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  • Off The Beat | April 27, 2014

    The most wonderful time of the year

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Coinciding with the warm, beautiful weather of spring and summer is my favorite time of the year: wedding season. I’ve long enjoyed weddings more than holidays for a few reasons. First, many of the ones I’ve attended took place in warm weather. The

  • Off The Beat | April 20, 2014

    With a hint of the classic, a modern twist

    Kristina.phatch

    Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous detective in history, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories were not my introduction to the character. I decided to read the original novels and short stories recently because of the BBC TV series “Sherlock.” It shows the

  • Off The Beat | April 13, 2014

    This is great prose, Mike said poetically

    Dendurent1

    The category on a recent episode of TV’s “Jeopardy!” was “Adverbs,” and the answer on the answer-and-question program was, “ ‘The doctor had to remove my left ventricle,’ Tom said (this).” The question, of course, was “What is ‘half-heartedly’?” I burst out laughing, and not

  • Off The Beat | April 06, 2014

    The trials of ‘friend’-ing a parent

    Bauman-cut

    There are times in life that you make decisions that impact the rest of your days. They don’t seem to have such gravitas at the time, but like a couple of gas station hotdogs, they’ll sneak up on you later. For some, it’

  • Off The Beat | March 23, 2014

    Growing up never gets easier

    Kristina.phatch

    There are moments in life when you realize everything is changing. I had one of those moments this week when I received a baby shower invitation for a friend from high school. It wouldn’t have been quite such a shock to my system if

  • Off The Beat | March 16, 2014

    Watch out, Manhattan

    Brian-mug

    The Mercury recently made some internal changes. After being the education reporter since August 2010, I became the city reporter a few weeks ago. It was like getting a new job without a change in scenery or increased pay. I didn’t even change desks. Still,

  • Off The Beat | March 09, 2014

    Arkansas town fulfills Walton’s goal

    Dendurent1

    When Sam Walton opened his 5- & 10-cent variety store on the square in downtown Bentonville, Ark., in 1950, the town had a population of 2,900. That store was the seed of the worldwide Walmart retail empire, and the headquarters of Walmart are still in Bentonville. Today’

  • Off The Beat | February 16, 2014

    Life, one Lego brick at a time

    Bauman-cut

    As of this writing, I’ve yet to see “The Lego Movie,” and that’s not because it doesn’t interest me. It interests me greatly… I just haven’t had the time to see it, but I assure you I will. Why? Because I’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    Flowers? Chocolate? Yes, please!

    Megan.moser1

    I don’t get why there are so many Valentine’s Day haters. Maybe if you’re single, a holiday dedicated to romance reminds you that you have only your cat to keep you warm at night. Does that alone justify being bitter about Valentine’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    Sure, it’s a cute idea… but, seriously

    Kristina.phatch

    I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. Because it’s an incredibly popular holiday dedicated to love, it alienates a lot of people who are not in relationships. I love the idea of celebrating love. I try to show my family and


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