Sunshine Superman

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than the Rolling Stones, Donovan Leitch, known simply as “Donovan”, bounded to the top of the charts in the mid-1960s.

With iconic hits such as “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind,” “Atlantis,” and “Season of the Witch,” Donovan led more than one generation to metaphysics-as-music and music-as-mystical musings. His strong anti-war stance and embrace of Transcendental Meditation made him the epitome of peace, love and elevated consciousness.

Donovan was rock royalty, shepherding the Beatles and Hollywood illuminati to India to study the ancient traditions of awareness long before “yoga” was an everyday…

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Holistic vs. Conventional

There are two kinds of medicine being practiced in the United States and mostly they are diametrically opposed. One form is of the traditional sort, used for thousands of years, that engages nature and our human relationship to healing. It treats the human being as whole, acknowledging that the entire essence of a human works together in achieving health. It supports the natural ability of a human to heal. Every part of a human cannot be disengaged from any other part. It treats the whole being. This system can be called holistic. To summarize, it works with nature by supporting the whole being’s ability to heal.

The other kind of medical approach can be called allopathic or conventional. It sees…

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Red Meat Roulette

Yes, we live in a red state. When it comes to red meat, Nebraska has more beef on the hoof than any other state save Texas. And if you’re like most Americans, you’re still a meat-eater. Based on what’s been in the media for years now, it takes a certain amount of courage to eat red meat because “research” tells us that eating meat will kill us in a variety of ways. But what you never find out by reading all that research is that the kind of beef those researchers are talking about is the industrially produced, chemical-laced, antibiotic-ravaged and hormone-laden beef that is typical of commercial red meat. We never know what the researchers would’ve found out if…

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Watermelon, Man

The Dog Days of deep summer can make a body desperate for help. The humble watermelon can help you make it through the plight. In August, with most of Europe on a month-long holiday, here in America the temperature is soaring and even the slightest exertion brings exhaustion. Reach for watermelon, the remedy to replenish and refresh and it just might save your life by fighting off heat stroke.

There are over a thousand varieties of watermelon, all of which trace back in some way to sub-Saharan Africa. The most common varieties grown and consumed in the United States have a red, yellow or light yellow flesh inside a thick, dark green rind. They can grow as small as softballs…

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Not Milk

Junk mail. We all get it. Sure, in a lot of cases it’s called “spam” these days. But the snail-mail hardcopy still finds its way to the front door. Like most people, I just give it a cursory glance and relegate it to the recycle bag. Usually, it’s not much more than an annoyance. It’s about stuff I wouldn’t have or don’t have any use for at all. So it’s really not much of a problem, just wasteful.

But occasionally, something really gets my goat. (Hey, would that I had a goat. I could feed the mail to him!) Sometimes that junk mail is downright dangerous. Take for example the junk mail from companies like TruGreen wanting me to poison…

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The Bates Method

Let’s get one thing straight: We are constantly being deceived. Oh, I don’t mean everyone is a pathological liar or that it’s done intentionally. It’s just that people — especially those in media — are sloppy with words and language. That’s the case with the Vision Council of America. That organization claims that 75 percent of adults use some sort of “vision correction.”

Now I don’t have an issue with the number they cite. I’m sure they can validate that by whatever means they use. But they’re talking about how many people wear glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. The truth is that glasses don’t correct your vision. Take ‘em off and see if your vision is any better.…

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Dirty Water

Not the Plague of Justinian in the Sixth Century. Nor was it the Cocoliztli Epidemic in the late 1500s. Ebola? Hah! Barely touches it with its 4000 dead. Only the Black Plague of Europe in the 1300s comes close. With fatalities at nearly 100 million, the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 is generally regarded as the worst pandemic in human history. And it took only one year for a hundred million to die.

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 killed more people in one year than the Black Plague killed in a century. It killed more people in 24 weeks than HIV killed in 24 years. At its peak, the 1918 pandemic was killing more people every 45 minutes than…

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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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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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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.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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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…


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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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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

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

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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