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Exploring The White Place Near Abiquiu

on June 7, 2017 - 2:23pm
Scene from the White Place near Abiquiu. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
All throughout Northern New Mexico are hidden natural wonders that will reward someone willing to seek them out and expend a little shoe leather.
 
In the beautiful landscape surrounding the small village of Abiquiu lie many of these little pockets of unique formations sculpted over the eons by the relentless effects of wind and water.
 
Abiquiu is known around the world as the home of the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.
 

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

Amateur Naturalist: Springs And Crusty Lichen

on June 7, 2017 - 7:34am
Iron bacteria growing in a small drainage pool. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
The natural and urban worlds exist in close proximity to one another in Los Alamos. Finger-shaped mesa tops are separated by canyons. Urban Los Alamos is built on the mesa tops. The canyons in contrast are filled largely with forest toward their mountain origins. The canyons would be considered to be large parks or preserves in other parts of the country.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Wonder Woman'

on June 6, 2017 - 5:54am
By CYNTHIA Z. BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Wonder Woman”, the much anticipated DC comics movie, has arrived to cheering audiences. The film provides a backstory for Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, later nicknamed “Wonder Woman” as she joins the DC pantheon of superheroes.
 
Gal Gadot, the sensually super-buff Israeli actress, debuted as Wonder Woman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie just last year, starting a noisy buzz about Gadot getting her own movie.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 5

on June 5, 2017 - 10:34am

South Korean Yekwan Sunwoo impressed with a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in the Cliburn semi-final round. Courtesy photo

Canadian Tony Yike Yang, 18, is the youngest Cliburn competitor. Courtesy photo

Italian competitor Leonardo Pierdomenico acknowledges a standing ovation after his performance with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGehan. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

The audience during the Cliburn Competition has been admirably silent.

Smart Design With Suzette: Remodeling A Living Room – Storage, Design And Who To Hire

on June 5, 2017 - 8:08am
Cozy living room. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the fourth and final article of remodeling a living room.

We‘ve discussed determining your needs; identifying your style; budgets; floor plans and layout; lighting, flooring and architectural details. Now we will conclude with storage, design and who to hire.

Storage and Organization

Depending on the age of your house and its layout, you may or may not have storage in the living room.

If you do find yourself with a closet here, count your lucky stars.

World Futures: SOCIETY – Integrity: It’s Now In Transformation, How Do We Maintain It?

on June 5, 2017 - 8:03am

World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Integrity is a property or state of being and can refer to both people and things. In respect to people, it describes a quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. When referring to things it describes a state of wholeness, correctness and unity.

While it is worthwhile to explore the intricacies and subtleties of integrity in detail, a more pointed, though general, consideration should be given to the changing environment of Earth and humanity.

As the clock of change moves forward at an ever

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Fr. Glenn: Bon Voyage

on June 4, 2017 - 7:34am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

‘Tis the season of spring … of leafing, of flowering, of hatchlings spreading newly-fledged wings to eagerly, yet nervously, fly the nest … under watchful and anxious eyes of parents fluttering above, squawking: “Careful not to fall; it’s a long way down!” “Watch out for predators!” “Be wary of eating things that bite back!”

“Dude … what’s with your parents?”, squeaks the little chick from a neighboring nest. “They’re always that way,” is the response. “They don’t know crickets from crawdads, and always on our case!

Pastor Granillo: Muddy Words

on June 4, 2017 - 6:41am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV James 1:19-20)

It can be frustrating when you feel as if others don’t understand what you are saying. The truth may simply be that, even though we don’t recognize it as easily, we are not conveying our message in a way that others can receive it.

Communication, real communication, seems to be desperately missing from our world. So, what can we do?

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 3

on June 3, 2017 - 7:20am

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel Hsu, one of the youngest competitors at age 19, studies at the Curtis Institute. Courtesy photo 
 

South Korean competitor Dasol Kim, 28, studies at the Hochshule fur Musik in Hanover, Germany. Courtesy photo 
 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The penultimate round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally under way. Twelve semi-finalists will each play a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Last night 19-year-old Daniel Hsu, one of the two Americans still

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Show Up

on June 2, 2017 - 6:51am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

June is Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health Awareness Month.

My mother died of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease when she was 74 years old. My mother-in-law also died of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease when she was 73 years old. My father was in early stage dementia when he died from a stroke.

