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$79 Dollars a Month

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For my entire life, car dealerships have always brazenly offered deals they’ve never intended to uphold.  My personal experience with a deal was so sweet I was destined to cave to the temptation. The first time I saw one of those early morning TV spots offering brand new Chevrolets for ...

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Superman, Star Wars, and Our Collective Attention-Spans

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The new Star Wars film is good…by our standards today.  But I don’t know if that really stands as a resounding thumbs-up. by Donovan Wheeler Consider two movies for a second. The first—1978’s Superman: The Movie—opens with a long, slowly developing Planet Krypton sequence. Marlon Brando struts around waxing philosophically ...

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The Full Griswold

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Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, my family devotes the entire day to putting up our Christmas decorations. And let me be perfectly clear: the Barcus household takes Christmas very seriously, from the ultimate purpose of moving us spiritually as card-carrying Methodists, to the more pop-culture side of things. ...

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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for My Mortality

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In the 87 years which followed his 1869 birth George Post Wheeler racked up a better-than-impressive résumé of accomplishments. He graduated from Princeton in 1891, and he proceeded to represent the US government serving everywhere from Japan to Russia to London to Rio to Sweden to Albania to Paraguay…yeah…Paraguay. He ...

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All We Can Do Is Prepare: One Lesson John Fallis Taught Us

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In late 1999, while interviewing John Fallis for a small film I was producing, the hall-of-fame high school coach uttered a sentence which I would toss around in my head at least once a week for the next 16 years. “You can’t win if you’re not physically conditioned,” Fallis said. ...

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Capital City Chronicles: What Happened to the Metro?

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My Journey to the Nation’s Capital: Part 2 by Donovan Wheeler When my parents told me that we would be relying on the subway to get around Washington, D.C., a fear-stricken waft of nausea overwhelmed me. This was 1986, a year after Bernie Goetz opened fire on his “would-be” attackers ...

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Capital City Chronicles: Three Trips to the Wall

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My Journey to the Nation’s Capital: Part 1 by Donovan Wheeler Donald Trump wants to build a wall, and it’s apparently going to make America “great” again. People build walls for all kinds of reasons I suppose. The four surrounding me right now serve a rather obvious purpose as does ...

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Teacher Shortage? What a Shock!

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On July 12, the Indianapolis Business Journal ran an Associated Press piece reporting concerns over a looming teacher shortage in Indiana. According to the story, Indiana DOE data shows an alarming drop in teaching licenses issued—934 for the 2013-2104 school year. A mere six years earlier, that number was nearly ...

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My Spotify Dilemma: The Price We Pay for Free Music?

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In 1986, I went to the College Mall in Bloomington with my younger brother. It was a Friday or Saturday night, and I bought the album I’d had my eye on for several months: Mike + The Mechanics’ self-titled debut album featuring its catchy “80s-esque” premiere track, “All I Need ...

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