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  • Memories magnify tornado fear Dylan.mercury

    I’ve lived almost all of my life in Kansas, and if there is one thing I know Kansans can agree on, it’s this: tornados fascinate us just as much as they scare us. To me, tornados seem like .

  • You can’t mess with nature Greg doering047cut.mercury

    A true Kansan, my first response upon hearing tornado sirens is to go outside and look at the sky. But I’m not crazy. I generally will spend less than a minute outside — just enough time to get an impending .

  • Take your dog to work for a little canine therapy Megan.moser1

    My dog, Scout, could never be a service dog. She’s definitely not disciplined enough to lead a blind person through the grocery store, for instance. She’s a little too hyper. A little too curious. She’d want to .

  • Here’s the straight dope on language Dylan.mercury

    My coworkers here at The Mercury like to make fun of me for using the word dope. I originally began using the word ironically (hipster much?) when I was a college student. The term had already fallen out of favor .

  • The true meaning of the day Kristina.phatch

    Mother’s Day might be a bit of a made up, greeting card holiday nowadays, but I don’t care. Sometimes I rebel against what I view as holidays invented by marketing companies. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, for .

  • Say ‘uncle’ ...and ‘aunt’ Dendurent1

    Even at my advanced age, I often think about my aunts and uncles, and my memories of them make me feel like a kid again. While I was growing up, I was particularly close to two sets of aunts and .

  • Planning a trip via IT support? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    It’s one of the world’s great fibs. You’re trying to make a call to some giant corporation, and you’re on hold for a half-hour waiting for someone in the Philippines or Bangladesh to try sorting out .

  • A love-hate friendship with ‘Stella’ Lea.mercury

    I never expected to be one of those people who name their cars. But then I met Stella, who happens to be my first car. Stella is a 2006 Subaru Forester (her full name is Stella Subes) with 170,000 miles. If I .

  • Generations don’t all fit in same box Dylan.mercury

    I’m 26 years old, the age of a quintessential millennial. Last year, I moved to Austin, Texas, for a new job that I thought would be a move in the right direction for my career. It did not go well, .

  • No experts allowed Brian-mug

    March (and some of April) Madness is almost over. The bracket you filled out has probably been finished. I don’t want to brag, but I do. As of Friday, my bracket is ranked 8th out of 34 at The Mercury. .

  • Swapping hats to lead to the real work Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Growing up working on my grandparents’ ranch, I learned early that a job requires one to wear many hats.  My training started as my grandfather’s sidekick/gate opener when checking cattle. Never one to pass on making a joke, .

  • Mad for March and its many reasons for celebration Chris.mercury

    March is the best month, and I can’t even count all of the reasons why. First, it’s a great sports month. Between basketball’s March Madness, baseball’s spring training and the tail end of hockey season, there’.





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