Ajijic Corn Festival

Ajijic Corn Festival

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We gathered in a circle in the Ajijic amphitheatre and turned to each of the directions to ask blessings and honor the sacredness of corn as central to life. From speakers we learned that Mexico banned production of GMO crops in 2013. but pressure from Montsanto increases constantly. Although an exception has now been made for test plots, the ban still holds. Importation of GMO crops, however, has not been banned. Because of NAFTA and unequal corn subsidies, Mexico has…

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Sin Maiz, No Hay Pais

Sin Maiz, No Hay Pais

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“Without corn, there is no country.” Mexico’s treasured crop is under threat from Montsanto. Come to the first Ajijic Corn Festival to learn about what we expats living in this beautiful “pais de maiz” can do to help. Locals please share this post! Several years ago, Montsanto submitted two applications to grow GMO corn commercially in Mexico’s northwestern state Sinaloa. Both applications requested 1.7 million acres of land and both applications are still pending approval. Community advocates state that Mexico’s…

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Optimist Mother

Optimist Mother

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I’m an optimist, I refuse to worry, no regrets, I make the best of it… I don’t really think I’m afraid of anything… I have ideas on many subjects, I like to think… I like to dance, to listen to music, to sing and laugh. I like fun! Photo of my Mom now at 98,  quotes from an interview with her I did when she was 63.

For All the Mothers

For All the Mothers

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In the words of Julia Ward Howe who put out the first call for a Mother’s Day, in protest of the Civil war that had taken away so many mothers’ children: From the bosom of the devastated Earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, Disarm, disarm!  Today more than ever, let’s listen to Julia’s call and bring together our mothers, daughters, aunts, children and everyone who works for an end to misogyny, militarism, racism, and every form…

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Like Water

Like Water

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“Most things break instead of transform because they resist. The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or placed into it, embracing it completely… It does not stop covering everything before it. And over a lifetime, the pain of withholding this great and quiet force is more damaging than the pain of being rejected or loved poorly…For love, like water can be dammed, but toward what end?  In truth,…

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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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