Tuesday, November 24, 2015




Since we moved to Mexico, Dan has been wanting to experience
the culture around us.  From time to time
we have been visiting different areas that are on Dan’s bucket list.  Just three weeks ago we visited Mexico City
and was very surprised of the size and how easy it was to communicate without
speaking Spanish.  It reminded me of New
York City, but larger.  After visiting; we
realized that it is the sixth largest city in the world.

Well, getting off the track ~ let me tell you a secret.  Dan and I was going to go to a bull fight in
Mexico City, but did not have time so when we got back to the Chapala area he
looked up the bull fight schedule in Guadalajara.  They were still around!!!  Dan said, why not this week end.

So off we went to Plaza De Toros where the famous bull
fights take place.  So naïve, I did not
think about what it consisted of, just that it was a culture that we wanted to
experience while we lived in Mexico. 
Well the stadium was exactly how I had pictured it would be, however
when it came to the bull fight show I was shocked.

I am sure that the matador has talent and the skill of an
ancient tradition, but I saw it as torture on the bull’s part.  It’s something that Dan and I will only
experience once. Now we can check it off our bucket list.

To understand why and how, I did a little of searching and
found this. Bullfighting traces its roots to prehistoric bull worship and
sacrifice in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean region. The first recorded
bullfight may be the Epic of Gilgamesh, which describes a scene in which
Gilgamesh and Enkidu fought and killed the Bull of Heaven ("The Bull
seemed indestructible, for hours they fought, till Gilgamesh dancing in front
of the Bull, lured it with his tunic and bright weapons, and Enkidu thrust his
sword, deep into the Bull's neck, and killed it"). Bull leaping was
portrayed in Crete, and myths related to bulls throughout Greece. The killing
of the sacred bull (tauroctony) is the essential central iconic act of Mithras,
which was commemorated in the mithraeum wherever Roman soldiers were stationed.
The oldest representation of what seems to be a man facing a bull is on the
Celtiberian tombstone from Clunia and the cave painting El toro de hachos, both
found in Spain.


Bullfighting is often linked to Rome, where many
human-versus-animal events were held as competition and entertainment, the
Venationes. These hunting games spread to Africa, Europe and Asia during Roman
times. There are also theories that it was introduced into Hispania by the
Emperor Claudius, as a substitute for gladiators, when he instituted a
short-lived ban on gladiatorial combat. The latter theory was supported by
Robert Graves (picadors are related to warriors who wielded the javelin, but
their role in the contest is now a minor one limited to "preparing"
the bull for the matador.) Spanish colonists took the practice of breeding
cattle and bullfighting to the American colonies, the Pacific and Asia. In the
19th century, areas of southern and southwestern France adopted bullfighting,
developing their own distinctive form.

Mithras killing a

Religious festivities and royal weddings were celebrated by
fights in the local plaza, where noblemen would ride competing for royal favor,
and the populace enjoyed the excitement. In the Middle Ages across Europe,
knights would joust in competitions on horseback. In Spain, they began to fight


In medieval Spain bullfighting was considered a noble sport
and reserved to the rich, who could afford to supply and train their animals.
The bull was released into a closed arena where a single fighter on horseback
was armed with a lance. This spectacle was said to be enjoyed by Charlemagne,
Alfonso X the Wise and the Almohad caliphs, among others. The greatest Spanish
performer of this art is said to have been El Cid. According chronicle of the
time, in 1128 "... when Alfonso VII of León and Castile married Berengaria
of Barcelona daughter of Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona at Saldaña
among other celebrations, there were also bullfights."


The Spanish introduced the practice of fighting bulls on
foot around 1726. Francisco Romero is generally regarded as having been the
first to do this. This type of fighting drew more attention from the crowds.
Thus the modern corrida, or fight, began to take form, as riding noblemen were
replaced by commoners on foot. This new style prompted the construction of
dedicated bullrings, initially square, like the Plaza de Armas, and later
round, to discourage the cornering of the action.


The modern style of Spanish bullfighting is credited to Juan
Belmonte, generally considered the greatest matador of all time. Belmonte
introduced a daring and revolutionary style, in which he stayed within a few
centimetres of the bull throughout the fight. Although extremely dangerous
(Belmonte was gored on many occasions), his style is still seen by most
matadors as the ideal to be emulated.


Today, bullfighting continues traditions established in
1726, when Francisco Romero, from Ronda, Spain, used the muleta in the last
stage of the fight and an estoque to kill the bull.

