Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | June 25, 2016

    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 staff meeting to enlist help

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | June 19, 2016

    My father and his daughters


    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 all worked for my grandpa,

  • Off The Beat | June 11, 2016

    Wordy to-do for summer


    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 other time of year, I

  • Off The Beat | June 05, 2016

    Memories magnify tornado fear


    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 some sort of magical source

  • Off The Beat | May 28, 2016

    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 sense of doom — before seeking

  • Off The Beat | May 21, 2016

    Take your dog to work for a little canine therapy


    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 trot up to each person

  • Off The Beat | May 14, 2016

    Here’s the straight dope on language


    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 as a legitimate slang word —

  • Off The Beat | May 07, 2016

    The true meaning of the day


    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 example, I feel like we

  • Off The Beat | May 01, 2016

    Say ‘uncle’ ...and ‘aunt’


    Even at my advanced age, I often think about my aunts and uncles, and my memories of them make me feel like a kid again. While I was growing up, I was particularly close to two sets of aunts and uncles on my mom’s

  • Off The Beat | April 23, 2016

    Planning a trip via IT support?

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    It’s one of the world’s great fibs. You’re trying to make a call to some giant corporation, and you’re on hold for a half-hour waiting for someone in the Philippines or Bangladesh to try sorting out a problem that makes you

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