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TALES OF OUR TIMES: Who Picks Up Trash In Space?

on April 29, 2016 - 1:37pm
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Who Picks Up Trash In Space?
“Space trash” and “space junk” are terms for the man-made litter that is floating in space or otherwise stuck there. Much of it orbits Earth. We know the problem is real when we hear about the Orbital Debris Program Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

What all is whizzing around out there? By NASA’s accounting, the mess of it would fill a few junkyards if it were dumped in one place.

Smart Design With Suzette: Entertaining Essentials – Home Bar Ideas

on April 24, 2016 - 7:40am
Home bar. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Hospitality is about sharing. A hospitable home welcomes visitors and draws them into the warm family circle as treasured guests.

The first thing that guests are offered is a beverage. What better way to offer hospitality then to lead them to your perfectly designed and stocked bar.

I’m not sure it’s because of hit series like “Mad Men,” but there’s a definite return of the home bar. It seems everyone wants one.

Pastor Granillo: Imaginary Friends

on April 24, 2016 - 7:30am
Los Alamos

My three-year-old son, Isaac, has an imaginary friend named Zappy. Zappy is well known in our family, and once even took a place at the dinner table. Isaac often tells us about the things Zappy says and does. Sometimes Isaac even blames Zappy for the mischief he gets into. While we don’t tolerate Isaac putting the blame on Zappy, we don’t worry too much about him having an imaginary friend. After all, Isaac is already noticing that Zappy can’t do a lot of the things real people can do.

Yang: Almost Final Words On Half-Truths

on April 22, 2016 - 8:13am
Los Alamos

As much as I love studying organizations, there are times I just want to throw my hands up and say, “Why bother?” Especially when everything about organizational life seems complicated, without easy answers, or often, with no answers. We like nothing better than a linear, neat, straight road to lead us through the day. So it is with issues like “change!’ 

On the one hand, we extol those who embrace change and disdain those who “resist” change; on the other hand, we don’t ever know exactly how to go about engaging change effectively.

Toulouse Oliver: I Am Running To Ensure Accountability

on April 21, 2016 - 8:34pm
DemocratIc Candidate
Secretary of State

New Mexicans deserve a government they can trust.

Unfortunately, for too long, some of our leaders have abused the public’s trust, landing politicians in jail and leaving voters disillusioned.

I am running for New Mexico Secretary of State to ensure accountability and transparency in state government so that New Mexicans can trust their elected leaders – and the election process.

For the past nine years, I have served as Bernalillo County Clerk, supervising elections for the state’s largest county.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on April 21, 2016 - 7:58am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday, we are bringing in The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Midnight Special to add to The Jungle Book and Criminal. This is a great line-up with something for everyone.

We have some more great movies coming up in the near future: Mother’s Day, The Dark Horse, Captain America: Civil War, Money Monster, Neighbors, Nice Guys, Alice in Wonderland, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Independence Day, The BFG and Finding Dory are all among our hopeful coming attractions. 

JUNGLE BOOK: Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must

How The Hen House Turns: Subterfuge, Integrity And Frogs

on April 20, 2016 - 7:41am
Streak the Skunk practices the art of puppy camouflage. Courtesy photo
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Over the many years with birds and dogs and rabbits and a skunk in Los Alamos, I came to respect their intelligence, which I now believe has been vastly underrated, especially when it comes to food and sex. That's why I found great delight when PBS ran a special called "Natural Born Hustlers."

The Bower Bird with his fancy tunnel, decorated with carefully selected goodies in hope of  attracting a female, is one example.

Why Is My Home's Insurance Value More Than The Market Value?

on April 19, 2016 - 3:05pm
The Jemez Agency
Why is my home's insurance value more than the market value?
I was recently asked by a friend to explain why his homeowner insurance coverage amount differed so much from the tax value and market value in his area. I’m betting there are many of you out there asking the same question!
We all know that many states have seen large swings in market property values. While they peaked in 2006, some market values have since sunk to levels far below the actual replacement cost of the home.

