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This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 29, 2014 - 6:22am
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This week we are opening Nightcrawler. We will hold Fury, John Wick, and Book of Life for another week. Alexander will end this Thursday. It’s funny and a great family film, try to get by and see it.

I understand the scary Halloween films are not that scary this year so we chose the creeper, Nightcrawler. It is a truly original, macabre, ominous film starring Jake Gyllenhal. It is receiving very good reviews.

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt Issues Open Letter To Staff And Community

on October 28, 2014 - 12:13pm
Open Letter to Staff and Community:
By Superintendent Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Public Schools

An article in the Sunday Edition of Los Alamos Monitor (DeRoma, 2014), posed the question of illegal drug use in our community. The drug awareness event, which was held in Smith Auditorium, presented an opportunity for community members to voice concerns on illegal drug use.

As Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools, I would be naïve to say that drugs have not made their way into our schools and our community.

Classical Music World: Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts On Upcoming Performance

on October 28, 2014 - 11:43am
Orion Weise and friend. Courtesy/LACA
Classical Music World
Pianist Orion Weiss Shares Thoughts on Upcoming Performance

When you go to a classical concert, you are usually handed a printed program that includes some information about the music that you will hear.

But reading about music never comes close to the pleasure of just listening to it and program notes rarely give you any idea of how the artists up on the stage feel about the music they are playing.

That is why I want to share something really special with you.

The next Los Alamos Concert Association event

Food on the Hill: Calabacitas

on October 28, 2014 - 6:56am
Food on the Hill


This week's recipe:


Photo by Felicia Orth

Fall 1986. We had recently moved to Santa Fe from St. Louis. “What are you bringing to the Church potluck?” “Calle-besitas,” I said, showing off my new pronunciation skills with my new recipe. “Little street kisses? Sounds like an interesting dish….” We talked long enough that our friend was able to (stop chuckling and) correct my pronunciation of a New Mexican dish, calabacitas. Squash, corn and chiles—all vegetables long grown in the New World.

Yang: The Prison Walls For The Top Group

on October 27, 2014 - 7:29am
The Prison Walls For The Top Group
Los Alamos

(This is the third piece in this series of intergroup dynamics.)

First, author’s clarification. When I typed “dynamic conservatism” in the previous post, it crossed my mind that in this election cycle, people might associate this “conservatism” with political affiliation. Far from it. In the usage of “dynamic conservatism,” the word just means the preservation of current power status. 

Have you ever contemplated what’s like to be in a dramatically different working condition? living situation?

Johnson: Giving People Cash Works

on October 26, 2014 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
(Currently in a master's program in Nova Scotia)

Much emergency aid in disaster and war zones takes the form of in-kind assistance: food, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc. Part of the reason for this is that these may simply not be available in the area. Often though, some forms of services are still operational, especially near refugee camps or after natural disasters in heavily populated areas.

So, why not give people in these situations cash to take advantage of available, local services?

Food on the Hill: Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup

on October 23, 2014 - 8:04am
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipe:
Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup
Photo by Felicia Orth
The acorn squash is glossy green, ribbed, and sits next to the butternut squash--tall, pale yellow and smooth.  No need to choose between them. They are delicious together, whether roasted and mashed, sliced into gratins or casseroles, and in this lovely soup. This recipe is lightly adapted from the 1977 Moosewood Cookbook, which holds many of the soup recipes I use and adapt.

How the Hen House Turns: A Homesick Dog?

on October 23, 2014 - 7:44am
How the Hen House Turns
A Homesick Dog?
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In late summer 1983 we drove to Flagstaff, Ariz. to begin a delightful year of teaching and folk dancing. Our Santa Fe shepherd, Poncho, went with us. He hated riding in the car, until we stopped at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Gallup and shared our lunch with him.

What a mood change! Instead of moping, all curled up in the back seat, he sat up and stuck his nose eagerly into the crack in the rear window, all the way to our rented house on the hill above the railroad station in Flagstaff.

The house was

Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

on October 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Beefsteak Hill on the road from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Fall color in the Jemez. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

When I returned to my home state in the 1980s, I bought Halka Chronic's book, “Roadside Geology of New Mexico.” Her books are a great resource for people who want to know more about the amazing scenery they drive through.

