Saturday, December 7, 2013

White Christmas?





DANCERS ON AVENIDA JUAREZ CELEBRATING THE TWELVE DAYS OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

At 65 degrees farenheit at 7 in the morning, Mexicans in Puerto Vallarta comment on the cold weather.  Some wear wood caps, fleeces and sweaters.   I´ve even seen women and girls in boots.  Last year at a midnight mass at the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe,  I was surprised to hear the congregation sing “I´m Dreaming of a White Christmas” in Spanish.  The only white we will see here are snowy clouds in full bloom and powdery beaches. 
UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ON THE MALECÓN


Many of us living here full or part-time are accustomed to cold days and experience the small joy of seeing our breath as we breathe out heavily.  Fires crackle in fireplaces, people drink hot chocolate, hot cider and hot toddies.  The scent of pines surrounds us and we bundle up and cozy up. 




CANDLELIT  "PILGRIMAGE" SINGING THEIR WAY TO THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE


CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
In spite of the fun of the twelve days of our Lady of Guadalupe and their accompanying banging bands singing and candle-carrying "pilgrims" and costumed "Indian" dancers on the closed off street
YOUNG "PILGRIM"
FOOD STAND NEXT TO THE PROCESSIONS

leading to the church, Christmas  doesn´t feel quite like Christmas tn the semi-tropics.  And so to get in the spirit, I play Christmas hymns and carols for the month.



There are many beautiful Christmas hymns.  “Ave Maria” is grand.   “Silent Night” is tender and sublime. "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" is jubilant. The lyrics in all the hymns speak of hope,  joy,  wonder and love. 


“I´m Dreaming of a White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin in 1942.  Its innocent lyrics were in stark contrast to the lives of soldiers fighting overseas.  “I´ll be Home for Christmas” was recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby with lyrics from the point of view of a soldier writing home to a family waiting for his return.  So many didn´t.   
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
My maternal grandmother´s favorite carol was “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which was based on a poem Henry Wadsworth Longfellow composed in 1863.  His eldest son had left without permission to fight for the Union during the Civil War and had been gravely wounded. Longfellow wrote of his despair while hearing church bells ringing "wild and sweet" while war raged.  The poem,  and later the carol composed in 1967,  ended with a belief that there would be peace.

 “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Surrounded by palm trees and the "wild and sweet" chimes of church bells in Puerto Vallarta, my Christmas wish is that all nations and people will work for peace.

 “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” - Nelson Mandela

Our team is far to the south in the state of Oaxaca and will return shortly before Christmas Day.  Clinics will start up again the first week of January. 


DONATIONS:  Kaylee Prentiss - $50 USD
Wanda Taylor - $200 USD
Kim Edwards - $50 USD
Don and Mel Ronlund- 2,000 pesos ($153 USD)
Jennifer Fullen - $100 USD (Jennifer has set up a monthly credit card donation for this amount).
Lucy´s CuCu Cabana (great shop on Basilio Badillo in Puerto Vallarta)  1,000 pesos from the donation box


$8,486 USD MORE TO GO TO MEET THE ANONYMOUS $10,000 MATCHING GIFT.

Geoffrey Semour noted that his "$160 donation to the clinics represented $100 in honour of Sandra Essex, who introduced me to you and your work, and who continues to transport crates and leashes and blankets on her trips from Toronto; and $60 in honour of Candy Magowan who relentlessly collects leashes and crates and blankets and things for onward delivery to you.”


KITTENS AND THE ISLA CUALE:  From Shannon Beston, who feeds the felines daily and often finds homes for the discarded kittens: 

 Today another box of kittens was dumped on the Isla Cuale.  The average is about 2-3 kittens per week.  Some of course die of exposure If they are too young, or are killed by dogs as there are many dogs allowed to walk without a leash on the island.”
TANTOS GATITOS TIRADOS EN LA ISLA CUALE


RESCUED AND NEEDS HOME:  Four-week old female tabby kitten rescued by Elias Manassé.  He is leaving for Puebla in one week and can´t keep this kitten.  Contact:  elias_menasse@hotmail.com
RESCUED KITTEN NEEDS HOME   GATITA RESCATADA NECESITA HOGAR



NEED RESCUING:  Thousands of cats and dogs living on the streets.   The dozens of cats and dogs at the Acopio, the no-kill pound.  The Centro de Acopio is open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  Telephone number is 293-3690.  For shelters, and they are all full, please check PEACEAnimals website.  Website also contains information on recommended vets, adoptions, etc.  www.peaceanimals.org


RESCUED AND IN FOSTER HOME:  "Lucas," the large black and white dog living on the streets since his owners died.  Angeles took him to Dr. Peña´s clinic, where he
"LUCAS" RESCUED AND NOW IN FOSTER HOME. HE NEEDS A PERMAMENT HOME.   RESCATADO Y EN CASA PUENTE.  NECESITA HOGAR.
was diagnosed with anaplasma and erlichia.  He is under treatment and will be ready for adoption in four weeks.