Abe Dispennette: Invest Locally

on April 19, 2016 - 7:32am
Los Alamos
When I ask my clients what they see as their biggest threat to retirement the normal nervous answer is not having enough money. This answer is usually followed with a detailed explanation on how they plan to sacrifice and save more into their 401s to mitigate the threat. While this certainly is an issue we all need to closely monitor it does happen to ignore a hidden threat flying under most people’s radar – taxes! 
I have found that many people think their tax burden will be nearly zero in retirement and they plan to live on 25-50 percent of their

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Jungle Book'

on April 18, 2016 - 11:01am
Los Alamos

“The Jungle Book” has come back to the movie screen this year thanks to Disney, Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) and live “motion-capture” technique. For those of us who remember the animated 1967 Disney movie, this version differs: the same “cute factor”, a couple of the original 1967 songs, but a far more exciting storyline. Thanks to CGI and Motion-capture, it is definitely well worth seeing in 3-D.

Movie poster. Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

This Jungle Book movie is based on the three stories about a jungle boy named Mowgli, which are found in Rudyard

Yang: Separating Wheat From The Chaff

on April 17, 2016 - 9:19am
Los Alamos

Why do managers keep relying on “half-truths” or “nonsense” in their decision-making process? In Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense, Pfeffer and Sutton give at least three reasons:

1. using data changes power dynamics;

2. people often don’t want to hear the truth; and

3. the marketplace for business ideas is messy and inefficient.

Facts and evidence are equalizers; anyone can gather them and present them to back up their assertions.

Pastor Granillo: The Spirit Filled Temple

on April 17, 2016 - 8:21am
Los Alamos

The Spirit Filled Temple.

It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. - 1 Kings 8:10-11 NASB             

You can find all kinds of things at churches these days. You can find old people or young people, liturgical worship or free worship, hymns or contemporary music, expository or motivational preaching, stained glass, horrible carpet, “hipster” ushers, whatever.

LTE - Your Civic Engagement Is Showing

on April 16, 2016 - 12:34pm
LWVLA Membership Chair
After spending nearly a decade working and living in over a dozen states, I am often questioned about my decision to relocate my life and business to Los Alamos. I never wavered in my choice because I knew what was out there. From Austin to Miami to Portland and in between, I had experienced some of the best and worst our country had to offer and what I found in Los Alamos was something different.

Whether it is the outstanding public schools, countless nonprofits, prolific thinkers, or the level of safety and security you feel when you live on the

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 2 - What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?

on April 15, 2016 - 8:05am
Acorn Woodpecker. Photo by Bob Walker
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 2 - What is happening to the birds of northern New Mexico?
We introduced the results of the recent Christmas Bird Count for Los Alamos by itself in a prior column.
Another column considered what is happening in terms of climate temperature for northern New Mexico. Now, how does Los Alamos compare with the rest of the northern mountains of New Mexico?
Five other areas had bird counts as well as Los Alamos. Some of these areas have conducted annual Christmas Bird Counts for years.

Rep. Garcia Richard: Why I Continue To Serve

on April 14, 2016 - 10:50am
Democratic Incumbent
House of Representatives Dist. 43

Many people don’t know this about me, but every morning, before the sun rises, I go for a run. I’ve always been a runner, but since taking office four years ago, my morning ritual has taken on new meaning.

Running is not only a time to reflect on my family, church, and job at school, it is a time to think about the ways I can help increase funding to public education, spur economic development, and help put an end to DWI and domestic violence.

My morning runs are my way of staying grounded and reminding

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

on April 12, 2016 - 6:04pm
Los Alamos

“Hello, My Name is Doris” is the first film in many years to star Sally Field in a leading role.

Her talent, flexibility and grace are the things that make this movie work. Doris Miller may not, however, be a character you can completely get behind. Sure she’s a shy, mousy, invisible accounting clerk, but she is also socially inept.

The movie opens with Doris’ mother’s funeral. Her brother Todd (Stephen Root) and sister-in-law Cynthia emerge at the wake to suggest to Doris that she get some help.

