere else for the reasons why. Try brushing your teeth, putting on deodorant, retiring that beat-up tee-shirt, and learning a few social niceties. After all, you’re a caring sensitive, socially conscious person trying to help the (canine) homeless population…albeit with some bennies on the side. What woman wouldn’t love you if you cleaned up your act? You know, there are scores of dogs awaiting adoption at Lakeside with fresh litters being born every day. This puppy preoccupation gave me an idea for the perfect fundraiser for all the Lakeside animal shelters. And the timing couldn’t be better. Hundreds of single guys and gals are about to descend on Lakeside to escape the northern winter…and possibly find companionship of two and four legged varieties. Why not Rent-a Puppy? For a tidy sum, you could almost guarantee a guy he’ll meet women. Why not include a handy guide: The 10 best places to attract women with your “chick magnet.” Who knows? The guy might score a two-fer: A new girl friend, and…if he becomes attached to the bait, a new puppy. And the animal shelter will also score a two-fer: a rental fee, and an adoption fee. Wow! What a way to make so many people happy. So…go hug a puppy today…and if the renter is half as cute as his fourlegged companion, show him you appreciate what a big heart he has and how supportive he is of animal rescue, and give him a BIG hug too! Disclosure: The author does not have any dogs. And while he’s seen this technique for meeting women work, he’s never tried it himself. This article first appeared as a post at the author‘s blog about life at Lakeside and beyond at RetirednSingleBlog.

John Comando


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uch ado is being made these days about the imperfections of the leading candidates in the race for President of the United States. Let us compare with some of our greatest holders of that office in the past. Thomas Jefferson performed poorly as a wartime governor of Virginia, 1779 to 1781. When the Redcoats got close to Richmond, he jumped on the fastest horse he could find and skedaddled. He dallied with one of his slaves and sired offspring who in turn became slaves. Despite his flaws, this Founding Father drafted the Declaration of Independence, one of history’s most enduring and endearing documents During his debates with Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln said he believed that Whites were superior to Blacks. He proclaimed that he was opposed to mixed marriages and that Blacks were not fit to serve as Jurors. In the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago he had counterfeit entrance passes printed that were used to flood the floor with his supporters. Never-the-less, as President, and after he gained control of the Union Army, he preserved the Union. His administration maneuvered passage of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had long lasting affairs, not only with his own secretary, but also with his wife’s personal secretary. His grandfather Warren Delano made a fortune in the opium trade (legal at that time). As President, his qualities of leadership and vision led us through the Great Depression and World War Two. His New Deal left the United States with such sacrosanct legislation as Social Security and the National Labor Relations Act. He is the prime candidate for the Greatest President of the Twentieth Century. Harry S. Truman failed in the only commercial venture he ever entered. He and a partner opened a haberdashery after WW I which ended in bankruptcy. He owed his early political successes to the Missouri Prendergast Machine, which had nefarious connections. His competence as President is now unquestioned. With the Marshall Plan his administration rehabilitated enemy nations which are now valuable allies. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had affairs too numerous to mention. The


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Mob supported him in his campaign for president. As President he stood down the Soviet Empire and brought the US into the Space Age. We can even throw Winston Churchill into the mix. When he was First Lord of the Admiralty in World War One he proposed a naval convoy through the Dardanelles to Russia as part of the Gallipoli Campaign. It was a colossal blunder and he was replaced as First Lord. He was reputed to consume excessive amounts of Brandy. In World War Two he rallied the British against the threat of Hitler, and is considered by many scholars to have been Britain’s greatest Prime Minister. Hillary Rodham Clinton should not have supported the invasion of Iraq. It is worrisome that she received huge fees for Wall Street speeches. She was careless in the way she managed State Department communications. Much is being made of these indiscretions by her political opponents. However, a balance sheet of her political participation and the causes she supported over the past thirty years leaves her bottom line clearly in the affirmative. Hillary’s husband Bill has been included in the political attacks. As he is an active supporter of hers, he is fair game. Bill was guilty of an indiscretion with a White House intern. His detractors seem to believe that his subsequent I did not have sex with that woman was worse than the act itself. In Louisiana, when a wife is accused of adultery, the testimony of the correspondent must be corroborated, and, received with great caution. This ruling came from a former Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court who reasoned “A man who would not lie under those circumstances is unworthy of belief.”

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y Mother would have loved Mexico. The idea of living in Mexico never occurred to her. My parents had their retirement all planned, and that included Arizona, not Mexico. But that was not to be. After all, when they were planning their retirement, Mexico was just a Third World Nation with “problems.” Mom loved bright colors. I grew up in the only purple house in our town of 13,000 people. My neighbors learned to live with it. While I was in college, she finally relented and painted the house a different color: Florescent coral. She loved gardens and flowers and would have loved to spend all her time here, where there are colors year round. Even she and her black thumb (which I inherited) would have been able to grow things in her garden, if she were here in Mexico. My banana tree hasn’t failed me yet. Music was my mother’s passion. Elvis was her absolute favorite, but she would have loved to dance the Salsa, even the Tango if she could find a partner. (Dad didn’t dance.) She loved to celebrate, and dancing always thrilled her and she kept the Senior Center rocking after my Dad died. She hated living in Minnesota--especially the winters. She would have loved the climate here. The thing is, I don’t think it would have ever occurred to her to even think about moving to another country, let alone Mexico. For her, Arizona was adventure enough.


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I often think of my sisters. In all the time I’ve lived here, they’ve never come to visit. They may make it to Coco Beach or South Padre Island, but they just can’t bring themselves to cross that border. Well, one does get off a cruise ship about once every three years to shop half a day in Puerta Vallarta. They are busy with their families. And they are lost in the constant rush and stress of life in the USA. I also believe they have bought into the fear mongering about Mexico that is so prevalent in the USA right now. What a terrible loss for them. I feel badly that they haven’t experienced the Mexico that I love so much. I would love them to experience the Mexican people as I have experienced them although I did get a note from one of my sister’s telling me she is “beginning to understand why I am so fond of the Mexican people.” Maybe there is still a chance. On my last trip to the USA, as I was going through customs, traveling alone, the Latin-American customs agent asked me “Aren’t you afraid to live in Mexico?” Now this surprised me! “Of course not! I feel safer than I ever did when I lived in the USA.” He just shrugged his shoulders and told me to have a nice visit. On the return trip, there was great concern for a woman “my age” traveling alone to Mexico. While I laugh it off, it saddens me that they cannot see Mexico through my eyes. I have found that the Mexican people are loving, generous, are proud of their country and they are certainly more accepting of immigrants than what I read coming out of the USA right now. Is it all perfection and goodness and light? No, there are problems in Mexico as in any nation. But here I see a people who are working hard to address the problems. I feel fortunate that my husband and I have been welcomed to Mexico for our retirement. It is a shame my mother never was able to experience Mexico. Victoria Schmidt

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heard the e bullhorn. bullho bu llho ll horn. rn. rn “Throw down ow wn your yo y our ur nd up, up, up weapon, stand on top top op put your hands on ru uno no of your head.” Bruno at remembered what his Dad always said, “Stupid. Stupid. As id d Stupid is, Stupid does. You’re going to to school makes no sense. ense. se. You’ll You Y ou u’l’llllll just be an educated d idiot.” I was six-years old and in first grade. Dad’s judgment followed my not closing the door all the way and the dog got out. This wasn’t the first time he called me, “Stupid.” He called me that so often I would mutter to myself, “Stupid Bruno, Stupid Bruno.” If I knew my father’s name for me, maybe he’d smile at me. My mother was also called, “Stupid,” often enough that she no longer became angry, but she did drink beer. She drank so much that Dad said he could do better, so he left us when I was seven.


