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Second Quarter Roundup: Listening to the Last Three Months

I write this column on my birthday, which makes it hard to not be overly introspective. The best way to avoid that: Write the second quarter reviews round-up of CDs / albums / downloads listened to over the past three months, and hope any life-choice ennui and/or regrets don’t find their way into the criticism. I’m just happy I can still listen to new music with an open mind at this “elevated”...

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River’s Edge Is a Game Changer

When I mentioned to the editors of this esteemed publication that I was planning on writing a review of River’s Edge Park this week, they were mortified. The Reader is sponsoring Bluffs Bash there June 7-8, and the last thing they needed was for my dumb ass to go and band-mouth the property.

Come on, guys, give me some credit. From the moment I saw the plans I knew the park was a...

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Millennial Fever is Back

This happened a few years ago. I was called into the office because a new YouTube video had just been placed online that unveiled the secrets of the “Millennial Generation,” and my boss wanted to show it to the head of our HR department on my just-acquired iPhone -- my iPhone 1.0.

We rushed up to her office, and I slid my iPhone across her desk while telling her how to watch the video. “Just...

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Top Teachers

In honor of National Teacher  Appreciation Day and in recognition of our own Teacher Appreciation Day this Saturday, May 11, 6 p.m. at Aksarben Village, The Reader reached out to the Learning Community school districts to get the names of teachers recognized for their hard work, dedication and effectiveness. Here is just a small sampling of the educators who help shape our children’s growth and...

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The Future of Funny Books

Last Saturday was Comic Book Day, an annual celebration of the classic illustrated story and a clever way to get people into comic shops to part with their hard-earned money, and I didn’t go.

Not because I don’t love comics. On the contrary, I grew up lost and wandering through a world populated by the superhuman superheroes that make up the Marvel Universe -- Spider-man, The X-Men, The...

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If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” Miriam Peña, the executive director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition and Colorado Progressive Action, told an Omaha audience. Since then “in the 2012 all eyes were on the Latino vote because that number went up to 23.4 million eligible voters.”

On the evening of...

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The Feminist Capitalist

Looking out at the faces of people waiting to hear me discuss Warren Buffett’s investment strategies recently, I asked myself the same, but always unanswered, question the world’s greatest investor would himself ask: Where were the women?

Buffett knows one thing other men tend to overlook — being a feminist is good for the bottom line.

As an expert on Buffett’s business strategies, I travel...

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The Dog-Eared Library

I was driving home last week listening to Fresh Air on NPR when I heard what I thought was an older woman talking about owls and diabetes. I caught just enough to wonder if there had been some sort of medical breakthrough involving feathered wildlife and Our National Blood Sugar Epidemic when the author began talking about writing dedications during book tours and I figured out it was David...

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