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Food On The Hill: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

on August 4, 2015 - 3:22pm
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

My favorite of the houses we lived in growing up was an old farmhouse in Eola, ILL., with a rhubarb patch.

Although we kids clamored for sugar when we first started gnawing on the raw stalks, we soon became accustomed to the sour stringiness and enjoyed it straight, in between the strawberry rhubarb pies my mom made all through the season.

When Fermi Lab was built, the ring extended to the edge of the farmhouse property, and we moved to a house that had no rhubarb patch.

Yang: The Cul-de-Sac Of ‘High Achieving’

on August 4, 2015 - 8:47am
Los Alamos

This time of the year, around the anniversary of my immigrating to the States, I tend to do a little more naval gazing. 

This year, I find myself reflecting on a term with which I have some issues, “high achiever.” The expression usually implies that someone has achieved more than … but what? It also connotes a high degree of competitiveness. 

I hate competition. Competition makes sense in sports and in related environments where repetition or efficiency is the goal (link). In the Chinese/Taiwanese education system, we are expected to be competitive; we need to

Warm Reception Greets World Premier Of Cold Mountain Opera

on August 3, 2015 - 10:01pm
Ensemble cast in Cold Mountain. Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera 2015
Nathan Gunn (Inman) and Isabel Leonard (Ada) in Cold Mountain. Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera 2015
Los Alamos Daily Post

Men ask the way to Cold Mountain: There is no through trail

            --Epigraph to Charles Frazier’s novel, Cold Mountain

It would be hard to imagine a billboard for a new world premiere opera with a more promising pedigree than Cold Mountain. In the full glare of national attention, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s original score

Griggs: Dateline New Orleans

on August 3, 2015 - 7:44am

David H. Griggs standing on the levee at the French Quarter Festival, with a freighter sailing past on the Mississippi. Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos

A Month In New Orleans

I sat on the levee and watched the broad Mississippi River flow past. I munched on a succulent crawfish pie, and nursed a refreshing WWOZ Mango Freeze.

Behind me on the Accura Stage, Allen Toussaint entertained the French Quarter Festival with such old favorites as Southern Nights, Summertime, Mother-in-Law, Fortune Teller, and A Certain Girl.

Buying And Selling A Home Is A Dance

on August 2, 2015 - 8:16am
Los Alamos Association Of Realtors

Buying and selling a home is a dance. Your date to the dance is your Realtor®. Your Realtor® is going to want to meet you and get to know you and your housing needs. Your Realtor® will then take you to the dance. 

The first of many dance partners will be your lender. If you are a buyer, it is always a good idea to talk to a lender prior to looking for a home so that you know what you can afford.

After you are approved for a mortgage and have found a home, you will start dancing with several different partners.

Pastor Granillo: Applied Wisdom

on August 2, 2015 - 8:04am
Los Alamos

We all know that every day, life happens. It happens in our homes, in our work, with our relationships, in our school, with our health, with everything that we know—life happens. And as life happens we are forced to make decisions that we know will impact the rest of how life happens.

How often have we made a decision just hoping we don’t mess things up worse than they already are? None of us want to make bad decisions, but all too often we do; and so we seek wisdom in various places, hoping to find the secret to good decision making.

Wisdom is how we think

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Costs Say Little Without Context

on July 31, 2015 - 10:23am

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Costs Say Little Without Context

Now four decades into the “eco-age,” I wonder why the economic impact of cleaning up remains so hazy. The reason, I think, is mutual fear ... fear on both sides that the numbers will hurt their cause. 
Every environmental debate is a contest between two values – the vitality of nature and the economy. The rebuttal to each comes from the other.

Nature studies abound.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 29, 2015 - 9:37am
Real Deal Theater

Notice:  Due to its huge popularity this year “Summer at the Movies” sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank has been extended another week! 

Next week we are excited to bring you Hotel Transylvania at 10 .m. Aug. 3, 5 and 7. The timing is nice as the new Hotel Transylvania 2 opens next month. 

New Reduced ticket prices:

  • Matinees before 6 p.m. for everyone $7.50
  • Evenings after 6 p.m.
    • Adults: $8.75
    • Seniors 60 and over: $7.50
    • Students (ID may be required) $7.50
    • Children 12 and under: $7.50
  • 3D surcharge: $2

This Friday we are opening Mission Impossible: Rogue

Food On The Hill: Cherry Clafouti And Pickled Cherries

on July 28, 2015 - 6:06pm
Sour Cherry Clafouti. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill

Cherry Clafouti and Pickled Cherries


The sour cherry trees in our yard produced more cherries this year than they had in 17 years.

