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Pastor Granillo: The Cross

on April 19, 2015 - 7:13am
Los Alamos

The Cross

One might argue that the universal symbol for Christianity is the cross. When we see one on a building we might think it’s a church, when we see someone wearing a cross on a necklace we might think it represents their faith, and when we see one on the side of a highway we might think that it somehow brings comfort in a time of loss.

The cross is likely to be the universal symbol for Christianity and yet there are so many who are offended by its presence.

The removal of Christian symbols such as the cross (like the one created in the rubble of

Smart Design With Suzette: Back To Nature – Biophilic Design

on April 19, 2015 - 6:50am
Nature in space. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Back To Nature – Biophilic Design

Have you heard of Biophilic Design? The term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." That sounds good, right?

Not to be confused with a specific “natural” or “organic” aesthetic, biophilic design is a design method with proven benefits for human performance and well-being.

 Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clear thinking, improve our well-being and expedite healing. I’m in!

An outdoor green space. Courtesy photo

Biophilia is a

Council Corner: Part 2 – Highlights Of The Budget

on April 17, 2015 - 7:29am
By Vice Councilor David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Council
Part 2. What is a Budget? (Part 2 of a 2-part series)

In my previous column, I gave a brief overview of the budget process. Today, I will focus on a few highlights in the Fiscal Year (FY) 16 budget proposal to be presented by staff. As I mentioned in the last column, this budget proposal should ideally reflect the initial Council budget guidance discussed early in the budget process, as well as staff input regarding their operational needs.

It’s no surprise to anyone living in Los Alamos that spending has been down at Los

Council Corner: Part 1. What Is A Budget?

on April 16, 2015 - 9:55am
By Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Council

Part 1. What is a Budget? (Part 1 of a 2- part series)

On April 20, the County Council will begin their dialogue and discussions about the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 16 budget. My fellow councilor Susan O’ Leary is spearheading a discussion on additional ways to communicate with the public. With this theme in mind, I would like to use this first column to “set the stage” for these upcoming budget hearings by giving our citizens some background about the budget process and responsibilities.

It takes several months to develop

This Week At The Reel Deal

on April 15, 2015 - 10:30am
Real Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Women in Gold starring Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, and Ryan Reynolds. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 also opens this Friday. Furious 7 and The Longest Ride will hold for another week. It Follows and Home will end this Thursday

Poster for 'Woman in Gold.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family.

Hannemann’s Music Corner: The Staff

on April 14, 2015 - 11:15am
Los Alamos

Music exists in Time and Space. If we are going to talk and write, verbally, about music, which is non-verbal, we need a common point of reference.

The Space in which music is written is called The Staff:

Above is the Grand Staff. which is comprised of the G treble clef staff on top and the F bass clef staff below.

A note is a specific tone at a specific pitch. The tones are designated with the letters A – G which repeat at regular intervals of pitch, called octaves. We need a way to designate which octave, and hence which note, we are talking about.

Solo Traveler: Things Or Experiences?

on April 14, 2015 - 8:35am
Oaxacan boys create their own fun. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler
Things or Experiences?

I was the only child and grandchild in my family for a long time. When I was four and was asked what I wanted for Christmas, I said I didn’t want toys, I wanted Santa to bring me one of his elves so I would have someone to play with. My mother had to explain that elves are “people” and we simply can’t own other people.

Even at four years old, it was clear that “things” were not nearly as much fun as a friend, someone with a mind of their own, someone who could play!

Yang: When Science Meets Reality – Part II

on April 13, 2015 - 12:37pm
Los Alamos

When Science Meets Reality – Part II

On the one hand, we laud those who “follow what they believe;” on the other, we fault those who aren’t willing to entertain ideas outside of their beliefs. I am not referring to religion or current members of Congress; instead, my focus is on “when scientists become managers,” and continuing the theme from last week, “when science meets reality.” 

Whenever people say, “Oh, management is just exercising common sense,” I feel like responding with, “And how are your family dynamics (including in-laws if you are married)?  Are you

Griggs: Dateline León, Nicaragua March 2015

on April 12, 2015 - 1:09pm

The Hostel Tortuga Booluda (the Lazy Turtle) in León, Nicaragua. Photo by David Griggs

Formerly of Los Alamos

Poetry In The Heart Of León, Nicaragua

As a snowbird fleeing the ravages of the northern winter, I continued south. My next stop in Central America was the comfortable and copacetic colonial city of León in Nicaragua, and I was definitely into “shorts and T-shirt country”.

