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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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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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A Good Old Fashioned Hautian Christmas

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by Christian Shuck photos by Alia Shuck Mixed in with the hilarious “glow of electric sex in the window” and dogs barging into the house to ruin the turkey, there is a scene in A Christmas Story I love more than any other. I’m talking about when the Parker family ...

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Terre Haute: It Is What It Is…or Isn’t

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Opinion by Christian Shuck Photos by Marty Jones When Donovan and I first sat down to discuss how I could start contributing to National Road Magazine my mind went in about a thousand directions. Fortunately, his experience took the lead and he offered insight to what his expectations were for ...

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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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