Spanish-style bullfighting is called corrida de toros
(literally "running of bulls") or la fiesta ("the
festival"). In the traditional corrida, three matadores each fight two
bulls, each of which is between four and six years old and weighs no less than
460 kg (1,014 lb).Each matador has six assistants—two picadores ("lancers
on horseback") mounted on horseback, three banderilleros – who along with
the matadors are collectively known as toreros ("bullfighters") – and
a mozo de espadas ("sword page"). Collectively they comprise a
cuadrilla ("entourage"). In Spanish the more general torero is used
for the lead fighter, and only when needed to distinguish a man is the full
title matador de toros used; in English, "matador" is generally used
for the bullfighter.



The modern corrida is highly ritualized, with three distinct
stages or tercios ("thirds"); the start of each being announced by a
bugle sound. The participants enter the arena in a parade, called the paseíllo,
to salute the presiding dignitary, accompanied by band music. Torero costumes
are inspired by 17th-century Andalusian clothing, and matadores are easily
distinguished by the gold of their traje de luces ("suit of lights"),
as opposed to the lesser banderilleros, who are also known as toreros de plata
("bullfighters of silver").


Tercio de Varas


The bull is released into the ring, where he is tested for
ferocity by the matador and banderilleros with the magenta and gold capote
("cape"). This is the first stage, the tercio de varas ("the
lancing third"). The matador confronts the bull with the capote, performing
a series of passes and observing the behavior and quirks of the bull.


Next, a picador enters the arena on horseback armed with a
vara (lance). To protect the horse from the bull's horns, the animal wears a
protective, padded covering called peto. Prior to 1930, the horses did not wear
any protection. Often the bull would disembowel the horse during this stage.
Until the use of protection was instituted, the number of horses killed during
a fiesta generally exceeded the number of bulls killed.


At this point, the picador stabs just behind the morrillo, a
mound of muscle on the fighting bull's neck, weakening the neck muscles and
leading to the animal's first loss of blood. The manner in which the bull
charges the horse provides important clues to the matador about which side the
bull favors. If the picador is successful, the bull will hold its head and
horns slightly lower during the following stages of the fight. This ultimately
enables the matador to perform the killing thrust later in the performance. The
encounter with the picador often fundamentally changes the behaviour of a bull;
distracted and unengaging bulls will become more focused and stay on a single
target instead of charging at everything that moves.


Tercio de Banderillas


In the next stage, the tercio de banderillas ("the
third of banderillas"), each of the three banderilleros attempts to plant
two banderillas, sharp barbed sticks, into the bull's shoulders. These anger
and agitate, but further weaken, the bull. He tires from his attacks on the
horse and the damage he has taken from the lance. Sometimes a matador will
place his own banderillas. If so, he usually embellishes this part of his
performance and employs more varied manoeuvres than the standard al cuarteo
method commonly used by banderilleros.

Tercio de Muerte


In the final stage, the tercio de muerte ("the third of
death"), the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape, or
muleta, and a sword. It is a common misconception that the color red is
supposed to anger the bull; the animals are colorblind. The cape is thought to
be red to mask the bull's blood, although the color is now a matter of
tradition. The matador uses his cape to attract the bull in a series of passes,
which serve the dual purpose of wearing the animal down for the kill and
creating an interesting display, or faena. He may also demonstrate his
domination of the bull by caping and bringing it especially close to his body.
The faena refers to the entire performance with the cape (muleta).


It is usually broken down into tandas, or
"series", of passes. The series (tanda) ends with a final series of
passes in which the matador, using the cape, tries to maneuver the bull into a
position to stab it between the shoulder blades and through the aorta or heart.
The sword is called estoque, and the act of thrusting the sword is called an
estocada. During the initial series, while the matador in part is performing
for the crowd, he uses a fake sword (estoque simulado). This is made of wood or
aluminum, making it lighter and much easier to handle. The estoque de verdad
(real sword) is made out of steel. At the end of the tercio de muerte, when the
matador has finished his faena, he will change swords to take up the steel one.
He performs the estocada and kills the bull with a pierce through the heart, if
all goes according to plan. Many times the bull does not get pierced through
the heart during the estocada initially, and repeated efforts must be made to
bring the bull down and end his life.


