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Library Screens 'In The Mood For Love'

on April 5, 2017 - 4:05pm
Movie poster for 'In the Mood for Love'
 
Review by KELLY DOLEJSI
 
Fidelity and appearances take center stage in “In the Mood for Love” (2000, rated PG, subtitled), showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.
 
Writer/director Kar-Wai Wong’s internationally award-winning film — including Best Actor (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and Technical Grand Prize at Cannes — delights in the styles and cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong, and delights in fomenting questions about loyalty,

LAVNS: Bereavement Support Services

on April 5, 2017 - 7:06am
Bereavement Support Services
By LAVNS
 
Almost all of us have experienced grief in some form. The loss of a loved one is a universally shared experience, yet we live in a culture that does not encourage an open expression of grief.
 
The common misconceptions surrounding grief include the idea that we will, over time, “move on”, “carry on” and “get over it.” The underlying message with these expressions of condolence is that grief is a process which has a beginning, middle and end and that a particular period of time will cure that condition. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Fr. Glenn: To Judge Or Not To Judge ... That Is The Question

on April 2, 2017 - 6:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos
 
As I re-read my column from last week, it sounded a bit pompous. Sorry about that; judgment weakens when you procrastinate and then frantically try to meet a deadline.

Speaking of “judgment”, isn’t that one of our favorite pastimes—to make snap judgments of people … whether it be because of their clothing, their demeanor, their opinions or whatever, thus setting ourselves up as the supreme authority of what is acceptable? We disdain those of lower socio-economic status.

Pastor Granillo: Seeing Light

on April 2, 2017 - 6:05am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39 (NIV)

Eigengrau is the color that the human brain “sees” when we are in complete darkness. Apparently, it’s a shade of gray instead of black, as I would have expected. Even though no light actually exists, the brain still tells us that we “see” some light.

In a similar manner, cognitive scientists have shown that, in the absence of light, many people actually believe that they can still see their

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Let It Be

on March 31, 2017 - 4:07pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I meditate daily. Usually twice.

I began practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I was 16 years old. My older sister took me to hear the message of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and I was hooked. Prior to this event I had not given a thought to inner peace, and quite frankly I was not all that enamored with the benefits of TM. But the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was guru to the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I thought that was very cool.

At the end of my coursework a former DJ from Hawaii conferred my specially chosen mantra, and I was on my own.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘Kedi’

on March 31, 2017 - 10:09am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

Editor's note: Kedi is showing at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Visit https://www.ccasantafe.org/ for showtimes.

“Kedi” is a film for anyone who loves animals, especially people with an affinity for domestic cats. We are challenged by the film to extend that same fondness and respect to the street cats of Istanbul.

Turkish-born director Ceyda Torun has taken a close look at a unique feature of urban living in her home city of Istanbul, the high prevalence of stray cats and their acceptance in the daily life of the humans around them.

Open Book: And God Said...

on March 31, 2017 - 9:56am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

 
The Humanities class at our high school includes a unit about world religions, and it’s been fun to participate as one of the invited speakers who speak about their religious tradition.

Each year, the students are very polite and inquisitive about my lecture on Judaism, and I am totally exhausted by the end of the day. I have no idea how a teacher can do this, five days a week, month after month.

I try to start my lecture with two apologies: Judaism accommodates a spectrum of observance and philosophies so I can’t help but color the presentation by my own

World Futures: PEOPLE ... Sustainable Long Term Encapsulation – Including Mental

on March 31, 2017 - 9:51am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

In the domain of science fiction (e.g., Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek…) we see space vehicles zooming around the universe with human beings on board seemingly doing well pursuing a mission, discovering new worlds, finding new life forms, and engaging in combat.

Many aspects of the voyage, however, are taken for granted since it is a fictional universe. Perhaps most important in the “for-granted” category are energy, mass, time, and the sanity of the humans.

The space vehicle is a capsule

Tales Of Our Times: When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

on March 31, 2017 - 6:53am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

 
Toxic materials in nature are like a stack of ball bearings on a subway platform. They pose little risk until they start to move.

Follow the trail of the Earth’s store of hazardous materials and the shuffling that moves them through the air and water. The forces are geologic history, weather, time, and inexorably man. Without man’s doings, toxic substances are widely found in nature, in some places more than others.

Wiemann: Teach Your Children Well … About Finances And Investing

on March 31, 2017 - 6:51am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Save for a goal. In our highly commercialized culture, it’s almost inevitable that your children will eventually become somewhat acquisitive. Obviously, it’s important to teach them that they can’t have everything – and they certainly can’t have everything right now. So, once they are old enough to receive an allowance or to earn money in some fashion, encourage them to set a goal for something they want, such as a toy or video game, and to put money aside every week for that goal.

