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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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You Know Nothing

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November 9, 2016 8:51 a.m. Terre Haute, IN My alarm didn’t go off this morning. I’d turned it off around 1 a.m. so that I could sleep in a little. Turns out that didn’t matter, I woke up around 6:30 anyway. I lumbered downstairs in my usual routine, fed the ...

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Workout Wendi: Inspiration from a Modern #Nastywoman

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I don’t know how much time is left in my workout.  The clock at Deer Meadow Primary School hugs the far wall, the hands obscured by the reflective glare of the florescent lights above it.  Further shielded by the latticework of steel protecting it from very errant three-pointers.  Totally blurred ...

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In Indianapolis, It’s Always Personal

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National Road Magazine’s Jennifer Stevens offers this passionate rebuttal to Donovan Wheeler’s take on the Colts. If you check my social media feeds on any given Sunday, you’re likely to see ranting and raving about the Colts.  In fact, just last Sunday, I called the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

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A Casual Colts Customer

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Like a lot of Hoosiers my age, our lives are somewhat enmeshed in the mystique of the Colts.  But ever since the team parted ways with Peyton Manning, my attitude about the Colts–and professional sports as a whole–has changed. When Bob Irsay threw his last pair of shoulderpads, his last ...

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Ruby on the Brain: Walk the Dogs

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For the last nine months our lives have been held hostage by the biggest, most hyper, most destructive puppy dog I’ve ever been around.  I love the dog…I do.  I just wish she’d get old, slow, and fat like the rest of us. It’s a crisp, overcast Thursday afternoon, and ...

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Review: War Dogs

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by Jennifer Stevens featured image by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Creative Commons You know that guy from high school who was a complete jerk, but made everyone laugh and always seemed to land on his feet?  Yeah, that guy.  That guy is Efraim Diveroli (played by Jonah Hill) in director ...

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There’s No Such Thing As a Free $#!+

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There’s no such thing as a free $#!+, even if the opposite has always seemed true.  My dad put in our first septic system when I was fresh to the world.  My grandparents covered the cost of my waste at their homes, and whatever pooping costs I paid when I ...

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What I Learned on My Golf Trip

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Sometimes it takes a guy 35 years to realize that the biggest problem with his golf game is his brain. by Donovan Wheeler Jim VanBuskirk, my high school golf coach, was a thin, diminutive man with a high-pitched voice.  He shielded his eyes behind a thick pair of classic horn-rimmed ...

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