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Infection of the Heart

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Poem about despair and the false questions that can lead us into the darkest areas of the human heart. A poem for Vince Kingrea, who sadly took his own life.

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The Barack Obama Presidency

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Some observations on American politics and culture in the wake of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America.

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Sleepy Baby

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
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Photos of baby Hayden, tired from watching some Doctor Who and Backyardigans with Dad.

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December 10, 2004 Newsletter

Posted on Dec 9, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

December 10, 2004 Newsletter. Darrell Abbott was killed in our town this week.

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The ephemeral soldier

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A poem about veterans. Dedicated to my grandfather Clarence Himes.

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Whispers in the Wind

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 11, 2011

Poem about enjoying the beauty of life. It's too brief to forget to enjoy it.

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Exhausted Melodies

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A poem about the repetitive nature of human nature. We all share certain core elements that repeat over the ages, linking us to humanity.

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Subjects in the Classroom and Life

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A discussion on the utilitarian value of the subjects our schools teach. This editorial on education was one of the last pieces Shawn Olson printed as a Messenger writer.

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educational subjects, subject relevance in education

Hiding in the Cracks

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 | Last Updated Feb 28, 2012

A poem about the illusion of discontinuity; questioning the static.

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