The hostel La Tortuga Booluda provided a great base for my five day stay in León.

Smart Design With Suzette: Easy Spring Decorating

on April 12, 2015 - 11:48am
Front Entry. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Easy Spring Decorating

This time of year everyone is ready to do some spring-cleaning. I know I am. When spring’s breezes inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your rooms.

Decorate the front door

This is a great time to rethink your door color. Add a pop of color. Replace an old welcome mat with a new one. Add a wreath and you’re set.


Colorful doormat. Courtesy photo

Think Nature

Gather nature’s gifts and place them in simple containers around the house.

Pastor Granillo: Hard Things

on April 12, 2015 - 8:54am
Los Alamos

Hard Things

I ran into an old high school friend who I hadn’t seen in 20 years. We reminisced about another mutual friend, Mike, who died far too young.

We talked about how everything seemed easy for Mike: getting great grades, learning music, wrestling, socializing, and even getting into the Air Force Academy. It turns out we both felt a bit jealous of him even though the three of us were pretty close.

Looking back I realize that it wasn’t that things were easy for Mike, he just approached things differently than most people.

How The Hen House Turns: Peeper’s Grasshopper

on April 11, 2015 - 7:13am
How the Hen House Turns
Peeper’s Grasshopper

Early in Peeky’s setting I had forgotten to candle her adoptive eggs and throw out the infertile ones. Therefore, her only chick was Peeper, who soon grew into a magnificent game cock with razor-sharp spurs on his legs and a tail that soared with iridescent flecks of gold high above his blood-red comb.

The county was hopping with grasshoppers the year Peeper hatched, and, in order to encourage them, we left the grass high around the chicken pen.

Travel The Silk Road With Ethos

on April 10, 2015 - 12:53pm

Ethos Percussion Group. Photo by Michael McCarthy

Classical Music World: Ethos

By Ann McLaughlin, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The next Los Alamos Concert Association event featuring the Ethos Percussion Group may have some of you scratching your heads and wondering, “What is a program called Rhythms of the Silk Road doing on a classical music series? The story goes back a long, long way. 

In 1699, the Austrian and the Ottoman Empires signed the Treaty of Karlowitz.

Living Well Los Alamos: Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

on April 8, 2015 - 7:19am
Living Well Los Alamos
Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

When we think of spring cleaning most of us think about cleaning the gutters, washing the windows, shampooing the carpets or sweeping the garage.

Don’t forget about the kitchen when you are making your list of things to get done. Spring is a good time to go through your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer to take stock of what you have and to develop a plan to use up or discard any products that may be past their prime.

The following is a sampling of storage guidelines for best quality.

Food On The Hill: Pinon Chile Beans

on April 7, 2015 - 10:57am
A bowl of pinon chile beans. Photo by Felicia Orth
Los Alamos

I first became aware of Chef Lois Ellen Frank when I watched her cooking demonstration during a Wine and Chile Festival in Santa Fe 25 years ago. She made an exquisite and simple tomato sauce, and the fact that I still remember it so clearly speaks to her profound influence.

Chef Frank, part Kiowa, is a Native food historian, photographer, teacher and culinary anthropologist. You can find her biography, menus and other information on the Red Mesa Cuisine webpage.  

We often go with friends to Santa Fe for

Home Matters With Sarah: Buying And Selling

on April 6, 2015 - 9:42am
Home Matters With Sarah

Home Matters  

Two of the biggest real estate transactions most people will undertake in their lifetime is buying and selling a home. Both buying and selling a home are big financial and legal commitments that should not be taken lightly.

Let’s start with buying a home. Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned buyer, working with professionals you can trust will make your transaction go as smoothly as possible.

Search the Internet and you will find lots of “10 steps to Buying a House” type articles.


Yang: When Science Meets Reality – Part I

on April 6, 2015 - 8:07am
Los Alamos

When Science Meets Reality – Part I

“I just want to be left alone to do my work.” A pervasive sentiment at workplace, I am sure; what I am not sure is if it’s more so these days than, say, 20 years ago. 

