Color my future

America is about to develop a longstanding obsession with coloring books. Already growing in popularity, these complex, visually absorbing books will soon become a nationwide craze. Many will find them soothing, saying they experience almost Zen levels of relaxation doing them.

But they will also develop a social dimension, with groups meeting to spend time together working on coloring, and something showing the results. There will be contests, and there will be some colorists so skilled that they will be able to sell their completed coloring books as works of art. There will even be odd trends that spin off, such as television shows that you can color as you watch and clothes that are meant to be colored liked…

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Clean Green

Yes, it’s time for spring cleaning. Behavioral scientists say that it’s natural for humans to want to organize and clean things up at springtime. Look around and you see Mother Nature doing the same thing. Spring is a time of purging the detritus of December and making room for the rebirth of the season of growth. Birds are sprucing up nests. Squirrels are dumping the trash out of their wintertime hidey-holes. Soon the thunderstorms of April will wash away the logjams and dead leaves from the past. So if you feel impelled to grab a mop, some cleaning supplies and get to work around the apartment or house, you’re in good company.

But while you’re in the midst of getting…

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The real future of fake sports

Sports will be very different in the future. There will be two professional sports worlds, the real world and the virtual. Popular games will continue to be played by live athletes before live audiences, but that audience will dwindle.

Instead, there will be a large selection of simulated games, produced by computers that put actual historical athletes into the game with each other. These virtual games will genuinely be competitive, with uncertain outcomes, and the teams will bid on the simulated athletes just as real sports bid on theirs.

There will also be an underground of genuinely bizarre sports remixes, which put virtual athletes into sports they have never played, including, in a few versions, blood sports. If you have…

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Gut Punch

One of my favorite moments from just a couple years ago was when a local med school student called in to a radio show I was guesting on. The show’s hosts, Dr. Shawn Schmidt and the late Don Vassos, and I were discussing real food and the role of digestion in health. Shortly before they opened the phones up for listener questions and comments, I offered the fact that non-human cells in our body outnumber the human cells by a factor of ten-to-one. Most of that majority was due to the presence of trillions of microbes throughout the body with the greatest amount of those bacteria and other flora living in the gut.

Anyone who’s heard the term “probiotic” likely…

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The future of dating

The world of dating is about to become very difficult for a new generation of teenagers. They have been raised in a world in which everything passes through social media, in real time. To their advantage, they will already know an enormous amount about someone before they go out with them. On the downside, dates will very much be a public, spectator event, with daters sharing everything through social media as it happens.

This will create opportunities for bullying, for indiscretions to become part of the permanent records, and for inconsequential embarrassments and foibles to be documented in a way that has never happened before. On the other hand, personal safety will be greatly increased, because it will be easy…

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Spice of Life

Spices are a difficult category to define. About the only common characteristic that gilds the group is that they are always plant material of some sort. Spices can be seeds, flowers, bark, roots, flower parts, leaves, resins, saps or other plant products. Spices have the historical connotation of exotic origins and it’s true of most. Historically, Asia, India, tropical islands and the Far East were the main sources of spice. Trade routes from the Far East through the Middle East and on to Europe were founded because of spices. Columbus set out for America because he was searching for a route to spice. Part of what made spices so expensive was rarity. Initially, however, spices were treasured more for their…

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The Deadline

In the future, we shall know the exact moment of our death, because we ourselves will have picked it. Thanks to advancement in medical science, it will be possible for people to live hundreds or even thousands of years in relative good health. But, for many, this greatly expanded lifespan will be a burden rather than a blessing. There will be little incentive to accomplish anything when you have a near-endless amount of time to do so.

Instead, many will choose to program into their genes and exact day of death. Some will want to live long, leisurely lives, but others will find more incentive to live under a literal deadline, with just a few decades or even a few…

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Bud Rising

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—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

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Acupuncture

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Have you been feeling a little Grumpy lately? Do you wish you could fall asleep and be Sleepy all night long? And during the day, are your eyes...

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Sick Building Syndrome

Several years ago, when the local powers decided to avail themselves of the phenomenon of “trickle-up economics,” — you know, where political and...

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