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‘Communicating Doors’ Is Zany, Horrifying, Touching

on September 14, 2017 - 2:39pm
The three heroines try to explain things to a dubious Harold. Photo by Larry Gibbons
 
Poopay (Trisha Werner) fends off the murderous Julian (Ian Foti-Landis). Photo by Larry Gibbons

 

Review By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Great comic acting makes it all work in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Communicating Doors”.

The 1994 play by Alan Ayckbourn takes three women, separated in time by 20 years, on a time traveling adventure in murder and mishap.

The action starts in the present with Poopay (Trisha Werner), a dominatrix, is called in to

How The Hen House Turns: Sharing Ailments

on September 14, 2017 - 7:30am
Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Sharing Ailments - Zoobiquity
 
During our 40 plus years with the Hen House domestic birds and dogs, I’ve found eight out of 11 diseases or characteristics we’ve shared, similar to those that the authors describe in their book Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing.
 
Barbara Matterson-Horowitz and Kathrytn Bowers conclude their delightful book of observations and animal stories by saying that we humans are not alone in how we suffer and how our ailments should be

Home Country: Disappointments

on September 13, 2017 - 3:07am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
It’s fair time again. Time for dreams to come true and for disappointments to temporarily sweep through our lives. But the disappointments can’t really get much of a purchase, because there’s too much fun going on.
 
Last year’s surprise winner of the quilting competition, Windy Wilson, didn’t win this year, but he was ‘honorably mentioned,’ which is pretty good for an old cowboy and camp cook. Windy was having a deep-fried turkey leg later.

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 12

on September 12, 2017 - 3:35pm
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is much to appreciate along the roadsides of Northern New Mexico this time of year. Because we’ve had some good rainfall, there is an abundance of wild flowers blooming along the road.

On a recent drive to Tres Piedras the roadside was filled with beautiful purple asters and colorful Gaillardia, also known as blanket flowers. The chamisa is blooming and the combination of purples, reds and yellows make for a dazzling display along the roadside.

The aspen trees haven’t started to change color.

McQuiston: The Family Shuttle Service

on September 12, 2017 - 7:18am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
For parents, the end of summer can be bittersweet. While many of us are glad school is back in session, the countless extra-curricular activities that go hand-in-hand with the start of another school year are in full gear too.
 
From football practice to French Club, each day brings new opportunities for parents everywhere to become—the family shuttle service operator. And if your family is like my family, you’re probably shuttling not just your own kids but your kids’ friends as well.
 
While we’re mostly concerned with just getting our kids and
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Inspirational People: Deciding To Help Perfect Strangers

on September 11, 2017 - 9:31am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Often in Los Alamos people are spotted going out of their way to help others. This column highlights those people. Their gestures of kindness both great and small are inspirational and strengthen one’s faith in humanity.

I recall one such incident that occurred a couple of years ago in which a teenage boy went way out of his way to help me. This memorable day started out like any other with me walking my dog behind a local church. We walk in that secluded area because my dog weighs just 5 lbs.

Fr. Glenn: The Mystery Of Suffering

on September 10, 2017 - 6:48am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

If the forecast on Friday was correct, and if you’re reading this on Sunday, at this very moment hurricane Irma will be grinding its way through Florida and perhaps up the East Coast. And José is swirling around the eastern Caribbean, building up steam for yet another possible assault. All affected by such storms are in our prayers, and we urge all to charity to help victims rebuild.

We wonder why disasters occur—natural, manmade, and even personal accidents and illness. These are the common lot of all mankind.

Pastor Granillo: Employee Of The Month

on September 10, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you,
I'd be a millionaire in a week or two.
I'd be doin' what I love and lovin' what I do;
If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you.
– Allen Jackson (Sung by Clay Walker).

I must confess that I recently realized my relationship with God had changed. When I first began a personal relationship with Him, it was as a scared child. God was a real comfort to me during some really troubling times. He brought me peace and gave me strength in every situation.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Marvel At The Wonder In All Things

on September 8, 2017 - 8:01am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

“Well,” I whisper quietly into Helen’s ear. “What do you think? Is that a man or a woman?”

The tears that blurred my vision a few moments earlier are drying. The palpitations of my heart thumping hard in my chest are easing as well. I sigh and take a deep breath, exhaling slowly. Then another. She does the same.

Together, we stare, bewildered. Together, we consider the long reddish hair that disappears beneath the pink shawl, the slim forlorn white face, and the thin, pale hands. The figure is leaning away from their supposed husband.

“I don’t know,” she

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 7, 2017 - 11:23am

Home Country: Instinctive Shooting

on September 6, 2017 - 6:50am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It’s not that our pal Herb isn’t sociable. He is. One of the nicest guys around, and he can be counted on to start a conversation at the drop of a hat. And he’ll even drop the hat.
 
No, the reason Herb hasn’t been in for coffee much this week, we know, is the archery tournament coming up. He’s out there in the field shooting every day. He does go bowhunting each fall, but we know that it’s the mystery and magic of archery itself that is the big draw to him.
 
He has explained it to us several times before.
 
