Monday, October 5, 2015

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  • Off The Beat | February 15, 2015

    Familiar names dot Manhattan


    For me, looking at a map of Manhattan is kinda like attending a family reunion. Kinda. My mom, Maxine, grew up in Manhattan in the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30 as Maxine Givens. Some of those years were spent in a house at 615 Poyntz, where the newest

  • Off The Beat | February 08, 2015

    Experiences spawn a love-hate relationship with snow


    It’s been an unusually warm winter, but the last week has been a chilly, wet reminder of what winter in the Midwest is really like. After having both fun and frustrating memories involving snow, I have mixed feelings about seeing the town covered in

  • Off The Beat | February 01, 2015

    Getting a head start on being old


    Recently my aunt wrote Facebook post about being “officially an old lady.” Her qualifications included wearing a hat when it is cold, no matter what it does to her hair; wearing glasses because she can see better than with contacts; wearing sensible flat shoes because

  • Off The Beat | January 24, 2015

    A look behind the scenes at the paper

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    I bet sometimes you wonder what we talk about behind the scenes at The Mercury. The number-one thing we do typically is find different ways to be as biased as possible against whatever you support. I’d say around 85.3 percent of our time is devoted

  • Off The Beat | January 18, 2015

    Aging cat a reminder of childhood

    Aging cat a reminder of childhood Every little girl needs a cat. But I don’t think my parents ever expected my cat to live as long as she has. My mom spotted her under a pile of leaves on a cold, damp October day

  • Off The Beat | January 11, 2015

    Post-holiday season dulls January days


    I can’t help but feel like I’m dragging my feet a little this week. It might be the snow. It might also be because it’s the first normal week I’ve worked in a few weeks. I’m definitely falling into the

  • Off The Beat | January 04, 2015

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


    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


    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?


    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

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