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Roamin’ Holiday: Breaking the Bubble

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Any community, every community, can be small. The largest cities are really just organized pockets of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods consist of cliques. Internally, the cliques are fragile but capable of presenting a united front.  Neighborhoods take ownership of cliques, cities of neighborhoods, states of cities, until the diagram reaches the extent ...

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Winter House: Chapter 4

Fort Harrison

Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image: Benson J. Lossing from The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 Chapter Four From the diary of Captain Josiah Snelling January 11, 1812 The repairs to the walls of the fort are well underway. I feel as though we ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Cycles of Society

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Growing up, travel was something I thought was reserved for other people. It seemed I always had friends that took great trips around the U.S. and abroad, but my family could never afford it. Returning from spring break I would hear grand tales of scuba diving, hiking, Disney World or ...

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Winter House: Chapter 3

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Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image by Alia Shuck Winter House Home Page Chapter Three June 11, 1958 “He slogged me in the gut!” Mike said, bent halfway over. Bobby turned and asked, “He what?” Mike coughed slightly, holding his middle with his arms wrapped around. “He slogged me. Man ...

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The End is the Beginning

Christmas Typewriter

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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Winter House: Chapter 2

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Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image by Alia Shuck Winter House Home Page Chapter Two September 25th, 2016 The buzzer on the oven timer let out a high tone, indicating the seconds had run out. Terry left the couch to walk into the kitchen and check on the lasagna she ...

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Inner Transformations from Outer Attitudes

Remender

“We huddle together. My small family seeking comfort from a world determined to separate us. A fiery end is inescapable. Everyone knows this.” This is the opening of Rick Remender’s creator-owned comic book, Low. When I first saw the cover in our local comic shop in Terre Haute, my jaw ...

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Winter House: Chapter 1

Photo by Alia Shuck

Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image by Alia Shuck Winter House Home Page Chapter One September 8, 2016 “Hurry up, Ted, we’ll be late!” shouted Terry from the back door “I’m coming!” he shouted back, thundering down the stairs of their two story home. The Thomas’s, Ted and Terry, had ...

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Railroad Ed

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Unless you live in Terre Haute, if you were to drive down 7th street you would not be impressed. You might look out your car window and think, “Some of these houses were beautiful at one point.” And you would be right. Like many older cities that relied heavily on ...

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From Necessity to Hobby: The Devolution of the Home Garden

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My wife and I finished planting our vegetable garden last weekend. In roughly 600 square feet we laid down tomatoes of multiple variety, peas, beans, squash, berries, cucumbers, rhubarb, onions, spinach, lettuce, hot peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, a lot of common herbs for cooking and even sweet corn. It’s ...

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