Smart Design With Suzette: Laundry Room Design

on April 10, 2016 - 8:22am
Laundrey room with colored appliances. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Laundry Room Design

A laundry room is a space that exists to get a big job done. It surprises me that laundry room design doesn't receive more attention. This column talks about smart laundry room design and how these design elements support the activities that go into doing the laundry.

Design Layout

A well-designed laundry room layout should....

  • Be designed so that it’s easy to get laundry in and out of the washer and dryer, or have easy access to a clothes hanger (inside or outside).
  • Be

Pastor Granillo: Understanding Women And Kings

on April 10, 2016 - 7:17am

Los Alamos

Understanding Women and Kings.

When I first got married, I knew the primary rule of marriage was that I was to be devoted to this one woman, alone, for the rest of my life. Of course, I was naïve about a lot of things.

I thought all this rule meant, was that other women were off limits. I dare say every husband learns quickly that there is more to it than that. For example, it would not end will if you told your wife that you preferred your mom’s cooking or her cleaning methods.

I learned a lot of serious stuff as well.

Griggs: A Visit To The Ancient Mayan City Of Copán

on April 8, 2016 - 10:09am

A dazzling, full-sized replica of the Rosalila in the Copán Museum of Mayan Sculpture. Although today they are weathered gray stone, the original buildings were colorful, elaborate theater sets proclaiming the glory of the city. Photo by talk2winik


Forign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

In 1839, the intrepid explorers Stephens and Catherwood hacked their way with machetes through the jungles of Central America. Amid the steaming green foliage and the towering ceiba trees, spider monkeys swung from vines and brilliant scarlet macaws flew through the trees.

Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders: Seeing The Big Picture

on April 8, 2016 - 9:20am
Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 7 – Seeing the Big Picture
This month, we’re going to explore a very interesting distinction between anabolic and catabolic leaders – we’ll look at the way that each type of leader thinks.
This is perhaps one of the most complicated, but essential, aspects of understanding the difference between the two types of leaders.
Catabolic leaders use left-brain analysis almost exclusively. This type of thinking is linear, and rational. It’s the logical approach, and considers only facts and actual observations.

Stover On Collaborative Leadership For New Mexico

on April 7, 2016 - 2:11pm

Sheehey: Why I’m Running For Re-Election

on April 7, 2016 - 1:33pm
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
It’s been an honor to serve on County Council since I was elected four years ago. Here’s why I am asking the people of Los Alamos to re-elect me to a second term.

This is my 30th year in this town, where I have lived and worked as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, first a single person, then married with a family, and now as a retired person. Personally, I’ve lived a lot of the American dream here: stimulating work with good pay in a beautiful environment.

Domestic Violence: Power And Control

on April 7, 2016 - 9:40am
Los Alamos

The many incarnations of power and control that manifest as domestic discord and violence are generally traceable to a need for by individual in a relationship to be totally in charge of another. Historically, major events and incidents can be attributed to one of two things: need and greed. So it is in the domestic arena as well.

The need for power may emanate from some long-ago experience of helplessness, some occurrence that has demonstrated a notable advantage to the stronger over the weaker partner, a workplace or social situation in which one is reminded of

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Zootopia'

on April 5, 2016 - 7:31am
Los Alamos
“Zootopia” has been out for a month, but I finally got to see it Sunday and, boy, am I glad I did! This little gem is full of the most intricate, animated world ever created. The details in the background scenes alone are worthy of an art award!

But even more compelling is the set up for the story. Zootopia is a city in which all the animal species live in relative peace, having “evolved” from their more savage predecessors. Prey and predator live in the same city, patronizing the same businesses, aspiring to jobs and housing, mates and families.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Batman v. Superman'

on April 4, 2016 - 11:09am
Los Alamos

“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” may have the best special effects and horrific violence the movie industry can create on screen, but I found myself yawning through it.

But most of the D.C. Comics details thrown into the film are not explained for the non-indoctrinated. More could have been done in the writing or the editing process to allow us plebes to better follow the storyline.

This dark, chaotic and violent film (my husband’s words) features two of our historically favorite D.C. Comics superheroes, Batman and Superman.