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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.

The Dogmatics: Level With the Ground

by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Jeremy Black courtesy of The Dogmatics Yes, traditional poetry still exists.  Talented writers can still settle down on a park bench, scrawl out a quatrain’s worth of observations in trochaic tetrameter, patch it together with an alternating rhyme scheme, and find a publisher who …

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Justin Renner’s Long Story

Greencastle native Justin Renner took the long route to his current life in Indianapolis. Fronting one band, backing another, working his day-job, and flirting with his acting chops, Renner has become a sort of modern Renaissance man. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tim McLaughlin Justin Renner sits belly up to …

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The Rat, The Mouse, and a Happy Thanksgiving

When this piece was originally written,  I was too many pounds lighter, my mother was still alive, and my Facebook feed was still filled with political posts…different stuff…same anger.  I was getting ready to write something about this Thanksgiving, but as I read this one, I thought a lot about …

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Meet Me in the Middle

We have more in common than we think, so I’m done with the whole game of arguing about politics from one side or the other. In 2004 I was at war with just about everyone in my community.  In the local newspaper—using an anonymous “letter to the editor” feature called …

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Politics is Local

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Politics isn’t flying around the country with your name on the side of your jet.  It’s not standing at a podium on the free-throw line of a college basketball arena.  It’s not spouting empty platitudes about nascent things like the weather to frenzied, …

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Workout Wendi: Inspiration from a Modern #Nastywoman

I don’t know how much time is left in my workout.  The clock at Deer Meadow Primary School hugs the far wall, the hands obscured by the reflective glare of the florescent lights above it.  Further shielded by the latticework of steel protecting it from very errant three-pointers.  Totally blurred …

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The Challengers

The Education Debate Which Never Happened by Donovan Wheeler photos by Thomas F. Yeiser and Jonathan Alan Balash When I sat down to write this feature, I planned a back-and-forth under one central, umbrella question:  Has the Daniels/Pence/Bennett ed-reform master plan actually worked?  Kim Fidler was willing to spend more …

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A Casual Colts Customer

Like a lot of Hoosiers my age, our lives are somewhat enmeshed in the mystique of the Colts.  But ever since the team parted ways with Peyton Manning, my attitude about the Colts–and professional sports as a whole–has changed. When Bob Irsay threw his last pair of shoulderpads, his last …

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Ruby on the Brain: Walk the Dogs

For the last nine months our lives have been held hostage by the biggest, most hyper, most destructive puppy dog I’ve ever been around.  I love the dog…I do.  I just wish she’d get old, slow, and fat like the rest of us. It’s a crisp, overcast Thursday afternoon, and …

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