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Smart Design With Suzette: 7 Tips For A Stress Free Holiday Season

on December 14, 2018 - 8:50am

Don’t stress! Ask for help this holiday season. Courtesy image

Learn how to feel balanced, happy and stress-free this holiday season. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s the holiday season and with the holidays comes to stress. Each year we feel a mix of joy and anxiety. It’s no secret that things can get overwhelming. According to a survey by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress level increases during the holiday season.

We experience a combination of stressors related to financial costs of the holidays, family coming to stay and the conflicts it may bring, and the

Schweitzer: 10 Rules Of Holiday Gifting Etiquette

on December 14, 2018 - 7:50am
By SHARON SCHWEITZER
Access To Culture
 
Buying all those gifts for everyone on your list can get expensive and overwhelming. How much do you spend? Do you have to buy for absolutely everyone? Is it alright to re-gift? What if you don’t know what to get them?
 
Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and founder of Access to Culture, offers these 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette:
 
1. Avoid Asking “What do you want?”
 
If you don’t know what to get, try and figure it out. Consider their hobbies or what’s important in their lives.
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Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘W’s’ Part 2

on December 14, 2018 - 7:18am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column, we looked at the rapid growth of knowledge and the growing challenge of staying current in a knowledge hyper-expansion. The five “Ws,” or who, what when, why and where were not even mentioned, except collectively in the title. I believe exploring these areas is essential to the continued existence of humanity, individually, collectively and societally. So let’s get started.
 
WHO needs education and training considering the individual, or is it whom should we educate or train? The simple answer is everyone.

Head2Head: The Reagan-Bush Years

on December 13, 2018 - 8:31am

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Okay, I fibbed about finishing up with history this time. I’m writing extra columns this month to get past that log-jam. A lot happened in the 1980s, once I started thinking about it.

The Nixon’s fall in the wake of Watergate led to disillusionment with politics and Washington on all sides.

A mild-mannered former Democratic governor of Georgia seemed like the antidote.

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

on December 12, 2018 - 4:35pm

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.

Who Will Lead New Mexico’s Public Education Dept.?

on December 12, 2018 - 8:34am
Possible choices to head the New Mexico Publication Department under governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, clockwise from top left, Cynthia Nava, Gabriella Blakey, Veronica Garcia, Stan Rounds and Ellen Bernstein. Courtesy/SNM
 
By ROBERT MOORE
Searchlight New Mexico
 
In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education – appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 12

on December 12, 2018 - 8:05am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The cold temperatures have kept anglers indoors and fishing pressure is very light in most areas of Northern New Mexico.
 
Many lakes are now covered with a thin layer of ice that is unsafe for ice fishing and are closed. Streamflows are low this time of year.
 
The current weather forecasts indicate that New Mexico is out of the major storm track for the coming week. Expect cold nighttime and morning temperatures with some warming by the afternoon.

Home Country: Christmas Treasures

on December 11, 2018 - 5:18am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Mabel Adams was sitting in the day room at the Rest of Your Life retirement home when the children came in. She smiled and so did all the others in the room except for two who didn’t know what was going on.
 
The old-timers in the home knew the kids were coming and had put up Christmas decorations around in the day room and on the doors of their own small apartments and on themselves.
 
Mabel had been reminded several times by the staff that morning that the kids were coming over, this being necessary as Mabel’s memory isn’t what it used to be.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds Of Los Alamos?

on December 10, 2018 - 12:09pm

House finches are among the most commonly seen birds in Los Alamos. But will they continue to be abundant? Will another species become more common, or will all species decrease or increase in numbers? Photo by Robert Dryja
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

Bird populations in Los Alamos have been studied in different ways. One way has involved monitoring birds in a piñon/juniper habitat over a 10-year time period from 2003 to 2013. The goal has been to evaluate what has happened to the total number of birds and the number of species.

Fr. Glenn: ‘Tis the Season

on December 9, 2018 - 8:34am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many thanks for all those in the community who helped us at IHM with our Angel Tree drive this year—that annual drive for gifts for underprivileged children. We had a LOT of requests, but each year the parish and the community demonstrate their generosity of heart. My worry is always that, on Christmas morning, a glistened-eyed mother might have to report: “Johnny, here’s your present. But, I’m sorry, Mary, Santa ran out of toys.” And hearts break and tears flow.

Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘Ws’ – Part 1

on December 6, 2018 - 9:30am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In 1956, I started high school and among the first courses I took was world history. Being more interested in math and science, it did not receive my devoted attention and, besides, my half-brother was dating my history teacher. Then, one day, my father asked me a question about Socrates and Greek history. Much to my embarrassment, I could not answer the question. I did not even know who Socrates was. My dad answered with a questioning complaint about the history curriculum and the lack of attention to Greek history. I had to respond quickly.

Head To Head: A Brief Look At 1950-1979

on December 6, 2018 - 9:14am

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

As promised, we’re going to take a fairly shallow dive into the history of the current “tribal” politics that seems to have taken over the stage recently.

Of course political divisions are not new. We did fight a civil war after all, but many of the roots of the current conflict between the two major political parties have their roots in the period beginning post World War II.

This period was followed by the 1950s and the McCarthy Era.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Bizcochitos

on December 6, 2018 - 7:35am

A plate of bizcochitos. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

I remember the last time I baked bizcochitos with my Grandmother: I was a young bride in college and stopped in to check on her after class.  

She was in the kitchen she sometimes shared with my mother; it was my mother’s house, but it was Grandma’s kitchen. She was at the kitchen table in front of a large ceramic bowl that was wide and deep and allowed her the movement and leverage she needed to whip the lard, sugar and eggs into a cloudy puff.  

