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Taiji And Qigong Classes Begin Jan. 21

on January 14, 2017 - 8:58am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reach Out

on January 12, 2017 - 7:28am
Los Alamos

As I continue my journey to improve overall well-being and the well-being of those around me, in the last few weeks I have committed to reducing the amount of sugar I consume to less than 24 grams and drinking two to three liters of water per day.

I did not have a problem meeting either goal as I was slayed by a nasty virus for a full week that left me unable to do much but lay on the couch watching PBS period dramas and sipping water all day.

As I started to feel better all I felt like eating was a bowl of cereal.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Drink More Water

on January 5, 2017 - 9:18am
Los Alamos

As I mentioned last week my new year endeavor is to adopt one new behavior each week that brings me, my family, and the planet a little closer to better health.

Last week I committed to eating less than six teaspoons of sugar each day. I thought this would be a relatively easy way to reduce calories and eliminate an unhealthy food from my diet. Good lord I did not know what I was getting into!

First there is just the math of converting grams to teaspoons (who invented teaspoons and tablespoons anyway?) To make it easier I switched to metric and instead of

Happy New Year ... Make Resolutions Stick In 2017!

on January 1, 2017 - 5:59am

YMCA News:

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA of the USA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year.

This year, The Family YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reduce Sugar

on December 29, 2016 - 9:06am
Los Alamos

I have exciting news to start off 2017 on a good note! I finally won the Powerball!  Of course I had been hoping to win the $54 million jackpot, and I only won $6, but it is a start. I had prayed to win, but I guess I was not specific enough, so my bad. It looks like once again the responsibility for my happiness lies within me and not with winning the Powerball. I am not surprised.

I am approaching 2017 with great anticipation of fresh starts and new successes to be had.

Cold Weather Doesn't Stop Local Jogger

on December 28, 2016 - 7:40am

Cold weather doesn't stop this jogger from his daily routine Tuesday on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Home Country: Impromptu Party

on December 25, 2016 - 8:24am


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.

Pegg: Holiday Eating

on December 23, 2016 - 9:34am
Los Alamos Fitness Center

Beware! It’s holiday eating time. And that means more candy, stuffing, pies, cookies and other high calorie foods and drinks.

The next few days are the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain their weight. Most people will gain at least a few pounds and many will gain more. It’s best not to try to deny yourself all of the holiday food pleasures. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal or an occasional treat. But do it in moderation.

Try eating especially well when you’re at home and when you’re on your own.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs At Christmas Time

on December 19, 2016 - 7:26am
DeeDee and Scooter in a woodshed in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos

In our family, Christmas included dogs. It started when my brother and I were told to "pull gently" on a long string the Christmas morning when I had just turned three years old. In waddled a black and gold ball of fluff paddling along on four stubby white legs. We called her Boots.

Every Christmas, until I was a junior in high school, she enjoyed the package opening, curious to see what the wrapping hid, and delighted when it was obviously something for her.

Book By Local Author Introduces Kids To Yoga

on December 16, 2016 - 8:11am
Los Alamos author and  yoga instructor Charlotte Cummings with her new book ‘Frankenstein Teaches Yoga’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Author and yoga instructor Charlotte Cummings always knew she wanted to write a children’s book. The idea came to her that she could combine this desire with her passion for yoga and the seed was planted for ‘Frankenstein Teaches Yoga,’ recently published by Upland Kids of Santa Fe.

“I want parents to be able to share yoga with their kids through the book,” Cummings said.

Three Things Women Should Know If Outliving Spouse

on December 11, 2016 - 6:47am
The importance of women taking an active role in a couple’s financial planning represents more than just jockeying over who gets to control the checking account.
“Women on average live longer than men, which means they are going to need more money in retirement or else risk outliving their savings,” says Cristina Acosta, co-owner with Nancy Fromm of Money Wise (, a financial planning firm.
“That means they have a lot at stake. And women – men, too, for that matter – often don’t realize just how long retirement might last.

How The Hen House Turns: Master Smellers

on December 1, 2016 - 8:28am
Cary and Don Neeper and their dogs. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
An article in Science News, Oct.1, 2016 reports that the left side of a dog's brain is activated by the words "good boy." 
The right side responds to human voice intonation, according to Science Magazine, Dec. 2.
Human brains are no different: words' meanings are processed in the left side of the brain; the words' intonation is interpreted on the right side. It's another example of how closely related we are to some other mammals.
A University of Budapest neuroscientist says, "Dogs pay

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing Perfect Pantries

on November 26, 2016 - 8:57am
Walk-in pantry. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

Ask your friends what they dislike about their pantry and you’ll likely get “it’s too small” or “I can’t find anything!”  I hear these complaints often. Clearly, a pantry takes careful planning.

Whether you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling, you need to consider what makes a pantry work and which kind is best for your situation. There are three main types of pantries: cabinets, reach-ins and walk-ins. There is also a hybrid pantry/mudroom/laundry room that the homeowner walks through as they enter the house.

Keep a few

Small Business Profile: Ardeo Natural Skincare Helps Customers Glow

on November 25, 2016 - 9:04am
Ardeo Natural Skincare owner Lisa Bakosi. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday and an opportunity for the community to show its support by visiting and shopping at local businesses.

Ardeo Natural Skincare owner Lisa Bakosi came to Los Alamos 25 years ago as the new girl in Mrs. Henninger’s 4th grade class at Barranca Elementary School.

