Mixed Bag: The 3Q 2014 Album Reviews Roundup

I've been putting this off because there hasn't been any "home run" albums released in the past few months. Nothing has really spun my head like releases from earlier this year by Sun Kil Moon or Strand of Oaks or Courtney Barnett. Plenty of good music has been released, but I'm finding it harder than usual to think of anything to say about it. It's been a dry quarter. That said, here's what I've been listening to,...

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The Uprising in Iowa

With the morning dew still on the grass and the sun starting to shine, they came rolling in. Some were on trailers, some in toy haulers, and many on their own four wheels…street legal.  These were the “drift missiles” who had come to do battle with each other, but more so to challenge themselves to reach  angled perfection. Each would drive, screeching , smoking, and sideways into the corners, in hopes of making...

entered on 11/02/14 at 08:04 AM | read more »


Searching for Latte in North O

We drove north along 72nd Street headed to Ames Avenue where we took a right and sped into the heart of North Omaha on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The purpose: To snap photographs of a building just listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

It being 3 p.m., we both felt a jolt of coffee was in order. There is no better pick-me-up than a cold latte on a warm afternoon. I took out my trusty iPhone in an...

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High flying McNary a big part of Creighton volleyball success

Leah McNary has been there for much of Creighton volleyball's ascendancy from weak little sister program in the shadow of Big Red to all-grown-up competitor holding its own.

"It's exciting being a part of a process of building a program," she says. "We've progressed a long way. I think we are up there with them (Nebraska) now."

The Florida native came to Omaha after only three years of serious volleyball...

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The struggles of single moms the subject of film and discussion

In the Gloria Gaynor anthem "I Will Survive" a woman declares her personal autonomy. Not needing to find validation in another is a liberating thing worth celebrating in song. 

Life imitates art whenever a poor single mother breaks free of the shackles of fear, self-doubt and shame that hold her back, say women who've been there and now help others out of that trap. 

Ericka Guinan was a single mom trapped in a...

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Viagra and the Innocent Age

I do not consider myself a prude. I've seen and written about a plethora of offensive things over the years with a "damn the torpedoes" attitude toward anyone who might cringe in disgust. But even I find the new series of commercials for Viagra being shown during the American League Championship Series (i.e, baseball playoffs) to be embarrassing and odd.

The spots feature a blond cougar with a British accent...

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As the blue light fades, memories from No. 32

We headed out to Kmart Saturday after I read via The Reader's Facebook page that the store was closing. 

First thing I noticed after bracing my way through the crowd headed the other direction with armloads of stuffed white poly bags was the gray tape stripe on the floor. It split in two directions, one toward Health & Beauty, the other toward Apparel. 

Neon orange signs had been taped on shelves, on end-caps, on...

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