Older and Smarter

By John Warren

Bob Hope had a good line that describes some of my friends. He said, “I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. Then its time for my nap”. Henry Ford, who was a bit more serious, said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young”.
You can stay young and learn something new by attending the lectures offered by the International Friendship Club (IFC) on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm and on Friday mornings at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome.
On Thursday evenings we deal with the one thing that is a sure bet: Death. We hope to prove that talking about death won’t kill you.
Next Thursday, February 18, Rev. Michael Schirmacher, will discuss the grief process, the stages and challenges faced in grief, and ways of working through and healing after a loss. He will be joined by George Fulton, a resident of PV and funeral director, who will discuss some of the important decisions families face as a death draws near, and will have information on how the death of a U.S. citizen in Mexico can be handled.
On the 25th, “Buddhism and Beyond: Eastern Perspectives on Death and Dying” will be discussed by Anka Rick Spencer, a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest. Rick now lives in Puerto Vallarta and is resident priest for the Zen group Puerto Compasivo. He also guides retreats and practices with meditation groups in other parts of Mexico.
John Warren, who served on the board of Dying With Dignity Canada for four years, will be on deck on Thursday, March 3rd. He will describe how Canada will, effective 6th June 2016, provide Physician Assisted Death to qualified patients across that country and will talk about the present status of the Right To Die movement in the USA.
For the next three weeks Dan Grippo, PhD., will continue his very popular series of Friday morning lectures. On the 19th and the 26th February Dan will give us a two-part series devoted to “Perspectives on and of Mexican Women”.
On 4th March Dan will review the new book “Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America” by Ioan Grillos.
From the book description: “A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world’s trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. What they do affects you now; from the gas in your car, to the gold in your jewelry, to the tens of thousands of Latin Americans calling for refugee status in the U.S.”
All of the lectures will be held at the IFC clubhouse located above the HSBC bank in El Centro (Corner of Miramar and Libertad). Your donations at the door go to help IFC’s medical and charitable programs and are greatly appreciated. For a full description of lectures please see ifcvallarta.com and the click on “Activities Calendar.”
The IFC does more than provide intellectual stimulation for visitors and ex-pats. It raises funds each year and then uses them to support its Cleft Palate Treatment program and its Dental Outreach program, both of which help families in great need.
The club provides Nutrition Outreach to poorer families in town and it gives ongoing financial support to seventeen local, registered charities.
None of this support would be possible were it not for people like you, our readers. You are the ones who make donations when you attend lectures, enjoy the fun of a social game of bridge on Friday afternoons, buy a beverage at social hour, learn Spanish at our classes, and take our fabulous Home Tours. Trip Advisor has 200 reviews about the Home Tours, 190 of them rank us as excellent and the other ten as very good.
A recent review said this: “We had a delicious breakfast on the Malecon and met some wonderful people.
The bus ride was comfy and the tour guides extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. The houses were jaw-dropping gorgeous and we spent plenty of time in each of them to explore and dream. To top it all of, the money goes to support several charities. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visits P. V.” Tickets are available online at www.toursforvallarta.com or at the office (address above). Seats are limited so please book in advance.
Now. Time for a nap? You decide!

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John Warren
John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy.
He splits his time between Puerto Vallarta and Lethbridge, Alberta. In the winter months he writes for the IFC, this summer he’s focusing his writing on the environment.