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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Slow down, baby
Posted Tuesday, February 9, at 3:55 PM
When I showed this to my son recently, he couldn't stop laughing. That alone makes it worth sharing. But besides that, as a second-time parent, I find myself much more tired, busier and less full of wonder the second time around. That makes me sad because it means I'm not sharing every little thing that Hannah does the way I did with Miles...

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Another night, it's gonna be a long one
Posted Monday, January 18, at 8:52 PM

I'm tired of blogs revolving around the deaths of rock stars, but people important to my fandom keep dying. (Apologies to Lemmy, who died between Christmas and New Year's and got lost in the shuffle. For anyone interested, here's a link to my favorite Motörhead song.)...

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Turn and face the strange
Posted Monday, January 11, at 2:21 PM

This is my first memory of David Bowie: I know the Starman may have just died last night, but can we all agree that was terrible? If I told you that two icons of rock and roll were going to duet on a Motown classic, you'd be all in, right? But if I told you the collaboration happened in 1985, you might pump the brakes...

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The soul felt its worth
Posted Thursday, December 24, at 10:53 AM

It's easy to fall almost deaf to the music of this time of year. In my mind there are Christmas songs and Christmas hymns, but at a certain point they become one and the same. In a way, I think this is a wonderful thing. For all the other meanings (some good, some bad) we might ascribe to Dec. 25, the deeper purpose of this holiday will always be to celebrate of the birth of Jesus Christ...

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No Christmas in Kentucky
Posted Tuesday, December 15, at 12:49 PM

Call me a bleeding heart (I've been called much worse), but I'm a real sucker for a good protest song -- even at Christmas time. This explains my fondness for songs like "Pretty Paper," "Father Christmas" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (even if Yoko's voice nearly ruins it). They are all songs that say, enjoy your season of cheer, but remember life isn't so great for everyone.....

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Nothing cheap, no tricks here; Just good rock 'n' roll
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 12:24 AM

As a band whose most famous song centered on wanting to be wanted, veteran rockers Cheap Trick seems to have found the formula for continuing to be wanted. Forty-one years after their founding in Rockford, Ill., the power pop stalwarts continued to thrill audiences by giving them what they want: The songs we know...

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Two steps forward, one step back for Tigers
Posted Sunday, November 15, at 10:24 PM

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Not this year. DePauw came into its annual rivalry game against Wabash with its best team since its 2010 playoff berth, maybe better. Sure, Wabash was favored to retain the Monon Bell, but it was gonna be close, right?...

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When the gales of November came slashin'
Posted Tuesday, November 10, at 11:03 AM

There's really not too much to say today, except that it's been 40 years since the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior Storm, about 17 miles from Whitefish Bay. The wreck killed all 29 men aboard. Less than a year later, Gordon Lightfoot immortalized the tragedy with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fizgerald," drawing inspiration from a news article on the sinking...

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Time to grow up?
Posted Friday, October 30, at 11:59 AM

For someone who loves Halloween, it's strange to admit this, but I don't have a lot of vivid childhood memories about trick-or-treating. I remember that I went. I remember what I went as at least a handful of years -- football player (twice, against my will both times), ghost, Superman, pirate, vampire...

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Hard not to root for 'the ol' coach'
Posted Tuesday, September 15, at 12:53 PM

A lot can change in 51 years. When Pat Rady coached his first game in November 1964, the Beatles were all still clean shaven. The Supremes' "Baby Love" was in the midst of a four-week run as the No. 1 song in America. "Roustabout," starring Elvis Presley, was the No. 1 movie in the country...

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A coolness setback
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 2:19 PM

I'm trying to raise my children to be caring, considerate and humane people. I swear I am. But in trying to raise upstanding citizens, we parents sometimes have little side projects. I want my kids to like cool things. For a music-obsessed dad like myself, much of this coolness revolves around rock music. While it's a little early for my five-month-old daughter to have developed much in the way of taste, I've done some good work with our five-year-old...

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Blind Melon and my personal music turning point
Posted Saturday, August 15, at 1:06 AM

Blind Melon's sophomore effort "Soup" was released 20 years ago today and over those two decades it has, somewhat against the odds, remained a favorite even as my tastes, attitudes and life have changed. If I were to name my favorite albums of what was my formative decade as a music fan, obvious choices from usual suspects like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Weezer and Radiohead rise quickly to the top...

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You don't know what you missed
Posted Wednesday, July 29, at 7:40 AM

This year's fair marked the third edition of the Putnam County Star event, and the music competition continues to amaze me. A week ago tonight, 12 singers took to the stage at the Putnam County Fairgrounds for a fun night that featured nothing but local talent...

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The nature boy
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:04 AM

On Sunday evening while sitting right here at my desk, I received a tearful phone call. It seems a little boy on the other end of the line wanted my help catching lightning bugs. Or is it fireflies? Peenie wallies? Regardless, we call them lightning bugs because we're Hoosiers and that's the way it is. Firefly is the name a brilliant yet tragically short-lived space western TV show. At least that's what I've been told. I didn't watch it...

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In the presence of greatness
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 2:33 PM

My line of work offers some wonderful opportunities to interact with powerful and notable people. It's long been one of my favorite things about being a journalist. I've had the chance to introduce a sitting governor as the speaker at a local event, watch as another politician (unknowingly) slapped my boss on an already injured shoulder and even meet one of the heroes of my profession -- learning, unfortunately, that he's kind of a jerk...

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Hitchin' a ride
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 2:28 PM

After a couple of years of feeding hummingbirds, we expanded our repertoire this year when Miles bought Nicole a bird feeder for Mother's Day. And since then, we've had the joy of more birds to watch in our yard. While I know I've seen some robins, some cardinals and a few finches (maybe), I'm still no expert at identifying our feathered friends...

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Sit on a potato pan, Otis
Posted Friday, May 15, at 11:14 AM

Notice anything about that headline? What about any of these sentences: Sore was I ere I saw Eros. Roy, am I mayor? Niagara, O roar again! Was it a rat I saw? A new order began, a more Roman age bred Rowena. Euston saw I was not Sue. Those curious amalgams of words are all palindromes, as in spelled the same backward as forward. Many thanks to late University of Arizona computer scientist Ralph Griswold for his collection of palindromic sentences...

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I should be sleeping
Posted Wednesday, April 22, at 1:02 AM

Watching overtime hockey when I should be sleeping, I realize that for a night owl like myself, the best and worst kind of companion is a newborn. She makes for a great partner in my late night viewing, reading and snacking, sometimes contentedly sitting awake and others dozing lightly, not really caring what I do, so long as I give her attention when she wants it...

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Sunday night at the Jernagan home
Posted Monday, March 23, at 1:01 PM

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We can have nice things*
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 3:00 AM

*As long as we disassemble them before taking them in the house and subsequently reassemble them. Like many relatively young, relatively unwealthy Americans, my wife and I own a preponderance of particleboard. From countertops (with a nice looking veneer on top) to kids' dressers to bookshelves, our house has plenty of the stuff...

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