Ten Music Visions for 2020

I’ve been making music predictions for 20 years; never have I missed the boat more than last year’s. 2019 Prediction: Next year, crazed music aficionados will take it one step further as we see the first album released on reel-to-reel tape. Reality: While online store The Tape Project does offer a handful of reissued classics […]

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An Impeachment in 8 x 10 Glossy

I’m writing this in the early morning hours of November 13, weeks before you’ll read it on the newsstands. Between the time I write it and you read it, the world may have changed drastically — and probably has — but here’s a snapshot at this moment in time. It is the first day of […]

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Women still calling the shots at the Omaha Star after 81 Years

Omaha Star – Photo Captions & Credits Native Omaha Days is a biennial, first-week-in-August nostalgia trip for current and former residents reliving the black-is-beautiful experience of their youth. Among the many touchstones of African-American life here is the newspaper serving that community, The Omaha Star. From its 1938 founding by Mildred Brown, the paper has […]

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Rocky Mountain High

We hadn’t been to Breckenridge since marijuana became legal in Colorado. Could that be right? According to Wikipedia, the state legalized pot in January 2014, more than five years ago. So, I guess it was. The last time we went to the mountains was an ill-fated trip to Estes Park, a switch from our usual […]

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New Office, Same Goal

More than 300 people packed into the new Council Bluffs campaign office of Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders July 20. Voters stood, shoulder to shoulder, on unfinished flooring and against unpainted walls waiting to hear Sanders speak. The noise from the crowd was amplified in the unfurnished room. A wish-list hung in […]

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Celebrating 4%

A cool, air-conditioned space at The Tap Room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, quickly warmed up as around 150 voters gathered to hear Julián Castro speak July 7. Seats at the event filled up well before start time, and 30 or more people stood for close to two hours to hear the former mayor of San […]

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