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  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • Off The Beat | January 03, 2016

    Not so new New Year’s resolutions

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    Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? They actually mean a lot to me, because some of my resolutions go all the way back to grammar school. Which is to say, they were not quite voluntary. For instance, my parents resolved that I would

  • Off The Beat | December 27, 2015

    Reviving a morbid investment

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    Tontines are completely illegal, a little morbid… and the future of investing. At least that’s a common theme among recent articles trumpeting economists, lawyers and academics touting these precursors to modern annuities as the savior of current and future retirees. I’ll admit to

  • Off The Beat | December 19, 2015

    Past hits and misses of gift buying


    Buying presents for people is hard, especially when you’re working with a budget dependent on a journalist’s salary. For example, I can think of something that would make an absolutely perfect present for my younger sister — a pony. But I can’t afford

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