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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go To The Dogs

on September 23, 2017 - 6:13am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I am always interested in reading, researching, and sharing ways to become healthier.

Sometimes, I even try to implement these healthy strategies into my own life, with varying degrees of success. When an email from Dr. Andrew Weil entitled “Dogs Can Help You Sleep” showed up in my inbox I was intrigued and skeptical. As a mom of three dogs I know they provide many benefits, however, contributing to a good night’s sleep is not one of them.

According to the study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, results showed that sleeping with a dog in the room did help some

Smart Design With Suzette: Fall Décor On A Budget

on September 23, 2017 - 6:02am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

I LOVE this time of year! Of all the seasons, fall is the easiest and least expensive to decorate. As the days get shorter and cooler, walk out your front door and you have found your inspiration and resources. From the exterior to the interior of your home, fall decor colors can be rich and robust or subtle and subdued. Here are some ideas to inspire you.


Bring Nature Inside
What better way to decorate then to snip some fall leaves and put them in a vase.
Red, yellows and oranges bring a beautiful pop of color to any room.

Use Your Fireplace To Showcase Seasonal

Ohkay Owingeh To Share Housing Restoration Project With Los Alamos

on September 22, 2017 - 7:15am
Old and new homes stand side by side in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Since 2005, the Pueblo has worked to restore its old homes. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project has restored 34 homes in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, bringing life back into the Pueblo's core. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

For more than 10 years, Ohkay Owingeh has experienced a profound transformation and this significant change will be shared with the community 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Fuller Lodge.

In

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Watch Your Carbs — I Mean, Crabs

on September 15, 2017 - 6:23am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

This is a story I wrote a several years ago when we had a home on the beach in Kino Bay, Mexico. Tis crab season, so I thought I would share it with you…

Lately I have noticed there are crabs all over the beach. So I decided it’s a good time to make crab cakes. I bet you think you know where this story is going; but you’re wrong. I did not go running down the beach with a net trying to catch crabs. Crabs have pincers, pincers that can sever a finger (I saw that on Animal Planet). I jump in my mini-van and drive down to the pier.

When I pull up to the pier a

Trout Are Plentiful In Chama River

on September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm
The Chama River flows through a beautiful canyon above El Vado Lake. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
Fish are biting including these three rainbow trout caught this morning in the Chama River. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
The Chama River Canyon below Heron Dam. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It had been over a month since I had last gone fishing. I needed to get away and I needed to catch some fish. I also needed to give my legs a workout after too many weeks of sitting and writing stories about high school sports.

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.

Community Invited To Attend Local Tae Kwon Do Fall Belt Promotion Test At LAHS Gym Saturday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN SCOTT
Los Alamos

Have you ever considered taking martial arts lessons, but been unsure if you’re able to dedicate the time, or even have the energy for such an endeavor?

The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association (USATMA) has local branches that meet 8-10 a.m.

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.

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

Author Richard Light Explores Jewish Rites Of Death

on September 8, 2017 - 7:21am
Richard A. Light spoke on his latest book ‘Jewish Rites of Death - Stories of Beauty and Transformation’ Aug. 24 at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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

Author Richard A. Light spoke about his latest book “Jewish Rites of Death - Stories of Beauty and Transformation” Aug. 24 at Mesa Public Library.

The book won a Nautilus Prize for the 2016-17 Season.

Breathing Meditation Event In Espanola Saturday

on September 8, 2017 - 7:06am

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

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

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.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Save Some Ice Cream

on August 25, 2017 - 11:19am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My husband thinks I am cleaning the garage. Well, I am IN the garage. I am actually sitting in my car with the air conditioning on because it is so hot this afternoon. And, instead of cleaning the garage I am eating an ice cream bar I found hidden in the extra freezer. When I try to hide food from myself it usually doesn’t work. Certainly not this time.

As I sit in the car I ponder the piles of crap I have stacked around the perimeter of the space.

Time For Pie ...

on August 22, 2017 - 8:52am

Pie Town ... a little slice of heaven in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Pie Town. This tiny community tucked in southwestern New Mexico has a name that will pique your curiosity and make your mouth water at the same time.

