Lakeside Living – July 2012


Tod Jonson
Barbara Clippinger

July 2012

As expected, Canada celebrated Dominion Day  July 1, 2012 with wild enthusiasm as did the USA, leaving a lasting mark on July 4 It seems everyone wanted to CELEBRATE!



LCS’s celebration was a huge success with great music by the ever reliable Tall Boys and a potpourri of wonderful food provided by Roberto’s Restaurant. The turn-out was rather spectacular with classy gals and gents.




Many Lakeside readers & writers anxiously  wait to see who will make the list of best nominations in fiction, essay or poetry, humorous, profile, historic or human interest, plus  other categories during calendar judging year of 2011 and 2012.   For those wishing to submit material for either the July, August or September issues, rush your material to the El Ojo so that you may qualify. There is not a writer at Lakeside that isn’t anxious to hear the final results.


Richard Tingen


Former Lakesider John Hoopes has had his publisher release “Lake Chapala Serenade: II:  Max and Carlotta Go to Mexico.”  Part 2 is as interesting as Part!  Write to



Prof. Lorin Swinehart has recently written Ojo stories on Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London and John Steinbeck. In our June 2012 issue, Swinehart wrote a stirring profile on our    Poet Laureate, James Tipton.  Swinehart, originally from Ohio, with a BA in Science and Education, later earned a Masters in English Literature.  He has taught in Indian schools in New Mexico, is a former National Park Ranger and also involved with the famous Sierra Club as District Co-ordinator. He wrote and published a short memoir, Trails of Laughter, Trails of Tears.  Dr. Swinehart will be a “Roving Correspondent” for El Ojo Del Lago. We are proud to have him with us.


Lorin Swinehart


The Art of Poetry will never be lost when a man can put into words the following which allows you to know exactly what he is saying. Jim Tipton, we are most grateful for your permission to print your short poem.


Although I remain single

am I not

married to all

whom I look upon

with love?


Another health tip:  DON’T WASTE THAT LEMON/LIME PEEL    Simply place a whole lemon in your freezer.  Once frozen, shred the it and sprinkle it on top of your foods.  Sprinkle into your liquor drinks, wines, vegetable salads, ice cream, soup, tea, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice & fish dishes.  Lemons/limes gives these foods an unexpectedly wonderful taste.  Now that you have learned the lemon secret, new treats awaits you.
Health:  It is believed by many doctors that the lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice itself.  L/L peels are health body cleansing rejuvenators that eradicate toxic elements in the body.   L/l *a citrus* is a miraculous product that some experts believe can kill cancer cells.  Some feel it is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. Citrus trees are known for many varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat this fruit in different ways: pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc. It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

The lemon plant is a remedy against cancers of all types. Some believe it is useful against all variants of cancer. It is considered also as a anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, which is effective against internal parasites and worms, regulates high blood pressure and an anti-depressant, that combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, which says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, lemon extracts destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas. The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug most often used in chemotherapy throughout the world to slow the growth of cancer cells. To YOUR Health!



It’s Riddletime!  Test your creative thinking with 5 riddles…Enjoy!

Answers are at the bottom of these riddles!

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room is safest for him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when thrown away?

4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

5. This is an unusual paragraph. Curious as to just how quickly you find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!


1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right?

2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung).

3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing.

4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

5. The letter “e” which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.

Among our most prominent Lakesiders is author Robert Krakov. His novels are selling big-time on Kindle, while hard copies are moving faster than shelves can be restocked. Robert is a California guy, and a heavy duty pro-football player for the old LA Rams.  Krakov has made a fortune in high-tech. One of his novels, The Aztlan Kid, is set during the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, and more than worth the read.  BUT, out of his tech imagination, it contains a startling reversal:   he speculates on how the world might today be much different if the Aztecs had won, rather than the Spaniards!  Rob lives at Lakeside with his wife, Patsi. Both of their sparkling personalities were on display on the LCS grounds in 2011 when most Lakeside authors came together to show their craft talents.  Yep, it is believed Robert Krakov sold out there, too.


