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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.

My Day on a Movie Shoot

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Last year Greencastle native Zachary Spicer caught local attention when he and his film company, Pigasus Pictures, shot The Good Catholic in Bloomington.  Now making its debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the film has garnered strong reviews out of the gate.  Here, we are re-posting Donovan Wheeler’s ...

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The Average Bad Date

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We weren’t confused with Russian spies, and we didn’t end up spending three days with the mob, but a run-of-the-mill bad date is still a bad date…unless it’s with the greatest woman in the world. I love buying flowers for my fiancée on ordinary days.  Nothing conveys that notion that “I ...

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Ken Owen: The Anchorman’s Journey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy Ken Owen Call that youthful glint of optimism winking from the eye of the average twenty-something universal if you want to.  Say that the lad sporting stockings, breeches and a tri-corner hat walks with the same confident ambition as the millennial peeking at you from ...

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Into the New Century: Eitel’s and Co.

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National Road Magazine is proud to welcome Eitel’s and Co. as one of our primary supporters and sponsors.  Please enjoy this feature profiling Jenny Sullivan, her store, and her work transitioning a century-old business into a viable consumer option in the modern world.  Additionally, if you’ve enjoyed the content in ...

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Ruby On The Brain: My Dog Eats Everything

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Last September I wrote about the challenges that come when walking two very different dogs through our neighborhood.  The challenges of dog ownership do not end there, especially if your one-year-old monster has non-functioning taste buds. Two weeks ago, Wendi and I returned home from an enjoyable evening in town.  ...

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The Dogmatics: Level With the Ground

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by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Jeremy Black courtesy of The Dogmatics Yes, traditional poetry still exists.  Talented writers can still settle down on a park bench, scrawl out a quatrain’s worth of observations in trochaic tetrameter, patch it together with an alternating rhyme scheme, and find a publisher who ...

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Justin Renner’s Long Story

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Greencastle native Justin Renner took the long route to his current life in Indianapolis. Fronting one band, backing another, working his day-job, and flirting with his acting chops, Renner has become a sort of modern Renaissance man. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tim McLaughlin Justin Renner sits belly up to ...

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The Rat, The Mouse, and a Happy Thanksgiving

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When this piece was originally written,  I was too many pounds lighter, my mother was still alive, and my Facebook feed was still filled with political posts…different stuff…same anger.  I was getting ready to write something about this Thanksgiving, but as I read this one, I thought a lot about ...

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Meet Me in the Middle

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We have more in common than we think, so I’m done with the whole game of arguing about politics from one side or the other. In 2004 I was at war with just about everyone in my community.  In the local newspaper—using an anonymous “letter to the editor” feature called ...

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