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I've got news up to my hubcaps
Posted Wednesday, August 27, at 9:02 AM
I was sitting at home on Saturday, happily enjoying a day without work responsibilities, when suddenly, news showed up on my doorstep. More accurately, news fell from the sky and slowly began creeping up in my yard. News pooled in the low spots I've been trying to get rid of for these five years of home ownership...

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A good start in Clover Country
Posted Monday, August 25, at 10:20 AM

I like to consider myself a sports purist, but it's not entirely true. While I understand the value of good defense, I'd usually rather see a shootout than a defensive struggle. But Friday night was a little different. I traveled to Cloverdale to witness the second half of the Clovers' 6-0 win over Brown County. The only score of the game happened in the second quarter, so I saw no one cross the goal line...

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A dose of B-3: 'Stay With Me'
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:54 AM

This blog idea came to me over the last week or two from a number of factors. One of them is that I'm coming to be a crotchety, old music fan. It came to me on Monday with an email from a publicist. The publicist in question thought I might be interested in reviewing a heavy metal band named Death Penalty. I realized that if I was ever wired in a way to enjoy such a band, it was not now -- 33, married and a father. I don't have that kind of rage anymore...

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The first first day
Posted Monday, August 11, at 6:19 PM

Please indulge me on another "my boy's growing up so fast" blog. I promise you that there is a 50-percent chance that the next blog won't be about my son. OK, 30 percent. Kids in our community could have told you last week that school was back in session. But for our little scholar, that big day came on Monday. And this wasn't the first day of school for this year -- this was the first day of school ever...

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Our little ninja
Posted Wednesday, August 6, at 8:37 AM

After expressing an interest in learning karate, our recently minted four-year-old took his first class at the All-American Karate Academy on Tuesday. The results were, well, adorable and amusing. Clearly, you don't come into something like this as an expert, but with your kid, you watch from a distance wanting him to get everything right...

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Beetle on Beatle crime
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 12:02 PM

You've probably already read or heard this somewhere, but if not, do yourself a favor and check it out. Apparently, A tree planted in George Harrison's memory has been killed by beetles. I'm a day late to the story, and there really isn't anything funny I can say about it that hasn't already been said...

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It just isn't fair (yet)
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 12:50 PM

As a proud former 10-year 4-H'er I can say that I love county fairs. If you see me running around exhausted and frazzled in two weeks, just remember that. I really do love county fairs. But in my time here in Greencastle I've noticed something curious about Putnam County Fair. The fair is scheduled to be nine days long. Read the cover of the Putnam County Fair Book and you will see that it's "July 18-26, 2014."...

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Down it goes
Posted Wednesday, June 18, at 11:50 AM

I recently completed a weekend I won't be repeating anytime soon. I could tell you about it, but first just watch this: (That's me screaming "Victory!" because, well, I'm like that.) That was a very cathartic moment in what has otherwise been a stressful last couple of months. Last couple of years, for that matter...

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You ain't just whistlin' Dixie
Posted Monday, June 9, at 10:42 PM

(No, really. You ain't. None of these songs sound remotely like "Dixie.") The other day while I was driving, Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" came on the radio. It was a fun three our four minutes, as I don't usually go out of my way to listen to Simon, but when a song like this comes on, it's just pure joy...

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Stop toying with me
Posted Monday, May 19, at 10:38 AM

Being a Pacers fan is difficult sometimes. Even at its best, the team doesn't exactly put out the most eye-catching brand of basketball out there. At it's worst, though, it's unwatchable, slow and downright cruel to the fan base. That basically sums up the end of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs...

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Welcome home, old friend
Posted Monday, May 5, at 12:01 AM

In just over seven years in Putnam County -- first as the sports editor and later as an on-again-off-again sports writer -- I've been very careful not to play favorites. Certainly you have coaches and players who, for a variety of reasons, bring smiles to your faces and for whom success brings you a little extra satisfaction. That's just being human. We all relate well to certain people...

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Bettenhausen crosses his final Yard of Bricks
Posted Monday, March 17, at 10:32 AM

With the Monday morning news came a sad note for fans of the Indianapolis 500 and its storied history. Gary Bettenhausen, 21-time 500 starter and longtime Monrovia resident, died on Sunday at age 72. For me, the news came with a flood of memories of my earliest days as a real fan of the race in the late '80s and early '90s...

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Old Long Since
Posted Tuesday, December 31, at 11:15 AM

As I was finishing up my set of Christmas music blogs, I had a thought of (somewhat sarcastically) naming my favorite five or seven New Year's songs. A few factors intervened. 1) I was exhausted. As a guy who sometimes goes a month with just one blog, posting one every day was crazy for me...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 24: 'Silent Night' -- Chet Atkins
Posted Tuesday, December 24, at 9:21 AM

So here we are: 24 songs (or thereabouts) in 24 days. I figured I'd fail somewhere about a week in, but here it is Christmas Eve, and no failure so far. And on to the best Christmas song of them all. In discussing "O Holy Night," I spoke of how difficult it is to do it well, which makes it hard to choose a really good version...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 23: 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town' -- The Jackson 5
Posted Monday, December 23, at 9:44 PM

Consider this a gentle reminder: Santa Claus is coming to town. Tomorrow night. You better not pout. You better not cry. It's not too late to screw it up. I'm talking to you, Miles Scot Jernagan. Now that I have that out of the way, on to the song. Growing up mainly on old country and rock 'n' roll Christmas songs, I thought there was only one way to do this song -- the way it was written in 1934...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 22: 'O Holy Night' -- Bing Crosby
Posted Sunday, December 22, at 10:01 AM

Down to the last three days of this list, two of the spots are reserved for what I consider to be songs of reverence. They are my two favorite Christmas hymns, the two that mean the most to me as the celebration of Christ's birth nears. The other one is just a really fun song about Santa Claus. That's part of the whole celebration too, right?...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 21: 'Winter Wonderland' -- Dolly Parton
Posted Saturday, December 21, at 1:45 PM

I've written previously about how much I loved my parents extensive collection of Christmas cassette tapes. And records. And 8-tracks. And even reel-to-reel tapes. So much Christmas music, so little time. But of the cassettes, there were none I love more than those of Alabama and Kenny & Dolly...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 20: Cartoon Christmas Specials Songs -- Burl Ives and Jimmy Durante
Posted Friday, December 20, at 10:42 AM

I'm sad to report that while The Singing Cowboy himself, Gene Autry, popularized "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," as well as "Here Comes Santa Claus," he did not make the cut for any of them. I suppose the reason is quite simple: I love cartoons...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 19: 'The Christmas Song' -- Nat King Cole
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 9:47 AM

My favorite thing about this song might be the audacity of the title. Mel Torme and Bob Wells were bold enough to name it "The Christmas Song." It's not simply "Christmas Song" or "A Christmas Song." Considering the hundreds (thousands?) of Christmas songs out there, the use of the definite article is important...

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24 Songs of Christmas, Dec. 18: 'Holly Jolly Christmas' -- Burl Ives
Posted Wednesday, December 18, at 7:10 AM

Only one week until Christmas Day. Are you ready, people? O by golly. Several days ago I wrote about my affinity for sad Christmas songs, but happy Christmas songs are much more common. They are also awesome. I'm not sure there are many happier than this one. Burl Ives is telling you to have a holly jolly Christmas -- not happy, not merry -- but holly jolly...

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