My name is David, I am an associate publisher of “El Ojo del Lago.” One of the objectives of our magazine is to get you to love and appreciate our little corner of the world, we believe once you know the area you won’t want to leave. As for myself, I went to elementary school in Ajijic, studied one year in Canada and did the rest of my schooling in Guadalajara. I have a marketing and business administration degree. I like living at lakeside because I get the opportunity to meet people from very diverse cultural backgrounds that come from all over the world.





Bruce Fraser has lived in Mexico for 8 years. A Canadian, he especially enjoys the gradual turning of the seasons from wet to dry instead of warm to cold to colder to coldest. Bruce has been involved in several businesses and has lived in various regions during his time in Mexico.






My name is Roberto, I am the Ojo’s office coordinator and graphic designer, I am also the webmaster of, lakeside’s most visited website. I have been working for the Ojo since Aug/02. I’ve lived in Ajijic all my life and I am now a proud grandfather. Living in such a calm and beautiful place is the ultimate reward after a hard days work. Your opinions either positive or negative are always welcome this way, please help us in our constant search for improvement.





Hi, I’m Irma, I was born in Chapala, I love my job, I am the one that is out of the office in the street helping out with any kind of job, I know a lot of people lakeside, I am highly social, I love the nice and warm environment that all the Ojo staff has created.






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Victoria Schmidt is our first Editor in Chief, she came to Mexico with her husband, in 2007.  She is a graduate of Moorhead State University, Minnesota and graduated Cum Laude  with a BA degree in Radio, Television and Film.  At 23 she was hired at multi-national media corporation, where she worked 10 years as their Director for Operations and Finance. She then ran her own business consulting company.  She has won multiple community service awards. Writing has been a passion of Victoria’s since Junior High.  She has been active in the writing and publishing business for over 40 years and has been a columnist for the Ojo del Lago since 2008. 

Alejandro Grattan Dominguez is our first Mexican-American Editor-Emeritus. A former screenwriter and film director, he is the author of several critically-acclaimed novels, The Dark Side of the Dream, Breaking Even, Only Once in a Lifetime, The Stuff of Dreams and Hollywood & Vine, Against All Odds and Whereabouts Unknown. His feature film, Only Once in a Lifetime premiered at the Kennedy Center and later was chosen as an Official Entry at the Deauville Film Festival in France. His novel The Dark Side of the Dream has been optioned by the Wolper Organization. Two of Grattan's recent screenplays have won top honors at the Ajijic Film Festival.


Column: Front Row Center

Michael Warren grew up in London, England and lived on Baker Street very close to where Sherlock Holmes hung out his shingle. He graduated with an Honors degree in Mathematics from King’s College, Cambridge, which no doubt helps him to balance his check book. While a student, he edited a humorous magazine entitled “ffobia” which was widely circulated amongst his friends.
Michael moved to Ajijic in 2000. Since moving to Mexico, Michael has forgotten almost all his mathematics, and has taught English to Mexican students, assisted in promoting musical events, helped to found the Open Circle group, and published his book of poems “A Particular Blue.” In short, he has found happiness. He has appeared onstage in nine plays at the Lakeside Little Theatre.  For the last ten years, he has been writing the theater reviews for El Ojo Del Lago under the byline “Front Row Center.”



Column: Profiling Tepehua

Settled in Mexico 13 years ago.  The intention was to retire into the arts as a writer, poet and painter...that didn’t happen. Beneath the smiles of the peoples of Mexico there was such a great need for change, especially for the women and children of the barrios, Moonyeen has dedicated these years to change the face of this little corner of the world. The work done by the volunteers of the Tepehua Community Center is teaching that change is possible anywhere. Moonyeen was portrayed as “Woman of the Year,” also two Paul Harris Rotary awards for the work done at Tepehua.  “Life in Mexico is very fulfilling. The Mexican people give so much more to us immigrants than we can possible return.


Jackie Kellum


Column:  If Our Pets Could Talk

Jackie Kellum is a RN from NYC and CA, retiring in San Juan Cosala with her  husband.   For 12 years we provided foster care for abandoned motherless infant kittens and puppies, and now due to circumstances I only rescue kitten babies.  During my many years volunteering with Anita’s Animals, I was given the privilege of writing a regular pet Column in the Ojo starting December 2010. Even with a column name change to  “If Our Pets Could Talk” in August  2017, the purpose of the writings  remain the same -  help pet  owners better understand their pets,  learn what they can teach us , recognize their health needs and provide them  with the  best care possible. 



Carol D Bradley 2020Carol D. Bradley

Column: Lakeside Living



Christina Bennett

Column: Ramblings From The Ranch


Katina PontikesKatina Pontikes

Column: Vexations and Conundrums


Francisco NavaFrancisco (FCO.) Nava

Column: Verdant View

Gardener, teacher, organic food grower, natural warrior against pests, helping make healthier towns by teaching garden earth consciousness.

Juan SacelliJuan Sacelli

Column: Astrolynx

Juan, or John, Sacelli has been a practicing professional astrologer, meditation teacher, poet and dream interpreter for over 40 years. He is the author of The AngeLynx Oracle. He moved to Mexico three years ago.
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