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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Michael Braunstein There’s an irony about the terms “alternative medicine” and “traditional medicine.” They are used exactly backwards. Ask the average American to describe “traditional” medicine and they’ll tell you it is the kind found at the behemoth hospital centers. It’s where  medical doctors use drugs, surgery and […]

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Soul Food with Style

You may know Alexandria Ewing for her work creating ethical, organic beauty and self-care items through her boutique business Balance Botanica. Her belief is that products should be good for your skin, body and the world around you. You may also know her from her mentoring work and for teaching culinary arts through Step-Up Omaha!, […]

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Omaha Farmers’ Market Guide

Ten endearing and enduring farmers’ markets will open the 2022 season strong. Every single choice on this list deserves its recommendation and dedicated visit. Eight await in Omaha, with one in Lincoln and one in Council Bluffs. Some take place on weekdays, others on weekends; some begin in the mornings, while others kick off in […]

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Whitney is Still Searching

Julien Erhlich, the lead singer and drummer of Whitney, was in a weird place when I caught up with him over the phone.  “I’m watching a children’s yoga class at a YMCA in Birmingham, Alabama,” said Ehrlich with a laugh that acknowledged how strange his predicament was. The band had a couple of hours before […]

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A Nebraska doctor was writing a history of nightmare pandemics. Then she lived one.

“Mom’s home! Look away, look away!”  This was how I greeted my kids during the first half of the COVID-19 pandemic after an internal medicine clinic shift at Nebraska Medicine. I’d shed my doctor scrubs in the laundry room, start the washer, and dash upstairs in my underwear while my kids shielded their eyes for […]

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The Best of the Fest: Lollapalooza 2019 Wrap-Up

Best Set of the Weekend: Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe wasn’t a headliner, but she should have been. The ArchAndroid’s set was an absolute masterclass in pop performance and showmanship. She didn’t take a break until the 30-minute mark of her set, effortlessly rolling through Dirty Computer standouts including “Crazy, Classic, Life” and “Django Jane” before […]

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Build the Wall. Be Immune.

Build the Wall. Be Immune. Corona bologna by Michael Braunstein Bioweapon? Superbug? Freak of nature? Zoonotic lunchmeat? Well, we don’t know exactly what this newest novel virus officially named COVID-19 is all about. And in fact, it doesn’t really matter. Whether relatively benign or stealthily virulent, what anyone in their right mind would want to […]

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Energy and Addiction

The Energy Nature of Addiction by Michael Braunstein Humans fall easily into the throes of addiction. One could almost say that it’s human nature to become addicted to something or even a lot of things. And, as the ego-mind is wont to do with anything that affects us, humans then look for outside causes to […]

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The Hundred BB Theory Updated

https://thereader.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Candle-lower.mp4 The Hundred BB Theory by Michael Braunstein Have you ever wondered about the roles certain people have in your life? Perhaps you’ve met that woman or man to whom you have been explosively attracted; someone who has touched your soul like no one else. Or the person who’s done you wrong and you resent. […]