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The Five Stages of Being a 2017 Colts Fan

About this time last year, I wrote an impassioned editorial refuting Donovan Wheeler’s callous claims that the NFL was basically a 32 team brothel designed to take football fans’ money and time by extolling the virtues of the Colts as a unifying force for the community.  Three quarterbacks and nine …

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Friday Photo Blog: The Little 500’s Cutters

Throughout the autumn months, in one bicycle shop after another, a quirky little board game appeared on the shelves.  Glory Gears, a game inspired by 1979’s Breaking Away, the surprise hit film depicting Indiana University’s signature spring event, not only captures the excitement of competitive cycling strategy, its very existence …

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Rooting for the Team

Our loyalty to political party mirrors our loyalty to college ball teams.  That’s not a good thing. 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 …

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Vignettes: Cole Woodruff

Featured Image by Tim McLaughlin Hapless Guitar Photography At a glance Cole Woodruff is quintessentially small town Hoosier.  The open, plaid button-down shirt; the worn infantry cap with the frayed edges on the bill; the wispy scraggles of a five, six, and seven ‘o clock shadow; the friendly head-nod/shoulder-shrug combination.  …

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Vignettes: Cari Ray

I could say that Cari Ray is a superb, technical musician when she works the frets.  That would be true.  I could also say that Cari Ray’s voice is better than strong—it rings in even, resplendent peals of sound.  That would also be true.  I could say that Cari Ray evokes …

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A Manuscript Tale: Sheets in the Wind

Author’s Note:  I wrote this for a reading I gave in Greencastle as part of the Greencastle Arts Council’s “Beginning Again” event.  I stood as one of five reader/performers, all of us sharing our thoughts about the creative process, how we start over, and the hurdles we face as we …

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Winter House: Chapter 1

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

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The Quiet Men: Hunter and Girton

Humble, soft-spoken gentlemen in a casual setting, the emerging duo of Hunter and Girton have their eyes set on making themselves heard. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jennifer Lewis courtesy of Hunter and Girton They are quiet men.  Don’t let their demeanor in front of the microphone fool you.  They …

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My Guitar Teacher

Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher.  I found a 17-year-old kid.  He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings. by Donovan Wheeler The callouses on …

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