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Fr. Glenn: Ringing In The New Year

on December 31, 2017 - 8:32am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

And so we come once again to a new year … and with the new year comes the anticipation of newness, improvement … and renewed hopes and dreams to be realized. (Personally, just “realizing” a few pounds of Christmas biscochitos off the midsection would make me pretty darn happy.)

We’ve ended the year here at IHM on a couple of really good notes.

Pastor Raul: The Light Of The World―Part 1

on December 31, 2017 - 8:00am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. – Charles Dickens
 
Christmas lights are a beautiful part of the advent season. I know they bring joy to me, and my kids are still at the age where they are absolutely enamored by them. Of course, Christmas is over, and the lights will begin coming down. This may be a perfect metaphor for far too may people.

An Open Book: Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves

on December 29, 2017 - 10:36am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
 
“Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” William Shakespeare
 
Walking home on a star-lit night recently, we stopped so I could dig out my handy iPhone app that would let us chart the constellations above us.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 28, 2017 - 2:05pm

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make List Check It Twice

on December 28, 2017 - 8:43am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It is an annual mental event. Christmas is not yet over when I start compiling my list of things to do differently next year. The purpose of the list is to make the holiday more manageable and more organized and yes, hopefully more fun and more memorable. But mostly I want to make the holiday easier on everyone, myself included.

Our family is growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks to the magic of blended families we are up to 14 grandchildren. Fourteen grandchildren that with few exceptions, do not need more stuff.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Greatest Showman’

on December 28, 2017 - 8:34am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Greatest Showman” is a modern musical about Phineas Taylor Barnum, portrayed here as a poverty-stricken tailor’s son whose imagination brought joy to millions of people. Barnum’s schemes eventually fall into the right combination, providing fascination and entertainment. This success leads to the establishment of his circus troupe in the mid to late 1800s. 
 
The film is an uplifting musical, replete with costuming and sets from a colorful period in our history.

Even With Good Bike Plan, A Lot Is Up To The Cyclist

on December 26, 2017 - 2:03pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

With the Laboratory beginning work on a site-wide bike plan, the County having just received Bronze level bicycle-friendly community status, and a plethora of good road and trail riding in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, there is a lot for local bicyclists to cheer about. That said, whether one is riding for fun, utility, or both, a lot still depends on the engagement and awareness of the rider in order to get out and back with the rubber side consistently down.

A road bike in battle dress for the ride up the ski hill with appropriate gears for an old guy and a

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