• Three Seconds in Sweden: What I Learned About Race

    Three Seconds in Sweden: What I Learned About Race

    I have always considered myself a tolerant, open-minded progressive. Life in the United States perpetuated that myth, allowing me to remain ignorant of my biases, especially those regarding race. But my first day in Sweden ripped that illusion to shreds.

  • How the Ed-Reformers Blew It: Four Massive Screw-Ups

    How the Ed-Reformers Blew It: Four Massive Screw-Ups

    After arguing for decades that “schools should be run like businesses” Indiana’s education reformers simply swapped out one bureaucracy for a vastly more complex substitute. They failed. They blew it.

  • Vignettes: The Flatland Harmony Experiment

    Vignettes: The Flatland Harmony Experiment

    Theirs is a physical symmetry. An existential metaphor for the band itself. solated, each member of The Flatland Harmony experiment is a talented, engaging musician. Together, the band is musical and visual tapestry—the woven completion of separate parts creating that very thing in the room that makes being in that room the best part of the day.

  • The Myths of Swedish Socialism

    The Myths of Swedish Socialism

    I can’t tell you what’s different between a visit to a Swedish or American doctor. I can tell you, however, that when I hear Americans use the word “socialism” to describe places like Sweden, they’re getting it wrong. Both sides are getting it wrong.

  • 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.

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Three Seconds in Sweden: What I Learned About Race

I have always considered myself a tolerant, open-minded progressive.  Life in the United States perpetuated that myth, allowing me to remain ignorant of my biases, especially those regarding race.  But my first day in Sweden ripped that illusion to shreds. It happened in the span of three seconds.  Standing in …

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How the Ed-Reformers Blew It: Four Massive Screw-Ups

After arguing for decades that “schools should be run like businesses” Indiana’s education reformers simply swapped out one bureaucracy for a vastly more complex substitute.  They failed.  They blew it. Now, they’re getting you mad at me, so that you won’t turn your pitchforks on them. It was the grand …

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Vignettes: The Flatland Harmony Experiment

copy by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Amanda Cannon Photography The Flatland Harmony Experiment is one of the first bands I should have written about when I launched this site almost five years ago.  Why they never were will remain a “head-scratcher” for a long time.  At the local and …

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The Myths of Swedish Socialism

I can’t tell you what’s different between a visit to a Swedish or American doctor.  I can tell you, however, that when I hear Americans use the word “socialism” to describe places like Sweden, they’re getting it wrong.  Both sides are getting it wrong. For me the problem is always …

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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

Updated on Nov. 30, 2019 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 …

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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

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