Wednesday, June 29, 2016



Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | April 16, 2016

    A love-hate friendship with ‘Stella’

    Lea.mercury

    I never expected to be one of those people who name their cars. But then I met Stella, who happens to be my first car. Stella is a 2006 Subaru Forester (her full name is Stella Subes) with 170,000 miles. If I had to guess her age

  • Off The Beat | April 09, 2016

    Generations don’t all fit in same box

    Dylan.mercury

    I’m 26 years old, the age of a quintessential millennial. Last year, I moved to Austin, Texas, for a new job that I thought would be a move in the right direction for my career. It did not go well, as you may be able

  • Off The Beat | April 03, 2016

    No experts allowed

    Brian-mug

    March (and some of April) Madness is almost over. The bracket you filled out has probably been finished. I don’t want to brag, but I do. As of Friday, my bracket is ranked 8th out of 34 at The Mercury. Unfortunately, I’ve watched too

  • Off The Beat | March 27, 2016

    Swapping hats to lead to the real work

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Growing up working on my grandparents’ ranch, I learned early that a job requires one to wear many hats.  My training started as my grandfather’s sidekick/gate opener when checking cattle. Never one to pass on making a joke, my grandfather was a fan

  • Off The Beat | March 20, 2016

    Mad for March and its many reasons for celebration

    Chris.mercury

    March is the best month, and I can’t even count all of the reasons why. First, it’s a great sports month. Between basketball’s March Madness, baseball’s spring training and the tail end of hockey season, there’s a lot for sports

  • Off The Beat | March 12, 2016

    As they say, ‘it’ll dry eventually’

    Megan.moser1

    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

    Dylan.mercury

    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

    Kristina.phatch

    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


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