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Hygea Health Bite: Five Surprising Sugar Bombs...

on September 15, 2013 - 9:03am
Hygea Health Bite:
Five Surprising Sugar Bombs in Your Kitchen Right Now
By: Lisa C. Bakosi, CHC

We do sugar in this country like we do everything else ─ in a big way, but it hasn’t always been like this. The average American now consumes about 130 pounds of sugar per year. That’s three pounds per week or 3,550 pounds over a lifetime.

You may be thinking, “There’s no way I eat that much sugar.” Most of us don’t consume that much sugar on purpose, but it comes hidden in many of our everyday foods.

Excess sugar is definitely not our friend.

Help With The Hard Stuff: Managing Student Loans Part 2

on September 12, 2013 - 11:50am

Help With The Hard Stuff: Managing Student Loans

Part 2 (of 5) What are the Kinds of Loans Students (and their Co-Signers) Can Get?

By Gini Nelson, JD, MA

I referred in my last column to “the new normal” – how much more difficult life is coming to be for many because of the massive changes to the global and our own economy, and more but I think calling it “the new reality” is more accurate.

Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine

on September 12, 2013 - 8:10am
Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine

An issue that every traveler must eventually contend with is medical care. Inevitably travelers get colds, bellyaches, injured, or worse. So if you’re in another country, far from home, what do you do?

Most American medical insurance companies will cover you in foreign lands with the caveat that you pay for the medical services and they’ll reimburse you. Travel medical insurance is available for a reasonable fee per year, or a not quite so reasonable fee per trip.

Skincare Column: Managing Dry, Itchy Skin

on September 11, 2013 - 11:07am
Skincare Column
Managing Dry, Itchy Skin

Aging and years of sun exposure reduce the capacity of your skin to moisturize itself, so your skin often becomes dry, flaky and itchy.

Your skin becomes even drier when humidity is lower in the winter and in dry climates.

To help combat dry skin and itchiness try these tips:

  • Avoid using harsh soaps, which are very drying to the skin. Instead, use mild or glycerin soaps on the body such as Alpha Keri, Basis, Eucerin, Neutrogena or Dove.
  • Use anti-bacterial soaps only on underarms and genital area, hands and feet.

Food on the Hill: Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs

on September 10, 2013 - 7:58am

This Week's Recipe:
Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs
Photo by Sue York/
1 large pot for boiling
10-12 cups of strong brew coffee
50 percent water 50 percent milk mixture
racks of baby back ribs
Grill and smoking chips
Olive oil
Spices: granulated garlic, onion powder, cayenne pepper, McCormick’s Grill Mates (both olasses bacon and mesquite.) You can use other spices if you want.
Barbeque sauce (I use K.C. Masterpiece Original.)  


Prep the ribs by cutting off all the fat that you can, without hurting the meat. 


Yang: Simple Ideas

on September 9, 2013 - 8:04am
Simple Ideas

Summer fantasies and lite-writing are supposed to be over…well, summer isn’t officially over, and I allow myself to cross my “black line” every so often. Black line, as in “black words,” shows on your computer white background.

The first simple idea is this: What if we dropped packages of Sarin antidote in Syria?

Do I cross the line into politics? Not really. Geopolitics has a profound impact on economics and organizations.

The Pain Free Athlete: Self-Healing is Within You

on September 9, 2013 - 7:29am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
Self-Healing is Within You

Do you believe you can heal yourself? We hear this phrase often, there are numerous books written on the subject, but is it true? How do you feel when you hear someone say you can heal yourself? Is your first reaction denial - no I can't - or do you feel empowered to take care of yourself - yes, I can make myself better? Knowing where you stand is an important awareness that may be impacting your ability to recover.


Column: Couldn't Believe Marriage Equality Becoming Reality in New Mexico So Rapidly

on September 7, 2013 - 9:59am
Wedding Gifts
Santa Fe

I stared at the screen in shock. Not that I wasn’t pleased – I couldn’t have been more pleased, but I could not believe marriage equality was becoming a reality in New Mexico so rapidly. Only two days before, the Doña Ana County Clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Now, the Santa Fe County Clerk had been ordered by a judge to start issuing them, or explain later in court why she would not. Collective breath was held. Then came word that she would start issuing the licenses to same-sex couples at 2 p.m. Oh my!

Column By UNM President: Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

on September 5, 2013 - 2:18pm

Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

By Robert G. Frank

UNM President

As the President of New Mexico’s flagship institution, I am proud to have a branch campus in Los Alamos, located in the heart of a premier science and technology community and home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

UNM Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has been serving Los Alamos and northern New Mexico since 1980 by preparing talented students to continue their academic journey at UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque.

