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Pastor Granillo: The Meaning Of Life

on July 24, 2016 - 6:49am
Los Alamos

The Meaning of Life.

"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV)

I have no doubt that everyone has had that moment when they have asked themselves, “Why do I bother?” 

Sometimes it’s in a semi-humorous situation, like asking not to be transferred for the 12th time, while trying to get the right Internet tech on the phone, only to find yourself disconnected or listening to the automated message you started with.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 23, 2016 - 1:12pm

Smart Design With Suzette: Backsplash Beauty

on July 22, 2016 - 8:41am
Decorative backsplash. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Backsplash designs are an extremely important element to consider during a kitchen renovation. The right backsplash design should be a focal point of your kitchen and really tie the whole room together.

Kitchen backsplash design should really incorporate your own personal style. Many people have trouble choosing a backsplash. I’m here to help. I’ll show you examples of what’s tending now and guide you to make an educated decision that suits your personality.

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Dabney: Pets Rule, Owners Drool

on July 22, 2016 - 7:07am

Reid Griffith Law Firm

You’ve probably seen a favorite gag scene of mine in the movies.

This one comes from a 1976 flick, The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Inspector Clouseau checks into a Swiss hotel, then sees a dog sitting on the floor. He asks the clerk, “Does your dog bite?” The clerk responds in the negative. Clouseau reaches down to pet the dog, and the dog viciously attacks his gloved hand!

“I thought you said your dog did not bite!”
“That is not my dog…”

Had the scene arisen in Los Alamos, the dog would have been impounded for 10 days by the Los Alamos

McQuiston: Managing Your Credit Score Can Save Money On Car Insurance

on July 21, 2016 - 9:18am
The Jemez Agency

How Does My Credit Score Affect What I Pay for Auto Insurance?

You may not have had any auto accidents or moving violations, but if you have not managed your credit score you will pay more for auto insurance. In fact, your credit score is one of the biggest factors used to determine what you pay for car insurance.

Credit Scores Factor in Auto Insurance Premiums

It is hard to grasp why this one factor has such a great impact, even though it does not appear to be related to driving habits.


Pastor Granillo: Answering Wisdom

on July 17, 2016 - 8:20am
Los Alamos

Answering Wisdom.

“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind” (Proverbs 8:1-3 NIV).

There is a great need for wisdom in our world. Wisdom to discern the truth from the lie. Wisdom to choose the right leaders. Wisdom to identify the victim from the assailant.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 16, 2016 - 5:02pm

Yang: Some Intangibles Lead To Solid Successes

on July 14, 2016 - 4:21pm
Los Alamos

In the previous column, I related a story of how a Google’s team leader’s revelation of his terminal cancer opened up a doorway for his teammates to share their respective vulnerabilities. This ultimately made the team more cohesive than it might have been otherwise. The risk of stepping out of one’s comfort zone is a crucial part of quality leadership – the risk lies in the uncertainty whether one’s opening up would be reciprocated or dismissed as weakness – and is one of the key elements of building trust. 

But what is “trust?” It’s one of those soft features

An Open Book: To Those Who Help Us Speak

on July 14, 2016 - 9:51am
Los Alamos

One of my clearest memories of high school was watching Mr. Cipolla, a vigorous young social studies teacher, pacing back and forth across the blackboard in his tight pants popular in the 70s, the top of his shirt opened to reveal impressive amounts of chest hair. He would wave the chalk in his hand and prompt us to think deeper about the historical period we were learning that day or even current events. “Pay attention guys,” he scolded us during the Watergate era. “This stuff will be in the history books!”

He was colorful and loud and spirited, even

McQuiston: What To Do (And Not Do) After An Accident

on July 14, 2016 - 9:24am
The Jemez Agency

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you may recall scrambling to try to figure out what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. A vehicle accident is never a pleasant experience for anyone involved. Nevertheless, as you make the first report of a claim, you can alleviate some of the confusion that can often surface after an accident by keeping a few tips in mind.

Do not, under any circumstance, sign any document at the scene unless it is for the police or other such authority.

Make notes about the accident, including all names of parties involved


Smart Design With Suzette: Calling All Builders … Please Return My Call!

on July 14, 2016 - 9:22am

Contractor on a ladder. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Yes, this is the busy season for renovations. Have patience. As an interior designer, I can’t get contractors to call me back either. So, don’t take it personally.

Clients get extremely frustrated and often ask if they have done something wrong in searching for a contractor. I understand the frustration. But believe me when I say that skilled contractors are in high demand. Good contractors are very, very busy.

This means when you do start phoning contractors, don’t be surprised that they don’t immediately answer their

Williams: Police Killed From 1800 To 2015

on July 13, 2016 - 8:26am

Chart by Joel Williams


Los Alamos
Here’s a chart of the number of police killed in the US from 1800 to 2015. The main features are lawlessness (what level would the killing have reach in post 1930, if the FBI had not taken a very strong negative view of the bad guys?) and civil disorder over black integration, which culminated after a decade and a half.

We've had a downward trend since the mid-1970's. The low now appears to be about 110-125 per year (about like post WWII). Makes me wonder what will bring on the next wave.

