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Home Country: Winter Hoax Revisited

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
 
“Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.”
 
“Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
 
“This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?”
 

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 20, 2018 - 5:38am
A well-organized closet. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year again. Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Why is that? Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Home Country: A Great Hoax

on January 20, 2018 - 5:27am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It’s just that … well, Doc is one of those guys who can’t stand to see anyone bored. He claims it’s bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.
 
When it happened, we in the inner circle of the World Dilemma Think Tank down at the Mule Barn truck stop thought back on what Doc had said a year ago when the temperature dropped, along with everyone’s spirits.
 
“In weather like this,”

Mountaineers: A Month In South Africa: Climbing, Cuisine, Culture, More Climbing And Critters Jan. 23

on January 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Sarah Gustafson of Los Alamos climbing at Waterfall Boven in South Africa. Courtesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
MOUNTAINEER News:
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers monthly program features a talk by Los Alamos residents Sarah and John Gustafson describing their trip to South Africa in August 2017, including climbing at Waterfall Boven, consorting with penguins, cruising for lions, contemplating South African culture, and consuming exquisite cuisine.

The meeting is Tuesday. Jan. 23 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

Winter Farmers Market At Fuller Lodge Thursday

on January 10, 2018 - 7:46am

The community is invited to visit the first Farmers Market of the 2018 season 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 11 at Fuller Lodge. EBT & DUFB are accepted. Courtesy photo

Home Country: The Price Of Art

on January 8, 2018 - 10:24am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
A new year. A new start. Who said I can’t finish this book?
 
Dud Campbell walked the frozen sidewalk and blew steamy breath out through his parka hood. All I need, really, are a few ideas.
 
Dud’s been working on his novel, “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” for several years now, and it has taken on different blends of seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in our little valley.
 
For example, the bizarre romantic connection between Dewey and Emily led to a rewrite of the part where the book flashed back many years to when the

Smart Design With Suzette: Color Forecasting

on January 6, 2018 - 11:19am
Bar at the home of designer Suzette Fox. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Happy New Year to you and your family! I’m writing this column thinking about trends for 2018.
 
These trends let the public know which colors will be fashionable, favored and just plain hot in a given year. We hear so much about trend colors and hot hues. But have you ever wondered how these forecasts are made?
 
You may be surprised to learn that the main focus no longer points solely to the fashion runways in Paris and Milan.

Sleep Better In 2018

on January 6, 2018 - 7:49am

CDC News:

People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death.

Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and to be involved in a motor vehicle crash.

Habits to

PEEC Discussion Course To Explore Sustainable Living

on January 4, 2018 - 10:28am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing another discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute to Los Alamos. 
 
Choices for Sustainable Living is an eight-week discussion course where participants will explore sustainability and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal, and global perspectives. This course meets 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at the Los Alamos Nature Center starting Jan. 10 and running through Feb. 28. This free course is open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
 

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Watch For Tracks

on January 4, 2018 - 8:50am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
Happy New Year!
 
This greeting among friends is frequently followed by a discussion about New Year resolutions. This is the time when we reflect on the past year, and it’s a time when we contemplate what we can improve on in the coming year. And this year, like every year, I have resolutions and the best of intentions. I am not sure where this will get me.
 
I have been thinking a lot lately about getting back on track, and of course, this is the optimal week to do so.

An Open Book: Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves

on December 29, 2017 - 10:36am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
 
“Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” William Shakespeare
 
Walking home on a star-lit night recently, we stopped so I could dig out my handy iPhone app that would let us chart the constellations above us.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make List Check It Twice

on December 28, 2017 - 8:43am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It is an annual mental event. Christmas is not yet over when I start compiling my list of things to do differently next year. The purpose of the list is to make the holiday more manageable and more organized and yes, hopefully more fun and more memorable. But mostly I want to make the holiday easier on everyone, myself included.

Our family is growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks to the magic of blended families we are up to 14 grandchildren. Fourteen grandchildren that with few exceptions, do not need more stuff.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Give

on December 22, 2017 - 5:44am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My neighbor Al Miller is a world-class shopper.

His eye for style and design, whether it is fine art, textiles, or every day home goods, is remarkable. His shopping prowess is so impressive that he and his partner, Richard LaBelle, opened an antique and home décor store in their hometown in Wisconsin to repurpose and resell Al’s purchases. It was hugely successful.

Al and Richard, both retired art teachers, eventually sold their store and now live comfortably in El Rancho. Al continues to shop and shop. He never shops online.

Home Country: Education Can Be Ugly

on December 20, 2017 - 7:31am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup.
 
“There’s nothing to do.”
 
“Get out and enjoy it,” Doc suggested. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
 
“I don’t think your advice will take,” Dud said. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
 
We all looked at Dud.
 
