Off The Beat

  • 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 .

  • Not so new New Year’s resolutions Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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. .

  • 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 .

  • Facing fear and getting back to living a normal life Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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 .

  • 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 — .

  • 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 .


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