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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.

Town and Gown: About That Townie Photo

Hanging at a painfully bent angle from the side of a porch post, a nylon Confederate flag droops in full view.  I see it every day when I take “the back way” home from town.  I never not think about it when I see it.  Something always crosses my mind.  …

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An Apology to Megan

My recent disagreements with my step-daughter over issues such as #MeToo have left a distance between us.  They have also opened a gulf between myself and the Democratic party.  I desperately want to fix my relationship with the former.  My relationship with the latter, however, isn’t really up to me. …

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Soundbites: My Phone’s Loose Butt-hole

Soundbites:  Observations about the world in roughly 300 words. It happens all the time.  My iPhone has a loose butt-hole.  The lightning pin, plug-in—hands down the worst innovation in the history of Apple Computer—never stays in the hole in the bottom of the phone.  When I hang my gadget from …

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The Game It Used to Be

The Indiana high school basketball sectionals are underway once more.  And once more, as has been the case for two decades, they don’t mean as much as they once did. For reasons I can’t remember, and for reasons which are not that important, I sat in the upper bleachers in …

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All Ye Need to Know: Chapter One

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. -from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats Just shy of his 50th birthday, Jarvis Bagley’s life has become an awful cliché. Long divorced, long single, estranged from his children, working an …

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Cari Ray is Not Pretending

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller Compensation is often hardwired into the DNA of the music business.  Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch …

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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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