Lube Job

In those intimate moments when stroking is sexy and friction is foe, we sometimes reach for that little tube of love lube to assist the ultimate body language. In modern times that means venerable Vaseline or the gelatinous K-Y. As sexual mores of the later 20th century expanded and our, ahem, tastes matured, personal lubricants and intimate care products became a niche market. That market has climaxed with an overwhelming selection of flavorful and stimulating chemical ingredients that we can smear on our private parts to enhance our experience. But how much attention is given to what we slather on our bodies? Apparently not enough.

Delicate parts are called that exactly because they are. Yet, it is surprising how little…

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Work Interview: Terry Victor

Terry Victor - vice president, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #3 (; union member since 1989

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
We’re a labor union; we’re not an employer. If you don’t know much about labor unions, we provide labor for our contractors. We provide skilled labor; we educate that labor and then we send them out to our employers to fill the jobs. It’s a partnership. Our apprenticeship is (also) a partnership: the JATC (joint apprenticeship training committee) is a committee of half contractors and half union members. We work in collaboration with each other to advance our educational program, to run our educational program, and…

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Work Interview: Colleen Plasek

Colleen Plasek - career coach, Bellevue University (

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
What I recommend to people locally here in the Omaha market, Careerlink ( is a great resource. But I also use Indeed ( a lot because they work in different ways. The nice part about Indeed is that it will search a lot of different sites but with Careerlink it has to be posted directly on Careerlink; so this kind of offers both for you. I don’t want people to miss any openings; I want them to see everything that’s out there so they have all of the opportunities in front of them. For…

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Work Interview: Kristi Hamilton

Kristi Hamilton - ConAgra Foods Director Talent Acquisition ( 

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
Two of the best resources that can help you to advance your career are a strong leader/coach and a mentor. There are the traditional resources that one can leverage like achieving an advanced degree and gaining professional certifications. Without the help and guidance from someone who understands the landscape of your organization, you may find it hard to grow professionally. I believe firmly, were it not for my ConAgra Foods coaches and mentors and their buy-in, support and honest feedback, I wouldn’t have taken the risks I did to get where I’m at today.

What is…

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Work Interview: Monique Cribbs

Monique Cribbs - career exploration and development manager, Metropolitan Community College (

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
We partner with the Nebraska Department of Labor, and we utilize their NE Works website ( The reason we do so is because first of all, the purpose of the Department of Labor is to employ Nebraskans. With their website having more than 20,000 active jobs and updating every 24 to 48 hours—it’s amazing—it allows for any job-seeker to access the system and start searching for a job once you put in your criteria. 

What is the future of work in this area? 
I just had a conversation about…

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Work Interview: Debbie Christensen

Work defines us. One of the first “get-to-know-you” questions people will ask is, “What do you do?” An individual’s social status is determined largely by factors stemming from his or her career success, and our entire educational system is built around making us contributing members of society. And while a great career can be financially and personally fulfilling, enriching your life and giving you something to look forward to every day, the wrong job can leave you feeling trapped and miserable for 40 or more interminable hours a week.

The Reader invited five professionals from higher education, government, union and corporate sectors to contribute their viewpoints to a virtual roundtable on the subject of work: how to prepare for a…

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<p>The future of mass entertainment.</p>I’m so board in the USA

Omaha is at the start of a national trend. Soon, board game bars and cafes will open throughout America, offering access to hundreds or even thousands of games for a small fee. Teams will form, and leagues, and a board-game craze will sweep the country. There will be YouTube channels exclusively devoted to watching skilled board game players compete with each other, and the best will go pro. Board games will start to find the sort of following that video games now enjoy, and will benefit from the intimacy required in playing them face to face, instead of the anonymity of compteting against strangers online.

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