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Column: Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations... Part 1

on February 25, 2013 - 7:18am

Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations – From Personal Development to Organizational Development Part I

Column by ELENA YANG

I have been working on four books for the past few weeks; two are about personal development and the other two are about organizations (see listing below.)

The overlapping messages are generally about living with passion, learning to release creative energy, staying disciplined and having fun.

On a recent skiing trip, they began to meld together for me. So, this entry is both personal and organizational.

  • "The Art of Possibility" by Rosamund Stone Zander

Thoughts From the Big Chair: 'Ziggy and Brubeck and Crocs, Oh My!'

on February 24, 2013 - 7:24am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

“Ziggy and Brubeck and Crocs, Oh My!”

Hey gang! This week, I think I’m going to stick to a couple shorter topics on different ends of the Reality Show continuum…

The Grammys

The Grammys were on last week and I managed to watch a good deal of the telecast over a few days using the old DVR.

It’s tough to watch the whole program at one time because, as with most Hollywood awards shows, it overflows with lots of ego, over-hyped records and performances, and, of course,

Column: Trinity Drive and the Entrance to Town ... What are Your Thoughts?

on February 23, 2013 - 11:59am
Los Alamos County Councilor

Trinity Drive and the entrance to town ... what are your thoughts?

This process has been going on for years - but is coming to a conclusion now and your input is needed.

The short (ish) of it is, Trinity Drive is really, as we know, N.M. 502 - a state highway. We are on the schedule to get funding for the stretch just before the pool into town to Knecht Street - just past where all the dirt is torn up for Trinity Site.

Funding is available essentially now and the road could be re-done in the next year.

Because it would be federal funds

Real Estate & Neighborhood History: Western Area

on February 22, 2013 - 12:17pm

Western Area in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Google Earth


Real Estate & Neighborhood History

Western Area

 Any discussion of the real estate and the history of our neighborhoods in Los Alamos must begin with the first neighborhood developed in our mountain community – “the Western Area.”

The Western Area derived its name from the location in which it resides. At the time it was being developed, it was thought that Los Alamos would remain on only one mesa.

Therefore it was believed that a distinction between East and West would be all that is necessary.

Money IQ: Too Good to be True

on February 20, 2013 - 11:23am
Money IQ

Too Good to be True

We’ve all heard the phrase, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Well, unfortunately, this phrase applies largely to many incentive deals, job offers, and even relationships that we may find on the Internet today.

Criminals are always looking for new ways to steal someone else's money and they're looking for unsuspecting victims, like you, to help them. Job websites and social media websites (like Facebook and Twitter) are the new tool of choice to find money mules.

The term “money mules” is defined as individuals that are

Hannemann's Music Corner: Instrument Malfunctions - Avoiding the Gremlins

on February 20, 2013 - 9:43am
Hannemann's Music Corner

Instrument Malfunctions: Avoiding the Gremlins

There you are on stage. You have a solo part. Murphy is rubbing his hands in evil glee. Waiting. Do you know how many things can go wrong with your instrument at this magic moment?

Strings, reeds, pads, corks, felts, springs do not last forever. Tolerances in thousandths of an inch do not tolerate wear.
Adjustments re-adjust. Delicate parts get bumped, bent, dinged, dented altering the air flow of a wind instrument thereby altering the tonal quality and intonation.
Glues unstick and suddenly

Pajarito Reads: Visit the Worlds of T. Jackson King

on February 19, 2013 - 7:15am
Los Alamos Daily Post

This column will explore books that have something to do with Los Alamos and its surroundings, whether because the book is by someone who lives here, or lived here, or worked here or because of the subject matter.

Author T. Jackson "Tom" King

The sci-fi novels of T. Jackson King are a great place to start, because I met him signing books in, of all places, Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock.

It doesn’t get much more local than that. It also just goes to show that interesting writers can turn up anywhere.

How did King end up in