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  • Off The Beat | January 20, 2013

    Lies lead to success

    Brian-mug

    People constantly lie. A few tell bigger lies than most, which brings me to Lance Armstrong. His story reads like a thrilling novel. Boy meets cycling. Boy meets testicular cancer. Boy beats testicular cancer. Boy beats cycling by taking performance-enhancing drugs. Boy denies taking drugs.

  • Off The Beat | January 13, 2013

    Beauty: It isn’t just skin deep

    Maura1

    What is it about the beginning of the year that inspires people to quit their smoking habit, be happier or lose obnoxious amounts of weight? Is it the freshness of a new year…a new beginning, one that isn’t scarred with our failures? I’

  • Off The Beat | January 06, 2013

    4 sides of Manhattan

    We are approaching the conclusion of the fourth personality of Manhattan. Most towns I know of have only one personality. For better or worse, New York City is always The Big Apple, Vegas is Glitter Gulch, Los Angeles is Tinsel Town and Nashville is Music

  • Off The Beat | December 29, 2012

    Bah humbug!

    Every year I suffer through all the hype surround the big man in a red suit. I am affectionately known by my friends and family as “The Grinch.” While I support the celebration of the birth of Christ, and I love listening to traditional Christmas

  • Off The Beat | December 23, 2012

    Life of a Xmas baby

    Maura1

    Today, dear reader, is my birthday. I’ll be the ripe old age of 24, given that the world doesn’t end on Friday (I’m writing this on Thursday, so you never know). I’ve obviously had this birthday my entire life and it never

  • Off The Beat | December 08, 2012

    Tell me a good one

    My wife Joyce and I will help our first (and only) grandchild celebrate his third birthday.Bryce is the cutest kid in the world, says the funniest things and entertains us ceaselessly. Oh, and did I mention how smart he is? People who know how

  • Off The Beat | December 02, 2012

    All I want for Xmas…

    Brian mug

    Dear You, Are you as excited about this time of the year as I am? In many ways, the anticipation of the Christmas season is similar to the anticipation of Christmas Day. Stores can’t wait to put up Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.

  • Off The Beat | November 25, 2012

    Being thankful

    Maura1

    A former Mercury writer, Burk Krohe, once wrote an Off the Beat about his love of driving. I have to say, I understand the freedom of driving, but I’ve done it so much in my life that I have a love/hate relationship with

  • 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


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