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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.

Embracing Winter

Standing in my ice-cold garage, next to the water-softener unit, hair-dryer in hand, I reminded myself of the personal mantra I had adopted just days before: “Embrace the winter,” I had told myself.  “Embrace it.” This was not a flippant decision on my part.  Winter might be the highpoint of …

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The Schools You Voted For

We were never going to win.  Any of us with a scintilla of common sense knew that Mitch Daniels had Hoosier voters exactly where he wanted them.  We knew that if the 2010 midterm election gave him the legislative votes he needed to push his long sought education agenda, then …

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The Singularity of Adam Tran

Adam Tran’s journey from his adolescence in Greencastle to his adulthood on the Indianapolis theater scene is captivating.  But his personal journey from insecurity and frustration to inner peace and happiness proves a bit more inspirational. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Zed Martinez and Zach Rosing Watching Elivs Presley’s character …

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From Cities Above: We Are Legit!

Anchored by a host of Greencastle natives, metalcore band From Cities Above has steadily been garnering the respect of a genre of musicians and fans often hidden from the mainstream, enjoying their distinctive sound in the shadows of the Midwestern music scene. by Donovan Wheeler primary photos by Matthew Taylor …

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The Kids Are All Grown Up

All the kids are coming home tonight.  By “kids” I really mean young-adults.  The twins are 20, Emily is 22, and Jim is…24?  Maybe 25…?  I can’t remember because too much trauma happened in between. Everyone thinks that having children and starting a family is a blessing—one of the greatest …

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Jack Gibson: Beyond the Rebound

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Prologue The best stories always start with a breakup.  You can see that in Jack Gibson’s eyes when he talks about it.  You can hear it when his voice trails off as his thoughts drift to what once was.  And you can sense …

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Vignettes: Carmichael

Carmichael at Wasser Brewing Company Friday–November 17 @ 8:00 Two-thirds of Carmichael’s self-titled debut album is everything that excellent, modern rock-and-roll records dare to be: inventive, exploratory, and experimental.  From introspective ruminations on the human condition hammered out in thematically appropriate, plodding time-signatures to tracks playing with an evocative country-blues …

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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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