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Mr. Pierotti And The Anniversary

on June 30, 2015 - 11:53am

Stainless steel cream and sugar set 7-year-old Kim Smith purchased at Pierotti's Flower and Gift Shop. Courtesy photo


Redwood City, Calif.
(Formerly of Los Alamos)

I had forgotten the anniversary. As I lay in bed the night before, I heard my parents wish each other a “Happy Anniversary” from the other room, and my heart dropped.

Even at 7 years old, weren't you supposed to do something for the people who mostly just made your life work?

Snodgrass: Great Opera Is Coming To Your Neighborhood ... Some Thoughts On What To Expect

on June 28, 2015 - 7:48am

BEYOND TAILGATING As a part of a major new upgrade that has transformed much of the area around the main entrance to the Santa Fe Opera, a new patio behind the box office will offer picnic suppers with tables for diners. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


By Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post

With less than a week to go to opening night Friday, July 3, you can almost feel the joy wriggling in the first lively notes of the overture to Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Next, Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto lights up the stage on Saturday.

So, it’s about

Smart Design With Suzette: The Future Of Design

on June 28, 2015 - 7:42am
Bechtel's environmental classroom - Smith College A Living Building. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
The Future of Design

In reading an article recently about design ideas that matter, I was blown away. All roads lead in the direction of resiliency – not just sustainability, but designing and building for the next hundred years. Architects, designers and developers are creating innovations into the next century. Pretty cool stuff.

Buildings That Produce Their Own Energy

Architect Eric Corey Freed feels that the typical new building is an energy glutton.

Pastor Granillo: All Powerful Access

on June 28, 2015 - 7:34am
Los Alamos

Billy Sunday once said, “If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”

I confess that I have struggled with the importance of prayer in my Christian walk. I’m an action guy and I am driven to engage physically in whatever needs to be done. My struggle has been with the reality that I can accomplish more from my knees than from anywhere else. I struggle with this because my natural instincts tell me that being on my knees makes me weak, and to depend on God’s power is a gamble.

Even for the mature Christian, it can be difficult to grasp the

Column: Top 3 Social Security Mistakes LANL Employees Should Avoid

on June 26, 2015 - 6:32am
Popular singer-songwriter Paul Simon brought us “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” back in 1975. Now that he’s 73, Simon’s new version might be called “50 Ways to Claim Your Social Security.”
Like millions of baby boomers, Simon has probably grappled with the uncertainty of how and when to claim his Social Security benefits in order to maximize how much money he will get from the government. 
Except there are more than 50 ways you can claim your benefits, especially for couples. So many that Simon might need to call his new ditty “567 ways to Claim Your Social Security.”

How The Hen House Turns: Raising Finches 3

on June 25, 2015 - 7:32am
How The Hen House Turns
Raising Finches 3

Having successfully raised two baby Cassin’s finch, we realized the time would come when they must be released to the wild. We double-checked the Release Check List provided by the Kragdahls. Release should be done at 6 to 8 weeks. The time was approaching in mid August, and the birds were still insisting that I feed them.

I knew they had to be self-feeding for two weeks, so I steeled myself and left their food, which now consisted of insects, seeds and crumbs along with their gruel of Gerber’s baby beef and

Home Country By Slim Randles: Reason To Get Up

on June 24, 2015 - 7:16am
Home Country

Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall, and smiled to see her husband, Doc, waltzing with Ardis Fisher. But Mrs. Doc was never one to sit out a waltz, so she looked around at the menu.

Over in the corner, smiling and tapping his foot, was Pop Walker. Pop and several other residents of the Rest of Your Life retirement home were there to enjoy the dance and celebrate the arrival of summer. Pop has a hard time with his memory, these days, but always forgets things with a smile.

“Pop,” said Mrs.


Food On The Hill: Watermelon Gazpacho

on June 23, 2015 - 5:20pm
Watermelon Gazpacho. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill
Los Alamos
Watermelon Gazpacho

I lived in Madison, Wisc., from 1980-1983, not long after an idealistic group of “flour children” hoping to effect positive cultural change opened the first of the Ovens of Brittany restaurants.

Elegant décor, a classical French menu, local natural ingredients, fine wines, fresh flowers, classical background music, hand-painted murals of European farm scenes and memorable baked goods made the Ovens a Midwestern phenomenon.