“This isn’t a mechanical … situation,” he

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 6

on September 6, 2017 - 6:27am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Early reports on the opening of grouse season indicate some hunters were successful in finding birds while others didn’t see any. Grouse hunting can be like that. The one day I went out I didn’t see a bird, while other hunters limited out in less than an hour. Grouse are scattered throughout the mountains. Harvest reports indicate some birds were harvested in the El Rito area and others around Tres Piedras.

One interesting statistic in the State Game and Fish Department’s fishing report this week is that there were no trout listed

Inspirational People: Choosing To Be Kind

on September 4, 2017 - 10:03am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

It seems the world is brimming with mean-spirited people vociferously spewing venom across social media – leaving hurt and anger in their wake. But there is a counter-balance to that senseless endeavor. I have seen it unfold right here in Los Alamos ... incredibly inspiring people walking magnanimously among us.

Working as a newspaper reporter in this community for 15 years, I have met many of these thoughtful people and witnessed many kind and noble acts.

I recently spotted an entire family displaying very compassionate

Cinema Cindy Reviews: All Saints

on September 4, 2017 - 7:35am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“All Saints” tells the true story of a small, dying congregation in Tennessee that grew by working with a refugee community to farm the church’s land.

John Corbett stars as the newly minted Reverend Michael Spurlock, sent to serve the people of a dying parish in Smyrna, Tenn., and to close it down. His wife Aimee and son Atticus have left everything, too, to go with him.

What they find is a small but hearty band of people unhappy about having their church sold out from under them.

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
By KARYL ANN ARMBRUSTER
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Fr. Glenn: The Best Policy

on September 3, 2017 - 6:29am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

When I was in the Marines, one trait that was pounded into our “brain housing groups” was the virtue of integrity.

Integrity…honesty…truthfulness…trustworthiness; these are essential especially in combat situations because lives are on the line, and so these virtues were insisted upon also in training and daily life. Even in training situations, if someone tries to cover a fault or failure by lying, it could cascade quickly into losing Marines.

Los Alamos Museum of Art Introduces Collection

on September 3, 2017 - 6:18am

‘Devil Dancers’ bronze sculptures by Michael Naranjo from the collection of Robert Wells. Courtesy/LAMOA

 

By RUTH TATTER
LAMOA

The Los Alamos Museum of Art would like to introduce some of our fabulous collections including “Devil Dancers” bronze sculptures by Santa Clara Pueblo artist Michael Naranjo from the collection of Robert Wells.

Touch is the tool that Naranjo uses to create his sculptures. Their smooth rounded forms invite one to feel the strength and contours of their poses.

Pastor Granillo: Talented Servers

on September 3, 2017 - 6:00am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock

All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded. (Exodus 35:10 NIV)

I received a gift this week from a local artisan. I was looking for a functional and elegant communion goblet; something nice that also said “New Mexico” with a hint of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The cottonwood goblet that he made was absolutely perfect. Upon seeing it, it became quite obvious to me that this person had a gift that many of us do not have.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 2

on September 2, 2017 - 1:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Before I start the fishing report, I want to remind outdoorsman that the hunting seasons for blue grouse, dove, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels began Friday in Northern New Mexico. It’s also the beginning of the first archery season for elk. Blue grouse are one of my favorite species because they are good-sized birds that are delicious eating.

You can also do some foraging for edible mushrooms. Shaggy mane mushrooms are especially common this time of year. Just be 100-percent sure of what species you are picking.

The Mighty Bighorn ... Help Keep Them Strong

on September 2, 2017 - 7:05am
By DARYL RATAJCZAK
U.S. Forest Service
 
I stood motionless, afraid to even blink let alone breathe. His bulbous eye focused on the off-colored rock sitting before him. His 220-pound frame was sleek and well-defined but nothing compared to what it would be in a few months when he bulked up to begin defending his right to breed.
 
The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram standing before me was already a fine specimen, he was soon going to be a fierce competitor as well.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hitman’s Bodyguard'

on September 2, 2017 - 6:36am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a funny, but violent movie, an unlikely “bromance” between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. Watching this film, you will not be bored.
 
But, movie lovers beware: common, vulgar epithets are overused throughout the film; many cars are hot-wired; many automatic weapons are discharged; every bullet that hits its target produces blood; the bodies, in the end, are too many to number; Interpol gets a very bad rap in this story; maverick guys with security training are the heroes.

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
 
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
 
By AMOS SMITH
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 31, 2017 - 4:58pm

World Futures: Cyber (Part Two)

on August 31, 2017 - 10:07am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience. But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer? What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos? What other inconveniences would you have suffered? The grocery store would have been closed. But it could have opened with candle light.

Of course, you would have to pay with cash or check since the credit/debit card machines would not run.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Appreciate Your Mother

on August 31, 2017 - 8:50am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I loved the solar eclipse! We drove north to Idaho to experience the once-in-lifetime event in totality.

We stayed in a palatial home on the edge of a creek at the base of Mount Baldy in Sun Valley. Wholly enthralled with the surrounding beauty we dubbed the experience “Hoity-Toy-tality” and .the party commenced.

There were nine of us, and the morning of the celestial event we lined our chairs up along the balcony to wait for the eclipse.

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