Automation is spreading its wings throughout the land. In marketing, many brands use marketing automation to manage their email outreach. This form of digital disruption has reared its head in education, medicine and many other fields, including media. According to Poynter, Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 […]

It’s an interesting time in America. We’re facing our demons as a nation right now, and this can make for an unstable and sometimes frightening situation on the ground. For instance, hating people of color and women is now an acceptable form of protest. The Donald has released the masses to take vile language and […]

Several people have asked me who I like for President. My answer has caught both friends and strangers off guard. One possible reason for their surprise is the fact that I have voted for third party candidates like Ralph Nader in the past, and I continue to advocate for reconstruction of the two-party system. Nevertheless, […]

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a journey through time. Forty million years backwards in time, to be exact. The National Monument features three separate but related units: Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno. The three units are all located in Eastern Oregon, yet they are hours apart by car. Starting in Madras, the […]

There are people who live in Portland who find it difficult to leave their neighborhood for another part of the city. One could blame parochial attitudes, poor transportation options, or a simple lack of curiosity. This post isn’t for them. This post is for the adventurous. West Linn (population 26,000) and Oregon City (population 34,600) […]

If you’re a clown today, there’s a good chance the media will eat your act for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trump proves this every day. Now, more angry white men with few facts on their side are stepping forward to follow his boisterous lead. Take the invading circus of clowns from Nevada (and Idaho) presently […]

I started tracking my movements about the country a decade ago (and logging them here) as an annual exercise meant to encourage memory, cataloguing and in the best cases a bit of travel writing. Looking back on it, 2015 wasn’t a big year in travel, although quality and quantity are two different things. Here’s a […]

In business, as in politics, it is wise to build for seismic events. The terror attacks in Paris, for instance, required a flexibile response from The White House that was largely lacking. Conservative columnist, Ron Fournier says, “For all his skills as an orator, Obama is a lousy com­mu­nic­at­or. He doesn’t lead, he lec­tures. He ar­gues […]

Since Frank Solich left Lincoln in 2003, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been in a free fall. Many of us, myself included, have been in various states of denial about the truth of this, but the fall finally became an undeniable reality yesterday, in the most unlikely of places. West Lafayette, Indiana is not the place […]

I’m glad Tom Shatel is pissed off. He’s the senior writer on the Huskers’ beat and if he’s not spitting venom after yesterday’s debacle in Lincoln, then Husker Nation would truly be at a loss. Let’s observe some of Shatel’s keen observations: Let’s not waste our time talking about bowl scenarios. Nebraska just lost, 30-28, […]

Well, that was satisfying. The Huskers traveled to Minneapolis with a clear purpose in mind, and the team took care of business. Heading into the game, the Huskers were the second-worst team in college football when it came to penalties. Coming in with an average of 10 penalties per game, the Huskers committed just two […]

In the advertising agency business, it’s best to get out before you get old. Or so goes the common wisdom. Naturally, there are many notable exceptions. David Ogilvy was 39 when he wrote his first ad, and he spent the next 25 years of his life actively involved in the making of advertising. One could […]

Nebraska’s last three losses have been by a total of six points, and all four losses have been by a total of 11 points. The ball hasn’t bounced our way. While can discuss poor play calling, and poor execution until the cows come home, the fact is the Huskers beat themselves in all four losses […]

Last year in Madison, the Badgers delivered the Huskers a bitter pill on an icy cold November day. In case you need a refresher, Melvin Gordon had a game for the ages, rushing for an NCAA-record 408 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Blackshirts. Now here they come again, but this time both teams have […]

How the mighty have fallen. Nebraska no longer makes headlines for its gridiron glory. After yesterday’s debacle at Illinois, the program has reached a new low. Today the program is “making news” as part of USA TODAY’s Misery Index: Week 5. Poor, poor Nebraska. We aren’t even sure what to say anymore. Well, we can […]

Nebraska was up 22-0 at the half last Saturday against an outmanned Souther Miss team; yet, the Huskers managed to lose the second half of the game 14-28. Luckily, the early 22-point lead was enough to overcome the lackluster performance in the second half, and the Huskers won the game by eight points on Homecoming […]

I saw something on Twitter this morning about how Tommy Armstrong doesn’t look at social media after a game. Smart man. Husker fans are eternal optimists. Best fans in college football. Gracious hosts to visiting teams. That is the public face of Husker Nation. But there is also a darker, impatient and unhappy face to […]

Composure. It’s something the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team has sorely lacked for 11 years. Today, the team is just 1-2 after a rough start to the season, but Husker Nation has every reason to breathe easy. We are on the right track again. What’s been missing from the program is back: resilience, grit, heart, tenacity […]