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  • Off The Beat | August 31, 2014

    Depression a dangerous monster

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    Depression a dangerous monster You’ve probably read something about depression since Robin Williams committed suicide. Yes, in the end he was a man who could make anyone happy but himself. The danger here, since Robin was famous and tributes have come pouring in, is

  • Off The Beat | August 24, 2014

    No more invigorating Augusts


    If the roads seem a little more crowded this week, it’s because almost 25,000 students are starting classes Monday. It’s move-in weekend at K-State, and it makes me nostalgic for my recently finished college years. I graduated from the University of Nebraska in May 2013

  • Off The Beat | August 17, 2014

    Thank you for the laughs


    While I was perusing the Twitter Thursday night, I saw a tweet from a friend that read, “Butterscotch candies give me life.” I chuckled and as a courtesy, I “favorited” it — also known as “starring” in Twitter-speak. Then a voice in my head responded to

  • Off The Beat | August 10, 2014

    What my dog taught me


    I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my wife. It was November 2012, and we’d just parked our car outside of a Topeka pet store that we often visited to look at puppies. We’d just visited a few weeks earlier and Haley

  • Off The Beat | August 03, 2014

    These ideas will make you money

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    Help. I’m afraid I’m being watched. I’m not sure whether somebody’s following me, tapping my phone or screening my emails, but somehow, my ideas are being stolen — specifically, my business ideas. See, the evidence is stacked. When my wife and I

  • Off The Beat | July 27, 2014

    Fair fosters magical environment


    There’s never been a time when the county fair hasn’t been a part of my life, so I get a little excited when I see those Ferris wheels go up every year. This is largely because I’m from Republic County, where time

  • Off The Beat | July 20, 2014

    McCartney show left lasting memories


    I am a person who likes things far too much, and few things show this more clearly than my love of the Beatles. So when I recently had the opportunity to see Paul McCartney perform live, I knew it would be an experience I would

  • Off The Beat | July 13, 2014

    Reunions are fun… and funny


    Our family has just returned from Iowa and Wisconsin, where we attended a couple of family reunions. I don’t know what your family does at reunions, but one of the things we do is tell funny stories, most of them only remotely related to

  • Off The Beat | July 06, 2014

    Real sports for patriots


    This newspaper was made in America. You’re probably reading this in America. I’m an American with my American blood running through my American veins. If you can’t tell, I’m excited about America. One of my favorite ways to display patriotism is

  • Off The Beat | June 29, 2014

    No longer dreading the ‘twang’


    Several years ago, Country Stampede might have been my worst nightmare. I didn’t like country music at all growing up. Maybe it’s because it was so pervasive in rural Kansas. My area of the state didn’t have many of the latest tunes

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