Flower Power

We Americans spend most of our time indoors, insulated from nature. In fact, author Richard Louv contends that we suffer the effects of “nature deficit disorder.” That’s a real shame because humans are, by nature, natural beings. Being cut off from nature is like being cut off from ourselves. A simple way to bring a little nature into the home is to bring some freshly cut flowers home with you.

This winter, we’ve been keeping fresh, cut flowers in a tall vase on the pass-through between our kitchen and dining room. It’s actually visible from four different rooms, the pantry and from both back and front porches. The fragrance, the color and the very fact they are there…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 28-Mar. 6

Happy March! Do not yet awaken from the Night of the Year, my children and friends. We are in the last few hours (weeks) before dawn; the time of the deepest sleep, our most rewarding dreams and freest aspirations. Dare to be different and kiss logic goodbye for just a little bit longer, as we drink deep from the primal ooze. Glub, glub… Nighty-night… Sweet dreams… ’Til spring.

l PISCES (2.18-3.19)  Moonday is crazzzy day; especially if this is your birth week! Wake at dawn on the 4th, as the Sun rises hand in hand with retrograding Mercury. Use/gamble with any seeming confusion and see how sometimes crazzzy can work for thee. Tuesday’s blues-day. Late…

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Affirmations: Pathway to the Subconscious

Succumbing to consumeritis Americanis, I bought in. Americans are obsessive about consuming. In my recent case, it was a new television. Oh, I rationalized it very well: ours was older, no longer state-of-the-art, and wasn’t a “smart” TV capable of internet streaming. I bought an LG.

I liked it the minute I powered it up because as newer TVs do, the logo flashed on the screen as the onboard computers were booting. LG’s logo includes the text, “Life’s Good.” How could I dislike that? Now, every time I turn it on, I read and say aloud their slogan. Makes me laugh. And reminds me of the power of affirmation.

Word. The simple declaration, “Word,” has become a…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 21-Feb. 27

Happy Pisces! Check dese abs! Hey, anybody, how about a ride to the beach? Yeah, it does seem kinda out of reach. Surf’s up, Buttercup! Time to lobby for your hobby for one more Moon, and then spring can/shall follow soon. Happy Full Moon in Virgo on Moonday. How you gonna keep busy, Lizzie/Dizzy? Music, “Game of Thrones,” chess, the written story of your life (we’re all just dying for that!), TV (ad nauseum), your next 3-month affair, your spring fling, warming up for baseball or just plain old warming up? How about dreaming? What would you like to be/do this spring/year? Wait ’til April. There are no mistakes. Peace and love shall conquer all. From The Golden Troll…

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Jays Shaken by Recent Slump

Doug’s sigh said it all. The Jays were mired in a slump, and Illinois State had just come into the CenturyLink Center and handed Creighton another unexpected defeat. Suddenly the team that couldn’t miss couldn’t make ‘em. The team that many had pegged as perhaps the best in program history looked ordinary. The Jays looked lost and out of synch.

Junior all-American Doug McDermott left the podium after doing his best to answer the tough questions about his team’s lack of execution, he exhaled deep and hard. He looked like his dog got hit by a car, somebody stole his ice cream, and his girlfriend dumped him all on the same day. He looked like he needed a…

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News You Can Use

Time again to get caught up on news that affects us all.

Headline: Russia Bans American Meat Because of Additive. It’s a good bet you’re eating ractopamine with your pork, beef or turkey. What’s that, you say? What the hell is ractopamine? Let’s start by pointing out that it’s banned for use in food production in 160 countries around the world, including the entire European Union, Russia, Taiwan and China. And we all know how low China sets the bar when it comes to food safety. Why the ban? Consider the drug handling warning: “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear,…

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Meet a Real Farmer. Learn about Real Food.

When the annual Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s Healthy Farms Conference fires up at Mahoney State Park Conference Center this weekend, there won’t be a better chance to shake hands with a person who grows your food until farmers markets open this spring.

If believe in healthful eating, you realize that wholesome food is the major key to health. The doctor tells you that. The media tells you that and, hopefully, your mom told you that. And you’re doing your best to follow up. Is your best good enough to make a difference?

The fact of the matter is, it’s increasingly difficult to find safe, healthful food if you’re still shopping in the everyday supermarket. Why? Because most…

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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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Laughing Your Ass Off

"Laugh, laugh I thought I'd die…" In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was...

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Let Science Lead You to Spirit

For all the trillions of dollars spent throughout history, science has yet to prove the existence of one basic thing: solid matter. Even today, at...

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What’s In Your Food?

German shepherds have notoriously sensitive tummies. So when our big one had a little upset recently, I headed for the store to get fixin’s for his...

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or...

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