Solo Traveler: Good Guides

on June 23, 2015 - 7:42am
The slit in the mountain is the hole where the Agua Azul river emerges from underground. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Agua Azul waterfalls. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
Good Guides

I’m sure every traveler has some frustrating or angry story about taking a day tour and being funneled into a trinket store where the tour operator gets a kickback on whatever the tourists buy.

My own experiences in India and Thailand were so bad they caused me to stop taking tours altogether. That was a mistake.

Tour guides come in many ‘flavors’, just like the rest of humanity,

Yang: No Escaping From Our Biases

on June 22, 2015 - 7:07am
Los Alamos
No Escaping From Our Biases

However, we can learn and reduce our biases.

When we make a decision based on our intuition, we are prone to be biased. Even when we are given all the warnings of a potential trap, all the principles of the “right” logic, or factual presentations, we still let biases slip through. This is true for both the general population and for “experts” in many fields.

Since there is no such thing as “perfect” information with which we make decisions (besides, how does one define “perfect information?”), it is inevitable that we need to rely

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Inside Out'

on June 22, 2015 - 6:58am
Los Alamos

“Inside Out” is an exceedingly clever, 3D, Pixar (animated) film about what makes up one’s personality, what memories we treasure and why some are forgotten, and how our emotions work.

The story is about Riley, an 11-year-old girl who has had a happy childhood, is good at hockey, and has great relationships with her parents and a best friend. That is, until her family has to move from Minnesota to San Francisco.

Snodgrass: Economic Development – All Of The Above And More

on June 21, 2015 - 11:58am

We got jobs! Greg Fisher, Los Alamos County economic vitality administrator talks to Kathryn Fulton, community specialist at Smith’s Marketplace about the company’s hiring plans. Photo by Roger  Snodgrass/


Los Alamos

When thinking about the crisis of inequality in the United States, one doesn’t have to go very far out of Los Alamos to get some striking contrasts.

Kathy Keith, executive director of the Regional Development Corporation, summed up the overall situation in Northern New Mexico in a single sentence at a recent presentation at Buffalo

O'Leary: Update On Communication Improvements

on June 21, 2015 - 8:19am
Los Alamos County Councilor

In March, 2015, the County Council unanimously passed a motion to improve communications outreach with an aim of improving the Council's structured engagement with the community. 

The objective is simple – to more fully involve the public in the Council’s decision making so that its decisions best reflect the interests and aspirations of the community. 

The actions planned include updating and expanding the Council’s strategic goals, making them more clear and actionable, and increasing efforts to link day-to-day decisions with these goals to

Pastor Granillo: Unless

on June 21, 2015 - 8:07am
Los Alamos

My father is a Mexican immigrant who came to America 40 years ago looking for an opportunity to reap the benefits of his hard work.

He raised us with the philosophy that a person should work hard and contribute to his family. Like millions of men everywhere, I try to implement that philosophy in my role as husband and father. However, there is one aspect of his philosophy that failed my father and his family—he tried doing it through his own will and strength.

Jesus’ disciples were average guys.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 17, 2015 - 8:38am
Reel Deal Theater

Summer at the Movies" sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank continues on Mon, Wed, & Fri. at 10am. Doors open at 9:30 am so be sure to come early as these free movies have filled to capacity in the past. Film titles are listed at the bottom of this newsletter. 

Last weekend, Jurassic World shattered the box office record for the largest global opening in Movie history. I saw it Friday and it exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed it as much as the original Jurassic Park. Hope to see you at the Reel Deal!

This Friday we are opening Inside Out (100%

Review: So What About Jurassic World?

on June 17, 2015 - 8:32am
Review of Jurassic World by Thomas Holtz
Submitted by Ralph E. Chapman, Los Alamos
OK Los Alamosians,
As I have yet to see Jurassic World because of other commitments (soon, I hope) and there is lots of stuff (and crap) circulating around the web, I have assembled the review of a good friend of mine – Dr. Tom Holtz, a.k.a. King of the Dinosaur Geeks – from his Facebook posts and submit them here for you to read. He gave me permission to send them to the LADP.
These days it is almost impossible to keep half up with dinosaur stuff unless you do it full time and even my

Pegg: Thoughts On Protein Intake And Sources

on June 16, 2015 - 9:06am
Los Alamos

Protein is an essential part of everyone’s diet. It is needed by every cell in your body and is especially necessary for those who work out to repair and rebuild muscle tissue.

