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Yang: Cooperate To Cheat … To Get A Good Grade, Or, To Learn?

on May 20, 2013 - 6:57am
Cooperate To Cheat … To Get A Good Grade, Or, To Learn?

Here is an interesting read:

To sum it up: An UCLA professor of Behavioral Ecology allowed his students to create their own rules for a midterm test.

Heart to Heart: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

on May 17, 2013 - 8:34am

Heart to Heart: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Los Alamos Daily Post
June English of Professional Skin Care Choices hosted “Spring Forward,” a make-over event in April. As part of the event, guest makeup artist Jenna from Rock, Paper, Scissors in Santa Fe gave me a make-over and a make-up lesson with the Jane Iredale makeup products English carries.

As I looked in the mirror at the new me, I could see that I looked a lot better. But for some reason what I felt was nervous. I looked better, but did I look good enough yet? Was this the best I could look?

How the Hen House Turns: Hunting With Turkey One

on May 17, 2013 - 7:27am
How the Hen House Turns: Turkeys are not Chickens
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Turkey One, we called her Turkey, arrived from the feed store with one other turkey poult and three chicken chicks. She didn’t bond with the latter three, not even after the second turkey poult refused to live.

They do that. Some newly hatched turkeys give up. It doesn’t make sense after all that work getting out of the shell. Some simply refuse to eat. Websites tell me that commercial turkey raisers run colored beads through the feed so they will be stimulated to "hunt."

When our two new turkey

Money IQ: Financial Institution Lingo – Jargon and Acronyms

on May 15, 2013 - 11:00am
Money IQ
Financial Institution Lingo – Jargon and Acronyms      

Let’s begin this week’s Money IQ column with two examples of financial institution lingo. 

  • It is a dark, cold afternoon when you notice that your deposit account is overdrawn. You call your financial institution to ask about the situation. You are told, “Your DD wasn’t received from the FRB ACH and a POS posted against your DDA, which caused an OD and NSF item.”  

You stop by your financial institution to ask them what the status is on your mortgage loan refinance request.

Column: Stressed Lately? Stress Busters to the Rescue!

on May 15, 2013 - 9:29am
Stressed Lately? Stress Busters to the Rescue!
 Column by Kristine Coblentz, Secretary/Treasurer
 Los Alamos Community Health Council

The month of May can be a stressful time for youth and adults alike. There are deadlines and exams and reports due, field trips and awards ceremonies, banquets and graduations to attend. Sometimes it can all seem like too much!

Stress is a normal part of life and can actually have a positive effect on motivation and performance.


Hannemann's Music Corner: A Little Light Summer Reading List

on May 15, 2013 - 6:50am
Hannemann's Music Corner: A little light Summer Reading List
Over the many years various books on music have found their way into my library. Often I've found these at a used bookstore, or a thrift store, sometimes they have been a gift, sometimes they were recommended.
They usually show up when I need them. I keep prowling for more and some I've found at Friends of the Bookstore.
Here are all the books I currently have in my music library.

Column: The Tough Conversation All Couples Should Have

on May 14, 2013 - 1:20pm
The Tough Conversation All Couples Should Have

If asked, most couples would say it's important to protect the financial future of their families in the event of a spouse's unexpected death.

Yet 74 percent of couples rarely or never discuss the topic of life insurance as part of their financial planning strategy, according to a 2010 State Farm® Life Insurance Study. A 2011 study from finance research firm LIMRA revealed that 41 percent of U.S. adults don't even have life insurance.

That doesn't mean it's not on their minds.

Column: Low Income Housing IS Available in Los Alamos

on May 14, 2013 - 6:56am

Caballo Peak Apartments  facing Trinity Drive. Courtesy photoColumn by JULIE SMITH, Property Manager
TRK Management/Caballo Peak Apartments

Despite beliefs to the contrary, Los Alamos does have safe, low income rental housing options. 

The Caballo Peak Apartments opened in June 2000 under a Federal Low Income Housing Program. It comprises 40 apartments, 32 of which are designated for low income tenant. There are eight handicap accessible units, seven of which are designated for low income tenants. 