My daughter survived a brain tumor when she was 15 years old. Although remarkably successful and vibrant, 20 years later she still deals daily with residual complications.

I have my own challenges with brain health, and so I take brain health quite seriously.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 1, 2017 - 5:17pm

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 1

on June 1, 2017 - 8:40am

Van Cliburn in 1959, the only classical musician to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York. Courtesy photo

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

It happens every four years. Competitors vie for medals as fans cheer. Paparazzi swarm about. It isn’t the Olympics. It’s the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is underway right now and I will be reporting to you from Fort Worth every day.

The story of the competition’s birth is legendary and begins in Moscow.  

In 1958, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union wanted to

Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

on May 31, 2017 - 1:26pm
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven.

Fr. Glenn: Our Common Fraternity

on May 28, 2017 - 6:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Remember this Memorial Day to honor the memory of those military and first responders who have given their lives in our service. And may God bless those families who have given so much.

One of the hallmarks of the military is that of “fraternity”—the “band of brothers” (including women serving, of course!). Those who have served in the military know exactly what it is—the comradery of shared experiences and, for those who have served in combat, shared fears, trials and interdependence on one another.

Pastor Raul: A Debt To Love

on May 28, 2017 - 6:16am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (NIV Romans 13:8).

I have heard, many times and from many people, that everyone deserves to be loved. I’m quite sure I’ve even said it myself. So, with great care, I want to ask a question that I think some are afraid to ask: “Why does anyone deserve to be loved?”

I think this question is important today, because far too many people talk a great deal about “love” but have not actually

Tales Of Our Times: Impartial Testing Tests Courage

on May 26, 2017 - 4:46pm
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Impartial Testing Tests Courage
 
The impartial study has it own place on the list of big risks. I speak of impartial studies, or tests, that one might call “politically timely,” as in a public controversy. A current case in need of impartial testing is Russian ties in the last election process. My focus here is the human nature lurking around such a study.
 
Human quirks intrude in public issues that need answers. Before we know it, choices from the big box of assumptions stand in for answers.

Smart Design With Suzette: Remodeling A Living Room – Lighting, Flooring and Architectural Details

on May 26, 2017 - 4:59am
Stunning lighting. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the third part of the series of remodeling a living room. We‘ve discussed getting started, considering your lifestyle, determining your needs, identifying your style, budgets, floor plans and layout. Now we will dive into lighting, flooring and architectural details. Look closely at the photos I’ve chosen and pay attention to these characteristics - lighting, flooring, fireplace and architectural details - in each of them.

Living Room Lighting Tips
Homeowners often forget about the importance of proper lighting.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 26, 2017 - 4:58am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tea Up

on May 26, 2017 - 4:51am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So this was a pleasant surprise.
I had been in a not-great mood. I am in Phoenix, and with the exception that I get to spend precious time with my kids and grandkids, I am not too crazy about Phoenix. It is hot, and brown, and crowded, and the traffic is always a hassle.

There are over 4 million people living in the Valley of the Sun and today I was one of them, waiting for my ice tea at a drive-thru Starbucks in 104 degree heat.

When I pull up to pay for my order, the remarkably cheerful and smiling young man at the window tells me the person four cars ahead

World Futures: SOCIETY – Commercial and Financial – How Do We Do Business, Individually and Collectively?

on May 25, 2017 - 4:02pm

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


In the history of humanity individuals banded together to form micro societies in which the members worked collectively for the common good.  

Everything was pooled primarily for survival. Then micro societies interacted using barter to exchange essentials (satisfy needs). As humanity evolved, however, certain things became collectively recognized as having inherent value, permitting different micro societies to essentially export their “stuff” in exchange for inherent value.  

Then, as the micro societies

Izraelevitz: Jubilation!

on May 25, 2017 - 8:03am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
 
My wife worked with special needs children for many years, some with language difficulties, so she learned rudimentary sign language and she would teach me on occasion a few signs. However, the only sign that stuck with me is “I have to go potty”, which I think if you are going to learn a single phrase in a foreign language, is a pretty important phrase to know. I reciprocated by teaching her a little Spanish, and although she doesn’t speak it, I have a suspicion that she understood my phone conversations with my parents more than she let on.
 
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