Making Work Human

Jason Lauritsen is an author, podcaster, speaker, and employment engagement expert who lives just outside Omaha. All of his ventures share a common goal: educating employers about how to keep employees productive and happy. He believes the best way to increase productivity is to make work human. In an interview he elaborated on making work […]

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One Hot Holiday

Hundreds of voters paused their Fourth of July festivities to stand in long lines for free barbeque and to hear from Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (Calif.). Decked out in red, white, blue, and “Kamala For the People” t-shirts, supporters gathered around 6:30 p.m. at Rivers Edge Pavilion in Council Bluffs, Iowa. […]

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Year of the Dog

Getting another dog was my idea. After years of jogging outdoors alone, I wanted a running partner. Our two dogs, Evie and Gilda, were in their double-digit years — it probably wasn’t a good idea to drag them along on my every-other-day 5k jog through Memorial and Elmwood parks. And it had been years since […]

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‘Wild and Woolier Time’

  From my perch in the office loft on Harney Street up from the Old Market, I looked down at the pages of that week’s edition. They were carefully ranked across the first floor. Most of those with full-page ads were done, while half- and quarter-pagers awaited their assigned stories, columns or calendar items. Sales […]

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Jocelyn: Omaha’s Rising Star

  Beloved Omaha singer-songwriter Jocelyn, who’s just turning 22, has been a star-in-the-making since playing street corners and open mics as an old-soul teen prophet. Her winsome presence, yearning voice, melodic guitar licks and heartfelt lyrics about personal empowerment can move even jaded listeners. In early 2018 she won over the suits of major record […]

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The Wind Cries Stupid

It’s easy to imagine the pitch for Bless This Mess, the new half-hour shitcom on ABC TV whose pilot aired last month. Imagine the hip, hoodie-wearing pitchman or pitchwoman at the head of the Disney boardroom table giving this elevator summary: “It’s like a reverse Beverly Hillbillies or a modern-day Green Acres but with hipster […]

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Postcard from San Juan

Let me start by saying this reporting is all observational. I didn’t go to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to dig into the island’s recovery efforts and reveal the pain and healing amongst the survivors. I went to get a tan. And to swim and drink rummy drinks and get away from sub-zero, dirty-snow Omaha, at […]

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