• Why Trains are Better than Cars

    Why Trains are Better than Cars

    In Sweden, I saw the kind of transportation system we would probably have here in Indiana had we not dismantled it in order to sell cars and build Interstate highways. It’s a choice with a far-reaching impact, one that often keeps me home rather than traveling around the state.

  • The Wall of Alien Noise

    The Wall of Alien Noise

    I didn’t have to know any Swedish to get along in the country. But forcing the Swedes to speak to me in my language made me realize how intellectually fat and sluggish life in the U.S. has made me.

  • A Curmudgeon Abroad

    A Curmudgeon Abroad

    The landing page for Donovan Wheeler's series about waiting 50 years to travel out of the US.

  • 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.

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Why Trains are Better than Cars

In Sweden, I saw the kind of train and rail system we would probably have here in Indiana had we not dismantled it in order to sell cars and build Interstate highways.  It’s a choice with a far-reaching impact, one that often keeps me home rather than traveling around the …

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The Wall of Alien Noise

I didn't have to know any Swedish to get along in the country.  But forcing the Swedes to speak to me in my language made me realize how intellectually fat and sluggish life in the U.S. has made me.

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A Curmudgeon Abroad

By most standards, I’ve lived an isolated life.  My last time out of the country was a fishing trip to Canada in 1979…when I was 10 years old.  Even by domestic standards, I haven’t zipped across that much of the U.S.  I’ve never been to NYC, never set foot on …

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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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