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  • 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

  • Off The Beat | June 23, 2013

    100 years bring a lot of change


    My mom would have turned 100 this year. She was born in Manhattan in 1913, increasing the city’s population to 7,001. New American flags had 48 stars then, but just barely — Arizona and New Mexico had just entered the Union the year before. The average life expectancy (for

  • Off The Beat | June 16, 2013

    The toughest sport there is

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    Last week in this space, the incomparable Bill Felber argued that golf was superior to tennis. Careful readers of The Mercury probably noted that he did so only after he announced his impending retirement and said nice things about his bosses here at the paper

  • Off The Beat | June 09, 2013

    Minor differences

    Of the three “lifetime” sports —  bowling, golf and tennis — I am 85 percent a golfer, 15 percent a bowler and 0 percent a tennis player. That I have managed to work alongside members of the Seaton family for more than four decades thus may qualify in some

  • Off The Beat | June 02, 2013

    She lives on through us


    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” — Albert Pike In 2007, when I was a student at the University of Kansas, my parents drove to Lawrence to, from what I

  • Off The Beat | May 26, 2013

    Our President is a dirty mack


    I don’t trust Barack Obama. I’ve found out some troubling information about him recently. Time Magazine ran a story on Obama’s 1979 prom. Kelli Allman (nee McCormack), who was a classmate of Obama, provided pictures including a letter Obama wrote in her yearbook.

  • Off The Beat | May 19, 2013

    I’m not afraid for Hannah

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    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

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