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Let’s talk about spinach. My love for this vegetable runs deep for so many reasons.

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Even though we are three weeks into the new year, welcome to 2020. I like the roundness and repetition in the sound of that date. It reminds me of the year 2002 — same numbers but in a different order. That was the year I retired from teaching. I always knew that I would retire at some point…

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It’s been 25 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence helped reinvent the buddy cop genre in the first “Bad Boys” film. All these years later, the duo have returned for the third installment in the series in “Bad Boys for Life.”

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There aren't many animals that are uglier than the hippopotamus. The common hippo is the largest freshwater mammal living today, and is a distant relative of the pig.

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The first full week of this year’s short legislative session brought with it the start of full days of debate and many more introduced bills. Unlike a long session where there is little to debate until newly introduced bills are able to go through the committee process and receive a public h…

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Pets are an important part of many people's lives. More and more, some stores and even bars or restaurants are allowing pets inside during normal business hours. Sometimes it’s just certain days, other establishments seem to be OK with it all the time. Should this be allowed or should pets b…

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Happy New Year to everyone in Legislative District 16!  I hope you and your families had a terrific 2019 and are looking forward to great things in 2020.  The 60-day legislative session kicked off Jan. 8 in Lincoln with big issues on the agenda for the short session including property taxes,…

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December was one of the busiest months of my career at the Blair Area Community Foundation. I literally printed out and mailed hundreds of thank-you letters and tax receipts to donors. Ran out of stationery, ran out of stamps ... but what great problems to have.

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I think I’m to the point where I’d prefer athletes to leave God out of their postgame speeches and interviews. Not that I’m against religion or what anyone believes, but I just think it really sends a weird message. When a player is asked how they made the big play to win the game, they ofte…

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Beetles are insects that belong to the largest order — taxonomic category — in the animal kingdom. This order contains a third of all known insects, and includes over 300,000 species worldwide and some 30,000 species in North America.

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Happy 2020! Can you believe it’s the start of a new decade? I say it every year, but where does the time go? And as I get older time seems to fly by even faster.

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Although Adam Sandler has been synonymous with oddball films like “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy,” he’s tried his hand at a few serious films as well. Sandler is testing those waters once again in the crime thriller “Uncut Gems.”

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In 2017, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sent audiences roaring with laughter and adventure based on the 1995 film starring Robin Williams. After the film grossed near $1 billion, an inevitable sequel makes its way back to the mayhem jungle in “Jumanji: Next Level.”

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When you think back on the last decade, it may not seem like all that long ago, but a lot can happen in 10 years.

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The presents are opened, but the holiday season is still going strong. In a few days, people will be donning party hats and popping champagne celebrating the coming of a new year. Some might also celebrate the previous 12 months worth of resolutions fulfilled, failed or ignored? That depends…

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Hemoglobin is a large protein complex with iron containing heme groups attached. It gives red blood cells their color (why blood is red) and is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body. Each red blood cell contains around 270 million molecules of hemogl…

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Editor's note: This is the second column in a series of two. The first column will publish in the Dec. 20 Enterprise.

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Forty-two years in the making, the saga is now officially (or supposedly) coming to an end in “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.” After the release of “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” Episode IX concludes the thrilling and nostalgic new trilogy in the Skywalker saga.

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Holidays often bring stressful times to individuals and families. A great break from the stress can be your favorite Christmas movies — watched alone or as a family. While there are some great Christmas or holiday movies out there, which one is the best of all time?

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Editor's note: This is the first column in a series of two. The second column will publish in the Dec. 24 Pilot-Tribune.

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Our early ancestors lived in small groups and survived by hunting and gathering their food from the land and water sources they encountered. They were mostly nomadic moving from place to place in order to maintain adequate supplies of food and water.

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Having spent the last few weeks driving to Arlington, I can't help but notice differences from the other Arlington — Virginia — where I worked for the past three years.

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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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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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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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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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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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