Off The Beat

  • Summer began early for 8th grade

    Nominally, eighth grade was in session this week. As a practical matter, not so much. If this were graduation week, I could appreciate the conflicts. But eighth grade graduation isn’t until next week, which makes this the week before .

  • Creating a Manhattan bucket list

    There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, especially when you are a procrastinator like me. Why do something today when you can do it tomorrow? So, here I am near the end .

  • Seeing the light at the end

      It’s 5:30 in the morning and all my wife and I can do amid the mad rush to get out the door is give each other a reassuring hug while repeating “it won’t last forever” over and over.   It .

  • Lessons on style and life from fashion school

    “So you like Project Runway, then?” It’s a statement and a question in one, and something I’ve heard often, generally after I mention that I went to fashion school. There’s the question: Do you like the show? .

  • Easter topped other holidays — until this year

    Everyone has a favorite holiday. For most, it is either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Maybe even Halloween. Although those are up there, my favorite has always been Easter. After further investigation, I realized that Easter is the least-stressful holiday of any .

  • Something’s fishy about this story

    A man with a bucket of live fish was approached by a game warden as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden asked the man, “May I see your fishing license, please?” “Naw, sir,” .

  • In defense of ‘real’ rock music

    While accepting the Grammy award for best rock performance this year, Dave Grohl, guitarist and lead singer of the Foo Fighters and the former drummer of Nirvana, said, “For me this award means a lot because it shows that the .

  • What do you mean ‘Where’s my column?’

    There’s no worse feeling than realizing you’ve forgotten to do something very important at work on a Friday afternoon. You’re all geared up to go and relax for the weekend when an unfortunate set of circumstances keeps .

  • Madly in love with tourney since 5th grade

    March Madness has always held a special place in my heart. I have looked forward to the tournament every year since I was a kid. But I really fell in love with the tournament when I was in the fifth .

  • AFib’s no fun, and that’s no lie

    For years, I have experienced the weird sensation of skipped heartbeats. They have occurred at play and at rest, at home and at work, during the day and at night. Early on, the occasional missed beats were symptomatized as light .

  • Oscars aren’t just about the awards

    So, the Oscars are tonight and, really, who doesn’t love watching a theater full of self-satisfied movie people congratulate themselves for three hours? I realize now that I haven’t actually seen any of the nine movies nominated for .

  • Sometimes it’s not the little things in life New burk

    There are some things people universally hate paying for: medical bills, cell phone bills, international plane tickets and ransoms, for example. Indeed, it isn’t fun paying for those things, but I also get irrationally upset when I have to .


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