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  • 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 .

  • Battling the bulge (and the budget) Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Dining out in Manhattan has changed substantially since I first arrived at K-State in the fall of 2000, which is one reason why I now sport a thicker belly and thinner wallet. While I do miss some local establishments that have .

  • Realizing your age Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Went to a concert the other night, and it was terrific — until intermission. The lights came up, and suddenly I was looking around at more than a thousand people who appeared, well, somewhere around retirement age or beyond. My first .

  • First steps into football Lea.mercury

    After 24 years of life as a U.S. citizen, I’ve finally become a true American. I attended my first ever football game on Oct.11, 2015. You’d think growing up in the heart of New England Patriots territory — only one .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .


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