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  • Surviving a visit from young nieces Greg doering047cut.mercury

    My daughter is now an officially enrolled high school senior. And after a busy summer, my wife and I are feeling much closer to senior citizen status than we should. To be more specific, we’ve seemingly been going from .

  • Digging in at the beach Lea.mercury

    Having grown up in Massachusetts a short drive from the coast, one of the things I miss, especially during the summer, is going to the beach. When I was around 4 or 5, I wanted to be an archaeologist. (I recently asked .

  • It’s time for dresses and dancing Kristina.phatch

    Wedding season is in full swing, and although I attended my only wedding of this year last weekend, I’m still pretty excited about it. My friend Kayla, whom I’ve known since eighth grade, got married last weekend, and .

  • Something old, something new, something blue Brian mug

    Life hacks. It’s all about finding ways to game the system of life to your advantage. I stumbled across a pretty good one last weekend. I found a way to extend my three-day weekend into a five-day vacation. All .

  • If the shoe fits, wear it Greg doering047cut.mercury

    I wanted to fill this space with aptonyms, the term for when a person’s name accurately describes their chosen profession, but I will admit I had some help compiling the list below. I announced the topic in a recent .

  • My father and his daughters Megan.moser1

    My dad was always one of those pretty manly guys. He grew up with three older brothers, and they tended to do lots of stereotypically masculine things: they played sports, they went hunting, they built stuff. In the summers, they .

  • Wordy to-do for summer Kristina.phatch

    There’s nothing I enjoy more in the summer than sitting on a park bench with a good book. Even though I’m three years out of school and now roughly as busy in the summer as I am any .

  • Memories magnify tornado fear Dylan.mercury

    I’ve lived almost all of my life in Kansas, and if there is one thing I know Kansans can agree on, it’s this: tornados fascinate us just as much as they scare us. To me, tornados seem like .

  • You can’t mess with nature Greg doering047cut.mercury

    A true Kansan, my first response upon hearing tornado sirens is to go outside and look at the sky. But I’m not crazy. I generally will spend less than a minute outside — just enough time to get an impending .

  • Take your dog to work for a little canine therapy Megan.moser1

    My dog, Scout, could never be a service dog. She’s definitely not disciplined enough to lead a blind person through the grocery store, for instance. She’s a little too hyper. A little too curious. She’d want to .

  • Here’s the straight dope on language Dylan.mercury

    My coworkers here at The Mercury like to make fun of me for using the word dope. I originally began using the word ironically (hipster much?) when I was a college student. The term had already fallen out of favor .

  • The true meaning of the day Kristina.phatch

    Mother’s Day might be a bit of a made up, greeting card holiday nowadays, but I don’t care. Sometimes I rebel against what I view as holidays invented by marketing companies. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, for .


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