Friday, September 12, 2014

MY JOURNEY OF COMPLETION

FOUR YEARS LATER STILL CANCER FREE

Everyone lives in fear of a cancer diagnosis. Aside from the pain and stress of the disease itself, the diagnosis brings with it the horror of being subjected to terrifying surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy…all of which can have side effects as bad as or worse than the disease. When Sheryl Malin was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wasn’t willing to have her health ruined by US-standard cancer treatments. Instead, she and her husband went to the internet, and armed with their belief that the usual prescribed course of action wasn’t right for Sheryl, they discovered highly effective alternative treatments being used in Europe and in Mexico. This is the story of how Sheryl beat cancer without surgery, chemo, or radiation. Through her daily journal, which she also shared online as a blog with readers who followed her journey of hope, Sheryl charts her progress. With information ranging from the types of alternative treatments available to the necessity of lifestyle changes to stay healthy, Sheryl’s amazing memoir is a radiant beacon of possibility for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Her message always remains that how you treat your illness should be your choice. Everyone is unique, and it’s your right to trust the wisdom of your body and mind to choose the path that is best for you. Follow Sheryl on the road to recovery…and learn about the innovative options available when you start thinking outside the box.


About Sheryl Malin
Sheryl Malin has triumphed over cancer without using conventional Western medicine. Sheryl and her story have been featured on CBS local news, where she shared information about her treatment, and how she changed her lifestyle. She is married and has one child. She was a longtime resident of Florida, and now lives in Mexico.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


WOODSTOCK MEXICAN STYLE
 


Here is a twist, after forty-five years Woodstock has come to Ajijic Mexico.  It’s amazing how another culture can pick up the music of the 60’s.  Dan and I never went to Woodstock during the day, but we have been to the town and concert site different times through the years.  The town still represents the hippie era with peace, hippie art, dreadlocks and all.


 


It was fabulous hearing a Mexican band play the all-time 60’s songs.  Listening to the greatest of all times like Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, John B. Sebastian, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin,  and many more brought Dan back to his youth.  I have taken some movies of clips from the songs that were played along with some pictures to celebrate this event.


 


To see that generation now dress up like hippies and dance was amazing.


 


Do you remember some of the songs played?


Woodstock 1969 Lineup


Day One: Friday, August 15 1969


Richie Havens


1.  Minstrel From Gault
2.  High Flyin' Bird
3.  I Can't Make It Anymore
4.  With A Little Help
5.  Strawberry Fields For Ever
6.  Hey Jude
7.  I Had A Woman
8.  Handsome Johnny
9.  Freedom


Sweetwater


1.  Motherless Child
2.  Look Out
3.  For Pete's Sake
4.  Day Song
5.  What's Wrong
6.  Crystal Spider
7.  Two Worlds
8.  Why Oh Why


Bert Sommer


1.  Jennifer
2.  The Road To Travel
3.  I wondered where you'd be
4.  She's Gone
5.  Things Are Going My Way
6.  And When It's Over
7.  Jeanette
8.  America (first standing ovation at Woodstock)
9.  A Note That Read
10.  Smile


Tim Hardin


1.  Misty Roses
2.  If I Were A Carpenter


Ravi Shankar


1.  Raga Puriya-Dhanashri / Gat In Sawarital
2.  Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
3.  Raga Manj Kmahaj / Alap Jor / Dhun In Kaharwa Tal / Medium & Fast Gat In Teental


Melanie


1.  Beautiful People
2.  Birthday Of The Sun


Arlo Guthrie


1.  Coming Into Los Angeles
2.  Walking Down The Line
3.  Amazing Grace


Joan Baez


1.  Joe Hill
2.  Sweet Sir Galahad
3.  Drug Store Truck Driving Man
4.  Swing Low Sweet Chariot
5.  We Shall Overcome


Day Two: Saturday, August 16 1969


Quill


1. They Live the Life
2.  That's How I Eat
3.  Driftin'
4.  Waitin' For You


Country Joe McDonald


1.  I Find Myself Missing You
2.  Rockin' All Around The World
3.  Flyin' High All Over The World
4.  Seen A Rocket
5.  Fish Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag


John B. Sebastian


1.   How Have You Been
2.  Rainbows All Over Your Blues
3.  I Had A Dream
4.  Darlin' Be Home Soon
5.  Younger Generation


