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  • Off The Beat | November 30, 2014

    Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough

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    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 get shot or stabbed, and

  • Off The Beat | November 23, 2014

    Figuring out tradition no piece of cake


    Marriage is about compromise, and I’ve made a big one. My husband and I have sort of a standing agreement to spend the holiday with his family. And while they’re lovely people with a beautiful home and a bountiful spread, their table is

  • Off The Beat | November 16, 2014

    Slow down, winter spiders


    As you are reading this, the landscape is likely covered in the white powder. If it isn’t, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s take-down of meteorologists a few weeks ago again shows his brilliance. The first thought I had when I became

  • Off The Beat | November 09, 2014

    The (11th) happiest place on earth

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    Whatever problems might be lurking during the daytime, Kansans apparently don’t lose much sleep over them. At least, that’s one of many facts unearthed in a national survey conducted by WalletHub, a social media outlet that studies financial and lifestyle issues in the

  • Off The Beat | November 02, 2014

    The most wonderful time of the year


    November has been my favorite month for years, but depending on how it goes this year, I don’t know if it can top the October I’ve had. Let’s just say last month was pretty good. I saw a lot of good friends,

  • Off The Beat | October 19, 2014

    Some fears, though illogical, hard to shake


    All the recent hysteria about the Ebola virus has had me thinking a lot about my irrational fears (one of which is Ebola). When I say “irrational fears,” I basically mean that the risk of that thing harming me or my even coming in contact

  • Off The Beat | October 12, 2014

    Learn a lesson from cartoons

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    Saturday morning cartoons are done, y’all. Finished. Dead. Raptured. Oct. 4 was the first Saturday since the 1960s with no cartoons on broadcast television. Where will the kids get their five hours of summer once a week? Cable? Yes. Netflix? Yes. YouTube? Yes. That’s

  • 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’

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