Skip directly to content


Yang: Introversion Is Not Taught In Business Schools

on November 30, 2015 - 8:48am
Los Alamos

In fact, introversion is deliberately marginalized at business schools. One Harvard Business School (HBS) professor once said, “If a student talks often and forcefully, then he’s a player; if he doesn’t, he’s on the margin.” 

At HBS, the culture is all about pursuing the extrovert dream: being forthright, being vocal, being a team player (or at least seen as such until seizing the opportunity to dominate the team), being outgoing, and acting confidently at all costs, or at least, seemingly so. 

Extroverts thrive in such an environment.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Oxymorans (1)

on November 29, 2015 - 12:16pm

How the Hen House Turns
Animal Oxymorans (1)

We humans like to oversimplify things. So it is with animals. Too often we think of them as domestic or not, pets or not, dangerous or not, when in fact they are a little bit of this and a lot of that and a smidgen of something else—just like the rest of us.

Take rats, for instance. It’s not fun to find a  rat in one’s backyard, only to be told that they live in the sidewalk ivy bed. I’ll agree, but it doesn’t mean that all rats are nasty. They have been living in or near human habitats for thousands of years.

Pastor Granillo: Hope.

on November 29, 2015 - 7:03am
Los Alamos


“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

“Hope” is one of those terms that we have romanticized and made very ambiguous. That may be the reason we often enjoy quotes like, “Hope is a waking dream.” After all it is mysterious, poetic, and speaks to hope as being something we imagine as possible; while at the same time accepting “hope” as something easily lost as we begin to awaken to reality.

For too many, the romantic notion of hope has left them cynical in a world where darkness pours into a lit restaurant, music hall, or even an elementary school.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Why Hazy Days Are Hazy

on November 27, 2015 - 7:56am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Why Hazy Days are Hazy

Why is hazy air hazy? A 5¢ question with a $50 answer. Today’s story is the $3.98 version in three parts—physics, weather conditions and human actions.
The chapter on physics tells us that hazy air has more fine particles in it than clear air.  "Fine particles" are very small bits of solids or liquids, so small they stay in the air without settling.
And so small they "scatter" a lot of light. That is, they "knock it away," so less light gets from out there to your eye.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 27, 2015 - 7:54am
Reel Deal Theater

The Good Dinosaur opened Wednesday and Creed, Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before and Spectre will hold for another week.

I originally was not going to open Creed as I was thinking “what another Stallone boxing movie!” Then I looked a little deeper, read some reviews and watched some trailers. This film might just rival the original Rocky (well almost). The critics are going wild over it and it’s getting a 95 percent rating. Warner Bros. made us open it Wednesday and messed up our schedule so be sure and look to our website for the most updated version.

Column: What I’m Thankful For In 2015

on November 27, 2015 - 7:44am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Each holiday season I compose and send to relatives and friends a “Thanksgiving Thankful List” for the preceding year.

My wife, Deb, and I enjoy our life in Utah’s red rock country and have many things for which we are thankful. I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

This is my 2015 list:

  • Deb and I are in debt to the Roman god of lists—Listus (well, I made that up). We are inveterate list makers.

An Open Book: Give Me Liberty...

on November 25, 2015 - 9:22am
Los Alamos

Although everyone calls my country of birth by the shortened name of Uruguay, the formal name is “Republica Oriental del Uruguay”, roughly analogous with how we typically say America, when we really meant “United States of America.”

The long name is formally translated in English as “Eastern Republic of Uruguay,” but this is not quite correct; it should be “Republic to the East of the Uruguay (river)”. Now you know why everyone calls it Uruguay.

I got to thinking about this awkward translation when I was researching the famous conclusion to a stirring


Food On The Hill: Veggie Turkey, Trout And Rosemary Walnuts

on November 25, 2015 - 7:19am

Leo's veggie turkey in 2014, an arrangement of vegetables including bell peppers, asparagus, endive, red leaf lettuce and carrots. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
This will be our third Thanksgiving with two new traditions, one begun by each son: Leo’s veggie turkey and Alex’s fresh trout. I could not be happier with these developments.
The Veggie TurkeyThe photo of the appetizer table above shows the veggie turkey: an arrangement of vegetables including bell peppers, asparagus, endive, red leaf lettuce and carrots.
The wattle is a cheese ball studded with pecans.

