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Sisterhood of the Minx
Apr 8th, 2011 by Les

(aka Minxes of Mexico) Sort of, kind of Manifesto….

“I’m agin’ and I’m ragin’!!  I’m sassy, classy, and still kicking assy!!”

“Real women don’t have hot flashes, they have POWER SURGES!”

(Quotes from Maxine)

I’ve been asked a lot lately, what are the Minxes of Mexico all about?

Well, they’re not about anything at the moment.  What they are is a promise.

The whole idea came to my mind over the course of getting to know more and more awesome women in this small Village of Ajijic Mexico.  So many talented women from so many places with so much energy, it was mind-boggling!

Was it possible there is this untapped and extremely youthful resource in our very midst simply waiting to be found?

We are not the women even a decade older then us.  We are the baby boomer generation.

While other generations can celebrate accomplishments they should remain proud of, right now we are talking about women who, with no pattern to follow evolved into a formidable force in advancing the rights of women worldwide.

What do I wear in bed?  Why Chanel #5, of course.

The 60’s were a wonderful time to be young.  I think the 60’s really didn’t end until 1976 simply because we were on a roll.  Most believed in making love, not war.  We were idealistic innocents in spite of the drugs and sex. 

Our fathers, brothers, cousins, husbands and friends – both men and women – served in Vietnam.  It shaped us, molded us, created the strong women we are, we had to be, all of our lives.

We went to college to become – whatever, or we stayed home to raise our families.  We were adept at not accepting what had been done before, but trying something new.  We were not relegated to a specific spot.  Oh no, our spot was anywhere we chose to be and we were going to send that message to everyone.

We are the women who went to work not accepting where business thought we should be, but where we knew we ought to be.  We broke the glass ceiling.  We ventured forth into areas in the business and political worlds that forced the male-driven media to acknowledge we were a power to be reckoned  with!

We did “bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never, never, never let men forget they were a man” generation.

Some of us burned our bras.  Some of us marched for jobs with peace.  Some of us worked our way through school while raising our families and working full time.  When we got home we kept going – often looking for a corner with just, well, lay down space.

We are the mini skirted vixens, the wild child who took the rock and roll of the 50’s and rolled it into the party held in the summer of 1969 called Woodstock that set the pace and simply ran with it.

The diversity, conflicts, tears, hope, anger, humor, music, dance crazes and on and  on – we are part and parcel of that world.

We are the Kennedy generation.  We are the kids who sat in school and watched as Camelot ended.  We watched a man walk on the moon and so much, much more.

And now we are the boomers.  None of us are ready to sit on a rocker and view the world from our front porch.  We are still full of vim, vigor and vitality.  We are ever ready to go where dreams are born and time is never planned.  We will think of happy things and let our hearts fly on wings forever in the life that is ahead of us – the life that is not: Never, Never Land.

We are starting a new revolution that is not fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade.  It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit the very spirit personified by the Minx.  It is not chronological age that matters it is the metaphysical that propels us ever forward.

We are foxy ladies who are ready to take on the world with our wacky and wonderful spirit and our ability to see humor all around us.  A Minx is described as many things.  I see this as a group of seductive coquettes, saucy in nature, wacky, wonderful, intelligent, full of energy with just the right attitude to, well, get the job done…whatever that job may be WOMEN.

I believe Mexico is hosting a bevy of these women.  I believe the epicenter is right here in the Lake Chapala area.  And I say Viva Mexico and Viva the Sisterhood of the Minx!

The very first get-together of the Minxes of Mexico will be taking place at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 23rd.  If you are interested in joining us and helping to pioneer this group, please let me know and I will email you directions.

As  you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

Please enjoy some of the murals David has photographed in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Can We Talk Art?
Apr 5th, 2011 by Les

 

A David Hockeny painting.

David Hockeny, English Artist, said: “Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.”

Overheard on “That Metal Show,” believed to be a quote from Eric Singer (drummer for KISS).  “I am the Forrest Gump of rock and roll.”

 

 
What constitutes art?  What are the specific art forms?  We could take a look at the essay, written by Leo Tolstoy in 1897 in which he argues against numerous aesthetic theories which define art in terms of the good, truth, and especially beauty.  In Tolstoy’s opinion, art at the time was corrupt and decadent, and artists had misled.  He has also said, art must create a specific emotional link between artist and audience, one that “infects” the viewer.

There is no definitive answer, according to Paul Gauguin (painter – postimpressionist)  and Joseph Goguen (computer science professor, University of California – San Diego) wrote: “a trip to the dictionary (noting also cousin words such as ‘artifact’, ‘artisan’, ‘artificial’ and ‘article’) may suggest that ‘art’ refers to something skillfully constructed by human artists.”  However, those very artists have been pushing the boundaries of any such definition, challenging our preconceptions, and leaving most philosophers, psychologists and critics well behind, to say nothing of the general public.

David likes to quote Andy Warhol’s famous words: “Art is anything you can get away with.”  Of course Andy also said: “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”  That quote was later shortened, by him, to: “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”  How has that gone for most of you?

Ajijic is an artist haven in every sense of the word.  There are all types of artists, using all types of media in this small village.  Recently the Ajijic Society of the Arts struggled, via their web board, with the “what is art” question just prior to their annual judged show in the Ajijic Cultural Center.  Most could agree paint, sketching, sculpture, photography and multi-media was, to them, “art”.  However where did jewelry fit in?  Fabric and yarn hangings and other creative pieces such as dolls, basket weaving, leather creations of all types, etc.

Well, you can see, I don’t think a final definition of art is going to be accomplished any time soon.  Certainly not by me.  I, in my simple opinion, feel one should imagine a world without art to attempt to help us define it.

Mexico, is a place where art takes wings….like so many other places in this world of ours…walking out your door can conjure up a song (another art form) in the mind of a special blues guitarist I know.  David can be tripping his way (literally) over the cobblestones and see something that causes him to stop, take camera in hand and capture that very moment in a heart beat.

The other morning I was out feeding my aviary friends and heard someone chiseling away on a cement terrace being put into place on the house being built behind ours.  Gently he worked – if one can work gently with hammer and chisel – to create these beautiful curves folding like cloth pieces into this cement slab.  Certainly that must be art?!

Then again, I have boxes and boxes of “art” my children and grand children have produced for me over the years and, quite frankly, there is no amount of money in the world that could allow someone to buy even one piece of that art away from me…should that even happen.  Right there is a clue, I guess, to what art is.  If it touches your heart, it must be art.

David, and many other talented local painters and photographers, has hung his photographs in the new San Pedro Restaurant and Gallery on Rio Bravo in West Ajijic, the lake side of the carretera in the same complex as the new location for the Naked Stage.

And then, of course, there is dance in it various forms – except the way I dance which is similar to the ludicrous movements exhibited by Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.  I had someone ask me to dance once, we proceeded to the dance floor…he turned to me….I smiled and began to dance(!!) and he began to laugh.  It didn’t stop at a mere chuckle it plummeted into gales of uncontrolled snorts and guffaws, as if he was trying desperately to catch his breath.  I left the dance floor amid a round of applause.  To this day, I’m not sure why??!!  Sorry, the mind does wonder…

Below you will see some photographs I took of the San Pedro Restaurant and Gallery, as well as people browsing, during intermission of the latest Naked Stage offering – another art form.

Viva Mexico!

San Pedro Restaurant and Gallery.

Art?

If you’ve enjoyed David’s wonderful photography, please visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos.

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