One morning Mom sat at the table. Her friend, Fred, had left before breakfast. She had dark marks on each cheek. “Bruno, honey, I’ve signed my State check. Take it down to Mr. Park at the Corner Store to pay our bill and bring back a six-pack of Country Club Stout. I’ve told him it’s OK.” Bruno’s teacher read her Daily Memo from the principal on way to the First Grade classroom. “Good news. Even with our budget cuts we will have a full teacher staff this year. However, student counseling will be

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reduced to one roving counselor for the six grammar schools in our district.” Miss Pangborn, my first grade teacher, divided our class into groups according to our ability. I started in the middle group and in short order had descended to the bottom of the bottom group. With each demotion she would smile and say, “You’ll be more comfortable now and do better.” The other kids began to call me, “Zero.” “Until I was thirteen I was harassed. Never helped by school people. Truancy, fighting with other kids at school. I quit going to school. Was harassed by police: shop-lifting, joy riding, all BS charges. The judge threw me into The Youth Authority Jail until I was eighteen when I graduated to the prison system for similar BS charges.” Bruno carried these messages into his late twenties when he walked once again into the yard at the California Men’s Colony. “Hey, Skank, been here before?” “Yeah, couple times. I’m no fish.” “How long you doin’?” “Six months.” “What charge?” “BS charge. Wife beating. The

bitch’s old lady caused it.” “You’re new here but I could tell you’ve been a con.” Sergeant O.C. Weber ordered, “Kurtz, Bruno. Give me your claim tick for your trouble you gave us when you were jailed. Sign that you got it when I give it to you. That’s all, then you’re out. See ya next time, stupid.” “That last word stung again. It was their first name for me at the Youth Authority when I was thirteen. I don’t want ever to be called that again. I’m going to get even.” Bruno dug in near the top of El Cerro Mountain with his M40 A5 rifle. With the LP scope he had a clear view of the corral below. The Guards’ Annual Picnic was held as usual in the corral area of the landmark hotel that backed up to El Cerro Mountain. The first shot coming from the mountain hit and killed Sergeant O.C. Weber seated on his family blanket. The next shots were equally effective, killing seven other guards. In the next three hours several hundred uniformed personnel and two helicopters killed the alleged perp, Bruno Kurtz, with 87 body and head hits. They heard Bruno’s last words, “Stupid, Stupid, Stupid…”

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Centenarian is a person who lives to or past 100 years. At this time the United States leads with 72,000 at 100 years of age or older. Of which over 82% are women. The oldest recorded was 127. Granma Moses was 101 when she died in the USA. She started her artistic career in her eighties and died world renowned. Mexico’s Carmen Hernandez Campeñero, has spent the latter part of her 104 years of age in a world of

silence. She was born and raised in the same barrio where she raised her children, San Juan, a good-sized village on the road to Mescala. Although she manages to help with preparation of family meals, she has never heard the sound of her great great grandchildren, as ageing took away her ability to hear. The selfless act of a Rotarian from Rotary Ajijic,  Ken Koyama, who gave his only spare hearing aid to Carmen last week, has enabled Carmen to chortle with glee as sounds around her become familiar again.  Carmen’s life in the village was a hard one, deserted by her husband and being left to raise seven children alone, plus helping with 53 grandchildren, 72 great grand children, and 33 great great grandchildren. Carmen made a living by growing vegetables and going to market in the small hours of the day to sell the products of her day´s labor. Carmen was also the only one in her family who could read and write, so she wrote for most of the village. The girls of the family


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stayed home, only the boys went to school, but Carmen learned. This author had the honour of delivering the hearing aid and showing the caretakers of Carmen how to use it, care for it, and recognize when the battery is dead. The cost of hearing aids is prohibitive for many people. Those who can afford them think that because they are custom made, they are useless to pass on They are mistaken. Please donate to local clinics, or call this author. Maria Cecilia Soto is a few months from her 100th birthday, after raising 12 children, and enjoying 29 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, plus one recent great great grandchild.  Maria is still working in the family restaurant, Lety’s in Riberas, helping to prepare the food that is fresh everyday.  One of her chores is the cilantro -  plucking the delicate herb leaf for flavouring. Maria walks unaided into the restaurant to work, hears perfectly well, and holds herself tall.  Life was a little more generous to Maria than to Carmen, whose back breaking toil in the fields everyday took their toll. Both women are the pride and joy of their families, who treat them with the greatest respect and kindness. It wasn’t until the gringos retired to Lakeside, that care homes, health insurance etc. were needed. I hope

it never catches on in the Mexican family tree. To end life in the hub of a life time of labour, and the fruits from it, is indeed a blessed way to rest in peace.

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o you care about the welfare of dogs? Are you concerned with the over population of dogs in need of adoption? Are you traveling to the Seattle area anytime soon? If so, The Ranch has a job for you! People traveling to the Seattle area are needed to escort dogs living at The Ranch to be adopted by a partnering shelter in the San Juan Islands with a lack of dogs and an abundance of humans waiting for a pet. Coordinated by their board member Janet Gray, a former resident of Lakeside, the process has been streamlined and takes little effort on the part of the escort. Ranch volunteers meet you at the Guadalajara Airport with all the paperwork for the dogs to fly. On the Seattle side, Janet will pick up the dogs and whisk them away to their new homes. Loveable dogs like Hector and


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Looneytoon were the first to make the trip where families in Washington State adopted them into loving homes. Since that initial trip another 12 dogs have flown to Seattle and into the arms of people desperate to rescue a dog for their family. And it can continue if The Ranch can get them there. All they need is a human escort, someone traveling to Seattle on the same plane. Lake Chapala’s many dogs, often homeless or abandoned, have a doomed future, but the lucky ones end up at the Ranch waiting to be adopted. This partnership is a golden opportunity to be a positive part of the solution to placing wonderful dogs with folks wanting pet companionship. Donations of dog crates for transportation and your time spent walking dogs at The Ranch are greatly appreciated. If you are planning a trip to Seattle please call 331.270.4447.

