Laughing Your Ass Off

"Laugh, laugh I thought I'd die…" In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were half right. There was nothing they could do.

Cousins didn't accept their prognosis. While in excruciating pain from ankylosing spondylitis, a rare disease that inflamed his spine, Cousins found that after watching a Marx Brothers movie on television, he laughed so hard that it exhausted him and he slept soundly without narcotics for the first time in weeks. Cousins ordered in a film projector — it was 1964 — and all the Marx movies and slapstick comedy he could get his hands on. He improved dramatically. Pain decreased.…

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Let Science Lead You to Spirit

For all the trillions of dollars spent throughout history, science has yet to prove the existence of one basic thing: solid matter. Even today, at the Hadron Collider in Switzerland, physicists are searching for matter — solid, touchable, provable matter. The conclusion is that solid matter does not exist — anywhere.

Sum it up: Science tells us plainly that everything we think is solid is actually made of atoms that are nothing but smaller and smaller “particles” filled with energy. First atoms, then electrons, neutrons, positrons, quarks, leptons, mesons and all the other particles in succession and still you won’t find any that are solid matter. The universe — everything comprising it — is nothing but energy. That energy is continuous.…

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What’s In Your Food?

German shepherds have notoriously sensitive tummies. So when our big one had a little upset recently, I headed for the store to get fixin’s for his bland diet routine: lean ground turkey breast and plain white rice. I was hurried so stopped at an (unnamed, headquartered in Des Moines,) supermarket instead of my usual run to Whole Foods. The meat section at said market sells pre-packaged ground turkey. I asked the “butcher” at the counter if they ground in-house. The answer came back “no” and he added that the turkey was packaged “in some kinda gas that keeps it from spoiling,” in a tone indicating he thought that was a pretty cool thing. It wasn’t exactly accurate but I understood.…

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or mind their crops. Then go to bed late with dirt under the fingernails. Even those modern corn farmers in GPS-guided, climate-controlled, satellite radio, power steering, John Deere’s work hard. And all farmers now have a full-time job just addressing the paperwork needed to keep a farm running.

Be not mistaken about a farmer’s work ethic. But we must, sooner or later, realize farmers are trapped, along with us, in a diabolical agriculture system that typifies all that is wrong with our world economy and political web. We’re talking corn and specifically ethanol.…

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Mistaken Identity

Hallowtide is a season rife with remembrance of the fragile body. After all, Halloween, “hallowed eve”, signifies the night before the Day of the Dead or All Saints’ Day. Though Hallowtide, the triduum of October 31, November 1 and 2, is symbolized by skeletons, cats, monsters and goblins, — and now, candy — the essence of the season is the acknowledgement of the spirit that reigns on the other side from the physical plane. Halloween is one of many traditions that serve to remind us that spirit rules on this plane, too. Viewed rightly, they serve to beg the question, “Which are we, spirit or body?”

Whatever the appearance of our worries, cares and woes, whatever it may be that…

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Herbal Viagra?

Probably the best thing Lamar Odom has done since giving the Lakers a couple decent seasons as a backup forward is bringing to light the dangers of taking unreliable herbal supplements. Let’s be clear: Mixing cocaine and sketchy herbal supplements, like former NBA player Odom reportedly did recently, is never a good idea. Sources claimed Odom used several doses of a so-called “male enhancement” herbal tonic before collapsing in a Nevada brothel. And while there undoubtedly are some supplements that are beneficial and effective, it’s unlikely that they will be found at the counter of your local gas station or bordello.

There are two diametrically opposed medical systems at work in America and the rest of the Western world. One can…

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Grab Your Nuts

If my casual observation and deduction holds true, we may be in for quite the winter. Squirrels in my neighborhood are gathering copious amounts of nuts and stashing them everywhere. Do they know something about the weather that we can only guess? And on the human side, it’s no wonder that pecans, Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and other nutty buddies find their way to our diet in the winter months. At a time of year when we need nutrient-dense, high energy foods because of the chill in the air and onset of brutal weather, nuts are just that: power-packed nuggets of protein, fat and nutrients.

Nearly all true nuts have redeeming value when it comes to nutrition and health…

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Bud Rising

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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.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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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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