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Lynae Maxim

Lynae Maxim

Clarity Concepts offers decorating and organizing services

Barb Belknap

“By clearing out the clutter, we can let our true selves shine through.” Such is the philosophy of Clarity Concepts and Lynae Maxim, professional interior designer and organizer, who has set up multiple organizational systems within her new Placitas home.

At her front door is a sideboard with his and hers drawers for car keys, incoming and outgoing mail, as well as an office with incoming boxes and pending files. There is also a mutual file drawer that she shares with her partner David, bulletin boards, and a file-or-toss bin.

She said, “By taking the time to be organized, it really gives you more time to do the things you want.”

Lynae believes in writing ideas down to help put them into action, and she keeps a notebook organizer. She encourages people to make appointments with themselves in a day planner or Palm Pilot, and to set realistic goals.

“After accomplishing a task, reward yourself with a hike, reading a book, going shopping, or anything you enjoy,” she said.

Lynae says, “I am the everyday person’s decorator and am experienced at decorating without spending a fortune.” She loves decorating with bold color, and it shows in her home that she and David helped custom design and build. A wall of warm yellow marks one end of the hallway, a copper-glaze finish on terracotta soothes the media room, and a guest room is laced in purple.

“I like to work with people to bring out their own personality in their decorating, using some things they already have and planning for others that fit the budget. Just because we live in the Southwest is no reason that everything has to be Southwestern in our decorating. Many of us have eclectic tastes that we could consider using in layering a room.” She explains, “Using harmony and balance, I can help provide a client with a visually appealing and orderly space.”

Lynae is originally from London, where she says, “Even as a young child, my mother would give me free rein and I did in fact recreate our own home by moving objects around until I’d achieve the desired effect. My favorite way to spend a rainy day was to disassemble our pantry or storage cupboard and then put everything back in an organized fashion.”

After coming to the States, Lynae taught arts and crafts in Vermont for eight years. Then, after starting a professional organizing business in 1998, she became a licensed interior decorator in 2003. Clarity Concepts provides interior decorating, spatial make-overs, professional organizing, and time management.

To promote her new business in the community, Lynae offers a free half-hour consultation. Her services are provided at a reasonable hourly rate. She can be reached at 867-3738.


The outside view of McCole’s Pub and Grill at Homestead Village, Placitas

The outside view of McCole’s Pub and Grill at Homestead Village, Placitas

McCole’s Pub and Grill
new neighborhood bar in Placitas

Ty Belknap

Poor McCole sat at the corner barstool lamenting how faithless love had robbed him of his partnership in his new pub—along with most everything else. He would have preferred to be standing on the other side of the bar serving drinks to the Saturday night crowd. Everybody else seemed to be enjoying the new scene, even the dejected Lobo fans that straggled in after the Air Force Game. There was a special on Bass Lager, and live music was provided by the talented local band Cheap & Easy.

McCole’s Pub and Grill opened last December in the space formerly occupied by Lunatique! at Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas. Quite a few people had let it be known that they just wanted a place to get a hamburger and a draft beer, and maybe watch Monday-night football on the TV over the bar.

McCole’s is owned by Placitas contractor Trevor  Reed. He says that McCole’s started impulsively one day after discussing the idea with Tim McCole and Homesteads Village manager Jon McCallister.

“My only experience in the food industry was working as a fry cook in Red River when I was twelve years old,” Reed said, “But I figured it couldn’t be that hard to succeed where there seemed to be such a demand.” Then things got complicated. “Right before we opened, we had to buy Tim out to avoid getting the business tangled up in his divorce settlement.”

Luckily, Reed found an experienced bar and restaurant manager in Ken Jones (aka Booger) who says, “We just want to be the neighborhood bar.” What a concept! McCole’s offers a full bar with a good assortment of liquors along with microbrew and Guinness on tap. The menu includes sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, dinner entrees, and a kids’ menu. All items are available for takeout throughout the day. As soon as the weather gets a little warmer, the patio and gazebo will also be available for seating with a view.

McCole’s Pub is open from noon until closing. Happy Hour is Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and all day on Sundays.

Cheap & Easy plays country and rock music every other Saturday night. Also appearing regularly is singer-guitarist Chris Raven playing contemporary rock on request. Another local group, The Lady Fingers, will play celtic and bluegrass music on St. Patrick’ s Day, Wednesday, March 17. Karaoke is every Thursday. Music is generally from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more information, call McCole’s Pub at 771-8833 or stop by the neighborhood bar behind the gazebo in Homestead Village.

Computer Biz — Safe computing

Gary W. Priester

I update my virus protection at least once a week, have a personal firewall (a program that keeps hackers out of my computer when I'm connected to the Internet), and a program to block third-party tracking cookies, cookies that track where you go when you are connected and send information back to various companies. I have several other programs. All are up to date.

So when the other day I was sending a message to a friend with an e-mail attachment, and Zone Alarm, my firewall program, popped up asking if it was okay for my e-mail program to send out my social security number, I almost became apoplectic.

I ran my cookie application, Ad Aware, and it turned up a cookie called a "data miner," or a cookie placed on your computer that attempts to locate information and send it to someone else. I deleted this cookie. Ran a complete virus scan of my computer and several other tests and I hope that things are under control.

I received a virus-infected e-mail message from my own e-mail address recently, which brings to mind a huge problem. Many virus infected messages "spoof" real e-mail addresses. Spoofing is the term for a bogus use of a real e-mail address, such as mine. Scary stuff. In the most recent virus onslaught, the MyDoom Worm, my spam-blocking program was reporting about fifty to a hundred messages a day being returned to me because they contained a virus. I'm relatively certain my computer is virus free, so these returned messages must have contained a spoofed e-mail address that just happens to be mine.

This brings to mind another disturbing fact. According to a recent article in the New York Times Magazine, people who create viruses and worms are using psychology to get you and me to open their messages. I get dozens of messages each day with subject lines such as "Hi", "Hello", "How're You Doing?" One of the worst is "Wanna Be Friends?" Now how could you not open one of these friendly messages? But each of these contains a potentially computer-destroying virus.

If that were not bad enough, the MyDoom Worm uses subjects such as Returned Mail, or Your Message Could Not Be Sent. Who among us could resist opening one of these messages to see which message was undeliverable? Anyone opening one of these messages without the most recent updated virus protection became the unwitting spreader of more of these infected messages. I have to wonder if we weren't better off using pen and paper to send and receive messages?

So here is what I recommend:

  1. Update your virus protection DAT (data) files once a week. Refer to the manufacturer's Web site for more information. Hundreds of new viruses are created every week!
  2. If you receive a suspicious message from someone you know and trust, do not open it. Call and ask if she or he did in fact send this message and what's in it. When in doubt, dump it.
  3. If you keep valuable personal and financial information on your computer, install a personal firewall such as Zone Alarm. And make sure you keep it up to date. Zone Alarm can protect your valuable information and alert you if someone is trying to steal it.
  4. Resources:

AdAware by Lavasoft,, blocks third party tracking cookies and data miners. Zone Alarm Pro personal firewall from Zone Labs, Both companies offer a trial version of the product.






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