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  • Off The Beat | May 19, 2013

    I’m not afraid for Hannah

    Ned seaton

    In a few days, my daughter Hannah will walk out the door of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School for the last time. I’ll cry a little, maybe a lot. I imagine I won’t be the only one. It will be a final goodbye to

  • Off The Beat | May 12, 2013

    A year later, still grateful


    Memories are a funny thing. Some things are burned into my brain cells…so much so that I can bring them up without much hesitation. My grandmother’s passing. My cousin Chris’ wedding. The birth of all three cousins. They are all there. One memory

  • Off The Beat | May 05, 2013

    Weather or not


    This column begins on a steamy, wet June Sunday in 1984. I was coaching the Manhattan junior American Legion baseball team, and we were scheduled to play a doubleheader against Blue Valley of suburban Kansas City on the blue diamond at CiCo Park. The only problem

  • Off The Beat | April 28, 2013

    Pondering life, death


    I’ve been thinking a lot about life and death recently. Let me start off by saying that existence is awesome. I can’t even imagine all the reasons I could not be existing. I drive every day, fly on a plane every once in

  • Off The Beat | April 21, 2013

    The place to go after a ruff day


    Well it’s been feeling like February, but the calendar insists that it’s April. One of the best things about the warm weather that (I hope) is approaching is that it means I can take my dog to the dog park. My dog, Scout,

  • Off The Beat | April 14, 2013

    Sunday is the most fun day


    I adore Sunday. It’s my favorite day of the week. Most see it as a marker for the work week ahead, but for me, it’s usually my only day off. My Sundays usually begin with a wake-up time of around 11 a.m., followed

  • Off The Beat | April 07, 2013

    A folk voice made of gold


      Sometimes I wonder where I’ve been all my life. Like a few months ago when I was working around the house and listening, as I often do, to one of my favorite music stations on Internet radio.   Suddenly, there came through the speakers one

  • Off The Beat | March 31, 2013

    Happy people are the worst

    Brian mug.phatch

    I’m a mostly peaceful person, but I get irrationally angry about certain things. President Barack Obama on ESPN/talk shows — We get it. You like sports, music and talking like the common man. Go fix something. The White House to-do list is growing quite

  • Off The Beat | March 24, 2013

    Reading the lost volumes


    Part of me is in there with Erasmus, the 16th Century scholar said to have famously uttered, “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” I do not have that kind of bibliotechish commitment,

  • Off The Beat | March 17, 2013

    Check your driving skills


    I cringe every time I get in my car to drive home. Unfortunately, I work downtown, and live on the far west side of Manhattan. As I drive home every day, I observe my fellow drivers doing things that make me question their knowledge of

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