Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Wheeew… We made it past that Mercury retrograde. Now, if we can just make it through the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar of 5,125 years that started around September 26, 3113 B.C., and ends (resets?) at approximately December 23, 2012 A.D. (the calendar wasn’t utilized, however, for its first thousand years). Have you realized that we’re not being bombarded with doomsday Mayan prophecy rhetoric through the media this year? Thank you to the powers that be! It’s good to know that BIG BROTHER still has enough clout to subdue the media (for our own good, of course), thus avoiding the “Y2K” paranoia that heralded the year 2000. The Milky Way has a slit running down its middle.…

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Welcome Back Rex

Rex Burkhead was running along the sideline. And Jeremiah Sirles wanted to know why.

“I’m going in,” Burkhead said.

“I was like, ‘Oh, well, let’s go then,’” said Sirles

The brief exchange between I-back and offensive tackle took place as the Nebraska football team prepared for the second half of the Iowa game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Sirles patted his teammate on the back.

“See you in the end zone.”

With just over 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter, they did. Burkhead ran 3 yards for a touchdown, the Huskers’ only touchdown, on the frigid afternoon.

But one touchdown and two Brett Maher field goals were sufficient for a 13-7…

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Healing with the Mind/Body Connection

The bad news is: It’s all in your mind. The good news is: It’s all in your mind. In 1989, Bantam published a book written by Deepak Chopra, M.D. entitled Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. Chopra’s book was not the first ever written on the subject. A seminal work by Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, was published in 1977. For that matter, mind/body medicine is at the core of ancient texts dating back to the Bible, the Vedas, and Chinese medicine. But in 1995, Chopra’s book about the nearly forgotten role of the mind in healing set a benchmark, spending two years at the top of best-seller lists. America was ready to…

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Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 22-28

More beings leave their bodies during the sign of Scorpio than any other. That’s one reason it’s the sign representing death, which is when the/your “ka” resumes its journey through eternity. Thanksgiving is a counting of heads (from the youngest to the oldest), a sharing of food and a giving of thanks from/unto those still remaining. It always falls on the 4th Thursday in November. “Thor,” after which Thursday is named, equals Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, which is the sign we are entering and the one marking the start of the spiritual quadrant of the zodiac. Mercury is still retrograde ’til Moonday the 26th, so we might as well just enjoy ourselves ’til we have to put ’er…

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Walk-ons Welcome

Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football-scholarship limits.

In 1974, Osborne’s second season as head coach, the NCAA maximum was reduced dramatically, from 45 to 30 annually – 33 percent. So he began encouraging walk-ons, even holding back scholarships to award to those who worked their way onto the two-deeps.

As a result, Nebraska gained a reputation for being a haven for walk-ons.

A national reputation.

In August of 1988, Malcolm Moran wrote in the New York Times: “The effort of the walkons provides the…

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Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 15-21

Last week of Scorpio. Pretty crazy out there! Last week of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio — which is why it’s soooo craaaazy! The proof should show up on Saturday at 13 minutes before 10:00 a.m., when the Sun and retrograde Mercury conjunct, along with the North Node, which rules this lifetime’s karma. Hope I see you next week…?


h SCORPIO (10.23-11.22)  Your onanistic tendencies are getting out of hand — and getting the better of you. You’ve got to get a better grip on yourself. Sure, you’ve got to love yourself before you can truly accept another’s love. I understand that analogy, but lately it’s taking too much time from the art of your…

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Mayan Prophecy: Fiscal Cliff or the End of Days?

Prophecies and predictions have always been part of human history. From the Oracle at Delphi, through Biblical times and up to present day, most prophecies have been made by two distinct groups of people: the scientists and the mystics. Their methods of divination differ dramatically. Scientists always give what they believe are reasons for their predictions, either mathematical observations, historical trends or, increasingly, computer models. Mystics don’t need to. They claim connection to a higher stratum of information that provides their knowledge.

For whatever reason, modern society seems to place more credence on the claims of scientists. Ironically, modern scientists don’t even take credit for the knowledge, instead passing credence onto a third entity known as “the evidence.”

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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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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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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Gut Reaction

Flip Wilson, groundbreaking comedian of the 1960s and ‘70s, elevated two comic catchphrases to status in the American vernacular. His stage...

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Next to air, water is the most vital element for human survival. The human body is 75 percent water. You knew that. But if you’re under the age of...

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There is no dearth of stupid human tricks. We are at once our own worst enemies and defilers of Planet Earth. It’s just the way it is. Maybe it goes...

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Here’s Why

When I was nine years old, my sister took me to work with her on a summer Saturday. She sat me down in the Children’s Department of the old Omaha...

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