Keef Hartley Band


1.  Believe In You
2.  Rock Me Baby
3.  Leavin' Trunk/Halfbreed/Just To Cry/And Sinnin' For You


Santana


1.  Persuasion
2.  Savor
3.  Soul Sacrifice
4.  Fried Neckbones


Incredible String Band


1.  Catty Come
2.  This Moment Is Different
3.  When You Find Out Who You Are


Canned Heat


1.  I'm Her Man
2.  Going Up the Country
3.  A Change Is Gonna Come
4.  Leaving This Town
5.  The Bear Talks
6.  Let's Work Together
7.  Too Many Drivers at the Wheel
8.  I Know My Baby
9.  Woodstock Boogie
10.  On the Road Again


Grateful Dead


1.  St. Stephen
2.  Mama Tried
3.  Dark Star / High Time
4.  Turn On Your Lovelight


Leslie West & Mountain


1.  Blood Of The Sun
2.  Stormy Monday
3.  Theme From An Imaginary Western
4.  Long Red
5.  For Yasgur's Farm
6.  You And Me
7.  Waiting To Take You Away
8.  Dreams Of Milk And Honey
9.  Blind Man
10.  Blue Suede Shoes
11.  Southbound Train


Creedence Clearwater Revival


1.  Born On The Bayou
2.  Green River
3.  Ninety-Nine And A Half
4.  Commotion
5.  Bootleg
6.  Bad Moon Rising
7.  Proud Mary
8.  I Put A Spell On You
9.  Night Time Is The Right Time
10. Keep On Choogin'
11. Suzy Q


Janis Joplin


1.  Raise Your Hand
2.  As Good As You've Been To This World
3.  To Love Somebody
4.  Summertime
5.  Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
6.  Kosmic Blues
7.  Can't Turn You Loose
8.  Work Me Lord
9.  Piece Of My Heart
10. Ball and Chain


Sly & The Family Stone


1.  M'Lady
2.  Sing A Simple Song
3.  You Can Make It If You Try
4.  Stand!
5.  Love City
6.  Dance To The Music
7.  Music Lover
8.  I Want To Take You Higher


The Who


1.  Heaven And Hell
2.  I Can't Explain
3.  It's A Boy
4.  1921
5.  Amazing Journey
6.  Sparks
7.  Eyesight To The Blind
8.  Cristmas
9.  Tommie Can You Hear Me
10.  Acid Queen
11.  Pinball Wizard
12.  Abbie Hoffmann Incident
13.  Fiddle About
14.  There's A Doctor I've Found
15.  Go To The Mirror Boy
16.  Smash The Mirror
17.  I'm Free
18.  Tommy's Holiday Camp
19.  We're Not Gonna Take It
20.  See Me Feel Me
21.  Summertime Blues
22.  Shakin' All Over
23.  My Generation
24.  Naked Eye


Jefferson Airplane


1.  The Other Side Of This Life
2.  Plastic Fantastic Lover
3.  Volunteers
4.  Saturday Afternoon / Won't You Try
5.  Eskimo Blue Day
6.  Uncle Sam's Blues
7.  Somebody To Love
8.  White Rabbit


Day Three: Sunday, August 17 1969


Joe Cocker


1.  Delta Lady
2.  Some Things Goin' On
3.  Let's Go Get Stoned
4.  I Shall Be Released
5.  With A Little Help From My Friends


Country Joe & The Fish


1.  Barry's Caviar Dream
2.  Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
3.  Rock And Soul Music
4.  Thing Called Love
5.  Love Machine
6.  Fish Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag


Ten Years After


1.  Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2.  I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes
3.  I May Be Wrong, But I Won't Be Wrong Always
4.  I'm Going Home


The Band


1.  Chest Fever
2.  Don't Do It
3.  Tears Of Rage
4.  We Can Talk About It Now
5.  Long Black Veil
6.  Don't Ya Tell Henry
7.  Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos
8.  Wheels On Fire
9.  Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
10.  The Weight


Johnny Winter


1.  More And More
2.  I Love You Baby More Than You Ever Know
3.  Spinning Wheel
4.  I Stand Accused
5.  Something Coming On


Blood Sweat And Tears


1.  Mean Town Blues


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young


1.  Suite Judy Blue Eyes
2.  Blackbird
3.  Helplessly Hoping
4.  Guinnevere
5.  Marrakesh Express
6.  4 + 20
7.  Mr. Soul
8.  Wondering'
9.  You Don't Have To Cry
10.  Pre-Road Downs
11.  Long Time Gone
12.  Bluebird Revisited
13.  Sea Of Madness
14.  Wooden Ships
15.  Find The Cost Of Freedom
16.  49 Bye-Byes


