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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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Is the Driver Overrated? With DePauw’s Vince Lazar

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A day after returning from a four-day, 144-hole golf odyssey in Michigan, I could not stop thinking about the impact Day-Three had on me.  On that day, two events changed my attitude about my game.  First, after a group discussion the majority of us agreed to move up a set ...

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Father’s Day Series: Lessons I Learned in the Lab

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This week National Road Magazine’s writers share in their own way what their fathers mean to them.  In this installment, Jennifer Stevens reminds us that our fathers play different roles to other people.  When we see them as others do, we grow to love them more. – For over 20 ...

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Father’s Day Series: The Son of a Carpenter

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This week National Road Magazine’s writers share in their own way what their fathers mean to them.  In this installment, Donovan Wheeler explains that, no matter what paths we choose with our own lives, the work of our fathers still follows us. Warning:  This editorial contains some rather necessary, yet ...

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Once Inside the Oval

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Two weeks after his friend, IndyCar racing owner Bryan Herta, took the checkered flag with rookie driver Alexander Rossi, Indiana native Rob Cleveland reflects both on his own time working in auto racing as well as the current state of the open-wheel circuit. The most fun I ever had in ...

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The Party in My Town

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The festivals and events in Indianapolis are great, much-needed getaways.  But getting together here at home is something the large city cannot replicate. The Italian Street Festival, on the Circle City’s southeast side, pours heat, heavy food, beer, and humanity into a large combustible concoction.  For the last five years, ...

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Captain America: Then, Now, and the One In-Between

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Reprinted from coachnobody.com–April 10, 2014 The Captain America I grew up reading woke up from his deep freeze in the late 1960’s.  The hero today’s kids watch slept through Vietnam, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II.  I think that matters.  I think it matters a lot. *Author’s Note:  As of ...

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A Letter to Hoosier Teachers: Vote or Die

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If you’re a public school teacher in Indiana, I’m writing to you.  If you’re not a member of that community, you’re more than welcome to read along, but please understand that I write this without apology.  We are in the process of reaching out to other writers willing to share ...

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