• My Friend Mike

    My Friend Mike

    Mike Meyer and I were not friends when I first met him. Today, I can think of few people who mean as much to me as he does.

  • Natural Born Leaders and the Emerging Face of Music

    Natural Born Leaders and the Emerging Face of Music

    Natural Born Leaders symbolizes both the future of music and the culmination of the watershed changes in music in the streaming era.

  • Hautean Heroes: Events that Earn

    Hautean Heroes: Events that Earn

    In terms of numbers Brandon Halleck has spearheaded one of the must successful fundraising efforts in the Wabash Valley.

  • A Farewell to Ken Owen

    A Farewell to Ken Owen

    Ken Owen finishes his last semester at the school that groomed him. A victim of the modern higher-ed disaster unfolding before us, I would feel better if I could find someone to blame. The trouble is, I can’t.

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My Friend Mike

My friend Mike Meyer and I were not friends when we first met.  You need to know that.  Most of the problem was me.  Actually, all of the problem was me.  I’m not going to say that Mike is the same person today that he was when he showed up …

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Natural Born Leaders and the Emerging Face of Music

Natural Born Leaders earned national attention in 2018, thanks in large part to an innovative Tiny Desk submission.  The band, however, is more than that five-minute segment on NPR.  In many ways, the group symbolizes both the future of music and the culmination of the watershed changes in the streaming …

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Hautain Heroes: Events that Earn

Featured Image Credit: Connie Lewis Dawson of Dawson Photography, LLC Only a handful of times in my life have I voluntarily agreed to participate in an event, to risk embarrassing myself in front of an audience. Usually, those moments involved a youth’s attempt at impressing a girl. I am older …

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A Farewell to Ken Owen

Ken Owen finishes his last semester at the school that groomed him.  A victim of the modern higher-ed disaster unfolding before us, I would feel better if I could find someone to blame.  The trouble is, I can’t. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the …

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The New (Climate Change) Normal

Climate change is not only affecting temperature, but weather patterns, commercial farming, and is threatening to release diseases we thought long gone. I had the chance to go to Lincoln, Nebraska recently to attend a wedding. I’ve never had much cause to go to Nebraska, save for the fact we …

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I Am Lordstown

By betraying the loyalty of the workers in Lordstown, GM has betrayed my loyalty to them as a customer.  After three consecutive Cruzes in my garage, now I have to find a new car… and a new brand. I have never been to Lordstown, Ohio, but Lordstown, Ohio has been …

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Winter House Chapter 12

Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Twelve September 8, 2016 “Hurry up, Ted, we’ll be late!” shouted Terri from the back door. “I’m coming!” he shouted back, thundering down the stairs of their two story home. The Thomas’s, Ted and Terri, had moved in to the house …

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All that “F#€king” Gray Area

A commentary on the “F-Bomb,” with diagrammed sentences. Editorial Disclaimer Number One: This piece uses the dreaded “F-word” a LOT.  And sure, several of us have used it for stylistic effect to appease the sophisticated sensibilities of our readers, but we’ve never used it quite to this degree in both …

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Winter House Chapter 11

Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Eleven August 27, 2016 The house phone rang. It was an odd, high-pitched jingle. One of several iterations of ringtones Edward Winter heard evolve over time. He watched as Terri Thomas walked across her living room floor to pick up the …

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Why Switchyard Is Now My Favorite Brewery

By standing up for teachers, a small brewery told Indiana’s General Assembly to “stick it.” A 6-Minute Read Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM staff, …

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Why Lukas Nelson Won My Loyalty in Terre Haute

Lukas Nelson could have used his name and bypassed every small-town joint in the world.  Instead, he honed his skills in the places most of us haunt.  For that, he deserves our respect. photos by Joey Martin Terre Haute’s Verve Nightlclub sits along Wabash Avenue.  Two-and-a-half blocks to its north—in …

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An Ode to Jennie DeVoe

Of all the folks Donovan Wheeler has talked to and written about, Jennie DeVoe is the one who is a star. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Jennie DeVoe Jennie DeVoe had been on the Indy music scene for more than a decade before I heard about her.  Such is …

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Vignettes: Rebekah Meldrum & Paul Holdman

copy by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Tasha Ramey Photography The first time I heard Rebekah Meldrum sing she stood atop a flatbed trailer on the downhill end of Greencastle’s Franklin Street.  Belting out the lyrics to “Coattails,” and anchored by Paul Holdman’s masterful fret work on blues guitar, Meldrum’s …

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Winter House: Chapter 10

Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Ten June 3rd, 1972 The West Indiana State University campus was an easy bike ride from the McGregor’s home. Rian was glad he could use his bicycle, it was one of the things he missed most about Ireland. The concrete jungle of …

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