Cosmic Forecast for Jan. 19-26

Welcome into Aquarius, the sign of the unexpected, unusual and bizarre. To 90 percent of humanity the season of winter is just one loooong boooring Capricoooorn that lasts until spring. Ten percent of humanity responds to the Uranian vibration and half of them (will) mess it up. Otherwise the other 90 percent would jump on board — ’cause the unusual, eccentric and bizarre is soooo much mooore fun! AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19) Expect everything to light up celestially. Jupiter and your esoteric ruler, the planet Uranus, are conjunct all of 2011. Now in the final degrees of Pisces (the Dreamer) and finishing 2011 retrograding back to 0 degrees Aries (the Initiator) by next New Year’s, so you can start…

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Eating Healthfully is not Food Elitism

A recent article in Newsweek drew attention to the Great Food Divide in America. I emphasize “America” because our concerns about food are relatively different from the concerns of the other seven billion eaters on the planet. Americans worry more about what we’re eating. Much of the rest of the world worries about if they’re eating. That’s not to say that all Americans are well fed. We must continue to solve the issues of hunger and food insecurity. However, much of the solution is not about provision or even poverty. It’s not that the planet cannot produce enough food for our population. It can. In fact, the planet already produces more than twice the amount needed. Distribution is the real…

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Leaders and Legends remains lame

The public spoke and, after thinking about it, the Big 10 didn’t listen. Conference officials announced last week that the league would keep its universally panned division names of Leaders and Legends for at least the 2011 season. League commissioner Jim Delany decided to review the decision back in December and there was legitimate hope that maybe the conference would adopt something normal. Apparently Delany didn’t read the Internet, where coming up with more ridiculous sounding names became a bit of a sports blog parlor game. SEC fans have always poked fun at the Big 10 as a stodgy, out of touch conference, but now everyone’s piling on. As the newcomers here, I’m not sure how we’re supposed to defend…

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Cosmic Forecast for Jan. 13-19

Last week of Capricorn … stasis will be the matrix for the unexpected, unusual and bizarre — ruled by the planet Uranus, the esoteric ruler of our next sign in line, Aquarius. The Full Moon will be in the last degree of Cancer, next Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3:21 p.m., on the last day of Capricorn. To 90 percent (base 10s) Winter is just one looong booooring Capricoooorn. After this week let’s transcend onto base 11 (Aquarius) to get to Heaven. Heavy Spiritual changes ahead. See you next week when once again we speak. Until then, check out your year ahead at CAPRICORN (12.22-1.20) You’ve got two weeks to get it together to handle any weather, whether…

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Top Ten Health Risks You Can Avoid Right Now

Sometimes it’s the simple things. Baby steps. At a time when many feel overwhelmed by New Year resolutions requiring us to do something, here is a list of very simple (relatively) changes that could reap major health benefits. Rather than adding things to do, avoid things on the list and 2011 will be a better year. Things to avoid, Number 10: The Sofa Wii game consoles notwithstanding, the sofa (and all things you plant your backside on) makes the list of things to avoid in 2011. Inactivity kills mind and body. A small increase in movement will reward you with health benefits. Something as mundane as fidgeting can burn calories and mean the difference between fit or fat, according to…

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Triathlon training and new watches

* I had this beautiful idea that the Timex line of Ironman watches were created long ago in partnership with one of the world’s best tri-athletes who, having broken timepieces from many supposedly fine watchmakers, went to the company and said, “I need a watch that’s not afraid to work to the point of collapse. Also, it should be water-resistant to 100 meters.” Not the case. It’s just a nice bit of co-branding but I’ve still never felt comfortable wearing an Ironman watch because I’ve never completed, or even entertained the idea of, a triathlon. But if you are considering going the run, bike, swim route TotalWellness Multisport is Omaha’s first triathlon coaching center. In collaboration with The Bike Way…

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Heaven Sent

I’ve got a few bon mots to jumpstart your entrée into 2011. Hope you enjoy … There are seven steps to Heaven, and they’re probably the Seven Deadly Sins transcended. Here’s the list, along with suggestions for their resolution. PRIDE: Give up foolish pride. LUST: Doesn’t it depend on what you lust for? GLUTTONY: Look at yourself naked in a mirror. ENVY: Be happy with what you’ve got. COVETOUSNESS: You don’t even own your own body, so there is no real owning when everything is on loan, right? SLOTH: Quit being so lazy … WRATH: … Or I’ll kill ya! In an ecological world, the only sin is waste — waste of an opportunity or a resource. Happy Chinese New…

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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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