Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lake Atitlan Directory

I think we have the directory almost in shape for publication. That would be grande.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 is a free online directory of community services and more around Lake Atitlan and Guatemala. Add your own listing! This will be a white and yellow pages of all the things that are going on around the lake, along with community services, groups, nonprofits and more. There are so many interesting things happening here!  Guatemala has so much to offer: it's a whole new world, and just a plane ticket away! It's nothing like you thought it would be. It's not all "steaming jungles" and gangs running around. It's a wonderful place and so affordable, and a great way to retire. We're just a few hours away. People even drive here every day. Thanks for stopping by!


From a discussion on Facebook in the open group AMSCLAE:
This is the best explanation of why and how we need to work together:
Acción Guatemala 11:24am Dec 13, 2011 
Catherine Todd ... please don´t go just because of one person. if Maximo wants to be nice and make better translations, he should do it himself and we will all be grateful. If he can´t, then there might be another solution... we should all have a little patience. We are a community of many languages and we really need to share information"
God works in mysterious ways. Ever since I decided to do the which is simple, free online database listing all the community groups and services around Lake Atitlan, I have been subject to the most incredible rudeness and attacks by a few individuals. It's clear there's plenty of serious personality disorders to go around here, and why so many gringos that just "can't make it in the states" end up down here. The terrible behavior by a few has been enough to seriously consider shutting down the whole thing. But then I see something like what Acción Guatemala writes, and I see the problems when people can't or won't work together for the common good, so I realize I can't let a few bad apples ruin the batch.

I hope I can learn new skills at this late stage. If not, I will continue to work from the sidelines and provide what is necessary and remain in my small cloistered monastery where I do find peace. But the whole wide world is awaiting outside in all it's conflict and cacophony and I can't hide away here forever. It's time to save Lake Atitlan and that will take concerted effort of everyone working together.

The problems with Lake Atitlan are but a serious SYMPTOM of the lack of care that everyone who lives here has shown for the environment, whether it is by ignorance, or impotence, or incompetence; or ego, graft, corruption and greed. Many of us, like myself, don't know what to do and we are trying to find out. I hope everyone will help towards a common goal for the common good. It should be easy but it's not. I will never know why.

Dear God please show us The Way.

"The winds of grace blow all the time; all we need do is set our sails."

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.