Two Halves Together Equal Lots of Stuff
February 20th, 2011 by Les

“You have two hemispheres in your brain – a left and a right side. The left side controls the right side of your body and the right side controls the left half. Therefore, left-handers are the only people in their right minds.” Bill Lee, American Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

Conon O’Brien, American Television Talk Show Host said: “In a prime-time address President Bush said he backed limited federal funding for stem cell research. That’s right, the President said, this is a quote, the research could help cure brain diseases like Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, and whatever it is I have.”

The other day I heard this little voice (yes, I hear them often) saying something like I am a virus and I am entering your brain right now….sorry, I will leave, I can’t find a brain. This is often the case where my brain is concerned. I see it as a plus which allows me to monitor activities happening around me with little to no comprehension allowing confusion to reign supreme.

They (whoever they are) say people who rely more heavily on the right half of their brain tend to be more imaginative and intuitive. They see things as a whole and are interested in patterns, shapes and sizes. The right brain is associated with artistic ability like singing, painting, writing poetry, etc. Left-brain dominated people may find their thought processes vague and difficult to follow, for they are quite opposite in the way they think. Left-brain dominated people tend to be more logical and analytical in their thinking and usually excel at mathematics and word skills. But this does not mean that a person who is left or right brain dominated does not use the other part of his brain. For most people, the two parts of the brain work in tandem to enable them to function as well-rounded personalities.

Mark and Emmie Clifton

Mark and Emmie Clifton are making a return visit to the Lake Chapala area and currently residing in our lovely village of Ajijic. Mark is a phenomenal blues acoustic and electric guitarist. David and I have been fortunate enough to listen to several of Mark’s CDs. Emmie is a former criminal investigator, among other things, and spent many years working for the US government in Germany. She insists she was not a spy.

Winnie the Pooh said: “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” And go to “them” Mark and Emmie did, with gusto.

One could write a book about Emmie. Actually, one could probably write an entire series of books about Emmie as she is NOT ordinary or nondescript – she IS larger then life. Full of vim vigor and vitality and bursting at the seams with chutzpa, humor, laughter and just the right amount of quirkiness.

I asked Mark to tell me something about himself. Rather then do any editing because you can’t be too sure how my “take” on things will turn out, I’ll let you read what he wrote…..

For such a time as this….

What form does a ‘dream come true’ take? When you are in the midst of what you have planned and thought through…what do you find there?

Heady questions and some realistic thought about just what it is that brings us joy, happiness, contentment and fulfillment.

Joy, for me, is usually a gift, unexpected and totally unplanned. It fills me up and very suddenly I am elated.

Happiness is much different…it happens as I choose to have a certain attitude about my circumstances and my life in general. I can “muster” it up or it can overtake me, almost unexpectedly. It is the state of being content with a certainty that this is NOT all there is and certainly that whatever it is, will pass soon enough.

Contentment is a discipline I have learned through difficulty and boredom, loss and desperation and as I have lived many years already…

Fulfillment is not static, nor quantifiable with any measuring instrument other than my own…it can be momentary, rather lasting or illusory.

So….how do you like living in Mexico? Is it what you imagined or planned it to be? What was your plan anyway? I have lived and visited many places in the US and now some outside the US. I find the US to be the best place to live for many reasons and though there are reasons not to live there full time…it is the best country on this planet.

This is a distillation process…gradually with pressure and some discomfort things that are not necessary are moving out of my life. As I am pressed into a different space, both internally and externally, I find more space that cries to be filled with something. What it is to be filled with I haven’t a clue and trying to fill it with what is familiar is not a necessity. As a matter of fact, trying to fill it at all can be disruptive to my daily sense of peace. So…I am left with a new space, unfilled and unknown…just existing there inside me and getting bigger…wow what a problem to have huh?

Coming to this country has allowed my perspectives to generate new space…that’s why it is the way it is right now. Through a series of plans and then changes in plans…through a series of choices and then no choices…I have arrived at a new location within and without and find this writing I am presently doing quite therapeutic…YEAH….FOR ME…

I truly believe you could give Mark a laundry list and he could set it to music. Below you will find an invitation to a simple get-together we are hosting at our home in Ajijic. If you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood next Friday the 25th, please stop in. I guarantee you will find the time well spent and, heck, Emmie might even be convinced to help Mark with some of the vocals. Now that is something you don’t want to miss.

I don’t think anyone will have a problem guessing which side of the brain is dominant for David and which is dominant for me. If pressed, I doubt whether they’d have a problem with Mark and Emmie or our friends Joe and Jan. All of us will be there next Friday. Kind of scary…huh?!

One of the most exciting things about living in the Lake Chapala area, especially Ajijic, is its ability to combine many worlds, countries, thoughts, ideas, attitudes, cultures and personalities seemingly effortlessly. It is a phenomenal stopping place for many extremely talented people. The Lake Chapala area and, in particular Ajijic, is a melting pot for all of the reasons I mentioned earlier in this paragraph.

Mark wrote a song some time ago and, as luck would have it, we were treated to a mini-concert yesterday afternoon at a lovely party hosted by our friends Jan and Joe. It was a small gathering, just seven of us. Suddenly and without warning he began singing a song called “A New Beginning”, a wedding song. Written for a young couple Mark had met some years ago, it was about the act of marriage and the blossoming of love as he watched it happen between these two young people. However, on this quiet Saturday afternoon our small group listened as he sang from his heart. Wedding vows, snippets of love, heartfelt words brought to life by Mark’s creative ability.

As I listened I watched, as I am prone to do given my background, the faces of my friends and my husband as they listened to the beautiful words Mark had written. I saw a gentle wink and a loving nod of acknowledgement between our hosts, Jan and Joe. I saw Emmie, Mark’s wife with a smile that could have lit up an entire hemisphere and Mark’s eyes upon her as he sang this song of love. I saw David not only in my eyes, but in my heart forever. Each look, each nod, each eye that glistened with moisture filled the room with a palatable sense of love transcending each of us. Mark brought the words of that song to life, not only for his dear Emmie, but for all of us.

Do you dare to miss and opportunity to hear him sing?! If you are here in Ajijic, I hope not. You will also have an opportunity to see, up close and personal, some of David’s wonderful photography taken since we moved to Ajijic and his studio overlooking beautiful Lake Chapala. Viva Mexico!

Mention David, Les, Joe, Jan, Mark or Emmie at the gate.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos. 

Chapellita in the Ajijic Plaza

Chapellita in the Ajijic Plaza

Chapellita in the Ajijic Plaza

Chapellita in the Ajijic Plaza

Overlooking San Juan Cosala and Lake Chapala

A Doorway in the Village

Sunset in Mexico

3 Responses  
  • Anita and Ken Caldwell writes:
    February 27th, 201112:37 pmat

    We were so sorry to miss the party and meeting you two. Youngest daughter fell on the ice up north and needed M&D nearby a phone for doctor etc…first broken bone in our family, no surgery thank goodness, even if you are 23 you still want Mom and Dad. Hope to see your art soon.

  • Joe & Jan writes:
    February 20th, 201110:47 pmat

    AMAZING! Wish everyone could have our joy here with David & Les and all friends.
    Viva Mexico

    Joe & Jan

  • Joan in Oregon writes:
    February 20th, 20118:59 pmat

    I am so tempted to take a break from packing and fly down for next Friday’s event. Doing this, however, would delay my real departure date. Imagine a trance-like monotone, I must stay on task, I must stay on task.

    Hope to see you again sometime in May.

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