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Opinion & Columns

Phil Gulley shaking hands with David Winters
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Meet Me In The Middle

Even in a small town like Danville, there’s room for civility between the two Americas.

Phil Gulley appreciates the power of spring smells like Dairy Queen ice cream, fresh cut grass
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Scents And Sensibility

I once underappreciated the emotional power of smell, but I’ve come to my senses.

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Head In The Cloud

Phil Gulley’s laziness and distractibility? There should be an app for that.

a smiling man in a screen-house
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Shooting The Breeze In The Screenhouse

The timing to build his screenhouse could have been better, but for Phil Gulley there are few problems a good screenhouse can’t solve.

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The Pacers’ “Happy” Daze

The Indiana Pacers are nearly halfway through what will again be a playoff-less campaign.

An illustration of a man looking to the night sky from behind a window
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Hoosier Bright Spots

As bad as 2021 was, a few Hoosiers renewed Phil Gulley’s faith in humanity.

An angry restaurant patron next to a TV and music note
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Sound Check, Please

I’ve lost my appetite for loud music and television in restaurants.

Man in tree
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Growing Concern

If you think development is bad, consider the alternative: shuttered storefronts, weed-choked sidewalks, and failing schools.

John Mellencamp Cover Album Collage
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Minutes To Memories: The 20 Best John Mellencamp Songs

An arbitrary, completely made up, and possibly incorrect list of the best Mellencamp ditties.

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Tilting At Windmills

I’ve spent my life guarding against imaginary dangers.

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A Grief Revisited

In 2013, my husband and I lost suddenly lost our healthy daughter to a COVID-like virus. Don’t think the same can’t happen to you.

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A Motor Tour Down Memory Lane

A lot of great old cars sit in the mind’s garage of Philip Gulley — along with a few clunkers.

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Heaven Can Wait — At Least Until My Retirement Runs Out

I have a few things I want to do before I die. When, exactly, that happens is a dispute between my financial planner and the Internet.

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Remembering Greg Hardesty, 1968 – 2021

The beloved late culinary icon gave this city so much more than what he put on a plate.

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Hire Like A Pro (Or At Least Like A Quaker)

If you’re looking for advice on how to hire someone, Philip Gulley has references.