How The Hen House Turns—Theory Of Mind

on July 11, 2016 - 9:59am
How the Hen House Turns—Theory of Mind
As I review our 40 years with domestic birds and dogs (while raising our family in Los Alamos), I realize that what has driven my curiosity has been Theory of Mind.
That's the idea that animals and three or four-year-old people are able to realize that someone else is thinking something else. It's not self-awareness. It is other-awareness, the realization that someone else or some other animal is also aware, maybe even aware of you.
Whenever I passed Lucy goose in the yard and said, "Hello Lucy," she would answer with a quiet

Cinema Cindy Reviews: The BFG

on July 10, 2016 - 8:53am

Back With A Vengeance … Don Giovanni Scores At Santa Fe Opera

on July 10, 2016 - 7:35am
A goreous sunset posed for the opening of Don Giovanni at the Santa Fe Opera July 3. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
Daniel Okulitch (Don Giovanni) and Solomoan Howard (Commendatore) in 'Don Giovanni'. (c) Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016
Los Alamos Daily Post

Brazilian-born Ron Daniels’ bold staging and direction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni takes a great work and makes it greater.

Pastor Granillo: Praise The Lord!

on July 10, 2016 - 7:03am
Los Alamos

Admittedly, there are days when praising God is harder than others. It’s harder to praise God when my wife and four kids are sick. It’s harder to praise God when an unexpected bill arises but the income doesn’t change. It’s harder to praise God when I feel like I have failed. It’s harder to praise God when we lose loved ones. The truth is, there are a lot of times when it is hard to praise God.

I used to think that all of the Psalms were Pollyanna type messages of how perfect life was for the believer and how easy it must be to praise the Lord. Then I read them.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 8, 2016 - 6:33am

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mr. Holmes And The Geometry Of Dandelions

on July 7, 2016 - 8:07pm
Los Alamos
Holmes now was particularly restless as a result of two events. First, he had just deduced that a particular diamond was a copy due to the angles of its facets. The angles had not matched the angles of the genuine article. Second, it was summer and he wanted to conduct his weekly explorations of the Jemez Mountains. I anticipated he would make some connection between geometry of the diamonds and what he observed as we hiked along a trail.
The case of the Geometric Dandelion. Courtesy photo
“My interest this week is in the recovery of plant life along

The Good, The Bad And The Sbagliato*

on July 7, 2016 - 7:31pm
Patricia Racette (Minnie), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Dick Johnson) and ensemble cast in ‘The Girl of the Golden West’. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016
Gwyn Hughes Jones (Dick Johnson) and Patricia Racette (Minnie) in ‘The Girl of the Golden West’  Photo by  Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016


Los Alamos Daily Post

  • For its Diamond (60th) Anniversary Santa Fe Opera goes for the gold

One of the great all-time Italian comic operas, Giacomo Puccini’s Fanciulla del West takes place in a small-mining camp during the early days of the California gold

Gessing: New Mexico’s Supreme Court Ignores Law On Worker’s Compensation

on July 7, 2016 - 8:51am

Farmer Chuck Havlik. Courtesy photo

By PAUL GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

New Mexico’s Legislature had previously enacted a law that allowed employers with more than three employees to opt out of coverage for farm and ranch laborers but not other agricultural workers. The liberal-dominated New Mexico Supreme Court — Justice Judy Nakamura being the sole exception — decided that instead of the duly-elected Legislature being called upon to change the law, they should simply ignore the law on the grounds of “equal protection.”

While some news reports hailed the decision as a victory

'The Way, Way Back' Shows At Library Thursday

on July 6, 2016 - 7:07am
Movie poster for 'The Way, Way Back'. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Wish you could spend summer at a beach house? Hop in “The Way, Way Back” (2013, rated PG-13), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series.


Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s film begins with 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) in the very back of his mother’s boyfriend’s car, while Trent the boyfriend (Steve Carell), Duncan’s mother (Toni Collette), and Trent’s teenage daughter (Zoe Levin) ride up front.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Independence Day: Resurgence'

on July 6, 2016 - 7:04am
Los Alamos

“Independence Day: Resurgence” is one of those films with too many characters, not enough backstory, taking place in too many locations around the world (and on the moon). As one gets lost trying to keep track of all that and translating the pseudo-science babble of the dialogue, it becomes necessary to suspend belief in finding any coherence—don’t try to make sense of it and you’ll do just fine.

Movie poster for 'Independence Day'. Courtesy photo

The original Independence Day movie did well in 1996. The film was a huge success for its lead actor, Will Smith.

Chapman: On Los Alamos County, Progress, And The Tragedy Of The Commons

on July 5, 2016 - 12:47pm

On Los Alamos County, Progress, and The Tragedy of The Commons.
Resident of Los Alamos County (White Rock)

Having attended the last three public meetings on the Comprehensive Plan for Los Alamos County, I have heard about lots of possibilities for the growth and progress of the County. I have also heard a varied number of opinions about how this should (or should not) happen, coming from the citizens that either were at the meetings, or expressed their opinions using other avenues of communication.

This has gotten me to think a lot about how we can progress as a

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 3, 2016 - 10:35am
Patriotic flower pots and jars. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Sodas in red, white and blue. Courtesy photo

Pastor Raul Granillo: Christianity 101

on July 3, 2016 - 7:29am
Los Alamos

Christianity 101.

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise” (Ps. 101: 1).

I was reminded this week, by a new friend, that the simplicity of the Bible is the most powerful means of bringing life into this world. Too often we overcomplicate what God says or what Christianity is supposed to be about. We may get hung up in how to attract new people to our church and forget that all the world really needs is for us to live Christ-like lives.

The 101st Psalm is a great message of the simplicity of Christian living.