If the matador has performed particularly well, the crowd
may petition the president by waving white handkerchiefs to award the matador
an ear of the bull. If his performance was exceptional, the president will
award two ears. In certain more rural rings, the practice includes award of the
bull's tail. Very rarely, if the public or the matador believe that the bull
has fought extremely bravely, the event's president may be petitioned to grant
the bull a pardon (indulto). If the indulto is granted, the bull's life is
spared; it leaves the ring alive and is returned to its home ranch. There the
bull becomes a stud for the rest of his life.



Feria Maestros del Arte



Last Saturday Dan and I experienced the talented art work of
Mexico.  We not only seen fine art, but
the culture of Mexico through them. 
Before today we did not know that there was a yacht club here in
Chapala.  The atmosphere was very
peaceful and the scenery was breath taking with the music of the Mariachi
Femenil Mujer Latina playing in the background.


Club de Yates de Chapala was inaugurated in 1960. Many of
the original Guadalajaran and local families who were members when the Club
opened, are still members today. Whereas the level of water in the lake was
once in peril, Lake Chapala has rebounded due to several years of heavy
rainfall, a local group Los Amigos del Lago applying for and being granted
membership in Living Lakes (a non-governmental worldwide project to save
lakes), and other intervention on the lake's behalf.


 Located on the shore
of Lake Chapala, Club de Yates de Chapala's beautiful facility includes boat
launching and storage, restaurant, swimming pool, soccer field, and beautiful
grounds. Whereas, a few years ago, you would not have seen pleasure boats on
the lake, today the boat tours to Mexcala and Alacran Islands are up and
running from the Chapala pier, and members of the yacht club regularly take out
their sailboats, etc. to enjoy the lake.


Comodoro (commodore) Juan Luis de Limelette Farah is
dedicated to bringing culture and new members to the yacht club. The Feria was
delighted when in 2007 this facility became the new home for Feria Maestros del
Arte. The hope is  to be there for many
years to come. The location is a beautiful one with all the white tents set up
against the backdrop of Lake Chapala.


The folk and indigenous art available at this show is
diverse and there are no middle-man prices because the artists pay nothing to
attend the show - no booth fee, no percentage of sales, they are housed with
local families and fed while at the show. The artists are very grateful to the
Club de Yates de Chapala for allowing them to use their facility.


Enjoy the movie

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


My mother sent this article to me the other day. It hits close to home for Dan and I. For this is exactly what I have been fighting for the past five years. Stem Cells ~ it is a treatment that works and does not leave side effects and will kill the cancer. We need to wake up and fight for this to be covered and used to kill cancer and stop the chemo that is killing us. Please if you did not yet sign my petition to change lives without side effects and teach preventions go to


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Saturday, October 31, 2015



Last day for breast cancer awareness month

Last day for breast cancer awareness month. As I was in Mexico City Dan and I went to the Museum of Modern Art and I was shocked to see a photo from the early 1900's. The artist was born in Poughkeepsie New York and her name was Lee Miller. It was of two breasts from a women that had a double mastectomy on two plates on the dinner table. We have not gotten to far with research since then. Please sign and share http://www.thepetitionsite.com/…/608/740/stand-up-to-cancer/

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Gabriel Garcia M.D., Homeopath, Dr. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Algologist, Homotoxicologist

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015



For over four years I have been writing and educating on line as well as out in the public mainly about LIFE.  It’s a subject that we ignore because we are too busy living it.

I am like most people living for my family and work.  Every year I got two weeks off for vacation.  This is where my husband, daughter and I would find time to travel and explore outside, our surroundings and on the weekends we would look forward to the Tampa Bay Buccaneer football games during the season.

Life was good, but what was the purpose?  Was it our jobs?  Yes, it helped pay the bills and gave us things that we enjoyed, but was that a purpose.  I didn’t know what would happen in the future, until I was diagnosed with cancer.  When I heard that six letter word I was numbed and I thought my life was over.  I prepared for the worse, but with the knowledge that my husband and I gained; we had hope.

Off to Mexico we would go, yes, it was scary going to a foreign country and not being able to speak the Spanish language.  However, with much thought and knowledge we headed out for this journey.  But first we had to decide what to do about finances and how to pay for the treatments.  It’s a tragedy that for many years I was covered under insurance, which I never used except for a normal cold or flu.  Then this hit and all they would pay was chemo and radiation.  All the premiums that were paid in, went for what? 

So, my purpose started when I took that airplane ride to Mexico.  The experience that Dan and I had, kick started our lives, the purpose to live and not to die from this troubling disease.  We took a big leap, but with the knowledge we learned both Dan and I understood what LIFE was all about.

