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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.

We Must Support Those Who Make Life Good

At this point, saying that “times are hard, right now,” is the understatement of understatements.  Already my friends who work in the local and regional music industry are telling us that life is getting challenging.  To be honest, I have often wondered about the fragile nature of this particular economic …

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Play One for Evan Twitty

The next time you shoulder your guitar, look at the crowd, and be thankful for the life you have.  Think of Evan Twitty, and play the next one for him.

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My Relationship with Air Travel

I was 35 years old when I stepped onto an airplane for the first time.  When I tell people that, about half of them pop their eyes in disbelief.  The other half shrug their shoulders and say something to the effect of, “Yeah…I get that.”  I’ve been a rural Hoosier …

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Falling Victim to the Artful Dodger

Maybe if the thieves hadn’t pick-pocketed Wendi’s purse, my feelings about London would be different.  The fact remains, however, that they did.  London, consequently, proved a rotten place to visit. It happened in that literal “blink of an eye.”  Standing near the Wellington Arch in London’s Hyde Park, my fiancée, …

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The Roadie Awards – Best of the Decade

Hey folks,   Donovan, here. I started National Road Magazine five years ago this month. I sat in the former Swizzle Stick Bar in Greencastle, listening to War Radio on a quiet, winter “First Friday,” when I turned to my fiancee, Wendi, and told her I was going to write …

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Heartbreak at Abbey Road

Standing at Abbey Road does create a slight connection to that moment fifty years ago, but it also demonstrates Time’s power to wall us off from history. Ten years ago, I signed onto Beatlemania.  I was 40 at the time browsing the aisles at a nearby Best Buy when I …

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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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