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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Weed It Out

on May 19, 2017 - 5:51am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I was delighted after several weeks of unpredictable weather to be out in the garden again, but, I was a little “less-than-delighted” with the state of my garden. Weeds were everywhere and I spent the better part of the day pulling them out by their roots, or trying anyway.

I enjoy the day-to-day maintenance of a beautiful bloom-filled garden, but I have several week-ends of work ahead of me before I can enjoy that phase of the experience.

Another problem I have to get a grip on - I am not a great gardener.

World Futures: SOCIETY ... Tools – Simplified – To Help The Human Existence And Reduce Production Overhead

on May 19, 2017 - 5:34am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


The plow was invented around 3,500 B.C.E.  (3,500 B.C.) in Mesopotamia and China. Around 1,900 B.C.E., forged iron plowshares were being used. In 1785, the cast iron plowshare was invented and it was mass produced for the first time in 1839 by John Deere.  

Other machinery was invented to assist in seeding, threshing, and reaping all pulled by horses. Evolutionary devices mechanized these devices with the addition of engines to power them.

This description illustrates the development of tools to perform tasks

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 19, 2017 - 5:29am

Budget Crisis Causes Need For Special Session

on May 19, 2017 - 5:26am
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval Rio Arriba

Last week I was approached by a constituent who was wondering about the upcoming special legislative session. She had been trying to follow the developments since the close of the regular session and had many questions:

“Had a budget deal been made public?” she wondered. The governor had mentioned tax reform. “Would that be part of the negotiations?” “How could citizens who wanted to weigh in, do so?” She had all of these questions and more.

And these are all good questions and thoughts.

How The Hen House Turns ... Animal Altruism?

on May 17, 2017 - 8:01am
These sisters lived for 14 years and took care of each other every day of their lives. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
A former Professor of Anthropology, now at Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, wrote a chapter in the book Caring Economics: Conversations On Altruism And Compassion. “Altruism Reconsidered”, Professor Joan Silk called it.
 
She chaired a discussion in the book that compared human gratitude and our “…ability to grasp long-term implications of one’s actions” with that of animals.

Yang: White Lie, Black Lie, Blue Lie - So…Lies Are Not All Equal

on May 17, 2017 - 7:30am
By ELENA YANG
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
I knew if I waited long enough, I’d come across more articles informing me about our lying behavior.
 
Ahem … right. I kind of just lied … well, it’s more of a justification for my procrastination, or stretching the truth, or telling a white lie. I could have come up with more elaborate “reasons” for why I waited till now to write a column based on what I read about “blue lies” in mid March, two months ago. Indeed, I might have done so, without thinking, had I not been primed by my reading on lying.
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Fr. Glenn: Happy Mothers’ Day

on May 14, 2017 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well, a very happy and blessed Mothers’ Day to all of you mothers out there! Many thanks, dearest ladies, for the love and dedication you give to your children, and for the infinite sacrifices you make for their welfare and rearing. We Judeo-Christians always hold high in our memories that fourth Commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12), and as St.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Stronger Than Steel

on May 14, 2017 - 5:39am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
Los Alamos

 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (NIV Proverbs 31:29)

Too often, it seems, we only really grasp a blessing long after the fact. I know that in my own life, I have taken many of them for granted. Some of the most important blessings in my life came in the form of mothers who carried loads that I was far too weak or ill equipped to carry.

Let me first say that women are certainly not weaker than men. I have heard that, pound for pound, silk is stronger than steel.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 13, 2017 - 6:52am

World Futures: Data / Information / Knowledge

on May 12, 2017 - 7:15am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

For a 30 day period, every day at precisely 10 a.m. (or 10:00 or 1000 hrs.) Greenwich Mean Time, you record the temperature on the same thermometer at precisely the same location in both degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. You now have 30 data points.

On a piece of graph paper you label the bottom, horizontal axis from zero to 31. On the left side at the zero point you create a vertical Celsius scale and on the right side (at the 31 point) you create a Fahrenheit scale precisely synchronized to the Celsius scale. Then you plot the data.

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Designing A Living Room – Getting Started

on May 12, 2017 - 5:21am
Beautifully designed living room. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Believe it or not, there is a lot that goes into designing a living room. Since I haven’t written much about it, I thought it would be the perfect time to start the conversation. This column will be written in several sections in the coming weeks. I will discuss getting started, a budget, floor planning, architectural details, storage and organization, décor and design, and hiring professionals.

Get Started
Renovating your living room: It’s exciting, but it can be a bit overwhelming, too. Where should you start?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Establish A Little Discipline

on May 11, 2017 - 3:51pm
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My husband and I have three dogs. I have written about our dogs before. They are all boys, about 70 pounds each, and they think they are human beings. I don’t know where they got that idea. Actually, I do. From me. My bad.

Right now I refer to them as our dogs. When they are funny and sweet and obedient they are my dogs, and when they are wreaking havoc they are his dogs. As in, “your dogs got out” or “your dogs tracked mud all over the house” or “your dogs left you a gift on the carpet.” They are usually his dogs.

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses Recreation Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK, Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After much review and careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the recreation bond and we strongly encourage the community to vote in support of this bond.

As a local business person and newspaper publisher, I have a broad perspective on what’s happening today in our town and where our community is headed in the future. On matters of high importance, my paper will offer an editorial opinion for your consideration. The upcoming recreation bond election is one of those times where we believe our opinion is warranted.

