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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.
 
Being

Sheehey: Let’s Settle The Debate About The Role Of The Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 24, 2017 - 7:33pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

There has been a long-standing debate about the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos. The present Sheriff, Marco Lucero, was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. County Councils, not including myself, have worked to minimize that role, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, our citizens voted to keep an elected Sheriff.  

It’s time to settle this debate.

McQuiston: What Happens When A Tree Falls?

on May 23, 2017 - 11:12am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

As I am writing this column and watching the snow fly in mid-May, I'm willing to bet my phone is going to ring and someone is going to tell me their big, beautiful tree just came crashing down. Snow is heavy this time of year. So how will your insurance respond? Let's take a look.

1. Your homeowners insurance likely covers tree removal and damage repairs for your home and other insured structures, such as fences.

A tree falls on your property and damages one or more insured structures. What now?

Column: Your New Reality

on May 21, 2017 - 7:21am

By Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

How do you start a new life after the loss of a significant person? Your life is changed forever. You have lost the experience of spending time with your loved one.  

Your loved one’s presence in your life is now based on memories, photos, writings and shared experiences. Pictures, letters, cards, videos and dreams keep that person alive in a secondary fashion, but how do you fill the space that was occupied by that person in real time? Does this mean letting go of some of your activities that were shared exclusively with that person?

Fr. Glenn: In Memoriam

on May 21, 2017 - 6:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

On May 29th we’ll have our annual celebration of Memorial Day … the remembrance of those who have died in the service of our nation and her people in the armed forces, and, by extension, the fire, police, Coast Guard, and all others who put their lives on the line to serve and to protect, and yet lived not to see another dawn.

It is a day to remember those who sought to protect and defend our nation and our liberty … to aid and to defend even those they had never met.  

Common reasons for joining the military include

Pastor Granillo: By Faith Alone?

on May 21, 2017 - 5:48am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)
 
“Salvation by faith alone, and not by works” has been a repetitive drum beat in the protestant church. The scriptures are clear that no person can earn salvation. If they could, it would be something God owed them instead of a true gift of grace. If it could be earned, then Jesus’ death was in vain.

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Remodeling A Living Room – Budget And Floor Plan

on May 20, 2017 - 9:42am
Before and after living room remodel. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the second part of remodeling a living room. Last week we discussed getting started with researching, considering your lifestyle, consulting the pros, determining your needs and identifying your style. Now we move on to budgets, floor plans and layout.

Budget

So, just how much is that living room renovation going to cost?

The Unsung Hero

on May 20, 2017 - 9:17am
Unsung heroes can be found everywhere. Courtesy photo
 
By AMBER GRADY-FULLER
JudyGail's Place

The news is swarming with horrible stories about tragedies. We hear too often about shootings at community colleges or vehicles driving into crowds of people. These stories are heartbreaking. Those who witness these events also are impacted in profound ways. It is life altering to witness innocent lives suddenly changed by a senseless evil act.

While these tragedies are overwhelming, many stories of heroism also rise to the surface.

Griggs: Dateline – 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest

on May 20, 2017 - 8:39am
The ‘Cream of the Crop’ features three little girls singing the chorus on songs for J. Monque’D and his band in the Blues tent. Photo by David Griggs
 
Amedee Frederick VI, 5, plays guitar next to his father, Amedee V at the 2017 Jazz Fest in New Orleans. This is another strong Louisiana musical family. His sister Victoria is the girl on the left in ‘Cream of the Crop’, and their grandfather, Amedee IV, was in the audience. Photo by David Griggs
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
An estimated 425,000 fans packed the fairgrounds for another memorable Jazz Fest

McQuiston: A Big Thank You To Los Alamos

on May 19, 2017 - 6:01am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Usually in this column I am giving bits of advice and knowledge on insurance. But today's column is a little different. 
 
At The Jemez Agency we want every customer to feel like we’ve served as your trusted advisor by providing superior guidance, service and coverage options for your insurance needs. Our goal is to be the best.
 
That’s why I'm proud to announce that The Jemez Agency has earned the distinguished President’s Award from Safeco Insurance®.
 
The President’s Award is one of the highest honors Safeco gives to independent agent
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