Lakeside Living – November 2020


Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

November 2020


“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.” 

e.e. cummings 

Lakeside Living has been weathering the storm of life under COVID-19.  We are learning to know ourselves and how our lives have changed and will continue to evolve in what is becoming our new normal; social distancing, mask wearing, temperature checks, hand washing, or, should those of us who continue to isolate and learn to live our lives on-line, stay home and stay safe. 

These remain difficult times for our local venues—restaurants, theaters, musicians, artists—continuing to deal with limited seating and the uncertainty of the steady rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing on another lockdown. 

Charitable organizations, after an initial outpouring of support, are now losing their fight with the growing need to help vulnerable families. They need your support wherever you can help. 

If you can, and using the safety protocols, go out and support venues and restaurants of your choice, your chosen charity, follow your favorite musicians. Leave your positive reviews. They need you. Many will not survive without you. 


The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle every Sunday at 10AM, a popular community gathering in Ajijic, to enjoy a diverse range of presentations. 

For more information see their website: 


Care will be given to protect the health of all attendees through limited seating distanced six feet apart, obligatory use of masks, temperature checks on entry, and hand sanitizers. Because seating will be limited to around 100, a reservation system may be necessary. Chairs will be socially distanced on the LCS south lawn. A raised stage is set up for the speaker. 

November 1. A World with Alzheimer’s 

Presented by Kassandra King, BA, NHA, RCFE 

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Kassandra’s presentation will bring new perspective to Alzheimer’s based on observations of how “losing touch” with “agreed-upon reality” can, at times, be a relief for the person experiencing cognitive change.

Kassandra’s interest in the geriatric population began as a volunteer at a young age. She enjoys the wisdom of elders and uses her natural abilities to connect with persons who have cognitive impairment. With a BA (University of North Texas) and post-graduate certification in long-term care administration (Texas State University), Kassandra worked as a licensed nursing home administrator at multiple care facilities. As Public Policy and Education Director, Kassandra served at two chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. The term “new normal” is present throughout the guidance from her published book Getting REAL About Alzheimer’s – Rementia through Engagement, Assistance, and Love (Plainview Press, 2014). 

November 8. Your Life Is a Battlefield. Your Weapons: Power, Control, and Domination 

Presented by Daniel Acuff 

Daniel AcuffDaniel Acoff


Dr. Acuff will explore how you and the important others in your life use power, control, and domination to win, get ahead, and avoid losing in the game of life. He will analyze each of the weapons that you and others utilize in this battle, and will show how you also apply your physical body along with intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical powers to gain control. You’ll be surprised to discover how these forces play out consciously and subconsciously in your everyday life. 

Dr. Acuff’s Ph.D. is in philosophy, sociology, and education. He has been a seminar leader, radio talk show host, and marketing consultant for more than 40 major corporations. He is author of fifteen books including three philosophical/spiritual works of fiction: God Lied–What’s Really Going on Here, The Mysteries of Quan, and Golf and the Zen Master. 

November 15. Soldaderas: The Women Warriors of the Mexican Revolution 

Presented by Jim Cook 

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Women played a crucial role in the Mexican Revolution. Although they are often portrayed merely as camp followers of the various armies, they also served as front-line combat troops. As their roles evolved, women proved they could be as fierce in battle as any man. Some even rose to command male regiments. Jim’s presentation will describe this evolution in roles and discuss some of the Revolution’s most famous soldaderas

Jim Cook received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science and his master’s in public administration. After retirement in 2007, he and his wife Carole moved full-time to Mexico. During the following fourteen years, they have traveled throughout the country, photographing people and places while studying Mexico’s complex history. Jim has written extensively about the Mexican Revolution in his photo-journal blog, “Jim and Carole’s Mexico Adventure.” 

November 22.  Ayurveda and Aging  

Presented by Peter Steven Malakoff 

Peter Steven MalakoffPeter Malakoff


Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the world, at the root of Tibetan, Chinese, Persian, and Western medicine. According to Ayurveda, “Old age is a disease born of Time.” Our lives reside in the body of Time and our body, like everything that grows, eventually decays and dies. 

Buddha said: “Suffering is inevitable,” and he also said, “All suffering is not necessary.” In this way, the disease of aging is inevitable, but it may be manifested in a timely or untimely, comfortable or uncomfortable, disease-free or disease-filled manner. Herein lies the Ayurvedic approach to aging… it does not prevent death but prolongs life and health, offering understanding and practical wisdom on how to live our elder years in the best possible way. 

Peter Malakoff is a religious Studies scholar who lived in India for nearly ten years. In 2004 he received his Ayurvedic Sadhana Padavika Diploma from Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India. 

