Fearless and Female: Maud Paunceforte to Mary Blair

Fearless and Female: Maud Paunceforte to Mary Blair

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Maud and Esther and Ethel, Frances and Mary, just a few of the adventurous women here at Lake Chapala before the turn of the twentieth century, intrepid writers whom, had it been the 1980’s instead of the 1880’s, I would have immediately recruited to join The National Feminist Writers Guild.  Later came Neill James, legendary adventurer and travel writer (1885 -1994), who contributed so much to Ajijic. My sisters have loved this place before me and have left their imprint…

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Elixers Emitted by Lake Chapala

Elixers Emitted by Lake Chapala

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Bromide is said to be present in the volcanic basin of Lake Chapala and reportedly is emitted into the air above the lake. A bromide is a compound of bromine with another element, including some used as sedatives. The figurative term “bromide” derives from the historical use of such bromide salts in medicine as mild tranquilizers and sedatives. Potassium bromide was used to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness. Focus on Mexico reports that “…Lake Chapala has been studied by…

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Lakeside Flowering Trees

Lakeside Flowering Trees

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Flowering Now! Jacaranda Tree Yellow Primavera   Pink Primavera Clavellina, the shaving brush tree   Pata de vaca, the orchid tree   Flowering Soon! Lluvia de oro:dense clusters of bright yellow sweet scented pea-like flowerets Flor de mayo: pink, yellow, and white fragrant flowers; called frangipani in English Tabachin: scarlet canopies of blossoms over an umbrella-shaped tree Ceiba: exotic magenta blossoms on thorny trunks; sacred to the Mayans

Morning Affair

Morning Affair

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    The palm tree winked. I looked again. A solo palm in the distance, rising above buildings— yes, glittering. Sunlight hung tinsel, golden, on its fronds. And in the breese, its glitz waved flutter-sun my way. What flicker! What flash! I waved back, of course. The palm, a-sparkle, and I, a-dazzled, conducted our morning affair. ©Susa Silvermarie 2017  

Ferocious Female Bocaza

Ferocious Female Bocaza

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Her son in the back seat, Miloslava Breach Valducea was murdered March 23, not long after her Feb 20 story was published providing evidence that public security chiefs in ten municipalities in Chihuahua have links to drug cartels, the assassin leaving a note calling her a “loudmouth”, Bocaza. Let us reclaim this description of a female truthteller! May women everywhere rise up, an army of loudmouths declaring every emperor’s nakedness. Thank you Milos, for your longstanding example of ferocious female…

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Wall of the Dead poem

Wall of the Dead poem

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  In January I blogged about the Muro de Los Muertos by Ajijic artist Efren Gonzalez, a giant ceramic mural made up of bas-relief plaques shaped as skulls, each inscribed with the name of the person to whom it is dedicated, installed in rows along the exterior of the primary school opposite the San Andres church in Ajijic. Here is my translation, with the artist’s permission, of the beautiful poem that is part of the installation. Wall of the Dead …

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Returning on the Vernal Equinox

Returning on the Vernal Equinox

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It’s always startling after meditation, to open my eyes. But this time, this time there are horses! Two of them, chasing in the shallows of the lake. Horses! Did you descend with wings, now folded and invisible, before I opened my eyes? Are you horse gods deigning a visit to the human shore? You are free of tether and tender. Swimming now, big bodies gone weightless, your heads burnished jewels set in water, flanks now vanished. Pegasus sisters, rich in…

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