McQuiston: Burglary Prevention ... Should You Leave The Lights On?

on March 31, 2017 - 6:25am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
How to Use Outdoor Lighting Effectively for Home Security
 
It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But, does that really work? Or, is it just a waste of electricity?
 
Those answers can differ depending on a number of factors. However, one thing is clear: With more than 1.5 million residential burglaries in the U.S. in 2015, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report, it takes more than flipping a switch to prevent property crime.
 
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McQuiston: Car Insurance Rates Are Going Up. Why?

on March 27, 2017 - 7:50pm
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I get a few calls a week from our clients wondering why their car insurance rates are increasing even though they have not had an accident. 
 
It's a good question, but the answer can't be summed up in a statement or two. I have written before how car insurance rates are impacted not only by your specific driving habits, but by others as well. I have written about how your insurance company and the claims they pay out in your city, county, state and nationally impact your insurance rates.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 27, 2017 - 8:41am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Shack” is the long-awaited film version of the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Canadian author William P. Young. If you have read the book, you will know to bring plenty of tissues to the film. This is a story of bad things happening to good people and of the Holy Trinity intervening to teach love and forgiveness. As a result, the IMDB website categorizes the film as “drama/fantasy.”
 
The Shack in question is where hard evidence was found that Mackenzie Philip’s youngest daughter was indeed murdered.

Fr. Glenn: Conscience

on March 26, 2017 - 7:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We have many sayings about conscience, such as “My conscience is clear”, or “I don’t want that on my conscience.” Conscience is an interesting concept, but what is it? Merriam-Webster defines conscience as “the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.” But that definition, of course, begs the question: “What are the right and the good?”

In very broad philosophical concept, the “right and

Pastor Granillo: Serving Honorably

on March 26, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church

“Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:14-15 (NIV)

As I was driving through the National Cemetery I found myself reading many of the grave markers that were there. I read their names and the dates that they lived, and I wondered what their lives were like. As I was doing this, I noticed something that I had never noticed before. These men and women were not separated by rank.

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

PEOPLE: Human-Machine Interface – Who or What Controls What or Whom?

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

The human-machine interface controls communication between the human and the machine.  Historically, it was intended to allow the human to have full control over the machine within the physical aspects of the machine’s capabilities.  As a simple example, consider the control switch on an electric range or cook-top.  

There is a knob labeled High-Medium High-Medium-Medium Low-Low-Warm-Off, or maybe the numbers 10 through 0.  

The human selects a setting that turns on (or off) a burner or heat element on

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm
Movie poster for 'The Shack'. Courtesy photo

 

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Shack” is the long-awaited film version of the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Canadian author William P. Young. If you have read the book, you will know to bring plenty of tissues to the film. This is a story of bad things happening to good people and of the Holy Trinity intervening to teach love and forgiveness. As a result, the IMDB website categorizes the film as “drama/fantasy.”

The Shack in question is where hard evidence was found that Mackenzie Philip’s youngest daughter was indeed

Hargraves: Highlights Of Work Session 5:30 p.m. Today

on March 23, 2017 - 9:28am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS School Board Member

Schools are important to the entire community. School Board decisions directly affect outcomes and success of our schools. For good reasons, it is difficult and time consuming to stay informed about School Board activities. These columns, planned prior to each Board Meeting and Work Session, highlight Board agenda items that might interest students, parents teachers and the community at large.

A Work Session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today at Pinon Elementary School. Agenda item 10 is a budget presentation and discussion.

Roger This: A White House Uncomfortable With Truth

on March 23, 2017 - 7:58am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
So it’s fake news vs. alternative facts, is it?
 
Well, alternative facts are a contradiction in terms. Something is either a fact or not. Nothing is in between. There are no alternative facts.
 
We’re talking about Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States, trying to help her boss wriggle around his still-unfounded tweet that Barack Obama tapped his phone in Trump Tower. The President’s charge of fake news as a blanket statement can’t possibly apply to every case and is at the very least carelessly imprecise.

Smart Design With Suzette: Countertops – Granite vs. Quartz

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50pm

Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. Research says that for most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces. If you, too, have whittled it down to granite or quartz, here’s a quick way to learn all about their pros and cons.

Granite
Pro: It has longevity. Granite has had staying power. It is time-tested and has universal appeal.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Beauty And The Beast

on March 20, 2017 - 7:44am

How The Hen House Turns: The Mind Of Chickens

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50am
Cary Neeper. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As our girls were growing up in our ¾ acres above Walnut Canyon, we came to know many chickens.  The first hen, Peeky, hatched an only child, Peeper. He became a sensitive gentle person, a lovely gamecock whose caring behavior echoed his upbringing.
 
He also was a patient playmate for our youngest daughter. She carried him, 3-inch spurs and all, in her arms and dressed him up for the pet parade with no struggle. His quiet acceptance spoke volumes about trust between species.

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