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Xochitl Natalie, G.M.


ochitl was born in 2007 and, she is part of our Chapala clinic. She was born premature and was soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is defined as a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to nonprogressive disturbances that occurred in the developing infant brain. While the central feature of CP is a disorder with movement, difficulties with thinking, learning, feeling, communication and behaviour often occur along with CP. Xochitl has been going to equine therapy for many years and it has helped with her posture and coordination. She will begin swim therapy soon in conjunction with the equine therapy. She does not have seizures so she is not on any medication. She understands clearly, her speech is limited but she makes herself understood. She has been part of Ninos Incapacitados since 2008. We have reimbursed the family with transport, therapy, diapers and other needs. In total we have paid 28,000.00 pesos for Xochitl. Her mother is an excellent care giver;

she is surrounded by family who really care for her. As Clinic Director, I thank you once again for this opportunity to present one of our kids. I invite you to join us at our monthly meeting at the real de Chapala in Ajijic on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am to meet our “Child of the Month� and learn more about our organization. We have 3 clinics, Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you want to visit a clinic or become a volunteer, please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (766-4375) Please visit our website at:



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n excited yipping and yapping, like a pack of fox terriers fighting over a carcass, echoed across the meadow as I rested beneath a towering evergreen, savoring my morning mug of lapsangsouchong tea. Moments later, four large coyotes came ambling across the meadow and began snuffling around a weathered stump about twenty yards from me. I was happy to have their company on that morning beneath the azure skies of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, where I was working as a seasonal ranger. In an attempt to get the attention of my visitors, I whistled, as one would when calling the family dog. No re-


sponse. I slowly approached them, waving in greeting, hoping to elicit some sort of response. As they peered in my direction, each one lifted his leg and sprayed the stump, after which they arrogantly trotted off to complete their morning’s tasks. Every coyote I have ever met has exhibited an attitude of quiet superiority. “We coyotes have been here for much longer than you humans, and we will be here after all of you are long gone,” they seem to be saying. To many Native American peoples, Old Man Coyote was a sort of spiritual avatar, the earthly personification of the creator god. According to the Navaho, Coyote also introduced death into the

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world to prevent human overpopulation from taking up all the space needed by other creatures. As a god, Coyote, like the ancient Greek deities, possesses human qualities and human weaknesses. He is the rapscallion, the ragamuffin, the imp, the bad kid made to stand in the corner. He is the Great Trickster, akin to the Cherokee Great Rabbit, who evolved into the animated cartoon character Br’er Rabbit. He often fails in his many schemes. I watched one morning as a mule deer pursued him across the meadow, his huge antlers aimed right at Coyote’s fleeing posterior. Coyote has always thrived as a city kid as much as he has a country kid. He lived surrounded by the Aztecs in Tenochtitlan and among the urbanized Maya. He is now a resident of every large US city, from Los Angeles to Chicago, Miami to New York’s Central Park. Humans have caused this. Eradicating most of the wolf population, Coyotes only natural predators, was the first step. Rounding up stray dogs and carting them off to the pound opened the door to Coyote, ever the opportunist. Then, too, wherever there are humans, there are rats and mice, Coyote’s favorite delicacy. Coyote eats other things too, lambs and family pets. A few years ago, my sister, who lives in the Texas hill country, noticed that “Dotty,” her little terrier, was missing. Apparently, Dotty had pushed her nose through her doggie door to bark at marauding coyotes and was snatched by one. My sister’s family did not blame the coyote, who was only being a coyote. While Native Americans esteemed Coyote for his antics, invading Europeans, as they pillaged their way across the continent, developed a hatred for him that bordered upon the pathological. Determined to eradicate him and cruelly practical, they turned to strychnine, which causes an agonizing death characterized by choking, vomiting, convulsions, nervous system failure and asphyxiation. Hundreds of thousands

of Coyote’s people were slaughtered, as were countless wolves and not a few farm dogs. Sometimes, nature struck back. In Utah in the 1880’s, farmers exterminated the coyotes, causing a proliferation of wild rabbits that riddled their crops. Western states offered bounties for each wolf or coyote head or pair of ears. Between 1883 and 1928, Montana paid out bounties for 111,545 wolves and 886, 367 coyotes. The state legislature mandated that veterinarians be required to introduce sarcoptic mange into the ecosystem. The poisoning continued until 1972, when President Richard Nixon issued executive orders banning it on all public lands and outlawing its use by federal employees. Annual coyote hunts are still encouraged in some rural areas. Dan Flores’s new book Coyote America includes a photo of a stretch of New Mexico prairie obscenely littered with the corpses of God’s Dogs in the aftermath of such a locally sanctioned hunt. While shooters are in reality seeking a convenient moving target, they attempt to justify the slaughter as fostering larger populations of game animals. Unsuspecting US taxpayers still finance the deaths of 80,000 coyotes a year, but such attempts are self-defeating. When their numbers are down, with almost supernatural awareness, Coyote’s people produce much larger litters. And they move on to safer habitats. Coyote is a survivor. He outwits us at every turn. Perhaps those fine specimens I met on that pristine mountain morning were on to something. Given man’s penchant for environmental degradation and mutually assured destruction, his vulnerability to pandemics, Coyote’s tenure on the planet may outlast our own. Lorin Swinehart

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LCS Health Day

Traditions Full Circle

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. Neill James Patio Shots Offered *Requires sign-up by Monday, October 31. t*OøVFO[BWBDDJOF QFTPT Protects against four strains of influenza Considered better than last year’s version t1SFWOBS 1OFVNPOJBGPSMJGF  QFTPT  Five-year pneumonia shot is being phased out in Mexico Prevnar-13 is being recommended by doctors t5ZQIJN7* 5ZQIPJETIPU  QFTPT *Sign-up required by Monday, October 31 Typhoid caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi Good for five years t)FQBUJUJT"# TFSJFTPGUISFFTIPUT    QFTPT each *Sign-up required by Monday, October 31 1st shot 2nd shot 1 month later 3rd shot 6 months later You must take all three shots for the series to be effective. Good for life when taken according to schedule. Please note: Neither the hepatitis nor the typhoid shot may be taken with any other shot! Flu and pneumonia shots may be taken at the same time. Blood Pressure Monitoring Lecture “Arthritis - Disease or Aging, and What We Can Do About It“ presented by Dr. Lawrence Whitehurst at 11 a.m. in the Sala. LCS Will Not Offer Dengue Vaccine Please note that LCS will not offer the Dengue vaccine. Dengvaxia, the dengue vaccine created by Sanofi Pasteur Labs, is 90% effective for those aged between 9 and 50 years old. According to research, the vaccine is much less effective over the age of 50. The vaccine became available in Mexico September 15 and will be offered in private health facilities. It is a series of three shots: an initial shot, another in six months, and the last shot six months following that one. Recipients are protected after the first immunization, but the remaining two must be taken to insure future protection. Each shot will be approximately 1,500 pesos according to information released by the pharmaceutical company. Because of the cost, the average age of most LCS attendees, and the one-and-a-half-year program, LCS has no plans to offer the series at this time.


