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Tales Of Our Times: A Novel Method Lets Out More Truth

on November 26, 2016 - 9:51am
John Bartlit, center, receives the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award painting from Friends of Bandelier President Craig Martin with Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy photo
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

A Novel Method Lets Out More Truth
Many thoughts crowded my head after the news came last month that I was to receive the 2016 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award from the Friends of Bandelier. The blend of thoughts brings to mind the many faces of progress. 
Any such award does honor to the associated groups and

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing Perfect Pantries

on November 26, 2016 - 8:57am
Walk-in pantry. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

Ask your friends what they dislike about their pantry and you’ll likely get “it’s too small” or “I can’t find anything!”  I hear these complaints often. Clearly, a pantry takes careful planning.

Whether you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling, you need to consider what makes a pantry work and which kind is best for your situation. There are three main types of pantries: cabinets, reach-ins and walk-ins. There is also a hybrid pantry/mudroom/laundry room that the homeowner walks through as they enter the house.

Keep a few

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 26, 2016 - 8:24am

Izraelevitz: A Thanksgiving Essay

on November 24, 2016 - 7:14am

Los Alamos

“The only time we close is for Thanksgiving.” Many years ago, while traveling through a city I have long forgotten, I had stopped for dinner at a Chinese restaurant, where I overheard the owner chatting with a departing couple. “You’re not closed for New Year’s?” the man persisted. The owner’s heavy accent seemed to thicken with his emphasis. “We only close for Thanksgiving. It’s the only day.”

This time of year always brings back to memory that brief exchange. I never found out why Thanksgiving was the only special day for this family.

2016 Thanksgiving Thankful List

on November 24, 2016 - 6:30am
St. George, Utah

My wife, Deb, and I enjoy our life in red rock southern Utah and have many things for which we are thankful. I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

1. I appreciate earth’s large moon. It is waaay larger in relation to the size of the earth than any other moon in the solar system. At about 2,159 miles in diameter, our moon is larger than Pluto. It moderates the tilt of the earth’s rotational axis which produces fairly constant seasonal changes over millennia.

Jimenez: Public Lands Must Reflect Diversity Of People

on November 22, 2016 - 8:00am
NMVFC Executive Director James Jimenez at Bryce National Park. Courtesy photo
By James Jimenez, Executive Director
New Mexico Voices For Children
My father and mother raised my four siblings and me to appreciate the beauty of our environment by hiking, mountain climbing, and visiting parks and other natural sites.
At the time I didn’t think much about it but when I reflect back on those outings I realize that there weren’t that many people who looked like us visiting or working in the parks.

Parsons: Seeing The True Human Resource

on November 22, 2016 - 6:20am
Los Alamos
We hear the term Human Resources a lot, and HR departments are found at companies large and small.
But have you ever stopped to consider what the term really means?
William R. Tracey, in The Human Resources Glossary, defines Human Resources as: "The people that staff and operate an organization.” states that it is the “scarcest and most crucial productive resource that creates the largest and longest lasting advantage for an organization. It resides in the knowledge, skills, and motivation of people…”
For the past several

Bouman: Long-Term Investing

on November 20, 2016 - 3:25pm
Investment Advisor Representative
Los Alamos


One of the advantages associated with long-term investing is the potential for compounding. Here’s how it works.When your investments produce earnings, those earnings get reinvested and can earn even more.

The more time your money stays invested, the greater the opportunity for compounding and growth. Keep in mind that while compounding, overall, can have a significant long-term impact, there may be periods where your money won’t grow.

While there are no guarantees, the value of compounded investment earnings can turn out to be far

Athlete Of The Week: Senior Kaitlin Bennett

on November 20, 2016 - 7:39am
Kaitlin Bennett. Courtesy photo

What do you hope to get out of playing volleyball in high school?   

I hope to become better friends with my team mates as we all grow to become better volleyball players as the season progresses. I also hope that we can make great memories as a team in the end.

What is your favorite subject in school?    
Sports Medicine

Where do you hope to attend college and what do you want to study?  
I want to attend Northern Arizona University under their honors program and study Exercise Science.

Coach question - What makes this athletic stand out?

English: An Ounce Of Skincare Prevention

on November 20, 2016 - 7:27am
Los Alamos

Clients normally visit Estheticians to correct a skin problem rather than to prevent issues from occurring. Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin Health and slowing down the aging process, but many are missing this step.

Clients too often wait until their skin appearance and health get severe, at which point they wind up in their esthetician’s treatment room expecting 15 years of damage to be removed in one session.

The good news is it might not always be like this moving forward.

McQuiston: Someone Broke Into My Car ... What Does My Auto Insurance Cover?

on November 20, 2016 - 6:11am

The Jemez Agency

What if someone broke into your vehicle and took whatever was inside? Do you know what your car insurance covers?

If you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance company will most likely pay to repair any damage the burglar has done to your car.
Typically, this includes broken windows, damaged locks and dismantled ignition systems. If your vehicle is stolen, your insurer will pay you its value (if you have comprehensive coverage).
However, even comprehensive coverage does not pay to replace the belongings taken from within your car.

Pastor Raul: In Christ Alone

on November 20, 2016 - 5:11am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
It seems to be a common thing for people to assume that the problems we face today are much different than the problems people faced yesterday. After all, our world is much more complex and pluralistic than it has ever been. The latter idea may be true, but the former…not so much.
During the days of Jesus, the Jews shared many of the same concerns that people have today.

