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  • Off The Beat | January 03, 2016

    Not so new New Year’s resolutions

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    Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? They actually mean a lot to me, because some of my resolutions go all the way back to grammar school. Which is to say, they were not quite voluntary. For instance, my parents resolved that I would

  • Off The Beat | December 27, 2015

    Reviving a morbid investment

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Tontines are completely illegal, a little morbid… and the future of investing. At least that’s a common theme among recent articles trumpeting economists, lawyers and academics touting these precursors to modern annuities as the savior of current and future retirees. I’ll admit to

  • Off The Beat | December 19, 2015

    Past hits and misses of gift buying

    Chris.mercury

    Buying presents for people is hard, especially when you’re working with a budget dependent on a journalist’s salary. For example, I can think of something that would make an absolutely perfect present for my younger sister — a pony. But I can’t afford

  • Off The Beat | December 06, 2015

    A crisis of identity…for friends

    Megan.moser1

    Once again, the mail was meant for me, but it didn’t bear my name. The envelope was addressed to a “Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Praeger.” Well, my husband is Mr. Brendan Praeger, but I’m not a Mrs. I use my maiden name, Moser.

  • Off The Beat | November 28, 2015

    Facing fear and getting back to living a normal life

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    Many years ago, when I was in reasonable shape, a group of us ran 7 miles at noontime every day. We trained for marathons, ran 20 miles on a Saturday afternoon every other month, and even splashed along to log our miles in the rain and slush

  • Off The Beat | November 21, 2015

    Talking with pictures

    Lea.mercury

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the 2015 word of the year isn’t actually a word. It’s a very small digitally-produced image of a cartoon face crying tears of joy — otherwise known as the year’s most popular emoji — that was recently identified as

  • Off The Beat | November 15, 2015

    Becoming a freshman again

    Dylan.mercury

    After graduating from college almost two years ago, I am a freshman once again. Usually freshmen don’t show up on campus with only about five weeks left in the fall semester, but I’m special case. I’m not actually a student. I’m

  • Off The Beat | November 08, 2015

    Battling the bulge (and the budget)

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Dining out in Manhattan has changed substantially since I first arrived at K-State in the fall of 2000, which is one reason why I now sport a thicker belly and thinner wallet. While I do miss some local establishments that have closed in the past 15 years,

  • Off The Beat | October 31, 2015

    Realizing your age

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    Went to a concert the other night, and it was terrific — until intermission. The lights came up, and suddenly I was looking around at more than a thousand people who appeared, well, somewhere around retirement age or beyond. My first thought: Wow, what an older

  • Off The Beat | October 24, 2015

    First steps into football

    Lea.mercury

    After 24 years of life as a U.S. citizen, I’ve finally become a true American. I attended my first ever football game on Oct.11, 2015. You’d think growing up in the heart of New England Patriots territory — only one town over from Gillette Stadium,


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