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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.

TOTH: Father Kelly's Final Service Sunday, May 12

on May 8, 2013 - 11:00am

Father Colin Kelly at Saturday's retirement party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

TOTH News:

Celebrate new beginnings—starting all over for the first time! That will be the theme of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s contemporary service this Mother’s Day, May 12.

Please be sure to join us for a free dinner at 5:15 p.m. and service at 6:07 p.m. as we celebrate Father Kelly’s very last service with us, as well as several baptisms.

Father Kelly and Sue Ellen will be starting a new beginning in retirement, and those being baptized will be beginning again as new lives in Christ.

TOTH's Father Colin Kelly Retires After 27 Years

on May 7, 2013 - 10:09am
TOTH's Susan Sprake presents the Kellys with a trip to Ireland on behalf of the congregation. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Father Colin P. Kelly's 27-year tenure as Rector of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos has come to an end.
His congregation gathered at the church Saturday to roast the beloved Pastor and his wife Sue Ellen Kelly and to "launch them into a new adventure."
"It's been a great ride ... 27 years ... it's been a beautiful life," Pastor Kelly said as he looked out over his congregation Saturday

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

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.

Congregation Sends Beloved Pastor Colin Kelly to Ireland

on May 5, 2013 - 12:22pm

Pastor Colin Kelly of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos has retired after 27 years. He and his wife Sue Ellen found out during their retirement party Saturday evening at the church that the congregation is sending them on a trip to Ireland as a way to thank them for their dedicated service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members and guests filled Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive Saturday evening to 'launch into a new adventure' Pastor Colin Kelly and his wife Sue Ellen.

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.