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A Working Formula

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After false starts and self-inflicted wounds, Colby Green and Josh Query have found something together, which they couldn’t quite make work apart. by Donovan Wheeler video by Brandon Pershing Double-take number one happens when Josh Query sidles up to the bar on my right side and orders an O’Doul’s.  Double-take ...

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The Walrus and the Carpenter

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In part one of this series I introduced you to ALICE. A segment of the population incapable of bearing the weight of a personal financial event. We also outlined the importance of the non-profit agencies which support both the traditional “poor” and ALICE. These organizations rely on the charity of ...

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Go Ask ALICE: Down the Rabbit Hole

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The end of the calendar year is a time often associated with gratitude, reflection, family and giving. It is also a time when organizations which rely on the charity of the public send annual requests to their supporters, hoping for another year of commitment. This practice is so regular, in ...

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Kegs and Hard Liquor

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When colleges and universities* banned kegs, they thought they were combating a major drinking problem.  Things have gotten worse instead. *Note: Some commenters on social media have rightly pointed out that keg bans are imposed more by national fraternity organizations and their respective insurance carriers.   Despite the change in origin ...

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On Becoming Relevant Again

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Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part Four: On Becoming Relevant Again The following is the final part of a four-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes ...

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No Interview Requried

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Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part Three: No Interview Required The following is the third part of a multi-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes to ...

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Everyone’s Problem

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Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part Two: Everyone’s Problem The following is the second part of a multi-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes to the ...

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“IBM” Can Happen Again

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Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part One: “IBM” Can Happen Again The following is one part of a multi-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes to ...

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Artists You Need to Hear: Kip Moore

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I grew up in southeastern Indiana, baptized in a basketball hoop and spoon-fed Mellencamp tunes like it was gospel. It was the typical childhood of a Hoosier kid in the 80’s. As I got older, I listened carefully for anything that resembled those Mellencamp songs. You know, songs about growing up, ...

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Empty Seats and Absent Victories

Despite all the reasons I dislike my beloved alma-mater’s awful football stadium, I nonetheless have happy memories there.  I am also less than convinced a new stadium would prove the magic wand some hope it would be. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely ...

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Remember When We Used to Smash Pumpkins?

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Some time in early March (maybe April…it could’ve been May) Alia and I sat with friends talking about bands scheduled to pass through Indianapolis over the summer. We’d just purchased tickets to go see Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Deer Creek, or whatever corporate entity has its name at ...

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The Charles Walker Band: Everyone is Family

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Charles Walker’s transformation from blues to funk began when the love of his life joined the band.  Now, everyone is family, and there’s plenty of love and fun to go around. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Aaron Walker and the Charles Walker Band It would be nice to think ...

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Conversations: Michael Kelsey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Michael Kelsey Most of us—the casual listeners for sure—accept the notion that acoustic guitars follow a set of preordained expectations: a coffee house vibe…a folk tune from the ‘60’s…a smidge of percussive banging on the body, just a little southwest of the pick-guard…soft vocals.  ...

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Winter House: Chapter 8

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Eight July 8, 1820 Henry Harris dismounted his horse. A woman paused to look at him for only moment, then shuffled away, herding her young daughter. He took note of the side glances coming from other passersby. In all, seven men, ...

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