The Numbing Effect

I figured I had a better than 50-50 chance of getting the election right. My reasoning was laid out as succinctly as possible in the column printed here last month— poll numbers, bad press, Trump stepping into one reputation-killing pot-hole after another. Sure that there was no way he could pull up numbers […]

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Maha Moved

Local history will look upon the 2016 Maha Music Festival maybe not as a game changer, but certainly as a course change from the direction the festival was headed after seven years of growing success. It was a course that had to change if Maha wanted to keep it moving forward. After last year’s “sold […]

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Ah, Maha!

Ah, Maha! That’s my “slogan suggestion” for the 8th annual Maha Music Festival, being held at Aksarben Village Aug. 20, which features headliner Passion Pit, along with electronic popster Grimes, hip-hop phenom Vince Staples, returning Nebraskan Matthew Sweet and my favorite act of the line-up, Car Seat Headrest, a band that’s about to explode beyond […]

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Yelp Helper

When it comes to dining, an ongoing joke among my friends and colleagues is whether or not I’ve been banned from a particular restaurant. I have been banned from two restaurants in the past, and a third restaurant produced a YouTube video with the sole purpose of ridiculing me. All because of my Yelp reviews. […]

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The Reluctant Expatriates

I was all set to write yet another flaming political diatribe about the current presidential primary cycle, but my heart just ain’t in it.  Prince’s death last week has thrown a pall over politics. Or maybe I’m just getting bored by the whole thing. After months of primaries, we pretty much know who the candidates […]

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Bernie and the Bird

March 27, 2016. Easter Sunday. Yesterday several primaries were held in the Pacific Northwest… I think. Certainly Idaho was among the states that caucused for the Democratic candidate for President of the United States, right? Why the nonchalant attitude? While everyone stands aghast at what’s happening on the Republican side of the election, the real […]

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The King of America

When I wrote a column late last year saying you’d all be sorry when Donald Trump was out of the 2016 presidential picture, I figured he’d be long gone by now. And yet, as of this writing — the morning after he strongly won the South Carolina Republican primary — he’s still very much in […]

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