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Picturing the West

Doctor Mysterian

Waterworld

Umar Johnson

Heartland Healing

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Heartland Healing

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 problem. Years ago, Heartland Healing wrote about biophobia, a portmanteau we coined describing humans’ irrational fear of life and living things. We kill animals, insects, weeds, plants, bacteria, viruses without considering the consequences. Our earlier column on...

It’s a lonely old town

The next few years will bring a change in the way people think about antiques. A preservationist instinct will take over, with people being less concerned with collecting items for age, beauty, or value, and instead collect items for historical significance. There will especially be an explosion of collectors with a great interest in regional history, collecting items from local department stores, restaurants,...

Over The Edge

Serial-social-logo To Podcast or Not to Podcast?

The first question that came to mind when I contemplated putting together a weekly podcast: Is it worth my time?

Case in point: Turn around wherever you're reading this column and ask the person next to you if s/he ever listens to podcasts. Most will say no. Some will ask what a podcast is, even though they've been around almost as long as blogs and certainly as long as iPods (out of which the word "podcast"...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>The future of skin color is limited only by your imagination.</p> The Skin I’m In

The next few years will see an enormous break from the past in terms of skin color. Inexpensive dyes will come on the market that will make it possible to have any skin color you like. At first, this will simply allow people to lighten or darken their skin, but soon bright primary colors will become available, as will complex dying processes that allow people to put multicolored patterns on their skin. The dyes will...

Heartland Healing

Newsboy reader-2 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 common wisdom was that butter was bad and margarine was good, I didn’t buy that either. Even as a grade school kid, eating something that science had concocted instead of a natural food didn’t make sense to me.

Eggs have been freed from the aspersions that science...

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