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  • 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

  • Off The Beat | March 10, 2013

    Love can just find me


    Love is a strange emotion. What’s even more strange is that I’m writing about love now; Valentine’s Day was almost a month ago. But I think love falls under the umbrella of Murphy’s Law: If it’s going to happen, it

  • Off The Beat | March 03, 2013

    Words we love; words we hate


    Last week, my boss casually asked whether we could use a certain word in the newspaper. My reaction was immediate and severe — I kind of gagged and shouted “No!” at the same time — and it made several people nearby giggle. I’ll not tell you

  • Off The Beat | February 24, 2013

    January might be a better choice


    The last few days of Black History Month are coming up this week. We all have our ways of celebrating it such as learning some history, watching an NBA game, hugging a black person or ignoring it. Personally, I use the end of Black History

  • Off The Beat | February 17, 2013

    Life lessons and baseball

    Ned seaton

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The last real baseball game I ever played was probably in the summer of 1982, just before I went to high school. I’m not sure.

  • Off The Beat | February 10, 2013

    A bad fiscal example


    I read a note the other day to the effect that President Obama recently flew out to Las Vegas to deliver an address on immigration reform. The trip took nine hours, and I’m trying to figure out why. The speech on immigration reform isn’

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