Bugs in Your Body

You’re only one-tenth the person you think you are. The vast majority of the cells that make up your body are not human. You thought your body was your own, eh? You think you’re one hundred percent human, right? Oh, sure, every once in a while a minor bacterial or viral species may cause a problem but you just attack that population with antibiotics, antivirals or some immune system booster and it’s back to business as usual.

The laughable reality is that you don’t own your body if you simply go by population numbers. If squatters’ rights existed, your body would be the property of the hundred trillion foreign cells that make up the physical terrain known as…

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Language No Barrier Now

The most difficult adjustment was being away from family, of course. Seung Hoon Choi left home in Seoul, South Korea when he was 14-years-old.

The next most difficult adjustment for Choi was communication, the English language. That required the better part of two years. “I didn’t know what was going on, so I just sat in the class every day, just stare at teacher, try (to) figure out what she’s saying, what he’s saying,” said Nebraska’s junior offensive guard.

The classes in which he sat were at Lincoln Christian High School. Because he couldn’t speak the language, he avoided classmates. “I didn’t want them to ask me questions,” Choi said.

Once he made some friends, however,…

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We Live by Our Words

“What are words for? When no one listens, what are words for?” So hiccupped Dale Bozzio in 1980 as I stood watching her and my friend Terry Bozzio in their rehearsal studio on Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills. They had just formed a band named Missing Persons and Terry invited me to produce their first studio recordings.

Decades before Gaga and years before Madonna, Dale Bozzio was onstage wearing clear plastic “C-cups” with outré costumes and hair. Her taut, tight little body was the lure but the meat in the music was the virtuoso drumming and guitar playing backing thoughtful lyrics carved by drummer-husband Terry.

After a song or two that night, I made a fateful comment.…

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Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 17-Nov. 23

Last week of Scorpio. Study the mysteries of life and death, sex and regeneration, magique and elimination — the realms of Scorpio. Scorpio, the sign that rules death, is not the last sign. This cycle placement in/of astrology would imply that death is not the/our end. “I’ll see you in the next one, and don’t be late,” from Sagittarian/Scorpio cusp voudou childe, Jimi Hendrix. “Fly on. Fly on.”
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h SCORPIO (10.23-11.22)  Martians: Get close with your older Plutonian brothers and sisters. They have $omething for you. The payoff $hows up on the 27th. Now, with Mars in Virgo, get back to work! Plutonians: Your opportunity to help those who help you shows up late on…

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Standing Tall

When the history of Bo Pelini’s tenure as head football coach at Nebraska is written, the 2011 Penn State game will figure prominently. It will say Pelini never stood taller.

Yes, the Huskers won the game, 17-14, on the road, against a Penn State team that had lost only once. But Pelini has coached many victories during his four seasons. And he’ll coach many more.

What distinguished this game above the others, and those to come, were his words afterward. “Going in, I didn’t think the game should have been played,” he said.

And because of that he was conflicted. During the week leading up to it, “there were times when I felt like, ‘Here, I’m…

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Tea Time: Everyday Elixir for Health

Tea means many things to many people. It can be a brew made with water and almost any kind of plant material. There are herbal teas from the flowers of plants, the roots of plants, the stems of plants. Tea has come to mean almost any type of beverage that results from steeping or soaking botanicals in water. That definition of tea is tea as the process. But there is a plant that is called tea, also. That’s the one our forefathers tossed over the sides of ships in Boston Harbor, an act that bequeathed its moniker to a 21st century political group. Tea was taxed at the time of our American revolution because it was valued as a…

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Jays Aim to Return to High Flying Ways

There is a buzz surrounding Head Coach Greg McDermott’s second Bluejay basketball squad, and, no, the youngsters haven’t been over indulging over at the NoDo nightspots. In fact, these guys have been strictly business heading into the season, and word on the street says it could be a good one, maybe even one worthy of a toast when all is said and done.

It’s been five years since Creighton punched a ticket to the Big Dance and ten years since the Jays knocked off Florida for their last NCAA tournament win. But the players and coaches haven’t shied away from talking about the potential this year’s mix of experience, talent and fresh faces has to break that drought.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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