General rent is $800 per month, but for those who qualify under the low income program,

Yang: You See Banana, I See Potassium ... Part II

on May 13, 2013 - 9:52am
You See Banana, I See Potassium: Whose reality is more real? Part II

We take on many roles simultaneously, and different people see us differently. I am a student of management, a watercolor painter, a gardener, a wife, a mother … I can be simultaneously smart and stupid (don’t say that you have never had such an experience), or I can be both compassionate and stingy. 

You get the drift. Most managers are complex people, yet, often, they are regarded in a unidimensional image. The 20 people under one manager most likely have at least 10 different images for this manager.

Hannemann's Music Corner: What I Learned at LAPS

on May 11, 2013 - 9:47am
Hannemann's Music Corner: What I Learned at LAPS

This week we have been treated to some stellar performances of LAPS musicians at all age levels, from fourth graders to, well, our superintendent on trumpet with the fifth grade band, to our graduating seniors and we still have several concerts to go during the last week of school.

Try to make one of the performances if you can, even if, and particularly if, you don't have a child or grandchild performing.

A few years back, a former Los Alamos band director asked me where I got my music education.

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Discovering Madrid

on May 11, 2013 - 9:38am
Travel Column by KIRSTEN LASKEY

It’s been said that the most valuable experience while on travel isn’t actually arriving at the destination, but the journey to the destination.

However, while in a small gallery/gift store in Madrid, N.M., I was reminded about an equally important aspect of travel – the memories collected while traveling.

My recent tour of Madrid proved both these statements true. The road to Madrid starts with the bustle and traffic of Santa Fe, but the further my mother and I continued down U.S. 285, U.S. 84 and then N.M.

A View from the Stacks: Seven Rules of Reading

on May 11, 2013 - 7:51am
Mesa Public Library Head of Circulation

One of the fun parts of working in a library is that we get to interact with books and people every day. Here are seven rules regarding books and reading that I have learned from my years in libraries.

Reader at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kate Garduño

1. There’s no reason a perfectly brilliant person shouldn’t read a perfectly stupid book.

Avid readers read books of all flavors. Filet mignon is great, but sometimes what you really want is a green chile cheeseburger. Display with pride those dog-eared copies of Nabokov’s


How the Hen House Turns: Turkeys are not Chickens

on May 10, 2013 - 10:02am
How the Hen House Turns: Turkeys are not Chickens
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I will attempt here to break an old myth. Turkeys are not as stupid as their reputation would have it. They’re simply not chickens.

Turkeys hunt by pointing and snatching flies sitting on chicken wire pens—then down the hatch. No grabbing and running and getting everyone else in the pen excited and into the chase, as chickens do. I guess hens like to play Keep Away.


Column: Important Information on CalPERS Long Term Care

on May 10, 2013 - 9:12am
Important Information on CalPERS Long Term Care

For individuals who currently have CalPERS long term care (LTC) insurance, below is information distributed by Executive Director Jesse Slome of American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, regarding a scheduled rate hike in 2015. 

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance was established as a not-for-profit trade group and focuses on educating both consumers and insurance professionals. For additional information on long term care insurance costs, visit the organization's website at

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'The Goldilocks Principle'

on May 9, 2013 - 10:25am

Part 7 (of 10)“The Goldilocks Principle”

I ended my last column, promising that we’ll next consider some of the specific problems clients can have with selecting their attorney and the approach to solving their legal problem.

After this column, we’ll explore some of the newer experiments and alternatives that exist and are evolving in the provisioning of legal services.

We all know the story a lost, hungry, tired little girl finds herself lost in the forest and stumbles upon a house whose inhabitants are absent.

Real Estate Round Table: Hidden Defects In Your Home

on May 8, 2013 - 12:50pm
Real Estate Round Table: Hidden Defects In Your Home

This week’s real estate column will discuss some common hidden defects discovered in the course of inspecting homes for sale in Los Alamos County. 

Mold, termites, rodents, asbestos, and septic systems are some of the most common, although this list is not all encompassing. Mold has been discovered on a regular basis. Some varieties of mold can be harmful to one’s health, and buyers are wary of purchasing a home that has tested positive for mold.

The most common reasons for mold occurring in a residence are

Money IQ: Business Lines of Credit

on May 8, 2013 - 11:29am
Money IQ
Business Lines of Credit

Is your business prepared for a month of slow sales? Or are you checking the mail every day for that large payment from one of your clients – the client that informed you “the check is in the mail” – and your payroll is two days away. 

