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The beginning for a writer is the journal. I say this because it is the testing grounds for all your styles and ideas. If you do not keep a journal, it will be hard for you to be a good writer in almost any field.

You should write a little every day if you want to cultivate your literary skills. That's the beauty of a journal... because you don't need a revolutionary idea or original thought to write a successful entry into your journal. Other types of writing are not as forgiving; when you write poetry when you don't feel poetic or a story when you don't feel inspired, you will likely not turn out highly artistic words.


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Donald George Olson died at 72

Some memories and thoughts about my Dad
Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | Last Updated Apr 27, 2013
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My Dad, Donald George Olson, died on March 18, 2013... just four days shy of his 73rd birthday.

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Undivided in a Divided Scene

Posted on Jul 17, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011
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All Days Pass

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem on the futillity of life. It's not really what I believe naturally... but it's how I feel on certain days.

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Turn Away

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem on keeping an eye on the good things in life in bad times.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

A poem on the feeling of angry pride.

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The Answers You Seek

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

A poem on confusion.

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What to Believe

Posted on Jun 6, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

A statement on how I approach Belief.

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Posted on Jun 5, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem to say goodbye to a love fallen apart.

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My Depths

Posted on May 18, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem on sadness and being forelorn.

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No Mushrooms and Life

Posted on Mar 7, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Jeremiah Williams prepares for his weekend and life.

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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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