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  • Off The Beat | January 04, 2015

    Taking a look at the ‘r-word’: retirement

    Dendurent1

    Taking a look at the ‘r-word’: retirement A college buddy’s 2014 Christmas newsletter said he and his wife were starting to consider the ‘R’ word — retirement. A few days after receiving Doug’s holiday greeting, the post office delivered my annual Social Security statement, bringing

  • Off The Beat | December 28, 2014

    Some lessons from grandpa

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    When I think of my grandfather and how to describe him, one of the best adjectives I can come up with is ‘tough.’ My grandfather, Charles ‘Bud’ Hanzlick, died Dec. 18, the morning of the first significant snowfall this year. He was born on the first

  • Off The Beat | December 14, 2014

    Does anyone really like getting old?

    Megan.moser1

    My grandmother turned 99 last month. I’m not sure she was happy about it. We celebrated with a small party at the nursing home where she lives, and I brought chocolate cupcakes and hot coffee, two things I knew she would like. My parents went,

  • Off The Beat | December 07, 2014

    Kicking tires on a f irst car brings back me mor ie s

    My niece nearly spoiled months of planning with a simple goodbye at Thanksgiving. “See you next week,” she said, to a room of open-mouthed adults panicked by the salutation. The message was accurate, it just wasn’t meant to be shared with my daughter, who

  • Off The Beat | November 30, 2014

    Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough

    Brian mug.phatch

    Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough It’s almost December, which means it’s almost 2015. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I maintain the same goals every year: don’t get arrested, don’t get shot or stabbed, and

  • Off The Beat | November 23, 2014

    Figuring out tradition no piece of cake

    Megan.moser1

    Marriage is about compromise, and I’ve made a big one. My husband and I have sort of a standing agreement to spend the holiday with his family. And while they’re lovely people with a beautiful home and a bountiful spread, their table is

  • Off The Beat | November 16, 2014

    Slow down, winter spiders

    Brady047color.phatch

    As you are reading this, the landscape is likely covered in the white powder. If it isn’t, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s take-down of meteorologists a few weeks ago again shows his brilliance. The first thought I had when I became

  • Off The Beat | November 09, 2014

    The (11th) happiest place on earth

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Whatever problems might be lurking during the daytime, Kansans apparently don’t lose much sleep over them. At least, that’s one of many facts unearthed in a national survey conducted by WalletHub, a social media outlet that studies financial and lifestyle issues in the

  • Off The Beat | November 02, 2014

    The most wonderful time of the year

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    November has been my favorite month for years, but depending on how it goes this year, I don’t know if it can top the October I’ve had. Let’s just say last month was pretty good. I saw a lot of good friends,

  • Off The Beat | October 19, 2014

    Some fears, though illogical, hard to shake

    Kristina.phatch

    All the recent hysteria about the Ebola virus has had me thinking a lot about my irrational fears (one of which is Ebola). When I say “irrational fears,” I basically mean that the risk of that thing harming me or my even coming in contact


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