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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.

Already Made It: Carly Rhine’s Life in Nashville

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When I first sat down with her I somewhat expected some of that lovably delusional certainty I see in so many kids who have their entire lives planned out to the boilerplate of a Hollywood manuscript. Instead, I ran into a young woman very aware of her place in the world, very cognizant of the hurdles in front of her, and very willing to accept whatever happens and make the best of it.

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All Those Mothers Days

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When I was a very little boy I remember throwing a tantrum, begging my mom to take me for a “drive.” This was sometime in the early 1970’s, and mom was barely in her 20’s. Dad was away, probably at work, and mom—bare feet and all—rolled her eyes, trundled me ...

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Our Moment is Now: A Great Night in Fountain Square

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by Donovan Wheeler Every time I’ve been to Fountain Square (and granted I haven’t been there very many times) I experience this pseudo-time-travel feeling where I no longer feel like I’m sitting in a Mexican-themed taco bar. Instead I’m hunkered down in a post-war café, and rather than sipping on ...

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Jon Strahl: Sounds Right to Me

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by Donovan Wheeler —–photography by Tim McLaughlin The entrance to Darrin’s Coffee Company is tucked under a dark awning hanging from a tiny, beige brick building… …which is further tucked between larger structures to either side. Meandering the winding, cobbled-brick surface which makes up Zionville’s eclectic Main Street, I must ...

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Scarecrow at 30: More Relevant Than Ever

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by Donovan Wheeler I didn’t much like John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow when it debuted in 1985. At the time, I was a high school junior who had just landed my driver’s license, desperate to shake off everything which had defined me to that point. I spent the first twelve years of ...

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Working for Lugar

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After serving in Senator Richard Lugar's Indiana offices for a decade, Emmy Hildebrand shares her thoughts about the man, his legacy, and where his exit from politics leaves us.

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