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Five Tips for Eating Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

February 16th, 2019

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2019?  Eating healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, right up there with “spend less money” and “exercise more.” Healthy eating can be expensive if you’re on a tight budget, but it can be done with a little thought and creativity.  Here are some easy tips for eating healthy on a budget: Plan your meals. If you plan your meals, build a shopping list, and only buy what’s on the list, you’ll spend less on stuff you don’t need.  You can save even more if you take a look at what’s on sale at your grocery store... Read More

Moby Dick + Wild Things + The Matrix = WTF

February 16th, 2019

One of the most valuable things in life is honesty; particularly, the honesty of someone calling out your bad ideas. When someone cares about you on a personal or professional level, they’ll do their level best to pull you back from the brink. I cannot emphasize how important that is, but let me explain with my own idiotic example. I do screenwriting on the side. Years ago, I was batting about script ideas with my writing partners. As we kicked around ideas, I was struck by the Bad Idea Fairy. “Guys, guys, so there were gold reserves in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. What if, in the... Read More

A Million Shattered Pieces

February 16th, 2019

Movies aren’t for everyone, though people think they are. A bunch of years ago, my wife and I caught the very good film Adaptation in the theaters. If it’s been a minute since you’ve seen or thought about it, Adaptation is about a lonely screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about an orchid thief. It’s got strong performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and a great deal to say about the creative process. Joining us in our cinematic excursion was an Unnamed Member Of Our Extended Family. He’s a great guy, but the film tastes of the aforementioned UMOOEF, as he will be known going... Read More

Access to Green Space is a Predictor of Well-being

February 16th, 2019

People often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness when they live in stress-inducing urban environments. Recent research suggests parks have a unique capacity to enhance physical health and foster a sense of community for city dwellers. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, used information from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a variety of other sources and combined this analysis with city-level data on park quantity, quality and accessibility... Read More

It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

February 16th, 2019

Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More


May 7th, 2018

Last week we talked about early films made or at least set in Reno, before Vegas became the natural Hollywood magnet it is today. This week I want to share with you what I think are the most important films set (and made) in Reno and Northern Nevada. To note every movie that has been shot in Reno would take too long and would likely turn out to be one of those less interesting list type articles that sound more like a textbook than a column aimed at holding your interest. Suffice it to say, a lot of movie magic has been produced here and in the surrounding area; films which were partially made... Read More


April 27th, 2018

When you think of movies filmed in Nevada, your mind probably goes straight to Vegas and the many, many Hollywood productions that have been filmed there, which is fair. Sin City is a natural attraction for Tinsel Town product; in fact, we bet you can name three movies that have the word “Vegas” in the title. But Reno has seen its fair share of Hollywood films, and in some cases this includes movies made before Las Vegas even became a gambling town. Bugsy Siegel is typically given credit for turning Sin City into what it is today, but his renovated Flamingo Hotel didn’t open until 1946,... Read More

Why Nevada Became a State

April 20th, 2018

You’ve probably seen the Nevada Flag (pictured) with the state motto “Battle Born” across the top and wondered about the context of those particular words. Perhaps you even searched online and found the usual explanations; the Civil War, silver in the Comstock, the need to ensure a victory over the rebellious Confederate States, preventing those same states from getting their hands on the Comstock wealth. To some Nevadans, the Silver State was forged in the flames of war, born of a righteous cause, and emerged into the world on the correct side of history. Perhaps that’s true to an extent.... Read More

Nevada Past Times

April 13th, 2018

Greetings! And welcome to the first edition of Nevada Past Times, the weekly column at that will take a look at the history of the Northern Nevada region with stories about some of the more interesting characters and events that shaped and molded the Truckee Meadows into what it is today. For the first installment, I thought it might be a good idea to get an overview of the area’s history and perhaps a preview of some of the stories that will be featured in this space. Some of them you’ve probably heard or read before, but we promise to find the lesser known facets of Northern Nevada... Read More

Cell Theory

March 12th, 2018

How do you solve a problem like Annihilation? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good and very challenging film, and one that everyone should see as quickly as possible. Before we get into the specifics, let’s talk about the tragedy of its release, and why it bodes ill for intelligent art. Paramount Pictures ponied up $55 million to adapt the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Alex Garland, the director of the superb Ex Machina, was hired to write the screenplay and direct. An impressive team of actors was hired. Things were a go. Upon the film’s completion, as always... Read More