Earth Day: Once Fun, Now Scary

“Ah-nold,” past governor of the once-great state of California, authored an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times the other day. Summarily, he wrote that it’s all over but the shouting. Human endeavor and its impact on the planet’s eco-balance have cast its fate: Sea levels have risen seven inches in the last ten decades. In the past ten years, average temperature in California and the Southwest has spiked two full degrees. Water treatment plants in San Francisco have had to close due to rising sea levels as have portions of the 101 Freeway. Global climate upheaval is not a “distant” threat, he wrote. It’s here.

We were warned. “Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 11-Apr. 17

We just saw the start of the astrological New Year at dawn on April 10th; the Aries New Moon during Aries. That’s when to initiate your spring fling. Plant your seeds in fertile Earth while the Moon’s in Taurus, and then think about the pros and cons as the Moon enters Gemini around noon on Saturday, reminding us that in regard to our spring projects; if it’s not fun — it’s not done. Catch ya at the garage/yard sales. Earth Day’s right around the corner…

a ARIES (3.20-4.18)  No excuse! Cut loose! Venus and Mars — both conjunct the Sun — are tripping hand-in-hand through the last vestiges of Aries, just as Mercury enters Aries…

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Health Expo: Come One, Come All

It wasn’t long ago that one could look high and low for a reiki practitioner in Omaha. And just as hard to find an acupuncturist, herbalist, psychic healer or numerologist. Don’t even look for an energy healer.

Fast forward to 2013 and there is an ample supply of healers practicing holistic, natural and traditional therapies in Omaha and this weekend it will be very easy to find some. Just visit the CenturyLink convention center on Saturday and Sunday for two days of the sixth annual Omaha Health Expo, the largest convocation of healers in the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out about a traditional therapy based in medical systems developed over thousands of years, such…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 4-Apr. 10

The real astrological spring is around dawn on Wednesday the 10th, with the Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus all conjunct in Aries. I see a lot of theoretical underwear haphazardly strewn along life’s pathways. Time to let it all hang out?! It’s the dawn of the year. Commit yourself — or you will be committed. You’ve got 2 choices. Lead, or be led. Prepare, and then at dawn on the 10th it’ll be time to put your head down and charge ahead! Let the Virgos pick up the pieces later. Happy spring! There are no mistakes. Peace and love shall conquer all.

a ARIES (3.20-4.18)  You’ve got one short week to get ready. For everyone…

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Hay Fever: Nothing to Sneeze At

Springtime and summer allergies are soon to bloom. Now is the perfect time to prepare your body to ward off symptoms caused by an over-stimulated immune response to pollens and allergens.

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 2.1 billion people in the world — 30 percent of our planet’s population — feel the affects of allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. That’s a lot of Claritin and that’s exactly what drug companies are counting on to pad their already full coffers. But you can save some bucks and avoid nasty side effects of allergy drugs by pursuing natural remedies that support the body’s inert ability to avoid hay fever.

Not a fever and not…

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Cosmic Forecast, Mar. 28-Apr. 3

What Jesus complex? I’m just hanging out in my front room. Happy “Ishtar” to you all, followed by a/the happy April Fool! Everybody plays the fool sometimes. This year, surrender to your role and find the meaning in/to (y)our foolishness. Have fun with it! If it’s not fun — it’s not done. Peace and love to everyone. Happy spring! There are no mistakes.

a ARIES (3.20-4.18)  Unexpectedly, they call. Your heart gallops as they stutter/explain that they don’t know why they called — perhaps it’s the mating call of the beautifully bewildered? Maybe a colleague wants you to unexpectedly jump to the other side? You hope and pray that it’s so… It’s happened before, and…

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The Real Shizzle

Parking Spot Found in Benson

“I couldn’t believe my luck,” Nick Thomas said as he exited his car. He was just steps from Beercade, the quirky arcade-themed tavern in uber-hip Benson. “I was able to park along Maple Street! My horoscope said that amazing things were going to happen to me today but I had no idea it’d be something this fantastic.”

Not one to miss an opportunity, Thomas was planning on making the most of his good fortune. “I’m going to wait until 10:15 or so and then I’m going to start taking bids on my parking space.” It’s not an uncommon practice, he said, noting that spots in front of locations like the Waiting Room…

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Junk mail. We all get it. Sure, in a lot of cases it’s called “spam” these days. But the snail-mail hardcopy still finds its way to the front door....

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