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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, […]

Appropriately Inappropriate

October 30, 2018 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine, People

When Benson High School’s class of ’96 voted Amber Ruffin “Class Clown,” they were clearly onto something. “It [comedy] came about because I was a very ugly child,” Ruffin says. “I had to do something […]

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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 […]

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Food for Thought

August 5, 2018 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

A couple months ago I was in Copenhagen. No, I did not see the “Little Mermaid” statue in the harbor. I know everybody goes to photograph it when they visit the city. But I remember […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure

May 3, 2018 · Posted In: Humor, Omaha Magazine

Somebody once said, “Life is an adventure.” I don’t remember who said it exactly, maybe Aristotle. He was a wise man, or at least we take the word of the ancient Greeks that he was. […]