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Smart Design With Suzette: 2015 Color of the Year

on January 25, 2015 - 11:42am
Smart Design with Suzette
2015 Color of the Year

Pantone LLC, a subsidiary of X-Rite, announced Marsala, an earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. X-Rite is a global leader in color science and technology.

What does this mean? This means you will see this hue everywhere, from the runways, to make up, to interior design.


Courtesy photo
“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.

Hannemann’s Music Corner: Tone, Pitch, Note & Timbre

on January 22, 2015 - 10:11am
Los Alamos

In music, there are four fundamental terms you need to know and understand including tone, pitch, note and timbre.

TONE: A musical sound, which repeats at regular intervals, higher or lower.

PITCH: The placement of a tone, high or low, within the range of tones and relative to, high or low, other and all of those tones.

NOTE: The symbolic representation of a given tone, at a specified pitch, with specified time duration.

TIMBRE: The quality and/or character of a note (the sound of a sound).

These four terms are often confused with one another and often

Time To Reach Across Aisle And Talk About Science

on January 21, 2015 - 8:41am

AGU Executive Director/CEO
  • American Geophysical Union Applauds President Obama’s Acknowledgement of the Role Science Plays in America’s Economy; Calls for Bipartisan Funding Support from Congress

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand why science matters. You also don’t have to be a scientist to understand why bipartisan support for research funding should be a no-brainer.

Issues such as energy innovation and the impacts of our changing climate aren’t limited to red states or blue states.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 21, 2015 - 7:05am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Strange Magic and Mortdecai. We are holding American Sniper for another week. Big Eyes and Unbroken will end this Thursday. We have booked The Imitation Game for Jan. 30. Again we hope you can wait to see it at the Reel Deal Theater. I wish I could have gotten it sooner but that’s the best I can do.

We are hosting our third annual PEEC event, Back Country Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. Hope you can make it. There will be fun raffles and Pajarito Brew Pub will be there serving up some nice brews.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: A Cup Of Tea, Ponderosa Trees And Forest Fires

on January 20, 2015 - 7:07am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist:
A Cup of Tea, Ponderosa Trees and Forest Fires

Winter is settling in and I am enjoying a cup of warm tea. My mind tends to explore ideas far afield in these circumstances. The cup is filled about four inches deep with tea when a thought comes to me. Those four inches would make all the difference if I were a ponderosa tree. Now, what is the connection between a cup of tea and pine trees? Is it not apparent?

Since it is a pleasant winter day with sunshine, let us make a trip to see what is going on. Specifically, let us go to Burnt Mesa along N.M.

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: An Introduction To Vintage

on January 20, 2015 - 6:49am
Debra Lowensteil at Mrs. Beadsely Vintage Jewelry, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite G. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

I am Debra Lowenstein, the owner of Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry. I am new to Los Alamos, having moved here three years ago. Nine months ago I moved my shop up the hill from Santa Fe where I was in business for approximately eight years. This is the first of a monthly series of columns I will be writing on various aspects of vintage jewelry.

Since I now live in a town that, in general, appreciates the gift of knowledge, I hope

Smart Design With Suzette: Trash To Treasure

on January 18, 2015 - 8:07am
Smart Design with Suzette
Trash To Treasure

Have you ever thought about updating some old furniture with a coat of paint or adding something new to an old piece? Until I became passionate about eco-design, it never occurred to me.

Recently, I ran across a pair of vintage mid-century modern chairs at a local thrift store. They struck me because they had great lines but were in such a sorry state. I HAD to rescue them. I purchased the pair for $20 and drove off with a big smile on my face.

How the Hen House Turns: The Carnivore Dilemma

on January 18, 2015 - 7:48am
How the Hen House Turns
The Carnivore Dilemma
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Next to the mayo-drenched BLT, I like chicken salad sandwiches best, even though I have come to know and to love chickens for who they are, far better than I ever knew a pig.

All this didn’t strike me until I was eating a chicken salad sandwich one day in 1975, some 30 years after I heard a pig’s death squeal on our World War II Victory Farm. Deep is the irony that lies in the nature of humans as both carnivores and animal lovers.

I had brought my chicken salad sandwich out to the picnic table because I

Die Laughing At LALT's 'Murdered to Death'

on January 17, 2015 - 1:05pm
The full cast of 'Murdered to Death.' Photo by Laurie Tomlinson
Los Alamos Daily Post

Some (okay all) of my family members are continually telling me I have no sense of humor. I prefer to think of myself as discerning where comedy is concerned. In any case, I’m generally a hard sell with comedy, so when I tell you I was rolling in the aisles and laughing my head off along with the rest of the full house at Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday for opening night of “Murdered to Death” it’s quite a compliment to the play and the performers.