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October 2016


Most expats are tangentially aware of the "globos" event that happens in September. Globo means balloon. We’re told that the tradition goes back to Neill James. She would have learned the craft during her time in Japan. Her photo archive includes a picture from c.1960, that we wanted to share. Today, the different neighborhoods in Ajijic rally together as teams competing for glory by launching their unique creations.

Lakeside Bloodline There is no central “Blood Bank� in Jalisco. If someone needs blood, then arrangements for qualified individuals to travel to the hospital and donate blood need to be made. This can be quite complicated and stressful for the individuals involved. To relieve some of the mess and stress of all of this, a new pilot project in being launched with the support of the Lake Chapala Society and Cruz Roja. It is currently a call in hot-line where a person leaves a message on an answering machine. The message should include the following data in a clear voice: name, phone number, the date when the blood is required and the name of hospital requesting the blood. The answering machine is monitored twice a day by volunteers, and within 24 hours the person requesting blood will be contacted. The volunteers spearheading this pilot project are learning how complicated coordinating this type of work is. However if it is successful, we anticipate it growing in scope of service making it a model that could be used statewide or even nationally. If you are interested in being a blood donor e-mail bloodline@, and details will be sent to you. If you need a Blood Donor call (376) 766-1976 and the Bloodline team will help you meet the requirements.

PEP a Success The first term of LCS’ new Personal Enrichment Program ended with rave reviews. The next full term is being organized now and is set to begin in January.

TED Talks

We Still Need You...Really

Oct. 4: Julia Galef: “Why You Think You’re Right – Even If You’re Not” Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs - or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mind sets and how they shape the way we interpret information.   What views predominate in our modern world?  Among our politicians?  Among our big name journalists?  Oct. 11: Arthur Brooks: “A Conservative’s Plea: Let’s Work Together”. Can Liberals learn anything from Conservatives?  Brooks, a French horn player, thinks they can.  He argues that globalization, capitalism, private enterprise, free trade, property rights, and rule of law are the main forces that have dramatically reduced world poverty in the past three decades. Do you agree?  What are major forces contributed?  Oct. 18: Kelly McGonigal, “How to Make Stress Your Friend” Is stress healthy? Can serious stress contribute to increased risk of death?  Can stress ever be healthy?  How can your attitude toward stress affect its impact your health?  Dr. McGonigal confessed that she used to tell people that stress is bad for one’s health.  But now, she argues that stress can actually be healthy. 

ESL Program at Wilkes always needs instructors. Volunteer Gardeners are needed to trim, plant, weed and maintain our lovely gardens. We need volunteers to set up and serve at our very popular once a month Seniors’ High Tea. We also need help shopping for supplies, preparing sandwiches, etc. Talking Books Program is looking for a volunteer to work Thursdays from 10-12 p.m. The Special Events manager is looking for people with a bit of flair. Looking for Blood Pressure volunteers as well. For more information, email or fill out a form at the service desk.

Photography Club Our newest member offering, the Photography Club will continue to meet the first Monday of the month in the Sala from 12 p.m. to 2p.m. This is a class for members at any level of experience. Topics covered will be lighting, camera settings, printing and other pertinent subjects. Contact Doug Huffiness at or call 333-947-0575 for more information. Open to LCS members only.

U.S. Consulate Town Hall Event Oct. 25: On the Neil James Patio. The consulate “intends to do a great deal of outreach.” The time is not confirmed, but it is tentatively set for noon. LCS will post more information when it becomes available.

Conversaciones en Espanol Returns Here’s your opportunity to brush up on your Spanish. Join other Spanish learners and hone your language skills. The Conversaciones en Espanol class has resumed its regularly scheduled sessions on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Sala. LCS members only.

Get Your INAPAM Cards Here Submit your INAPAM applications Wednesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. at the LCS Patio and Gazebo. Applications are available in the LCS service office. All forms and documents must be returned to the LCS office by Friday, October 21.

Blood Pressure Group Needs You Again In anticipation of the return of our snowbirds, the Blood Pressure Monitoring Group is looking for volunteers. If you have medical/nurse education join us Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You may work as many or as few hours as you wish and as often as you wish. We have all the equipment you will need. Contact one of our managers: Lindy White or 766 3407, or Mary Anne Molinari at

US Election Voter Assistance On the LCS Blue Umbrella Patio from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, October 1 and Mondays, October 10 and 17. Sponsored by Democrats Abroad.

Costco Returns Costco is here at LCS Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, 11-11:30 on the Blue Umbrella Patio. Costco representatives will be here with information on special offers and to open new accounts.

Introduction to Spanish Classes The LCS Introduction to Spanish language classes for LCS members is a casual class for the beginner that covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary, phrases to use about town, and other useful information about our lakeside and Mexican culture. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of the month and continue for three weeks. The next series of classes starts Tuesday, October 4, at LCS from 12:00 until 1:30 p.m. Learning materials are provided, the cost is $175 pesos. Sign up at the LCS service office during regular office hours or for fast and easy registration, use the LCS website.

Bazar ¡QUÉ GANGA! (k gaan-ga) ¡QUÉ GANGA! is synonymous with “WHAT A DEAL!” and at the new LCS thrift shop you’ll say that after every purchase! Our grand opening was on Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16. The Mariachi were outstanding, so were the free Margaritas provided by El Ancla Restaurant in west Ajijic. The store is located on the carretera just past Canacinta on the lakeside - right next to El Ancla. The bilingual manager, Lucy Mora, has a huge smile so go and meet her, and the volunteers. The store hours are Thursday through Tuesday 10 AM to 3 PM. That means we are closed Wednesdays! We can arrange for delivery or pick of merchandise. Call 342-100-2081 or 766-1140. We’re accepting donations NOW.

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Activities 2SHQWRWKHSXEOLF 86FLWL]HQV & PHPEHUFDUGUHTXLUHG HEALTH INSURANCE * IMSS & Immigration Services M+T 10-1 Lakeside Insurance T+TH 11-2 San Javier Hospital Services Last Fri. 10-12 HEALTH & LEGAL SERVICES * Becerra & Galindo Services TH 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure F 10-12 Drug & Herb Consultation 4th M 10-12 Hearing Aid Services M & 2nd+ 4th Sat 11-4 Sign-up Ministerio Publico W Oct. 5th+26th 10-2 My Guardian Angel M + TH 10-1 Optometrist Claravision TH 9-4 Sign-up Skin Cancer Screening 2nd +4th W 10-12:30 Sign-up US Consulate W Oct. 19th, 10:30-12:30 Sign up LESSONS (C) &KLOGUHQ¶V$UW 6DW Exercise M+W+F 9-10 Fitness thru Yoga M+F 2-3:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+Th 2-3:30 Line Dancing T+Th 10-11:15 Stretch & Balance Exercise T+Th 8:45-9:45 Photography Club 1st M 12-2 LIBRARIES(C) Audio Library Th 10-12 Book & Video M-Sat 10-2 US Library of Congress Books**/ Talking Books TH 10-12 Neill James Biblioteca Publica (WEC) M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* SOCIAL ACTIVITIES (C) All Things Tech F 9:30-11:30 Baby Boomers 1st+2nd+3rd W 2-3 Bridge 4 Fun T +TH 1-5 Conversaciones en Espanol M 10-12 Discussion Group W 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness M 10:15-11:45 )LOP$¿FLRQDGRV 7+ Needle Pushers T 10-12 Open Gaming M 1-4 Open to public 2-4* Scrabble F 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12 TED Talks Learning Seminars T 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble T 12-2 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS * Caregiver Support Group 2nd+4th W 10:30-12:30 Have Hammer Workshop Demo 1st & 3rd M 10-12 Information Desk M-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA M +TH 4:30-5:30 Open Circle Sun 10-11:30 Toastmasters M 7-8:30 7,&.(76$/(60)


