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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?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Take Your Time

on August 4, 2017 - 6:02am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Last September I embarked on a rigorous 30-day plan to get healthy and simplify my life. A best-selling book explained the step-by-step process in great detail. It was simple, all I had to do was follow each step as described and in less than a month my chaotic, demanding life would be chiseled down to a joy-filled, meaningful existence, and I would be living my full potential.

Awesome.

It has been nearly year and I can report I have progressed to day nine of the thirty-day plan. Except for the days when I slide back to day five.

Morse: Walleye And Bass At Abiquiu Lake

on July 31, 2017 - 11:06am
Setting sun shines on Abiquiu Lake. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com​
 
Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu serves green chile cheeseburgers and other items. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Outdoors and Sports
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Sunday morning a hunch that I had was confirmed. I’d been noticing that one of our hummingbird feeders that I usually end up refilling every day was not getting drained out as quickly. I suspected that a little rufous hummingbird had staked this feeder out and was chasing all others away.
 
Sure enough, Sunday I spotted the little

Home Country: Lots Of Love At Old Swimming Hole

on July 21, 2017 - 8:03am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.
 
The little kids were in the shallow wading area, some in underwear, some in none-derwear, and all of them squealing and splashing. The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Throw A Party

on July 21, 2017 - 7:52am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I really love throwing a good party, and I have been organizing and hosting gatherings both personally and professionally for nearly 40 years. One of the first events I ever hosted was a housewarming party. My now ex-husband and I had bought a brand new tract home in a starter neighborhood.
We were thrilled to be homeowners. It was March in Phoenix and I was heavily pregnant. My daughter was two years old and my son was due in a few short weeks.

I had worked for days to get our new home clean and organized.

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

LAVNS: Unavoidable Tough Topic

on July 16, 2017 - 5:14pm
Unavoidable Tough Topic
By LAVNS

No one likes to talk about our own or a loved one’s death. However, as much as we may wish to avoid the conversation, the event is unavoidable.

Planning things ahead of time will grant some peace of mind and lessen the family’s burden of making so many difficult decisions at the time of death.

  • For instance, my husband and I recently talked with our adult daughter to make sure she knew what we both wanted at the time of our deaths, including the location of everything she will need.

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