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How the Hen House Turns—The Unthinkable: Running Free

on November 23, 2014 - 9:52am
How the Hen House Turns
The Unthinkable: Running Free
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Skates, our blond border collie, was missing. I must have gone downstairs and called, then whistled. No Skates. I walked down the front stairs, up the driveway to the backyard and called and whistled again. Still no Skates.

What is remarkable, now that I think of it, is that I felt no angst, just a little irritation: “Oh dear. Skates and Sammy are probably off somewhere on campus.”

Those were our graduate school years 1959-1963 in Madison, Wisc.

Solo Traveler: What The French Do Best

on November 23, 2014 - 9:45am
Andouillette sausage in mustard sauce with potatoes au gratin, carrot puree, and salad at Restaurant Les Paves de St. Jean in Old Lyon. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Joyce Nickols of Los Alamos in a self-cleaning restroom in Lyon, France. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
What the French Do Best

The Michelin guide in France is known for its unfettered judgment of the best restaurants and chefs.

There are a maximum of three stars awarded to any given restaurant. When a chef loses a star, it is said to be as traumatic as the breakup of a marriage.

Reviewers who work

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Intersteller'

on November 19, 2014 - 3:16pm
Los Alamos

“Interstellar” is an all-engrossing and vastly entertaining Science Fiction film, currently playing at the Reel Deal. Absorbed in it, one doesn’t notice that the film runs as long as two hours and 49 minutes. Writer/producer/director Christopher Nolan opts to keep the story in one piece, unlike many over-edited films today.

“Cooper” (whose first name is never given) is a NASA trained pilot who, after a horrific crash, becomes a farmer.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 19, 2014 - 9:09am
Reel Deal Theater   

 Due to Thanksgiving week we will be open for additional showtimes so please check our schedule closely.

 This Friday we are opening Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but don’t forget our special showing at  8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 20. Tickets are going quickly.

Movie poster for 'Mockingjay Part 1' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, St. Vincent and Interstellar will be leaving to make room for Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, which both open Wednesday the 26th.  We will hold Big Hero 6 for another week. Laggies will end

Food on the Hill: Sour Cream Dill Onion Bread

on November 18, 2014 - 10:38am
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipe: Sour Cream Dill Onion Bread
Photo by Felicia Orth

This Sunday is Family Bread Service at church. Congregants bring two loaves of bread from a recipe that is meaningful to them for cultural reasons or as a reflection of ethnicity.

Although I was aware growing up that my ethnic heritage was German-Swiss on both sides, there was no special focus on that history in my family.

Yang: Putting Them All Together!

on November 17, 2014 - 9:46am
Putting Them All Together! – Summary of the intergroup dynamics of the three-tiered system
Part 6 in the series on intergroup dynamics
Los Alamos

The first and foremost important lesson I learned from these simulations is that we don’t just occupy only one level or belong to only one group in any system. 

The top-middle-bottom resides simultaneously in all of us, but depending on the situation, we evoke only one level at the moment of that situation. The majority of the time we cross these boundaries without giving any thought to it.

Sunday Wellness Column: The Art Of Sleeping Well...

on November 16, 2014 - 6:06am
The Art of Sleeping Well: Natural Solutions for Insomnia
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

We all have suffered from lack of sleep at one point or another in our lives, and we get through it with some extra caffeine or whatever means it takes knowing that we will catch up on sleep later.

However, people can experience prolonged periods of poor quality sleep due to being parents of young children, having a job that requires shift work, having a high stress job, having a health condition or going through a big change in their life that evokes

Regina Wheeler: PNM And Los Alamos DPU Propose To Buy Dirty San Juan Coal Mine; New Mexico Deserves Better

on November 13, 2014 - 9:45am
CEO, Positive Energy Solar

Times have changed since solar and wind power first became available. Across the country, the cost of coal is going up, and the price of clean energy – like wind and solar – is coming down. Employment trends are changing, too. Today, more workers are employed in the clean energy industry than in coal mining nationwide. Since 2012, New Mexico’s solar industry has added nearly 1,000 new jobs. Almost 2,000 New Mexicans now work in our state’s growing solar economy. 

