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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.

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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The Missed Opportunity of Education Reform

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The last five years of educational infighting in Indiana have created two opposing sides. Lost in that fight was a chance to actually FIX some of the problems which really did exist. And none of those problems were the same from one town to the next.

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