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  • Off The Beat | November 18, 2012

    Bring back Touchdown

    It’s always awkward to write a Sunday column about football when the deadline for the column precedes the outcome of the game. So if by chance we have lost to Baylor Saturday night and I have wasted this space, I apologize in advance. But

  • Off The Beat | November 11, 2012

    Election hangover

    I don’t know how you, individual reader, feel about the elections being over, but I’m pretty stoked. The mixture of seeing the Facebook news feed bickering, ad campaigns and having to be hyper aware of all that went on during this election for

  • Off The Beat | November 04, 2012

    Voting problems

    Both in Kansas and nationally, the most recurring and persistent political message these days goes something like this: VOTE. That message is delivered by civic groups, public interest organizations and state and local election officials. It is facilitated by voter registration efforts whose sole purpose

  • Off The Beat | October 28, 2012

    Being tough

    Boo! Did I scare you? I apologize if I did. It’s just that Halloween is Wednesday, and I really need to prepare. I still don’t have a costume, so I’m open to suggestions. I’m leaning towards something scarier than my costume

  • Off The Beat | October 21, 2012

    Before I’m gone

    New burk

    Today is a sad day, dear Manhattanites. This is the last day you’ll get to open the Sunday Mercury and read one of my columns. If you haven’t heard, I’m leaving next week for a new job in North Carolina. Consider this

  • Off The Beat | October 14, 2012

    Just try to play nice, okay?

    I’m not sure if you all have heard, but 2012 is a presidential election year. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are heading toward their Election Day showdown Nov. 6. Romney seems to be recovering well from last month’s release of his comments

  • Off The Beat | October 05, 2012

    The lesson was never about fish, was it?

    My dad definitely doesn’t get enough credit. Not that he’s screaming about the injustice or demanding that I thank him for all the life lessons I’ve learned from him in my 23 years on this planet, but my dad — and my mother, for

  • Off The Beat | September 23, 2012

    Someone I can take home to Boulder

    Recently, my boyfriend of nearly four months and I spent about 21 hours in the car together in a round-trip visit to Colorado for a four-day weekend. It was a trip we embarked on because I thought it would be fun to show him my home

  • Off The Beat | September 16, 2012

    Personal thrill of the drive

    I love the film “Drive.” There’s a lot to love about it: The synthesizer-heavy soundtrack, Albert Brooks playing a heavy, Ryan Gosling (ladies), Gosling’s satin baseball jacket, the cinematography, etc. I like all that, but the title says it all. Deep down, I

  • Off The Beat | September 08, 2012

    Home in Houston

    I took a biannual pilgrimage to my hometown in August. It’s a small town called Houston, Texas, with a population of 2.1 million people. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from Manhattan and get to the city that forever sprawls, even if only for


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