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John and Brooke

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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