Sour cherries. Photo by Felicia Orth

And although we are typically in fierce competition with birds to get them as they ripen, this year the birds seemed sated by other food sources and took only a modest share. I have also seen lots of cherries at the Farmer’s Market this year.

Santa Fe Opera Revives A Worthy Early Work By Mozart

on July 27, 2015 - 3:01pm

Heidi Stober (Sandrina) in ‘La Finta Giardiniera.’ Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015


Los Alamos Daily Post

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s eighth opera, La Finta Giardiniera, written in 1775, when the German wunderkind was only 18 years old, represents another venturous effort by the Santa Fe Opera festival to introduce a lesser-known work by a big name composer.

A somewhat marginal dramatic undercarriage artificially inflated by Mozart’s rapidly developing musical gifts, “The Phony Gardener,” as the title might be translated awkwardly from the

Yang: Data, Thinking & Wisdom

on July 27, 2015 - 8:26am

Los ALamos

Data, Thinking, & Wisdom

After learning the pitfalls of relying on common sense (link) and our shortcomings in using heuristics for judgment (link), I am left with, “now what?”

Knowing all the foibles doesn’t automatically, or easily, propel us to temper our old tendencies. Neither does the newfound awareness immediately lead us to locate newer and better tools with which to navigate our daily lives, and more importantly, to make weighty decisions. 

The tension between relying on intuition and researching for facts and data will always be there.

Classical Music World: Musical Taste

on July 26, 2015 - 12:51pm
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t like sushi. Growing up near fishing boat and cannery aromas conditioned me to avoid eating anything raw from the sea and there is something about that chewy seaweed wrap that sets my teeth on edge. My husband and children love the stuff.

Musical taste, like culinary taste, is a very personal matter.

Several years ago, I heard from two friends after a concert. One described the experience as “transcendent.” The other referred to “that horrible, horrible pianist.” And guess what? They were both right. 

In matters

Smart Design With Suzette: The Value Of Interior Design – Why Hire A Designer?

on July 26, 2015 - 7:59am
An example of a well designed kitchen. Courtesy photo
The Value of Interior Design – Why Hire a Designer?
Smart Design With Suzette

Lately I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value of interior design. Defining one’s personal value is more than what service we offer, of course, but it’s good to communicate a lifetime’s wealth of knowledge in order to help others.

One of the most common myths about working with an interior designer is that it will cost too much.

How The Hen House Turns: First Days Of Turkey One

on July 26, 2015 - 7:53am
How The Hen House Turns
The First Days Of Turkey One

It's June 2-4, sometime in the mid-1970s. We called our surviving turkey poult Dee-dum, but the name didn’t stick. She (we hoped) was called Turkey. She is now known in this column as Turkey One.

The young fuzzball insisted on a cuddle every evening at dusk. The rocking chair worked for both of us. After one half-hour, she was sleepy enough to settle down with the chicken chicks on an old ski hat under a piece of pale green blanket. They all slept through the night, quietly, if the box was closed.


Column: A Sense Of Duty

on July 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Commander, Post 90
Los Alamos American Legion

A Boy Scout takes an oath to become a Scout, “On my honor I will do my duty to GOD and my country and to help other people at all times and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”. It is as simple as that.

To become an American Legionnaire one does not take an oath because one will have already done that when he/she raises their hand and swears to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and to defend our country against all enemies foreign and domestic.

What The Changes To UC Retirement Plans Mean To Investors

on July 22, 2015 - 6:59pm
Alpine Financial Partners

As a registered Investment advisor representative who grew up here in Los Alamos and whose parents both worked for the University of California, I always do my best to be aware of what is happening with my client and prospect base. 

About a month ago I learned that effective July 2, 2015 the University of California was “streamlining” the investment choices of their 403(b) and 457 retirement plans. I was also able to attend one of their hosted webinars explaining the changes and how it affects participants. 

The most critical aspects are the

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 22, 2015 - 5:04pm
Reel Deal Theater

"Summer at the Movies,” sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, continues at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. so be sure to come early, as these free movies have filled to capacity in the past. Film titles are listed at the bottom of this column.

