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Column: Trinity Site Construction Issues

on January 30, 2014 - 1:42pm

Thick mud flows onto Miller's Knecht Automotive/NAPA Autoparts property at 201 Knecht St. in November. Courtesy/Clint Miller

Trinity Site Construction Issues

Column by GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A few weeks back, I was contacted by Sam Gardner, a local developer, about problems at the Trinity Site Smith’s Marketplace development. The issues involved alleged bad treatment of a couple of local businesses, slack enforcement of county construction policies and rude behavior toward a citizen who had a badly cracked car window from a construction truck near the site.

I decided to take a

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Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact: Part 2

on January 30, 2014 - 10:42am
Youth Matters
 
Editor's note: This column (the second in a three-part series) is sponsored by the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Columns will appear periodically with the goal of informing parents and the community about issues that impact local young people and their families.
 
Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact: Part 2
By a Los Alamos Parent
 
After becoming aware of the recreational drug use and binge drinking by our son, the scholar and athlete, we overcame our denial and started to look into treatment options.

This Week at the Reel Deal: Theater Says Goodbye to Film Forever ... Going All Digital!

on January 29, 2014 - 9:02am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL                                 
Reel Deal Theater

Friday Jan. 31, we will be opening Labor Day starring Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Toby Maquire. Jason Reitman directs this film about a single mother, Adele and her son Henry, who give a wounded man a ride from the grocery store.

As local police search the town for an escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story, and their potential danger.

Trailer for 'Labor Day.' Courtesy photo

We will hold Nebraska, Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan and Frozen. Frozen will only play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as

How the Hen House Turns: Personhood

on January 29, 2014 - 7:38am
How the Hen House Turns: Personhood
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Over the years—40 of them, more or less—the Hen House gang has made one thing quite clear. Persons, conscious beings, dwell inside the feathers and behind the beaks of birds who dwell there.

K-Lynn Smith and Sarah Zielinski agree with me. Their article ,“Brainy Bird” in Scientific American, February 2014, pp. 62-65 http://www.scientificamerican.com/magazine/sa/current/ ‎tells us that scientists have learned that a chicken “... can be deceptive and cunning ... possess communication skills ... signal its

Food on the Hill: Appetizers, Part Two

on January 28, 2014 - 7:32am

This week's Recipe: Stuffed Peppers with Caviar

 

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Ingredients:
 
Bottle of Perradew peppers (Albertsons or Whole Foods)
Herb goat Cheese, room temperature
Romanoff black Lumpfish Caviar (Albertsons)

Directions:

Drain the peppers well.

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Place the goat cheese in a strong Ziploc bag and snip off the point of the bag. Fill the peppers with the cheese.

 

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Place a small amount of caviar on each pepper top.

 

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Chicken Cordon Blu Bites

 

Healing Hands: Managing Pain with Massage

on January 27, 2014 - 7:30am
Healing Hands: Managing Pain with Massage
By GREGORY BARTHELL

Your local massage therapist can help you manage pain. The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) reports that up to 50 percent of all primary care physician visits are due to some type of musculo-skeletal pain. Pain reduction is indicated for a majority of people suffering from musculo-skeletal pain with regular application of therapeutic massage.

Massage effectively and therapeutically applied, warms the soft tissue and improves circulation which in turn improves oxygen and nutrient uptake.

Yang: Appearing Confident ≠ Being Competent

on January 27, 2014 - 6:36am
Appearing Confident
≠ Being Competent
By ELENA YANG

Do we know, with high confidence, how to discern competence from confidence? I am sure we have encountered, or dare I say, even been fooled, by people who act confidently but who really are borderline nincompoops. If we were fooled, we usually keep quiet lest we appear incompetent ourselves.

Last week, my column focused on Amy Cuddy’s research that demonstrates the value of “faking it till making it.” She would argue, from her own experience and research, that there are plenty of people who are genuinely competent but doubt themselves

Solo Traveler: Red Light Districts

on January 25, 2014 - 6:37am
Hot tamales for sale in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: Red Light Districts
By SHERRY HARDAGE

When I turned 15, my family lived in the Panhandle of Texas. The town, Dimmitt, wasn't exactly the buckle on the Bible Belt, but it was definitely one of the holes.

The city fathers believed that dancing was a sin-like playing cards and drinking alcohol. Playing cards leads to gambling, drinking alcohol leads to a life of debauchery, and dancing leads to sinful unmarried sex.

We never had a dance at the high school for prom or homecoming but

Skin Care Column: Why Clients Prefer Chemical Peels

on January 25, 2014 - 6:15am
Skin Care Column: Why Clients Prefer Chemical Peels
By JUNE ENGLISH

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chemical peel sare the second most common non-surgical procedure performed by medical professionals and clinical estheticians today.

