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Smart Design With Suzette: Lighting Tips – Part One

on August 18, 2018 - 5:53am

An example of kitchen lighting. Courtesy image

An example of pendant lighting. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

No matter the size of a space, how you light it can make all the difference in its function. There are two rules of thumb: Have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience; and have appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, sautéing, getting dressed.) In all rooms maximize natural daylight with windows and skylights whenever possible.

What is a Lumen? What’s the Difference Between it and a Watt?
Lighting—it’s all

Nasario Garcia: ‘No More Bingo, Comadre!’ Sept. 9

on August 18, 2018 - 4:39am
Courtesy/TP

Teatro Paraguas News:

Noted author Dr. Nasario Garcia will read from his new book “No More Bingo, Comadre!” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.

Leading New Mexico Folklorist Dr. Nasario GarciaIt takes all kinds to populate Northern New Mexico, and this book has everyone from gypsies and gamblers to ranchers and criminals.

García introduces us to some of these people and the challenges they face. The title character, Adelfa, flirts with the glamour of casinos and finds herself addicted to gambling.

2018 Los Alamos County Fair Exhibits

on August 13, 2018 - 7:14am
Exhibits in the 2018 Los Alamos County Fair range from finely sewn quilts to fruits and vegetables. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Woodwork by Bruce Lamartine earns a grand prize. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Good tastes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Black Pineapples quilt by Marian Kirchner. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Food and flowers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Crochet by Linda Ferenbaugh is a grand champion. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
'Manhattan Project' tapestry by Cindy Dworzak.

Slim Randles Home Country: Big Storm

on August 11, 2018 - 2:38pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It began as a whispered threat, this latest storm of ours. There was something in the air, a cleansing tonic, a murmur of sharpness.
 
The trees on the hills looked different, then, seeming to stand out in sharper focus, in cleaner profile. It was the magical paintbrush of a gentle sun brushing the front of them, against an ominous, creeping black background. And the blackness grew higher yet, until the western sky was a massive wall of black and swirling gray.
 
People stood outside and looked, and tried to find a weather report on the radio, and called

Head2Head: It Takes Two

on August 9, 2018 - 1:06am
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

This is a new ongoing column on how to civilly disagree without compromising your core beliefs. This doesn’t mean that someone can’t change your mind. It means you don’t have to pretend you believe something you don’t.

I’m uncomfortable with the idea that the best way to handle what appears to be a political and cultural chasm in American society is to just shut up. We learn by opening ourselves to new ideas and exposing our own ideas to scrutiny and debate.

Inspirational People: Helping Others Get Through It

on August 9, 2018 - 1:03am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was the death certificate clutched in his hand that caught my eye.

The man standing in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank was waiting to see a customer service representative. Having lost three family members in a row, that document had become quite familiar. It also was easy to recognize his expressionless face … braced for the heart-wrenching ordeal ahead.   

As he approached the woman sitting behind the desk the grieving man avoided eye contact to keep his composure while stating his business.

What's New At Farmers Market This Week?

on August 8, 2018 - 4:02pm
Gonzales Farm. Courtesy photo
 
LAFM News:
 
Whats at the Farmers Market this week:
 
Peaches- Berries- Apples- Plums- Lamb- Beef- Yak- Bison- Pork- honey- honey sticks- Tomatoes- Shishitos- Onions- Green onions- celery- Salad Mix- Beets- Turnips- Apple Cider- Sharpening Service- Corn- Grapes- Kettle Corn if it's not raining- Nursery- Plants- grasses- hanging Flowers- Cut Flowers- Herbs- Eggs-Beans of every color- Cucumbers- Carrots- Squashes- radishes- Lettuce- Cabbage- Garlic- Potatoes of every color and variety- Squash Blossoms- Tortillas-Jams & Jellies- Vinegars- Sauces- Quiche-

Smart Design By Suzette: Why You Want to Work With an Interior Designer

on August 2, 2018 - 5:46am

It’s important to have big design dreams, but it’s also important to have a good idea of your design limitations. Courtesy image

Whether planning a major renovation or just refreshing your style, a design professional can help get the best from your home. Courtesy image

 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

When people consider hiring an interior design professional for the first time, they often don’t know what to expect. Television can make it seem as though designers are magicians.

