The Eyes Have It

Imagine we lived just about 100 years ago and I pulled you aside and said it was possible to touch a couple wires to your chest and tell you if you might have a heart attack. Not only that, show you how each heartbeat can trace a line on graph paper. You’d be skeptical. But within a couple years, the electrocardiograph machine would be doing just that.

Even today, most people probably don’t understand why or how such a common medical tool like the EKG works. Few would stop to consider such an essential diagnostic device is a perfect demonstration of the holistic nature of the human body. The fact that each heartbeat produces an electrical charge that can be…

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Good Egg or Bad Egg?

It’s true. I once taught at UCLA. It was back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Each quarter I had a routine. On the first day of class, I encouraged the students to volunteer a little about themselves and we drafted a contact sheet. Since mine was an elective class related to the music industry, it’s never a bad idea to build a list of potential contacts in Hollywood. Some students were in pretty influential positions and that old saw, “It ain’t what you know, it’s who ya know…” carries lotsa weight around L.A.

One student related: “I want to get into the recording industry because the last thing I want to do is work in my family business.” Of course,…

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Into the Great Wide Open

Here comes the sun. In case you haven’t noticed, gasoline is under $1.90 per gallon. That’s crazy. No one can really answer why that is, beyond geopolitical speculation. But really good news helps us predict that solar will be the big move in 2016. The cost of solar will continue to plummet and the output efficiency will continue to grow. Clean energy will take a real leap forward in 2016. That evil of ethanol will hang in for a couple more years but eventually solar and wind with advances in power storage á la Elon Musk’s new battery system will make raping the land with monoculture corn or sawgrass a thing of the past. Clean energy will be a high…

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That Was the Year That Was

When these end-of-year retros come around, I feel like I’m turning into a whiner about all the crap that happened in the past 12 months. It’s so easy to come up with the foibles and follies that hit the news stream over the year. But I end up resigned to the reality that if we don’t know the problem, we can’t fix it. Am I whistling in the wind and ignoring the “If you spot it, you got it” axiom of the New Age? So let me start with a positive notice from 2015 and we’ll set sail from there. In the rear view mirror:

May: the Pope steps up. What a development. His Holiness has become St. Greenpeace. In…

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A New Acid Test

In the 1970’s, many creative types in the music business believed that a bowl of Wheat Chex, a line of coke and a shot of Jack Daniels was a well-balanced breakfast. Mind-altering chemicals have always been associated with art to some degree. On the business side of the ledger, recent news accounts note that Silicon Valley impresarios and unicorn wranglers are using micro-doses of LSD and other hallucinogens to spur creativity. The pendulum can swing too far in some cases but the considered application of chemical lubrication is also historically linked to spiritual awakening and an expanded awareness of God and self.

For millennia, cultures have used natural substances to delve into meta-natural awareness. Mushrooms, datura, ayahuasca, mescaline, salvia, LSD…

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Dodging the Draft

In winter, we all become draft dodgers. We seal windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. Now that we’re in winter lockdown, we spend more time breathing the indoor air of our apartment or house. The good news is that we aren’t freezing our lungs. The bad news is that inside air is often more polluted with chemicals than the air outside. Several studies find that indoor air pollution can be more of a threat to our health than the smoggiest day in L.A.

Indoor air pollution falls into some basic categories.

Secondhand tobacco smoke A University of Rochester report found that children living in apartments are affected by secondhand cigarette smoke even if no…

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Laughing Your Ass Off

"Laugh, laugh I thought I'd die…" In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were half right. There was nothing they could do.

Cousins didn't accept their prognosis. While in excruciating pain from ankylosing spondylitis, a rare disease that inflamed his spine, Cousins found that after watching a Marx Brothers movie on television, he laughed so hard that it exhausted him and he slept soundly without narcotics for the first time in weeks. Cousins ordered in a film projector — it was 1964 — and all the Marx movies and slapstick comedy he could get his hands on. He improved dramatically. Pain decreased.…

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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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Assumptions

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.

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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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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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