Who’s Your Farmer?

The United States Department of Agriculture says the number of farmers markets across the United States increased 17 percent over 2010, up to 7,173 farmers markets across the country. Now, granted, the USDA is not exactly my first choice for accurate or reliable information about agriculture or food but writers like to quote numbers and they have to come from somewhere. The Farmers Market Coalition says that as recently as 2005, farmers market direct-to-consumer sales were already exceeding $1 billion nationwide.

The total amount of food dollars spent at farmers markets is still miniscule compared to the bucks spent at supermarkets on processed foods and industrial produce and meats, yet the shift is undeniable. There are compelling reasons…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 19-Apr. 25

Happy Taurus, of “chorus”! Taurus analogously rules the throat. Read Taurus and Cancer, below, so you’ll know my little joke. Hell’s bells, read ’em all — ’cuz that’s all the MOJO wrote.

b TAURUS (4.21-5.20)  Boy, are you in luck! We’ll have to stay up late Friday night/Saturday morning, ’til 2:18 a.m., to catch the New “Cazimi” Moon in Taurus. Meditate/initiate for half an hour before and after — from 1:48 ’til 2:48 a.m. It is said to be very beneficial to start something important, and there’s only one way for us to check this theory out, right? Plant a seed from your dreams that fructifies on Mother’s Day, May 13th. Now, read…

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Earth in the Balance

As our elected representatives in Lincoln plan to sell us out and plot the corporate takeover of Nebraska farmland and native prairie by a foreign oil company, the annual celebration of Earth Day blossoms. Saturday, April 21 will offer the area’s largest Earth Day event at Elmwood Park in Omaha. The schedule is ripe with displays, stage presentations, music, exhibitors and learning demonstrations. All of it is aimed at earth awareness. Even the beer garden.

We’re way past needing more “green” in 2012. The tipping point has been passed. Peak oil has been reached. The folly of fossil fuel has reaped its rewards. That doesn’t mean we should give up the ship. Like the Titanic, there is plenty…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 12-Apr. 18

We are in the last full week of Aries. The doors to this spring are finally opening. Kick it hard, and then meditate on what to do and how to channel your blazing fire of possibilities during this coming year. How’s the garden (of your mind)? Charge LARGE and (let other people) pick up the pieces later… Initiate before it’s too late. Make it happen. All systems go!

a ARIES (3.21-4.20)  Time to kick it into gear! You get a clue about what to do for these next 6/7 years on the afternoon of the 18th. Your meditation relates to reworking and/or finalizing what you tried to initiate around the Full Moon in Leo on…

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Omaha Health Expo 2012 Takes a Hike

After four successful years at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, the Omaha Health Expo is moving ten blocks east to the friendly confines of the CenturyLink Center. For this fifth consecutive gathering, the location seems befitting of the growth the Expo has seen in its nascent years.

The Omaha Health Expo is the brainchild of Bob Mancuso of Mid-America Expositions. The company, founded by Bob’s father, Robert, Sr., has been planning and staging productions in the Midwest since 1964. You might say the Omaha Health Expo is not their first rodeo.

In November of 2007, Bob and I met for lunch in Dundee. He told me his plans for a major exposition to bring information to the public…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 5-Apr. 11

Happy spring and Easter, everybody! Happy Full Moon in Libra on Friday, the 6th, at 2:19 in the afternoon. It’s spring! Time to fall in love. Let Venus come between us. Please read Cancer for the answer…and remember; if I (can) love you all, then who am I? And if you can love me, then who are you?

a ARIES (3.21-4.20)  Almost time! But they still won’t/don’t, can’t/shan’t listen to you for 2 more weeks (isn’t it hard being a “genius”?), and even you can’t accomplish without communication. But you can plan… Prepare to whip it out and give it form when the Moon and Mercury conjunct in the early degrees of Aries on April…

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Whitewashing Pink Slime and Other News

So a cattle rancher said to me this past weekend, “Can you believe they’re trying to whitewash this pink slime thing?” My friend is one cattleman who doesn’t agree with putting pink slime in ground meat. That it passes under the moniker of “lean, finely textured beef,” makes informed people laugh. Anyone who reads the New York Times article that broke the news about this stuff back in 2009 will come up with a very clear picture of what is slimy about the whole process. This is a case of the USDA, Big Meat advocacy groups and politicians playing fast and loose with accepted definitions of animal parts. When “beef” is defined as just about anything that comes from…

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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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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

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Your Tongue Can Save the World

So you want to save the planet? You recycle plastic and consider your carbon footprint but don’t know exactly what that means or how to change your...

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Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You...

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Just Can It!

At farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate. Summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most...

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Feng Shui

Everyone’s done it at some time or another — rearrange the furniture in your bedroom, living room, apartment or home. There’s a reason we do things...

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