Hannemann's Music Corner: An Instrument for a Lifetime

on September 5, 2013 - 7:21am
Hannemann's Music Corner: An Instrument for a Lifetime

Sometime between eighth grade and high school graduation, every young music student should come into possession of what is called a "step-up" or "performance" level instrument. And that instrument should be new. Here’s why.

You will recall from a previous column (Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now a Word From Your instrument – July 9, 2013) that there are essentially five levels of instruments: beginning, student, performance (step-up), professional and custom. 

Each level is designed and made to correspond

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important

on September 4, 2013 - 7:34am
Deeply mindful of mud.Photo by Michele Altherr
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important
By Robert Dryja

Particular thanks to Michele Altherr and the Nature Odyssey

“Holmes, I have been thinking about our little expedition the other week to observe harvester ants. You quite clearly already knew that the ants built their nest entrance to face to the east or the south. I, on the other hand, needed to look at nest after nest before realizing what direction the entrances faced. How did you know so quickly what was going on?” 

Holmes paused for several moments, thinking deeply and creating

How the Hen House Turns: Dogs Aren't Enough When It Comes to Hawks

on September 4, 2013 - 7:23am
How the Hen House Turns: Dogs Aren't Enough When It Comes to Hawks
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

My neighbors enjoy the fact that Coopers Hawks nest in their back yard, which edges on the steep canyon that houses tall Ponderosa pines and a pleasant stream in Walnut Canyon. Trouble is, there is no way that the dogs can protect a lone chicken from a hungry chicken hawk.

Years ago, when Jupiter, an old red hen I rescued from another bird-lover who had rescued her from someone else, went missing, all I found was a tuft of red feathers. It simply happened too fast.

Food on the Hill: Cuban Sandwiches

on September 3, 2013 - 6:53am

This Week's Recipe:

Cuban Sandwiches

Photo by Sue York/


4 Ciabatta buns, sliced horizontally
8 slices of baby Swiss cheese
Long sliced refrigerated dill pickles
½ pound sliced ham
1 pound of roast pork, shredded (I get mine in the prepared dinner section of the meat department - Get the no sauce flavor. Don’t use the moisture in the pack, dry off the meat)
Country mustard


Mix together the mustard and mayo in 50/50 portions.

Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Art

on September 1, 2013 - 7:23am
Palau Güell, looking up into the atrium. Photo by Sherry Hardage
La Familia Sagrada seen from Park Güell. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Art

Themed travel was something I found myself doing without being aware of it. It appears, in retrospect, that my trip to Spain was all about tracking down modern art.

Seven of Antoni Gaudí’s projects are now World Heritage sites. It’s hard to be in Barcelona for one hour without running across his name, seeing something inspired by him or viewing a building that he designed.

I spent two weeks

How the Hen House Turns: Bobbi the Baby Goose and Hawks

on August 29, 2013 - 7:22am

How the Hen House Turns: Bobbi the Baby Goose and Hawks
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

It’s been five years now. Lucy the goose decided to sit on eggs, again, in the wrong place ─ the Khaki Campbells' nest box. I hated to move the ducks. They were new to the Hen House, and Ms. Khaki was laying gorgeous green eggs for the allergic kid down the block. Fortunately, they didn’t object to sleeping in the Hen House for four weeks.

End of that story─ Lucy wouldn't move. She sat in the nest box for four solid weeks.

Food on the Hill: Chocolate Raspberry French Toast

on August 27, 2013 - 7:39am
The Week's Recipe:
Chocolate Raspberry French Toast
Photo by Sue York/


Hawaiian Sweet bread cut into ½ inch slices
Nutella Hazelnut spread
Raspberry preserves
Cream, small amount
A good bread knife

I like to use the Hawaiian sweet bread in the round loaf for this. I was unable to find the bread shape that I wanted, so I used the Sweet Rolls instead. Just don’t break them apart. If you only can find the rolls, carefully slice off a VERY thin layer of the crust off the bottom and just the very top of the rolls.

Fitness Column: High Intensity Interval Training

on August 27, 2013 - 7:27am
Fitness Column
High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an increasingly popular method of cardiovascular exercise for many people. 

As opposed to more traditional aerobic training where individuals maintain roughly the same level of exertion throughout the exercise session, HIIT changes the exertion level throughout the workout.