The memory of the perfect consistency she obtained in that

McQuiston: Identity Theft This Holiday Season

on December 5, 2018 - 3:25pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


The holidays are about so much more than exchanging presents. Family and friends gather around tables or in front of the fireplace laughing, remembering, and cherishing time together.

This holiday season, while you eat, drink, and be merry, make sure you protect what matters most:

  • Your identity—you’ve spent a lifetime building your financial credit and professional reputation, but identity thieves can take that away in an instant.
  • Elderly relatives—Scammers often target the elderly–especially around the holidays.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 5

on December 5, 2018 - 9:53am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The weather has been colder than normal for much of November and now early December. In years past I remember it not being unusual to get a cold spell at this time of year.
 
The cold weather has brought snow to the mountains and the Sangre de Cristos are particularly pretty right now covered with snow. It’s a welcome sight after last year’s very dry winter.
 
If you do a lot of mountain driving this time of year, be sure to make a note during the day where melting snow is causing water to flow onto the road.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part Four

on December 3, 2018 - 11:52am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
Previously we looked at presenting a consumer with a list of video program selections based on “preferences” of the individual consumer. The service being provided is essentially a “cloud library” of video programming with the “librarian software” helping in the selection process.
 
Concurrently, the “cloud librarian” is collecting data about the collective consumers to help in the selection or creation of new media products.
 
The “cloud librarian” is making decisions in providing individual customer service but is restricted from

Smart Design With Suzette: Top 5 Holiday Decoration Ideas & Trends 2018

on December 3, 2018 - 11:20am
Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Interior Decorator
 
The temperature has dropped, mittens and gloves are out and the excitement and joy of the season is already in the air. If you're looking to freshen up your holiday decor this year, look no further. There's something here for everyone—at every style and budget.
 
1. MODERN FARMHOUSE
 
Joanna Gaines would be so proud—modern farmhouse holiday decorations are definitely a hit this year, and you'll find plenty of options for your home. Warm hues, wood accents, flickering candles, and plant-forward garlands are the perfect elements for
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Wiemann: Three Factors To Consider When Making Charitable Gifts

on December 3, 2018 - 8:04am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
The holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind.
 
In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and the reputation of the charity. Let’s look at these areas:
 
Taxes – Your donations to qualified charities (those that are considered 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue

Home Country: Snowboarding On Parker’s Ridge

on December 3, 2018 - 7:29am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES

 

Marvin Pincus understands that times change. He sure has. He’s a lot older now, of course, and it gives him more time to consider things, like snowboarding.

 

There he was, the other day up on Parker’s Ridge, our local ski slope, resting his arms on the antique wooden ski poles he’s used since the Hoover Administration.

 

And down the hill came young people, swooping and swooshing on snowboards and it got ol’ Marvin shaking his head.

 

“Back when I was young,” he said, “we had to work at this. You had to have skiing lessons, of course.

Fr. Glenn: Reason For Hope

on December 2, 2018 - 7:10am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Ahhh … December. The crisper air … the quiet beauty of snowfall … the anticipation of Christmas and holidays with family and friends just around the corner. It’s a time when those who love to go shopping revel in the quest for those perfect gifts … and when we who hate to go shopping rejoice in Amazon.com, and the choices and brevity afforded by the vast internet marketplace.

Tales Of Our Times: Checks On Power Embraced By The Founders And Voters

on December 1, 2018 - 5:39am

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Checks On Power Embraced By The Founders And Voters

Our Nation’s Founders were not perfect people. Yet, the cast of Founders had varied strains of genius among them, including their native grasp of human defects in their peers. Talent in dealing with defects in their colleagues would prove a vital resource for shaping a government that reins in our natural follies. Think “checks and balances.”

The Founders’ first constitutional convention gained surprising results by adopting a remedy for impulsive flaws.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 30, 2018 - 10:18am

McQuiston: Your Tree Fell In Your Yard ... Are You Covered?

on November 29, 2018 - 9:10am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


The past few months have been devastating for much of the country due to Hurricanes Florence and Michael causing a catastrophic amount of damage, especially in the southeast.

There have been homes destroyed, businesses closed, and families displaced around the region. The south is known for its big, beautiful trees that line the parks, streets, and neighborhoods. But did you know that most homeowner’s policies only cover the cost to remove trees that hit a covered structure?

There’s also a limit to how much insurance will pay to remove the tree debris, once

Zero Waste Gift Ideas: Thinking Outside The Gift Box

on November 29, 2018 - 9:00am

By THE ZERO WASTE TEAM:

Los Alamos, New Mexico— It’s November, and that means the seasonal food- and gift-based holidays are right around the corner! Every year at this time, I walk through stores crammed with festive lights, oversized toys, and decorated conifers, and it reminds me of the extent of consumerism.

Many of us are unaware of how much our gifts cost – not to our wallets, but to our planet. Manufacturing and transporting goods has become so efficient that most of us are blind to it. Things magically appear at the store for us to buy and take home.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28

on November 28, 2018 - 6:31am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The cold weather continues and more lakes will start to freeze. Several lakes do not allow ice fishing once they are frozen over. Fenton Lake State Park and Monastery Lake normally do not allow ice fishing. Both are still open.
 
It won’t be long before Fenton Lake freezes over as it is already 75-percent iced and even colder weather is forecast for later this week. The fishing in what open water remains is slow. Call 575.829.3630 for conditions.
 
Monastery Lake is on private land and does not allow ice fishing.

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