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Conversations: Antenna Man’s Mark Wolven

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Mark Wolven talks to Donovan Wheeler about the dead speaking through him, about learning to play the guitar while tripping on the central ingredient to Robotussin, and how he found his band’s name while riding a scooter through a cemetery. by Donovan Wheeler photo by Blair Hartman courtesy of Mark ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part Two

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Part II:  This Trip is a Gas Click Here to Read Part I Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. Sunday Afternoon:  Central West Virginia Interstate 77 carves a narrow asphalt canal through West Virginia’s ...

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From “Vahhsser” to “Wahhsser”

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Greencastle’s local brewery is an example of how local forces change language, create new words, and throw grammar books into the wood-chopper. Let’s start with a smidge of my favorite history: that of the English language.  While English does owe some of its character to the Celtic and Roman inhabitants ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part One

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Part I: Working the “Clock” Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. –Sunday Evening: Southern West Virginia Dad’s RV sat in an uneven side-lot, covered in chunks of gravel so large, if you stepped on ...

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From Memory to History

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Fifty years ago, my 21-year-old uncle died in the jungles of Vietnam. Originally published at coachnobody.com on May 26, 2014 under the title “Memorial Day: Sacrifices Never Fade.”  The title change in this repost is not an error, nor is it an act of disrespect.  We’re getting older.  We’re losing ...

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Conversations: Bridge 19

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller When Bridge 19’s Audrey Cecil spoke of the deep layers of musical talent in the Greater Louisville area, she modestly spoke about all the other bands with whom she shares time on stage.  Of course, she easily could have spoken of herself and ...

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Hautian Heroes: Mission of the Market

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I have been fortunate enough to live in big cities that seem to offer all the amenities you could ever check off a list of wants in a place to call home. Right down to opportunities for service. Programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity ...

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Conversations: The Hammer and the Hatchet

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jules Dunlap Photography It began with a date.  Not the expensive dinner tucked into some urban first-floor chophouse smothered by a dozen floors of overpriced living space.  No, this date went down like a lot of intimate evenings in the wooded confines of Brown County.  ...

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Keeping it Real: Bigfoot Yancey’s Hills

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Bigfoot Yancey’s first full-length album is a collection of well-crafted tunes demonstrating solid musical skill and sound poetic judgment.  But most importantly, it’s unpretentious, moving, and a hell of a lot of fun. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Bigfoot Yancey Ten minutes before stepping onto Wasser Brewing Company’s stage ...

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A Cynic Goes to the Beach

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Sitting at the edge of the world, I catch myself recalling Lord Byron’s words:  “Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow…” So okay, that’s not 100% true.  The buoys dancing in the surf about 300 yards out—and the weird, boat, depth marker another 100 beyond that—make it clear that ...

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March Sadness

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I should adopt a perennial winner, like so many of my friends do.  But my loyalty to my Sycamores is written into my blood. On a chilly December night in 1989, I sat in the student section enveloping the baseline at Hulman Center.  My team, the Indiana State Sycamores took ...

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