New Reduced ticket prices:

  • Matinees before 6 p.m. for everyone $7.50
  • Evenings after 6 p.m.
    • Adults: $8.75
    • Seniors 60 and over: $7.50
    • Students (ID may be required) $7.50
    • Children 12 and under: $7.50
  • 3D surcharge: $2

This Friday we are opening Pixels, with Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Peter

Salome: The Princess And Her Worst Nightmare

on July 21, 2015 - 10:25am

Brian Jagde (Narraboth) and Ensemble in 'Salome.' Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015 
Ryan McKinny (Jochanaan) and Alex Penda (Salome) in ‘Salome.’ Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015
Los Alamos Daily Post

A new production of one of Richard Strauss’s most popular operas, Salome, opened Saturday night at the Santa Fe Opera. An excruciating portrait of a homicidal family, the opera conceivably takes place in real time in less than two hours in a single act. It goes down in a gasp.

This is a story about a very bad dream in the life of a

Column: Our Flag, My Flag

on July 20, 2015 - 6:20pm
Los Alamos

Our Flag, My Flag

Here is hardly anything more beautiful than to be on a troopship coming into harbor with all those American flags flying. I’m home, I’m home, I’m home.

From the time I was a 12-year-old old Boy Scout I remember being respectful to the flag that represents so many good things about the United States of America.

I am a first generation American as were so many of my classmates. We were Scots, Italian, Yugoslavian, Mexican, Polish, Japanese, Irish and more.

Yang: What Riots Can Teach Us

on July 20, 2015 - 5:54pm
Los Alamos
What Riots Can Teach Us

“Hows” always intrigue me. Learning about learning; how we behave differently in different contexts (how do we know?); or, how to think…

Mark Granovetter’s The Strength of Weak Ties, the seminal work on social networks, was the foundation of my own PhD dissertation. However, only recently from reading “Everything Is Obvious” (click here) did I learn about Granovetter’s “riot model” and how we rationalize the motivation behind baffling collective behavior. 

Like many people, I don’t always realize what motivates myself (I can usually

Home Country: No More Excuses

on July 20, 2015 - 8:25am
Home Country

“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!”

We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?”

“Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….”

He pointed to his ears. “Hearing aids,” he said. We walked over and looked, and sure enough.

“It was Maizie’s idea,” Bert said. “She made the appointment and everything. Said she was tired of having the TV on so loud.”

“But it was a good idea, Bert,” Doc said.

“Oh, I know.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Ant-Man'

on July 19, 2015 - 9:33am
Los Alamos

The movie “Ant-Man” about another of Marvel Comic’s Avengers, opened Friday.

Vastly entertaining, the film not only has several funny lines, it also takes one’s imagination to the micro-reality of the insect world. Interestingly enough, the character of Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel’s Premiere #47-48 in 1979.

The idea of a movie featuring this superhero has been in the works since 1980.

In this film version, Michael Douglas plays the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym.

Pastor Granillo: Connectivity

on July 19, 2015 - 7:47am
Los Alamos

I noticed a sign this week that reads, “Everything in life is connected!” I believe that to be a true statement, and I think most people would agree.

We are all connected to each other through many channels including family, work, or school. Today social media has ensured that we are connected or connectable to anyone anywhere. Of course the sign implies a deeper connection than just everyday relationships; it reminds us that our lives intersect with the lives of others and all of creation in countless ways that we may never see but exist all the same.

Solo Traveler: Delaying Dreams

on July 15, 2015 - 1:46pm
Solo Traveler
Delaying Dreams

If there is one thing everybody learns eventually, it is that nothing is under our control.

We might think we have control as we work to earn money to pay bills, keep our lives organized, and discipline our wayward children. But just as every child is unpredictable, so is the rest of life.

In 2002 I read The Female Nomad by Rita Gelman. It was her memoir about going from rich movie producer’s wife, living in a big house in LA, to owning nothing more than she could carry. She began an adventure to live at large in the world.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 15, 2015 - 10:47am
Reel Deal Theater

"Summer at the Movies,” sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, continues at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. so be sure to come early, as these free movies have filled to capacity in the past. Film titles are listed at the bottom of this column.

New Reduced ticket prices:

  • Matinees before 6 p.m. for everyone $7.50
  • Evenings after 6 p.m.
    • Adults: $8.75
    • Seniors 60 and over: $7.50
    • Students (ID may be required) $7.50
    • Children 12 and under: $7.50
  • 3D surcharge: $2

This Friday we are opening Trainwreck  (From the director Judd Apatow who