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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

Food on the Hill: Breakfast Casserole

on September 30, 2014 - 6:41am
Editor's note: Sue York is retiring from writing her weekly food column, Foof on the Hill, which she has contributed to the Los Alamos Daily Post since 2012. We thank her for sharing her hundreds of recipes with our readers. Anyone interested in taking over the Food on the Hill column should email
This week's recipe: Breakfast Casserole
Photo by Sue York/
6 ounces of chopped ham
8 slices of bread, crusts cut off
eight slices of cheese
five eggs
1 cup milk
Cut the crusts off the bread.

Yang: 'Only If I Must Lead...'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:58am
Los Alamos

Having read “level-5 leadership” (read here), then observed and heard stories about some leaders/managers, I occasionally wonder if those who are tapped for (or in some cases, conscripted into) leadership roles are more methodical, reflective, and deliberate in their managerial/leadership style, compared to those who aspired to manager/leader roles. 

Since learning the concept of “reluctant” leadership (read here, here and here), I do agree that reluctant leaders seem to take the time … to listen, to ponder, to consider nuances, to take a longer and a wider view,

Solo Traveler: When Travel Teaches

on September 29, 2014 - 7:10am
Card commemorating St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Courtesy/Sherrry Hardage
Solo Traveler: When Travel Teaches

Home again after a three-month trip to Europe, I missed the daily activity of exploring a new location, taking pictures of interesting stuff and then writing about it. Still, it was great to reconnect with old friends for chats about my travels.

A friend, Anna, asked if I'd learned anything over such a long trip. What a question!

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Boxtrolls’

on September 28, 2014 - 8:26am


“The Boxtrolls” is marvelous in so many ways. This stop-action (and CG) animated feature takes you to the underground world of a community of trolls who wear boxes for clothing.

Each is named for the product advertised on his or her box. Thus, Fish and Shoe are the main trolls we get to know. And then, of course, there is Eggs.

Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) is a 10-year-old human boy, thought to have been kidnapped by the boxtrolls as a baby. Stories of how monstrous the trolls are grew out of that misunderstanding.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: A Busy Rig Reports From Mars

on September 26, 2014 - 9:04am

How the Hen House Turns—Time to Go Sleeping

on September 26, 2014 - 8:19am
How the Hen House Turns
Time to Go Sleeping
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In winter at night, a flashlight beam is enough to guide the little ducks to the warm Hen House. Lucy goose doesn’t object when they dash through the door and between her legs—probably because she raised them. Lucy gives the chickens some trouble in summer, but Gwendolyn has learned to avoid Lucy, and the hen hops up onto the roost when the goose is not being bossy.

Lucy and Bobbi, the geese, also follow the beam of light into the Hen House for the night.