Day Four: Monday, August 18 1969


Paul Butterfield Blues Band


1.  Everything's Gonne Be Alright
2.  Drifting'
3.  Born Under a Bad Sign
4.  All My Love Coming' Through To You
5.  Love March


Shad Na Na


1.  Na Na Theme
2.  Jakety Jak
3.  Teen Angel
4.  Jailhouse Rock
5.  Wipe Out
6.  Who Wrote The Book Of Love
7.  Duke Of Earl
8.  At The Hop
9.  Na Na Theme


Jimi Hendrix


1.      Message To Love
2.  Getting My Heart Back Together Again
3.  Spanish Castle Magic
4.  Red House
5.  Master Mind
6.  Here Comes Your Lover Man
7.  Foxy Lady
8.  Beginning
9.  Izabella
10.  Gypsy Woman
11.  Fire
12.  Voodoo Child (Slight Return) / Stepping Stone
13.  Star Spangled Banner
14.  Purple Haze
15.  Woodstock Improvisation / Villanova Junction
16.  Hey

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Yes, Mexico has Scorpions

Yes, Mexico has Scorpions

 


As I sat and posted on Facebook the other day, I suddenly felt this pain as if a needle was penetrating up my leg.  I, at that point yelled for Dan my husband and told him something stung me.  We looked and did not find anything at the time and he said, “It probably was spider.”

I looked at him and said, “This pain I am feeling is more than that”. He looked at where the pain was coming from and it looked like a mosquito bite and was a little swollen.  I decided to take a warm bath, which helped for a little while. 

The funny part about all this, is that I am very careful regarding bugs in my home, for I have heard scary stories of scorpion bites.  I always would tell myself that this would never happen to me.  As I look back and explain the occurrence, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

The rest of the day I put cold packs on the spot and before you know it after two days, I am good as before.

The moral of the story is until it happens to you, it may not be as scary as the stories that have been told.  I am still alive and only felt a needle for a short period of time.

Who would have known one would be hiding in my chair.  That night Dan found the scorpion and we disposed of it.  So you might say, pay backs are a bitch.

 It is important to recognize scorpion sting symptoms: immediate pain or burning, very little swelling, sensitivity to touch, and a numbness/tingling sensation. Often people tell me that they didn't even know they were stung by a scorpion when it happened. Some people are especially sensitive to the sting and have scary stories to tell (a few are probably somewhat exaggerated).

If you are stung by any scorpion, here are some immediate actions you should take:

  1. Wash the area with soap and water.
  2. Apply a cool compress on the area of the scorpion sting. Ice (wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering) may be applied to the sting location for ten minutes. Remove compress for ten minutes and repeat as necessary.
  3. If stung on a limb (arm or leg) elevate the limb to heart level. If severe symptoms are present (these might include blurry vision, muscle twitching, roving eye movements, or other non-typical symptoms), it is time to go to the nearest emergency facility for treatment.  
  4. Keep your tetanus shots and boosters current.

Scorpion Sting Tips

  1. Be careful when camping or during other outdoor activities to make sure that a scorpion has not made a home in your clothes, shoes or sleeping bags.
  2. Scorpions glow brightly under UV light (black light).

 

  1. Scorpions are hard to kill off. If you suspect your house has scorpions, call a professional exterminator. Eliminating their food source (other insects) can help.
  2. Few people die from scorpion stings, even the sting of the bark scorpion. Scorpion stings are most dangerous to the very young and the very old. Pets are also at risk.

Mexico seems to be one of the main locations where humans are worried about Scorpions. The species found living around this area are said to be the most venomous. It is estimated that 1,000 people die annually in Mexico from Scorpion bites. The Mexican government has been trying to find a solution but where there are harsh living conditions it has been difficult.

You can take steps to help reduce the chances of Scorpions ending up in your home. Don’t leave piles of rocks in your yard. Check wood carefully that you have outdoors before you bring it in. Place lighting outdoors around your home to keep them from coming in since they are sensitive to light.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UFO’S IN MEXICO

UFO’S IN MEXICO





Last night when there was a full moon, Dan looked up in the sky and thought he saw a UFO. After we walked around the other side of the tall pine trees, our eyes glanced at this area that looked like a bomb fire.


