• An Every Year Resolution

    An Every Year Resolution

    If you’re like me and don’t want to make false promises to yourself or others, this is the way to go. Read Desiderata, remember Max Ehrmann worked hard and grew up in Indiana too. If we could all be more like that we wouldn’t have to be so concerned with grand aspirations of saving the world.

  • Mark Wright's Night with Peter Gabriel

    Mark Wright's Night with Peter Gabriel

    As part of our "Songs You Should Have Heard" series, Mark Wright shares his encounter with the Genesis rock icon in 1973.

  • Into the New Century: Eitel’s and Co.

    Into the New Century: Eitel’s and Co.

    Please enjoy this feature profiling Jenny Sullivan, her store, and her work transitioning a century-old business into a viable consumer option in the modern world.

  • Rock Stars in Liverpool

    Rock Stars in Liverpool

    Greencastle natives Logan Beck and Lucas Eckrich traveled to Liverpool to pay homage to the greatest rock-and-roll band to ever record a tune. What happened at the end of their day in The Beatles’ home town probably would have ruined a great time for most of us, but as Beck recalls here, nothing could dash the high they had just experienced.

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An Every Year Resolution

Sculpture by Bill Wolfe called Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads.

I don’t make New Year resolutions. I used to, but typically forgot about whatever false promise I’d made to myself by St. Patrick’s Day. When friends and family ask me, every year, what I will “resolve” to do in the coming months the answer is usually some kind of smart-ass ...

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Songs You Should Have Heard (And My Peter Gabriel Story)

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National Road’s Mark Wright shares his 1973 happenstance encounter with a young, up-and-coming rock star who would one day dominate a generation of music.  The best part of the story: even people with the craziest lives and the weirdest haircuts can still talk to anybody as if they’re ordinary people. ...

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Into the New Century: Eitel’s and Co.

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National Road Magazine is proud to welcome Eitel’s and Co. as one of our primary supporters and sponsors.  Please enjoy this feature profiling Jenny Sullivan, her store, and her work transitioning a century-old business into a viable consumer option in the modern world.  Additionally, if you’ve enjoyed the content in ...

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Rock Stars in Liverpool

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Greencastle natives Logan Beck and Lucas Eckrich traveled to Liverpool to pay homage to the greatest rock-and-roll band to ever record a tune.  What happened at the end of their day in The Beatles’ home town probably would have ruined a great time for most of us, but as Beck ...

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Ruby On The Brain: My Dog Eats Everything

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Last September I wrote about the challenges that come when walking two very different dogs through our neighborhood.  The challenges of dog ownership do not end there, especially if your one-year-old monster has non-functioning taste buds. Two weeks ago, Wendi and I returned home from an enjoyable evening in town.  ...

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A Good Old Fashioned Hautian Christmas

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by Christian Shuck photos by Alia Shuck Mixed in with the hilarious “glow of electric sex in the window” and dogs barging into the house to ruin the turkey, there is a scene in A Christmas Story I love more than any other. I’m talking about when the Parker family ...

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The Dogmatics: Level With the Ground

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by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Jeremy Black courtesy of The Dogmatics Yes, traditional poetry still exists.  Talented writers can still settle down on a park bench, scrawl out a quatrain’s worth of observations in trochaic tetrameter, patch it together with an alternating rhyme scheme, and find a publisher who ...

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Friday Photo Blog: Autumn Beauty

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Knightstown’s Eric Cox returns to the Friday Photo Blog with this collection of gems reminding us of the autumn which has passed.  Now that winter is upon us we find ourselves thinking of the words of Percy Shelley:  “O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

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Terre Haute: It Is What It Is…or Isn’t

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Opinion by Christian Shuck Photos by Marty Jones When Donovan and I first sat down to discuss how I could start contributing to National Road Magazine my mind went in about a thousand directions. Fortunately, his experience took the lead and he offered insight to what his expectations were for ...

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Justin Renner’s Long Story

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Greencastle native Justin Renner took the long route to his current life in Indianapolis. Fronting one band, backing another, working his day-job, and flirting with his acting chops, Renner has become a sort of modern Renaissance man. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tim McLaughlin Justin Renner sits belly up to ...

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The Rat, The Mouse, and a Happy Thanksgiving

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When this piece was originally written,  I was too many pounds lighter, my mother was still alive, and my Facebook feed was still filled with political posts…different stuff…same anger.  I was getting ready to write something about this Thanksgiving, but as I read this one, I thought a lot about ...

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Meet Me in the Middle

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We have more in common than we think, so I’m done with the whole game of arguing about politics from one side or the other. In 2004 I was at war with just about everyone in my community.  In the local newspaper—using an anonymous “letter to the editor” feature called ...

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You Know Nothing

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November 9, 2016 8:51 a.m. Terre Haute, IN My alarm didn’t go off this morning. I’d turned it off around 1 a.m. so that I could sleep in a little. Turns out that didn’t matter, I woke up around 6:30 anyway. I lumbered downstairs in my usual routine, fed the ...

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