Off The Beat

  • 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 .

  • 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 .





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