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Column: Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful

on January 8, 2013 - 8:33am
Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful
Column by Richard Hanneman
 
When I was a kid growing up in Los Alamos in the 50's and 60's I listened to KRSN.
 
KRSN programming back then was a musical potpourri – the play-list included Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, all of the top recording artists of the day played in no particular order.
 
Within any given hour during the day you would hear rock, country, folk, blues, jazz.

Food on the Hill: Creme of Mushroom Soup

on January 8, 2013 - 8:26am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Creme of Mushroom Soup

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

ingredients...

1 1/2 pound of mushroom sliced (I like to mix and match, you get a better flavored soup)
1/3 cups butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cream
1 (14oz) good chicken stock
1 tablespoon White wine
Fresh ground pepper
 
directions...
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Slice mushrooms.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Sauté mushrooms in a fry pan with a little butter on high heat, do this in batches.

Column: New Year Reflections

on January 7, 2013 - 7:59am
New Year Reflections
Column by Elena Yang

Happy New Year! 2013 will be awesome … because I intend to make it so, for myself; besides, is there any other way?!

A few years ago, I encountered a young and energetic woman in a “Photoshop” workshop who said, “Every year I take on a new hobby or activity. 

So this year I decided to learn how to shoot [with camera] and make great pictures.” It resonated with me. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose undertaking, just something that isn’t in one’s usual repertoire. 

Through a fabulous new friendship made early last year, I have begun to read a

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

on January 6, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

The nice thing about being out-of-doors is that the unexpected can be seen. A group of students were exploring a stream in the Valles Caldera during a Nature Odyssey program for example. 

One student spotted a blue colored rock and waded into the stream to pick it up. Surprise! The rock began to move away from the student.

On closer observation, we realized the rock was actually a crayfish. It was able to escape in spite of several students attempting to catch it.

A blue crayfish is an oddity.

Column: A HEADS UP! ... INCOMING!

on January 4, 2013 - 8:54am
By B. Zerker
Weapons specialist & Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

A HEADS UP! … INCOMING!

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before," ... is what Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel said in an interview regarding the economy with The Wall Street Journal.

Now it looks as if OUR* government seems to be following that same advice as it pertains to every matter that comes along except for our failing economy! In particular, I now speak of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.

Soon, OUR Senate, will consider a

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Money IQ: Home Computer Security

on January 2, 2013 - 11:25am
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Home Computer Security

Businesses have been taking computer security seriously for a long time; home users have not been. The reasons are generally two-fold: cost and expertise.

A typical home user may have the anti-virus program that came with the computer but then not realize that this was a subscription service that ended the first year and has had no real protection since.

The good news is that there are free alternatives out there for the home user that don’t require a technical expert to install and configure.

Laskey Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

on January 2, 2013 - 9:52am

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Courtesy/movies.yahoo.com

Review by Kirsten Laskey

Who doesn’t want to go on an adventure? There something thrilling and romantic about leaving the comfort and security of home in exchange for the great unknown that lies in the far corners of the map.

This is what “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” provides moviegoers – the opportunity to tag along on a great adventure.

Let me tell you, it is a wonderful ride although be prepared for long pauses on this epic journey because apparently this story is being spread out into three films.

The first film

Food on the Hill: Coconut Bonbons

on January 1, 2013 - 5:55am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
This week's recipe:
 
Coconut Bonbons
 
  • 2 2/3 cups(7oz) flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, finally chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 20 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
 
 
Mix first 6 ingredients, chill 3 hours.
 
 
Roll into small balls (maybe 3/4 inch) and chill well again.
 
 
Melt chocolate and dip balls into chocolate and chill again
 
Coconut Bonbons
 
 
Party Idea:
 
 
I find when I run out of space in my fridge while getting ready for a party, that if it is cold out I can use a table

Column: New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

on December 28, 2012 - 7:42am
By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s "right to keep and bear arms" is no longer relevant these days

Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

Money IQ: Consider a Safe Deposit Box

on December 26, 2012 - 10:26am

Money IQ

By Fidel L. Gutierrez

 

Consider a Safe Deposit Box for Valuables and Digital Media Storage/Computer Back-up

 

As the old saying goes “you cannot put a price on peace of mind.” In today’s complex world, one of the oldest banking service that is often overlooked is the good old fashioned safe deposit box. 

 

I still remember as a kid going into the bank lobby with my mom and being in awe of the massive bank vault door. 

 

With the proliferation of on-line banking (virtual bank branch)  and “mini” branches (including grocery store branches), I find that many younger banking

Food on the Hill: Caesar Salad Dressing

on December 26, 2012 - 6:40am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Caesar Salad Dressing

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo
  •  1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2(+) cup good grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of regular Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1to 1 1/2  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes,crushed

directions

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
mix and chill
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

notes

good as a dip for veggies or best on whole fresh

Column: Ending the Year Contemplating Growth

on December 23, 2012 - 8:27am
By Harry Hertz, Director
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

I always like to end a year with an optimistic view of the future. This year, MESA became the sixth two-time winner of the Baldrige Award; all six winners having experienced growth between the times they received the award.

That fact led me to contemplate factors leading to the sustainability and growth of any business or enterprise.

In a brief research study that the Baldrige Program conducted last year, we realized that the then five two-time recipients of the Baldrige Award represented very different industries, company

Column: A World of Music

on December 23, 2012 - 6:06am
By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
 
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
 
It's kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
 
We speak of "songbirds" and "the songs of birds", or the "music of the stream", and other similar references to "music" which don't quite fit the

Column: Looming REAL ID Act Deadline

on December 20, 2012 - 10:36am
Column by Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative Elect, District 43

Over the past few weeks several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline.

The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15.

If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.

Money IQ: Small Business Loans

on December 19, 2012 - 10:49am
Money IQ
By Al Hernandez
 
Small Business Loans

The challenges of obtaining a small business loan continue to frustrate budding entrepreneurs and as well as established small business owners alike.

Small business loans are generally defined as those seeking credit of $1 million or less. Financial institutions are less likely to lend in today’s environment and the reasons are many - a still weak but slowly improving economy, tightened bank underwriting standards, ever changing bank regulations, and or increased fear or skepticism with lending to newer firms or start-up businesses.

Food on the Hill: Crab Benedict

on December 18, 2012 - 6:55am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
This week's recipe:
 
Crab Benedict
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
ingredients
 
Crab Benedict
(serves two)
4 poached eggs
Two English muffins, toasted
9 oz crab meat, drained ( I prefer lump crab meat, but can get pricy)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
5 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup cold butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
 
directions
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Poach the 4 eggs and set aside.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
If they need reheated at the end before you put the Benedict together, you

Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
 
What is Music?
 
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
 
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
 
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
 
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Money IQ: Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

on December 12, 2012 - 11:04am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte
 
Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

As an attorney who has practiced primarily in the areas of trusts and estates for the past 20 years, I frequently hear people say that they are simply not wealthy enough to have a trust.

There is a very common misconception that somehow the use of trusts in estate planning is only for the wealthy. The intended purpose of this short article is to dispel this misconception.

As each one of us has a unique personality, each one of us has a unique set of circumstances which will dictate the form of our estate plan.

Contrary to

Food on the Hill: Rice & Mushrooms

on December 11, 2012 - 6:07am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

 

Rice & Mushrooms
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can beef consomme
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 2 small cans of mushrooms (juice from 1can, drain the other can)
  • 1 stick of butter
 
directions:
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Dump everything in an 8x8 baking pan, stir one time and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
This is a wonderful side dish to take to parties and it is quick to make (1-1/2 minutes to put together) and it tastes great!
 
Rice & Mushrooms
 

Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Courtesy/movies.yahoo.com
 
Flight
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

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