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Fr. Glenn: Gray Hair

on January 28, 2018 - 8:11am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another day, another gray hair … at least of the hair that still clings ever so tenuously upon my pate. Sigh. And still can’t get the barber to charge me half-price for the reduction of his labor.  Oh, the humanity!  :)

One of my favorite lines in scripture, having increasing poignancy as I get older, is “The glory of young men is their strength, but the beauty of old men is their gray hair [wisdom] (Proverbs 20:29) Ah … the truth of it.

Pastor Raul: Incidental Idolatry

on January 28, 2018 - 7:27am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. (NASB Psalms 135:15-17).
 
The modern practice of idolatry may have less to do with raising something above God and more to do with lowering God below other things. This is more common than we may care to believe.
 
When it comes to idolatry, almost all Christians have been taught

Tales Of Our Times: Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy

on January 26, 2018 - 6:20am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy
 
What does a “sustainable” world look like? As time rolls on, people wrestle with this puzzle. Yet a question less often asked is how do we get from here to there? That is, how do we work the hard part, the transition?

Being sustainable, whatever it means, is infinitely easier than becoming sustainable. The path, not the destination, is the snarl that needs more of the bright light. I offer no swift map, but I can point out the starting line.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 26

on January 26, 2018 - 6:13am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some snow and very cold temperatures last weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more.

Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50 percent of normal.

If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource Conservation Service (link)

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 26, 2018 - 6:12am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Generate A Little Goodness

on January 25, 2018 - 6:32am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I am so disappointed I will not be able to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
 
Their wedding date is Saturday, May 19, and that is the only weekend this entire year where I have an unbreakable commitment. So, sadly, I can’t be there.
 
Of course, my absence does not matter to the bride and groom, since I am not on the invitation list.

Home Country: Winter Hoax Revisited

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
 
“Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.”
 
“Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
 
“This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?”
 

McQuiston: Smart Tips For Parents Of Teen Drivers

on January 22, 2018 - 10:21am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Adding a young driver to an auto insurance policy can cause sticker shock for a parent. According to InsuranceQuotes.com, a rate comparison site, adding a single teenager to a policy caused annual premiums to increase an average of 78 percent, or $671.
 
The good news is that teen driver rates have been decreasing since 2013 when the average increase was 85 percent. 
 
Why do insurance companies charge more for young drivers?
 
Teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews: The Shape Of Water

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39am
By CYNTHIA BIDDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

In his new movie, “The Shape of Water”, director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) creates a fable that seamlessly moves among several genres. He has created a horror-movie-inspired monster, brought as a captive into the cold war austerity of a government laboratory; Russians spies provide film noir style intrigue; an escape caper is planned; fantasy, sci-fi, romance, movie nostalgia, and dry humor are mixed in. Yet, it all hangs together as a lovely piece of directorial art.

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.

Morocco: Beacon Of Hope For Christianity In Middle East

on January 21, 2018 - 6:56am
The Franciscan Church in Essaouira, Morocco was once a lively center of faith and community. Today, it is crumbling and not accessible to the public. Courtesy/High Atlas Foundation 
 
By RICHARD BONE
High Atlas Foundation
 
Throughout history, Christianity has played a central role in the Middle East and North Africa. Distinct sites from both the ancient and modern times demonstrate Christianity’s unique and vast place in the region. Tragically, Christianity’s cultural and contemporary position in the region is persistently under attack.  
 
According to the World Watchlist Report (2017), the

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 20, 2018 - 5:38am
A well-organized closet. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year again. Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Why is that? Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Home Country: A Great Hoax

on January 20, 2018 - 5:27am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It’s just that … well, Doc is one of those guys who can’t stand to see anyone bored. He claims it’s bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.
 
When it happened, we in the inner circle of the World Dilemma Think Tank down at the Mule Barn truck stop thought back on what Doc had said a year ago when the temperature dropped, along with everyone’s spirits.
 
“In weather like this,”

Communication Seven: Vulnerabilities Stemming From Electronic Communication

on January 20, 2018 - 4:50am

SONYIA WILLIAMS Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Throughout this series of articles, we have explored the new efficiency of translation through the use of mechanical translators and how they have changed the world of translation. We also analyzed the growing use of electronic communication.

Electronic communication has allowed individuals to communicate throughout their community, throughout their state, throughout their country, and even throughout the world with the click of a few buttons.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 19, 2018 - 7:28am

Horne: Los Alamos County Politics

on January 18, 2018 - 12:57pm
By JOHN L. HORNE
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Since my departure from Los Alamos in November, I have missed so many people that I was blessed to know for the past 44 years that I lived there.
 