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
 
We looked at him

How The Hen House Turns: Urban Deer

on December 20, 2017 - 7:02am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
While living beside the canyons of Los Alamos, one learns to get along with deer—or not. I would recommend it.
 
They are beautiful animals and don’t eat more apples than their share. A large buck was very careful to take no more than one bite out of the three huge green tomatoes that I had laboriously watered all summer in the only sunny spot in our front yard.
 
There was a chance that those tomatoes might have ripened. Maybe. It was late August. Maybe not.

Smart Design With Suzette: Answering Holiday Decorating Questions

on December 15, 2017 - 7:51am
Decorating outside with wreaths and greenery. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

December brings hot cocoa, blankets, movies and lets face it, lots of anxiety with the holidays. There is quite a lot going on trying to get everything done, keeping everyone happy, juggling your schedule with shopping, party hopping and decorating this time of year.

A few clients brought some of their decorating issues to me in hopes that I might help calm their anxiety and get it all done. Have you wondered how to hang wreaths on a brick fireplace?

Housing Shortage An Issue In 1960s As Well

on December 15, 2017 - 7:43am

Archival document on ‘Disposal of the Los Alamos Community’. Courtesy photo

HISTORY News:

Los Alamos is known worldwide as the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Our history and the people who made it have an international reach.

For the Los Alamos Historical Society, whether the stories are about geopolitical machinations during the Cold War or about the development of a neighborhood, all of our history is “local.”

We bring this up because of the convergence of two points: the continued housing shortage in Los Alamos and a document we recently ran across in our Archives, “Disposal of the Los

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make A Miracle Happen

on December 15, 2017 - 7:26am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

‘Tis time for the story of the Christmas miracle. This is my Christmas miracle, and it happened just last year, so this is the first time I have told the story. I am quite certain after you hear the remarkable details you will want to include this tale in your own Christmas story repertoire. Please feel free.

It is early Christmas morning and I am using a new sweet potato recipe in preparation for our holiday dinner. I am very excited about this recipe because I usually find sweet potato casseroles to be too sugary, but this one sounds delicious.

The recipe

Home Country: Reasons For Christmas Season

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.
 
He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she’s always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.
 
He had done it a few years and was wondering why he was doing it when one special Christmas

LAMS Native Hawks Celebrate Feast Day

on December 12, 2017 - 5:15am

The ladies of the Los Alamos Middle School Native Hawks serve their fellow students during a Feast Day event as Native American Heritage month comes to a close. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

 

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAMS Instructional Assistant

The Los Alamos Middle School Native Hawks celebrated a Feast Day recently as Native American Heritage month came to an end.

Throughout the month, students attended a special gathering at UNM-LA, to spend time with Native poets and potters. The artisans shared their talents and backgrounds inspiring young students for the future.

The Native Hawks

Home Country: It Must Have Been The Weather

on December 11, 2017 - 9:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.
 
It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.
 
Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore.
 
Jasper Blankenship was inside going through the books to fortify his cabin’s library for winter and sat, listening with a smile to the girls as they laughed and

Home Country: December Dreaming

on December 9, 2017 - 4:50am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.
 
And at night … ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night. But we have our dreams.
 
For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it’s that painting she’s planning.

CDC: Keep Active This Holiday Season

on December 8, 2017 - 6:48am

CDC News:

The holidays are here again! Not only does this festive season bring egg nog, cookies, candy canes and stuffing with extra gravy, in many areas it also means cooler temperatures.

Although being physically active can help you avoid some holiday weight gain, what should you do if it is too cold or icy outside? Why not beat holiday shoppers to your nearest mall for a morning walk?

Although mall walking can be done by almost anyone, it tends to be most popular among people middle-aged and older.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Seek Inspiration

on December 7, 2017 - 3:17pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I enjoy writing, but I love reading even more. I was in Nashville on Small Business Saturday and made a point to stop by the independent bookstore co-owned by one of my favorite authors, Ann Patchett.

I opened the door to the busy shop, and Ann was standing right there, helping a patron find a book. I knew she co-owned the shop, but I never thought for minute she would be there working.

“Oh my god,” I whisper to my husband, “there is Ann Patchett!”

“Is that someone from Los Alamos?” He asked.

“Not hardly,” I say, as I take off to follow her around the

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Enchanted

on December 1, 2017 - 8:57am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

The Land of Enchantment is a fitting moniker for New Mexico. The towering red rock mesas, the snowcapped peaks, dramatic cliffs and canyons.

Of all the activities and destinations that New Mexico has to offer, not one envelopes my heart and spirit quite like Light Among the Ruins, at the Jemez Historic Site (formerly the Jemez National Monument). It is always a mind-blowing, magical evening, and my favorite tradition.

It usually goes something like this:

We arrive in the Village of Jemez Springs in mid-afternoon to take advantage of the community activities

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