Smart Design With Suzette: Bathroom Face-Lift Or Renovation?

on November 19, 2016 - 6:59am
Curbless shower and sliding shower head. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

Do not underestimate the time you spend in your bathroom on a daily basis. Whether you are getting ready to start your day, unwinding in a warm bath, or getting the kids ready for bed, your bathroom is an important aspect of daily life.

An updated bathroom adds substantial value to your home in the event that you would ever choose to sell. Today’s demanding homebuyers are drawn to “move in ready” and spa-like retreats; and buyers are willing to spend more money to get the features they want in a home.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 19, 2016 - 6:38am

How The Hen House Turns: Odd Pets In Los Alamos

on November 16, 2016 - 8:16am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
The history of animals in Los Alamos has been—what's the right word?—interesting.
In the early days, it was said that Alice Westerfelt had a house goat. It was well-trained as to elimination, but untrainable in regard to eating everything that tried to grow (or lay neglected) in the garden. Like laundry on the clothes line.
Some people had pet pigs, I suspect, when the miniature Vietnamese potbellied pigs were popular. Now they're called Teacup Pigs or micro-mini pigs or Juliana pigs or pocket pigs.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Hacksaw Ridge'

on November 14, 2016 - 9:57am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Hacksaw Ridge” is Mel Gibson’s latest film glorifying suffering and canonizing a hero. The gore and realism of the battle scenes may not be tolerable for all viewers, but if you think you can hack it, this film is certainly worth your time.
The hero of this true story is Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield, whom we recognize from Spiderman). Doss was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We see him as a young boy tussling with his brother Hal and climbing up a familiar mountainside.

Amateur Naturalist: Surface Geology Of Cerros Del Abrigo

on November 13, 2016 - 8:48am
Amateur Naturalist: The Surface Geology of the Cerros Del Abrigo
By Robert Dryja
The Valles Caldera reflects both the impact of human activity and the resilience of nature to recover. The most direct human impact is seen in the logging roads cut in parallel for hundreds of miles upon the mountains. The indirect impact is seen in the intensity and magnitude of the Las Conchas forest fire. The Las Conchas forest fire may not have been so great if smaller, repeated fires over the earlier years had been permitted to occur.
Smaller fires would have consumed the fuels that otherwise

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Inferno’

on November 13, 2016 - 7:26am
Los Alamos

“Inferno” is the latest movie based on a novel by Dan Brown. As with the films made from Brown’s other popular novels, “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”, this film is fast paced. In it, we travel from Florence, Italy, to Venice and on to Istanbul, Turkey. One would be hard put to feel bored watching this movie.

Movie poster for 'Inferno'.

Tom Hanks once again plays Dan Brown’s protagonist, Robert Langdon, now professor of religious iconology and symbology at Cambridge University.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Gone Fishing

on November 13, 2016 - 7:17am

Los Alamos  

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17 NIV)

There are two types of fishermen: those who catch fish and those who don’t. While dumb luck seems to play a part in catching fish, any successful fisherman will tell you that catching fish takes more than throwing your line in the water and sipping on a cold drink. Being successful at catching fish requires strategy, patience and a love of fishing.

Both my oldest brother and my youngest brother love to fish. I enjoy it, but I lack patience.

Yang: A Bagful Of (Mostly) Sweet Memories

on November 12, 2016 - 9:30am

Los Alamos

It has been just a little over four years since the Los Alamos Daily Post gave me the space for my ponderings on organizational issues. Some of you know that my writing also has been released under my own blog: I thank Carol Clark for both giving me the space as well as allowing me to reference my own blog whenever I cite my old writing.

I cannot claim that I have gotten tons of readers’ responses – neither have I expected so -- but I have received many thoughtful responses over the years.

Homeowners Insurance And Home-Based Businesses

on November 12, 2016 - 9:16am
The Jemez Agency

I was talking to a homeowners client the other day when the conversation turned to his new business. Seems he had started a computer repair business out of his home. The alarm bells in my head started to go off. I knew before I asked the question that he did not have insurance for his new business. And I also knew why he didn’t have insurance before I asked that question.  

Most home-based business owners  assume their homeowners insurance will provide the necessary protection in the event of a loss. But for the most part, they are wrong.

Smart Design With Suzette: Seven Sustainable Products From Greenbuild 2016

on November 12, 2016 - 9:06am
Dekton by Cosentino line Trillium. countertop. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Sustainability-minded designers and builders flocked to L.A. (the other L.A.) for the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo last month.

Along with a slate of education opportunities, the event featured hundreds of manufacturers showcasing products that save energy, conserve water, maximize resources, provide daylighting (the illumination of buildings by natural light) and otherwise contribute to a home’s sustainability.

Though Greenbuild is still largely a commercial show, many new products on display

Bouman: Long-Term Investing

on November 11, 2016 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos
Long-Term Investing
One of the advantages associated with long-term investing is the potential for compounding. Here’s how it works:
When your investments produce earnings, those earnings get reinvested and can earn even more. The more time your money stays invested, the greater the opportunity for compounding and growth. Keep in mind that while compounding, overall, can have a significant long-term impact, there may be periods where your money won’t grow.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 11, 2016 - 4:01pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Doctor Strange'

on November 8, 2016 - 7:15am
Los Alamos
“Dr. Strange” is the latest Marvel graphic novel to come to the screen.
This one provides the backstory for the hero of the same name. Marvel comic book readers will know, that Dr. Stephen Strange is an egotistical human being, a much cele
brated, though thoroughly arrogant neurosurgeon.
As we see in this movie, his hands were permanently damaged in a car accident, one he ought not to have survived at all. Of course, without the skilled hands he once had, his prospects of returning to neurosurgery are dim.
Stephen Strange learns from his