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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.

Conversations: Bridge 19

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller When Bridge 19’s Audrey Cecil spoke of the deep layers of musical talent in the Greater Louisville area, she modestly spoke about all the other bands with whom she shares time on stage.  Of course, she easily could have spoken of herself and ...

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Conversations: The Hammer and the Hatchet

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jules Dunlap Photography It began with a date.  Not the expensive dinner tucked into some urban first-floor chophouse smothered by a dozen floors of overpriced living space.  No, this date went down like a lot of intimate evenings in the wooded confines of Brown County.  ...

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Keeping it Real: Bigfoot Yancey’s Hills

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Bigfoot Yancey’s first full-length album is a collection of well-crafted tunes demonstrating solid musical skill and sound poetic judgment.  But most importantly, it’s unpretentious, moving, and a hell of a lot of fun. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Bigfoot Yancey Ten minutes before stepping onto Wasser Brewing Company’s stage ...

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A Cynic Goes to the Beach

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Sitting at the edge of the world, I catch myself recalling Lord Byron’s words:  “Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow…” So okay, that’s not 100% true.  The buoys dancing in the surf about 300 yards out—and the weird, boat, depth marker another 100 beyond that—make it clear that ...

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March Sadness

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I should adopt a perennial winner, like so many of my friends do.  But my loyalty to my Sycamores is written into my blood. On a chilly December night in 1989, I sat in the student section enveloping the baseline at Hulman Center.  My team, the Indiana State Sycamores took ...

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The Listening Room Returns to Greencastle

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Two decades ago I discovered the listening room.  I wasn’t there, of course.  At that time I wasn’t even following music.  This was the early ‘90s.  I was a young high school English teacher in northern Indiana, hell-bent on compensating for my lack of “jockiness” as a student by ramping ...

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Brian Dolzani: At the Edge of the Shore

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Brian Dolzani’s life on the road embodies the transitioning of a young man tortured by the early death of his father into an experienced musician finding peace and thriving as an artist. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Josh Wool and Brian Dolzani In Lord of the Flies William Golding’s protagonist, ...

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Conversations: Chris Dollar

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Garrett J. Poortinga, Green Hat Media LLC 2017 At their peak, Bloomington’s New Old Calvary, a traditional bluegrass band with creative, nontraditional elements were touring the Midwest and putting out recorded music hand-over-fist.  In the middle of it was Chris Dollar.  Last year he released ...

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Get Your Butt in Gear

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I don’t know why I lived and why my mother did not.  But if things had gone the other way around, Mom would have thought of some way to take on the disease which has touched our family.  To honor her, I want to do just that, and I can’t ...

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Coming Home: Will Scott’s Personal Journey

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After more than a decade establishing himself in New York City, Hoosier native Will Scott came home to care for his ailing father.  In the process he is gradually establishing himself as one of the most vocally competent and technically sound singer-guitarists in Central Indiana. by Donovan Wheeler photos by ...

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