Off The Beat

  • 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 .

  • 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.” .

  • 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 .

  • Even fictional goodbyes can be hard to say Kristina.phatch

    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 .

  • Comfort food worth making for yourself Megan.moser1

    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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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. .

  • Familiar names dot Manhattan Dendurent1

    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 .

  • Experiences spawn a love-hate relationship with snow Kristina.phatch

    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 .

  • Getting a head start on being old Bethany047cut.phatch

    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; .

  • A look behind the scenes at the paper Brian mug.phatch

    I bet sometimes you wonder what we talk about behind the scenes at The Mercury. The number-one thing we do typically is find different ways to be as biased as possible against whatever you support. I’d say around 85.3 percent .


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