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Cari Ray is Not Pretending

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller Compensation is often hardwired into the DNA of the music business.  Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch ...

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Rick Michael’s Tunes Around Town

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It’s the third week of the year, and Rick Michael’s letting us know who’s playing where: January 15-20, 2018 January 15, 2018 Acoustic Open Mic with Jack Gibson / Swizzle Stick 7:00 to 9:00 January 16, 2018 Gibson and Wheat / Wasser Brewing Company 7:00 to 9:00 January 18, 2018 Fret ...

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Winter House: Chapter 3

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Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image by Alia Shuck Chapter Three June 11, 1958 Click Here to Read Chapter One Click Here to Read Chapter Two “He slogged me in the gut!” Mike said, bent halfway over. Bobby turned and asked, “He what?” Mike coughed slightly, holding his middle with ...

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Vignettes: DePauw’s Singer/Songwriter Series

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They are familiar names, gigging in familiar haunts.  They capture the rural soul that is life in west-central Indiana and they weave into it the pseudo-urban flair that is life in the middle of Greencastle.  For three Thursdays in January DePauw’s Ronald L. Dye brings local and regional talent to ...

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Embracing Winter

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Standing in my ice-cold garage, next to the water-softener unit, hair-dryer in hand, I reminded myself of the personal mantra I had adopted just days before: “Embrace the winter,” I had told myself.  “Embrace it.” This was not a flippant decision on my part.  Winter might be the highpoint of ...

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Further Down the Road: January 2018

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Some of the pieces we are working on for the first month of 2018: DePauw alumnus and Greencastle resident Vincent Aguirre has been been building his brand for over three years.  He talks about the challenges and thrills of the entrepreneurial experience in the 21st century. Christian Shuck compares his ...

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The Schools You Voted For

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We were never going to win.  Any of us with a scintilla of common sense knew that Mitch Daniels had Hoosier voters exactly where he wanted them.  We knew that if the 2010 midterm election gave him the legislative votes he needed to push his long sought education agenda, then ...

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The End is the Beginning

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I sat down to work on my commentary piece for National Road Magazine the other day. I can’t tell you which day it was because I’ve been traveling a lot, I’ve been sick and there was that turkey holiday I spent with my family. Usually I write (type) on my Surface ...

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The Singularity of Adam Tran

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Adam Tran’s journey from his adolescence in Greencastle to his adulthood on the Indianapolis theater scene is captivating.  But his personal journey from insecurity and frustration to inner peace and happiness proves a bit more inspirational. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Zed Martinez and Zach Rosing Watching Elivs Presley’s character ...

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The Gift That Got Away

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The road has always called to me.  I think I might have started counting down to my sixteenth birthday when I was around four…because getting a license meant freedom.  Until I was 14, I lived on a busy country highway about three miles outside of town.  That meant I couldn’t ...

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The Beauty and Benefits of Ballet

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by Samantha Mele photos courtesy of Deborah Grammel At four o’clock in the basement of the Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw University, Debbie Grammel and her troop of young ballerinas are in the studio working diligently on their dance moves. Local Greencastle girls, ranging in ages from ...

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