Pastor Granillo: A Holy Nation…

on November 22, 2015 - 7:38am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Being a holy nation simply means being the people of God who seek a mature relationship with Him. The lack of holiness is why many people find that their relationship with God is as volatile as the typical marriage in America today.

Know The Signs Of A Gradual Heart Attack

on November 20, 2015 - 10:27am
Lori Coffelt, RN, CCCC
Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department Director
When you think of a heart attack, you probably imagine what you see in movies: a person suddenly clutching his or her chest in pain. But most heart attacks don’t happen that way, new research says. For more than half of heart attack patients, symptoms come on gradually.

Researchers studied nearly 900 people who had heart attacks. The findings, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, showed only 35 percent of them experienced sudden chest pain.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Steve Jobs'

on November 20, 2015 - 10:22am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos

“Steve Jobs” is a film about the computing visionary of the same name during his turbulent years from 1984 to 1998. Professionally, this is the period from his development of the Macintosh computer, turning away from the Apple II, through his dismissal from Apple and founding of NeXT computing, into his rehire as CEO of Apple and the launch of the iMac. The successes of his succeeding years are left out.

Movie poster for 'Steve Jobs.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

The screenplay is brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) and edited so that you are

How The Hen House Turns: Sentient Beings

on November 20, 2015 - 9:11am
How the Hen House Turns
Sentient Beings

As you may have noticed, in this column I tend to focus on animal awareness and street smarts (about humans (sometimes even about streets). Hence I took notice when I found Michael Shermer’s “Skeptic” article in the February Scientific American subtitled “A Moral Starting Point: How Science Can Inform ethics.”

As I struggled to find a positive way to speak in fiction about our iffy future, I took notice of  Shermer’s definition of the “moral starting point” as “the survival and flourishing of sentient beings.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 20, 2015 - 9:07am
Real Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2 and The Night Before. Spectre and The Peanut Movie will hold for another week. The Good Dinosaur will open on Wed, Nov. 25 and will replace Peanuts, which ends Nov. 24.  

Movie poster for 'Mockingjay Part 11.' Courtesy Real Deal Theater

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs

Classical Music World: The Power Of Fame

on November 19, 2015 - 12:16pm
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I’m frequently asked how much the Los Alamos Concert Association pays the artists we present. That information is confidential when it comes to the fees charged by specific artists, but I can talk about this in more general terms. 

We pay our artists anywhere from several thousand dollars for a single performance to tens of thousands. In addition to the basic fee, we frequently offer to take care of ground transport and lodging expenses once artists arrive in New Mexico. 

Artists, by the way, always pay for airfare from

Hey What’s That ‘Hitch In My Giddy Up’

on November 19, 2015 - 11:18am
Los Alamos

This week, let’s talk about strain/counter strain syndrome, its often painful, insidious side effects and what you can do about it.

Normally the human body maintains a homeostatic balance in its numerous complex muscle systems. Muscles are designed to do a job and return to their normal relaxed position. There is a complicated system that allows muscles to do their jobs. All muscles have an antagonist that dampens the desired movement. 

A good example of this is in the forearm. The muscles on the bottom of the arm are flexors and the top extensors.

Coaching Café: Catabolic Vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 2

on November 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
By LeAnne Parsons
Los Alamos
Last month we began a discussion of the characteristics of anabolic and catabolic leaders, and how the anabolic leader “leads,” while the catabolic leader “manages.”
Another distinction between catabolic and anabolic leaders is that catabolic leaders “delegate,” while anabolic leaders “participate.”
According to Webster’s dictionary, “delegate” means to entrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit, and “participate” means to partake of; to share in; to receive a part of.
Most of us have been taught that delegating is something

Yang: A ‘New-ish’ Niche For Intro-Extrovert: Ambivert

on November 17, 2015 - 8:01am
Los Alamos

Obviously this personality type isn’t new but the term, ambivert, is relatively new. Actually, the term has been around since 1920 but hasn’t been adopted widely; so, it’s new-ish. On a scale of 1 to 7, 1 being extreme introvert and 7 being extreme extrovert, the ambiverts score 3, 4, or 5. 

