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Photographing People

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

Tips on portrait photography and the challenges of photographing human subjects.

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It all begins on a bad day

Posted on Mar 4, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Chapter 1 of The Hermit Colony, a satirical story about a man named Jeremiah Williams.

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Hermit Colony, chapter 1, humor, satire, fiction

The root of educational failure

Posted on Nov 17, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

The reason public education suffers is because the primary participants (students and parents), do not share a love for learning.

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why schools fail, educational problems, education, curriculum

Opossum

Posted on Jan 1, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

The opossum has been my neighbor for a couple years. He's the only marsupial I know.

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The Hurry-Stop Syndrome

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

This editorial was the last Chalkboard editorial Shawn Olson wrote for the Columbus Messenger.

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Donna Olson Still Recovering

Posted on May 5, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Donna Olson is still in the hospital, recovering from stroke.

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Empty is as full as it gets

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

Humorous piece by Shawn Olson about cars, originally printed in the Columbus Messenger.

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Michael Trent Barr Schirtzinger

Posted on Jan 29, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Brief bio of my friend Michael Trent Barr Schirtzinger.

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Crazy World

Posted on Aug 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Essay on the turmoil of our world today and the current trend of escalating hatred, nationalism and xenophobia.

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xenophobia, nationalism, hatred, crazy world, political essay, society

What if We Ran from Iran

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

A warning about impending war with Iranian fanatacism.

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iran, war, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, middle east, terrorism
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