The League of Women Voters’ monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, will feature Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon of the Los Alamos Daily Post at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library.
Gordon joined the Los Alamos Daily Post staff in January 2013 and primarily covers lifestyles, arts and education. She explained her interest in covering the lifestyles beat saying, “I’m more than excited to be working for the Los Alamos Daily Post where I get to cover the things I truly enjoy and care about like music, theater, literature, art, education, spirituality and food. Plus, I get to write features about amazing people. The thing I love most about writing features is exploring other people’s passions.”
Gordon said covering the lifestyles beat intrigues her because it is about what makes people’s lives worthwhile—their families, their community, and the things they love to do … “I think it’s very important.”
Sometimes she writes a column, ‘Heart to Heart,’ where she can say (almost) anything she wants. She also gets to build ads for the paper, which she said is a lot of fun and makes her feel artistic even though she cannot draw. Sometimes she wonders, “Do I really get paid to do this?” she said laughing.
Gordon was community editor at the Monitor for several years before leaving there nine years ago to work at UNM-Los Alamos. She grew up in Boise, Idaho “somewhere close to the wrong side of the tracks.” She attended Reed College, where not only did she get a degree in English, but much to her mother’s delight, “met a nice middle class boy” who she would later marry – once he finally got his Ph.D. in physics. David Sigeti completed his degree, and 24 years ago they married and had twins, Alexandra and Jacob.
She lived for several years in a socialist-feminist collective in Santa Barbara, Calif. with 10 adults and two kids. During that time, she started working for the US Postal Service. She moved to Austin and spent another seven years as what Texans refer to as a “Lady Mailman”.
“I was a shop steward for all 13 years … the union makes us strong,” Gordon said.
Gordon eventually settled down in Los Alamos 22 years ago.
To order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) for the event, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.661.6605 or email her at email@example.com. A lunch does not have to be ordered to attend.