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  • Off The Beat | April 05, 2015

    Fight for your right to park


    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 rough day, and it all

  • Off The Beat | March 29, 2015

    Foster just one of many oversharing

    Ned seaton

    Marcus Foster got kicked off the K-State basketball team because he put a picture of himself on Twitter with a plastic lizard named Randolph. Well, to be completely accurate, he said: “Me and my boy #randolph lit on the beach.” In other words, “I’m

  • Off The Beat | March 22, 2015

    Defeating my nemesis: the clothes dryer

    ‘Behind every great man, there is a great woman.” Or something like that. It’s hard to track down accurate quotes on the Internet. As I see it, though, what a great man really needs is enemies. Look back through time and you will find

  • Off The Beat | March 15, 2015

    Even fictional goodbyes can be hard to say


    It’s hard to say goodbye to friends, sometimes even to fictional ones. I get quite attached to some of my favorite TV personalities, and lately it feels as though I’ve been saying goodbye to all my favorites. “White Collar,” a show about a

  • Off The Beat | March 08, 2015

    Comfort food worth making for yourself


    Last week I had a craving for food from one of my favorite hometown restaurants: Pho Hoa in Garden City. It’s officially called Pho Hoa One, but everyone just says “Pho Hoa” (pronounced — at least by most in our town — as “foe wah”). It’

  • Off The Beat | March 01, 2015

    Celebrating mom on her birthday

    My mom is adamant she will not live a day past her 72nd birthday. She’s convinced as soon as a person turns 72, that everything goes downhill. “That’s when all the serious medical problems start,” she says. “I’m not going to let that

  • Off The Beat | February 22, 2015

    When your parents go digital

    Greg doering047cut.phatch

    My mother is now a full participant in the digital world, which is good, but it’s going to take some time to get used to on my part, as another member of my family stops calling and starts texting. Her transition culminated in the

  • 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

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