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Solomon: SFO’s ‘Jenufa’ Is Gripping Theater

on August 13, 2019 - 8:08pm
Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) with Richard Trey Smagur (Števa Buryja). Photo by Ken Howard for The Santa Fe Opera
 
Review By ALICIA SOLOMON
For the Los Alamos Daily Post

Forewarned is forearmed, they say, and perhaps my foreknowledge of Jenůfa’s tragic plot helped me avoid shock and dismay to proceed directly to unabashed appreciation of this beautiful work.

Solomon: ‘Winterreise’ An Extraordinary Journey

on August 13, 2019 - 7:13am
Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly. Courtesy photo
 
Review by ALICIA SOLOMON
For the Los Alamos Daily Post

The last day of a hot July seemed perfect for a Winter Journey. St. Francis Auditorium was a cool, serene refuge from the heat and hubbub of high summer in downtown Santa Fe; and the SF Chamber Music Festival concert was Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise (Winter trip), written in 1827 to poems by Wilhelm Muller.

This immortal work, his intimate confession approaching death at age 31, contains some of Schubert’s most beautiful and haunting songs, those he liked best himself.

Amateur Naturalist: The Remarkable Hummingbird

on August 11, 2019 - 10:41am
A Broadtail: How much sugar water does it sip in a day? Photo by Bob Walker
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
July and August represent the peak for summer and a peak for hummingbirds.
 
Three species are particularly common:
  • Broadtail;
  • Rufous; and
  • Black chinned.
 
Some monitoring at a yard with two feeders results in up to eight or 10 being seen at the same time. They are circling and jockeying for position at the feeders. The rufous hummingbird is particularly territorial and tries to chase other hummingbirds away from the feeders.

Fr. Glenn: ‘…but back in the day…!’

on August 11, 2019 - 8:40am

Fr. Glenn Jones

No doubt we’ve all run into those elderly persons who become very … um … “loquacious” about days gone by, regaling us with exploits long past. And yet … now I find myself doing the same thing. Guess I’m nudging into the third of the three ages groups: young, middle-age and “hey … you look good!” Well … I guess that’s better than the alternative.

As we enter our less-capable years, older folks relish reliving their heyday (when they can find someone patient enough to listen), knowing that most likely the most exciting times of life are behind them—bones are creaking, muscles

Posts From The Road: Will Rogers Memorial Museum

on August 11, 2019 - 8:38am

Will Rogers most famous quote ‘I never met a man I didn’t like’ is inscribed in stone, which supports a large bronze sculpture of him at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Okla. Will Rogers was an entertainer, movie star, radio personality, newspaper man, humorist, cowboy, and more during his life, which was cut short by a plane crash in 1935 at the age of 55. The museum is packed with artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and more covering his life. Also included are recordings of radio broadcast and a theater, which shows some of the 71 films that he starred in.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 9, 2019 - 9:33am

McQuiston: Protecting Your Identity After A Data Breach

on August 9, 2019 - 7:58am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Capital One announced recently that a hacker had accessed the personal information of 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million in Canada that had applied for credit with the Virginia-based bank.

The affected information includes credit scores, linked bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and additional information that was provided at the time of credit application.

With the full scope of this breach still unfolding, here are some immediate steps you can take to protect your identity:

  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your

World Futures: Monopoly – Part Four

on August 9, 2019 - 7:12am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
At the end of part three it was asserted that monopolies seem to be about money making. If you control something essential to people, they will pay you “money” to get it.
 
This is a fairly straight forward statement until you ask about where your customers get the money. Money is a convenience agreed to by the people to facilitate trade, the exchange of goods and services. Plus, people have agreed, in some circumstances, to provide services among themselves.
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Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Contingencies And Awareness

on August 9, 2019 - 7:06am
By Stephen F. Ledoux
Los Alamos member
The International Behaviorology Institute

In the last column, we considered the three terms in our basic formula for beginning to examine any particular behavior and its independent variables. Here we consider consequences and awareness.

Consequences divide into various types that we detail later. Our concern just now is their status as either “reinforcing” or “punishing” consequences, because this characteristic pertains to the central role of consequences.

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

on August 8, 2019 - 8:30am

By BOB FUSELIER
Los Alamos

An essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.

Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).

It is commonplace today to see

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 8

on August 8, 2019 - 8:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
There’s some really good news coming from the Chama-Tierra Amarilla area. Water levels at Heron Lake are the highest they’ve been in many years and the marina at Willow Creek is now open again.
 
In years past, Heron was a popular destination for sailboats and boaters from all over the state could moor their boats at the Willow Creek Marina. Low water levels forced the closure of the marina and low water levels made the launching of sail boats difficult.
 
The heavy snowpack this past winter and subsequent heavy spring runoff

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Magnificent Jack Clifford

on August 6, 2019 - 8:59am
Volunteer extraordinaire Jack Clifford with Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization
 
My volunteer for the month is the White Rock Senior Center’s Jack Clifford.
 
Jack has been an active volunteer at the White Rock Senior Center for more than 22 years, logging 8,350 hours as of February 2018. That number grows on a weekly basis.
 
I found out about Jack when he was nominated for an award for another group I work with called, Champions of Youth Ambitions

An Open Book: Summer Job

on August 5, 2019 - 7:36am

By DAVID IZRAELEVTIZ
Los Alamos

My Mom finagled my first real job the summer of 1976, joining her at a factory that made Navy lifeboats and where she worked for several years. My first day I was placed at a table in the corner of the factory floor. My task was to put together and shrink-wrap little fishing kits consisting of a few fish hooks, some fishing line, bait made of nasty-looking leathery strips, an instruction booklet, etc. Mowing lawns paid a lot less but at least it was outdoors, and I could get a sun tan.

