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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.

Pastor Granillo: Embracing The Big Picture

on March 29, 2015 - 10:21am
Los Alamos

I can relate to poor ol’ Peter in the Bible. He means well but has a tendency of putting his foot in his mouth at all the wrong times. I think I relate to him because I see so many of us “regular folk” in his methods and in his heart. He loves Jesus, he knows Jesus is the Messiah, he anticipates all the great things that are being done through Jesus; but when Jesus tells him something that doesn’t fit into his picture of what God is supposed to do, Peter actually pulls Him aside and rebukes Him! (Mark 8:31-32).

Can you imagine hearing God say one thing

Griggs: Dateline San Salvador February 2015

on March 29, 2015 - 9:33am

Bishop Romero at the Tivoli Fountain in  Rome in the 1950’s when he was a simple parish priest. The Lutheran and Anglican Churches celebrate his feast day on March 25. Courtesy/Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen


Pilgrimage To San Salvador
Formerly of Los Alamos 

At the end of January, I planned to travel south from Guatemala to Nicaragua to attend a Rotary Project Fair. Planes would be faster, but buses give you a chance to see more of the country. Central America has a great system of public transportation.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Consensus Looked To The Data

on March 27, 2015 - 8:18am

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Consensus Looked To The Data

Tension always exists between team loyalty and advancing your team’s interests with sound evidence.

In about 1975, I was appointed to a national panel of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in Washington, D.C. This rare experience revealed the many worthy souls at work on all sides, and it shapes my point of view still today.

Our panel had the formidable task of assessing the impact of regulations on the nation's economy.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 25, 2015 - 8:19am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Home. We will hold Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Second Best Marigold Hotel. We were only going to show Marigold Hotel for one week but it did so well, we have to hold it for one more week. Run All Night will end this Thursday but the caveat is that projector broke down and we are waiting on parts so it most likely won’t be repaired by Thursday. I hope to get it up and running by Friday.

Movie poster for 'Home.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

Home: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on

Column: Anywhere But Here

on March 24, 2015 - 11:44am
Formerly of Los Alamos

“I want to go home”. Those were my Mom’s most memorable words, after “I love you”, just before she passed away from cancer.

At that moment, I thought I knew exactly what she meant. It was physical, not a call to God to take her, but a wish to be back in the house she had lived the majority of her adult life; the house where
she raised her two kids and watched them go off into the world; where she worked from and happily retired in. It was the home she shared with my Dad and the one in which she outlived him. Home
in every sense of the word.

So it came


Food On The Hill: Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

on March 24, 2015 - 7:41am
Los Alamos

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

With cookies, it seems sometimes that the population can be divided into two teams—those whose favorite cookie is the chocolate chip, and those who prefer oatmeal raisin. Count me as an oatmeal raisin team member. Even my chocolate chip cookies are simply oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips instead of raisins. (Try it! Delicious, if initially confusing. The chocolate chip team members usually examine them suspiciously, pointing at the dark bits, “What are those? Are there any raisins in here?”)

Predictably, the best recipe for

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Insurgent

on March 24, 2015 - 7:28am

Smart Design With Suzette: Quick And Inexpensive Ways To Change Up A Room

on March 22, 2015 - 10:09am
Newly updated living room. Courtesy photo
Smart Design with Suzette
Quick and Inexpensive Ways to Change Up a Room

Looking around my office today, I felt the need to change it up. I painted the walls a beautiful blue two years ago, but after spending many hours in it each day, I need a visual change. I want a quick and inexpensive update. I’m sure some of you feel the same way about rooms in your home. Take heart, there are solutions – ones that won’t break the bank.

Interior designers know that a home is a constant work in process. Styles change. Tastes change.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Cinderella'

on March 22, 2015 - 9:03am
Los Alamos

“Cinderella”, Disney’s 2015 remake of the much-remade story, is actually not bad. Although there are parts of the film that are obviously for children and pre-teen girls, adults who remember with fondness the animated Disney film of the same name will find some happy memories here.

Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) makes it possible for this live action film to incorporate visual magic.

The list of delights found in this film version of the classic fairy tale would have to start with the CGI transformations of the mice, lizards, and goose into the horses,

Pastor Granillo: The Bigger Picture

on March 22, 2015 - 8:01am
Los Alamos

The Bigger Picture

A.W. Tozer once said, "The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian."

In the same way that a puzzle’s picture cannot be fully seen without all of the pieces, the scriptures in the Bible cannot be fully understood unless they are in context with the rest of the Bible.

Paul tells Timothy that the holy Scriptures, “are able to make you wise for

Cinema Cindy: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

on March 21, 2015 - 9:33am
Los Alamos

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is an equally entertaining sequel to the first film of the same enterprise. Like the “First Exotic Marigold Hotel” which gained much acclaim in 2011, “The Second” features Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and a few other British character actors, all of whom have chosen to retire in this hotel in Jaipur, India. Their relationships with one another and their adventures in India create the vignettes in this ensemble film.

