Off The Beat

  • Slow down, winter spiders Brady047color.phatch

    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 .

  • The (11th) happiest place on earth Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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 .

  • The most wonderful time of the year Bethany047cut.phatch

    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 .

  • Some fears, though illogical, hard to shake Kristina.phatch

    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 .

  • Learn a lesson from cartoons Brian mug

    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? .

  • Improvement projects not always worth it Bethany047cut.phatch

    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, .

  • Conferences less scary as a parent Greg doering047cut.phatch

    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 .

  • Bluegrass festival proves cathartic Bauman-cut

    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 .

  • First attempt at gardening not so fruitful Megan.moser1

    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 .

  • Cleanliness not next to godliness Bethany047cut.phatch

    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 .

  • Depression a dangerous monster Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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 .

  • No more invigorating Augusts Kristina.phatch

    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 .


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