A typical HIIT sessions has the individual warm up, then increase the intensity of the workout to a level of five to six on a scale of 10, then increase the level of intensity to seven or higher (usually 8 to 8.5),

Yang: Final Summer-Lite On: Bird Brain

on August 26, 2013 - 8:12am
Final Summer-Lite On: Bird Brain

Pretend that I am tweeting in this space. 

For those “supposedly smart people” who get in trouble for the content of their tweets, my reaction is: Why do it? I am less puzzled by the offensive content than I am by their urge to tweet it … especially for some who actually have thousands of followers.

A professor of psychology was recently censured for tweeting that obese people lack the commitment to get their graduate degrees (because they cannot lose weight). Prof of psych?! Bad content is bad enough, but tweeting it is simply colossal,

Solo Traveler: Travel Apps

on August 24, 2013 - 7:40am
Solo Traveler: Travel Apps

With all the wonderful devices available today, which ones do you take on a solo trip?

Last year, I purchased an iPad. I thought about an iPhone, but with my over-60 eyes I could never read that tiny screen. The iPad has a built-in GPS that works with Google Maps, a feature I didn’t discover until a recent trip to Silver City.

I found my destination on a map and then turned off the cellular connection. As I drove, a voice came from the iPad telling me where to turn. For a long trip to Europe, I wanted to have access to language

Sydney's Corner: Birds of Florence, Italy

on August 23, 2013 - 7:59am

Sydney Frazier in Florence, Italy. Photo by Jason Frazier
SYDNEY’S CORNER: Birds of Florence, Italy
Introduction by Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

I am an ecologist by training and interests; I love the out-of-doors. But with all the gadgets we have now (ipads, cellphones, computers), how do our children and grandchildren learn and become passionate about the natural and cultural world around them? How do we teach them earth-care and tolerance?

I passionately believe that the only way we come to appreciate the world around us is to be out exploring and experiencing the world.

Column: Playing it Safe in the Sun

on August 23, 2013 - 7:26am
Skincare Column
Playing it Safe in the Sun

Tans look great, but looks can be deceiving. That beautiful golden brown really means you’ve burned your skin. Keep that up repeatedly and you wind up with wrinkled, spotted, leathery skin or worse - skin cancer. Here’s how to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

  • Limit your time in the sun. Avoid the sun when it’s at its strongest, between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Be aware that ultraviolet (UV) sunlight reflected from water, sand,snow, and cement can be as intense as direct sunlight.

How the Hen House Turns: Weeds

on August 22, 2013 - 8:05am

How the Hen House Turns: Weeds
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

My cloudy Sunday morning started with a sudden pink display that gradually turned peach, a lovely time with even light. I decided to take pictures of what the rains have produced in our back yard.

I took a walk through our New Mexico jungle, following Kiebler and Ms. Ritz back to their pen and letting Lucy and the big birds out for a swim in the stock tank before the noon thunder announced the daily summer sprinkle.

Today I am taking a break from Hen House history to share with you the miracle of what last years’ bare

Money IQ: Storage in the Cloud

on August 21, 2013 - 12:54pm

Money IQ
Storage in the Cloud
By Devaun Crane

Have you ever wondered what the “cloud” was or where it lived? Everyone is talking about saving their files in the “cloud.”

The cloud is a reference to storing a person’s files (e.g. documents, pictures, movies, music, etc.) in a remote location. A remote location is typically many servers set up by a company with the intent to have large amounts of storage available to customers. (More about Cloud Storage can be found on This storage is useful because of the convenience, cost and comfort it

Performance Enhancing Drugs: It’s All About Money

on August 21, 2013 - 8:11am
Fitness Column
Performance Enhancing Drugs: It's All About Money

Once again, recent events have brought the use and abuse of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and steroids to the forefront of sports news. So, I guess it’s time to revisit the issue. Despite the attention, most people don’t understand the scope or consequences of this problem.

We know that steroids are bad for you and taking them, even for a short period of time, can lead to a host of illnesses, diseases and undesirable side effects.

Food on the Hill: Focaccia

on August 20, 2013 - 7:26am
The Week's Recipe:
Photo by Sue York/


2 packets fast-rising yeast
2 cups of tepid water (90 degrees)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher)
5 cups unbleached bread flour
5 cloves of garlic, pressed
6 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup flour- maybe more
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon, chopped FRESH rosemary
1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher
1 tablespoon Italian seasonings

Proof yeast: dissolve yeast in tepid water and 1 teaspoon of the sugar, mix and let stand about five minutes until you see small bubbles on the