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Video Library October Please see the Video Library display board for more new films and a variety of others available. Don’t forget our sales of tapes and dvds held every day at bargain prices. You can have your old tapes or your newly purchased ones converted to dvds for only 50 pesos each. Ask the volunteer on duty about our services. If you have suggestions for films that may be of interest to our members, please let us know. Of course, we always need couriers. Thank you couriers of the past. Once again we are looking for couriers of the future. As you may already know, we buy the videos and pay for them on-line. We have them shipped to the address of your choice. If you are going north soon or have someone coming to visit, we would appreciate it if you, or your visitor, would please stuff 10 of them into your luggage, they don’t take up much room, and they help keep the LCS Video Library inventory current. Thank you for your consideration.

New for October Requiem for a Dreamer #7405 Drugs: They consume mind, body and soul. This movie is a shocker and an eye opener. Ellen Burstyn. Rated 8.4 on a scale of 10 Stories We Tell #7400 A documentary that is an inspiring, genre-twisting film that reveals the secrets of a family of story tellers. The truth depends on who is telling the story. For you foreign film aficionados: Italian for Beginners #7395 A comedy about a bunch of Danes who want to learn to speak Italian. Prague #7393 A romantic drama about a couple whose secrets, uncovered during a trip to Prague, threaten to destroy their marriage. Cafe de Flor #4702 A love story about people separated by time and space but connected by profound and mysterious ways. Inch Allah Dimanche #7401 The story of an immigrant woman traveling to France to join her husband and her struggles to adjust to her life in exile. A couple of “oldies but goodies”: The Man From Snowy River #7407 If you liked Kirk Douglas you will like him twice as much. He plays twin brothers who have been feuding for 20 years. Something about a prized stallion on a farm in the hills of Australia. East of Eden #7390 James Dean as a willful young man contending against his brother for the attention of their religious father while he is reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend. But, you knew that. Great movie worth seeing again.

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Biographies and travel guides are featured this month. Biographies of the famous, not so famous, and the notorious, historical and contemporary, can be found on our shelves. Life stories of philosophers and kings, politicians and poets, writers, visionaries, and arch criminals, foreign and domestic, reside here. Biographies are shelved alphabetically by subject, not author. Chair-bound or outward-bound, travel buffs will discover travel guides and travel memoirs here too. Stories of voyagers and trekkers, by sea and land from nearly everywhere on earth, including explorers and adventurers like Marco Polo and Thor Heyerdahl, can be found in Room Three in the stacks from sections 910 to 919. In The Service Office The Warren Hardy Spanish textbooks and other instructional materials are available in the Service Office. Our wonderful children’s art cards are for sale there, too. Your purchases help support one of care and feeding of our feline friends may be made there. Gracias!

LCS members only. Bring your card. Films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets. All showings subject to change.

Bus Trips Thursday, October 6 Centro/Downtown Guadalajara Self-guided walking tour of Guadalajara’s 18th and 19th century architecture and stunning murals and artwork. People watch on the beautiful plazas, lunch on the Plaza de los Laureles or dine at the elegant Hotel Mendoza. A detailed map will be provided. There are only 9 spaces available, so sign up soon. Wednesday, October 19, Galerias Mall/Costco Shop major retailers like Best Buy and Sears and restaurants including Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang and more. Costco, Sam’s and Super Walmart are nearby. Cost for either trip is $300 pesos members, $350 pesos nonmembers. Bus leaves promptly from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 9 Guadalajara Zoo Bring bottled water and a light lunch. Refreshments will be available in the park, also. Cost is $370 pesos members and $420 pesos non-members. Includes transportation, train ride, safari, and aquatic show. Cable car ride is extra. The bus leaves promptly from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9 a.m. and departs from the zoo at 3:30p.m. Tickets are available in the LCS Service Office.

October 6 The Fundamentals of Caring 2016 USA    A comedy-drama about a man suffering from an incredible amount of loss. He enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life. (88 minutes) October 13  Breaking Away 1979 USA   This coming of age film directed by an Englishman and written by a Serbian immigrant is a quintessential American story...a modest marvel of wit, construction, and empathy. This Academy Award winner is one of my all-time favorite movies. (100 minutes) October 20 Jean de Florette 1986 France A greedy land-owner and his nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil lead a great cast. (120 minutes) October 27 Manon of the Spring 1987 France   The sequel to Jean de Florette, but it stands alone very well. A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Emanuelle Beart takes on Montand and Auteuil. (113 minutes)

All Aboard the Yellow Submarine! Attention all Baby Boomers! Join us aboard the Yellow Submarine a series of three intriguing new interactive workshops that will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of October. This series will take a look at where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned over the years and how we can use those experiences moving forward. Our generation was marked with the songs and anthems of the Beatles that moved us into a new era. The workshops will be lead by Nancy Jessop M.S.W. CAC III. Nancy is a therapist and behavioral coach with over thirty years of experience working with individuals, families, seniors, and teens.  She comes from Boulder, Colorado where she worked for many years in the County Department of Social Services, in private practice, and as a training specialist for the state of Colorado.

THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2017); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2017); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Matthew Butler (2018); Dee Dee Camhi (2017); Lois Cugini (2017); Barbara Hildt (2017); Geoffrey Kaye (2018) Yoli Martinez (2017); Monica Powers (2018); George Radford (2018) Immediate Past President: Howard Feldstein. * Executive Director - Terry Vidal

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* HEALTH - ENERGY THERAPIES Tel: 00 41-76-344-4025


* HOTELS / SUITES - DOLPHIN COVE INN Tel: 314-334-1515 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-1344


* INSURANCE - BLUE ANGEL SOLUTIONS Tel: 766-0547 3DJ /$.(6,'(,1685$1&(('*$5&('(f2 Cell: (045) 33-3106-6982 3DJ 3$5.(5,1685$1&(6(59,&(6 Tel: 765-5287, 765-4070 3DJ 3527(;3/$1 U.S. Toll Free 1-800-608-5743 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-681-6730 3DJ - TIOCORP Tel: 766-4828 Pag: 15

* LEGAL SERVICES $-,-,&/(*$/6(59,&(6 Cell: (045) 33 1172 1724



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- CORE TRAINING IN CHAPALA Tel: 766-3860, 333 474 1192 3DJ - SUPER SENIOR FITNESS Cell. 333 458 1980  3DJ


- SPRING CLEAN Tel: 765-2953 - THE CLEAN SPOT Tel: 766-5444 Cell: 33-3137-5364


* CHIROPRACTIC '59,&725-<28&+$ Tel: 766-1973 - INTERLAGO CHIROPRACTIC Tel: 766-3000



/$.(&+$3$/$&(17(5)2563,5,78$/ LIVING Tel: 766-0920 3DJ

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- ROCHATAS Chapala: 376-765-3150 Jocotepec: 387-763-0295 6&$1',1$9,$6RXUGRXJK%DNHU\ Tel: 766-0604

- CASA DEL SOL Tel: 766-0050






- FRATS Tel: 765-2505, 765-3946 - LINEA PROFESIONAL Tel. 766-2555, Fax. 766-0066

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$1,0$/&/,1,&63(76+23 - CLINICA VETERINARIA SAN ANTONIO Tel: 766-0808  3DJ - DEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PET HOTEL Tel: 331-765-7074  3DJ /$.(6,'()5,(1'62)7+($1,0$/6$& Tel: 765-5544  3DJ 0$6.27$¶6/$.( Tel: 766-0287  3DJ - PET PLACE Cell: 333-1964-150  3DJ 3(7)22'$1'*5220,1* Tel: 766-3062  3DJ


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+263,7$/$1*(/(6'(/&$50(1 Tel: (01) 3813-0042 3DJ ,&0,0LQLPDOO\,QYDVLYH&DUGLRYDVFXODU Interventions Cell: (044) 333-157-4741 3DJ ,0(',17(*5,7< Tel: 766-5154 3DJ - ISILAB Tel: 766-1164 3DJ /$.(6,'(&$5',2/2*<&/,1,& Tel: (387) 763-0665 3DJ /$.(6,'(0(',&$/*5283 Tel: 766-0395 3DJ - PLASTICA LIFT Tel: 108-0595 3DJ 3/$67,&685*(5<'U%HQMDPLQ9LOODUDQ Tel: 766-5513 3DJ - QUALITY CARE Tel: 766-1870 3DJ 5,&$5'2+(5(',$0' Tel: 765-2233 3DJ 9$5,&26(9(,1675($70(17 Tel: 765-4805 3DJ

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$-,-,&7$1*2 Tel: 766-2458 3DJ - ALBERELLI Cell: 33-3903-0338 3DJ &$)(0(', 7(55$ 1(2 Tel: 766-2636  3DJ - CASA FUERTE Tels: 3639-6474 / 81  3DJ '8/&($7=,1  3DJ - GAUCHERIA Tel: 766-4357 3DJ - GO BISTRO Cell: (045) 33-3502-6555 Pag: 11 - HOT ROD Tel: 766-5890 3DJ /$&$6$'(/:$))/( Tel: 766-1946 3DJ - LA CASA DEL CAFE Tel: 766-2876 3DJ - LA HACIENDA DE DON PEDRO Tel: 766-4906 Pag: 59 - LA NUEVA POSADA Tel: 766-1444, 766-1344 3DJ ³/$7$9(51$´'(,48$7752025, Tel: 766-2848 3DJ /2602//(7(6 Tel: 766-4296 3DJ 0$1,; Tel: 766-0061, Cell: (045) 331-065-0725 3DJ 0$5,f26 Tel: 33-2181-6104 3DJ

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

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Tels: 765-2877 Fax: 765-3528 3DJ - CONTINENTAL REALTY Tel: 766-1994 3DJ &80%5(6 Tel: 766-2688 3DJ - DON SNELL Cell 33-1005-9129 Pag: 19 - EAGER & ASOCIADOS Tel: (376) 766 1917, 1918 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Tel: 331-256-9255 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 :KDW¶V$SS 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Tel: 3313 1961 06, U.S.: (209) 981 4485 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Tel: 763-5297 3DJ )256$/(%<2:1(5 Tel: 33-2310-1860 Pag: 55 *(25*(77(5,&+021' Tel: 766-2077 Pag: 11 *(5$5'20(',1$ Cell. 331-121-7034 Pag: 19 -8',75$-+$7+< Cell: (045) 331 - 395 - 9849 3DJ /8&,0(55,77 Tel: 766-1917, 766-1918 3DJ 0355($/(67$7( Tel: (315) 351-5167 3DJ 12e/23(= Cell: 331-047-9607 3DJ 3(7(567-2+1 Tel: 765-3676, 331-323-0893 3DJ 5$8/*21=$/(= Cell: 33-1437-0925 3DJ - VISTA ALEGRE Tel: 766-2688 3DJ


* REAL ESTATE $-,-,&+20(,163(&7,216 Tel: 766-2836 3DJ - CHULA VISTA NORTE Tel: 766-2177 Cell: (045) 33-1892-2194 3DJ - CIELOVISTA Tel: 766-2688 3DJ &2/':(//%$1.(5&+$3$/$5($/7< Tel: 766-1152, 766-3369 Fax: 766-2124,

0(/¶6 Tel: 331-402-4223 3DJ 020¶6'(/, 5(67$85$17 Tel: 765-5719 3DJ - PANINO Tel: 766-3822 3DJ 3,==(5,$726&$1$  Tel: 765-6996  3DJ - TEPETATE THAI RESTAURANT Tel: 766-2020 3DJ - THE BAGEL PLACE Tel: 766-0664  3DJ 7+(3($&2&.*$5'(1 Tel: 766-1381 Pag: 55 - TONYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Tel: 766-1614, 766-4069 3DJ - YVES Tel: 766-3565 3DJ

5(7,5(0(175(671856,1*+20(6 - ALICIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CONVALESCENT Tel: 766 1194, Cell: 333 954 9534 Pag: 51 - CASA ANASTASIA Tel: 765-5680 / 33-3452-5864 3DJ - LA CASA NOSTRA Tel: 765-3824 3DJ 0,&$6,7$1XUVLQJ+RPH $VVLVWHG/LYLQJ Center Cell: (045) 33-1115-9615 3DJ 1856,1*+20(/$.(&+$3$/$ Tel: 766-0404 3DJ - OHANA Tel: (01387) 761-0403 3DJ

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* SOLAR ENERGY (&260$57 Tel: 765-5310  - ESUN Tel: 01-800-099-0272 


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* TOURS - CHARTER CLUB TOURS Tel: 766-1777 - LYDIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOURS Tel: 765-4742, (045) 33-1026-4877

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- TECNO AQUA Tel: 766-3731, 108-0808

