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  • Off The Beat | October 05, 2014

    Improvement projects not always worth it


    For the last two weeks, I tried to be a better person. But I’ve concluded that I’m fine with being an OK person. Let’s start with week one. That’s the week that I tried being disciplined, which is something I thought

  • Off The Beat | September 28, 2014

    Conferences less scary as a parent

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    Manhattan High School recently wrapped up its fall parent-teacher conferences, generally one of the first signs that fall is upon us. While the cooler weather is nice, I was never too fond of my parents interacting with my teachers. By the time conferences rolled around,

  • Off The Beat | September 21, 2014

    Bluegrass festival proves cathartic


    By the time you are reading this, I will already have finished my second-ever attendance at the Walnut Valley Festival in my hometown of Winfield. And, if any of you remember my 24-hour diary from Country Stampede at Tuttle Creek State Park in June, it’

  • Off The Beat | September 14, 2014

    First attempt at gardening not so fruitful


    I’m not happy about the cold weather we’ve been having over the last few days, but I can appreciate it in at least this one respect: it’s an excuse for the sad state of my poor, dying garden. For the first time

  • Off The Beat | September 07, 2014

    Cleanliness not next to godliness


    If I could pick any aspect of daily living is hardest for me in my adult life, it would be maintaining a tidy, organized home. I’ve been contemplating whether I am capable of change or whether I should just accept that I’m messy.

  • 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

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