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  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • Finding the music again Kristina.phatch

    I was the definition of band geek in high school, and while my new undertaking might not look the same as marching band, it’s giving me some of the happiness I found through those years. A few months back, .





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