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  • Off The Beat | September 22, 2013

    Bohemian Rhapsody tops the best rock songs in Manhattan

    Ned seaton

    Evidently, Manhattan is a Bohemian sort of town. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the elaborate 1975 song by the band Queen, topped The Mercury’s totally unscientific, just-for-fun, don’t-take-this-too-seriously voluntary reader survey of the top rock songs of all time. In connection with the appearance by the classic

  • Off The Beat | September 22, 2013

    Kansas: East, west, & central


    Not even 48 years in the news business — 44 of them in one place — teaches you everything. Why is it so cool to get wretching drunk in Aggieville in March? Why is there air? Why do perfectly qualified young adults attend KU? Why can’t the Cubs

  • Off The Beat | September 14, 2013

    In love with the idea of coming home


    Kansas and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it because it’s home. Things are familiar. I can take the backroads in Geary County with my eyes shut. The same goes with the streets in Junction City. The homes I grew up in

  • Off The Beat | September 08, 2013

    What makes a song rock?

    Ned seaton

    And the Number 1 song in the history of rock and roll is…in a bit of a surprise, it’s…The Bangles, with “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Well, umm, no. That’s a joke I heard once on a classic-rock radio station countdown of the

  • Off The Beat | September 01, 2013

    Reunited, and it feels so good


    There’s nothing like being called by an old nickname to take you right back to high school. “Hey, Momo!” one of my classmates called out as I approached our reunion picnic recently. The name fit like a well-worn pair of shoes — comfortable, even after 10

  • Off The Beat | August 25, 2013

    The limits and excesses of a wedding

    Brian mug

    Hey, you! Yeah, you sitting or standing on the thing at the place reading this! I have an important message for you: Stop limiting yourself. Stop it right now. I see you hiding your limits behind your back. Drop it. Thank you. I’m not

  • Off The Beat | August 18, 2013

    How do I say goodbye?

    Ned seaton

    It’s almost the start of the fall semester for most college students, which means it’s heart-wrenching time for a lot of parents.  Me included. Kids are leaving home. They’re going away to college, never to return. Oh sure, they’ll be

  • Off The Beat | August 11, 2013

    The functionality of a facility


    We have in our house several pieces of Delft pottery. I bought them a couple decades ago, during a visit to the Netherlands, and put them on the walls of our dining room and on bookshelves. In the intervening two decades, there has not been

  • Off The Beat | August 04, 2013

    A lesson on growing up


    Growing up is a hard thing to do. The crash-course of life often gets especially hairy during adolescence. Being an only child, I didn’t have an older sibling to tell me about how to navigate the social aspect of school — no one to tell

  • Off The Beat | July 28, 2013

    Apologies are overrated

    Brian mug

    I understand that apologies are the right thing to say. If I stole your favorite CD, I’m supposed to apologize. You’re supposed to forgive me. The world keeps on spinning. What if I don’t want to apologize? Apologies are just meaningless words

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