As owner of a local solar company, I’ve seen the remarkable transition to clean

Review: On My Own, New Autobiography By Dimas Chávez Beginning In Los Alamos

on November 12, 2014 - 12:02pm
Dimas Chavez
On My Own
Los Alamos

Editor's note: This is a book review by Joyce Joslin Wolff who went to school with Dimas Chávez from 1944 through their graduation from Los Alamos High School in 1955. They shared teachers and experiences those many years.

It was 1943. A 6-year-old Dimas Chávez and his family from Torreon, New Mexico wound their way up the front hill road to make their home in Los Alamos. As the Manhattan Project was top secret they had little idea what living on the isolated Pajarito Plateau would be like. 

On My Own, a new autobiography

This Week at the Reel Deal

on November 12, 2014 - 7:24am
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This Friday we are opening St. Vincent and Laggies. We will hold Big Hero 6 and Interstellar for another week.

Book of Life and Nightcrawler will end this Thursday.

We tried to get a print of Dumb and Dumber To but we didn’t make the cut. If it turns out to be a good film we’ll try and get it for a one-week run in the near future.

Movie poster for 'St. Vincent.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

St. Vincent:  Maggie (McCarthy), a

How the Hen House Turns: A Mothering Instinct During WWII

on November 12, 2014 - 7:19am
How the Hen House Turns
A Mothering Instinct During WWII
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In the spring of 1943 we moved seven miles, from San Leandro. Calif., to an apricot orchard on Madeiros Avenue. It lay on 40 acres of rolling hills just outside the city limits of Hayward.

Those were the days when my mirror was telling me that 6-year-olds have big ears that stick out in front of braids that are never long enough.

My Hero, My Dad

on November 11, 2014 - 9:56am

Wendell Goffe Armour

My hero, my Dad

Los Alamos

Army First Sergeant Wendell Goffe Armour was 92 years old when he left this world June 26, 2014. He was a brave solider and a man proud of country. He experienced the horrors of war, and once said to me, “you don’t know what its like to have a buddy die in your arms.”

At 17, he joined the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard in Pittsburgh. They were called to active duty in February 1941 to Europe, but because he had a mother living in Germany, the Army sent him to the South Pacific.

Food on the Hill: A Red, White and Blue Veterans Day Menu

on November 11, 2014 - 8:16am
Food on the Hill
This week's recipe:
A Red, White and Blue Veterans Day Menu
Photo by Felicia Orth

My grandmother Mabel regularly hummed a certain tune, unfamiliar to me, throughout the years I lived with her, 1976-1980. She was 76 years old, I was 17 and at a university in St. Louis. She hummed all of it except the words “my buddy, my buddy,” which I took to mean her late husband Leo. Eventually I heard the song played on the radio during a Veterans Day broadcast.

Grant: Lifting The Veils Of Perfectionism

on November 10, 2014 - 11:10am
Lifting the Veils of Perfectionism
By Elizabeth Grant
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

“Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.” –William Somerset Maugham

Perfectionism, some wear it like a badge of honor but in many ways it’s highly overrated. Passion and excellence are character building and make for a better world. They come from a place of internal striving. On the other hand, perfectionism tends to be externally focused and is about trying to gain approval and acceptance.


Yang: The Prison Walls For The Middle Group

on November 10, 2014 - 9:06am
The Prison Walls For The Middle Group
Part 5 of the series on intergroup dynamics
Los Alamos

My sympathies initially were with the Middle group; they really were squeezed between two polarizing forces. The tension from such polarization was the basic reason for the Middle’s existence, yet managing this tension was what ultimately trapped them. 

The middle group always tried to mediate between the top and the lower.

Peterson: Help! I Turned To Get The Toast And My Back Went Out

on November 9, 2014 - 6:46am
Help! I Turned To Get The Toast And My Back Went Out
Medical Message Therapist

We have all heard this story in one form or another, or if we have experienced this phenomenon we know that this condition can literally take you out of commission for a week or more. What really happened and what can we do about it? Enter the world of myofascial trigger points and how they can be treated.

Myofascial trigger points are the discovery of two brilliant MD’s named Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simmons. Their seminal discoveries in chronic and acute pain took decades of research.