To make a long story short, here at Hotel Perico there was a wedding and lots of music. The bomb fire and the UFO were really from the wedding. It was interesting for it was like a shape of a bird cage with a canvas surrounding the outside. People were lighting each one on fire and then they were floating up into the sky. What an awesome site there were now 10 or more UFO’S. This was kind of scary for it looked dangerous and I was ready for something to catch on fire. My Canadian neighbor said as we all watched “Only in Mexico”.

Check out the pictures and tell me if you think it looks like a UFO?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU BOIL COKE???

Check out this video, very interesting

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

MAZAMITLA

MAZAMITLA



Peaceful and relaxing, great to retreat! This was great for Dan after having a procedure of stents placed near his heart. No worries up there at 8,000 feet up. Before I begin to express the beauty and pleasure we had, I would like to thank Tom and Jan for the use of their timesharing cabin.


The movie you are about to see, is between 10 and 15 minutes long with music, but it captures nature at its finest. I wanted to be true to the culture and climate of this town so as to entice your imagination with the eye of my view. You will see the area that we stayed at along with the animals, waterfall, flowers and trees that surrounded us.

We also decided to take a tour of the area and had a personal tour guide that grew up in the USA and is waiting for his papers to go back. We were lucky to enjoy both worlds, both the scenic view and the English translation about the Mexican land.

The tour bus got up to 9,000 feet and you could feel it getting colder. Per our tour guide, the houses are made out of brick and the roofs are tin, because it freezes in October. He states it never snows, so the growers that grow apples and other fruits have to can them for the winter. While we were in town almost all the stores have jarred fruit and vegetables for that reason. I also, found it interesting there is no gas for heat only plenty of wood for the heating fire to keep you warm.

The name of the town comes from the Nahuatl language and the meaning has been interpreted in different ways.

"Where deer are hunted with arrows"
"Where deer hunting arrows are made"
"Deer-hunting fletchers' place"

The town was founded by the Aztecs in 1165. It belonged to the manor of Tzapotlán and paid tribute to the chieftain of Tamazollan. In 1481 the area was invaded by P'urhépecha so that he could take the Laguna de Sayula. P'urhépecha held the area for only a few years until they were defeated at the end of the Salitre War in 1510.

The place was conquered by Cristóbal de Olid together with Juan Rodríguez Villafuerte early in 1522. Their party had been sent by Cortés to explore the region of western Mexico. Upon the conquest the people of Tzapotlán were awarded to Hernán Cortés who appointed Anton Salcedo as encomendero. Being named president of the Audiencia of Mexico, Nuño de Guzmán moved these parcels to Cortés.

It said that Miguel Hidalgo, when he was priest of this area, held mass in Palo Gordo. He used the trunk of an oak that is saved as a relic to serve as the altar for mass. In the slope of Zapatero clashed insurgents in 1812. Francisco Echeverria was their captain, who despite having emerged victorious was seriously injured, dying in Mazamitla. During the French intervention, the invaders burned files. After the French intervention the Mexican locals of Mazamitla captured a French officer named Jonny Fuentes who was hanged in the year 1815 in the town square.

Since 1825 the town had belonged to the 4th canton of Sayula until 1878, when it became a 9th canton of Ciudad Guzmán. On April 19, 1894 the place was declared a town by decree of the state congress.The population of Mazamitla has largely increased over the years after the battle of 1878. The chief operating officer Alexis Ceja demanded that the pueblo increase its tourism and created the idea of making cabins for future residents and guests of Mazamitla


Enjoy the nature and culture through my lens of the camera…

Sunday, June 22, 2014

AROUND THE LAKE OF CHAPALA

AROUND THE LAKE OF CHAPALA

Long over due


It’s been a little over a year since Dan and I moved to the Chapala area. We haven’t explored much since most of our finances have been going toward medical expenses. So this week we decided to make a trip. I would like first, to thank Noe for the fabulous tour.


I began looking out of the car window, just taking in the sites and capturing it on my camera. We drove from one town to another enjoying its’ culture and the agriculture.

Our first stop was to get something to eat. Noe took us to this small family restaurant to eat, which had amazing Mexican food. We originally stopped for some organic homemade chicken soup, for it is something wonderful. However; she did not have any made up. She started our course meal with homemade cheese, which this town is known for. After that she made cheese Quesadillas and the main dish, chicken in red sauce. To top this off another dish came to the table of Tortillas with refried beans. Dan and I looked at

one another saying through our eyes how stuffed we were. But as we were thinking she placed on our table jarred fruit and caramel candy. I chose the pears which were grown in the area and were organic.