The first of Peter

Classical Music World: How Do They Do That?

on January 17, 2015 - 1:03pm
LACA Artistic Director
After Red Priest’s phenomenal performance on the Los Alamos Concert Association series last week, several people asked me the same question: How did the ensemble transport a harpsichord all the way from Great Britain?

The answer: They didn’t. We rented an instrument for them to use. That sounds simple enough but the reality makes for quite a story. 

Harpsichords are notoriously finicky instruments. They don’t take kindly to being moved about or to temperature and humidity changes.

Grant: Taking Risks

on January 15, 2015 - 9:14am
Los Alamos
Become The 'Da Vinci' Of Your Own Life!

For many of us, the start of each New Year coincides with an enthusiastic commitment to improve our lives in some form of a New Year’s resolution. A membership at the local gym, more trips to the salad bar or pledges to cut down on unpleasant habits can each make for a commendable effort for self-improvement.

But what if our New Year’s Resolution was to become an artist, a sculptor and inventor of our lives, a Da Vinci? What if we resolved to jump into our lives more fully?


This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 14, 2015 - 1:13pm
Reel Deal Theater

At 7 p.m. this Thursday,we are opening American Sniper. Friday we are opening Paddington and Big Eyes. Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance in Big Eyes.

We are holding Unbroken for another week. The Hobbit, Night at the Museum and Into the Woods will end this Thursday.

We have booked The Imitation Game for Jan. 30. Again, we hope you can wait to see it at the Reel Deal Theater. I wish I could have gotten it sooner but that’s the best I can do.

We are hosting ourthird annual PEEC event, Back Country Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

Food on the Hill: Irish Hot Potato And Smoked Salmon Starter

on January 13, 2015 - 3:59pm
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipe:
Irish Hot Potato and Smoked Salmon Starter
(Adapted from Aherne’s recipe to increase the garlic and reduce the cream and salt)

My husband’s brother is married to Anne, an accomplished woman from County Cork, Ireland. In December 1989 we traveled to Ireland to attend the wedding of Anne’s sister, Carmel, and enjoyed the warm hospitality for which the Irish are well-known. I made notes about the meals we were served at the wedding, in homes and in pubs.

Hargraves: Taking Our Schools From Good To Great

on January 12, 2015 - 11:36am
LAPS Board Aspen District
We are fortunate to have good schools in our county. Our community is a very important asset to our schools.
Parents and family are supportive of their children and students. Family support is core for good students to be great. Parents volunteer in many ways in our schools. Teachers in our schools are interested in student success. LANL, the primary employer, depends on a strong, successful school system to attract talented employees. A significant amount of school funding is provided by LANL.

Yang: Chasing After A Pot Of Gold…Collectively, Creatively, With Discipline

on January 12, 2015 - 9:03am
Chasing After A Pot Of Gold…Collectively, Creatively, With Discipline
Los Alamos

I am privileged to have known, and to know, many brilliant scientists, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, teachers…professionals across of a wide range of disciplines, and every single one of them has had to work really hard to achieve their status.  Behind every success and accolade are hours of passionate pursuit, with plenty of failures and efforts that just fizzled out; yet, to casual observers, these talented people seem to have it easy. 

Similarly, we collectively take technological

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Unbroken'

on January 11, 2015 - 10:38am
Los Alamos

“Unbroken” shows the very best and the very worst humans do to one another in times of war.

It is the true story of an ordinary American soldier who, before the war, was an extraordinary Olympic runner. Flashbacks show his journey to greatness from early childhood attempts at being a hoodlum.

Louis Zamperini was the son of Italian immigrants living in Torrance, Calif. His older brother encouraged him to channel his anger at bullies into working hard at running. He ran in high school, broke speed records and represented the U.S.

Smart Design with Suzette: Furniture Arrangement

on January 11, 2015 - 8:09am
Smart Design with Suzette
Furniture Arrangement

Furniture arrangement can be the simplest or the hardest thing to do depending on the size, shape and traffic flow of your room.

When you get this right, you will know it. The room will be welcoming and relaxing.