This can create the illusion that designing, purchasing for and executing a vision can happen in a day; that

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes: Gazpacho

on August 2, 2018 - 5:41am

Gazpacho. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

At the height of summer my childhood days were spent playing stickball with the neighborhood kids, wandering along the river banks looking for lizards or rabbits or wild flowers, roaming the acequia with my sister searching for wild asparagus and harvesting veggies with my grandma in her garden.  

Tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers were brought in by the bucketsful and, for us that meant fresh Gazpacho was readily available.  

My mom used to make it by the gallon and leave it chilling in the refrigerator for us to

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on July 31, 2018 - 8:09am
Courtesy photo
 
FARMERS MARKET News:
 
What's at the Farmers Market this week:
 
Peaches- Berries- Apples- Plums- Lamb- Beef- Yak- Bison- Pork- honey- honey sticks- Tomatoes- Shishitos- Onions- Green onions- celery- Salad Mix- Beets- Turnips- Apple Cider- Sharpening Service, Kettle Corn if it not raining- Nursery- Plants- grasses- hanging Flowers- Cut Flowers- Herbs- Eggs-Beans of every color- Cucumbers- Carrots- Squashes- radishes- Lettuce- Cabbage- Garlic- Potatoes of every color and variety- Squash Blossoms- Tortillas-Jams & Jellies Vinegars- Sauces- Quiche- Quinoa Salads- Tarts-

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates American Indian Culture In New Gallery Exhibition

on July 29, 2018 - 7:03am

‘Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art’ debuts inside The American Adventure pavilion at Epcot. Courtesy/WDW

 

WALT DISNEY WORLD News:

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – American Indian history and culture come to life in a new art exhibition at Walt Disney World Resort that debuted Friday.

 

“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” at Epcot displays the work of contemporary Native artists alongside artifacts from centuries past, demonstrating how ancestral craftsmanship influences modern generations.

 

The exhibition opened at the American

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market July 26

on July 27, 2018 - 6:39am

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. The Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through the end of October in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. For more information about the Los Alamos Farmers Market, contact Cindy at talacook@windstream.net.  Courtesy photo

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene

Home Country: Hearing Aids

on July 27, 2018 - 6:00am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly.
 
Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!”
 
We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?”
 
“Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….”
 
He pointed to his ears. “Hearing aids,” he said. We walked over and looked, and sure enough.
 
“It was Maizie’s idea,” Bert said. “She made the appointment and everything. Said she was tired of having the TV on so loud.”
 
“But it was a good idea, Bert,” Doc said.
 
“Oh, I know. I’d been thinking about it for some time,

Los Alamos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Celebrates Five Years

on July 24, 2018 - 8:08am
Professor Robert Romero, owner of the LAB, Los Alamos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, participates in Friday's class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Students take part in the anti-bullying class held Friday at the LAB, at 1370 Central Ave. Suite B. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The LAB, Los Alamos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Presentation On Adrenaline-Pumping New Zealand Adventure Tuesday

on July 22, 2018 - 8:31am

Martin Staley will talk about his adventure-filled trip to New Zealand Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Earlier this year, Martin Staley traveled to New Zealand for an adrenaline-pumping adventure across both islands. He will give a presentation about his incredible journey Tuesday during this month’s meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

His talk is at the Los Alamos Nature Center after the regular Mountaineer’s meeting at 7 p.m., which will cover information about upcoming outings. Staley’s talk starts by 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Home Country: Reverend And His Bike

on July 20, 2018 - 9:59am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Dud was out rambling around the other day, and was surprised to find the new preacher sitting beside an irrigation ditch. Dud plopped down and asked him what was wrong.
 
“I’ve only been here two weeks,” he said, “and someone’s stolen my bicycle. I really liked that bike.”
 
“Reverend,” Dud said, “everyone in this town knows everyone else, and thievery is almost unheard of. I wouldn’t take this personally as something against you, but I do have a suggestion.”
 
The preacher looked at Dud.
 