Robert Krakov


Erratum:   High brow, don’t you think?   Sorry, we omitted the names of our very own talented Fred Koesling (from LLT and Naked Stage) as Narrator OF  FDR, and of a talented flapper who was P.V.’s Joanne Cimini.  Both were omitted because of delays at press time.

The NAKED STAGE audiences had a grand time attending two Woody Allen one-act plays —“RIVERSIDE DRIVE” and “OLD SAYBROOK”—presented in June.   Both acts delighted the audiences and left them thoroughly entertained, and perhaps accepting, or not, of the madhouse that life can be. Craftily directed by Betty Lloyd Robinson, the cast is busy emoting in this scene…  Woody would be pleased.

The Naked Stage “Reader’s Theatre” is presenting Someone Who’ll Watch over Me, a play that focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are kidnapped and held hostage by unseen Arabs in Lebanon. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do?  As the three men strive for survival, they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differences—with each individual’s attempting to maintain sanity under the watchful eye of both captors and supposed comrades.We are made witness and accomplice to humor based on something apparently ghastly, the loss of rationality.  In this play, author Frank McGuiness explores the daily crises endured by hostages whose strength comes from combined communication, but subtle and mundane, also through humor, wit, and faith. Insightfully directed by the talented Collette Clavadetscher and presented by the Naked Stage July 27, 28, and 29th.   Reservations a  must! 766 5986   Reserve NOW!

Cast in rehearsal for “Old Saybrook”

Director Clavadescher


Lois Cugini and Aurora Michel presented Javier Raygoza, the originator of “The Orquestra Tipica of Chapala,” with musical instruments from Equador. The orchestra plays traditional Mexican music that has been written by Mexican composers. The music is amazingly colorful, varied and complex in its rhythms. They have delighted the people in villages around the lake have nostalgic sounds that are cherished by the older generation.


Lois Cugini and Javier Raygoza accepting Musical instruments from Equador intruments


The Lakeside Little Theatre was ablaze with activity, energy and creativity during the month of June. Eight aspiring directors and more than 20 actors participated in a “Director’s Workshop,” rehearsing four days each week and culminating in three performances open to the community at very affordable ticket prices.   There were nine separate and diverse scenes, ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams.  Each rehearsal provided the budding director’s with hands-on experience under the watchful eye of Workshop Coordinator, Dave McIntosh.   LLT was delighted that several young Mexican performers participated in the workshop, including those of a talented family from Cajititlan.


Left to Right…Dave McIntosh, Candace Luciano, Ken Yakiwchuk, and Jack Vanesco, rehearsing Richard III


This Workshop is part of LLT’s ongoing effort to provide the best possible theatrical experience to its audiences as well as the opportunity for its members to learn or improve their artistic and technical skills.

Coming up next are workshops for theatrical lighting and sound which will include elements of operation and design.

Approximately six years ago, Post #7 had the grand experience of masterminding a dinner for the first time ever visitor, then newly appointed American Legion Commander Paul Morin.  Thinking that this could never happen again with such an honored guest, everyone brought out all the good stuff.  The Eagers of La Nueva Posada were more than eager to help in every known way to make it an event of events.  It  turned out exactly  that way.



Now has come American Legion Post #7’s  Victoria Schmidt, a lady with magic gloves, brilliant as newly minted gold bullion, and sharp as a needle, who has arranged for us to meet the newest International American Legion Commander, Mr. Fang Wong, here on  the shores of Lake Chapala.  During his short stay, Commander Wong charmed everyone in sight.  Everyone seems to feel that in his hands, the American Legion can strike new heights in aiding all the right causes for which he is already famous.  It behooves the entire country to fall in behind this man who is determined to see that our honorable service personnel are praised for their work and receive the compensation they deserve for keeping us as free from danger as they possibly can.  Commander Wong is a leader who is not afraid of politics. He stands up for correcting attitudes and off-handed remarks unsuitable in the crisis we find ourselves.  We are grateful to have Victoria arrange details that show we all care for such a high caliber man who’s in a position to do what is right.

We are pleased that you have enjoyed our columns.   Many thanks from the both of us. May you go from strength to strength ~~~ even if it must to be ~~~ in a hurry!



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