Start with an overview of your room. Look at the traffic flow and do not to place any furniture in its path. Next set your focal point. For a living room, it should be a fireplace, television or window. The bedroom should be the bed and the dining room should be the table, etc.

To help with

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Into the Woods'

on January 10, 2015 - 7:55am
Los Alamos

“Into the Woods” is a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim brought to film by Director Rob Marshall and Disney Studio. The music is often jaunty, sometimes catchy, with thoughtful, introspective lyrics.

This musical is a fairy tale parodying fairy tales. It is a satire, exploring the role of “Prince Charming” in the dreams of young females as well as the hopes of prospective princesses.

The storyline pulls together the fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel with an original story about a baker and his wife

Skin Care Column: Managing Dry, Itchy Skin In Winter

on January 10, 2015 - 7:47am
Skin Care Column
Managing Dry, Itchy Skin In Winter

I ran this column last year and thought it would be worth revisiting as many of my clients have found this information useful.

Aging and years of sun exposure reduce the capacity of your skin tomoisturize itself, so your skin often becomes dry, flaky and itchy. Your skin becomes even drier when humidity is lower in the winter and in dry climates. To help combat dry skin and itchiness try these tips:

  • Avoid using harsh soaps, which are drying to the skin.

Meet School Board Candidate William (Bill) Hargraves

on January 7, 2015 - 3:12pm
William (Bill) Hargraves
I am William (Bill) Hargraves, a candidate for the Los Alamos School Board from the Aspen District. The election is Feb. 3. Take a few minutes during that day to vote - I encourage you.
First, an introduction - I have two daughters now in Los Alamos High School, a senior and a sophomore. They started kindergarten at Mountain Elementary, moved to Aspen Elementary when school district lines were redrawn, then Los Alamos Middle School, now the high school.

Along The Way: Mary Libby Campbell Making A Difference In Harding County

on January 7, 2015 - 10:49am
Along the way in his travels across New Mexico, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner met Mary Libby Campbell, a rancher whom he describes as a very concerned citizen of Harding County. Courtesy photo 
Along the Way, Mary Libby Campbell Making a Difference in Harding County
By TERRY BRUNNER, State Director
USDA Rural Development

This is Terry Brunner, and I’m the State Director for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture reporting to you on some of the people I see “Along the way” making a difference in rural New Mexico.

Driving on the western edge of

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 7, 2015 - 10:07am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Unbroken. Thanks to all of you who waited to see it at the Reel Deal. We also have scheduled American Sniper for a Special Screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. Advance tickets are now on sale at our Box Office.

We are holding The Hobbit, Into the Woods and Night at the Museum for another week. Wild will end this Thursday.

Movie Poster for 'Unbroken.' Courtesy/ Real Deal Theater

Unbroken: Academy Award (R) winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war

How the Hen House Turns - The Chicken In Winter

on January 7, 2015 - 10:01am
How the Hen House Turns
The Chicken in Winter
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Maybe this story should be called the Goose in Winter or Ducks in Winter. I remember being called by the Duck Buddies to come and help gather them from Ashley Pond’s Pond because there was no open water left for them. The pond had frozen over, and the Chief of Police didn’t want to lose his job if they started roaming all over town, looking for shelter.

My little ducks would shiver if the temperature got down to 15. That was scary. I thought ducks could take such cold. Didn’t they? In the wild?

Food on the Hill: Recipes From 'The Messy Hands Cookbook'

on January 6, 2015 - 5:11pm
Food on the Hill
This Week's Recipes from 'The Messy Hands Cookbook – Grown-up Tested and Kiddo Approved'
Copy of 'The Messy Hands Cookbook/ Courtesy Felicia Orth

Los Alamos Family Strengths Network, a local non-profit organization, improves the quality of family life in our community through educational and fun activities provided to families, parents, teens and children. Susan Mack is FSN’s gracious and energetic executive director. Chit Chat and Change Diapers is a local group of parents and caregivers to small children, joined to create a community of support. 


Classical Music World: Viva Baroque!

on January 5, 2015 - 8:58am
Red Priest. Courtesy photo
Classical Music World

Have you noticed the posters around town advertising the Los Alamos Concert Association’s next event featuring Red Priest? Maybe you assumed that the rock star poses, leather pants, and crazy hair mean they will be playing something other than classical music. Look again! You will see a recorder, a violin, a cello and a harpsichord. Not an electric guitar or amp in sight.

This flamboyant ensemble from the UK has taken the vibrant artistic spirit of the 17th  and early 18th centuries very much to heart.