But the story holding all the vignettes together is the impending wedding of Sonny (Dev

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: Vintage Costume Jewelry - What's It Made Of?

on March 20, 2015 - 8:45am
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

This month's column is about the materials vintage costume jewelry is made from.

You may have inherited a piece of jewelry from your grandma or you might have bought a piece of old jewelry at a flea market that intrigued you, and now you are wondering what it's made of. One thing is certain: if it's costume jewelry it will not be made of precious metal such as gold or platinum and it will not be set with fine gemstones.

So what materials are commonly used to produce costume jewelry?

Costume jewelry can be made of a great many


Fitness Column: Time To Get Started

on March 18, 2015 - 8:28am
Los Alamos

One of the hardest parts of anyone’s workout program is getting it started. We all know the benefits of regular exercise but for many getting started can be the most difficult step to take.

Not having enough time, not having enough exercise knowledge, and not having enough energy are three of the most common cases people give as to why they never get going on an exercise program.

First, you can make time to exercise if you want to. I know it’s difficult to add one more thing into our already busy lives, but this is just too important to neglect.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 18, 2015 - 8:13am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Second Best Marigold Hotel (one week only) and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. We will hold Cinderella and Run All Night for one more week. Still Alice and Chappie will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'The Second Best Marigold Hotel.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

 The Second Best Marigold Hotel: Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they've found just th place: The Second Best

How The Hen House Turns: Goats And Deer

on March 18, 2015 - 7:37am
How the Hen House Turns
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Goats and Deer

When we first moved to Los Alamos, we were told about a lady, Alice Westervelt, who had a house goat. Rumor had it that the goat had been easily trained, was quite civilized really, but that it ate everything in the garden.

Goats are famous for eating tin cans, but I suspect that was not Alice’s problem. She was probably not a Master Gardener, and she probably could not hang up her red shirts on the line outside to dry. Trains have probably never passed through Los Alamos, so there were none to flag.

Food On The Hill: St. Patrick’s Day Sides—Colcannon Pie And Pickled Red Cabbage

on March 17, 2015 - 10:36am
Food on the Hill

I decided long ago to cook vegetables separate from meat, even when they are traditionally cooked together. I didn’t like what happened to the vegetables when they were together; they often turned limp and greasy. 

The two recipes that prompted this change in practice were osso buco and chicken soup. In each case I ended up cooking the meat and veggies separately and “marrying” them late in the cooking process.

Yang: 'Time' Is Real & Measurable...

on March 16, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

“Time” Is Real & Measurable…yet time is also very subjective

Most of the time, the idea of “time” resides in our perception. “You have too much time on your hands,” or, “I don’t have enough time to…” Every minute or hour is exactly the same quantity as the one before and the one after. Yet, try to tell that to a harassed father or a Fortune 500 VP (who could be a mom with two toddlers). 

Of course, everyone knows that stress, anxiety, and sense of time (or the lack of it) are intimately related.

Pastor Granillo: Driven

on March 16, 2015 - 11:58am
Los Alamos


Every once in a while we get the opportunity to take a real look into this world. And, even if only for an instant, we see how many people there are that need someone to shine a light into their lives.

Every once in a while we see a glimpse of a smile from a face that we thought was chiseled into a frown by experiences of war, loss, poverty, disappointment and fear.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Still Alice'

on March 16, 2015 - 7:29am

Movie poster for 'Still Alice.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater


Los Alamos

“Still Alice” is a brave film that will haunt you. True to the book on which it is based, the film takes a respectful but honest look at how it feels to get Alzheimers. What makes the story different is that it is told from the perspective of the one diagnosed.

As we watch this film, we become Alice, going through the months as she becomes aware of her cognitive degeneration. She is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, a rare and genetic form of the disease.

Smart Design With Suzette: Small Space Design Tips

on March 15, 2015 - 9:00am
Smart small kitchen design. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
Smart Design with Suzette

Small Space Design Tips

If your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential. My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Squeezing in as much usable space as possible makes rooms livable by helping it function properly, keeping claustrophobic feelings (and clutter) at bay, and making a home (especially a tiny one) feel more spacious.

No matter the square footage, it really comes down to being smart about

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 11, 2015 - 9:43am
Real Deal Theater    

This Friday we are opening Still Alice, Cinderella, and Run All Night. We will hold Chappie for one more week. Focus, McFarland, and Selma will end this Thursday.

Still Alice, (Oscar winner, Best Actress, Julianne Moore,) is highly anticipated here on the hill where many of our citizens either have or know someone dear to them with Alzheimer’s disease. Cinderella is getting very good reviews (9 out of 10) and is widely considered to be the flagship film for the spring movie season. Run All Night starring Liam Neeson promises to quench the thirst of