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Off The Beat

  • Remembering ‘Gunsmoke’

    The TV network we watch most at our house is MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television), which features classic TV programs from the 1950s through the 1990s. And our favorite MeTV show is “Gunsmoke” — especially the early half-hour black-and-white episodes of the .

  • OFF THE BEAT | Children? No thanks, not for me

    I visited my aunt last Christmas for the first time in about two or three years. We were talking about her newest granddaughter when she asked if I was going to have kids. I’m pretty sure I have had .

  • Secrets to a good marriage

    This month my husband and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. A few of my young and not so young recently married friends have said that after that long, I am an expert on marriage. I am an expert .

  • The story you didn’t ask for

    My water broke just before midnight on Jan. 17. Yep, you’re reading my “birth story.” That’s how some of my friends who are moms talk about it. “So tell me your birth story,” they’ve actually said in normal .

  • OFF THE BEAT | A mission statement out of this world

    When I was working toward my degree I had to make a business plan. The first assignment was to formulate a mission statement for a company. I was a stay-at-home mom, so my business was running was my home. Four .

  • 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 .





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