Williams: Superintendent Search Update

on November 8, 2014 - 11:13pm
Los Alamos School Board

So there is quite a bit of buzz in the community about what is going on with the superintendent search. It's due time the community heard directly from a School Board member (who of course is not officially representing the School Board as an entity).

What's this about "advisory committees"? - I want to be on one!

First - committees are small intentionally, and have already been selected by the Board. You'll have your chance to give input, that's a promise from the School Board.

So what do these advisory committees do?

So the School

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 6, 2014 - 1:41pm
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This Friday we are opening Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.  We will hold Nightcrawler, and Book of Life for another week. John Wick and Fury will end this Thursday.

We managed to get a print of both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar for this weekend. That’s a great thing as these are the first of the big holiday films and are both getting good reviews.

How the Hen House Turns—Introduction To The Early Years

on November 5, 2014 - 7:12am
How the Hen House Turns
Introduction To The Early Years
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

It is spring of 1943, World War II on the home front. A 40-acre fruit orchard on the outskirts of Hayward, California becomes a haven of self-sufficiency as butter and milk and meat grow scarce.

Our family of four begins life in the country with our new pup, Boots, and the gentle cow, Buttercup, who loved my dad, Pa. As more and more animals are brought to live in and around the barn at our victory farm, childhood-long lessons in independence and integrity begin.

A calico kitten found under

Purtzer: Strategies To Reduce Youth Substance Misuse

on November 4, 2014 - 7:19am
Aaron Purtzer
Los Alamos

Recently Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presented a talk on the ongoing drug problem in Los Alamos public schools. Subsequently the Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent responded in an open letter discussing the schools role and processes for intervention and education.
The message I received from both Chief Sgambellone and Superintendent Gene Schmidt is that they are doing what they can to protect our youth from illicit drugs in the public schools but the community needs to participate in preventing substance abuse as well.

Cunningham: Thank You, Vote And Consider Me For Council

on November 3, 2014 - 8:34am
County Council Candidate

As we move toward election day on Nov. 4 and the end of the campaign season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow County Council candidates for their civil discourse, consideration and respect for me and each other throughout the race.  

It saddens me to see the vitriol and fear based ads for all levels of the other races. No matter our opinions, we should treat each other with dignity and respect as fellow human beings.

Yang: The Prison Walls For The Lower Group - Part 4

on November 3, 2014 - 6:55am
The Prison Walls For The Lower Group
Part 4 of the series on intergroup dynamics
Los Alamos

The dominant force that helped set the tone for the Lower group of nine at Montville was their perceived need to be unified against outside threats/forces.

“United we stand, divided we fall” was their mantra, or borderline obsession.

O'Leary: Please Vote … And Consider Me For The Council

on November 2, 2014 - 10:20am

Candidate for County Council

Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 4. If you’ve already voted, thank you for participating. If you haven’t voted yet and are still thinking about who to vote for, here are a few reasons to consider supporting me.

I’m a seasoned manager with years of experience serving in leadership roles in a large, successful for-profit organization. I’ve been held accountable for delivering specific results; aligning day-to-day decisions with high level goals, and making sure that funds were spent in ways that truly served strategic level goals. 

One of the

Art and Science of Entertaining: Thanksgiving

on November 2, 2014 - 6:58am
Los Alamos

I do hope that you are as eager to read this, my second Los Alamos Daily Post column, as I am to share it with each of you.

If I were asked "What is my favorite meal of the day?" without a nano-seconds hesitation I would heartily declare "breakfast." This response could easily be because oh how I do love the beginning of each new day but also because I love bacon, hot chocolate with whipped cream, toast, ham, eggs poached, scrambled and overeasy, bacon, jams and jellies, pancakes, waffles and bacon!

Actually, as the list of breakfast 'delights' grew ever

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Groundwater News Is Creepy

on October 31, 2014 - 1:45pm
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Groundwater News is Creepy

To cut to the chase, groundwater is precious and “leisurely.” The chief feature of groundwater is its astonishing lack of speed. “Out of sight” is also big in the setting.

In our region, water generally moves in the ground from the mountains, where it rains, to the rivers in the valleys, where it doesn’t. Typically the water down in the rock layers creeps along at much less than a snail’s pace. 

Groundwater speeds are measured in inches or feet per year.