Preserving the Harvest

Autumn is finale for storing local goodness Napoleon conquered Europe. But he couldn’t have done it without Nicolas Appert. Appert was a candyman, a confectioner. He dabbled with methods for preserving foods. Napoleon, source of the famous quote, “An army marches on its stomach,” offered a 12,000 franc reward to any inventor who could perfect a method of preserving food so that the French army could travel easily, carrying food as they marched through the Continent. Appert received the money as reward for inventing what we now call “canning.” Appert found that placing food inside a container — in his case, glass jars sealed with cork, wax and wire — and then cooking in boiling water kept the food from…

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The Worm Has Turned

Change of season marked by festivals and indoor events It’s a challenge to accept that the long days of summer are past and that the season has changed. In legend, the mythical dragon of the Zodiac is called the Worm and it circles through the seasons’ markers in the Heavens. Once the summer solstice is reached, the Worm begins a journey in another direction, toward the beckoning marker of the autumnal equinox, turning once again toward the winter solstice. The Worm turns. As we reach that milestone Wednesday, September 22, the change in season is noticeable. We celebrate in fresh air fests marking the end of clement weather and become drawn to indoor events that invoke coziness in the coming…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge

Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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