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  • Off The Beat | October 18, 2015

    Presidential candidate measures up

    Chris.mercury

    Poor Lincoln Chafee. After his dismal performance during Tuesday’s democratic presidential debate, the former U.S. senator and governor from Rhode Island will be lucky to even be invited back for the next event. I suspect Chafee’s name will be long-remembered not just

  • Off The Beat | October 10, 2015

    Not throwing away his shot

    Kristina.phatch

    Anyone who’s spoken to me in the last two weeks has probably had to suffer through my explanation of why “Hamilton” is so incredible. “Hamilton” is a new musical that opened on Broadway in August. The soundtrack was released on Sept. 25 and I’ve

  • Off The Beat | October 04, 2015

    Discovering Scotland

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Scotland is hot these days. Feel free to stop with that weird expression. No, I’m not suggesting that global warming has turned the Highlands into Maui with better whiskey. I’m saying “hot” as in popular. We’re talking about travel and books and

  • Off The Beat | September 26, 2015

    Illness means fall has really arrived

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Illness, like so many other hallmarks of fall, arrived a little early in my household this year. At one point or another over the last four weeks, every member in the house, including the cat, has been stricken with some sort of malady. I, of

  • Off The Beat | September 20, 2015

    Sibling love, sibling rivalry inevitable

    Having siblings means having competition. It means lots of other things, too. In the best cases, siblings are your lifelong friends. But on a primal level, they’re also your first competition. You compete for resources in exactly the same way newborn puppies compete for

  • Off The Beat | September 13, 2015

    Silly ‘facts’ have staying power

    Dendurent1

    As a volunteer docent at the Wamego Historical Museum, I’ve discovered that, sometimes, telling a good story is better than being historically accurate. Awhile back, I came across these “facts” about history, math, food and other subjects. Because they appeared on the Internet, they

  • Off The Beat | September 06, 2015

    Exploring the world of maps

    Kristina.phatch

    As it turns out, there are more countries in Africa than there are states in the U.S. and, despite map quizzes in a high school world history class, I couldn’t remember where any of them are. A few weeks ago when visiting my

  • Off The Beat | August 30, 2015

    Searching for sitting

    I’ve been thinking a lot about furniture lately. Couches, to be exact. I never realized how much I took them for granted until I lived without one for a little over two months. Thankfully, that changed for the better last week. At least 90 percent

  • Off The Beat | August 22, 2015

    Adjusting to annual fall return of students

    Greg doering047cut.mercury

    They’re back. They being K-State students, of course. While classes at K-State officially start on Monday, I have already had to adjust my morning routine to accommodate the extra traffic. Mostly this means I leave my house a little earlier but there’s also

  • Off The Beat | August 16, 2015

    Surviving moving day

    Chris.mercury

    I made it. My most recent iteration of “pick your life up and move it down the street or across the world” concluded about two weeks ago, after a 48-hour blitz of boxes, garbage bags and mattresses strapped to car tops. I’m talking, of


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