Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | August 30, 2015

    Searching for sitting

    I’ve been thinking a lot about furniture lately. Couches, to be exact. I never realized how much I took them for granted until I lived without one for a little over two months. Thankfully, that changed for the better last week. At least 90 percent

  • Off The Beat | August 22, 2015

    Adjusting to annual fall return of students

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    They’re back. They being K-State students, of course. While classes at K-State officially start on Monday, I have already had to adjust my morning routine to accommodate the extra traffic. Mostly this means I leave my house a little earlier but there’s also

  • Off The Beat | August 16, 2015

    Surviving moving day

    Chris.mercury

    I made it. My most recent iteration of “pick your life up and move it down the street or across the world” concluded about two weeks ago, after a 48-hour blitz of boxes, garbage bags and mattresses strapped to car tops. I’m talking, of

  • Off The Beat | August 02, 2015

    Finding the music again

    Kristina.phatch

    I was the definition of band geek in high school, and while my new undertaking might not look the same as marching band, it’s giving me some of the happiness I found through those years. A few months back, I picked up a cheap

  • Off The Beat | July 26, 2015

    Resolving to break snooze-button addiction

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    I’ve always heard how being a morning person is beneficial to pretty much every aspect of life. Morning people get a jump on their days, are more productive and because they are perfect, also workout before going to their jobs. But I am a

  • Off The Beat | July 19, 2015

    A bumpy first trip to Midwest

    I entered the state of Kansas for the first time in my 23 years of life approximately 18 hours before I started my job at the Mercury in June. My mom and I had planned to complete the drive from Massachusetts a day earlier, but, as easily

  • Off The Beat | July 12, 2015

    Did dream tell of Cosby’s dark side?

    Brian mug.phatch

    As it turns out, the man known as America’s dad can’t be trusted around your daughters. Bill Cosby testified that he got Quaaludes in the 1970s for women he intended to have sex with, according to a 2005 deposition that the Associated Press obtained

  • Off The Beat | June 28, 2015

    Conducting some home experiments

    It may be self-apparent since I’m writing this column, but I need to make something very clear — I am not a trained scientist. My education in mixing chemicals and documenting the scientific method pretty much concluded in high school, which is the last time

  • Off The Beat | June 21, 2015

    Amazement, exhaustion on vacation

    Of all the impressive sights in Washington, my favorite is the view looking east from the Lincoln Memorial. The dome of the Capitol in the background, the Washington Monument and a sea of Americana in between made what amounted to a day-long hike well worth

  • Off The Beat | June 14, 2015

    Cutting away some of life’s excesses

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Sometimes I can be a bit of an idealist, and one of my aspirations is to be a minimalist. My accumulation of things isn’t out of control by any means, but there are certainly things I don’t need, and I like the idea


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