But the New Mexico book left me cold because one of the prettiest drives in the state wasn't even mentioned - the road from San Isidro north to Jemez Springs and on to Los Alamos' NM 4.


This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 22, 2014 - 8:26am
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This week we are opening The Book of Life and John Wick. We will hold Fury and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for another week.

The Judge and Gone Girl will end this Thursday. I liked both of these films very much. Do see them on the big screen if you can.

Movie poster for 'The Book of Life.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Book of Life is a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a

Peterson: Weight Of Head Can Be 42 Pound Gorilla

on October 21, 2014 - 7:30am
The Weight of Your Head Can Become a 42 Pound Gorilla
By Kreig Peterson
Medical Massage Therapist

I would like to talk about forward head posture (FHP) a painful and insidious condition, and how it occurs.

The average human head weighs around 8 to 12 pounds all stacked up nice and neat on seven little vertebrae. This wasn’t a problem until we developed a forward head leaning world through extended the use of computers and decided to load our children down with 60 pounds of books to carry around all day at school. 

Normally, the head should sit directly on the spine and shoulders nice and

Yang: Conceptual Foundation For Understanding Power Differentials: Social Comparison And Dynamic Conservatism – Part II

on October 20, 2014 - 3:13pm
Los Alamos

Action, interaction, reaction, and inaction are all important factors to weigh in understanding the dynamics of interactions among individuals and groups. Characters and qualities of personality acquire meanings through all those (___) actions. 

When I first moved to this part of the world, I was more or less an unknown to others. Gradually, friends and colleagues built a store of descriptors of me, some probably are always true; others are couched in certain contexts, and a few I probably would never know about. In our social being, we often rely on others as our

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Time Lapse'

on October 19, 2014 - 12:39pm
Los Alamos

“Time Lapse” is the first feature-length film directed by Los Alamos native, Bradley King. It has been making the rounds of Independent Film Festivals and is in Santa Fe this weekend, showing at 6 p.m. today at the Jean Cocteau Theatre (Montezuma at Guadalupe).

The film is entertaining and tight, a time-travel themed thriller which many movie-goers will find intriguing if not beguiling. 

Callie (played by Danielle Panabaker) and her boyfriend Finn (Matt O’Leary), share an apartment with their friend Jasper (George Finn), who has a gambling addiction and a

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Judge'

on October 15, 2014 - 6:31am

“The Judge” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall as estranged son and father, Hank and Joseph “Judge” Palmer. Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong play Judge’s other two sons, who, unlike Hank, still live in the same small town as their father.

Hank must suddenly leave his successful Chicago defense attorney practice (and his much less successful marriage) to attend his mother’s funeral back in Indiana. Hank’s return to the family home is key to the dysfunction and mistrust that erupt when he shows up.

As happens in such coming home movies, Hank meets up with his

How the Hen House Turns: The Human Factor and Dolphins

on October 15, 2014 - 6:25am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor and Dolphins
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Just what do we mean when we refer to something unique about humans? 

All life recognizes other life, so that’s not it. Recent science magazines report that bacteria communicate with chemicals, so individuals can form mats or colonies, when there are enough fellow bacteria nearby. Communication doesn’t make us unique. Perhaps we assume too much.

We experienced a fascinating example of shared experience in the Bahamas with bottlenose dolphins. Our boat was parked near a dolphin feeding ground.

Yang: Conceptual Foundation For Understanding Power Differentials: Competing Multiple Realities Get Us Trapped – Part I

on October 14, 2014 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos

How do you tell the difference between GM and Ford, as organizations? There may not be that many differences, but somehow we know. 

So, how do you tell the difference between different groups? Implied in my question is the answer that groups have identity, too, just like organizations and individuals. Hence, the cautionary principle for describing individuals applies also to groups: We should take care not to describe groups in static terms, as if their assigned characters were part of their permanent being. What do I mean?

Food on the Hill: Apple Cake

on October 14, 2014 - 9:35am
Food on the Hill
Editor's note: We are pleased to announce that longtime Los Alamos resident and local home cook Felica Orth has taken over writing the weekly 'Food on the Hill' column from Sue York. York recently retired from writing the column after sharing her delicious recipes with our readers for more than two years.