“Can you preach on the Ten Commandments?” Dud asked.
 

Scenes From Farmers Market July 19

on July 20, 2018 - 6:51am

The Pig + Fig stand at Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

RZs Bees Local Honey. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Goat Milk Soap. Courtesy photo

Mendez Produce. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers

An Open Book: What A Great World Cup!

on July 19, 2018 - 9:48am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

To call me a fair-weather soccer fan is an understatement. My interest in the sport is resuscitated during the World Cup, but in the four intervening years, it seems to hibernate, maybe awakened during the Women’s World Cup if we’re in it which, fortunately, we often are. The rest of the quadrennial, I’m an embarrassment to my brother, my children, and most of all, to my native country, Uruguay. When I took my family to visit my birthplace, I prepared them for the inevitable questions by cousins about life in the U.S.

Jemez Mountain Bear Paw Quilting Guild Host Show And Sale July 20-22

on July 17, 2018 - 10:57am
Patriotic Fallen Warrior quilts featured at the quilt show July 20-22 at the Walatowa Visitor Center in the Jemez Pueblo. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
A dazzling display of quilts will be on display at the Jemez Mountain Bear Paw guild quilt show at the Walatowa Visitor Center, Jemez Pueblo, 7413 Hwy 4.
 
Quilts include the Patriotic Fallen Warrior Quilts given to New Mexico families that have lost a soldier in the Middle East.
 
A selection of quilts and hand-made items will be available for sale (cash only). These hand-made items make wonderful gifts.
 
This year the Jemez

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Bonding

on July 17, 2018 - 9:33am
Even the squirrels will stop and stare, posing nicely, if I talk sweet nothings to them. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
We have never owned a horse, but I would love to have had one, plus several to keep it company--now that I've read about them and their remarkable history with humans. What an incredible tolerance they have had for us. Why did they adapt to our demands over so many thousands of years? What in their nature allowed that, given their preference for living wild in small bands?
 
It makes me wonder how long we have domesticated chickens.

Scenes From Farmers Market July 12

on July 17, 2018 - 8:40am

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Mendez Produce from El Guque, NM. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Home Country: Yard Salin'

on July 16, 2018 - 11:40am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The hassled, red-faced man cruising the neighborhood Saturday morning in the pickup truck is good ol’ Bert, of course. It’s a warm Saturday, which means only one thing in our part of the country – yard sales. That’s why the charming lady riding next to him, his wife, Maizie, was wearing a big grin.
 
“There’s one Bert,” she said. “On the right. Pull over and park.”
 
It took Maizie almost 20 minutes to work her way up the driveway. There were three boxes of paperback books to go through first, then a shelf full of various knobs.
 
“I’ll ask them what

Why Zero Waste?

on July 14, 2018 - 7:25am

Members of the Zero Waste Subcommittee meeting recently at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

ZWLA News:

Did you know that Los Alamos has a Zero Waste Subcommittee (ZWLA)? This group started as a subcommittee of the Environmental Sustainability Board and now welcomes participation from others who want to contribute to the Zero Waste aspect of environmental sustainability.

There are representatives from the Los Alamos High School Eco Club, Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should email

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Save Money On Bathroom Remodels

on July 13, 2018 - 7:30am

A before and after shot of a renovated bathroom. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

As some of you may know, besides having my design business, I have become a Realtor. I am working with Paula Glover on her team at Re/Max First of Los Alamos. I feel it’s a perfect compliment to design – to help buyers imagine what a home could be to reflect their needs and desires – to help see the potential.

With that being said, many buyers are shocked at the condition of some of our homes here. However, homebuyers and homeowners should stay open-minded about remodeling.

Tobacco Use Among New Mexico High School Students At All-Time Low

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rates of cigarette smoking by New Mexico high school students are lower than ever before - dropping by more than 50 percent over the last decade.

According to data from the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), youth cigarette smoking has dropped from 24.2 percent in 2007 to nearly one in 10 (10.6 percent) New Mexico high school students in 2017.

Usage rates for other tobacco products including cigars, chew/spit tobacco, and hookah (a large water pipe used to smoke tobacco) have also fallen to historic

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