Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

In an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.

Such is the way


McQuiston: Does Your College Student Know What To Do If They Are Involved In A Car Accident?

The Jemez Agency

Does your college student know what to do if they are involved in a car accident?

Going away to college is a big deal, and it comes with a lot more responsibility. One of them is being a responsible driver. What if they are in an accident or accused of hitting someone else’s car? Do they know what to do?

Here are a few tips that may be helpful:

  • Stay calm and don’t assume responsibility. If the police are called, they will make the determination. If in a parking lot and the police aren’t called, the insurance company will make the determination, if possible.
  • Gather your


Ben-Naim: Supporting Our Schools Is The Right Thing To Do…

Los Alamo School Board President

Early voting for the School Bond election begins Oct. 8.

I urge you to join me in supporting our community’s most important asset – our children by voting YES.

While your taxes will not increase, our students will benefit as White Rock schools are renovated and rebuilt and other sites across the district undergo additional improvements and maintenance.

First, supporting our students is the right thing to do. Our students have benefited from the new Middle School and High School as have students at Aspen and Barranca Mesa Elementary Schools.


Fr. Glenn: Being Set Free

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, well, well … lookie here. President Trump is coming to town on the 16th. Well … to little ol’ New Mexico anyway. To the cynical observer that’ll be of endless entertainment value in the media for a week or two at least: the love pieces, the hate pieces, the “wish he’d go away!” pieces. Many of the state’s media moguls will be criticized for even mentioning the presence of “he who must not be named”, thereby accused of “promoting” him. But … would it be responsible journalism to neglect one of the biggest stories around, whether one is happy with it or not? … ignoring the “elepha


Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Pinto Beans

Pinto Beans with Green Chile. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Pinto Beans. Photo by Liddie Martinez


Espanola Valley

When the summer heat begins to fade and the light winds stir up the last of the blooming flowers, I remember the early autumn work that capped off my summer vacations as a kid. We would begin to pack and store the veggies we had dried on framed screens: rings of squash, dried green chile that had been roasted and peeled, peeled and cored apples cut into half-moons that Grandma called orejones because they resembled ears and the countless mason jars filled with the fruit


Dr. Cook: Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

By Glendon Cook, MD,
Los Alamos Family Care, Los Alamos Medical Center

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being.

And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it’s important to stay aware of the critical effect that cholesterol can have on your overall health – and especially your heart.

While your body certainly needs cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods, high levels of it become a case of “too much of a good thing.”



McQuiston: Personal Liability Coverage – Don’t Let It Be An Afterthought

The Jemez Agency

When discussing and rating homeowner insurance policies, personal liability coverage is often an afterthought.  

Insurance companies and insurance agents don’t always take the time to explain what it is and what it covers. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking personal liability coverage isn’t important. It most certainly is.

For starters, let’s look at the types of claims that are potentially covered by this part of the homeowner insurance policy: bodily injury claims and property damage liability claims. Personal liability coverage can also be


World Futures Institute: Energy Part Four

Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In “Energy – Part Three” we looked at the distribution of stored energy in the form of gasoline and of “stuff” we need in our daily lives.
Related to this were the financial impacts on our personal budgets because of the costs of new forms of transportation and indirect costs of stuff because of increased distribution expenses.
For example, one gallon of gasoline weights about six pounds and it must be moved (distributed) from the refinery to the gas station. This is 3.217 kilograms in the metric system. Of course, gasoline delivery