This Week's Recipe:

Apple Cake

Photo by Felicia Orth

Fall usually brings multitudes of fresh, crisp apples. Delicious eaten from the hand, chopped into salads, simmered into apple butter or pressed into cider, fresh apples also make a great cake.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Equalizer'

on October 11, 2014 - 2:17pm
Los Alamos

“The Equalizer” stars one of my favorite leading men, Denzel Washington, as a quiet man living a mundane life in Boston until the day he has a brush with the Russian Mob.

As the story unfolds, we learn very few details about Robert McCall, Denzel’s character in the film. He appears to be a person with a strong sense of justice and some expertise in health and fitness. He lives in an upstairs apartment in a modest neighborhood, rides the bus to work, and seems well liked by his co-workers at Home Mart, where he has a job in the lumber department.

Movie poster

Solo Traveler: Permanent Changes

on October 7, 2014 - 12:28pm
Natzil with his pet chicken, mother and grandmother were Los Alamos Daily Post columnist Sherry Hardage's neighbors in Ortahisar, Turkey. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Permanent Changes

Anyone who has traveled to other countries, or the Deep South, knows how travel changes your perspective.

Visiting any culture different from our own is interesting and challenging. It’s impossible to come away with our preconceived ideas intact. I grew up in the South.

Yang: Follow-up On 'Reluctant Leaders' And 'Followership'

on October 6, 2014 - 11:28am
Follow-up On “Reluctant Leaders” And “Followership”
Los Alamos

First, a little humor (at someone’s small expense) on how data-driven decisions without context can be colossally stupid. Mr. Ben Bernanke’s recent application for refinancing his D.C. house was turned down.  Mr. Bernanke, you recall, was the former chairman of the Federal Reserve. According to the writer of the NY Times article (click here), the cause probably stemmed from Mr.

Wald-Hopkins: A Vision For A Wellness Center

on October 5, 2014 - 10:44am
Empowering Community Wellness With Mindful Living: A Vision For A Wellness Center
By Patricia (Trish) Wald-Hopkins MSc, DABT, LMT, RMP
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

There was a special gathering Friday night at the Rosebud Café in White Rock of wellness practitioners including massage therapists, energy therapists, wellness/life coaches and educators and mental health professionals with a shared desire to form an alliance for a wellness network that supports practitioners and connects them to the community.

With the help of facilitator, NancyAnn Stealey, holistic health advisor and

Pendergast: Art and Science of Entertaining

on October 5, 2014 - 8:26am
Los Alamos

Greetings to each of you reading my first Art and Science of Entertaining column.

My hope for you, after you read my words, is for you to not be surprised should you find yourself racing to your email, phone or stationary and inviting  friends, family and long-lost connections and saying to them, "Hey there - come on over - let's share some time together, a game, talk, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, fun and friendship."

Don't be shy or hesitant to suggest that your guests bring along a spirit or goodie to share with everyone either.

Skin Care Column: Aestheticians And Their Role In Skin Care

on October 5, 2014 - 8:19am
Skin Care Column
Aestheticians And Their Role In Skin Care

For decades, cosmetic manufacturers have been bringing advanced skin care to consumers through professional aestheticians worldwide.

Aestheticians have always been on the cutting edge of research anddevelopment.

True skin care is much more than simply using the right products. Aestheticians have always maintained that keeping skin “young” has more to do with lifestyle than just keeping it young-looking through product use.

Only professional aestheticians can effectively deliver this message and explain what

Fitness Column: Should Women Weight Train?

on October 2, 2014 - 8:01am
Should Women Weight Train?

More and more women are entering the world of weight training to increase their level of health and fitness and look better.

The numerous benefits of strength training are no longer reserved for just men wanting to get big muscles. Women, however, have long been concerned with the possibility of getting overly muscular if they begin weight training.

The idea of adding weight, even if it’s muscle, runs counter to what many women want.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 1, 2014 - 6:33am
Reel Deal Theater   

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer breaks are excluded.

 This week we are opening the much anticipated film, Gone Girl and This is Where I Leave You. We will hold Boxtrolls and The Maze Runner for another week. The Drop and Life of Crime will end this Thursday.

We are still trying to get a print of The Equalizer. We’ll keep you posted.

Movie poster for 'Gone Girl.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Gone Girl - Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian