Lifestyles

Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Celebrating 90!

Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
 
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When … .’ Courtesy/LARSO
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
 
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
 
That club entitles

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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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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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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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Home Country: Squash

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Squash. Just listen to that word one more time. Squash … one of the English language’s most painful words, along with maim and trauma and rend and okra and Liberace. Why would anyone want to eat something that sounds as though someone sat on it?
 
The bottom-line truth is, cooks all over the place love a challenge, and they have tried valiantly to turn squash into an edible dish. To do this, they take one tenth of a portion of squash, boil as much of the squashiness as they can out of it, then immerse it in nine-tenths something that tastes good and hope no one will

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Home Country: A Special Buck

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Bob Garcia removed that old mossyhorn mount from its place over the fireplace, we were a bit confused.
 
That huge buck had been his pride and joy for more than 30 years. But Bob put it back in his office, behind the kitchen. The spot of honor over the fireplace now belongs to a young forked-horn buck, the one he took last year on the other side of the hayfield. It’s the kind of buck you expect to get for your first buck, and not really the kind you honor like that after a lifetime spent hunting in the autumn woods.
 
When he was asked, Bob just said it was a special

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Home Country: Elbows

Home Country
By WINDY WILSON
 
Well sir, I ast ol’ Slim if mebbe I could contribulate to his Home Country columns if I ever had something important to renounce. And he said he wanted to go hunting, anyway, so why not now.
 
So howdy. This here’s Windy Wilson, you know. I’m the guy on the Home Country with Slim Randles radio show what edumacates folks to stuff they ain’t heard the straight of before.
 
I timed ‘er just right the other day. Strolled on into the Mule Barn when I knew Doc and the guys would be there. Then … to take advantage of medicational science when it’s sippin’ coffee, I rolls

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Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy


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An Open Book: Day Of Remembrance

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
The anniversary of my father’s passing, or Yahrzeit in Yiddish, is a date that I have to track carefully on the Jewish calendar. On this modified lunar calendar, the observance of June 6, 2009 changes a few days forward or backward each year, and I have to look it up regularly.
But for my mother’s Yahrzeit, there is no tracking required. She died October 3, 2016, the first day of the Jewish year 5777. So, when we set the dinner table to observe and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, “the Head of the Year,” with the two lit tall candles, the ceremonial glass of wine and the braided bread,

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