Since I have been closely affiliated with scientists of one kind or another for the majority of my life, I constantly hear from them uttering that expression, with exasperation and passion.

Pastor Granillo: He Is Risen Indeed!

on April 5, 2015 - 8:15am
Los Alamos

He Is Risen Indeed!

I love watching movies, especially ones that chronicle the transformation of a character. I do not just like the kind where you initially dislike a character but at the movie’s conclusion they suddenly do something that redeems their moral character. Those are fine but they are so predictable that they are cliché.

No, I really look forward to the movie that does a great job of getting the audience to really dislike a character and then, through revelation of their life and their experiences, you find that your dislike has transformed

Coaching Café: E-Factor - Limiting Beliefs

on April 4, 2015 - 9:09am
Coaching Café
E-Factor - Limiting Beliefs
By LeAnne Parsons

In the last Coaching Café at Legacy Now Lived column we discussed Self-Fate and how, because we are making choices based on our past experiences, we cannot change our future unless the control of the past is removed.

We need to learn to make conscious choices, choices that are made in the present moment, without all the emotional “baggage” we carry around.

How The Hen House Turns: ... Language Of Caring

on April 4, 2015 - 7:49am
How the Hen House Turns
The Universal Language of Caring

Not only lions respond to a kind gesture. Androcles plucked a thorn from the lion’s paw, but he lucked out; the lion seemed to understand that Andy was trying to help. I wasn’t so lucky.

For three long weeks I watched as Peeky, our daughter’s first chicken, sat on her nest full of eggs. Her dedication worried me. Setting hens are not like normal chickens. They are totally dedicated beings—focused on the task at hand.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on April 1, 2015 - 7:16am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday is the beginning of our spring break here in Los Alamos so we have put together an awesome line-up for our students as well as additional showtimes every day. On Friday we're opening It Follows which is reportedly the scariest horro film to hit the screen in years and has been getting 9.5 out 10 from the critics.

Furious 7 also opens on Friday. This is the last Furious film, shot before Paul  Walker's untimely death in November 2013 In an auto accident. Furious is also receiving great reviews.

For the younger kids we will hold Home for

Food On The Hill: Chocolate Bird Nests

on March 31, 2015 - 9:47am
Chocolate Bird Nests. Photo by Felicia Orth
Los Alamos

This Week's Recipe: Chocolate Bird Nests

I contributed refreshments to a party Friday night at Fuller Lodge for the first night of an art show connected to the imminent opening of the new Nature Center. It’s a wonderful show based on PEEC’s mission in operating the new Center: inspiring connection with the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies of the Pajarito Plateau. 

The two recipes most frequently requested that night were the Pueblo Stew and the Chocolate Bird Nests.

Yang: *$

on March 30, 2015 - 9:42am
Los Alamos


I like to think that if I were a public figure, I would recognize myself as being target-rich, and for my own protection I would develop a higher sense of self-awareness so that I wouldn’t trip on my own hubris. 

However, target-rich people and organizations ... well, just keep providing new targets. This is how I should have replied when friends asked about my thoughts of the recent brouhaha surrounding Starbucks’ “#RaceTogether” campaign.

At the time, I just shrugged it off, but  afterwards, I thought more about it, and my delayed reaction was the above

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Design A Home Office

on March 29, 2015 - 1:16pm
Home Office. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
How To Design A Home Office

Whether your home office is designated for running a business, the occasional telecommute, or simply a nook for paying bills, a well-designed home office is a necessity. It should be a place you want to work in.


Designers make very conscious decisions about what to emphasize in a space, because the focal point immediately determines its purpose. When it comes to your home office, it’s important to emphasize objects that instinctively tell your brain “this is a space for work.”

How The Hen House Turns: Nanny And A Book

on March 29, 2015 - 11:43am
How The Hen House Turns
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Nanny and A Book

When the Hen House was ready, complete with hand-picked straw in the nest boxes, we packed everyone into the car on the pretense of visiting friends in the valley.

When we turned into the yard where we were to choose Shawne’s birthday present, we found to our horror that many chickens were running around loose, with no insulated, bomb-sturdy Hen House to shelter them.

Shawne took great delight in picking out three hens to take home. Nanny was a little hen with dark red feathers. She was easy to catch.