Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – A Fun Fictitious Cause

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

As described in a previous column, being able to spot fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill that prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. Here we consider another type of explanatory fiction.


Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for your physician,


Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

Executive Director
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still continue


Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday Jan. 5

COWBOY BREAKFAST: Ththe community is invited to enjoy breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Roadnear the stables. Proceeds from this month’s breakfast benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse nonprofit. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake; sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. Visit Courtesy/LASPL


SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the designated


Posts From The Road: 2019 Year In Review

Straight Ahead: A view of a beautiful thunderstorm brewing ahead of us a we approach International Falls, Minn. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/
Curves: We enjoy traveling the back roads especially the two lane back roads that take you through small towns across the country. These roads lead to the most beautiful and scenic locations anywhere but many of these roads were not constructed for a fast travel. Seen is a very curvy road we traveled in Door County, Wisc. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/

Roller Coaster: Two lane roads were often constructed to the lay


Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family, Too

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahh … another Christmas filled with joy. Lights and shopping. Carols, cards and creches. Squeals of happy children ripping wrappers. Bellies burgeoning with biscochitos and—for many of us here in New Mexico—with those steaming Christmas tamales. Mmmmmm.

Now … hustle and bustle over, a new year approacheth. Is it a new decade, though? If we began a new year-measuring standard, we wouldn’t cite the date as January 1, 0. Hmmmm. Well … if that’s the biggest conundrum we have this year, we’ll be doing well!

Alas … I fear it will be a year fraught with conundrums—especially the quadrennially-occurring


Scenes From Freedom Church Candlelight Service

Pastor Mike Brake from Freedom Church in Los Alamos gives a message of hope to more than 100 people gathered for the candlelight service Christmas Eve at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Families light candles and sing Christmas carols at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

The snow storm that came through Los Alamos on Christmas Eve made for some special and unforgettable moments for those in attendance of the candlelight service hosted by Freedom Church Los Alamos.

More than 100 community members and their families came out to celebrate Christmas Eve at Ashley


NMSP Announces Sobriety Checkpoints In January

State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention


NMDOT Supports Car Seat Inspections Year Round

SANTA FE The New Year brings a new schedule for car and booster seat inspections. The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host car seat inspection clinics and fitting stations statewide in 2020.
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats.
Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled,


County Offers New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus Dec. 31

If you need a safe ride on New Year’s Eve, Los Alamos County, the DWI-Planning Council and Atomic City Transit are here to help.
The “Buzz Bus,” will be operating to encourage people not to drink and drive, allow residents not to weather the roads, and to put their safety first. The skilled drivers of the ACT program will transport anyone safely throughout the community.
The bus will operate at 6 p.m. from Tues. Dec. 31 and continue through 12:30 a.m., Jan. 1. The Dial-A-Ride program can be reached at 661-RIDE or 505.661.7433.
The staff will pick you up


NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 23

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then rain and snow showers with new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 and a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely with new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS


An Open Book: Ex Libris, The Gate To The Garden

Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it.

A garden gate is normally in one of three positions. A gate that is locked and secure guards what is behind it, and one may assume that we should not enter. A gate that is wide open is inviting, but because there is no transition and no effort is needed to enter, we may not notice our passage. However, a gate that is closed but not secure, is one whose garden is available to us, but only if we make the effort to unlatch the lock. It


How The Hen House Turns: Birds In A Mixed Flock

Bobbi the Chinese goose, left, being mothered by Lucy the Embden goose. Photo by Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
One of our most poignant memories of Los Alamos is the vision of Lucy Goose sitting outside the Hen House yard, watching two chicken chicks play over and around their adoptive mother, Turkey 2.
We called her “Little Bear” because she survived a bear attack on the bomb proof nest boxes Don built.
It was the spring of 2014 when Turkey’s vigil ended. In just a few weeks the chicks had grown up enough to run around exploring the Hen House yard by themselves.


Christmas Tree Skirt Creators In Washington, D.C.

Zena Thomas, left, and Micki Taylor of Los Alamos traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the Christmas Tree Skirt, that they created with Roberta Day Idzorek, for the USDA Building. Thomas is holding a copy of the Los Alamos Daily Post with the story of their Christmas Tree Skirt making adventure (link). Thomas and Taylor attended a special reception and lighting of the tree Dec. 4, also attended by Smokey Bear celebrating his 75th birthday, Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran, Singer Chevel Sheperd from Farmington who sang two songs, Arroyo Seco 4th grader Asher Dean who won the 2019 U.S.


WRUMC Invites Community To Christmas Eve Service

The community is invited to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the White Rock United Methodist Church. Courtesy photo
The White Rock United Methodist Church at 580 Meadow Lane. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

If you are looking for a church this holiday season, the motto of the White Rock United Methodist Church (WRUMC) at 580 Meadow Lane is, “We welcome you with open hearts, open minds and open doors”.

Pastor Jeanie Williams begins Sunday Worship at 9 a.m., followed by a fellowship time of coffee and goodies to get acquainted and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school


Fr. Glenn: In, But Not Of

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahhh … ‘tis the season. 

Yes … we see riots here, protests there, strife everywhere. Impeachments. Invectives. Insults. Anti-social media. Even people getting beaten over chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets (really!? Over chicken … or, rather, a chicken-like substance?) Fragmentation. Chaos.

But then … a relative calm descends … at least for a few days. Is it the weather? The solstice? Everybody going on holiday? Or, just maybe … the feeling of the season permeates hearts a teensy bit. We can only hope … and pray. After all, Jesus is called “Prince of Peace.”