Today, the New Mexico Tourism Department released the latest New Mexico True Story, “Pie Town,” a tribute to the state’s smallest town with the biggest sweet tooth. The release comes right before the community’s largest annual event, the Pie Festival.

“We pulled up and there was a little sign on the door: ‘Used to be pie in Pie Town … ain’t no more,” said

Home Country: Comfort Of A Small Town

on August 19, 2017 - 8:07am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was Thursday again. Mabel Adams asked at the desk to be sure.
 
“Thursday all day, Mabel,” the girl said. “Don’t forget to get your hair done today. Two o’clock … right?”
 
“Right,” Mabel said, locking the time away in her mind. “Two o’clock. On Thursday.” She took her purple walker and went half a block to the counter at the drug store. That nice Williams girl came over with a smile and a menu.
 
“Tuna on toast, Mrs. Adams?”
 
“Uh, sure. I like that.”
 
“Hot tea?”
 
“Yes please.”
 
After she ate, she started down the sidewalk toward the Curl

Smart Design With Suzette: Create Chic First Apartment

on August 19, 2017 - 8:05am
Chic apartment. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

So you’ve signed a lease and are getting ready to move into your first apartment—now what? Decorating several rooms of a new apartment in a way that will create a hip, comfortable living space may seem a bit daunting.

Making style the main priority, I’ve set out to prove that you can do it on a budget. Sticking with necessities, there are ways to save without sacrificing style. Having an apartment that’s chic and affordable is totally possible.

Color Scheme

I have discovered that a lot of people, when creating a space, first

Richard A. Light Speaks At Mesa Library Thursday

on August 18, 2017 - 5:28pm

Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Author Richard A. Light will speak about his latest book “Jewish Rites of Death - Stories of Beauty and Transformation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Mesa Public Library.

His talk is part of the monthly Authors Speak series coordinated by the Library. It will be held in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

Light has been teaching spiritual development in various ways for more than 30 years, and has been studying and practicing meditation for more than 40 years. He also teaches backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor skills.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

How The Hen House Turns: Love From; Between Animals

on August 13, 2017 - 9:40am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos

The noun love takes up a full three inches in my beloved 1980 edition of Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged. There are eight definitions with eight examples: “…a strong affection for or attachment or devotion to…” persons or things or interests or deity or “…in tennis, a score of zero.”

The question here, however, is do animals do it? We’ve talked about how Lucy goose “loved corn,” as did the other Hen House birds.

Home Country: When Pets Pass

on August 13, 2017 - 7:36am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Desdemona died sometime in the night. Aunt Ada had the cat since she was a tiny kitten, and she was naturally heartbroken. So was Boots, Desdemona’s partner in crime and play and food and everything else that makes life worthwhile for two old cats.
 
Through her tears, Aunt Ada wondered if she could’ve noticed something or had done something differently that would have given Desdemona back to her for a while longer, but there just wasn’t anything. The cat had looked good at bedtime, and was gone before the sun came up.
 
What if?

An Open Book: The Statue of Liberty

on August 10, 2017 - 4:29pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Although I grew up just outside of New York City, it was only when I returned many years later with my wife and children that we made a special pilgrimage to visit the Statue of Liberty. An immigrant myself, my port of entry was JFK Airport, not Ellis Island, but nevertheless, my call upon that symbol of welcome to America was important to me. So the recent proposed changes to national immigration policy, and a certain TV conversation about the Statue of Liberty and what it might or might not symbolize, made me reminisce about that visit.

Local Weightlifter Kim Granzow Qualifies For Nationals

on August 10, 2017 - 10:11am
Local weightlifter Kim Granzow has worked out at CrossFit Los Alamos on DP Road since 2012 and qualified for National Masters Championships. Courtesy photo

Weightlifter Kim Granzow, right, of Los Alamos, with her daughter and coach Rachel Graznow, competes at the USAW National Masters Championships in March in Savannah, Ga. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE  LAURITZEN
Los Alamos
 
What does geology have in common with USA Weightlifting and local athlete Kim Granzow?

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