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 By Peter McKay    Opinion    March 16, 2013

Homemaking: After 12 years, heartfelt thanks and farewell

The other day, I was out driving with my wife and daughters and the subject of British royalty came up. In my head, I teed up a funny anecdote about how, when I was 16, I literally bumped into the Queen of England. Long story, but she was a... Full story

 
 By Peter McKay    Opinion    March 9, 2013

Dr. Daddy

It all started with a picture taken at the hospital shortly after the birth of our twin girls. Livvy and Catherine were a Caesarean birth, and as I was in the delivery room, I had to be outfitted in full surgeon regalia: scrubs, hat and mask....

 
 By Peter McKay    Opinion    March 2, 2013

Pasta, the food that kills

When my six-year-old daughter Catherine is acting up, all I have to say is “Knock it off, or Daddy’s gonna make pasta!” She actually likes pasta. (Other than peanut butter and jelly or bologna and cheese, it’s the only food she will eat.)...

 

Brace yourself!

This past Sunday, I paged through the Real Estate section of the paper to see if we could find a home closer to my children’s orthodontist. Most people look for an easy commute to work or want to be near good schools. The way things have been...

 

How smart is my dog? Smarter than I am ...

You know how something isn’t really news, but suddenly, everywhere you look, there’s a story about it? I felt like this last week, when I saw headline after headline asking me whether I know how smart is my dog. This is all sparked by a new book...

 

Let’s get mad, men!

Let’s Get Mad, Men! A recent study published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review raised a whole lot of discussion last week. The study has been all over the Internet, where I found it (I canceled my subscription to the America...

 

Catfish, anyone?

In case you missed it (and it you did, you live in a cave) Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o recently got himself in a whole lot of hot water after he received sympathy and attention by announcing that his girlfriend had died. When reporters...

 

Going off the grid

As I write this column, I am getting ready to cut the cord. In a day or so, I am gathering my courage, picking up the phone and telling my cable provider to go jump in a lake. We live in a hilly area where TV signals don’t get all that far, so...

 

Highbrow or lowbrow, bro?

This past Sunday night, we faced a bit of a dilemma in our house. The English drawing room, cucumber sandwich and Earl Grey tea sipping drama, “Downton Abbey,” was scheduled to return for its third season, while at the same time, on another...

 
 By Peter McKay    Opinion    January 5, 2013

The number one fan club

When we sell our house, I will tell the realtor to advertise the house as having six bedrooms and two and a quarter baths. That’s because a full bath is one with a bathtub, a sink, and a completely working toilet. A half bath is one with a sink...

 

Welcome to the apocalypse!

If you are reading this column, I have good news for you: the world didn’t end Friday. In case you missed it, a lot of folks were worried it would. All of this is because of an old Mayan calendar. The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, created by...

 

Good girl!

Regular readers of this column (otherwise known as shut-ins) will know that for years, we had a scruffy, disgruntled West Highland Terrier named Harry. Harry and I did not get along, mostly because Harry loved my wife, and I loved my wife, and both...

 

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