Saturday, November 28, 2015

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  • Off The Beat | November 21, 2015

    Talking with pictures


    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the 2015 word of the year isn’t actually a word. It’s a very small digitally-produced image of a cartoon face crying tears of joy — otherwise known as the year’s most popular emoji — that was recently identified as

  • Off The Beat | November 15, 2015

    Becoming a freshman again


    After graduating from college almost two years ago, I am a freshman once again. Usually freshmen don’t show up on campus with only about five weeks left in the fall semester, but I’m special case. I’m not actually a student. I’m

  • Off The Beat | November 08, 2015

    Battling the bulge (and the budget)

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Dining out in Manhattan has changed substantially since I first arrived at K-State in the fall of 2000, which is one reason why I now sport a thicker belly and thinner wallet. While I do miss some local establishments that have closed in the past 15 years,

  • Off The Beat | October 31, 2015

    Realizing your age

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    Went to a concert the other night, and it was terrific — until intermission. The lights came up, and suddenly I was looking around at more than a thousand people who appeared, well, somewhere around retirement age or beyond. My first thought: Wow, what an older

  • Off The Beat | October 24, 2015

    First steps into football


    After 24 years of life as a U.S. citizen, I’ve finally become a true American. I attended my first ever football game on Oct.11, 2015. You’d think growing up in the heart of New England Patriots territory — only one town over from Gillette Stadium,

  • Off The Beat | October 18, 2015

    Presidential candidate measures up


    Poor Lincoln Chafee. After his dismal performance during Tuesday’s democratic presidential debate, the former U.S. senator and governor from Rhode Island will be lucky to even be invited back for the next event. I suspect Chafee’s name will be long-remembered not just

  • Off The Beat | October 10, 2015

    Not throwing away his shot


    Anyone who’s spoken to me in the last two weeks has probably had to suffer through my explanation of why “Hamilton” is so incredible. “Hamilton” is a new musical that opened on Broadway in August. The soundtrack was released on Sept. 25 and I’ve

  • Off The Beat | October 04, 2015

    Discovering Scotland

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    Scotland is hot these days. Feel free to stop with that weird expression. No, I’m not suggesting that global warming has turned the Highlands into Maui with better whiskey. I’m saying “hot” as in popular. We’re talking about travel and books and

  • Off The Beat | September 26, 2015

    Illness means fall has really arrived

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Illness, like so many other hallmarks of fall, arrived a little early in my household this year. At one point or another over the last four weeks, every member in the house, including the cat, has been stricken with some sort of malady. I, of

  • Off The Beat | September 20, 2015

    Sibling love, sibling rivalry inevitable

    Having siblings means having competition. It means lots of other things, too. In the best cases, siblings are your lifelong friends. But on a primal level, they’re also your first competition. You compete for resources in exactly the same way newborn puppies compete for

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