Chris Comes Home

Omaha is a veritable hotbed of talent. The city’s authors and musicians routinely grace national “best seller” lists. Alexander Payne is in contention for more Academy Awards this year. Johnny Carson, Fred Astaire and Marlon Brando, legends all, at one time called Omaha home. And then there’s Chris Blinston.

Unless you happen to have a tattoo in your household, Chris Blinston may not be a household name. However, in the World of Tattoos, he is perhaps as well known as Warren Buffett is to the denizens of Wall Street.
Blinston’s trek to star-status began in 1999 when he and a fellow Marine by the name of J.P. “Smitty” Smith created Big Brain Productions in Omaha. Blinston’s degrees…

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Ruining Eyesight One Email at a Time

We are damaging our eyesight by choosing to look at the light rather than to see with light. Taken to the extreme, looking into the light is not a good thing. No one would go outside and stare directly into the sun. Staring at length into a computer screen, television or smartphone isn’t a good thing, either.

For a couple million years, the human eye has developed by seeing the world around us in the light. Without light, we don’t see. Our world would be as starkly dark as the proverbial two crows in the bottom of a mineshaft, impossible to see.

The light by which we see is mostly from the sun. There are other natural…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 2-Feb. 8

Happy Full Moon in sunny Leo this next Tuesday, February 7th. Time to party with friends and expect the unexpected…
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k AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19)  Love alert! Love alert! You’re a very hot week away. It starts with the Full Moon in fiery Leo on Tuesday, February 7th. The next day, the 8th, Venus moves into fiery Aries and conjuncts your esoteric ruler, the planet Uranus, on the evening of Thursday, the 9th, at 8:29, Omax time. Be careful on Friday ’til after noon, when a retrograde Mars (perhaps too much fire?) conjuncts the Moon. Discuss the long-term effects of any relationship at dinner on Friday, and see who deserves the game ball after your own private…

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The Fog of Fear

This season’s most entertaining reality show is not American Idol. Nor is it The Voice or any of the other offerings from the networks’ brain trust. No, it’s the series of debates featuring Republican presidential hopefuls that have been airing on various channels since May of 2011. So far, in 25 episodes, er, debates, we’ve seen several candidates voted off the island: Pawlenty, Johnson, Bachmann, Perry, Huntsman. Oh, and the pizza guy. The cast is down to four and soon to be three.

As world developments shape the topics, fear is coming to the front. Fear of economic collapse, fear of terrorism, fear of a nuclear Iran — all are fodder for pundits’ questions and contestants’ responses. All…

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Welcome into the Year of the Dragon. In our culture, dragons are subdued by swords. In other cultures, including the Mayan, dragons are tricked into compliance. Dragons represent the forces of nature. Let’s explore this year dramatically and dynamically, like a dragon. I am a high priest of nature, servant of the sun, and guardian of the twilight well. “May you never thirst.” Check out your Year of the Dragon in our expanded 2012 Preview at MOJOPOPlanetPower.com.

k AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19)  Expected to unexpectedly start falling in love around February 9th, when Venus conjuncts your esoteric ruler, the planet Uranus, at 2 degrees in Aries. Could be someone (or something) born around late March. That’s when you’ll know.…

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Esoteric therapies: They’re here

Over the past three decades, America’s curiosity and interest in traditional therapies aside from conventional medicine has grown to surprising proportions. There has always been an element of American society that investigated therapies available from alternative practitioners. But so-called alternative therapies have become almost commonplace. We are accustomed to hearing about herbal supplements, vitamin therapies, acupuncture, hypnosis and various types of massage therapies. Other areas of therapy that involve more subtle approaches have also found their way into the cultural experience. We read or hear about reiki, cranio-sacral therapy, healing touch and more. When we see terms like Rolfing, Alexander technique, feng shui or primal therapy, we may know that they have something to do with therapy but not…

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<p>  Tony Endelman, author of I Hope There's Pie, celebrates his book lauch party Sunday, Jan. 22, at House of Loom.</p>Local Author Hopes for Pie

When life gives you lemons, make pie. At least, that’s what Omaha-based writer/comedian, Tony Endelman, author of Randy Penny: Cordially F@#*ing with People and I Hope There’s Pie, a recently released collection of personal essays about his life, touches upon in his latest book. “I was always the class comedian, but never really the class clown. I was the kid with the witty comment. I’ve always been a huge smart ass,” says the University of Wisconsin graduate.


It’s Endelman’s apparent lifelong penchant for cheekiness that inspired a practical joke at the office.  “I really wanted to (mess) with one of my bosses. So, I sent him an email (messing) with him.”


After a…

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Assumptions

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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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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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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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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The Scoop on Poop

There is an eye-catching scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnum opus and Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor. The movie details the life arc of the...

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Skin Deep

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin contains, protects and functions on the outside and inside. That’s right. Technically, skin doesn’t...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

The name Albert Einstein remains one of the most recognizable in all of history. Charles Webster “C.W.” Leadbeater, not so much. Both men made names...

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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