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

* SHOE SHOP &$/=$%,(1 Tel: 766-4956


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FOR SALE: Mitsubishi Montero 4 x 4, 2003, Price: $80,000 pesos. For more info call: 376-765-3676. FOR SALE: Volkswagen Beetle 2001. Contact: Ferdinand Reyes, 331893-4063. Price 50.000 MXN FOR SALE: Ford Taurus 3.0L, Texas Plated, nice condition, only 100k miles. The registration in Texas runs out in November. Only $2600 USD. Call: 331081-6391 mobile +1-323-250-0513 USA number. FOR SALE: Ford Van, Is 2004, 130000km, whit a/c, new tires, 3 row seating. You can send email to: for pictures. Asking $76000 pesos, like $4200usd. FOR SALE: Yakima Skybox PRO 16 S (car roof-top cargo carrier) Purchased at REI in 2013 for $670 USD Selling for 8,000 pesos (around $445 USD) Good condition. Email: FOR SALE: 1995 Ford Windstar Van. I want $40,000, which is about US$2,200.00. If you want pictures, send PH DQ HPDLO DQG ,ÂśOO VHQG D ORW WR \RX Email: 1988jeopardychampion@gmail. com FOR SALE: 2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5 45,063 miles. $165000. Black/black interior/excellent condition. Email: :$17('ISO Car, Jeep or Suv,ÂśP still looking for a safe reliable vehicle to get my family around, if anyone knows or has one that they are looking to sell please let me know. Not looking to spend over $50,000mxn. Email: shaibuchler@ :$17(' Suzuki SX-4 Good condition, on the lower end of miles. Prefer white but will consider other colors. Tom 333-499-6230. FREE: 2LOÂżOWHUIRUIRUGH[SORUHU Email: FOR SALE: 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited in excellent condition, Price: $70,000 M OFFERS. Please call or Email For more details call Mike 331-431-7368. Email: FOR SALE: Honda CR-V EXL NAVI 2013, one owner, 62,000 kms, Honda maintenance services, top of the line, sunroof, GPS/DVD, reverse camera, 4 cylinders 2.4L 4WD, new tires. Call for details 331-269-2696. FOR SALE: Honda CR-V EXL 2012, one owner, 62,000 kms, Honda Maintenance services, top of the line, automatic, 4 cylinders 2.4L 4WD, sunroof, cruise control, reverse camera, economic fuel system, new tires, reverse sensors. Call for more details 331-269-2696.


FOR SALE: Two USB keyboards Pesos 150 each. In great condition. Email:


:$17('The Ranch is needing airline approved crates to ship dogs to new homes. We need medium and large size


crates. If you have one to donate or sell, please call 766-4738. FREE: Lab mix needs a good home Molly is a one year old, housebroken, lab mix. She is healthy, has been spayed, DQGKDVDOOKHUVKRWV6KHLVDá&#x201A;&#x2021;HFWLRQDWH and gentle. She is shy around strangers and friendly to other dogs. FREE: Dog walker and sitter available. Local middle aged honest & dependable gal available for house / dog sitting and dog walking. Animal lover, references available call Diana: 331-0127818 or email FOR SALE: Nearly New Dog Seat Cover for Cars/SUVS. Brand new is about US$50 plus shipping $20 to MX. Asking $800 pesos (about US$43). Please email with any questions. FOR SALE:+LOOÂśV6FLHQFH'LHW+DLUball Control Light formula cat food costs $1300p at the Animal Shelter, expires  0\ .LWW\ FDQÂśW HDW LW DQ\PRUH and it is his favorite. Unopened bag. 15.5 lb bag. Call: 106-2103.


FOR SALE: Electrical Wheelchair for sale. $18000 pesos. Include two batteries, little use, almost like new. Washer machine gas, like new, only 3 hours used. $5000 pesos. For more info please call Raul 333-459-5533, he can answer for you. FOR SALE: Warren Hardy Level 1 Spanish workbook and CDs. Good condition. Please PM me for contact info. Email: FOR SALE: Love seat and oversized chair $3,000 pesos for the set. Located in Roca Azul in Jocotepec. Call Riley at 387-763-0263. Or cell phone 333-480-5571. FOR SALE: Love seat double recliners. $4500 pesos each. Call: 766-5991. FOR SALE: Air mattress provides alternating therapeutic pressure and prevents bed sores. Electric, works automatically, only used three weeks. Contact me at 376-766-5024 or 331-1914094. Price: $900 MXN. FOR SALE: Electric hospital bed comes with rails and mattress. Two and a half years old. Please call me to make arrangements to see; also you will have to pick up. I can send pictures. Can be disassembled easily. Price: $12,000. Phone: 376-766-5024 or 331-191-4094 FOR SALE: FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH  [[  VRID 23square x 24 TV stand with 4 open shelves on rollers 51x15x23 sturdy/excellent condition or ready for painting. Call: 766-1071. FOR SALE: Have a single piece of sheer curtain for sale. It is brand new; it is approx. 8.5 ft. wide by 7.5 ft. tall. Please email me at if interested for phone and directions. Asking 800 pesos. FOR SALE: Blood Pressure Monitor Wrist-type BP monitor for sale. Battery operated and shows BP as well as pulse. Hardly used. Send email to for phone and directions if interested. Photos below. Asking 600 pesos.

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:$17(' Looking to purchase an Oxygen machine anyone have one they want to sell. FOR SALE: Self-protection Taser. This really is a deterrent and a safety device. Plugs in to recharge batteries and has a holster to attach to belt. Price is $450 and it is legal to own in Jalisco. &DUORV 'DYLG 0HGHOHV 6HUQD 2ÂżFLQD Fracc. Chapala Haciendas A.C. Calle Cardenal # 8. Tel: 376-765-4045. FOR SALE: Beautiful Pine Display Case w/5 display shelves. 204cm (H) x 45cm (D) x 171cm(W). 6 panes of glass, Âż[HGLQWKHFHQWHU XSSHUDQGORZHU  and the left and right are doors. Center panes measure 52cm (W) x 82cm (L). Doors measure 44cm (W) x 82cm (L) (contents not included). Price: $375USD or Peso equivalent. Tel: 376-765-5085 FOR SALE: MOSQUITO REPELENT. I bought several bottles of 40% '((7 UHSHOHQW ,W LV VR Há&#x201A;&#x2021;HFWLYH WKDW , think I have too much bottles now. It is the VWXá&#x201A;&#x2021;WKH\XVHLQUHDOLQIHVWHG]RQHV$Othough not really ecologic, it is approved by EPA. Pesos $225.00 each. FOR SALE: Clothes manufacturing equipment. Selling two steel, saw horse type supports, one cutting board of three quarter inch plywood with cutting slot. Electric scissors, price tag attached, all for 5,000 pesos. Also available, various colors of special cotton materials to make Ropa de Manta clothing, priced cheaply with purchase of equipment above. This is all in Jocotepec. Pictures possible by e mail later. Email: :$17(' Share my MED. size mailbox $130 year Michael 331-705-9065. FOR SALE: Lasko tower fan, QUIET, remote, many settings. Bought for US$100 several months ago. Can sell for US$73 or equivalent of $1400. Please email me if interested at lailapaje@gmail. com or call my cell at 333-196-5466 (or text same number as my voicemail is unreliable), or PM me here but that is also not terribly reliable. :$17(' Looking to purchase a used mobility scooter. Good condition, 4 wheels with at least 10â&#x20AC;? pneumatic tires. Email: FOR SALE: Brief case. Tan color with 4 outside pockets, well-padded inside DQG D VSDFH IRU ÂżOHV DQG GRFV$QRWKHU pocket for docs on the outside. Plenty of storage. Designed to be rugged. I paid 50USD plus shipping. Sell for 45USD Call 766 - 4171. FOR SALE: Motorola cordless phone ZRUNVÂżQH3ULFHSHVRV&DOO 4171 FOR SALE: Has anyone had luck ÂżQGLQJRUVHHQDGRZQDOWHUQDWLYHFRPforter for sale? Email: :$17(' Looking for Craftsman 21400 or equivalent, in very good condition. Responds to van parys@hotmail. com FOR SALE: 2 outdoor chaise lounges. Price: $1500 apiece. Call: 331-1258877.