After lunch we stopped to take a look at the town square. The architecture of the buildings and culture I tried to capture though my eyes by taking pictures. As you look at the pictures, just close your eyes and imagine you being there instead of me.


After taking off to another town about a half hour away, we first stopped at this area which was surrounded by tall winter green trees. There were log cabins for visitors to stay and Noe knew this place where there was a pet tiger, which we could see up front and personal. Dan touched it as it came along the fence. I never was this close to a tiger before. I only saw one at the zoo from afar.
More to come, the best of the best was this town which is out of the way in the mountains. The town name comes from the Nahuatl and means "place where arrows to hunt deer are made"; Mazamitla.


In this town we got to see the local church and the town square. I even got to see a shoemaker shop and how he made leather Mexican shoes. During this time we also went window shopping and off to the side was a museum showing the culture and history of the town. It’s known as the Swiss Alps in Mexico.
Mazamitla was founded by the Aztecs in 1165. It belonged to the manor of Tzapotlán and paid tribute to the chieftain of Tamazollan. In 1481 the area was invaded by P'urhépecha so that he could take the Laguna de Sayula. P'urhépecha held the area for only a few years until they were defeated at the end of the Salitre War in 1510.

The place was conquered by Cristóbal de Olid together with Juan Rodríguez Villafuerte early in 1522. Their party had been sent by Cortés to explore the region of western Mexico. Upon the conquest the people of Tzapotlán were awarded to Hernán Cortés who appointed Anton Salcedo as encomendero. Being named president of the Audiencia of Mexico, Nuño de Guzmán moved these parcels to Cortés.

It said that Miguel Hidalgo, when he was priest of this area, held mass in Palo Gordo. He used the trunk of an oak that is saved as a relic to serve as the altar for mass. In the slope of Zapatero clashed insurgents in 1812. Francisco Echeverria was their captain, who despite having emerged victorious was seriously injured, dying in Mazamitla. During the French intervention, the invaders burned files. After the French intervention the Mexican locals of Mazamitla captured a French officer named Jonny Fuentes who was hanged in the year 1815 in the town square.

Since 1825 the town had belonged to the 4th canton of Sayula until 1878, when it became a 9th canton of Ciudad Guzmán. On April 19, 1894 the place was declared a town by decree of the state congress.The population of mazamitla has largely increased over the years after the battle of 1878. The operating officer Alexis ceja demanded that the pueblo increase its tourism and created the idea of making cabins for future residents and guests of Mazamitla.


Dan and I will be coming back, for we didn’t get to spend as long as we wanted. The area is breathe taking and the surrounding areas have waterfalls and tall pine trees.

The last stop was to this small little town that is not even on a map called San Cristobel. A friend of ours sells jewelry and she wanted these corn dolls to display her jewelry. So off we went looking and looking, while asking people along the way where this town was. Finally we arrived and ended up at this

home. We all were surprised for it wasn’t a store or shop. To make it more of a mystery it started to pour. The women opened the door and Noe told her about our situation. With that, she started to put the dolls on display on her kitchen table. To end it all we bought her out.

Our journey lasted all day and I must say that I was able to experience the lifestyle of another country. Mexico is absolutely a historical and mystical place and I am very humble to be part of its loving hands.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

ITS RAINY SEASON!!!

ITS RAINY SEASON!!!


It’s the start of rainy season here in Ajijic. In the morning it is cloudy and wet. Most of the days are dry and the sun tries to stick its head out. Last Tuesday Dan and I went to the organic market. This day was very gloomy for the sun was asleep. I have captured it through pictures. We walk this path until we reach the town for a bite to eat at Lauri’s Café and then we head down to our local Wal-Mart to take a cab up the hill to where we live.














Here in Mexico art surrounds us, the talent is amazing and uniquely placed for one to purchase. Art is life and we create it all the time. May it be designing a dish of food together, planting a garden, putting an outfit together or drawing a unique piece. It’s your own masterpiece. I have been looking for cheap large rugs that are colorful, so I went to my local Wal-Mart and got small bright rugs and sewed them together. I’ve been creating dishes and this week my garden is starting to shape up. LIFE IS GOOD HERE IN MEXICO... Now all that needs to be done is the sun to shine.





















Thanks for coming onboard and reading this page. I invite you to leave a comment and do not forget to stop and smell the roses. Each day is another day to be grateful for the things that we have.

Until next time…..