Air on the Side of Health

In the dead of winter, we all become draft dodgers. We do the best we can to seal up windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. Now that we’re in winter lockdown, we spend more time breathing the indoor air of our apartment or house. The good news is we aren’t freezing our lungs. The bad news is that the air inside our homes is often more polluted with chemicals than the air outside. In fact, several studies have found that indoor air pollution can be more of a threat to our health than the smoggiest day in L.A. Indoor pollutants fall into some basic categories. Environmental Tobacco Smoke: A report last month by researchers…

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Reiver football grows across the river

Here’s something to keep your eye on for 2011 — Iowa Western football. It took Coach Scott Strohmeier all of two years to turn the school into a player in the junior college ranks. In 2008 the Council Bluffs community college didn’t even have football. In 2010 the Reivers finished their second season 9-2 and one game away from playing for a national title. Last week six IWCC players signed to continue their careers at Division I schools. They aren’t just going anywhere, either. Quarterback Zack Stoudt could be an SEC starter after signing with Ole Miss; and defensive tackle Jared Ebert will try to crack the line-up at Oregon. It will be interesting to see how closely Nebraska aligns…

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Cosmic Forecast for Dec. 16-22

This be the last week of Sagittarius the Archer, and the end of Fall for us all. Sagittarius is the ninth sign, ruling travel, philosophy, gambling, the wild life, generosity, feasting, fun, luck, the joys of running and athletics, the thighs, higher education, publishing, the musical key of A flat and compositions. Before Sagittarius is over I’d like to invite you to check out some of my Astromusical compositions this Saturday (Inshallah), from my soon-to-be-released CD (one sign at a time), The ZODIAC, via my website. I hope to play a few tunes from it at the Jazzwholes reunion at Slowdown this Saturday, Dec. 18. We’ll see, hopefully? Remember Mercury is retrograde until Dec. 30, and will conjunct the Full…

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Holiday Healing:

Procrastinators, take heart! If you’ve waited until the last minute to fill Christmas stockings or pump up the pile under the tree, here are some easy things to choose just in time for the holiday. Any one of them will bring a smile and have the added benefit of enriching the life of the recipient. Some of these suggestions involve a gift certificate so you can purchase them quickly, easily and at the last minute if you wish. The emphasis is on offering something for the mind, body and spirit. Rubber neck: Give her (or him) a gift certificate for a therapeutic massage. The next best thing to doing it yourself is having a pro do it for you. And…

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From the Dust Bowl to the Rust Belt

I’ll be in the minority here, but I’m going to miss the Big 12. That wasn’t the fashionable side of the argument over the summer and it’s definitely not now. For most people the shadier aspects of this season — Eric Martin’s suspension, the penalty clubbing the Huskers took at A&M, the trophy snub from the league offices — only reinforced the sagacity of the move. And I agree. Going to the Big 10 is a great move for the University of Nebraska as a whole. But away from the football field it’s going to sting more than most people think. Nebraska was and always will be more Dust Bowl than Rust Belt, more Great Plains than Great Lakes. That…

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Bowled Over

**Imgs in folder if useable A minute and a half into the second quarter of the Big 12 championship game, Nebraska safety Courtney Osborne intercepted a Landry Jones pass and returned the ball to the Oklahoma 12-yard line. As Osborne went down, the Sooners’ Ryan Broyles stripped the ball. Oklahoma’s offense returned to the field, and even snapped the ball. But before the snap, Nebraska had taken a 30-second timeout, during which coach Bo Pelini decided to challenge the call. The ruling of an Osborne fumble and Broyles’ recovery was overturned. Two plays and a Sooner penalty later, the Huskers’ Rex Burkhead passed to Kyler Reed for 5 yards and a touchdown. With 12:14 remaining in the half, Nebraska led…

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Cosmic Forecast for Dec. 9-15

Here comes/goes Mercury retrograde until Dec. 30. Simply put, anything started after Dec. 30 has a better chance of succeeding than anything initiated before. Communication is a key to joint human endeavors and during such times as these clear, succinct communication often appears questionable or lacking. Vacation until 2011 to better enjoy your upcoming New Year. Tell them it’s your Astrologer’s advice. There are no mistakes. Peace & Love Shall Conquer All. — SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.21) Hold yer horses, Pardner. You’ve got a month and a half until you (should) make your move. Sit back and see yer pardners are playin’ you? They think you’re dreamin’ (and you are). Find out who’s really playin’ on yer side. Remember,…

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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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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our...

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it...

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Wha’ Happened!?


That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all...

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude...

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