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  • Old gym memories

    Afternoon walks sometimes take me to the Kansas State campus, where I enjoy strolling through venerable old buildings filled with memories of my time as a K-State student in the early 1970s. The other day, I ventured into the Gymnasium .

  • Life’s just better with dogs

    Jackie Dobson news@themercury.com Getting a dog was the best thing that ever happened to me. I grew up in a family that has always had dogs; they were part of the family. I always knew that I would .

  • There are many ways to drink coffee

    Let’s talk about coffee. Yes, that magical drink that wakes many of you up every morning and prepares you for the long day ahead. People drink a lot of coffee. So much that in January, world coffee exports totaled 9.84 .

  • Lessons I learned on TV

    While I was cooped up inside with cold weather earlier this winter, I rewatched the TV show “Parks and Recreation,” about the parks and rec staff in fictional Pawnee, Indiana. My favorite thing about this great sitcom is the character .

  • Missing niece’s and nephew’s shenanigans

    Children can be pretty funny sometimes. They say what’s on their mind, have no filter and come up with some weird responses. Most of my homesickness comes from missing my niece and nephew. My niece, Alexis, is 11 years old, .

  • Do you feel the love?

    Fall in love… Best of My Love… I Will Always Love You… love nest… Love Me Do. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons… love affair… Loving You Has Made Me Bananas… The Love Boat… Love Connection. The greatest of these .

  • Buying more books than I can read

    There are 38 books on my bookshelf that I have yet to read. I have an addiction. It’s almost impossible for me to walk past a bookstore without walking in to “browse.” It’s also pretty much impossible for me .

  • Lengthy recovery my own doing

    I accomplished a rather dubious feat this last week — fully buttoning my pants for the first time since the day before Thanksgiving. No, it’s not because I’ve finally lost weight put on over the holidays. Sadly that’s .

  • Digging into presidential trivia

    Last week I interviewed Ronnie Elmore from Kansas State University, an expert on presidential pets, for a story that was published in last Sunday’s paper. One of my favorite things about being a journalist is talking to people who .

  • Facebook jokes now a tribute

    My cousin Tom Maguire passed away recently. You may have known Tom. He grew up in Manhattan in the 1950s and 60s and graduated from Manhattan High School. He was the first of four cousins on my mom’s side .

  • The pitfalls, pleasures of pregnancy

    I went to the OB the other day, where the nurse informed me I’m 38 weeks, three days pregnant. That means I could give birth just about any minute now. (Although according to the office pool, most people think it .

  • Good things outweigh bad of 2016

    This year was somehow simultaneously one of the best and worst years of my life so far. A lot happened in my life in 2016. I spent more time in nature and tried to be healthy by working out, learning yoga .





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