It also is very important for us as we age to avoid the loss of muscle tissue causing a reduction in a person’s metabolic rate. The question of how much protein a person should take in is highly debated, however.

Here are some of the different takes on how much protein you should get:

  • The FDA says that a person should take in approximately 50 grams of protein per day.
  • The American Council

Yang: Counter Common Sense

on June 15, 2015 - 11:16pm
Los Alamos

As long as we employ “common sense” to guide our own actions, we can’t really go wrong because there is an almost infinite amount of common sense advice for us to deal with our daily situations. If some of these common sense-guided actions seem inconsistent, so be it; life goes on.

Similarly, when we employ common sense in decisions that would impact large numbers of people, we can usually find some commonsense explanations to cite when we are confronted with criticism. In a way, common sense becomes the shield for our hubris.

Politicians of any stripe can always

Pastor Granillo: Renewing Your Mind

on June 14, 2015 - 7:49am
Los Alamos

When my wife and I first began attending church and getting involved, quite a few of my friends and family started sharing their concern that we might be going too far with this whole “Jesus thing.”

We wanted to know what He really was about and what He really had to offer us, but we never anticipated what God would do through us. The truth is that I had already predetermined the amount of my life I was willing to allow God to have; after all I had a life of my own as well.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 10, 2015 - 10:47am
Real Deal Theater

Los Alamos National Bank will again sponsor “Summer at the Movies” for an eight-week run beginning June 8.

These free, kid friendly films will run every week at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., so be sure to come early as these free movies have filled to capacity in the past. Film titles are listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Happy summer break!

“Summer at the Movies” sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank continues at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: Collecting Clips

on June 9, 2015 - 10:06am
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

This month let's talk about clips. There are many kinds of clips in vintage jewelry. Do you know the difference between a dress clip, a fur clip, sweater clips, glove clips, and shoe clips?

Each had a function and none of them is made anymore. These pieces of jewelry are fun to collect and will become rarer as the years go by.

Dress clips and fur clips are similar to brooches. They were worn on the same types of apparel as brooches are now. There were some differences though.

Dress clips came singly, as pairs and rarely in trios.

Home Matters With Sarah: The Appraisal

on June 9, 2015 - 8:07am
Home Matters
Mortgage Loan Specialist
How exciting, you have put an offer on the house you want to buy and it has been accepted! Now the process of inspections begins.
The inspection will help you determine if the house you intend to purchase is a sound investment. One of the most important inspections is the property appraisal. What is a property appraisal and why do I need one?
A real estate property appraisal is an estimation of market value of the house done by a licensed and experienced individual who is trained to evaluate and compare the features the house.

How The Hen House Turns: Raising Finches 2

on June 9, 2015 - 7:52am
How The Hen House Turns
Raising Finches 2

The Kragdahl’s instructions for raising wild baby birds were comprehensive. Our little Cassin’s finch were doing well the first week, so we knew we were in this for the long run. We had to prepare them to return to the wild. It would take weeks.

We were instructed to teach the birds to drink: dunk their beak in shallow water and tip the head back. (This also works with domestic birds.) They would have tail feathers at 2-3 weeks, start flying in about 3-4 weeks, and eat insects, seeds and crumbs at 4-6 weeks.

Yang: Common Sense Writ Large

on June 8, 2015 - 8:59am
Los Alamos

Common Sense Writ Large

In general, “hard” sciences enjoy more credibility than social sciences. Indeed, plenty of hard scientists have scoffed at how social sciences are conducted. Yet, when hard scientists tackle social problems, they get bogged down just as easily as the next social scientist.

So, it is all the more heartening to read Everything Is Obvious: How common sense fails us, for its author, Duncan J. Watts, earned his first PhD in math and engineering before earning a second PhD in sociology. 

The book is relatively easy to read.

Snodgrass: Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In ... The Dangerous Gap Between An Act Of Nuclear Terrorism And An Informed Response

on June 7, 2015 - 3:45pm

Radiological Dispersion Device. Courtesy/

Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In

  • The dangerous gap between an act of nuclear terrorism and an informed response


Los Alamos Daily Post

The specter of a nuclear 9/11 may have diminished in the last five years with the partial dismantlement and dispersal of the Islamic militant organization al-Qaida.