ADOPTED:  "Oso," the large white Golden Retriever mix rescued by Barbara Drucker and her husband Louis Drake.   NOBARS found a great home for a great dog in outside Vancouver.
"OSO" WITH HIS NEW OWNER IN VANCOUVER.  "OSO" RESCATADO DE LA CALLE CU SU NUEVA DUEÑA EN CANADÁ



UNA PERRA RESCATADA DE LA CALLE ADOPTADA EN PLAZA CARACÓL
.At a special pet event organized by Jhovanee Monge at Plaza Caracol, a small black adult female dog sat in front of a husband and wife and their two children.  I watched as her eyes met the man´s eyes.  They gazed gazed at each other until the father averted his look, telling me that he already had two dogs and a cat.  The dog silently and motionless continued to look at him.    The man bent over and scratched the dog´s back.  Moments later his wife affectionately tugged on the dog´s ear.  The dog stood on her hind legs to lick the teenage son´s face.  The family all looked at each other and laughed and then walked off with this lucky young street dog.  She had been  fostered for four months by a gentle man who had brought her to the event, along with two very young puppies he had rescued.

Four of the five abandoned kittens rescued by Griss Guitierrez.  The fifth is in a foster home.

NEEDS FOSTER HOME:  The black mama dog from the Acopio and her young puppies.  They are registered to NOBARS rescue and will fly to Canada in less than two months.  Please contact:  robin.nobars@gmail.com 

TRAVELING COMPANIONS TO EDMONTON, CALGARY AND VANCOUVER, CANADA NEEDED FOR RESCUE DOGS.  ALL ANIMAL EXPENSES PAID FOR.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS  SHOW UP AT THE AIRPORT.  PLEASE CONTACT ME. 

COLINA FREE CLINIC-  Normally open every Sunday from 9 AM-2 PM  491 V. Carranza in the Romantic Zone.  Surgeries limited to 15 cats and dogs.  Arrive early!    Contact:  cez@rogers.com

PEACEANIMALS CLINICS:  Schedule to be announced last week of December.

 
CLINICS NEED FUNDING!  PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING NOW!  WE HAVE A $10,000 MATCHING GIFT TO MEET!!!

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS $1,500 USD.

Thank you for your interest and support.

MERRY CHRISTMAS… FELIZ NAVIDAD...


Gretchen
www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com

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A los 18 grados a las 7 de la mañana , los mexicanos en Puerto Vallarta comentan sobre el tiempo frío. Unas personas se ponen gorras de  lana, polares y suéteres . Incluso he visto a unas mujeres y niñas en botas. El año pasado en una misa de medianoche en la iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe , me sorprendió escuchar a la congregación cantando " Estoy Soñando con una Navidad Blanca”  en español . El único blanco que veremos aquí son de las nubes en floración nubes y la arena en las playas.

Muchos de nosotros que vivimos aquí “full” or “part-time” estamos acostumbrados a los días fríos y la experiencia de un pequeño placer de ver nuestra respiración.  Los incendios en chimeneas crepitan , la gente bebe chocolate caliente , sidra caliente y ponche caliente . El aroma de los pinos que nos rodea y nos hacemos “cosy.”

A pesar de la diversión de los doce días de nuestra Señora de Guadalupe… el canto y el baile … las peregrinaciones con velas en la calle cerrada que conduce a la iglesia , la Navidad no se siente absolutamente como la Navidad para mí en los semi -tropicales . Y así, para entrar en el espíritu, escucho en mi tocadiscos los himnos y villancicios de Navidad todo el mes de diciembre.  Todos tratan de la esperanza, la alegría, la paz,  el asombro  y el amor.

Rodeada de palmeras y las campanadas exuberantes de las  iglesias en Puerto Vallarta, mi deseo de Navidad es que todas las naciones y la gente van a trabajar por la paz.

Nuestro equipo está mucho más al sur en el estado de Oaxaca y regresará un  poco antes del día de Navidad. Las clínicas de PEACEanimals comenzarán de nuevo la primera semana de enero.


 El gran héroe del Africa Sud que murió esta semana, Nelson Mandela, escribió estas palabras:  

"Nadie nace odiando a otra persona por el color de su piel o su origen, o su religión. La gente debe aprender a odiar, y si ellos pueden aprender a odiar, se les puede enseñar a amar, porque el amor viene más naturalmente al corazón humano que al contrario. "



DONACIÓNES:  Se vean arriba en la parte inglés.

ADOPCIÓNES:  Se vean arriba en la parte inglés.

GATITOS Y LA ISLA CUALE: Del Shannon Beston, que alimenta a los felinos todos los días y con frecuencia encuentra hogares para los gatitos descartados:

 "Hoy otra caja de gatitos fue tirado en la Isla Cuale. El promedio es de alrededor de 2-3 gatitos por semana. Algunos, por supuesto, mueren de  exposición si son demasiado jóvenes, o están matados por los perros, ya que hay muchos perros que los permiten caminar sin correa en la isla. "

POR FAVOR, CONSIDERE DONAR A NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS.

Gracias por su interés y apoyo.

FELIZ NAVIDAD,

Gretchen



www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com




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