Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | March 12, 2016

    As they say, ‘it’ll dry eventually’


    After visiting Ireland last summer, here’s the best way I know to sum up the Irish people: They don’t believe in clothes dryers. My husband Brendan and I discovered this fact when, about halfway through our little self-guided tour of the country, we

  • Off The Beat | March 06, 2016

    The way to a faster caffeine buzz


    Coffee shops need an express lane. I’m not talking about a drive-thru, which many of the local coffee shops already utilize. I’m talking about a lane that is specifically designed to help people get their simple drinks faster instead of waiting in line

  • Off The Beat | February 28, 2016

    Leap Day: It’s time for a change

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    As anyone who’s observed children for any length of time knows, time is an artificial construct. My nieces and nephews, especially, understand that time is malleable as they’ve perfected turning five more minutes into something just short of a standard hour. Adults also

  • Off The Beat | February 21, 2016

    Yes we can…write a great slogan


    Now that presidential primary season is fully underway, I’ve started thinking about a key part of any campaign: the slogan. There aren’t any especially memorable slogans this year, it seems, but every campaign is trying to make its mark. We’ve got Donald

  • Off The Beat | February 14, 2016

    Skimming the tabloids

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    The check-out line at Dillon’s apparently has come to a halt. Normally, I don’t pay a lick of attention in situations like this — grocery shopping puts me in a bit of a daze — but the slowdown seemed to center on one woman. Her

  • Off The Beat | February 06, 2016

    The heartbreak, thrills of fandom

    Brian mug.phatch

    Today is the Super Bowl. For anybody who loves football, this should be one of the most enjoyable days of the year. I would probably enjoy the game more if my team was playing in it, but we all can’t get what we want.

  • Off The Beat | January 31, 2016

    Let it snow: Enjoy beauty of winter


    When it comes to snow, there’s very little middle ground. People are either for or against it, and I’m pretty sure age is a strong predictor of one’s opinion. It makes sense, because children see snow as a potential day off from

  • Off The Beat | January 23, 2016

    Giving my regards


    My love of musicals is something I’ve carried with me since I was a small child. I love watching, hearing, singing along with and just generally enjoying musicals. I enjoy something more the second you add good music, but there’s a wonderful, surreal

  • Off The Beat | January 17, 2016

    It’s not a real party without a good theme


    The other day, I was in Home Depot, perusing the axes, as one does, when an employee came by to offer his help. I told him I was looking for a small ax — maybe more of a hatchet, really. He asked how I was planning

  • Off The Beat | January 10, 2016

    Don’t let pizza ruin friendships


    In college my friends called me “the pizza czar.” I’m a fan of pizza. I believe it’s the best food item that has graced human existence. Some foodstuffs come close — like sandwiches — but nothing beats pizza. I’ve eaten pizza. I’ve rated

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