FOR SALE: I have a Wagner Smart Roller only box opened, but not used. Includes extra roll (9â&#x20AC;?). I can deliver to your place around Chapala. US$49.95. Call or What Sapp 333-1001-555 FOR SALE: Upright quartz heater. $500 pesos. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: Have ladies size XL workout wear from Adios, Jockey and Balance. Have 2 jockey tops plus a steel blue 2 piece set. Contact Donna at 7664636 if interested. FOR SALE: For sale AirSoft5000 alternating pressure therapeutic mattress. Excellent condition, twin size, supports up to 120 kg used only 2 weeks. $2000 $2800. Email: c.johansen51@ FOR SALE: Rival food slicer. Price: $400 pesos. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: 2015 Italika 175cc scootHU 2á&#x201A;&#x2021;URDG SDFNDJH JUHHQEODFN  kms, Price: $13000mxp. Call: 333-1997453. FOR SALE: Standing Golf Bag, black fairly light in weight. Price: $800 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Bell + Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repeller As new condition. Smaller ones are just the repeller US$6 ($120 Pesos) each for the large ones and US$ ($100 Pesos) each for the smaller ones. Email: FOR SALE: Total Gym. Exercise in your own home. As seen on TV and the Internet. 86  :LOO ORRN DW DOO Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUV Call: 766-6067. FOR SALE: Smeg stainless steel multi-function convection electric oven with rotisserie. This oven is in excellent condition, the rotisserie has never been used still in the original bag. I believe that this oven is about 8 years old. Eight functions plus the rotisserie. 27 inches wide by 23 inches high. Price: $9,500 pesos. Email: peteredwards052@gmail. com. FOR SALE: 2 New Bar Stools. 29â&#x20AC;? Tall and upholstered top, purchased in Tonala and did not use them. $650p each c/u. Email: FOR SALE: Canon EF24-105mm F4L IS USM. Used, very good condition. Lens hood, caps, Canon soft bag. Price: $500US obo. Email: FOR SALE: Large pieces of furniture needed for consignment, our inventory is selling quickly. location right next to Have Hammers Carpentry School. HI'$/*25,%(5$Âś6$OOSURFHHGVJR to local charity. Thrift is run by St Andrews Anglican Church, who gives to local charities. Come by open and open a consignment account. Email: rvhowardrenz@ :$17(' Seeking another person to share a standard IShop mailbox. Currently, the cost for the 1/4 share is 99.00 USD per year, and gives you a U.S. mailing address. Please contact Dick at 7663625 for details. :$17(' I am looking for a used patio umbrella, 8 foot or better. Also, does anyone know where the vendors get their

umbrellas? Email: FOR SALE: Chocolate Leather Recliner. Excellent condition. Call: 331-2482164 FOR SALE: 2 Patio Chairs with Ottomans custom made from reclaimed wood in Tonala. Chairs and ottomans include custom made cushions made with Sunbrella fabric. Moving, must sell. $10,000 pesos for the pair. Call: 376766-1148. FOR SALE: Golden Technologies Power Lift Recliner. Brown fabric, lighted controls, battery backup works even in a power failure. Large size hold up to 350 pounds. Made in the USA. Approximately 6 months old. $18,000 pesos. USD ok too. Email: FREE: Hundreds of books, most in English. They are about 200 or more books in total. I am completely for donatLQJWKHPQRFKDUJHEXWWKH\¶UHVRPDQ\ WKDW ,¶G QHHG \RX WR FRPH SLFN WKHP XS in Guadalajara (Near Plaza del Sol) Or if you know of somewhere I could take WKHP LQ *XDGDODMDUD DV ZHOO ,¶G DSSUHciate the info. Email: FOR SALE: Canon Selphy DS180 small photo printer (4x6 prints) have installation CD and instructions- Box of plenty of photo paper- Extra twin-pack

FRORUUH¿OO VHDOHG $OOFDEOHV+DVPXOWLSOHVHWWLQJVWRWULP'HYLFHLVDERXW¶¶[¶¶ I printed about 5 photos with this. Price: $500pesos OBO. Call: 333-196-5466. )250 6$/( 6HOO ¶ 7DQGHP D[OH trailer. Email: :$17(' The Gillette Atra razor was discontinued several years ago and , KDYH VHYHUDO \HDUV¶ ZRUWK RI EODGHV The handle for the razor broke and I canQRW ¿QG RQH DQ\ZKHUH 'RHV DQ\RQH have one sitting around? Email: elzear. FOR SALE: Extendable dog leash ¶ )RU VPDOO PHGLXP EXW PDGH WR handle pulling or strong/large dogs. Was $40 for purchase and shipping. Asking US $25 or $450p OBO. Contact me if interested: Email: or Cell: 333-196-5466. FOR SALE: Shaw 630 HDPVR. Shaw 630 HDPVR. Clear and ready to activate. Comes with an HDMI cable and RCA jacks, as well. Asking $4,750 Pesos. Call MX Cell Phone 669-250-6109 FOR SALE: Bar Stools. Two wrought iron stools with suede cushioned seats in excellent condition. 500 pesos for both. One stool with rattan woven seat. 100 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Electric Wheelchair. Email:

FOR SALE: Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer. 20V-1500W. In perfect working order. I no longer need it. Price: $800 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Babolat tennis racket, used for 20 minutes (injury cut play short) with Babolat zippered protective cover. NS Drive OS. 3:43/8. Email: if interested. Asking US$60 or equivalent in pesos, OBO. Grip

is black, racket is mostly black white and blue trim. Babolat zipper case is all black. FOR SALE: Heavy duty Sunpak 7500TM tripod, rarely used. Price: $800 pesos. Email: coyotecarol60@yahoo. com. FOR SALE::RPHQ¶VOD]\ER\UHFOLQer, brown, almost new. Price: $4,000 pesos. Email:

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