Fr. Glenn: Taking Stock

on May 7, 2017 - 6:22am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

The other evening I was privileged to attend the bedside of one of the oldest and most beloved members of our community as he slipped quietly from this world to the next. A founding member of our parish at Immaculate Heart of Mary, an Army veteran of the Manhattan Project, and one of the last remaining witnesses of the Trinity test, his eyes beheld much in life, and he was much loved by many. He was of that “greatest generation”… and I was his pastor, yes, but he was also a good and cherished friend.

Pastor Granillo: The Marriage of Jack and Jill

on May 7, 2017 - 5:29am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

When Jill was first introduced to Jack, she knew something was missing in her life. Everything about him and everything that she had heard about him seemed to be exactly what she needed. Soon enough, she responded to his calls, and before she knew it, she had given herself in marriage to Jack. Jack adored Jill. He was willing and able to provide for, protect, and encourage her to become more than she had ever imagined possible. No one had ever loved her like Jack did. This was a marriage made in heaven.

Over the course of

McQuiston: What Are Aftermarket Parts?

on May 6, 2017 - 2:28pm
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
What Are Aftermarket Parts?
 
Every so often I get a phone call during the claims process about aftermarket parts. The usual questions are what are they, should they be used, and what happens to the value of your vehicle if you agree to use them.
 
All are valid questions. The truth is that the use of aftermarket parts in repairing your damaged auto is really up to you. Keep in mind most insurance policy say that they will repair your car with like kind and quality parts.
 
First of all what are aftermarket parts?
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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Embrace Your Pass

on May 5, 2017 - 10:12am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It has occurred to me that I am still hanging on to some frustration and resentment that I need to let go.

Recently when I am meditating-- as various thoughts come and go--I realize there is one concern that pops in and out of my mind on a regular basis. Research studies have documented that persistently feeling resentful affects both our physical and mental health. I thought it was allergies that have been bothering me, but my ah-ha moment tells me it is really Christy Brinkley.

A few months ago 63-year-old Christy Brinkley graced (once again) the cover of

World Futures: INFORMATION - Communication, Both Near and Long Distances

on May 5, 2017 - 9:50am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures: What Do We Need?

Simply put, communication is the transfer of data and information from the sender to the receiver. The sender can be a human (or other living entity) or a machine (a non-living entity). Likewise, the receiver can be a human, other living entity, or a machine. But communication does not occur unless the data or information is both sent and received.

The transmission of the data or information can be visual, auditory, sensual, or electronic.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 4, 2017 - 5:01pm

McQuiston: Not Texting Is A Start, But There’s More To Safe Driving

on May 4, 2017 - 8:42am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Many people have a limited definition of “distracted driving”: They think it only means texting behind the wheel. 
 
There’s good reason for that, because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention - the same attention required for safe driving. But although texting is perhaps the most dangerous distraction, there are many others that can impact how you drive, whether you realize it or not. And they can be just as deadly.
 
How deadly? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S.

Cinema Cindy: The Zookeeper’s Wife

on May 3, 2017 - 8:53am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
 
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a long-awaited film based on the popular 2007 novel by Diane Ackerman.
 
The story is based on actual events during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland. Not only is the story compelling, it is an important one to learn.
 
Antonina and Jan Zabinski were the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo from 1928 to 1951, he the PhD Zoologist and she the heart of the place. There are heart-warming scenes early in the movie featuring the lovely Antonina (Jessica Chastain), her magic touch with the animals and their apparent devotion to her.

Robinson: Why Should I support The Rec Bond?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:58am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

Today, the ballots for the Recreation bond will be mailed out, and Los Alamos will be tasked with deciding whether or not it wants to invest in its future or stay in the past.

With their vote, money can be invested in modern infrastructure that could stimulate demand in our town beyond our national laboratory for the first time in decades, or keep things the same.

Our wonderful golf course was the gift of the United States government almost 70 years ago, and have a irrigation system to match.

Fr. Glenn: Giving…and Receiving…Criticism with Grace

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Criticism—it’s something we’re quick to give, but loathe to receive. Even helpful and relevant criticism is often met with ire ... though, certainly, when given in the spirit of good will, we would be foolish to disregard it out of hand.

Isn’t criticism/critique the whole purpose of grading in school, or even of peer review? Certainly everyone enjoys being validated, but we all can be blind to our own faults and failures.

Garcia Richard: Legislative Update Continued

on April 30, 2017 - 6:18am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval

Two weeks ago, I wrote a story for the Los Alamos Daily Post outlining the Governor’s damaging vetoes to the state budget and the actions that the legislature could take to remedy those cuts, including a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the vetoes.

This week the New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to take up the petition from the legislature, challenging the Governor’s vetoes. A hearing is scheduled for May 15.

In the meantime, legislators from both the House and Senate are signing on to call

Pastor Raul: Fences And Kids

on April 30, 2017 - 6:13am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
When we were first married, my wife and I lived in the country with a couple of acres of land. I loved the room, but I hated the weeds.
 
So, to find a cheap way to stay ahead of the weeds, we purchased a couple of goats—fainting goats actually, but that’s another story. When the goats weren’t out grazing on our flowers and trees (turns out they didn’t like weeds), we would keep them in a pen that I built for them.

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