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Life After 50 … Digital Cookbook

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO 
 
Next week, I’m going to try something new and I want to give the community a chance to help their local senior centers. My plan is to create a digital cookbook.
 
Sweets for the Sweet”, will be the title of volume number one. I am soliciting recipes, and in an ideal situation, a sweet story about how it has played a role in your life. We will sell copies of Sweets for the Sweet” for just $2.
 
I know I have many recipes in word documents. I find them helpful because I NEVER lose them. If all goes well, we will also offer a print and bound

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Dr. Madhavi Garimella Discusses Osteoporosis

By Dr. Madhavi Garimella
Los Alamos

Sunday marked World Osteoporosis Day and presents an opportunity to discuss this bone disease.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone” is a condition of weakening of the structure of the bone leading to an increased risk of fracture. Many people have osteoporosis and do not know about it as they have no symptoms at all. Osteoporosis does​ not​ cause any pain unless you have a fracture.

Why should we worry about osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity in older Americans. A hip fracture can cause quite a setback in terms


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Fr. Glenn: In Me

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Saw an interesting (if disappointing) article from the Wall Street Journal on Friday: “Religiosity, Church Attendance Fall Sharply”—chronicling an apparent drop in those who adhere to ANY faith. Of course, this does not attest to either the truth or falsity of faith; it simply professes to measure those who believe. The number of people who believe in any particular thing attests neither to its truth or falsity; for example, if everyone believed the earth was flat, that wouldn’t make it so.

Serendipitously, that article appeared on the Friday prior to our weekend Catholic


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Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Local Senior Center Programs

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
This week, I am very excited to yet again talk about the many programs of the local senior centers, open to the public.
 
Tuesday Oct. 22, out student intern, Fernando Trujillo, will make a presentation on his work with criminal justice reform. His presentation is 11-11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. His talk will focus on the importance of relationships and giving people second chances. This collaboration is the result of a UNM-LA internship opportunity, that covers many aspects of senior center services from our volunteer

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McQuiston: Prep Your Property For Cold Weather

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

The thought of doing outdoor work in the cold weather isn’t overly appealing. With the fall season here and some cooler weather in store, it’s time to start thinking about that to-do list to make sure you don’t have any unexpected surprises when winter weather hits.

Fix Cracks in Concrete and Asphalt
Especially important because we  live in an area that has a lot of freezing and thawing in the months to come.  Sealing your driveway or fixing small cracks now can prevent you from ending up with larger ones come next year. While you might not need to tackle


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How The Hen House Turns: Horse Sense

By CARY NEEPER 
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As a child I was afraid of horses. Now they intrigue me.
 
I’m fascinated by their eagerness for company, and I’m amazed at how they have put up with us humans for so long–pulling our chariots, then our milk wagons and plows, trusting us to sit on their backs, carrying us long distances, patnering with us in waging war, running races at their best speed…
 
Ancient remains suggest that they disappeared from the North American continent for thousands of years. Why? In my reading about their history, I haven’t yet found an explanation.

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Fuselier: Rough And Tumble Play

By ROBERT FUSELIER
Los Alamos

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the emotional system that influences our lighter side. It’s fun but, if we’re not careful, can also cause us some trouble.

Many mammals demonstrate behaviors known as rough and tumble (RAT) play. The behaviors and the stimuli that evoke the behaviors are so similar that it’s clear that we and other species share the same innate neural networks that control them. For clarity, I’ll refer to the neural network from which RAT play originates as the RAT Play emotional system.

Young rats will respond in apparent joy with a laughter-type


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Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 17, 2019

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The cold spell came as predicted last week. A hard freeze wiped out tomato and chile plants, as well as other frost-tender plants here in the Espanola Valley.
 
The weather has turned seasonal again with warm days and very cool nights.
 
Still no snow in the mountains.
 
The place to go right now if you are looking for a big trout and don’t care that it came from a hatchery is Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo. It was stocked Oct. 7 with 218 rainbow trout averaging 20 inches in size and over three pounds apiece.
 
Several of these

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Pongratz: After-School Programs Are Next Education Push

By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Los Alamos School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)

Kudos to New Mexico’s Lt. Gov. Howie Morales! In an Op Ed in last Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal (link) he wrote of the benefits of Out-of-School Time informal education.

He wrote, “Across our state, many thousands of kids are alone and unsupervised – or engaging in risky behaviors – between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while parents are still at work. Quality after-school programs give parents peace of mind, providing a safe place for children to go when they are not in school, with supportive and structured educational activities under


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