“I graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2000 – known as the class of Cerro Grande – an association we all hated at the time because so many classmates lost homes and we were all displaced

2016 Thanksgiving Thankful List

on November 24, 2016 - 6:30am
St. George, Utah

My wife, Deb, and I enjoy our life in red rock southern Utah and have many things for which we are thankful. I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

1. I appreciate earth’s large moon. It is waaay larger in relation to the size of the earth than any other moon in the solar system. At about 2,159 miles in diameter, our moon is larger than Pluto. It moderates the tilt of the earth’s rotational axis which produces fairly constant seasonal changes over millennia.

Parsons: Seeing The True Human Resource

on November 22, 2016 - 6:20am
Los Alamos
We hear the term Human Resources a lot, and HR departments are found at companies large and small.
But have you ever stopped to consider what the term really means?
William R. Tracey, in The Human Resources Glossary, defines Human Resources as: "The people that staff and operate an organization.” states that it is the “scarcest and most crucial productive resource that creates the largest and longest lasting advantage for an organization. It resides in the knowledge, skills, and motivation of people…”
For the past several

Bouman: Long-Term Investing

on November 20, 2016 - 3:25pm
Investment Advisor Representative
Los Alamos


One of the advantages associated with long-term investing is the potential for compounding. Here’s how it works.When your investments produce earnings, those earnings get reinvested and can earn even more.

The more time your money stays invested, the greater the opportunity for compounding and growth. Keep in mind that while compounding, overall, can have a significant long-term impact, there may be periods where your money won’t grow.

While there are no guarantees, the value of compounded investment earnings can turn out to be far

English: An Ounce Of Skincare Prevention

on November 20, 2016 - 7:27am
Los Alamos

Clients normally visit Estheticians to correct a skin problem rather than to prevent issues from occurring. Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin Health and slowing down the aging process, but many are missing this step.

Clients too often wait until their skin appearance and health get severe, at which point they wind up in their esthetician’s treatment room expecting 15 years of damage to be removed in one session.

The good news is it might not always be like this moving forward.

McQuiston: Someone Broke Into My Car ... What Does My Auto Insurance Cover?

on November 20, 2016 - 6:11am

The Jemez Agency

What if someone broke into your vehicle and took whatever was inside? Do you know what your car insurance covers?

If you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance company will most likely pay to repair any damage the burglar has done to your car.
Typically, this includes broken windows, damaged locks and dismantled ignition systems. If your vehicle is stolen, your insurer will pay you its value (if you have comprehensive coverage).
However, even comprehensive coverage does not pay to replace the belongings taken from within your car.

Los Alamos Co+op Market Offers Local, Organic Thanksgiving Fare And New Holiday Hours

on November 19, 2016 - 9:23am
CO+OP News:
Head to the locally owned Los Alamos Cooperative Market this week for everything needed for the perfect—and sustainable—Thanksgiving table.
All-natural and organic varieties of Mary’s free-range, non-GMO turkeys are available in a variety of sizes. The turkeys, which were raised by the Pitman family in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley, were fed a vegetarian diet, did not receive antibiotics, and were raised without added hormones. The meat contains no preservatives.
Beeler’s hams (boneless or bone-in) also are available in spiral cut, halves or quarters.

Valentina Devine Presents Her Fabulous Trunk Show This Weekend

on November 18, 2016 - 9:37pm
Zachary Bice models a custom designed sweater from the new line for him, designed and knit by Valentina Devline. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nationally known designer and fiber artist Valentina Devine will open her studio to visitors during the Fabulous Trunk Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20. Devine’s studio is located at 1222 Big Rock Loop in Los Alamos.

Devine came to Los Alamos 26 years ago from the Washington, D.C.

How The Hen House Turns: Odd Pets In Los Alamos

on November 16, 2016 - 8:16am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
The history of animals in Los Alamos has been—what's the right word?—interesting.
In the early days, it was said that Alice Westerfelt had a house goat. It was well-trained as to elimination, but untrainable in regard to eating everything that tried to grow (or lay neglected) in the garden. Like laundry on the clothes line.
Some people had pet pigs, I suspect, when the miniature Vietnamese potbellied pigs were popular. Now they're called Teacup Pigs or micro-mini pigs or Juliana pigs or pocket pigs.

Homeowners Insurance And Home-Based Businesses

on November 12, 2016 - 9:16am
The Jemez Agency

I was talking to a homeowners client the other day when the conversation turned to his new business. Seems he had started a computer repair business out of his home. The alarm bells in my head started to go off. I knew before I asked the question that he did not have insurance for his new business. And I also knew why he didn’t have insurance before I asked that question.  

Most home-based business owners  assume their homeowners insurance will provide the necessary protection in the event of a loss. But for the most part, they are wrong.

Y Secretary Started Poppy Movement

on November 11, 2016 - 6:10pm

Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, honors military veterans, but the date also coincides with Armistice Day that marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.

The YMCA has a long history of supporting the military and military families, but it also has an important link to Armistice Day.

After a battle in 1916, American pilot James McConnell, flying over Verdun, France, reported the landscape as murdered nature. “Every sign of humanity has been swept away.

Yang: A Pictorial Memory Journey

on November 4, 2016 - 8:31am
Gladiolus by Elena Yang. Photo by Elena Yang
Story, Art and Photography by
Los Alamos

In this penultimate post…at least till spring of 2017, I want to share with you some of my photographic memories of this part of the world.

Photo by Elena Yang

I am not a morning person by nature, and so whenever I catch spectacular sunrises, they’re all the more special to me.
The dramatic sky in the southwest desert is almost a weekly event, sometimes daily. I must have accumulated hundreds of shots in my files.

Photo by Elena Yang

And the clouds. The Clouds!