No place we live is perfect, but there are certain elements that seriously detract from the good. Those elected or appointed to government positions should listen to and serve the people in their community. I personally do not miss that faction of Los Alamos County.
 
I believe there are many devious, self-serving individuals who have previously and currently hold positions on the Los Alamos

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Determine The Root Of The Problem

on January 18, 2018 - 6:57am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
From 2005 to 2007 I lived in a village in Sonora, Mexico, right on the Sea of Cortez.
 
The village is 70 miles west of Hermosillo. The population is about 7,000, composed mostly of Mexican families who either fish, or do something related to fishing for their income. Stretching west and away from the main village is a seven mile strand of white sand beach. On this beach are larger, primarily seasonal vacation homes for wealthy Mexican families from Hermosillo, as well as some Canadians and some U.S. citizens.
 
Most of the folks living there from the
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How The Hen House Turns—The Power Of Awareness

on January 17, 2018 - 6:17am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As I look back on our forty-six years in Los Alamos, I am especially grateful for the opportunity our children had there—to raise animals. Their love for “others” still impacts all their lives.
 
We are thankful—not only to the county for its understanding of the lessons learned from knowing animals, but to the tolerant neighbors who understood the occasional barking and crowing during the occasional early hour.
 
One asked us please to have another rooster because she loved the sound of morning crowing.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Darkest Hour’

on January 16, 2018 - 7:45am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Darkest Hour”, the award-winning 2017 film, portrays Winston Churchill as he takes up the mantle of Prime Minister in May 1940.
 
This portrayal of Churchill by Gary Oldman won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a dramatic feature film and will likely garner him a nomination for an Oscar, if not the win. (This Winston Churchill looks nothing like Oldman’s Police Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies, so his make-up and hairstyle team ought also to be nominated for Oscars.)
 
Darkest Hour covers only a few weeks in May of 1940, but difficult

Home Country: Just Doc And Old Tom

on January 16, 2018 - 5:59am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.
 
Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.
 
Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time.
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Webber: Honoring Teachings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 15, 2018 - 11:48am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/Alan Webber
 
By ALAN WEBBER
Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate

In 1963 when I was 15 years old, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to preach at my family’s synagogue, Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri. (See the story here.) There were 3,000 people there that day. But I can remember exactly where I sat and what Dr. King talked about in his sermon. He talked about the love that connects and unites people of all faiths, all races, all cultures, and all creeds. Just to be in the presence of a man of Dr.

Spencer: Dems Have To Learn To Win Elections Again

on January 15, 2018 - 8:24am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Upon reading former Sen. Jeff Bingaman's recent endorsement of Damon Martinez for Congress as published in the Los Alamos Daily Post, my first question was "Huh? What district?". Since I doubted Jeff would be blind siding our incumbent, I checked to see where Mr. Martinez is running and indeed, it is in District 1, Albuquerque. Ok, so not a big issue for those of us out in the Provinces. Except for dealing with those trying to mine District 3 wallets for the District 1 race.

But on a more serious note, I was disappointed that the best that our former Senator could

McQuiston: Proactive Steps To Simplify Property Claims

on January 15, 2018 - 8:02am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
No one likes to experience home damage – it can be traumatic and costly, and it can even disrupt your entire life. But, when you do, isn’t it nice to know you have home insurance to help with the covered expenses and repairs.
 
Now, when it comes to taking advantage of your insurance benefits and filing a home insurance claim, are there certain things you can do to help things go more smoothly? There certainly are. Here are my five suggested dos and don’ts for filing a homeowners insurance claim:
 
Do call your insurance agent or insurance carrier

Classical Music World: It’s A Strad!

on January 14, 2018 - 6:26am
István Várdai and his Stradivarius cello. Courtesy/LACA

Classical Music World
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

Every so often, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents an instrument that has more name recognition than the musician playing it.

István Várdai, who is scheduled to perform here Jan. 21, is not a household name in this country (he’s Hungarian and a big deal there) but his cello is named for three famous people. 

The first famous name is Antonio Stradivari who is so universally known as a maker of fine string instruments that just saying “It’s a Strad” is enough to convey that

Fr. Glenn: Missing Class

on January 14, 2018 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This week’s uproar over the president’s reputed profanity (which he denies) in a private meeting simply highlights what seems to be an increasingly rapid downward spiral in societal propriety, courtesy and … well, just plain ol’ class.

Whether the president did say what is reputed, he would not be the first politician to use such crude language, and—sad to say—will likely not be the last.  Obama, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Cheney, Biden … all have had vulgar comments recorded, and doubtless the list could go on.

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