Friday, September 4, 2015



Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | March 22, 2015

    Defeating my nemesis: the clothes dryer

    ‘Behind every great man, there is a great woman.” Or something like that. It’s hard to track down accurate quotes on the Internet. As I see it, though, what a great man really needs is enemies. Look back through time and you will find

  • Off The Beat | March 15, 2015

    Even fictional goodbyes can be hard to say

    Kristina.phatch

    It’s hard to say goodbye to friends, sometimes even to fictional ones. I get quite attached to some of my favorite TV personalities, and lately it feels as though I’ve been saying goodbye to all my favorites. “White Collar,” a show about a

  • Off The Beat | March 08, 2015

    Comfort food worth making for yourself

    Megan.moser1

    Last week I had a craving for food from one of my favorite hometown restaurants: Pho Hoa in Garden City. It’s officially called Pho Hoa One, but everyone just says “Pho Hoa” (pronounced — at least by most in our town — as “foe wah”). It’

  • Off The Beat | March 01, 2015

    Celebrating mom on her birthday

    My mom is adamant she will not live a day past her 72nd birthday. She’s convinced as soon as a person turns 72, that everything goes downhill. “That’s when all the serious medical problems start,” she says. “I’m not going to let that

  • Off The Beat | February 22, 2015

    When your parents go digital

    Greg doering047cut.phatch

    My mother is now a full participant in the digital world, which is good, but it’s going to take some time to get used to on my part, as another member of my family stops calling and starts texting. Her transition culminated in the

  • Off The Beat | February 15, 2015

    Familiar names dot Manhattan

    Dendurent1

    For me, looking at a map of Manhattan is kinda like attending a family reunion. Kinda. My mom, Maxine, grew up in Manhattan in the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30 as Maxine Givens. Some of those years were spent in a house at 615 Poyntz, where the newest

  • Off The Beat | February 08, 2015

    Experiences spawn a love-hate relationship with snow

    Kristina.phatch

    It’s been an unusually warm winter, but the last week has been a chilly, wet reminder of what winter in the Midwest is really like. After having both fun and frustrating memories involving snow, I have mixed feelings about seeing the town covered in

  • Off The Beat | February 01, 2015

    Getting a head start on being old

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Recently my aunt wrote Facebook post about being “officially an old lady.” Her qualifications included wearing a hat when it is cold, no matter what it does to her hair; wearing glasses because she can see better than with contacts; wearing sensible flat shoes because

  • Off The Beat | January 24, 2015

    A look behind the scenes at the paper

    Brian mug.phatch

    I bet sometimes you wonder what we talk about behind the scenes at The Mercury. The number-one thing we do typically is find different ways to be as biased as possible against whatever you support. I’d say around 85.3 percent of our time is devoted

  • Off The Beat | January 18, 2015

    Aging cat a reminder of childhood

    Aging cat a reminder of childhood Every little girl needs a cat. But I don’t think my parents ever expected my cat to live as long as she has. My mom spotted her under a pile of leaves on a cold, damp October day


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