Cosmic Forecast, Dec. 6-12

The BIG news is the Cazimi New Moon in Sagittarius, conjunct the Hunab Ku (the center of the Milky Way) from around 2:22 ’til 3:22 a.m. on December 13th. It seems like a very magical time for meditation and/or new starts for the magically-minded. Now, for you cynics, if there is no such thing as magique, then why do we have a name for it? I suggest that you find out for yourself. Either get up early on the 13th or stay up late (like me) on the 12th and see for yourself — like me. Start something fun! See you there, Jelly Bear…

i SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.21)  Okay. You tell me how it’s gonna be.…

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Qi Gong Show

We owe a lot to ancient Chinese culture. For better or worse, China has been the cradle of creation when it comes to invention. The Big Four were invented in China: paper, printing, the compass and gunpowder. Along with those is a long list of other inventions, including the pasta noodle, silk, fireworks, toilet paper and the fork. Possibly no other culture was so inventive. That extends into the world of medical science, too.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered by most historians to be the oldest organized medical system known to mankind. Running the gamut from acupuncture to herbs, nutrition and exercise and more, TCM has gained in popularity in the West.

Near the core of TCM’s…

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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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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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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Not Milk

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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