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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

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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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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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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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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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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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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