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 is healthy and certainly is a happier way of looking at things.
Conversely, we’re cautioned that judgment is a treacherous task, destined to dismay. No doubt, when something is judged, opportunity arises for assigning lack. So the admonishment not to judge seeks to save us from the negative response of disappointment. But how do you avoid noting an obvious failing without judging? When something is amiss, can you just “Turn it off,” like in the song from the play The Book of Mormon? Deliverance from this conundrum comes by way of discernment.

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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 might not have gotten the opportunity to heave the Hail Mary pass to Jordan Westerkamp on the final play of the Northwestern game.

Much was made of Ameer Abdullah’s determined 16-yard run with a Kellogg pass to convert a fourth-and-15. And rightly so. If not for Burtch’s presence of mind a few seconds later, however, there might not have been sufficient time on the clock for Kellogg’s touchdown pass.

On first-and-10 at the Nebraska 40-yard line, with time running out, Burtch caught a Kellogg pass for a 7-yard gain, at the…

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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…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) Welcome into the sign of the prophet, prophecy and all tall tales; wild and divine. Tell/write me what’s on your mind, and why it’s so hard to find. It’ll be a short story, right? Gotcha! Sagittarius also rules humor, wit and composition. You LOVE telling ($elling?) stories — and if you tell ’em well enough (to $ell ’em) and long enough, they’ll sometimes seem true for/to you, too. Ask O.J. Simpson. Your ruler, Jupiter — which also rules freedom — is retrograding conjunct O.J.’s Sun. Maybe he’ll be sprung by next spring, when Jupiter moves direct……

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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 “blew right past me.”

Gregory, a defensive end, “took a good angle, had a full head of steam,” said Santos, a linebacker. “I already knew Randy was fast, but right then, it was like, ‘Whoa, this guy can move.’”

“This guy” is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, it should be noted. He’s large as well as fast.

The week of the Huskers’ game at Purdue, Gregory received a lot of media attention because of his connection to the Boilermakers. He had committed to them out of high school but had changed his mind while attending…

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Sugar or Honey: Is One Better?

Everyone has a sweet tooth. Of the five basic tastes defining the human palate — salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami — sweet is the only one we’re addicted to at birth. Human infants display a definite taste for sugar. In fact, as Michael Moss describes in Salt, Sugar, Fat, our addiction to sugar is rooted in our DNA while addiction to salt is by acquisition.

Sugar in its natural form is generally good for us. But, like so many things in human history, we’ve managed to muck it up by meddling. To understand our relationship with sugar, we need to know more about how sugar exists in nature versus the way we consume it now in modern…

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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 understanding. I owe you all more than I could ever pay back! Since the passing of Sue Moon, you’ve not only made me Nebraska’s best known astrologer — you’ve made me Nebraska’s only known astrologer. From MOJOPO, Servant of the Sun, High Priest of Nature and Guardian of the Twilight Well. “May you never thirst.”
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

SCORPIO (10.22-11.20) What a trip! You’ve got one week to pull/put yourself together for your winter program/agenda, and then the spotlight turns to other things…and nobody cares anymore. Decide whom you love by — or on…

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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.

How tough? They rank first in the nation in total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. And they rank third nationally in scoring defense and pass defense.

“Tough” hardly describes their defense. Really, no word does.

Armstrong must deal with it on Saturday afternoon, and it would be daunting for a veteran quarterback, much less a redshirt freshman such as Armstrong.

But he “is not going to be intimidated,” coach Bo Pelini said on Monday. “That much I know.”

Armstrong is 5-0 as the…

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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...

more »


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...

more »


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.

... more »



Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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

i SAGITTARIUS...

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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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