Off The Beat

  • Conducting some home experiments

    It may be self-apparent since I’m writing this column, but I need to make something very clear — I am not a trained scientist. My education in mixing chemicals and documenting the scientific method pretty much concluded in high school, .

  • Amazement, exhaustion on vacation

    Of all the impressive sights in Washington, my favorite is the view looking east from the Lincoln Memorial. The dome of the Capitol in the background, the Washington Monument and a sea of Americana in between made what amounted to .

  • Cutting away some of life’s excesses Bethany047cut.phatch

    Sometimes I can be a bit of an idealist, and one of my aspirations is to be a minimalist. My accumulation of things isn’t out of control by any means, but there are certainly things I don’t need, .

  • Wary coffee convert finds the jolt Kristina.phatch

    I recently stopped into a local coffee shop and tried a new drink. Five years ago, I probably wouldn’t even have been in the shop in the first place. I’ve been a slow convert to the coffee world. .

  • Celebration of ‘townie season’ Bethany047cut.phatch

    This weekend was Aggieville’s second annual Nothing Festival, a holiday for townies, who are people living in a college town but are not affiliated with a higher educational institution. The Nothing festival is all about celebrating a little more .

  • Recalling complicated relationship with car

    Alejandro and I have a love/hate relationship. We’ve been together since June 2010. Alejandro is a dark gray 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, appropriately named after a Lady Gaga song. “I know that we are young, and I know that you may .

  • Honor soldiers with memory, not sales

    Honor soldiers with memory, not sales As a military veteran, I’m super excited for Memorial Day this year. It’s not because I plan to remember or memorialize my comrades who died while serving, but because of all the .

  • Admiring mom mor e as I get older Megan.moser1

    In hindsight, it was the moments I was in the most trouble that best demonstrate how much my mom loves me. Take, for example, one day in college. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but I had fallen behind .

  • Navigating Twitter can be addicting Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    It might be less dangerous to be hooked on drugs than on Twitter. OK, that’s probably an exaggeration, but if you’re sniffing something you shouldn’t, at least there are doctors and meds to get you off the .

  • On reunions and time machines Brian-mug

    On reunions and time machines I’ve aged. This past week, I received an invite to a Facebook group for my high school’s 10-year reunion. When did 2006 become almost 10 years ago? This is crazy. I take umbrage with it. .

  • Father’s wise words still handy Greg doering047cut.phatch

    My father could have appreciated the sentiment of the memorial, but he would have rolled over in his grave, had we not cremated him, at the ceremony accompanying its dedication. He never was big on public gatherings. On April 11, USD 365 .

  • Fight for your right to park Bethany047cut.phatch

    At 6:57 a.m. on Wednesday, I became a victim of injustice. It was at that time that I received a $15 parking ticket. When I woke up that morning, I had a gut feeling that it was going to be a .


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