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Sometimes, I have the most interesting conversations with myself when I’m in the process of writing a column for the newspaper.  Here is where I will insert the old joke that I talk to myself because sometimes I am the only person who will listen. My experience is that taking photos for the …

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Holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. From old family traditions to creating new family traditions and making memories, it doesn't get much better than that.

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Fruits such as apples, bananas, grapes and strawberries are characteristic of flowering plants. They come in various shapes and sizes. They are usually sweet or sour, and they are edible in the raw state.

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Atropia belladonna is the scientific name for a once very infamous, but now a medically important perennial herbaceous plant that is commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade. It is in the same botanical family as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, and is native to Europe, North Africa…

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As I’ve discussed multiple times, I spend a good chunk of my life in basketball gymnasiums watching or coaching my kids. In addition to that, I also help organize and run a basketball tournament each year in Gretna. During all that time, I’ve seen some shocking things when it comes to behavi…

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For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday known for food. When someone says Thanksgiving, we often immediately think of the big feast. However, when it comes to eating on a holiday, is Thanksgiving really the best of the best? Or are other holidays at the top when it comes to celebrating with food?

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Stocking your pantry is essential for planning and preparing healthy meals. While meal planning is a whole creature on its own (I’ll save that for another day), let’s talk about what items should be in your pantry at all times.

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There are few geographical features of our Earth that exemplify the beauty and power of nature as dramatically as waterfalls. The sight and sound of tons of water spilling over the edge of a cliff or cascading over rocks never fails to impress.

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From 1968 to 2001, millions of children would tune in every morning to the educational children’s television series that was “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” portrays the peculiar and nurturing soul that was Mr. Rogers, and the real-life story o…

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Everyone loves an underdog story. We wrap our arms around the down-on-his-luck boxer who defies the odds and becomes champ in “Rocky.” We stand and roar for the tiny school in Hickory, Indiana, who goes on to win the championship in “Hoosiers.” In “Ford v Ferrari,” we find ourselves rooting …

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It may be hard to believe, but it is once again the influenza and cold season. It is that time of the year when you should get your annual flu shot, ample rest, wash your hands frequently, use standard precautions around sick people and avoid contacting your eyes and mouth area with unclean hands.

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The Impossible Whopper was such the rage that Burger King has decided to drop three new meatless burgers onto its menu. With the rise of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based patties, Sports Editor Grant Egger and reporter Daniel Buhrman got to wondering: Would you eat plant-based burger?

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Over the years, I’ve penned a column or two with my thoughts on Husker football. Through the years, I’ve analyzed and complained about Callahan, Pelini and Mr. Personality, Mike Riley. I was an early bandwagon jumper for Scott Frost, calling for his hire many months before Riley was given hi…

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Sodium Chloride, also known as common table salt, has played an important role in human history long before it was known that a small amount of it in the diet was essential for life.

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

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Sodium is a chemical element that is a soft, silvery-white highly reactive metal. It is too reactive to occur in pure elemental form in nature, but is found as part of many minerals.

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Rolling our clocks back an hour is a joy that I seem to enjoy more and more each year. It’s as if this free hour of time is just handed to you at no cost, and, you get it on a weekend! But, I will say, with so many of our clocks being changed automatically, it does kind of lose some of it’s …

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What better way to roll into the holiday season than by celebrating Sweet Potato Awareness Month in November. November also happens to be National Peanut Butter Lovers Month and home to Spicy Guacamole Day. But, let’s talk about sweet potatoes.

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Ten years after a ragtag team of misfits were thrown together to survive a zombie apocalypse, the team is back for more adventures in “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

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Roundworms — Phylum Nematoda — are among the most abundant animals on the earth, and most people are unaware of their existence.

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Waterfowl season just opened in Iowa and deer season opens on Nov. 14 in Nebraska. Some people hunt for the sport of it and some for bonding time with family and friends. Do you think hunting for sport should be allowed? Sports Editor Grant Egger and Front Office Manager Shauna Gerke debate …

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So I heard a word used in a peculiar context the other day that threw me in a "tizzy" about "moods" toward current and historic English language slang.

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