Off The Beat

  • The pitfalls, pleasures of pregnancy

    I went to the OB the other day, where the nurse informed me I’m 38 weeks, three days pregnant. That means I could give birth just about any minute now. (Although according to the office pool, most people think it .

  • Good things outweigh bad of 2016

    This year was somehow simultaneously one of the best and worst years of my life so far. A lot happened in my life in 2016. I spent more time in nature and tried to be healthy by working out, learning yoga .

  • Memories grow with home’s trees

    Poet Joyce Kilmer wrote: I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree. I like trees too. I enjoy looking at them as I walk. I appreciate their grandeur, their majesty, the refreshing shade they provide .

  • Simple Christmases also a gift

    The best Christmas tree I’ve ever seen was plain except for a garland of rope and three envelopes attached with wooden clothespins. My grandpa had put it up as a surprise for my sisters and me, and we were .

  • On the same page ...maybe

    My wife and I generally agree on the big things in a marriage like money, family and supporting each other. However, when it comes to the small things we often fail to adequately communicate what we’re thinking. Sometimes this .

  • My little brother, the marine

    Last weekend I traveled to San Diego with my mom, niece and nephew to watch my little brother graduate from Marine Corps boot camp training. I had mixed feelings about him joining the military in the first place, so I .

  • What’s your Manhattan eye-Q?

    How observant are you? If you’re a person who pays attention to your surroundings, then you should do pretty well on this quiz. It’s all about Manhattan stuff. 1. This quote from Horace Mann, a 19th century politician and .

  • Can you only adapt for so long?

    Earlier this week the Gmail app on my phone updated to a new display. Instead of the normal list of emails in a generic pattern for easy reading, the app now uses a bunch of colors and pushed spam and .

  • All ready for season’s greetings

    Now that Halloween has passed, I feel like the holiday season has officially begun, and it’s one of my favorite times of year. There are some wonderful, joyful things about the last couple months of the year, and I’.

  • A legend close to home

    You might have heard that Bill Murray got a big award this past week. It was a star-studded event at the Kennedy Center in New York, and people like Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver and Miley Cyrus were part of the .

  • Trip was a grand ole experience

    Forty years ago, I was a young journalist working at my first real job for Grit, a nationally circulated newspaper headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Grit carried a lot of entertaining content, including feature stories on popular show-biz personalities. Readers assumed .

  • Flint Hills superlatives

    I arrived in Kansas last summer with very little idea of where I was or what I was doing. I still don’t always know what I’m doing, but I have built up a stockpile of knowledge about northeast .


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