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Smart Design By Suzette: Living A Simpler Life In A Modern World

on July 20, 2017 - 9:48am
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier.
 
At times they may, but other times, they make life more complicated. Yes, I need a kitchen remodel, yes a bathroom remodel too. But when I’m feeling stressed out by what I ‘think’ I need, I look inward at what is making me unhappy or anxious. It might not be the remodel at all. It might be a combination of life stressors - observing the effect it has on my family, my finances and my sanity.
 
To feel a sense of peace and happiness again, I try to think about how I can achieve

Slim Randles Home Country: Evidently Dreams Don’t Come With Calendars

on July 20, 2017 - 9:17am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
“You don’t mean it!”
 
“Sure as I’m sittin’ here, Doc,” Herb said, putting an extra swirl to his coffee and cream.
 
“Flying lessons?”
 
“Yessir. Said he wanted to do it before he got old. I know. I know. He’s already old, but still, he’s up about every weekend now, buzzing around.”
 
“That’s just nuts,” Doc said, “I know for a fact he won’t see 70 again.”
 
“True enough, Doc, but you know they aren’t letting him take the plane up by himself.”
 
“Thank goodness for that. But what in the world made him want to fly a plane?”
 
“When I asked him

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Baby Driver

on July 18, 2017 - 6:59am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Baby Driver” was released on June 28th and has been getting some great reviews ever since. The title may distract from the theme, but think of Paul Simon’s famous tune of the same name and you get the picture.

This is a combination heist flick and hot pursuit action film, directed by Edgar Wright. The soundtrack is a marvelous compilation of popular/rock mood and motivational tunes. The best thing about this film is the way it was edited so that the beat of Baby’s tunes punctuates and choreographs the action.

Fr. Glenn: The Curious Mind

on July 16, 2017 - 8:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Had a minor illness last week, and the ol’ brain started wondering: “Hmmm. How does the immune system fix this? Think I’ll look it up.” Or you might see some device and think: “Huh. I wonder how that works.” And then off to the Internet or to the library or to the toolbox you go … seeking explanation.

Intellectual curiosity—something not lacking in THIS town. Perhaps we with science and engineering backgrounds have this propensity more than most. “Wait! YOU have a science background?!” Yup; B.S.

Pastor Granillo: Time

on July 16, 2017 - 7:10am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
. —Pink Floyd “Time”
 
I love this lyric. It reminds me that I cannot pinpoint the moment when I realized that much of time had passed me by. I remember, when I was a child, that becoming a teenager seemed so far off. I remember, as a teen, thinking that 18 and 21 were so far off.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 14, 2017 - 1:08pm

How The Hen House Turns: Don’t Mess With Parrots

on July 14, 2017 - 7:58am
Miranda sitting with toy bird. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns—Don’t Mess With Parrots
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week I was asked to care for three parrots, while their adoptive ”parents” traveled to Paris.
 
The job seemed simple enough—rotate the three food and water dishes to the outside of each bird’s cage, clean them and add ¼ cup of water to one, kibbles to a second, and chopped vegetables to the third.
 
I prepared the chopped vegetables on arrival and stored them in the refrigerator. Okay. So far so good.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Value Of Interior Design – Why Hire A Designer?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:53am
Working with an interior designer. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Lately I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value of interior design. Defining one’s personal value is more than what service we offer, of course, but it’s good to communicate a lifetime’s wealth of knowledge in order to help others.

One of the most common myths about working with an interior designer is that it will cost too much. While it is true that some designers command high fees, many charge rates that are quite reasonable and affordable.

Santa Fe Opera: Lucia’s Ecstasy, Agony, Brokenness And Transcendence

on July 14, 2017 - 4:46am
Lucia (Brenda Rae) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 
Enrico Ashton (Zachary Nelson) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus.  Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

The opening weekend of the Santa Fe Opera followed the ridiculous Die Fledermaus on Saturday night with the sublime bel canto seria Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti directed by Ron Daniels. Daniels had never seen Lucia before the task of directing it was presented to him. He proved more than worthy of the challenge.

Daniels’ modus operandi is to study the

McQuiston: What Is Additional Living Expense Coverage?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:44am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Not many people sit and think about what they would do if a devastating tornado or fire completely demolished their home and left them “homeless.” When the unthinkable happens, Additional Living Expense, an often overlooked coverage that is typically part of a homeowners policy, may prove to be a financial and emotional lifesaver.

Homeowners insurance is an intangible asset that can be difficult to understand – until you really need it! Yet it provides peace of mind should a catastrophe occur.

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Two

on July 14, 2017 - 4:39am

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series, three documents were listed for suggested for reading. In your busy schedule, did you have the time? Let’s consider the challenge.

There is a card in circulation titled “100 Days of Summer Get Out. Get Active” One of the check boxes is “Read 100 Books.” What does this really mean?  According to www.reading soft.com, the average person reads 200 words per minute with 65 percent comprehension. Checking Wikipedia, novels range from 100,000 to 175,000 words.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Carry Someone To Shore

on July 13, 2017 - 6:20am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Did you read this inspiring story? It has been all over the news and social media:

On Saturday in Panama City, Florida, a group of swimmers were pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current. Rescue attempts had been made by various individuals, all of whom became stranded in the riptide themselves.

Jessica Simmons and her husband Derek were taking a walk when flashing emergency lights alerted them to a group of a dozen stranded swimmers shouting for help. Jessica and husband, both strong swimmers, rallied and organized the crowd into a human chain.

