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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.

Chris White’s Well-Earned Moment

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Like a lot of winding back routes in western Indiana, Baker’s Camp Road cuts through thick copses of sycamore, oak, and poplar.  Wide enough for two passing vehicles, it’s a road best traveled alone.  Sit in the middle.  Straddle the crown of the ...

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Vignettes: Brandon Tinkler

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Brandon Tinkler at the Vine Street Patio at The Inn at DePauw Friday May 11 @ 6:00 Copy by Donovan Wheeler He walks past you with an unassuming demeanor.  The wavy black locks, the fringes of an oncoming beard, the rough-hewn sports-coat topping off the denim and Chuck Taylors beneath ...

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Amanda Webb: All in the Family

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jennie Root Ask Amanda Webb about the turning-point in her life story, and she’ll tell you that it happened on a green chair. “There was a point,” Webb says, “where I had considered pursuing a career in the ministry.  But I knew there wouldn’t be ...

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Town and Gown: About That Townie Photo

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Hanging at a painfully bent angle from the side of a porch post, a nylon Confederate flag droops in full view.  I see it every day when I take “the back way” home from town.  I never not think about it when I see it.  Something always crosses my mind.  ...

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An Apology to Megan

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My recent disagreements with my step-daughter over issues such as #MeToo have left a distance between us.  They have also opened a gulf between myself and the Democratic party.  I desperately want to fix my relationship with the former.  My relationship with the latter, however, isn’t really up to me. ...

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Soundbites: My Phone’s Loose Butt-hole

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Soundbites:  Observations about the world in roughly 300 words. It happens all the time.  My iPhone has a loose butt-hole.  The lightning pin, plug-in—hands down the worst innovation in the history of Apple Computer—never stays in the hole in the bottom of the phone.  When I hang my gadget from ...

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The Game It Used to Be

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The Indiana high school basketball sectionals are underway once more.  And once more, as has been the case for two decades, they don’t mean as much as they once did. For reasons I can’t remember, and for reasons which are not that important, I sat in the upper bleachers in ...

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All Ye Need to Know: Chapter One

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. -from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats Just shy of his 50th birthday, Jarvis Bagley’s life has become an awful cliché. Long divorced, long single, estranged from his children, working an ...

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