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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

The Kids Are All Grown Up

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All the kids are coming home tonight.  By “kids” I really mean young-adults.  The twins are 20, Emily is 22, and Jim is…24?  Maybe 25…?  I can’t remember because too much trauma happened in between. Everyone thinks that having children and starting a family is a blessing—one of the greatest ...

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Jack Gibson: Beyond the Rebound

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Prologue The best stories always start with a breakup.  You can see that in Jack Gibson’s eyes when he talks about it.  You can hear it when his voice trails off as his thoughts drift to what once was.  And you can sense ...

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Vignettes: Carmichael

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Carmichael at Wasser Brewing Company Friday–November 17 @ 8:00 Two-thirds of Carmichael’s self-titled debut album is everything that excellent, modern rock-and-roll records dare to be: inventive, exploratory, and experimental.  From introspective ruminations on the human condition hammered out in thematically appropriate, plodding time-signatures to tracks playing with an evocative country-blues ...

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Rooting for the Team

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Our loyalty to political party mirrors our loyalty to college ball teams.  That’s not a good thing. Growing up a half-hour west of Bloomington, Indiana my family was surrounded by Hoosier basketball fans.  This was the mid-1980’s…at the height of Robert Montgomery Knight’s reign of terror wildly successful stint as ...

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Vignettes: Cole Woodruff

Cole Woodruff, Frankfort IN, a solo artist who was performing at The HI-FI with Brother O Brother and Calliope.

Featured Image by Tim McLaughlin Hapless Guitar Photography At a glance Cole Woodruff is quintessentially small town Hoosier.  The open, plaid button-down shirt; the worn infantry cap with the frayed edges on the bill; the wispy scraggles of a five, six, and seven ‘o clock shadow; the friendly head-nod/shoulder-shrug combination.  ...

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Vignettes: Cari Ray

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I could say that Cari Ray is a superb, technical musician when she works the frets.  That would be true.  I could also say that Cari Ray’s voice is better than strong—it rings in even, resplendent peals of sound.  That would also be true.  I could say that Cari Ray evokes ...

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A Manuscript Tale: Sheets in the Wind

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Author’s Note:  I wrote this for a reading I gave in Greencastle as part of the Greencastle Arts Council’s “Beginning Again” event.  I stood as one of five reader/performers, all of us sharing our thoughts about the creative process, how we start over, and the hurdles we face as we ...

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Further Down the Road: November 2017

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National Road Magazine is proud to celebrate life in western Indiana.  Greencastle and the surrounding metropolitan destinations combine to make it “The greatest place to be during the greatest time to be here.” This November, we’re assembling a host of features and pieces to kick off the final days of ...

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The Quiet Men: Hunter and Girton

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Humble, soft-spoken gentlemen in a casual setting, the emerging duo of Hunter and Girton have their eyes set on making themselves heard. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jennifer Lewis courtesy of Hunter and Girton They are quiet men.  Don’t let their demeanor in front of the microphone fool you.  They ...

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