Weathering the Storm

While slogging through the depths of a wintry cold spell, it pays to consider how weather affects our wellness. It’s not just a case of getting sniffles or making it through flu and cold season. The weather affects us in more ways than frostbite and flu in winter or heatstroke and sunburn in summer. Tornadoes, floods, lightning, hurricanes, heat waves and blizzards all take an obvious toll on the human condition. But beyond those are more complex changes to the body and perception that take place in coherence with planetary weather. Most of us don’t realize how weather affects unseen but not unnoticed symptoms in our bodies or emotional wellness. It confirms the inalienable link we have with nature and…

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<p>Future buildings will be component parts that self-assemble into whatever form is needed at the moment.</p>10 Predictions for Omaha’s Next Thousand Years

1. Professional sports will come to Omaha. However, the sport will be hurling, a fast-moving combination football and baseball native to Ireland that will find an unexpected following in America in the next 20 years. Omaha will have the first American hurling stadium, as well as host the world series of hurling. Our local team will be named the Bugeaters, after our 1892 football team.

2. With oil and gas prices skyrocketing, America’s train system will convert to electromagnetic bullet trains. There will be a new golden age of rail as both good and people will return to trains for transportation, and Omaha will become a hub. The area just south of downtown will return to its original name, Train…

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Kiss Your Asteroid Goodbye - Is Gaia Out of Gas?

There is nothing more holistic than viewing mankind as an integral part of the whole Earth. In a recent essay, Noam Chomsky wonders if we are at the end of human history on Earth.

Consider Gaia Earth is a living being, a concept known to ancient Indian, Asian and earlier cultures. James Lovelock, now 95, Westernized the idea, coining the term Gaia Theory, describing Earth as a living, biological organism. In that sense, Earth is analogous to the human body. Earth has a circulation system, just like humans. It breathes, has a respiration system, like the Krebs Cycle. Earth “eats” and digests (rapidly or eventually) everything that exists on this big blue ball. It has a heartbeat (the Schumann…

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Reader Reminiscences

I saw a movie once; it’s now almost entirely forgotten. It was called “Palookaville” and came out in 1995, although it came to Omaha in 1996, and was about a family of burglars. I saw it and liked it, and The Reader, which was less than a year old at the time, had just lost its film critic. So I typed up a review and sent it off, and a couple of days later got a call from the then-managing editor. “We can’t pay much,” he said. “It’ll pay for your popcorn.”
That was good enough for me. I saw between two and five movies every week for a year and a half, and sometimes wrote longer…

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Reader Reminiscences

Using buckets and a wet/dry vac to remove ankle deep rainwater out of the basement of The Reader’s South Omaha location with then-news editor and cartoonist Neal Obermeyer, my last day as TR’s managing editor was highlighted by the same kind of charm that I’d both become accustomed to, and had genuinely come to appreciate. To keep an alternative newspaper afloat, after all, sometimes you have to bail some water. Cursing the city’s wastewater infrastructure decisions and clomping barefoot up the stairs to toss a gallon or three into the alley, and repeat, I suspected I’d never have a job quite like it. I was right, of course. But I didn’t fully understand then how significant the skills, lessons and…

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Reader Reminiscences

The Reader is a coming-of-age story for so many people who worked there. I was 20 years old when I started in classified ad sales. I held my last staff position as Editor in Chief when I was 27. I believed deeply in what the paper was trying to accomplish – to tell stories that were meaningful to our generation, to have a true and lasting impact on our community, and to be a bit edgy, even if sometimes it was youthful chest pounding.
The Reader gave a bunch of young writers, designers and photographers the space to not only tell a story but also to craft it. A viable opportunity for eager, creative talent to discover our own…

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Reader Reminiscences

Those were the days, my friend … and though I can remember only three or four of them from that wine-soaked era, I nonetheless look fondly on the years I spent writing little doodads for the Reader. I fancied myself to be Dorothy Parker -- except for, you know, the writing talent -- and I’m almost certain we all had a wonderful time back then. But beyond my own self-indulgent observations on the drinking life, I learned the value of an alternative publication in the community; one that fearlessly speaks the truth and tells the stories of culture, art, and the human experience often overlooked by mainstream media. … I also learned the value of keeping a corkscrew in my…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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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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Wahls Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

There are 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in the United States each week. MS is usually classified as an autoimmune disease. But...

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any...

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News You Can Use — Good, Bad, Ugly

Recent news items to keep the brain cells percolating.

The Good

Eggs aren’t bad anymore. Eggs never were bad in my estimation. Decades ago when the...

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