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Smart Design With Suzette Fox: Easy Spring Decorating

on March 10, 2017 - 8:25am

Daylight Savings is a great opportunity to spruce up your house and bring nature inside your home. Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

This weekend Daylight Savings Time begins. Yay! My favorite time of year! When spring’s breezes (or gusty winds – depending where you live) inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your home.

Spring Cleaning

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual cleaning. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished.

World Futures: PEOPLE - Non-Invasive Observation Technology

on March 10, 2017 - 8:16am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• Terahertz And Overcoming the Observer Effect

In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner.

A commonplace example is checking the pressure in an automobile tire; this is difficult to do without letting out some of the air, thus changing the pressure.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Slow Down Dinner!

on March 10, 2017 - 7:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Early in your career dinner-time is pretty much the same as happy hour—you look forward to leaving work, relaxing with friends and family, and then enjoying a sociable meal.

After you start having children, dinner-time, formally known as happy hour becomes unhappy hour. For decades now I have called it arsenic hour but I am no longer sure if this is an original thought or if I have plagiarized it from someone—it has just been so long.

If you have babies, dinner preparation time coincides perfectly with the ideal hours for colic.

An Open Book: Let There Be Light

on March 9, 2017 - 8:45am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

A theoretical physicist and good friend of mine revels in the observation that in the Scriptures God created Light first. As if the cosmic microwave background radiation were not sufficient evidence of the theory of the Big Bang, he can point to Genesis as further cosmic, or maybe Cosmic, confirmation. To me, however, there is a simpler reason why God would have placed Light in the epicenter of Creation.

Without contrast, without distinctions, there is no universe, and the most fundamental contrast is between light and darkness.

I felt that contrast

Wallin: Why New Mexico’s Legislature Should Advance A Women’s Policy Agenda

on March 6, 2017 - 2:39pm
Kids County Director Amber Wallin, MPA
 
By AMBER WALLIN
New Mexico Voices For Children
 
I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama.
 
Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

Guest Column: Legislature Must Follow New Mexico Tradition Of Taking Care Of Families

on March 6, 2017 - 7:01am
By ADRIANN BARBOA
Field Director, Strong Families New Mexico

In New Mexico, we take care of each other. It’s just our way. For generations, my family has made it through tough times by supporting each other.

My Grandpa Barboa was a cattle rancher in Albuquerque’s South Valley. He used to tell me stories about the times when they would have a matanza so the community could get through a tough winter or poor summer harvest. I always love when we have our family matanzas. It is a time when we come together and celebrate each other.

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Medicine

on March 5, 2017 - 8:54am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
  • DNA Manipulation, Invasive/Non-invasive Techniques, Distribution, and How Far Do We Go?

Medicine is a broad category applicable to humans and animals inhabiting Earth. In most cases it deals with sustaining life as we know it and has an inherent hierarchy that has humans at the top. Accordingly, this list item is primarily concerned with medicine for humanity, noting that animals have a major role in the human existence.

First is discovery. Chance favors the prepared mind is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur, who discovered pasteurization.

Fr. Glenn: Civility And Graciousness…One More Time

on March 5, 2017 - 7:07am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

During Lent we read a lot from the prophet Isaiah at our Catholic Mass, and part of our reading Saturday was:

If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always…

(Isaiah 58:9-11 NAB)

That “malicious speech” thing continues to hit home.

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
 
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

Pastor Raul Granillo: We Are Missional

on March 5, 2017 - 6:57am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alam
os 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

It often seems like there is more bad news being broadcast than good news. It’s refreshing when we hear about people selflessly helping others or news about situations that have been changed for the better. The Christian has the opportunity—even the responsibility—to be a part of that good news.

The third core value of the Nazarene church is that we are

Roger This: How To Stop Worrying And Have More Fun With Bombs

on March 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is not only inspiration for Loony Tunes, but is probably going to be confirmed this week as Secretary of Energy, at which point his lack of qualifications will become downright scary.

As one of Trump’s typical cabinet appointments, Perry will most likely come into office with outstanding conflicts of interest, including his stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. As of Feb. 23, the company’s stock, according to Market Watch, had gone up 14.5 percent since Jan.

‘The Other Place’ Will Break Your Heart, But It’s Worth It

on March 2, 2017 - 4:12pm
Homeowner (Andi Bishofberger), left, comforts her uninvited guest, Juliana Smithton (Cindy Hines). Photo by Larry Gibbons

Review By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Other Place by American playwright Sharr White is sure to strike a cord with Los Alamos audiences.

At 52, Juliana is a brilliant drug-company scientist. She is giving a speech at a neurological convention.

As she speaks, we cut away to scenes with her doctor, phone calls from her estranged daughter and conversations with her husband.

Jolley II: Treat Your Employees As You Want Them To Treat Your Customers

on March 2, 2017 - 4:08pm
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos

What do I mean by this column title? The answer may be simple in concept, however, a lot of practice to carry out.

