Monks are Coming

“It was twenty years ago, today. Ms. Aquila brought the monks to pray. They’ve been visiting our local tribe and they’re guaranteed to raise the vibe…”

All apologies to the Beatles but it really has been twenty years since the first time I saw the Tibetan Monks bring their unique rituals and energy to Omaha.

“I think the first time we brought them to Omaha was a year or two before that but 20 years ago is close enough,” said Sandy Aquila, founder and Director of the Omaha Healing Arts Center in the Old Market. The Om Center, as it is commonly called, is again sponsoring the monks’ visit to Omaha along with the non-profit group Compassion Omaha (www.CompassionOmaha.org).

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The Cold Tomorrow

The future will be dark. In the next 100, a cluster of asteroids will enter our solar system and begin to orbit the sun in the same orbit and speed as the earth, essentially acting as a celestial twin. This will block about 40 percent of the light coming from our star, plunging the earth into an ongoing, freezing winter and killing off a large number of the planets plants. It will not be possible to movie or destriy the astreroids -- the amount of power required for such a thing will be well beyond what we can produce.

As a result, we will have to learn to live on a winter planet. New plants will evolve to make use…

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Sunshine Superman

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than the Rolling Stones, Donovan Leitch, known simply as “Donovan”, bounded to the top of the charts in the mid-1960s.

With iconic hits such as “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind,” “Atlantis,” and “Season of the Witch,” Donovan led more than one generation to metaphysics-as-music and music-as-mystical musings. His strong anti-war stance and embrace of Transcendental Meditation made him the epitome of peace, love and elevated consciousness.

Donovan was rock royalty, shepherding the Beatles and Hollywood illuminati to India to study the ancient traditions of awareness long before “yoga” was an everyday…

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Holistic vs. Conventional

There are two kinds of medicine being practiced in the United States and mostly they are diametrically opposed. One form is of the traditional sort, used for thousands of years, that engages nature and our human relationship to healing. It treats the human being as whole, acknowledging that the entire essence of a human works together in achieving health. It supports the natural ability of a human to heal. Every part of a human cannot be disengaged from any other part. It treats the whole being. This system can be called holistic. To summarize, it works with nature by supporting the whole being’s ability to heal.

The other kind of medical approach can be called allopathic or conventional. It sees…

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The Future is Babble

Within 10 years, American English will be incomprehensible to the modern speaker. Not only will it be flooded with new words, borrowed from immigrant communities and online speech, but the American accent will suddenly and dramatically shift. This will be in part from a new generation, determined to distinguish itself from previous generations, who they will hold in contempt.

But some of it will come from the rise of a new international accent, adopted by young people everywhere and spread through the internet, that draws inspiration from a yet-to-be released Japanese cartoon set in an optimistic future, for which the filmmakers invented a new, futuristic accent. It will be the first example in history of an entire international generation simply…

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Red Meat Roulette

Yes, we live in a red state. When it comes to red meat, Nebraska has more beef on the hoof than any other state save Texas. And if you’re like most Americans, you’re still a meat-eater. Based on what’s been in the media for years now, it takes a certain amount of courage to eat red meat because “research” tells us that eating meat will kill us in a variety of ways. But what you never find out by reading all that research is that the kind of beef those researchers are talking about is the industrially produced, chemical-laced, antibiotic-ravaged and hormone-laden beef that is typical of commercial red meat. We never know what the researchers would’ve found out if…

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Watermelon, Man

The Dog Days of deep summer can make a body desperate for help. The humble watermelon can help you make it through the plight. In August, with most of Europe on a month-long holiday, here in America the temperature is soaring and even the slightest exertion brings exhaustion. Reach for watermelon, the remedy to replenish and refresh and it just might save your life by fighting off heat stroke.

There are over a thousand varieties of watermelon, all of which trace back in some way to sub-Saharan Africa. The most common varieties grown and consumed in the United States have a red, yellow or light yellow flesh inside a thick, dark green rind. They can grow as small as softballs…

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Bud Rising

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Attention to detail

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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…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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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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Sunshine Superman

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than...

more »


Holistic vs. Conventional

There are two kinds of medicine being practiced in the United States and mostly they are diametrically opposed. One form is of the traditional sort,...

more »


Red Meat Roulette

Yes, we live in a red state. When it comes to red meat, Nebraska has more beef on the hoof than any other state save Texas. And if you’re like most...

more »


Watermelon, Man

The Dog Days of deep summer can make a body desperate for help. The humble watermelon can help you make it through the plight. In August, with most...

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