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Classical Music World: Sight Vs. Sound

on September 3, 2015 - 8:04am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences isn’t an obvious place to find interesting articles about music. But a recent article written by psychologist and Juilliard-trained pianist Chia-Jung Tsay, caught my attention. 

In a series of experiments, Tsay showed 185 non-musicians video clips of competitors as they performed in 10 international music competitions. One group both viewed and heard the competitors.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 2, 2015 - 12:49pm
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Straight Outta Compton and Mistress America. The Gift, and Love and Mercy will end Thursday. Shaun the Sheep and No Escape will hold for another week.

Movie poster for 'Mistress America.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater.

Mistress America: Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned.

Pegg: Fibromyalgia And Exercise

on September 1, 2015 - 7:21am
By KEN PEGG
Los Alamos

Fibromyalgia is a physical condition that causes pain in a person’s muscle tissue and joints. The condition affects between 2 and 4 percen of the population and is seen more often in women than men. Individuals affected by fibromyalgia experience muscle stiffness and pain, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

While there are many mysteries about the causes and treatment of fibromyalgia, exercise is, more and more, becoming one of the most recommended treatment options.

'To Catch A Thief' Opens Library Film Series Thursday

on September 1, 2015 - 6:16am

Movie poster for 'To Catch a Thief.' Courtesy photo

Review By KELLY DOLEJSI

It begins! The 2015-2016 season of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series charges out of the pen this week with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “To Catch a Thief” (1955, rated PG).

The movie screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room theater. In this jewel of a movie, Cary Grant plays John Robie, aka “the Cat,” a retired burglar renowned for his silence on rooftops and his fine choice in purloined gems. After serving six years in World War II, his debt to society now repaid, Robie wants only to live

Yang: Ashley Who?

on August 31, 2015 - 10:42am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Summer is ending – if we go by the school calendar; so ends my occasional “summer lite” writing with today’s piece.

From certain perspectives, “Ashley Madison Hack” (link) story highlights depressing aspects of human nature and behavior: infidelity/cheating, disregard for innocents’ lives, sneaky attacks (illegal and, more so, unethical), executives’ unapologetic digging in, lying. I am sure there are other dimensions I haven’t thought of, but do we need more?

Yet, those of us who hadn’t even known about the existence of Ashley Madison before it was hacked can’t

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Love And Mercy'

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Love and Mercy” is an intense bio-pic about Brian Wilson, the genius behind the 1960s band the Beach Boys, and his downward spiral into mental illness.

Rated PG-13 “for thematic elements, drug content and language,” “Love and Mercy” is not light fare. Its focus on mental health, abusive therapists and parents requires of the audience a strong and merciful heart. However, the story is historically informative and courageous.

 

Movie poster for 'Love and Mercy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

John Cusack plays a mentally and emotionally oppressed Brian in the

Pastor Granillo: Missional Christian

on August 30, 2015 - 8:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“Why do Christians insist on shoving their religion down everyone’s throats?”

This complaint is so common that many simply expect every Christian to try and recruit them as if they are in some kind of pyramid scheme and need to build up a base for the sake of their position. “No thanks, I’ve had plenty of Amway and Herbalife in my life!”

Unfortunately, it seems as if evangelism has become one of the practices most negatively associated with the Christian Church; and I fear this is not just to those outside the church, but also within the very body of

Chief Stone: Customer Satisfaction For EMS

on August 28, 2015 - 7:26am
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

As the annual patient volume in emergency medical services (EMS) systems worldwide increases, there are no comprehensive studies on customer satisfaction for EMS.

Identifying this fault of the system has set in motion an innovative plan to measure satisfaction levels of the services provided by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

The LAFD and the Emergency Medical Services Division value our public’s opinion and will have our vendor (feedback innovations) start mailing out customer satisfaction

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Stack Cleanup Bolsters H-bomb

on August 28, 2015 - 7:22am

Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Stack Cleanup Bolsters H-bomb

The world works in strange ways. People puzzle over how much is engineers’ logic, how much is chance, and how much is from a sprinkle of mystic dust. The Tales this month trace an unlikely bead chain of exceptional doings.

