Off The Beat

  • 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 .

  • Two words to solve Fake Patty’s Day: tow trucks

    I used to be young and stupid, and even at this hazy distance I have the vague recollection of having once or twice succumbed to the desire to get young and stupid drunk. But only once or twice. An extended .

  • What’s the matter with Kansas prep basketball?

    Forty-three years is a long time to wait to tell somebody you think they’re screwing up big-time. But it is not long enough for me to forget my poor opinion of the way the Kansas State High School Activities .

  • Her charm has little to do with good breeding Megan.moser1

    It’s a good thing puppies are cute. When I went home for lunch the other day, I found half a dozen shredded tissues on the floor and a bottle of my favorite hand lotion, its top torn off and .

  • He hears his calling: listening

    Have you ever wondered why you were put on this earth? It took me 23 years to realize my purpose, which occurred while I was playing bingo last Thursday. No, this is not going to delve in to another great date .

  • A great loss for country music Dendurent1

      I was sorry to read last month of the death of Billie Jo Spears.   If you’re thinking, “Who?”, you’re probably not alone. But if you were a country music fan in 1975, you will fondly remember Billie Jo and .

  • Expert says starting diet is a snap

    I started my diet again Tuesday. It’s one of the things I do best, right up there with writing these award-winning columns, driving a golf ball and rooting for the Cubs. I am much better at it than, by .

  • Expert says starting diet is a snap

    I started my diet again Tuesday. It’s one of the things I do best, right up there with writing these award-winning columns, driving a golf ball and rooting for the Cubs. I am much better at it than, by .

  • In Chicago, ice-skating is second nature

    As a native Chicagoan, it’s probably fair to say I’m more acclimated to winter, and everything that comes with it, than most people. That’s why I was shocked, offended even, to learn that many of my co-workers .

  • Bidding farewell to auction season

    My dad has hunting season; my mom has auction season. One is a vicious bloodsport that evokes our most basic predatorial instincts; the other is hunting. Well, summer is prime auction season, and my mom is an accomplished sportswoman in .





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