“Not the victory but the action: Not the goal but the game: In the deed the glory”. We flew out to Omaha last weekend for a Labor Day family gathering. It was a sweet way to spend the last muggy days of summer. It was also an amazing opportunity to witness the dawn of a […]

Coach Riley has friends in the media. What a difference a year makes. The Winnipeg Free Press called Riley “coaching royalty,” in a recent feature. Also, Portland Tribune columnist Kerry Eggers was invited to travel to Lincoln and sit in on a football staff meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, during the Cornhuskersâ?? training camp. Riley, […]

“Control for smilers can’t be bought The solar garlic starts to rot Was it for this my life I sought? Maybe so and maybe not.” -Anastasio/Marshall Trey Anastasio impressed a lot of Jerry Garcia fans this summer with his well conceived and expertly delivered work as lead guitar player in “Fare Thee Well,” a tribute […]

Earlier this month Nike announced the start of a succession planning process that will conclude in the appointment of the company’s next Chairman. Enigmatic Phil Knight, Oregon’s only billionaire, will relinquish his powerful Chairman role. At the same time, his son Travis ascends to a seat on the company’s board of directors. The Oregonian’s editorial […]

Last Saturday, Restore Oregon hosted a tour of six homes in Lake Oswego and SW Portland, all designed by noted Portland architect Van Evera Bailey (1903-1980). Brian Libby of Portland Architecture argues, “if Northwest midcentury-modern houses are arguably the most significant and unique contribution that Portland has contributed to world architecture, then Bailey not only […]

The remaining members of Grateful Dead are playing five “Fare Thee Well” shows this summer. According to a statement from the band, it will be the last time the four remaining members play on stage together. Naturally, such an announcement created a sense of scarcity and scarcity lends itself to various forms of exploitation, particularly […]

President Obama’s speech in Selma, Alabama on Saturday—commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”—was a major moment in his presidency, and a reminder to all how far we have come as a nation in 50 years. The context and setting of the speech helped to amplify the power of the President’s words, which ring poetic […]

“Information without context strikes the mind but peters out before the heart.” -Sarah Smarsh Creative nonfiction is a form I find myself increasingly drawn to. In the hands of a great essayist, we see a real writer struggle with real life. Sarah Smarsh, for instance. She is a Kansas-born journalist, public speaker and educator, and […]

Eminent domain seems unfair and un-American. Particularly, when called upon by a Canadian multi-national oil company to wrestle a rag tag group of ranchers for the last bit of right-of-way for its heinous oil snake pipeline. According to The Guardian, by law, TransCanada can use the courts to force Nebraska landowners to sell access to […]

One of the things I enjoy most about digital culture is the ability to listen to community radio stations around the country. It is something I do each day, and each day I find it as enriching as the last. We become the media we consume. For your own sake and the sake of the […]

“What do you do?” It’s the age-old question that is always lurking, waiting to be asked at the next industry conference, cocktail party, and/or random encounter on an airplane. In one way, the question is innocent and a genuine attempt to understand more about you. On the other hand, it’s a moment of truth where […]

Place impacts people in a deep way. It creates culture, which explains why I am forever fascinated with the things that make up place—things like geography, local customs, food and beverage, music, art and so on. Here’s a run down of the places (other than home) where I was fortunate to spend at least one […]

I met Faris Yakob of Genius Steals at a conference hosted by Henry Jenkins at MIT a number of years ago. I recall being pleased that he was familiar with AdPulp. And it was fun to rap with someone I’d only known from afar at the time. This morning, I learned that Faris wrote an […]

Journalists are under siege today. In many countries around the world, journalists risk and sometimes lose their lives in the line of duty. Here at home, the threat isn’t violence against their person, but a failure of the business model that for decades supported them rather handsomely. The number of full-time U.S. daily newspaper journalists […]

Shawn Eichorst impressed the media with his handling of events this week. He also impressed fans. Not all fans, but this fan, for one. This is no insignificant thing, impressing the media. Eichorst also declared, “I like you guys,” speaking directly to members of media in attendance at Friday’s presser. He added that he listens […]

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst introduced the biggest coach he’s ever hired this morning. I like what Eichorst had to say. He said we’re going to win championships the right way, “with class, sportsmanship and integrity.” He added, “We will win with young men and women who want to earn their degrees and who will […]

Former Oregon State head coach, Mike Riley, 61, has been hired by Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst to lead the Huskers back to gridiron glory. Riley is a native of Wallace, Idaho, and the son of a football coach. He played QB at Corvallis High School in Oregon, before moving to defensive back under Paul […]

“People love to talk. They love to slander you if you have any substance.” -Mattie Ross Mike Kline, my friend since freshman year at F&M, was in Portland with his family last August. Over Italian food and later over coffee at Albina Press, we spoke of President Obama’s performance in the White House, Portland’s strange […]