An operating line of credit is an essential part of many businesses, large and small. Having regular access to funds through a line of credit can assist you through slow periods or carry your expenses while you wait for that large check to come in.   

A line of credit is a short term loan that is

Food on the Hill: Paradise Pancakes

on May 7, 2013 - 7:07am

This week's Recipe:
Paradise Pancakes
Photo by Sue York/


2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon shortening (Crisco)
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
enough milk (around 2 cups)
1 can pineapple rings (drained)
2 bananas
¾ cup of coconut

Full batch makes about 10-11

Photo by Sue York/
If you have a chance to dry the pineapple overnight in the fridge, it would be best. If not, just pat them as dry as you can with paper towels.
Photo by Sue

Yang: You See Banana, I See Potassium ... Part I

on May 6, 2013 - 2:15pm
You See Banana, I See Potassium: Whose reality is more real? Part I

Banana is my least favorite fruit – I prefer juicy ones – but I eat it for the potassium kick, especially important during ski season. 

Of course, I don’t “see” potassium, but that’s what the yellow stick signifies to me. In truth, I much prefer Michael Pullen’s notion of eating “food,” - from his In Defense Of Food: An eater’s manifesto not “protein,” “omega-3,” or “potassium” for that matter. 

But I use this comparison to make a point about how our respective “realities” do not always nor necessarily

Solo Traveler: Lost in Translation

on May 6, 2013 - 7:32am
Solo Traveler
Lost in Translation

On my first day in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, I went to Ürgüp to buy some hiking boots.

It was well after lunchtime when I found a nice restaurant with an outdoor patio. I ordered grilled chicken on salad that came, in the usual Turkish fashion, with a basket of delicious fluffy white bread.

The restaurant had a powerful Wi-Fi signal, and since I was the only person with a device, it was screaming fast. Sometimes I’m glad I splurged on an iPad, but at other times I have been disappointed in it.

Pajarito Reads: ‘Berkeley to Beijing’ is a Touching Memoir of a Turbulent Time

on May 4, 2013 - 9:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Karen Boutilier Kendall experienced the turmoil of social change on the front lines.

Kendall is the child of activist parents who devoted their lives to the struggle to build the United Farm Workers Union. Her memoir, “Berkeley to Beijing: The Journey of a Young Activist,” is the bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to understand her world, which was often chaotic and frightening, as well as inspiring and exciting.

“Friends kept saying, you should write down all of those stories,” Kendall said.

Money IQ: Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

on May 3, 2013 - 8:04am
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

Trust Department—what’s in a name? The word “trust” is a noun, an adjective and a verb.

Common understandings of the word “trust” are: (1) as a noun: the “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence;” and (2) as a verb: “to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something.” trust. (n.d.) Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: April 24, 2013).

In the legal world, the most common usage of

How the Hen House Turns: Talking Dogs

on May 3, 2013 - 7:31am
How the Hen House Turns: Talking Dogs
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

The dogs are 13 now. They must walk carefully up the back steps lest they slip and fall on their arthritic hips. They are still eager to watch the birds, when I let them out into the yard to graze.

Correction—the dogs are happy to pay the price of sitting outside until early afternoon in order to receive a large milk bone reward. I can only hope that they won’t sleep through the next coyote invasion.

Kendall: Down the Rabbit Hole at County Council

on May 2, 2013 - 11:13am
The Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' drawn by John Tenniel (1820-1914) in the 1866 edition. Courtesy
Los Alamos Daily Post

An unusual proceeding took place at Tuesday night's County Council meeting in which GEW Mechanical, Inc. of Albuquerque was protesting the granting of a contract to Landis & Gyr Company for "Automated Metering Infrastructure" as part of the Department of Public Utilities NEDO Smart Meter Project.

Your Money: The Importance of Financial Planning

on May 2, 2013 - 8:53am
Your Money: The Importance of Financial Planning

One of my daily routines is to scan social media for articles on financial planning and investing. I am usually on the lookout for topics that jibe with questions I typically get from clients.

This week, as I’m preparing for a Social Security seminar in Santa Fe, a headline caught my eye: “Retirement Planning Falling on Deaf Ears.” In my experience, that’s almost ridiculously obvious, so it piqued my interest.

You can find the article here:

The article