For example, if you are the manager or owner of a fast food restaurant where you depend on a quantity of anonymous customers purchasing food for money as a transaction, and your employee average turnover is two weeks no matter how you are perceived as a boss, then it makes sense to exchange labor for paycheck as a transaction.

However, the fast food industry is about the only industry nowadays for which that transactional management may still

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 2, 2017 - 3:58pm

'Goodbye Solo' At Mesa Public Library Tonight

on March 2, 2017 - 3:57pm

'Goodbye Solo' movie poster. Courtesy photo

 

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI

Los Alamos

 

How can you help someone who doesn’t want help? Director Ramin Bahrani takes on this classic frustration in “Goodbye Solo” (2008, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. today in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.

 

Set in director’s home state of North Carolina, this award-winning film, which NY Times film critic A.O. Scott calls “almost perfect,” follows the multiple attempts of a cab driver to save his passenger’s life.

 

Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane), a 34-year-old Senegalese immigrant

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Shamless

on March 2, 2017 - 10:33am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I have been married nearly 25 years. When you are in a relationship for that long, over time you learn and accept there are some fundamental differences in expectations.

In order to keep the peace long-term, many times your only option is to agree to disagree. I think it is important to pick and choose your battles carefully – choose wisely when to stand your ground, when to give some space, or when to let go entirely.

Letting go can be hard because it may mean giving up something that feels important or means a lot to you, or maybe it just appears to be

Griggs: Dateline - City Of Chihuahua

on March 1, 2017 - 8:33am
Zorba the Greek. Courtesy/bibliocity.blogspot.com
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Heading south from the border towns of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, the comfortable Mexican bus navigates the eight-hour ride to the City of Chihuahua. Although I did not see any of the little dogs, which are named after the city, I did have a wonderful time exploring the sights and museums and food.
 
Casa Chihuahua
 
One of my first stops was Casa Chihuahua, the former Federal Palace and now a museum.

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Arrange Flowers Like A Pro

on February 27, 2017 - 9:18am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
I am a lover of flowers; ever since I was a little girl, I would bring in cut lilacs from our property and arrange them throughout the house.
 
As I grew, wherever I moved, I made sure to have flowers planted that I could cut and bring in.
 
I always loved how cheery they made a room feel. I would have to say my favorite flowers are lilacs, gardenias, white roses, peonies and lily of the valley.
 
Lily of the Valley flower arrangement. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
 
When working with fresh flowers, something wonderful happens.

Fr. Glenn: Praying For Civility And Peace

on February 26, 2017 - 7:24am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

I agree with much of what Pastor Raul Granillo of the La Vista Church wrote recently in his column “The Love of Hate”… especially at the present hatred and vitriol in our nation and around the world today, especially against (and from) political leaders. How we long for civility and grace!

As always, we Christians find answers in scripture. I was reading the other day St. Paul’s letter to Timothy: “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in

Pastor Raul: We Are A Holiness People

on February 26, 2017 - 6:27am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
 
I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44a (NASB).
 
Holiness is the core value of the Nazarene church that is most often met with resistance and criticism, not just in the Nazarene church, but in all the Christian churches.
 
To better understand why, we first need to understand what holiness is. In the simplest sense, when something is made holy, it is declared, or ritually prepared to be set apart for God’s use alone.
 
In the most real sense, it means loving God so much that it turns

Tales Of Our Times: News Is The Rare Bead In A Big Jar

on February 25, 2017 - 7:13am
Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

News is the Rare Bead in a Big Jar

 
The jarful of beads standing by the window had as much to teach as any of the fancier exhibits at the big city science museum. The clear plastic jar was of good size, as might hold an ample stock of licorice sticks in a candy store. It got me thinking about motives, and why people are different from science.

The label on the jar said it held one million small colored beads.

McQuiston: How Often Do You Review Your Homeowners Insurance?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:50am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
An annual homeowners insurance review is something most people don't do but should.
 
Your home is one of your biggest investments and it is important to plan for the unexpected. However, when reviewing your insurance needs, please consider that cheaper insurance could leave you unprotected when you need coverage the most. Not all insurance policies are created equal. 
 
Let’s review some questions you should consider to help determine if changes might be needed to your policy.
 
Have any additions been made to your home or renovations to the
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Yang: Fact, Truth, Reality ... Which One Is Debatable?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:38am
​By ELENA YANG
Former Los Alamos Resident
  • Author’s note: In one of my last columns of 2016, I mentioned that the Los Alamos Daily Post graciously invited me to submit my writing whenever the mood seizes me. So, I am back, more or less, less on a weekly basis, more as an irregular presence.
 
A child asks mom, “what is that man doing?” Mom says, “He’s entertaining.” Child, “No, what is he doing?” Mom, “He’s performing.” Child gasped, “But what is he doing?” Mom tries again, “He’s making people smile.” Child continues, “But what is he doing?” Mom finally adopts the conventional definition,

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

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