Farmageddon: Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost: Topsoil an Endangered Species by Michael Braunstein Go find a plot of earth that’s never been sprayed or fertilized. Preferably find one that appears verdant and rife with life. When you dig it, you should find earthworms, bugs, crawly creatures. And those are just the ones you can see with the naked eye. […]

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Food or Not Food

Food or Not Food by Michael Braunstein Okay, let’s keep this really simple. Humans need food to survive. We should all know that. But do we all know what “food” is? It appears not because we consume tons of material that is made to look like food, smell like food, even sometimes taste like food. […]

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RAGTIME at the Omaha Community Playhouse Reflects on Nostalgia, The American Dream At the Turn of the Century

On the cusp of the turn of the century in 1902, there was a laissez-faire mentality in society and an Edwardian lifestyle often dotted with the leisurely pastimes of tennis, baseball, tea parties, and lazy afternoons. This narrative sets the scene for the start of the show and company number, “Ragtime.”  The curtain draws, and with an […]

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A Heart Wrenching Tale, Miss Saigon is a Poignant Performance Influenced by History and Opera

As with any musical modeled after an opera, there is epic romance and tragedy to be expected. Miss Saigon, post its 25-year anniversary revival run by Cameron Mackintosh, is an energetic two hour and 40-minute masterpiece, a classic saga cemented in the Broadway hall of fame that ran for over 4,000 performances and garnered 70 accolades. A […]

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Drink Up: Hydrate for health

Drink Up: Hydrate for health by Michael Braunstein Our planet, our Spaceship Earth, is made up of three-quarters water, H2O. By some amazing coincidence of creation, the human body reflects that quota. We are also 75 percent water. Replenishing what is lost through perspiration and respiration during a hot summer day is essential. And for […]

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“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”

“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” by Michael Braunstein Legend has it that the movie “Twins” was pitched to producers by a summary written on the back of a business card: “Movie idea: Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger are twins.” That was enough. In Hollywood it was a practice we perfected. Since Hollywood is the […]

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