Spice of Life

Spices are a difficult category to define. About the only common characteristic that gilds the group is that they are always plant material of some sort. Spices can be seeds, flowers, bark, roots, flower parts, leaves, resins, saps or other plant products. Spices have the historical connotation of exotic origins and it’s true of most. Historically, Asia, India, tropical islands and the Far East were the main sources of spice. Trade routes from the Far East through the Middle East and on to Europe were founded because of spices. Columbus set out for America because he was searching for a route to spice. Part of what made spices so expensive was rarity. Initially, however, spices were treasured more for their…

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The Deadline

In the future, we shall know the exact moment of our death, because we ourselves will have picked it. Thanks to advancement in medical science, it will be possible for people to live hundreds or even thousands of years in relative good health. But, for many, this greatly expanded lifespan will be a burden rather than a blessing. There will be little incentive to accomplish anything when you have a near-endless amount of time to do so.

Instead, many will choose to program into their genes and exact day of death. Some will want to live long, leisurely lives, but others will find more incentive to live under a literal deadline, with just a few decades or even a few…

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Clean Up Your Act

Okay, it may be dramatic to declare “Detox or die,” but that doesn’t make it any less true. Factually, your body is detoxifying daily, more exactly, constantly. By-products of natural metabolism create contaminants that, if they build up, will downright kill. And environmental toxins can do worse than that by making a body desperately ill before the toxic effects send it to the grave. Fortunately, evolution has provided the body with a system of filters and detoxifiers that do a very good job of eliminating the toxins we may encounter. That is, as long as we don’t injure those organs or overwhelm them.

The liver is the workhorse of the detox system. Of course, it does far, far more than…

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We will be Babel

Thanks to increasingly sophisticated translation software, coupled with ease of use thanks to wearable tech that will automatically translate anything heard, English will soon cease to be the dominant language of the United States. Instead, minority languages will flourish. Additionally, groups with shared interests will break off and choose the language best for their group.

Some will speak the language of their culture or ethnicity -- German, in particular, will enjoy a massive revival in the United States, as will Scandinavian languages and languages of Africa. Others will choose languages that represent their interests, with some people deliberately reviving dead languages, including Latin and Greek. And some will choose invented languages, or will invent their own, knowing that if they…

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Do These Six Things

Whether a person has a few extra pounds to drop or whether considering a long-term project to peel off multiple layers, there are some relatively easy steps that can help. And if you’re a member of that new, trendy demographic known as “skinny fat,” these can show results in a matter of days.

It’s helpful to remember what purpose fat serves in the body. Of course it’s an accessible source of energy in times when the body needs it. Importantly to modern man, though, is that fat is a place the body likes to store toxins that are damaging to the body or otherwise vexing. When the body encounters anything that enters it through the food path, it does its…

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Tomorrow, the road

The time of the fixed address has come to an end. For most humans, the future will be one of constant, itinerant movement, seeking jobs, seeking safe places, seeking adventure.

A popular book will come out in the next few years that will make the case that the nature state of mankind is that of movement, and we become unstable when moored to one place for too long. This will spark a worldwide revolution, where people will quit jobs, sell homes, pull up stakes, and move. Magazines will detail the history of nomads, as well as techniques used for a life on the road.

The road is our future, and we will spend it traveling.

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Fit to a Tea

Tea means different things to different people. Tea can be a brew made with water and almost any kind of plant material. There are teas from herbs, flowers, roots, stems or even bark. Lewis and Clark kept alive during a harsh winter by using the inner bark of cottonwoods growing along the Missouri River in Nebraska. 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 also a plant called tea. That’s the one our forefathers tossed into Boston Harbor, a party that bestowed its moniker to a 21st century political faction. The dispute was then over taxation and…

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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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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

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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…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

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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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 Bates Method

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Dirty Water

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Top Ten Tips for Now

So the other day I was once again wanting to codify some behavior characteristics just to share with others. It seems to me that adjusting one’s life...

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Worm Therapy

Sporadically we offer newsy tidbits we’ve gleaned that cover alternative therapies, metaphysics and holistic awareness. Found recently, here’s some...

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