Fr. Glenn: Au Revoir, Little Dove … Too?

on August 4, 2019 - 7:27am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

What is it about babies? To see them in distress strikes to the very core … the very fiber of the core … of the heart. To see them in distress sounds the instinctive primal tocsin: “Save! Protect!!”

One of the saddest (and most difficult) duties of priests and ministers is to try (most often vainly) to comfort parents with a little one in medical distress. Such was the case the other day when called to Pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital.

Of all persons to request a presence there was none other than the commanding general of the New Mexico Army National Guard—kudos

Newton: World Premiere Features Magic Touches

on August 2, 2019 - 9:13am
Jessica Jones (Lyra) and Bille Bruley (Benjamin). Photo by Ken Howard for The Santa Fe Opera, 2019
 
Bradley Garvin (Drokan) and David Leigh (King Hjarne). Photo by Ken Howard for The Santa Fe Opera, 2019

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

The Thirteenth Child composed by Poul Ruders working with librettists Becky and David Starobin is a short two act opera. The trail of its creation is from Denmark to Tanglewood to Broadway to Santa Fe.

The best place to begin to reveal the essence of this opera is to read “The Twelve Brothers” fairy tale by the Grimms brothers.

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on August 2, 2019 - 8:51am

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
Los Alamos  
A member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Last time we took a quick look at contingency causes of behavior through the oversimplified “A—B—Cs of behaviorology.” A slightly more realistic formula, “A—B—P,” refers mostly to events in time and stands for “Antecedents—Behaviors—Postcedents.” We will quickly see this develop into many fully realistic versions, a common one of which is “Evocative Stimulus—Response—Consequential Stimulus.”

Such variables are the starting point, the most basic starting point, for beginning any investigation about any

Snyder: Before The Los Alamos Ranch School There Was The Pajarito Club

on August 1, 2019 - 3:42pm
Ashley’s Limo. Pajarito Club visitors await the start of a tour in Ashley Pond’s Hudson Touring Car. The back of the Pond home is seen on the right. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives
 
P-Club Buildings. A guest cottage, the two-story Pond home, and Ashley Pond’s office are seen in this photograph of the Pajarito Club, c. 1915. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
When Ashley Pond Jr.’s attempt to start a ranch school near Watrous, NM, washed away in a flood in 1904, the disappointment was overwhelming.
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World Futures: Monopoly – Part Three

on August 1, 2019 - 9:35am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column we looked at the game of Monopoly and its origin related to the progressive work of Henry George. Besides the Parker Brothers game we also noted Atomicopoly, another version.
 
Interestingly, I found a listing of versions of Monopoly citing 3,472 similar games, both licensed and unlicensed, as of April 30, 2019. Atomicopoly was not included. The web address is: http://jergames.blogpost.com/2006/02/monopoly-versions.html. The logo on the page says “Yehuda – Life Intersects Games.”
 
As individuals, we are all in

McQuiston: The Monsoons Are Here

on August 1, 2019 - 9:20am
By Allen McQuiston
The Jemez Agency

The storm has passed and the immediate danger is over. Now it’s time to survey the damage and decide on the best course of action. Here are some steps to mitigate further damage and get started with repairs.

First, walk around your property. Inspect your yard, and look at the roof from ground level (your insurer would not ask you to get up on your roof). If you believe you have damage, seek help from a professional to inspect. Keep in mind, damage may not always be visible to the naked eye.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Green Chile Stew

on August 1, 2019 - 9:18am
Green chile stew. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

Some of you may be asking why it took me so long to get to this dish; maybe it should have been where this column began but, like any good marriage, it takes time to get to the real deal.

You don’t break out the diamond on the first date. Green chile stew is the diamond recipe for every northern New Mexican cook; there are a million variations, all as beloved, rare and flawless as the next one but singular in its existence.

Fuselier: Curiosity Or Fear

on July 31, 2019 - 9:38pm
By BOB FUSELIER
Los Alamos

As a veterinarian interested in nature, I’ve noticed that all biological organisms that can move struggle with the choice to move either towards that which sustains them or away from that which harms. From the simplest ciliated bacterium to us, the struggle is a constant one. As humans, we have the potential to recognize the struggle and how it controls our lives. But the struggle itself takes place constantly below our consciousness through mechanisms that are not that different from less-advanced species.

For most simplest of animals, the choice is controlled

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Catch Of The Week: Equifax Data Breach Settlement

on July 30, 2019 - 7:21pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Good news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.

How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Before Debate

on July 30, 2019 - 5:46pm

By RICHARD TRUMKA
President AFL-CIO

 

Good evening. My name is Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO.

 

Our organization’s mission is simple. We raise the voices of working people—the 99 percent of Americans who make a living by getting up and putting in a hard day’s work.

 

We’re everywhere. We make this country run. We ARE this country, yet more and more, the economic and political rules have been rigged against us.

 

Today, here in Michigan, an autoworker woke up with a pain in her stomach, terrified that she’ll be the next to lose her job to

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
 
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
 
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
 
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive

Lichthardt: Children And Diet – Dealing With The Selective And Stubborn Eater

on July 27, 2019 - 11:30am
Courtesy photo
 
By JORDAN LICHTHARDT, RD
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico
 
Picky eaters can be a parent’s worst nightmare. My mom still tells stories of when my brother was young. He LIVED on cow’s milk from the time he was weaned, until about 3 years old. I am talking no solid food whatsoever. I cannot even imagine all the concern that caused my parents.
 
The pediatrician reassured them that everything was okay, to hold out until my brother pulled through his nutritional “rut.” My parents undoubtedly wanted their son to be healthy, but there is no way to rationalize with a

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