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  • Off The Beat | September 01, 2013

    Reunited, and it feels so good


    There’s nothing like being called by an old nickname to take you right back to high school. “Hey, Momo!” one of my classmates called out as I approached our reunion picnic recently. The name fit like a well-worn pair of shoes — comfortable, even after 10

  • Off The Beat | August 25, 2013

    The limits and excesses of a wedding

    Brian mug

    Hey, you! Yeah, you sitting or standing on the thing at the place reading this! I have an important message for you: Stop limiting yourself. Stop it right now. I see you hiding your limits behind your back. Drop it. Thank you. I’m not

  • Off The Beat | August 18, 2013

    How do I say goodbye?

    Ned seaton

    It’s almost the start of the fall semester for most college students, which means it’s heart-wrenching time for a lot of parents.  Me included. Kids are leaving home. They’re going away to college, never to return. Oh sure, they’ll be

  • Off The Beat | August 11, 2013

    The functionality of a facility


    We have in our house several pieces of Delft pottery. I bought them a couple decades ago, during a visit to the Netherlands, and put them on the walls of our dining room and on bookshelves. In the intervening two decades, there has not been

  • Off The Beat | August 04, 2013

    A lesson on growing up


    Growing up is a hard thing to do. The crash-course of life often gets especially hairy during adolescence. Being an only child, I didn’t have an older sibling to tell me about how to navigate the social aspect of school — no one to tell

  • Off The Beat | July 28, 2013

    Apologies are overrated

    Brian mug

    I understand that apologies are the right thing to say. If I stole your favorite CD, I’m supposed to apologize. You’re supposed to forgive me. The world keeps on spinning. What if I don’t want to apologize? Apologies are just meaningless words

  • Off The Beat | July 21, 2013

    I would rather be at The Summit


    Forty-nine years ago this month I attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. Me and several thousand other Scouts. Given the time lapse, I don’t recall many of the details, but some of the memories have stayed with me. The clearest

  • Off The Beat | July 14, 2013

    A force already within me


    “I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me—like

  • Off The Beat | July 07, 2013

    Vacation anticipation


    I love to travel. But I’m beginning to think that I like planning my next trip more than the trip itself. I read a study recently that said merely thinking about a getaway boosts a person’s happiness for up to eight weeks prior

  • Off The Beat | June 30, 2013

    Traits of an only child


    Recently, when a guy was introducing himself to me, he said his sister was coming down for Stampede this weekend. I asked if he had other siblings. No, just the sister. Cool, I said. I’m an only child. Now there are a couple of

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