So now we are advocates and believers that there are other treatments out there in this world of ours that can manage cancer without long term side effects.  Dan and I are living proof of it.

Through my book that I wrote and my petition, I am spreading the knowledge and sharing my family’s experiences and enjoying life while managing cancer.  My writings are about passion, hope, believing, love, prevention's and changing one’s lifestyle.  There are so many methods to live without cancer and preventing illness, just take a little time to gain some wisdom and help change the status of deaths occurring each year.  If we all together make this change then it will happen. If we do not help one another to make education in our children’s class rooms on prevention's and having our insurance pay for other treatments besides poison, then nothing will change.  So I ask you to all help and sign the petition.


Also, if you would like you can read a wonderful book about a family that experienced cancer without any suffering and side effects. It is about enjoying life while managing cancer all along while learning some knowledge on other methods that treats the disease without its long term side effects. While reading the book you will notice preventions while passionately showing the love, hope, and enjoyment LIFE brought someone with cancer.  It is all about the quality of LIFE, this is the purpose.  


Sunday, October 11, 2015


This terrifying video shows you what happens to apples before they reach the grocery store. Truly shocking!!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October Is Breast Cancer

The best way to stop this disease is awareness and the first step to stop it is prevention. Our environment plays a big part when it comes to illness, so we need to look at it and educate our minds for change.

For example seven months ago I bought Heckle my turtle from this pet store in Chapala, Mexico. The attendant told me that Heckle will only last up to five months and gave me this little bowl for his living quarters. Certainly, these turtles last longer; so I did some research and they will live up to seventy-five years . It’s the environment ~ where they live and how they live that makes a big difference. In small area’s they do not get enough exercise and it creates stress which causes short term life. Its all about quality of life! I am going to prove that my turtle will last much longer with the bigger tank and love. I put a little dish in the tank with lettuce, this was intended for him to eat; however every night when Dan and I turn off his overhead light for the tank he crawls inside and pulls the lettuce over him. This is much like we do when we sleep.

Our life is much like Heckle’s , our environment such as the foods we eat, the water we drink, products we use, the area we live in ~ chemicals in the air, lack of exercise and issues that causes stress.

We can not change the outside surroundings of our homes and lives, but we can change what we do within them.

So, knowledge is power and the first prevention is to educate ourselves in that direction. Not all the time does donating money help the cause. Why do we need that to create a change and promote prevention ? Its free to read and search the internet.

Let’s make a stand and go to this web page and sign for a change and education ~ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/552/608/740/stand-up-to-cancer/

Also, we as a whole can stand up to our congress and pass a law that have our insurance companies allow for other methods to heal cancer then just poison. Cancer has been proven to die from heat and oxygen. Why not have programs that are allowed using these types of methods and with no side effects, which should be covered by insurance.

Monday, October 5, 2015



 Everything has a voice, if we would just listen.
 All speak! Do you know the language?
 With our hearts we can hear the voice of all things.
 Be still, feel your own heartbeat,
 Be still, feel your beat with the ocean.
 Then experience the wind, the rocks, the birds and the bugs.
 This beat allows us to hear and learn the language of all things.
 All things have life, be mindful of this.
 Let us learn the language of life, the language of life that gives life.
 As we live the language of life, we live a more abundant life.
 Let all live, and have a more abundant life.
 Let us learn the language of life.
 For all creation has a language of life.


Do You Want to Make a Change?
It’s time that we make a change, a new way to treat cancer. With the new age in technology and growth in this world we ought to be able to change the approach in mastering this illness.
I am not a doctor, however I am the 1 out of every 3 that was diagnosed with cancer and know firsthand on what it is like to fear this disease. Until my husband and I did research I did not understand the concept of the immune system and the important changes it can play on your overall health. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
I did something about it and took a leap of faith and made a choice. I did not want to use the conventional way and be in that percentage of unknowns, so I began to fight it without using treatments that break your immune system down?
Learning preventions and using a program that kicked started my immune system while attacking the bad cancer cells, I have knocked the cancer right out of my system.
This is why I am very passionate and want to change the concept of treatments that we are being given and improve the quality of life for others.
Because of cancer I became an advocate for change and also an author of change.
Please join me and sign this petition, be the first to help change our world in developing a new program in keeping our bodies from this disease.
n order to make a change we need you and others or there will be no change.