Most of us have the preconceived notion that extroverts are perfect for sales jobs, whereas introverts are likely to be borderline disasters when trying to persuade people to buy things. Hiring managers have largely followed this presumption as well.

Smart Design With Suzette: Getting Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests

on November 15, 2015 - 9:32am
A welcoming entrance. Courtesy photo
Guest bedroom. Courtesy photo


Smart Design With Suzette
By Suzette Fox
Getting Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests
The holidays are upon us, and with them holiday guests. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for guests with affordable ideas to refresh and organize your home.

The focus is on a few areas of your home – the entrance hall or foyer, the guest bedroom and guest bath.

Entrance Hall/Foyer

This is the first space your guests see as they enter your home. Give a great first impression while making them feel welcome.

Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

on November 15, 2015 - 9:15am


Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

Los Alamos Daily Post

A new “hockey stick” argument erupted this summer on Capitol Hill, as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Science Committee faced off with officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last several months over a climate study published in Science magazine in June 2015.

The new study, “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus,”offered a revised version of historical land and sea temperatures that used new data

Pastor Granillo: A Royal Priesthood…

on November 15, 2015 - 8:07am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood…” (1 Peter 2:9 NASB).

Being God’s chosen people is simply being the people who have accepted the love-founded-grace that God extends to every person through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of course, Peter reminds the reader that we are more than just a “chosen people;” we are also a “royal priesthood.”

To be honest, I have to wonder how many of us have a misperception of what that means.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Spectre'

on November 13, 2015 - 7:53am
Los Alamos

“Spectre” follows closely on the heels of “Skyfall” (2012) as yet another fabulous vehicle for James Bond, Agent 007, played by Daniel Craig.

World class locations, memorable spectacles, and a bit of biographical history tantalize the viewer of this film, as they did in “Skyfall.” It is definitely entertaining.

And this from someone who was never a Bond fan…

Movie poster for 'Spectre.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

Since Ian Fleming’s books about the MI-6 agent were made and remade, featuring alluring female enemy agents, fast cars and secret weapons, the

Griggs: Dateline Ouarzazate

on November 12, 2015 - 10:59am
Former Los Alamos resident David Griggs riding a camel recently in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos

After my initial arrival in Marrakech and some time getting acclimated to the exciting country of Morocco, I realized that it was time for the obligatory visit to the desert and camel ride.

I took a bus over the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, and spent three days exploring the film industry there and in the historic walled ksar of Aït Ben Haddou (Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator, for example). I also enjoyed grilled kabobs

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 11, 2015 - 9:11am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Steve Jobs and Black Mass. Spectre and The Peanut Movie will hold for another week. The Martian, Bridge of Spies, and Burnt will end Thursday.  

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.19 we will have a special early showing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Tickets are now on sale at our box office. Please try and come early, limited seating.

Steve Jobs: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate

Yang: Some Philosophical Contemplation On Introverts And Extroverts

on November 9, 2015 - 8:56am
Los Alamos

When I was young, about 7th or 8th grade, I often tested myself: Listening for the faint triangle notes in Alexander Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” I had only a small record player, and with LP’s quality back then, detecting such subtle notes was a bit of a challenge. I used this test whenever I felt edgy, unsettled, unfocused, and so if I could still hear those notes produced by the triangle, it meant that my mind wasn’t too distracted and was fairly composed.

However, there were times, no matter how hard I tried to concentrate, I simply missed those notes.

Bouman: Understanding Long-Term Care

on November 8, 2015 - 7:56am
Alpine Financial Planners

Addressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 can expect to need long-term care services at some point in their lives.  Understanding the various types of long-term care services and what those services may cost is critical as you consider your retirement approach.

Long-term care is not a single activity.