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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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From “Vahhsser” to “Wahhsser”

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Greencastle’s local brewery is an example of how local forces change language, create new words, and throw grammar books into the wood-chopper. Let’s start with a smidge of my favorite history: that of the English language.  While English does owe some of its character to the Celtic and Roman inhabitants ...

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From Necessity to Hobby: The Devolution of the Home Garden

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My wife and I finished planting our vegetable garden last weekend. In roughly 600 square feet we laid down tomatoes of multiple variety, peas, beans, squash, berries, cucumbers, rhubarb, onions, spinach, lettuce, hot peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, a lot of common herbs for cooking and even sweet corn. It’s ...

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From Memory to History

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Fifty years ago, my 21-year-old uncle died in the jungles of Vietnam. Originally published at coachnobody.com on May 26, 2014 under the title “Memorial Day: Sacrifices Never Fade.”  The title change in this repost is not an error, nor is it an act of disrespect.  We’re getting older.  We’re losing ...

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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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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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Lost In Semantics

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In our current climate of heightened tensions, Christian Shuck reminds us that the best thing we can do before engaging in a political argument the best thing we can do measure ourselves earnestly before stepping into the arena. On January 20th, around 3:30 p.m. EST, I made the mistake of ...

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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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An Every Year Resolution

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I don’t make New Year resolutions. I used to, but typically forgot about whatever false promise I’d made to myself by St. Patrick’s Day. When friends and family ask me, every year, what I will “resolve” to do in the coming months the answer is usually some kind of smart-ass ...

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