Otis XII

How Deep Do Cabbage Roots Reach?

November 4, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, Opinion

I like cabbage. I don’t love cabbage, but I like it. I like cabbage coleslaw. I don’t like the sour, vinegar-type slaw. I like the sweet, creamy variety, and don’t get me started about the […]

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One Thing I Know

September 26, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, Opinion

Cur pullum ad transire via? (Why did the chicken cross the road?) Not easy to answer, don’t you agree? It’s a simple question on its face, but with so many deep implications. Not a concept […]

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Ars Gratia Artis

June 13, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, Opinion

“I don’t know art, but I know what I like.” That’s an old maxim that originated with Monty Python, or Archie Bunker, or Will Rogers, or Mark Twain, or North Carolina Sen. Jesse “liberals are […]

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Bar-B-Que? BBQ? Barbeque?

May 29, 2019 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am an adopted Omahan. My roots are in Kansas City. And as a K.C. boy, nothing is closer to my heart than barbeque…or BBQ…or Bar-B-Que. We […]

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How Did I Get Here?

April 17, 2019 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

There’s an old joke about a traveler in New Hampshire chatting with an upstate farmer. “Have you lived here your whole life?” asks the visitor. The farmer replies, “Not yet.” A lot of folks think […]

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Two Habits To Save The World:

February 14, 2019 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

There are two things that frame my life—naps and walks. Sure, I have a job and a family, but those roles take care of themselves so long as I have a nap and a walk […]

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My Bucket List

January 3, 2019 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

Lots of people have what they call a “bucket list.” That, of course, is a list of things you want to do before you die. Because, obviously, there are not a lot of things you […]

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Simply the Best

November 12, 2018 · Posted In: Best of, Humor, Omaha Magazine

Celebrating the best things in our community is a very good thing. In fact, it is better than good by definition. It is the best. Yes, it is beyond the comparative. It is superlative. (Thanks, […]

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

October 24, 2018 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

Back in late 1969, America could do anything and meet any challenge. After all, those were the days of the Apollo Project. Neil Armstrong had taken his “small step,” and two days later blasted off […]

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What’s in a Name?

August 23, 2018 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Gertrude Stein continued, “A rose is a rose is a rose” in her poem […]