The story begins in the 1920s at a remote zinc and lead smelter in Trail, British Columbia, eight miles north of the U.S. border. The huge old smelter pours 600-700 tons daily of SO2 out its stacks and down the Columbia River Valley.

By 1928, the loss of crops and

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This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 27, 2015 - 10:10am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater  

If you want to see an intense thriller with great acting by Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnon, check out No Escape.

The reviews are mixed, it depends where you look but reviewers who immersed themselves in this film for pure entertainment and action loved it. Those worried about political correctness-not so much. It is big screen entertainment plain and simple.

I’ve been trying to open Love and Mercy for a while now and we finally got it for a one-week run. This film is a portrait of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

An Open Book: What A Cute Baby!

on August 26, 2015 - 8:03am
An Open Book: What A Cute Baby!
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
 
As I was deciding on a topic for this column, I was debating between writing about the banner on the recent demonstration that equated Hiroshima with “100 Auschwitz” or that I got to hold a newborn baby for the first time in a long time. I think you will agree that I made the right choice, although I reserve the right to rant at some later time.

Before having children myself, being offered a baby to hold was a test of posture and etiquette. Posture, because I didn't know how to stand or sit while holding a baby that inspired confidence and

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Yang: OMG! No Annual Performance Evaluation?!

on August 24, 2015 - 7:51am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Like late night TV show hosts having a heyday with political news, I take guilty pleasure in the recent rash of news and articles about workplace practices, such as the frantic pace at Amazon.com (link), the cosmic stupidity of using a work email address for an Ashley Madison account (link), and now, the new trend at several major corporations of eliminating annual performance reviews (link).

I want to get into all of these topics – the Amazon.com story alone offers myriad of blog opportunities – but today, I’ll start discussing the ritual of the annual performance

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys Are Not Chickens

on August 24, 2015 - 7:51am
Wild turkeys. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CAROLYN (CARY) NEEPER Ph.D.
 
Turkeys Are Not Chickens

A turkey growing up with chickens: “I walk slowly through the twittering mob, and though they catch more bugs than I do, I know what part of the broken dandelion is good to eat, therefore I look it up and down and around before I peck at it.

"I stroll across the grass, and I feel it press back at me. I do not snatch; I am snatched from. But I take what I need—carefully aiming at the grasshopper before I swallow it. I also call for reassurance when I need it.

"I doze, and

Smart Design With Suzette: Garages

on August 23, 2015 - 8:16am
The organized garage. Courtesy photo
 
Smart Design With Suzette
By SUZETTE FOX
Garages

If you can’t find room to park your car, it’s time to clear out the clutter and reclaim your garage.

It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. It holds our garbage and recycling, bikes, sports equipment, yard sale items, paint, tools, potting bench and gardening equipment, lawn mower, and of course one car in our two-car garage.

We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk

Pastor Granillo: God’s Abode

on August 23, 2015 - 7:47am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always." A.W. Tozer

It may be cliché to say “The Church is not composed of a building, it is composed of people.” It may be cliché, but it is absolutely true, and very easily it can be taken for granted.

Kent Pegg: Progressive Overload Principle

on August 20, 2015 - 8:11am
By KENT PEGG
Los Alamos

Most everyone would like to increase their level of health and fitness. By doing so we know we will have a better lifestyle, enjoy a more active life, and delay the aging process.

Whether you’re currently on an exercise program or not, you can benefit from a workout program that utilizes the progressive overload principle. The progressive overload principle states that to consistently increase your level of health and fitness you must increase the frequency, duration, or intensity of your workout sessions.

What you’re doing by increasing one of these things is

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 19, 2015 - 12:57pm
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater  

I went and saw Ricki and the Flash last night. I’m sorry now I didn’t book it for another week. If you like Meryl Streep you will love this film. Among her other talents, that woman can sing! It ends this Thursday along with Fantastic Four, which is no loss.

