High flying McNary a big part of Creighton volleyball success

Leah McNary has been there for much of Creighton volleyball's ascendancy from weak little sister program in the shadow of Big Red to all-grown-up competitor holding its own.

"It's exciting being a part of a process of building a program," she says. "We've progressed a long way. I think we are up there with them (Nebraska) now."

The Florida native came to Omaha after only three years of serious volleyball...

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The struggles of single moms the subject of film and discussion

In the Gloria Gaynor anthem "I Will Survive" a woman declares her personal autonomy. Not needing to find validation in another is a liberating thing worth celebrating in song. 

Life imitates art whenever a poor single mother breaks free of the shackles of fear, self-doubt and shame that hold her back, say women who've been there and now help others out of that trap. 

Ericka Guinan was a single mom trapped in a...

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Viagra and the Innocent Age

I do not consider myself a prude. I've seen and written about a plethora of offensive things over the years with a "damn the torpedoes" attitude toward anyone who might cringe in disgust. But even I find the new series of commercials for Viagra being shown during the American League Championship Series (i.e, baseball playoffs) to be embarrassing and odd.

The spots feature a blond cougar with a British accent...

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As the blue light fades, memories from No. 32

We headed out to Kmart Saturday after I read via The Reader's Facebook page that the store was closing. 

First thing I noticed after bracing my way through the crowd headed the other direction with armloads of stuffed white poly bags was the gray tape stripe on the floor. It split in two directions, one toward Health & Beauty, the other toward Apparel. 

Neon orange signs had been taped on shelves, on end-caps, on...

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Artist facing life-altering disease makes Dracula subject of literary festival

When Jill Anderson made Bram Stoker's dark transmutation novel Dracula the theme for the 2014 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival she never imagined her own life would be marked by fear-inducing, life-altering transformation.

In February the founder-artistic director of the annual festival, now in its fourth year, suffered the sudden onset of debilitating ailments initially attributed to a stroke. After rounds of...

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Casual Lounge or Music Venue? Benson’s Reverb is Both

The Reverb Lounge was hopping Sunday night. The evening marked the grand opening of Benson's newest bar and music venue, owned and operated by the fine folks behind One Percent Productions, arguably the most important music promotion company in our fair city for more than a decade. 

After bracing my way though sidewalk smokers and being carded (I could tell by the stern look on the bespeckled door lady's face that...

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Documentary at Film Streams explores history of mental illness in iconic American family

Experts say mental illness affects millions of lives each year and yet it often goes ignored and untreated. There's no national mental health campaign urging people to be screened or to seek help. Accessing needed care can be hard due to a provider shortage. On top of that, many folks avoid psychiatric care because of the stigma attached to mental illness.

A 2013 documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara...

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