Off The Beat

  • 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 .

  • Aging cat a reminder of childhood

    Aging cat a reminder of childhood Every little girl needs a cat. But I don’t think my parents ever expected my cat to live as long as she has. My mom spotted her under a pile of leaves on .

  • Post-holiday season dulls January days Kristina.phatch

    I can’t help but feel like I’m dragging my feet a little this week. It might be the snow. It might also be because it’s the first normal week I’ve worked in a few weeks. I’.

  • Taking a look at the ‘r-word’: retirement Dendurent1

    Taking a look at the ‘r-word’: retirement A college buddy’s 2014 Christmas newsletter said he and his wife were starting to consider the ‘R’ word — retirement. A few days after receiving Doug’s holiday greeting, the post office delivered my .

  • Some lessons from grandpa Bethany047cut.phatch

    When I think of my grandfather and how to describe him, one of the best adjectives I can come up with is ‘tough.’ My grandfather, Charles ‘Bud’ Hanzlick, died Dec. 18, the morning of the first significant snowfall this year. He .

  • Does anyone really like getting old? Megan.moser1

    My grandmother turned 99 last month. I’m not sure she was happy about it. We celebrated with a small party at the nursing home where she lives, and I brought chocolate cupcakes and hot coffee, two things I knew she .

  • Kicking tires on a f irst car brings back me mor ie s

    My niece nearly spoiled months of planning with a simple goodbye at Thanksgiving. “See you next week,” she said, to a room of open-mouthed adults panicked by the salutation. The message was accurate, it just wasn’t meant to be .

  • Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough Brian mug.phatch

    Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough It’s almost December, which means it’s almost 2015. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I maintain the same goals every year: don’t get arrested, don’t .


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