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  • Sports about community, not only wins

    With the beginning of the NFL season just around the corner and a new team taking the field in Los Angeles, I feel it is necessary to reflect on how sports are more about personal identity than they are about .

  • On the real time… or not

    How old am I really? In theory, my birth on May 27, 1989, would make me 27, as of Aug. 28, 2016. (Kinda disappointed that people forgot the three-month anniversary of my 27th birthday on Saturday.) Journalists may not be the best at math, but .

  • Surviving a visit from young nieces Greg doering047cut.mercury

    My daughter is now an officially enrolled high school senior. And after a busy summer, my wife and I are feeling much closer to senior citizen status than we should. To be more specific, we’ve seemingly been going from .

  • Digging in at the beach Lea.mercury

    Having grown up in Massachusetts a short drive from the coast, one of the things I miss, especially during the summer, is going to the beach. When I was around 4 or 5, I wanted to be an archaeologist. (I recently asked .

  • It’s time for dresses and dancing Kristina.phatch

    Wedding season is in full swing, and although I attended my only wedding of this year last weekend, I’m still pretty excited about it. My friend Kayla, whom I’ve known since eighth grade, got married last weekend, and .

  • Something old, something new, something blue Brian mug

    Life hacks. It’s all about finding ways to game the system of life to your advantage. I stumbled across a pretty good one last weekend. I found a way to extend my three-day weekend into a five-day vacation. All .

  • If the shoe fits, wear it Greg doering047cut.mercury

    I wanted to fill this space with aptonyms, the term for when a person’s name accurately describes their chosen profession, but I will admit I had some help compiling the list below. I announced the topic in a recent .

  • My father and his daughters Megan.moser1

    My dad was always one of those pretty manly guys. He grew up with three older brothers, and they tended to do lots of stereotypically masculine things: they played sports, they went hunting, they built stuff. In the summers, they .

  • Wordy to-do for summer Kristina.phatch

    There’s nothing I enjoy more in the summer than sitting on a park bench with a good book. Even though I’m three years out of school and now roughly as busy in the summer as I am any .

  • Memories magnify tornado fear Dylan.mercury

    I’ve lived almost all of my life in Kansas, and if there is one thing I know Kansans can agree on, it’s this: tornados fascinate us just as much as they scare us. To me, tornados seem like .

  • You can’t mess with nature Greg doering047cut.mercury

    A true Kansan, my first response upon hearing tornado sirens is to go outside and look at the sky. But I’m not crazy. I generally will spend less than a minute outside — just enough time to get an impending .

  • Take your dog to work for a little canine therapy Megan.moser1

    My dog, Scout, could never be a service dog. She’s definitely not disciplined enough to lead a blind person through the grocery store, for instance. She’s a little too hyper. A little too curious. She’d want to .


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