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Deborah Paul Calls It A Career

Indianapolis Monthly owes its existence to Deborah Paul.

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Phil Gulley: A Few Words About My Sweet Mom

“I’ve known enough mothers to know they’re not all good, no matter what Hallmark says. I took my mother’s virtues for granted in the early years, though as time passed, I realized she was a keeper.”

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Phil Gulley: The Importance of a Good Shade Tree

“If Walmart designed a tree, the Bradford pear is what it would look like.”

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Sore Loser: Deborah Paul On Opioid Dependency

When I read about the opioid crisis, I wonder why my plight goes unreported.

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Meow Or Never: Deborah Paul On Cat Adoption

In her later years, my mother hung two dog portraits on her wall, of a Scottie and a Westie. Looking at these one-dimensional creatures was as close to having pets in her home as she could get. Actually, Wire Fox Terriers were her favorites—those cheeks!—but whenever we, her children, suggested she get an actual dog, […]

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Phil Gulley: The Things She'll Carry

“When my wife goes back inside for my writing table and the pendulum clock, I might have her grab my grandpa Hank’s fly fishing rod that hangs on my office wall. Plus, there’s my pocketknife collection. I sure would hate to lose those.”

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Phil Gulley: A Lesson On Education

“Let the teachers teach, let the principals oversee, let the superintendents be part-time, insist the parents do their jobs so the teachers can do theirs, and impeach any politician who piles on regulations while cutting funds.”

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A Eulogy for St. Joseph’s College

“In addition to practical questions about how to pay off its $27 million debt and handle student transfers, more philosophical, painful ones have emerged: How did this happen? What will this do to Rensselaer? Who’s to blame?”

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Drifting Backward: Deborah Paul On Bigotry

Now, virulent hate speech and frightening ideology called “alt right” or “white nationalism” are infiltrating the mainstream. Swastikas appear as graffiti, Holocaust deniers court the media, and bomb threats on Jewish community centers are commonplace.

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Ask Me Anything: Neal Brown

“We are rapidly reaching a critical mass of restaurants, if we haven’t already. There will be a tipping point very soon where some aren’t going to survive.”

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Fight Club: Deborah Paul On Polarization

I do not like confrontation and believe men’s brains are better wired for war than women’s. However, I am as guilty as the next guy of perpetrating bad karma.

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Phil Gulley: Life Is No Picnic

“I own a farm and regularly step in things left by cows, so you can trust me on this. It’s a minefield out there.”

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Wit’s End: Deborah Paul On Common Sense

How is it even remotely possible that a man who heard voices in his head telling him to kill, and visited jihadist chat rooms, was not only permitted to own a 9 mm handgun but was allowed to check it—as well as ammunition—on a plane to Fort Lauderdale?

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Borrowed Time: Moments I Remember Before My 70th Birthday

Ten people, three generations, at a Thanksgiving table. “Look at what we did,” says my husband.

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Personal Foul: One-On-One With Bob Knight

“When did the sport coat give way to the sweater?” I asked. “Why did Bobby become Bob?” Questions hardly so nervy as to provoke the explosion that followed.

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