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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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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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The Kids Are All Grown Up

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All the kids are coming home tonight.  By “kids” I really mean young-adults.  The twins are 20, Emily is 22, and Jim is…24?  Maybe 25…?  I can’t remember because too much trauma happened in between. Everyone thinks that having children and starting a family is a blessing—one of the greatest ...

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Immerse Yourself: Life After College

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A down payment for a car.  A decent apartment.  Job offers.  I expected these things to fall into place after I graduated from college.  Instead, I faced no job offers and not nearly enough money to start my “adult life.”  So, at 22 I am still living at home with my ...

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The Five Stages of Being a 2017 Colts Fan

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About this time last year, I wrote an impassioned editorial refuting Donovan Wheeler’s callous claims that the NFL was basically a 32 team brothel designed to take football fans’ money and time by extolling the virtues of the Colts as a unifying force for the community.  Three quarterbacks and nine ...

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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. Growing up a half-hour west of Bloomington, Indiana my family was surrounded by Hoosier basketball fans.  This was the mid-1980’s…at the height of Robert Montgomery Knight’s reign of terror wildly successful stint as ...

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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

Jim Funeral

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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