Chapman: On Volunteers In Today’s World

on July 13, 2017 - 5:30am
BY RALPH E. CHAPMAN
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

Our current system of integrating volunteer help with that from paid employees within businesses and/or organizations just sort of formed by spontaneous generation through the years. It seems that every organization/business handles volunteers differently and the experience for the volunteer varies widely from place to place.

If you think about it, however, there really should be a basic set of understandings that underlies the relationship with volunteers for the businesses and organizations that use them.

Morse: The Brown Trout In New Mexico

on July 11, 2017 - 10:09am
Brown trout, like this 25-incher from the Rio Chama, thrive and reproduce naturally in many of New Mexico’s rivers and streams. Photo by George Morse
 
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After nearly 50 years of angling in New Mexico, I have seen a lot of changes in the fishing regulations concerning the number of fish an angler could keep (the daily limit). The first year I moved here (1968) the daily limit was a very liberal 12 fish-per-day for trout.
 
A few years later, there was an interesting change in the bag limit.

Fr. Glenn: Making A Joyful Noise

on July 9, 2017 - 6:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Dour”: a word meaning sullen or gloomy ... severe or stern. Synonyms: bleak, dismal, dreary, forbidding, sour, surly. Ugly. Hmmm … sounds charming.

It seems that one can encounter a lot of dour people. Not sure why. After all, as the old saying goes: What fun it that? Certainly there can be involuntary dourness due to psychological conditions; I don’t mean those. But some simply don’t like to have to deal with other people. Some introverted may use dourness as a “shields up!” defense.

Pastor Granillo: Your Voice

on July 9, 2017 - 6:37am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
If you don’t know when and how to speak, you lose your voice before you reach the floor. – Rev Dr. Deirdre Brower-Latz (Principle, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester)
 
Every one of us has a voice. That is, we each have a unique story or experience that can be shared with others. We may have an experience that will give wisdom to a decision, or perception that can bring clarity to a dialogue. Whatever it is, each person on this planet has a voice with the ability to encourage and edify the rest of humanity.

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part One

on July 7, 2017 - 8:41am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the winter or spring of 1973, I attended a required lecture by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of CBS Evening News and “the most trusted man in America.” At the end of each broadcast he said “And that’s the way it is.” I was 31years old and I believed him. Again, it was a required lecture. I was lucky attendance was required.

During the lecture Mr.

Smart Design With Suzette: Welcome To My (Smart) House

on July 7, 2017 - 8:30am

Perfect Bake Pro. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If there one thing that’s hotter than ever right now, it’s a Smart home. Once a year I write about the hottest technology in a wired home, but this list is quite interesting – especially if you like to cook, bake, clean, or like to live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of the best smart home devices of 2017.

COOKING

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology $200


When it comes to smoking ribs or other meats in the backyard, you’ve typically got two choices, charcoal or gas, and neither is perfect.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Move A Little

on July 6, 2017 - 6:29pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My daughter was five years old and my son was three.

They were playing on the floor, happily rolling their Hot Wheels across the tile. “Uh-oh,” my son said suddenly. “My car broke. It had a nervous breakdown!”

My heart sank into my stomach and I realized I had screwed up my kids for life.

It was easy to understand why he was confused. When my children were young both the car and their mother broke down on a regular basis. As they got older the cars became more reliable. I, however, continued to have challenging episodes.
My mental health and well-being

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 6, 2017 - 6:28pm

Luján: Celebrating Freedom ... Liberty ... Democracy

on July 4, 2017 - 1:38pm
From U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NM 3rd Congressional District

Independence Day is such an important holiday to me. Not only are we celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday, we are celebrating the ideals our nation was founded upon. We are celebrating freedom. We are celebrating liberty. We are celebrating our democracy.

Our democracy is what makes our nation so great. We the people get to decide the direction of our nation. We were the first nation founded on the ideas that power derives from the people, not its leaders. We must remember that we have the power to enact great change!

Goodwin: Educational Retirement Plan

on July 3, 2017 - 8:19am
By JAN GOODWIN, Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
 
Both of my parents are retired educators, so my family understands firsthand the importance of secure retirement benefits for educational employees.
 
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) plays an important role in the lives of our 46,000 retirees and 60,000 active members. They and the Legislature have entrusted NMERB with providing secure retirement benefits to all of New Mexico’s public educational employees and their beneficiaries.
 
I consider this a sacred trust.

Amateur Naturalist: The Growth Of Ponderosa

on July 3, 2017 - 8:17am
One tall ponderosa tree with a square silhouette dominates over the other large but conical shaped trees. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
A 60-foot wide area was created behind the Aquatic Center when it was constructed in 1988. It therefore would be reasonable to expect to see similar sized ponderosa pine trees that are nearly 30 years old. Assumedly the trees would have started to grow throughout this level area after the construction was completed. 
 
Instead 81 small size ponderosa trees are growing.

Home Country: Standing As An American Citizen

on July 3, 2017 - 6:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others.
 
He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.
 
Let’s see … he thought … I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey’s and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She’s got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain’t easy.
 
He headed in that direction when he came across two friends of his arguing over politics.

Fr. Glenn: Our Sacred Honor

on July 2, 2017 - 7:15am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Our Sacred Honor

Everyone be safe this holiday, especially with the fireworks. We’ve already had one major fire near us this year (Cajete); that’s more than enough! Watch those campfires, too!

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, it’s a time for reflection and thanksgiving. This year, of course, we have a new president—some say for good, some say for ill.

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