November 29. Fascinating Stories Behind Mexican Street Names 

Presented by David Ellison 

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David Ellison has long had a debt to pay to Los Niños Heroes, the martyred young cadets who defended Chapultepec Castle in 1847 during the U.S. invasion. A gifted raconteur, Ellison will explain his debt and how he will pay it with his forthcoming book that introduces expats to Mexican history. He will regale the audience with captivating stories from that book-in-progress about some of Mexico’s inspiring heroes and colorful scoundrels, including the “rest of the story” that never makes the textbooks. This is history and her story like you’ve never heard it before.  

David Ellison recently retired after 36 years in education. He was a teacher (history his favorite subject), mentor teacher, school administrator, education columnist, and community activist. He was honored as the New Haven Unified and the American Council of School Administrators Region VI Teacher of the Year in 1996. 

December 6. Change Your Mind to Change Your Brain 

Presented by Richard Clarke 

Brain research shows you can grow and change your brain, using its natural plasticity to improve your life. You can slow down aging, rejuvenate your immune system, and be happier, more energetic and fulfilled. Richard will discuss recent research findings, including how areas of the brain grow and change with meditation, including improving the immune system and slowing the aging of the brain, body, and skin. He will also recommend simple ways to start today to slow the effects of aging. 

Richard Clarke was a Silicon Valley guy who worked for IBM, National Semiconductor, and Teledyne Semiconductor, and founded Western Switching Power and Silicon Valley CRM. 

A long-time meditator, he holds meditation training courses and Ramana Maharshi satsangs. He co-leads the LCUUF course “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” and presented weekly “HOT Science” at LCS. He has published about 20 books and pamphlets, available on his free book download site  

Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club 

The Bridge Club recently ran a charity game in honor of Don Ross, who was a long-time Lake Chapala bridge player. Don passed away from complications of dengue fever, and his baritone voice and infectious laugh will be missed by us all. His wife, Janet, asked that we have a charity game for our local Red Cross. We raised 10,750 pesos which was critically needed to help our community. 

Below is a photo of Bridge Club President Louise Morel, Vice President Donnie Van Rooy, and Member at Large John Betz, presenting the check to Sub Administrator Victor Javier Benitez Puebla. A staff of Red Cross paramedics were also on hand and we applaud them for their dedication and selflessness. They often are the dividing line between life and death. They have saved countless lives but can only do it with the support of people like the members of the Chapala Bridge Club. Yoly Martinez, president of the Chapala Red Cross, expressed appreciation and thanks to all of us for our involvement and commitment to the community. 

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 For more information on this event and all things Bridge at Lakeside: or like their Facebook page: Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club. 

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Bare Stage Theatre presents . . . 

Here on the Flight Path by Norm Foster 

Dates: Fri. 27th, Sat. 28th and Sun. 29th 

Director: Roseann Wilshere 

Set on adjoining balconies in a big city apartment building under a flight path, the play follows John Cummings as he interacts with three women, Fay, Angel, and Gwen, who become his neighbors over a three-and-a-half-year period. Hilarious and, at times, touching.  

“The measure of Foster’s genius, his ability to suck us in with laughter then calmly turn the knife, gives the best of his comic plays a wildly beating heart.”  

Bare Stage TheatreCast: L to R, Emily Crocker, Roxanne Rosenblatt,Cast: L to R, Emily Crocker, Roxanne Rosenblatt,Ed Tasca & Kathleen Morris


Tickets: $150 


Showtime: 4 p.m. 

Box office: opens at 3 p.m. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m. 

Located: #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar 

across from the Catholic Church. 

We will be following all the state’s health guidelines: use of masks, 

Sanitizers, and chairs socially distanced. All audience members are required 

to wear a mask. Reserve early, seating is limited. 

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Little Lakeside Theatre presents: 


By Norm Foster 

Directed by Georgette Richmond 

Show Dates: November 13-15, 20-22 

Cast: Darlene Sherwood as Iris 

Tina Dawn Leon as Natalie 

Brian Fuqua as Charlie  

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LLT’s third ART (Ajijic  Reader’s Theatre) show:  Lunenburg 

A philosophical comedy about healing and coming to understand oneself. There are lots of laughs, but not through humor that shocks. Rather, it’s subtle comedy that envelops you in its warmth. 

Lunenburg has all the laughs of Foster’s best, served up with an extra helping of character and heart. 

Play Description – options:  

American widow Iris Oulette has inherited a home in Nova Scotia from her recently-deceased husband. Surprisingly, it is a home Iris knew nothing about. So, she and her best friend Natalie travel up to Lunenburg to see the home and to find out as much as she can about her husband’s mysterious dealings in the lovely coastal village. What follows is a series of twists and turns, love and laughter… and a winsome neighbor named Charlie. 


Foster’s writing is smart and funny, his characters engaging, and the laughs are guaranteed. His plays are perennial crowd-pleasers. – ( 

COVID-19 precautions will be in place for all performances with open-air seating in Angel Terrace at LLT; seating for approximately 40 individuals while maintaining a minimum of 6 feet social distancing.   

Tickets will be 150 pesos; available by email at  Box office sale dates can be found at the LLT Web site –

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