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Both two and three-dimensional art, film, and everything in between: Middle Indiana’s visual expression is a burgeoning element of the social scene.

The Gift That Got Away

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The road has always called to me.  I think I might have started counting down to my sixteenth birthday when I was around four…because getting a license meant freedom.  Until I was 14, I lived on a busy country highway about three miles outside of town.  That meant I couldn’t ...

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The Beauty and Benefits of Ballet

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by Samantha Mele photos courtesy of Deborah Grammel At four o’clock in the basement of the Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw University, Debbie Grammel and her troop of young ballerinas are in the studio working diligently on their dance moves. Local Greencastle girls, ranging in ages from ...

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Inner Transformations from Outer Attitudes

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“We huddle together. My small family seeking comfort from a world determined to separate us. A fiery end is inescapable. Everyone knows this.” This is the opening of Rick Remender’s creator-owned comic book, Low. When I first saw the cover in our local comic shop in Terre Haute, my jaw ...

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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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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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Railroad Ed

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Unless you live in Terre Haute, if you were to drive down 7th street you would not be impressed. You might look out your car window and think, “Some of these houses were beautiful at one point.” And you would be right. Like many older cities that relied heavily on ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part Two

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Part II:  This Trip is a Gas Click Here to Read Part I Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. Sunday Afternoon:  Central West Virginia Interstate 77 carves a narrow asphalt canal through West Virginia’s ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part One

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Part I: Working the “Clock” Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. –Sunday Evening: Southern West Virginia Dad’s RV sat in an uneven side-lot, covered in chunks of gravel so large, if you stepped on ...

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How to Make a Kitten Cape

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Over, I’d say, the last fifteen years, I’ve tried to learn skills that are useful in everyday life. Not just important things. Like math. Okay, maybe these are skills that aren’t useful in EVERYday life, but they can come in handy. So far they’ve all been good experiences. Through the ...

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