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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.

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. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road ...

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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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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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My Guitar Teacher

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Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher.  I found a 17-year-old kid.  He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings. by Donovan Wheeler The callouses on ...

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Twenty Years in Greencastle

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Twenty years ago I began my first year at Greencastle High School.  In the two decades which have followed, both of us have changed.  By and large, those changes have been for the better. My adopted home town sits on top a small knob in western Indiana.  Ten-thousand years ago, ...

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