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  • 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’.

  • As they say, ‘it’ll dry eventually’ Megan.moser1

    After visiting Ireland last summer, here’s the best way I know to sum up the Irish people: They don’t believe in clothes dryers. My husband Brendan and I discovered this fact when, about halfway through our little self-guided .

  • The way to a faster caffeine buzz Dylan.mercury

    Coffee shops need an express lane. I’m not talking about a drive-thru, which many of the local coffee shops already utilize. I’m talking about a lane that is specifically designed to help people get their simple drinks faster .

  • Leap Day: It’s time for a change Greg doering047cut.mercury

    As anyone who’s observed children for any length of time knows, time is an artificial construct. My nieces and nephews, especially, understand that time is malleable as they’ve perfected turning five more minutes into something just short of .

  • Yes we can…write a great slogan Kristina.phatch

    Now that presidential primary season is fully underway, I’ve started thinking about a key part of any campaign: the slogan. There aren’t any especially memorable slogans this year, it seems, but every campaign is trying to make its .

  • Skimming the tabloids Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    The check-out line at Dillon’s apparently has come to a halt. Normally, I don’t pay a lick of attention in situations like this — grocery shopping puts me in a bit of a daze — but the slowdown seemed to .

  • The heartbreak, thrills of fandom Brian mug.phatch

    Today is the Super Bowl. For anybody who loves football, this should be one of the most enjoyable days of the year. I would probably enjoy the game more if my team was playing in it, but we all can’.

  • Let it snow: Enjoy beauty of winter Chris.mercury

    When it comes to snow, there’s very little middle ground. People are either for or against it, and I’m pretty sure age is a strong predictor of one’s opinion. It makes sense, because children see snow as .

  • Giving my regards Kristina.phatch

    My love of musicals is something I’ve carried with me since I was a small child. I love watching, hearing, singing along with and just generally enjoying musicals. I enjoy something more the second you add good music, but .

  • It’s not a real party without a good theme Megan.moser1

    The other day, I was in Home Depot, perusing the axes, as one does, when an employee came by to offer his help. I told him I was looking for a small ax — maybe more of a hatchet, really. He .

  • Don’t let pizza ruin friendships Dylan.mercury

    In college my friends called me “the pizza czar.” I’m a fan of pizza. I believe it’s the best food item that has graced human existence. Some foodstuffs come close — like sandwiches — but nothing beats pizza. I’ve .





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