Gratitude is an Attitude

It’s the little things isn’t it, that make up every day? And we so blithely cruise through with little heed though so many give us immeasurable pleasure. It’s possible that even the thought of being grateful for things can bring even more of the things we like and want into our life. Having a positive outlook and thinking positively are known to be good for us. I’m not talking about some Polyannaish denial of reality. It’s a fact that just changing the way we think about something has benefit to our health. Recognition of the things that make us happy keeps us in that sunny frame of mind and that’s good for overall health. So permit me a bit of…

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Less regal, more rainy

What’s in a name? In Omaha — at the moment — a lot of angst. At least that seemed to be the tenor of the Internet alarms that started ringing Nov. 15 as the Omaha Royals announced that the team was now the Omaha Storm Chasers. It started locally on Twitter but ballooned to include a mocking post on Deadspin and a suggestion from ESPN’s Rob Neyer that perhaps the team could’ve been better served by combining all of our regional influences into one super-name: the BenevolentRailBombingHuskerStorms. Did Omaha embarrass itself with the change? I don’t think so and none of the 300 or so people in attendance at the big unveiling seemed to,…

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Cosmic Forecast for Nov. 18-24

Last half-week before Scorpio’s demise. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Peace and Love to the recently departed and a Happy Thanksgiving to those remaining. Jupiter and Venus just moved direct. Sounds like lots (Jupiter) of loving (Venus) and good times! The Full Moon is in Venus-ruled Taurus at 11:27 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, the last day of Scorpio. See ya in Sag! — SCORPIO (10.23-11.22) Last week you talked with your MENTOR (Pluto) about what you’ve accomplished so far this lifetime (North Node) and what you could but haven’t — yet. Good luck! Your next “meeting,” concerning such matters, is Christmas Day (3 degrees Capricorn). This weekend it’s your partners (of all kinds) that have a…

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School Ties

The longest play Kansas managed came with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter of its 20-3 loss against Nebraska, when running back James Sims gained 23 yards over left end. The gain was nullified by a holding penalty on the Jayhawks. Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini referred to the play afterward. Kansas had lined up in the Wildcat formation, in a way “very different than anything we’d seen,” he said. “But we adjusted and hit it for a 2-yard gain the next time.” That wasn’t the only instance of the Huskers’ defense adjusting, just the most dramatic. The Jayhawks ran from different formations and different personnel groupings. They did all sorts of offensive things they hadn’t done previously,…

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Win Some, Lose Some

* You win some, you lose some and let’s just say Omaha’s had better weekends than the one just past. First there was the Creighton women’s soccer team, rallying Friday from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead on Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Gophers out-shot the Bluejays 15-2 in the second half on their way to a 4-2 victory. Still a nice year for Coach Bruce Erickson, whose team set a school record with 15 wins. Then the top-seeded Creighton men lost to host team Bradley in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, the Jays second loss to the Braves in less than a week. Creighton took a 2-1…

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It may be unfair to call biophobia a pandemic. Like the trumped-up charade known as the 2009 swine flu “pandemic,” it’s not true that most of the world is affected by biophobia, though it impacts far more people than swine flu ever did or will. You haven’t seen biophobia in the headlines and don’t know what it is? Though not a mainstream media buzzword, its symptoms are everywhere. Meat processing plants, industrial milk production, clothing, sunglasses, shoes, packaging, car seats, carpets, bathrooms, bedrooms, banks and grocery stores — the signs of biophobia are all around us. Humans want to kill things that threaten us and we perceive threat everywhere, regardless of whether the threat is real. Our response to it…

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The Quarterback Question

First of all, we knew Cody Green wouldn’t bring to the offense what Taylor Martinez does, right? That’s why Martinez is Nebraska’s starting quarterback and Green is a backup. So the Cornhuskers weren’t going to be as productive with Green starting, even against an Iowa State defense that ranked 102nd nationally, allowing well over 400 yards per game. Also, though Green was technically No. 2 on the depth chart, just ahead of Zac Lee, he had played briefly in only five games, most recently in the Big 12 opener at Kansas State. Green had thrown only 12 passes this season, completing seven for 79 yards. Against Iowa State, he completed, well, 7-of-12 passes for 79 yards (and one touchdown). How…

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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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