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 .
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 .
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 .
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 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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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