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Picturing the West

Doctor Mysterian

Waterworld

Umar Johnson

Heartland Healing

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Doctor Mysterian

<p>There will be little hope for the accused witch.</p> The witch hunts

One of the most horrific chapters in human history is making a huge return: witch-hunting. Even now, in parts of Africa, accusations of witchcraft can be a death penalty for the accused. As a result of changes to the social fabric, with an increasingly large number of people leaving mainstream religions, religious leaders will find it valuable to lead hunts for supposed witches in many countries.

This will mostly...

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Prospect hill cemetery Tombstone Tour

Have you ever heard of the superstition where you have to hold your breath when you pass a cemetery? Some say it is out of respect for the dead. Others believe it is so as to not let any spirits into your soul or awaken them from their graves. Whether you believe in this urban legend, or not, you will not want to hold your breath if you join the Douglas County Historical Society during this event. The annual...

Heartland Healing

2015.10.12 squirrel style-2 Grab Your Nuts

If my casual observation and deduction holds true, we may be in for quite the winter. Squirrels in my neighborhood are gathering copious amounts of nuts and stashing them everywhere. Do they know something about the weather that we can only guess? And on the human side, it’s no wonder that pecans, Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and other nutty buddies find their way to our diet in the winter months. At a...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>Look ahead: Tomorrow's festivals may include inexpected sacrifices</p> Beware the town festival

A strange trend will start in America in the next few years: Small-town festivals. These will start out saturated in Americana, including American flags and men dressed as Uncle Sam. But they will quickly become idiosyncratic, as locals start to recreate their regional history, or local legends, or small-town heroes.

These festivals will vie with each other for national attention, especially as reality television...

Photo5 kinkybootstour photobymatthewmurphy Coots in Boots

Joe Coots was in Baltimore when we talked, but Kinky Boots was headed here so he was busy lining up Orpheum tickets for his Omaha cousins.

The musical that swept six Tony awards two years ago and arrives in Nebraska Oct. 20 isn’t the first job to bring the former football player to the Orpheum Theater. He played another big guy in The Full Monty, giving the ex-offensive lineman a chance to play Good Samaritan by...

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