This cornerstone of topical treatments offers numerous advantages to the client looking for a non-invasive skin treatment. When chemical peels were introduced more than 50 years ago, the formulations were highly aggressive.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on January 22, 2014 - 7:21am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday, Jan. 24, we will be opening Lone Survivor. Sorry you’ve had to wait for it, but as much as we tried, Universal wouldn’t give it to us on the break. As I’ve said before, if it’s a great movie it may take some time but there’s no need to go off the hill. We will bring the films to you. 

Also opening this Friday is Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern. It’s directed by Alexander Payne who also directed two of my favorite movies: Sideways and The Descendants.

It opened in a very limited way in four screenings in November, but has gained momentum and

How the Hen House Turns: Efficiency Can Secure the Future

on January 22, 2014 - 6:56am
How the Hen House Turns: Efficiency Can Secure the Future
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

In his book Anasazi America, David E. Stuart (http://www.anasaziamerica.com) illustrates the point that when it comes to surviving for the long term, energy efficiency in a society trumps power and growth. The implications for our current addiction to overproduction as an economic panacea are ominous.

A few related thoughts from the Hen House: Chickens are very efficient nibblers.

Food on the Hill: Appetizers, Part One

on January 21, 2014 - 7:07am

This week's Recipe: Caprese on a stick

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Ingredients:

Grape tomatoes
Small mozzarella balls (found in the specialty cheeses)
Fresh basil leaves
Good extra virgin olive oil
Good balsamic vinegar
Little bit of flake sea salt (optional)
6 inch long skewers

Directions:

Arrange them to look like the picture above. Drizzle the oil and vinegar over the top. Sprinkle very little salt over the top also.

Chocolate Hazelnut spread with Orange zest

Ingredients:
Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls
Nutella hazelnut spread
Orange zest

Directions:

Slice the

Yang: Adopting Power Posture To Feel Powerful, Yet Power Saps Empathy…

on January 20, 2014 - 7:58am
Adopting Power Posture To Feel Powerful, Yet Power Saps Empathy…
By ELENA YANG

“Fake it till you make it.” Whether we like “faking” or not, whether we believe this sentiment or not, and whether we want to adopt such “principle” or not, according to Amy Cuddy’s research, a powerful body language can help us grow our confidence, while also changing others’ perceptions of us.

Amy Cuddy is a professor at the Harvard Business School.

Solo Traveler: Culture Shock

on January 17, 2014 - 6:13am
Solo Traveler: Culture Shock
By SHERRY HARDAGE

No matter where you go, even if they speak your language, every country in the world presents something to the traveler that is surprising, possibly even shocking.

Coming home after being away for some time can be a kind of culture shock as well. Each time I return to the U.S., I am struck with how little time people spend meeting my gaze. In many other countries, when people speak to you they look you in the eye the whole time. It’s not meant to be threatening. The steady gaze is just their way of seeing you as a human being.

How the Hen House Turns: Rabbits

on January 15, 2014 - 7:50am
How the Hen House Turns: Rabbits
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Middle Daughter’s rabbits didn't live in the Hen House, of course, but they impacted our lives, and I would be remiss if I didn't include them in these animal tales.

There were lots of them, especially one summer. Most of them lived in hutches behind the garage. We tried very hard to segregates the sexes. We failed, but they didn't. Somehow rabbits know who's who.

We housed two "females" together, and the one named Pepper produced a litter of ten adorable balls of fur—each one a different shade of either red, brown, black

This Week at The Reel Deal

on January 15, 2014 - 7:44am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

Friday, Jan. 17 the Reel Deal will be opening Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. This action thriller is getting very good preliminary reviews and will probably be the basis for a trilogy or series if it does well. Paramount Studios is looking for Chris Pine to continue as the new and permanent Jack Ryan if things go as planned.

We will hold Frozen, Her, American Hustle, andThe Wolf of Wall St. All of these films or actors garnered a Golden Globe Award this past weekend.

Pain Free Athlete: Stop Chasing Symptoms, Treat the Cause of Your Pain

on January 14, 2014 - 9:24am
Pain Free Athlete
By JESSICA KISIEL
 
Stop Chasing Symptoms, Treat the Cause of Your Pain

When we have pain, we focus on where it hurts. If your ankle hurts the reaction is to assume there is something wrong with the ankle that needs to be fixed. With chronic joint and muscle pain this is often not the case. The pain is a symptom of an asymmetry elsewhere in the body.

