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Can We Be Scared Into Being Healthier?

Can We Be Scared Into Being Healthier?

By Eric Nelson


Anyone over 40 likely remembers the TV ad.

A man standing next to a kitchen stove picks up an egg. 

“This is your brain,” he says. “This is drugs,” he continues, pointing to the piping hot skillet in front of him. 

Then, after cracking the egg into the skillet, he says, “This is your...

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How I discovered steelhead fishing during the Vietnam War

May 4, 2015

Writer’s note: In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, I found myself wandering between two worlds: one as a beginning sports editor in the small town of Red Bluff, California, and the other as a draft resister awaiting federal … Continue reading

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
SXSW Part 2

One thing I wanted to do at SXSW was go to the Gaming Expo and visit Ryan Green, whose family was featured on one the Soul Pancake documentaries (as was I.)  Ryan is creating a video game based on his experiences with his toddler son, Joel, who tragic...

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Pushing boundaries by running and writing poetry

Apr 29, 2015

While reflecting on the accomplishments on two very different people recently, I realized that I was close to the midway point in age between the two of them. That means I’m almost as far from 50 as I’m close to … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
What It Really Means To Be Debt Free

What It Really Means To Be Debt Free

By Eric Nelson


It was a moment that can only be described as the grace of God: Reciting the Lord’s Prayer with a dozen friends during a lunchtime meeting and realizing, mid-prayer no less, that no one owes me a thing. Not money. Not a token of their appreciation. And most importantly, no apology. 

I’d repeated...

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How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

Apr 27, 2015
How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

  Talk about adding insult to injury! First, we have a bunch of fat cats grabbing $2.5 million in public money to inflict their version of art on us; now we have would-be exploiters of the public trust lining up … Continue reading

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A hothead’s outburst sinks his team in the clutch

Apr 23, 2015

As I have noted before, playing basketball at the Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento provides a fine opportunity to puzzle over human nature. For example, why does a good player lose control of his emotions in the clutch and ensure … Continue reading

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Fighting words: almonds, vaccines

Apr 21, 2015

When I picked up the Bee the other day, I was greeted by front-page articles providing space to advocates of more almond orchards in drought-plagued California and to zealots asserting a right to refuse to vaccinate their children. In the … Continue reading

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How about common sense and straight talk?

Apr 15, 2015

Here are a couple of things to ponder: pro basketball players who hang around trouble-prone nightspots and a “world-renowned” hotel chain coming to Sacramento. For starters, we have Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha getting a fractured leg outside a New … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Is There A Cure For Allergies?

Is There A Cure For Allergies?

By Eric Nelson


Check out the latest Google Trends and you’ll see that searches for all things “allergy” are peaking this month, just like they do every year about this time, marking the start of what The San Francisco Chronicle recently dubbed “sneazin’ season.” But despite all this searching, it would appear that we’re...

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