This Friday we are opening Paper Towns and The Gift. The Man from UNCLE and Mission Impossible will hold for one more week. We will have an early opening of No Escape with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnon on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Movie poster for 'The Gift.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Gift: Simon

Food On The Hill: Watermelon Radishes, Shishito Peppers And Figs

on August 18, 2015 - 12:21pm
Watermelon radish salad with plums and avacado. Photo by Felicia Orth
 
Food on the Hill
By FELICIA ORTH
Los Alamos
 
Watermelon Radishes, Shishito Peppers And Figs

The fruit and vegetable bounty of summer is especially colorful, sometimes surprisingly so. Whole watermelon radishes, for example, resemble smooth white or light green turnips. Trim and slice them, however, and you’ll find a cheerful bright pink starburst interior.

Related to the daikon radish, watermelon radishes are mildly peppery, delicious raw, and make an excellent pickle.

Yang: Management Equation

on August 17, 2015 - 10:08pm

By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Ambiguity of causality underlies most social/management issues. Even when we detect a strong correlation, it is based on long horizons and large data sets. Yet, we tend to blame managers for most problems and begrudge them credit for any accomplishments. 

On the other hand, managers seem to claim credit all too easily and too quickly while rarely, if ever, honestly admitting their mistakes. Of course, before we can even assign credits and mistakes, we have to define them.

For profit-making organizations, the definitions may be relatively easier to define.

Pastor Granillo: I Wasn’t Born A Pastor

on August 16, 2015 - 8:35am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“I wasn’t born a pastor.”

I will never forget the moment I heard these words from Pastor Dave West during a pre-marital counseling session with my then future wife. Neither of us had any real intention of becoming part of a church, we just wanted to get married. So we went into this session hoping to only disclose enough about ourselves so that this pastor would be satisfied and preside over our wedding. Heck, we had only been attending the church for about three weeks and with just the intention of finding a pastor to marry us and a church to do it in.

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: Adventures With Animals

on August 15, 2015 - 11:18am
By DEBRA LOWENSTEIN, owner
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

It's been a busy summer and I've had a short vacation from writing my column. However, I have been extremely "jewelry" busy in the last two months.

Two weeks ago was the 3rd annual Santa Fe Opera costume assistants shopping party at Mrs. Beadsley. It was a lot of fun as usual.

A month ago my hubby and I took a road trip through Colorado. I did some treasure hunting in every small town we passed through.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Mr. Holmes'

on August 14, 2015 - 9:05am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Mr. Holmes” may have left the local theater, but he will live on in the hearts of those who saw this film. We know Sherlock Holmes stories enough to know he is one who values reason, logic and true facts above all else. In this film, emotion, compassion and companionable friends find their place in his life, as well.

Ian McKellan expertly plays a 93-year-old Holmes (as well as a 63 year old Holmes). Laura Linney so inhabits the character and Irish accent of his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, that we don’t recognize the actress in her first scenes.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Visualizing Nature With Art

on August 14, 2015 - 8:28am
Maple leaf. Courtesy photo
 
Maple leaf painting by Cathy Hillegas. Courtesy image
 
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Visualizing Nature with Art
 
The natural world can be visualized with a digital technology in a variety of ways.
 
A digital photograph may have its contrast, spectrum, or color saturation manipulated to create a more interesting image or emphasize some characteristic. The maple leaf photograph is an example of this.
 
The leaf is lit from behind in order to emphasize the rib pattern in it.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 12, 2015 - 11:07am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

Unfortunately we have to quit a couple good movies after only one week to make room for new ones. Alas, it would be nice to have 6 or 8 screens!

Mr. Holmes and Southpaw are ending this Thursday. This Friday we are opening the much requested Ricki and the Flash and The Man from UNCLE.  Mission Impossible and Fantastic Four will hold for one more week.

Ricki and the Flash:  Three-time Academy Award (R) winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - for Oscar (R)-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy

Living Well Los Alamos: 4Hs...Head, Heart, Hands & Health

on August 11, 2015 - 1:54pm
Living Well Los Alamos
By HELEN IDZOREK
 
The 4 Hs: Head, Heart, Hands And Health

The green four-leaf clover with the white H’s may conjure images of raising rabbits or baking a cake. But 4H is this and so much more. Youth from large cities to rural areas can and do participate in 4H.

For instance, in Los Alamos more than 20 youths participated in shooting sports this year and even placed in the district competition in Raton.

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