A joint can hurt without being damaged. The pain is because the joint is compensating for another part of the body that is not functioning correctly.

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Youth Matters: Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact

on January 14, 2014 - 8:52am
Editor's note: This column (the first in a three-part series) is sponsored by the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Columns will appear periodically with the goal of informing parents and the community about issues that impact local young people and their families.
 
Youth Matters
Drug of Denial─Awareness and Impact
By a Los Alamos Parent

You know us. We may greet each other at the grocery store. Our kids might have played on sports teams together. We may cross paths in our work, at church, the library, post office, Gordon’s concerts, ski hill or pool. It’s a small town.

Food on the Hill: Berry Tiramisu

on January 14, 2014 - 8:08am

This Week’s Recipe: Berry Tiramisu

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Ingredients:

Small jar of raspberry preserves
12 oz. of mascarpone cheese, at room temperature  
½ cup of orange juice
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 oz. of heavy whipping cream, cold
45-50 ladyfingers, dried
2 ½ cups of orange juice
½ cup Grand Marnier liqueur (optional)
16 oz. fresh raspberries
16 oz. fresh strawberries
¼ cup sugar

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix together with a hand mixer, the whipping cream and sugar until you start to get peaks.

Yang: The Many Paradoxes Of Group Dynamics ...

on January 13, 2014 - 8:51am
The Many Paradoxes Of Group Dynamics:
In this case, knowledge does help action
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

I am not one to willingly join a group; I go out of my way to avoid group projects. One of my favorite professors once altered his syllabus so that I could opt out a team project (and thereby kept me in the class!) That was the pinnacle of my “no group work” principle in school, and since then the more I study groups, the less I desire to be part of them. However, I have also, willingly, been involved in some fabulous group works.

Sydney’s Corner: Foods of Turkey

on January 11, 2014 - 8:34am

Sidney Frazier dining on frog legs in Turkey. Photo by Jason Frazier

Sydney’s Corner: Foods of Turkey

Introduction: Teralene Foxx. Photos by Jason Frazier

Over the past year, Sydney, our grandaughter, traveling the world with her parents has blogged about different foods: Foods of the Netherlands, Foods of  Poland, and now foods of Turkey. She was eight when then began their travels and turned nine in September. What amazes me is that this 8/9 year old is willing to try all these different foods. When they were in Bulgaria, she tried frog legs, which she proclaimed “They were really good.”

How the Hen House Turns: Geese in a Hail Storm

on January 9, 2014 - 7:07am
How the Hen House Turns: Geese in a Hail Storm
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned in the way geese respond to weather—or not.

On a bright sunny day, Lucy and the Hen House gang cut loose whenever I appear outside. I am greeted with a cacophony of loud honks and squawks. Their message is quite clear, “Let us out of here.” And I do.

But then, when the wind starts blowing the Ponderosas into a wavering dance, usually after noon, they retreat to the safety of the pen.

If the day is not bright and sunny—or if I need to open the Hen House doors a

Classical Music World: Finding LACA Concert Artists

on January 8, 2014 - 9:24am
Cellist Joahua Roman will perform in Los Alamos Jan. 24. Photo by Tina Su.
 
Classical Music World: Finding LACA Concert Artists
By ANN McLaughlin

There are two questions I’m often asked as artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association (LACA). How do you find the artists that appear on LACA’s concert series and how do you entice them to come to this little dot on the map? 

The answers are pretty simple. They find us and we pay them.

Of course it is a little more complicated than that, but those short answers are for real.

Lady Green: As Humanity Grows

on January 8, 2014 - 8:31am
Lady Green
:As Humanity Grows
By HJ CORNING
Los Alamos

As humanity grows, so does the space we take.

And as the space we need grows, the space that wildlife gets to inhabit diminishes. We live in a place where wildlife and humanity constantly bump up against each other.

While I was behind a tree changing clothes after riding through the Gilman tunnels, a friend saw a woman stop next to a busy road, and release several chipmunks. When questioned about her actions she replied indignantly, that the chipmunks were eating her bird seed, so she had live trapped and moved them.

I am sure she

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This Week at the Reel Deal

on January 8, 2014 - 8:29am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday, we will be opening The Wolf of Wall St. and Her.

Her, stars Joaquin Phoenix, whose character falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system played by Scarlett Johansson.

This film, written and directed by Spike Jonze, is clearly pushing the envelope in this original adult comedy. Phoenix has been nominated again this year for the upcoming Golden Globes Awards and is on the short list for an Academy nomination.

He won the Globes in 2005 for his brilliant performance as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. I look forward

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